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  • What's going on guys Carmine here back with another review for season 6 episode 8 of Game

  • of Thrones. Traditionally this show has kept to its lineup of having some heavy things

  • going down in the last three episodes of the season. In season 4 we had Oberyn Martell

  • Vs The Mountain fight. In season 5 we had Jon Snow's journey to hardhome.

  • Both epic episodes which delivered on a lot of points and really shook things up in the

  • world both in terms of story development and scope.

  • I hate to say it but season 6 did not deliver on what the standard they've previously set

  • up. Now I won't say that this was the worst episode we've gotten this season because I still hold

  • firm that episode 1 will be the worst but this week definitely won't be making my top

  • 5. Before I begin the video I must stress one important thing that some people failed

  • to understand in my video for last week's episode. This is a review video and everything

  • said here is my opinion. If you disagree with anything I say here? you are welcome to dispute

  • me in the comment section or make a response video explaining why you thought otherwise.

  • But as I said this is a review video and my job here is to make sure I point out all the

  • good stuff and the bad.

  • For the 99% of you who understand this? I apologize for having to explain it but there

  • is always that 1% who don't get it so I felt this was necessary to point out. Now with

  • that out of the way lets get to the review.

  • First lets start with King's Landing. One of the most hyped up moments of the season

  • 6 trailers was Cersei's one liner "I choose violence" and I was waiting for it all season.

  • It felt like as soon as she said that then all hell would break loose and for a minute

  • it did but then it stopped for what ever reason. We've seen the zombie mountain destroy people

  • before but I wanted a little more carnage on the Sparrows and especially Lancel. For

  • such a destructive force of a man he is becoming very under utilized this season. The main

  • purpose of King's Landing this episode is to deal another hit to Cersei who planned

  • on relying on the old Lannister manuever: Trial By Combat. Well now that is out of the

  • question because the High Sparrow had Tommen out law the practice, probably after he realized

  • that there aren't anymore crazy bi sexual Dornish princes willing to fight the zombie

  • mountain.

  • Now..this will be kind of douchey for me to say but what I'm loving this season about

  • Cersei's situation is that

  • her power is leaving her and the situation is becoming much more dire. Somehow shes holding

  • it all together that it's almost inhuman. At this point any normal person would be in

  • a deep depression and crying constantly over the humiliation, helplessness and loneliness

  • she must be feeling. Her only loyal companions are frankstein and his monster which are about

  • as comforting as a diner date with Ramsay. We also find out that Qyburn has learned some

  • devious secret, possibly about the High Sparrow which is a sure setup for their confrontation

  • in the last episode of the season.

  • And as i said my one disappointment with the King's Landing stuff was how anticlimactic

  • the whole "I choose violence" scene turned out to be. I expected him to take out his

  • sword and go crazy on those fools but he just ripped one guy's head off. I did however enjoy

  • the little twist Tommen brought in this week by outlawing the trial by combat practice

  • which really does remove Cersei's option for survival. I've said it before and I'll say

  • it again: the High Sparrow isn't a fool and its possible that, ever since he had his first

  • meeting with Cersei in season 5, hes been playing her all this time. She thought she

  • could use him but he used her and is slowing removing her options in every single episode.

  • Hes a great player in the King's Landing scene and at this point she will have no options

  • left to play other than blowing up the city with wildfire which seems to be a theory amongst

  • many people and I can see where they're getting at here. Its later foreshadowed in a conversation

  • with Jaime and Edmure about the love mothers have for their children. But the King's Landing

  • stuff was a mixed bag for me and once again there wasn't enough here to keep me really

  • invested in much of what was going on but I am curious about her next move and I'm really

  • hoping she and Tommen are secretly working together because if not then her setting the

  • whole city on fire will really start seeming very probable. Also I'm starting to feel bad

  • for Kevan because hes really pissing her off and something tells me he won't be making

  • it to next season. But King's Landing was okay for me, its becoming a guilty pleasure

  • of mine watching Cersei get whats coming to her but I'm also hoping for some type of plan

  • B or master plan to come through and surprise us all.

  • Now lets turn to the Riverlands where Brienne and Podrick have arrived on scene. I did like

  • the little scene between Bronn and Podrick, as I said in my previous video, Bronn can

  • be paired up with anybody and make it fun and interesting. He's pretty much saying what

  • we're all thinking about Brinne and Jaime and here's hoping he survives til next season.

  • But lets move on to the main course with Jaime and Brienne and in this episode their interaction

  • was really cool and little cute. It almost felt like two professional people who like

  • each other a lot but they're trying not to show it in the work environment. I don't want

  • to go ahead and say that Brienne and Jaime are hardcore in love with Brienne but you

  • can tell he has some respect for her and he sees a lot of himself in her...and no I don't

  • mean that sexually. Some people are saying that he likes Brienne a lot more than Cersei

  • and that he went all douchebag on Edmure, threatening his child, because he wanted the

  • siege to end quickly before Brienne was put in danger.

  • While that does make sense I don't think he loves her more than Cersei. Jaime and Brienne

  • have been through a lot of things and she helped bring him back from a big depression

  • in season 3 and in a way you could say that she is his best friend. She was with him through

  • a lot of shit and, to me, what they have is a mutual respect for each other as friends.

  • I like to think that not every man and woman on television need to fall in love with each

  • other.

  • As for the whole conversation Jaime had with Edmure? I liked it a lot. Jaime has changed

  • a lot since season 1 and in a way I kind of miss him being a jerk a little and we got

  • to see a bit of that. I do like Edmure's take on Jaime and how we've come to see him as

  • a good guy but to the real good guys? Jaime is just another asshole and that makes sense.

  • During their conversation you could sense a little desperation in Jaime for wanting

  • the whole thing over with, not just because Brienne was there but because he wants to

  • get back to Cersei and even I'm surprised he came out and told Edmure about that. But

  • eventually he does convince Edmure to have the gates lowered and I did like the scene

  • between the Blackfish and the Tully soldiers. Edmure is lord of Riverrun and it shows how

  • loyal many of these soldiers can be to their own.

  • But my disappointment in the Riverland scenes comes mainly from the Blackfish and his stupidity.

  • For him to stay at the castle and die was terrible and poor writing on the show runners

  • part. And if you're wondering why? well its because their family words are "Family. Duty.

  • Honor" in that order. Their House puts family above all else. He could've gone with Brienne

  • because he is well known throughout the continent as one of the best soldiers to have under

  • your command. He may not have had the numbers needed to defeat the Boltons but having him

  • around does help in many others ways. His decision was selfish and made no sense. The

  • House Tully words are taught to Bran in season 1 by Maestr Luwin so Even if you hadn't read

  • the books you would still know that. Hell I was watching the episode with someone who

  • hadn't read them and even they thought it was a dumb decision.

  • what really gets me is that they brought back another great character and did absolutely

  • nothing with him and he just ended up being some old man yelling at people to get off

  • his lawn. The blackfish was another character wasted just to get Jaime out of King's Landing.

  • They did this last season when they introduced the Sand Snakes and House Martell for that

  • exact reason and they still managed to fuck it up. All to get Jaime out of King's Landing

  • and give him something to do. I'm all for that but how hard is it to make his trip actually

  • mean something? While his conversation with Brienne was cool and I did like that little

  • wave he did to her it would've meant more had Brienne actually accomplished her mission

  • in bringing the guy back with her to Sansa. It's also a huge slap in the face to the audience

  • to have the guy die off screen too. I mean come on...if you're going to bring back someone

  • like him at least give him an honorable death like you gave Barristan. But once again the

  • Riverlands, like King's Landing, is just a mixed bag for me. While I loved Brienne and

  • Jaime together again and Jaime's speech to Edmure...I really hated that resolution with

  • the Blackfish and how it made no sense. It's almost as though they're just bringing back

  • old characters to quickly kill them off so their fates aren't just left hanging out there

  • before they finish the series. It was very anticlimatic and seems a little like lazy

  • writing.

  • And speaking of lazy writing we come to the Hound on the warpath. It starts off simple

  • enough with him chopping off some heads, kicking ass and taking names and then we find out

  • that it wasn't the Brotherhood without banners but just some of their members gone rogue.

  • Instead of tearing them apart he just helps them in the punishment by kicking the block

  • of under from under their feet. Wow...way to cock tease an entire episode's worth of

  • revenge into a minute of resolution. We spend almost an entire episode with those people,

  • they get killed and its basically resolved so quickly I almost don't get the point of

  • this. I mean I get the point is to have the Hound team up with Beric Dondarion and Thorors

  • of Myr and it sounds like they're gearing up for a fight against the Night's King, which

  • is cool. I get that but why couldn't those three guys actually engage in an all out fight

  • with him? Once again I understand that not everything in the episode needs to be like

  • an action movie but if that's the case then don't set your story lines up for a big fight

  • scene and then just have him assist in their deaths.

  • The only thing in the scenes with the Hound that I really enjoyed is his interaction with

  • the Brotherhood before and after those guys are killed. The idea of the Hound joining

  • up with them and heading north is awesome and I would love a reunion with him and Sansa.

  • Shame they couldn't have gotten there before the big battle in episode 9 but the thought

  • of him coming back next season is still great and there leaves a lot of room here for what

  • they can do. Oh and just so you know...now that its confirmed Beric is still alive? that

  • means no Lady Stoneheart. Hate to break it to you guys....well maybe not yet. Maybe the

  • Hound's narrative this season will show us but I'm doubting the hell out of it and CleganeBowl

  • is losing steam very fast if hes headed north and his brother is still south in King's Landing.

  • This episode has been really bad for fan theories.

  • Over in Mereen we get Varys and Tyrion one last time before he departs for places unknown

  • all in an effort to help Dany get to Westeros. For me I loved these guys this season, I always

  • enjoy their banter and Varys, to me, is always a joy to see on screen. Some people believe

  • Varys is heading Dorne to find allies there that would love to see the Lannisters overthrown

  • in King's Landing and I'm apart of that group.

  • One of the many friends Dany will find in Westeros will start with the people who hate

  • those in power and House Martell will definitely be one of those people. I also noticed one

  • tiny little thing that not a lot of people caught on to...Varys and Dany are never in

  • the same place at the same time. I'm not saying they're the same person, although I would

  • love to hear the theory behind that one, I think there is some major reveal that the

  • show runners are keeping from us that would spoil something about her lineage. Varys has

  • been the spymaster in King's Landing since before she was born and he could shed light

  • on a lot secrets we still don't know.

  • One of the biggest is that maybe her father isn't the Mad King but is actually Rhaegar

  • which would make her half Stark.

  • But Mereen was very short this episode and it started off good but then went almost nowhere

  • with that cringe worthy scene between Tyrion, Missandei and Greyworm. Originally I thought

  • their banter in previous episodes was charming but this went on for way too long. Its interrupted

  • when the combined forces of the masters start attacking Mereen. Tyrion was wrong and they're

  • making sure he knows that. But it's okay....we'll mount a counterattack. We still have some

  • siege weapons we used to catapult the collars of slaves into Mereen back in season 4, lets

  • use those and fire back, gather the troops and we'll launch a push against their troops,

  • Oh no wait...Dany's here with Drogon. Never mind everybody go back to your beds, go home.

  • Dany's here with her dragon that flies over the water and can burn things below. Never

  • mind. Everybody back to their drinking. Okay let me ask you, the people watching this video,

  • a question: What do you think is going to happen in Mereen in episode 10? just take

  • a guess. Pause this video right now and write in the comments below how you think Mereen

  • will be resolved by episode 10.

  • If you guessed that Dany will release all three dragons on the enemy fleet then you

  • are probably right. We haven't seen the three dragons kick ass together since the end of

  • season 2 against the warlocks. There was an earlier scene with Tyrion and the other two

  • dragons and the purpose of that was to mainly show us that they still exist, much like the

  • young Benjen reveal with Bran. To remind the audience that the other two dragons are still

  • there.

  • But this really annoys me because it ruined the suspense and sense of danger that Mereen

  • had this entire episode. They are outnumbered and probably being attacked from both land

  • and sea and they'll need to hold out until she comes back but they don't know if shes

  • coming back or not. Her landing in there just in time completely ruins the suspense. It's

  • almost as though they're working against their own show. We all thought she was going to

  • come in on episode 10 with the dothraki all Rohirrim style but no...she has dragons so

  • its all good now. Everybody go home. Seriously no matter how annoyed you are with my complaint

  • of this scene, if you are annoyed at all, you've got to agree that her suddenly showing

  • up removes the tension in that scene. Personally I thought Dany shouldn't have shown up at

  • all between episodes 4 and episode 10.

  • Watching the Dothraki kneel before her was a great way to close out most of her story

  • line this season and the whole speech she gave later on to the dothraki was just off

  • for me. I would've loved if they left her off in episode 4 with the dothraki kneeling

  • before her and then brought her back with all of them in episode 10 to save the city.

  • I'm sorry but I really hated Mereen this episode and even Varys, who is tied with Petyr as

  • my favorite character, couldn't save it.

  • And finally we come to Arya in Bravos who seeks shelter with Lady Crane. She helps Arya

  • heal her injuries and gives her milk of the poppy which is really not something you should

  • take, especially considering how addicting it can be. Milk of the poppy is basically

  • morphine and in the books some characters are known to be addicted to it. Like the Mountain

  • before he was killed. Now I really hated that Lady Crane had to die because I liked her

  • character a lot but once a name is given the deed must be carried out. The Waif breaks

  • in and kills her, Arya sees this and runs off. One of the many complaints people had

  • with this is Arya's injuries and how they should've slowed her down but you could make

  • the argument that shes been through a lot worse pain and when you're running for your

  • life you really don't worry about other things too much.

  • I also really liked the Terminator style chase sequence that went down in this episode, having

  • them run around through Bravos was pretty cool. The scenes with Arya in Bravos this

  • episode were epic and I absolutely loved how she lured the Waif into her little den and

  • shut off the light in order to win. Arya had to do that because shes use to fighting in

  • the dark, she was blind, and the Waif should've seen that coming especially since she was

  • the one fighting blind Arya.

  • Now I think I speak for everyone when I say I really wanted to see them fight but at the

  • same time I get it. In order for her to win it had to be done but it is a shame. She cuts

  • off the Waif's face and places it in the wall of faces and tells Jaqen shes done with this

  • whole thing and is going home. Some people called it dumb that Jaqen is letting her leave

  • just like that but I think what happened here is that Jaqen just let loose a monster. Arya

  • has most of their knowledge, shes shown that she can wear and remove faces.

  • His little smile there at the end proves that he knows exactly what hes doing. All I got

  • to say is I feel bad for everybody on her list. But Arya in Bravos I did enjoy.

  • Overall this was an episode of cock teases. we expected the Hound to go insane and kill

  • them all but...he just assists in hanging them. we expect the mountain to go crazy and

  • kill all the Sparrows but no...he kills one guy. We expect an amazing battle between the

  • blackfish and lannisters soldiers but no he goes down off screen....and then we get Arya

  • Vs the Waif which was a long awaited fight and it was done off screen but I can forgive

  • that one because it made sense. But what really annoyed me is that if the previous episode

  • was given an extra 10 minutes we could've resolved almost all these story lines then

  • and there. IF episode 7 extended to an actual hour of run time we could've concluded the

  • Hound, Blackfish and maybe even the Arya scenes if you cut out Lady Crane. In hindsight it

  • really does seem like a waste of an episode with how little was given for any of these