There are certain characters on “Game of Thrones” who could probably have been played equally well by a few dozen actors across the UK and Europe. Then there are the ones who, because of certain traits given to them by author George R.R. Martin, needed a very specific combination of talent and physical appearance. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is obviously one of those, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is another. At an imposing 6’4”(*) with icy blonde hair and large blue eyes, Christie makes an impression, and is absolutely convincing as the stoic warrior who keeps beating up all the men who underestimate her.
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I go with the "I was kidding!" defense...
It's a mixed set of emotions on this week's Firewall & Iceberg video show. On the one hand, Dan and I have lots of positive things to say about HBO's "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," and mostly positive things to say about "The Mindy Project." On the other, we also spent about half the show discussion the "How I Met Your Mother" finale, and you already know where I stand on that.
We'll be back tomorrow with a podcast to discuss "Turn," "The Walking Dead" finale and more, including more mail and possibly more "HIMYM" talk.
One thing to note: in the "Silicon Valley" segment, Dan and I neglected to mention that castmember Christopher Evan Welch died unexpectedly in December. His performance is perhaps the best thing about a show that has a lot of excellent things; if HBO renews it (and I hope they will), it's a big loss.
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Alfie Allen has had a whiplash-inducing experience on “Game of Thrones.” As Theon Greyjoy, boy hostage of the Stark family, he was a relatively minor player in the first season. Then in the second, he had one of the most prominent, clear and interesting character arcs, as Theon betrayed the Starks to get back in the good graces of his cruel father, only to overreach (and murder innocent children) in his attempts to impress dear papa. And he spent virtually all of the third season strapped to a large X-shaped cross, suffering physical and psychological torture at the hands of the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), who ultimately mutilated Theon and redubbed him Reek.
Television shows are evolving organisms, which is one of the most exciting things about them, but also one of the scariest. Mediocre pilots can one day lead to great series, and vice versa. Brilliant shows can abruptly fall off a cliff, and mediocrities can stun you with leaps forward. Characters can die, settings can be abandoned, and even genres aren't sacrosanct. You just never know.
Well, here we are at the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," and I have a review of everything that went down, coming up just as soon as I post the Boner Joke of the Day...
The job of running any of today’s ambitious cable drama series is hard, but “Game of Thrones” bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s jobs come with an added degree of difficulty, because they’re adapting a series of beloved, enormous books by George R.R. Martin. So they have to mostly stay faithful to Martin’s stories, and that means incorporating dozens of significant characters, and almost that many separate plots that take place across two different continents, with characters sometimes spending whole seasons just traveling from one location to another. And because of the production logistics involved in filming the HBO drama in multiple countries, Benioff and Weiss say they can realistically only make 10 episodes a season. So even if they’re taking two seasons to cover a particular book — as they are with the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” which will span the third and upcoming fourth season of the show — they have to be very judicious in how much time any one story gets in an episode, or a season.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as my hunger is a 28 on a scale of 1 to 10...
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as my demographic is murderers and people obsessed with murderers...
The fictional story told in FOX's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy.