Friday, March 14, 2014

Game of Thrones: an update up to Season 2, Episode 3

Yup.. I'm far from done. currently am at episode 3, Season 2. the intrigue is killing me, but for a moment i could take a reprieve as it mainly focused on the Greyjoys plotting.

In Season 2, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) evolves into a man worth following, a man fit to be the King of the North. and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finds out that being a Khaleesi is not easy even though you had 3 dragons by your side.

Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) has risen to be a King claimant of the Iron Throne with the backing of House of Tyrell. I concurred with Lady Stark's observation: though his army is the largest and he personifies a King who is both gracious and kind to his subjects, his army are boys of flowers, unfit for the horrifying battles of war. We were also introduced to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), his bride in name only. First look of her betrays the hint of intelligence and scheming wit worthy of Queen Regent Cersei (Lena Headey).

i think, of all the characters, i despised the leery Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) so much. i mean, he makes my skin crawl every time he appears on the screen. and that makes me able to hit PAUSE in order to focus on my tasks.

i guess once you are hooked to GoT, it's hard to turn away. but I'm going to try anyway, at least for a while. and yes, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) remains as my favourite character. Tywin Lannister played brilliantly by Charles Dance is an epitome of a strong leader yet he has no strong inclination to rule either. in a way, that trait is similar to Ned Stark, they both don't want to be a king.

we also find out that Jon is affected by fire, unlike Daenerys who establishes the fact that she is the Unburnt. Further reading of Song of Ice and Fire, there are 3 person in the Prophecy read by Prince Rhaegar which are perhaps the last hope of mankind. and Targaryen heirs currently are Daenerys and Aegon. Is is too much to hope that Rhaegar was Jon's father all along? I mean, reading on, i get this feeling that Rhaegar perhaps understood the Prophecy means he has to steal away Lyanna Stark and all that. because it sets into motion of the remaining Targaryen fleeing from Westeros, finding the dragons which otherwise will remain a fossil etcetera etcetera.

which brings to my conclusion today, sometimes the pheonix has to die and burn for it to be reborn much stronger than before..

and i admit, Ned Stark shall be dearly missed. his time on screen might be brief but Sean Bean portrayed a man with much valor and loyalty to what is right, regardless how hard it is to swallow..

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Game of Thrones: you had me at the first fall of Snow

i got hooked into Game of Thrones last weekend, and currently up to the fourth episode of Season One. no wonder the series never got pass the Censorship Board: nudity, gory killings, sex, greed, lust and human depravities simply mixed in the superb, complex stories told.

i admit, i was first attracted to the story by Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. his back story is solid, his pain draws and quarters my heart out for him.

and Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright sealed the deal. I'm officially en route the GoT fandom :D

wise words, Tyrion, wise words..

i was fascinated by Tyrion too. Peter Dinklage was superb in playing the character, subjecting us to a person of many layers: intelligent, calculating, kind, susceptible and depraved in all manners a man can be. his deep, manly voice is a sonnet on summer days to me :grin:

there is Arya Stark  (Maisie Williams) too. misunderstood, strong and willful sister that Jon Snow adored.. she's different from Sansa (Sophie Turner), her elder sister in terms of poise and feminine charms. but she does more than earn her mettle in fighting skills.

Ned Stark (Sean Bean) is a man of honour. he is much admired for his principles and keeping the oaths he's taken. I wonder why did Ned Stark hid the truth about Jon Snow's parentage.. perhaps it was to save him instead, who might turn out to be the Targaryen's heir, after all. oh my, that is just one sample of the intrigues that GoT abundantly supplies, and torments us all the same..

Lady Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) portrays a very strong character, suitable as Lord of Winterfell's wife and the mother of his children. It was a pity that she merely tolerates Jon Snow, but who could blame her, he was a reminder of her husband's infidelity..

spot on, i guess

it is remarkable that Jon lives with much love for Catelyn's children, despite her unloving care. Robb (Richard Madden), her firstborn despite her coldness for Jon, does maintain a loving, respectful relationship with Jon.

as for Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, is easily the one to hate. her vindictive, cruel streak and manipulating ways, the mere presence made me repulse her. which actually shows how good LH is. i mean, i completely erased my feelings of admiration for Queen Gorgo in 300.


And Jaime Lannister played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is it just me or he just reminds me of Prince Charming in Shrek 2? the exact replica, i tell you! their son, Joffrey is what you may expect an incestuous by-product of Jaime and Cersei may be: cruel, self-important bully. Some even described him as a strong-willed child with a vicious temper and an unchecked sadistic streak.

Petyr Baelish, is one of the most memorable vermin in GoT, a person who can make your skin crawl in his presence. his past with Catelyn is one of the reasons Ned Stark can't stand him. yup, i love to hate his machinations and plots, the unseeing hands that cunningly drive the dagger onto your back with a charming smile reaching his eyes. that's how good Aidan Gillen is.

last and not least, i shipped Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). man, that's how a woman wins her husband, no matter how uncivilized he might be. haha. but i guess, she does love him.

anyway, thanks for this illustrated Guide, i'm able to see the things much clearly :)

Oh dear, winter is INDEED coming..