GAME OF THRONES 6.02 Recap: Changes in Leadership

 

After what we witnessed last Sunday, I walk cautiously into this week’s GAME OF THRONES.  For an avid reader of the books, I feel as if I’m without my safety net and, probably for the first time watching the show (other than the time Stannis had Shireen burned at the stake), I have no idea what is going to happen next.  I must say it is a bit exciting.

We start our GAME OF THRONES adventure tonight with an old face, Bran, whom we haven’t seen since Season 4.  He is having a vision, flashing back to a young Ned, Benjen and Lyanna, all happy and at home.  We also see a young Hodor, whose real name is Willis, and he talks!

King’s Landing

A drunk in a bar cracking jokes about seeing Cersei naked gets his head smashed into the wall by the new, bigger and badder Mountain.  Cersei tries to leave to go to Myrcella’s funeral but learned that Tommen has ordered her not to leave the Red Keep and has guards posted outside of the door.

At the sept, Jaime encourages Tommen to go see Cersei.  As he leaves, the High Sparrow comes in.  Jaime and the High Sparrow have words, in which Jaime threatens him.  His “flock” floods the sept for protection.

Tommen visits Cersei and apologizes for not coming to see her.  He begs for her help in making him strong, to take back their kingdom.

Meereen

Varys, Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei have a talk about the burning harbor and how the nearby cities have returned to the Masters.  Tyrion suggests releasing the dragons or they will waste away, as they have quit eating since Daenerys has gone missing.

Tyrion enters the underground tomb where the dragons are kept while Varys waits petrified by the iron door.  Tyrion approaches them cautiously, soothingly talks to them, and releases their neck chains.

Braavos

The girl with no name arrives again to beat up on Arya, who has not learned how to fight with her ears yet.  Jaqen H’ghar arrives and tries to trick Arya into saying her name, of which she adamantly insists she has no name.  Jaqen tells her to come along as she is no longer a beggar.

In the Woods

Brienne tells Sansa about seeing Arya and how she lost track of her.  Brienne asks what happened at Winterfell, but all Sansa says is that she should have went with Brienne the first time.  Theon tells Sansa he is not coming with them to The Wall, he does not deserve forgiveness from her or Jon for the things he has done.  He tells Sansa he plans on going home.

The Iron Islands

And here’s somewhere we haven’t seen since Season 3 (maybe 4) of GAME OF THRONES, the Iron Islands! Balon and Yara argue about the war around them.  He storms out of the room and crosses the billowing, unstable bridge in the pouring storm.  Balon’s brother, Euron, is at the other end of the bridge refusing to let him pass.  They fight and Balon falls from the bridge.

At Balon’s funeral/passing out to the see, Balon’s other brother, the Dampair, tells Yara that her ruling the Iron Islands is not set in stone, that there will be a kingsmoot, as is the old ways.

Roose and Ramsay

Father and son plot about taking the North.  It is mentioned that Jon Snow is a Stark and Ramsay suggests they go to the Wall and kill Jon Snow.  A servant comes in and announces that Lady Walda has had her baby, a boy.  Ramsay reluctantly walks over to hug and congratulate Roose, then he stabs Roose in the stomach.  He tells the servant to spread the word that Roose is dead, poisoned by their enemies.

Ramsay sends for Lady Walda and her baby.  He tells her he is going to escort her to Roose, but he instead leads her and the baby into the dog kennels and opens the kennels.  The dogs attack and kill them as Ramsay watches.

The Wall

Alliser knocks at the door telling Davos it is time to decide.  He has his men break down the door and all prepare to fight.  Just as the door caves, the front Wall entrance caves with the help of a giant and a bunch of angry wildlings, lead by Tollett and Tormund.  The Night’s Watch lay down their armor and surrender.

Later, Davos visits Melisandre in her room (and thankfully she is back to being young).  Melisandre stares into her fire, looking despondent and depressed about her visions lying to her.  Davos flat out asks her if she knows of any magic to bring Jon Snow back to life.  She mentions a red priest (I’m guessing Thoros) whom she had seen do this impossible feat, but she tells Davos she cannot.  He begs her to try.

Melisandre, watched by Tormund, Davos, and Tollett, performs a ritual on Jon’s body.  Nothing happens and everyone slowly, dejectedly, leaves the room one by one.  When everyone is gone, Ghost suddenly springs up and Jon’s eyes open as he gasps for breath.

My Thoughts

I knew he wasn’t dead!  I refused to give up hope and went about my life in complete and utter denial, would not listen all of the constant ramblings that he was dead.  This should get very interesting now.  Since he died, he’s not officially a crow anymore, right?

The whole Ramsay killing Roose took me completely by surprise, as well.  At first, I thought Roose stabbed Ramsay, which had my mouth start dropping, and then I saw it was Roose that fell and wow…that was all I could say.  I expected Ramsay to kill Walda and her baby, but not his father!  Dare I say we will have a much anticipated Jon/Ramsay fight to the death?

Don’t miss the next episode of GAME OF THRONES on May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Premiere Recap: Is Jon Snow Dead?

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As we reenter the expansive world of GAME OF THRONES, the burning question on everyone’s mind is:  Is Jon Snow truly dead?  Will we find out tonight during the first episode that is aptly named The Red Woman (playing on our hopes that Melisandre returned to The Wall to bring Jon back)?  We shall see.

We start our GAME OF THRONES adventure tonight off, of course, at The Wall, on Jon Snow’s dead body lying on the ground with Ghost howling in the background.

The Wall

Davos and Jon’s loyal friends take him inside and place him on table.  They know that Alliser is to blame and vow to fight.  Melisandre shows up, seems to be unhinged as she tells Davos she saw Jon in her flames at Winterfell fighting.  Tollett leaves to find help in avenging Jon.

There is an uproar in the mess hall as Alliser tells everyone Jon Snow is dead and he killed him.  Later, Alliser has guards posted all over as he knocks on Davos’ door.  Alliser promises amnesty to anyone who lays down their arms before nightfall.  The other men want to lay down arms, but Davos believes they can use Melisandre in their fight.

That night, Melisandre is alone in her chambers.  She approaches her mirror and disrobes, looking very sad as she also takes off her necklace.  Apparently, the necklace kept her young because as we see her again without the necklace, she is a very ancient woman, with sparse, thin white hair.  She turns away from the mirror and hobbles naked to the bed.

Ramsey

Ramsey seems almost remorseful standing over the body of his friend Myranda, whom Sansa and Theon had killed when they escaped.

When Ramsay leaves, telling the guard to feed Myranda’s body to the hounds, Roose and Ramsay talk about the death of Stannis.  Roose urges Ramsay to find Sansa so that they can have the support of the North.

Sansa and Theon

Running through the snow-covered woods, sounds of the hounds in the background, Sansa and Theon come to a raging, freezing river.  They cross and take shelter under a tree.  Theon holds Sansa to try to warm her.  The hounds start again, sounding closer.  Theon leaves to lure hounds away, telling Sansa to go north to Jon.  Sansa doesn’t leave and the men/hounds find her under the tree.  Brienne rides up with Podrick and saves them.  Brienne swears her fealty to Sansa, who accepts.

King’s Landing

Cercei learns of a ship coming in from Dorne and happily runs to the pier.  Her face crumbles as she sees a forlorn Jaime standing at the bow of the ship.  Inside her rooms, Cercei reminisces about Myrcella and remembers the witch’s prophecy of her children.  Jaime promises vengeance

We next see Margaery in her cell, being read Bible passages from one of the sisters.  The High Sparrow enters and encourages Margaery to confess.

Dorne

On the other side of our GAME OF THRONES world, Ellaria is walking with Doran Martell, reminiscing about Oberyn.  Doran receives the message about Myrcella being dead.  One of the Sand Snakes kills the guards as Ellaria stabs Doran in the chest.  Trystane gets a visit from the other two Sand Snakes, who kill him as well.

Tyrion and Varys

Walking through the streets dressed as commoners talking about the Sons of the Harpy, they notice a large group of people running.  They walk that way and see that all of the ships in the harbor are burning.

Mormont and Daario

Riding through the country looking for signs of Daenerys, Mormont and Daario find charred remains of animals, believing they are close to Drogon’s lair.  We see that Mormont still has the mark of greyscale on his wrist.  As they come across land that they believe a large army had been through, Mormont finds the ring that Daenerys had intentionally dropped.  He tells Daario that the Dothraki have her.

Dothraki Army

Marching Daenerys, whipping her as a slave.  She is brought before the Khal of the tribe.  She stands up to him and is not intimidated.  She tells him she was the Khalessi of Khal Drogo.  He is surprised and he unties her hands, promising that no man will touch or harm her.  She asks to be transported back to Meereen, but he informs her that she will be taken to Vaes Dothrak where widowed Khaleesis  must go.

Arya

We see a blind Arya on the steps in Braavos, listening intently to the people talking around her.  The other girl, “no one,” at the House of Black and White taunts her, gives her a stick and tells her to fight.  Arya loses and the girl walks away, promising to see her the next day.

My Thoughts

I completely wasn’t expecting the whole Melisandre turn at the end, and I realize now that it kind of overshadowed my anxiety over Jon Snow.  It appears that Jon Snow truly is dead and that even Melisandre was not able to revive him.  It also appears that Melisandre is some kind of witch (and not at all the red rapture beauty without that necklace on!).

The whole episode was one of loss and mourning.  It had a very dark, forlorn feeling to it, in every moment, every frame.  I am beginning to expect the end is near for a lot of our beloved characters.

Don’t miss the next episode of GAME OF THRONES on April 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES, VEEP and SILICON VALLEY

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HBO has renewed three of its long-running shows — GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP for 2017, all of which are returning for their upcoming seasons soon.

At this time, GAME OF THRONES begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

SILICON VALLEY, meanwhile, is returning for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.).

Finally, comedy series VEEP kicks off its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.).

HBO Announces Premiere Dates for BALLERS, THE NIGHT OF and VICE PRINCIPALS

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HBO has announced premiere dates for its upcoming summer series — limited series THE NIGHT OF, sophomore show BALLERS and the new series VICE PRINCIPALS.

THE NIGHT OF, an eight-part limited series created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, debuts Sunday, July 10 10 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other hour-long episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, and directed by Zaillian from teleplays by Price and Zaillian, THE NIGHT OF delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.

BALLERS returns for its ten-episode second season Sunday, July 17 (10:00-10:30p.m.).

VICE PRINCIPALS kicks off its nine-episode season Sunday, July 17 (10:30-11:00p.m.). Created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, who also created EASTBOUND & DOWN, this dark comedy series tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals. McBride and Walton Goggins star as the two administrators, who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.

 

GAME OF THRONES Sneak Peek: The Battle Over Jon Snow’s Body

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HBO wants you to know that Jon Snow is dead on GAME OF THRONES. In a recent press release for the sixth season, the synopsis for the premiere begins with the words “Jon Snow is dead”. Now, whether that means he won’t be coming back is another story, but until that happens (if it does), there’s a battle taking place over his body.

Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, went on CONAN last night to talk about the upcoming season. He makes it very clear how seriously HBO and George R.R. Martin take their spoilers (he jokingly says he will be taken out by a sniper if he reveals a secret and Conan could be taken out too just for asking). And then he introduces a clip from the season premiere. In the video, Davos grabs Snow’s sword and then tells a group of Brothers in Black that he’s never been much of a fighter so “apologies for what you’re about to see.” Moments later, we see others trying to break into the chamber.

For a peek of what everyone else is up to in season 6, watch the full length trailer.

GAME OF THRONES returns for its sixth season on Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.

HBO to Air Mini-Series THE NIGHT OF this Summer

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The eight-part limited series production THE NIGHT OF, created by Steven Zaillian (AMERICAN GANGSTER) and Richard Price (THE WIRE), will debut this summer, HBO announced.

John Turturro (FADING GIGOLO) and Riz Ahmed (NIGHTCRAWLER) star in the series, directed by Steven Zaillian, which “delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.”

Related: HBO announces premiere dates for THE NIGHT OF, BALLERS & VICE PRINCIPALS

The ensemble cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, Ben Shenkman, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler, Chip Zien and Max Casella.

THE NIGHT OF was filmed in and around Manhattan; based on the BBC series “Criminal Justice,” created by Peter Moffat.

Snow Me the Money! HBO Releases the GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Trailer

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After months of build-up, anticipation and hype, HBO has finally released the official trailer for GAME OF THRONES sixth season. Littered with lines like “Everything they’ve taken from us we’re going to take back,” “All of it was a lie,” and “We can overthrow an Empire,” the one minute and forty-two second trailer is chock-full of moments that will have you asking, Where is Jon Snow! “Is it April 24th yet?” But hey, don’t take our word for it, see for yourself below.

CONFIRMATION: Kerry Washington Stands Alone in HBO’s New Film

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Kerry Washington stars as Anita Hill in HBO’s CONFIRMATION, a TV film about the 1991 Washington, D.C. sexual harassment scandal.

CONFIRMATION centers on the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Hill of sexual harassment. Thomas denied the claims emphatically, while Hill appeared on television to insist that she was telling the truth.

In addition to Washington, the film also stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson, Eric Stonestreet,  Jeffrey Wright, Alison Wright, Dylan Baker, Erika Christensen, Kimberly Elise, Malcolm Gets, Grace Gummer, Bill Irwin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Peter McRobbie and Treat Williams.

CONFIRMATION will air on  April 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO

VINYL Renewed by HBO

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HBO has given a second season order to VINYL, the new series by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese. VINYL takes a look at the sex- and drug-addled music business of the early 1970s and stars Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record label president who is trying to save his company.

VINYL kicked off its ten-episode first season Sunday, February 14 with a two-hour pilot directed by Scorsese, from a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras, and story by Rich Cohen & Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.

VINYL airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES: HBO Releases Photos from Season 6

HBO has released a slew of photos from season 6 of GAME OF THRONES, which is returning in April.

A few things can be gleamed from these photos — including the fact that Myrcella Baratheon is confirmed dead (her body is seen in a photo below). In addition, Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy are both alive after jumping off a castle wall in the season 5 finale. And Arya? She’s still blind.

You can also see that Dany doesn’t seem to be doing well, while the Three-Eyed Raven is speaking to Bran Stark.

GAME OF THRONES returns for its sixth season on Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Canada.

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