It’s that time of year again, folks! Spring? Eh! I’m talkin’ about GAME OF THRONES! Season 4 premieres next month.
Here are some random thoughts/opinions/spoilers (none major), in no particular order. (Yes, in another life I must’ve been a guy who played Dungeons & Dragons and worked in a video store. I own up to this. It’s fine.)
1) I remain and will always be, barring some unforeseen circumstance (I’ve only read through part of Book 4), a devout member of Team Stannis. He’s noble!, he’s stern! (but has a heart!), he’s disciplined!, he’s handsome!, he held the fort while Robert got all the credit!, he fights in the front lines alongside his men!, he was only beaten because of that darn wildfire!…. What’s not to love? So what if he’s in league with some priestess? No one’s perfect!
Swoon. (Admit it with me, ladies)
Additionally, I hereby request more Davos Seaworth! Another character (and actor, Liam Cunningham) who knocks it out of the park in every scene. While we’re on the subject, Melissandre may be evil but she is mesmerizing on screen. Carice van Houten, the actress who plays the role — whom I particularly enjoyed in “The Black Death” with Sean Bean (I will watch any and all period-piece films with Sean Bean) — simply does a fantastic job at being downright hypnotic. ‘Sure, OK — I’ll join your fire-god religion.’
2) Am told that the Boltons — both crazy Ramsay (who tortured and dismembered Theon) and Papa Bolton (who carried out the execution of Rob and Caitlyn Stark) — will play a greater role this season (or the next). Tell me you didn’t get chills in the “Rains of Castamere” scene where Roose Bolton simply pulls up his sleeve to show Caitlyn he has chainmail on underneath? I could play those two seconds over and over. To be sure, no one is a fan of this family (who make the Lannisters seem kind) but am curious to see what they will bring to the story.
3) More Tormund Gianstbane, please! Less Ygrette-and-her-strange-cockney-accent, please.
4) What’s your theory on Jon Snow‘s parentage??? HINT: He may not have been the child of Ned Stark, after all!
5) Am kind of over Dany. In fact, since Day One, I’ve waivered on whether I like the whole “Dany in the desert” plot. My favorite scenes are those in the North (or north of the wall, as well), followed by Kings Landing, and only then, far far down, followed by Dany. Perhaps it’s because that aspect of the show, visually, always seems less medieval-inspired and more ‘Sci-Fi show ala Xena, Warrior Princess’ or ‘Red Sonja.’
6) Will the Tyrells get a taste of their own medicine? One can only hope. Even the grandmother has outworn her welcome. She was a feisty, sassy lady at first, who now strikes me as overly conniving and a threat to our awful-but-we-love-them-anyway Lannisters. Tywin, please put her in her place!
7) More of the Lannisters — all day, every day! Tywin, Jamie, Cersei, Tyrion — you can do no wrong. Tywin, especially, could read the phone book aloud and I would be mesmerized.
8) Less Arya (sorry, she was starting to remind me of Walking Dead‘s Carl). But more The Hound. Also, more Bronn!
9) Can the show ring Roz back? Roz was terrific! If Pretty Woman taught us anything, it’s that viewers love redheaded women-of-the-night who are nonetheless lovable and empathetic.
10) What’s the status on the direwolves?
11) I always forget about the remaining Starks (it seems as though most have been killed off but no, just the parents and the eldest). The two youngest boys are still running around, with one being psychic and the other one always being forgotten. Not sure where that subplot leads but so far I’m rather lukewarm about it.
12) Shae. Do we like her? Do we trust her? Hmm.
13) Lancel Lannister! Can we stop to talk about how utterly medieval he looks, right down to the medieval-page-boy haircut (albeit High Middle Ages, circa the end or 15th century). It’s as if we met the Princes of the Tower, a few years later. His scenes are unfairly underrated and often entail perfect comedy.
Tyrion: “And, Lancel, please tell my friend Bronn to kill you if anything should happen to me.”
Lancel to Bronn: “Please kill me if anything should happen to Lord Tyrion.”
In the meantime, I leave you with this!