OK…enough time has passed and everyone with an Internet connection now knows that the evil boy-king Joffrey Baratheon was killed on this past Sunday’s episode of GAME OF THRONES. Now all attention turns to just whodunnit? Like any good murder mystery there are a ton of suspects so I have gone thorough the list to see who had cause to see Joff dead and the likelihood that they would actually do it. This is an adaptation so it’s quite possible Benioff & Weiss could throw us a curveball and change the identity of the culprit for the TV show which would be kinda cool.
To spare any stragglers being spoiled who have yet to see last night’s episode of GAME OF THRONES (and why the heck haven’t you watched it yet?) I will restrict all comments on my favorite scene of the second episode of this season, The Lion And The Rose, for after the jump.
“I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes starring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you will shut forever.”
Those were the words that “The Red Woman” spoke to Arya in their meeting last season and it looks like her darkly ominous reading is coming true because Arya got to scracth a name off of her revenge list in the season premier of GAME OF THRONE’s fourth season and she did it in a decidedly cold and calculated manner.
In the annals of TV Tropes, Chuck Cunningham Syndrome represents the tendency some TV shows have to completely disappear a character with no explanation whatsoever. The fella it’s named after, Chuck Cunningham, was the basketball loving older brother of Richie Cunningham om HAPPY DAYS who one day went off to college and was never heard from again. No postcards, no calls to Mr & Mrs C, no visits during winter break. Old CHuck was just wiped out of the show’s continuity. And he is not the only one…from Bub on MY THREE SONS to Judy Winslow on FAMILY MATTERS to Cockroach on THE COSBY SHOW…characters have been getting wiped from a show’s continuity since forever. So I’ve put together a little list of 5 more recent examples of this phenomena.
With the sudden passing of James Gandolfini there has been a lot of discussion about the impact of THE SOPRANOS and just what an amazing show it is with some people declaring it the best TV show ever. This got me to thinking about how I am not one of those people who hold THE SOPRANOS at such a lofty position. Sure I recognize it’s importance in shaping the landscape of dramatic television but I honestly think that, as a show, THE SOPRANOS really wasn’t that great. To me the show was incredibly average in terms of storytelling but overcame all of that with great casting and acting. I defy anyone to point to one major storyline in the entire run of the show past Season 1 or 2 that was really all that amazing. Instead The SOPRANOS was wonderful at individual scenes featuring great acting performances that are very memorable but not in story arcs that elicit the same fond memories.
All of this is brought up because as I was coming up with my list of favorite HBO series I never once thought to put THE SOPRANOS in the top 5 (full disclosure, the show comes in it at #8 on my Top 10 list behind OZ and EASTBOUND & DOWN). So click onward to see my list and be prepared if you have yet to watch some of these shows because I am sure I spoil all sorts of stuff.
Not knowing is a trait Jon Snow has been tagged with by his lady love Ygritte on GAME OF THRONES and what better way to become knowledgeable than with an 80′s style musical montage especially when that musical montage is from the awesome BMX movie RAD.