Game of Thrones: High Sparrow. The one where they throw the books out the window– like Bran.

This week’s episode shows us what they meant when they said they were changing things from the books. They totally weren’t kidding about that.

Arya

She is striving to become no one yet she is holding onto her anger and her past. She continues her prayers and her hoard of treasures that she gathered since her escape from King’s Landing. Jaqen H’ghar is very mysterious here talking about how A Man behaves and who A Man is. I feel like I should start talking like that. “A Woman needs you to take out the trash.” That works right?

There is a young blind girl– or what appears to be a young blind girl who works there who begins to hit Arya when she questions her. Before Arya can kill her though Jaqen points out to her that Arya cannot become a faceless man while still holding on to her name. This leads Aray to throw away all her belongings– well all of them but Needle which she stashes in a crevice.

I’m so glad they left this scene in– in fact I’m going to just quote the book:

“It’s just a stupid sword,” she said, aloud this time…
… but it wasn’t.
Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

I feel like if she had given up Needle that she would have been lost for good. One other thing that the show hasn’t done well with Arya is show that she’s still having wolf dreams. This whole time she’s been living through her wolf at night– seeing what she sees and killing with her. Unlike Sansa, who lost her wolf, Arya is still connected to the North through her wolf. And through Needle.

Later on Jaqen takes her to learn how to clean the dead and starts her on her journey to become a faceless man. Which is important too, but not as many feels as the scene with Needle.

Margaery and Tommen

First of all– gross. If we want to cover departures from the books this is one of those. In the books Tommen is a whopping 8 or 9 years old and his favorite thing to do is stamping his royal seal on documents. So obviously they don’t consummate their marriage. Actually Cersei tries to frame Margaery later on in the books for cheating on Tommen. She assumes that an older woman would have a sexual appetite and although she might be right– it back fires on her just a bit. So although some of the resulting scenes are hilarious after their wedding night all I could think was– wow that’s disgusting. I know in the show he’s older, but still not that much older.

Margaery is an amazing manipulator though. She takes Tommen’s virginity and then pushes all the right buttons to begin to push Cersei out of the way. Cersei tries to do the same to Tommen the next day, but he turns it around on her. He’s begun talking about sending her away and that scares Cersei more than anything. Sorry mom– I’m pretty sure that the carrot is going to do a lot more than the stick in this instance. And once again even that analogy grosses me out. He’s a little boy.

Cut to Cersei interrupting Margaery talking about all the sex that she had last night with her child husband. Other than the child molestery comments Margaery is perfection. She issues barb after barb in Cersei’s direction. She mentions over and over again how old Cersei is and how she isn’t of any importance anymore. Well played Margaery, well played. Even if you did just have gross sex.

Disgustingly well played

Reek

It rhymes with meek. And grossed out. Poor Theon. The changes to show from the books have actually been in Theon’s favor– I hope for Sansa’s sake that it continues that way.

Sansa

Littlefinger has arranged for Sansa to marry Ramsey Snow Bolton and then stands uncomfortably close to convince her to go through with it. The only thing I can hope is that his speech about avenging her family means that he’s going to take the part of Lord Manderly from the books and is really plotting against the Boltons. After all Roose Bolton had a big hand in killing Caitlin Stark– the woman he truly loved.

This is the first huge departure I’ve seen this season from the books. In the books the Lannisters send “Arya Stark” to marry Ramsey Bolton. The Arya they have is a childhood friend of Sansa though that is just pretending to be Arya. Horrible. horrible things happen to this pretender and her situation leads Jon Snow into making decisions that are detrimental to his health. So I’m curious to see where they are going with this.

But in the show Sansa ends up back at Winterfell and Ramsey’s bitches (his term for them) look on– knowing what her fate will be if she marries Ramsey.

Ramsey and SansaSneak peek from tonight’s episode on Game of Thrones by tvafterdark

Pod and Brienne

We get to hear more of their back stories and we see why these two are how they are. Brienne has been horribly mistreated all her life because of her size and build. Brienne was loyal to Renly because of his actions towards her and I think we all can empathize with that sentiment.

Pod was similarly saved by the Lannisters because of his heritage (Pod is the relative of Ser Ilyn Payne– the King’s Justice who in the books received the Stark’s Valyrian steel sword, Ice. Until it gets melted down into 2 swords that is). He talks of his time with Tyrion with fondness as he’s one of the few  people that has seen Tyrion for what he is worth.

This was a nice scene for all the feels– and to keep us from forgetting about these two.

i can’t get this line out of my head and I kinda keep crying about it

Jon Snow

He’s now the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and is still receiving pressure from Stannis to take Winterfell. Stannis then announces that he is going to march on Winterfell and they discuss the fate of the Wildlings. I have to say I was glad when he left though and he talked to Davos. Davos has a similar sense of honor, but with a pirate/smuggler feel to it and I feel like this is the first real conversation Jon has had with any of Stannis’ camp.

We are mostly on par with what happened in the books here with just a little less detail. This is one of the stories that I don’t understand why they are speeding up. Unless it’s just because the scenes at The Wall are dark and depressing.

Jon later splits up duties assigning a few menial duties and naming Ser Alliser first Ranger. He then tries to assign one of the broken down tower to Lord Janos Slynt. Slynt refuses which doesn’t go quite like he expected it to. Jon beheads him there in the yard for all to see. But really what other choice did he have? Here are some more book excerpts to explain the situation better:

Alliser Thorne smiled a thin smile, his black eyes fixed on Jon. At another table, Godry the Giantslayer began to laugh. “As you will.” Jon nodded to Iron Emmett. “Please take Lord Janos to the Wall— ”

and confine him to an ice cell , he might have said. A day or ten cramped up inside the ice would leave him shivering and feverish and begging for release, Jon did not doubt. And the moment he is out, he and Thorne will begin to plot again . And tie him to his horse , he might have said. If Slynt did not wish to go to Greyguard as its commander, he could go as its cook. It will only be a matter of time until he deserts, then. And how many others will he take with him?

“— and hang him,” Jon finished

Of course that’s not exactly how it ended:

“He would not dare to hang me. Janos Slynt has friends, important friends, you’ll see …” The wind whipped away the rest of his words.

This is wrong , Jon thought. “Stop.” Emmett turned back, frowning. “My lord?”

“I will not hang him,” said Jon. “Bring him here.”
“Oh, Seven save us,” he heard Bowen Marsh cry out. The smile that Lord Janos Slynt smiled then had all the sweetness of rancid butter.

Until Jon said, “Edd, fetch me a block,” and unsheathed Longclaw.

Jon really shows off how perfect he is from here on out. Which of course bodes well right?

I totally wouldn’t want to cut someone’s head off.

The High Sparrow

The High Septon is drug out of a brothel naked and made to walk back in front of everyone nude. He goes to complain to the small council and Cersei sees it as an opportunity to put someone in her debt into the High Septon’s place. So she goes to find the “High Sparrow” or the leader of the refugees that have come into the city.

He is a devout man that follows the law perfectly and stands by what he did to the High Septon. She behaves that she totally agrees and has arrested the High Septon and thinks that her and the Sparrows are on the same page. This will be important later.

In the books the High Septon was actually pulled to pieces during the riots and his crown stolen. The church then flounders for a while and shows it’s corruption while trying to find a new High Septon. This leaves it primed for the Sparrows to step in and take control– which they do.

I was shown a theory about the High Sparrow that I had somehow missed and I really really hope that it ends up to be true. I’ll just post it here though and tell me what you think. That would just be amazing.

We also get a glimpse of Qyburn’s project and are given the impression that he’s working on a Frankenstein like monster– which isn’t too far off.

He is special.

Tyrion

He utters his famous last words about how everything will be fine and he’ll blend in. Which of course he doesn’t at all. They take in a speech from the League of Assassins– I mean a Red Priestess and Tyrion of course draws her attention. So they follow that up with a restful evening at a brothel. A brothel that just happens to have Jorah Mormont in it as well. As soon as he can he snags Tyrion and proclaims he’s going to take Tyrion to the Queen. Now some watchlings might hear that and think that Jorah is going to take Tyrion to Cersei so he can reclaim his home and his title. However they’d be hella wrong. That is unless HBO is taking a huge left turn and really changing the story. Jorah is going to try to take Tyrion to Dany and try win her favor back.

As far as what’s happening on the show versus what’s happening in the books they’ve cut out about half a book’s worth of what Tyrion was doing. I’m not really sure why they did that since they are basing these shows on books that are running out of content. You’d think they’d flesh out what material they have instead, but I’m not in charge of this show obviously so I wonder if they are going to bring it around full circle or if this is one of the areas they also make big changes. We’ll see next week!

Cause Jorah just has ball gags laying around. . .for reasons.

Supernatural: The Werther Project. Has Dean always been fated to kill Sam?

I think everyone knows that for this show to ever end the boys would have to die at the same time. But what if Dean kills Sam– or an even weirder twist Sam kills Dean?

This week’s episode got me thinking about how far we’ve come and what it would take to shock the viewers at this point. We see Sam working with Rowena and Dean taking down a nest of vampires on his own. Both of these things are horrible ideas, but are they that surprising? Nope. And that was just a continuation of bad decisions the boys have made.

And as idiotic as it is we know Dean can handle it.

We see a flashback to the Men of Letters expelling Magnus for inventing the Werther Box which causes people to commit suicide if they attempt to open it. So what does Sam do?  Well he goes to open it of course. To be fair he goes to open it because Rowena says he needs the codex that’s kept inside to find the cure for Dean. He’s of course keeping this all from Dean and Dean (who followed Sam thinking that Sam is just sulking because of the vampire nest incident) is treating this like just a regular case. He doesn’t realize how serious this is. He just thinks he’s saving the person that’s living in the old Men of Letters house and any further people. What would the Men of Letters thought about Sam and Dean?

So once again we have the boys not working together 100% and at least Sam lying to Dean. Have we reached the point where they can never be the team they used to be?

Ummm, yeah that’s what everyone has been saying.

But we know from Cain that Dean is going to be pushed into killing Sam and up until this week I knew that they would find a way out of that somehow. If they manage to get the Mark of Cain off of Dean though that won’t really solve their problems. They’ve compromised their beliefs so many times are they really good anymore? They still will be working based on lies and deceit. It wasn’t that long ago that witches and spells were seen as the worst path you could go down and this week we see Sam performing a spell without a hesitation.

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As long as Dean stays alive it’s cool right?

The Werther box induces hallucinations for everyone in the house trying to get them to commit suicide and it works on the woman that was living there, but Sam and Dean manage to avoid death. Dean through sheer will power (also he didn’t have the first blade on him– so could he really have died?) and Sam through Dean saving him. Sam was convinced that he needed to drain his blood to unlock the box (which he did need to do) and almost kills himself while doing so. While Sam is talking to a fake Rowena Dean is trapped in fake Purgatory with Benny.

 Or also because you’re fake.

Dean knows that Benny and Purgatory aren’t real and after a little arguing he finally just kills off the fake Benny and breaks himself out of the spell. Benny said something during one of his speeches though that reminded me of previous events.

and since I found this GIF set online–I wasn’t the only one that caught it.

Also Sam was perfection as Lucifer– it was scary how much I loved him evil.

The first set is of Sam telling Dean that no matter what choices he makes he will always end up here. Always end up trying to kill Sam. Benny echos that statement in Purgatory. So maybe when we thought Dean had avoided that horrible zombie filled future he had just postponed it. Yeah Sam isn’t drinking demon blood anymore and he doesn’t have Lucifer trying to talk him into world destruction, but Sam no longer cares about wrong or right– just doing what he can to keep Dean alive. Dean isn’t avoiding Michael either, but he’s still fighting a holy battle at the moment.

So wouldn’t that be a kick in the teeth if we found out at the end of all of this craziness that they never truly won the battle with Lucifer– they just bought a little time. Even if Dean does end of trying to or succeeding in killing Sam I know one thing. I’m very glad that he got to Sam this week in time to save him.

So we leave this week with Dean thinking they are being honest with one another and with Sam in possession of the codex. I’m just so glad that he locked up Rowena when he gave it to her. But can the chains really hold her?

IT’S OFFICIAL ~ SAM’S HAIR HAS FINALLY BEEN UP-STAGED

~~~ The Werther Project 10.19

Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White. Where have all the strong female characters gone?

Two episodes into season 5 and we get to see a better picture of how they are deviating from the book storylines. However, I was reminded last night about how stupid most of the female characters become. Do we have hope that they will redeem themselves? I’d like to talk about each woman we saw this week, so here it goes:

Arya

No one can say Arya is weak. She’s one of the strongest characters in the whole series and now she’s going to learn how to become No One. Not too put off by her rejection from the House of Black and White she goes to make her own way in Braavos. Yeah she waits around for a bit. . .says a prayer. . . and then makes her way out into Braavos to find her next move.

Arya is super scary in her pigeon killing and fearlessness. The Old Man came and got her before she killed the boys harassing her though and took her back to the House of Black and White– showing himself as Jaqen H’ghar (which had long been speculated by fans but now at least confirmed on the show). She is starting a long and hard journey to become No One and I have a feeling it will be hard to watch. Although after watching all of Daredevil I’m open to blind people doing hardcore stuff.

I bought this robe at Coachella

Brienne 

Brienne and Pod are making their way trough the Wide Wide World and wonder of wonders they run into Sansa and Littlefinger. This is a departure from the books, but I’m interested to see where they are going with this. I’m just glad to not only see scenes with one of the few remaining strong female characters, but we also got to see her be a BMF. She might be a little naive when it comes to how the world works socially, but she totally knows how it works when it comes to killing people. She offers her help to Sansa and Sansa (like the idiot she is) turns down her help citing Brienne’s presence at Joffery’s wedding (umm I’m pretty sure everyone was there). Littlefinger makes a few jabs at Brienne’s motives and comments on her new sword, but she ignores those. She also manages not only to avoid Littlefinger’s attempt at killing her,but kills everyone in the general area while she’s at it.

We see her last following after Littlefinger and Sansa still not giving up on her quest. Although Sansa is less annoying here than in the books I still can’t stand her.

In the books Pod and Brienne are still searching for the Stark girls having found neither of them, but have found someone who was probably once The Hound and then later run into Lady Stoneheart. Sansa is being an idiot in the Eryie still pretending to be Littlefinger’s bastard. So I’m cool with these changes– although I hope they don’t write out Lady Stoneheart.

Seriously how can she resist an oath by the old Gods and the new?

Cersei

First off that is a crazy package to hold a fake snake. Of course they are sending it to a crazy woman. Cersei is super cray cray. She’s breaking under her attempts to control Tommen, Jaime, Highgarden, and it’s driving her crazy that Myrcella is out of her control. Of course her family ordered the murder of the princess of Dorne and that resulted in the rape, murder and then rape again of said princess all while The Mountain had Prince Aegon’s brain matter on his hands. So I could see why she would worry about Princess Myrcella’s safety in Dorne. She sends Jaime away to get Myrcella back which is going to leave her more vulnerable than she realizes.

In the book she’s even crazier, but she thinks she’s in control of everything. Jaime has already left to go squash the Stark rebellion and avoid his sister after what he heard Tyrion say about her. A lot happens to him out on the road during that so I’m wondering if they are going to have all that stuff happen on the way to Dorne. Also in the books they send another member of the Kingsguard to Dorne which is full of tension for other reasons so I wonder how closely they are going to stay with the storyline of what is happening in Dorne right now.

Cersei manages to offend most of the Small Council and shows her inexperience and lack of political savvy by not managing them well. Her uncle whom she tries to push to the side refuses her and leaves. In the books she asks him to be hand, but he only agrees to it if she will go to Casterly Rock and leave Tommen alone so as to not corrupt him like she did with Joffery. She takes that super well and is glad to see him go. She meanwhile continues to dig her own grave.

Lolly’s Stokeworth

Haha she’s totally not a strong female character. Here we see a flighty character that is complaining that her  sister (who is heir) likes to pick on her. Bronn very scarily tells her that her sister will get what is coming to her. In the books Lollys was raped repeatedly by people in Flea Bottom when Joffery was attacked on the way back from see Myrcella off to Dorne. She became pregnant and Bronn agreed to marry her to jump up his status. She is written off as a simple witted person (which could be anything from a serious mental issue to just kind of stupid), but the rape and pregnancy has made her even worse. Later in the books Bronn does kill off everyone so that Lollys inherits, but it looks like that now they might not even get married.

I kinda liked the union– Bronn was 100% a psycho, but still. . .

Sorry for the language, but I’m pretty sure that’s his official title

Myrcella and the Sand Snakes

I know that that’s two very different types, but they are in the same area so that works right?  The Sand Snakes are Oberyn’s bastard daughters who are warrior women and want vengeance for their father’s death. Myrcella is weak as weak can be. She’s a silly girl playing at Princess. It is well noted that she’s a sweet girl in the books which protects her from a lot of the cruelty. A bunch is about to go down in Dorne and I’ll be interested to see if what new characters get introduced into the show.

There is foreshadowing in the books that Myrcella will one day be Queen for a while.

Daenerys

 This is the person that makes me the most upset that she isn’t strong anymore. She’s caught a Son of the Harpy and what she needs to do is feed him to her dragons and instead she holds him prisoner for trial. Welp, that works out as well as you’d expect. He is murdered while in custody and she then chops off the murder’s head in front of all of her supporters.  Who suddenly don’t support her anymore (she’s the only one surprised by this). Let. Your. Dragons. Loose. Burn this city to the ground. Now. Seriously woman.

She does bond with Drogon for a moment which is nice.

I’m pretty sure he’s saying “Why haven’t you figured this out yet?”

Varys

What do you mean he’s not a female? Well he doesn’t have all the requisite man parts so I’ll count it. He once again shows that he knows what’s up as does Tyrion. We finally get to see Tyrion become a little motivated again and Varys is doing a good job encouraging him. I mostly just want to mention that the next time I go on vacation I want to travel in a carriage like that.

Yes, yes she is. Oh and Qyburn is the creepiest creeper ever.

Gilly and Shireen

Gilly is trying to learn to read and is being taught by Stannis’ daughter Shireen who has greyscale. I find it so interesting to hear Gilly talking to her about the disease. In the books the wildlings are openly disgusted by Shireen’s illness and think she should have been put to death years ago. I’ve always wondered if an interaction with White Walkers would change Shireen’s illness for better or for worse. Shireen for someone so put down is actually a lot more independent than you would think. Gilly on the other hand isn’t so much. She does seem to have a bit more character development here though and maybe she will end up better than she does in the books (not that she’s a bad character– just a forgettable one).

Lyanna Mormont

All the Mormont women are strong forceful women and I have to say I love her response to Stannis. That’s what I would like to think I would have said to him. She’s lost her mother and her sisters (they aren’t all confirmed dead, but it doesn’t look great for them) and she still sticks by the Starks. Even though there aren’t really any Starks left either– that she knows of. These are she-bears who ride into war– they won’t be pushed around by any pretender King. And I love her for it.

Bye Felicia.

We also see Stannis offer Jon Snow Winterfell and the title of Lord Stark. This has to be the hardest thing ever to turn down. This is what he would have dreamed of, but in true Jon Snow fashion he sticks by his word and stays with the Watch.

The Frozen/Game of Thrones mashup you always wanted

Sam also manages to get Jon Snow elected as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. I’m mostly disappointed in how they did this on the show. The book had this election last for days and Sam tricked all the people running into supporting Jon so that he won. Also when he won Lord Mormont’s bird flew out and chose him as well. So much more flair.

So this week we learned that most of the women in Westeros are weak, simple minded, idiots, but when they are strong they are super crazy strong. Thanks GRRM for writing such well rounded characters. . .oh wait.

(I do believe my recent marathon of rereading Brandon Sanderson’s books and seeing real women as leaders I’ve become angry at GRRM for writing such weak women).

There were an amazing lack of boobage this week and I am 100% happy with that. If you’re going to show me weak women at least leave their clothes on them.

The Best and Worst Moments of Supernatural: Book of The Damned

So much happened this episode and instead of breaking it down bit by bit, here’s my best and worst lists:

Best:

1. Charlie calling creeper that was following her Gambit. Gambit is my favorite– and if Gambit turns out like this dude (style wise) in the next X-Men movie I’m cool with that.

2. Dean finally told Sam (most) of the truth about what happened while Sam was out freeing Metatron. Dean seems to finally be making some smart moves– well a little.

3. Charlie– she is showing her genius is first of all getting the book, running with it as well as she has, and then calling the boys for help when she needed it. Don’t worry they all become idiots soon.

4. Dean’s foresight in grabbing a lead lined box to put the book in so they can’t track it anymore. Followed closely by “Boys Are Back In Town” as the best song for that moment. With Dean’s admissions earlier it looks like they really might be working together– honestly and openly. Yeah.

5. The book itself. The book is super creepy. Made of human skin written in blood is 100% gross. The scene where we hear Sam and Charlie discussing the book and it looks like Sam is holding the book, but then we see that Dean has it and is standing across the room– it’s perfect. It truly scares me more than the grisly makeup of the book itself. Obviously the book is evil and The Mark is excited about that fact.

Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(

Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(

Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(Supernatural 10x18 Book of the DamnedDean’s first look at the book. I just loved  this scene (however much you can love something that destroys you). I mean, he’s not even aware that he has the book, he’s just zoned out, flipping through the pages, listening to it, and he’s so confused and lost once he realizes that he has the book?! Ugh, Dean :(

6. Dean calling Sam out for being a hypocrite.

7. Sam admission that he loves this life. He love the hunt and he loves being with Dean. Bad choices were made throughout this episode (see below), but this makes me forgive him a little bit. That and his eyes at the end of this episode.

8. Dean being a BAMF in the convenience store. Cause Dean. Plus the Stein dude calling the Mark a “gift”? Yeah he’s a bad guy.

Worst

1. Metatron– just really everything that has to do with Metatron. The fact that he likes “Ironic”, he’s a total mouth breather, and he made soooo much noise while eating that waffle. I wanted to stab him in the face with his fork.

Yes– do it now.

2. The boys run off to meet Charlie to help her out, but they don’t immediately put the thing in the lead lined box.  They know it’s being tracked– they should assume it was being tracked right up to the point it was put in the box so the bad guys can probably find Bobby’s cabin (btw how was he able to afford so many cabins?). So how about you throw the thing in the box, take it back to the bunker, and then read the thing in the confines of the lead lined bunker? Also during this whole time it was never brought up that maybe Cas could read the writing?

3. Sam with all his concern about Dean never thinks that maybe they shouldn’t be studying this book around Dean– it’s like if Dean had been going through stores of demon blood in front of Sam back in his blood drinking days. How about we do that in another room or hey!  In a lead lined room INSIDE of the bunker!  Just sayin. . .

We should totes keep it then!

4. Cas not seeing that Metatron was totally playing him at the library. He saw through the attempt at manipulation earlier so I was slightly disappointed he didn’t see this coming. At least Cas is an Angel again though– even if his wings look super jacked up.

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5. Sam’s decision to keep the Book of the Damned. Even Dean thinks they should destroy it and it becomes obvious when the big bad guys show up that they will do anything to get it, but still Sam keeps it. Will Dean notice it later when Sam brings it out to study again? Or when Rowena begins using it? That is the worst decision ever. Rowena is less trustworthy than my dog around pizza. Come on Sam.

The good decisions almost outweighed the bad this week. We’re getting closer to the boys working together and I feel like if they worked together they could figure out this issue without Rowena and without the Book. Evidently they aren’t allowed to make good decisions at the same time during a season. Dean seems to have his head on right so Sam’s doing his best to screw it up.

I’ll leave you with Charlie’s expression when she was getting healed:

 

It’s nice having that power back.

Game of Thrones: The Wars to Come. They are deviating from the books?! EVERYONE RIOT!

[S5] After watching the Season 5 premier last night…

So we’ve heard so much about how the books and show are not really going to coincide in the future and people have been upset.  My response? Duh. GRRM is busy looking like a boat captain troll instead of finishing the books. Right now I’m waiting for GRRM to die so Brandon Sanderson can take over the series, finish the rest of the books in about six months and create a better written book then we’ve gotten so far. He did it for Robert Jordan and did a masterful job.

As always though I will hit the highlights of this episode and note any changes/deviations from the book series. Sometimes– like in the case of Sansa– this isn’t the worst thing. BE WARNED!! There are so very many spoilers in this post that if you haven’t read the books or if you haven’t gone down the rabbit hole of the Internet theories you should stop reading this now. I’m going to cover what happened in the show vs what happened in the books and to throw some spoilers on top I’m also going to talk about theories I have.

Maggy the Frog

Maggy is a fortune teller that Cersei and two friends met with in Lannisport. The fortune that Maggy gives Cersei in the show is pretty much what she told her in the books. Of course she thinks that Maggy means that she will marry Rheagar, but obviously that’s not what she meant. She also told Cersei that the “valonqar” would “wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar means little brother in High Valyrian so she of course takes it to mean that Tyrion is going to kill her, but what she’s ignoring is that Jaime is also her little brother. Also Maggy wasn’t super specific about everything so it could just be a younger brother of someone else. However, when it’s all said and done there are so many people that want to kill her it’ll probably be someone we don’t care about that kills her.

The show left out the other friend (who ran away before getting her fortune read anyway) so I would have left her out too, and they left out the friend that was there getting her fortune told. The other girl asked Maggy if she would marry Jaime and Maggy told her she would die that night. It’s implied that Cersei pushed her down a well to die and I feel like she did so because she was interested in Jaime. Cersei wanted to marry Rheagar at this point, but I don’t think she would have ever shared Jaime with anyone.

This fortune telling is very important in the upcoming time period because Cersei becomes obsessed with killing Tyrion because she thinks he will not only kill her, but hurt her remaining children as well.

Tywin’s Funeral

Cersei storms in to see her father and ignores all the people she needs politically. She once again shows that Tyrion is the better Lannister. She lays the blame of Tywin’s death on Jaime’s feet and wants Tyrion’s head to pay for his crimes. She has a big long crazy rant here, but we all knew she was crazy.

The big thing they left out of this part is that he smelled so bad. People were sick during the funeral because he smelled like a sewer. It is possible that Tywin was already poisoned by the Martells and would have died anyway. He also dried out very strangely which made it appear that he was smiling in a crazy manner. Both the smell and the smile hurt the tone of this event and make Cersei even crazier. I do wish they’d left in the smell thing because Cersei showed her craziness even more by blaming the Sisters who prepared the body of trying to harm his reputation.

Tyrion 

OK they take another big departure here, but I think it’s all going to end up in the same place. Last night Tyrion showed up across the narrow sea at an estate with Varys and he’s given the option to stay there and drink himself to death or to go with Varys to Meereen to help restore Dany to her throne. Jokes and quips are made, but he finally agrees to go with Varys.

In the books he ends up at Illyrio Mopatis’ estate and is sent off with people in obvious disguise to meet Dany. Tyrion eventually figures out that one of the people in the crew is an exiled– believed dead Lord and Rheagar’s young son that is also thought to be dead. It is never clear if he’s actually the boy or if he’s a good impostor, but he’s been raised to one day return to King’s Landing to take his throne back. He’s going to Dany though because she has dragons– and a dragon must have three heads after all. Which in my theory world is Dany, Jon and one other person I can’t 100% decide on.

In the books not everything works out as expected (yes– shocking I know), but he still ends up in Meereen. He just isn’t in a position to gain audience with Dany. So sure they’re skipping all that so he can go with Varys and more characters don’t have to be introduced. I get that, but does that mean that Rheagar’s child is an impostor? Or that his storyline isn’t important? Cause if it’s not that is a lot to write about someone that doesn’t matter.

Back with Dany

Dany is destroying the Harpy and is still meeting resistance within this city. This whole story drives me crazy. Dany can’t figure out why she can’t rule. Dany has locked up her dragons. Dany allows the people of the city to push her around and murder her Unsullied. OK here’s the thing. You have dragons– mother of dragons– how about you burn this mother down and then the next city you try to rule will listen to you when you tell them what to do. Quit bowing and scraping and act.

They don’t deviate that much from the books. Dany suddenly becomes weak and uninteresting in those as well. Don’t worry by the end of book 5 she begins to become interesting again.

listdeux was the brains behind this.

listdeux was the brains behind this.

Castle Black

Jon is training young kids and Sam is being mocked. So it’s business as usual. Really what they are doing is setting up what is about to happen with Jon Snow. Some aspects of this story they have sped up and others they’ve slowed down. I’m not really sure why they’ve done this, but I’m not going to spoil too much here. Just Melisandre is a super creeper towards Jon Snow and I don’t understand why her hair looks so dark.

They have Mance Rayder in custody and have told him that he must bend the knee or he will be burned. He chooses the second option and we see him put on a pyre. Jon Snow shoots an arrow into him which interrupts the sacrifice to the Red God and doesn’t please Stannis or any of his crew.

In the books Mance is killed in a similar way, but dies begging for his life and claiming that he wasn’t really Mance. Later Jon Snow finds out that Melisandre has put a spell on Mance and Rattleshirt so they they look like each other and it was really Rattleshirt that was killed. Mance plays a big role later in an attempt to save Arya. So I’m interested if they somehow save this plot line as it was one that made you like Melisandre a little. Right now she’s just a weirdo that likes sex with odd people, gives birth to demon babies and likes fire on an unhealthly level.

Stannis did offer Winterfell to Jon Snow and the hand of the “wildling princess” but Jon turned it down. He wanted Winterfell, but he won’t abandon his vows and he won’t take this thing that should have been Robb’s or Bran’s. Stannis and Melisandre deserve each other.

We’re twinsies!

Sansa and Littlefinger

We see Littlefinger plotting and double speaking about Sansa’s name. I wish that Robin (aka Robert) had been left with someone to be beaten into the ground. It probably would make a man of him. Sadly though in the books Sansa is still playing the part of Littlefinger’s bastard daughter and having to deal with a crying little boy that for some reason is always rubbing on her breasts. I rarely say that I am happy that a show departs from the book, but right now I’m glad I don’t have to see that. I do wish Sansa would grow up though and stop going along with Littlefinger’s plots.

Brienne and Pod

Arya has run off and refused Brienne’s help while Pod is trying to motivate his “knight.” Brienne is kind of a cod to Pod here and all he’s trying to do is help her. This is another departure from the books, but I’m hoping that they will get back to what happens in the books. I won’t say too much about it just in case– but it has to do with zombies, Jaime Lannister and hangings. (Sansa is tantalizingly passing them in a carriage with Littlefinger– I guess to build tension).

Cersei

Cersei is bored at the reception for her father. She’s being forced to listen to everyone talk about how amazing her father was and how no one will ever match his greatness. Instead of taking these at what they are– platitudes– she assumes that they are slights aimed at her. She sees herself as Tywin Lannister the second– only with breasts to better manipulate those around her. Her anger is growing at the arranged marriage that was put in place for Tommen and as her drinking begins to increase so does her quest for absolute power. Now did they say all that in the show? Nope. but that’s what’s happening in the books and that’s what I picked up on through her body language in this episode.

The big thing that happens in this segment is that Lancel (her first cousin whom she had an affair with after Robert’s death– during Jaime’s capture) implies that he might let everyone know about their “unnatural relations” and about how he made sure that Robert was so drunk during his boar hunt that an accident was almost guaranteed. Cersei feigns ignorance, but it’s obvious that this is driving her crazy. It’s yet another area that she doesn’t have absolute control.

This is a understandable departure from the books. In the series he is given the land of Darry and is forced to take a wife. Instead of doing his husbandly duties he chooses to spend all of his time in prayer. Jaime is witness to all of this– and to his wife’s promiscuity during his march to face the Blackfish. Jaime is actually the one who talks to Lancel and hears about the boar hunt and his relationship with Cersei. This just reinforces all the things that Tyrion said to him during his escape. That Cersei was having sex with Lancel, the Kettleblacks and Moon Boy (the last one being a quip, but sticks in his mind). Later– when Cersei requests his return– for reasons– Jamie ignores her because of what she has done. He sees their incestuous relationship as something pure and he’s never desired or taken another woman, but has now found out that Cersei was just using him too for her own gains. This revelation is a big turning point for Jaime’s character and I wonder how they will replace that exchange in the show since Cersei ended up being the one to deal with Lancel.

Creeper of the Year Award

Margaery Tyrell

A couple friends of mine and I watched this as it aired and before the episode started I guessed that we’d see 5 pairs of boobs before the end of the episode, and although we fell short of that I feel like I should be able to add in all the bare butts that we got a view of. This scene opens up on Margaery’s brother Loras and his new lover doing lover-y things and Margaery walks right in and sits on the bed. She claims that she’s hungry and that they are late to see the King, but it’s super awkward. I don’t care that Loras is in there with another man– you don’t walk in on your brother nude with someone else and make yourself a spot on the bed to chat. I get as hangry as the next person, but nope. She seems to be checking out Olyvar just as much as her brother was. They have a brief discussion about Tywin’s death and the impact that that will have on Loras’ engagement to Cersei. Margaery is obviously plotting something. Although a scene not in the books– this is right on target as to what was going on between these two. The only thing I don’t think they have emphasized enough is Margaery’s reputation among court. She’s a woman that was married (to a man that was well known as gay though) and has been wedded to Tommen’s older brother, but as soon as she’s promised to Tommen she adopts a childlike attitude. She’s surrounded by maidens and they occupy themselves with everything that is good and innocent and sweet. That’ll be important later on.

Tyrion and Varys

We see Tyrion in much better shape, but still drinking heavily. They discuss the plan to take Tyrion to Meereen and Varys goal to bring peace to King’s Landing. I’ve talked about this earlier, but any scene with Peter Dinklage should be mentioned again.

Dany in Meereen

She’s still ruling like a queen that has been in power for a long time and not a queen that is struggling for power. Dany is listening to the wrong people and taking the wrong advice. Once again she’s the Mother of Dragons and she has her dragons chained up in the pyramids. She’s so concerned with the dragons killing other people that she’s letting the rebellion kill her people.

My theory is that to control the dragons you have to be able to warg into them a little. Like the Starks control their Direwolves. Dany just hasn’t figured out how to do it on purpose. When she was hurt and alone after their birth she did it by instinct. Now she has lost herself and her power.

Overall I’m not super concerned with their departures from the books because they are going to have to adapt to the fact that they have almost completely caught up with what has been written by GRRM and they need to foreshadow what is coming and we might see things that we don’t understand. I just wish that I could read it before I see it.

Supernatural: Inside Man. The Return of My Blog! Ummm I Mean the Return of Bobby!

I’ve fallen behind and look like a slacker. I have perfectly good reasons that I missed two weeks, but in an effort to not be a Debbie Downer I will skip the excuses and go right to talking about some Supernatural.

Let me just start out that I’m so excited that “The Gambler” is now in the Supernatural soundtrack. It’s totally something that Bobby would be jamming out to in Heaven. It’s been a nice vacation for Bobby, but I wonder if he’ll be happy hanging out in Heaven now that he’s gotten back in the game. And now knows where his escape hatch is. BTW where is his wife?  Are you telling me Bobby is sitting around reading Tori and Dean, drinking whiskey and his wife is not hanging out with him baking pies?

We also get to see a BA Sam running around trying to protect Dean who turns out to be having some kind of Mark induced nightmare about killing Sam. Which was just pitiful to watch. Of course that just firms up Sam’s resolve to go through with his latest plan to get rid of the Mark. Let me mention once again that they just need a witch to make Dean as old as he was the day before he took the Mark and they’d be set. But, evidently I’m the only one that’s thought of that solution. Sam is now working an angle that will involve Metatron (cause that’s always a good idea).

Sam’s excuse to get away from Dean seemed a little transparent to me and I’m assuming Dean knew that he was up to something. He knows Sam hasn’t given up yet. Although a mime that thinks he’s a cockroach totally sounds like a French movie. Sam gets Cas reluctantly on board with the Metatron idea and they go to try to get him out for the day.

Crowley is still having an odd relationship with his mother (who is for some odd reason painting satanic symbols on her body– that’s always a good sign). I truly don’t understand that relationship. And seriously– Rowena would not date a Trent from Biggersons– she’s way more high maintenance then that.

We see Dean setting up pranks for Sam’s return and Castiel somehow flirting with Hannah– while she’s inside a rather hairy dude. Hannah shoots them down though and they work out a plan to break Metatron out of Heaven. This idea is getting more and more messed up.

Yeah– no sadness in those eyes

We next see Rowena and head switch board demon interact (which was kindly brought to us by Microsoft– in a fashion that made us seriously aware of it) and Rowena is trying to track down the Bunker. She manages to narrow it down to a small area and is going after Dean.

Dean quickly becomes bored with hanging out alone at the Bunker so does the obvious thing and goes out drinking. Cause Dean. Which quickly leads to him hustling pool. Cause Dean. This whole interaction was one of my favorite parts of the episode- Dean wise- because we see him doing what he knows how to do and has always done when they didn’t have a case. Yes Dean takes advantage of some bratty college kids, but they were definitely willing to take advantage of him so it all evens out. Deans sly smile right before he killed them in pool– it was priceless.

Back to Sam and Cas they have tracked down a psychic to help communicate with Bobby in an effort to break Metatron out of Heaven. This is a pretty smart move for a dude that can’t figure out the whole witch curse thing.  As expected he’s been living in seclusion to avoid listening to everyone’s thoughts (evidently he hadn’t read the Twilight series–I’m probably totally kidding). One of the best lines of the night:

Really the whole interaction with the mind reader was great. It allowed Sam to be intimidating without actually having to threaten. Plus the mind reader called Metatron a Hobbit– which is a pretty accurate description. You know he has hair on his toes that will never fall out.

So now we have Sam and Cas talking to Bobby explaining the situation while Rowena has tracked down Dean and turned the college kids on him with a spell.  Dean shows once again that he’s in control of the Mark. I get that Sam is seeing Dean while he’s asleep and vulnerable and it’s freaking him out, but I don’t think he’s giving him enough credit for not killing everything/one that attacks him. I’m impressed he didn’t kill those college boys– although a pool ball to the head probably isn’t going to help that one kid’s GPA. Dean is trying to hold onto control and yeah he’s losing it some (his black eyes in the mirror), but he’s holding on to it even more than I could have expected.

Bobby is now up to speed with everything and is up to doing whatever he can to help Sam and Cas get Metatron out. Which still seems like such a horrible idea up to this point.This small glimpse at Bobby makes me miss him even more though and I hope they keep him around. Surely he could help fix the Angel situation from the inside. Think about it, Bobby and all the other hunters could find a way to fix this situation if the angel’s would bring them in on it.

Back to Dean and Rowena– after Dean subdues all the guys Rowena casts a spell at Dean that should have killed him, but of course the Mark protects him and shocks Rowena in the process. It was very reminiscent of when Sam was attacked by Lilith.

Who’s with me that Katie Cassidy looked better as a demon than as the Black Canary?

Rowena then proceeds to cut herself up and try to blame it on Dean. Crowley then made me sooo happy. He finally decided to not buy what his mom was trying to sell him. Dean is right that Crowley has gotten weaker. He would have killed his mother before he had been tortured by Sam. I do find it amusing that Dean is the one giving Crowley a pep talk on how to be more evil. Whatever it takes though. I’m ready for Crowley to come back in force. This scene was the best talk through emotions that these guys have had in a long time. I’m glad Dean finally reminded Crowley that Dean is more family to him than his horrible mom. Favorite moment of this scene: Crowley’s drink. Least favorite: There were a lot of slurpy noises while they drank.

Really Crowley? I’m glad you’ve caught up with everyone else.

Bobby manages to open up the door to Heaven allowing Cas to sneak in and sneak out with Metatron. Metatron makes it out thinking that he has the upper hand and that he is going to figure out a way to run away. Well Crowley might no longer be in charge, but Cas sure knows what he’s doing. Cas steals his Grace and Sam shoots him in the leg. First question: Why did none of the other angels take away his grace before? That would have made keeping him prisoner much easier. Metatron’s claim that he still has some of Cas’ Grace makes me wonder if they’ll be able to fix Cas for good and fix Heaven.

Finally Crowley steps up to his mom and kicks her out and sets her straight. It’s a little scary that he let her leave to do whatever she wants, but I’m at least glad she’s not feeding him poisonous lies anymore. I’ll take the little victory.

We round this episode out with both the boys lying to each other and pretending that nothing big just happened. Of course we got a tear jerker moment getting to watch Sam read a letter from Bobby. Bobby of course speaks the truth and shows his common sense that Dean needs to know what’s going on. Even if he’s not going along with it they shouldn’t be lying to each other.

Yes Bobby, yes it is.

Questions: What are the Angels going to do to Bobby?

Problems: This season overall has been enjoyable to me, but I’m over this Angel story line how it’s going right now. Something needs to change. We need a big bad that’s not an Angel.