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Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Review

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So this season just flew by I feel like

But it also came full circle

I will mostly focus on the final episode because that one left the most impression but also refer to the season as a whole

I feel like this season really used the show’s popularity to address current political and social problems that exist in our society

Everything was amplified in this season from the consequences to the emotions and I bloody loved it

I feel like there was a point in the middle and towards the end where the show hit a slump but that’s with every show I feel like

Overall, the show really captured everyone’s storyline.

I especially loved the focus on Serena this season to show how it feels to be a woman in a position of “power” rather than being a Handmaid

The last episode really captured the rape culture and the season as a whole did a very good job of exploring the attitudes around the Gillead society

Some of my favourites from this season include the exploration of June’s relationship with her mother, the different roles a woman can play in a child’s life such as mother and surrogate and how women claim their power through unconventional means

The show came full circle in that they left us hanging again. Since June is at such a crucial point of her pregnancy the next season is going to be even more intense

What did you think of this season?

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Reaction | The Door

Bit late I know but no one ever did blogging and Year 12 and got out alive hah

This episode should’ve been titled “The Feels”

Let’s just take a moment to pay homage to the most beautiful character in the entire series…

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This was by far the saddest and most heartbreaking death since Hodor is as pure as you get in Westeros really.

It’s mind boggling to think that GRRM had Hodor’s whole life planned out like his life purpose was to HOLD THE DOOR

But alas, all good things must come to an end.

Hopefully Bran and Meera make it out alive from that wasteland and find friendly faces.

The fact that The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers just seems like Karma to me to be honest, but the damage is done I guess.

It’s gonna be really interesting to see Sansa build an army to take back the North, cue motivational speeches and of course awkward high school romances..

The part with Dany and Ser Jorah was super sad as well, I couldn’t help noticing what a good actress Emilia is!

The situation with Arya has me thoughtful, I mean she will come back to Westeros but HOW and WHEN?

I love how for basically the entire season we have ignored Dorne like what is going on there?

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Reaction | Book of The Stranger

So after last week’s smashing Oathbreaker episode, this was to be honest a real let down.

I mean most of the time I was sitting there thinking “what is even happening?”

like a lot of plans were being put into place, a lot of theories being discussed but when it came to the action part of the show, it was lacking, and isn’t that the most fun?

why did no one die in this episode like come on we’re almost halfway there

But the things I did enjoy include:

Sansa meeting Jon!

I had a feeling timing would be a bitch and just as Jon left Castle Black, Sansa would arrive but nope. I really like how Sansa is evolving into this strong character and if all goes well, Jon and Sansa will take back Winterfell!

The Osha-Ramsay scene was pretty tense to be honest, I mean I didn’t expect Osha to be killed so brutally but what can you expect from Ramsay?

But I believe Ramsay will be killed by someone much more important. Ideally Sansa, Ideally at the end of this season.

Of course the end was highly enjoyable, I love how Dany just sticks it to everyone, all the time but I can’t help thinking, is it really that easy to kill a Khal and his most powerful men?

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Reaction | Home

THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUT EPISODE 2 OF SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES

Game of Thrones is slowly going to become the show that is renowned for ending their episodes on cliff hangers.

So the Jon Snow resurrection.

I mean a large part of me always knew Melisandre would do her fire magic and bring him back but I had my doubts. I definitely did not expect the resurrection to happen so early in the season though. I guess it just means the rest of the season will unfold very interestingly.

Given that Sansa, Brienne and Podrick are heading for Castle Black, I believe Sansa and Jon will team up and hopefully win Winterfell back!

Theon will also be heading to the Iron Islands where I believe the election for a new ruler will take place, I think I remember reading that in A Feast for Crows? Hopefully, Yarra/Asha Greyjoy reins supreme.

I think this episode did a very good job of putting all the characters on set paths for the season.

Of course another big WTF moment was the death of Lord Bolton. I mean I expected it to be honest, Ramsay would never hug someone without stabbing them come on. I was mostly traumatised by him setting the dogs on Lady Walda and the child, I mean that man settles at nothing.

We’re starting to see the tension build between the High Sparrow and the Lannisters, and we also get a peak at the Mountain’s strength in this episode so that will span out interestingly.

The interaction between Tyrion and the Dragons added a bit of sarcasm and a lighter tone to all the heavier things going on in the episode. Yeah, I didn’t beleive for a second the dragons would kill him but it’ll be interesting to see what they do now that they’re unchained.

Let’s talk about Bran’s visions. I’m glad the story has finally traveled that far North. The only purpose I can imagine for the show writers to show the viewers that vision of Winterfell back in the days is:

-The episode was about home and finding your way back sort of so it set the scene by showing what Winterfell looked like in the happier days, and what a sense of belonging looks like I guess,

-To provide foreshadowing for when Benjen Stark appears later in the show or if they do decide to go with the Lyanna Rhaegar theory.

-To give a backstory for Hodor, I mean something has obviously happened between him being that little boy to now and it might play a crucial role in the show?

I realise this post was very rambly and prediction filled but that’s literally my reaction to this week’s episode. Let’s take it to the comments sections from here!

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Reaction | The Red Woman

It’s that time of the year again. Oh yeah, the articles are streaming out, the predictions are at an all time high and I”m here to add my voice to it.

Obviously this post contains spoilers about the Season 6 Premiere of Game of Thrones so don’t read it if you don’t wanna spoil it for yourself blah blah.

The opening scene of the Season well and truly establishes that yes, Jon Snow IS dead.

We lose all hope of a recovery when even melisandre seems at a loss but the fact that the body is still there, even if it there to give rise to the anger that will finally bring down Thorne, the fact that the body is there gives me a teensy bit of hope.

Moving Norther, Podrick and Brienne killed it! I can’t wait to see what the Squad gets up to this season starting by kicking some Bolton ass.

This episode was mainly centered on setting the scene as is the case with most season premieres of Game of Thrones.

My predictions made in this post about Dany having to live her days out in Vaes Dothrak are true however, as probability has it, Ser Jorah and Daario will probably fix that pickle up. I quite enjoyed the friend-zone talk Daario and Jorah had to be honest.

I feel like Arya will learn how to fight blindly and that will be her redemption later in the season.

The Dorne Situation was probably the most stupidest thing. Prince Doran’s death did come as a surprise but then again what do you expect from those women?

I was hoping Trystane would be smart enough NOT TO TURN HIS BACK ON HIS ENEMY. Like jeez you really expect these salty bitches to have any sense of honour?

Bits and bobs of the episode aside, let’s address the elephant in the room. Melisandre’s revealing, that was the most satisfying and shocking and Game of Thrones thing about the episode. I found a great article from EW explaining the whole process and theory behind it and all I’m gonna say at this point is that, it’s kind of expected but I’m interested to see where it goes from here for her character.

While the season premiere was no Oscar-winning movie, it set the scene quite successfully for the action, drama and suspense that is to follow in the season. There are definitely better things ahead. By that I mean more people dying.

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Reaction | Game of Thrones Season Finale

Welcome to the episode where literally everybody dies!

But seriously, what a finale. Beware, there are some MAJOR SPOILERS in this post so read ahead at your own risk.

I’m gonna be listing my Top 10 WTF moments so here goes

10] The End of Stannis

The episode started at a pretty low point, what with Stannis’ wife committing suicide. Poor Stannis, literally everyone deserted him and then he got outnumbered but wait

Of course Brienne had to come in! She gave him a pretty honourable death but I can’t help thinking, is this it for Stannis? I mean he sure didn’t go out with a bang

9] The Mountain is back!

 

When he strode in and carried Cersei I was like woah, some serious Frankenstein shiz going on here

8] Bad Timing

I love how just as Sansa decides to light a candle in the highest tower, Brienne just abandons post to go kill Stannis. I mean. Bad timing. Why! but we find out why because…

7] Theon

So finally. Finally Theon decided it was high time he help Sansa. When he pushed Myranda over I was like

But then he decided to be all knight-in-shining-armour and jumped off the building with Sansa. I mean were they hoping the snow would cushion their fall or something? For the show’s sake I hope they’re alive

6] Daenerys

I’ve read the books so I knew where Dany’s story line was heading. The obvious ambush from the Dothraki. But where was Drogon when like 50 000 horses were circling Dany?

I actually predicted what might happen with Dany and the Dothraki in my predictions post here

5} House of Black and White

The whole Jaqan H’ghar death thing was TOO CLOSE.

But then it gets weirder with Faceless vooodoo magic

And to top things off Arya goes blind. I know it happens in the books as well but it was still freaky

4] Kiss of Death

As soon as Ellaria kissed Myrcella I was like

I KNEW IT. Myrcella and Jaime are having this father-daughter moment and BAM. The poison starts working. This is officially war.

3] Gore overload

Having watched Game of Thrones for quite a while now, I like to think I’ve acquired a certain tolerance to gore but this episode just threw that out the window. Remember this?

This seems almost gentle compared to what Arya did to Meryn Trant. Oh Lord, I felt physically sick and the thought that she’s just a little girl makes me even sicker. But well done to the makeup artists, you achieved your goal!

2] Walk of Shame

It’s good that they kept this scene till the very end because now I have a year to recover until I see Cersei again. Whoever directed this episode did a very very good job of emphasising just how humiliating this whole thing was. I mean my God, they call this mercy?

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I’m still emotional over this. So emotional that I can’t even write it. I can’t okay. just

Jon Snow

Is Dead

My soulmate oh! And yeah I know he’s not really dead because I believe Melisande will do some Fire God magic and he’ll wake up and be a Targaryen maybe.

But just the way it was done. He protected those people! He thought the best of them especially freaking Oli and they stabbed him right in the gut? disgusting

I’m still a bit overwhelmed over the whole episode. It was a very emotionally provoking finale, unlike anything Game of Thrones has done before.

This might just be the last time I’m posting a Game of Thrones reaction post for a while so I just wanna say, these were fun to do. And I managed to react to all the episode for the season. I hope you enjoyed them too!

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Reaction | The Dance of Dragons

So my friend spoiled the episode for me since I had no time to watch it before today…….

But yeah let’s be all original and talk about the most talked about events of the episode!

So…Shireen

It came a bit out of nowhere and I’m sure many people including myself were like WTF WHY.

I was just all emotional during that scene like STANNIS HOW COULD YOU

But if I think about it, we know how crazy Stannis is about Melisande. Add that to the fact that he’s in a desperate situation after Ramsay’s ambush which left him with no food. Plus the show producers probably wanted to kill her character off since her story line wasn’t leading anywhere anyway. I guess it’s justified if you think of it that way but it’s still a bit extreme.

And Game of Thrones is all about being extreme!

 

Okay so let’s address the elephant in the room or rather..the Dragon in the room (see what I did there? no? okay)

I was literally screaming at my screen when Ser Jorah was fighting them Mereeneese people. I just don’t want him to die okay?

This meme perfectly sums me up during that time…

Those were intense times. And then there’s an ambush from the Sons of the Harpy!

Doing an ambush was way more dramatic and interesting. Remember how in the books they used poisoned Locusts?. Nah.

And then when all hope is lost and I know he’ll save Daenerys but I’m still sitting there holding my breath and in comes Drogon!

It was totally badass when Drogon just burned the Sons of the Harpy down and then I love it when he’s just like

“Hi Mommy”

And then of course my favourite moment happened. The one I’ve been waiting for all season long. DAENERYS FLEW ON TOP OF DROGON

And I was just sitting here feeling all elated like

Apart from all that exciting stuff I like how the Arya and Meryn Trant storyline is developing along and Dorne was pretty interesting as well in this episode except I zoned out oops.

That was my very reactive reaction for this week’s episode. I know I’m late to the game again but EXAMS.

What did you think?

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Reaction | The Gift

I’m reviewing last week’s episode of Game of Throne because I just did not have time and I couldn’t miss out on a reaction post because then it wouldn’t be consistent.

I’m going to be keep this short and sweet because you’ve probably read 800 posts about this episode already

  • Sansa’s character keeps getting stronger and stronger given her circumstances.  But freakin’ Reek ruins it all by spilling everything to Ramsay!

  • I was a little confused over Maester Aemon’s sudden death. Book readers would know he dies on the way to Oldtown so I don’t understand the motive behind this change. Was it just to get rid of his character?

 

  • So you know when those Night’s Watch Rangers try to rape Gilly and then Sam’s trying to be all brave but then he’s failing. And then Ghost strolls in and I’m just sitting here like..

  • The conversation between Olenna Tyrell and The High Sparrow was very interesting. I mean when they’re talking about power it just reminds me of our world ye know.

 

  • How can we not praise Bronn’s singing in this episode. But as predicted the Sandsnake’s dagger was poisoned but I’m surprised she actually gave him the antidote

 

  • So we’re finally beginning to see Cersei’s demise and I believe Littlefinger had a part to play in the whole Lancel ratting out Cersei. It would be very Littlefinger of him to do that.

 

  • Yes of course I cannot do a reaction post without mentioning the most important scene in the episode. Tyrion and Dany

Two of the show’s biggest players have finally met and I cannot wait to see how all this goes down. Oh yes

That was my reaction to last week’s episode. Excuse the tardiness, school is literally leeching me right now..

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Reaction | Unbound, Unbent, Unbroken | I Am Traumatised

Holy shit. Now we’re talking .

I usually write my Game of Thrones reaction posts straight after I finish watching the show just so you know I can capture the fresh emotions.

But today I had to take a moment, a moment that lasted an hour because hell we’re getting things started up in here.

THE GOOD

– Arya’s acting in this episode was on point. I was so happy and spooked too to watch her starting to play the game of the Faceless Men

-Tyrion and Ser Jorah had some nice banter going, plus I feel like their relationship developed in this episode.

-Of course no one can ever escape Tyrion’s sharp wit even if you’re some random kidnapper. Who are they anyway? the Golden Company?

– I was skeptical as to why Littlefinger would abandon Sansa at Winterfell to come speak to Cersei as he doesn’t like her much. But of course he’s playing the game! turning the benefits towards himself as always. This is like prime Season Four Littlefinger I LOVE IT!

-Margaery ended up getting arrested

-That fight between the Sandsnakes and Jaime and Bronn was so thrilling!

-We finally meet Myrcella and Trystane. Aren’t they a cute bunch!

-Oh and can I just say, the scenery in this particular episode was fantastic

THE BAD

Just to clarify, not things that were done badly but just things that happened to some characters that I didn’t like. It’ll make sense I promise!

-Creepy faces in the House of Black and White like wow

-Jaime and Bronn were a bit careless thinking they could just stroll in and take Myrcella like really?

-Loras’ trial was like a court trial and while it was exciting to watch I just don’t want anything to happen to my pretty boy

THE TRAUMATISING

If you’ve watched the show you know what I’m about to talk about…

We all knew there was going to be an uncomfortable scene regarding Sansa in this season. Everyone assumed it would be the bath scene. I think the bath scene was great! I mean Sansa showing Miranda her place, hell yes.

Sansa looked really pretty in her wedding dress and the wedding was SO tense, I just wanted her to pull a knife and stab Ramsay right there.

But she didn’t and it happened

And that’s been my face all evening. I mean WHY. SHE’S GOING TO BE SO BROKEN NOW. HOW MUCH CAN A PERSON HANDLE REALLY

Sorry I went off there but I think the whole internet’s going to be talking about this.

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Reaction | Kill The Boy | SO DISAPPOINTED

 

Alright not much to say about this week’s episode.

I mean it’s the halfway point of the season so things should really start exploding in the coming other half hopefully.

I guess this episode was more focused on the minor characters (by which I mean characters I’m not interested in) and yeah everyone deserves their own screen time or whatever but I just want the fun to start! I remember obsessing over one Game of Thrones episode for MONTHS.

WHERE HAVE THE DAYS GONE

Here are a few pointers from tonight’s episode:

Beware of spoilers 

  • Barristan Selmy Death

Okay I didn’t expect them to kill him off so early but I guess it acted as a catalyst for what Dany’s about to do next. When Dany burns the Pyramid Masters, it just reminds me of the Mad King, slightly disturbing.

But hey Greyworm and alive and him and Missendei aw!

  • Jon going to the Widling gives me a bad feeling, but who am I kidding, I’ve read the books and it ain’t a joy ride.

 

  • The whole deal with Theon and Sansa was so CRINGE

 

  • The end of the episode was somewhat exciting with the whole Walking Dead stuff going down. And for the record, I predicted that Jorah Mormont would get Greyscale because they’re overlapping storylines from the books hah!

I felt like, in this episode there was a lot of build up of tension and then nothing happened. I think it was for the first time in history that I was bored of watching a Game of Thrones episode…

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