When I was arranging my “Game of Thrones” actor interviews a few weeks ago (this week I’ve already posted chats with Alfie Allen and Gwendoline Christie, plus an email exchange with Benioff and Weiss), I put in a special request to interview the three older Stark children together, mainly so we could discuss their annual DVD commentaries where they take different approaches to performing the show’s theme song. (In season 1, they sang it. In season 2, they beat-boxed and rapped. Season 3 involved percussion.)
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I quit the volleyball team...
It's Firewall & Iceberg time, with some more light-hearted "How I Met Your Mother" finale discussion (after some vitriol in yesterday's F&I video show), sandwiched in between some AMC talk, with a review of the disappointing "Turn" and some discussion of "The Walking Dead" season finale. Lots of good emails this week, in fact, so keep the questions coming!
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So based on the number of comments and the social media stats, I'm guessing that most of you who care about the "How I Met Your Mother" finale have read my review of it from Monday night. That was, like a lot of episode reviews I do, written in a burst immediately after the show, and though my feelings haven't changed about the ending, there are a few points I feel I can better articulate with a few days' distance than I could at the time. So that's coming up, along with a fan-made alternate ending that's been floating around the interwebs since Monday, coming up just as soon as I've got three castle guys and a moat guy...
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.