Another week, another fantastic episode – this show is truly firing on all cylinders this season, and we’re only halfway through. Enjoy my review below and as always, beware of spoilers because I’m holding nothing back.
My friends, it seems that Game of Thrones has done it again. After seeing Dany emerge naked from the fire last week, I’d expected the show would give us some time to catch our breath. You know, maybe wait a week or two before hitting us with the next powerhouse of an episode. But no: it’s one week later, the very next episode, and they blow our minds yet again. This time there’s a moment so instantly iconic, frankly I’m surprised the fucking internet hasn’t exploded yet. A shot this powerful, this emotional, deserves to be talked about for years to come. Because let’s be honest here – have you ever, in any type of media, witnessed a close-up of a dong that was this detailed and tastefully framed?
You have? Danish arthouse movies, you say? Either that or Pornhub? Well, fuck. Forget I said anything then.
Tits and dragons!* They remembered! Best episode ever!
Would you look at that. One week I’m complaining about the intense lack of Daenerys nudity, one week later my prayers are answered. If I knew this was gonna happen, I’d have wished for more. Like maybe Stannis turns out to be alive after all, and hey look, it’s Oberyn Martell! He’s back too, saying his death was just a trick, the guy that got his head crushed was actually his less charismatic twin brother Bernie. They did it in that movie THE PRESTIGE, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t work here. Wouldn’t even be the most improbable thing that ever happened on this show.
I think we can all agree that THE WINTER SOLDIER is one of the very best films Marvel has released so far. There was some pressure on the Russo brothers then to outdo themselves with CIVIL WAR, but let me tell you… they rose to the occasion. A word of warning: I feel the film has been out long enough for me to take a full spoilers approach with this review – don’t read if you haven’t seen it yet.
Yes, this is the third Captain America movie, but I think we all know that we’re dealing with a little more than that here. We’ve known that ever since Robert Downey Jr. signed on to join the cast and it became clear what the premise of CIVIL WAR was going to be: Cap and Iron Man, going head to head, each with their own team of superheroes at their back. Although he is undisputably still the lead, this is not just the continuing story of Steve Rogers, but of all of the Avengers, save for a couple of notable exceptions. It’s a 2,5 hour epic that almost feels bigger than anything Marvel has ever done, even though in other ways this is actually a much more intimate story than we’re used to seeing from them.
After two fast-paced episodes things slow down quite a bit in the third one. Still lots of good shit happening though – let’s get right to it.
Once again all the most interesting things happen at the Wall, where Jon Snow has finally returned from the dead. I love that this is not being played as something cool, but more as something that’s strange and unnatural and kind of messed up. Just look at Davos’ face at the very start of the episode – that does not look like the face of a man who’s happy to greet an old friend. He snaps out of it though and is there to comfort Jon when he, quite understandably, freaks the fuck out. With the exception of Melisandre, everyone is looking at him like he’s a god – or worse, a demon – and even Jon himself expresses some doubts about whether something may have changed inside of him. Enough attention is devoted to this idea to expect some developments or revelations further down the line, but for now he sure seems like the same old bastard we know and love. Still a sensitive dude, still wants to do good, still doesn’t enjoy taking lives even when he has a pretty good reason to be taking them.
We’ve waited a long goddamn time for it, but the sixth season of Game of Thrones is finally upon us. Who’s ready for weekly episode reviews? I know, I’m a week late, but it’s still a good idea. To catch up I’m reviewing the first two episodes together. Just so you know, these articles will be long, ponderous and filled to the brim with spoilers. Here goes.
So… We finally know.
We’ve been through hell together, you and I, forced to suffer for an entire year while the fate of one of our favorite characters remained shrouded in mystery. We obsessively followed the news, greedily absorbed every tiny clue that hinted at a definitive answer. Did they actually kill him? Is he truly dead, and if he is, will he stay that way? Well, we’ve finally been put out of our misery, because the truth has been revealed. The answer is yes – he really is dead. And he’s never coming back. Roose Bolton confirmed it himself by mentioning what a shame it is that they don’t know who killed him. After all, he would have liked to reward the man who took Stannis Baratheon’s life.