Television Tuesday :: it’s that time again!

8 Apr

I am overall content with the season four premiere of Game of Thrones.  Nothing egregiously confusing happened, and so far everything is still in a place where it could sort of wind up in more or less the place it needs to be?  Ish?  It’s hard because there are three sides of me at play: the person genuinely going “this is a well-made television program and the actors and technical crew do a nice job,” the social analyst going “okay I have to pay attention to what elements of this are problematic,” and the book fan going “time to notice every single thing that is different.”  So here is a list of things that I am content with in specific.

6.  Jon (Kit Harington) and his wildling accent
Did you notice that?  He killed with wildlings, ate with wildlings, traveled with wildings, lay with a wildling girl, and now he’s dropping his g’s like a wildling.  Linguistics!

5.  Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria (Indira Varma) being clearly bisexual
The book does mention their regular group sex endeavors, but I had been absolutely terrified that these were going to turn into “Oberyn bangs multiple people, one of whom is Ellaria” instead of “Oberyn and Ellaria bang multiple people.”  And when they went to Littlefinger’s brothel for said group sex endeavor, Ellaria kissed the girl and Oberyn was making advances on the boy.  (“So he’s gay and she’s a lesbian?” one of my friends asked.  “No!  Rampant bisexuality!” I shrieked gleefully.)  And said rampant bisexuality was then proved when Oberyn and Ellaria made out with each other a few seconds later.  Oberyn and Ellaria being bisexual is very important to me and so I’m glad that we got at least a glimpse of it (even though that girl prostitute probably didn’t need to be totally naked but still).

4.  The scene with Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)
The first trailer that showed Sansa upset and talking to Tyrion, saying that she lies awake thinking of what happened to her mother and Robb, made me very nervous.  Why, I wondered, would Sansa be confessing her feelings to Tyrion, except for the thing of how the television show likes to make Tyrion nicer than he is.  (I don’t dislike Tyrion, I think he’s very interesting, but the show has multiple times made him nicer or done things to make him seem better at the narrative expense of other characters, namely Sansa.)  “The only way this would be okay,” I said to my mother after we had watched this particular trailer three times in a row, “is if once she’s done saying that, she gets up and walks away, leaving him there.”  And, wouldn’t you know it?  That actually is what happened.  Sansa expressed her reasons for being upset and then left (“I don’t pray anymore.  [The Godswood is] the only place I can go where people don’t talk to me”).  And that was at least the best option at that point.

3.  Scenes with ladies.
Namely, ones that did not appear in the books specifically.  Dany (Emilia Clarke) asking Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) about Meereen (tangent not pertaining to just-ladies: was Daario implying that Grey Worm had a crush on Missandei??  I… think he was?  I am not going to say what I think the ideal outcome for this would be, because then it won’t happen).  Margaery (Natalie Dormer) both with Olenna (Diana Rigg) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).  Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and… well, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), who is a dude, but still.  I am perfectly okay with the addition of scenes like this.

2.  Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau)
Just… in general.  A+ jobs guys I was good with it.

1.  All!  The!  Exposition!
And backstory and what have you.  Oberyn talking to Tyrion about what happened in the past with Elia (as pertained to Rhaegar, as pertained to Gregor Clegane, as a catalyst for his vengeance-seeking, etcetra).  Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) reading from the book about the Kingsguard, mentioning things that hadn’t really been mentioned before but are good to know.  Lots of conversations here and there that pertained to either things that happened pre-show or previously in the show, making motivations and history quite clear.  That was so welcome and good.

–your fangirl heroine.

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