Category Archives: TV

Game of Thrones: “The Children”

Valar morghulis…eventually, right, Hound?

Valar morghulis…eventually, right, Hound?

What. A. Finale.

I have to say, too, that even as someone who’s read the books, the series has deviated so much—yet thrives as its own entity—that I’m still on the edge of my seat. (Metaphorically, of course. I like to sit back on my couch.)

So what’s the latest with our buddies in Westeros (and beyond)?

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Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”

Don't bother wiping that troubled look off your face.

Don’t bother wiping that troubled look off your face.

Yay! After a few weeks off from Game of Thrones, we’ve found each other again. I was away but I only missed one episode (“Mockingbird”) since HBO showed The Normal Heart (so good!) last week.

Anyway, like many episodes, this one ended in your typical disturbing Game of Thrones fashion. Let’s see…

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Game of Thrones: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Everybody hates Tyrion.

Everybody (really) hates Tyrion.

This fourth season of Game of Thrones has felt a little different, and I think it’s because we haven’t seen as much of Tyrion Lannister, probably the show’s most recognizable character to a casual fan. Sure, Sean Bean’s face was all over the first season’s promotional campaign, but it’s been Peter Dinklage hitting the late-night talk-show circuit and racking up all the acting awards amid a super talented cast.

This week’s episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” features a worthy return of Tyrion in all his exasperated, sharp-tongued glory.

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Game of Thrones: “First of His Name”

Ghost is back!

Ghost is back!

This is a bit late, but I had bridesmaidy duties this weekend.

Anyway, I especially liked this week’s Game of Thrones episode, “First of His Name,” because there was so much emphasis on the awesome female characters, who range from cunning to vulnerable to naive to batshit fucking crazy. Read on…

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Game of Thrones: “Oathkeeper”

Jaime is basically the star of this season.

Jaime is basically the star of this season.

Dany’s army is getting bigger than ever, the kingdom’s moving past Joff, and Cersei’s becoming as much of a drunk as her late husband in “Oathkeeper.”

(Unfortunately no Oberyn, Tywin, Arya, or the Hound.)

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Game of Thrones: “Breaker of Chains”

Emilia Clarke must want to burn this outfit.

Emilia Clarke must want to burn this outfit.

Oh goody, we’re in A.J. [After Joffrey] time. Like Tyrion astutely noticed some time ago, kings are dropping like flies. Valar morghulis.

Here are some superlatives for “Breaker of Chains”…

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Game of Thrones: “The Lion and the Rose”

Drop the goblet, Tyrion!

Drop the goblet, Tyrion!

Everybody loves a royal wedding, right? Plus, after last season’s super boring, bare-bones ceremony between Robb and Talisa, I want some pomp and circumstance during this much-anticipated union between Joffrey and Margaery.

Oh, and did “The Lion and the Rose” ever deliver…

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Game of Thrones: Tywin Lannister is a BAMF

Maybe the most quietly commanding guy in all of Westeros

The most quietly commanding guy in all of Westeros

Happy weekend! Mine is already off to a great start: tons of sunshine, lots of coffee, and fresh-smelling laundry.

Weekends mean another thing: new episodes of Game of Thrones! Before that, though, let’s take a look at one of my favorite characters, Tywin Lannister—whom I kind of feel like I’m supposed to hate, but can’t help but totally respect—and why he totally rocks.

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Game of Thrones: “Two Swords”

Dany cuddling with Drogon (NBD)

Dany cuddling with Drogon (NBD)

OMG. Game of Thrones is finally back!

Admittedly, whenever a new season of any show starts up again, I find it difficult to remember what the hell actually happened. Luckily, for the past few weeks, HBO has been rerunning three episodes per night to catch viewers up. Then they marathoned all three seasons a few times over this past weekend.

Basically, I’ve been watching a LOT of Game of Thrones. Plus I’ve been rereading the books. I was so g.d. excited for season premiere “Two Swords,” which may has well been titled “Everybody Hates the Lannisters.”

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ESPN 30 for 30: The Price of Gold

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Earlier this week, ESPN aired 30 for 30’s “The Price of Gold,” which chronicles the Tonya Harding–Nancy Kerrigan…episode of 1994, mostly from Tonya’s point of view since Nancy refused to participate (though her husband did), presumably since she’s involved in another documentary with NBC.

As an up-to-the-minute pop-culture devourer who gets annoyed at people who bring up day-old gossip, I should have hated this. But as a fan who has been watching figure skating since the 1992 Olympics, I was g.d. riveted by this rehashing of 20-year-old events (uh, yeah).

Here are some thoughts…

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