Game of Thrones – season 7

Game of Thrones – S07 Episode 1

Every time a new season of Game of Thrones starts I’ve been meaning to do a series of blog posts which follow along, talk about what we’ve just seen and speculate WILDLY on what might happen next. As Season 7 has just started, now’s the time!

WARNING: spoilers for episode 1 of season 7 (and possibly all of the previous seasons) follow!

Did I really need a spoiler warning? Perhaps.

Assuming you’re still reading, here follow some very random thoughts on the first episode.

As soon as Walder Frey appeared, I suspected Arya. Yay Arya. One less family to keep track of. I like her style.

Ed Bloody Sheeran. He’s everywhere. That whole scene just felt a bit pointless and jarring. Arya discovering that Soldiers Are People Too just felt a bit… off, I thought. “I’m off to kill the queen”, “lolz”.

I absolutely loved (and therefore fear for) Lyanna Mormont, kicking ass and taking no prisoners. Putting Lord Percy in his place.

Sam going to Hogwarts (assume everyone has made that joke) and sneaking into the restricted section despite what Slughorn said. Though why were only half the books chained up? That was totally a thing, but if you’re going to do it for some, they’d do it for all. Books (and therefore knowledge) were valuable. And how come he’s got his own little house? All the Maesters seemed to be in a dorm, with terrible plumbing, and even worse digestive systems.

I probably need to rewatch season 6. I’m not entirely sure why Jon was all suddenly OMG DRAGONGLASS IS TEH AWESOME. I don’t remember him ever using it, though he did have a swordfight with an undead dude, though I think that was at the end of season 5.

I also loved Euron. Cocky swine. “Yeah, I’ve killed my brother, and got two hands.” *suggestive eyebrow raise* “Right, I’m off to get you a present.”

Who will be the present? Tyrion?

Also, why was Dragonstone completely empty? Sam’s discovery of OH LOOK, DRAGONGLASS ON DRAGONSTONE (who’d have thought it?).

It’s all there. So she owns the world’s only dragonglass mine (really, is that a thing?) and the dragons. Loved the giant throne room. Have we seen that before?

And The Hound can see stuff in the flames. That was unexpected (I’ve not read the books, so it might be entirely expected).

Next to die: Davos – he can’t be long for this world. He’s too nice. There are still entirely too many characters moving into place, given how few episodes are left. I know we can’t expect them all to be killed off (though given past form, I wouldn’t be entirely suprised)

Random thought: I’d love to see the last two standing as Brienne and Tormund. They’d walk into the throne room in King’s Landing, see the Iron Throne, look at each other and go ‘nah’, then run off to have adventures. Possibly with Lyanna Mormont. PLEASE MAKE THIS A THING.

Top five television shows

A recent discussion brought up the subject of favourite TV shows. This quickly evolved into a top 5 list – what are your top five tv shows of all time?

It’s trickier than you think. Some once-great TV shows fall apart after a while. Are they still top five material?

Here’s my top 5, in no particular order. This list is subject to change at a moment’s notice.

1. The Wire.

2. Breaking Bad

3. Game of Thrones

4. Battlestar Galactica

5. Firefly

There are a ton of great shows which I’ve really enjoyed, but don’t feel they quite hit the top. Bubbling under we have shows like Buffy, The West Wing, Farscape, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, the list is as long as your arm. They’re all great, but lack that certain… something.

Then there are those which are great fun, but too lightweight or episodic. The Big Bang Theory is on virtual repeat in our house. The first few seasons were funny, but it’s started turning into a parody of itself. Lie to Me was enormous fun but was the sort of thing you didn’t need to watch every episode to keep up. Similarly CSI (all flavours), NCIS, Law & Order. All great shows, but lacking the true brilliance of the top five.

What are your top five TV shows? Do you binge on box-sets? Glued to Netflix, or LoveFilm Instant? What should I watch next?

blogging quick, blogging slow…

I was reading Liz‘s excellent post the other day on ‘slow blogging’ and some things she said really struck a chord. Trying to find a schedule that works for a blog can be tricky, when you have to squeeze it in amongst Real Life, work, family and so on. There’s always something else to do, somewhere else to be.

Take tonight[1], for example – by the time the kids are in bed, the dishwasher loaded, the house straightened up, school and work stuff sorted for the morning, it’s half ten and all I really want to do is slump in front of Game of Thrones (OMG HOW GOOD? Two more episodes! WOE!) with a large mug of jolly hot tea and maybe a snackerel of something tasty and highly calorific.

I’ve sometimes wondered if this blog could do with a proper schedule – regular readers (well done for keeping up, you’re all lovely people) may have noticed that I tend to blog in little flurries at various times of the day and week. This is usually down to me trying to be clever (stop laughing at the back) and scheduling a bunch of posts spread out during the week. Of course, then I promptly forget I’ve done this, and schedule a bunch more, or spot something on the way into work which requires immediate sharing with the world (I have a post brewing about a solar-powered bin I spotted this morning. More of that later).

And thanks to the joys of mobile internet (and good coffee shops), one can quite happily blog  at lunchtimes, on the train, in the post office queue…

So I end up with some carefully-scheduled posts, some not-quite-so-carefully-scheduled posts, and some utterly random posts all jostling for position and attention. Some of these come with automatic twitter postings too, which result in a bombardment on social media. Though oddly, not Facebook. But there’s another post waiting to happen.

See? They’re like rabbits, these blog posts. Take your eye off ’em for a second…

Then I got a lovely comment over on the ‘My first job‘ post from Ofglassandbooks

Loved this post You should write more often and longer posts, dear Espresso coco, although I do like the pictures too

Perhaps I should take the slow blogging advice and work on one (or two) longer-form posts each week, interspersed with the photos and the hodge-podge of shorter stuff.

What do you think, dear reader? Slow and steady, or all higgledy-piggledy brace-yourself-he’s-off-again?


[1] though I’ll probably schedule this for autoposting tomorrow morning. Which will be this morning when you read it. Or even tomorrow evening. Time travel is confusing. Speaking of time travel OMG DOCTOR WHO! HOW GOOD WAS THAT? *cough* sorry.

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