Suburbicon!

A happy place, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, where everyone knows each other and every convenience is available so that you never have to leave town.

After the brief overly-positive introduction to this middle-American 50s town, it doesn’t take us long to figure that something is very wrong with this place.  Kinda like the entire movie.  Despite all the positive press, it won’t take the viewer very long to figure out that there’s something very wrong with this entire film.

This isn’t the first film that attempts to glamorise the 1950s before reminding you just how racist and backwards attitudes were at the time.  The problem is that it doesn’t have anything new or that interesting to say about the topic.

When an African-American couple (they are referred to as something much worse) moves into town, citizens are enraged and gradually ramp up their efforts to make the newcomers feel uncomfortable.  You might think that this storyline would go somewhere or have anything to do with the major plot but you’d be wrong, as it just serves as background to the events that unfold.

I have a really good feeling about this movie! Source – Paramount Pictures

Without giving away the finer details of the plot, we are introduced to a family that suffers the loss of their mother during a burglary.  Gardner Lodge, decently played by Matt Damon, has to get on with things as he has a young boy to raise, but fortunately his sister in-law (Julianne Moore is convincing as a Stepford Wife-type) hangs around to help.

Of course, there’s something very fishy about the whole incident, and we slowly uncover the truth from the viewpoint of their son (Noah Jupe).  Things spiral out of control very quickly and eventually everyone gets what they deserve (that means death for the bad guys in case you couldn’t tell).

None of the characters are particularly interesting or engaging, and the storyline turns so ridiculous that it’s hard to care about any of it.  It’s not clear if they were trying to be deliberately wacky, but most of the attempts at black humour end up falling flat.

The one exception is a brilliant cameo by Oscar Isaac, who plays an investigator for the insurance companies.  His performance is charming, engaging and hilarious, and the moment he disappears from the picture, everything immediately feels flat and dull again.

Don’t tell anyone, but this isn’t the first god-awful movie I’ve done! Source – Paramount Pictures

Throughout Suburbicon, we hear the townsfolk complaining that none of these problems happened before the black couple moved to town – so yes, we get the point that all the white people are racist.  It’s so overdone though that it isn’t poignant, funny or enlightening.

By the end the film, you’re likely to be wondering when exactly they lost the plot and what the point of it all was.  Unfortunately, they never really had one to begin with and there isn’t any point at all.

Overall, a disappointing effort by the Coen brothers and director George Clooney.  It isn’t the worst movie ever made, but it has very little to say that hasn’t already been said and it never quite strikes the balance between thriller and comedy.

3/10

Interdimensional Cable has been replaced in Rick and Morty episode 8.

If you were a big fan of the Interdimensional Cable episodes in Seasons 1 and 2, then I’ve got some bad news for you. You’re not getting another dose in Season 3. Instead, we’re getting Morty’s Mind-Blowers, a series of moments that have been wiped from Morty’s memory.

It’s good to see the show’s creators recognising that the second Interdimensional Cable episode didn’t quite work, and instead trying something a bit different. As Rick explains, in his usual 4th wall breaking style, it’s like ‘a clip show made of clips you never saw.’

After 3 absolute cracker episodes, we were probably due for a downer, and whilst there are plenty of great ideas and laughs in this episode, it never quite reaches the heights of the better Season 3 episodes. It’s still better than 95% of the other rubbish you’ll see on TV, but a little short of the incredible standard set by Rick and Morty (especially this season).

That’s too much man! Source – Adultswim

If you dig deeper into this episode, it also reveals a fair bit more about the Rick and Morty dynamic.

We already knew that Rick has casually put Morty through some devastating experiences that have affected his psyche, but we didn’t know know that there’s a whole bunch that are so bad that Morty begged Rick to have them erased from his mind.

Whilst the initial few are memories where Morty is at fault, we are then treated to some that are his family’s fault. Morty starts to notice that the memories are colour coded and wonders what the 3rd category is made up of. Hilariously, these turn out to be memories of embarrassing moments for Rick (like pronouncing the phrase ‘take things for granted’ as ‘take things for granite’).

This leads Morty to quickly realise that Rick is removing some memories without Morty’s permission. This is all sorts of fascinating as it tells us that Rick actually cares what Morty thinks of him. He doesn’t want Morty to know that he screws up occasionally. For a guy who pretends he doesn’t care about anything, Rick sure is self-conscious!

Nice uniforms by the way. Source – Adultswim

Rick and Morty episode 8 mixes things up a bit

Morty’s pretty pissed off by this revelation and in his ensuing fight with Rick, they both end up with their memories erased. To try to work out who they are, Morty starts watching more memories. All he learns from this is that he’s had a bunch of awful experiences, and that Rick is responsible for what he’s allowed to remember.

All this leads Morty to the conclusion that he doesn’t want to live anymore and he prepares to kill himself, which inspires Rick enough to join in him in a suicide pact. At the last moment, Summer enters, seems to realise what’s going on, and pulls out a pack with instructions of how to get everything back to normal. Which she promptly does.

This is a pretty badass moment for Summer. It reveals just how clued in she is to Rick and Morty’s adventures, including revealing that she knows they’ve done this whole thing before. It also shows just how much Rick trusts her to competently get him out of some pretty messed up situations. It’s just another sign of how far Summer has come this season.

You don’t f*ck with squirrels! Source – Adultswim

All in all, it’s still a fairly entertaining episode, even if it’s missing some of the depth of previous episodes.

I should mention that some of the memories are absolutely gold. From the disturbing sequence of Morty mistaking a smudge for a man on the moon and causing the suicide of a guidance councillor, to his discovery that squirrels are secretly running the world’s affairs. Let’s not forget the brief moment of Mr. Poopy Butthole proposing to Morty.

There’s only 2 more episodes to go now, so strap yourself in for a thrilling finish! In the meanwhile, you can check out our review of last week’s brilliant episode right here.

Holy Rick! They’ve done it again!

The Ricklantis Mixup is about the fifth time this season that I’ve watched an episode and thought “wow, this might be the best Rick and Morty episode they’ve ever made!” Not bad when you’re only seven episodes in.

There’s so much to unpack from this episode that it’s hard to know where to even start. After some classic Rick and Morty misdirection, our main characters are off on another crazy adventure, except this time we’re ditching them to explore life on the rebuilt Rick and Morty Citadel.

That’s right, every character in this episode is some version of either Rick or Morty which means that Justin Roiland voices every single line of the episode – and he’s up for the challenge as each character has their own unique voice whilst still staying true to their inherent Rick or Morty-ness. It’s actually quite a masterful performance, which you’ll notice if you go back and watch the episode with that in mind.

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Off to Atlantis! An adventure we’ll never see! Source – Adultswim

It’s actually quite interesting that all these Rick and Mortys would come together to rebuild the citadel considering how anti-Rick the whole idea is (as our main Rick has pointed out before) and this episode really explores the fallacy of such a society existing.

Even if everyone is a super-genius, someone needs to fill all the manual labour jobs. Just like in our world, societies are made up of an elite few who have the majority of power and wealth whilst everyone else does the menial work necessary for civilisation to flourish. So of course, in a world full of super-geniuses, there’s going to be a lot of dissent.

It isn’t just Ricks that are suffering, but Mortys as well, as we see them treated, basically, as second rate citizens. The idea that a Morty’s purpose is limited to being a sidekick to a Rick is heavily reinforced. We get a glimpse into ‘Mortytown,’ which is basically a slum full of Rick-less Mortys who have gone off the rails, and it isn’t pretty.

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So many Ricks, so little time. Source – Adultswim

The Ricklantis Mixup focuses on four main storylines

Each of the storylines explored show Rick and Mortys breaking free from the restrictions the rules of the citadel have placed upon them, and in most cases it ends in disaster. A Morty who’s lost five Rick partners jumps to his death because he’s so sick of the cycle he’s stuck in (“I wish anything about this life would change”).

A novice cop Rick ends up shooting his partner, a jaded-cop Morty, due to his corruption and willingness to so easily kill off other Mortys (“Call me a sidekick one more time!”). A factory worker Rick ends up shooting his boss and taking Simple Rick (who’s stuck reliving happy memories in order to produce the secret ingredient for wafers!) hostage after being passed on for a promotion. In the end, he gets tRICKed into thinking he will be getting a better life, but instead becomes a replacement for Simple Rick.

The other storyline is perhaps the most interesting one of all, as it shows a very capable Morty attempting to run for President of the citadel. After enduring plenty of mockery from plenty of Ricks, he’s able to win everyone over with a populist speech that promises people a better life where everyone will be appreciated for their unique individual talents.

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What up Mortys? Source – Adultswim

It’s what everyone wants to hear, but of course, it’s a lie. That’s just not how societies work, but a great example (and one we see in our own world all the time) of how democracy can be manipulated by a leader with a populist message.

His ex-campaign manager (another Morty) ends up coming across the truth about this Morty from a shady Rick (“It’s secrets, what do you think it is? Look at how I’m dressed”) and attempts to assassinate this dangerous Morty but doesn’t get the job done and is imprisoned and murdered.

The victorious Morty then begins his reign the way that any good dictator does – by murdering those in power who oppose him. He then begins “a cold calculated speech with sinister overtones,” while some of his immediate changes to society are shown. And, if you haven’t realised it by now, the music gives it away with one of those brilliant moments that’s bound to give you tingles down your back.

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A face you can trust….right? Source – Adultswim

Evil Morty is back!

That’s right, it’s Blonde Redhead’s ‘For the Damaged Coda’, which means that it’s Evil Morty from all the way back in Season 1’s ‘Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind!’

He’s the one that was secretly controlling the most evil Rick and using him to kill off various Ricks throughout the multiverse, whilst framing our Rick for it. We’ve been anticipating his return for a long while now and he’s officially back and in charge of the citadel, which can only mean trouble for our favourite Rick and Morty pairing.

What does he want with the citadel? Does he plan to keep killing off more Ricks? Does he want to sever the Rick and Morty bond forever? Or does he just crave power for power’s sake? Chances are we won’t find out straight away as Dan Harmon likes to play the long game, so don’t be surprised if we don’t see a follow up this season.

What we do know is that there’s now a serious threat in the universe to our favourite Rick that hasn’t existed since he wiped out the Galactic Federation and blew up the old Citadel in the first episode of Season 3, ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption.’ Which now makes this the most anticipated showdown in Rick and Morty history.

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Who doesn’t love the flavour of tears of joy? Source – Adultswim

Like I said at the start, it’s another absolutely brilliant episode in what’s now clearly the best season of Rick and Morty so far. There’s a lot of really dark stuff shown here, but of course there’s still plenty of humour (“You’re pitching the policemen’s ball to a black teenager here”).

It’s hard to see this episode being topped, but they’ve done it before and probably (hopefully) will do it again.  Make sure to check out our reviews of Episode 5Episode 4, Episode 3, Episode 2 and Episode 1!

 

Rick and Morty fans rejoice! Everyone’s favourite Jerry is back!

That’s right, it’s Rick and Jerry time! After a two week hiatus, everyone’s favourite loser returns in a featured role that explores just how much of a loser he really is.

Pairing Rick and Jerry together for an adventure was always going to make for a great episode. These two are polar opposites: Rick is a supremely confident and overpowered super-genius and Jerry is spineless flip-flopper, whose life is completely worthless.

The episode begins by showing just how sad Jerry’s life has become since his divorce, complete with over-the-top sad music. Rick soon bursts in to kidnap Jerry for an adventure which turns out to be a fake ruse that Morty has asked Rick to undertake.

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Get out of bed man! There’s more Rick and Morty to watch! Source – Adultswim

What’s amazing about this is that Rick agrees to it in the first place. Morty’s value to Rick seems to keep rising and this episode continually highlights Morty’s growing maturity and confidence. This makes him probably the only member of the family that Rick is influencing in a good way. At least at this point in time.

Rick takes Jerry to a Westworld-inspired theme park, where you can’t die due to an immortality field, so the main fun activity is killing each other. Isn’t that what all kids dream of? The idea is that this is the safest place to take Jerry and things can’t go wrong.

But of course, they do go wrong, and it isn’t long at all before Jerry betrays Rick and almost has him killed just because his feelings get a bit hurt. The reason that Rick survives is, well, firstly he’s a seriously overpowered badass, but also because Jerry flip flops again and can’t go through with it.

This does lead to the immortality field coming down, and we see one of the show’s darkest ever jokes played out when a little kid shoots his sister dead. Ouch! There’s no time to dwell on it because this is Rick and Morty, where the action and jokes are packed in one after another before you really even have time to process them.

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This is so awful I had to laugh! Source – Adultswim

Rick is pretty pissed off at Jerry at this point

Not badly enough to kill him (since that would upset Morty and that would be inconvenient for Rick), but he does break down just how pathetic Jerry is (“You act like prey, but you’re a predator. You use pity to lure in your victims, it’s how you survive”). Ouch again!

This is a pretty low moment for Jerry but it might also be the start of his rebirth. Maybe he’ll stop relying on pity to survive.

By the end of the episode, Jerry kind-of saves Rick again, but not before the two of them and our villain Risotto Groupon (where do they keep coming up with these brilliant names??) go through a wormhole unprotected, triggering one of the most trippy scenes I’ve ever seen on TV (not too dissimilar to some of the scenes in Mortynight Run). Only an animated show could pull something like this off and I’m so grateful that they did!

Our secondary plot shows Summer going through the pain of a teenage break up and trying to use one of Rick’s machines to enlarge her breasts. (I’d hate to think what I’d use it for). Of course, it all goes wrong and she ends up as an inside-out giant.

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Rick always has another trick under his sleeve. Source – Adultswim

It’s up to Beth and Morty to save the day but, as Morty points out, Beth is just as much of an asshole as Rick, needing to prove a point instead of just doing the right thing. She tries to save Summer on her own, instead of asking Rick for help, and of course, just makes things worth. This is accentuated by a brilliant customer service gag, where three tiny creatures trick Beth into releasing them from the machine.

With a bit of Morty’s help (“Kissing Rick’s ass isn’t going to keep him around Mum, but it will help you lose everyone else”), Beth saves the day, by turning herself into the same beast as Summer to show her how much she cares.

Things turn dark when Morty decides to get revenge on Ethan for messing with Summer’s body image by Cronenberg-ing him. This is quite out of character for the normally passive Morty and it’s interesting how the show is turning him into the voice of reason this season, whilst allowing his darker instincts to come out.

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We want more Rick and Jerry! Source – Adultswim

Overall, another solid Rick and Morty episode, and further evidence of the positive effect that adding female writers to the show has had. We aren’t just re-doing the gags from the first two seasons, the Smith/Sanchez family dynamic has changed, and it’s fascinating to see how each of its members are being affected.

Are we heading towards reconciliation between Beth and Jerry? There’s only so much time we can spend on the divorce and its effects and we can’t wait to see where things end up going.

Make sure to check out our reviews of Episode 4, Episode 3, Episode 2 and Episode 1! Wubalubadubdub! Halfway through Season 3!

The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale is going to be a whopper of an episode!

It’s gone by in the blink of an eye and yet here we are, getting ready for the big Season 7 finale – and we couldn’t be more excited! The penultimate episode of Season 7 featured a glorious showdown between Daenerys’ dragons and the Whitewalkers and the fallout is going to be absolutely huge!

So here are 5 things to look forward to in the huge (81 minutes!) Game of Thrones Season 7 finale:

1. Almost all the major characters are getting together for an epic summit

She’s still on the throne…for now. Source – HBO

This is going to be one of the biggest moments ever in Game of Thrones history and the outcome is going to shape Season 8 dramatically. Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryan and Jon Snow, heads of the three major forces in Westeros, are all getting together to discuss an armistice in order to deal with the threat of the Whitewalkers.

Asides from our three great leaders, we’re also expecting Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Ser Davos, Gendry, Theon Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth, Jorah Mormont, Lord Varys to all be there. Others that could also be there include The Hound, The Mountain, Euron Greyjoy, Yara Greyjoy, Beric Dondarrion, Qyburn, Missandei, Greyworm, and the list goes on and on…

That’s a huge amount of reunions and first time meetings! The tension is going to be massive and there’s all sorts of potential for traps and deceits. Expect all sorts of dramatic speeches, shows of force and possible clashes. The possibilities are endless for this summit! I’d expect some sort of deal to be reached by the end, just who knows how the hell we will get there…

2. The Arya and Sansa clash will reach its climax and conclusion

Surely they won’t turn on each other! Source – HBO

I’ve found it kind of hard to buy into this storyline, as Arya seems to have reverted back to acting like a child after all the experience and maturity she gained on her travels. I know Littlefinger is a master manipulator, but surely they can’t be falling for his traps so easily!?

Whilst it’s possible that one of these characters is going to kill the other, it seems highly unlikely. All anyone needs to do is have a short chat with Bran (remember him?) and they’ll find out all the truth they need to know to resolve this ugly situation.

More likely, this is going to end up with Littlefinger finally getting his comeuppance, with Arya being the obvious figure to deal the deathblow. She did hand her dagger over to Sansa, so maybe Sansa could be involved somehow. Either way, expect this odd storyline to reach its conclusion and move on from those ugly (and poorly written) confrontations.

3. The unveiling of the Night King’s dragon

This poster kinda was a spoiler before the season even started. Source – HBO

There’s no guarantee on this one, but it would be so cool if we did see it. Episode 6 ended with Viserion’s resurrection (that blue eye!), which really beefs up the Whitewalker’s army and gives the Night King an awesome new ride!

It’s possible that we’re going to see him finally attack the wall, especially if Viserion still breathes fire. The other possibility is that he now breathes ice, which would be really cool to see, but maybe not as practical for attacking a wall made out of… ice.

The appearance of the Night King atop his new undead dragon could also be the catalyst for all of Westeros’ factions finally agreeing to work together. Plenty is possible here and surely it will involve Bran as well, who’s really had very little to do this season.

4. Cleganebowl!

Every dog has his day! Source – HBO

Ok, so as mentioned we’re expecting the Hound and the Mountain to be present at this epic summit. While this seemed unlikely at the start of the season, since they were so far apart on the map, Season 7’s liberal time and travel laws has allowed these two characters to come head to head in the season finale.

Now, how exactly these two will take part in an epic battle is quite unclear, but some sort of trial by combat seems the fair way to go. Maybe Cersei will only agree to the armistice if she gets a trial by combat, most likely in regards to Tyrion escaping his fate at the last trial by combat.

This is a battle we’ve been waiting for since the very beginning of the show and if it doesn’t happen now, who knows if it will ever happen. I’m sure the writers will find a way to get these two engaged in what will be the battle of the century!

5. Jon Snow and Daenerys romance is finally on! Or completely off…

Keepin’ it in the family 😉 Source – HBO

So there are two ways this can go. We saw at the end of the last episode that this romance is really starting to blossom and it only seems to be a matter of time before they finally get it on, right?

Small kink in the works though, we know that they’re actually related! Yes, Daenerys is Jon’s auntie. Only Bran knows this at the moment, and it might be time for him to share this insight with the world.

IF they do find out, it will surely put the brakes on their budding romance, as no one wants to hook up with their auntie, do they? Do they?? This bit of news also comes with the revelation that Jon has a stronger claim to the throne than anyone else, another potential spanner in the works.

Jon may have agreed to bend the knee but things might be about to get ugly…

So there you have it!

What do you think? What are you excited about to see in this episode and what do you expect to happen?  Don’t forget to check in on how we’re going with our Season 7 predictions, read our Mid-Season Review or check out the top 10 Twitter reaction tweets to Episode 6!

Season 3 continues to punch out fantastic humour with deep emotional content.

It should be no surprise by now to fans of Rick and Morty that Rick sees himself as the ultimate nihilist. He claims to believe that everything in life is meaningless and to have no attachments, especially emotional ones, to anything.

Of course, we’ve seen over the course of two and half seasons that this isn’t completely true. We’re constantly getting teased with ideas of Rick caring about his family, only to have that rug pulled out from under our hopeful feet time and time again.

That blurry line between what Rick’s true motivations are stands as one of the biggest hooks of the series (along with the all the brilliant dialogue and poop jokes). Rick is so determined not to let anyone see any of emotional connections he may have and we are so determined to believe there’s more to him than just being a cold and calculated genius scientist who only cares for himself.

Morty is on quite the emotional ride. Source – Adultswim

There are heaps of examples of Rick’s genuine care for his family. Think of when he’s captured in ‘Close Encounters of the Rick Kind’ and sheds a tear as his life is played on a screen in front of him. Think of the self-sacrifices he’s willing to make in ‘A Rickle of Time’ to save Morty and in ‘The Wedding Squanchers’ to save the whole family.

‘Vindicators 3’ is all about continued exploration of these themes.

Rick starts off with all his usual mockery, making fun of each of the Vindicators, which is actually pretty funny (“So your origin is what, you fell into a vat of redundancy?”).

We see plenty of examples of his nihilistic beliefs coming to the fore. He’s hugely amused that the Vindicators left him and Morty out of their last adventure, had three of their heroes die as a result and still needed to bring them back this time. We also hear Morty mention that ‘Rick says good and evil are artificial constructs.’ That’s actually not a bad point, by the way.

This is how I feel every Sunday morning. Source – Adultswim

In the end, the thing that sets Rick off to sabotage the whole venture and put the Vindicators through a series of ‘Saw’-like challenges is hurt and jealousy. He’s deeply hurt that Morty’s heroes are the Vindicators and not Rick. In the early days of the show, Morty used to look up to Rick but he’s experienced enough with Rick’s selfishness to realise what a flawed human being he is.

Rick is pretty upset by this, but instead of doing some self-reflection work, he gets completely wasted and goes about tearing down the Vindicators to show Morty just how flawed and awful they are as well (“Drunk Rick’s point is that none of you are very special or different. That’s always his point”).

Even though Rick is right about the Vindicators, Morty points out that “when you’re an asshole, it doesn’t matter how right you are, no one wants to give you the satisfaction.” Even though he’s destroyed the Vindicators’ hero-status in Morty’s eyes, he’s done nothing to redeem himself and lift up his own value.

Morty is getting fed up with Rick’s crap. Source – Adultswim

By the end, even though he’s been through this spiel with Rick before (“Too many Rick, too many!”), Morty starts to catch on to Rick’s jealousy. He is willing to forgive him and even smirks at the idea that his admiration of the Vindicators is the one thing that Rick values them for. But of course, it isn’t him what Rick is appreciating here.

For as much as Rick cares about his family, he also has a soft spot for the little guy.

Noob Noob, who looks, talks and sounds an awful lot like Mr. Poopy Butthole, wants to be a full fledged member of the Vindicators but is left behind to clean up Rick’s diarrhoea. He isn’t afraid to side with the less popular Rick when he makes his jokes, even if he isn’t the popular guy in the room.

Rick’s emotions seem to come out when he’s drunk (as well as some bizzare ranting about Israel apparently), and when he’s sober, he’s back to being the closed-off, nihilist asshole who pretends not to care about anyone. Even when confronted with his shortcomings in Pickle Rick, his response was to… go get a drink.

Noob Noob! Source – Adultswim

This was another brilliant Rick and Morty episode that carefully trotted the balance between great humour, making fun of superheroes (they’re a bunch of drama queens that spend an hour talking and twenty minutes jumping around while shit blows up) and exploring the emotions and philosophies that guide the interactions between Rick and his family.

It’s been a great season and we can’t wait for more.  Meanwhile, check out our recaps of Episode 3, Episode 2 and Episode 1!

It’s been an action packed yet flawed Game of Thrones season so far…

With only seven episodes this season, it’s a bit awkward trying to find the right spot to do a mid-season review. Considering this week’s episode was the shortest one yet and ended with quite the cliff-hanger, this felt like the right time for it.

Next week’s episode will be right back up to 59 minutes, followed by 71 and 81 minutes to finish off. So there’s still plenty to come even though there’s only three episodes before that damn long wait starts all over again!

In case you missed it, you can check out my predictions for this season right here. Most of these still need more time to run their course but I’m not doing too badly!

The first half of this season has been more packed than any half season before it so let’s start to unpack what’s happened and look at what some of the major changes have been and what’s worked well and not so well this season.

That’s one terrifying army! Source – HBO

The pacing of Season 7 is completely bonkers!

As you would expect with a shorter season, there’s a whole lot more that seems to be happening in each episode. Whilst this has meant that every episode is jam-packed and highly entertaining, we’re missing out on the great build-ups that made Game of Thrones such a good show.

As great as the big battles are, the best parts of Game of Thrones (IMO) are the witty dialogue scenes between friends and adversaries. With so much going on, there hasn’t been that much time for characters to ponder, reflect and scheme.

Even the battles have been somewhat rushed over. In other seasons, the battles at Casterly Rock and Highgarden would have been major events that could have spanned multiple episodes but instead they’re jam-packed into about 15 minutes of screen time.

Even the jaw-dropping dragon battle at the end of episode four went for just over 10 minutes. I loved every minute of it, but considering the significance of it – the first real battle with a dragon, the showdown of Jaime vs Daenerys – it’s really not that long at all, especially when you compare it to some of the epic episode nine battles.

The main thing that’s bothering me though, is the unexplainable travelling abilities of some of the characters and their armies. Euron seems to be able to magically go from the capital to attacking the other Greyjoy’s fleet, back to the capital and over to Casterly Rock in no time at all.

I could understand Drogon and Daenerys making their way so quickly to attack the Lannisters, but how the hell did all the Dothraki and her advisers make it there so quickly? I know it was a great surprise and all, but come on!

George R. R. Martin really took his time carefully planning how characters moved around the world in a logical sense, but that all seems to have been thrown out the window this season.

There’s one in every family. Source – HBO

All of our main characters are finally coming together

Reunions and first meetings have been a major theme in Season 7 and these scenes have probably been the highlights of the season so far. Jon and Daenerys’ first meeting was the most anticipated and significant of the lot and has thus far been handled fantastically by the show.

Both of them have stood their ground where appropriate and yet managed to find a compromise that has brought them together as allies, as well as the beginning of potentially something more (as awkwardly pointed out by Ser Davos).

We’ve had plenty of Stark reunions as first Bran and then Arya made their way back to Winterfell. It’s been kinda bittersweet as Sansa comes to terms with the fact that her younger siblings are very much changed since they were all together back in Season 1. Now, all we need is Jon to make his way back home.

Speaking of which, Jon Snow had his first face to face with Theon since way back when and he made it pretty clear that he wasn’t overly thrilled to see him. Theon better get his act together if he ever wants to save the one person who actually cares about him.

We also had our very first Targaryen/Lannister showdown, with Jaime making an almost suicidal attempt to take down the mother of dragons after she obliterated his troops. Good thing the one seemingly competent soldier (gotta love Bronn!) was on hand to save his bacon.

There’s bound to be plenty more reunions and meetings as Daenerys continues her attempts to take the Iron Throne and Tyrion comes closer to confronting his incestuous siblings. The two reunions we’d love to see are Littlefinger and Varys sparring with their witty words, and, of course, the Mountain and the Hound in one more glorious showdown.

It’s getting hot in here! Source – HBO

We’re getting ready for the final battle

Everyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that the Whitewalkers are the real bad guys on the show and the Night King is the number one villain. This threat has been building since the very first episode of the show and it can’t be too long until they finally arrive in Westeros. (They sure have taken their sweet ass time. Maybe they got lost on the way?).

Whether that happens this season or next, we can’t be sure, but we do know that the last season is going to be all about defeating them and that everything that’s happened so far has been about setting up this final conflict.

Jon Snow is King of the North and is preparing his forces for their arrival. He was tipped off by Sam about all the Dragonglass at Dragonhome and is busily going about mining as much of it as he can. He also seems to have convinced Daenerys that the threat is real and somewhat gotten her support for this war. He just needs her to wrap up her war with Cersei and of course, to bend his knee in service to her.

There’s every chance that the Whitewalkers will arrive before she’s claimed the Iron Throne, and there’s some possibility of everyone teaming up and putting aside their issues to tackle the real threat at hand. Probably not a very good chance but it’s still a possibility.

Meanwhile, the Hound and the Brotherhood are on their way to perhaps join the wildlings in being the first line of defence against the army of the dead. It would be nice if Bran would do something with all the power he’s gained but he just seems to be sitting around on his ass pondering things for the moment.

The Night’s Watch will probably have some role to play, especially if the Wall comes down at any point.

It’s not looking good for us, is it? Source – HBO

Chances are, more characters are going to die (well duh), especially the periphery ones. No one would’ve been to sad to see the Sand Snakes go, but we mourn the death of Lady Olena, the sassiest, wittiest badass of a grandmother ever seen on television. I wouldn’t expect Euron to survive the season but it’s been one hell of a ride so far!

These are all things to keep in mind as we get ready for this epic show to come to an end. Remember, there are only nine episodes left in total now! We haven’t had any major twists this season and things seem to be getting better and better for our favourite characters.

Game of Thrones has always been about subverting expectations, so let’s hope there’s still some major and shocking things to look forward to. We’ve had an entertaining but erratic start to Game of Thrones Season 7 and chances are we’re in for more of the same in the final three episodes. Let’s hope the payoff is worth it!

Click here for a recap of episode 3, here for a recap of episode 2, and while we’re here, have some for episode 1.

Pickle Rick just might be the craziest and most awesome episode of Rick and Morty yet!

I’ve got to be honest, when I first saw the promo and hype for Pickle Rick, I thought ‘gee, that’s a stupid idea, this is gonna be a dumb episode.’ In fact, if you take Morty’s reaction at the very start of the episode when he first learns that Rick has turned himself into a pickle, that’s pretty much my wavelength right there. What the…?

I mean, why? Why would the world’s greatest scientist turn himself into a pickle? I know the show makes you think that the writers must be high half of the time, but a pickle? Come on! But that’s what separates Rick and Morty from all the other mundane TV out there.

Only this show could take an absurd, lame, gimmicky idea like this and turn it into something so goddamn brilliant and entertaining.

Similarly to Rick’s claim that he’s just trying to challenge himself, this show keeps challenging itself to outdo it’s previous brilliance. No matter what angle they start off with, they’re willing to go as dark or absurd as possible to create humorous and thought-provoking content for which we should all be thankful.

Someone’s in a bit of a pickle. Source – Adultswim

So what is Pickle Rick all about?

Rick’s transformation is initially just an attempt to get out of family therapy, but after Beth takes the serum that would transform him back into his normal self with her to therapy, Rick is forced to confront the limits of being a pickle.

With a quick reference to the cat and pickle craze on youtube, the family cat (since when do they have a cat?) knocks him off the workbench and out of the garage, beginning his adventure to try and save himself.

Whilst Rick is initially quite helpless (he is a pickle after all), it isn’t too long before he uses his genius to start acquiring body parts from insects and rodents that he’s just killed to eventually turn himself into some sort of super-killing machine-pickle.

Rick’s gradual powering up is done over some brutal and engaging action scenes, and boy does he seem to be having fun doing it! Rick seems to be at his happiest when he’s ruthlessly murdering and conquering (just like in Season 2’s ‘Purge’ episode).

Run Pickle, Run! Source – Adultswim

Once he’s conquered the sewers, he escapes into some dodgy Eastern European arms facility, where he quickly kills a number of secret agents and continues to upgrade his destructive abilities. It all climaxes in a showdown with ‘Jaguar,’ who had been imprisoned in the facility, but is released to battle Rick in order to save his daughter.

They wind up on the same team by the end and blow up the facility before Jaguar tells Rick he should appreciate and make time for his daughter, unlike Jaguar’s daughter, whom it turns out was dead all along.

Rick starts to go on about infinite universes and infinite daughters before quickly backtracking once Jaguar becomes curious about infinite daughters. Coz, you know, Rick can’t really be bothered helping him anymore.

There’s another side to this episode though

The therapy sessions with Beth, Morty and Summer are quite the contrast to all the action in Rick’s scenes, as our competent therapist (who also specialises in helping people who love to eat poop) quickly identifies Rick as being the source of the family’s dysfunction.

Beth refuses to acknowledge any of this and continues to stoutly defend Rick, even in the face of indisputable evidence. Having spent plenty of time with Rick on various adventures, Summer and Morty are very aware of Rick’s flaws and fallacy.

‘Insert pickle Joke #4’ Source – Adultswim

By the end, they’ve all faked making some sort of breakthrough, with none of them better than Summer’s ‘I hope to be seen one day as someone that just likes getting high.’ Rick turns up at the end of the session and makes clear that he has no respect for therapy.

Our therapist (Susan Sarandon) then hits Rick with one of the best monologues in the entire Rick and Morty series. Here’s the full thing below:

‘Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family, you included, use intelligence to justify sickness. You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and as an inescapable curse. And I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control. You chose to come here, you chose to talk, to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your universe, and yet you are dripping with rat blood and faeces, your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand. I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, the same way I’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining and cleaning is it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work. And the bottom line is, some people are okay going to work, and some people… well, some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.’

Even pickles need seat belts. Source – Adultswim

Wow, that’s some heavy stuff right there and it’s right on the money! Of course, Rick and Beth shrug the whole thing off and go out drinking, ignoring the kid’s plea to go back to therapy again. Can’t have our characters change that much can we?

The only real downside to this episode was no appearance by everyone’s favourite Jerry! It just gives us more to look forward to next week though in what’s turning out to be an absolutely brilliant third season.

You can check out our review of last week’s episode right here or read on to find out the top 5 reasons for Rick and Morty being so damn good!

Rick and Morty are back! Back again! (Tell a Friend)

After the randomness of the unexpected April Fools Day airing of Episode 1, we’ve had to wait another four frustrating months to get to the second episode, titled Rickmancing the Stone. (This must be some sort of record between the airing of the 1st and 2nd episodes of a show).

But that wait is over and we can now bask in the excellence of new and regular episodes of Rick and Morty. Whilst it may not be as brilliant and mind-blowing as the first episode of Season 3 (check out our review right here), it’s still packed full of the fast-paced and witty humour that we love so so much.

As promised, this season is going down an even darker road than before. With Beth and Jerry’s divorce now coming into fruition, Rickmancing the Stone is really all about how the different family members are dealing with it.

Where did it all go so wrong? Source – Adultswim

So what are our favourite characters up to at the start(ish) of season 3?

Jerry, as usual, is acting like a total loser, and even though he turns up at the house to get the last of his things and say one final goodbye, no one has the time of day for him, except for Morty’s quick few words. And just to confirm how low things have gotten for Jerry, the wind passes by and subtly whispers ‘loser’ at him.

We see the same thing happen again at the very end of the episode, right after a stray coyote chooses to chew up his unemployment check (why does the world hate Jerry so much?). Is this the beginning of a storyline or just a one-off gag? Because it could be the start of something really interesting…

Summer deals with the divorce by completely ignoring Jerry and begging Rick to take them literally anywhere else. Which turns out to be some post-apocalyptic world based on Mad Max, where she can get her anger out by ruthlessly murdering the leader of a group of oddly dressed thugs.

A match made in…where the hell are they again?? Source – Adultswim

Their new leader, Haemorrhage, (another brilliant Rick and Morty character name), complete with leather g-string and a bucket on his head, asks her, Rick and Morty to join them, and she even ends up dating him (after getting past his unusual moustache).

Later down the road, they end up arguing like a typical married couple after the adventure and excitement of their initial romance has died down, giving Summer some insight into the difficulties that had arisen in her parents’ relationship. She eventually tracks Jerry down and reconciles with him, advising him to keep looking forward in life, just like she’s learnt to.

Morty tries to keep his emotions bottled up, and is his usual whiny and worried self, trying to get Summer to come back home and Rick to stop being, you know, his horrible self.

After Rick uses Morty as a distraction by injecting his left arm with the muscle mass and memories of a dead arm, he gets him to fight in a Thunderdome! Sorry, Battledome! (save it for the semantic dome, E.B. White!).

Nothing like some tasty human flesh! Source – Adultswim

Morty’s new arm has a mind of its own, and though Morty is at first mortified by the murder and destruction of ‘Armothy,’ he eventually gives into the mayhem in order to release the anger at his father that has been brewing inside him.

Morty is ashamed and embarrassed by Jerry’s weakness and doesn’t want to be a ‘loser’ just like him. At the end of the episode, Morty tells Beth that Jerry didn’t bother to even fight for her, and so maybe she should just let him go.

Beth is clearly having a hard time trying to work out if she’s done the right thing or not. Since Rick, Summer and Morty are gone for so long, Rick creates robot versions of everyone to fill in for them so Beth doesn’t get suspicious. Each robot hilariously talks in Rick-speak and Beth interprets their generic kindness as being meaningful and emotional.

Right before the robots leave, the Morty version begins to achieve sentience, and wants to break free from his programming and express his desires and emotions. Eventually his programming overrides him but not before uttering some odd phrases and sounds. Beth, in her detachment (lots and lots of booze), somehow manages to overlook this, and yet we’re still not sure what path she and Jerry will end up taking.

You can solve any problem with a shotgun! Source – Adultswim

For Rick, this episode doesn’t teach us too many things about him. As usual, he acts in complete self-interest, happy to destroy the society they are visiting in order to gain precious materials, and is willing to ditch Summer and Morty when things start to get tough.

But underneath all of that, we see that he really does care about his family, as he returns to save both kids, whilst allowing their emotional arcs the time they need to play out.

Rick goes to the effort of protecting Beth from knowing the effects the divorce is having on Rick and Summer, and gently encourages her to stick to the path she’s chosen. He sees Jerry as the weak link in the family and believes that Beth deserves better. Of course, that doesn’t mean Beth will end up listening to him.

Overall, Rickmancing the Stone is another strong episode of Rick and Morty, dealing with some important emotional issues in weird and wacky ways. As manipulative as Rick is, he will always take care of his family, even when that means helping Morty finish killing the final member of Armothy’s revenge quest (see Morty, now we’re both accountable).

As Morty and Summer continue to take darker turns, will Rick step in before it’s too late? Or will he just let things run their course whilst eschewing his responsibility as the supposed adult in the room? We’ll find out week by week as we enjoy Rick and Morty’s darkest season yet!

8/10

The Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones gave us plenty to think about.

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, Game of Thrones made its triumphant return this week and the first episode did a brilliant job of setting up the stakes for the upcoming season. So, let’s take a look at what episode 1 taught us and what the burning questions are heading into the rest of the season.

1. Will Arya ever reunite with the other Starks?

Who’s coming off that list next? Source – HBO

Whilst many of us were hoping that Season 7 would all be about the Stark family reunion, it seems that Arya is heading South instead of North to take down her number one target: Queen Cersei.  We have no idea if she’s going to be successful or not, especially since she’s not the only one plotting Cersei’s downfall.

Even if she is able to end Cersei’s life (hopefully with another wicked slice across the throat!), it might not be the easiest situation to escape unimpeded from (don’t fuck with the Mountain!).  Killing the Queen could piss a whole of people off.  Not that Cersei is the most popular ruler going around….

Even if Arya is successful in her quest and goes on to slay every target on her list, will she even be able to go home?  How is she going to live with being a ruthless and deadly assassin?  Will getting her revenge really get rid of all the built-up hate in her?  Will there be any humanity left in her at all?

It’s getting harder and harder to imagine much of a happy ending for her.

2. What role do the Hound and the Brotherhood have to play?

What’s going on in that special head? Source – HBO

We got to see plenty of the Hound in episode 1 and there were some really fascinating and touching scenes in there.  We also got to see the first instance of the Hound getting a vision from the God of fire and boy did it scare the shit out of everyone.

Whilst there’s plenty of great banter coming from the Hound and his interaction with the other members of the Brotherhood (man-bun anyone?), we have to wonder, what’s the point of it all?  Surely this small motley crew can’t stand against the army of the dead and surely they aren’t just going to end up as cannon fodder.

Most importantly, what about Clegane-bowl??  The Hound is as far away from the Mountain as he’s been in the entire show, which is dampening our hopes for their epic showdown. Unless he ends up becoming part of the army of the dead and Clegane-bowl turns out to be a zombie vs. zombie affair.

3. What is Littlefinger really up to?

You can’t trust that moustache. Source – HBO

While most people are caught up in the growing tension between Jon and Sansa, it’s Littlefinger who should be the biggest reason for concern for all of those in Winterfell.  After all, he is about as good a player at the Game of Thrones as there is.

Sansa has been putting him in his place with regularity and I’m doubting Baelish is too thrilled about this.  I refuse to believe he’s so smitten with her that he’s becoming impotent and there must be some grand scheme that he’s cooking up.

He’s still the Lord of the Vale, with a sizeable number of well-trained troops at his disposal.  At some point, he’s got to use the leverage he’s gained from saving Jon’s ass at the Battle of the Bastards.  As ever, I’ll assume he’s playing the long game and everything’s going exactly as he’s planned.

4. What’s the gift that Euron Greyjoy has promised Cersei?

How can you not love this guy! Source – HBO

Euron’s scene in episode 1 was an absolute blast (I’ve got 2 hands!) and let’s be thankful we have a new maniac to enjoy now that Ramsay is gone.  He was even able to relate to the Lannisters with regards to having siblings that are mortal enemies!

Cersei may have turned down his initial offer of an alliance (which was odd since she doesn’t exactly have that many options), but that doesn’t seem to worry him at all.  Instead, he’s promised a gift to win over her trust and hopefully her hand in marriage.

So, what could it be?  Will he try to bring her Tyrion’s head?  Cersei has plenty of enemies, so he’s got all sorts of options really.  Or perhaps it’s a weapon that he’s going to bring her – something that might just help her deal with those dragons that are on their way to destroy her.

5. Does the discovery of Dragonglass at Dragonstone mean that a Jon Snow/Daenerys confrontation is inevitable?

Watch out Dany! Source – HBO

Whilst Daenerys is focused on claiming the Iron Throne and Jon is focused on preparing for the arrival of Whitewalkers, Sam’s discovery of a stash of Dragonglass means that they may be headed for a confrontation sooner than expected.

Jon knows that Dragonglass is one of the only things that can harm the Whitewalkers, having fought them firsthand, and he’s about to get news of where a whole heap of it can be found.  This just happens to coincide with Daenerys’ dramatic arrival in Westeros, and of course she’s taken up residence right where all that Dragonglass is hidden!

The backdrop to all of this is that we now know that they’re actually related!  That’s right, Jon is half Targeryan!  That means that he could probably also ride a dragon eventually!  And they have mutual enemies in the south and in the north.  Surely, it’s an alliance that was meant to be!

So, what are your thoughts heading into Game of Thrones season 1 episode 2?

There are already only six episodes left this season so there isn’t all that long left and something dramatic is bound to happen soon!

If you need a whopping 83 point recap of episode one, click here (I promise it’s not as long as it sounds).

P.S: What do we all think about Ed Sheeran?

The Other Side of Hope is an entertaining and powerful Finnish movie, airing as part of the Scandinavian Film Festival.

If you’re getting a bit sick of all the superhero movies constantly coming out and you’re looking for something a little bit different this winter, it might be worth your time to check out this quirky Finnish film by director Aki Kaurismäki The Other Side of Hope is part of the Scandinavian Film Festival being held at various Palace cinemas around the country.

The movie follows two distinct plot lines that wind up intersecting. The first being one of a refugee from Aleppo trying to make a new life for himself in Finland whilst trying to locate the sister he was separated from on his journey. The other is about a travelling rep who leaves his wife, sells his stocks and tries to make it as a restaurant owner.

Kaurismäki takes his time telling his stories, and his scenes are often full of long silences that can leave viewers slightly uncomfortable. This gives way to plenty of quirky humour that’s delivered in a notable deadpan style.

The film highlights the absolute best and worst of humanity. Khaled, our Syrian refugee played by Sherwan Haji, is assisted by a number of people who want to help him, even when it puts them at risk.  At the same time, he must contend with the coldness of the immigration system and the racist attitudes of those who aren’t so welcoming of refugees.

Wikström, played by Sakari Kuosmanen, has an almost existential journey of giving up his entire life to finally be the person he’s always wanted to be. His story can get a bit ridiculous, but he plays with a straight face and there’s plenty of subtle humour to be found in his performance.

Whilst this isn’t the typical sort of film you’ll see in mainstream theatres, it’s great to see a director who’s so assured of their style and the type of film they want to make.

There are a lot of good moments to be enjoyed in The Other Side of Hope and it’s great to see a story that isn’t predictable and has a great message of hope and optimism, despite all the awfulness out there in the world.

My Rating: 8/10

 

It’s only a few weeks now until Game of Thrones is back so here’s everything you need to know about our Game of Thrones Season 7 theories!

With less than a month until Game of Thrones is back and, after the extra three months we’ve had to wait to get here, anticipation is at an all time high!

This season is going to feel quite different as we’re only getting seven episodes, but they’re going to be, on average, about 10 minutes longer each, culminating in an 81 minute final episode!

That means we can expect far less ‘filler’ episodes and for the plot to be moved along at a far faster rate than we’re used to. Every episode will essentially be like a short movie, and expect each one to be packed full of the violence, sexuality and politics that we all love so fucking much.

To get you ready for the upcoming season, we’re going to take a look at each of the major players to remind you where they’re at, what we can expect from them going forward, and a little prediction of what we think might happen to them by the end of the season. At the end of the season, we’ll grade ourselves on how close we were with each prediction and how it rates compared to what actually happened on the show.

If you’re a little foggy on what happened last season (apparently, normal people don’t spend all their time watching re-runs), check out our Season 6 review right here.

So, without further ado…

Jon Snow – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

Maybe he finally knows something? Source – winteriscoming.net

If we had to name who we thought was the absolute number one hero on this show, we’d probably have to go with the charming yet naïve Jon Snow. If there’s anyone we can trust to do the right thing, it’s him, and considering he’s already died (the predominant cliff-hanger at the end of Season 5) and come back to life (the worst surprise in the history of TV), it seems unlikely that he’ll die again.

Jon Snow finished off Season 6 in the most powerful position he’s been in to date: The newly named King of the North. On top of this, we also learned that he actually isn’t a bastard, but a direct descendant of two of the most powerful houses in Westeros, the Starks AND the Targaryens. Of course, he’s not aware of this yet, and how this revelation will affect things is a big mystery that may not even be played out this season.

Despite the terrific position he seemingly finds himself in, he’s got a host of problems to deal with. The Lannisters aren’t going to be thrilled about the North seceding from the Iron Throne and there’s a giant army (that includes 3 frikkin’ dragons!) that’s just arrived in Westeros, with the intent of taking over.

Internally, he has to deal with the now-savvy Sansa, who’s already shown no hesitation in going behind his back to get what she wants; the always dangerous Petyr Baelish; and a loose alliance of colourful figures including the Wildings, Knights of the Vale, and various Stark allies.

Worst of all, Jon knows the biggest problem of all is the approaching (and fucking terrifying) army of the dead from up North, and is most likely going to be spending this season holding off the advances of the Night King’s forces whilst trying to convince the rest of Westeros to forget their petty problems and help out with the real issue. Good luck with it!

Our prediction: Jon Snow will come close to death (again) but come back stronger than ever, and finish the season in charge of an even larger army, preparing for the final battle against the Night King.

Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

Ready to get to the top! Source – variety.com

Dany is almost as big of a hero as Jon, and has a similar rags to riches storyline to Jon, just on a much bigger scale. She’s just a little bit more of a zealot than he is. She cares about doing the right thing but, more importantly, she cares about getting what she feels is rightfully hers: The Iron Throne and ultimate rule of the Seven Kingdoms.

Daenerys’ storyline has been one big build-up since the very beginning of the show and, despite some rather tedious delays, she’s finally made the journey back to Westeros and is oh-so-close to achieving her number one goal. She has all sorts of allies and it’s hard to see how the Lannisters can stand against them, especially because of, you know, those three giant dragons.

What’s going to be of most interest is how her relationship with Jon Snow and the rest of the North develops. Will they be allies or enemies? They’re both single, and they don’t yet know that they’re related, so they could end up as the new face of incestuous power couples. Either way, expect fireworks!

Our prediction: Daenerys will end Season 7 on the Iron Throne, which will seem a whole lot less important when she realises how serious the threat of the White Walkers is. Daenerys and Jon will do the whole adversaries become lovers thing. 

Cersei and Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

From incest to fratricide. Source – variety.com

Cersei and Jaime’s fates have been intertwined since the very start of the show (when we learned that they were the current face of incestuous power couples). Whilst Season 6 ended with the death of their last remaining child (Poor King Tommen), it also coincided with the explosive death of a whole bunch of their enemies and the subsequent crowning of Cersei as the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Not too shabby!

Of course, Jaime wasn’t too thrilled with how everything turned out and it continues to be seen just how strong his loyalty to Cersei is. Jaime isn’t the mega villain he used to be when the show started and he’s likely to face some really tough decisions in the near future. No doubt he’ll be heading the Lannister’s army in its effort to secure their kingdom, and we may get a glimpse of how far his left-handing sword fighting has come along.

Still, this doesn’t look like it’s going to end well. And let’s not forget that prophecy hanging over Cersei’s head: ‘the Valonqar (little brother) will wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.’

She’s probably got all her focus on Tyrion, but with the way she’s been pushing Jaime, the Kingslayer may well be adding to his reputation with the death of another monarch by his hands.

Our prediction: The Lannisters will lose their throne by the end of Season 6 but Jaime will be the one to strike the final death blow to Cersei. He’ll then join forces with the remaining armies of Westeros to fight the Whitewalkers in the final battle.

Sansa Stark and Petyr Baelish – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

The very definition of creepy! Source – variety.com

This is probably one of the most messed up relationships in the show. Littlefinger has been overly keen to hook up with Sansa and she’s so far resisted his advances, probably because, you know, he sold her into a life of being raped and brutalised.

She does need him though, or at least the Knights of the Vale that serve him. Baelish is one of the better players in the Game of Thrones, and has been whispering ideas of taking power into her hands into Sansa’s ear.

Sansa has been getting better at the game, but it’s hard to see her completely betraying Jon. That being said, this is Game of Thrones and anything can happen.

We’re doubting this arrangement is going to last for very long. Someone’s going to turn on someone else, and when they do, all hell just may break loose. Just the sort of headache Jon Snow is desperate to avoid.

Our prediction: Just when it seems as though Sansa will betray Jon, she’ll instead turn on Littlefinger and get her revenge for the hell he’s put her through.  Possibly with a knife through his throat. 

Arya and Bran Stark – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories 

This is Bran and Meera (in case you weren’t sure) Source – variety.com

Our other two surviving Starks have had all sorts of awful ordeals to get through and have both come out of them vastly stronger than before.  Arya is a master of disguise and murder and Bran has incredible warging powers and has become the Three-Eyed Raven – possibly the force most feared by the Night’s King.

Both of them are closer than ever to being reunited with the other remaining Starks with Bran returning from far North of the Wall and Arya returning from Braavos. But, as we know in Game of Thrones, the closer you are to your goal, the more danger you’re in.

Arya still has a few names left on her list to cross off and may decide to skip the family reunion to go about her unfinished business. That leaves Melisandre, Cersei, The Mountain, Thoros, Beric and Ilyn Payne in her sights. A reunion with the Hound (who Arya mentioned is no longer on her list) is also a possibility.

Bran seems to be more likely to reunite with the other Starks in Winterfell and join in their efforts against the Night King and his army, possibly by working on how to better harness his powers. And don’t forget that handy bit of information he has about Jon Snow’s lineage.

Our prediction: Arya’s kill streak will continue with a couple of easy kills before targeting Melisandre. She’ll then team up with the Hound to take down the Mountain. Bran will arrive back in Winterfell, have a bunch more interesting visions and inadvertently use his powers to bring down The Wall.

Theon, Yara and Euron Greyjoy – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

Sort of normal siblings? (nah) Source – express.co.uk

The Greyjoy saga has mostly been a sideshow in Game of Thrones but this Season could be their time to shine. With Ramsay Bolton out of action, Euron is primed to become our newest most hated character on the show. We haven’t learnt a hell of a lot about him except that he’s building a giant fleet of ships and is willing to fuck anyone to form the right alliance. What a noble fella!

Yara and Theon have aligned themselves with Daenerys by providing the ships needed to launch their invasion of Westeros.  Their main aim is to take back the Iron Islands from Euron and this battle may just become a microcosm for the larger conflict between Daenerys and Cersei.

We’ve also seen in previews some kinky action between Yara and the sandsnakes. Is it possible that two of the least interesting storylines become intertwined? Does that mean they can both be killed off together so we can get on with the stuff we really care about?

Our prediction: Euron will marry Cersei, cause a whole lot of chaos and ultimately die at the hands of Theon, who has rediscovered what’s left of his backbone. The Sandsnakes will continue to be the worst thing in the Game of Thrones TV adaptation. 

Tyrion Lannister (and all of Daenarys’ other allies) – Game of Thrones Season 7 theories

Give this man more camera time! (and better characters to work with!) Source – variety.com

We could have made this section about all of the various people now working with or supporting Daenarys, but odds are they won’t be adding a whole lot to the outcome of the show, except in perhaps some interesting deaths.  Lady Ollena Tyrell will say some interesting things, Ellaria Sand won’t, Greyworm and Missandei will do the whole ‘we want to be together but he doesn’t have a penis’ thing, and Varys is usually good for some sharp dialogue and underhanded dealings.

But it’s Tyrion that we’re most interested/concerned about. I mean, this guy used to be the most compelling character in the entire show. Season 6 was definitely his least interesting season. His caretaker job of ruling Meereen was a complete failure that was only saved by the conveniently timed return of Daenarys, who promptly named him Hand of the Queen.

He’s now on his way back to Westeros, back to confront his sister Cersei, back to hopefully being a significant character in the show. Whether or not he strikes the final blow, he’s sure to have a big role in her downfall.

Our prediction: Benioff and Weiss remember who the best actor/character on the show is and return Tyrion to the prominence he deserves, setting him up for a starring role in the final season.  

What crazy shit will the Hound get up to this time? Source – variety.com

So there you have it. Will we get it right or wrong? What do you think will happen? Will Season 7 live up to the ginormous expectations we have for it?

We’ll find out soon!