Everyone knows how much we love reading here at Knockin' Books. But what you may not know is that we sometimes grudgingly put our books down and watch a little quality TV. (Note how we said quality. You’ll never catch us stooping to the level of reality TV) We're not too big on dealing with the general public, but we sometimes even venture outside our caves and catch a movie. (No chick-flicks, though)
Anyhoo, we got to thinking maybe some of our book-loving brethren might have some of the same entertainment habits as ourselves. And since we're all about sharing our thoughts/opinions on books, we decided it would be fun to do the same with a few of our favorite movies and TV shows. We're going to start with one of our ALL TIME favorites, HBO's Game of Thrones. To say we're HUGE fans would be a ginormous understatement. No, we don't have GoT action figures and none of us have kids we named Tyrion, (we're not THAT geeky)—but you will find us planted in front of our TVs on Sunday nights with our unblinking eyes glued to the screen for every precious second. Our weekly GoT discussions is a years-long tradition, and has been known to go on for hours. Starting today, we're going to capture the GoT chat between Scott (the Design Dude) and Jennifer (Editorial Staff) and share it with you.
Time to get this party started!
Design Dude: We have to start with the AWESOME ending scene: Daenerys' own Burning Man Dothraki-e-que. I defy anyone to find a more badass female character in books, movie or television. I love me some Black Widow, but she's not walking through a fire or riding a dragon. Even Daario took a knee when he saw her emerging from the flames. Hell, I almost got out of my chair and did the Garth and Wayne "We're not worthy" chant.
Jennifer: Hell, yeah! Dracarys! Who’s the c-you-next-Tuesday now, bitches? Take that, noticeably-less-attractive-than-Khal Drogo-dude. I would SO follow her into battle. Dare I hope she’s going to take her new Dothraki horde and invade Westeros?
Design Dude: I love Tyrion and I hate to disagree with him but I'm thinking Greyworm may be right about those slaver pricks. Don't see them agreeing to his offer. Would like to have heard Varys' take on the whole thing. I'm guessing the slavers will be a little more open to negotiation when Daenerys shows up with her new Dothraki brigade, the unsullied and a trifecta of hungry dragons.
Jennifer: I agree with the translator: Tyrion’s day or so as a slave wasn’t long enough for him to understand how the people of Slaver’s Bay feel. And 7 years is a wicked long time to be a slave (I think there was a movie about that and everything). But that was a decent opening offer, I think. They’ll wish they’d taken Tyrion’s offer when Dany shows up to close the deal (and flambé anyone who opposes her). And as funny as I find Tyrion’s language bumbling, isn’t it about time he learned Valyrian? It might be an asset, if he’s going to rule Meereen while Dany takes off to wrestle the Iron Throne away from that little turd Tommen. (I hope, I hope, I hope…)
Design Dude: And speaking of Tommen...not sure I've gone from feeling sorry for someone to actively disliking them so quickly. What's it gonna take for this kid to grow a pair? Maybe grandma Tyrell could loan him some. I'm guessing she has a nice collection somewhere. How sad that, among prepubescent kings in Westeros, Tommen may be the wiser of the two. And does Maester Pycelle really think it's a good idea to screw with Cersei? How exactly has that worked out for everyone else?
Jennifer: Disrespecting Cersei is most definitely a mistake. I’m surprised she hasn’t rained hellfire down on that damn High Sparrow by now. With Zombie Mountain on her side, I don’t see how she can lose. And there’s not many women who can rock that haircut, but she’s one of them. I liked seeing a little alliance between the Tyrells and Lannisters. I’m loving Margaery, too. She’s tough, just like her grandma. Still manages to look good, too, even after all this time in prison. Reminds me of Andrea from The Walking Dead. (How can someone in the midst of the zombie apocalypse always have such beautiful, shiny hair? But I digress…) Wish her brother was a little tougher. Hated seeing him all broken down like that.
Design dude: Think about the women in this episode. Cersei is practically seething 24/7 and ready to go medieval on someone's ass (I'm looking at you, High Sparrow). Despite all she's been through, Margaery is hanging tough (unlike her sniveling brother) and is smart enough to see through the games being played by the High Sparrow. Brienne of Tarth, menacing the Red Witch with a death glare that had my sphincter tightening up just a tad. Grandma Tyrell matter-of-factly stating that Margaery's planned walk of shame "cannot happen" and nonchalantly sweeping aside Kevan Lannister's concerns about the number of people who will die. Yara Greyjoy going off on Theon. Sansa telling Jon she wants his help taking back Winterfell and the North but will do it without him if she has to. Even the young widowed Khaleesi is brave enough to take a chance on Daenerys, even though they hardly know each other. Looks like a damned fine bet now, but it had to take guts at the time. The only real loser was poor Osha who became Ramsey's latest victim.
Jennifer: So true. Anyone who says the show is anti-woman isn’t really watching. True, terrible things happen to women on the show. But honestly, terrible things happen to EVERYONE on the show. GoT is equal opportunity, and more often than not, it’s the women who are kicking ass and taking names. I even applaud Osha for not showing Ramsey any fear (“I’ve seen worse.” Ha!) and making an attempt to kill the little bastard. RIP, Osha. (Although, I can’t help but think that if she’d just grabbed his nuts REALLY hard, it would’ve given her the element of surprise she needed to grab that knife and jam it in Ramsey’s throat. I mean, her hand was already in his pants. Why not crunch the nuts a little? Do it for women everywhere, Osha!) I appreciated the long-time-coming show of spunk from Sansa, too. I hated her a little less than usual in this episode (the sniveling, whining Sansa was mostly gone, and I enjoyed it). And her reunion with Jon? Yeah, it got a little dusty in my TV room during that scene. (It was dust, damn it! I’m not a crier.) And on another note: Seriously, when is that miserable little bastard Ramsey going to DIE? I’m pretty sure I hate him more than Joffrey, which I wouldn’t have thought possible.
Design Dude: As much as I cringe at your suggested tactic for Osha, how many situations have we seen on this show where a good old nut-crushing could have turned entire plot lines? Speaking of which, if I'm Ramsey and I'm already planning to kill Osha, why would I risk letting her put her hand in my pants? Surely our Knockin' Books editor isn't the only one who thought of the potential dangers with that. On a lighter note, watching the Wildling dude stare at Brienne like a lovesick teenager was absolutely hilarious. Although, having gotten all snuggly with Jamie, he'd be quite the step down.
Jennifer: I dunno. I think the giant ginger Wildling dude is a good choice for Brienne. She pretty much has crap judgement where men are concerned. I mean, her first choice turned out to be gay (Renley), her second choice, while admittedly gorgeous, (Jaime) bangs his sister on a pretty regular basis. At least this guy looks genuinely interested in her, and will probably appreciate the fact that she can kick any dude’s ass in the 7 Kingdoms. I think she should totally go for it. A girl could do worse than a guy that stares at her like a love-struck teenager. (And he’s taller than her, which probably doesn’t happen too often. She’s very…statuesque. I say that with all due respect. As a short gal, I’m totally jealous.)
Design Dude: Speaking of gals with bad luck in men, Sansa's already been married twice. Once to a dwarf who loved someone else and then to a sociopath who raped her repeatedly. She also had to endure the creepy advances from Littlefinger last season...yikes. You'd think she'd consider becoming celibate or lesbian because she can't do much worse with the dudes. As for Littlefinger, it didn't take him long to put clueless Lord Royce in his place who likely had sweat running down his privates while waiting for the dimwitted King Robyn to decide if he was going to send him off through the moon door to look for his mum. Something tells me he's going to have a tougher time talking his way back onto Sansa's good side. Plus, there's the added complications of Jon and Sansa wanting to take back Winterfell and claim it for their family. Don't see Littlefinger being down with that.
Jennifer: Don’t forget about the Hound’s odd fascination with Sansa, too—and her almost marriages to Joffrey and Sir Loras. Of all her men, Tyrion was an excellent catch. And I can’t even look at Robyn without picturing him breastfeeding on Lysa. (Shivers in horror) I was glad to see Littlefinger again, though. He’s a slimy weasel, but at least he’s an interesting slimy weasel. Not sure how he’ll deal with Sansa and Jon wanting to take back their home. Maybe he’s thinking he has a shot at marrying into the family (if someone is finally, finally, finally able to kill Ramsey). I wish him luck. (Not really)
Design Dude: Okay, have we thoroughly covered episode four? Because now I want to talk about the preview for episode five. So many questions!! First, who's the scary-sexy hottie talking to a clearly freaked out Varys about knowledge being power? Second, is Arya...sorry "the girl"… finally getting the okay to become an assassin? Why is Bran hangin' with the popsicle zombies? Is that a vision or is he projecting himself to them? Also, fun fact of the week: Meera, the teenage girl hanging with Bran, is the daughter of Howland Reed, the guy who snuck up behind legendary knight Ser Arthur Dayne--and stuck a knife in his neck before he could kill teenage Ned Stark. Now his daughter is helping to protect Ned's son.
Jennifer: I think that chick is the Red Witch Tyrion saw right before he was dwarf-napped by Richard Chamberlain (sorry, Jorah). Varys should be freaked out. Those Red Witches are terrifying. Still finding it hard to care about Bran. Yeah, yeah, I get it. He’s important. Will do great things and probably save Westeros. Blah, blah, blah. Whatever. Yawn. Make with the dragons, I say. And for the love of all that’s holy, KILL RAMSEY. I don’t even care who does it. Just make it slow and painful.
What about all you GoT fanatics out there? Have any thoughts or theories to contribute? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a note in the Comments section below or drop us a line.