Game of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris

The moment has FINALLY arrived.

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Game of Thrones has returned! The greatest show on television began it’s third season tonight. I have no doubt that the ratings are astounding, as everyone seemed to be foaming at the mouth for more of this phenomenal show.

This first episode serves as a quick set up of where most major characters are in the world.

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Robb Stark, King in the North, has taken over the Fortress of Harrenhal, with his mother held as prisoner for her betrayal in season 2. He arrives to find Harrenhal sakced and all his supporters murdered and left out to rot as a message to Robb.

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Davos survived the battle of Blackwater and finds his way back to King Stannis and the Red Lady Melissandre. whom Davos blames for leading Stannis astray. Hearing none of his ‘blasphemy’ against her, he is dragged off to the dungeons.

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Sansa and Littlefinger begin to plot her escape from King’s Landing, as she adjust to life without the protection of being Joffrey’s fiancee.

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Speaking of the little shit, he took it easy this week as he watches, and learns, a bit about how to be a loving leader from Margarey Tyrell- his new bethrothed. She makes her way to an orphanage and shows love to the children who lost fathers in the war. This does not seem to go over well with Queen Sersei, who prefers the people fear, rather than love the royals.

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The star of the show, Tyrion sits down with his father, Tywin, to discuss what he feels he deserves- the family home of Casterley Rock. He is flatly told that he will NEVER have the ancestral home, and is nothing more than a whore monger. It is a huge change of pace for the guy who essentially ran the city and saved it from attackers.

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At the top of the world, we find Jon Snow, Supposed bastard son of Ned Stark, has infiltrated the Wildling camp and is brought before their “King” Mance Rayder to see if he is truly there to join the cause.

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Mance is played by one of my favorite actors-Ciarán Hinds, who many will remember as Julius Caesar in “Rome”. Believing Jon’s story, he accepts him into their group.

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Across the sea, we catch up with Daenerys and Jorah as they lead the Dothraki over the sea to Slaver Bay to see if they can purchase an army. The Dragons are getting big, the size of large dogs now, and are more of a threat than before. In the final scene, we are also reacquainted with a character from Season One who steals the show. Ser Barristan Selmy, last seen after quitting Joffrey’s Kingsguard in epic fashion, returns and saves the life of Daenerys, pledging himself to her Queensguard.

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All in all, a terrific start! Hopefully next week with bring us updates on Arya, Bran, and Brienne and Jaime!

Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John

Doctor Who returns after a terrific first half of season 7 to continue the story and build up to the 50th Anniversary this fall!

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The mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald continues as The Doctor, after a long period of contemplation in 1207AD, gets a phone call- from Clara! The girl who died twice is suddenly in modern London, and working, once again, as a governess. The Doctor arrives just as Walking WiFi Hotspot robots steal her soul! Seriously. This is Doctor Who, this shit happens all the time. He gets her soul back and uncovers a plot by some shadowy villain (the enemy of the season we presume) who has been devouring the minds/souls of humans for some years via the wifi network.

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This time, Clara survives, and the Doctor prepares to make her the new companion.

As always, Stephen Moffat has delivered a terrific script. Matt Smith continues to perform as a superb Doctor, and Jenna-Louise Coleman continues to captivate as Clara! This season has been something special so far. The season finale is this fall, for the 50th anniversary. This week, an announcement was made on who will be appearing in it…

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Hell….yeah.

The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 15: The Sorrowful Life

I think I am going to start reviewing the few Television shows I watch on this site. I will keep this one short and sweet. Spoilers abound.

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This is the next to last (Penultimate if you are fancy) episode of Season 3, which has been astoundingly good. This week’s episode was all about Merle Dixon, played by the always wonderful Michael Rooker.

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Rooker has taken this character to places I never expected. The Racist blowhard of Season 1 gave way to the warrior of season 3. Tonight took him to new heights. Merle finally chooses between good and evil.

In a previous episode, The Governor issued a “deal” to Rick and the Prison group- turn over Michonne (who took his eye and “killed” his daughter) and he would leave them alone. Now, there was no way that this deal was legit, and Rick knows it. However, there is a small chance that it might be their only way to avoid bloodshed. The choice- turn her over for torture and death, or fight. Rick decides to turn her over.

Merle, knowing that Rick would wuss out, takes Michonne and leads her out of the prison.

Merle guessed correctly, and Rick had a change of heart. Alas, it is too late, and he realizes that Merle has taken her. Daryl rushes after him. We are treated to some wonderful scenes of Merle and Michonne on the road to the meet with the Woodbury people. Along the way, we see hints that Merle is not a bad man. He had never taken a life before he hooked up with the Governor. In the end, Merle chooses good. He releases Michonne and heads out to fight the Governor’s troops alone.

Now, he does some damage, to be sure, to the Woodbury army, but in the end it is too much. The Governor bests Merle in a fight, and shoots him.

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By the time Daryl arrives to save his brother, it is too late. The Governor had shot him in the chest, not head. This insured that he would turn, leaving a horrific sight for Daryl.

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In the most heart wrenching scene of the season, worse than Laurie’s death, Daryl has to put down his now Zombified brother. Norman Reedus deserves an Emmy for this episode. Michael Rooker actually made us feel bad for Merle’s death- a hell of an achievement.

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The finale is on Sunday, and if it is anything like the comic, we are in for more heart wrenching and action packed stuff.