Why I Want To Stop Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Winter Is Coming Live’ recaps the latest Game of Thrones episode, ‘The Gift’.

This is our weekly recap of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and before I dive into everything, a couple points to get out of the way. In a surprising turn of events, two of the most iconic Game of Thrones’ characters met for the first time Sunday night: Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. But it might be a little more than Stannis bargained for seeing as the sacrifice would be his young daughter, Shireen. (This sorceress doesn’t have any other tricks up her sleeve than that?) Hosts Adam Rady, Alison Haislip, and Xavier Brinkman discuss whether Stannis will be able to go through with the deed in this clip from the latest episode of WinterIsComing.Net’s “Winter Is Coming Live.” “Winter Is Coming Live” airs exclusively on EW.com all season long, with the full recap available here.

However, we’re finally starting to see momentum gathering, as the characters are being pushed to the brink as we find out what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve victory, and whether the gods will view those sacrifices favorably. In a season full of unexpected character pairings, Sunday’s Thrones concluded with the most mind-blowing and eagerly anticipated partnering of them all when the fugitive Lannister revealed himself to the Breaker of Chains as she toured a fighting pit. In Meereen, Jorah Mormont is willing to murder a half-dozen men with barely a second glance to once again stand before his queen, only to find himself once more a prisoner when Queen Daenerys doesn’t react favorably to her prodigal knight.

Showrunner David Benioff said pairing these two characters—played by Emmy winner Peter Dinklage and Emmy nominee Emilia Clarke—was one of the twists the producers most eagerly anticipated this season. “We’re really excited to see these two characters we love so much finally set eyes on each other,” Benioff said. “Creatively it made sense to us, because we wanted it to happen. The queen, meanwhile, has sacrificed her hand in marriage, if not her sexual independence, in the hope of uniting all those within the walls of Meereen.

Daario Naharis, her erstwhile lover (who wouldn’t mind the idea of becoming her third husband) thinks that Dany should use the occasion of the opening of the fighting pits to execute all the masters, and indeed raises the question of whether Hizdahr zo Loraq, future King Consort of Meereen, is in fact the leader of the Sons of the Harpy who have mysteriously ceased their campaign of terrorism. Todd VanDerWerff: After last week’s whiff of an episode, “The Gift” makes up for lost time, layering in lots and lots of scenes viewers have been waiting for. I’m bored by the writer’s tactics to elicit shock in audiences and if I was an average viewer, I would find something else to do on Sunday nights. Far from being free men as Hizdahr had promised, Jorah and Tyrion are clearly slaves, bought at auction and saved from an ugly death in the sands only by the Mormont knight’s skill at arms.

At the very other side of the known world, another ruler is being made to choose between his deepest desires and the most painful sacrifice imaginable. It’s hard to come up with a more eloquent explanation, but this just felt right. [Varys] puts Tyrion’s mission out there [in the season premiere] and the mission ends in Meereen.” Tyrion and Daenerys have not yet met in George R.R. Why, about the only thing here that doesn’t feel like a payoff (or the start of one) is Brienne standing glumly outside of Winterfell, checking her watch to see if it’s episode nine yet.

If the last episode felt a bit like the show getting trapped by its own storytelling devices, then “The Gift” aims to let viewers know that the show still has some tricks up its sleeve. But as is increasingly the case on the show, the producers opted to progress the story beyond the characters’ stopping point in Martin’s most recent book, A Dance with Dragons, in order to maintain an intense TV-friendly pace.

It’s more successful at this in some plotlines than others (the Sansa story is still a bit of a mess), but at least the series has regained the momentum it misplaced in some of the previous hours. Benioff and his fellow showrunner Dan Weiss have previously pointed out they prefer to cap the series around seven seasons. “There will always be some fans who will think it’s blasphemy,” Benioff noted. “But we can’t not do something because we’re afraid of the reaction. I was just as grossed out by the gratuitous rape scene at the end of last week’s episode as everyone else, mostly because it was deplorable, but also partially because it didn’t serve to teach us anything new about these characters. Yet for all that he wants to march, the winter storms are holding him back, just as the winds at Aulis held back the Achaean fleet that was waiting to sail to Troy.

I like to think we’ve always done what’s in the best interest of the show and we hope most people agree.” Next week, Tyrion and Dany will have their first real conversation, and you can expect it to rank among the best scenes of the season. Just like the High King Agamemnon, Stannis is now faced with a choice between the will of the gods and his daughter’s life, the life he fought so hard to preserve when she was struck down by greyscale.

While some fans were upset by the death of Ser Barristan earlier this year, his demise means that Dany lost an experienced senior adviser with strong knowledge of Westeros at a time when her regime is under attack from insurgents. She claims that the power of king’s blood held in Shireen’s veins will lead Stannis to victory, and reminds him of the three leaches which he cast into the fire that seem to have struck down two kings…but Balon Greyjoy still lives. From that evidence, we might say that Melisandre is a fraud and a crank – and yet, we have the evidence of Renly’s death and the rebirth of Beric Dondarrion to remind us that R’hllor really does have power in this world. And that’s something of the sticking point: In our own world, we view the idea that a king might sacrifice his daughter because the gods demand it as abhorrent, in no small part because we don’t believe the sacrifices work.

I’ve had friends tune out, unable to take it any more, after the Red Wedding, after that fight between the Mountain and Oberyn, and after Sansa’s rape. But in a world where we know that there really is going to be an apocalyptic conflict between the living and the dead, where the gods might actually answer prayers in the form of fiery miracles, it becomes a very different question.

He told The New York Times, “rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day.” Sure, rape did happen and continues to occur everyday without being gender specific. And at last, Cersei has sacrificed everything to gain a momentary victory as she stands over an imprisoned Margaery offering the same table scraps that the two women feuded over at the Purple Wedding. Genuinely believing that Margaery Tyrell is the mortal enemy foretold in her prophecy, Cersei has rendered the crown helpless to protect its own, as she finds out herself when she’s thrown into the dungeons, right next to her daughter-in-law. The men of the Night’s Watch come to pay their respects, and to let poor Sam know that he’s alone up there. “You’re losing all your friends,” the acting leader (Jon Snow has gone north of the wall) tells Sam, as the Maester’s corpse is lit aflame. Unfortunately for Cersei, Lancel of the Faith Militant is firmly in the control of the High Sparrow, who shows himself willing to countenance any sacrifice in the name of the Seven.

Perhaps the only good man in the seven kingdoms steps up and defends his girl, mostly by getting punched in the face so many times that it tires the bad dudes out. But it stands to reason that now that the country will see her accused of the thing she’s always been rumored to be guilty of, everybody can fill in the blanks themselves. It’s not a coincidence that the episode featured two scenes where characters reminded us neither Tommen nor Myrcella has any real claim to the throne. Khaleesi starts the episode in bed with Daario who, after proposing and getting turned down, advises her to chop off every head of every family leader in the city. (That conversation took a turn, eh?) Dany ignores him though and continues with her plan to win back the hearts of her adopted city.

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