April, 2019

The Battle for Winterfell: Season 8, Episode 3m

The Battle for Winterfell is quite possible the face-off we’ve been waiting for the entire series.  The third episode of Season 8 is fantastic and didn’t have my finishing a box of tissues like I feared. One thing I particularly liked about the battle sequence is that it has a different texture than the Battle of Blackwater Bay and the Battle of the Bastards and other battles. This episode’s use of fire and music were majestic, and I wouldn’t be…

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Lovers and Old Friends Reunite: Season 8, Episode 2 Recap

This may be the perfect episode for it evokes in the viewer – at least this viewer – a faint replica of feeling the events evoked in its participants. As the series marches towards its finale, I find myself filled with sadness and a desire to linger, just like the lovers and old friends who spent their last night together before death marches on Winterfell. For the last two episodes, I’ve been struck by how much this feels like CS…

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Jenny’s Song: The Last Night

In Episode 2 of the final season, as he sat by the fire on what may be the beginning of a very long night,  perhaps the longest of nights — Tyrion requests that somebody sings a song. Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) obliges — and sings the haunting song of Jenny of Oldstones. The song appears in the books. And this fire lit episode was the perfect place for it. The episode is a prelude to tragedy because we know that…

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The Symmetry in the First Episode of the Last Season

This is a very late recap-ish post because I was sick with bronchitis on Sunday night. But, despite nearly hacking up a lung, I loved every minute of Sunday night’s show. Every season, I have a debate about whether I want to write a book or continue blogging. And every season I vow that I will limit blogging and write a book. At 376 posts, many of which are 2000-5000 words, this website has a lot of content (not all…

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