Game of Thrones "The House of Black and White" Review: You Can't Please Everyone All the Time

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"Let me send her to Cersei one finger at a time." —Ellaria Sand

Excuse me, I'd like a one-way ticket to Dorne, please! Our first look at Dorne was like something out of a travel brochure. The region's major export is perfect tans. Drinking wine in the Dornish sun is a respected profession. Sandals are formal wear. Dorne is Westeros's Ibiza, basically. I bet DJ Hodor is playing a foam party there next week.

And boy oh boy are the women fiery! Ellaria Sand is still smarting over Oberyn's death, claiming that the Lannisters killed him. Well, honey, I've got news for you. Trial by combat is purely a volunteer situation, and Oberyn clearly made his own choice to fight a gargantuan war machine. I know you're hurting and looking for answers, but blaming the Lannisters is just projection of your own guilt for allowing Oberyn to step into the ring with the Mountain.

Oberyn's brother Prince Doran wasn't having any of Ellaria's hot sauce about killing Myrcella; she won't be butchered on his watch, because he knows killing her would be a declaration of war against the Lannisters, and Dorne can't afford to go to war when it's got a perfectly sculpted beach to lay out on. Vengeance for Oberyn will have to play out on a more personal level, and it sounds like his daughters—better known as the Sand Snakes—will be getting in on some of that action.

Some folks may be asking, did Game of Thrones NEED yet another location and the blast of new characters it will bring? YES IT DID! That's is what this show is, people, a sprawling universe that mirrors our own, so clear out some of your mental cabinets and make some space for important things, like the names of Oberyn's extended family.


"He may be young, but he's the commander we turned to when the night was darkest." —Samwell Tarley

Jon Snow is Westeros's most eligible progressive bachelor, kinda like if one of the handsome Kennedy kids was camping out for the Occupy Wall Street movement. He's got the family bloodline, he's got the platform, and yes, he's got the looks (according to my editor). Everyone wants him, whether they see him as a potential leader, a tool to push their political agenda forward, or a hot piece of tail.

Jon's new boss Stannis Baratheon of House Lobster called in the Stark bastard to offer him the ultimate promotion: the chance to wipe out all his father's sexual transgressions and clear his name to become an authentic Stark. Stannis needs a Stark name to gain the North's support, so he also promised to throw in a lordship for Jon, meaning Jon would be able to ditch the sausage party of the Night's Watch and strut around in a tank top several degrees of latitude south. It was an offer Jon couldn't refuse. So what did the dope do? HE REFUSED IT. Because he's too honorable and he made a vow to the Night's Watch. Palm, meet face.

But hey, it happened to be Election Night to select the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch following the death of Jeor Mormont. Ser Janos Slynt nominated feces-in-the-shape-of-a-human-being Ser Alliser Thorne, and some other guy nominated Ser Denys Mallister, a Night's Watch vet who commanded the Shadow Tower. Sam added Jon to the list late in the game, and at that point we knew where things were headed. Game of Thrones doesn't usually succumb to exhausted film tropes, but the narrow election scene was as hokey as anything the show has ever done. With balloting almost finished, Thorne and Jon were tied with one vote left, and Maester Aemon stood up and placed the last voting token on Jon's rod (teehee) in dramatic fashion, declaring him the winner. For all the authenticity and realness Game of Thrones usually boasts, this scene was pure Disney. Anyway, enjoy your new post, Jon! Have fun presiding over a whole bunch of frustrated men, most of whom didn't even vote for you! Yes, you should have taken Stannis's deal and blown this popsicle stand.


"I'll find her." —Jaime Lannister

Cersei's mental breakdown over the dissolution of her family—and more importantly, her power, which is what ensures that she always has a bottomless glass of wine—continued when Dorne sent her a reminder that it can slaughter her daughter at any given moment. Jaime, bored in King's Landing and feeling a tinge of guilt over freeing his father's murderer, decided he would travel to Dorne to bring his daughter Myrcella back. Was this a selfless act of bravery or an excuse to take a paid vacation? Just saying, if Myrcella was stuck on the algae-covered rocks of the Iron Islands, would he have been so quick to volunteer?

Jaime's decision opened up the possibility for another incredible Game of Thrones coupling, and one I never saw coming. A one-handed man jumping into a pit of vipers on his own is suicide, so Jaime agreed to bring a companion: Bronn. All he had to do was convince–OH MY GOD CHECK OUT JAIME'S JACKET!

It's like a Members Only jacket from the future, when tailoring technology has reached its pinnacle. Michael Jackson just screamed, "Who's bad!? Jaime's bad!" from his grave. If this is how the royal family lives, then point me toward the nearest single princess, because I want that jacket.

Jaime could have offered his jacket in exchange for Bronn's partnership to retrieve Myrcella, but instead, he promised Bronn a new wife. Hopefully one who doesn't get bullied by her sister but does have the inside track to a castle, unlike the Cersei-appointed Lollys Stokeworth. Jaime and Bronn have an interesting relationship; Bronn helped Jaime train with his sword as a left-hander, but the two were never really friends. Now it looks like they're headed to Dorne together, and their personalities—Jaime's famous arrogance and Bronn's party attitude—mean we're in for some wacky adventures. This is going to be GREAT. 'Shippers, start your engines!

Back in King's Landing, Cersei made a last-ditch effort to cling to power by speaking for Tommen at the Small Council meeting, which thrilled no one except for punching bag, puppet, and new Master of Coin Mace Tyrell, because Tyrell's nose is so far up Cersei's butt he can smell her breath. Either this guy is the biggest dope in Westeros, as the Queen of Thorns says, or he's playing the smartest game of anyone, slowly climbing the ranks while everyone assumes he's completely innocuous. If Stannis isn't crowned king, I want Mace Tyrell to end up on the Iron Throne. Cersei also named the wizard of necromancy (or whatever he's doing in his basement lab) Qyburn the Master of Whisperers, and offered her uncle Kevan Lannister, Tywin's younger brother, the title of Master of War. Kevan was like, "Fuck you," and demanded to hear the promotion from Tommen because he's not a fan of Cersei assembling a Small Council full of sycophants. Kevan's the smart one in the room, and that's probably why his head will be on a stick by Episode 4. But he's right, and Cersei's actions should be met with big opposition by the Tyrells once Margaery gets her claws on Tommen.


Next: Dany's big decision, power rankings, and final thoughts

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Apr 27, 2015
can someone help and tell the names left on Arya's list...
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Apr 30, 2015
Cersei, Walder Frey, The Mountain, Meryn Trant.
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Apr 30, 2015
thanks
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Apr 26, 2015
What show have you been watching? There are zombies since season 1 on Game of Thrones. Hello, white walkers.
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Apr 26, 2015
I suspect Cersei may have made up the necklace thing...especially since the show is telling/yelling at us Ellaria did it....
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Apr 26, 2015
why is one dragon free and two locked up can't remember
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Apr 27, 2015
He flew away before he could be locked up. Actually he is the reason why the dragons are locked up.
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Apr 25, 2015
"She opt to offer her cunt. Best part of her for best part of me."
"Every pile of shit on the side of every road has someone's banner hanging from it."
"Brother Slynt knows her quite well. They cowered together in the larder during the battle for the wall." "I found him there after the battle was over in a puddle of his own making." tell em Sam!
Lord Jon Snow Commander of the Night's Watch has a nice ring to it!
Jaqen H'ghar!!!
Oh snap! Drogon's back!
You can't hiss at Daenerys!
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Apr 23, 2015
Aren't the White Walkers technically sort of zombies already?
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Apr 23, 2015
Sansa is already heir to the North, so it wouldn't make political sense for Littlefinger to marry her off to another Northerner. If his aim really is to consolidate his power through her, then it makes much more sense to wed her to a prominent noble from one of the other Seven Kingdoms.
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Apr 23, 2015
I liked the election better because the show adresses the urgency the books didn't during it: the White Walkers are here.

They need a Lord Commander made for the winter, to whom they would look up to at their darkest. Not the man that used to train them for the summer.

Jon - or uncle Benjen - was that man, not Ser Allister.
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Apr 22, 2015
Welcome back to my TV Alexander Siddig as Oberon's brother. I remember him as the terrorist that Jack Bauer killed Curtis Manning to protect in Season 6 of 2
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Apr 22, 2015
24.
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Apr 22, 2015
I kinda agree with you about the election, a bit rushed. I didn't enjoy it as much as the book version, where Sam manipulates both candidates ( who hate each other ) into allowing Jon to win, just to piss the other off !
Oh, and "feces-in-the-form-of-a-human-being" ? That's a bit harsh for Thorne, IMO. Perfect for Janos Slynt, though. Seriously, this guy is the worst !
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Apr 22, 2015
"I still can't fathom how insufferable it would be to be stuck on quest with Brienne" ... well, those who went through her boooooooooring chapters in book 4 can !
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Apr 22, 2015
- Dany's could've handled the situation better than this .If she all about the law ,Why didn't she give the Slave council member (his name is Mossador BTW) a trial to explain why he did it as he explained in the council session and before his execution? besides he wasn't acting alone .She could've at least postponed the execution until the Sons of the Harpy's member responsible for murdering White Rat is apprehended ,And to stop further attacks from the Sons of the Harpy ,she could declare that for every murder committed by them ,one of the masters is chosen randomly to be executed if the culprit isn't apprehended i.e. a life for a life.
-Welcome back Jaqen H'ghar ,he is one of my favorites ,but there is one thing is nagging me ,We've all seen his unreal awesome abilities ,So how come he got captured in the first place and couldn't free himself and almost died if it wasn't for Arya's help ?? . Maybe he is just skilled in stealthy assassinations and changing his appearance and not that good in face to face confrontations
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Apr 22, 2015
All I know is that I screamed "Volantis!" when Tyrion and Varys said to go.

I want to see everything! That river in which Talisa's brother almost drown, the slaves tattoos, the masquerade balls she used to hate so much, her mom, her harm and people talking in old valyrian.

I want to see everything Robb would've seen should he have lived, I want see his in laws, I want to know if they care.
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Apr 22, 2015
harp instead or harm
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Apr 21, 2015
What? I thought this episode was a thousand times better than last weeks, and episode 1 felt much more like "a check-in on what some characters have been up to lately" than this one.
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Apr 21, 2015
Valar Morghulis
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Apr 21, 2015
Yeigh for Jaqen! I'm so happy that he's back, since he is my new favorite character back then in season 2.

Yay too for Jon being Lord Commander. I think, after the death of Tywin, the lives of Starks just keep getting better and better...

Is it just me, 'cause I think Jamie will die this season. And also, the one in Volantis, might be Ser Jorah.
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Apr 21, 2015
Good review, there was perhaps less action but I don't think that nothing important happened.
Jon was elected commander of the Night's watch (agree about that last token, ugh); Arya's been accepted for an internship in Assassins'r'us (also the scene with the thugs was very cool); Brienne finally found Sansa (!) and for that Littlefinger tried to have her killed; Cersei is seeing power keep slipping through her fingers. Dany keeps bringing the party down, though.

Anyway another great episode, this show has yet to disappoint.
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Apr 21, 2015
Does it make me wicked if I secretly wish that Mycella gets shipped to her mother piece by piece?
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Apr 21, 2015
Well, it is Game of Thrones, so I'd say no
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Apr 21, 2015
When the ship was passing under the Titan of Braavos, I was also wondering if everyone looks up his skirt! I'm sure people do just to see if it was anatomically correct. Hahahahaha! ;D
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Apr 21, 2015
I thought the best part was Cersei being told that she was only the queen mother and had no power to tell anyone what to do.
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Apr 22, 2015
Yeah, go Kevan!

Not because she's just the Queen mother, but because Cersei is not as smart as she think she is and this moment calls for the smartest of her family...as in, the one she wants the huntsmen to kill.
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Apr 21, 2015
Loved all the different plots taking shape this season EXCEPT for Khaleesi , after 3 seasons must we still be watching her and the whole slave/master drama , it bored me to tears last season and nothing has changed this season. Although Drogon popping in to say hi was nice !
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Apr 22, 2015
Drogon is such a mamma's boy!

...and I love it.
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Apr 21, 2015
It seems things are moving faster than I would have thought, we'll be in altogether uncharted waters by season's end to be certain.
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Apr 21, 2015
Well GRR has already told the show runners the ending and have pretty much given them permission to go ahead of the books, which makes sense considering it would be impossible to keep the cast together if the show was to go on hiatus to wait for the books to be finished.
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Apr 21, 2015
Yes, I'm aware.
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Apr 21, 2015
I liked this episode better, because it was more focused. Plus, more Arya. Which is always welcome. And yet still, not enough.

These character run-ins are basically the best. Arya & The Hound, Jon & Bran, Melisandre & Gendry, Brienne & Sansa, etc... I love seeing random characters play off each other, my favorite thing. Where is Gendry? Sansa is way less annoying now, I'm actually interested in her story.

Can't wait for Dany and Tyrion to meet, it should def spice up her story line, and I've been waiting for it forever in the books too. Yay Varys.

Yes to Dorne and the Sand Snakes. Yes to more Bravos. Yes to Stannis/Jon conflict at The Wall.

Those dragons make me so sad, all up in chains. You're making bad decisions Dany. Learn your lessons before King's Landing.

I'm so excited for this season and all the story lines that are original and veer away from the books.
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Apr 20, 2015
Dear Santa,

For Christmas...



Dany has 3 dragons and I have none. That's just unfair :(

So Jaime is basically Star-Lord of GoT now. His jacket is unisex, right?

I was so glad to see the artist formerly known as Jaqen H'ghar again. Also valar morghulis, Arya! How is Braavos, girl?

Seriously Jon?! Stannis wanted to make you Lord Stark and you refused?! What's wrong with you?!

Ellaria - you need to chill girl. We don't kill children.
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Jul 22, 2015
"So Jaime is basically Star-Lord of GoT now. His jacket is unisex, right?"

I come from the future: a desolate era that time forgot, where Jamie Lannister never again dons that jacket---the jacket we, in this time, call "the Jacket".

And so I can confirm to you that, no, the Jacket is not unisex: It is pure sex on a stick.
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Apr 26, 2015
Sweet Drogon has a sinister smile ....
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Apr 20, 2015
"The kill of the night occurred when the lady of Tarth shattered a foe's sword with her own blade, despite having little leverage in her favor since she was on horseback. That's Dwayne Johnson strength right there. Maybe I should stop talking smack about her so she doesn't snap me like a breadstick."

That's Valyrian steel for you, it is much much sharper and stronger than normal steel. Like Damascus steel on steroids. The show has not gone into long explanations of its qualities aside from mentioning it is rare.
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Apr 20, 2015
What people need to understand is that this season is a transitional period for the series... What I like to refer to as "Act 2" of the overall story. The War of the Five Kings (Act 1) is over and the kings are all dead (except for Balon for some strange reason, hello show where are the Greyjoy's?!) & Stannis, the only survivor, has found a renewed faith in his cause, all the people we've come to love or hate are gone and those who remain are either in new positions of power or moving about the board into unfamiliar territory & new players are emerging. The whole story is shifting into what should be an amazing and final "Act 3" of this series. So chill the f**k out people... I'm just so annoyed when people constantly complain "oh this episode was boring, nothing happened, this is all setup" damn right it's setup the whole season is, I mean have you read the 4th & 5th books?! It's like if an episode doesn't include a full on battle w/ major character deaths, a reveal that many don't even pick up on, All Eyes on Tyrion or dragon's burning sh!t up then nothing happened and I've had it! Lol ok rant of the day concluded, carry on
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Apr 20, 2015
Oh and Brienne's strength didn't cut the guys sword, it is because she has Jaime's sword that was made from Oathkeeper it is made from Valyrian steel and supposedly can cut through anything including other swords. Though the props department needs some work because she struggle to get through the hitching post.
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Apr 20, 2015
I agree. Just one thing: the sword Brienne's was made from was Ice, Ned Stark's sword, not from Oathkeeper. That's what her sword is named. Also made from Ice was Widow's Wail, Joffrey's (now probably Tommen's) sword.
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Apr 22, 2015
Ned would've liked Brienne should they have met, if his sword could go to any of his children, at least it's a good thing the better half of it has gone to Brienne.

Bonus points if the other half passes to Jaime (though I don't want Tommen to die).
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Apr 22, 2015
Ned would have definitely liked Brienne - they're exactly alike, especially as of this season.

But he'd be turning in his grave if he knew it was originally meant for Jaime or that he might get the other sword forged from his... even though Jaime is a changed man, a father probably could never get over the fact that he crippled his son. (I'd still like to see that happen :-)
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Apr 23, 2015
Forget his son: Ned actually saw Jamie killing Jory.

He'd never forgive him for it.
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Apr 22, 2015
This. Ned would never be able to forgive him for what he did to Bran... and what that all led too
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Apr 20, 2015
Ah, thanks for the correction.
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Apr 21, 2015
Lots of names to remember... even the names of swords ;)

Game Of Names
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Apr 20, 2015
This. Apparently even Brienne has forgotten that her sword is made of Valyrian steel as witnessed when she was honing the blade with a rock... Valyrian steel NEVER dulls!
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Apr 21, 2015
That's just her routine , what else is there to do whilst your on the road , it's not like they had wifi back then!
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Apr 22, 2015
Lol I suppose
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Apr 20, 2015
Woooow!!!! Something huge is cooking! (What a surprise... right!? LoLL)

So much information to process! So many small and big moments to take in one episode; all part of bigger picture!

I just can't wait!
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Apr 20, 2015
It was fine, its not that books and that is fine. However, if you are going to have your own writers take over for the content at least have competent writers. There was a lot of waste in this episode, particularly Stannis' wife. Who gives a shit what she thinks? I like the Daughter and I like her interaction with Gilly and Sam. But the only woman in Stannis' life that means anything really is Melissandre. I can possibly see a position for the Daughter in the future of all of this but that would be a stretch, either way that was a waste of time.

The only other book vs show gripe that I have was how Jon won. There was so much more to that and it solidified Sam's position in the watch and lends to where he is supposed to go with all of it. This part fleshed out would have been better than the vat of nothing that was Dany's part of the episode.

The other thing with the writers of the show is I don't understand putting Brienne vs Littlefinger. This is wholly theirs, there is no book on this. In some respects I can understand putting the most honorable character against the most dishonorable character but I don't think they fully thought this through. Brienne, for all of her honor is a moron. Pitting her against the second best strategist in the show is a mistake. Little finger is a great talker and she is not. It is kind of silly. Especially because Sansa isn't going anywhere.

Now on to the story. Sansa isn't going north for a few reasons. Reason numero uno is Sansa is Littlefingers or at least so he thinks. She is her mother's daughter and she looks like her, he is as in love with her as she was with her mother. She is his. He isn't going to give that up. Number 2. He has Sansa, he already has the north locked up. She as he thinks is the only Stark left and with that he already has the support of the north. We got a hint with that from Mormont's letter from bear island. He doesn't need her to marry Ramsay and doesn't need a person he can't trust in Roose. Plus he doesn't have anything to offer Roose, Roose would get more from Cersei for turning Sansa in than he would from Littlefinger and as I discussed above he is not going to risk his love. Number 3. He is a strategist and he would know that the path to the north is through the south. Littlefinger has a lot of things going for him, but the one thing he doesn't have is an Army. But Dorne does. Dorne also has an ax to grind against the Lannisters. Little finger has been quietly, yet methodically been building his empire around King's Landing. He has the Eyrie, he has his deal with Highgarden, he has Sansa, so he really is the one that has the North. All he needs now is a deal with Dorne and their Army.

My guess is that the proposal is going to be for Robert Arryn. He isn't going to give him Sansa. But he might also make a play with Sansa. Marry her to Doran and then he has the North and the South. That would be the smart play. An interesting play would be to marry him to Mycrella and really piss Cersei off.

Ellaria is a moron. Why kill Mycrella when you can use her. Bring her to the Sansnakes, train her, turn her against her mother and potentially have her kill Cersei. That would be the smart play.

Anya's first induction was all right. It still looks like they are going to go all Batman Begins with her training and they are going to turn the Faceless men into the League of Shadows rather than what it is supposed to be. But it is understandable as much as I liked the books on this topic, it was kind of slow and wouldn't lend well to TV like Bran's training. Because there is no character development in this show, it is turning into TWD with better characters and visuals.

The rest was all right. Save for Dany. I don't know who Emilia Clarks agent is but I am pretty sure he is good because I think her being in every episode is contractual at this point.
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Apr 21, 2015
Just stop comparing the show to the book already .. it's clear the show runners are going ahead with some plot points and are taking them in completely different directions. Just view the books and tv series as 2 different versions of the same story, I'm sure we'll see even more divergence from the source material once the tv series moves ahead of the books in story.
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Apr 21, 2015
No I did say that it was fine that they are going away from the books. However, that doesn't give the show writers a free pass to do stupid show writer things. It was poorly organised. Jon Snow becoming the lord of the wall is a rather important moment, book or no book. It got a little bit more time that Stannis' wife and the intro. You cut that and you cut half of Dany's monotony and you can give that plot more screen time.

I don't mind if the show goes off on its own, but I do mind lazy writing that doesn't extend the development of these characters. It was a bad choice and they seem to continue to make them.
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Apr 20, 2015
Sansa is going north, to marry ramsay, it makes sense..
with him, she could rule the north, and if stannis takes the north, she will be there to have it too..

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Apr 20, 2015
Littlefinger has people everywhere, he knows the cruelty of Ramsay. He isn't going to subject Sansa, whom he loves or is at the very least obsessed with, to that. She is a Stark, she already has the north, he doesn't need Bolton or his flay happy bastard, whom already betrayed the Starks to the Lanisters.

Going to the Boltons is too typical a move for someone that played Ned Stark, played the Lannisters (he was in on the death of Joffrey) in the manner in which he has. The tactical way to get the North is through the south.

But we shall see.
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Apr 20, 2015
Good episode. I'm not impressed with Pod/Brienne storyline. Everything else, really good.
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Apr 22, 2015
I must be the only one wanting to slap Sansa for almost gotten them killed then.

I know she never thinks, but that doesn't mean I don't.

Brienne & Pod would be dead now if it weren't for their last minute run.
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Apr 22, 2015
*getting instead of gotten (what's up with the typos toay?!)
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Apr 20, 2015
That I think is because they have kind of relegated them to the comic relief. Pod was in the battle of Blackwater for crying out loud, he saved Tyrion and killed at least one man and he got laid.. He shouldn't still be this much of a wuss. And Brienne is almost a caricature at this point as the only honorable person in Westeros to a fault.
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Apr 20, 2015
Jaime and Bronn and Tyrion and Varys are the most exciting pairings for this season.
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Apr 20, 2015
JAQEN IS BACK. Er, "a man" is back. I was so happy. I saw his name in the credits and kind of...well, I made some sort of inhuman happy noise. For me in the books, this is where her story gets really good, so I'm excited to see how the show moves forward with it.

Jaime and Bronn - can't wait.

Sansa and Petyr - loving this.

Tyrion and Varys - wonderful!

I'm just a really happy GoT at the moment.
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Apr 20, 2015
I have to say out of all of the diverging plots from the books, I am looking forward to Jaime and Bronn the most. As fun as Tyrian and Bronn were, they were too much alike. But Jaime and Bronn are two ends of the warrior spectrum and that should make for good tv
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Apr 20, 2015
No worries Tim, Kevan Lannister's head won't end up on a stake. Cersei's a power-hungry beyotch, but she knows how to play people. By offering Kevan a job she knew he would refuse angrily and then return to Casterly Rock to pout, she got him out of Kings Landing and out of her way without killing a family member and making Kevan look like the bad guy instead of her. Smart.
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Apr 20, 2015
I havent read the books but they said in this episode Kevin controls the Lannister armies , be very silly for Cersei to move on him at this point.
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Apr 20, 2015
I actually liked this episode! Loved Brienne and her mad fighting skills!
Arya´s story was kinda boring but I liked how the answer was not sit on the floor and waaaaiiiiit till forever
You know Daenerys has no clue what she is doing but I think that is realistic, of course she has no idea cause she is a brand new ruler and has zerooo experience in doing it.
Ok I know I am a Brienne fan but I can't say Littlefinger didn't have a point with the whole "track-record"
John you are the big boss now! awesome! I think?
I actually like superhero shows and lawyer shows and Daredevil but I agree that there is a lot of shows that look symilar and a little of variety is good
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Apr 20, 2015
Out of all the four episodes, this was my favorite. I love all the little pairings. Jamie & Bronn, Tyrion & Varys, Sansa & Peter even Brienne & Pod. I love that Jaqen is training Arya to be patient & let go of her old self. I love we get to see so much of Dany & all her troubles. GOT has started very well this season & I guess its good they are going different directions from the books.
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Apr 20, 2015
Great review... Very funny Tim... And I have to agree that I'd happily watch just about any character on GoT go about their business... I can't wait for Tyrion to meet Dany although at this pace... It may not happen until the series finale...
So pleased to see Drogon's back... Dany is going to need that fire power as the ultimate back up with the rowdy Mereen...
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Apr 20, 2015
There's no use: even if he only opens a door Jaqen is hot. Like the perfect mix of Christian Grey and jedi master. I can't wait to see more of Arya and him!
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Apr 20, 2015
Why is Price Peterson recapping Game of Thrones for Yahoo! TV and not TV.com?
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Apr 24, 2015
Thanks for the info!
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Apr 21, 2015
Thanks for commenting this. Love his recaps.
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Apr 20, 2015
Hey no mention of the funny travel adventures of Tyrion and The Spider! I could watch them in there own spin off all day long....
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Apr 20, 2015
I get Brienne isn't always the most exciting, but I'm surprise she get so much grief she is -BASICALLY NED STARK!
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Apr 20, 2015
A lot of people don't like the Brienne and Pod storyline and while it's not particularly interesting I love Brienne and Pod. I love the scene at the tavern when Pod gets all googly eyed with the serving wench. They are like the comedic duo of Westeros. Speaking of boring pairings, I thought Arya and The Hound was even more boring. All of last season we saw Arya and The Hound and I couldn't wait for that storyline to end. I'm glad that's over and we finally see Arya arriving in Bravos. My prediction is that she'll become a faceless assassin and kill all or most of the people on her list. Just a bit of wishful thinking. We saw Daenerys making more decisions. At first she wanted to kill the Harpy and Ser Barriston urges her to give him a fair trial. I was in agreement with Dany cuz in the end the guy was killed anyways and she executes the guy who killed him. So what was the point? I know she makes the decision because Ser Barriston talked to her about her father and she doesn't want to make the same mistakes he did cuz it pretty much destroyed the Targaryen line. Daenerys really needs to decide what kind of ruler she wants to be. She needs to learn when to be merciful and when not to be. I hope she decides to accept Tyrion's counsel and maybe with him on her side she can learn to be a better ruler.
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Apr 20, 2015
So, we FINALLY get another brother on Game of Thrones and he's Ben Freakin' Kenobi. Then he pull off his mask to reveal himself as a white dude. I guess he was less Obe Wan and more Darth Vader {sigh}

Indira Varma, I got mad love for you girl. Don't let anybody talk crazy about projecting your own guilt. You keep on hinting at a coup to avenge Oberyn and don't let nobody talk you out of it.

I had a hard time believing that Jon Snow would turn down Baratheon's offer to make him Lord Stark...until I remembered that bad things happen to Starks in power. I'd imagine that goes double for Stark pawns.

Jaime and Bronn is my new favourite buddy cop show ever.

Dany, you're still awesome. Period. Full stop.
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Apr 20, 2015
Two episodes and still no Bran. That's weird.

I really hoped Rob Snow would leave the Knight's Watch and get back to Winterfell. I guess that's not to be.

I can't wait for Tyrion to get paired with Daenerys. That could be the ingredient she's missing. WIth the brut strength of the Dragons plus the mind of Tyrion, she'll be unstoppable.

hope Sansa isn't slipping back into detestable, dependent old Sansa now that she's with Littlefinger. Am I correct in thinking that neither of the Stark daughters know that each are both still alive?

GoT demonstrates that no matter how well other shows are done - and there are quite a few that are very well done - it's still the best thing on television right now. I would love to know what the per-episode budget is because every episode looks very expensive.
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Apr 20, 2015
They already announced that Bran will not be in this season at all.
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Apr 21, 2015
well dammit.
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Apr 20, 2015
everyone in the story thinks arya, bran and the other child are dead
and that sansa escaped from kings landing, but she's hiding somewhere

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Apr 20, 2015
Bran's storyline is entirely character development and they are waving bye bye to that.
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Apr 20, 2015
They already stated that Bran and his story line won't be part of this season. They want the other story lines to get caught up.
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Apr 20, 2015
Bran's storyline is skipping a season!
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Apr 20, 2015
I just want to say: Very Good Review! thanks :)
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Apr 20, 2015
In his very first paragraph Tim said ... 'The episode wasn't quite as exciting or important to the overall story the season's first hour.'

He may as well have stopped writing there, that was so utterly wrong that anything after that was just rubbish.
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Apr 20, 2015
Wow, talk about not allowing others to have an opinion that differs from your own.
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Apr 20, 2015
Great. Now that we know what's true and what's false, can we please go back to pretending to have individual opinions? It's just more fun that way.

I for my part, for example, thought this episode was pretty damn bad. Sue me.
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Apr 20, 2015
Exactly. Each scene had a purpose. Arya's scenes showed she has reached a point of self-reliance even though she is still seeking a purpose. Varys and Trion in the "box" let the audience know that they won't be arriving in Mereen right away (Volantis is first ).
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Apr 20, 2015
I loved the metaphor of the box. Well done.
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Apr 20, 2015
Jon's rod (teehee!) made me giggle.

On a related topic, i totally had the same thought regarding the Titan of Braavos. I would have looked up. Who wouldn't? Especially cos someone blew a horn somewhere on or within the Titan to herald the arrival of the ship, and you got to wonder where that horn is located...

I like Pod, don't really like Brienne, but I'm kinda still waiting for them to bond a bit, maybe she can teach him how to ride a horse or something.
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Apr 20, 2015
Same here. Actually, seeing the Titan got 'The Scotsman' stuck in my head. " I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt..."
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Apr 20, 2015
I certainly did wonder how accurate those statue-makers of Braavos are. And at that moment the horn blew, my mind went off to a different direction and I wondered whether the Titan has a problem with gas...
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Apr 20, 2015
I think the books describe attack holes under that kilt. They drop stuff on enemy ships passing through to burn and sink them.
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Apr 21, 2015
Well, that makes for even more amusing imagery, thankyou :)
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Apr 20, 2015
This show has desensitised me to the point where only few things make me emotional, and here they all were in one episode: Dany and her dragons, Arya, Brienne failing at life.
I only wish Arya's story had a little more to it this episode
Also four for you Jon Snow, you go Jon Snow.
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Apr 20, 2015
Arya and Brienne owned this episode completely. I also loved the fact that we got to see Dorne, but a little disappointed that they replaced Arianne with Ellaria.

Still. this season has met all of my expectations so far, love the changes from the books too with only a few exceptions! :)

My review is up here: http://mikeydislikesit.com/2015/04/20/game-of-thrones-the-house-of-black-and-white-review/


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Apr 20, 2015
Looking forward to seeing Tyrion reach Daenerys, but after this episode's slower pace, it looks like it's not going to happen just yet.

Go, Brienne girl!

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Apr 20, 2015
I am looking forward to Tyrion reaching Daenerys just so her goddamned scenes can be in English.
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Apr 20, 2015
I cant believe i've watched 4 episode of the 5th season in 4 hours. Now i got nothing to do for the whole month !

WHOEVER LEAKED THE 4 EPI YOU SHOULD ROT IN HELL
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Apr 20, 2015
That's like blaming McDonalds for making you fat. Personally, I found the leaks and chose to not watch them because I prefer the pacing -- plus the leaks appeared to be of fairly low quality.
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Apr 20, 2015
Chill out. That was partially a joke. I feel the same way. I binge- watched all 4 episodes and now have nothing new to watch for 3 weeks. Kudos to you for having resistance but don't need to brag about it.
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Apr 21, 2015
Yeah, me too. So, back at ya!
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Apr 20, 2015
I've been saying that since I found out about the leak and people have been giving me so much crap for it. It takes so long for GOT to get off hiatus and to watch the first 4 eps in one sitting kind of sux. I savor it and wait for my Sunday ritual. Waiting in anticipation makes it more fun. 😊
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Apr 20, 2015
Same here.
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