This week’s True Blood felt like consolidating our learnings from last week, just to make sure we caught all the Vampire Politics chat. This week’s pros: Jess/Jason, Past Pam/Past Eric, the continuing buddy comedy going on at Authority HQ; cons: Tara, Sookie/Everyone, Stop Being Mean to Lafayette, The Fact That Neither Terry Nor Hoyt Have Anything Cool To Do. Calling it now: one of these guys will be the ‘major character’ to be shuffled off this year.
The second half of today’s recap features “Leave Me Alone”, which for you English Lit majors out there means the happy occurrence of a piece of writing about the act of writing, specifically one successfully published memoir (the eponymous Leave Me Alone) by Hannah’s nemesis, and one short story by Hannah herself.
After a pretty ignominious (read: meh) start to the run, Girls has improved considerably in the past few weeks, and even more remarkably than that, has sustained that improvement. Specifically, it’s started acting less like a loosely related series of short films and more like a long-form episodic story. Characters experience things and then remember those experiences the following week, or at least do so up until that change starts chafing against their own calcified senses of self.
What kind of a year has it been in Westeros? Last week’s Battle of Blackwater was the obvious climax for the season, and in some ways “Valar Morghulis” performs an advanced version of the pawn-arranging shenanigans seen throughout this season, the difference being that the board is almost unrecognisable compared to how it began. We’re back on our horse to trot around the world of Game of Thrones, so let’s get to it.
This is a double-header post for Lena Dunham’s Girls, the show I keep rooting for to succeed despite its concerted effort to make me meh harder than I’ve ever mehed before. In brief: I like that it’s talking about ugly relationship things that don’t tend to get a lot of air time, I like that it’s generally sex-positive if slightly ambivalent about how it presents its leading men, though even that seems to be evolving over the course of the season.
For the first time on Game of Thrones the action took place in one location over one night, under the direction of The Descent’s Neil Marshall and written by G.R.R. Martin himself, which might explain a thing or two about a thing or two. For once recapping this show chronologically might be the better option so here goes.