Now is the Winter of Our Discontent…

Game of Thrones #73 (Season 8, #6), “The Iron Throne,” air date:  May 19, 2019  Directed and Written by Benioff/Weiss  The ending of HBO’s Game of Thrones will inevitably be compared with the other great shows of modern television:  MASH, Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and a few others. My opinion, after blogging through seventy-three episodes?  Thumbs up!  They nailed it.  I’m […]

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Apocalypse Now: Westeros

Game of Thrones, Episode 72 (Season Eight, no. 5), air date May 12, 2019;  “The Bells,” director: Miguel Sapochnik, writers: Benioff and Weiss  The title of this post will seem overly cute at first glance.  Since my first major publishing venture was a book on Francis Coppola, Hollywood Auteur, I assure my readers, it’s not just a […]

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Palace Intrigue

Game of Thrones, Season 8, #4 (overall #71), air date: May 5, 2019,  Director: David Nutter, Writers:  Benioff and Weiss   That was the most uncomfortable victory party ever!  There was such unity among enemies when everyone was staring at the White Walkers, but now?  Daenyrys looks around the room and sees nothing but potential traitors to her glorious […]

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Night King, it was good to know ye!

“The Long Night”  Episode #70 (Season 8, #3) Dir. Miguel Saponchrnik, Writers Benioff and Weiss.  Show date:  April 28, 2019   Years ago when I was living in Dublin, I remember going downtown to see Daniel Day Lewis in “My Left Foot.”  There were two nine-year old or so North Dublin kids sitting behind me who had come in to see […]

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The Lull Before the Storm of Swords

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 2 (#69, air date: April 21, 2019) Director: David Nutter; Writer:  Bryan Cogman This is another “relationship” episode, reminding us that much as Game of Thrones is an action-packed sword and sorcery epic, it’s also driven by a huge ensemble cast.  At times it feels a bit like […]

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A Matter of Time

“Winterfell,”  Season 8, #1 (episode #68).  Director:  David Nutter;  Writer: David Hill.  Show date:  April 14, 2019.   The distinguishing feature of long form television is, well, time.  Plots play out over the immediate season and if the show is particularly good and popular, the plot may play out over years and multiple seasons.  The complexity that […]

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An Exercise in Captioning

Looks like no more Game of Thrones to write about until 2019.  In the meantime, I am going to use this space to write a sample blog exercise for my students who are doing a “captioning” assignment.  They need to take an old picture and “caption” it by telling the reader what they are looking […]

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