Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 8, season 1

game-of-thrones-logoEpisode 8 is a kinda in between episode – it just sorta sets up what’s going to happen in episodes 9 and presumably, 10. It’s not that nothing happens in this episode of Game of Thrones, but certainly, not a lot happens.  

Here’s the synopsis from

In the aftermath of Nedʼs capture, Syrio and Arya face off against Lannister guards, while Cersei manipulates Sansa to her own ends. Robb rallies his fatherʼs northern bannermen against Tywin Lannister and heads south to war. Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father. Jon lashes out at Ser Alliser Thorne and battles a mysterious attacker from beyond the Wall. Dany is forced to reconcile her desire to conquer Westeros with Drogoʼs savagery after the Dothraki raid a peaceful village.

This sounds like a lot of things that are moving the plot forward, but…  I guess you could say this episode is chock full of exposition.

For me, the one thing that grabbed me about this episode was the thing at the wall… so those dead guys that came back to life… is that what white walkers are?  Or, if White Walkers do whatever to you, you come a zombie?  Or are White Walkers just zombies?  Either way, I guess  Game of Thrones is going to have zombies in it and that…

That’s kinda the worst thing ever.

I know ya’ll love zombies, but I’m sick to death of them.  I’m really into these pre industrial fantasy stories, but adding zombies… I dunno, it kinda takes me out of it.  I feel like a bunch of genres just got tossed into a blender!  When you combine my zombie fatigue with what just feels like a wild card story element that is the introduction of another super popular sci-fi/fantasy/horror/nerd stuff element (zombies), I just feel manipulated.  And I don’t like it.

Well, let’s see where these next two episodes go.  I imagine we won’t get much in the way of wall trouble until next season as the conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters is about to get real…  but I’ll have to watch and find out.  To the TV!

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