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Gossip Girl, revisited.

It’s been 10 years since Gossip Girl arrived on the scene to change the way we perceive “teen” shows forever. Well, at least New York Magazine seemed to think so, and obvious hometown pride bias aside, I can’t say I disagreed with them.

At first glance, nothing about the actual premise of the show was terribly original – aside from the fact that its viciously nosy namesake narrator and frequent troublemaker is a blogger whose identity remains a secret until the final episode of Season 6.

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Ozark

This one was truly a revelation, probably because, even going in with high expectations, I didn’t think Ozark would actually be THIS good. And it really IS that good.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

I must admit, I was reluctant to begin The Handmaid’s Tale, despite all the rave reviews and the positive comments from people whose taste in TV I trust completely. The subject matter felt a bit too heavy for summertime consumption, and, having skipped the Mad Men craze, I was never a huge fan of Elizabeth Moss and her perpetually sour expression.

Having binge-watched the entire first season in a matter of days, I’m the first to admit I was wrong, and so glad I soldiered on, in spite of my initial apprehension. I’ve had the book on my reading list for years and kept putting it off for the same reasons I kept avoiding the TV show: I tend to consume novels in the summer, and a tragic tale set in a post-apocalyptic patriarchy just doesn’t scream beach-appropriate reading material. Thus, aside from a general summary of the main plot line, I was largely unaware of the actual story, and went in not expecting what I was about to watch.

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GoT Season Finale: The Dragon and The Wolf

Here’s a tip for anyone vacationing while their favorite show is drawing to a close: don’t make plans to travel on the day when you’re supposed to be watching the most awaited episode of the season.

Luckily, I was able to hold off on checking out social media and didn’t get spoiled before I could finally sit down and watch The Dragon and The Wolf, and even though a hell of a lot of ink has been spilled discussing the supersized season finale, I’m back to share my ramblings with you.

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GoT: Beyond The Wall

Well… In the words of Sandor Clegane, f*ck me sideways.

Leave it to Game of Thrones to deliver a big second-to-last episode of the season that is simultaneously utterly predictable, intensely satisfying AND majorly frustrating. We got to see some insane action, deeply emotional scenes, an ICE DRAGON for f*ck’s sake…
But also gaping plot holes, the usual wonky timelines we’ve come to expect lately, bad decisions, worse advice, and two fan favorites who may or may not be regressing to their former annoying selves.

You know it’s going to be a long, rambling post when the opening paragraphs merit not one, but two f*cks. Suffice it to say there’s a lot to unravel, so here goes nothing:

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GoT: Eastwatch

I must admit, I’m torn.

Is Game of Thrones really building on its continuing momentum this season or is it more of a rush-job? Are we just being constantly asked to stretch our suspension of disbelief almost to the breaking point? Are certain events being skipped in order to bring everything together and hit major plot points by the season finale?

On a lesser show, the plot holes would be gaping right about now, and we’d be up in arms about how little care the showrunners are taking to at least provide some semblance of consistency. But this isn’t a lesser show; and even though we’ve come to expect nothing but the best when it comes to GoT, we’ve also been subjected to the excrucuatingly slow passage of time in Westeros over the past 6 seasons.

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Lannister BBQ, anyone?

You know, I could start listing everything Game of Thrones got wrong this week, nit-picking at the plot holes and gaps in logic in excruciating detail: the inexplicable “jet-packing” we’ve been scoffing at all season, the awkward Stark reunion, Bran’s general creepiness, matched only by Littlefinger’s own, the epic battle that resulted in major casualties but zero main character deaths…

But I won’t, because this episode was so damn amazing. We finally got the dragon attack we’d been waiting for, and in true GoT fashion, we weren’t even really sure who to root for. It was spectacular, it was emotional, it was the biggest thing we’ve ever seen on television – such a far cry from the bad CGI Drogon Dany climbed onto in the pits of Meereen a couple of seasons ago. And to think it was all directed by someone whose resume consists mainly of a few dozen episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! It just goes to show what a phenomenal job Benioff and Weiss have been doing ever since they realized they’d be flying solo for the show’s last two seasons, writing material that’s essentially fan fiction of the highest level, and what a stellar crew they’ve assembled to work on this juggernaut of a show.

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GoT: The Spoils of War

Naturally the biggest episode of the season airs right as I’m traveling to my wifi-less island home and I can’t delve into my usual ramblings as I’m wont to do.

Fear not though – long post coming soon!

Let’s kill off some GoT characters, shall we?

Game of Thrones wouldn’t be the delightful melange of sex, intrigue and violence we’ve all come to love over the past seven years if it didn’t feature plenty of gruesome and unexpected death scenes. As wonderful as this penultimate season of the show has been so far, it feels like something is missing: we haven’t had a huge shocking death since Jon was stabbed – and that doesn’t really count, because he came back to life two episodes later. Where’s the jaw-dropping head-chopping of Ned Stark, or the horrible massacre that was the Red Wedding? Where’s Oberyn’s skull-crushing final scene?

It’s well known that ‘no one is safe‘ when it comes to Game of Thrones, often to the point where the show feels downright sadistic in crushing our expectations. With the end of the series only 10 episodes away, and given how much fan service we’ve been getting in these past couple of seasons, it’s only natural to expect big twists and impactful deaths coming our way, no?

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