Monday, April 25, 2016

Game of Thrones 6.1: Where Are the Dragons?

A feast-for-the-mind all-you-can-eat season 6 debut of Game of Thrones earlier tonight, with more bases covered than in just about any other single episode I can recall.

Also with lots of new questions raised, the most significant, I think, being: what happened to  Daenerys's dragons?  Why would they be absent from their mother in such a time of need?  Is this part of some master plan of hers? Possibly, but it doesn't look like that, and, if it is, she's cutting it pretty close.

Meanwhile, though the best conversation in this episode was among the Dothraki about their captive, the best action scene by far in this hour is Brienne riding into the scene and saving Sansa, with Theon's help.   It's good to see a chivalrous knight in shining armor coming to the rescue, and if Brienne's garb wasn't quite shining, she was at her knightly best, the veritable Lancelot in this story.

The biggest twist - and, again, I haven't read more than the very first novel in this series, so everything other than Ned Stark's death is new to me - so the biggest surprise for me tonight was how the Red Woman turned white, in other words, very old.   What's not clear is whether she's taking to her bed at the end to die - I don't think so - or just for a tossed night's sleep?   Will she put her charmed jewelry back on in the morning, and regain her fire and power, or will she turn into so much more snow before too long?

And speaking of which ... Jon has definitely been pronounced dead, but with the possible proviso that the "flames" aka the Red Woman (I assume) might say otherwise, at least according to Davos, who seems pretty savvy. But also missing in action is Bran - in fact, he's been missing for at least a year now, did I somehow miss his death, I don't think so - and if I recall correctly he had some magical powers, too, maybe even some truck with the dead, so maybe he can revive Jon.

But probably not.  Getting back to Ned, one thing about Game of Thrones is dead is usually dead, and I'm looking forward to more surprises among the living this season.

See also Game of Thrones 5.1: Unsetting the Table ... Game of Thrones 5.8: The Power of Frigid Death ... Game of Thrones 5.9: Dragon in Action; Sickening Scene with Stannis ... Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Punishment

And see also Games of Thrones Season 4 Premiere: Salient Points ... Game of Thrones 4.2: Whodunnit? ... Game of Thrones 4.3: Who Will Save Tyrion ...Game of Thrones 4.4: Glimpse of the Ultimate Battle ... Game of Thrones 4.6: Tyrion on Trial ... Game of Thrones 4.8: Beetles and Battle ...Game of Thrones 4.9: The Fight for Castle Black ... Games of Thrones Season 4 Finale: Woven Threads

And see also Game of Thrones Back in Play for Season 2 ... Game of Thrones 2.2: Cersei vs. Tyrion

And see also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things  ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead? ... Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood

And here's a Spanish article in Semana, the leading news magazine in Colombia, in which I'm quoted about explicit sex on television, including on Game of Thrones.

And see "'Game of Thrones': Why the Buzz is So Big" article in The Christian Science Monitor, 8 April 2014, with my quotes.

Also: CNN article, "How 'Game of Thrones' Is Like America," with quote from me


"I was here, in Carthage, three months from now." 


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