Season 5, Episode 2: “The House of Black and White”
Welcome, my friends! Welcome to our weekly Game of Thrones recap, where we have all kinds of wonderful insights to share with you today about the second episode of this season. I feel like this episode is still setting the table for what’s to come, much like it was in Episode 1, but I think I can finally smell some food a’cookin’.
In preparation for the Season 5 premiere I went back and watched the final few episodes from last season. Oberyn’s death is still very hard to take, as was Shay’s betrayal but the one thing that stuck with me is that there is NO WAY Khaleesi could have lifted those chains & collars for her dragons all by her lonesome. But I digress, Season 5 is here and so is my pal SP, so let’s get this Recap Spectacular started!
So, the Game of Thrones season finale has come and gone. And with as much anticipation as the finale brings, it also carries a dull sting to it.
For 10 weeks a year Sunday nights are not simply the closing of a weekend and an evening riddled with horrifying thoughts of what terrors the workweek is going to foist upon you. For 10 weeks a year Sunday nights become something to look forward to and something to embrace. Sure, there is always going to be a certain kind of resigned dread filling many people’s heads on Sunday nights, but for 10 weeks a year we have some cushion for those heads bloated with misery.
Here we are Game of Thrones fans. Episode 9: a.k.a. the episode where the shit traditionally slams into the fan (and in most cases the fan utterly explodes due to the sheer quantity of feces being hurled at it). All revolting metaphors aside, this season’s ninth episode certainly did not disappoint!Continue reading →
I’m choosing to remember the good times. So should you.
JIM: I suppose if you live in a place called Mole’s Town, pretty much the best thing you can hope for is an early death at the hands of cannibals. Ygritte and her pals show up, right after the belching whore took her bow, and slaughter the entire village, save for dimwit Gilly & her little bundle of shame. Jon Snow & the Gloom Brothers brood over the ransacking and ponder their soon to arrive fate, convinced that Mance Rayder will strike any day now. Is the wilding army the absolute slowest moving army in the history of ever? It seems like months since they started advancing towards the wall. Did they get lost? What are they doing back there? I never know what they’re doing.
Okay, that last part may be a slight exaggeration, but we are indeed back for another fun-laden trip through this week’s Game of Thrones episode.
Now when the unknowing sees the title of this episode, they may think, “Wow, that’s a pretty name for an episode, because mockingbirds are like nice and shit.” But those of us who DO know, know that this is the self-chosen sigil of one Petyr Baelish, so he probably factors greatly into the episode. Those of us also in the know realize that this is going to spell trouble for someone, because Littlefinger is NOT the type of dude you want to mess with. So, with all that being said, let’s get to this week’s questions! Continue reading →
So much to process this week, let’s jump right into it, shall we?
JIM: Is there a more resilient character in all of Westeros than the good old Onion Knight? He lost some fingers, watched his son get blown to smithereens in the Battle of the Blackwater, and was a non-trad at the Shireen Baratheon School for Knights Who Want to Learn to Read Good and Do Other Stuff Good Too. As this episode opens he’s convinced Stannis to sail to Braavos to seek a loan from the Iron Bank. When they are dismissed in short order in favor of Tywin Lannister, Stannis shoots Davos a look that says you’ll either rot in prison or the Red Lady will burn you alive. But, resilient dude that he is, Davos convinces the Iron Bankers they are backing the wrong king. Did you enjoy the Braavos addition to the opening credits as much as I did? Where you happy for the return of that old rapscallion, Sallahdor Saan? And just how many more times can Davos pull himself back from the edge of disaster before he loses more than his fingers? Continue reading →