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Game of Thrones Episode Commentaries Of Key Episodes Now Online

Working on your Game of Thrones rewatch? Check out these selected commentaries from the Game of Thrones blu-rays from Seasons 4, 5 and 6, now on soundcloud.

It’s that time of year again, when fans around the world begin their great Game of Thrones rewatch ahead of the brand new season. Now, to be fair, in earlier years, we would already be hot and heavy into the rewatch cycle, with the season arriving in a month or so. But with the pushback to summer (most likely July) now is the time when we pull out the blu-rays and start from back in Season 1 to marvel at how young Arya was, and how innocent it all seemed.

But, like most things, there’s one little problem getting in the way: going to work. Some of us can watch episodes at our desks, but most have to, you know, actually work. The best we can do is listen to audiobooks and music. And that’s where this handy dandy little Soundcloud account comes in.

The soundcloud user (Dixie C) has uploaded a few commentaries from select game of thrones episodes from the last three seasons. perfect for listening to at your desk while you work.

Check out the episodes she’s got on line:

Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 9: “The Watchers On The Wall”

This is a key episode in the series, and one of the most impressive hand-to-hand combat sequences ever staged on the show. Not only due to the scene in the courtyard and the “360” fight sequence, but also the CGI that went into the Giants who helped lead the attack on the wall.

Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 10: “Mother’s Mercy”

The Season 5 finale, one of the longest episodes to date, and bloodiest, with six key characters done in, averaging one every ten minutes. Also famously features Cersei’s “walk of shame” which was another heavy CGI scene, as they used a body double.

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 8: “No One”

Of the three, perhaps the oddest choice, as “No One” was the most criticized episode of Season 6. Still, it’s interesting to listen to those who worked so hard on it discuss what went into making it, and the decisions they had to make to basically force Arya’s time in Braavos to come to an end.

Which one will you listen to on your lunch break? Sound off below!

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  • Naturally everyone will have their own favourite commentaries, depending on what they want to get from it. Ep 4×09 with Kit, Rose and John (Jon, Ygritte and Sam), is definitely my personal favourite.

    There are a good number of interesting little tidbits on “behind the scenes” stuff, but most importantly they all get on. John Bradley in particular has a few funny comments to make about his own character (when Pyp gets shot for instance). I’d highly recommend this one to anybody who hasn’t seen it.

  • When Arya proclaims ‘a girl is…’ I remembered when Gendry called her out on being a girl. She was so scared of owning it, so uncertain of what her future meant if she admitted to it. Logically, of course.
    For her arcs sake, it’s awesome that she is not only certain of her sexuality and identity in this scene- but confident in it.
    I’ve always wondered about that look Jaqen gave her- but maybe it is the same look we all gave her: Good luck, little lady. We are rooting for you.

  • Jaqen H’ghar: A girl has been given a second chance. There will not be a third.

    One theory: the entire time “A girl” was the Waif. Jaqen was using Arya to test her, to see if she could succeed at becoming “No One”. She failed. Arya did metaphorically let go, by not killing someone pretending to be Cersei, Lady Crane.
    Observations: When she first spoke to Arya, notice Lady Crane used faceless man questioning techniques. Also ponder why poisoning, not effective on Priestesses, was the method selected.
    Watch the training scenes again, substituting “the Waif” for “a girl”, and it doesn’t take much unseen story to make switching the girls work. The Waif was an absolute failure at becoming “No One”. Jaquin looked as if his test worked, and didn’t prevent the winner, Arya, from leaving with faceless man skills.

  • 5.9 Mother’s Mercy:

    Benioff: Indira is just such a fantastic actress. She really is so powerful. Another character we didn’t expect to go on beyond Season 4.

    Weiss: She showed up at Nina and Robert’s office, and we were huge fans of hers from Rome, and we really hadn’t planned on Ellaria being much more than an accessory to Oberyn, but as soon as we knew that Indira was up for it, we reconceived the part to make it something that hopefully was worthy of some of her talents – they’re tremendous.

    “We reconceived the part to make it worthy of the actor’s talents”

    “We reconceived the role to show off the actor’s talents”.

    WRITING DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.

  • I found a better more thoroughly worded statement by u/godmademedoit I thought I would share with you guys:

    Jaqen was testing both Arya and The Waif here. Arya passed her test.
    The assassination was not the real test. In fact the assassination was not a real job at all – because Lady Crane is a Faceless Man (or Red Priestess). She would have survived whether the poison was drunk or not, after all she had the antidote (or was a Priestess). Note Crane is by far and away the best actor in the troupe. Of course she is, the Faceless are the best actors in the world.
    Jaqen says to Arya before the job that “A girl is not ready”; he knows fair well she’s not ready to carry out proper FM assassinations. But why did he send her to kill a woman who just happened to be playing the role of Cersei Lannister, in a play about the events of her life? Coincidence? I think not.
    When watching the show we see Arya’s emotional response. Her last failure was failing to give up her revenge list, so really what she must do to become no one is to give up her hatred, and need for revenge. What’s important here is Arya’s reaction to the play. Shortly after poisoning Lady Crane’s drink, something odd happens – Lady Crane stops Arya and questions her. Four things happen –
    Lady Crane gives her a brief background story, nothing suspicious there, but this is also what the FM do when they play their “game”.
    Arya responds to Lady Crane’s portrayal of Cersei – this is where Arya really passes her test –
    LC:”How would you change it?” Arya:”..The queen loves her son. More than anything. And he was taken from her before she could say goodbye. She wouldn’t just.. cry; she would be angry. She would want to kill the person who did this to her.”
    She empathises with Cersei’s loss. The effect the play had on her was not to further hate her enemies, but to understand how Cersei would feel when losing her son. She responded objectively – her judgement wasn’t clouded by hatred. She even sounds like she’s contrasting it with the loss of her own father. You can see the turning point in the previous scene – When “Joffrey” dies, Arya is laughing about it while the crowd throw her glances of disdain. The scene is pretty funny, but obviously is intended to be tragic. When Lady Crane says her lines, however, Arya’s face changes. She stops laughing. She understands Cersei’s loss. When the scene ends, she is the first to clap.
    The next two things are what personally clinched it for me; * Lady Crane asks Arya if she likes pretending to be other people. She seems confident when she says this, like she knows Arya is not what she seems. * Just before that though – she asks one, very important question of Arya;

    LC: “What is your name?”

    Lady Crane isn’t just asking innocuous questions. She is playing The Game Of Faces. She starts with her own story, then ends with the same question Jaqen asks of Arya. Obviously Arya has no idea, so simply answers “Mercy”.
    Jaqen also tested The Waif here though – knowing Arya would fudge the actual assassination part, he wanted to see how The Waif reacted. She expressed a desire to dispatch Arya, and in this, she failed. A girl has no desires. When The Waif contronts him, Jaqen says “Shame. A girl had many gifts”. He is disappointed in not Arya, but The Waif. Her eagerness to kill is at odds with what it means to truly be no one. His request to make it quick is not fondness for Arya – it is a warning – one the Waif has predictably ignored when she went for the gut, and not the heart or throat.

  • I think this is brilliant, even better. It may or may not be true, but by the gods it is plausible. Out of curiosity, in your opinion is there any reason to think Lady Crane didn’t die or just pretended to be dead? She is a convincing actress, after all.

    For what it’s worth, I also decided to augment one of my older theories. I’ve written that IMO Arya guessed she would be ambushed and chose the bridge to control where it happened. That bridge had a glorious view of the Titan which she could pretend to be enjoying, and it was located near a short staircase up to the quayside. The Waif could only attack from two directions and Arya would have a chance to jump into the water. Once under the bridge, the Waif could not see her but would note the inevitable blood cloud in the water. Arya could come up and breathe normally until hearing footsteps of the Waif leaving. Then Arya could swim underwater to the staircase, and stagger back to the theatre, which was presumably nearby.

  • Melisandre isn’t the only priestess that can see visions in flames, and she was pretty bad at it. It isn’t too much to think Lady Crane would be more adept, sees the bigger picture, and decides to work with Jaquin and the Faceless for the common goal of preventing the destruction of humanity with ice. If Mel can convince everyone she is young, bring back the dead, and make Smoke Demons, it isn’t too hard to believe faking death would be possible for another Priestess and a skilled actor. Sacrificing herself for the greater good is also plausible, but not as satisfying.
    Arya looked like she was trying to draw out the Waif, and was taking that risk to make the fight on her terms. She may have thought with luck she could lead her to needle without the injury, and without luck your scenario came into play.
    If neither of our takes are true, it’s difficult for me to believe the directing and writing for those episodes were so bad, considering how great the rest of the season was.
    I interpret the expression on Jaquin’s face at Aryas departure from the House of Black and White as the one of success, not failure, of his plan.

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