Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall. You know nothing.

We are quickly approaching the season finale so we know we’re going to see a good bit of action between this episode and the next. This episode starts out with Jon and Sam talking on the top of the Wall about love and loss and death.  Sam gets Jon to talk about Ygritte and Sam admits to his desire to have sex with Gilly and pretty much says the only thing stopping him is the fact she didn’t offer.

What the Watchlings don’t know

Sam probably wanted to have sex with Gilly the whole time he was helping her, but he never would have admitted that.  In fact in the books she comes on to him pretty strong (after this time) and he turns her down repeatedly because of his vows.  Sam says that he’s a coward, but he is one of the strongest willed people on the Wall.  He sees things in right and wrong even if his idea of what is right isn’t exactly what others would agree with.  Also Jon probably wouldn’t have talked so freely about Ygritte.  He does love her and dreams of being able to truly be with her, but is ashamed of his actions with her even though The Halfhand ordered him to do whatever it took to blend in.

Moving on to Ygritte we get to hear Tormund Giantsbane tell part of his story about sleeping with a bear. Tormund is one of my favorite characters in the books and I’m sad we didn’t get to hear the whole story.  Ygritte however interrupts him and fights with the cannibal Wildlings. More specifically the leader of the Thenns.

What the Watchlings don’t know

The Thenns in the books weren’t cannibals and although they were scary dudes they weren’t creepy like these guys.  I’m guessing that the Thenns are being used to combine all the bad things about the Wildlings and to take the place of a character named Rattleshirt.  I’m not horribly upset with this change though.  I can see the sense in consolidating.

Here is that story from Tormund since it was cut short on the show:

I was in me Ruddy Hall, with only a cask o’ mead to keep me company and nothing to do but drink it. The more I drank, the more I got thinking about this woman lived close by, a fine strong woman with the biggest pair of teats you ever saw. She had a temper on her that one, but oh, she could we warm too, and in the deep of winter a man needs his warmth.

“The more I drank, the more I thought about her, and the more I thought the harder me member got, till I couldn’t suffer it no more. Fool that I was I bundled meself up in furs from head to heels, wrapped a winding wool around me face, and set off to find her. The snow was coming down so hard I got turned around once or twice, and the wind blew right through me and froze me bones, but finally I come on her, all bundled up like I was.

“The woman had a terrible temper, and she put up quite the fight when I laid hands on her. It was all I could do to carry her home and get her out o’ them furs, but when I did, oh, she was hotter than even I remembered, and we had a fine old time, and then I went to sleep. Next morning when I woke the snow had stopped and the sun was shining, but I was in no fit state to enjoy it. All ripped and torn I was, and had me member bit right off, and there on me floor was a she-bear’s pelt. And soon enough the free folk were telling tales of this bald bear seen in the woods, with the queerest pair o’ cubs behind her. Har!” He slapped his meaty thigh. “Would that I could find her again. She was fine to lay with, that bear. Never was a woman give me such a fight, nor such strong sons neither.”

There is the theory that the “bear” he slept with was a Mormont woman, perhaps Lord Mormont’s sister. I don’t know that I buy that, but that would make for an interesting twist!

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Swap back to Sam still talking about sex. Seriously Sam I don’ t think you’re supposed to tell everyone about how you want to break your vows? OK we get it you think Gilly in all her incestuous glory is hot. But wait! I bet all of you Watchlings had forgotten about Maester Aemon told Jon Snow that before he became a Maester he was Aemon Targaryen. Don’t worry they are reinforcing that again for you.

And then all of a sudden Gilly shows up with the baby and Sam suddenly gets his courage. . .right before the Wildlings show up.

What the Watchlings don’t know

Once again Sam felt strongly about Gilly, but he didn’t flagrantly flaunt any desires to break his vows or “go with her wherever she goes.” I’m guessing they are setting up this storyline to help you out a little later with some stuff that happens. . .and stuff.  But unless they speed that part of the plot along it’ll be a while before anything develops on that front.

So Maester Aemon once again brings up his heritage, probably just to remind everyone that had forgotten it since it was first told a few seasons ago.  This is important though because The Red Woman is on the hunt for King’s blood to do spells with and Aemon comes from kings.  Also it’s important because eventually even Maester Aemon will hear about Dany and her dragons.

Enter the beginning of the Wildling battle. Now I’m not one for epic battle scenes, but the show does this really well.  It was very much reminiscent of The Battle of Helms Deep.  All we needed was an elf and a dwarf competing over the number of kills and it could have been straight from The Lord of the Rings. I’m not going to break down every bit of this battle so I’ll just hit the highlights as they come about.

What the Watchlings don’t know

Janos Slynt is being used to manipulate the Wall from King’s Landing– not very well, but that’s one of the reasons he is such an ass to Jon Snow. Janos is really a horrible human being even more so than the show makes him seem. This episode showed Ser Alliser pretty much tell Jon that the was right, but he didn’t care that he was right. Yeah him and Janos get along well.  That’s all.

Also Sam is getting braver, but not quite so brave as it looks here.  I do love that they have Sam encouraging all the brothers.  He’s the last person you’d think would lend courage to others. Finally the giants should be important later on. Know that most people thought giants extinct too so just the sight of giants attacking was disconcerting for the Black Brothers.

 

Continued death and destruction from the Wildlings– all the blood and guts you could desire. Scary giants, scary mammoths, scary Wildlings. Many people die and it’s hard to keep track of all the deaths, but 0f course there is just one death that they want to you be sure to have emotional damage about. Ygritte.

“Jon Snow, is this a proper castle now? Not just a tower?”“It is.” Jon took her hand.“Good,” she whispered. “I wanted t’ see one proper castle, before … before I …”“You’ll see hundred castles. The battle’s done. Maester Aemon will see to you. You’re kissed by fire, remember? Lucky. It will take more than an arrow to kill you. Aemon will draw it out and patch you up, and we’ll get milk of the poppy for the pain.”She just smiled at that. “D’you remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave. I told you so.”“We’ll go back to the cave,” he said.” You’re not going to die, Ygritte. You’re not.”“Oh.” Ygritte cupped his cheek with her hand. “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” she sighed, dying.”

“Jon Snow, is this a proper castle now? Not just a tower?”“It is.” Jon took her hand.“Good,” she whispered. “I wanted t’ see one proper castle, before … before I …”“You’ll see hundred castles. The battle’s done. Maester Aemon will see to you. You’re kissed by fire, remember? Lucky. It will take more than an arrow to kill you. Aemon will draw it out and patch you up, and we’ll get milk of the poppy for the pain.”She just smiled at that. “D’you remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave. I told you so.”“We’ll go back to the cave,” he said.” You’re not going to die, Ygritte. You’re not.”“Oh.” Ygritte cupped his cheek with her hand. “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” she sighed, dying.”

What the Watchlings don’t know

Jon didn’t see Ygritte die exactly like this.  He found her after the battle with an arrow through her and then worried/dreamed that he had been the one that had killed her during the battle and didn’t realize it. She did die in his arms, but it wasn’t quite so poignant as this scene.  This is one time I will say that I prefer how it was changed to how it was written.  There was closure here.  Jon saw her, felt relief at her presence even if she did look like she was about to kill him, and then got to say goodbye after she was shot. It was nice to have a good end to this love story. And by good I mean heartbreaking end, but I think everyone knew how that would end.

Sam and Jon are walking around and leading the clean up from the battle.  Then Jon announces his intentions to go and treat with Mance Rayder and try to put an end to this without more loss of life. I want to know where Ghost is? He was let out so why is he not at Jon’s side.  I would think Jon would want him by his side during this interaction with Mance.

Last comment from the episode is that the variations on the theme song were amazing.  It was dark and pulled at one’s emotions just by hearing that familiar, yet different, line of music.  Beautiful.

What the Watchlings don’t know

Ser Alliser and Janos Slynt were not present during this battle, but showed up after it was done to talk about what should have happened.  They then forced Jon Snow to go out and meet with Mance Rayder fulling assuming that Mance would kill Jon for his betrayal.  That’s the way it appears to be going until. . . something happens that I’m assuming we’ll see next week.

I love that Jon is a strong character and seems to be in control, but also miss that level of desperation that Jon felt being sent to his most certain death.

Next week will be so very very eventful.  We have a wedding to plan, a wife to kill and Guilder to frame for it.  Or maybe a peace to negotiate, a dwarf to kill and a whore to blame for it.

Boob count: 0 (! Really HBO? I’m surprised you didn’t throw in a female giant’s boob)

Major Character Death: 1 (Ygritte)

Supernatural: Do you Believe in Miracles? But. . .Dean?!

Wow.  Just wow.  They didn’t pull any punches in this episode. I’ve drug my feet a bit writing this just because I know this episode is going to be hard to watch again. I’m not going to have this post be a blow by blow of what happened in the episode, but rather talk about the big stuff, then throw out theories and mostly wallow in some emotion.

We start out with Angry Dean being pulled off of Gadreel and then Sam and Cas lock him up in the dungeon to go help Gadreel. I think even Dean at this moment realizes that something is up (after all he’s not really the type to vomit in the corner).

One very serious thing before we move on: Can you read the above GIF set and not sing “Let it Go” in your head at the end of it? If you can– consider yourself lucky– and probably childless.

Back to the episode let me just say that the raw emotion that Jensen Ackles’ conveys in this episode is heartbreaking. From the beginning when he is enlisting Crowley’s help to kill Metatron to the end when he’s, well. . .let’s not talk about that yet.

I’ve expressed my love for Gadreel before and I’m really glad that he had an ending as a character that redeemed his actions against the boys and Kevin. I’ve never thought that Gadreel would have acted as he had if he had known the whole situation. I also bought that the panic he felt being caged again in prison would have pushed him to sacrifice himself to save Castiel. Oh, and I still think Hannah is messed up.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

Now to focus on the worst thing ever in the history of anything. Dean is dead. Dead and the Winchesters have run through their “Get out of Jail Free” cards pretty quickly. Oh and Sam? You wouldn’t save Dean if he died? How many times did you say that?

Yeah I don’t think that any of us bought that Sam would sit back and let Dean die if he was hurt. And this? This was when I started crying:

I’m proud of you boys too Dean. At this moment there was no throwing things in each other’s faces, no frustration, just the love that all us fans want to see between the boys. Just. Perfection.

After all of Sam’s declarations that when they die they should just die I found it interesting that he didn’t even hesitate before saying that they would find a spell and then after Dean had died he went straight away to summon Crowley. Does he plan on making a deal? Or does he think he can just demand that Crowley saves him since Dean killed Abaddon for him? I do know that he isn’t expecting what is actually happening.

So yeah. Dean is dead and Cas finds out about it from the douchiest douche ever.  Out of all the evil angels I’ve hated Metatron the worst. Zachariah and the others KNEW they were messed up, but did what they did anyway. Even when Cas was evil Cas I still loved him. Metatron should have known better, but was horrible in the Yellow King way, or that husband that beats his wife to teach her a lesson. I can only imagine what Cas is going through sitting there, thinking Dean is dead and having Metatron brag about killing him.

That’s why it made me so happy to see Castiel outwit Metatron. Metatron, who this whole story arc has thought he was smarter, more conniving and better prepared then everyone else, got screwed by his magic Angel CB, a device that he had made to control the Angels even more than he was. The fact that Cas was able to do this was a testament to everything he’s picked up from the boys over the years. Sometimes when you can’t overpower your enemy it’s best to outsmart them. I really wish that Cas had shoved that angel blade into his throat. OK maybe not. Maybe Cas doing the right thing will show all the other angels that he really is the best little angel ever. He definitely showed more control than I would have expected. After all this is Dean we are talking about. Yes, Metatron took his Grace away, but now he’s taken Dean away from him too.  All Destiel-ness aside Dean really is special to Cas.  He’s the human  thing that has been there for Cas no matter what.

Now back to the whole Dean issue.  He’s definitely dead.  I was hoping for a last minute Angel healing or some other type of miracle, but no dice on that front.  Well and then Crowley shows up. Crowley who has never been evil for the sake of being evil, but just manipulative for his own gain. We now see how long of a game he’s been playing with Dean. This bromance just got serious.  Cause this is what happened:

Evidently after you die after you get the Mark you become a demon.  Yeah that would have been an important detail to find out Dean before taking on this thing. Cause don’t you remember that turning into a demon is kinda your worst nightmare?

I wonder how Sam is going to react to this new development. After all Sam has been in a similar– if not quite so extreme position when he was addicted to demon blood and Dean reacted like this:

I hope that Sam handles this better. I hope that Sam has learned his lesson about helping Dean instead of fighting with him. Sam does like to pick fights and whine about Dean’s decisions though. I guess we’ll find out in October.

We also have another big thing that needs to be solved quickly. Cas is dying too. He needs to get his Grace back ASAP so he doesn’t burn out and die.

The things that I will stew on between now and October:

  1. How will Dean behave now that he’s a Demon? Will he fight it or is all his humanity automatically gone? Will he be a crazy bad demon since he was a hunter for so long and so will know all the tricks?
  2. Will Sam and Cas work together to try to cure Dean? After all they’ve established that you can cure a demon.
  3. How close is Cas to death? Where is his Grace now?
  4. Will Crowley regret pushing Dean into demonhood? What if Dean takes control of Hell? He is an overachiever after all.
  5. Will God ever step back in to take control of Heaven? After all they are once again without a leader which means yet another war for power.

October can’t come quick enough.

The Lion and The Rose: The Purple Wedding

Another week and another Game of Thrones wedding.  Let’s just go ahead and say if you have not watched last night’s episode stop reading now!  As always this post will be full to the brim of spoilers so you have been warned.

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The Lovely Couple

Before we start with the wedding lovelies let’s talk about all the other random scenes that didn’t seem important now. Well at least to those who don’t know what’s coming.  The episode started out with a hunt involving The Bastard Ramsey Snow, some chick named Miranda that I for the life of me can’t place who she is or where she’s come from, Reek– the artist formally known as Theon Greyjoy and their prey– a poor, short lived girl.

We got to see the girl get chased down, shot by Miranda and then get eaten to death by Ramsey’s dogs.  The changes in Reek are very obvious in this episode.  He’s timid, beaten, and too scared to fight back.  As much as I hated Theon he never deserved all that The Bastard has done to him.

Stepping outside of the box though I just want to say the actor that plays The Bastard (Iwan Rheon) is one of my favorite actors.  He was both parts creepy and heroic on Misfits and I’m both scared and excited to see him continue with this role.  He will be one of the great villains this story needs.

Things you need to know about The Bastard:  He’s scary (yeah I know you know that).  Scary as in he scares Roose Bolton and if you can scare a man that would kill his King at a Wedding in exchange for Winterfell that’s saying something.  Also there has been a ton of torture and nastiness that you haven’t gotten to see.  He’s also about to have a wedding, at least if they stick to the books, however not as exciting a one as you’d hope.

AN DA SHEALLADH<br /><br />
[noun]<br /><br />
"the two sights," meaning normal sight, and the sight of the seer - i.e. “second sight” - the involuntary ability of seeing the future or distant events; the supposed power to perceive things that are not present to the senses.<br /><br />
Etymology: Gaelic, from the Scottish Highlands.<br /><br />
[Stanley Lau]

We also got to see Bran this go round and feel his frustration.  One thing they did show, but I don’t think explain well was what happened when Bran touched the Heart Tree.  So:

What you need to know about Bran:  when he is hooked up to the Weirwood he can see what any heart tree has seen, wherever, whenever.  There’s a lot more to it then that, but that’s why he saw his dad and all those other images.

We also see some scenes with The Red Witch and Stannis.  Stannis’ wife is gleefully watching her brother burn to death.  Needless to say there are some issues there, but mostly we are just being reminded that they still exist and stuff is about to happen there.

Now let’s move on to the hard stuff.  Cathy will join me for this part of the discussion.

I found this next set of images on Tumblr and I thought it showed more than I could explain:

This photo set speaks to a book theory that I’ll talk about at the end, but I thought it was fitting here.

How many of you cheered out loud at the end of this episode?

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“Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust. “ Cymbeline (1611), Act IV, scene 2. Song, line 262.

Cathy:

I remember throwing the book across the room when I read the Red Wedding, and I refused to continue reading for a few days. In stark contrast, never in all of literature or film have I ever been happier when a character died than when Joffrey did.

I relished in the happiness until I realized that Tyrion was going to be blamed for his death. Oddly enough, Tryion’s journey after this moment is one of my favorite character subplots. I’m very excited to see how the show portrays his journey.

Joffrey dying is going to have the same effect as Ned dying.  The storylines of the denizens of Westeros are going to be shaken up, people will be scattered across the realm, and much chaos will ensue.  I for one cannot wait.

If you’ve read the books, you know who slipped Joffrey the poison. If not, I won’t spoil it. One detail I noticed was that after Joffrey cuts the pie with the sword, the camera focuses on some dead birds in the pie. I was wondering if that was a clue that the poison in the show’s version was in the pie, not the wine as it is in the book. I’m not a stickler for keeping everything the same between show and book, if it was in the pie, then that’s a fun little change for the show. We shall see.

OK me again.  Joffery needed to die. So therefore I was worried that he therefore would live a long and happy life killing whores in his room with crossbows.  Once again I’m going to issue a warning.  If you are a watchling (aka someone who hasn’t read the books) I’d recommend you stop reading now as I’m going to throw out some theories that if you haven’t read through book 5 will ruin some things for you.

I’ll give you time to navigate away and just post this other awesome photo set:

So much emotion.  Too bad in reality Sansa is still a clueless twat.

OK back to those theories and spoilers.  We see Margaery’s grandmother go up and straighten Sansa’s necklace (which took place of the hairnet in the books) and what I didn’t notice last night, but expected was this:

Something’s missing

We see a jewel missing from Sansa’s necklace.  A jewel that is in fact the poison that kills Joffery.  My assumption?  The grandmother takes the jewel here, then passes it off to Margaery  who slips it in Joff’s cup between his drink before cutting the pie and the drink he has after his first bite.  After all Margaery is the one that takes the cup from Joff and sets it down on the table while the pie is being cut.

Ser Dontos runs off with Sansa setting her off on her next adventure.  An adventure full of just as much excitement as before.

So about what I said about the Tyrion/Sansa photoset.  It is stated in the books numerous times anytime someone is exceptionally gallant that they are like Rhaegar.  Jamie and Cersei have little honor (Jamie much more than Cersei), Tywin has absolutely no honor either.  So where does Tyrion’s honor and sense of morality come from?

In the books it’s stated that The Mad King was unduly interested in Tywin’s late wife and that Tywin resigned as Hand quickly and returned to Casterly Rock.  My thoughts?  Perhaps the Mad King raped or more likely had an affair with Tywin’s wife and Tyrion is the result of that.  The holes in this theory are that I would think that Tywin would have killed Tyrion as an infant if that was the case, but also Tywin is in it for the long game so maybe Tyrion was meant to be kept as insurance against the Targaryens.

Tyrion does talk about his fascination with dragons a lot so perhaps one of Dany’s dragons will end up being his.

What are your thoughts on my theories?  I have many many more– mostly involving Jon Snow– but we’ll get to those later.

 

 

Up next: Where is Dontos taking Sansa, what will happen to Tyrion, who else is going to die?

Join us again next week!

 

Major Character Deaths: 1

Boob Count: 0 (WHAT?!)

Supernatural: Rock and a Hard Place (That’s What She Said)

This episode had all the earmarks of being a crappy episode.  They promo’d it like it was going to be a dragon episode and in my opinion the one dragon episode was enough for forever.  It was one of my least favorite.  However, I seriously laughed, hard, numerous times during this one.  Sheriff Mills was a nice return.  I enjoyed seeing her character again as I always thought she was a down to earth dose of reality every now and then.  I did think there was something missing not having Bobby there to balance her out, but I think all of us miss having Bobby around.  Always.

OK I try to not do a play by play recap so here are the things that stuck out to me:

Why haven’t they asked Cas to read the spell yet?  They mention in the beginning of the episode that they wonder if Crowley is lying about the spell not being reversible.  How about you ask the other person that you know that can read dead languages??    If it says it’s irreversible Cas isn’t going to be any worse off than he already is and they will know for sure.  Really they don’t seem all that concerned with getting Cas’s grace back and getting the angels in heaven.  Which doesn’t make sense to me unless Zeke is purposefully distracting them.  (Don’t worry I’m coming back to our friendly parasite angel in a moment).

Also I miss Kevin. That is all.

Dean pretending to be ashamed that he wasn’t a virgin anymore was great (“I don’t think we can really unring that bell” and “So you just hit the virginity redo button and alls good with the man upstairs?”).  I thought the scene in the abstinence support group was predictable, but it was still freaking hilarious.  His enthusiasm throughout this whole episode was perfect.  I like when Dean is happy Dean instead of brooding sad Dean (don’t get me wrong, brooding is fun too).

Nothing and I mean nothing in this episode was as funny as Dean figuring out who Susie from the support group was (although the description of the engaged couple’s sex was great).  He was star struck.  His meeting her in his world was to me like me getting to meet him in the real world.  Except I wouldn’t have been so smooth.  “That scene with the tacos.”  I don’t think that even if he’d known that he was going to get locked in a dungeon he would have been able to stop himself.

They really drove home the point that Sam is still not OK.  Between the nap at the beginning, Jodi bringing up that he looked like crap and then the big bad wondering out loud how he was still alive.  Yeah I think that’s going to play a part in next week’s mid season finale.

And that brings us to Zeke (Imma call you Zeke)– he seriously freaked me out when he switched over as Dean was about to tell him what was up.  It seemed less like he was protecting Sam and more like a threat to Dean.  I can kinda see that he keeps saving people left and right and hasn’t had time to heal, but I also still worry that Zeke isn’t really healing Sam, but just being a parasite.  I won’t lie.  Next week’s preview has me thinking more and more that way.  Of course the preview for this one was misleading so maybe Zeke is holding Dean back to protect him.

Lastly, they didn’t load Jodi’s car for her or help her with the doors?  It’s not like she got stabbed by a goddess or anything.  Oh wait. . .

Over all this was a solid episode.  They moved the plot along, had a monster to defeat and still kept it funny.  Maybe next week Sam will finally figure out Zeke is in him on his own and maybe we will get to see Kevin again.  I can hope.  I do think that the feels will abound.

Castle Season 6 Premier Party

It’s very rare that I run into someone that is as obsessed as I am about. . . well just about anything.  So imagine my surprise when I saw on my Facebook newsfeed a Castle themed party that rivaled my Hunger Games party last year.  It was thrown by a friend of a friend. . ,of a friend so I totally became that stalker Facebook person that looks at all the pictures and “likes” photos that it’s somewhat creepy that she was looking at to begin with.  Since I’d already been mostly a stalker I went all out and private messaged her to get the full scoop.

The lovely lady (aka insanely huge Castle fan) is named Becky Bird and unlike me, she has been a fan since the beginning.  I didn’t stumble upon Castle until I marathoned Firefly and Serenity a couple years ago and then decided I needed more Nathan Fillion (which then led to weeks of watching Castle every chance I got).  However, it’s been the opposite for her.  She heard about Firefly on Twitter after become obsessed with Castle and watched it to see some more of Nathan Fillion (after all he’s amazing– it really is necessary to watch everything he’s in– even if it’s a Percy Jackson film).

Becky says that the promos drew her attention, but she says stuck around because of “the incredible writing, the humor, the on-screen chemistry of the cast. I love the “bromance ” of Ryan and Esposito, I especially love the blossoming romance between Castle & Beckett. The intricacy of the plots holds your attention throughout the whole show.”  I have to say I agree with her whole heartedly on all of this.  We may have approached these fandoms from opposite directions, but we both agree that this series is golden.

This is her second Castle party and has converted a bunch of people into becoming fans (which I read as harassed a bunch of people to watch it until  they caved and realized how awesome this show is– or at least that’s what I do with Supernatural).  But I have to say she does know how to throw a premier party.

Her predictions for the new season are that after Beckett accepts Castle’s proposal she will go to DC, but will eventually return to the NYPD. She will return because she misses her team at the NYPD, Castle in particular. She feels that her departure will make it somewhat uncomfortable when she comes back because they will have adapted to her not being part of the team anymore.

We will see soon enough and kudos Becky for showing me that I’m not the only one that get crazy obsessed about shows or books!

Robin Hood and Maid Marian: A Journey from Sherwood Forest to Hollywood

So I have shown you how big of a nerd I am when it comes to cosplay and that I’ve dragged my family into it too (more than once).  Therefore it shouldn’t be surprising to you to know that I’m quick to throw together a costume for my kids with the slightest provocation.  A few weeks ago my son had me come running into the living room expecting a broken bone, swarming bees, or at least a large spider.  When I got there it turns out he was just screaming because he was so excited about The Hub’s new Halloween contest and we had to enter.  Not only did we have to enter, but we needed to win because he wants that $25,000 for a new Bruder truck (evidently an expensive Bruder).

After reading all the rules I realized that of course none of the costumes that I made for Dragon*Con qualified and I would need to make something new.  After much deliberation I decided on doing Robin Hood and Maid Marian.  Not the Disney version so much as the Errol Flynn.

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While I was making it I had to continually show Langley pictures of this Robin Hood to let him know that it was OK that he wasn’t wearing green from head to foot (once again he stressed me the importance of winning).  What do you think?

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Doesn’t he look like a stunning Robin Hood?  The boots and bow are from Amazon, the white undershirt and pants from Target, but the arm guards, vest, green undershirt, hat and quiver I made.  It is very loosely based on Simplicity pattern 5520, but I made many many changes and additions to it.  The hat I made just messing around and the quiver is a wine gift box covered in fake leather.  I was really happy with the results.

Now on to Gillian’s.  Her Maid Marian is 100% Simplicity pattern 5520.  Well by 100% I mean 95%– I added a gold circlet crown, made the arm bands wider and made it a little more fitted (but it is somewhat adjustable so it will fit her as she grows).  She picked out the fabric so it’s a little gaudier than I was looking for, but she loves it.  And by she loves it I mean that she would wear it every second of every day if I let her.  Which It wouldn’t surprise me if we made a few Target runs in it.  Whatever.  I spent that much time making it, I should let her get as much wear out of it as possible.

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I don’t have to WIN to make Langley happy, I just need to get to Hollywood.  That means I just have to be better than everyone else in Tennessee.  I don’t know that mine is better than everyone’s over all, but I really really hope that no one else in the Volunteer State put this much time or effort into their costumes.  The Hub’s website lets you view the other entrant’s costumes and I would say that perhaps only 15 or so are this fabulous, so here’s hoping that all of those people are good Midwestern folk.  Or perhaps Yankees.  Either is fine with me.  I have my fingers crossed and have a feeling that if we don’t make it to the semi-finals that I might be buying a broken hearted boy that new Bruder truck he’s been wanting.

Our submission

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Become A Star For A Day

DragonCon is over.  Another year of costuming, staying up too late, getting up too early, exposing my son to something that is somehow both awesome and inappropriate at the same time, and what is most amazing: feeling like a star.

I had someone ask me why do this.  Not just why I go (even though I think that they had doubts about that as well), but why I spent so much time and money on making costumes for this event.  At the time I didn’t really know the answer.  After seeing the amazing creations last year I thought that I had the ability  to create something amazing so I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.  That may have been my reason for starting, but I know my reason (and I think other’s reason) to continue.  It was amazing to have people stop me in the halls and ask for my photo.  It’s what I would imagine being famous feels like, except at the end of the day I got to shower and turn into myself again.

OK so Steampunk Supernatural went over well.  I had more people “get” it than I thought I would (I think a whopping 10 people that didn’t have to ask who we were– which was about 8 more than I expected) and had a lot of compliments just on the general awesomeness of it.  I got recognized by someone who reads my Tumblr which made my day and then I also got to do a CNN photo shoot about rule 63.

However, it wasn’t until I was dressed as Snow White that I began to feel the awesomeness.  No explanation was needed here.  In a sea of Ariels, Auroras, Tinkerbells and Cinderellas it was easy to stand out of the crowd.  It took me twice as long to get anywhere, I got called the wrong princess’ name numerous times, but I loved every second.  While on the Walk of Fame I even had “Once Upon a Time” star Raphael Sbarge ask ME for a picture!  Yeah that was pretty awesome.

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When I walked by small children I could hear there excited whispers and I watched them gather the courage to talk to me.  It truly was magical.  To them I was  Snow White just like for my son every Spider-Man or Captain America we passed was, in his eyes, THE superhero.   It’s an amazing feeling and I can see why people go to numerous cons a year and spend thousands on costumes.  Do I think it’s as competitive as “Hero’s of Cosplay” portrays it– no, not for the average congoer, but it’s crazy the things people can construct. create and imagine that makes cosplay special.

So if you still don’t understand why I recommend you hit up the nearest con (a larger one to guarantee that you’ll get to see some awesome costumes) and do some people watching.  Maybe you’ll get it then.

Check out some of the highlights of my weekend: