Thanks for the patience! We've fired our blog intern due to his slothful nature. May the Seven have mercy on his soul.
Well, Game of Thrones pretty much broke the internet this past week with arguments over Dany’s heel turn, Varys getting sloppier than a drunk college freshman eating at Waffle House after his first fraternity party, and Tyrion thinking that the woman who used to try to pinch hic cock off while he was a baby would listen to reason.
It is true that Dany’s arc does seem abbreviated. But a lot of bad shit just happened to her. She’s lost two dragons, her BFF, her lover, and her most trusted advisor in a span of weeks. She’s also facing treason from within and has no one left to trust other than Grey Worm. That’s a ton of trauma. And to top it off, she’s probably hangry AF. However, the timeline has moved too fast for the viewer. We get one clip of her in despair, but it’s too sudden to make an emotional impact on the audience.
As our fearless leader might say, Game of Thrones is bad and the writers should feel bad. Rumor has it D&D (the end show circle jerkers) turned down extra money to make 10 episodes in favor of 6. If it weren't for spending time with my better half, I'd be 100% out on the end of this mess. I've been dreading this post, but I've channeled all my inner rage to meme again!
I think I can break this post into 4 parts - Ghost, episode 4, bad writing/inconsistencies, and reviews/previews.
A thousand apologies for the very late post. Work and the wife being out of town murdered me worse than the Producers are attempting to murder this show.
So no write-up this week. Scoring is below.
Euron almost took my MVP honors, but him not realizing that baby isn't his is was a tough look.
Our MVP is Tormund. He wracks up a ton of points with his party antics. But to top it off, when he is denied by Brienne, my dude respects it. He doesn't blame her or make pursue her further. #Respect.
This wasn't a great episode, but there's still a lot to like despite the lazy action we get here. The way Rhaegal goes down should embarrass all of the writers involved. But, we're going in some interesting directions nonetheless. Is it possible no one sits the throne? Will Dany or Cersei burn it down? Will Bran find happiness?
Looking at the standing and we got a boner in the lead. Which is about right for the folks around here. The week's winner and new high scorer for the season is Chelsea. Can she hold on?
In the Shane's Mom section, Shane's Mom scored 222 points this week. She did well with Jon Snow, Theon, and Beric, but for some reason she picked Fergus. No one knows who or what Fergus is. Probably hanging out with Martha somewhere.
After a beautiful opening scene following Samwell and Tyrion as everyone readies for battle, we don’t get any points on the board until Melisandre shows up and joins our alliance. (+10) I’m awarding her an arbitrary +10 points as well for walking RIGHT INTO A BATTLE FIELD WITH NO FUCKS GIVEN. She then lights a ton of swords on fire and gets a promotion to official Winterfell Magician (+15).
Melisandre nets another +10 for a prophecy and goes to wait around until she can be useful after staring at Arya
Drunk on fire swords, the Dothraki blindly attack the army of the dead. It’s a great looking scene, but somewhere down in hell even Custer is all like, “You fools. Noooooo!” But then Custer was probably like, “Oh wait. I am VERY pro-genocide. This is great.”
47 people made predictions for The Long Night that turned about to be about 8 - 10 hours of actual night before Melisandre went and offed herself. If you'd like access to that data along with my final status choices, you can find it here.
There were 31 characters at the ready for episode 3. I looked at the data in two ways. How many alive/dead choices did each entry predict correctly and how many detailed choices did each entry predict correctly.
24 out of 31 leading the way seems low to me. Let's see what went well and what didn't. I'm going to start with dead characters and count any zombification prediction as dead for the sake of ease. One entry left a bunch of blanks so I'll leave that out as well.
Beric - 41 / 46, 89% predicted his death.
Eddison - 40 / 46, 87% predicted his death.
Jorah - 34 / 46, 74% predicted his death.
Theon - 32 / 46, 70% predicted his death.
Viserion - 30 / 46, 65% predicted his death.
Lyanna - 28 / 46, 61% predicted her death.
Night King - 25 / 46, 54% predicted his death.
As noted here a significant number of people thought Yohn and Grey Worm were going down. In a show where the directors aren't in it for fan service, maybe that happens.
Shane of Thrones draws nigh, let's relive episode 3 through 36 memes.
First the previews.
Now on to episode 3. First let's address the darkness. As the token MMC CGI guy, from what I understand the more special effects which are added to a scene the more it darkens and compresses the image. When you can purchase the Ultra 4K version for your gigabit network, it will look a lot better - until then crank that brightness. I actually watch with the lights out, increased spookiness and vision. Go me! Anyway, this second meme is 100% false.
On to the initial battle. Read on ...
We have a lead change to to whoever is immature enough to use a boner as their name. Real cool, you guys. This is a very serious game.
The Gentleman Bastard is this week's high-scorer with 135, which ties Alex K's season weekly high.
And a big welcome to my mom for being roped in. Mom... Just so you know, I closed my eyes during the sex scene.
Here's a link to last week's selections.
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Welcome to Week 2 of the Carter-and-Memorial-Avenue-Block-of-Atlanta’s favorite contest: Shane of Thrones. This week’s episode is once again light on violence, but Jesus-Mary-and-Joseph, it’s heavy on one-liners and promotions. Episode like this are why we’re all hooked on this show. We came for the violence, sex, and chaos, but stayed for these characters we watched this week.
So let’s get to it…
During Jaime’s trial, Dany gets the scoring going with a devastating comment, “I don’t see an army. I see one man… with one hand.” A rare insult that nets Dany +10. “The things we do for love,” later just sort of falls out of Bran’s mouth with no emotion attached. The powerful callback devastates Jaime as he pauses and waits for the other shoe to drop, though it never does. +10 to Bran for the effectual statement. Jamie gets +10 for joining an alliance after Brienne sticks her neck out. We don’t get any more points in this scene, but we get some good motivation for Dany to distrust Tyrion, which furthers her arc towards isolation.