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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Game of Thrones 8.5: Revenge and Fire not Sweet

Well, we now know that Varys was right in his view that Jon would make a better ruler than Daenerys:  she slaughtered thousands of innocent people with her dragon's fire, in her quest to destroy Cersei and everything that was hers.

Daenerys had motivation, for sure.  She lost one of her children in the sky last week, shot down by one of Euron's war machines.   She lost Missandei last week, too.   She was right to want revenge.  But by any standard of decency and humanity, she went way too far in exacting it.

Tyrion, a man of reason to the core, underestimated that.   So did Jon.  So did everyone else, except Grey Worm, who also had ample motive for revenge.   The best you could say about Daenerys's siege and destruction of Cersei's beloved city is the meta-point that it made for some memorable battles.

Jamie vs. Euron was a good one.  The Hound vs the Giant was even better.   So, who survived this carnage?   Arya definitely.  Her riding out of the dragon-produced rubble on a horse was one of the best scenes of the night.   Tyrion's still alive.  So is Jon, who gave the timely order to get out of there.  Jamie and Cersei are probably gone, though we didn't see either of them actually dead.   The same for the Hound and the southern Giant (I can't recall, but don't think he's related to the giants beyond the wall in the North).

But back to Jon: he's now amply motivated to take Varys's advice and challenge Daenerys for the Iron Throne.  But not when she has her dragon beside her.   I suppose there's also a chance he could just walk away from it all and go live with the wildlings.   And there's still Sansa at Winterfell, who may come down south to join her sister Arya and convince Jon to take the throne.  Or ...

See you here next week, when maybe we'll also learn what happened to Arya's direwolf.

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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