Game of Thrones: ‘High Sparrow’

High SparrowThe Many-Faced God, the Faith of the Seven, the Lord of Light; so many deities it’s no wonder anything gets done in Westeros without someone shouting blasphemy. Episode 3, titled “High Sparrow,” cites the many religions and their highly devoted followers. Now, much has been said about the will of the gods, but we’ve never seen their wrath firsthand. It seems we have a conduit with a cold yet compelling Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow himself. Cersei, you have no idea what you’ve just done. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: ‘The House of Black and White’

DaenerysAnother season of Game of Thrones is nearing its inevitable end. It’s been a season filled with surprises, deviations, and controversy. And what’s a season of Game of Thrones without controversy? What’s different this time around is that the show has been actively distancing itself from its lengthy source material, resulting in some brilliant storytelling choices, some divisive, others rather questionable. But to continue to judge the show by its own merit, we have to leave behind certain expectations from the books. After all, the showrunners have been making significant strides in that direction leading up to season 5. So, instead of holding the show hostage to George R.R. Martin’s novels, I’ve decided to realign my expectations and revisit season 5 with a different analytical lens. I encourage other fans of the books to do the same. We begin with episode 2 – The House of Black and White. Continue reading