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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: “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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Game of Thrones: New cast members for Season Three!

Including but not limited to Sam from Love Actually, Gareth from The Office, and Emma Peel!

Is Game of Thrones the next Harry Potter, i.e. the latest powerhouse showcase of ridiculous British talent?  I think YES.

(Why is Thomas Sangster now going by Thomas Brodie-Sangster?  Is this like the opposite of Tiffani Amber Thiessen insisting on going by Tiffani Thiessen?)

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Game of Thrones: How TV adaptations of epic fantasy novels reveal my inner racist

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(No, this doesn’t contain spoilers.  At least not really.)

I’m reading A Song of Ice and Fire (aka “the Game of Thrones books”), and I just finished the second book, A Clash of Kings, today on the subway.  I’ve seen Season One of the series on shoddy European links, but I’m super excited to watch every episode this coming weekend when HBO marathons both seasons.*

A few days ago, I set my DVR to record the series, and I noticed that a Season Two episode, “Garden of Bones,” had recorded.  I thought, “Sure, I can watch this.  I’ve already read this part,” upon reading the episode description.

Anyway, in the Dany storyline, she arrives at Qarth and encounters the Thirteen.  This episode marks the introduction of recurring character Xaro Xhoan Daxos.  And to my racist surprise, British actor Nonso Anozie (who is black) had been cast as Xaro.

Why is this a surprise?  I guess I had envisioned Xaro as white while reading the book.  Which is completely illogical.  First of all, Xaro is a desert guy.  I mean, if you’re from the desert, you’re probably not pasty.  Secondly, he’s a part of Dany’s storyline.  Almost nobody in Dany’s storyline (except Dany and Ser Jorah, who is only there because he’s an exiled knight) is white.  Everybody else is Dothraki or some other nomadic warrior tribe-person in the desert.  (Not to mention, everybody who IS white in the books refers to the Dothraki and the other nomadic warrior desert tribes as “savages,” which I don’t think has historically ever really been used to describe white people.)

Why do I envision everybody as white?  I’M not even white!  Also, at least a third of the world is, like, solely Chinese and Indian.  This doesn’t even include all the Asians, not to mention the other non-whites.  According to Wikipedia, white people only constitute like 12-13% of the world population.  SO WHY DO I ENVISION EVERYBODY AS WHITE?

Anyway, I’m a little sickened with myself.

* Special thanks to Kevin at Time Warner Cable who was charmed by pitied me when I called last week to set up my account.  He asked, “So do you like to watch movies?” and I replied, “Well, yeah, but I don’t like to pay for them,” and for some reason, he decided to reward my frankness with a full year of free HBO.  Moral of the story:  tell the truth because somebody might feel sorry for you.  Also, Kevin rocks.

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