Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Drink and I Know Things: Game of Thrones Sn 7, Ep 2 – "Stormborn"

Stormborn

As a storm rages outside the walls of Dragonstone, a spider swears allegiance to a dragon inside the walls.


Dragonstone

I was a little nervous for Varys at first, but fortunately he survived Dany's interrogation and did not lose his head or get devoured. He swore his loyalty to Dany and she was kind enough to swear an oath to him as well. Betray her and he'll be burned alive. Sounds reasonable. Also terrifying. The apple may not fall too far from the mad king pyromaniac tree after all. Well, as long as she isn't influenced right afterwards by someone who has experience at burning people alive...oh come on!

Melisandre shows up to visit the Mother of Dragons with a message. Go north because the real war is up there and the white walkers are doing something and they have an army of undead and how many times do we have to hear this? It looks like it's going to get Jon and Dany in the same place at least. 

"Incompetence should not be rewarded with blind loyalty. As long as I have my eyes, I'll use them."
-Varys

King's Landing

Cersei holds court and threatens death on those houses that will not follow her. Business as usual. Randyll Tarly doesn't seem convinced and needs a little more persuading from Jaime. He's a Tarly after all. That means something. Duty, honor, loyalty, and what's that? Warden of the South? Well I should at least hear ser Jaime out... I can't stand this guy. 

Oh, and he named one of his sons Dickon. 

Later on underneath the Red Keep where they keep the dragon skulls we get to hear Maester Qyburn's grand scheme to take out Dany's dragons. This is the guy who made FrankenMountain and orchestrated the wildfire explosion so you know we're in for something really innovative! Or it could just be a giant crossbow? Yep. It's a giant crossbow.  Made of some flammable wood no less. Good call.

"If they can be wounded, they can be killed."
-Qyburn


Old Town

Jorah has seen better days. He's given six months to live with the option to take his own life before he is sent off to be with the Stone Men. Sam takes matters into his own hands and attempts to save Jorah behind Archmaester Marwyn's back. The process is painful. (Both to Jorah and to watch.) I hope this dragonglass theory of Sam's works. I'm sure it won't be as black and white as that however. Probably a grey area. (I hate myself.) 

"You're not dying today, Ser Jorah."
-Sam


Dragonstone (II) 

Things heat up in the war room. Tyrion and Dany come up with a plan that sounds really good, but doesn't make much sense to me. Let's split up our All-Star team of armies and sail half of our fleet to Dorne first before we sail back up the sea to King's Landing. Did Dragonstone run out of ravens? I really hate this plan. Naturally, everyone in the war room goes along with it. 

The best advice Dany received came from our Queen of Thorns...

"You're a dragon. Be a dragon."
Lady Olenna

The North and Winterfell

Hot Pie! Arya's old friend always makes me laugh. After exchanging recipes (a bit more Frey in Arya's pies) Hot Pie informs Arya that the Starks once again hold Winterfell. She puts her list on hold for the time being and heads north. Hot Pie may have saved her life with that information. As long as there are no rabid wolves in the forest that is...

Back in Winterfell, Jon makes his decision to go to Dragonstone to the dismay of Sansa and the rest of the northern lords. He then leaves her in charge of the North while he is gone to the delight of Sansa and none of the northern lords. I wasn't worried about Jon for making this move. It was his next move that has me worried. Don't get me wrong, we'd all like to choke Littlefinger. This probably wasn't the best time for that however. Brienne better stay close by.

Hey, look at that. Rabid wolves in the forest! Arya seems like she's in trouble, but... Nymeria is back! A short reunion and a reminder of who Arya is and has been all along. They're just two lone wolves passing in the woods. Her words, "That's not you," are a nice callback to the conversation with her father back in season one.



The moment in the show when I wet myself. 









Battle of the Greyjoys

Euron smash! Well, that escalated quickly. Two Sand Snakes go down and Ellaria and her one remaining daughter get taken captive. Half of Dany's fleet is decimated in this battle scene. Yara is also taken prisoner. Theon...well... Theon is recreating the last scene from "Titanic." That water looks cold. Somebody better get him a whistle. 



Thoughts and Theories

  • Dany is not going to like hearing about the destruction Euron caused. Burn them all. Queen of the Ashes.
  • Seriously? A giant crossbow? Come on Qyburn!
  • Jorah's favorite tea? Earl Greyscale! (Now that's just terrible. Last one I promise.) 
  • Finally get to see Casterly Rock next week. Let's hope part two of Tyrion's plan works a little better.
  • A good old fashioned Littlefinger double-cross is on it's way soon. 
  • Did anyone else want to see Arya ditch her horse and hop on Nymeria? Oh well.
  • Yara might survive, but how does Cersei not instantly kill Ellaria and the Sand Snake on sight? Assuming they all make it back to King's Landing.
  • You think Theon will swim into Gendry? He's still rowing out there.
That'll do it for this week. A lot of pieces moved around and it was capped off with a cool battle at sea. No complaints here. Thanks for reading and leave anything I missed or you would like to talk more about in the comments! 

"That's what I do. I drink and I know things."


Cheers.


Monday, July 17, 2017

I Drink and I Know Things: Game of Thrones Sn 7, Ep 1 – "Dragonstone"

Dragonstone

Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe. That's how you start off a season! The wait is finally over and Winter is here! I know. It's mid July. Look just let me have a moment ok? Thank you.   I'm good now. Alright then, let's get this pretentiously titled blog started! Where is this season going to open? Last season was so good and there are so many great stories I can't wait to catch up with and... The Twins? Really? OK. I'll bite. Let's face it, I'll drink whatever Kool-Aid this show throws at me. 

The Twins

The cold open before the credits was awesome! I never thought I would refer to the genocide of an entire family as "awesome," but... nah, screw it. The Freys suck. It was awesome. Easily one of the best cold opens the show has ever pulled off. I will admit that for a minute there I thought I was watching a flashback until Arya pulled a Jim Jones and succeeded in poisoning all of the remaining Frey men at once. On second thought... I'll pass on the Kool-Aid. (Still awesome though.)

"When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them Winter came for House Frey."
-Arya Stark 

The Wall

The Army of the Dead and the White Walkers are... still walking. Zombie giants are fun though. More of that please. 

Meera drags Three-Eyed Bran to The Wall where he uses a Jedi mind trick on Edd in order to gain entrance. "These aren't the wildlings you're looking for." 

Winterfell

Jon seems to be settling into his new role as the King in the North. Sansa seems to be settling into her usual role as the Pain in the Ass. I know, I'm a bit harsh. It's just that the last time the North had a king it didn't go so well. *Cough* Red Wedding. *Cough* Let's just hope that the two siblings/cousins can get on the same page here soon. I know it's fun to tell Jon Snow that he knows nothing, but cut him a little slack Sansa! The man was dead nine episodes ago! I guess it hurts me to see a brother and sister go at it like that. Speaking of brothers and sisters going at it...

King's Landing

Cersei Lannister, the Queen of the seven...well, three kingdoms plots her campaign of destruction with her dear brother Jaime. We got some nice exposition in this scene because Cersei seemed to know all of the plot lines of the show. Ravens travel fast I guess? Either way it was a good way for the show to get all of that out in one scene to keep us on the same page. A more interesting addition to the plot came sailing in right afterwards anyway.

Euron Greyjoy. I think I like this guy? I know he's the "bad" Greyjoy, but his character (or the actor's portrayal of him) made me want to see more from him for now. Depending on what his "gift" to Cersei is could put the Lannisters in a stronger position than they currently are in. I'm intrigued... for now.

"So here I am. With a thousand ships, and two good hands."
-Euron Greyjoy


Come on. Look at him! He can't be that evil right?






Old Town

Welcome back Samwell Tarly!  He got more screen time in this episode than he had all last season. Funny stuff too. The chamber pot montage alone should win this show an Emmy at least. Very Edgar Wright like. Archmaester Marwyn seems like fun too. I love me some Jim Broadbent! I think he may have even given us some foreshadowing regarding The Wall and the overall fate of Westeros. 

Sam discovers some important information regarding Dragonglass and sends word to Jon. Hopefully his ravens travel as fast as Cersei's. 

That's definitely Jorah Mormont in a quarantine cell in Old Town. That's definitely more grayscale on his arm...

"The Wall has stood through it all. Every Winter that ever came has ended."
-Archmaester Marwyn

Winterfell Part II

OK. I love Sansa again. Littlefinger did what he does best and Sansa shut him up. Short scene, but very sweet.

"No need to seize the last word Lord Baelish. I'll assume it was something clever." (Line of the night.) 

The North

Arya is heading south? Not to Winterfell? Her list does have a few more names on it I guess. Cersei's being at the very top.

Is that Ed Sheeran? Yes...yes it is...but why? He's part of a band of Lannister troops that Arya meets up with on her journey. I'm not sure where this is going, but as I recall the first time we met Jaqen H'ghar he was wearing Lannister armor. Just saying.

The Hound gets a lot of screen time in this episode as well. I'm glad because I was always wondering what became of that farmer and his daughter from season 3 or 4. (Please read that last sentence with sarcasm.) I do love Sandor Clegane though and to see his character progress throughout the seasons has been fun. He is invited to look into the flames for answers and he actually sees something. The Lord of Light has a track record for showing visions that are not all that they seem. Literally at least. The Hound saw a Mountain. Again, just saying.

"I'll tell you what doesn't scare me. Bald cocksuckers like you. You think you're fooling anyone with that topknot? Bald cunt."
-Sandor Clegane
(Apologies for the language, but this is also a contender for line of the night.)

Dragonstone

Finally! Dany sets foot on Westeros! No dialogue was needed to convey the weight of this scene. Dragonstone was once a Targaryen stronghold and it may be yet again. 

"Shall we begin?"
-Dany

Thoughts and Theories


  • I'm going to assume that Arya is everyone in every scene from now on.
  • The Wall is coming down! Mark it down. Maybe the last thing we see this season. At least cracked a little?
  • Should Jaime be afraid of Cersei or should Cersei be afraid of Jaime? Asking for a friend.
  • Alice Karstark and Ned Umber will make great banner men for the Starks. What are they ten years old? They can't all be as cool as Lyanna Mormont I guess. 
  • Cersei wants Jon to bend the knee at King's Landing? Who does she think he is, Robb Stark? (Too soon?)
  • What is Euron's gift to Cersei?
  • Should we be more worried about Grayscale? It's highly contagious right?
  • Tormund and Brienne are just priceless. 
  • There's Dragonglass underneath Dragonstone and Jon needs it! Targaryen reunion coming soon!
  • Dragons!
All in all this episode was a great table setter for the rest of the season. Plot lines are intertwining. Stories are merging. Songs will be sung. With only seven episodes this season you can bet we're in for some good action during these next few weeks. I'm ready!
It's good to be back! As always, thank you for reading and please let me know your own thoughts and theories and anything else you'd like me to cover in the comments.


"That's what I do. I drink and I know things."

Cheers.