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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Game of Thrones 7.2: Vikings and Strategies

Game of Thrones 7.2 had lots of great intrigue and plotting, capped off with a top-notch battle at sea - the opening salvo in the wars ahead.

Euron is played by a Scandinavian, and makes a hell of a blood-thirsty Viking.  This Greyjoy brings no joy to his kin and opponents, and the result is a notable setback for Daenerys and all allied with her. That includes, or will likely soon include, Jon Snow, who is on his way to see her.  It includes the Tyrells, and Ellaria - but her power has now turned to, well, sand, given the success of Euron's attack.

So, on Cersei's side we now have Euron as well as a possible way to kill dragons.  On Daenerys's side we have most notably the dragons and Jon. Daenerys still has the advantage, but Euron has made it less than it was before.   (And I suppose the unsullied making love may have weakened him, too, alas.)

And there are two other significant developments afoot -

Arya's reunion with Nymeria promises important, unexpected heroism by the direhound in defense of Arya  in the future, even though she declined Arya's offer to come with her now.   It's good to see both back in the central action, with Arya heading back to Winterfell, and Nymeria just around, wherever she may be, somewhere.   She'll come raging into the scene with her wolves when Arya most needs her.

And Sam's brave attempt to cure Jorah of his greyscale was my favorite part of this episode.  I'm hoping that what happens is not that Jorah is cured (which will help Daenerys) and Sam gets the greyscale, though that would be an all-too logical outcome.  I'll be much happier if both survive.

This season 7 is starting out as one of the best of the series, and I'm looking forward to more.

And 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 ... Game of Thrones 6.6: The Exhortation ... Game of Thrones 6.7: Giveth and Taketh ... Game of Thrones 6.8: Strategic Advantage ... Game of Thrones 6.9: A Night for the Light ... Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale: That Library

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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