The Minimum Effort Podcast Ep.2: Ghost in the Shell and Obi-Wan?

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Ben and Lewis finally get around to recording the second exciting episode of the new-canon podcast, and boy is it packed with content!

Join them as they talk about movie news, The Walking Dead, Ghost in the Shell, Star Wars Rebels, and the strong rumours about an Obi-Wan movie that have dredged up just a little bitterness…

The Last Jedi- Who? What? Why?

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So the title for Star Wars episode eight was released yesterday, and the internet, unsurprisingly, went wild with speculation and anticipation for what already sounds like a very brooding chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy.

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‘The Last Jedi’… What does it mean? Who is the last Jedi? Why are they the last? All these incredibly obvious questions have been asked and answered all over the inter-web, and many, many people have come forward with their ideas. But here’s mine, for what it’s worth.

We learned in The Force Awakens that, after the defeat of the Empire, and his final battle with Vader and the Emperor, Luke attempted to create a new Jedi Order. We don’t yet know much about what this Order was like, whether it was as blindly stupid/arrogant as the old Jedi Order, or whether this was a new-age of the Jedi with new teachings and new beliefs. However, something obviously wasn’t all too right with the way things were going, because Kylo Ren decided he should slaughter everyone and everything. Great right? Imagine you’re Luke Skywalker; you’ve restored peace to the galaxy, and you’ve brought “balance” to the force, and now your bratty little padawan-nephew decides that “balance” is overrated and that black leather is a really cool look.

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I imagine you’d be pretty gutted after seeing everything you’ve rebuilt destroyed, and all your pupils slaughtered, just because you went wrong somewhere with Ben Solo. And so Luke’s self-exile does seem fairly reasonable when you consider the carnage that his nephew caused.

This blame that Luke’s placed upon himself, and the similarity between Kylo-Ren and Anakin Skywalker’s turns to the darkside, makes me think that Luke tried to rebuild the old Jedi order we saw in the prequels. This was the order that taught its members to swallow their emotions and discouraged romantic attachments, which was precisely what pushed Anakin over to the darkside; the users of which are consumed by their emotions rather than controlling them. I think Luke believed that this was the way the Jedi order was supposed to be, probably thanks to the knowledge provided to him by Lor San Tekka (You know… the old guy at the start of TFA), but obviously he made a mistake and history ended up repeating itself in Kylo Ren’s betrayal.

So he gave it all up and retreated to the first Jedi Temple, which is where Rey finds him at the end of The Force Awakens.

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Now, after all that preamble I can explain where I think the title “The Last Jedi” comes into it.

Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi. Yes I’m aware that it might mean Rey, and that Jedi can be used as a plural, but in my theory Luke is the referred-to Jedi.

At this point he’s had enough of everything, and he’s spent the last 6 years trying to figure out what went wrong, what he can do, and what is going to happen now. When Rey finds him, I think he’s going to be very reluctant to train her, and to begin with I think he’s going to flat-out refuse, but eventually something will change his mind. Maybe learning about the death of Han will be the trigger, or maybe he might be visited by his old mentors Obi-Wan and Yoda in the form of Force Ghosts? Perhaps we may even see the return of Qui-Gon Jinn? Anyway, whatever convinces him to train her, he won’t train her in the traditional philosophies of the Jedi, and I think that together they’ll learn what balance truly means when it comes to the force.

An example of this is the journey that the character of Kanan is currently on in Star Wars Rebels– he is realising that to follow the light and dark sides of the force exclusively brings unbalance, and that to be truly in tune with the force you have to walk the line between the two.

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This isn’t a new concept, in the old expanded universe there was a group known as the Grey Jedi, who did essentially the same thing, but this appears to be the direction that the writers are taking when it comes to force-wielding characters in the canon.

So Luke won’t train Rey to be a Jedi (they’re overrated anyway), he’ll train her to be the first in a new order of force users; an order that focuses less on the clinical approach to the force that the old Jedi had, and instead a more spiritual connection, like Maz Kanata (hint-hint) and The Bendu (Star Wars Rebels). It will be this balance that will allow Rey and Luke to overcome Kylo and the Knights of Ren (great band name), because while Ben Solo is passionately dedicated to the dark-side now that he’s committed patricide, Rey will be able to tap into her emotions but not let them consume her. Luke did the same thing at the end of Return of the Jedi, allowing him to defeat the evil in his father and destroy the Emperor.

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So anyway that’s my two cents, take it or leave it, but I really do hope that this is the direction they’re headed in, because it addresses a lot of the Jedi Order’s flaws, explains why Luke allowed another fall of the Jedi, and also prevents history from repeating itself… again.

(On a side note, I now really want The Bendu to make an appearance as Luke’s new mentor, just to have more Tom Baker and that fantastic character)

But what do you think? Am I right? Is the meaning of the title either so simple it doesn’t need explaining or so obtuse that mere mortals couldn’t deduce its true symbolism? Have I thought about this too much?
(Yes, you have. I like it and it would be interesting to see, but I think you have over-thought it. The two of them will be the “Last Jedi”…. at least for a while- Ben)

Please let us know!

Carrie Fisher- a Tribute

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In a year that had already taken Gordon Henley (Garven Dreis), Ian Liston (Wes Janson) and even Kenny Baker (R2-D2) from us, 2016 then left the biggest kick in the gut until the very end- Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia. After suffering a cardiac arrest while on a flight to Los Angeles, she was rushed to intensive care, and unfortunately passed away yesterday afternoon.

As one of only three women with speaking roles in the original trilogy (the others being little more than cameos), Leia was often the sole female presence in a cast dominated by men. Furthermore, unlike Luke’s iconic green lightsaber or Han’s hairy sidekick, Leia had no instantly recognisable “gimmick” to fall back on. Despite this, Leia stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her male co-stars, proving an inspiration to a generation of fans, and providing a role model to millions of young girls across the world. Leia managed to subvert many clichés throughout the original trilogy; she may have held the title of Princess, but she never once acted as a damsel in distress- as much as Han Solo would have liked to believe otherwise. In the Death Star she resisted torture and the destruction of her home planet, and on Tatooine, in spite of her now infamous attire, it was Leia who killed the crime-lord Jabba. Finally, years later, it was Leia who led the Resistance against the First Order.

In real life, Carrie Fisher had her demons. Her addictions and afflictions are well-documented, and so I feel little need to dwell on that again. Instead, what is more important is despite all of these problems, she never gave up, and dragged herself out from her own personal hell. She never shied away from the truth, often speaking candidly about her problems, culminating in her being awarded an Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Cultural Humanism by Harvard earlier this year. Her own struggles helped her understand those of others- including the PTSD of musician and former soldier James Blunt. Instead of letting her demons engulf her, Carrie decided to use them to better the lives of others- and that is what I believe her legacy will really be.

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In more recent times, Fisher had moved into a role similar to that of Leia in the Force Awakens. Using her unique life experiences, she mentored the aforementioned Blunt, as well as taking Star Wars’ new star Daisy Ridley under her wing. Even in the brief glimpses of their relationship from interviews, it is obvious that Carrie used her wisdom to try and prevent the new star from making the same mistakes that she herself had, advising Daisy on fame and fighting for the right to her own wardrobe, among others.

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Carrie Fisher lived a remarkable life. Her roles as Leia Organa and the “Mystery Woman” in the Blues Brothers make her the equal of Hollywood royalty. Her struggles with addiction, and her subsequent recovery, with all the infamy that surrounded it, made her a tragic figure. Her self-reinvention as a role model, using those experiences to make the lives of luckier people better, made her a caring, empathetic person. All of these things make her passing all the more poignant, the timing being just the icing on a very bitter cake.

In the end, whether you choose to remember Carrie Fisher as a feminist icon, a troubled actor, or simply as the person who played a badass character on a film you like, it is undoubtable that the world is a worse place for her loss. Moreover, at only 60 years of age, it is one that has been felt far too soon. Though, if I had to choose a way to go, drowning in moonlight while being strangled by my own bra would probably be up there.

RIP Carrie Fisher

 

By Pete

Game of Thrones S6E09: The Battle of the Bastards

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I know, I know, we’re late again for the American audience, but hey, I’m lazy. Sue me. Anyway, here’s our review-cap for what could possibly be the greatest episode of Game of Thrones ever. Enjoy!

Allergy Warning: May contain spoilers.

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Lewis: I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that “The Battle of the Bastards” was potentially the best Game of Thrones episode we’ve ever seen.

Ben: I don’t think you are, it’s definitely the best one I can remember. Perhaps because the good guys won for a change? Anyway, where do you want to start?

Lewis: It’s probably going to go downhill from here, but it really was nice to have an episode where everything hung in the balance as usual but the good guys actually came out on top. As for where to start, shall we talk about Dany’s little battle before talking about the main event?

Ben: Yeah go on then, let’s get the side show out of the way. All the dragons came together to kick some ass with some solid computer generated effects.

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Lewis: They were a lot more impressive than they have been in the past, and we got a nice look at just how powerful they can be (and they’ll only get stronger as they grow).

Ben: They will indeed, the Masters didn’t stand a chance. So, now Dany has crippled the masters and removed the Sons of the Harpy, surely she is going to Westeros next with the help of the two Greyjoy’s?

Lewis: Well I don’t think the Masters are entirely finished yet, but given the incredible pace at which this season has been moving I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she turned up at Kings Landing at the end of the finale.

Ben: In past seasons it would have taken the entire 10 episodes for Dany to get away from the Dothraki, so you may be right. What do you make of the Tyrion/Dany/Greyjoy meeting?

Lewis: I really enjoyed that scene, especially the dynamic between Dany and Yara with the casual flirting (potential relationship?) Although the one gripe I have is that they seemed to manage to get to Meereen very, very, quickly considering just how far away it is from the Iron Islands.

Ben: It was quite entertaining, and I kind of get that vibe, but I don’t think anything will come of it.
I suppose you are right there but we don’t know how much time passed, and if I am being honest, I’d much rather things jump forward cutting unimportant parts rather than drag everything out.

Lewis: The thing is that journeys have always played a big role in the development of characters in Game of Thrones, like the Hound and Arya, Jamie and Brienne, and when the Starks headed down to King’s Landing, so it’s a shame for them to skip this particular one, especially when the characters (Yara in particular) aren’t as fleshed out as others… I do see your point though.

Ben: I take your point, perhaps she will be focused on more in the next series. Do you want to move to the main event?

Lewis: Yeah I suppose we should, considering just how goddamn epic the entire thing was.

Ben: So epic I don’t really know where to start. I suppose the first confrontation between the bastards Jon and Ramsey, where Jon tries to play the game attempting to get Ramsey to over commit and make a mistake. Which, to be honest, probably played a hand in Rickon’s very public execution.

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Lewis: Yes, although as Sansa said, I think Rickon was dead no matter what they did. It was interesting to finally see Jon and Ramsey meet, even if it was just to trade (kind of) witty banter and promise each other death. Sansa also got quite a nice snide remark in too, which was satisfying.

Ben: Oh yeah, but I think Jon’s attempt to goad Ramsey was the reason why he killed him the way he did. Then we had the confrontation between the siblings in the tent about the plan for the next day.

Lewis: Yeah, that was pretty good, and Sansa did have a good point about her not being a kid anymore. However, WHY DIDN’T SHE TELL JON ABOUT LITTLEFINGER? They could have planned a tactic that still would have caused Ramsey to engage his entire force without getting most of Jon’s army killed! For all she knew Jon could have died!
Look, I’m happy that Sansa has turned into a bit of a badass, but that doesn’t justify gambling on her family’s lives.

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Ben: I did wonder why she did what she did, I suppose she didn’t want Jon to stop her from going for help? I am definitely happy she is finally standing up for herself though.

Lewis: I’m not that happy about it, she’s spent too much time around Littlefinger for my liking…

Ben: Shall we move onto the harrowing battle?

Lewis: I suppose we should mention just how incredible/disturbing/depressing that sequence was.

Ben: It was incredibly grim, but at the same time wonderfully shot with incredible sound-editing which came together to produce the harrow, grim reality of medieval warfare.

Lewis: Oh yeah, the direction of this episode was absolutely superb. My favourite shot was when Jon was getting ready to face his doom at the hands of the charging cavalry, I got goosebumps over that scene. The follow-up continuous shot was pretty awesome too.

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Ben: It was pretty relentless, I was edging closer and closer to the edge of my seat throughout.

Lewis: Just to clarify, I never, ever talk/shout at the TV for anything, but this episode I was continuously swearing at the characters, muttering “no, no, no” and punching the air with excitement. I tip my hat to the creators for this one, top job. I was convinced that Tormund or Ser Davos were going to die though.

Ben: Oh yeah, there was a lot of shouting on my end, and I honestly thought Tormund was a goner too. So much for your theory about the Umber’s changing side when it came down to the fight.

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Lewis: Hey, listen, that’s not “my theory”, I read it online…

Ben: Well you mentioned it here so, by association, it is your theory.

Lewis: That won’t hold up in court and you know it
Anyway, I’m glad Tormund didn’t die, and, to be honest, I know Wun Wun was a great guy and all, but if anyone had to go I’m glad it was him.

Ben: At least Wun wun died like a hero, he became a character I really wanted to see because he was a bad ass.

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Lewis: Yeah he was a big brave bastard…
Speaking of bastards, how bloody satisfying was it to see Jon beat the shit out of Ramsay?

Ben: Some heroes hold the door, others break them down.
Never has a more vile character deserved such a grim ending.

Lewis: Indeed, it was nice to see the smug, sadistic smile slip from Ramsey’s face. It was also nice to see the Direwolf banner being raised over the battlements of Winterfell once more.

Ben: Got bloody goosebumps as the Stark emblem was raised. What do you make of the Sansa Ramsey confrontation before his grim death?

Lewis: I liked that Sansa finally served the justice we’ve all been waiting for, and he deserved everything he got, but I’m still worried about the direction she’s headed in.

Ben: Yes, after all she has gone through she deserved some violent vengeance. What do you make of Ramsey comments about always being a part of her? I’ve read a theory that she’s pregnant with a Bolton baby?

Lewis: To be honest I really don’t buy that theory, and I really hope it isn’t true because it feels a little weak. I’m certain he just meant that his abuse of her has changed the way she treats other people and views the world (like the way she manipulated Jon), and that he has had a lasting effect upon her mentally, becoming part of her.

Ben: Your theory makes a lot more sense, and you are right it would be a weak plot decision. Just thought it was worth a mention, even if it was to hopefully debunk it.

Lewis: It was definitely worth a mention, and it might even come true because of how ambiguous it was (although I hope it doesn’t). So next episode it looks as though Ser Davos will be confronting the Red Woman over the burning of Stannis’ daughter.

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Ben: It was a nice little scene with Davos and Tormund before he found the burnt stag. I was a bit worried it would affect his judgement in the battle, but it seems like he will be after some redemption in the next episode instead.

Lewis: Ah yeah, that was a good scene, I’m glad they’re getting along. I don’t think he’s confirmed his fears just yet, but he’s definitely suspicious. It’ll be interesting to see what Jon makes of it all, since he’ll probably be the one who has to pass judgement.

Ben: So am I, two top-blokes right there. It would be an interesting watch as he battles between the two sides.

Lewis: Indeed, punish the Red Woman for burning a child or deny Ser Davos justice in order to keep her counsel… I suppose that’s just about it then?

Ben: I guess it is. What a bloody good episode.

Lewis: The best yet I reckon. Bring on the season six finale then!

Ben: Hear, hear!

 

Game of Thrones s6E07: The Broken Man

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A day late yet again (at least for the USA and those of us who prefer to add the spice of illegality to our Game of Thrones), here is our review-cap for Game of Thrones: The Broken Man. As usual there are a bunch of spoilers in this piece, so only read on if; A) You’ve seen the episode and forgotten it already, B) You haven’t seen it, can’t be bothered to watch it, and want to catch up via text for some reason, or C) You literally have nothing else to do.

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Anyway, here we go.

Ben: Quite a few interesting things came up in this week’s episode…

Lewis: Hell yeah they did. He’s back!

Ben: The Hound.

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Lewis: The one and only.

Ben: Bloody love that guy. I also quite liked Ian Mcshane’s character.

Lewis: I know right? I was pretty annoyed that he was only in one episode, but I suppose it was some good motivation for the Hound.

Ben: Just to clarify – He died – yeah I was a bit worried he was losing his desire to kill anyone who crossed him. I pity the guys who killed all those people; the Hound means business.

Lewis: I suppose we should include that bit of information. I don’t really mind if he doesn’t want to kill anyone, but if this is what it takes to get him back in the action then I’m all for another revenge plot.

Ben: A bit a background: The Hound was found by Mcshane’s character as close to death as you can get following his fight with Brianne. Mcshane, who turned out to be a former soldier turned Septon, took The Hound in and fixed him up. Mcshane had a more liberal view on the gods making him a pretty likeable bloke, but as with all likeable characters in GoT he died, hung from the rafters of the church he was building by the Brotherhood without Banners. And now The Hound we love is back.

Lewis: Well I mean I’m sure most people reading this have seen the episode and know about that…

Ben: You should have been a bit clearer, just wasted five minutes thinking and typing that.

Lewis: Awfully sorry old chap. I’m just interested to see what he’s going to do now/who he’s going to interact with. He has to re-join the main plot right?

Ben: I am sure he will, he might even get involved with the events at Riverrun (nice segue).

Lewis: That’s true, and maybe he’ll meet Brienne again at the siege? What did you make of The Blackfish?

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Ben: I’d want them to have a fight again and for the Hound to win, but then again I’d rather the good guys win overall. As for The Blackfish I actually quite like him, he seems like a pretty hard guy, but the battle hardened old warrior is pretty likeable in his own way. He had an interesting exchange with Jaime.

Lewis: Yes, and while I think the Hound will want revenge, Ian McShane’s character has hopefully convinced him that it’s not worth it, maybe they’ll reconcile?
Mmm, he definitely seems like a take-no-shit kinda guy… As for his exchange with Jamie, I really enjoyed that scene. We know the kind of guy he is and how he contrasts against Jamie’s personality now.

Ben: I doubt we’ll see any happy reconciliations. He appears to be one of those classic GoT grey characters that isn’t a saint but they make the show enjoyable. It should be a fairly enjoyable subplot away from the Starks and Kings Landing. Speaking of which, the formation of the Stark army hasn’t gone to plan has it?

Lewis: No not exactly… I’m a fan of Lady Mormont though, for a child actor she was pretty good, and it was a funny, if slightly saddening, scene. So they have a grand total of about 2200 men and women?

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Ben: The entire sequence of asking and rejection was incredibly saddening, but I do agree that she is at another level compared to most child actors (even, dare I say it, compared to many of the other young actors within Game of Thrones itself). I think the North has reached its breaking point, there is only so much they can take.

Lewis: Well they may soon be receiving aid in the form of Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale; I assume that’s who Sansa was writing to anyway? And maybe The Blackfish can offer some aid too?

Ben: Probably, but I think the Starks and Littlefinger will need to help the Blackfish before he can help them.

Lewis: They’re both in a bit of a poor situation, my prediction is Littlefinger will come and help, they’ll attack Winterfell, the Umbers will turn on the Boltons, then they’ll make their way down south to kill the Freys, rescue Edmure and help the Blackfish. Or they’ll all die trying. Who knows?

Ben: Maybe, once they get a bit more support with the arrival of the Vale, Northern Houses like the Glovers will come around? I mean, I would like things to happen that way but this is Game of Thrones not a Marvel Movie, things rarely go to plan.

Lewis: I don’t know, it feels different this season, and I’ve been trying to put it into words but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t know whether it’s a different writing staff or what, but it feels more hopeful and fast-paced than it used to (which isn’t necessarily a good thing). But you’re probably right, it’s not going to go to plan. So apart from quickly mentioning the return of Bron (fuck yes!), shall we move to King’s Landing?

Ben: I see your point but from what I have read they are deliberately trying to pick up the pace of the series. I suppose we should move southwards, and it appears, as we thought, Margaery was playing the game all along.

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Lewis: Thankfully. I would’ve been annoyed if she wasn’t. I’m really hoping nothing bad happens to Olenna now; that would be a tragedy. As for Cersei, it looks like she’s on her own now…

Ben: Olenna was not mincing her words was she? She can’t die, but at the same time I want to see a fair amount of her; such a waste of her character if she stays hidden away in High garden.

Lewis: I know what you mean, but I’d rather her be hidden away in High Garden than killed in King’s Landing. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to see some of High Garden? I’d like that.

Ben: Olenna is no friend of the Lannisters. Perhaps the Tyrell’s could be persuaded to help the Starks?

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Lewis: That would be awesome, but if that could be the case I think it’s a long way off yet. Is it just Arya now then?

Ben: She was so confident walking the streets of Bravos, she was always going to be found by the Waif and she was.

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Lewis: There’s definitely more to her actions than we’ve been led to think though. One of the more believable theories is that she was intentionally drawing out the Waif by wandering around spending money, and was wearing blood bags (supplied by her theatre friend) to feign being wounded, then her blood trail will lead the Waif to her where she’ll have Needle waiting.

Ben: I haven’t read that, but it does sound believable.

Lewis: I prefer that theory to them just writing her to be a fucking moron wandering around thinking she’s in no danger. Makes a lot more sense…

Ben: I suppose that is true. It will be interesting to see how the 4 different storylines play out and merge together.

Lewis: Indeed, we’re definitely getting close to some kind of alliance between houses. Before we finish, I just realised that we forgot about Theon and Yara stopping off for some sweet poontang.

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Ben: Yeah, Theon is now being pressured into drinking. Seems like they have taken their Uncles idea of selling their fleet to Dany then.

Lewis: I’m pretty happy about that, I think they’re a slightly better choice than their uncle… This was nice moment between Yara and Theon too, even if it was a little blunt.

Ben: Yeah, she was doing it because she wants her brother back.

Lewis: Indeed. Besides, if they do team up with Dany, Theon will have a pretty good support group in the Unsullied; they know a thing or two about not having penises.

Ben: I am sure he is looking forward to group therapy sessions with the Unsullied about their lack of a Johnson.

Lewis: Who wouldn’t? Well I guess that’s that for this week then?

Ben: I think we have covered everything.

Lewis: Awesome, bring on next week’s episode!

Game of Thrones S6E06: Blood of My Blood

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Apologies for the lack of a review-cap for episode 5, but I’m afraid that episode (despite being a pretty important one) will have to stay lost in the annals of time. However, we’re back now and ready to talk about last week’s episode, Blood of my Blood.

Spoilers lie ahead…

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Lewis: Alright, alright, alright, shall we get this thing on the road?

Ben: I think we should. Where do you want to start, the end of last week’s episode or straight into the latest episode?

Lewis: I think a brief moment of silence for Hodor should be enough… RIP

Ben: It was pretty hard viewing, he held the door.

Lewis: While Bran, who is beginning to become a very dislikeable character, got away. But oh well, it’s done now.

Ben: Yeah, how many more people need to die for him to make a meaningful contribution? He got Max von Sydow killed too. Anyway, shall we move onto the latest episode and the return of a long forgotten character?

Lewis: Hell yeah, Benjen Stark is back. I’ve been waiting for this for a very, very long time

Ben: He’s back with some Dragon Glass stuck in his heart, and to be fair he is pretty badass now.

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Lewis: I’m just glad he’s not dead, although he looks a bit worse for wear. I’m interested to see where he takes Bran and (Meera?) now though, and just how important Bran actually is.

Ben: I think you would look worse for wear too if you had a fight with the Night King. He had better be important; enough people have died.

Lewis: Well Benjen Stark certainly seemed to think so, and I doubt he’d be wrong about that. So who shall we mention next?

Ben: Kings Landing, the Sparrows and the Lannisters? Or Sam going home?

Lewis: Let’s talk about Sam and his bitter old dad…

Ben: The worst dad in the world. Bit awkward round the dinner table wasn’t it?

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Lewis: It was, but Gilly showed him what’s what, and I really didn’t expect Sam to take that sword. So now the three people with Valaryian steel blades are Jon, Brienne and Sam, which is cool I guess.

Ben: She did indeed, and I was a bit surprised by him taking it too; it is just a shame Sam has no idea how to use the bloody thing.

Lewis: Haha! Maybe he’ll pass it onto someone who does? I just hope his dad doesn’t catch him now.

Ben: let’s hope he gets away, but knowing Game of Thrones his father will end up finding him.

Lewis: Probably, but we shall see I guess… We got a brief insight into what’s been going on with Waldo Frey at the moment too.

Ben: We know he is losing the River lands and Riverrun thanks to the work of the Black Fish, but he appears to have a few cards up his sleeve unfortunately.

Lewis: Indeed, and although I don’t know much about this Blackfish guy, if he’s against that son of a bitch Waldo Frey I’m happy for him. The bad news is that Jamie Lannister is about to come and kick his doors down.

Ben: He was in series 3 briefly; he seemed like an alright bloke. You never know, if he can hold out until a northern army reforms they might be able to get him out of trouble. Or maybe the Knights of the Vale will rock up and bail him out?

Lewis: I feel like Baelish will end up helping whoever looks like they’re going to win, which will hopefully be Blackfish’s forces, and then Jon and Sansa may actually have a chance of taking the north back.

Ben: Well in an interview Aiden Gillen said his character wasn’t going to be a bad guy in this series. But we shall have to wait and see, hopefully the good guys can get a win.

Lewis: Oh come on he’s always a bad guy, I doubt he can redeem himself now. It would be nice to finally see the Starks back on top again though.

Ben: Hey, don’t shoot the messenger, I am just telling you what I have read.

Lewis: Alright, alright I just don’t trust that guy. I don’t like what he’s about. We also had that business with the High Sparrow in King’s Landing.

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Ben: Good old Tommin has been as wet as ever and has turned into one of the High Sparrow’s minions.

Lewis: Yes we have yet another Lannister sending the entire kingdom into a spiralling dive towards destruction I liked Jamie and Olenna’s plan, but they got played pretty nicely…

Ben: It was a nice idea but I could always see something like this happening.

Lewis: Despite how badly it went I’m sure Margaery has something up her sleeve, there’s no way she’s actually begun to believe in that religion. I think the High Sparrow will get a little too cocky now he’s won this battle.

Ben: It does look like she played the game to enable her to escape. Things are going well for the sparrows which generally means they are about to get a right good kicking.

Lewis: I look forward to it immensely… In other news, the Mother of Dragons gave yet another generic inspiring speech, which, to be honest, was a little pointless.

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Ben: Yeah, “look at me more generic Dothraki people that aren’t important. I can ride a dragon and am going to go across the sea and take the crown at some point in the not too distant future… maybe… probably… I’ll get round to it eventually”… that sums it up I think.

Lewis: I think that’s a good breakdown. Oh and I liked the little “You’d need a thousand ships to bring your army to Westeros” line, considering the fact that that was pretty much the number that Theon’s uncle planned to build… very convenient.

Ben: So we know what is going next in the not too distant future…. maybe… probably at some point.

Lewis: Yes, and if Danaerys teams up with the uncle, is she really a hero? Or will she become a villain?

Ben: An interesting question, I think she may become a Villain by association. Depends what uncle Greyjoy gets up to next I suppose.

Lewis: Yes, indeed it does. So I guess that just leaves us with Arya’s attack of conscience and decision to leave the House of Black and White? (Which I’ve been hoping for to be honest).

Ben: It was inevitable, she now just has to avoid the Faceless Man’s sidekick.

Lewis: Or stab her through the eye with Needle?

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Ben: That would work, but would the Faceless Man then come after her? I doubt she could handle him.

Lewis: I’m sure that’s the way this whole thing will work out, but who knows, maybe she’ll get lucky? I think it’ll be much more interesting if it’s the Faceless Man after her.

Ben: I would be pretty scared for her well-being if I’m honest.

Lewis: But it’ll be fun though!

Ben: I’ll take your word for it. Anything else?

Lewis: No I’m pretty sure that’s about it.

Ben: Fantastic.

Lewis: Awesome, I guess we’ll see you all next week then for another Game of Thrones Review-Cap.

 

Game of Thrones S6E03: Oathbreaker

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Lewis: Welcome everyone to our review-cap of Game Thrones Season Six Episode Three: Oathbreaker, boy that’s a mouthful. Just as a warning, if you haven’t seen this particular episode yet, and you aren’t using this as a way to lazily catch-up, please read no further.

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Spoilers Lie Ahead

Anyway, I need to remember what happened now…

Ben: I was just thinking that. I guess to start off we should talk about Danny reaching the Dothraki city and meeting up with all the other widows.

Lewis: Ah yeah, more boring filler for the Mother of Dragons. I know this is meant to add a little bit of tension to her story, but she’s obviously going to be rescued by Dario and Jorah, so what’s the point?

Ben: I agree there are so many other more interesting things going on almost everywhere else.

Lewis: It’s a shame really, but hopefully Danaerys’ story will kick off again soon. As well as her being held captive by a bunch of has-been-Kharl-wives, we saw a little of what’s to come for Tyrion, Varys and all her people in Meereen.

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Ben: I am enjoying the dynamic in Meereen without her. She can get on my nerves at times, and I think it was because of the constant dithering and desire to sort out Slavers Bay when in reality nobody cares about it.

Lewis: It is nice to see a different approach to the situation, and hopefully Tyrion will do a good enough job to convince her that she needs his help.

Ben: Hopefully. We also now know who is funding the Sons of the Harpy.

Lewis: Indeed, although I’m not really sure what they’re going to do about it… we’ll see in the next few episodes I guess. I suppose Arya is next on our list?

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Ben: I suppose she is; after completing her daredevil training she has her eyes back again.

Lewis: Yep! And while there were a couple more trials for her to go through, she got them back really quite quickly in the end.

Ben: I am surprised how easy it was, I know she got beaten up a fair bit but to go from blind to sighted within three episodes is incredibly fast; something must be about to kick off.

Lewis: Well they’ve said that after this season they have enough material for 13 more episodes, so they must be trying to move onto a lot of big events quickly. But anyway, I like the mystery behind what’s going on with Arya.

Ben: Things are happening that make it more interesting than her last time in the House. Where to next?

Lewis: I guess King’s Landing?

Ben: Makes sense, so Jaime and Cersi are getting on everyone’s nerves, trying to throw their weight around, and the High Sparrow had a heart to heart with Tommen.

Lewis: Well I actually think that their suggestion to work together with the Tyrells was a very sensible one, but it really is far too late to start asking for help from them… which is a shame. I’m really not liking what the High Sparrow is doing at the moment, he’s one sneaky little fuck.

Ben: I think it is the way they went about it. I like the way the whole small council just walks out on them; anything that weakens the Lannisters is good for me.

Lewis: Well at this point I think that their only hope is to unite, but I suppose they do deserve the shit they were given. I want to see more from Olenna Tyrell as well, she’s easily one of the best characters.

Ben: She is good, I think it is mainly the fact that she is one of the only people that gives Cersei what she deserves.

Lewis: She just doesn’t give a flying fuck about anything anyone thinks of her, which is awesome.

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Ben: I was trying to say it in a more composed manner but you aren’t wrong.

Lewis: Fair enough, I kinda ruined that there. Was this the first reveal of Varys’ “little birds” too?

Ben: All of the orphans and poverty stricken kids of King’s Landing appear to have their uses.

Lewis: And now a bunch of them are on the Lannisters’ side… The events of King’s Landing are beginning to get a little more interesting now.

Ben: Lots of ears in lots of places listening for the Lannisters, but who are they going to target? The Sparrows?

Lewis: I would assume so, but I’m sure the Lannisters will want to be finding those two Sand Snakes as well. Anyway, moving North, I suppose the next group to talk about is the Boltons and their new alliance with the Umbers?

Ben: The whole of the North appear to be joining up as mercenaries for the Boltons. Unless Rickon and the Umbers have a plan in place which looks unlikely.

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Lewis: Well the Umbers have always been loyal to house Stark, so I think that a plan to kill the Boltons might be more likely than we’d be led to believe, and if it coincides with Jon’s attack on Winterfell (which is obviously coming), they stand a good chance of taking back the North.

Ben: I certainly hope you are right.

Lewis: I think most people will want to see that creepy smile wiped from Ramsey’s face.

Ben: Nothing would give me greater pleasure

Lewis: He’s a great villain. Should we mention the reappearance of Sam and whatserface before moving onto Jon?

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Ben: Oh yeah, very little happening on the boat; just Sam throwing his guts up. Now he is off to become a maester?

Lewis: To be honest I’d completely forgotten about them… which sort of says something about how interesting their story is. I guess it was nice to have an update though.

Ben: I completely forgot as well until you mentioned them. Nice to know they are alive.

Lewis: Another story line that I’m sure will mean something in the long run, but for now is a bit dull. Anyway, I guess we should move onto Jon?

Ben: He will probably discover a way to kill the Wight Walkers. Yes, let’s talk about moody, brought-back-from-the-dead Jon.

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Lewis: To be honest, I’d be pretty messed up in the head too if my “brothers” stabbed me repeatedly and then some witch brought me back from nothingness. Everyone got what they deserved though.

Ben: Yeah, our speculation about Oly was pointless in the end. He was hanged, and then Jon walked.

Lewis: Well I hoped he’d be hanged, and I have to say I gained some respect for Ser Alliser, at the least he stuck to his guns and did what he thought was right. Yep, Jon’s getting too old for this shit, so the question is, what’s he going to do now?

Ben: I suppose I have to give him credit for not faltering and trying to make a deal. I honestly have no idea, you would presume south, but we don’t know.

Lewis: I reckon Sansa and Brienne will arrive and tell him about Ramsey, which will then make him want to take back Winterfell and seek vengeance against Ramsey.

Ben: He doesn’t have much of an army though, we just have to hope that Sansa being with him would rally loyal Stark bannermen.

Lewis: I think it’ll be a case of a second war in the North scenario. He does have the Wildlings I guess, and maybe Theon will get the Greyjoys to help out.

Ben: Could the Wildlings and a few Greyjoy sailors take Winterfell? He needs the full support of the North, because if they are able to get rid of the Bolton’s they would have to deal with another onslaught from the south.

Lewis: I think that the Umbers will join them, and a few of the other houses will rally behind them too. Hey, this is all speculation, who knows what’ll actually go down.

Ben: Yeah, all just speculation. Well hopefully the writers know what is going on…

Lewis: I’m sure they do, they’re very good. But yeah, I guess that’s just about everything?

Ben: What about Bran’s vision?

Lewis: Oh crap yeah, I forgot about that. That was an awesome sword fight, and it looks like that old fan theory about Jon might be true after all…

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Ben: It was good, we got to see a young Ned Stark on the ropes. For those of us that don’t know the theory (definitely not me) could you explain what the theory predicts?

Lewis: Well, if you (the reader) don’t want to know the fan theory, stop reading here. We’ll see you next week, and enjoy the newest episode.

If you don’t mind potential spoilers, read on, and join us in the magical land of speculation…

Ok, so the theory is that Jon, rather than being Ned’s bastard son, is in fact his nephew, son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, who we saw being guarded in the Tower of Joy this episode. The fan theory predicted that Ned, rather than just finding his sister dead, finds her son, and takes him as his own to protect him for his sister. This means that Jon is part Targaryen, and has a claim to the throne

Ben: So he could end up being the third Dragon-rider-person then… that would be an interesting development. Thank you for explaining that to everyone who didn’t know it (definitely not me because I knew it).

Lewis: Oh I know you knew it, Ben, don’t worry about that. And just to clarify, the second Dragon-rider-person would be Tyrion if the theories turn out to be true. Things will be getting very interesting very soon… Well, I guess we’ll leave it there then?

Ben: I think that’s a good spot, there should be a lot going on in the next few episodes.