Game of Thrones continues to vault upwards, season by season, and its fourth (just completed) has been its best yet. If the season’s ninth episode (traditionally the placeholder slot for the major fireworks) was a bit of a dud thanks to the visual boredom of a nighttime fight at the Wall, the season’s finale – “The Children” – was a clockwork perfection of bloody payoff to all the capital the season, and the series, has accumulated so far.Read more
"This was one of my favourite episodes ever before the Harryhausen skeletons showed up.” - me when the Wights showed up
"THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE EPISODES BEFORE THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SHOOTS FIST FIRE SHOWED UP!” - me when the Children showed up, officially running out of things to completely lose my shit about
Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones. Fantastically gory.
I’ve read all the books, but never expected to lose my 2 favourite characters in the space of a week. When this season ends I’m going to be indescribably glad to not have to watch Game of Thrones again for a long, long time.
ICYMI: it’s your Saturday content recap! I haven’t tried the Talisker Storm, can someone please confirm/deny
Blog: Me and my dad went to see David Letterman!
Podcast: Mamo #359 looked at Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West, seconds before the Jupiter Ascending delay got announced!
All this and more can be found at tederick.com.
In which faithlessness and godlessness collide in Westeros upon the explosion of the Red Viper’s red head. Read more
Sexual orientation: Oberyn Martell
Let us remember him when he was beautiful. (Spoilers for Game of Thrones.)
My thoughts on the death of the Red Viper are significant and lengthy:
Because within five minutes of striding onto the screen in 4x01, Pedro Pascal a) convinced me that the character, so meaningless in the books, had value; b) invested me intrinsically in his story; c) became my first serious man-crush in a good long while;
Because I knew, of course, that he was going to get killed, but given the quantity of off-book adaptation changes this season, had me hoping that D&D would flip the script on this one, because the thought of three more seasons of Game of Thrones without Pedro Pascal is actually worse than the after-effects of the Red Wedding. Seriously: who the fuck am I meant to care about in this world if I can’t have my sweaty Spanish bisexual??;
Because that episode, 4x08, was expertly directed. Game of Thrones has finally learned the value of a held silence, and Alex Graves manipulated pacing, tone, and photographic composition throughout the first 50 minutes of “The Mountain and the Viper” to land perfectly on the final fight, which (excuse me) pops right out of the screen as a vibrant, vicious, and - ultimately - unbelievably horrific example of “what life is like in Westeros”;
Because early in 4x08, Dolorous Edd asks that if he is killed on the attack on Castle Black, the last surviving brother burns his body - because he doesn’t want to come back to this world. And later, Ellaria Sand asks the Red Viper, “Don’t leave me alone in this world.” The growing realization that Westeros, itself, is actually Hell. And “The Mountain and the Viper” is the proof;
Because THIS post has been my year: