Sunday, May 29, 2016

Game of Thrones 6.6: The Exhortation

Well, the high point of Game of Thrones 6.6 was at the very end - just like the high point of last week's 6.5 - except this time it was Daenerys astride her dragon, exhorting her Dothraki army to sail across the sea with her to reclaim her throne.   Except while last week's ending was a great, fantastical resolution of a neat little paradoxical story, this week's was long overdue. Daenerys should have making that speech at least a season or two ago.

Still, it was good to see, and with it the approaching battle to end all battles, between the fire-spewing dragons and the awesome icy powers of the far north, and the various kingdoms of mostly just plain old human beings sandwiched in between.

Tonight's episode also had a continuation of the Shakespearean retelling of the fall of the House of Lannister we saw last week.  This play within a play was a nice, unexpected touch.

As for what's happened with the actual Lannisters, that's another story, and a bit worn at this point, too.   Tommen turns out to not only be a lot sweeter than his brother, but also something of a bore. His exile of his uncle-really-father serves no real purpose except getting Jaime out of town, never the best move in a narrative.

On the other hand, we finally get a good, long Samwell story in 6.6, with a look at his despicable father, decent and long-suffering mother, and a chance for Samwell to continue to stand up and act like a man,   Or, almost.  He sneaks away in the night rather than standing up to his father, but his taking of the Valyrian sword was a notable moment and promises some profound developments ahead.

Which is true of Game of Thrones in general, and I'll be looking forward to it all.

See also Game of Thrones 6.1: Where Are the Dragons ... Game of Thrones 6.2: The Waking ... Game of Thrones 6.5: Origin of a Name

And 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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