Sunday, June 26, 2016

TV Show Review: Game of Thrones (Season 6)

Game of Thrones is the greatest show on television flying high above some very healthy competition because it never fails to raise the stakes and creates a world that viewers can dive into. The twists were numerous and totally unexpected despite the spoiler atmosphere of the internet. This HBO Show based on the novel by George R. R. Martin has shown the potential of fantasy and set a high watermark for what television hopes to achieve.

This season began with many of the characters either in dire situations or recovering from a trauma. From Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) running from the evil bastard Ramsey (Iwan Rheon) to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) surrounded by Dothraki horsemen to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) dead, the situation did not look very good for anyone. This season really brought things around towards what looks like the conclusive battle of this epic series in the following series.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) are still scheming but now in Mereen as they tried to make deals with the disgruntled slavers. Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Walde) still seeks to be with his sister Cersei (Lena Headey) who is recovering from her internment at the hands of religious zealots. The plot in King's Landing was one of my favorite and ended with a bang. No one is spared in this show though some characters like Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) survive through their craftiness while others like Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and the Hound (Rory McCann) through sheer toughness. 

The Battle of the Bastards was the best episode of this season and possibly the whole series with the epic confrontation for who will rule in the North at Winterfell, but there were plenty of surprises and great scenes throughout as Arya (Maisie Williams) completed her training  and other queens got their revenge with bigger dragons and explosions. The show did not let up with every episode filled to the brim with emotion and tension.

Game of Thrones has made me an even greater fan of fantasy. I really enjoyed how the season ended with the final pieces coming together. There was a few slow parts throughout the middle as everything was set up but the payoff made it all worth it. I was a fan of the book and had been waiting for the show to catch up and now it has surpassed the story. I do like the books for details and extra storylines like Dorne, that got glossed over in the show and the warrior Krakens of Iron Island but I understand budgets and constraints of the visual media. I look forward to the conclusions in the upcoming seasons.

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