Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Game of Thrones Characters!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Every Tuesday I will try to upload a Rankings post where we rank our top 5 items in a category from the least loved to the totally Favorite ranking. If there are more than 5 items in the category, the top 5 results are essentially my favorites and I am ranking their placings. This year I want to try something new, so I will be asking for your feedback as well to feature in the next week’s rankings!

Game Guide:

  • Respond in the comments with your top 5 placings
  • Tune in the following Tuesday to view the results of the Community’s Rankings and see your answers featured!

It’s that easy! Furthermore, if you would like to participate in my Rankings Post each week, let me know in the comments and we can set topics to post each Tuesday!

The Community Rankings for last week’s Favorite Star Wars movies are:

  1. Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Sith
  4. Return of the Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. The Last Jedi
4. Return of the Jedi
5. The Force Awakens

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Here’s my personal list:
5. Revenge of the Sith
4. The Force Awakens
3. Return of the Jedi
2. A New Hope
1. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Force Awakens
4. Last Jedi
3. New Hope
2. Return of the Jedi
1. Empire Strikes Back

There were other participants like Frazier’s Racket and The Crown. Let’s see what’s going on this week!

This week we are ranking out favorite characters in the Game of Thrones series for 5th place to 1st place. I really love Game of Thrones and it’s been a year since I was introduced to the brilliant world of George RR Martin. Since we have to wait until 2019 for the new season, why not start out our year paying tribute to the characters that we know and love! You can read all of my Season 7 recap posts by clicking here! If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones, there will be mild spoilers in my post so this is your official *Spoiler Alert, Spoiler!”

Now onto the Rankings…

#5 Eddard (Ned) Stark –

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The Patriarch of House Stark has to make my list of favorite characters. This may be a surprise pick to many, but let me explain why Ned is on my list and should be on everyone else’s list! Ned is the ultimate “good guy” in the Game of thrones series. He is humble, loyal and a great person to have on your side as an ally. Ned is one of the strongest driving forces in GOT. Think about it, most of the action is driven by the 2 strongest families, the Starks and the Lannisters fighting each other. Ned’s death puts the Starks on a path of revenge against the Lannisters and in my opinion, strengthens the entire clan. If it wasn’t for Ned and his discoveries, along with his death, we would not have a Game of Thrones show.

#4 Cersei Lannister –

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So we’ve been down this road before with my love of villains. A great villain drives the story and adds the tension that propels our heroes to new heights. Cersei is probably one of the better villains ever portrayed. She is smart and ruthless, 2 deadly combinations. I have this debate with my friend Erick that Cersei is the smartest person in the show, he argues that her father Tywin was. I think that Cersei has committed unspeakable atrocities and she is the one that is prolonging her family’s name. Tywin set the framework, but Cersei was the warrior that kept the wolves at bay. I think that Cersei will make a cameo in our Memoirs of a Villain segment very soon ;).

#3 Jon Snow/ Daenerys –

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So I cheated a bit and combined Jon Snow with Daenerys. I personally feel that these 2 characters represent the same thing and are essentially the same. Both are striving for a new world of peace and equality. I thought about putting these 2 higher up on the list but I felt as though it’s a common thing to say Jon Snow or Daenerys and I wanted to provide a bit more diversity in this post. Jon is probably my favorite of the 2 because he’s brave, humble and he helps out the people in need, even when it could cost him dearly. Both Jon and Dany grew up in the shadows of their families, Jon for being a bastard born to a high noble house and Dany for being a displaced monarch on the run from the usurpers of her family’s throne.

#2 Sandor Clegane (The Hound) –

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The Hound is one of my favorite characters in the GOT series. His character most closely reminds me of what commoners personalities would have been in the Medieval time period. Think about it, most of the characters in the show are privileged, Sandor used his rage and strength to  the best of his abilities and became the personal guard of the Hound. Yes, he had to execute characters that did not deserve it, but he was being loyal to his prince. We see signs that the Hound isn’t as evil as we thought when he would save Sansa, try to talk sense into Geoffrey and when he looked after Arya. The Hound is awesome and his dry humor makes the show that much better.

#1 Arya Stark –

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This is probably no surprise as I think most people would place Arya in their top 5. She is the Stark that is bound by a different sense of honor. She still respectes the morals of her father Ned, but she has a higher sense of honor to herself. Arya believes that exterminating those who corrupt the realm is the best course of action. She doesn’t engage them to make truces and she doesn’t fall for the tricks of her enemies. Arya gets things done and if it be through slitting their throats after they have eaten pieces of their kin (Walder Frey), so be it.

Those are my favorite characters in Game of Thrones! Which characters are your favorites? List your top 5 Game of Thrones rankings to join the community board that will be posted in next week’s post. Let’s talk favorite characters!

-Luna 🙂

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Countdown to 2018: Favorite Series of 2017!

Happy Friday Novas! Today is day 3 on the Countdown to 2018 posts! We started with Video games, added our favorite WWE Events and now we are ranking the top Shows or Series that we have watched (and reviewed) in 2017! As with all rankings posts, the order will be descending from my 5th favorite show this year unto my number 1 favorite show watched this year! Tomorrow we are diving into our favorite movies released in 2017!

#5 Medici: Masters of Florence medici

Medici: Masters of Florence was one of the first series that I have reviewed on the blog. It was recommended to me on Netflix because of the genre of shows that I like to watch (Medieval Time Period). I was interested in this show specifically because of another show that I have been watching called Reign, where the queen’s name was Catherine De Medici. I wanted to see the story of her family and how they ran the city of Florence as though they were monarchs. You can read my review of the series by clicking here!

#4 Riverdale –
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Riverdale is one of the surprise series that I have watched this year. I still remember seeing the commercial and saying, ehh that looks interesting but not interesting enough for me to watch. One day Emily and I were bored at her  house and we both saw the show on Netflix. Almost simultaneously we looked at each other and said that we kind of wanted to watch it. That was all -she wrote! We binged watched Riverdale in a week ahaha. I didn’t read the Archie comics so this was new terrain for me. Similar to how the Power Rangers Movie this year had a darker twist, Riverdale brought out some crazy secrets. You can read the Review of Riverdale by clicking here!

#3 The White Princess –

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Here we are, back to a period piece drama and this time we are hopping aboard the start of the Tudor Dynasty in England. The white Princess is a Starz mini Series that talks about Lizzie the wife of Henry VII and her troubles as a queen of the enemy who overthrew her family, the Plantagenants. Lizzie is a princess and daughter of Edward IV. She is of the House of York and Henry Tudor was fighting on behalf of the House of Lancaster. The marriage  of these two joined Lancaster and York and created the combined white and red rose as the sigil of the House of Tudor. This series only has about 8 episodes that are an hour long, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. Checkout the spoiler free series review by clicking here!

#2 Reign

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Reign is one of the shows that started my obsession with the Medieval Royalty shows and documentaries. Reign is a dramatized story of Mary Queen of Scots and her fight to keep her country and her head. Mary is the granddaughter of Henry VIII and has a claim to the English Throne. Because Mary is the Queen of Scotland if she marries the Dauphin (prince) of France, she will have support from a nation of England that does not value a woman to rule alone. This puts a mark on Mary’s life and we get to watch the scenes unfold in the series. Reign has about 22 hour long episodes per season and 3 seasons so it’s a bit of a longer series. Emily doesn’t like time period dramas and she’s hooked! Definitely give it a try! You can read my Hidden Treasures Review of Reign here!

#1 Game of Thrones

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Coming in at number 1 will be Game of Thrones! Friends have recommended Game of Thrones to me for years and with my recent fascination with medieval kings and queens, I finally gave in and started watching GOT in January. Best decision of my life! I have to admit that the first few episodes didn’t sit well with me and I couldn’t see the appeal of the show, but after season 1 everything started to meld together. I am obsessed with GOT now and I can’t wait for the final season (which I hear won’t be until 2019 :((((). Game of Thrones is the adaptation of A Song of Fire and Ice. I am planning to read the books at some point, maybe that will get me through 2018. I’m sooo obsessed that I have a Game of Thrones page! Read some of my thoughts, recaps and theories by clicking here!

Thank you for joining us for today’s countdown! What are some of your favorite shows watched this year? Which shows are you currently binge watching on Netflix (or any other source)? Are you looking forward to any shows in 2018? Let’s talk favorite shows!

-Luna 🙂

4 Reasons I love House Stark!

Happy Monday Novas! Since I was unable to watch Game of Thrones last week, I thought I would do a post listing the 4 reasons that I loveeee House Stark! I know, I know, what you’re thinking but like it’s House Flipping Stark! They may be boring to some, but to me they are the best House in Game of Thrones! If you haven’t watched GOT you might want to stop rading as there may be spoilers below! **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!**

Wolves: The sigil for the house is the Dire Wolf which is a gigantic wolf. Dire wolves are beautiful and dangerous. Sansa and Arya said a great reference at the end of season 7. ” Father said that even if the  leader dies, the pack will survive.” or something like that. The leader Ned died, but the pack (well most of them) still live on.

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Yes, the Starks will fight, yes they each have a different opinion on what needs to be done but as Sansa, Arya and Bran proved, no one, not even Littlefinger can tear them apart. They will in the end come together as a pack and destroy their enemies.

 

Fight: If you notice, all of the Starks are excellent fighters! Jon of course is a master swordsman and as dog fodder Ramsey described him “Probably the best fighter anyone has ever seen.”  jon fight  Arya is skilled in fighting, she took on Brienne in season 7 and has been carving up targets left and right (How many people are left on her list anyway?). Ned was an extroadinary swordsman as Jaime Lannister learned.  Jaime’s own men thought he was in danger to lose the fight and drove a spear into Ned’s leg.

Skills: Each member of the Stark family has an impressive skill that other houses just do not possess. Arya is an assassin and very skilled with weapons, Sansa has the diplomatic skills of a Lannister (which can be a double edge sword),  Jon has the leadership skills and tenacity of the best warrior around, Rob had the same leadership qualities and then there is Bran, the 3 eyed raven. Need I say more?

Honor: You cannot mention House Stark without mention their Honor! Many get mad at the Starks for not bending the rules and doing whatever they can to win, but I admire them for sticking to their morals. It is entirely easy to break the rules to get what you want.  ned  When you stand for something and stick to it no matter what, you should be commended. The Starks do not follow the crowd, their honorable and noble. Yes, it may get them into crazy situations but that’s the price or being honorable. Everyone in the 7 Kingdoms know that a Stark’s word will not be broked and can be trusted. It’s why they are so likeable by the other houses.

Those are my top reasons for loving House Stark! Which House is your favorite in Game of Thrones and why? Let’s talk GOT!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Game of Thrones Rewind: Season 1 Ep 1-4!

Happy Labor Day and Monday Novas! Sooo.. it’s no secret that there will not be a recap and thoughts post for a while with Game of Thrones since season 7 ended last week. Instead, I have convinced my friend Emily to start watching the series and last night we started watching Season 1. My Monday posts will now be recaps of things that I now notice in the show. I was reading another blogger’s post about re-watching season 1 because of the foreshadowing and boy were they right! Let’s see what I found when re-watching Episodes 1-4 in Season 1! If you haven’t watched GOT stop reading now, this is the official **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!!!!***

As mentioned, there is quite a bit of foreshadowing in the episodes. Here are some events that stuck out to me:

  • Dany Being the Rightful Ruler over her brother Viserys – The very first scene we have with Daenarys is her getting ready to meet Khal Drogo. A bath is prepared and it’s very hot as the servant warns, yet Dany gets in unaffected by the heat. She also has her hands bandaged up from burns that I believe are coming from the Dragon Eggs (later in the show you find out that the eggs are hot to any who tries to touch them). Why does this act show that Dany is the chosen one over her brother? Because if you remember, Viserys was in the bath with a woman and she poured the hot wax on his chest… he said “Ouch!”  vis Viserys isn’t immune to heat which is a vital component in his house sigil, the Dragon!
  • Bran forseeing that he is going to be the 3 eyed Raven – After Bran’s accident, he began to have dreams of him following the raven.
  • Tyrion becoming the Hand to a ruler– Tyrion is currently the Hand to Dany right? Tyrion was the person to teach Jon how to be a ruler. Remember his first days at Castle Black? He was unbeatable in combat which pitted his comrades against him. Some of his loyal friends wanted to slit his throat at first because of his attitude. Then Tyrion arrived and taught Jon a lesson. Jon said that they were jealous because he was better than them.  jon-snow-and-tyrion   Tyrion knocked some sense in him, sarcastically of course, stating that they didn’t grow up learning to fight. Showing Jon that everyone has different backgrounds and shouldn’t be punished for their ignorance. What did Jon do next? He taught them how to fight!
  • Sansa’s Rebellious Behavior- I completely forgot that Sansa was mad at her father Ned Stark, pretty much the entire season because of him having to kill Lady. First off, it was totally her fault for lying even though I can understand why she did what she did, but Ned did all he could to try and save her dire wolf. He couldn’t go against his King’s orders, so he gave Lady an honorable death. I believe that Sansa was more prone to make stupid decisions since she was upset with her father and blamed him for not only killing Lady, but tarnishing her relationship with the Lannisters.
  • Theon’s Possible Betrayal – Lastly, I noticed that something Theon said could be taken as foreshadowing for him betraying the Starks. When he was ordered to kill the dire wolves at the beginning of the season, Rob urged him to stop. Theon said something like, “I take orders from your father, not you” or “I follow your father, not you.” If I’m remembering correctly, Theon betrayed the Starks AFTER Ned was killed. Without the honorable Ned Stark around, it’s very possible that Theon only had 1 thing left to do, impress his real father, because his father figure and head of household was gone.
  • Joeffrey’s Descent- I’ve noticed that even though Joeffry was still horrible, Cersei was telling him that when he is King the world would be how he wants. The truth will be what he makes it. She made him more of a monster with the way she treated him.

These are just some of the things that I have noticed in re-watching season 1. HAve you re-watched any episodes of GOT? If so, what have you picked up on that now makes a lot of sense? Have you seen any foreshadowing? What do you think of my personal interpretations? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Game of Thrones S7 Finale

Happy Moonday Novas! Last night was the epic finale episode of Game of Thrones season 7 and we’re here on Monday morning to provide a recap and our thoughts.  Before you begin readin I will have a recap of some scenes so this is your official **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert** warning! 

The episode was the longest of the season tieing up a few loose ends that we wanted to see as the episode ran. We start with the Unsullied and Grey Worm standing outside of kings landing in a face off with Bronn and Jaime while Tyrion and Jon pull up to King’s Landing on the water. This scene was very intense and awesome as we see faces of characters that have not intereacted in some time. Similar to how the group Beyond the Wall talked through their differences, this group for peace were sizing each other up.

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Brienne sees that the Hound is alive after she left him for dead a few seasons back. The Hound finds out that arya is alive from Brienne when they encounter each other at King’s Landing.

Cersei gives the mountain orders on who to kill first; Dany, Tyrion and Jon Snow in that order. Cersei the makes an entrance after the others are seated with Qyburn, Jaime, The Mountain and her army. Upon her arrival her disdain is obvious when she notices that Dany is not present. Of course, she had to make the grandest entrance on the back of Drogon with Rhaegal flying in the background.

All characters enter the dragon pit (where the meeting is to take place( and it’s as intense and eerie as we would expect. It’s quiet until Sandor and Gregor Clegane have a moment. The Hound confronts his older brother in front of everyone, then turns to retrieve the “surprise” for the audience. Since the interruptions have begun, the every brunt Euron calls out his nephew. Everyone sits back as Euron threatens to kill Yara if Theon does not surrender to him. Very bold move indeed and as expected Theon just sits there.

After everyone’s feelings are known, The Hound brings out the walker and lets him loose for everyone to see. Cersei and Jaime are visibly shaken by the creature and now understands the threat that everyone is talking about; or so we think. A scene that was interesting to me was when Qyburn, Cersei’s hand and the once outlawed maester, got up to examine the Undead hand of the walker. There’s something peculiar about that scene but I can’t quite figure out why it makes me uncomfortable.

After the demonstration and annialhation of the walker, Euron flees to the Iron Islands with the Iron Fleet. Later in the episode you find out that this was a plan all along by Cersei to allow Euron to take the Iron Fleet to pick up mercenaries. My question is, how did Cersei know when he would leave? Was it planned that no matter what they brought that Euron would turn tail and run?

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So that’s enough of a recap as that was one of the most important scenes of the night. We expect Jon and Dany’s camp to be hopeful that Cersei will accept the truce, but we now that it’s not going to be an easy task. Cersei is bent on being the only ruler, she calls Dany out by saying “How do I know that you will not use my ceasefire to raise more armies to your cause?” This shows that Cersei has not intention of calling a truce with the enemy. She’s always thinking 1 step ahead, which is what makes her dangerous.

A follow-up scene that had my heart racing was Tyrion literally stepping into the Lions den. When he faced Cersei, I didn’t know what to think and since no one had died in the episode yet, I was really nervous. The standoff between both Cersei and Tyrion explained motives behind Cersei’s behavior even after knowing that he didn’t kill Joeffrey. Cersei straight up blames Tyrion for their family falling apart. She says that him killing their father Tywin, left the family open and unprotected in the views of everyone else. She states that Tommen and Myrcella’s deaths are direct results of people no longer fearing the Lannisters. Cersei played Tyrion, by not killing him she allowed him to believe that she was willing to call a truce to preserve what’s precious in life.

Another important scene was the trial of Arya. Sansa has been trained and manipulated by Littlefinger to think of the worst possible outcome. I’m not going to lie, this scene had me verry upset at Sansa, I just knew she was about to fall for another trap by Littlefinger. I’m super glad that I was wrong! Sansa, Arya and Bran all played littlefinger like a fiddle. I remember a few episodes ago when Bran gave Arya the dagger how I mentioned that Bran had to be plannin planninggn, well this was it. The same dagger that tore the family apart sliced open the throat of Littlefinger. It was epic, I was happy, all is good with the world in Winterfell.

In Winterfell Sam and Gilly arrive which reveals another great piece of information. We knew from a few episodes back that Jon was not a bastard and the heir to the thrrone. I did wonder how they married if Lyanna was “abducted.” Sam asked Bran if he could see the events now as he told him about the High Maester’s reports, wheeew, Sam was listening to Gilly! Bran, who is learning to control his abilities, went back to see that Lyanna and Rhaegar were in love and that the coo brought on by Robert Baratheon was a sham.

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Is it me or does Rhaegar look like Viscerys?

We also get Jon’s birth name; Aegon Targaryen!

 

This episode set a collision course for the next season. What will Jaime do now that he knows Cersei’s intentions and plans? Will Jon finaly find out his origin and what effect will this have on his relationship with Dany? What’s next for the Stark girls now that Littlefinger is a cold corpse? Most importantly, what will happen when Jon and Dany find out that Visceron is a part of the undead army? There’s so many moving parts for next season and I cannot wait!

Quotes:

“I was on trying to protect her.” -Brienne

“You and me both.”- The Hound

“I left this sh** city because I didnt want to die in it. Am I goimg to die in it?” -Hound

“The king of the north will not take sides.  I know that Ned Stark’s son will be true to his word.” – cersei

“I’m about to step into a room with the most murderous woman in the world, who has already tried to kill me twice… that I know of. Who is the idiot?” – Tyrion

“I’ve traveled all over the world and this is the only thing that’s scared me.” -Euron

“I loved your mother since I was a boy.” -Littlefinger  “and you betrayed her.” -Sansa , “I’ve loved you the most.” -Little Finger , “And you betrayed me.” Sansa.

Notable Scenes:

  • Jaime challenging Cersei
  • Cersei noticing 2 dragons instead of 3
  • Ending scene of the Night King coming through the wall

Let’s just all take a moment to realize how incredibly smart Cersei is. She’s probably the smartest character in the show and you can’t helo but admire her. I can see why Sansa was infatuated with her during her time at King’s Landing. Ok, that’s enough of my thoughts, what did yuo think about the episode? What di you think will happen in season 8? Who’s dying first out of the characters that we have remaining? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Game of Thrones Ep 6: Beyond The Wall!

Happy Monday Novas! Man last night was a crazy night for TV! I had the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam and the new GOT episode. Needless to say, I didn’t get to bed until 3:30am. Today’s recap will not be in order of events, but more grouped together by relating scenes. Let’s jump into the recap and *Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert* inbound!

At the beginning of each episode there is a recap of previous events. Last night’s recap was the scene with Jon being given “Longclaw”  from Jorah’s father in the Night’s watch. Immediately you know that something is bound to happen between Jon and Jorah since they are both in the group Beyond the Wall, looking for a walker to take back. We catch up with our brave heroes beyond the wall where we can see the interactions of each character with another.  If you recall, last episode when everyone met up at the Wall, there was tension between each set of adventurers. There’s a quick a neat tie up of the issues lying between each each character during the opening segment.got Word’s spoken between Tormund and Jon will play a role later in the episode.

“Smart people don’t come up here looking for the dead!- Tormund

“The King beyond the wall never bend the knee. How many of his people died becuase of his pride?” – Tormund

Gendry confronts the Brotherhood without Banners about selling him to the red witch. Gendry wanted to join them and fight alongside of them, but we know how persuasive Melisandre can be. As Gendry is complaining about almost being killed by her, the Hound has some wise & hilarious words…

“This man’s been killed 6 times, you don’t hear him B******g about it!” – Hound

The Hound will offer up multiple funny scenes when he is pestered by Tormund. Tormund is one of my favorite characters along with the Hound and they both have similar personalities. The banter between the 2 was pretty funny and when Sandor figured out that Tormund fancies Brianne, the humor just piled on.

Jon and Jorah connect as Jon offers up Longclaw since he believe’s Jorah to be the rightful owner. Jorah of course declines because of the shame he has brought to his house.

Arya and Sansa speak again. This follows the event of Arya seeing the note that Sansa was forced to write to Rob in season 1. Arya prefaces the conversaion with a fond memory of her father watching and encouraging her. The talk quickly turns to Arya blaming Sansa for her father’s death and Sansa reacts by declaring that she won Winterfell! We know that Sansa brought the Knights off the Veil to the Battle of the Bastards (which I’m annoyed she didn’t just tell Jon that when they were trying to scrounge up allies), but pulling that card when Arya is already suspicious of her motives was a bad move in my opinion. Arya hits it right on the head, Sansa is afraid that the Northern Lords will not understand her position and turn on her.

Later on in the episode Littlefinger gets to Sansa and manipulates her again. He brings up Brianne (Sansa’s last trusted tie since he has destroyed her bond with Arya) and drops little suggestions about Brianne being obligated to interfere if a fight between Arya and Sansa occurs. At first I’m thinking that he is hinting that Brianne will protect the sisters from killling each other… but of course, that is not Littlefinger’s style is it. He’s looking for a sly way to break Sansa’s ties with anyone close. Of course, she falls for the bait and sends Brianne off to Kingslanding with Podrick. Littlefinger has successfully isolated Sansa.

The most cringy scene of the episode was when Arya sneaks up on Sansa. Sansa was snooping for the note that could make things very difficult for her. I can’t say that  Sansa is directly wanting to be Queen of the North, but her actions and the way the Littlefinger is pigeon holing her makes it seem as if she is. Sansa has of course had the thoughts about being the rightful ruler of the North, she is the trueborn daughter of the Starks and she did bring the reinforcements at the Battle of the Bastards. Let’s be honest, if I were Sansa, I would probably at least have the thoguht. We are defined by our actions and not our thoughts, so judging Sansa, even though I’m not a fan of hers, would be unfair.

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Don’t separate your friends Sansa!

I really hope that she doesn’t fall for Littlefinger’s tricks next week but with no allies at her immediate side it’s feeling like a deer in headlights type of thing.

The fight scene beyond the wall was one of the most anticipated moments of last night’s episode. After tackling an undead bear, the group beyond the wall finally comes across their target; the undead army. This initial battle scene served 2 purposes in my mind, first they were able to trap a white walker to take back to King’s Landing. But most importantly was the discovery that killing a walker that turned the others would kill them as well. So essentially they do not have to defeat the entire undead army, but rather the leaders to win the battle of the long night. This information is going to play a huge role most likely next season.

I want to mention that I am super impressed that the undead army isn’t brainless! I have to admit that I thought fighting the wlakers would be similar to The Walking Dead, with them being brainless and inept to come up with battle strategies. I WAS WRONG!!! They hear, understand and come up with complex strategies as if they are still human. Remember when the Hound was throwing rocks? One soldier realized that the fragile surface once preventing the army from colliding with the group was now stable enough for them to cross. And then there’s the Night King! Wowwwwww!

We didn’t get a glimps at Cersei in King’s Landing this episode, but for the season finale everyone’s going to meet up. Who knows what traps are being set and what strategies are being drawn up. I know the season finale will be very dramatic and intense and I can’t wait! Also, we will be catching up with the Unsullied who I guess were not really affected by the disaster at Casterly Rock. Surprisingly, we didn’t lose too many people other than the random characters with the Brotherhood. The only major characters lost was Thorros and a Dragon, I want to say Visceron, which means that things will be bloody next week.

Other notable Scenes:

  • Tyrion taking Varys’ advice and challenging Dany for what he thinks is right
  • Jon and Berric talking about their roles in this war
  • Uncle Benjin coming in like a boss to save Jon
  • Jon and Dany’s undeniable connection
  • The Night King’s intelligence to control a dragon

Now for my favorite part, the best quotes of the night!

“How did a mad F***er like you live this long? – Hound

“I’m good at killing people!” -Tormund

“What are you fighting for?”  Jon. “Life. Death is the enemy, the 1st enemy and the last.” – Berric.

“I am the shield that guards the realm of men.” – Jon

“You’re angry Sometimes anger makes people do unfortunate things.” – Sansa

“Sometimes fear makes them do unfortunate things. I’ll go with anger.” – Arya

“You know what I like about you, you’re not a Hero. Heroes get killed.” Dany

I think that the main raw of next week will be Cersei coming face to face with everyone that she has harmed. the meeting of the potential rulers will not go as smoothly as everyone hopes. Even with Cersei seeing the white walker, I do not think that she will ease up on her plots to keep the throne. What did you say to Ned in season 1? “When you play the game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

What did you think of last night’s episode? What are your predictions for the season finale? Who do you think will be killed off in anyone? Let’s talk GOT!

-Luna 🙂

 

 

 

Game of Thrones Ep.5 Eastwatch Recap and Thoughts!

Happy Monday Novas! Omg I can’t wait to give you my thoughts and opinions on this episode so let’s jump straight in, but before we do **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!** I will be recapping significant scenes from last night’s episode so if you haven’t watched it, stop reading. To read last week’s recap and thoughts, click here!

First we have grown accustomed to the opening themes of the show revealing different locations and this opening featured Eastwatch on the wall. We start with Jaime and Bronn getting out of the water. Bronn starts scolding Jaime for being reckless in the fight last episode. Bronn had some funny and choice words for Jaime:

…You saw the dragon between you and here? -Bronn

Till I get what I am owed, a dragon doesn’t get to kill you, you don’t get to kill you, I do! – Bronn

Bronn is definitely giving me life both in the series and by Jaime’s side. I just hope he doesn’t become a casualty of war or fodder for Drogon.

Next we find that Tyrion is walking the ashes of the fallen soldiers of the battle. His path ends with Drogon perched on a mountain top with Dany ready to address the survivors of the battle. As Dany is settling into being a ruler, she knows that at this point she is at war and must assert herself. The Tarly’s Randall and Dickon are faced with a choice along with the rest of the soldiers:

I offer you a choice. Bend the Knee and Join Me… If you refuse, you will die! – Dany

Randall Tarly takes his proud stance and unknowingly seals his and his son’s fate. As much as Tyrion pleaded for mercy, “Dracarus!” was the last thing that the Tarly duo heard and fire was the last image they saw.

Jaime returns to Kings Landing and addresses Cersei bringing with him not only the news of the lost battle, but the dying message of Olenna. Cersei almost in disbelief questioned Jaime further and ended with these words:

I shouldn’t have listened to you. She should have died Screaming! -Cersei

This is a climatic scene not for the obvious reasons of her finding out the truth and Olenna’s final wish being fulfilled. Because you can see in the anger in Cersei’s face that she is starting to trust Jaime’s opinion less and less. Another intriguing part of the episode is when Cersei reveals that she is pregnant and that Jaime is the father again. What should have been a joyous moment of relief turned into Cersei bluntly warning Jaime not to betray her again. That makes me wonder if she really is pregnant or if she’s using this as leverage to reel Jaime in.

Jon and Dany are also reunited after the battle is over. Another climatic scene is unveiled when Drogon snarls in Jon’s face. Jon actually reaches out and pets the dragon. Of course Dany is watching and taking in everything that is happening, my guess is the attraction between the 2 monarchs was just increased again. But more than that, Drogon identifies with Jon which is why he allows himself to be touched. We all know that Drogon is the least friendly of the trio of dragons so this is a great moment that is backed up by a blanket statement made by Guilly later in the episode.

Did you catch it? Guilly was reading the details that 1 arch maester wrote down from the number of steps at the Citadel to the number of Windows at the Sept. The 1 fact that was not mindless was the record of the annulment of Rhaegar Targaryen and a secret marriage to someone else in Dorne. Think about it… Lyanna Stark who is Jon’s mother was held in the Tower of Joy. The Tower of Joy is in Dorne. Are you catching on? If this record is legitimate then so is Jon. He is no longer a bastard and now arguably the rightful heir to the Iron Throne… OVER DAENAERYS!!!!  I’m mind blown right now. I really don’t want to talk about anything else but let’s dissect the rest of the episode. jon

Arya is being played by Littlefinger. Remember last week when I inquired into Sansa and Littlefinger watching Arya. Now I know why. It was all a trap for Littlefinger to set up Arya. He really is so clever isn’t he? This act of deceit piled on with Sansa accepting praise from the northen lords is all the evidence Arya needs to start hating her sister. We will see how it all plays out as Arya has already questioned Sansa’s intentions earlier in the episode.

Davos finds Gendry, Robert Baratheon’s bastard son and takes him to Jon. Against Davos’ advisement, Gendry introduces himself for real to Jon and travels with the others (exceptionally fast) to the wall. Here we also meet the Brotherhood with No Banners and the Hound as they join Jon, the Wildlings and Jorah Mormont to end the episode by journeying beyond the wall.

What an episode. Let’s end it here with some notable moments and quotes.

Quotes:

“Nobody Mind me, all I’ve ever done was lived to be a ripe old age.” -Davos

“If I don’t return, at least you don’t have to worry about the King in the North.” – Jon “I’ve Grown Use to him.” -Dany

Here We are at the edge of the world, all together, heading in the same direction for the same reason –

“He’s right. We’re all on the same side” – Jon “How can we be?” – Genry “We’re all breathing.” -Jon

Notable Moments:

  • Bran seeing the army of the dead
  • Tyrion and Varys Talking
  • Sam addressing the Maesters
  • Sansa taking in the praise of the Northern Lords
  • Arya Confronting Sansa
  • Jon finds out Arya and Bran are alive
  • Jorah returns to Dany

We still need to catch up with Grey Worm and the rest of the Unsullied. We still need to find out just what has happened to Yara in her captivity by Euron. There’s so much we still need to catch up on and start to piece together, but I don’t know how this will happen with2 episodes remaining.

Ok I have rambled on enough. What did you think of Sunday’s episode? Are you interpreting the scene with Gilly the same way I am? What would it mean if Jon wasn’t a bastard? What do you think will happen next? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-una 🙂

 

 

 

Game of Thrones Ep: 4 Thoughts!

Happy Monday Novas! Last night was another epic episode of one of my favorite binge watching series, Game of Thrones. Want to read our thoughts from last week, click here. Please be advised, that this is the official **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert** Stop reading now if you have not watched the episode yet because this post will be more of a recap and discussion.

The episode starts off with Jamie, Bronn and the Tarlys looting High Garden after the battle at the end of last episode. Here we see Bronn take another secondary role as he is rewarded for his efforts and in classic Bronn fashion asking for more; a castle. bronn Bronn will play an important role later in the episode. This scene sets up the next scene with Cersei paying the Lannister’s debt back to the Iron Bank and surpassing her father in strategy, fear and intelligence.

The long awaited scene of Arya returning to Winterfell is not far behind. You can see how Arya is disconnected from the world as she is asking for characters that were killed off seasons ago like Sir Roderick and Maester Luwin. Because of this disconnect, the guards doubt her identity. The reunion of Arya and Sansa raises a few questions. Sansa is trying to gauge if Arya is serious about her List and Arya is trying to gauge what Sansa’s new ambition is. Both sisters reunite in the crypt at the memorial of their father Ned Stark. Arya is also reunited with Bran where a symbolic event occurs; Bran gives Arya the Valyrian Steel dagger. I know that this event is symbolic in some way, not only by Bran’s cryptic presentation of the dagger, but I’m not sure what this event is pointing towards.

Another important event is Jon showing Dany that the Whiterwalkers are real. He unveils his findings in the cave where they are set to harvest Dragonglass. The cave is marked with drawings from the Children of the Forest (no clue who they are but I’m sure it will be explained later). The whitewalkers are shown on the wall with the first men fighting together. I believe this is a set up for Dany and Jon starting to align.

Quotes:

I will fight for you, I will fight for the North… when you bend the knee! – Dany

My people will not follow another Southern lord – Jon

They chose you to lead them, they chose you to protect them. Isn’t their survival more important than your pride? -Dany

The enemy is real, it’s always been real. – Jon

Arya vs Brienne had me on the edge of my seat. You know that Brienne is a talented fighter and that Arya is amazingly dangerous. When Arya spotted Brienne in the courtyard and ask to train with her, it was almost too much for my heart to handle. You see Brienne hold back a bit at first until she is bested, then her true skill is unleashed. By the end you’re wondering who’s going to stop who! Arya’s face lights up when she is tested and you can see her alternate side of an assassin coming out. I do wonder what Sansa and Littlefinger were thinking during the battle as they watched from above?

There was the awkward encounter of Tyrion and Dany when the news is unveiled that, although High Garden has fallen, the Lannister army got away and took down another ally; Olenna. Jon Snow and Sir Davos look away as Tyrion is scolded and almost accused of not really wanting his family dead. Another great moment happens here where Dany asks Jon for his advice (that she doesn’t use). All of these scenes with Dany and Jon and their attraction to each other makes me think that there may be talks of them ruling together. Maybe as King and Queen… sure they’re related but they don’t know it and it’s not like GOT is shy about family relations lol.

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Key moments in the Episode:

  • “We don’t have marriage in Naath so the term bastard doesn’t exist.” – Missandei to Jon
  • Jon taking Tyrion’s advice from last episode and asking around about why people follow Daenaerys.
  • The reunion of Jon and Theon
  • Olennas’ last words coming to fulfillment about Cersei being the downfall of Jaime?
  • Bronn’s role in the episode. His skill, his guts and vow to protect.
  • The closing battle of the Dothraki Army, Drogon, Dany and the Lannister army

What did you think of last night’s episode? What do you think will happen next week and what are your thoughts on what has happened so far? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-Luna

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Game of Thrones S7: Ep 3 Thoughts

Happy Monday Novas! I hopw that your weekend went well! Last night was episdoe 3 of the new season in Game Of Thrones and it was an excellent episode in my opinion. Please be advised that Mild Spoilers will be listed below so if you don’t want the episode spoiled, please stop reading now! Right, let’s have a quick recap of what happened before episode 3.

Recap of season so far: This season of Game of Thrones started with showing where season 6 left off. We caught up with Arya in her tear of vengeance across the Seven Kingdoms, checked in on The Hound and The Brotherhood With No Banners, witnessed one of the most anticipated scenes of Dany returning to Dragonstone, witnessed the life of Sam in the Citadel, watched as Cersi ruled King’s Landing and of course, checked in with Jon Snow, King of the North. We’ve had battles, lost characters and now we are really in the fight for the Iron Throne.

This episode is more like the intense battle of wit and strategy. The long awaited scene of Jon Snow meeting with Daenarys, was as  intense and cringy as one of the gory, action packed, fight scenes.  jon You see the 2 strong willed leaders with 1 asking the other to bend the knee, while the other is asking for assistance in a much more important fight; The Long Winter. The battle of Kings and Queens all took place in the throne room at Dragonstone. Each monarch reached their boiling point and was backed up by their trusted advisors (Missandei and Davos). Both tempers were brewing and each were correct in their own right. We shall see how this plays out for the rest of the season and if Dany and Jon will become enemies or allies.

“Please don’t blame a daughter for the sins of her father…” -Dany

“Please don’t hold me to the oath of my family…” -Jon

Both the opening and ending scenes were really some of the best moments. **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!** We waved goodbye to one of my favorites; Olenna Tyrell. Jaime Lannister definitely learned from his mistakes in past battles and launched an unsuspecting attack on on High Garden, which is the home of the wealthiest family, the Tyrells. Olenna went out like a G! Knowing that her army wasn’t bred to be great fighters, she welcomed Jaime into her suite for her final scene. Afer drinking the poison that Jaime brought to kill her painlessly, olenna  Olenna boldly said the best line of the night, “Tell Cersei I did it (Killed Jeoffrey), I want her to know it was me.”

We also were invited to see Euron’s gift to Cersi, Ellaria Sand and one of her surviving daughters. If you recall, Ellaria poisoned Myrcella before she departed back to the Seven Kingdoms and Cersi never forgot it about it. We are actually able to see the emotion in Cersi’s face as she talks about her daughter; her Only Daughter before rendering the punishment to Ellaria. **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!** Ellaria is sentenced to watch her daughter die in the same chamber as her, by the same poison used on Myrcella. Dangggg Cersi!!!!

Other notable scenes:

  • Sam & the Archmaester
  • Bran’s arrival to Winterfell (meeting Sansa)
  • Littlefinger’s “Lesson” to Sansa

This episode we did not see Arya or The Hound. Next episode will probably begin with us catching up with them and seeing how Dany and Tyrion will approach the deceit of the Lannisters. We will find out what is happening with Dany and Jon Snow as well.

What are your thoughts on last night’s episode? Did you enjoy it? What do you think will happen moving forward? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Game of Thrones Week 2 Thoughts!

The opening to week 2 of GOT was just as intense as the premier episode, showing Dany’s authority and the opening shows glimpses of the type of ruler Daenyrys intends to be. She is not blind, she is not stupid and she is very brave, as brave as her dragons. The closing to the opening scene tells it all… “Tell him his Queen invites him to Dragonstone… And Bend The Knee!”

Sam’s development. He’s becoming more brave, defiant and strong willed towards causes he belived in. In episode 1 this started with him building up the courage to go into the forbidden section of the Citdael. In this episode he goes against direct orders of the Arh Maester. I’m super happy to see that Sam is becoming his own man.

Arya is reunited with a boy from her past and from their interaction you can see just how feral she really is. Arya has lost most of her humanity until a great truth is revealed. The actress did an amazing job of showing the voidness in her face and then the child Arya in her eyes. Over the 7 seasons, arya was deprived of her childhood, upon this revealation, you can see that she is transported back to that feeling. “Take care of yourself, try not to get killed.” – Arya to Hot Pie

Sansa and Jon’s relationaship. Her rebellion is quickly enraged and just as swiftly diminished upon Jon’s revelation. There are 2 choices that can be taken from this point, Sansa will remain loyal and serve her brother or Sansa will try and show why she is a better candidate for a ruler. I’m very interested in how this sequence will play out. “Touch my sister… and I’ll kill you myself! “-Jon to Littlefinger.

Lastly, there was a great battle scene that did not skimp on the blod or action. Lines were drawn in the sand, boundaries were crossed and decisions were made that are not easy to come back from. The ending of the episode was just explosive as the beginning of the Season! Did any of your favorites get wounded or killed? You have to watch to find out!

Those are some of my thoughts from this week’s episode! Below are a few points to consider moving forward.

  • Book of Lanister History – Highlighted at the Citadel
  • Lymmerya… Finally! – How will Arya’s wolf come into play?
  • Developing relationships between Grey Wolf and Misandre – “You are my weakness.”
  • The Lords of Westeros are sheep.. Are you a sheep? No You’re a Dragon..be a dragon! – Lady Olena. How will Dany be a Dragon?
  • What’s going on with the characters we did not see this week? The Hound, etc.

Have a great Monday!

-Luna 🙂

 

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