Supernatural Top 11 Fave Episodes Countdown: #11

I did something similar to this with The Walking Dead earlier this month in preparation for The Walking Dead season six premier. So why am I doing it again, especially since Supernatural premiered a couple weeks ago?

I’m doing a Supernatural countdown to celebrate reaching 100 chapters on my SPN fanfiction, “All You Did Was Save My Life”.

This is the longest fanfiction I’ve written thus far and it’s not even close to being done yet. I absolutely love this story and I am so excited to be celebrating 100 chapters.

For the next eleven days I will counting my Top 11 favourite episodes of Supernatural with number one being posted on Wednesday the 28th. The same day Chapter 100 will be going up.

Why eleven days? Because Supernatural is on season eleven of course!

Now, enough explaining, let’s start this countdown with season five, episode four: “The End”.

The End

This episode is both amazing and emotional all at the same time.

In “The End” Dean ends up in the year 2014 where the Croatoan virus has spread and killed a good portion of the population. Some survivors have gathered in a camp with 2014 Dean as their leader. In this future, Castiel has lost his angel powers and is now a hippie of sorts while Sam has been possessed by Lucifer. Past Dean must help Future Dean and the others in their plan to defeat Lucifer.

This episode is amazing because we get to see different sides to the characters. One of the things about Supernatural is that each actor can end up playing a bunch of different characters and it’s a cool experience to see how each actor interprets their new character.

I really have to praise all the actors for playing their future selves because it was amazing how only an episode or so ago they were playing these characters one way and now they have to play them as if four years has passed and they all did phenomenal.

However, I especially have to talk about Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins because their characters were so different! Jensen had to play Past and Future Dean, Jared had to play Sam as Lucifer, and Misha suddenly went from being the most serious and confused angel to a guy without shoes having orgies. What?! And they all pulled it off spectacularly, I can’t even describe in just a few words how amazing they all were.

I said this is episode is emotional which is definitely true (at least I found it to be) because it is exactly what it sounds like, it’s the end. Not of the show, not even close, but it shows what the end of the world and humanity could be like if Dean and Sam didn’t change it.

Sam is Lucifer and he kills Dean, Cas, Chuck, and all the rest and Past Dean is there to see it all happen. And he promises Past Dean that they will always end up there, no matter what happens or what Past Dean and Sam try to do, Lucifer will always win.

This promise seemed pretty creepy and worrying when I first watched the episode, but now going back and watching it again after I know what happens in future episodes it’s so emotional because you know what he said was true! I know his promise didn’t last for long, but still, can the Winchester boys never get a break?

Alright, so I’ve officially kicked off this countdown with a great, yet kind of depressing, episode. #10 will be up tomorrow so many sure to check it out and check out my fanfiction “All You Did Was Save My Life” by clicking on my fanfiction page up at the top! Chapter 100 will be up soon!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #1!

Conquer

Here we are! We’ve finally reached #1 on the countdown and you know what that means? The Walking Dead returns tomorrow!

Yes, it is finally here and I am so freaking excited! However, before it gets here, I need to talk about my favourite Walking Dead episode. And that episode is the season five finale, “Conquer”.

This episode was an hour and a half and was completely action-packed and phenomenal! I did have a hard time decided whether this should be number one or two on the list and I switched it around quite a bit with “Consumed”. I ultimately listed this as number one though because this episode features all the characters.

There were so many things that happened this episode, but I’m only going to mention three to keep this from being too long.

First, I loved Carol in this episode! At one point she takes some food over to Pete and then threatens to kill him with her knife, saying no one would believe she had done it on purpose, but just out of self defence.

As if we didn’t already know Carol was badass, this moment definitely proved it and it also showed just how much she’s changed between her first appearance in season one episode three. Pete is exactly like Ed, but unlike season one where she cowered away from confrontation (can’t blame her at all), she knows she has power now. She knows how strong she is and she uses that and it’s so wonderful.

Another moment I loved when Daryl and Aaron’s recruiting trip. They ended up setting off a trap set by the wolves, but thankfully they both make it out alive.

This moment was huge for several reasons. Like Carol, we saw just how much Daryl has progressed since his first appearance on the show throughout his conversation in the car with Aaron in which both of them offered to sacrifice themselves.

This was also huge because it revealed just what the wolves are capable of and it served as the introduction of Morgan to a member of Rick’s group.

And that leads me to the third thing I want to mention about this amazing episode and that is the moment at the end.

While everyone is debating what to do about Rick, Pete shows up with Michonne’s sword. He’s clearly drunk and the end result of this is that he ends up killing Deanna’s husband Reg. I have to admit that this is actually one of the few moments on the show when I had to look away.

Noah’s death and Reg’s death are two that I can’t watch no matter how many times I watch the episodes because of how gruesome they are.

This catastrophe led to a merging of Alexandria and Rick’s group, at least between Rick and Deanna. Deanna finally realized that sometimes you can’t talk your way out of a situation and that in this new world sometimes you have no choice but to kill which is exactly what Rick did to Pete. And he did this right as Daryl and Aaron arrived with Morgan.

This was insane! Oh my gosh, the screen went black and now we’ve been waiting months and months for the show to return.

I was shouting and crying and feeling so many things! From the looks of it, season six picks up basically right after this point and I am so incredibly excited to see what happens.

Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with me in this countdown. I’ve had a lot of fun and I would love to hear what you think! Which episodes are your favourite?

What are you excited to see in the new season?

I’ll be reviewing the new episode tomorrow night so look forward to that!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #6

Forget

Number six on my list is “Forget”, the thirteenth episode of season five.

In this episode we see the characters are still struggling to fit in to life in Alexandria, particularly Sasha. However, over the course of the hour we see each character making an effort to fit in in their new home and for some it works. For others… not so much.

There are so many reasons I love this episode. First of all, Carol. She’s so badass and the fact that she’s pretending not to be only proves just how badass she is. One moment in particular stands out for Carol this episode and that is when she’s stealing the guns for herself, Rick, and Daryl and ends up getting caught by Jessie’s son, Sam (Major Dodson).

This moment is terrifying because she ends up threatening Sam, but I can’t help but laugh too because she threatens to tie him to a tree! It’s horrible, but oh my gosh I laugh every time.

This episode of course also kicks off the relationship between Carol and Sam which is adorable and I’m hoping we’ll see more of it in season six.

Also, kudos to Major Dodson for being such a fantastic actor! Seriously, this kid is amazing!

Another relationship started in this episode is the friendship between Daryl and Aaron. While the rest of the team is at a welcome party, Daryl has dinner with Aaron and Eric and Aaron gives him a motorbike and a job.

I’m a huge fan of this friendship. Daryl’s definitely one of my favourite characters on the show and we get to see so many different sides to him with the various other characters he interacts with. This is shown perfectly now they have interacting with members outside the regular group.

One thing I didn’t like in this episode, but that I choose to ignore because the rest of it is so amazing, is the cringe-worthy moment between Rick and Jessie. Oh my goodness, inShane doesn’t even begin to cover how awkward and creepy this was.

The whole thing just makes me super uncomfortable and I’m kind of dreading seeing more of this next season.

“Forget” is a great episode. We see so much development with each of the characters and so many new friendships being formed which is why it’s the number six spot on my countdown.

What did you think of “Forget”?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #7

Remember

“Remember” is the twelfth episode in season five and this one sees the group entering the Alexandria Safe Zone (ASZ).

This is such a great episode because it is so different from all the other episodes previous.

Since season one there’s just been one bad thing after another with the group losing people and losing supposed safe havens. Then they find Alexandria.

The group (and I think all viewers) know the Safe Zone isn’t going to last, but at that moment it was such a nice change of pace from everything we’d seen before. It was calm and quiet and there was no worry of walkers getting them while they slept. Though, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the group.

What this episode does the best is show how each character deals with suddenly being in a safe environment.

Carl struggles to adapt to suddenly being able to be a kid again while Michonne is excited and wants to give the place a chance. Rick is still constantly looking over his shoulder and doesn’t believe the place is possible. Daryl probably struggles the most to fit in and refuses to shower, while Carol, being as brilliant as she is, immediately puts on an act of being totaly helpless and weak. Why? Because she doesn’t trust the place either and wants to be prepared for anything and knows the element of surprise will help that.

One of the things I find The Walking Dead always does is that it makes you wonder how you would act in that situation. I imagine none of us will ever find ourselves in a zombie apocalypse, but many people probably have been in a situation before where they deal with awful things every day and then suddenly things turn around and are great and they don’t know how to deal with it.

Would you adapt easily to the new situation? Would you struggle to fit in and figure things out? Would you pretend you’ve adapted, but really are ready to run or fight at any moment? Whether in a world of zombies or not, this episode makes you think and question what you would do.

This episode is also the first of five episodes to be named in reference to The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner which, as many fans realized, is the book Dale references and quotes back in season one.

What did you think of “Remember”?

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Once Upon A Time Season Five Premier: “The Dark Swan”

Once Upon a Time

Run: October 23, 2011-Present
Created By: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
Prod. Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, and David H. Goodman
Genre: Fantasy Drama Adventure Mystery
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared S. Gilmore, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader, Robert Carlyle, Raphael Alejandro, Lee Arenberg, Liam Garrigan, Elliot Knight, Joana Metrass, Beverley Elliott, Keegan Connor Tract, Amy Manson, Meghan Ory, Jamie Chung

Here we go, season five and it started off with a bang!

Taking place exactly where season four left off, we see Snow, Charming, Hook, and the rest dealing with the aftermath of Emma becoming The Dark One.

Meanwhile, Emma is transported to the Enchanted Forest where she must try and learn to control her powers. This proves difficult with the voice of Rumplestiltskin’s Dark One whispering in her ear telling her to use her dark magic.

While her family is trying to come up with a way to reach Emma and save her, Emma meets Merida who agrees to help her. However, things go wrong when Emma realizes Merida can’t help her and she tries to kill Merida.

She is stopped though, by Hook. He along with the others managed to transport themselves (in Granny’s Diner) to the Enchanted Forest by using Zelena’s magic portal.

Magic Portal

The group are met by King Arthur and his men who tell them they have been expecting them as their arrival was foretold by Merlin, the man who can apparently remove the darkness from Emma.

The group arrives in Camelot at King Arthur’s castle and it seems like everything’s going well. Maybe a little too well for a Once Upon A Time season premier.

Alas it’s true, things were going too well. The last five minutes jump ahead to six weeks later and everyone except Emma suddenly reappears in Storybrooke with all of them missing their memories from their time in the Enchanted Forest.

When Emma appears it is revealed that she is now fully The Dark One and that her family failed to save her. She vanishes in a puff of smoke after promising to take revenge against her family.

I always forget how much I love Once Upon A Time until it comes back on and this season especially has me excited.

One of the things I’m really looking forward to this season is the different relationships. Last season solidified quite a few relationships and even though it’s never smooth sailing on OUAT I have a good feeling about these ships.

I’m a big fan of Captain Swan and I desperately hope nothing goes wrong with this one. Emma being The Dark One is bad enough without anything happening to her and Hook.

Emma and Hook

Hook’s relationship with Henry was also explored a bit tonight with the father-son duo plotting schemes together. I always laugh when they work together because Hook always looks so proud like he can’t believe what a good little pirate Henry is.

Another relationship of Henry’s that seems to be developing is his brotherly one with Roland. We saw a few times how Henry was protecting him and it was adorable and wonderful and I hope we get to see more of it.

henry and roland

I definitely think we will since we also saw Regina and Robin together and oh my god my fangirl heart is so invested in these ships. I will be so angry if Regina doesn’t get to be happy for at least part of the season with Robin, Roland, and Henry because they are an absolutely adorable family.

Robert Carlyle was back as Rumplestiltskin and I don’t even have the words to describe how amazing he was. I’ve seen him in a few things before and I’m always blown away by his performance and seeing him each season as this character was no different.

I’m really hoping he’ll also be back as Mr. Gold (hopefully healthy) because he and Belle are adorable and wonderful and it makes me so sad to see them like this. The fangirl in me is incredibly invested in the couples in this show.

Something that has me very excited is King Arthur and Merlin being a part of this season. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything involving King Arthur or Merlin whether it’s books, movies, or on a show, I’m pretty much guaranteed to be interested.

King Arthur

We only saw Camelot for about ten seconds, but it was so beautiful and magical looking and I was so excited. We also only saw King Arthur for a brief time and we haven’t seen Merlin at all yet, but I can’t wait for what happens next!

We get to meet Merlin and see more of Camelot and Arthur has to find Excalibur. I am looking forward to this storyline so much it’s insane.

I’m also looking forward to seeing what happened in those six weeks everyone was in the Enchanted Forest. These people really have the worst luck, don’t they? They just constantly have their memories erased.

I can’t wait to see how Snow and Charming did with baby Neil in the Enchanted Forest. I know they obviously couldn’t leave him in someone else’s care, but I couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that they brought their baby to try and save their daughter who had been cursed with dark magic. I don’t know, that just seems like a really bad idea.

So many questions, so little answers. What happened in those six weeks? Where is Merlin? Where is Excalibur? Why was Henry dressed like a knight of Camelot at the end? What happened to Merida? Will they manage to change Emma back?

I am so ridiculously excited for the rest of this season! Check out the preview for episode two below!

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Game of Thrones Season Five Finale: “Mother’s Mercy”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 10 | Aired June 14, 2015

****WARNING: This post will contain MAJOR spoilers for the season five finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen it yet, STOP READING!****

Alright, normally this would’ve been up on Sunday night or Monday morning, but I was still recovering then so here it is.

Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that the season finale is going to be epic. Not only that, but with all the build up this season, there were a lot of hints to stuff that might happen and there were a lot of theories floating around. Despite this, I was not prepared for what actually happened.

After last week’s shocking scene involving Stannis’s daughter, Princess Shireen, being burned at the stake as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light, it seems things are not going in Stannis’s favor. While the snow may be melting, granting them passage to Winterfell, half his army has deserted him (presumably because they watched him kill his only child) and his wife hung herself out of grief. Not only that, but Melisandre left! She got on a horse and took off, heading back to The Wall! I think this was probably the moment Stannis realized he wouldn’t be winning this war, but there was no turning back now.

Stannis and what is left of his army march on Winterfell, only to be mercilessly slaughtered by Ramsay and the Bolton army who had been waiting for them. Stannis ends up being killed by Brienne who had been waiting to kill him ever since Stannis and Melisandre killed Renly.

Stannis

This would have been all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that Brienne had to leave her post of watching over Sansa to kill him. She turned away at the exact moment Sansa lit a candle in the window, the sign that she needed help and wanted to leave. I was shouting at the TV when this happened. Like, of course that’s how it would go. You knew the moment the scene changed from Stannis and his army marching to Sansa at the tower that this was going to happen, but it was still so infuriating!

So, needless to say we weren’t off to a good start. This all happened in I think less than half an hour and we’re already down one main character, one secondary character, and an entire army. We also may be down a Stark sister.

As Ramsay’s army returns, Sansa is cornered by Myranda who threatens her with a bow and arrow. In a shocking turn of events (though one I think we all saw coming in some way), Theon kills Myranda and he and Sansa make their escape by jumping off the wall of Winterfell. And that was it. That’s the last we saw of them. Um, what? I’m assuming they didn’t die, but at the same time I’ll find it really hard to believe if neither of them suffered an injury that didn’t slow down their escape from Ramsay and his army.

Sansa and Theon Jump

I’ve kind of been able to predict where things were going so far, but I’m totally stumped here and honestly? I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. This’ll be one of the things I’ll be waiting for in season six, to see what on earth happened to Sansa and Theon. Hopefully they’ll be able to do more with her character next season and make Sansa the badass we all know she can be.

Speaking of badasses, Arya finally crossed another name off her list on Sunday night when she killed Meryn Trant. She used one of the faces to trick him into letting her close and then killed him. However, Meryn Trant wasn’t the one she was supposed to kill and because of this, she was punished by the Many Faced God and it seems she becomes blind.

arya Blind

This is pretty significant for two reasons. First, as many have speculated, this is symbolic because Arya was so blinded by hatred when she killed him that she was punished by becoming actually blind. It was also incredibly significant because one of the first things she does to Meryn Trant is stab him in the eyes. I’ll be intrigued to see if she remains blind and how this will affect her character in the future.

So, what are we at now? Stannis, his wife, his entire army, Meryn Trant, Myranda, and possibly Sansa and Theon. And we’re not done yet!

Myrcella began her journey back to King’s Landing with Trystane, Jaime, and Bronn. On the way there it was revealed that she knows Jaime is actually her father and has known for ages, possibly even her whole life. Now, I’m not down with incest, pretty certain no one is. But something that’s always interested me and, if the internet is anything to go by, many other fans, is the relationship between Jaime and the children.

We don’t see a whole lot of interaction between them, but I think it’s always been pretty obvious that he probably cared for them more than Robert did. This scene solidified that. Myrcella didn’t care that her uncle was also her father, she loved him and was fine with it and Jaime looked so happy then that I couldn’t stop aw’ing. It was really sweet.

Jaime and Myrcella

And then she died. Yup, in true Game of Thrones fashion, something adorable happened and then Myrcella died, seemingly from poison given to her by Ellaria. Now this isn’t going to stand. Jaime is going to lose it; Cersei is going to lose it; Tommen, the poor boy, isn’t going to know what to do, but he’ll have no choice but to do something now. As for Trystane, he’s going to have to pick a side. I have a feeling there’s a war coming and it isn’t going to be pretty.

Now, things weren’t too pretty for Cersei this episode. The High Sparrow said she could return to the Keep until her trial. Great, sounds perfect. By that time Jaime would probably be back with Myrcella and he could deny the accusations as well. But! There was a catch. Cersei was forced to have her hair cut off and then was stripped and had to walk through the streets, all the way back to the castle, completely naked. All the while, people in the city were throwing things at her and shouting obscenities at her.

Cersei is one of those characters we love to hate. But I felt so bad for her in this moment. I mean, she’s essentially being punished for loving someone everyone else says is wrong. She’s being called a whore and a bitch and a ton of other words I can’t list here and being completely humiliated in front of everyone and I genuinely felt bad for her.

4

When she makes it back to the castle she is carried off to get cleaned up by a knight whose face we do not see, but he is a giant. I’m wondering if this is The Hound? Since we never actually learned what happened to him? He seemed way too big though, so I’m not really sure. Whoever it was, I can’t wait to see what happens next. What is Tommen going to do when he finds out? What is Jaime going to do?

What is Cersei going to do when she finds out her daughter is dead? I don’t think this’ll help with denying the incest thing because Myrcella died in Jaime’s arms. I don’t think he’ll be able to hide his grief. He’s had to hide the fact that he was their father all their lives and he finally got to see what it was like to have one of his kids acknowledge him for who he really was to them. I don’t think he’ll be able to continue with the facade anymore.

And can I just take a minute here to address something? I see a lot of people saying how sexist the show is because they’ll show breasts and a vagina, but won’t show a penis. While I agree that there are parts of the show that come across as being kind of sexist (I’m not getting into that right now), I don’t know what show you’re all watching cause I’ve seen penis all over the place, including right in front of Cersei during her walk of shame.

Back to the review. Dany flew off at the end of last week’s episode on Drogon’s back. This week she’s who knows where with him and he’s being lazy. Mr. Badass Dragon just slept in his pile of bones while Dany is stranded and unable to get back to ruling her kingdom. Ruling therefore fell to Tyrion who finally met up with Varys again, where’s that guy been? I can’t wait to see where that goes. Maybe Tyrion can become king. I’d be okay with that. What do you think?

Drogon

Alright, on to the thing that has had most people talking: Jon Snow. I think most of the time, fans of the show, whether we’ve read the books or not, can predict a death. This one, I didn’t see coming. Now I want to remind everyone that I haven’t read all the books yet so for all I know he might not be dead. I don’t want to know until next season.

All I know is the Sam and Gilly left The Wall and little Olly told Jon that one of the Wildlings knew Jon’s Uncle Benjen. Jon went running and instead he had a bunch of Crows stab him “For The Wall”. And you know what happened? Jon Snow died.

Jon Snow

Are. You. Kidding. Me? No! I mean, Jon Snow has never been my favourite character, I even said earlier this season that all that stuff at The Wall sometimes bores me, but I didn’t want him to die! He’s one of the last remaining Starks! Rickon is who knows where, Bran is off at the tree, Arya is blind, and Sansa is maybe dead! This is not okay! The writers need to stop torturing the Stark children! What did they ever do to you? I know they have Boromir’s DNA, but that is no reason to keep killing them off!

This season finale was intense. Maybe the most intense season finale I’ve seen yet. There were several good battles this season, some fantastic character development, some wonderful moments between characters, and there were also some really awful things that happened. Overall I think season five was pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in season six. I reckon this’ll finally be when they have a big war, but I’ve been saying that all season and I said it last season too so I’m probably wrong.

But what do you think? Did you enjoy the season finale? Whose death shocked you the most? Predictions for season six?

I’ll be back with more reviews when the new season starts! Anything you guys would like to see change in those reviews? Anything else you’d like to see about Game of Thrones? I’ve been thinking I might go back through all the season and rate different things that happened in the show.

Maybe I’ll do the same thing I did with The Walking Dead season finale and react with GIFs. What do you think?

Thanks so much for sticking with me this season! I’m glad to know we could go through this together!

Meanwhile… on the Narrow Sea

Gendry Still Rowing

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “A Dance of Dragons”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 9 | Aired June 7, 2015

****WARNING: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for last night’s episode of Game of Thrones! If you haven’t seen it yet don’t read!****

Remember a few weeks ago when I went on and on about that adorable moment between Stannis and Shireen and even said he might not make such a bad king after all? I RETRACT ALL OF THAT!

I heard the rumors of what might happen, but after Stannis told Melissandra no, I thought that was it, we were done with the issue. However, it was obvious what was going to happen last night from the first moment we saw Stannis and his army slowly freezing half way between The Wall and Winterfell.

Stannis has been determined to become king from the moment Robert died, but last night we saw that he will literally do anything to make that happen when he allowed his daughter, Shireen, to be burned at the stake as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. I am so angry!

Princess Shireen

Shireen was so sweet and she loved her father so much and just wanted to help him become king. She had no idea what was going to happen until the guards were suddenly picking her up and tying her to pyre.

I don’t want to see Davos’s reaction when he learns Shireen is dead. He definitely knew what was going to happen, after all, he was the who helped Gendry escape before they sacrifice him (speaking of which: where is Gendry? Is he still floating in the middle of the sea?). If it’s anything like Shireen’s mother, who was surprisingly heartbroken considering how much hate she’s had for her daughter so far, I will not be able to handle it.

Shireen

Do you know how many episodes Shireen was in? Ten. The equivalent of one season out of five. And yet, she was one of my favourites. I made the mistake of liking a character and they paid for it with their life.

Several other things happened last night. Jon arrived back at The Wall with the Wildlings and for a moment I thought the others at The Wall weren’t going to let them in. Thankfully they did and everyone seemed to be amazed by the giant now in their midst. Alliser tells Jon that he has a good heart and that this will get him killed. Given what happened last week and given that next week is the finale, I’m a little concerned now about who might die.

We also saw Arya who should’ve been completing her mission down on the docks last night. Instead, she saw someone she once knew. At first I thought it was going to be Gendry and I was very excited. Instead, it’s Mace Tyrell and Meryn Trant, the latter of him Arya spies on in a brothel where he’s getting the youngest girl possible to be with. I think we all see where this is going and it’s terrifying.

In Dorne the Martells agree to let Jaime and Bronn leave and to take Myrcella with them. On the condition that they bring Trystane with them. They agree, and despite Ellaria trying to make amends, I have a feeling the dangers aren’t over yet. Especially since they’re about to return to King’s Landing and find out that Cersei has been locked up.

If they get back and the High Sparrow arrests Jaime then technically that means it’ll come out that Tommen and Myrcella are bastards, right? Which means Tommen will no longer be king and who knows what will happen with Myrcella and Trystane. Everything is a mess.

Finally, Meereen. Once again Dany is overseeing an event in the Fighting Pits. Jorah ends up participating in one of the fights and walks away the victor. Everything seems to be going fine, until Jorah fires a spear into the crowd, killing one of the Sons of the Harpy who was sneaking up to kill Dany.

Jorah Sons of the Harpy

Sons of the Harpy appear all throughout the crowd and begin killing people. Jorah helps Dany to try and escape, along with Tyrion, Missandei, and Daario. Just when it seems like they’re trapped, Drogon appears and begins killing the Sons of the Harpy (and a few unfortunate bystanders). I was so excited when the dragon flew over and stadium. After seeing him a couple episodes ago I knew he’d be back soon so I’m really glad it was to protect Dany.

In the end, Dany ends up climbing on his back and they fly off. I was a little confused by this cause, yeah great, she’s safe, but sorry Tyrion, Jorah, and the others, look after yourselves! She just left them there! I’m assuming there was a plan somewhere in her head otherwise things are going to go downhill really quickly.

Dany Rides a Dragon

So, a lot of death last night. I’m guessing that since next week is the finale we’ll see ever more. Maybe the start of the war?

What did you think of last night’s episode? Predictions for the finale?

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Hardhome”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 8 | Aired May 31, 2015

So quite a few things happened last night. We saw that Cersei is still locked up and awaiting trial. She is being treated about as well as I suspect anyone who has ever been her prisoner has been treated and it was said that Tommen won’t leave his room and Jaime is unreachable so things are not looking good for Cersei right now.

Dany banished Jorah (again), but has taken Tyrion into her service. She also told him a bit of her plans.

Dany break the Wheel

We also saw a bit of the Stark sisters. Arya is improving on her training to becoming faceless and has been sent on a mission. I’m definitely liking her storyline a lot more now that she’s back to being badass Arya. It was also finally revealed to Sansa that Bran and Rickon are alive after Theon accidentally confessed to her that he never killed them. I was very excited about this because now she knows they’re out there she can escape and go look for them. And if Brienne is the one to help Sansa escape, Brienne knows Arya is alive which means that there is a chance four (possibly five) Stark/Snow siblings could eventually be reunited.

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Which brings me to the thing I really want and need to talk about. It seems that where Jon Snow goes, epic battle sequences follow. Last night was no different. Jon, some men of the Night’s Watch, and one of the Wildlings finally reached their destination and thus began the difficult task of convincing the Wildlings to return to The Wall with them.

They managed to convince some of them (about 5000), but as they were getting into the boats, the White Walkers and their Army of the Dead attacked, slaughtering many of the Wildlings.

Did anyone else see this coming? As soon as the female Wilding (who was only in the show for about five minutes, but who I really liked already), got her two kids into the boat and then went back to help others, I just knew something was going to happen. She wouldn’t have not gone with them unless something bad was going to happen. Which it did. I almost thought for a second that she was going to be alright, but then she ended up being eaten by several dead children, which was really horrible irony.

Also, before I go any further, can we take a moment to appreciate that all the Wildlings think Jon is very pretty?

Jon Snow is PrettyWe also learned last night that Jon’s sword can kill White Walkers. Not sure how this is possible so I’m looking forward to that explanation and I have a feeling Sam is going to have a field day with this information.

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The battle was truly amazing. One thing Game of Thrones never fails to deliver is epic, dramatic fights. I’m always astounded that they manage to put together these fights that are so large and there’s so much going on, but they’re not confusing. They pick a few characters and then go back and forth between them. This makes it easy for viewers to focus and know what’s going on without taking away from the battle.

At the end of the episode we see who I guess is the head White Walker raise his arms and all the Wildlings they had killed get to their feet, now part of the Army of the Dead.

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Honestly, this was probably one of my favourite episodes of the season. This was episode eight and I’m excited to see what’s coming in the final two episodes. Stannis is getting closer to Winterfell, Sansa knows her brothers are alive, Winter is coming. If the fight in last night’s episode was of epic proportions, I can’t even imagine what the battle for Winterfell is going to look like.

What did you think of last night’s episode? What do you think is coming?

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “The Gift”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 7 | Aired May 24, 2015

This episode was intense! The thing about Game of Thrones is that every season seems to be leading up to something and the closer you get to the end of the season, the more the pressure and anticipation builds. Well last night the pressure was on, the anticipation is building. I don’t want the season to end, but I so desperately want to know where these things are leading.

So last night’s episode was split between Winterfell, King’s Landing, Meereen, and The Wall/just outside The Wall, as well as a brief glimpse into Dorne.

In this episode we see that things have not improved for Sansa and she reaches out to Theon to help her, asking him to put the candle in the tower like Brienne had instructed. Instead, Theon takes the candle to Ramsay and, while he doesn’t do anything right then and there, I think the threat was pretty obvious.

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The storyline with the three of them is definitely interesting because Ramsay has hurt Theon so badly and he’s terrified to go against what Ramsay says. But Ramsay also hurts Sansa and, despite being scared, she still challenges him and debates with things he says. I’m hoping her defiance might spark something in Theon and he’ll take a candle to the window for Brienne.

We spent a lot of time at The Wall this episode, but Jon wasn’t actually there. Instead, the main focus was on Sam. I adore Sam. He’s so adorable and loyal and this episode, we also saw him be incredibly brave. He managed to protect Gilly (with the help of Ghost) against several men who attempted to assault her (seriously? Was this necessary? Is sexual assault just their default now?) and wouldn’t back down. This is some serious character development considering when we first met Sam he took one blow and yielded.

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Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good. Aemon Targaryen died in last night’s episode and it was actually pretty sad. It also means that Dany is the last Targaryen alive.

Speaking of Dany. Last night she attended the first match of the reopened Fighting Pits. This match concluded when Jorah took out all his opponents and then revealed himself to Dany. While she was initially angry at seeing him, things seemed to change when Tyrion stepped out. Now apparently this hasn’t even happened in the book yet.

My name is Tyrion Lannister

The meeting between Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen is much anticipated for book fans, but many have reported that they may not need to wait for the book to come out. While I’m definitely interested to see what’s going to happen between the two of them, I’m also interested to see what’s going to happen when Dany finds out Jorah has Grey Scale.

We briefly got a glimpse of Stannis and his army who have set up camp on their way to Winterfell. Well, I say set up camp, more like they stopped because they didn’t a choice due to snow. Their supplies are running low and winter is coming. They need to make it to Winterfell before it’s too late.

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Melissandra offered a solution to the problem. The same solution she had when they had kidnapped Gendry. Sacrificing someone with the king’s blood. And who does she think they should sacrifice? Shireen. No! No! No! I was so angry about this! I heard rumors that this happens in the book, but I never usually pay attention to that stuff anymore cause sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s not and I don’t care which is which until I read the books myself. However, I am really hoping that this is not something they’re going to do in the show. Stannis and Shireen had a really great, really adorable moment a couple episodes ago so I’m hoping they don’t ruin that by killing her.

The last two storylines in the episode were very focused on the two Lannister children: Myrcella and Tommen. Jaime and Myrcella finally get to talk and he tries to explain everything to her though, understandingly, she confused and angry. And she makes a good point. She never asked to go to Dorne, she was sent there. Now she’s happy and enjoying it and they’re trying to call her back.

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Also, Bronn lived. Barely, he was poisoned last week, but the girl who poisoned him (and was locked in a neighboring cell) gave him what she said was the antidote. Was it the antidote? I hope so, but on this show you never know anymore. It came off a necklace like the one Olenna used to poison Joffrey so who knows at this point.

Speaking of Olenna, she went head to head with the High Sparrow last night and while it didn’t seem to do much good right then, I think it’s a safe assumption we haven’t seen the end of the this.

The High Sparrow seems to have become enemy #1 as Tommen was prepared to go head to head with him as well. He’s angry about Margaery being arrested and not being able to do anything about it. Whoa, whoa, whoa there Tommen. You had the opportunity last week to say something as your wife was being dragged off and did you? No. So while I get that he’s worried, he did have the chance to do something and he didn’t.

Tommen War

He also didn’t anything this week. Instead, Cersei went to talk to the High Sparrow and it didn’t end well for her. It seems that Loras has been spilling secrets to the High Sparrow like how Cersei prefers to sleep with people she’s related to. This resulted in her being thrown in a cell at the end of the episode which I have to say, has been a long time coming.

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Looks like Tommen won’t have any choice but to do something now. His mother’s in jail, his wife’s in jail, his uncle/father is in Dorne. The only one left is Olenna. Maybe this is how they’ll get Myrcella back? Surely people are going to find out pretty quickly that Cersei Lannister has been arrested and you know Jaime will go running back, but I wonder if Myrcella will too. At least to be with her brother.

All in all I enjoyed last night’s episode. We’re getting closer and closer to the end of season five and I have a feeling it’s going to be BIG.

What do you think?

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Game of Thrones Episode Five Review: “Kill the Boy”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 5 | Aired May 10, 2015

This episode was probably one of the easiest to follow this season as there seemed to be three primary storyline/plot points that they followed. First, Dany, dealing with the repercussions of the slaughter we saw last week. Second, Sansa and the Boltons. Third, and actually connected to the other two, we spent a lot of time at The Wall last night.

Kill the BoyI actually really enjoyed this episode. Like, I typically do, it’s very rare that I don’t like an episode for one reason or another. But I really did like this one. There was only one Stark and one Lannister in the entire episode and yet it was still so good.

Let the man be born

Now, at the end of last week’s episode, we saw Ser Barristan fall and Grey Worm land next to him, alive or dead, we did not know. This week we see that Dany mourning Ser Barristan’s death, but we also see that Grey Worm has survived (and he finally admits how much he cares for Dany’s right-hand-woman!). Daenerys’s rage over Ser Barristan’s death prompts her to take drastic measures and she brings the head of each family down to where she keeps two of her dragons. This ended with the dragons flaying and eating two of the men and Dany ordering the others to be locked up.

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While I don’t typically enjoy seeing men burnt alive and then eating, I was so happy the dragons are back! We actually saw all three of them in this episode when the third dragon flies over Jorah and Tyrion as they’re in their boat going through Valyria.

Now, long story short, the men are allowed to live. Dany decides to reopen the fighting pits as was requested of her and says that to forge a bond with the people of her city, she will marry one of the family heads, namely the man who had been asking about the pits.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Out of everything I thought was coming, this was definitely not it. I’m also not sure if this will forge a bond or be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. What do you think? How do you think Jorah is going to react? I reckon he won’t be too happy, but now that he’s been infected by Grey Scale (how terrifying was that scene?!) I don’t know that there’s too much he can complain about. Though, they did manage to stop it spreading too far in Shireen so maybe there’s hope for him yet.

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Onto the next major point last night: The Boltons. Holy moly this is an intense family. We see that Brienne and Podrick are in Winterfell (or nearby) hoping to rescue Sansa in some way. We also saw that Ramsay’s girlfriend wasn’t too pleased with Sansa being there now and retaliates by bringing Sansa and Theon back together.

Sansa Winterfell

Something big is definitely going to happen here, you just know it. One of the reasons Sansa is marrying Ramsay is because the Boltons currently rule the north. By marrying him, Sansa will become Lady of Winterfell. But if Sansa finds out that Theon didn’t actually kill Bran and Rickon then she technically doesn’t need to marry him, she just needs to find her brothers because then there is still a natural heir to Winterfell. I reckon this will happen some time in the next few episodes, Sansa will find Brienne and Podrick, and the three will set out to find Bran and Rickon, thus setting up for the boys return next season.

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We also found out that Ramsay’s mother (step-mother?) is pregnant and they believe it to be a boy. Ramsay is obviously feeling threatened by this as he only just recently was declared to be Roose Bolton’s real son and not just a bastard. I’m wondering if maybe he’ll take his anger out on Sansa and maybe Theon will come to the rescue? Who know, it’s all speculation at this point.

Probably the biggest storyline of this episode was everything happening at The Wall. Jon wants to make peace with the Wildlings, stating that if they don’t make peace now then the Wildlings will just end up added to the White Walkers army. And he’s not wrong. However, after years and years of fighting each other, the other Crows are extremely opposed to this whole thing. Despite this though, Jon plans to follow through with his plan. Once again he has done something that, despite it being for the good of everyone, is only dividing him from his brothers.

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I think this is probably building up to something big too. Like, Jon will go away to recruit the rest of the Wildlings and come back to find there’s been a mutiny and he’s been overthrown or something like that. He’ll leave and join Stannis’s army with the Wildlings and maybe Sam and a couple others and maybe at some point find out his brothers and sisters are alive. Hey, I can hope for happy endings, can’t I?

Speaking of Stannis, he finally decided he’d had enough of The Wall and ordered his army to march on Winterfell and the Boltons. I noticed when they showed his whole army leaving that there were significantly more people than there possibly could have been/were seen at The Wall so I don’t know where Stannis was hiding all those men, but he’s finally off and heading for war.

Stannis ArmyThere were three things that kind of stood out to me. The first thing which I really loved about this whole episode is how connected things seemed to be. Maester Aemon is a relative of Dany’s so he’s worrying about her while he’s on The Wall. Meanwhile, Stannis and his army are heading to Winterfell to overthrow the Boltons. I just really loved the connections that they showed throughout the whole thing. And! And! Jorah and Tyrion being attacked by the people with Grey Scale, the same disease Stannis’s daughter had. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

The next thing I noticed, or I guess laughed at more than noticed, was when the Crows were protesting to Jon’s plan. One of the men said how the Wildlings killed Grenn and Pip. Now, I’m only on the first book, but often times spoilers are hard to avoid on the internet. And I know those two are still alive in the book. So when they were using their deaths as a reason not to do as Jon was saying I couldn’t help but laugh because really? Did the writers really need to kill them off? That’s the one thing that bugs me about this show, the tendency to kill off those still alive in the books. Because there isn’t enough death in the Game of Thrones universe already.

Finally, the thing that really had me laughing, Stannis correcting people’s grammar. I don’t know why this is so funny, maybe it’s because it’s not the first time he’s done it and people all over the internet noticed. During the same scene with Jon and the Crows, someone uses the word ‘less’ and just from the back of the room where Stannis and Davos are standing, Stannis mumbles “Fewer”. I thought this was great. They’re talking about death and war and Stannis has to correct the way people speak.

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This episode was great and it definitely reaffirmed for me that they’re building to something big. Maybe this winter that they keep saying is coming.

What did you think last night? What do you think will happen next?

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