WARNING: Spoiler Alert
What follows below is a delightfully inexpert recap in preparation for tonight’s episode 2. As a bonus, here’s a very good argument as to why you probably don’t want to invite Jon Snow to your dinner party, even if he is kinda cute in that lost puppy sort of way:
After keeping people tuned in for the long months between June and April with such light fare as True Detective, Going Clear and The Jinx (which absolutely no one saw or spent hours discussing), HBO’s much loved and totally family-friendly Game of Thrones returned last week for its fifth season. If you're playing catch up, here's a quick recap of where we left our favorite (or most despised) characters last season:
Sansa Stark, now a brunette, is hiding out in the Eyrie with her annoying cousin Robin and the unflappable and possibly Most Evil of All Lord Petyr Baelish, aka Little Finger. Baelish has recently killed Sansa’s Aunt and Robin’s mother, Lysa Arryn, by pushing her out the Moon Door, just after he married her. While Sansa is adjusting to her new family situation, her younger sister, Arya, just let the Hound die a slow and painful death at the hands of Brienne of Tarth, who was accompanied by Podrick Payne. Arya dodged Brienne’s attempts to help bring her home, as Arya is now (rightly) suspicious of pretty much every human, and just purchased passage on a ship bound for Braavos, a trip made possible by the special coin she received from Jaqen H’ghar and the phrase “valar morghulis.”
Their half-brother, Jon Snow, is still up at the Wall, where he helped defend Westeros against the onslaught of Mance Rayder’s army of Wildlings, which included his special lady friend, Ygritte, who died in his arms after being shot by a child. Like you do. The Brothers of the Night’s Watch held the Wall until Stannis Baratheon and his army – thankfully without that bloodthirsty pyromaniac Melisandre - arrived to stamp out the invasion from the Free Men beyond the wall. Speaking of beyond the wall, Bran Stark, accompanied by Meera Reed and Hodor, has just made it to the Godswood of his visions, where they were saved by a Child of the Forest.
With the Season 4 finale of "Game of Thrones" airing today, in the midst of one of the most compelling summer concert seasons in years, we got to thinking... what artist or performance would each character want to see?
Watching television can be fun; binge-watching it can be even better. There’s something really fantastic about being sucked completely into a show — its plot, its characters, its actors. It’s like being consumed by a really great book, where suddenly whatever is entertaining you transports you to an entirely different world.
If you're an avid reader of our blog, you probably already know we’re enthusiastic television watchers. So over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting you with our favorite shows in sci-fi/fantasy, comedy, and drama to binge-watch. You're welcome!
Why Tim Loves It: For a lot of shows, the pilot episode doesn't completely pull you in. It usually takes a few more episodes before you are fully committed. "Lost" was not one of those shows. After the first ten minutes of the pilot episode, you are completely hooked. I did not start watching "Lost" until after the second season had been released to DVD, but once I started watching, it was the only thing on my television for weeks. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself, "just one more episode." Of course, that always turned into four episodes.
By the time "Lost" ended, there was a lot criticism about how it ended and questions that were left unanswered (why was Walt so important??), but it didn't take away from the adventure that was the show. Each time it ended, there were new questions and mysteries that you couldn't wait another minute to be answered.
Ultimately, "Lost" is character-driven show; you will love some of them, you will hate some of them, but they all bring something special to the show (except Nikki and Paulo). If you have not watched Lost before, it's definitely something you should add to your queue.
Where to Watch it: Netflix
Now that our Independence Day celebrations are over, we're talking about weird baby names, dogs who perform good deeds, and kid movies done right.
Unique baby names
Last week, everyone was up in arms about the news that Kim and Kanye had named their first daughter North... West. Not that it matters what I think, but I don't hate it. I think it's kind of funny. Anyway, this week, it came out that 146 other babies in the U.S. joined the "unique baby name" bandwagon — they were all named Khaleesi, a made up word from the George R. R. Martin "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series. The name means "queen" in the Dothraki language. To be fair... Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi has definitely had some of the best scenes in all of "Game of Thrones." So I will reserve my judgment.
What do a heart-wrenching episode of an HBO show, a singing 8-year-old in a music video, and sloths have in common? Absolutely nothing, but we are talking about them this week.
Game of Thrones Reactions
Technically, what happened in last week's episode of "Game of Thrones" was public knowledge prior to its air date, since George R. R. Martin released the third book in his series in 2000. But not all of us have read his novels and instead only watch the HBO series... SO THE EPISODE HURT. I won't say anything except: why? And why am I such a masochist? And why does George R. R. Martin hate us so much? Sigh. Thankfully, I'm in good company. Videos of "Game of Thrones" fans reacting to the episode have made their way around the internet. (NSFW language at the source.) The episode has effectively divided the entire fan base into "show watchers" — people like me, who will not speak of such a mortifying experience — and "book readers" — those who knew what was coming and thought it was toootally funny when the rest of us were horrified. TV watchers unite! ...As we cry ourselves to sleep waiting for the season finale this weekend.