Hello, all. As many followers of this blog may know (because its the reason you likely followed in the first place) I like to write reviews of Game of Thrones in a column with the cumbersomely alliterative name of “Vicarious Viewing”. The new season premiered last night, so that should mean a new review, right?
No, but in all embarrassing seriousness, I fully intend to carry on with said reviews, it’s just that at the moment, I don’t have HBO. I’m working on rectifying that, but since I don’t have an i-device (otherwise I’d just subscribe to HBO Now and be done with it) I’m at the mercy of my cable provider which, understandably, has a waiting list of people trying to get HBO just for this one show. It should be taken care of today. So don’t bail! Reviews are coming.
This week on Game of Thrones: Two storylines collide north of the wall, two more intersect in the Vale, Dany grounds her children, Tywin has the worst father’s day ever, and we ask the question, “Is Bran even still on the same show anymore?”
There are two sides to every battle, and a hundred stories on any battlefield. This is a concept that came through brilliantly on last night’s Neil Marshall directed episode of Game of Thrones, “The Watchers on the Wall”, which took leave from its usual globetrotting ways to focus solely on the events at Castle Black.
I’m just going to come right out and say: I wasn’t really feeling this episode. After the insanity that has been pretty much the entire season so far, and the intense political plays of “The Laws of Gods and Men”, this episode served as a deep breath before the last three episodes of the season.
This week’s episode was full of characters seeking justice: Yara seeking justice for her brother, Theon; A son seeking justice for his father; and a kingdom seeking justice for its murdered king. But as Tyrion says in the trailers for Season 4: if you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.