Game of Thrones Season 3 DVD/Blu-Ray Deleted Scene: HBO Double Twists The Knife!

A long wait reminder AND a deleted scene tease? Stab, STAB! Gee, thanks HBO! Oh alright… it’s not THAT bad, but still… Season 3 isn’t out on disc until next February 18, 2014 and the world could end by then! WHAT will we GoT fans do then? OK, “die miserably” are the operative words, but I’m not going down without a fight. Of course, those of us with HBO On Demand have been and can still catch this anytime we want until doomsday (or the next Season of GIRLS, ha, ha, ha). You sort of don’t realize how cool On Demand is until you run into people who don’t have or use it (which is one huge reason why you still see disc-based movies and TV shows selling). That said, I’ll probably not re-watch this past season thanks to the rather depressingly high body count from episode 9 (ouch, ouch). Eh, I’ll probably be one of those clowns who shells out for a complete series set once that finally comes out (provided the planet hasn’t friggin’ MELTED by then), so I guess I’m just complaining for practice at this point…

Game of Thrones 3:9 Aftermath: I Hear Red Wedding Planners Get Paid Less…

Amusingly enough, I used to work in a small indie game shop and there was a customer who was a big fan of the GoT books who came in one day in a lousy mood about the original version of that “Red Wedding” sequence (which I found out after some poking around yesterday) was actually much worse in the books (as well as a bit more visually twisted).

Anyway, it’s been really interesting to hear and see people who didn’t read the books go totally bat-crap crazy over the episode, as it’s been known all along that no one is really safe from an untimely demise. Sure, it was definitely shocking (and how!), but that ticking clock for the characters probably has a few more stops to make before all is said and done…

That said, this is probably one of the few episodes I won’t watch multiple times, as I usually end up catching them again On Demand when I’ve got a free hour or so to spare.

Game of Thrones 3:10 Preview: Real Party Poopers and More Deep S#!t…

Well… jeez. I had a bunch of Wedding Crashers jokes prepared when that banquet sequence began, but those went to The Honeymoon Killers jokes in rapid succession and then no jokes by the time things were done. That was rough. Hey, any episode of a show with no music during the end credits is a bad sign. Well, they DID say this season was going to have a lot of characters killed off, but wow, unemployment checks for a good chunk of the Starks? Well, raise a cup for a few “ghost” appearances, I say (you’re supposed to laugh, as it’s a pun on “guest” appearances. Ha and ha…)- Episode 10 should be even more of a knock to the skull, I bet. Still, it has to be noted that Ned Stark lost his head before the finale and we’re all still watching. Hell, at this rate, Arya’s going to be one pretty pissed off teenager with a long, long list of people to kill… if she’s even around by the time Season 4 kicks in.

Game of Thrones 3:8/GoT Ascent: Bear Pit Meets Snake Pit!

Man, a week without GoT is like going cold turkey, isn’t it? Of course, the only thing to do after those final two episodes this season is to run around like a headless chicken until Season 4 is announced. OR… you could go long onto the evil nonsense that is Facebook and try out this upcoming time sink of a game. I only use Facebook for the occasional update and a few posts to friends in a few industries there, so I’m not going to be playing Game of Thrones: Ascent at all. Yeah, I did my time on Mafia Wars and Castle Quest years ago, but I’m far too busy to be mucking around with a game I’m not too interested in.

Hey, it might even be really good, but I find it comfortably de-stressing after a season of a favorite show is over to step away from it entirely and let something else take its place, albeit temporarily. So, if you try this out and like it – good for you. Feel free to let me know what the heck I’m missing, though.

Game of Thrones Could Use a Little More Chuck Barris, I Say…

Around an hour or so after last night’s episode, I had a really good laugh when out of the blue, I thought up a weird hybrid of GoT and that great old Chuck Barris game show (and one of the beginnings of what became modern “reality” TV, The Newlywed Game. Given the marriage fever going around this season, I think it would be hilarious to see all the couples (and potential couples) pop up in a video that pokes fun at both shows for what they’ve brought to pop culture. Of course, the chances of this happening are slim to none unless someone animates it or does some other cleverly creative interpretation (break out that old Renaissance Fair costume from the mothballs and do some quick refitting!). But I’ll leave that to those of you who have time and money to play around with.

As for questions on that fake game show, well… geez, there are PLENTY you can think up if you’re a GoT fan or know the Newlywed Game inside and out. So get on it and get back to me at some point. Hey, if you become world famous because I’ve inspired you, I only take 6% of the profits (it’s in that contract you signed the other week at the bar)…

Game of Thrones 3:9 Preview: A Week’s Extra Wait Adds More Suspense…

OK, Episode 8 made my annoying (and productivity killing) low-level flu kick some of itself out of a lung. Say, there… did you all yell “TAKE THE DAMN KNIFE, STUPID!” or variations thereof at the end of that last episode? I most certainly did and I think I heard someone next door do the same. Well, at least the hive mind thing is working. Of course, between the Westeros version of a shotgun wedding to that creative use of leeches to yes, the ending that initially made me laugh because I thought of Hitchcock’s The Birds as soon as the first crow landed on that tree, yeah, this was one of those that will get viewed a few times for chuckles. Anyway, next week we get Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candalabra taking up that prime time real estate (I’m probably going to watch for the comedy value, although I’ve heard the movie is actually well done), so I guess that’s a vacation from the madness going on as well as a way for HBO to prolong the agony and keep us fans waiting. Sus-pense!

Game of Thrones 3:7 Recap/3: Preview: Grim And Bear It…

Well, now… episode 7 was certainly interesting and packed to the rafters with too much going on all over the place. At least it was a lot more clear that the last episode in settling a few things (temporarily) while also adding more questions into the mix. That bear fight had me cracking up, though – I guess the only way to get rid of one of the strongest female characters this season is to take her out of her armor, put her into a dress and drop her into a pit with a wooden sword to fight a really big and really pissed off ursine.

Well, it’s a good thing that didn’t quite work out, but those claw marks looked pretty nasty (and remember, at least one major character did drop dead as the results of wounds received during battle). Eh, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here – only three more episodes to go and the questions I need answers to haven’t even been touched on (gah!)…

I should be a little worried by now, but I’m not at all because I know those last three shows will knock me around the room with a few revelations and probably a bunch of demises I wasn’t expecting to see (or not see)…

Game of Thrones 3:6 Recap/Inside The Episode: It’s Torture (But We’re Almost There)…

So, after by brain tanked out on me on Sunday thanks to my over-thinking stuff while I should have been just watching the show, I watched the episode again last night and it still did seem a bit oddly paced thanks to a few too many surprises dropping out of nowhere and the continuing torture scenes that need a KNOCKOUT resolution for all the build up going on. That’s not a bad thing at all, though. In retrospect, some things just happening the way they did shows how random and unpredictable life is in that crazy world where everyone’s scheming to get over on someone else (with often drastic consequences) and the slower-moving ones get crushed by the juggernaut of fate, which is mighty tall and indeed, heavy as you’d think (times ten). Well, the next few episodes should make for some eye-popping (or finger and other body part mangling) moments as everything comes to a head. Suspense is highly underrated as a commodity on TV these days.

(Well, at least I think so, as someone who hates all this second screen nonsense and trolling the Internet for clues as to what’s going to happen. I say treat the show like a surprise party and yes, you’ll actually BE surprised…)

Game of Thrones 3:7 Preview: Up That Mountain, Down That Hill (Enjoying The Bumpy Ride)…

For some reason, that last episode felt a wee bit too convoluted. Maybe it’s because I was distracted by finishing up some posts I’ve been working on the last coupe of days, but there was so much that happened that I had to watch the episode again just to make sure I was sure about a few things (like a certain character no longer being with us – yikes). Well, unpredictability IS part of the GoT universe, so things are going really as unplanned on that front. Three more episodes to go and I don’t think that the momentum is going to slow down at all. Well, those seat belts I installed on the chair were a good investment, that’s for sure…

Game of Thrones Season 3:5 – Recap Time, Secrets Spilled (Well, Not So Much)…

It’s actually pretty hilarious that we got a nice sharp shock at the end of that last episode and a nice low-key one-two punch this week. Hmmm… I can see a few weird weddings in the not too distant future… or perhaps not, given the tendency for things to go all sorts of wrong in Westeros these days. On the other hand, a certain house with the upper hand will no doubt be none to pleased that some of its members have been a wee bit incapacitated (well, permanently in two cases) by some not so nice folks. I can smell the scenery chewing from here and nope, I’d not want to be standing in the way of a certain ruler when he gets wind of what’s happened…

Meanwhile, there’s a dragon-led army stomping into either the last two or three episodes (or worse, Season 4), although I’m thinking that Dragonborn will need a few more troops, as a mere eight thousand might not cut it. Oh, we’ll see, we’ll see… I’m just playing devil’s advocate here, that’s all…