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Recap of Boys Before Flowers aka Boys Over Flowers

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Producer : Stuart Cornfeld, Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller

Starring : Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kim So-eun

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Recap of Boys Before Flowers aka Boys Over Flowers" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]The title “Boys Before Flowers” (or the Japanese hana yori dango) refers to the privileged quartet who rule the roost at their elite private school. They’ve adopted the name “Flower Four,” which gets shortened to F4, and are in their last year of high school at the incredibly exclusive school for the insanely wealthy, Shinhwa High School. It’s so sought-after that aspiring attendees are placed on a waiting list practically upon birth. The school starts with Shinhwa Kindergarten and goes straight through Shinhwa University.

EPISODE 1 RECAP

In this drama,Shinhwa Group (“shinhwa” meaning “legend”) is the most powerful corporation in Korea, bigger and more powerful. Shinhwa makes cars, owns department stores, and is virtually everywhere — its empire even includes an elite school. At the beautiful Shinhwa campus, pampered students flaunt their wealth and band together in cliques.

Unfortunately, just being rich isn’t enough to survive the teen tyranny at Shinhwa — outsiders or loners are often marked as targets by the bored uber-clique F4. Once a student is delivered F4’s “red card,” it signals the rest of the school to go all out in harassing and bullying the student.

This guy, having just received the dreaded red card, is immediately chased by students and beaten. He’s cornered into a bathroom, puts up a good fight, and manages to escape.

Geum Jan-di (actress Gu Hye-sun) arrives at the school bearing a dry-cleaning delivery, amazed at all the splendor. Students talk excitedly about the newest F4 victim, joking that they’d known he wouldn’t last long. Recognizing the boy’s name, Jan-di follows the crowd outside, where they all look up at the rooftop, where the battered guy stands poised to jump off the building.

The guy shouts to his audience, “This what you want, isn’t it? Fine, I’ll give you what you want.” He starts to step off the ledge — but Jan-di bursts on the scene, yelling to get his attention. She’s got his dry-cleaning! That’ll be $30, please!

Jan-di isn’t too quick on the uptake, because she doesn’t grasp the severity of the moment until the boy tells her to get the money from his family after he dies. At this point,Jan-di gasps in horror: “Are you about to die? Why? You go to such a nice school.” He tells her, “This isn’t school, it’s hell.” Jan-di corrects him, saying, “Excuse me, but the real hell is outside.”

He asks if she knows what F4 is (she doesn’t), and explains that their red card makes you a hunted man. Finally realizing that this mysterious F4 is why he’s all bloody and ready to jump off a building, Jan-di indignantly asks, “And you’re going to let them get away with that?” If this was her school, she’d show them who was boss. The guy tells her that her friends are lucky to have a friend like her — and then jumps.

Everyone gasps — Jan-di lurches forward — and grabs him on his way over the ledge. Saved!

Photos are uploaded, news spreads quickly, and pretty soon, Jan-di is hailed as a hero in the media, a sort of Wonder Woman for the working class. As this occurred on a Shinhwa campus — and worse, a Shinhwa heir is involved (F4’s leader) — citizens denounce the Shinhwa Group. Housewives agree to boycott Shinhwa stores, candlelight vigils are held, people demonstrate.

Jan-di’s best friend Ga-eul and her boss cheer her on (the girls work after school at a neighborhood restaurant). Ga-eul wistfully wonders if the F4 boys are as cute as they say, but Jan-di is not at all impressed. She calls them Fly Four instead — dung flies.

Naturally, the outcry is a pain in the neck for Shinhwa Group’s CEO, Kang Hee-joo, who happens to be mother to F4 leader Gu Jun-pyo. She vents her ire on her secretary, Mr. Jung (perfectly cast, by the way): “You know why public opinion is frightening? Because they’re ignorant!”

What, then, can be done for damage control? Offer the commoner a scholarship to Shinhwa High School, of course!

Jan-di’s family is thrilled. Jan-di is not.

She refuses to go to the school, preferring her life as it is. Her parents, on the other hand, think it’s foolish for her to pass up a free education that even the rich and powerful would kill for. Plus, they wheedle, the school has a swimming pool… and remember how much she liked swimming? Jan-di is not so easily bought, but still, the end result is a foregone conclusion. The next day, she arrives at her new school.

Predictably, she is a complete fish out of water in this place where students flash luxury vehicles (Jun-pyo arrives by helicopter) and designer clothing.

Jan-di wanders around, searching for the swimming pool, when she hears the strains of a violin. Curious, she follows the sound and comes to its source: It’s Yoon Ji-hoo, dressed all in white, playing his violin out in the woods. As we all do.

When he sees her, she asks in a flustered tone for the pool, and he points her in the right direction. She runs off in mortification, but also impressed at Ji-hoo’s skills sensitivity pretty face.

Now for the Grand Entrance:

F4’s appearance sends all the girls squealing and everyone rushing to the entrance to welcome their overlords.As it is, F4 arrives in a blaze of glory and glamour-shot backlighting.

Jun-pyo looks over at one of the bystanders, who immediately quivers in fear. In a supremely bored but authoritative voice, Jun-pyo asks Woo-bin for the rest of his juice, then pours it all over the hapless student.

(The guy had been bragging earlier about wearing a shirt only he and Jun-pyo owned, and Jun-pyo is not pleased to be caught similarly dressed.)

Afterward, Jan-di sputters at Jun-pyo’s silliness,,She calls him a crazy bastard, then wonders if everyone else is also crazy, watching his reign of terror without saying anything.

This attracts the attention of the school’s three queen bees, who introduce themselves as Ginger (the leader), Sunny, and Miranda (or Shinhwa’s “jin, sun, and mi” — a way of saying they’re the most beautiful). They stick up for F4 and tell Jan-di to watch what she says.

Deciding to acquaint herself with the members of F4, Jan-di and her brother surf the internet for their bios:

Song Woo-bin (actor Kim Joon) is heir to a construction enterprise; his father is a real estate magnate.

So Yi-jung (Kim Bum) is a pottery genius who comes from an artistic lineage; his grandfather also owns a famous art museum.

Yoon Ji-hoo (actor-singer Kim Hyun-joong) is the grandson of a former president, and the sole surviving descendant, as his parents died in car crash when he was five. His family owns a variety of rich-people toys, like an art center, a European soccer team, and a major league baseball team.

And then there’s Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho). The others are famous among rich society, but Jun-pyo, as the heir to Shinhwa Group, is known to practically the entire country.

Finding out how privileged F4 is sends Jan-di into a rage — life’s too unfair. She takes particular anger at Jun-pyo for being such an asshole, because if he was born so lucky, he should be thankful and act kindly to others.

Too late, Jan-di looks down the staircase and spots a set of legs — someone’s taking a nap on the landing below. It’s Ji-hoo, who saunters up to her, telling her in his soft-spoken way that she’s disrupted his sleep. He heard the whole tirade, such as her calling them flies, and tells her the guy’s name is Jun-pyo, not Jung-pyo — if she’s going to rail against him, she ought to at least get the name right.

Lunchtime. The Bimbo Trio make it a point to hover and comment on Jan-di’s poor-person lunch. The cafeteria serves gourmet offerings, but Jan-di ignores them in favor of her plain lunchbox (rice, egg, Spam), which they now ridicule.

Unexpectedly, Jan-di receives a friendly overture from another new girl, Oh Min-ji, who is sweet, pretty, and recently transferred from Germany.

Ga-eul expresses relief that Jan-di made a friend; she was afraid she’d wind up an outsider. Jan-di replies glumly, “I am an outsider.” Still, she figures she can lie low until graduation, which prompts Ga-eul to ask what happened to the fearless protector who used to always stand up for her in elementary school.

But Jan-di figures she’ll have to stick it out. Her father’s absurdly proud of her fancy uniform (as a dry-cleaner, he can appreciate quality), while her mother pushes her to work on her looks so she can get noticed by a rich boy.

Jan-di’s patience is tried the next day, when F4 struts in looking cool, as usual, and a shy student presents Jun-pyo with a homemade cake and hopes that he’ll “accept her feelings.” Jun-pyo stares at her in his blank, haughty way, and takes the cake, as though accepting — to the girl’s excitement and the Bimbo Trio’s horror — until he then smashes the cake into her face.

Jun-pyo walks off, only to find Jan-di in his path, trying to do her best to tamp down her fury. She unleashes a diatribe:

Jan-di: “You! Don’t you even have the barest human courtesy? I don’t bother hoping you’d have any humility for your riches. But if you didn’t want to eat it, you could have politely refused. Or, couldn’t you think of the feelings of the person who made the cake and accepted?”

Unfortunately, Jan-di’s tirade is only in her head. When it comes time to say it, she backs down and mutters, “Never mind.” As Ji-hoo passes, though, he gives her a smile, as if knowing what’s running through her mind.

The next encounter isn’t so easily dismissed. Min-ji and Jan-di eat ice cream cones and chat cheerfully, when Min-ji slips and falls at Jun-pyo’s feet, getting ice cream all over his shoe. Immediately scared and apologetic, Min-ji tries to offer to pay for new shoes, then offers to do “whatever I can” to rectify the situation. When he tells her to lick the ice cream off his shoe, Jan-di steps in, saying he should accept the apology — it’s not like Min-ji fell on purpose. So Jun-pyo turns his derision onto Jan-di instead:

Jun-pyo: “Is it your thing to be obtuse and interfering? Why butt into someone else’s business?”

Jan-di: “She’s not just anyone, she’s a friend. But I guess they don’t include words like ‘friend’ or ‘friendship’ in rich people’s dictionaries.”

Jun-pyo: “Friend? Let’s see some of that great friendship in action. You lick it.”

Jan-di: “What?”

Jun-pyo: “If you do it for her, I’ll let this go.”

Resignedly, Jan-di starts to bend over as Jun-pyo waits expectantly, but stops mid-bow. Instead, she shoves her ice cream cone in Jun-pyo’s face, causing him to fall over.

Jan-di scoffs, “So what, did you earn all that money yourself?” And no, her “thing” isn’t to interfere, it’s to stand up to the behavior of rich punks who rely on their rich parents.

Furthermore, she takes out a couple of bills (equivalent to a dollar) and throws three at him, referring to his stained clothing: “Our business charges 2,500 won, but I calculated using Kangnam [rich neighborhood] standards. If it still won’t clean, bring it by.”

That night, Jun-pyo remains in a dark mood, trying to figure out how to get back at Jan-di. I’ll admit I burst out laughing when the song “Never Say Goodbye” came up...

As the rest of the guys aren’t taking this seriously, they find Jun-pyo unusually fixated. Yi-jung suggests that Jun-pyo act in their “usual way,” and Jun-pyo’s gleeful reaction gives us our first glimpse of his, uh, not-quite-bright tendencies.

The next day, Jan-di gets the red card, but it doesn’t really mean much to her and she just tosses it away.

She finds out what the effects of red-carding are when she walks into class and her desk is gone. One of her notebooks is lying on the ground, graffiti’d with hate words, and when she bends down to pick it up, it jumps out of reach — someone’s tied a string to it.

Jan-di follows the leaping notebook out into the hallway, where her equally defaced desk is parked. Students start pelting her with eggs — and then a bucket of flour is dumped over her from above.

It’s the despoiling of her uniform that gets to her — she remembers how her father so proudly ironed it — and Jan-di shouts at them defiantly, “Go on! Keep going!”

When she looks to the crowd around her, Min-ji rushes off, too scared to show her support.

Meanwhile, F4 watches the proceedings on a television in their lounge. The other two (Yi-jung, Woo-bin) figure that’s the end of story, but Jun-pyo corrects them — it’s over when Jan-di comes begging on her knees.

I admit this is the scene when I totally fell for Lee Min-ho’s dunderheaded charms, because he’s absolutely convinced Jan-di will come through the door any minute now. He counts down, and his consternation when she doesn’t is hilarious.

Jan-di retreats to her shouty stairwell (“Do you think because my name is Jan-di [grass], you can trample all over me?!”). Again, she’s interrupted by Ji-hoo, who’s relaxing on the landing below.

Oddly, he asks, “Do you know how to make pancakes?” Confused, Jan-di lists the ingredients. Taking in her appearance, Ji-hoo peers at her closely, then wipes the flour from her face and uniform with a handkerchief. Surprised and touched, she promises to return it later; he answers that he won’t be coming back, since the stairwell’s gotten a lot noisier recently.

Jan-di’s mood lifts when she goes back to the now-empty classroom and finds a set of gym clothing and a stuffed animal on her desk. The toy has a voice-recorded message from Min-ji, which tells her, “I’m sorry. Forgive me for being a coward.”

When she goes for a swim, Jan-di finds the pool littered with trash — it’s Jun-pyo’s next phase in the Jan-di Tormenting Regimen.

In fact, Jun-pyo’s so into his plans to ruin Jan-di’s life that even his friends are surprised he’s still so fixated on them, a week later. Yi-jung muses, “Isn’t she the first to really stand up to F4?”

(Ji-hoo isn’t with them because he’s off sleeping in a new location, although how anyone can sleep with legs crossed like that is a wonder. Way to go, Ji-hoo.)

All the while, Jan-di cleans out the pool, picking out all the empty bottles and soda cans. By the time she’s dressed in the locker room, she’s visited by more of Jun-pyo’s minions, who grab her, ignoring her screams, and start to carry her off.

Soo, that is it for this episode guys,next episode would be coming up soon,,If anyone is new to this drama and has only watched the first episode and would like to comment or give your opinions or anything feel free to comment. If you have watched this before, please do not give away anything for our readers and viewers who have not seen it yet, but I would like your comments as well.

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Game of Thrones S7E6

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2857" img_size="full" el_class="mgn-bag-img"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Visit the official site[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Watch Trailer" style="custom" custom_background="#ffbe49" custom_text="#0a0a0a" shape="square" align="left" css_animation="right-to-left" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqUMGGy8fsHg||target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="GAME OF THRONES S7E6-BEYOND THE WALL" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]First off guys, I am sorry this is coming this late (especially for those watched the leaked version). I have simply been unable to get down to it.

For this reason, this should be less of a recap and more of a precap of the final episode of the season. Haha.

Social media has been agog about the speed of events, with two opposing camps – those who are upset that Gendry shattered Usain Bolt’s records (in a long-distance race nonetheless) and that ravens and dragons fly at the speed of bomber jets; and those whose are upset that the earlier set are upset, because afterall, it is a show about dragons and people impervious to fire and people rising from the dead…

Then there was an interview where George R. R. Martin apparently confessed that he does not watch the series, and everybody went … ahhhhh.

So, let us not dwell on improbable timelines, while we agree that George R. R. has left the story to the producers, and it is now all about pleasing us, the viewers.

Let us not dwell on a group that we called suicidal returning nearly complete and our dear Jon Snow justifying his surname by falling into a frozen lake and still surviving, rescued by his undead uncle and braving a ride to the wall.

Let us simply confess that we are thoroughly enjoying the series, and that we are traumatized as we contemplate another year, or more without GOT. This feeling is the actual winter that has befallen us (sad smiley).

So, what are we to expect now? The Night King has evened the odds with the killing and turning of Viserion (or should we now call him Icerion?). Suddenly, it is not clear cut how Jon and Dany and whoever joins them will win the war, as we had always considered the dragons their trump card. At least there is still hope – the dragon glass being mined by Jon’s men.

The other notable happening in the episode is the deepening of the strife between Arya and Sansa, with Littlefinger fanning it on. There were some chilling moments where Arya managed to convince some of us that she would harm her sister. Unfortunately, Sansa is basically turning to Littlefinger as he had planned all along, and she seems the only one blinded to his deviousness.

Well, let’s look at the final episode. Obviously, there is going to be another war, as the trailer reveals, and the Jon and Dany meet Cersei for the ceasefire talks (I am not sure how to reconcile the talks and the battles). Also, the episode is titled “The Dragon and the Wolf” which suggests the Targaryens and the Starks. Or could it be about the unification of fire and ice in Jon? Well, we shall find out in the nearly eighty minutes for the final episode, before our long winter of waiting commences.

So long folks.

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Recap of Game of Thrones S7E5

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="GAME OF THRONES S7E5- EASTWATCH" use_theme_fonts="yes"][vc_empty_space height="25px"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]So, after all the fiery fury of the Spoils of War, we expected a calmer episode, and we got one. Eastwatch was all about plot twists and reviving forgotten storylines.

Let us begin with Jaime, who obviously did not drown as some had speculated. Congratulations are in order, it appears. The latest incestuous bastard has been conceived.  Also, madam has forgiven him for meeting with her turncoat brother behind her back. Plus, Bronn has stuck with him despite his claim that their partnership would not survive the fire of dragons.

Cersei sha, is the real deal! Fresh from basically stating that she would rather allow Kingslanding burn than bend the knee, she declares that she was contemplating a strategic truce – for the sole purpose of delaying conflict until she is in a less disadvantageous position. Poor Daenerys! She lacks the guile to effectively battle Cersei. Her mean streak only goes as far as turning people to ashes. And her advisers lack the stomach for true evil.

Tyrion’s “capture a whitewalker” plan caught me entirely by surprise. It never occurred to me that such a venture could be contemplated. I am even mildly surprised that Queen ”Bend the Knee” accepted it. I guess she was wooed by the fact that Drogon allowed Jon to pet him, or was she mellowed by the return of Ser Jorah Friendzone?

To Winterfell, where Agent ”Double 0 Arya” apparently does not realise how formidable an opponent Littlefinger is. Her experiences make it understandable why she wants to behead everyone, but I suspect her angst with Sansa stems from heir childhood when she despised her and her love for the finer things of life. Sansa’s position – her apparent loyalty to Jon, is however understandable, as she understands the need for continual leadership as opposed to vengeance and chastisement.

The new Lord Tarly (we must recognize Sam for what he is, by the virtue of the death of his father and brother, and his having abandoned his calling) is entirely justified in his decision to leave Oldtown. The war effort requires all hand to be at the pump. I wonder if he is headed for Winterfell or the wall, or if the eventual knowledge of the demise of his father and brother will affect the war effort, or turn him against Daenerys. On an aside, Gilly has given us an insight into what happened between Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark – which throw up questions concerning the rightful heir to the Iron Throne…

Welcome back Gendry, who used four seasons to learn how to wield an axe. I confess I was expecting to see him, not because I am good at seeing the paths the writers will take, but because he (Joe Dempsie) showed up at the Los Angeles Training Camp of Manchester United while they were on tour. I had no idea however, how he was going to affect the story. The “my dad and your dad were pals” chemistry was pleasing to see, though. Bar Ser Davos, the last person Jon appeared to have such a rapport with was Sam.

Not too many people died in this episode, just the Tarlys and the egunje collecting guards at Kingslanding (who were dispatched principally to display Gendry’s ability with the hammer). With the whole twist of the whitewalker capture project, I find it difficult to anticipate what battles will come next. I am sure though that the last two episodes will yield at least one major clash – between whom? I know not.

And finally, the strange seven journey into the driving snow on the whitewalker venture. Quite a motley collection – the King of the North; the last surviving Baratheon; the disgraced son of the former Lord Commander, survivor of greyscale and devotee of the Mother of Dragons; the leader of the Wildings; the Hound; and his two brothers without banners – one a serial ressurector, and the other a drink loving outcast of the house of Mormont. We wish them well, even as we expect that some of them shall die during this undertaking.

Just two more episodes, before we wait another year or longer for our concluding season. We wait with bated breath.

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Revue of Game of Thrones S7E4

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Let us start at Dragonstone where Jon offers proof of his white walker theory to Daenerys, in a bid to convince her to commit her armies and dragons to his cause.

The slight discomfort between Jon and Daenerys might be deliberate, as the writers do not want us to guess as to their eventual relationship. While the gorier minded viewers contemplate an incestuous end, I am more inclined to think that Bran will somehow reveal the secret behind Jon’s parentage to him before too long.

So, Ser Davos points out that he has seen Jon staring at Daenerys’ … erm… heart. With our apparent knowledge that they are related, disquieting thoughts of incest come to mind. This was not helped by their intense moments in the cave, which Daenerys destroyed with her fixation with getting Jon to bend the knee.

Meanwhile girls will be girls abi? Daenerys and Missandei talking about the “many things” that happened between her and Greyworm. Even Daenerys was surprised at the raising of a eunuch. Woman sef!

To the battle of the day. After the losses of the Greyjoy fleet and the Tyrell provisions, Daenerys was sorely in need of a victory, and we had anticipated that this would happen when the Dothraki would be let loose. Indeed, we were not disappointed. It was a worthy spectacle. While Drogon, piloted by Daenerys, took a good deal of the shine, the sheer meeting of the two armies was breathtaking. The sight of the Dothraki jumping on their horses like circus performers as they approached the Lannister lines was glorious, as was the savage fighting they displayed. Their singlemindedness was evident for all, what with Bronn’s horse being cut out from under him and his having to use one of them to test the scorpion.

Allow me to welcome Bronn back into the fray. I have always enjoyed his comments and his general attitude towards life. Despite his seeming mercenary nature, his loyalty always shines through. HI is one great soldier though, and it is fitting that he should be the first one to man Q’s scorpion and bring down Drogon. What would Jamie do without him?

And to our body count, the decimation of the Lannister army by Drogon and the Dothraki was quite enjoyable, not because we just love blood and gore, but because we love battles.  As an aside, those who took advantage of the leak kept tweeting about Jamie’s near death – just because he fell into water! Ordinary water!

Jamie sha, is one courageous brother. He obviously realized that killing Daenerys would end the war once and for all and embarked on his Hail Mary charge despite the Drogon threat. Cue in Bronn, again, who might have even gained an assistant saver in the person of Dickon, Sam’s brother (obviously good hearts run in the Tarly family).

And so, we have the next Stark reunion, there is only one left now – Jon and Arya, which, as Sansa points out, will be the most emotional. I do feel sorry for Sansa though. She keeps reuniting with her siblings only to find that they have changed severely. Arya is even better than Babalawo Bran, whose dispatch of poor, loyal, Meera was for me the low point of the episode.

My missus is concerned that Sansa might become jealous of Arya, particularly as she will have to share Brienne’s loyalty, amongst other things. I am not certain I could detect this, but it does give me a feeling of disquiet, as Littlefinger is around to use any opportunity to advance his interests.

We are now more than halfway gone in Season 7. I believe that we can safely expect the issue of the Iron Throne to be concluded before the conclusion of the season, so that we can turn our gaze north, to the impending darkness.

So long folks.

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Recap of Game Of Thrones S7E3

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We land at Dragonstone, where we are treated to a series of repartees between Jon and Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys, and Mellisandre and Varys. There is almost too much to narrate, so I will just point out that the exchanges were interesting and somewhat funny (Jon’s lack of titles for instance, and particularly the Jon/Tyrion’s encounter on the cliff). The exchanges however amplify the general nobleness of the characters. We accept that no one in GOT is entirely good or entirely evil, but we have the “nicer” and the “badder” guys, and this group is largely made up of the former, which is not necessarily a good thing considering the present state of the war for the Iron Throne. A little sprinkling of a spice like Littlefinger might do them a bit of good, methinks…

The slight discomfort between Jon and Daenerys might be deliberate, as the writers do not want us to guess as to their eventual relationship. While the gorier minded viewers contemplate an incestuous end, I am more inclined to think that Bran will somehow reveal the secret behind Jon’s parentage to him before too long.

Second set goes to Cersei. Allowing Casterly Rock (which has little more than sentimental value) to be taken by the Unsullied while taking control of a significantly more valuable and strategic Highgarden was a masterstroke – a double masterstroke even – considering that in doing so she has taken out another of Daenerys’ allies. With the Martells and the Tyrells down, the conquest of Westeros becomes even more difficult. All this while she is consolidating her position with the bankers from Braavos, with the added morsel of getting even against Ellaria… one must admire Cersei! In my estimation she is second only to Littlefinger in the Westeros scheming league as Tyrion lacks the pure evil required to dominate consistently. Oleanna even admits before she leaves our screens that she lacks the imagination that Cersei possesses. Her Villainous Majesty indeed! On a related note, I feel no pity for Ellaria. I never forgave her for the murder of innocent Princess Myrcella Baratheon.

Speaking of Littlefinger, his advice to Sansa was simply awesome. If only she can actually take heed, she would enhance her chances of survival and success. And while we are at Winterfell, the Stark Reunion that occurred was not quite the one I expected, and decidedly lacked the warmth is should have had. Bran is obviously more Three-Eyed-Raven than Bran, and Sansa was not the only one with goosebumps regarding his spooky behaviour.  Hopefully Arya will arrive soon, and we can have people truly happy to see each other.

Euron is quite the villain isn’t he? His needling of Jamie was every bit as impressive as his defeat of his kin in the last episode. This is further strengthened by his wiping out of Daenerys’ fleet. Unlike Joffrey and Ramsay that I actually looked forward to their deaths, I must confess that when Euron is eventually dispatched I will miss him. Disgusting fellow though – asking Jamie about Cersei’s preferences!

Speaking of Jamie/Cersei, DSTV was kind enough to spare us their gory intercourse. Jamie’s apparent unwillingness is notable, especially as Oleanna points our subsequently that he still loves Cersei and that she will be the death of him. There has been some reference to the intercourse incident as a rape on social media. I mean, Jamie did say No. This is a potentially inflammatory issue, so I will just let it rest.

Dear Samwell, Conqueror of the dreaded greyscale! Killer of Whitewalkers! (He even has more titles than Jon Snow, Lol). His punishment which is to recopy scrolls can only expose him to more knowledge, which may yet be instrumental to the coming wars. And so Ser Jorah will be headed to Dragonstone to join Daenerys’ loyal band.

Oh yes! The body count still continues to increase, what with the Unsullied taking Casterly Rock, and the Lannisters decimating the Tyrells, not to talk of the apparent deaths of Oleanna and the last surviving sand snake – with Ellaria to follow soon. I look forward to the next battle, as our savage Dothrakis are yet to come into play.

In conclusion, may I say that I feel a bit strange watching Ygritte (Rose Leslie) star in The Good Fight right before GOT comes up on Channel 101? Is it just me? So long folks.

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Recap of Game of Thrones S7E2

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So… Episode 2 begins somewhat swifter than I expected. War is looming, and we jump straight into battle plans.

The plans are however riddled with philosophical posturing, with Daenerys questioning the loyalty of her followers, particularly Varys – who regales us with statements about the supremacy of the people blah blah blah. Truth is, I like Varys, but Daenerys has good cause to distrust him. Indeed, everyone in the Cersei Haters’ Club has their agendas, some not so hidden. Tyrion even, whose plans to sack Casterly Rock must have surprised many around the table, cannot be expected to solely focused on Daenerys’ queenship. His hatred for his sister still burns, and we can only hope that it will not cloud his vision.

Yes! As I had hoped, Arya is finally going home. The fortuitous encounter with Hot Pie acquaints her the fact that Jon reigns at Winterfell, and she turns her steps northward. I believe she will be of greater use in Winterfell that turning our plot on its head with an attempted (or successful assassination of Cersei. Besides, I am looking forward to that Stark reunion which has so eluded us. Speaking of reunions, it was heartbreaking to’see Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria, abandon her. Well, we could really not have expected more could we?

At Kings Landing, Queen Cersei attempts to convince the Lords to band around her. The still faithful Jaime joins and even presents arguments to Sam’s father Lord Tarly, who is as far removed from his son as one can imagine.

Of greater significance however, is Qyburns plan for the dragons. The “Quartermaster” of Kingslanding (shall we refer to him as Q) did surprise me. It actually did not occur to me that they would develop a weapon to fight the dragons. All of a sudden, things seem to be getting more difficult for Daenerys.

I am quite disappointed in Yara, fooling around with Ellaria while Euron and his Armada bore down on her. One would expect better of a Greyjoy chieftain. That said, the attack was splendid and gave us an indication of how Euron must have spent the past few years. That maniacal glint in his eye did remind me of Ramsay. Cue in the reigning villain in GOT! I do wonder how Cersei plans to deal with him when he returns with her gift. One can only imagine a martial union between such characters! On the whole though, first cut goes to Cerséi.

Mellisandre is back, and still fixated on her quest regarding the Prince (or Princess, according to Missandei) who is to come. She exhorts Daenerys to ally with Jon Snow, and Daenerys truly characteristic of her belief in her queenship, orders that he be invited to come and bend his knee.

To Winterfell, and Jon receives two messages, the first from Tyrion inviting him to Dragonstone, and the second from Sam informing him about his findings – the presence of dragon glass at Dragonstone. Now we are obviously not surprised that everything is being set for the great Daenerys/Jon Snow meeting. It was in the cards from the very beginning. I was touched by the fear and uncertainty displayed by my dear Lyanna and her fellow northern family heads, but it was really inevitable.

In a related development, was it wise of Jon to display his dislike for Littlefinger? And he is leaving Sansa alone with Lord Cunningness! We know Sansa has gotten wise to the ways of the world but we still fear for her. Hopefully Arya will get to Winterfell quickly. I will breathe easier.

Dear Samwell, still feeling he owes a debt of gratitude to Ser Jorah’s father, attempts the impossible and treats us to loathsome sight of a greyscalectomy. For Ser Jorah to be healed of the dreaded disease, he must have some role to play in the coming battles. Shall he rejoin the mother of dragons? Let us wait and see.

And in an outpouring of love, we see Missandei bring, erm, life (and love) to Grey Worm. The scene was also a reminder of the nudity we had all come to associate with GOT, just in case we had forgotten. It was however gentle, and poignant, and left us feeling all mushy inside.

Oh… lest I forget. The body count still continues to increase. Last week it was Arya. This week Euron dispatched those silly sand snakes and a good number of the Greyjoys loyal to Yara. Speaking of the sand snakes, remember Bronn? Where is he?

we cant wait for the next episode because thing s are really heating (or is it freezing) up!

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Recap of Game of Thrones S7E1

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And so folks, we come to the end of our season. Winter has come, and we have to wait till April to continue this weekly activity. I shall indeed miss you. So long…

And to think that when I penned these words at the end of last season I had no idea that we were to wait till July! How in Westeros did we survive this long!?

So… in the words of Daenerys… SHALL WE BEGIN?

Arya brings us back with a bang, stoking up the body count by dispatching all the men of the Frey clan while leaving behind the chilling words… “The North remembers”. Her subsequent encounter with Ed Sheeran is quite amusing, particularly with her casual declaration that she is headed to King’s Landing to kill the Queen. I hope she does nothing to Ed and his simple band of ostensibly harmless soldiers. A pity that she is still bent on vengeance. I am really looking forward to a Stark reunion… what with Bran the babalawo having arrived Castle Black…

Speaking of babalawos, who would have thought the Hound would become one? I must confess that he is one character that continues to surprise me. It is obvious that he will be key in the battle against the army of the dead, with the Brotherhood without Banners apparently committed to that cause. Admittedly, we do need all hand to come to the pump. The sight of the giant and the other undead appearing through the mist was a scary one, and while our early predictions were that we will not fitness the final onslaught until next season, we cannot avoid feeling apprehensive.

Next to Winterfell, where we see the first signs of disquiet rearing between Jon and Sansa, as she realizes that power only resides with the King, and that she is at best an adviser. We sympathize with her though, as her experiences have taught her that honour and trust are very costly sentiments. She does well subsequently to put Littlefinger down as he attempts to insidiously gain control of her. Imagine asking if she is happy? Happy ko, ecstatic ni! Someone has lost nearly all her family, been in a couple of trauma laded marriages and relationships, has potential wars to the North and South and you are asking if she is happy? A word of caution to Sansa though… an unhappy Littlefinger is a very, very dangerous thing. Brienne may not be sufficient to keep her safe if her turns against her.

Still on the Sibling track, we move to Kings Landing where Queen Cersei prepares for war. Jaime has good cause to be afraid of her, even though he deflects when she asks him if he is afraid of her. The arrival of Euron Greyjoy and his thousand ships is definitely a cloud in his horizon – what with Euron’s darkly amusing suggestion that Cersei should try killing a sibling. Jaime is obviously endangered, though his military prowess will be required in the coming wars and as such he has a definite stay of execution. Euron’s promise to bring back a gift to Cersei to convince her to marry him creates an interesting subplot. Let’s see where that leads…

Poor Samwell! So much for meister training. I was gagging while watching him go about his daily duties. Did they have to show us so much of it? Yuck!!! I must admit it was quite funny though. Sam is just one of those characters who is constantly oppressed by others. His importance still becomes obvious though, as his nocturnal studies reveal that Dragonstone could be a veritable source of dragon glass. Why do I feel that all this is being set up to ensure that Jon and Daenerys meet soon?

And finally to Dragonstone, to the homecoming of Daenerys and her loyal band. The scene is almost entirely wordless but the feeling come across. And underline the entire theme of this first episode… a gathering, a foundation laying of potentially combustible elements. The pieces in the chess board are being set, and we can look forward to a season full of drama, and mind-blowing combat as the trailers have already revealed. I feel quite fulfilled and can only wait till Monday. It was a delight seeing some of my favourite characters again, even the less important ones (Lyanna Mormont, Ser Davos and Tormund, yeah).

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