Recap Round-up: “Second Sons”
By Ours is the Fury on in Recap.

Here are some notable recaps and reviews of episode 28 of Game of Thrones:

Book Readers
Sean T. Collins – Rolling Stone
Myles McNutt – Cultural Learnings
James Hibberd – Entertainment Weekly
Alyssa Rosenberg – ThinkProgress
Scott Meslow – The Week
Todd VanDerWerff – A.V. Club
Sarah Hughes – The Guardian
James Poniewozik – Time
Charlie Jane Anders – io9
Elio Garcia – Westeros.org

New Viewers
Alan Sepinwall – HitFix
Andy Greenwald – Grantland
David Sims – A.V. Club
John Kubicek – Buddy TV
Brian Juergens – The Backlot
Jordan Yerman – Vancouver Observer (New viewers may want to avoid reading the Comments section on this website)


78 Comments

  1. The Geek in the North
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Hodor

  2. Bex
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad we got Red Wedding out of the way in Episode 8. Jordan was on the money with that recap.

  3. darkshot117
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Bex,

    Wow I seriously hope most first time viewers think the same way Jordan does. That will make episode 9 hit even harder :)

  4. Sky Aero
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I really loved it!

  5. coronaking
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    New viewers may want to avoid reading the Comments section on ANY website. :p

  6. darkshot117
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    coronaking,

    Yeah I would recommend avoiding the internet in general for the next 2-3 weeks >_<

  7. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    coronaking,

    Maybe, but some of them are quite good at moderating their comments section for spoilers and trolling. The Vancouver site…no.

  8. Jayne
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    The recap by Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 is also up, always an excellent read.

  9. Daniellica
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Best recap line this week (from EW)

    “Outside there’s loud squawking. Sam goes to look and finds an inbound White Walker. He’s totally shocked because this episode isn’t a season premiere or finale.”

  10. FrYo
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Anyone for a gif of Jordan Yerman in two weeks time?

    His way of putting ‘Red Wedding’ every line as a ‘I did not read the books, but I know more than the casual viewer’ reviewer is just too good. Made my day.

  11. babar
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    FrYo,

    Too bad some dickheads had to spoil the actual wedding in the comments, though.

  12. WompWomp
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    babar,

    Tried to counteract this. [laughs]

  13. dnorth
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Wonder if anyone else brought obsidion from the fist??

  14. Virtus
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I think this episode was one of the best on the season thus far, together with Now His Watch is Ended. I don’t get why both of the AV Club reviewers gave it only a B. VanDerWerff spent almost half of the text on pondering nudity.

  15. Turncloak
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Really a shame how book readers feel the need to spoil in reviewers comment section

  16. Clob
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    a bit OT, but I’m noticing more articles picking up on the Oona interview now about someone not wanting to do nude scenes. They are all assuming it’s Emilia Clarke of course but I haven’t seen anything that confirms it. Emilia wasn’t nude in season 2 at all so any inclusion of that seems to again point toward Esme. Emilia’s role certainly doesn’t fit the “being known only for nude scenes” either, which Esme’s did until this season.

    Even if it is Emilia I don’t think she’s a ‘never again’ type but more of a seldom kind.

  17. Isabella
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    These made me smile:

    Greenwald- “I’m not sure what effect the bloody bug barbecue will have on the bearers of the three names Stannis uttered — Balon Greyjoy, Robb Stark, and Joffrey — but if it were to lead to a similar charred outcome for the latter I might just be OK with it.”
    Sepinwall- “Remember that the last time Stannis was talked out of doing what Melisandre wanted, his fleet was crippled by wildfire; will non-fatally leaching a bit of blood from poor Gendry be enough to eliminate Stannis’ hated rivals Balon, Robb and Joffrey? Or is this just another half-measure doomed to fail? “
    Kubicek- “Cersei tells Margaery an awesome story about the Rains of Castamere, who used to be the second-richest House in Westeros (like the Tyrells are now), but whose ambition led the Lannisters to slaughter them all. The fact that the next episode is titled “The Rains of Castamere” bodes poorly for anyone named Tyrell.”
    Sims- “I know that what we’re seeing is the first half of the third book, and I’m more and more afraid that there isn’t going to be quite as devastating a closing punch as there was in the last two seasons, because we’re going to be closing on the middle of a book. Ugh, I can feel myself eating my words as I type this, so I’m just going to stop, because David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (and George R.R. Martin) know what the fuck they’re doing, and they haven’t let me down yet.”
    And of course Yerman with his Red Wedding-ing all over the place.

  18. Scott Glennon
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Jordan was great! I take points off for getting the color of the wedding wrong, but I add points for “Minstrels without Borders”. LOL That was actually a fun recap all things considered.

    For Winterfell!

  19. Shmurb
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Clob,

    Yeah, I think it had to be Esme. I mean, Emilia’s scene this week just disproved that whole thing, didn’t it?

  20. Andy Gavin
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    In a structural sense, this is a very cohesive episode with only three extended “threads” of narrative (Dragonstone, Dany, and Kings Landing) book-ended by two short (but important) ones (Arya at the beginning and Sam at the end). Really each of these three main threads is about a second son. It has a lot of “action,” perhaps not so much physical fighting (except at the end), but dramatic conflict, and with it’s concentration on fewer narratives, a great deal of focus on the character’s we’ve come to love. As always, my detailed thoughts on the episode can be found on my blog.

  21. Eoghan Dalton
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    It really looks like a lot of the critics have no idea where this season is going, which should make watching the reactions in coming weeks all the better!

    I do wish that D & D could do more episodes like this week’s; we got to spend enough time in each story to for them to have an impact.

    My own recap is here http://thedailyshift.com/2013/05/20/review-second-sons-game-of-thrones-s03e08/

  22. Shady_Grady
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I thought this episode was better than last week’s but I’m still seeing a lot of complaints about pacing and lack of “action”. These are mostly coming from people who haven’t read the books yet. I think that “Blackwater” may have given some folks the wrong idea about what to expect. I was really impressed with Gleeson’s work last night. He gets all the little things right.

    I think that the RW will satisfy those people complaining of no action and too many storylines but since many of them tend to be Stark fans they may lose interest. I hope that doesn’t take place.

  23. Ace
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Andy Greenwald’s recap/review was especially awesome this week.

  24. Charles
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Greenwald is easily my favorite non-book reviewer. Informative, concise, gives credit when credits is due but doesn’t shy away from pointing out the issues. I also feel like his views aling almost perfectly with my own. Always a pleasure reading his thoughts, and besides the guys from whattheflick (always fantastic) he’s is my most look-forward to review.

  25. barak
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Everyone is complaining about Sam leaving the dagger behind, but as far as I remember there’s lots more where it came from. They found a whole bunch of them, and there’s nothing that says Sam isn’t carrying all of them.

  26. Pasta
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Question for the book readers:

    How do the Unsullied, like Yerman, even know about the term “Red Wedding”. It’s not like it’s referred to in the show or synopsis blurbs.

    Do they think “Red Wedding” refers to the Lannister red?

  27. David
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Which Oona Chaplin interview is being referenced? Link please?

  28. Nagga's Kin
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    David:
    Which Oona Chaplin interview is being referenced?Link please?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10066239/Game-of-Thrones-star-rebels-over-topless-scenes.html

    The operative quote appears to be this one:

    Oona Chaplin, who plays the noblewoman Talisa Maegyr, tells Mandrake: “One of the girls in the show who got her kit off the most in the first couple of seasons now doesn’t at all because she said, ‘I want to be known for my acting not for my breasts.’ ”

    In season 1 and 2, Esme Bianco and Emilia Clarke were the actresses with the largest number of nude scenes. The king has murdered Esme’s character, so by a process of elimination…

    For her part, Oona says she’s totally cool with taking her kit off as long as it’s all done in the best possible taste.

  29. Eor!
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Pasta:
    Question for the book readers:

    How do the Unsullied, like Yerman, even know about the term “Red Wedding”.It’s not like it’s referred to in the show or synopsis blurbs.


    Do they think “Red Wedding” refers to the Lannister red?


    I’m just assuming they were spoiled, or for Yerman he might have just heard of an event called the Red Wedding this season and thought it was this one?

  30. Isabelle
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Daniellica:
    Best recap line this week (from EW)

    “Outside there’s loud squawking. Sam goes to look and finds an inbound White Walker. He’s totally shocked because this episode isn’t a season premiere or finale.”

    That was the standout for me as well! Also, this:

    Yunkai: Dany is taking a bath and being groomed by her translator Missandei. They’re interrupted by Daario with a big knife. He explains that instead of assassinating her like he was ordered, he killed the two Second Sons captains, brought her their heads and wants to pledge his men to her. And why did he do all this? Is it her claim to the Iron Throne? Her persuasive arguments? Her leadership skills and comfy sofa and rad dragons? Nope. She’s just smoking hot….

    So Dany gives Daario the full frontal that Titan’s Bastard requested and he heroically maintains eye contact. “My sword is yours, my life is yours, my heart is yours,” Daario says. I think he left one thing out.

    Hibberd never fails to amuse. Great stuff.

    Here’s the recap from Wired:

    http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/05/game-thrones-recap-second-sons/

  31. barak
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Nagga’s Kin: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10066239/Game-of-Thrones-star-rebels-over-topless-scenes.html

    The operative quote appears to be this one:

    In season 1 and 2, Esme Bianco and Emilia Clarke were the actresses with the largest number of nude scenes. The king has murdered Esme’s character, so by a process of elimination…

    For her part, Oona says she’s totally cool with taking her kit off as long as it’s all done in the best possible taste.

    And yet, Emilia was very much naked in Second Sons…

  32. Nick Larter
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    As a long time champion of Jordan Yerman’s gloriously creaky reviews it’s nice to see they’ve made the list at last!

    The other recap I’m really enjoying this season is from Wired – props to Laura Hudson and Erik Henriksen:-

    http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/05/game-thrones-recap-second-sons/

    It differs from others I’ve seen in having in depth discussion of the differences between the show and the books – can be very spoilerish – be warned!

  33. Ger
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Pasta,
    I think that the term ‘Red Wedding’ has been widespread for a long time, and there’s probably a lot of people who don’t know what the hell the Red Wedding is, but they know that it’s one of the most important events in the series. Before I read the books, I knew that there was this ‘Red Wedding’ thing that was huge, but I didn’t know what happened during that event. And this was a long time ago.

  34. Clob
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    barak: And yet, Emilia was very much naked in Second Sons…

    Her name is being thrown in the hat a lot also to play Anastasia Steele in the 50 Shades movie(s). Whomever is cast in that will be naked all the time so she would be out of the running for that if she has any desire to be in it.

  35. David
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it’s got to be Esme Bianco. Clarke wouldn’t make any sense given what we know and the events of last episode.

  36. Mike Chair
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    barak: And yet, Emilia was very much naked in Second Sons…

    … thus, the moral of the story is: show your boobs or HBO will KILL YOU!!

  37. Benjamin Wakefield
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Elio is such a prude with his ‘I will only endure sex if it’s in service to a higher goal.’

  38. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Mike Chair,

    Valar Morghulis: All Men Must Die.

    @Isabella: Lol, thanks for those snippets.

  39. David
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I stopped paying attention to the peeps at westeros.org after the “THIS IS NO LONGER AN ADAPTATION!!!11!11!1!!” freakout at the House of the Undying.

  40. Michael Tschuertz
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Clob,

    My dreamcast would be emilia and james deen.
    on the other hand this books are the worst thing I have ever read. got everything about relations, men, women, BDSM and whatnot wrong.
    EVEN A BRAINDEAD hollywood screenwriter can make a better screenplay.

  41. Eor!
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    Really a shame how book readers feel the need to spoil in reviewers comment section

    “There’s no cure for being a cunt”

  42. Mo
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Afterbuzz does some great recaps with newbies and they managed to get Dan Hilderband? aka Kraznys on their show.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1PfjYVQzKk

  43. Al Swearengen
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with Elio the producers and Peter are portraying Tyrion too clean cut, they seem too scared to give us a proper adaptation of the character from the books because he’s become so popular with the audience and modern culture. It doesn’t help the fact Peter is so reluctant to read the books.

  44. dnorth
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    What is with all the redacted text? I am a newbie here, never read the books, but I don’t care if someone spouts off a spoiler,….

  45. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    dnorth,

    Then click on the black-boxed text and it will be revealed. Or up above, at the top of the comments section, you can click a button that says “Yes show me the spoilers.”

  46. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    I have to agree with Elio the producers and Peter are portraying Tyrion too clean cut, they seem too scared to give us a proper adaptation of the character from the books because he’s become so popular with the audience and modern culture. It doesn’t help the fact Peter is so reluctant to read the books.

    I don’t think they’re “afraid” of adapting the more rough-around-the-edges Tyrion from the books, and I don’t think Dinklage is against taking the character in a bit of a darker direction, I just don’t think they’re interested in going in that direction right now. Tyrion is about to head to some pretty dark places over the next few seasons, as it is, so I see this “white-washing” as something that will have less and less merit as the series goes on (at least for a while).

    I can see how that would be too little, too late for some, but I don’t have an issue with it. Every show needs a hero of sorts, especially when the proceedings can frequently be very dark, and very grim for characters who are considered to be good.Tyrion makes for a great hero, and for the moment, I like the fact that I don’t have much reason to dislike him. There’s still plenty of time to dirty him up, is all I’m saying. Same goes for Arya and her killer instinct.

  47. Shmurb
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Ger,

    Totally. MAJOR SPOILERS AND SHIT:

    I think there’s varying degrees of being spoiled. You could have accidentally seen some things, or heard some terms, but without context you don’t necessarily know as much as you think you do. I got spoiled that Joffrey bites it at his wedding before I’d even read the books. So, reading them and getting into Storm of Swords, I started noticing “RW” and “Red Wedding” mentions popping up online. And I was like “Oh ok, Red Wedding, big event, must be the red Lannister wedding where Joffrey dies. I was kind of dissapointed that I knew what was coming. But to my pleasant and horrific surprise, I knew nothing!

  48. Lars
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Pasta:
    Question for the book readers:

    How do the Unsullied, like Yerman, even know about the term “Red Wedding”.It’s not like it’s referred to in the show or synopsis blurbs.


    Do they think “Red Wedding” refers to the Lannister red?

    Because many book-reader idiots keep hyping up future events by their fan names – like “just wait until [event X], you’ll be BLOWN AWAY!”.

    It was “Blackwater” last season, and now it is “RW”.

  49. The Purist
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak: Really a shame how book readers feel the need to spoil in reviewers comment section

    Eor!: “There’s no cure for being a cunt”

    Hey! Don’t lump all book readers to those morons. In my experience, some of those people who spoils are those who doesn’t even watch the show or read the books and got the spoilers from Wikipedia or tv show watchers who have been spoiled already and decided to get some payback. I may not like the shows as much as before, but it doesn’t right me the right to spoil it for other people. Besides, it’s so fun watching their reactions when their favorites are killed off like Larry Williams’ rage on for Ned. Now they know how I felt when I read those parts of the books. I would like an apology from both of you, especially from you Eor, that’s some pretty foul language and derogatory towards women.

  50. Joh
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I feel like we need a fashion of Game of Thrones blog, to review the awesome clothes.

    First up, Tywin’s bitchin’ black leather jacket that he wore to Tyrion’s wedding.

  51. Lossoth
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to see a tweet from Wil Wheaton, sending some sympathy to Joe Dempsie…

  52. Eor!
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    The Purist:
    Hey! Don’t lump all book readers to those morons. In my experience, some of those people who spoils are those who doesn’t even watch the show or read the books and got the spoilers from Wikipedia or tv show watchers who have been spoiled already and decided to get some payback. I may not like the shows as much as before, but it doesn’t right me the right to spoil it for other people. Besides, it’s so fun watching their reactions when their favorites are killed off like Larry Williams’ rage on for Ned. Now they know how I felt when I read those parts of the books. I would like an apology from both of you, especially from you Eor, that’s some pretty foul language and derogatory towards women.

    I was actually quoting Bronn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13CSWRyaAgA), and I am a book reader. I was only referring to the specific people who spoil

  53. Maxwell James
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Agreed. With Tyrion in particular, I think Elio is missing the forest for the trees. Yes, he’s more sympathetic in the show, but that will make a crucial action he takes next season all the more devastating- especially because Benioff and Weiss have made the wise decision of making Shae far more sympathetic as well.

  54. LordStarkington
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink
  55. Joh
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Maxwell James,

    Thank you for this. The changes do not lessen the complexity of Tyrion’s character, given the long view.

  56. Red Hound
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    People spoil stuff because it gives them power.

    It’s a shame that the entire satisfaction of some movie or book can be taken away by reading a single line. I got the Sixth Sense spoiled and I knew about the Red Wedding already from Youtube comments, although not the details.

    Can you imagine getting THIS spoiled?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_D5zbQ4i8o

    Star Wars spoilers in that clip, just so you know.

  57. Hexonx
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    One of the reviewers said something about Sam saying “how do you like me now,” or something like that. Got me thinking, wouldn’t it have been great if he said:

    “Yeah, Bitch! Dragonglass!”

  58. Werd
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Missed The Atlantic’s, which has some fun stuff about the leech scene and about Sam: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/05/-i-game-of-thrones-i-finally-takes-some-mercy-on-its-viewers/275999/

  59. Caravaggio
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Guys… The Red Wedding is upon us.

    … I’m scared.

  60. Clob
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    numbers moved back up this week: 5.131 :)

  61. Alan
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga: I don’t think they’re “afraid” of adapting the more rough-around-the-edges Tyrion from the books, and I don’t think Dinklage is against taking the character in a bit of a darker direction, I just don’t think they’re interested in going in that direction right now. Tyrion is about to head to some pretty dark places over the next few seasons, as it is, so I see this “white-washing” as something that will have less and less merit as the series goes on (at least for a while).

    I can see how that would be too little, too late for some, but I don’t have an issue with it. Every show needs a hero of sorts, especially when the proceedings can frequently be very dark, and very grim for characters who are considered to be good.Tyrion makes for a great hero, and for the moment, I like the fact that I don’t have much reason to dislike him. There’s still plenty of time to dirty him up, is all I’m saying. Same goes for Arya and her killer instinct.

    Right. The other thing that occurs — and this has happened with several characters — is that you need to simplify for tv. With no internal monologue to literally walk people through the subtleties, and a relatively small amount of time on screen (by the end of this season, I’d bet Tyrion has gotten four hours of screen time max — and he has by FAR the most), the characters need to be simplified.

    In doing that, you also need to move them to some level of extremes. This is done to make any arcs more clear across the board. Tyrion becomes whiter — while we are reminded more often and more drastically of Jaime’s black side, for example. Part of the reason Alton Lannister died was to remind viewers of Jaime’s lack of morality at that point in the story.

    Tyrion’s nicer — though not by that much — but it’s okay. There’s a lot of story to go.

  62. Alan Lovejoy
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    “All respect to Davos and his bedtime stories, but wine is something man made up so adults could sleep through the night.”

    Perfect!

  63. fuelpagan
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Agreed. Far too often I’ve seen people claim the show hasn’t portrayed a character properly based on evidence they know of from later books.

    When the time comes for Tyrion to be dark and he is still portrayed as some White Knight, then I’ll join the chorus of complaints. But let’s give the show a chance to develop the character to that point in its own way.

    That’s why I no longer even bother with Elio reviews anymore. Not worth my time.

  64. Seonaidh Ceanneidigh
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    That’s why I no longer even bother with Elio reviews anymore. Not worth my time.

    I don’t tend to read them anymore because his reviewing formula tends to go:

    > “Here’s what happens in the show”
    > “Here’s what happens in the book”
    > “Here’s why the book version is better”
    > “You can probably argue that the show’s approach has merit due to the change in format but I insist that the book is better and the showrunners have little excuse to present things differently.”

    There seems to be no real objectivity; it’s almost feigned. I think he’s too close to the books (and the author) to provide a truly objective viewpoint. Personally I read the Unsullied reactions – they’re not mentally checklisting the differences and judging the show purely on that. It was the same with the bear pit: book readers knew the outcome and approached it from that angle; the Unsullied really loved it for the heroic and selfless act contained in the scene (which was a twist for them) rather than the specifics of the action.

    I always remember that GRRM wrote the series to almost be unfilmmable. He sat down and started deliberately writing big. It costs him nothing to have words come out of a character’s mouth; it costs him nothing to have hundreds of characters. Unlike the showrunners, he doesn’t have to hire and pay and clothe and feed his characters. He’s a one-man creative force; there are hundreds of people and dozens of departments behind every facet of the show. When I consider this, I drop any complaints about minor characters being excised, or sub-plots being eliminated, or character arcs beings trimmed.

    I’m not saying anyone else has to approach the show this way, but it’s helped me.

  65. Petearys
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Isabella,

    That last one from Sims is great. They’re gonna be in for a ride to put it lightly…

  66. Jared
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    My post-Game of Thrones survey of the recaps has infinitely improved since I discovered Jordan Yerman’s recaps on the Vancouver Observer. I never fail to laugh out loud at least once.

    For Melisandre, getting butt naked is how you proselytize. Jehovahs’ Witnesses, take note: each stop would take much longer, but think of the conversion rates. Gendry is like, “Hell, yeah!”, not sparing a thought for how he’ll make child-support payments for a Dementor.

    Score one for Team Sexy Witch Religious Fundamentalism (TSWRF for short)! Someone needs to get that on a T-shirt.

    She3PO tells Daenerys that Khal Drogo was generous in his appraisal of his Khaleesi’s ability to speak Dothraki.

    Good Lord. If Nathalie Emmanuel wasn’t giving such a fine performance as Missandei, that character would be ruined for me. She would be She3PO forever. It’s not even that original (I’ve seen the joke several times now) but Star Wars + Game of Thrones = guaranteed happiness on my part. It’s been mathematically proven.

    To his credit, Daario did a better job of looking Daenerys in the eye than you did.

    He speaks the truth. I am guilty as charged.

  67. dnorth
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
  68. Lossoth
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Lossoth:
    I’d love to see a tweet from Wil Wheaton, sending some sympathy to Joe Dempsie…

    And he made one. Sweet :)

  69. Matt Chung
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Does anyone else really just hate reading Elio’s reviews? I understand that he is THE No. 1 fan of the books but he really just seems to have a hate boner for all of the changes from the novels, to the point of it being unprofessional. Like, I actually feel upset after reading them and I feel like it detracts from the viewing experience. Yeah yeah, I’ll just not read then, but I HAVE OPINIONS THAT I WANT TO VOICE

  70. Eor!
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Matt Chung:
    Does anyone else really just hate reading Elio’s reviews? I understand that he is THE No. 1 fan of the books but he really just seems to have a hate boner for all of the changes from the novels, to the point of it being unprofessional. Like, I actually feel upset after reading them and I feel like it detracts from the viewing experience. Yeah yeah, I’ll just not read then, but I HAVE OPINIONS THAT I WANT TO VOICE

    I’ve always hated them. It’s obvious the guy has no understanding about the difference between film and books. Film is a visual medium, you get most of the information from the visuals, which means that it has to show you, whereas the books can be more subtle. That doesn’t make the tv show dumber, it makes it a fucking tv show.

    People always bring up the Wire as a “visual novel”, but the Wire did these things too. The difference is that the Wire doesn’t have a book, so you don’t notice it. If it was a novel, character like Bubbles would probably be less “eccentric”, his sister would probably be a bigger character, Mcnulty cheating on his wife would probably only be heavily hinted at, etc. If the wire was a novel first we’d see legions of fans talking about how much the Wire sucks

  71. Summer Is Coming
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Why isn’t Mo Ryan from Huff Post here anymore?

  72. Winter Is Coming
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Summer Is Coming:
    Why isn’t Mo Ryan from Huff Post here anymore?

    She isn’t doing weekly recaps for Thrones this year.

  73. NOTABOOKREADER
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    What is it with all these people complaining about the nudity?!? Something is seriously wrong when the sight of naked gorgeous women offends you. Go watch something else!!!! Especially that Westero.org reviewer…..geeeze!

  74. NOTABOOKREADER
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    Yeah….only weirdos think its cool

  75. NOTABOOKREADER
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Matt Chung,

    Yes man!!! That is 100% correct!!!!!! Plus the complaints about the nudity!!!!! He must be gay or something…..I don’t understand where he’s coming from at all!

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