Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 5 “Eastwatch” (B+)

It’s been a long time since I’ve been caught up enough on my TV to watch an episode of this show while it was actually airing. I was noting to a friend that I’ve never been a fan of the White Walkers as a plotline on this show, but I guess you don’t get to choose what you like and what you don’t like. There’s something intense and exciting about seeing Jon, Davos, the Hound, and a few others head out into the snowy abyss to, apparently, try to catch a White Walker to bring to Cersei as proof of their existence. She did seem much more amenable to the idea of accepting some sort of truce with Daenerys, which I didn’t expect at all, though she’s still pretty angry at Jaime for giving Olenna a peaceful death, especially after learning that she was the one who killed Joffrey. Jaime wasn’t happy at all to see Tyrion, who is increasingly becoming one of the lone beacons of positive humanity. Daenerys is no longer listening to him, opting to have her dragon burn the Tarly men alive so that every other member of Cersei’s army will bend the knee. Discord is sowing between Arya and Sanda, and no one needs that given the many threats facing them. It’s good to have Jorah back and to see him joined with Davos and the others, healed by Sam, who continues to be underused despite having infinitely more knowledge than those who tell him to continue serving silently.

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