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)
With that in mind, here’s the weekly Westeros wrap-up, aka, a discussion of Game of Thrones, Episode 6 (Blood of my blood) between Scott (the Design Dude) and Jennifer (Editorial Staff).
Time to get this party started!
Jennifer: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t give a crap about Sam and Gilly. I’m glad Sam finally sacked-up and left with Gilly (kudos for stealing the sword), but why did we have to sit there and listen to all of that? So, Sam’s dad is a douchebag. So what? It just felt like filler material. Why not show me someone I care about?
DesignDude: Couldn't agree more. Aggravates me that they waste so much precious time on that storyline. Do the people in charge of this show understand there are only 10 hours in the entire season? What's the thinking when they get to the editing phase? Are they having conversations that actually include someone saying "Yeah, we absolutely have to keep all 20 minutes of that Sam and Gilly storyline. It's super critical. Plus people just love them." If that's the case, let me be the first to say "STOP IT!! No one cares about Sam and Gilly."
Jennifer: And I hate to be insensitive, because I am sort of glad Uncle Benjen is alive (whatever), but I wasn’t really worried about him or anything. Again with the filler. And if Bran is going to keep having these visions, can we PLEASE finally see what’s going on with Ned’s sister in that tower? If my theory is right, that’s Jon Snow’s mother, which makes him a relative of Dany’s. Now THAT I’m interested in. After the huge emotional turmoil last week (*sniffle* Hodor* sniffle*), the Benjen reunion was just a huge letdown for me.
DesignDude: The only thing I was curious about is Benjen's story about the Children saving him from being turned into a White Walker. What's that all about? Seems like it might be important. Felt bad for Meera dragging Bran through the blizzard. Also getting a bit irritated with Bran for being mostly useless, especially when the general consensus seems to be that he's the chosen one who can stop the frosty guys. Time to take the training wheels off, little man. Get some backbone and see what you can do with all these powers.
Jennifer: I got the idea he was chosen to protect Bran, the new 3-eyed raven. Maybe because he’s family? No clue, though. Can’t say I gave it too much thought. On to King’s Landing, though: I’m trying to figure out if Margaery’s new-found religion is a ploy of some kind. And where’s Loras? Still in the dungeon? Not surprising that dickless Tommen was only too eager to become a religious zealot. I was super impressed with Jaime riding that horse up the steps, though. That didn’t look easy.
DesignDude: Margaery has to be playing the long game. No way she just suddenly found religion. I've gone from feeling sorry for Tommen to really disliking him. You cower in your room while your wife and mother are being brutalized but now you want to start acting all tough by tossing your uncle dad out of the city after he was ready to go to battle for your wife? Nice move, you spineless twit. Also disappointed in Cersei and Grandma Tyrell. They keep getting outmaneuvered by the High Sparrow and they're supposed to be the masters of the game. If I'm Cersei, I would have been in Tommen's ear constantly. No way I let that clueless imbecile out of my sight for a second. It certainly doesn't take much to manipulate him.
Jennifer: I never really felt bad for Tommen. I mean, I don’t hate him like I hated Joffrey, but at least Joffrey wasn’t afraid to take action (it was always the wrong action, and he was a sick freak, but at least he wasn’t an easily manipulated little lemming) I hope Margaery is playing the game. I would hate to think she’s really falling under that High Sparrow’s spell. No way would that guy be in power if Tyrion and Varys were there. On another note: I’m super happy Arya is back. No more nameless girl. And I’m betting that smirky girl is about to get a proper ass-kicking now that Arya and Needle have been reunited.
DesignDude: I figure Margaery is making this move for Loras. She saw him sniveling like a teenage girl at a Bieber concert and thought she had to make a move. Surprised by Arya's move, but it's probably a good one in the long run. Don't think she's cut out for the "ask no questions" hired assassin thing. Smirky girl is almost certainly going to be skewered. Hoping Arya has a cool plan to make it happen. Once she's done, she better hightail it outta there before the faceless dude strikes her blind again.
Jennifer: I was wondering about that. Can she really go on the run from this guy? He can be anyone, anywhere, at any time. I wouldn’t really want him hunting me down. And can she get out of that place without him knowing about it? Should be interesting. Wondering if she’ll start up with her shit list again. Look out, Cersei.
DesignDude: Speaking of Cersei, she seemed to be taking things relatively in stride. A little odd for her. Thought she would be super pissed about the high sparrow outsmarting her. Her and Grandma Tyrell need Littlefinger. Also, Cersei and Jamie have to be the hottest incest couple ever. It's ultra creepy they're so...um...into each other but I guess it works for them.
.Jennifer: I’m surprised she’s OK with Jaime going away. Last time he went away, things didn’t go so well for her. I’m wondering if she’s plotting something that she doesn’t want him around for. Who knows? And honestly, the only time I want to see Walder Frey is when he’s dead or dying. Although, I did wonder what had happened to the dude who got married at the Red Wedding. Now I know. Still just want to see Walder Frey dead. I hate that guy!
DesignDude: Walder Frey should hang out with Sam's dad. Too bad Theon's old man isn't around too. The three of them could start a worst dads in the world club. It does seem like poor Jamie gets sent off on little adventures all the time. Loved his idea to team up with Bron again. Loved that dude. Hope they find an excuse to bring him back. I'm guessing Cersei's plans involve the zombie Mountain going postal on a whole lotta faith militants.
Jennifer: I’m kind of ready to see zombie Mountain in action. I’m betting it’ll be impressive. Speaking of impressive, Dany’s speech at the end of the episode was EPIC. If the whole Queen on the Iron Throne thing doesn’t work out for her, she should consider a career in motivational speaking. Giving up the horse for the dragon was also an inspired choice. I’d never walk anywhere if I was her. Just fly in on that dragon. Greatest. Entrance. Ever.
DesignDude: Here are the formulas for a memorable Game of Thrones episode ending: 1. Beloved character(s) die in a sad, horrific and/or stunning manner, 2. Dany does something unbelievably awesome, often combined with a captivating speech. Both of those work for me. Still can't figure out what she saw that made her think her Dragon was in the area but whatever, it all worked in the end. Unfortunately, I'm not super excited about next week's episode based on the trailer. Hope it's less of a snoozefest than this week.
Jennifer: She saw the shadow of her dragon flying overhead. Not sure how she convinced him to come down, but still, it was pretty awesome and I’m not going to quibble with it. Agreed about next week. But, this show does seem to surprise me more often than not. I’ll keep an open mind…