GoT ~ and now our Watch has ended

“The Iron Throne”

I got (GoT?) my wish. The wicked queen is dead. No, not Cersei. Dany.

The bottom line is that Daenerys’ love for Jon/Aegon allowed him to get close enough to put a knife in her. Sensing the death of the Mother of Dragons, Drogon appears and his anguish over her death was heart-wrenching to watch. Drogon then melted the Iron Throne (the thing that’s caused so much death and destruction over 8 seasons)…as if he acknowledged that it was the lust for power that led his mother to her demise.

Best quotes:
“I freed my brother. You slaughtered a city.” (Tyrion to Daenerys)
“I know a killer when I see one.” (Arya to Jon/Aegon, regarding Daenerys)
“Love is the death of duty.” (Jon/Aegon to Tyrion)
“Why do you think I came all this way?” (Bran The Broken, at the Great Council)
“…made many terrible mistakes. He’s going to spend the rest of his life fixing them.” (Bran, on Tyrion being made Hand)

Tears shed:
Tyrion finding the remains of Jaime and Cersei in the catacombs beneath the Red Keep.
Brienne updating Jaime’s record in The Book of Brothers.
The reunion of Jon/Aegon and Ghost.

Little things that made me smile:
At the Great Council, Samwell Tarly suggesting a democratic vote on who should rule (i.e., letting all the people decide), which produced a groundswell of laughter from everyone else.
Entering the Small Council meeting, Samwell produced a book entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire” which he says chronicles the wars after Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion – prompting Tyrion to inquire if he’s mentioned in a positive or negative light and Samwell responding that he’s not mentioned at all.
The banter between Tyrion and Bronn at the Small Council meeting.

Finally, what felt RIGHT:
The death of the despot Daenerys at the hands of Jon/Aegon.
Bran The Broken being pronounced ruler of the 6 Kingdoms (with The North being granted independence).

Tyrion named Hand (of the King).
Sansa being crowned Queen of the North, and Arya sailing off into the great unknown west of Westeros.
Jon/Aegon being sentenced to join the ranks of the Night’s Watch at Castle Black – it seemed like he was going “home”.


Well, HBO’s epic masterpiece Game of Thrones is done, although HBO will air a 2-hour documentary next Sunday entitled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.

From CheatSheet:
Game of Thrones has an extraordinary fan base and a near cult-like following. The beloved show holds the record for the most number of Primetime awards won and is the most watched HBO series of all time, surpassing The Sopranos by several million viewers.”

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland. Made with unprecedented access, The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers. Much more than a ‘making of’ documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it.”

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GoT + Fender = badass guitars

Fender worked directly with D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones creator and guitar player) to ensure the three guitars reflected the identity of each of the three houses.

House Stark Telecaster

House Lannister Jaguar

House Targaryen Stratocaster

Dan Weiss, Brad Paisley, Nuno Bettencourt, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, and Game of Thrones award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi ROCK OUT the Game of Thrones theme
(gave me chills):

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Are you a Mosquito-magnet?

I’m a mosquito-magnet. The little fiends LOVE me!! The area of Placerville where I live is off Mosquito Road. Yep. Named that for a reason:  the numerous lakes around here are just filled with the buggers! (Thank god we’ll be moving to town…) Bats DO help keep the population down, but not without getting a sip or two from yours truly.

Vogue published an interesting article last year about why some people are “mosquito magnets”. Turns out it has NOTHING to do with your habits, what you eat, or the perfume you wear.

“…female mosquitos, which are the ones that bite, are attracted to the scent of carbon dioxide, which all humans emit through their pores…A secondary zeroing in occurs in the form of lactic acid, which is the by-product of muscle firing, or exercising. Often people who work out regularly emit more lactic acid, as well as people who have higher metabolic rates. And someone with a higher resting heart rate produces more carbon dioxide and more lactic acid, attracting even more mosquitos…”

And here I thought there were no negatives to keeping in shape…

The good news is wearing light-colored clothing and using natural repellants (stay away from any that contain the dangerous chemical DEET) will keep these blood-suckers at bay.

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References to Game of Thrones are popping up in the oddest places…

One would think sports and Game of Thrones make odd bedfellows, but references to the series keep popping up (See Game of Zones and NBA on TNT).

Last Friday, Scott Van Pelt (SportsCenter) was discussing the Rockets-Warriors game (where the Warriors once more killed the Rockets’ chances of an NBA Championship…yay) and mentioned “Royalty being in the house”. Scott got her first name out but seemed to stumble over Emilia’s surname, finally blurting out “She rides on dragons!” (I tried to find a sound bite; You’ll have to trust me when I say it was kinda cute.)

Houston Rockets’ mascot, Clutch the Bear, welcomed the Queen of Dragons by “bending the knee”:

Yesterday morning, Fox Sports show “Speak for Yourself” compared the events happening in the Lakers’ camp to Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark in Season 1. (Yikes!)

Finally, “Speak for Yourself” leaked that Green Bay Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, had a cameo in last Sunday’s episode, “The Bells”.

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