Tonight’s (GoT) Cluster-fuck

cluster-fuck
n. a disastrously mishandled situation or undertaking

My there are tons of rumors circulating about what’s to happen tonight in Game of Thrones (S8 E3) – which by the way was filmed in Ireland, took 11 weeks to film with 750 people working at night in the freezing cold. It clocks in at 82 minutes, making it the longest episode of the series.

At the end of last Sunday’s episode, children and anyone else unable to do battle (women & seniors???) would be “safely” tucked away in Winterfell’s catacombs – which are filled with the dead descendants of Winterfell. Hmmm. It may be highly likely that the Night King and his White Walkers will see fit to raise these dead descendants, massacring everyone trapped there. This turn of events makes some sense to me and may speak to “Jenny’s Song” which was sung by Podrick, with another version played during the closing credits of last Sunday’s episode. Then again, it may not…

Jenny of Oldstones was a woman from the Riverlands who claimed to be descended from the Children of the Forest and this song was composed in her honor.
High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most
The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp old stones
Spun away all her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
They danced through the day and into the night
Through the snow that swept through the hall
From winter to summer then winter again​​
Til the walls did crumble and fall
And she never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
And she never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave
High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most

However, there are things NOT being referenced that I’m more interested in:

  • If I remember correctly, at the end of S7 both Tormund and Dondarrion saw first-hand Viserion & the Night King’s destruction of The Wall. In any event, Bran witnessed it when he warged into a flock of ravens. So, if at least one person at Winterfell knows of Viserion being turned into a wight of enormous power why has this not been mentioned?
  • There are giants in the army of the dead. What about their mammoths?
  • Something about the reason behind why the Night King wants to kill Bran (aka the 3-eyed Raven) doesn’t feel “right” to me. It seems too pat

pat
adj. simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing
adv. at exactly the right moment or in the right way; conveniently or opportunely

Finally, I don’t trust Daenerys. Throughout the series she’s been single-minded about taking back the Iron Throne.

  1. I don’t think she’s totally on board with this war against the dead. I think the only reason she’s at Wintefell instead of Kings Landing is her affection for Jon/Aegon.
  2. Speaking of that, she sure didn’t look too happy learning that he usurps her being the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
  3. The writers may throw a big monkey-wrench in this “living vs. dead” battle by having Daenerys pack up the Unsullied, the Dothraki, and her dragons and high-tail it to Kings Landing

One more note (from the books):
“Also, recall Cersei’s prophecy which has almost all come true, including the deaths of her children. The final bit reads: And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.a Valonqar means little brother, and could refer to either of her siblings.”

Since this part of Maggy the Frog’s prophecy was not included in the show, it may be moot. Interesting to imagine that Jaime may (finally) turn on his sister.

Finally, I think everyone (except perhaps Bran) is underestimating the Night King himself. I think he’s very clever and not easily duped. At this point, it’s anyone’s “Game”…

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Game of Zones (?)

Official Game of Zones Logo

Created by Bleacher Report, Game of Zones is a animated parody of Game of Thrones featuring NBA players.

I saw the advertisement for Game of Zones on TV during (surprise!) NBA games. Being a fan of Game of Thrones I was curious and checked it out. It’s very well-done. Professional and polished. I definitely recommend taking a look – but be forewarned:  unless you’re a fan of both the HBO series AND the NBA, some references may be lost on you.

Episodes from all six seasons can be found on gameofzones.bleacherreport.com, but here’s Season 1, Episode 1.

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The (Remaining) Men of GoT – Part 3

Here are the final eight men of Game of Thrones that have played/will play a prominent part of Season 8.

Part 1
Part 2

Davos Seaworth

Dubbed the “Onion Knight”, Ser Davos is both a landed knight and a smuggler (now reformed). For his past crimes Stannis Baratheon cut off four fingertips from his right hand. Davos keeps the bones from his fingertips in a pouch around his neck as a “lucky charm”.

Wise, honest and straighforward, he currently serves as trusted advisor to Jon Snow.

Grey Worm

Grey Worm is one of the Unsullied, warrior-eunuchs formerly of Astapor but who now serve Daenerys Targaryen after she freed them from their tyrannical Masters – after which the Unsulled chose Grey Worm to be their commander. He also serves as an advisor to Daenerys.

Love is in the air:  Grey Worm and Missandei are romantically entwined.

Bronn

Ser Bronn of the Blackwater is a skilled and dangerous mercenary. A sellsword. His allegiance is to the highest bidder. That said, he does have charm and wit but you’d definitely want him on your side in battle.

It’ll be interesting to see if his character “shifts” at all in the coming episodes. Or at least, which side he chooses in the final war – if he makes it that far.

Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund is one of the Free Folk who lived North beyond the Wall. Until the White Walkers moved in. Now he fights with Jon Snow against the army of the dead.

Reminding me of a Viking warrior, Tormund Giantsbane is a formidable fighter and natural leader. He also has the hots for Brienne of Tarth. I hear fans of the show are clamoring for them to become “an item” and I’m one of them. Here’s to Tormund and Brienne!!

Euron Greyjoy

Gosh, is there anything nice I can say about Euron Greyjoy? Uncle to Theon and his sister Yara, Euron’s an arrogant, crude, amoral murderer – having killed his own brother to gain command of the Salt Throne.

I still can’t believe Cersei actually had sex with him. I have faith, though, that Cersei will see Euron gets exactly what he deserves. After she’s done having him to do her dirty work that is…

Gendry Baratheon

Captured and traded several times during the series, Gendry Baratheon is the bastard son of Robert Baratheon. A handsome lad, he’s the last living person in House Baratheon’s bloodline.

Melisandre to Gendry:  “The bastard of Robert of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men. Why do you think the City Watch wanted you? There is power in a king’s blood.”

Beric Dondarrion

Lord Dondarrion is the leader of a guerilla resistance group, Brotherhood Without Borders.

Beric’s died and been brought back to life by Thoros of Myr six times – a sure sign he’s instrumental in the upcoming war against the dead.

As Thoros died at the end of Season 7, if Dondarrion dies again he will not be brought back. Or will he? We still haven’t seen Melisandre appear this Season…

Podrick (Pod) Payne

Podrick was Tyrion Lannister’s squire in King’s Landing and saved his life during the Battle of Blackwater.

Young and inexperienced but determined to become a knight, Pod has been a squire to Brienne of Tarth who’s serving as his teacher in the finer arts of swordsplay.

His ineptitude is misleading as he’s shown he can “bring it” when the occasion warrants action.

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