Game of Thrones 5.10 Review “Mother’s Mercy”

*Spoiler Warning: Ah one, a two, a skiddily diddily do….not read beyond this point if you haven’t watched the episode yet. It’s bad enough I still have people yelling at me for spoiling a major character death in The Walking Dead a few years back.*

Just gotta say thank you to my readers for not minding that I always come out late with these reviews, and also thank you all for continuing to read them despite my dry humor and tendency to ramble at the beginning of each review (it’s to cover up spoilers on my personal Facebook page). With all of that said, here are my thoughts on this massive headache of an episode.

Before I delve into the nitty-gritty of this episode, and what I enjoyed and what I hated, I just want to say that I felt like that Stannis was really swept under the rug in this episode. I know Stannis is still alive in the books from what I’ve heard, so I feel like that whole scenario of how quickly he was defeated was complete bullshit (aside from the part with Brienne beheading him, that was pretty awesome that she got closure for Renly). I just stated two things that I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy about the episode. Oh well, at least I’m only trolling myself rather than trolling my fans (looking at your GRRM!)

What I enjoyed: It was great seeing Brienne get closure (as mentioned earlier), and it was great seeing Theon regain his sanity to save Sansa from Miranda and then to escape, and I loved seeing that Varys is still alive and ready to help give Tyrion and Dany a helping hand at managing things in Mereen. Speaking of Dany, I’m glad to see she’s still alive, I just hope the Dothraki turn out to be allies rather than enemies (and things are completely up in the air about that one since the show is abandoning the book cannon). I loved seeing Aria get her revenge on the pedophile women beater Meryn Trant (albeit at the cost of her eye sight). I’m happy to see Sam leave with Gilly to become a meister. Lastly, I’m curious to know the Frankenstein angle with The reanimated Mountain will effect things next season.

What I didn’t like: Where do I fucking start with this massive thought bomb of an episode? Star Wars Expanded Universe references aside, I hated seeing The Bolton’s beat Stannis’s army. Stannis could have done some real good for the seven kingdoms and the north (burning his enemies aside). I felt bad seeing Cersei have to endure such a massive trek of shame through the streets of King’s Landing since it seemed like overkill (despite all the pain she’s caused). Of course, I knew that Jon’s death was coming, but I hate that they killed him for trying to save the Free Folk vs how he died in the books (with being stabbed after ordering the Knight’s Watch to attack the Boltons). I haven’t been this pissed by Game of Thrones since I saw the Red Wedding, and at least that resolved plot points rather than opening more unknown plot possibilities.

I have mixed feelings about this finale since it was well written and well made, it just pissed me off so badly that I almost would have written HBO an angry letter (not to GRRM as what happened recently). However, I know to respect another writer’s artistic vision (even if that vision is overly sexual and brutal as all hell). I think in the meanwhile I will go ahead and start reading the book series to pass the time until the next season comes out.

And with that, I will leave my favorite EDM instrumental “Heart Upon My Sleeve” since Game of Thrones is definitely the type of show to bring you around on an emotional roller coaster.

-KCard

Game of Thrones 5.9 Review “The Dance of Dragons”

*Spoiler warning: They tell’s me not too, but I still drinks it. (Butterda may be a hush a bush a push Leopold). Home Star Runner References aside, this blog contains Game of Thrones spoilers. There, I even spoiled the reference for you.*

So here I am once again making a review that is out a week later than other reviews. The Journalism student in me feels bad, but the blogger in me who’s doing all of this on an un-paid basis feels at ease. On that note, I think I’m going to go on a brief hiatus from blogging after reviewing tonight’s series finale of Game of Thrones. It’s been hard to keep on top of this stuff, and I want to focus more energy into my music with my band than my writing (we are working on making our first album). Anyways,¬†I missed reviewing the series for the last two weeks since I’ve been super busy prepping for a promotion at work, getting a new car, and prepping for a show with my band.

To sum what I’ve missed: It was great to see Cersei gets her just desserts, the battle of the Wildings vs the White walkers was awesome, and holy crap I loved seeing Tyrion meet Dany. I’m just going straight to this week’s episode to save myself time and to catch up for the incoming series finale. Once again, I can’t comment heavily on the Books V Show debate as I’ve yet to read the books. Reading is a hobby I’ve fallen out of love with, I read Game of Thrones vicariously through Wikipedia though.

Since it’s the night of the season premiere, you can look elsewhere for summaries as I’m going to keep this review short and sweet. To start things off, I was really starting to like Stannis as a character; but this show once again twists the good out of anyone and makes them burn their own daughter alive. All thanks to the bastard Bolton’s squad torching the siege and food supplies for Stannis’s army. Stannis and Ramsay are different characters, but they’re both hungry for power and its lead them to do horrible things. To be fair, Stannis at least has some resemblance of a conscious vs Ramsay who literally gets off sexually to the suffering of others. As the episode progresses we can clearly see that Jon Snow is quickly becoming hated by the Night’s watch and that things are looking progressively more bleak for him (book fans know what I’m hinting at here).

Now the thing that I really loved about this episode was seeing Jorrah being a complete badass in the fighting pits and proving to Danearys that he is for forever loyal to her by killing that Son of the Harpy in a spectacular fashion. I also loved seeing Dany fly away to safety on her dragon. What I didn’t like was seeing Shireen Baratheon burned alive and how evil the Sons of The Harpy really are by just butchering random citizens. Beyond that, it was a pretty solid episode and I’m looking forward to seeing the series finale tonight.

Speaking of burning things down, here’s a song by Five Finger Death Punch that reminds me of how Stannis feels about his enemies.

-KCard