Game of Thrones “The Dance of Dragons” follows “Hardhome,” one of the best episodes in the series. Jon Snow has forged an alliance with the Free Folk built out of desperation and fear of a common enemy. On the other hand, the shared hopes of Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister have brought them together with the goal of creating a better future. The status of King’s Landing remains a question that is further complicated by Jaime Lannister’s imprisonment in Dorne. The conflict between the Boltons at Winterfell and Stannis Baratheon’s army will decide the fate of the North, at least for now. The Stark sisters are on very different paths, but both are fueled by survival instincts and a desire for vengeance. “The Dance of Dragons” shows us that Game of Thrones continues to excel at suspenseful, emotionally-driven storytelling.
The banality of the title of the 4th episode of Wayward Pines, “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire,” belies the strangeness of the town. In Wayward Pines violence may be framed with coded words, but it walks undisguised amongst the townspeople. Sheriff Pope’s haunting warning to Ethan in “Our Town, Our Law”—“You think you want to know the truth, but you don’t. It’s worse than anything you could even imagine”—and the revelation that some kind of frightening creatures live beyond the wall, deepens the mystery that surrounds Wayward Pines. In “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” the Burke family tries to fit into the Wayward Pines community.
The Kumiho (구미호), or Gumiho*, is a nine-tailed fox spirit. In Korean tradition foxes that have lived for a thousand years, accumulating a great deal of energy, turn into Kumiho. The Kumiho is similar to other fox creatures, such as the Japanese kitsune and Chinese huli jing. Though they have similar magical abilities and longevity, Kumiho are more malevolent than other fox spirits. Of these long-lived legendary creatures, the Kumiho is the only fox that kills and eats humans.
The 11th episode of iZombie, “Astroburger,” was so funny—and so frustrating. Liv talks to Cheezy-Puff demons and imaginary people, and Ravi gets one small step closer to a cure while Blaine makes a giant leap for zombiekind in the form of astronaut salad. Written by Kit Boss and directed by Michael Fields, “Astroburger” sends us hurtling toward the season finale with revelations both real and imagined. Continue reading
With “Hardhome” we find ourselves at the tipping point of various storylines in Game of Thrones. Jon arrives at Hardhome, the High Sparrow tightens his grip on King’s Landing, Stannis waits to invade Winterfell, and Daenerys has met Tyrion. It feels like Winter has Come, but not everyone has realized it yet. “Hardhome” show us how alliances can be made and how they can fail in Game of Thrones.