5 Things We Know About ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5!

GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

If you’re anything like me, you are counting down the days until the newest season of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones premieres. Many have been swept up by the epic fantasy series which tells the story of four main families (the Lannisters, the Starks, the Baratheons and the Targaryens) as they vie for control of the kingdom of Westeros. The TV show is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. There are currently five books in the series with two more slated to be published in coming years. Continue reading

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Quirky Item of the Week: Game of Thrones Coasters

Game of Thrones Coasters by Gorgeous Glassware

Game of Thrones Coasters (Image Credit: Gorgeous Glassware)

Like many people, I absolutely love the HBO hit Game of Thrones. After binge-watching every available episode in one week, I got on the waiting list at my local library (behind 127 other people) so I can read the books while I wait for Season 4 to arrive.

You can imagine my delight when a friend shared a link to these Game of Thronesinspired coasters with me on Facebook. Each coaster is decorated with a different imaginary beer label to represent the different characters and families of GoT. Growing up in Wisconsin, beer is a very important part of my culture, so I love that the artist went with fictional beer labels for these coasters rather than the more predictable route of the Game of Thrones family sigils. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Finale ‘Mhysa’ Recap

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

After last episode I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch the finale, what other horrors would they subject us Stark fans too?  The episode starts off with The Hound escaping Lord Frey’s castle with Arya who unfortunately sees her brother’s body being carried around with the dead wolf’s head attached. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 309 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ Recap

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Holy crap this was the worst episode EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robb Stark is finally listening to his mother’s advice after realizing she was right about Greyjoy not being sent to negotiate with his father.  Catelyn Stark looks over his plan and points out the flaws in his and he takes the advice.  Robb also apologizes to House Tully for turning his back on the marriage pledge with his house.  Walder Frey is a dirty old man who decides to dissect the reasons behind Robb’s broken oath, aka, publically sexually harass Robb’s wife.  There is something very off about this situation. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 308 ‘Second Sons’ Recap

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Arya and Joffrey’s dog are together and Arya is sure he is going to hurt her until he reveals his reason for snatching her; he plans to take her back to her mom and brother for a fee.  So their journey begins to the Frey house wedding.

Khaleesi and her advisors meet with the Captains of the Second Sons (mercenaries) whose leader is the most disgusting sex hungry pig in the realm.  They agree to think upon her proposal to join forces.  Upon exit, Khaleesi and the young Second Son lieutenant exchange a look.  Ooh la la.  In private, the captains decide to kill Khaleesi while her unsullied sleep; the young one draws the fateful chip. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 307 ‘The Bear and The Maiden Fair’ Recap

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Jon Snow and Ygritte are getting to know each other better on the road to the North wall.  He realizes how little education she’s had and he realizes how much tougher she is than him.  Nonetheless, the sexual tension between them runs hot much to the delight of GOT viewers.

Robb Stark and his crew are still trying to work out how they’re going to please Lord Fray so they can become strong allies.  After discussing strategy, Robb and his wife get down to business then the could-be Queen confesses she is pregnant.  The pair is ecstatic, Robb Stark now has a lot to lose and I’m guessing he will lose one of them eventually. Continue reading

Games of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 306 “The Climb” Recap

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

This week on the HBO goliath Game of Thrones, we learn that it pretty much stinks to live in Westeros. But that’s really nothing new.

North of the Wall: Kindhearted and totally naive Sam tries to woo an uninterested Gilly by campfire light, but in order to do that Sam has to know how to build a fire in the first place. No luck there. But the less-than-impressed Gilly does seem intrigued by Sam’s highborn status and his intriguing lullaby (who knew the seemingly skill-less crow could kind of sing!) so she gives him a small amount of attention when he’s showing off his dragonglass arrowhead that Sam thinks is useless. (Hello! Pointy thing shaped like a weapon! I wonder what it could possibly be used for?) Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 304 ‘And Now His Watch is Ended’ Recap

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Aw damn, those guys are making Jaime wear his amputated hand around his neck.  They literally torture him, mentally and physically.   Jaime has now become a sad character, one that you almost feel sorry for – hoping he actually gets away from these cruel men.  The tables have turned. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 303 ‘Walk of Punishment’ Recap

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Robb Stark in River Run for his grandfather’s funeral but the cremation upon water ceremony doesn’t go quite as planned, which is pretty funny.  Equally if not more humorous is the game of musical power chairs with Tywin, Cersei, Tyrion, Lord Baelish, the eunuch, and the alchemist.  Baelish is promised a hand in marriage to a royal woman by Tywin leaving Tyrion master of coin for the crown, which is a title he does not wish to have. Continue reading

Joe Dempsie as Gendry, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, and Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie in GAME OF THRONES

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 302 ‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’ Recap

Joe Dempsie as Gendry, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, and Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie in GAME OF THRONES

Joe Dempsie as Gendry, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, and Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

We finally catch up with the younger two Stark children in this episode of Game of Thrones.  Bran is still with the wilding lady, the beastly man, and his wolves running toward the north.  They run until they are caught by a young man, Jojen Reed, and his sister, Mera, who were tasked with finding Bran. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Premiere ‘Valar Dohaeris’ Recap

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 1 "Valar Dohaeris" Recap

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

This season of Game of Thrones starts exactly where last season left off with poor Samwell Tarly running from the white walkers.  Not so far way from this scene is Jon Snow and his red headed Wilding girl – Ygritte.  They arrive at the Wilding village where giants roam freely pounding posts into the ground with their fists.

Poor Tyrion is recovering from his war wound, a cut across his face, locked up in a room inside the castle.  His incestuous sister still roams Kings Landing as Queen B*$^& and threatens Tyrion not to speak ill of her to their father.  This doesn’t hold much water with little brother but this sibling rivalry will be left for another episode.  If you recall, Tyrion and father Lannister are not friendly but Tyrion takes a stab at breaking the wall.  He insists he deserves some recognition for his efforts in the battle including control of Casterly Rock.  Tywin quickly shuts him down for no other reason than for him being a little person and killing his mother during childbirth.  Way to be an a-hole the most likable character on GOT.

On a rock in the middle of the sea we find Davos sun stroked and barely alive.  He is able to wave down a friendly ship and convince the pirate captain to take him back to Stannis.  Due to his army’s devastating defeat during the Battle of Blackwater, Melisandre the priestess of R’hllor, has all her hooks in him garnering undying devotion.  When Stannis’ closest adviser, Davos, confronts him about her – he’s thrown into the dungeon.

As for Robb Stark, he returns to Harrenhal to find “200 hundred Northmen slaughtered” by the Tywin Lannister’s army.  Robb is still pissed at his mum for setting Jaime Lannister free and sends her off to be imprisoned as his army regroups.

Meanwhile, Sansa and Shae stare longingly at the ships leaving port making up stories about their journey.  Not so coincidentally, Sir Baelish comes to speak with Sansa and promises to take her on his next voyage out of King’s Landing so she can escape the Lannister’s grasp.

Khalisi and Sir Friendzone (thanks for that one, Rita) are sailing across the sea to secure an army and claim the iron throne with dragons in tow.  When they reach a port to secure an army, a slave army to be exact, they are greeted by a foul speaking slave trader offering 8,000 men.  Yeow, nipple removal just to show soldier toughness – not cool, empathy pain.  Ugh.  Just as Khalisi is nearly injured by a warlock we meet her newest guardsman, a throw back from her father’s time.  We’ll see if Sir Friendzone is now also Sir Backburner due to this new character.

Phew – there was a lot going on in this episode.  If you haven’t watched it, be sure to check out the re-runs because Game of Thrones is intricate and has a million characters and storylines.  Intense!  Check back here for the next episode recap.