Winter Has Come: My thoughts on Game of Thrones and other things

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Well, we’ve breached the 48 hour window of Internet spoilers. That’s how it works, right? Who cares! It’s the Internet, everything is spoiled! Nothing is sacred! Hopefully, most of you have watched Episode 8 of the current season (Season Five) of Game of Thrones. It was BAD. ASS. I’m not going to go blow for blow, you should go over to HoboTrashCan.com for a stellar re-cap of the episode. I just want to comment on how tired I had grown of Game of Thrones.

After Episode 6, which we will refer to as the “Sansa Episode”, I had come to this realization that I was a masochist. Game of Thrones is a show for masochists and those enjoy suffering from dysphoria. Week after week, or hour after hour if you’d read the books, we watch a bunch of miserable people being raked through the muck, over and over again. I felt that the writers room had fallen asleep at the wheel and the show was no longer compelling. It was just a spectacle of misery and was spinning its wheels.

That was until last night. The episode, titled “Hardhome”, was written by Game of Throne’s show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It was masterful. I was reminded why I continue to tune in week after week. The pacing was tight and precise. The acting was superb, and the action? You will tense muscles you had forgotten you had. Let us hope, with two episodes left, the remainder of the season is just as brilliant as last weeks.

I also caught the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend. Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughn were rightfully inducted. Baltimore’s own, Joan Jett, was inducted by (of all people) Miley Cyrus, and watching Green Day made me feel old. I can still remember where I was when I heard Dookie for the first time. Yeesh! It’ll will be aired over and over again on every channel HBO’s got. It’s worth a watch.

Any fans of John Scalzi out there? He signed a HUGE contract last week,  so I decided to read one of his books. I’m know that he has a reputation for military sci-fi (Old Man’s War), but I went with Lock InIt’s more of a police procedural, rooted in sci-fi, and so far I like it a lot. I’ve been listening to the audiobook narrated by none other than Wil Wheaton. I highly recommend any work narrated by Wil, and I’ll get back to you on my thoughts of John Scalzi. So far, so awesome.

Also, THIS! If you haven’t read The Wicked + The Divine, you should do so immediately. It’s going to be on your TV soon. Find it at your local comic shop, or there’s always Amazon.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned, and read more (Not just here, but like…in general)

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One thought on “Winter Has Come: My thoughts on Game of Thrones and other things

  1. Thumbs up on a great review!

    An interesting thing about Hardhome… it was a typical Game of Thrones episode in some ways, in that the good guys got raked through the coals. The Others/White Walkers scored a huge victory in converting masses of the Wildling population into undead servants. The Coldemort necromancer raising up the dead was an awesome sight, but a “oh Seven Gods NO! Oh Old Gods No!” type of way.

    But it was so badass.

    (And also there were little victories… Jon didn’t die, and he killed one of the White Walkers with his exemplary Valyrian steel.)

    Just two more episodes…

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