The Climb

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After last week’s crossover with The Flash, Arrow might be more than a little amped up and energized, but in the face of the midseason finale the show had a lot of work to do to get back on track. A number of provocative pieces were laid out in the first couple of episodes of the season, and it all seemed to get buried under secret origins, crossovers, DC Comics Easter Egg hunting and turning Laurel Lance into the Black Canary. But what about Sara’s murder? Or the coming vengeance of Ra’s al Ghul? Or the fact that Quentin Lance is in the dark about his youngest daughter’s death? Or the game Malcolm Merlyn is playing, and how much Oliver’s sister Thea knows and/or is a part of it? Most importantly though is just what the heck does all this pointless meandering around Hong Kong have to do with anything?* (*Just kidding, it’s entirely pointless.) (more…)

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When it comes to book adaptations, HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the best. The first season was basically flawless, and even in the second and now third season the changes from the source material have been minimal. More often than not any changes the show employ are for the audiences’ benefit, usually by condensing characters and sometimes plots. And I mean, hey, if you wanted the full, rich experience that is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, you’d have read or are reading the books.

As the third season moves along there’s only going to be more and more of those condensed characters and plots. We already mentioned a fan favorite, Strong Belwas, won’t be appearing due to Barristan Semly’s reappearance story line getting condensed, and now with these new episode synopses from Spoiler TV hint at more of the same.

Spoilers for the television series as well as the books below the cut, but, I’m sure you already put that together.

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