Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 Recap
A lot was riding on this second episode after the anticipation the first one built. At this point we are still wondering if Jon Snow is going to live or if the only reason for Kit Harrington getting a credit was for his lifeless body. We also knew from the preview we were finally going to see what Bran’s been up to these days… How did we do in episode 2? [SPOILERS AHEAD]
The episode opened with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven in the cave up North having visions, but rather of the future, we journey to the past. For months, we got news after news about some casting calls for this season that indicated there would be, most likely, flashbacks to the previous Stark generation and we got to see them. Turns out the visions took them to a time when Bran’s father Ned was a young boy with his little brother Benjen and sister Lyanna. We also find out that not only Hodor is not called Hodor (his actual name is Willas), but he used to speak in full sentences. Meera looks into the vast wintery isolation. Essentially, she is bored.
Release the dragons
Back in Mereen, Tyrion points out to the remaining of Khaleesi’s loyal subject that her children must be very hungry. He decides he is going to go in the dungeon and take matters into his own hands, decision he regrets automatically after one of the dragons prepares a delicious ball of fire aimed at him. But the dragons don’t roast him on the spot and seem pretty cool with him regardless (as cool as a dragon can be, of course). This could be foreshadowing that fan theory that Tyrion could potentially be the 3rd head of the dragon….
And you thought sparrows were cute
King’s landing is as boring as can get, but then again funerals (in this case Myrcella’s) are notorious for being big downers. Cersei is forbbiden from leaving the Red Keep by orders of King Tommen. Then he apologizes to mommy dearest. The most interesting part was the confrontation between Jamie and the High Sparrow. The former gestures to his swords as a veiled threat to the latter who encourages him to go ahead and do it. He then delivers a chilling, fearless “They’de never reach me before you struck. “But who are we? We have no names, no family. Everyone of us is poor and powerless. And yet together we can overthrow and empire.”
But the chilling factor goes to a Bolton. Again
Last week the original creep, Roose Bolton, delivered a chilling threat to his equally creepy son (plus 3 bucketload of douche) Ramsay. And in this episode, the boy had to upstaged his father. First of all, he killed him which was a move no one saw coming; then, in the most Ramsay way possible, he decided to dispatch of his father’s wife, Lady Walda and her newborn son (literally a few hours born). The method was as gruesome as we can possibly fathom: an angry and hungry pack of dogs.
The Girl has no Name
The character formerly known as Arya got somewhat back in the good graces of Jaqen H’ghar. Additional to have lost her sight, she has now lost her name.
The Pike Surprise
Last episode we saw Dorne, now we get to see Pike, which we haven’t in a couple of….seasons, perhaps? I don’t even remember anymore. We see Balon Greyjoy quarrel with his daughter Yara about “stuff”, then he storms out only to encounter what appears to be his younger brother Euron, or the ghost of Euron, or something like that. After a very brief conversation / argument where Euron basically says “dude, it’s my time to rule”, Balon goes flying down the suspended bridge he was standing in. The day of his funeral, they all stand there wondering who could’ve killed and Yara swear on her throne she’ll find out and the maester says, “bitch, please, we don’t even know if you are going to be on the throne”. What is the significance of all this? We don’t know yet.
After the red woman lost her mojo last episode, Davos convinces her to try and do some of her magic to revive Jon Snow. And she tries and tries, but nothing happens (at least she gives the dude a wash and a haircut, making him more presentable). They all leave the room and it is at this point the producers of the show decide it is way to expensive to keep this actor on payroll if her going to just be liying there doing nothing, and thus, Jon Snow is back!
Now we’re talking, Game of Thrones! This episode was a vast improvement over the first one in pace and plot development. The third one already promises to be an even more exciting one!
What was your favorite moment of this episode?
Game of Thrones Season 6 – Episode 1 Recap
The first episode of Game of Thrones was probably one of the most anticipated season premieres ever and with good reason. After the events that unfolded in the season 5 finale, you bet all of us fanboys and girls were desperate to have that one question answered…. [SPOILERS AHEAD]
Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Worried about how little accountability Superman has (especially after the events which left a terrified and half destroyed Metropolis), Bruce Wayne’s alter ego Batman takes on the Man of Steel for all the danger he perceives he causes, not knowing, however; there are far more sinister forces out there ready to wreck havoc around them.
Why did it get so many mixed reviews?
My boyfriend Henry Cavill was in this movie that’s received enough “mixed reviews” for me to question our non-existent relationship. After watching the movie, is it time to break up? The answer is, not quite. Allow me to elaborate further: the plot is all over the place and is at times confusing, but intriguing enough that you hope you’ll get the answers in the next few scenes. The movie tried too hard to create a prelude to the inevitable introduction of the live-action Justice League. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about a Justice League live-action film almost as much as all of you lovely comic book nerds out there. But if you think about it, Marvel released 4 individual films before bringing out The Avengers for the first time and it seems Dawn of Justice was an attempt to do it in just one.
Is it even worth watching then?
Now, let’s talk about what was good about the movie: Special effects were top notch, as one would expect from a movie of this budget. The sequence of events of the last hour of the movie made it worth going through the randomness of the first hour and a half. Casting-wise, every single role was a great call. Say what you want about Ben Affleck, he did not suck as Batman and Gal Gadot was a convincing Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg played an interesting Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons brought a more hands-on yet chill Alfred than the fancy-schmancy butler figure we’ve come to know. Cavill was his usual pretty self. Let’s face it, no one cares what kind of actor he is as long as we have something nice to look at.
They agree with this
While not the best movie out there, it is 1. a great and very entertaining choice to go watch at the movies and 2. one that is definitely going to peak your interest in the next installment of the franchise.
And thus concludes another award season. Here’s a recap of the evening and the full list of winners:
To celebrate an industry that already thinks a bit too much of itself might seems counterproductive. And yet here we are, another year of great movies that captured people’s imaginations and offered great conversation subjects.
Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Based on the book by the same name, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who leaves her small town for America, in search of a better life. Her new life in Brooklyn proves challenging as Eilis tries to overcome homesickness and adapt to her new home. As time goes by she meets and falls in love with a young Italian man, but an unexpected event puts Eilis in a position where must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhall Gleeson, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent.
Of all the award-nominated movies of the year, this one’s quite unexpected. Every other movie deals with a pretty rough topic, and although adapting to life in another country is no easy feat (speaking from experience here!), it’s by comparisson a sweet and endearing movie. What sets this movie apart is that although sweet, it’s not “sappy” like other romance stories. This is a film with depth and a lot of soul.
The biggest reason why this movie succeeds is in large part due to Saoirse Ronan’s outstanding performance. He see her character blossom from quiet and shy to bright and confident. The way that she portrays the conflict between her homeland, and this new place where she’s flourished is beautiful. No wonder she’s been nominated for every award under the sun, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The movie is also nominated for Best Picture. Although this a beautiful story and a very well made movie, it doesn’t seem to be a film with enough “pizzazz” to stand against its contenders. But don’t let that deter you from watching it. It’s a good, happy movie, a refreshing option in a sea of, well, grimm storylines