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Is this where Arya Stark is trained by the faceless man?

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Game of Thrones – Game of Greed?

With much delight I discovered Season 7 Episode 1 of Game of Thrones was available for free preview on HBO Canada. Otherwise, I’d have to wait for the DVD release and grab a library copy.

Searching for something good to watch over the past few weeks, I stumbled on another TV show called Vikings. Maybe it’s just the switch or a summertime appropriateness. But I am enjoying Vikings more than GOT. Sure the dialog and accents might be slightly less nuanced. GOT seems more realistic in this sense; various social ‘classes’ look and sound more true to form. Of course, GOT is fictional fantasy. But it succeeds partly because it conjures up echoes from our collective past.

Despite its sense of accent, Vikings is turning my crank right now. GOT, on the other hand, reminds me of when your favorite rock band tries to follow up after its peak LP. Just can’t do it. So for me, Season 7 Episode 1 was good, but not great. Sort of like Magical Mystery Tour after Sgt. Peppers (baby boomers will be able to relate…).

Other than, perhaps, The Hound, most of the GOT cast seemed bored and distracted. Older too. We can’t fault them for that. But when a show is so inherently visual, the actors’ appearance arguably does matter. Another factor just might be greed. That tends to kill creativity. How much does Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) get paid per episode? Look it up. You’ll be amazed.

In the old days… (sigh, yawn) cable was relatively cheap. 10 maybe 20 bucks per month. And everything was covered. You didn’t have to pay extra to subscribe to “specialty” channels. You just got everything. So watching landmark shows like Roots, Columbo and Star Trek didn’t cost an extra cent.

Alas, everything has changed and affordable TV probably won’t return for a long, long time.

Maybe the rich really do get richer and poor, poorer. I’m not sure. But GOT seems to be sinking under all the hype and greed. Well, if not sinking, definitely springing a few leaks.

They say art should imitate life. Well, in this case, it might be circular. As Oscar Wilde put it, life seems to be imitating art.

—MC

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 The ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 premiere had the highest ratings in the show’s history – here’s how the seasons compare (businessinsider.com)

 10 “Game of Thrones” Loose Ends We Need Answered In Season 7 (fastcompany.com)

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 The 5 most talked-about moments from the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 premiere (businessinsider.com)

 Here’s the preview for the second episode of Game of Thrones S7 (technutty.co.uk)

 A hidden piece of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 premiere script reveals how the White Walkers could invade Westeros (businessinsider.com)


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Should I Feel Guilty? – Game of Thrones Finale

I guess I’m a little behind. I just finished watching Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Spolier alert! Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the final episode.

So after finishing up the series, I wondered:

Should I feel guilty for enjoying it when Cersei blew the High Sparrow sky high?

I don’t know.

Some Christian blogger argued that we have it all wrong. We like the bad guys in the show and don’t like the good guys.

I thought that was a silly take because, if anything, Game of Thrones is about the grey areas (Grey Worm?) and doesn’t deal in absolutes.

Only the most childish of cartoons and comics do that. Adult fiction is about portraying life as it is. And because nobody is perfect, this seems more genuine than many whitewashed, Christian-approved media productions.

True, Cersei is quite evil. But at least she knows it. The High Sparrow and his violent crew reminded me of those religious phonies – we’ve all met them – who prance around pretending to be holier-than-thou when really they are just total creeps.

For the record, I didn’t enjoy it when Cersei insinuated that she planned to torment, possibly torture, the High Sparrow’s angry stooge, Septa Unella. And I didn’t like seeing Queen Margaery get trapped, the only one recognizing the imminent danger.

As I say, Cersei is evil.

But I did enjoy seeing the High Sparrow get his due. For me, religious phonies are the most odious type of all.

The High Sparrow (right) and a fanatical convert (left)


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She’s Got Dragons

Who me? Game of Thrones freak? Naah. That’s only part of the story.

I did like Khaleesi and thought that Jason Momoa nailed the ancient conqueror role. But they are only depicting things that, more or less, really happened. Alexander the Great. Cyrus the Great. Cleopatra.

Dragons may be fiction but we have a pretty heavy inheritance we have to face.