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Game of Thrones Station: Season 7 Finale – The Dragon and the Wolf

We’re way behind with our Game of Thrones station threads and I’ve done my damnedest to avoid spoilers along the way thanks to those douchebags who leaked all final episodes. I’ve also spiced up this week’s GoT entry, so hopefully you enjoy the improved format. Anyway…

It’s all been laid bare and here we are, all roads inevitably lead to the same ending: the arrival of the Long Night. Before I can even begin to tackle where season 7 has taken us, first have to unpack what episode 7 has: the meeting of powerhouse characters long waited for. In between are some very deep revelations that will really fuck things up, as you’ll come to see.

The episode opened with Grey Worm in good health at the head of the Unsullied army alongside the Dothraki as Daenerys shows force to Cersei their meeting. Bronn and Jamie gaze in wonder at the massive army of Unsullied and Dothraki outside the castle walls, a last bit of calm they’ll receive. Jon gazes in wonder and disgust at King’s Landing, Tyrion being Tyrion quipping the brothels are superior to anywhere in the North.

Cersei, Jaime and Qyburn gather to listen to Cersei plot the possibility of Gregor murdering Daenerys and company when the opportunity arises. Neither Jaime nor Qyburn look particularly thrilled to hear this.

Bronn intercepts Tyrion and Jon’s company with his own. Sandor Clegane catches gaze of Briennne of Tarth, who can’t believe this fucking guy is still alive. Tyrion reunites with Podrick, all grown up, and of course Bronn delivering this gem at the insistence they save their hellos:

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Sandor catches up to Brienne, who is slightly worried he’s looking for vengeance. Instead they talk about their mutual interest in protecting Arya Stark, with Sandor seemingly genuinely content the girl was still alive and in Winterfell. Even if she left him dying choking on his own blood he still holds a soft spot for her. The two seem to have come to peace with each other through Arya’s safety and Sandor sorta completes his turn as a hero after years of scumbaggery.

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After everyone gets out their feelings, we are immediately brought to the stark seriousness of the situation. Jaime and Brienne pass a fleeting glance at each other (if you have forgotten their adventures in season one). However it is immediately the reunion of Sandor and Gregor that stands out. If Sandor was feeling alright a minute ago, his attitude immediately sours upon sight of Gregor. We have a teaser for a fight between Sandor and Gregor. Sandor is indifferent to what has befallen Gregor, reminding him he is still intent on killing him regardless. It’s unknown if Gregor even thinks for himself anymore but when he was normal, this was about the same standard.

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Daenerys is late to the meeting much to Cersei’s extreme chagrin. Not only that but Cersei catches Brienne and Jaime staring at each other a little too knowingly. Jaime realizes what he’s doing and tries super hard to shrink. The moment is broken by Dany showing up by dragon-back, with Cersei maintaining a hard poker face at the theatrics. Immediately their first meeting is off to a rocky start with Dany deliberately keeping Cersei waiting knowing it would piss her off.

Tyrion attempts to open the meeting but Euron starts by taunting Theon and Tyrion. Jon, frustrated, cuts in and gets the point: fuck their beef, there are White Walkers on the way right now. Cersei naturally doesn’t take this threat seriously. They begin to argue but Tyrion knows seeing is believing. The fruits of “Beyond the Wall” are shown when Sandor drags a crate with the captured White Walker within it. Tension builds when Sandor opens the crate and the walker doesn’t move. Everyone is held breathless, some in disbelief anything is happening, until Sandor kicks the crate over and the White Walker springs to life scaring the shit out of everyone.

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Sandor puts on a demonstration showing not evening cutting it with steel will stop it. He chops it in half and cuts off its hand, with Qyburn immediately showing interest in the severed hand. Cersei is mortified throughout the whole experience, for only the second time in the program she is unable to smug her way out of this. Jon shows her they can be defeated by fire and dragonglass though no one seems particularly relieved. Dany reveals there are easily over a 100,000 walkers en route.

Euron asks if they can cross water. Once he hears the answer no, Euron immediately turns tail and leaves, telling Cersei he is taking the Iron Fleet with him so they can wait out the apocalypse. He tells Dany to return to her island as he will his, saying they will be the only ones left alive once winter ends. Euron has very unceremoniously dumped Cersei, who thought she had him wrapped up.

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Cersei, seemingly fine with Euron running away, begins her talks for what she’ll accept as terms for a truce. She only commands Jon snow to return to Winterfell and remain neutral in the beef between herself and Dany. Jon Snow, however, can’t quit Dany and tells Cersei he’s declared for House Targaryen and is bound by honor to stand by her. Dany is moved. Everyone else there wants to face palm so damn hard right now. It was both noble and stupid.

Cersei offended tells them they’re on their own, as the White Walkers will kill the Northerners first then after, having apparently not listened to the presentation, threatens she’ll defeat the remainder after their deaths. All forward momentum immediate stopped and she storms out. Brienne attempts to reason with Jaime to reason with Cersei, though she discovers, like we the audience already know, she’s preaching to the choir. Cersei also stands watching, having heard this, making sure Jaime is still flying right.

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Tyrion wants to call Jon stupid, but in true House Stark fashion Jon believes he must stand by his principals. Otherwise what good is a man’s word? Tyrion, agreeing with its nobility, still points out their peace talks just literally walked out and they’re back to square one with the White Walkers en route now. Tyrion takes it upon himself to redeem the moment and tells the group he will talk to Cersei alone, much to his own peril. Dany objects but Tyrion convinces her its literally their last serious option. Immediately following Tyrion leaves to confront Cersei.
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Escorted by Gregor, Jamie intercepts Tyrion before meeting with Cersei. Both knowing there is no reasoning with Cersei, Jaime joking offers they should say their goodbyes, because in all likelihood this is probably their final meeting as brothers. Knowing what must be done, Jaime steps aside.

Their meeting goes predictably sour, with Cersei refusing to hear anything Tyrion has to say regardless of its validity. Tired of her threats, Tyrion offers to voluntarily succumb to death at her hands. Cersei is plenty tempted to take Tyrion’s offer and allow Gregor to murder him. She restrains herself and allows him to live, moreso in truth knowing Tyrion’s death would push Dany to light up King’s Landing right then and there.

Cersei hears Tyrion out, though I say that loosely, as they discuss what’s in this for both of them. Tyrion confesses he wants Daenerys on the throne, citing she will be a better ruler than Cersei who is widely despised. However in mid-conversation, Tyrion, always perceptive, quickly picks up cues Cersei is with child. Now knowing this, he appeals to Cersei to follow through on the truce for the sake of unborn child’s future so they can at least stop the White Walkers.

Back in the Pit, Jon Snow and Dany have a moment together, this time getting much closer than they have before. It’s clear something is brewing between them now more than ever. This is the power couple fans have both hoped for and now will soon cringe over.

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Interrupting the moment is Tyrion’s return, who came back with Cersei and posse in tow. Against all odds, Tyrion managed to convince Cersei to not only maintain a truce but offer troops to aid in their fight against the White Walkers. Cersei attempting to command the moment, cites she does this without assurance from Dany or Jon they won’t stab her in the back. But of course we know Cersei always has ulterior motives at play. In the end, though, Jon gains another powerful (albeit unlikely) ally against the Night King.

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After this we return to the North where we find Sansa talking to Littlefinger alone, which is always a dangerous thing. Littlefinger feeds Sansa’s frustrations over Jon and Arya, continuing to prod her to conspire against Jon and Arya. For the most part, Sansa goes along with Littlefinger’s conclusions, voicing her own concern over how dangerous she’s become. Like Emperor Palpatine of Star Wars, you can see the joy in Littlefinger’s face when he smugly tries to induce conclusions.

Dany, Jon and company return to Dany’s keep to plan how to proceed now that they have Cersei’s agreement for a truce. They discuss placement of forces, with Jon suggesting he and Dany travel by sail to meet Dothraki forces at Winterfell, in an attempt to race North as quickly as possible. Jorah Mormont intercedes Dany should ride by dragon back, as there are many people in the North who would still happily kill a Targaryen over past wars or for glory. Dany decides to ride with Jon. Below you can see Jorah giving Jon a disapproving dad look.

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As the meeting breaks out Theon asks to speak to Jon privately, asking his forgiveness for the bullshit of his past. Jon, though still rightfully upset with Theon being a shit-head for years, tells Theon it’s not his place to forgive him for all the bullshit he’s done, but he can forgive him for whatever he’s done to him. Theon tearfully tells him of Yara’s plight and how he wishes to save her, to which Jon simply asks, “So then why are you still talking to me?” Theon in this moment realizes while his literal testicles are gone, his metaphorical ones can still be reclaimed.

Immediately after this conversation, Theon confronts the commander of Yara’s rebels (who pulled him out of the sea when he fled Euron’s trap) to order them into a mission to save Yara. The commander dismisses Theon, reminding him he’s basically a pussy. Theon, having found his metaphorical testicles, stands against the commander and allows him to beat him up until he’s too tired to do so. Theon with his newfound courage keeps rising to his feet, until the commander is too tired to fight back. Then Theon beats the shit out of the commander, nearly killing him. All this in front of the remaining rebels. Theon shouts, “If not for me, for Yara!” The crew clearly convinced Theon has balls again. He immediately takes the boats and crew out to sea to find Yara.

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We return to Winterfell where Sansa is preparing a trial for Arya. She is brought before a hall filled with armed soldiers and a smirking Littlefinger leaning behind the crowd, as per the usual. It appears Sansa has Arya on trial…until she drops the motherfucking mic and names LITTLEFINGER THE ACCUSED. OH SHIT.

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I implore you to watch his double take again. Arya’s smirk. All of it. It’s pure gold. Believing he had fooled everyone, Littlefinger is in total shock he’s been called out. Sansa officially tries him for the murder of Lysa Arryn (Catelyn Stark’s sister with the sick kid) having pushed her out the moon door (which is still funny to think about), the conspiracy to murder Jon Arryn (Robert Baratheon’s original hand, and Ned Stark’s mentor), and for originating the conflict between the Starks and Lannisters. Yes, Littlefinger is finally getting his comeuppance. And how did he receive it?

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That’s right, Arya cut is throat. While Littlefinger’s death solves little, it does solidify the Stark household and avenges Ned’s death.

We return to Jaime and Cersei, of whom Jaime is busy attempting to organize the attack North. Cersei scoffs as Jaime’s attempts, calling him stupid for believing she genuinely plans to fight alongside them. She confirms she lied to Dany’s face about helping her, instead having secretly sent for a massive mercenary force funded by the Iron Bank. If all goes to plan, Cersei will fool Dany into believing her main forces have driven north, when in fact she’ll have a fresh army waiting in King’s Landing to attack her from within.

Jaime is rightfully horrified at this extremely bad idea. Even after having seen the living dead in person, she still plots against everyone. Jaime tells Cersei he has made a promise to lend his aid, and his honor demands he make good on his promise. Cersei, obviously not one for promises to anyone other than her, is pissed.

She is convinced the dragons can be defeated, as she noticed Dany only arrived with two, and that they can wait out the coming apocalypse from the safety of King’s Landing. Maddened by her absolute stubbornness, Jaime refuses to follow Cersei and opposes her, even as she threatens to have Gregor murder him. Knowing Cersei wouldn’t kill him, he defiantly leaves to prepare for their advancement north. With that, Cersei lost the last person standing by her side (aside from Gregor, because that’s literally all he does). At the same time, as Jaime leaves, snow begins to fall on King’s Landing for the first time in countless years. WINTER HAS COME.

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But wait, we aren’t done yet. Because tonight’s episode included 30 extra minutes, we got more! Next we follow-up with Samwell Tarly who is just arriving in Winterfell (at a good time too). He arrives to speak to Bran and give him tremendous information. Bran already assumes he knows what information Tarly brings, which involves Jon Snow’s true parentage. Bran believes he knows Jon isn’t a Snow but a Sand, child Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark born in Dorne, making him a Sand not a Snow (sorting out the proper surnames of bastards based on where they were born).

Samwell Tarly can’t believe he knows shit psychic Bran doesn’t. Neither does Bran, as Samwell reveals what his ladyfriend, Gilly, discovered some episodes back: Rhaegar Targaryen is the true husband of Lyanna Stark, of which they wed in secret. This throws the entire politics and world of Game of Thrones into a fucking tizzy. Bran quickly realizes this makes Robert’s Rebellion built on a total lie, to which the allegations were Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna. Instead this would make Jon Aegon Targaryen, Dany’s nephew.

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Of course we make this realization as we watch Dany and Jon start fucking. Where one family power-couple breaks, another is formed. Fun.

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Moving on, we rejoin Sansa and Arya as they process Littlefinger’s demise. Arya confessed she knows her role and she never would’ve been Lady of Winterfell, nor did she truly want to. She concedes Sansa personal power as a woman who endured the torment she experienced, saying she didn’t know if she’d have the strength to survive Sansa’s ordeals. They both lament the death of the father, bonding together and solidifying House Stark. The Starks have truly taken back the North.

Finally, we rejoin the Brotherhood and the wildlings as they survey Eastmarch for the impending walker army. Dondarrion and Tormund watch in horror as the army nonchalantly marches upon Eastwatch. In no time at all, the White Walkers make their full presence known. At first with a few men, then the entirety of the army. Of course, that’s the not the worst of it. As you may remember, last week Dany lost a dragon to which now the Night King rides upon. And with his new ice dragon, the Night King fells The Wall. For the first time in Westeros history, the Wall has fallen and so now comes the Long Night.

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End of episode. Welcome to the end.

I feel legit empty inside right now. I…I think I need to go lie down.

 

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At the Movies: The Dark Tower

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Among author Stephen King’s more whimsical stories (in as whimsical Stephen King tends to get), The Dark Tower follows young Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a troubled young boy with ominous visions of a tower keeping evil from spreading unchecked in the world, children being tormented by the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) using their essence to destroy the tower, and a mysterious Gunslinger (Idris Elba) who can stop this Man in Black from destroying the tower. The Dark Tower follows this plot-line pretty religiously, but this movie is a case of the journey being much better than its destination.

We establish everyone believes Jake to be troubled, and rightfully so. His father died in a fire, his mother is now smitten to a man seemingly trying to get rid of him as quickly as possible, and his constant visions of the Dark Tower is driving his mother into depression. However Jake knows deep down inside he isn’t crazy, and he begins seeing his visions in real life.

People with lose fitting skin seemingly wearing it as a costume are hunting psychically gifted children to harvest their energy to destroy the Dark Tower protecting infinite Earths. During a daring escape, he follows his visions to a strange house that transports him to a different world: one broken by evil forces. It isn’t until he finally finds the Gunslinger does he know his visions are true.

Truth be told, most of the power this film holds is in the fast developing relationship between Jake and the Gunslinger once you slog past the rather slow intro. Their journey to battle the Man in Black hits a pretty by-the-numbers route through the film’s middle segments. Granted, the action scenes and locales were cool haunted locations, a strange amalgamation between magic, technology and the Old American West.

The Man in Black, who really should just be known as McConaughey with dyed black hair, played it with very little enthusiasm. It felt he put more work into those Lincoln commercials they he did with the albeit very simplistic Man in Black. He has no ulterior motive other than being an evil prick bent on world domination. He has totally dominion over all men, conveniently except for our Gunslinger and to some degree even Jake.

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The movie comes to something of a halt once we reach the climax, the finale duel between the Man in Black and the Gunslinger. While certainly CGI filled, its conclusion filled me with this flat sense of “meh”. On the one hand, I had enjoyed the film up this point. On the other, I had wondered if this was really the end. I found myself enjoying the fantasy world they were inhabiting more so than the people in it. Frankly, I didn’t give much a shit about them to be honest. I was more sad we couldn’t spend more time amalgamating modern New York into the twisted vision of mid-Earth, but I’m good with what I got.

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The Dark Tower isn’t quite as epic as it hopes to be, even if what’s at stake is the fate of multiple Earths. It feels flatter than it does appropriately epic, which it’s set-piece moments certainly called for. Elba played the quite straight man well enough, Taylor played the precocious child-hero well, and McConaughey could’ve been anyone else really. In fact, I spent a decent amount of time going through a roster of alternate villains who could’ve really provided the character the presence it sought. Maybe this one was a job for Mel Gibson? Certainly was fire and brimstone enough.

I had gotten this vibe that they wanted to leave enough room open for a sequel, but I feel pretty confident this one’s wrapped up. The Dark Tower was a fun romp but didn’t really leave me wowed. I wanted to be, the idea seemed cool, the stakes were plenty high, and Elba did a good job being a gun-slinging badass. Just a shame none of it really added up.

I think a lot of people are going to shit on this film, which is not totally fair. The Dark Tower was a lot of fun in spite of a few things, and I’m grateful it aimed high trying to cram quite a bit into an hour and a half. Something shit like, oh I don’t know Transformers still hasn’t learned. For that, I give The Dark Tower a thumbs up at least.

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TV Theatre – The Belko Experiment

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To put it in its most simplest terms, The Belko Experiment is a film about violence for the sake of violence. It will probably share a similar audience to the likes of Saw or any slasher that gives the filmmaker an excuse to show over an hour’s worth of gore non-stop. The set up is an international group of people put together in a bizarrely nice building in the middle of nowhere Columbia.

They all work happy corporate lives until one day a voice on the intercom tells them they have to start killing people or they will die at random. Who these people are, the cast, the antagonists, whomever it’s all irrelevant. People have to die when the voice says, so sayith the voice.

In fact, there is little plot here anyway to make these characters relevant. Not that the film is concerned with it. No, the prime focus is to get you sitting on the edge of your seat ruminating how the next sucker is going to die a shitty death. Because that’s why you came to see this movie: stupid people dying shitty deaths.

This movie probably will share a lot of similarities to the 2000 classic Battle Royale, but unlike Royale, The Belko Experiment invests no serious time on its cast and spends more keeping the body count going as fluidly as possible. Which is cool if that’s what you were expecting coming into this movie like I was.

To that end, the violence is pretty amusing and even at times somewhat thrilling, even if everyone is moving at a very by-the-numbers pace. At no point are you going to be genuinely surprised by anything. The movie sometimes tries to pull at emotional strings that just aren’t there. Instead, it’s at its best when it stops trying to talk and just lets the rage fly.

At the end of the day, if your thirst is for a horror movie more concerned with being grossly violent than genuinely scary, then yeah, The Belko Experiment can help with that. In fact, for just that purpose it’s pretty good. Just maintain that level of expectation and everything’ll be alright. Maybe just maybe don’t eat spaghetti or something with tomato pasta. Or do, if you’re sense of humor is that morbid. Again, this movie would probably be for you.

Just like this little review, the movie ends somewhat abruptly leaving you with the feeling they want to build a fuck load of sequels to this because Saw did it. If nothing else, it looked like this movie was a lot of fun to make for the actors.

Game of Thrones Station Episode 2, Stormborn

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Man there’s a lot to unpack here from last night’s episode, so let’s take this bit by bit.

The episode opens on a stormy night on Dragonstone Isle with Daenerys and crew. Tyrion begins a plot to invade Westeros, though Daenerys isn’t totally comfortable with everyone in her council. She questions Varys and his loyalties, and understandably so given his position, though he makes his intentions clear when he says he serves the people and not the various royalties he has had to serve, a similar speech he once had with Tyrion some seasons back. Daenerys proves to her council she’s watching her ass.

They are unexpectedly met by the red priestess Melisandre, who brings a similar pitch she’s attempted in the past: that the Lord of Light has prophesied someone will save them from the Long Night. However she is met with suspicion and mistrust from both Varys and Daenerys. This time she comes with a suggestion: to contact Jon Snow, newly minted King of the North.

Melisandre and Tyrion both suggest Jon’s knowledge of the White Walkers and his position against Cersei make him a valuable ally. Daenerys agrees but under the condition Jon Snow would bend the knee to her upon their meeting. Tyrion is visible concerned but knows this is the only way.

We immediately follow up to Jon receiving Tyrion’s message. Jon and Sansa discuss the validity of the message, and though they both testify to Tyrion’s character, they are concerned yet another throne chaser may be leading them into serious trouble. Davos agrees with their concerns but reminds them dragons make very powerful allies, especially against the White Walkers.

Cersei prepares her own defense against Daenerys’ incoming invasion and Olenna Tyrell’s rebellion against the crown. Cersei finds herself in a precarious situation as fewer houses support her than her father, since so many of them are dead at this point. Jaime attempts to shore up trusted allies to assemble an army for Cersei, but finds few willing to betray allegiances for Cersei, not to mention many of the lords fearful of the dragons. Cersei’s right hand, ever the schemer, quietly has been developing massive ballistas to shoot down the dragons.

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We rejoin Samwell who, with assistance, is attempting to treat Jorah Mormont and his greyscale affliction. The disease has spread quickly throughout his entire body and the senior maester is content to leave Jorah for dead, offering Jorah the option of killing himself or being shipped out to a diseased colony. Samwell, ever the optimist, believes he may have found a solution in his studies. As per the usual, no one listens to him so he takes it upon himself to treat Jorah personally, risking his life in the process. The procedure proves less than pleasant for Jorah.

 

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We return to Daenerys and Tyrion who are with the full council at Dragonstone. There is infighting as Ellaria Sand still harbors a grudge against Tyrion for Oberyn’s death back in 2014. Tyrion wishes to use the Dornish and Tyrell houses to build a rebellion against King’s Landing while Daenerys enters amidst the fighting. Olenna also attempts to privately counsel Daenerys to follow her own instinct and openly attack King’s Landing, not blindly follow Tyrion’s suggestions to attack subtly.

We run into the ever precocious Arya who has met again with Hot Pie at his inn. He notes how much she’s changed, then she realizes how much she’s changed and it bums her out. Hot Pie reveals Jon Snow is king, which causes Arya to leave in a rush to rejoin him. En route, she is trapped by a pack of dire wolves, whose alpha just so happens to be the baby dire wolf Arya was forced to abandon some years back. They recognize each other, but being the alpha he isn’t interested in joining Arya. We are all left sad.

We rejoin Jon Snow again who is discussing his plans for meeting with Daenerys, which is met with mixed reaction. He reminds them all of their dire need for dragonglass, of which he learned thanks to Samwell is sitting right under Dragonstone Isle. Sansa is not pleased Jon is going to meet her, surprises her by charging her as regent until his return. Baelish attempts to counsel with Jon, who them promptly attempts to choke him for saying he loves Sansa. Jon threatens to outright kill him if he discovers him attempting to touch her. Baelish is finding himself with fewer and fewer allies, though his presence still needed thanks to the forces he has at his disposal.

The episode concludes in a huge way, as we join the Greyjoys as they ferry Ellaria to Dorne to prepare for their attack. However they are met with terrible misfortune as Euron intercepts her ships at night and forces her into a dire sea battle. In the midst of the battle, Obara and Nymeria Sand are killed, while Ellaria and Tyene Sand are taken prisoner by Euron’s troops. Yara is captured by Euron and Theon flees like a pussy once confronted by Euron with a knife to Yara’s throat. Her fate now is in Euron’s fucked up hands.

Also things that happened:

  • Grey Worm and Missandei get it on. Yes, you read that right. It was pretty hot.

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At the Movies: Dunkirk

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Christopher Nolan’s latest film Dunkirk recounts the invasion of Dunkirk, France between May 26 to June 4th 1940 during the Second World War. It was the evacuation of Allied forces from France when the German war machine was ravaging Europe. Dunkirk captures the frantic, near hopeless struggle of the British troops and civilians scrambling to rally a defense and evacuation plan from a crushing Luftwaffe bombing raid.

First off, the best way to see the film is in 70mm if possible. Why 70mm and what even is 70mm? Without the elaborate cinephile explanation, it’s the version Nolan would want you to see. Which makes sense since so much of the film are sweeping shots of massive landscapes, intense aerial battles then sudden shifts to claustrophobic environments made tighter thanks to the format.

Dunkirk isn’t a summer blockbuster like so many of this year’s films. It does give the appearance of one with it’s beautifully shot scenes and tense action moments. However it doesn’t linger on the violence long. Violence happens quickly and suddenly then the audience is pushed onto the next situation without too much reflection on it. Masterful sound editing really drove home the terror of the bombing raids, and the helplessness the infantry felt against bombs being dropped.

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It’s important to remember Dunkirk was not a terribly heroic moment for the Allied army and the movie conveys that clearly. There were themes of heroism and sacrifice to be sure, but they are subdued. Dunkirk is more concerned with showing the wide-scale destruction and cost of battle than the usual war-film tropes of ham-handedly preaching duty, heroism, or attempting to shift the narrative from a historical piece then to a set of improbable action set-piece moments.

There really isn’t a single story to track but instead a collection of smaller stories interwoven into the battle: a father and his two sons answering the call to aid in the evacuation attempt; two ace pilots attempting to stave off the Luftwaffe air units; a deployment of young soldiers attempting to survive mentally as well as physically against not just the enemy but against panic-induced soldiers within their own ranks.

All these stories intertwine together and are even called back later in the film subtly thanks to wonderful sound and visual editing that Nolan’s production company, Syncopy, has become well known for. But you won’t find yourself getting too attached to any of the characters, as Dunkirk doesn’t spend too much time concerning itself with singular characters but instead the bigger picture at play.

At times it may be hard to feel involved with the movie as it dwells perhaps a bit too much on the larger picture. A great deal happens within the movie’s hour and 46 minutes run time, from start to finish. Some audiences may be turned off to the fact that a lot will happen and at times it can be hard to make sense of it all without much tying you emotionally, but the film resonates in a much stronger way through its masterful use of sound and perspective. Nolan found a way to deftly tell a story of bravery without lecturing on it.

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Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington dies at 41

According to a TMZ report, Law enforcement sources informed TMZ Bennington apparently committed suicide by hanging. He was found today just before 9 a.m. in private residence in Palos Verde, L.A. County. Shortly after they reported the information, Los Angeles county coroner’s office confirmed his death.

The singer had been a victim of sexual abuse at 7 years old and considered suicide. Throughout the years he struggled with alcohol and drug addictions.  “I was a full-blown, raging alcoholic. I don’t drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don’t want to be that person anymore.” His addictions, were the blame for his first failed marriage.

He was very close to singer Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging in May of this year. Today Cornell would have been 53. Bennington sang at his funeral and  dedicated the album’s title track to his friend who death was taken very hard.

Linkin Park released their 7th album in may and dedicated it to Chris, they were going to start their “One More Light world tour” on July 27th. The band had many hits over the years including: “In the End,” “Numb,” “Crawl” and their collaboration with Jay-Z.

It’s Back! Game of Thrones is back!

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I normally avoid spoilers as best I can but I’m going to go ahead and warn SPOILERS AHEAD IT’S ALL SPOILERS

Winter is finally upon us, but with this being the season opener let’s not get too crazy here. When we last left the program, there have been seismic shifts in power throughout the world. Cersei has claimed the Iron Throne following Tommen’s suicide following Cersei’s revenge bombing which claimed Margaery’s life; Jon Snow and Sansa have managed to defeat Ramsay Bolton and are organizing remaining loyalists in a desperate stand against the impending White Walker army; Arya cut Walder Frey’s throat as she makes her way toward King’s Landing and Cersei; and Daenerys is en route to Westeros with a navy thanks to her alliance with Theon and Yara Greyjoy, who are also being hunted by their murderous uncle Euron, who himself is attempting to court Cersei into wedlock. And this is just covering the major characters.

Sunday’s episode began with…Walder Frey? Who is toasting with his vassals to the deaths of their enemies, namely the Starks. However, with this being Game of Thrones, of course the wine is probably poisoned. Granted, the fact it’s poisoned isn’t the surprise so much as that wasn’t really Walder it WAS ARYA EXACTING REVENGEOHGODYES! Arya takes a quick break from murdering to make a detour to hang out with Ed Sheeran and his band of young Lannister soldiers gathered around a bonfire. This cameo has set the Internet either into a swoon or a rage as most issues tend to go.

Next, we see Jon Snow who is still congregating with loyalists to figure out how to defend themselves against the impending White Walker invasion, who if you’ve also forgotten now count giants amongst the ranks. Jon knows their only hope is locating large caches of dragonglass though they don’t know where to begin. Beyond that Jon finds the houses fall in line quickly, though Sansa has grown frustrated with Jon’s unwillingness to heed her counsel.

Sansa is also still forced to deal with the increasingly creepy Lord Baelish who too is quickly running out of allies and may soon find himself in serious shit. We are also left wondering if Brienne will ever fall for the lumberjack wiles of a very thirsty Tormund. We briefly catch up with Samwell afterward still at the Citadel, toiling as a shitty apprentice maester doing literal shitty work. Knowing time is against him, Samwell dangerously attempts to learn forbidden knowledge, which has fortuitously shown him the location to a ton of dragonglass conveniently located beneath Dragonstone Island.

Against most odds, Sandor is still kicking and still hanging around his strange frenemies in the Brotherhood Without Banners. While always the cynic and asshole, Sandor is forced to confront that their visions in the fires are real, and the truth he too is seeing the impending doom the White Walkers will bring.

The episode concludes with a triumphant scene of Daenerys and crew landing on, wouldn’t you know it, Dragonstone Island, her ancestral home. Dragonstone, if you’ve already forgotten, was the former base of operations for Stannis Baratheon and is also the locations of the dragonglass Samwell discovered that Jon Snow needs. The episode concludes with Daenerys standing beside an absolutely bewildered Tyrion and a giant map of Westeros saying, “Shall we begin?” Yes Daenerys, oh god yes let us begin.

There aren’t going to be as many episodes in season seven , with only six remaining leading to an 81-minute long season finale August 28th (versus the usual 10 episode runs), then you can be left to your empty-inside wait for the grand finale next year. Then…well we won’t even think about after that.