Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tyrion Tuesday? Game of Thrones Episode Five

Ok, so sue me. I didn't blog about episode four. See, I didn't think anyone was really reading the posts! So I stopped writing them. And I guess that was lame and it broke blog rule #1: Write even though no one reads it. So I'm writing about episode five.
I'm going to keep it simple. This is what I have to say:

That's about it, really. 
Ok, down to the nitty gritty.  

Petyr & Sansa
There were about three minutes where I actually felt sorry for Petyr Balish. That's it, though. Once he started up with his, "half brother," nonsense, I struck him off the list again. Who does he think he is to give advice to Sansa about being wary of someone? Seriously?!

Tormund & Brienne: A Love Story
Please tell me you love it when Tormund makes eyes at Brienne? I do. It cracks me up every time. He's so goofy, and actually a pretty decent guy. Where will this go? I think he'll wear her down with his wildling charm eventually.

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I like the way Brienne talked about Jon Snow, too. "A bit brooding, but I suppose it's understandable under the circumstances." Yes, Brienne. WE LIKE HIM BROODING!  

Yara & Theon
And then there's a pretty good scene where Yara looks soooooo tough and king-ly, but the men of Pyke would rather have a murderous psycho as a king, so she and Theon take off on the best ships. I want to know where they're heading. Will they preempt Euron and head to Daenerys? Will they just circle Planetos until they die? What will they do? 

Jorah and Daenerys: touching. I am wondering, though: if Jorah touches the greyscale with his other hand, does it spread there? I feel like it would... But I also find it hard to believe that Jorah has managed to avoid touching his arm at all since he acquired the greyscale, so... I don't know.

The worst part ever
Of course, at the end of the episode, there's the worst scene ever. Hodor. Hold-the-door Hodor. Honestly, I couldn't even sleep after I saw it! It was incredibly depressing! Hodor was one of two completely decent people on GoT. Obviously, I am referring to Pod. I suppose you might count Brienne as a third. So Hodor is 1/3 of the decent people on GoT. And he's D-E-A-D! And he died such an ugly death! Boo.


To distract myself, I hunted around for interesting GoT theories online to see if anyone had come up with anything new. I had this conversation with a friend after the episode, via text. I sent him a very thoughtful theory and then this happened.

Me: So I've been thinking maybe Meera Reed might be Jon's twin after all. Howland Reed was with Ned at the Tower of Joy, and maybe he took the girl baby and Ned took the boy, and passed them both off as their own.

George: Hodor.

Me: Hahahahahaha
George: Hodor, Hodor.

Me: Is this how you're going to pay homage? It's like a vow of silence....only Hodor.

George: Hodor :(

Me: That's deep.

George: Hodor. 

So I guess that's all there really is to say. 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Melisandre Monday: He's BA-ACK!

Oh, Jon. Jon, Jon, Jon. It wasn't two minutes in when you flashed your newly resurrected tush. Thank you.
So this episode was kind of a mixed bag. 
Sam's barfing. I bet he really regrets saying that whole, "Wherever you go, I go too," thing to Gilly. She keeps throwing it in his face. She's a woman. She'll never forget. 
Ollie's hanging. 
Tell me that wasn't incredibly depressing. I get it; he killed Jon. He had to pay the price, but that stinks. 
And Rickon Stark's standing, literally, right in front of the sicko Ramsay Snow. So that's not good. Ramsay looked at him with his crazy eyes and I almost peed my pants.
Now let's talk about the most important part of this episode. And beware, if you don't like to hear about theories, you should stop reading now.


I mean it, now.

The Tower of Joy
Let's make sure we're on the same page. When Ned is fighting the Sword of the Morning outside the tower, that's the Tower of Joy, right? And he says Rhaegar Targaryen is already dead. And then you hear the screaming inside the tower. Please tell me you agree: Ned will race inside the Tower of Joy and find Lyanna Stark dying, giving birth to Jon Snow (who should be Jon...Targaryen?!)!

They set it up quite nicely. "Why weren't you protecting your prince?" Ned asks the Targaryen men. "Because our prince wanted us here." Ummm...yeah! Because tiny baby Jon is being born in there!

This episode might not have been the most exciting, but the scene with Ned outside the tower totally tided me over till the next time. 

Now that Jon is leaving the Night's Watch (I had wondered about this - he died once, so does he really have to uphold his oath? I vote no), I think he'll head to the only place that matters to him. Winterfell. It's not like he knows anything about Bran, Rickon, Sansa or Arya.

Sort of a dry crowd
I love Messandei, and I love Greyworm, but this scene certainly did capture their single-mindedness! Their utter lack of a sense of humor (completely understandable, given the whole slave childhood thing) and their blank, stoic faces cracked me up. It was nice to see some comic relief before watching Arya get beat upside the head with a big stick. And also nice to see Tyrion so out of his element and desperate to make friends.

The Little Birds
At the end of Vary's speech to Tyrion, he talks about his 'little birds'. I turned to my friend and said, "I really want to know how it works with his 'little birds'!" And then we turn to Qybern, who's literally feeding the little birds candy. I guess I should've seen this coming. Did you? Or were you as clueless as me?

It took me a minute to remember that Khyber is the master of whispers now. Still having a hard time with that appointment. So when Cersei said, "Varys' little birds," did you take it to mean that she had always known that the little birds were children? It surprises me that she knew anything that she didn't already leak. She's kind of transparent. I feel like, if she knew, she'd already have let it slip when she was threatening someone through her teeth.

Poor Tommen
Partway through this scene, it occurred to me that Tommen might be a convert! He's a mess, really. His voice hasn't even gone through the change yet. Poor little guy. He's always on the verge of tears. His dad would've been pretty disgusted.

BTW, how is it that, even with all of those layers on, you can still tell that Jon Snow is a hotpants?

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Maintaining your tenuous grasp on sanity...the last six weeks.

You know it.
I know it.
We all know it.

You're losing your mind.

It's not your fault. If one more kid sits through ten minutes of a lesson and then says, "But I don't have a pencil," you're going to climb up the wall. I'm already up there, waiting for you.
To help you maintain your tenuous grasp on your sanity (and your teaching certificate), I've compiled a brief list of helpful tips. Ignore them at your own risk.

1.  Cut a hole in the bottom of your "Turn In Basket" for assignments. Place the turn in basket on top of the trash can. Grading = done!

2. Have each student create an award for another student in the class. Tell them to keep it top secret (this reduces chatter). Awards = done!
3. Go through your files and pull out all of your big projects - the ones that take nine weeks that you'll try to cram into six weeks and require four trips to Hobby Lobby for pipe cleaners, tulle, and craft scissors, and coordinating with the librarian, computer lab, and art teacher - and throw them away. Play BINGO every day instead. Planning = done!

4. Second investment: a large treasure box full of the most disgusting snacks. This includes Hot Cheetos, Fun Dip, and Sour Patch Kids. Explain to students that they will receive one treat each day, as long as they don't break the one rule. This rule is: Figure it out yourself and leave me alone.

At the end of the day, every child who has solved their own problems without disturbing you in any way will receive their choice of one disgusting treat. Hand it to them on their way out the door. They will eat it on the way home and the parents will have to deal with their Cheeto fingers. Not my problem. 

Any child who has not solved their own problems will receive a dirty look. Behavior = managed!
5.  Prep your meals on Sunday. Lay out five tupperware containers for your lunches. In each tupperware, place: 1 bag of popcorn, 1 Hershey bar, and one of those mini bottles of wine. I recently discovered these, and they are the perfect size for a teacher's lunchbox! Lunch - ready!

6. Invest in a wine company. Then buy at least four cases of wine. At a bottle a day, that leaves you six bottles left over - one to double up each Monday. This might be enough. Teacher = happy!

If this doesn't help you stay sane, call in sick and send someone else in as tribute.

Happy Teaching!
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Melisandre Monday: Spoilers abound

Can I just say...
I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!
I told you so! I told you so!
And what's even better, I have proof! Check out last week's post to see how I was right about Jon Snow.  

And now, back to business.

My husband sent me this today. 

Bran & Hodor
When the show opens, Bran is hanging around Winterfell of the past. I liked it. It made me so happy to think that Ned had a decent childhood. You know, because his adulthood kind of stunk.

And then we learn about Hodor Willis! What's that about? I was terrified that he was going to fight Benjen and then Benjen would bop him on the head and that's why he can only say Hodor. That obviously didn't happen. 
There's some sort of significance to the word "hodor," but I have no theories about what that is. When Bran asks him why he can't talk again, I almost feel like Hodor was trying to communicate something. Ack, depressing.

I like Meera and all, but I wasn't that interested in anything she had to say. 
So moving on.
Castle Black
As soon as the scene changed to Castle Black, everybody froze up, right? All those arrows at the ready? Ollie in the crowd of men outside the door? And Jon Snow, still dead. 
"For now," I told my friend wisely.

At this point, as Aliser's men a're breaking down the door, I was like, "Just wait one more minute! I'm sure the wildlings are on their way! Edd will finally come through!" And then we heard it... The thunk... of a GIANT! YESSSS! Wildlings attack!!

It was a short-lived battle, really. Just took one guy to hit the giant with an arrow and have his head exploded against the wall, and that was about it. Ollie was the only one who didn't know when he's been beat. 

Go Edd!

And then they go back up to the room. And Jon Snow is still dead.

Everybody's sad about it. Except for me. I know he'll be back.

King's Landing
The moment we heard that guy talking about Cersei on the streets, you knew he was gonna die, right? Because that's just how it goes in King's Landing. And this time, it was the Frankenstein Mountain. Another exploded head.
 Honestly, those eye stone things are probably the creepiest part of the show. They're creepier than Melisandre and her shadow baby, even. The High Sparrow says the stones help to remind us not to fear death. Ummmm.... I don't think it's working.

And then there's Tommen. Poor, poor Tommen. He's really helpless. And what's worse is that he knows it.

And then there was some stuff with Jaime and the High Sparrow (tense) and with Tommen and Cersei (wine).
Tyrion & Varys
I want a T-shirt that says, "That's what I do. I drink and I know things." Maybe that should be the tagline of this blog. Maybe I should hang it on a sign outside my door at school. I feel so connected to Tyrion right now. He's one of my favorite people. (*Edit: Just found this. It is, apparently, a T-shirt already.)

When Tyrion & Varys head down into the catacombs, I had serious anxiety. I remembered the last time someone headed down there - he got burned up - and even though I knew (remember, I know things) that he'd be fine, it was still pretty stressful. I love that he told them a story. This interaction really added to the dragons' personalities and demonstrated how intelligent they are. I can't wait to see where that goes. 

Also, is it just me, or did you get a feeling that there's some Targaryen in Tyrion? If the legends are true... Well, I'm just sayin' it would explain a lot. It's not a perfect theory, of course.
Ramsay & Roose
So...Ramsay was busy...
Ummm.... he became an orphan and an only child in the span of ten minutes... not really sure what to say about that. Sicko. What's the most horrific death? I think the Viper's death was pretty bad. Ramsay deserves soooooooooo much worse. I think he might finally be in over his head. Can't wait for episode three.

Everybody Else
Arya was pretty incredible. I definitely would have said, "I'm Arya Stark. Now give me my eyes back."
Ugh, Theon. He's sorry, but he's awful, but he's sorry he's awful. I'm not really sure how to feel about Theon.
Life at the Iron Islands must be the most horrible existence. It's miserable.
And then, Jon!
Melisandre looks totally defeated. Ser Davos is so loveable. He's literally asking the woman who burned Shireen for help. He asked the question we all wanted to ask. "Do you know of any...magic that can bring him back?" Yes, Davos. Yes, she does. 

Melisandre started by cleaning up Jon's (manly) torso. She cut little snips from his thick, wavy locks with the worst pair of scissors ever created. She washed his hair (inexplicably). When her theme song started playing as she rested her hands over his wounds, you knew you were in for a show. 

I was terrified. I spouted off, like eight theories in one minute.

He's going to come back in Ghost!
Ghost is going to be the price for blood magic!
They're going to burn him up and he'll just be sitting there the next morning like Dany!

Once Davos (and everybody) left the room, and Ghost started to pick up his head, I got really excited. Just wait! I shouted. He's gonna gasp for air and wake up! He's going to! 

And then he did! YAAAAYYYY!

So that was a very satisfying episode. A couple thoughts:
  • Now that Jon Snow is basically indebted to Melisandra... what's that going to look like? She'll follow him around like Stannis and tell him to do weird stuff? I don't think he'll do it, but that's gonna cramp his style fo sho.
  • What will Jon do with Alliser? I mean, he'll probably have him killed. But you know, how?
Have you watched this? Do. 
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