Did Game of Thrones Stop Doing That?

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things” – Tyrion Lannister

A year ago I posted my latest entry in the “Stop Doing That” series where I rant and nitpick about various things in society, the only difference with this post was that I did it purely about the HBO programme Game of Thrones. Well a year has passed and it’s time to see how well Game of Thrones has done at listening to my complaints, because obviously the people in charge read this thing, right? Let’s go STOP by STOP…

THIS BLOG POST MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS FOR THE BOOKS AND TV SHOWS and also a bit of bad language but honestly, if you’ve read or watched the series you’ll be completely desensitized to it and if you haven’t then this probably isn’t the best place to start or you clicked on this by mistake…

STOP: Giving Sansa Stark so much screentime

Okay, they didn’t do this. HOWEVER, they have made a massive adjustment to her story line to stop her being the boring, one dimensional cardboard cutout of a character and she’s actually doing things (I mean seriously check out next weeks teaser). Having her reunite with Jon Snow was an excellent move and a bold change from the books in bringing Brienne into her story line, but I think it will pay off. I no longer want to fast forward through her parts of the show. Good work.

STOP: Rushing through important plotlines but stalling the boring ones

The Dornish plot was awful. It didn’t get better. Tyrion and Jorah have been rushed and I don’t think we’ve had a satisfactory episode for either of them so far (I live in hope, though I think Jorah is off on his spirit quest to find the greyscale cure for the rest of the season). Thankfully, Petyr Baelish has been reduced to a minor role this season – good. I was growing tired of his creepy little beard.

Also, we are set for a return to some of the skipped plot lines such as the siege of Riverrun. I’m very happy about this as it means more Blackfish and rights this next problem…

STOP: Making Jaime Lannister an afterthought

Jaime has been in the recent episodes of season 6 but it hasn’t exactly been his best season. Thankfully, all that looks set to change when he gets to Riverrun next week and go toe to toe with the Blackfish!

STOP: Letting characters disappear vaguely for large spells of time

Osha came back. Then died. Yara came back and is set to inherit some of Victarions book plot. I’m alright with this, especially since they’ve reunited her and Theon. Varys is even back, though in a slightly less than jazzy plot line, but beggars can’t be choosers.

I’m still holding out hope for Gendry though…

STOP: Forgetting about the direwolves

I take it back, just stop killing them. Please.

STOP: Cramming House words into it the episodes for the sake of it

Yep, this has been done and the show is better for it!

STOP: Toning down the swearing

Slightly, maybe. I don’t really know but if The Hound comes back, so will his foul mouth (hopefully).

 

So there we go, all in all not a bad improvement. I once said that Season 5 is the series you could skip in a Netflix marathon and with the exception of a few episodes I stand by that belief This season? Much better. Well done Game of Thrones. Well done.

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The Odd Couples – Bromance in TV

Of the many portmanteau words that have sprung up in our vocabularies over the past few years there is one that I have seen reflected in popular media more than others. I speak of course about “bromance”.

Bromance, as described by UrbanDictionary.com is “A non-sexual relationship between two men that are unusually close.” Put simply, bromance is the level that comes above best friends for two guys. These guys are often so close that they can and usually are jokingly referred to as a couple, even though the relationship is completely non-romantic.

The popularity of bromances, and the dynamics created as a result of them, have become a staple of popular culture, so much so that there can usually be an example of a bromance visible in most TV’s or Movies nowadays. In honour of the sacred bond of the Bromance, because most guys have had one at least once, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite TV Bromances, starting with a few “honourable mentions” before getting into my choice of the Top 5!

Honourable Mentions:

Brian and Stewie – Family Guy
Nick and Schmidt – New Girl
Ryan and Esposito – Castle

5. Brett and Jemaine – Flight of the Conchords

Starting off as flatmates, these two then formed a comedy band and have become a bit of a smash hit with radio shows and a television series centered around them. Best of friends, they even sing a song about being friends!

Bromance in action: Singing this song!

4. Bert and Ernie – Sesame Street

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Probably one of the earliest bromances many of us would have encountered, Bert and Ernie are flatmates that are also the best of friends. Whilst many people have voiced the opinion that these two are a couple, I don’t buy it. It’s a clear bromance.

Bromance in action: “Would you like me…”

3. Troy and Abed – Community

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Troy and Abed are the best of best friends. They do everything together. They like to play make believe, build pillow forts, have wacky adventures and they even host a morning show together! I’ll admit that the top 3 is the hardest to separate, but Troy and Abed made it to number 3 because they’ve got their own secret handshake, like all bromances should!

Bromance in Action: Any of this video, but specifically this “Star Wars” rip off…

2. Joey and Chandler – FRIENDS

They had to be in here somewhere didn’t they! FRIENDS is undoubtedly one of the biggest (and best, in my opinion) sitcoms that there is out there and most of the laughs come from the amazing chemistry between these two best buds! They lived together, they fell out, they bought a chick and a duck, they even have matching “Best Bud” bracelets! How more bromantic can you get?

Bromance in action: This farewell to living together

1. Turk and J.D. – Scrubs

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Chocolate Bear and Vanilla Bear. Is there any competition to their bromance? I don’t think that there is, if I’m honest. These two are inseperable, and their touchy-feely bromance relationship together has been the core of the sitcom right from the start, despite being the butt of many jokes. It’s often joked that these two love each other more than their respective girlfriends/wives, and rightly so. They’ve been through it all! college, med school, first jobs, they’ve always been together. The finale is particularly sad for this reason…

Bromance in action: Could it be anything other than this?

Oh, and as a bonus, The actors are best friends in real life! Here’s the birthday present Zach bought Donald:

Plus, they recorded a Christmas song together: Baby, it’s cold outside

There we go! A brief exploration into TV bromances! If you have any other bromances that you think deserve some love then post a comment and let me know!

Next time, we’ll investigate the best bromances in cinema, rather than TV shows!