The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.03: High Sparrow

Screen_Shot_2015-04-26_at_11.34.40_AM.0If the first episode of this season of Game of Thrones was about showing us where the various pieces are on the chessboard, and the second episode was about starting them in motion, the third episode, “High Sparrow,” saw some of those pieces finally being pushed into one another.

The episode also reduces the number of characters that get featured compared to previous weeks, giving us more time with each of the stories that are featured.

What we end up with is an episode that does more with less than the two that came before it, and is the strongest episode so far this season.

Spoilers follow, as always: Continue reading

The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.02: The House of Black and White

Arya-at-the-House-of-Black-and-White-810x454After an episode in which most of our characters were regrouping after the cataclysms of Season 4, the second episode of this season, “The House of Black and White,” starts moving the pieces around the game board and setting up the conflicts for the season ahead.

The result is a more dynamic episode than last week’s, and a solid one, if perhaps not a particularly memorable one.

As always, spoilers for those who haven’t seen this week’s Game of Thrones follow below the jump. Continue reading

The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.01: The Wars to Come

tyrion-and-varys-game-thronesJust before Season 4 of Game of Thrones was about to start, Elliot and I we decided to give the show a try so that maybe we could get caught up in time to start watching new episodes by the time the season was wrapping up.

We watched three seasons in two weeks and saw the second episode the day after it aired.

I started writing on Facebook what began as short joke-y lists of things I observed in the episodes, and these lists turned into full-blown reviews. Someone suggested I actually start a blog just for my Game of Thrones recaps, and I suggested the name “The Great Sept of Baylor.” Now that I have a blog of my own, I figured* I’d start doing this again with the new season.

Se, here below are my thoughts on “The Wars to Come,” the first episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Spoilers obviously follow for those who haven’t watched: Continue reading