October 2, 2022 at 8:37 pm #1205105328
We know filming in the dark takes skill. Maybe they should have waited until dawn….
The Sunne in Splendour.
I prefer my roses whiteOctober 2, 2022 at 9:18 pm #1205105353
What an incredible, entertaining episode. Wow this might be coming for SAG Ensemble!October 3, 2022 at 12:50 am #1205105419
This episode might be my favorite of the season. I like how it only took place over the course just a single day and was contained to one location. It was a nice change of pace from how fast things have been moving. The whole cast continues to impress, but Olivia Cooke was on fire.October 3, 2022 at 8:19 am #1205105572
This was a great episode. A+October 3, 2022 at 9:52 am #1205105679
Now that’s an episode! Absolutely stellar. Best of the season yetOctober 3, 2022 at 10:34 am #1205105740
Have a thing for tv episodes covering few hours in the life of the characters. Loved it, the best yet. Olivia Cooke!October 3, 2022 at 11:05 am #1205105798
Last night’s episode so the best. I can’t describe how amazing it was. I think the final time jump is episode 8. I’m ready.October 3, 2022 at 11:08 am #1205105806
Emma and Olivia are two powerhouse actresses.October 3, 2022 at 5:26 pm #1205106107
Ok, now we’re talking. That episode was great. This is the level I need the show to be at continuously. The Vhagar sequence in particular had more narrative impact than most of the dragon scenes in GOT to be honest, and it was followed by the brilliantly choreographed child fight scene. On the acting (which I’ve only found decent until now), Olivia Cooke is rightfully being singled out for her performance this week, but I think the ensemble as a whole really showed its strength here.
FYC: Station Eleven in all categoriesOctober 3, 2022 at 8:43 pm #1205106333
Whilst I did think last week’s episode introduced us to these older versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent quite well I feel like this episode really justified having two sets of actors playing these characters at different points in their lives. Rhaenyra was a very emotive and defined character in the first half of the season whilst the opposite was the case with Alicent but once we get to the switch over you could really feel like you matured as the viewer along with these characters and saw the whole conflict between them in a new dynamic. A huge chunk of it is of course credit to the shift in narrative direction that the show and its material have gone in but I think as a viewer we’ve really been given the opportunity to actually be conflicted about the conflict itself and which of Rhaenyra and Alicent actually deserves to triumph when all is said and done. It’s a credit to D’Arcy and Cooke that they’ve crafted their own interpretations of these characters whilst building on from Alcock and Carey’s work from the first half of the season. In my own social circles a lot of people I know have been divided over the “replacements” but I think what I like about both D’Arcy’s and Cooke’s performances so far is that they’re so lived in when they could have been so cold. Even with the intimate scene between Rhaenyra and Daemon in this week’s episode I think what I liked about it was how different it was from the scene Alcock and Smith shared in episode 4 which felt much more sensational. Likewise I liked how strong the chemistry Cooke and Considine had in the second half of the episode was compared to what Carey and Considine had which felt much more detached (which now with the benefit of hindsight makes so much more sense narratively). Cooke was even stronger this week than she was last but I was really quite taken by how Considine aged up his performance. In other hands Viserys’ bouts of Dementia and his attempts to assert himself more in the crisis that ensued from Aemon’s actions would have come off as quite caricaturey but it flowed really well here.
It’s a shame Sapochnik will probably submit the pilot for Emmy consideration because I really feel like this would be a much more inspired nomination.
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.October 3, 2022 at 9:57 pm #1205106349
I don’t really have much to add, but I still wanted to share my thoughts since I’ve done so for every other episode.
Cinematography left something to be desired. It’s not the first time this season that it’s been too dark, and I’m assuming it won’t be the last (did they not learn from “The Long Night”?).
But everything else was stellar. Sapochnik’s direction (although reign in the darkness boyyy), the funeral scene (absolutely beautiful), the entire Aemond subplot (narratively great but also like damn that fight choreography!), and miss Olivia Cooke! Also loved the ending — reminded me of the choice to have Daemon kill his wife (which I still can’t believe they did because god why would daemon do that they’ve shown nothing to make us think he’s that diabolical plus it had no real bearing on anything but alas) except this time it was a good change because it made sense for the character (from what we’ve seen, Rhaenyra wouldn’t have actually had him killed, she’s not cruel).
Terrific episode, best of the season! Grade: A (9/10). (The reservation being the cinematography.)
Both of our IP fantasy series really stepping up their game and making a case for series noms!
Top Ten 2022 Films:
1. Everything Everywhere All At Once
2. The Fabelmans
3. The Banshees of Inisherin
4. The Batman
6. Top Gun: Maverick
8. The Woman King
10. The MenuOctober 3, 2022 at 10:55 pm #1205106400
Although Aemon “One-Eye” in the book is an a****, I am loving him on this show.October 5, 2022 at 6:26 am #1205107775
Genuinely shocking episode. Feels like the start of a new season, TBH. Certainly the necessary jolt and stakes raised that I craved from the new cast. Looks like another time jump next week, but afterwards, they will hopefully settle down from all of that leading up to the season finale.October 7, 2022 at 10:55 am #1205110504
It was not only the best episode so far, it’s certainly one of the best episode of any tv show this year. It was INCREDIBLE.October 8, 2022 at 6:12 am #1205111188
Paddy Considine should win awards for his performance.
In the hands of so many lesser or just “good enough” actors Viserys would have been such a boring, bland, and passive role, instead he manages to imbue it with charisma, passion, humanity, and tragicity.
He elevates the character, and it becomes something else, kudos to him, i hope he gets nominated for Globes, SAG, and Emmys, and wins all of them.Not now
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