Rewind the Realm: Season 2, “The North Remembers”

Hello all you bastards stabbed at your mother’s breasts, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! I took a bit of a hiatus due to the emotional fallout of Avengers: Infinity War, but I’m back for more psychological trauma! Why do so many of the things I enjoy cause me such pain? No time for evaluation, I have a show to talk about. Let’s Go!

Robb of War 3: Robb, with a Vengeance

Robb whips his big floppy dick out in front of the captive Jaime Lannister and dares him to suck it. Jaime tries to act cool but you can tell he’s impressed. He reveals that he received Stannis’s letter about all the gross incest he and Cersei have been up to and deduces that this is why Bran was pushed and Ned was killed. Then he monologues about his plans for getting Sansa and Arya back and gaining Northern Independence by using Jaime as a bargaining chip. Then he lets Grey Wind get real close to biting off Jaime’s face. It’s a baller move and even Jaime respects it.

Then he decides to trust Theon despite Theon looking the way he does, and sends him to treat with his father Balon. Then he tells Cat to go treat with that vile traitor Renly to negotiate an alliance. Cat tells him he’s doin good but not to trust Balon. We the audience know just how correct she is. Tears are shed for future tragedy.

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The face of a man who can tooootally be trusted

On Dragonstone

We’re fiiiiiiiinally introduced to Iron Man himself, Stannis Baratheon and his red witch Melisandre. More importantly we’re introduced to the suavest man in the West, Davos Seaworth.

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Don’t mind me, I’m just bein’ sexy

Stannis, being a curmudgeonly old bastard is curmudgeoning all over the place about life. He’s pissed off cus he’s the rightful king and nobody will accept him as such. He writes the letters about Lannicestgate and sends them out to everyone in the kingdom, inadvertently coining the term “spilling the tea.” Then he refuses to seek an alliance with Robb or Renly, despite the obvious advantages of doing so. Davos tries to talk him straight but he won’t listen. See: curmudgeoning.

Instead, he lets Melisandre burn all the statues of the Seven on the island and then burn a bunch of loyalists alive. Cus…strategy? Stannis isn’t really good at this whole king thing.

Stannis’s Maester Cressen doesn’t like Melly Sandy for obvious reasons and tries to poison her. But she drinks that poison like the bad bitch she is and doesn’t even flinch. Cressen poisons himself and dies. Melly pours one out for him and goes about her business. Like. A. Boss. I may not agree with or like Melisandre, but the witch is fabulous and she knows it. Respect.

Melly’s presence is here to let us know that just because dragons can kill White Walkers, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a better alternative. Fire kills as easily as ice.

Various Locations That Don’t Warrant Their Own Section

Bran has a dream about being a wolf and goes to the Godswood with Osha. Osha tries to ask about his dreams but he’s all sulky. They see the red comet in the sky and Bran says some people say it’s an omen for victory for Robb. Somehow Osha knows it means dragons are back. This is never explored again.

Beyond the Wall, the Night’s Watch stop at Craster’s Disgusting Incest House. He mocks Jon in ways that seem like foreshadowing but really aren’t. Jeor tells Jon to stay cool cus that’s what leaders do.

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Icky!

In Essos Dany is leading the remainder of her Khalasar across the Red Wastes, Moses style. Horses are dying, people are dying, the dragons refuse to eat meat. Everything’s bad. She sends three Blood Riders in different directions to search for refuge. Jorah stares at Dany a lot and it’s reeeeeeeeeeeeeeal creepy.

The Reign of Joffrey the Cruel

Joffrey kicks off his reign in style by ordering the execution of a drunk knight at his nameday celebration. Sansa, being way better at diplomacy than so many people give her credit for, convinces him to spare his life and make him a fool instead. The Hound swoops in with an assist to make it happen, but it’s all because Sansa was smart and bold at just the right time. I will fight anyone who wants to talk shit about Sansa.

 

Anyway Tyrion arrives with the letter declaring him Hand of the King and Cersei shits her pants on the spot. He placates her by saying he’ll only be advising, then proceeds to unleash a sick burn when he finds out that she let Arya slip away, all but blaming her if Jaime dies.

Joffrey then confronts Cersei about Stannis’s letter cus even Joffrey is grossed out by incest. Then he has all of Robert’s bastards murdered, even the babies. It never outright says who ordered them to be killed. But we all know. The City Watch finds out that one bastard escaped with Yoren and is headed to the Wall. They find this out by torturing Tobho Mott. Literally the only smith capable of working on Valyrian Steel. In the World.

This doesn’t happen in the book because nobody would be stupid enough to torture the only smith capable of fixing your magic swords. Joffrey is not off to a good start.

And so Season 2 begins! I’m not doing the body count for this episode because it’s too depressing. I’m already depressed from Infinity War and YOU CAN’T MAKE ME. The show is still compelling, Stannis hasn’t yet been ruined, Robb is runnin’ things. Life’s good for now. I’m sure it’ll stay that way forever. See ya next week!

Probably.

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Fire and Blood”

Hello all you psychic projections of your dead parent’s ghosts and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! We’ve made it to the end of Season 1 somehow, though Ned’s death still stings. And always will. The final episode of the seasons always have a delicate balance to maintain. They have to push the story forward just enough to be satisfying, but also hold back enough to make people want to see the next season. That’s not really a problem for this season of course because this season ends with MOTHERFUGGIN DRAGONS! Nothin’ gets a fantasy fan frothy quite like dragons! But we’ll get to that. We have other stuff to cover first.

In Winterfell

Psychic boy Bran has a dream about his dead ass dad and has Osha carry him down into the crypts. They find other psychic boy Rickon down there already with Shaggydog because he also had a dream about Ned. Then they find out Ned died. And nobody ever brings up the fact that they’re obviously psychic again. Maester Luwin is a putz. But he’s got serious eyebrow game.

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You know it bisch

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Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Baelor”

Hello all you nameless soldiers in an endless war and welcome back to Recap the Realm! We’re at episode 9, an episode number that never bodes well in this show, as we’ll come to find. This tends to be where the BIG DRAMATIC EVENT of the seasons occurs and it all started here with perhaps the BIGGEST DRAMATIC EVENT of the show’s entire run. Also this is when my Body Count Tracker of Ultimate Sadness ™ is going to become very difficult to update! So that’ll be fun.

Let’s go!

At the Lannister Camp

Tyrion (correctly) assumes that Tywin is trying to get him killed by putting him and the hill tribes in the vanguard. There’s a tactical reason for Tywin’s decision here but it’s still a flimsy justification for him trying to get rid of Tyrion. Tywin’s so dumb. I don’t understand everyone in Westeros considers him such a tactical genius. He’s basically just Zapp Brannigan, sending endless waves of soldiers to die until his enemies are too overwhelmed by dead bodies to fight. Fuck Tywin. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Baelor””

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “The Pointy End”

Hello all you rebellious blood riders and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! We’re coming to the end of season 1 now and everyone is quickly rushing toward war because they can’t keep their goddamn white privilege in check. Detective Ned, having been betrayed by the skeevy criminal he made an alliance with, sits in jail plotting his next move when he’s met by an unexpected ally. And Jon Snow…Jon Snows. This is the first episode written by Mr. George “Har Har” Martin himself and it shows. It’s primo stuff.
Also I forgot to add Robert to the body count last time!
So, RIP Bobby B. Body count: 22

Now let’s get on with the recappin!

In the Vale

Catelyn’s pissed. She found out about Ned being arrested and asks why Lysa didn’t tell her, since she knew already. Lysa basically says she didn’t tell her because she didn’t feel like it. So Catelyn asks for help from the knights of the vale. Lysa refuses because she’s the worst and, despite being a major part of why the Lannisters and Starks are going to war, she doesn’t believe war is in the Vale’s best interest. And she wants to protect her weirdo son. Lysa is the worst. Catelyn leaves the Eyrie because of all this bullshit.

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Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “You Win or You Die”

Hello all you field dressed stags, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm where it is my TERRIBLE DESTINY to recap all the tragedies, triumphs, and downright irritating narrative choices of this, my favorite show. In last week’s episode Detective Ned had finally cracked the case and was going to confront Mayor Bobby with the knowledge of his wife’s betrayal, only to be waylaid by Sheriff Jaime and laid low by one of his deputies. Sorry for the mixed metaphors. This week we finally meet one of the most important (and overrated) players in the Game. But will Detective Ned survive to see justice done? Or will those wily Lannisters slip through his grasp? Let’s find out!

Jaime on the Run

Jaime, having fled from King’s Landing, goes crying to his daddy. He makes his way through a Lannister camp that is clearly already preparing for war, because Tywin has been looking for any excuse to kill some folks pretty much his entire life. Remember, this is a man whose concept of justice involves trapping the entire population of a city in a cave and flooding it, drowning every single person. How has no one called him on his shit yet? Seriously. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “You Win or You Die””

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “A Golden Crown”

Hello you BLOODY SAVAGES and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! Shit’s gettin’ good guys. I often forget how much I love the earlier seasons of this show and I’m worried how that’s going to affect my view of the later seasons when I watch them in such close proximity. No time to worry about that now though cus we have shit to do!

In the Eyrie

Tyrion wakes up in the sky cell, having almost fallen to his death. He’s cross, as one might expect. Those sky cells are fucked up. But I can’t help but wish I could spend like a night or two in one, just in case the stress and possibility of death would grant me superpowers. As tends to happen. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “A Golden Crown””

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “The Wolf and the Lion”

Hello all you Hill Tribesman, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! There’s tons of excitement to be found this week as we have duels and dicks and dastardly schemes galore! Remember last week when I said episode 5 is usually a climax? Well, we’ve got a big one this week as Ned and Jaime finally throw down, Varys and Littlefinger flirt, and #dickwatch finally bears (disgusting) fruit!


In Winterfell

Bran is doing some lessons with Maester Luwin while they watch Theon practice archery which seems…cruel. Luwin knows how much Bran wants to be a knight; why would he make him watch people practice knightly things? He should know Bran’s gonna be distracted, especially cus he’s already moody about Catelyn leaving. Yeah, Luwin eventually says Bran can learn horseback archery like the the Dothraki, but he lets him suffer for a long time before that. And Theon’s bein gross and talking about his “lovemaking” skills in front of Bran. Shut up Theon. Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “The Wolf and the Lion””

Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”

Hello all you simpering princes in a far-off land, and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! Due to circumstances both foreseen and unforeseen, I had to put this series on hold for a few weeks. But don’t worry, it was for good reason. We got a puppy! She’s adorable and everyone loves her, especially you! But I’m back and ready to run this show into the ground! In this episode: Ned plays Sam Spade some more, Arya smiles for the last time in her poor life, Sansa fails to grasp how much she needs her family, Viserys gets his ass kicked, and Sam just…oh Sam. Let’s do this! Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things””

Observations on Harry Potter: The Rest of ‘Em

Hello all you Mugwumps and Members of the Order of Merlin! I’m back to give my final thoughts on Harry Potter, post re-read. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it – not that I didn’t like Harry Potter before but I’ve lived under the idea for years now that it’s overall just okay and, with the exception of Order of the Phoenix, took a sharp dive in quality after the third book. I was wrong. I still don’t like Goblet of Fire but man the last two books were way better than I remembered! And way better than the movies make them out to be. Of course, they would have been even better if it had been the Luna Lovegood series. Harry could be a background character. Ron could…not exist. Life would be better.

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Rewind the Realm: Season 1, “Lord Snow”

Hello all you snarks and grumpkins and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! This week’s entry was delayed a few days because REASONS NOW STOP ASKING QUESTIONS! In this episode Ned arrives and King’s Landing, Littlefinger pretends to be British, and Viserys gets a smack down. It’s good stuff. This is one of those episodes that basically just copies straight from the book which means it’s one of the stronger episodes. Plus we get a cameo from our good friend boobs. HBO loves boobs. Littlefinger loves boobs. The audience loves boobs! It’s a win for everyone. But with all these boobs on screen I can’t help but feel like we need to balance things out. #wheresthedick HBO? We’re officially on #dickwatch everyone. I’m sure this will be a great use of my and your time.

We start with Ned arriving at King’s Landing and giving some serious side eye to a guy who suggests he dress “more appropriately.” You don’t insult a Northman’s fashion, dude. That’s Rule #1. Rule #2 is Winter is Coming. Get this shit right. We get a great shot of Jaime posing in front of the throne like a damn fashion model and then he and Ned have a real aggro conversation where I can’t help but feel a little exhausted. Jaime, don’t throw the death of his family in Ned’s face and then pretend like you were getting justice for them; Ned, let Jaime tell you the reason he killed Aerys. Somehow I feel like you’d approve. I wish these guys would just have a civil conversation.

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I’m too busy being handsome

Ned sasses the Small Council for a bit and they all act like he’s an idiot for being worried the crown is 6 MILLION DRAGONS IN DEBT. I’m pretty sure 6 million wasn’t even a number that was used in Medieval times. They’d just say like 60 thousand thousand. Because that much money didn’t even exist. Probably. I’m not a damn medieval scholar. Point is, why wouldn’t he be concerned about this? And why does he drop it so easily?? Ned! Buddy! Littlefinger is the Master of Coin, it’s literally his job to keep this exact thing from happening. Why do you trust him later? I don’t care how much you love Cat, Littlefinger’s obviously up to some shit.

Then we get this scene where Cersei gives Joffrey some really good advice about creating his own story since he’s the Prince and he can do that cus no one can question him. And then Joffrey has a really good idea about having a standing army. What is this shit where Cersei and Joffrey are smarter than Ned? Also we get a Keven name drop that won’t pay off for like 2 more seasons.

This scene cuts to one where Ned is playing the part of a put-upon single dad. He talks to Arya in a scene that is directly mirroring Cersei and Joffrey and showing how the values of the two families clash. It’s a really well constructed way of setting up the conflict and I love it. THEN ARYA ADMITS THAT SHE DOESN’T REALLY HATE SANSA AND I CRY FOR 20 MINUTES.

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Yaaas queeeeen

Then Cat gets duped by Littlefinger who in turn dupes Ned. The less said about this the better. I’m still hurting. BUT there’s a really great bit of irony when Cat is leaving King’s Landing. She playfully chides Ned about his temper cus he choked Littlefinger (yeeeeeah!) and Ned says she needs to watch hers. Cat’s temper leads her to arresting Tyrion and committing one of the greatest blunders in the series, Ned’s temper led him to distrust Littlefinger. THE IRONY OF THIS SCENE IS TRAGIC. And that last lingering look they share. Oh Ned. You were truly too beautiful for this world.

There’s a pretty tedious scene of Robert and Barristan swapping war stories that is saved by the presence of Lancel Lannister who just looks like such a…dingus in this season. He looks like that prince who won’t stop singing in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Then Jaime comes in looking handsome as all fuck and says that Aerys’s dying words were “burn them all.” This scene, paired with his earlier conversation with Ned really set up that there’s a lot more to that story. But we’re made to not think about it cus he pushed Bran out the window. George RR Martin is a sneaky sunuvabitch.

So I may have mentioned in the past that Dany and Jon are two of my least favorite characters. Jon especially in book 1. All the stuff at The Wall I just find pretty boring but there’s some good stuff here. Tyrion’s charm, Aemon, Jeor Mormont’s BRILLIANT facial acting when Aemon talks about how the Night’s Watch has become “an army of undisciplined boys.” Pretty much anything not doing with Jon cus all Jon does is sulk at the beginning. I get it, but I don’t enjoy it much. Especially when he just assumes that he’s gonna get to go ranging with Benjen. Why would he think that? He hasn’t even taken the black yet! Blech. But Tyrion does have what I think is a great summation of the ethos of the series when he says, “If you’re going to be a cripple, it’s better to be a rich cripple.” #highbornprivilege. #byeBenjen.

As far as Dany goes, not much happens this episode. We find out she’s pregnant, Jorah bros out with a random Dothraki and acts all suspicious, Viserys gets choked. The most interesting part about this is that we find out the Dothraki don’t believe in money. I’m actually fascinated by Dothraki culture, brutal as it is. Each Khalasar is like its own country and they’re all bound together by a common mythology. It’s really interesting. Wish we’d learn more about it than we ever wind up doing.

And lastly Syrio! He’s a delight every time he’s on screen. There’s some interesting character bits here – namely how every time Syrio turns his back Arya grabs the sword with both hands even after Syrio explicitly tells her not to. She’s still a child after all. And then Ned watching her first with amusement and then growing horror. Ned definitely has PTSD. It’s hinted at very heavily in both the show and the books and it’s incredibly subtle. I love it.

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One last thing of note: this is episode 3 and we find out that Dany is 2 months pregnant. Ned travels to King’s Landing between the end of last episode and the beginning of this one and Cat joins him in this episode soon after. So where are all the people complaining about jetpacks and timelines in season 1 huh? If you’re going to shriek about people traveling too fast in season 7 you have to apply the same logic to season 1. YA PRICKS!