"Game of Thrones" - HBO vs. George RR Martin...frustrating & unsatisfying battle for Westeros

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Whom do I blame for all this? HBO for opting for the spectacle over content or Martin for writing at an elderly snail pace? Last night’s episode was visually and emotionally exhausting. I never knew what NOT breathing for 82 minutes felt like but here we are.

THOUSANDS of years coming…ended up with the youngest Stark ending the Night King and with him, his entire cohort of generals and zombie humans bent on wiping sentient life off the planet. Thousands of years of anticipation, build up and conflict ended in mere seconds because Weiss & Benioff wanted something “unpredictable and fun.”

It also ended the long-awaited and theorized Azor Ahai prophesy, something late Rhaegar Targaryen put in motion when he abandoned and annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and her two children, to marry and father a third son with Lyana Stark. “The Dragon has three heads” Rhaegar dreamt.

Rhaegar Targaryen

Rhaegar Targaryen

He dreamt of the Long Night. And only “The Prince Who was Promised” would end it…possibly his son Aegon Targaryen. Some theorize its Daenerys because Prince is genderless in old Valyria and the Prince “Shall wake dragons from the stone”

There are so many theories…so many prophecies. I’ve personally rambled about it for years. Husband and I have countless conversations about it.

The world of Game of Thrones is filled with rich content, nuance, and intricacies...and the HBO guys literally went “fuck it”…we’ll have Arya do it because its unexpected.

As thrilling as that scene was…it's incredibly anti-climactic.

It abandons Martins’ books. It ignores the history that it was built on. The books are leading to the Long Night…HBO decided Cersei is more important. HBO decided that the “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Jon & Dany per Martin himself) are bullshit.

So now, we are here. And I hate to be this person…but as a book reader, I am unsatisfied, mad and forever left longing for more.

To understand my frustrations, you have to understand the world Martin built. It’s complicated and nuanced. It’s filled with complex characters that are always skirting in the shades of gray. Humans are not necessarily all good or all evil. He understands that. No character is safe. He demonstrated this when he chopped off Ned Stark’s head at the end of book 1.

Legendary warrior Azor Ahai plunging the Lightbringer into his beloved wife (Nyssa, Nyssa) heart to end The Long Night.

Legendary warrior Azor Ahai plunging the Lightbringer into his beloved wife (Nyssa, Nyssa) heart to end The Long Night.

“The show is not the books”

Well, you can just f*ck off because I’m aware of that. Then call it something else. Don’t f*cking call it Game of Thrones. Call it “Martin wrote some cool stuff and here’s our take on it” and call it a day.

Azor Ahai prophesy is the BACKBONE of the story and they lazily rewrote it.

I love Arya as much as the next person, but this is a massive joke. She has never met the Red Woman. She is not the blood of Aerys and Rhaella. There is no build up or suggestion that she is the Prince that was Promised. “But Jovana here are the links to episodes that bring her to the Night Knight”

I don’t give a shit. None of that stuff is in the actual story.

A thousand eyes, a hundred skins, wisdom deep as the roots of ancient trees. Greenseers.  —the three-eyed crow to Bran Stark

A thousand eyes, a hundred skins, wisdom deep as the roots of ancient trees. Greenseers.

—the three-eyed crow to Bran Stark

And I fear if HBO decides to capitalize on other content from the books, as in, create series based on the histories dating back to the First Men or even when the Wall was built, they’ve opened themselves up to massive plotholes and they will have to completely reinvent and re-write the history of the Westeros because they opted for a crowd-pleasing moment instead of sticking with in-story mythology.

“Well Jovana, in season 3, Melisandre spoke and prophesized about Arya.”

Benioff and Weiss said they planned for Arya to kill the Night King since season 5. These fuckers retconned they're own made up shit story.

I sound bitter, sure. I also understand that the show has surpassed the books in every way shape and form. And it wouldn’t bother me so much if the last 4 seasons of the show were actually, you know, good.

But let's keep on pretending that it took Unsullied days to get from Dragonstone to Casterly Rock. That the level of detail Martin writes his books would allow for that.

Cool.

Catelyn Stark reanimated as Lady Stoneheart after Beric Dondarrion resurrects her with the help of Rhllor (God of Fire) by giving her the kiss of life, and thus he dies permanently. She goes on a revenge rampage after The Red Wedding.

Catelyn Stark reanimated as Lady Stoneheart after Beric Dondarrion resurrects her with the help of Rhllor (God of Fire) by giving her the kiss of life, and thus he dies permanently. She goes on a revenge rampage after The Red Wedding.

Don’t even get me started on the show’s treatment of Bran Stark, the dragon riding scene and the House of Undying. That part ALONE could have been a season. And where the hell is Lady Stoneheart?

Also, f*ck you Martin for writing so slow and letting HBO butcher your magnum opus.

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My Favorite TV Dramas ("Serious" TV) of All Time

Oh boy. This is gonna be a tough one because I'll attempt to combine every genre of TV that is not comedy (I have a separate post for the funnies) and I can already feel anxiety building up because television is so fucking good. We are in the Golden Age of Television, my friends. Its weened me off the movies almost completely because why waste time. With that said, TV has evolved so much into an insanely raw, boundary pushing, human nature exploring medium and to list only 10 of my favorites, would not be doing any service to anyone. But I also don't want this post to be 17 days long so here are my top 10 (with honorable mentions)

Disclaimer: this is MY personal list. There are better shows, there are worse shows but this is my list and these are the shows I have watched multiple times over the past decade or so.

10. Lost
Lost was an enthralling experience to watch. To this date, I remember the chair I sat in, box of tissues and remote in my hand when the final episode aired. I remember how I felt. Still. Enthralling, but also the most frustrating. Why? Its a show that in my humble opinion, the writers simply didn't know how to end and made up things as it went on, creating one massive, convulsed mess. But why is it still your top 10 Jovana? Because Lost, when it was good, it was REALLY fucking good. It was all a dogs dream. Or was it?


9. Sherlock (BBC)

Contemporary spin on the worlds most famous detective? Nothing unique there. But when you have Benedict Cumberbatch's commanding screen presence as the titular character featuring fast paced, intelligent, witty, unpredictable writing? Sign me up. I'll tell you this tho: if you suffer any ADHD or have short span, not a fan of details....might wanna skip this one. It demands your full, uninterrupted attention & focus. Its TV's definition of fictional superiority and intellectual elitism.


8. Orange is the New Black
Netflix series set in low security prison for women? Sure I guess. An ensemble featuring women of every shape, size, color, sexual orientation, trans, disabled - the look back into their histories, why they committed their crimes, how they function, think, believe, feel, eat, fuck, exist...NO show like it out there. If you want a program that features flawed, raw, REAL women in the system, void of stereotypes and male gaze - watch OITNB. I usually finish an entire season in two sittings because that darn sleep overwhelms me.

7. Dexter
Do not come at me for this one. In my mind, Dexter only exists in Seasons 1-4. Ignore any conversation mentioning that lumberjack shit and focus on the good, which is seasons 1-4. Who is Dexter? Dexter is a serial killer who kills...other serial killers. Its fucking graphic as hell & dark and you get to be in Dexter's mind as he chooses the victims, the methods, recalls his history, the birth of his internal Dark Passenger, battles many foes, including "the good guys." But who is good? Who's bad? Who is evil? The lines are constantly crossed. How did it become bad after the Trinity Killer? Nor worthy of discussion. Also, speaking of the Trinity Killer...my God and I'll just leave it at that. Rent the first four seasons and be done with it. You'll thank me later.

6. Luther
Relatively unknown BBC drama that I have rewatched probably ten times now. What can I say, I'm a sucker for psychologically damaged anti-heroes who use their own personal darkness to solve crimes and problems. John Luther is a troubled, violent man...a cop who a moral duty, failed marriage and an uncomfortable friendship with a very special woman solving cases in each of the limited episodes of this show.

5. Jessica Jones
Luke Cage, Matt Murdoch (Daredevil), Frank Castle (The Punisher)...Jessica Jones. Netflix does Marvel good. You can't go wrong on any of these (except Iron Fist, insert vomit emoji.)I could probably place all of these on my 5th spot, but if I could rewatch one over and over again...its gonna be my favorite angry, potty mouth, alcoholic, "piece of shit", super human Jessica Jones. Yes I know, there are only 2 seasons and it could potentially become shit like Dexter but that first season has such tight and focused plot, Krysten Ritter is brilliant as Jessica, a villain I've never experienced before and loads of trope bashing characterizations - Jessica is my kind of super "hero."

4. The Wire
Believe when people tell you its the best show ever made. If someone makes a big deal and loses their fucking mind that you still haven't seen it....there is a reason for it. The Wire is complex, uncomfortable portrayal of urban America told from different perspectives through slow paced character study that never feels cheap or dramatic for the sake of being a television show. Like Sherlock above, it does require level of intelligence and singular focus because the beauty, as always, is in the details.

3. Breaking Bad
Cancer struck beta male high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer, with a pregnant wife and disabled son at home? What a dying man to do? Well...partner up with a local petty criminal, cook meth and sell it. Use the funds for the family after your pass away....or become the most notorious Drug lord of all time? At this point, I feel jealous of anyone who hasn't seen it yet. You get to experience Breaking Bad anew. Lucky bastards.

2. The Sopranos
Intelligent, brutal, dark, funny, complex..
Rich & layered storytelling and it marks the beginning of Golden Age of Television and none of the shows above would be possible without the legacy The Sopranos have left. It was important when it aired. Its important today and in a hundred fucking years, we will STILL be watching Tony maneuver both of his Families.

1. Game of Thrones
Is Game of Thrones better than The Wire, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos in terms of complex storylines, writing and characters? No its not. (Also, wildly different genres so its unfair to even compare) Is Game of Thrones the most exciting, exhilarating, blood rushing, heart breaking, mind blowing, table flipping, hair pulling TV watching experience ever? Oh you better fucking believe it. Dracarys.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Big Little Lies
  • Doctor Who
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld
  • The Walking Dead
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • House of Cards
  • True Detective
  • Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones Season 7 finale thoughts & season 8 predictions

Thoughts and some predictions on the Game of Thrones finale (obviously spoilers.) Level of excitement/importance/prediction not in any particular order. Here we go:

  • Sansa is personally responsible for ridding the world of TWO psychopaths and sociopaths: Baelish & Ramsey Bolton. I do not wanna HEAR Sansa hate near me. No one grew and evolved as much as she has. If anyone truly deserves the throne and will serve it well and smart, its Sansa f*cking Stark. She survived horrific abuse by Westeros biggest psychos and outlived them. Come at me bro.
  • Also, Sansa & Arya bonding over their struggles and being fucking awesome is the lullaby I fall asleep to.

  • Baelish choking on his own blood after being cut by the same knife that was LITERALLY a catalyst for the ENTIRE show, is the song of my people. Lemme sing it to ya: BYE FELICIA.
  • I find it fitting that Viserion dragon is the one that died and became the Ice Dragon. Dany named him after a very cruel, evil brother….it seems fitting that she will battle him AGAIN.
  • If you are a fan of the show, if you’ve read the books, understand GOT mythology and why George Martin does what he does, the concept of FAMILY & POWER is extremely important. Incest is something that’s been practiced for centuries. All Targeryan’s married each other to keep the power and more importantly MAGIC in the blood because pure Targeryan blood is what controls the dragons. At the risk of sounding like an elitist snob - read the f*cking book. Being grossed out by Dany & Jon is pointless. It’s in their blood, it’s their destiny, it’s their family history, it’s who Targeryan’s ARE. They are two sides of the same coin. The entire story is two of them….two nothings who endured so much and became everything. They are “A Song of Ice & Fire.”
  • Dany will get pregnant and the baby will be The Prince or Princess that was Promised - who will end the Long Night. The baby will kill Dany in the process….or Jon will kill her with Longclaw to fulfill Azor Ahai prophesy. I just know that there is no happy ending for Jon & Dany. How can there be? Pretty much every love story on the show has caused major tragedy to everyone. Hello Robb Stark, you dumbass!
Azor Ahai plunging the Hero's Sword into Nissa Nissa's Chest.
  • Speaking of dark loves – Rhaegar & Lyanna Stark. He didn’t kidnap or rape her. He loved and married her. Everything Robert Baratheon did….started an entire war, killed so many -  was based on a LIE. So many suffered becauase Rhaegar fell in love with Lyanna…..and their own blood (Jon & Dany) will pay it all back. Again, this is my prediction.
Robert Baratheon & Rhaegar Targeryan
  • Jon Snow is Jon Snow. I mean…yes, he’s Aegon Targeryan…but JON FRIGGIN SNOW.

  • I still do not know what to make of the Lannister siblings. Jaime might have freed himself from a toxic relationship, but Cersei’s pregnancy complicates things. I think this baby is whats gonna cause Tyrion to betray Dany. I believed for SO LONG that he’s the third head of the dragons. That was quickly shot down with the Ice Dragon, and Tyrion will be torn. Cersei will die…but how? By Jaime, Tyrion or will her baby kill her like Tyrion “killed” their own mother in childbirth? Third one would be poetic for sure.
  • Jon & Dany – I’ve been a LONG fangirl of this union. It makes sense…despite the incest. Their journey and mythology that surrounds them spans centuries. Plus they are sexy as hell together. Their union will destroy them…..and save the world.

  • Brienne & Hound acting all proud of their murder child Arya…one of the best scenes.
  • Dany’s entrance – so dramatic, I loved it. That’s exactly how you meet Cersei Lannister.
  • Theon finally embracing an identity – Greyjoy or Stark  was beautiful. He was misguided, lost and Reek for so long, watching him fight for Yara made my heart sing.
  • Snow in the South…Jaime riding away; becoming The Winter Lion…I got chills. WINTER IS HERE.
  • Despite everything, I just CANT hate Cersei Lannister. This is the first time in her life she’s calling the shots, making decisions, not giving a fuck. Her entire existence and decisions were maneuvered and made by fuckboys around her. Get yours Cersei! Also, give a Golden Globe to Lena Hadley....she was so perfect in her scenes with Jaime and Tyrion. SO SO PERFECT.
  • ICE DRAGON
  • Took centuries to build The Wall…took years to grow a Dragon…The Night King ended it all in matter of seconds. He is NOT fucking around.

Right now, the best I can hope for is that Trump and rest of World leaders do not end the world before the series conclude in 2019. 
Thoughts? Predictions?