Let’s Talk About ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7

When Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen meet on Dragonstone – a game-changing meeting wherein Dany bids him to bend the knee while Jon presents the game-changing news of White Walkers and an army of the dead – the King in the North implores to the Dragon Queen, “There’s no time for any of this.” It speaks to the larger reason why Season 7 pales in comparison to the show’s previous seasons. Season 7 boasts Avengers-level gatherings, where characters we never thought would meet wind up joining forces. It makes for a tremendously crowd-pleasing experience, but, upon repeat viewings, it is also a frustrating one. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Top Ten Favorite Moments

Now that we’ve GoT the clashes and big battles out of the way, I’d like to key in on my personal favorite scenes. The smaller, quieter moments (comparatively) that showcase to me what Game of Thrones is really all about: prestige actors acting opposite one another and fully inhabiting a world. It’s an unspoken or purely spoken joy that I don’t feel we often recognize because DRAGONS. To be fair, dragons are pretty awesome. These ten moments below, they’re pretty spectacular too. What were your favorites? Continue reading

A Clash of Swords: Game of Thrones’ Best Battles

The Long Night is upon us y’all.

After taking a year off, it’s safe to say the anticipation for Game of Thrones’ final season is ready to burst like the Sept of Baelor. As we wait out this final stretch before the premiere, I’ll be taking a look back on past seasons with deep dives, discussions, and lists long enough to test Arya’s patience.

First up: the show’s best battle sequences. I’m not going to limit myself to just the big army battles, but all the spectacular PVPs in between. It’s going to get bloody. (And, from what’s been teased of the upcoming season, it’s about to get even bloodier.)

Let the ranking begin. Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’: The Pack Survives

“We are a group of people who do not like one another.” Ya think? Tyrion’s assessment may be too on the nose, but he’s not wrong. Everyone on this show has a bone to pick with someone. Two interactions that happen early on in the episode involve threats to kill the other, and the meeting hasn’t even begun. By all rights, none of these characters should be within proximity. Then again, Game of Thrones loves playing things close to the chest. This far into the show and that much closer to the end, everyone is well aware of what the other is capable of – who’s aligned with who, what’s motivating them – leaving little to no tricks up anyone’s sleeve, their hands shown for all to see. Or perhaps there’s one final move left to play.  Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’: A Critique of Ice and Fire

Game of Thrones’ most astonishing accomplishment this season is streamlining its dense plot, one that is consistently marked and marred by tangents that either have nothing to do with the overarching story, or everything. What began as a political drama is now clearing away the chessboard for a world-ending scenario, forcing our heroes to set aside their lust for power and unite against a common enemy. And yet, this narrowed focus is what has made Season 7 a fascinating viewing experience as much as it has been a frustrating one.  Continue reading