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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Game of Thrones 4.8: Beetles and Battle

A stunning Game of Thrones 4.8, with at least three game changing developments.   In ascending order -

3.  Mormont's exile by Daenerys:  I figured Mormont's days with Daenerys were numbered in one way or another as soon as the new courtly old guy appeared on the scene, essentially duplicating Mormont's function.   Not quite believable, though, is that Mormont, Daenerys's rock of Gibraltar, was a Lannister spy, or that Daenerys would let him go - not kill him - and give the Lannisters a much fuller rendition of her story.   Perhaps Daenerys has some deliberate plan in mind.   Meanwhile, it also interesting on that continent to see that the leader of the Unsullied has some sexual interests.

2.  Sansa lying to save Baelish:  It's good to see her finally with a man that she can care about, and maybe love.    No doubt part of what she did for Baelish was born of gratitude, but there are also deeper feelings there.   The two, if their relationship works out, will make a formidable couple.

1.  Defeat of Tyrion's champion:  This was a real kick in the gut, seeing as how the Red Viper could have had the victory on Tyrion's behalf.   But things just couldn't have worked out that well and easily for Tyrion.   Is he now doomed?   I've been saying all along that Jaime wouldn't stand by and let his brother die for a regicide that Jamie knows Tyrion didn't commit.

I wonder if there is some meaning, some inkling of what is to come, in Tyrion's long discourse to his brother about their "moronic" cousin who delighted in crushing beetles.   I was half thinking that maybe crushed beetles somehow summon dragons.  But whatever the future may hold for Tyrion, I'm still hoping he won't go the way of Ned Stark.

Just two more episodes this season.  I haven't read the books beyond the first novel.  I'm looking forward to what the screen brings.

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

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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