Thrones. It’s been and it’s gone. And now winter is here. Well, it’s summer, but now we have the loooong wait for season 6. And in 10 weeks of Thrones I managed 1 review. It’s been a busy time for me, and geek has had to be a passive part of my life–other than OMG looks at my other half on the sofa at pivotal moments in the show. But, let’s face it, I think it would’ve been a 10 week love-in here, and despite my enjoyment there wasn’t always that much I could think to say about it… With this being the first season where Thrones didn’t have unconditional love from it’s audience I wonder if that’s part of the problem with the season–has Thrones lost some of it’s momentum? Is it really not as good as it has been?
With Game of Thrones back on the box I usually read and hear interactions along the lines of ‘DID YOU SEE THRONES!’ and ‘OMFG EVERYBODY DIED!’ and generally people losing their sh*t over the writers’ cunning and evilness. However, this year there been quite a bit if negativity. Is Thrones no longer the golden boy? Is it ‘dull’? Has it gone too far?
Review? I was in two minds as to whether to bother writing about this show as I think anything I write about it is going to be a love-in. I guess it balances out my usual criticism of my geek-staple of the moment, ‘Arrow’. This week’s episode was less about moving people into places, but poking at them, letting us see something of where they are at emotionally.
If the first episode served as a reminder of where all the pieces were on the game board after the events of season 4, this started lining them up for their moves through this series. Spoilers ahoy…
Arya made it to her Dagobah and found her Yoda. After her painful journey last season I can’t wait for her to become her own little woman. She’s often been so much more than the adults she’s encountered or been around. Yet now she has found her path she seems lost–she seems so far away from the politics and people of Westeros, and presumably will stay as such while she trains, I wonder whether there will be much of the old world–the Lannisters–left for her to exact the revenge that has driven her so far? What does her future hold? With her sister seemingly walking a dark path with Baelish, her brother having an unknown destiny, and her half-brother at the Wall. Will she be the only Stark to want the North again for the family name? Or will she live as an assassin supporting other people’s vengeance?
It’s back. Like a well-fitting glove it was an instant comfort. Well, as comfortable as possible in a show that can rip hope for your favourite characters and stoies right out of your chest and dangle it in front of you with glee. It’s sadomasochistically great having it back. No matter how bad my Monday is, it’s never going to be as bad as a Monday in Westeros, and is going to give me something to look forward to.
In this episode, opening after the major events at the close of the last season, the show had a real sense of the world, or at least the individual worlds of the character groups, being impacted by the previous stories, as though pieces were being quickly moved and re-positioned after major moves on a chess board–as the very title would imply. The taking of the Eyrie, the battle at the wall and the death of Tywin, and the players all looking for opportunities or for the shadows of danger. Cersei was served well with the flashback to the prophecy of the doom of her children and her rise and fall–all seemingly on course, it’s no wonder she and Jaime are wondering at where Tywin’s death will leave them…
You may want to skip this ‘review’ and leave me alone with ‘Game of Thrones’. It’s a love in. We’re going to have babies together. There aren’t any spoilers though. Although my other half might be surprised about my family plans with Thrones.
In no particular order, my top moments: