Monday, April 25, 2016
Game of Thrones Thoughts
Well Game of Thrones is back and I thought I'd share some thoughts on the first episode. I thought this was a very powerful opener, especially the beginning. Jon Snow is dead, no question about it, and I find it interesting that Davos is the one to find him. Davos and a few loyalists take his body in and are smart enough to get the direwolf too. I liked how his howling by the way kinda set a tone. In the book there are a ton of wildlings and even a giant at Castle Black when Jon is stabbed, so from a book standpoint all chaos may break loose right after the attack on Jon. You could have Wun Wun the giant lashing out, wildlings vs Nights Watch, plus Stannis has people there too- which side will they take? It may depend on what Melisandre chooses, and she'll choose Jon.
So... in the show however we're down to a standoff between Davos and Alliser. Although Dolorous Edd went off to get help- maybe he's going to get wildlings? I thought this was all well done, and I was just waiting for fighting to break out when they try to get at Davos- but now I think Edd's going to get help before that happens.
Okay let's talk about the reveal. Yeah it happened at the end but I'm bumping that up. Melisandre... is really really old. That was well done and quite the shocker, although there have been hints. I assumed Mel would rush to Jon's aid, but she goes to bed after showing her true form. Is she having a crisis of faith? Hard to tell... this is easily the most interesting storyline at the moment. What did you think?
Sansa and Theon on the run. Also well done. When they're running through the woods it just how I always imagined the wolfswood would look. Very nice locations. I was surprised they were cornered so quick- but then Brienne shows up. I like her more in the books than on the show (I think it's the actress) but nevertheless Sansa has now sorta been rescued. Where will they go?
Cersei- I almost felt sorry for her. Losing Myrcella... that's tough, but then again Maggy the Frog predicted all this. And the Jaime of the show is SO different from the Jaime of the books -we are really diverging here. Margaery is still in cell, and the shocker of the night comes from Dorne. This is the sound of the producers chopping story fat away ruthlessly- in the books Doran is revealed to be a very patient man who takes the long view and has a plan in place- but the show has excised most of that, so I guess Doran wasn't needed. Killing him and Trystane off - yeah I think Dorne is just being used to highlight the Sand Snakes until Dany comes back.
What's Tyrion doing? Walking around Meereen with Varys (and no guards???) and doing nothing- we see that ships are being burned. Oops- but then they'll have all the ships they need, because Euron is coming. It was around this time I started to realize we're not going to see Jon much- they were jumping from storyline to storyline, giving us a peek at each, and the episode was winding down. Everyone on this show is just too scattered. We get Arya being tormented by the Waif, a development that was different in the books as the Kindly Man did the hitting with the staff.
So back to Melisandre. What do you think of the big reveal? Everyone is assuming she will resurrect Jon Snow, and maybe she will- but I wouldn't be surprised if his coming back happens a different way. Not sure what that is- and I think Mel will play a role- but I think there may be another surprise on the way.