Sunday night HBO aired the Game of Thrones episode titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” to a wash of controversy on the continued violence against women in the show. The audience is taken down a dark path as Sansa experiences first hand the disgusting truth about Ramsay and the depravity of House Bolton. With a history of problematic depictions of incest, rape and infanticide (to name a few), has your favorite television program finally gone too far? Major spoilers, and possible trigger warnings for sexual assault after the jump. Keep it classy internet, these are tough times in Westeros. (more…)
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Maidens of Westerous get ready to swoon, the Halfman is about to pick up the mic and let loose with some rocking crooning. To help the comedy fundraiser Red Nose Day, Peter Dinklage teamed up with Coldplay to deliver the best musical Game of Thrones wrap up ever put to music. (more…)
The sixth episode of Game of Thrones season five takes the viewer on a wild ride across Braavos, Dorne, Volantis, Kings Landing and Winterfell – there is literally action in every corner of the known world! Arya begins to learn how the game is played, Tyrion Lannister starts to bond with his captor Jorah Mormont, Dorne explodes with competing attempts to capture Princess Marcella, and the Faith has all but put House Tyrell in checkmate thanks in no small part to the Queen Mother. Oh, and then there’s Sansa (face palm, shakes head) – tons of horrible shit after the jump. (more…)
The fifth episode of Game of Thrones season five is a bittersweet departure for longtime fans of the show that have been resting on their Song of Ice and Fire book knowledge. All of sudden everyone who saw the Red Wedding coming two seasons ahead are finding themselves actually surprised! This of course makes those same viewers realize just how much this show is all about set-up, and payoff. In this episode we see Daenarys Targaryen dole out justice to Yezzan and the Yunkish noble houses, Jon Snow make some surprising decisions regarding his wildling prisoners, and Tyrion Lannister realize just how far away from home he is. Major spoilers and fan theories after the jump! (more…)
Doctor Who is currently filming its second season with Peter Capaldi as the good Doctor. Joining him for an episode or perhaps two is Game of Thrones fan favorite Maisie Williams. When this bit of casting was first announced, there was no word on what type of character Williams would play, but now thanks to some new on set pictures and video, we’ve got a much better idea. (more…)
The fourth episode of Game of Thrones season five is like a pressure cooker of budding conflicts across the map. Kings Landing is knee deep in political warfare as Cersei stacks her house of cards, Stanis Baratheon’s armies prepare to march against Winterfell, and the Dornish plot a war to avenge the death of their beloved Red Viper. Meereen is facing a threat from within, yet somehow Khalessi finds time to give a riveting interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Want to know what her favorite food is? Major spoilers after the jump! (more…)
The third episode of Game of Thrones season five wrestles with complex notions of religion, power, spirituality, virtue, and service. The titular plot is the introduction of the High Sparrow (also the name of this week’s episode), whose story is about returning the Faith of the Seven to a devout and holy state in King’s Landing, and bringing penance to the sinners of the Seven Kingdoms. If all this is true, why the hell would Twin of The Year Winner Cersei Lannister align with them? Forget Bruce Jenner, someone tell Diane Sawyer to interview Cersei! (more…)
It’s time to haul out the lanyards and dust off those comfy easy walking shoes because comic convention season is officially in full swing and just this past weekend one of the premiere events in Canada celebrated a milestone. The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo celebrated its 10th anniversary with an amazing line-up of guests and exhibitors for a record shattering 102,000 faithful fans.
First up, since many of you do not reside in the great white north, if you’ve never attended a Canadian con, you are really missing out. Just remember most of your favorite TV shows and movies are made north of the wall, and once again the Calgary Expo proved to be a fantastic place to celebrate this whole nerd/geek/pop-culture universe that we all live in and love.
What follows is a whirlwind overview of an amazing weekend. (more…)
The second episode of Game of Thrones season five picks up some familiar story lines from last year, most notably Arya Stark’s journey across the narrow sea to the House of Black & White (also the title for this week’s episode). Thematically it sets the tone for the entire episode, presenting characters throughout the story with seemingly dichotomous plot options – do you take one path or another? By virtue of this storytelling device, it also highlights the road often travelled in our favorite HBO program, the morally ambiguous grey path where incest, feticide, and most other concepts of right and wrong are so often blurred and thrown out the window. Oh G.R.R. Martin, what exactly happened to you as a child? (more…)
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