By Taylor Daine,Spencer Thew,E.M. Caris Published: December 04th, 2018
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A good “Game of Thrones” episode can be a lot of things. It can be one that triggers a powerful, emotional reaction for a beloved character, one that stuns its audience with a shocking death, or even an episode that spends the entire hour depicting an epic battle.
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But Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” was one of the most well-written, well-sculpted episodes of the entire series. Episode 7 of Season 5, “The Gift,” was fantastic for weaving together so many plots with various tones. The episode honored the passing of a cherished character (RIP Aemon Targaryen), showcased the courage of others, served up some of the best dialogue between rivals (all the awards for Olenna Tyrell), incited long-awaited romance, and best of all, served up delicious justice. That alone is a lot for merely half a season of “GoT,” but “The Gift” managed to cohesively pack it all in with smooth directing and poignant writing that still didn’t fall short on the nudity and violence. Here were the highlights:
Cersei got what was coming to her
Finally the queen of manipulating and backstabbing was served up a hot steaming plate of justice when the High Sparrow locked her up for her previous incestuous relations with Cousin Lancel. Watching the satisfied smirk slowly fade from her lips almost made her evil acts from the past five seasons worth it. Now we can expect that major Cersei scene to happen any week now.
Sansa stood up to Ramsay
After last week’s highly controversial episode where Sansa is brutally raped by Ramsay, we saw the Stark girl weeping in bed covered in bruises. She told Theon that Ramsay has continued to assault her each night and that she’s trying to escape Winterfell. Theon, aka Reek tattled on Sansa, but she held her own when she called her new husband a bastard to his face. She may be continually abused, but Sansa is still strong and fighting as best she can.
Tyrion and Daenerys finally meet!
Two of the (arguably) most significant characters in the series finally met when Jorah and the Lannister arrived to the fighting pits. The look on Dany’s face when Tyrion announced himself (as “the gift”) was something truly magnificent. Now go take over the world and make it a better place, guys.
Sam was the real hero
Samwell Tarley has proven his courage number times, first by killing a White Walker and then during the Battle of Castle Black. But in “The Gift” he fought two of his Night’s Watch brothers to save Gilly from being raped. His reward? The two finally kissed and had sex! We shall dub them Gillwell. And Ghost the direwolf also made a heroic appearance, reminding us why the House Stark sigil is the baddest of them all.
Melisandre wants another sacrifice
The Red Woman’s latest scheme to help Stannis achieve victory is one the Lord of Dragonstone isn’t thrilled to hear. Melisandre wants to sacrifice his daughter Shireen in order to win Winterfell from the Boltons. He kicks her out of his tent for mentioning it, and after a recent episode where Stannis bonded with his daughter, it would be surprising for him to give in.
The Baratheon kids got really upset
Both Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon lashed out at their parents on Sunday, (except the latter doesn’t know Jaime is her father). Tommen yelled at Cersei and cried over Margaery’s imprisonment, while Myrcella refused to return to King’s Landing since she’s determined to marry Tyrstane Martell.
Bronn got seduced and saved
Last week, we predicted Bronn’s possible death after he was cut by one of the Sand Snakes’ spears, which was likely dipped in poison. As it turns out, the blade was deadly and began to slowly kill the fighter as he lay in his cell watching Tyene Sand seduce him with her bare chest. Tyene eventually gave Bronn the antidote for the poison — but only after he admitted she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
“Game of Thrones” airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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“Episodes” is back on SHOWTIME for its fourth season. This comedy series stars Matt LeBlanc as a comedic actor named Matt LeBlanc, and no one can play Matt LeBlanc better than Matt LeBlanc. Of course being the smart actor that he is LeBlanc has surrounded himself with a stellar group of supporting players. Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mircea Monroe and John Pankow all bring their A game.
In the series Greig and Mangan play a married couple from Britain who are the writers of the series “Pucks”. LeBlanc is the star of the show. At the end of last season “Pucks” had been cancelled and Beverly and Sean (Greig and Mangan) had returned to England. But this season quickly establishes that “Pucks” had not been officially cancelled and has been picked up for some additional episodes. This news is not met with joy.
LeBlanc also finds out that his financial manager has absconded with half his money and has committed suicide. LeBlanc is left with a measly 31 million on which to live. Of course if his ex-wife remarries he will not have to pay alimony any longer and she has a new boyfriend. LeBlanc is doing all he can to encourage this relationship.
This season looks to be one of “Episodes” best as there is a good balance between LeBlanc’s screen time and that of Greig and Mangan. These three actors play off each other with good results and each one helps raise the game of the others. Plus there is a natural likeability to these actors. LeBlanc brings all his good feelings from “Friends” and Greig reminds us of a young Paula Prentiss while Mangan exudes the looks and air of a young Elliott Gould.
The writing on this show is brisk and subtle. Plus there are some hilarious actions and reactions from the cast. They enhance the scripts which are already good to begin with. Each episode has at least a couple of laugh out loud moments.
If you have not yet sampled “Episodes” make sure you do. Or maybe you tried it and tired of it in the second or third season, now you need to come back. The show seems to be on a good, entertaining path and Matt LeBlanc is better than ever.
“Episodes” airs Sunday nights at 10:30 (ET) on SHOWTIME.
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