What The Emmy!?!?

Every year the Emmy committee selects what they think is the best content on television for its respective year. Sometimes they get it right, but most the time people are left angry wondering why they didn’t consider other alternative. I deeply love television and all its wonders, so here is my list on what I think the Emmys are missing out on.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, lets try Jensen Ackles in Supernatural

If you love television then you ate up the first season of The Newsroom. Unfortunately, the second season didn’t hit the mark and neither did Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy. Although I do deeply enjoy The Newsroom (and its offbeat second season), I couldn’t help but think how long Supernatural has been churning out seasons. Sure, maybe the writing isn’t always Emmy styled, but the performances are. This is especially true for Jensen Ackles and his role as Dean Winchester. From the start of the series to now, he has transformed so much and in its latest season he continued to push the envelope on what Dean Winchester is and what he can handle. Supernatural is the show that could and it has the cult audience to go with it, maybe the Emmys should consider why and look into when nominating candidates next year.

Instead of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, lets try Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal

Just like The Newsroom, House of Cards didn’t deliver when it came to the second season. It didn’t have the drive the first season had, and the only person who made it enjoyable was Robin Wright. I love Kevin Spacey as much as the next guy, but Frank Underwood wasn’t my antihero of choice this year. So who was a good antihero that people should start getting behind? Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter. Despite being on a Friday, this show has gained attention for the performances from an star studded cast. It may be limited in what is can show compared to HBO or Netflix, but it has pushed the limits on content for channels like NBC, ABC or CBS. The season finale is one of my main cases for Mads Mikkelsen, if he is overlooked again next year it will be a great disappointment.

MINI RANT: True Detective is an anthology show like American Horror Story or Fargo, so what is it doing clogging up nominations for well deserved actors like Timothy Olyphant, Andrew Lincoln and Charlie Hunnam? It belongs in the miniseries category and I am very disappointed that mainstream stars like Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are taking up spaces when they will not (possibly) return for next season. Even if they do, it will be a completely different story line. Olyphant, Lincoln and Hunnam are always expanding the range and depth of their characters and there is no love for them shown in this awards show. That’s the real snub and disappointment.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Claire Danes in Homeland, lets try Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black or Nina Dobrev in Vampire Diaries

This is another case of the season kind of dragged and the lead actress wasn’t at the top of her game. So instead of spilling into that mess, lets talk about the people who really deserved a nomination. Tatiana Maslany has been donning different masks for Orphan Black and each character is so different that you cannot even believe her range. She even had a guest spot on Parks and Recreation and I wanted more even then. How they can overlook her and go to sleep at night boggles my mind. I hope that Tatiana Maslany will get the chance at a lead role in a film and maybe finally people will see her greatness. Also, why is the series not on Netflix? This needs to be handled ASAP (Where is Olivia Pope when you need her?). But even before Tatiana took a shot at multiple characters, there was Nina Dobrev strutting her stuff on The Vampire Diaries. If you are giving me the stink eye and talking about how much better Orphan Black is than Vampire Diaries and how Tatiana can act circles around Nina Dobrev, then you are what is wrong with television viewers (and critics). Yes, BBC is held to a higher standard than the CW, but that doesn’t mean the content is not as good and trust me, Nina Dobrev is just as good.

Instead of Kerry Washington in Scandal, lets try Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men

This breaks my heart to even write because I LOVE Kerry Washington. She is a force to be reckon with, but Olivia Pope wasn’t, at least not in season 3 (or more so the second half).  I felt like her character took a backseat to allow other characters to be more colorful this season (Joe Morton, Kate Burton and Bellamy Young (we’ll get there)) and that is absolutely okay, but I think it means that Kerry Washington didn’t earn a nomination for this year. Someone who did deserve a nomination was Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson on the critic loving Mad Men. While I have always been on the fence about the show, Moss’s performance should not go overlooked. Her character brought home the case as to why strong women characters are important in television. The 60s was the rise of strong women, and it has been a joy to see that played out on through Elisabeth Moss.

Instead of Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey, lets try Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel

I do not enjoy Downton Abbey, I do not enjoy Michelle Dockery (I only really enjoy Maggie Smith, but that is another story). If you feel like I am shooing away the critical love of Downton Abbey for other “lower” quality television shows, then maybe this isn’t the article for you. If you enjoy Vera Farmiga and enjoy her dominating presence of Bates Motel, then maybe you found the right list. Bates Motel is a mind-manipulating show that can make your skin crawl, and then queen of this uncomfortable up series belongs to Vera Farmiga. We get to see a different take on Norma Bates, one full of paranoia but who is still just as crazy. She is the driving force of the show, helping Norman Bates grow into the Psycho we know and love. The Emmys gave her love for the first season, so I don’t know why they turned their back on her now. I feel like her portrayal is more fit (and deserving) of a nomination than Michelle Dockery, but that’s just me.

MINI RANT: Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars recently wrote an open letter to the Emmys asking them to consider the power of Pretty Little Liars and other teen dramas. Bellisario and her cast (especially Lucy Hale) having been reinventing the way teen dramas are viewed. They deal with various topics that most people (not just teens) deal with: identity crisis, prescription drugs, dependency of alcohol, loss of friends, deception of loves and bullying. The girls on this show, and the cast on many teen dramas, have been out performing many actors in prime time slots on big networks, but they don’t receive half the praise. For 100 episodes (which is all the episodes it has ran currently) it has been the number one telecast for women between the age of 12 to 34. If you can have a reality programming category, I feel like you can have a teen show category, at least there is more human decency there.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Ricky Gervais in Derek, lets try Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley or Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

If you are like me, you think Ricky Gervais lost his “charm” a long time ago. I don’t really enjoy his show Derek and I was honestly surprised he was nominated for his performance in it. Especially with performances like Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley as a neurotic programmer struggling to find his way or Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a childish police officer who is surprisingly good at solving cases. Middleditch is on one of the best comedies I have seen in awhile and watching his character struggle with developing Pied Piper has been charming and realistic. Samberg, on the other hand, is bringing the same enthusiasm that he had in Hot Rod. While his show plays on traditional buddy cop comedies, it is still enjoyable and can give you a really good laugh. Something new and something old, these performances have something different and new to offer to your television viewings.

Instead of Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory, lets try Chris Messina in The Mindy Project or Adam Scott in Parks and Recreation

The Big Bang Theory has gone for awhile and it is the CBS cash cow, but it just feels like it is chugging by. The performances haven’t been anything different, I haven’t felt a lot of growth in their characters for a long time. Jim Parsons has been a big part of why the show is so successful because everyone enjoys his antisocial, geeky demeanor, but what about characters that keep the show and its story moving to new levels? These performances I have seen on shows like Parks and Rec and The Mindy Project. Adam Scott plays the lovable Ben Wyatt on Parks and Rec and this season alone he has made a game (Cones of Dunshire), got a job as an accountant, quit his job as an account, became city manager and had triplets with his lovable wife all in one season. But the highlight of the season? When Leslie got his a replica of the Iron Throne, if you haven’t seen the video you are truly missing out on great television. In the first season, Chris Messina’s Dr. Danny Castellano was the guy who thought he owned the world, so in the second season it was nice to see his vulnerable side. As he struggles with his feelings for Mindy, the audience grows more in love. The best introduction of Danny would be his Christmas present to Mindy. Both of these actors deserve recognition for their performances and hopefully Adam Scott will get that next year with Parks and Rec’s last season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black, lets try Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project

Orange is the New Black is the series that everybody loves, but what everybody loves about it is its supporting characters (which rightfully earned nominations in the supporting actress and guest star categories). What drags about the show is its main character, Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman. I am sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I do not think she deserved a nominated for her performance. Instead I would have liked to see Mindy Kaling nominated for her performance as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a hilarious, self absorbed gynecologist looking for true love. Mindy is not only the lead actress in the show, she is also one of the main writers. She exhibits the classic romantic comedy standards into the show, carrying over tones of When Harry Met Sally and other Meg Ryan driven love stories. Plus, it is fun to watch her love encounters with her various suitors (played by guest stars in the likes of Seth Rogen, Anders Holm and so many more).

Instead of Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly, lets try Emmy Rossum in Shameless

Mike & Molly used to be really good and that was in its first season, but three seasons later and it is struggling to find where it wants to go and what it wants to be. This season they tried to reinvent the way Molly was and there was a lot of people disappointed in what they were trying to sell. For some reason she still ended up getting an Emmy nod for her work. I feel like this is because everyone loved her performance in Bridesmaids, but we are way past that now. Someone who should be considered is Emmy Rossum in Shameless. This should be a no brainer, she is constantly receiving praise for her work but she hasn’t ever be nominated. I have heard people argue that it is because it needs to be moved to the drama category, but that shouldn’t hold her back from a nomination. Emmy Rossum’s Fiona is the heart of the show, so it hurts even more that William H. Macy was nominated but Emmy Rossum wasn’t even considered. Plus, I have heard a lot of people joke that her name is Emmy, that should count for something right?

Outstanding Comedy Series

Instead of The Big Bang Theory, lets try Parks and Recreation

I already made my argument when I talked about Jim Parsons vs Adam Scott, so there isn’t much else to add. Parks and Recreation was developed by Greg Daniels, who is the same guy who produced the US version of The Office. Parks and Rec carries that same charm through a mockumentary style that pokes fun at how city government is handled. Even with the lost of characters this season, it hasn’t lost its drive. Each character holds a story line of their own as we follow them through out their every day lives: the laughs, the cries, I am there for them all.

HONORABLE MENTION: The Mindy Project is finding its footing with a near perfect season which finds its joys in imperfections. It was not nominated this season, but I can see The Mindy Project getting nominated in the future. If not, the voters are missing out on one of the best comedies on network television.

Outstanding Drama Series

Instead of True Detective, lets try The Walking Dead

I already had a side rant about True Detective being an anthology series, so it is like automatic disqualification for this category. In its place, I would suggest a television show that has a huge following AND produces amazing content: meet The Walking Dead. With a strong story line and an even stronger casts, the show gets better each and every season. If you are saying, but Frank Darabount was the only good show runner and he only did the first season? False, he did the first half of the second season and everyone complained about how it dragged on, and maybe Glen Mazzara didn’t have a great pacing method, but with Scott M. Gimple the show is at the top if its game. I have felt like the series has been true to the nature of the graphic novels it originates from, even if the story line differs here and there. If you haven’t started it yet, I recommend a full dose of binge watching now.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Television is in its golden age currently. A lot of the networks and entertainment providers are producing some of the best content, even better than most movies being released this summer. So why spend 10 dollars on a movie ticket when you can spend 10 dollars on a Netflix subscription to catch up on these shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Arrow. Sons of Anarchy has been on for awhile now and it dares to be the boldest scripted series you have ever watched. It follows a motorcycle gang with a leader who struggles to stand for the values set by club when he finds a transcript written by his father. It is much more than that, but that provides a good basis for the show. Arrow on the other hand follows DC Comic hero/vigilante Green Arrow aka Oliver Queen, who is the Batman of Starling City, as he struggles to re-adapt to society after returning from an island he was trapped on for five years.  With his return, Oliver starts taking out guys on his father list while trying to reconnect with his lost love and rebuild his relationship with his family and best friend.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family, lets try Nick Offerman in Parks and Recreation

I love Modern Family and I love Jesse Tyler Ferguson, but I think Nick Offerman out performed him this year. Nick Offerman has been overlooked many years by the voters, which is disappointing because Ron Swanson is probably the funniest television character ever to live. A mountain man a heart, Ron does not trust the government and does everything he can to be off the grid. This season Ron had to learn to become more of a family man, and the struggle is real and glorious. It is a shame to watch him Offerman’s talents not be recognized by voters, but maybe Ron Swanson would prefer it that way.

Instead of Adam Driver in Girls, lets try T.J. Miller in Silicon Valley

I don’t know how I feel about Girls and lets leave it at that. T.J. Miller, on the other hand, plays a wannabe Steve Jobs who keeps getting him and his team stuck in awkward situations. While I love the performance from every character in the show, Miller brings home the heart of show as the leader of a band of misfits. Sometimes it is the supporting characters that make a show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory, lets try Aubrey Plaza in Parks and Recreation

Same story for The Big Bang Theory, different actress, so lets move forward to why Aubrey Plaza deserve the recognition. Aubrey Plaza plays the weird, cynical girl who you just can’t help but love. Her character, April Ludgate, is the most loving of the group, but she cover it up with uncomfortable comments to keep her hipster image in place. As Leslie Knope’s understudy, she ultimately steps up in Ann’s place with the departure of Rashida Jones midseason. As she transitions into a bigger role, her character’s attitude remains in place as she destroys one thing at a time.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Instead of Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live, lets try Ben Schwartz for Parks and Recreation

Guest stars on variety shows are cool, but to say that Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Lives was better than Emma Stone on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is a long shot (and if you think that, your argument is completely invalid). With that I null any guest star on SNL because they don’t match the guest stars on television series like Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio. He is my favorite guest star on any show because Jean-Ralphio is the guy you love to hate. He is a terrible friend and an even worse person, and yes that is possible. Sometimes he even sings what he is telling you; it doesn’t sound great mind you, but every minute of it is pure joy.

Instead of Louis C.K. for Saturday Night Live, lets try Glenn Howerton for The Mindy Project

Glenn Howerton is that guy that you love from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but do you love him even more as a lawyer in The Mindy Project? Okay, maybe it is equal but he is great both ways. One of his best moments? When his grandma dies and he relies on Mindy who is trying to break up with him for Danny. The perfect part is his utter devastation which Danny doesn’t believe is true at first.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Instead of Tina Fey for Saturday Night Live, lets try Anna Gunn for The Mindy Project

At this point you are starting to think I only enjoy two comedies, The Mindy Project and Parks and Rec, which is absolutely isn’t true, they just have the best guest stars. Anna Gunn, of Breaking Bad, guest stars as a Gynecologist for famous people, trying to court Mindy because she is a person of color. While at first Mindy is drawn into her luxurious practice, she soon realizes maybe it is more for all the name dropping. While we are used to only seeing Gunn’s serious side, it was nice to she her crack a joke while giving women the perfect exam and printing out a 3D render of their uterus.

Instead of Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live, lets try Kristen Bell or Tatiana Maslany for Parks and Recreation

Kristen Bell is the opposite of Leslie Knope as she plays a mortal nemesis from Eagleton. Maybe I just love her because she is Kristen Bell, or maybe it is the way she says she has Michael Buble on retainer. Ultimately, she takes Leslie Knope’s place as city counselor which makes her colder than ice cold. Tatiana Maslany on the other hand balances Aziz Ansari‘s Tom and makes him a less selfish guy. Although we don’t get to see as much as her as we do Kristen Bell, it is enough to melt your heart and hope they bring her back next season for a few more episodes.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Jon Voight in Ray Donovan, lets try Dean Norris in Breaking Bad

Yes, Jon Voight is pretty cool but can’t we just admit we all liked him better in National Treasure? Ray Donovan is an offbeat show and maybe Voight is nominated because his performance is better than Liev Schreiber, but none the less Dean Norris’s Hank literally died for this Emmy. Although it will ultimately go to Aaron Paul (don’t tell Hank that), Dean Norris gave a lifetime performance. His panic attack and spiral into conspiracy as he tries to uncover who Walter White truly is what made the last season so good. Not even a nod in his direction makes me feel like the voters weren’t even watching at all.

Instead of Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, lets try Charles Dance in Game of Thrones

Weren’t we all just asking where Brody was in all the Brody-less episodes? Sure, it doesn’t mean Mandy’s performance should be rendered pointless, but it definitely doesn’t mean that he deserved a nomination over Charles Dance. Charles Dance is the meticulous and overly cruel, Tywin Lannister. It is as easy for him to send his youngest child to death as it is to send a letter or go to sleep. The sad part is his character literally died for this nomination as well. I guess if it is the end of your run on a show, the chances of getting an Emmy nod end too. I’m sure Tyrion paid a few of his debts to make sure he wasn’t sitting with his dad during the Award’s Show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey, lets try Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead

I know I don’t share the same love for Downton Abbey as the critics do, but they obviously are not meeting me even half way when it comes to The Walking Dead. Melissa McBride’s Carol turned from sweet lady next door to cold blood killer and she sold it. Ultimately, Carol felt like she was doing the best thing for the group but it got her banished because Rick couldn’t trust her around his kids, which maybe he had a point we all saw how she handled Lizzy (I mean, can we say she deserved it?). Every character has had groundbreaking performances in this show (Lincoln’s Rick ripped a guy’s throat out with his teeth), but I thought McBride would finally bring the show some recognition with her scene that paid tribute to Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Instead of Christina Hendricks in Mad Men, lets try Bellamy Young in Scandal

I know I talked about strong women earlier with Elisabeth Moss’s Peggy Olson, but Bellamy Young tackled it with her portrayal of Mellie this past season. She handled her role more professionally than in past seasons as we started peeling away the layers and showing off more to Mellie than I thought we would ever see. A lot of people were upset with the situation handled between Mellie and President Grant’s father, but I think it helped provide a gateway between why Olivia and Fitz could still not be together while also giving her more reason to put up a cold front to Olivia and Fitz for what they had done.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Instead of Paul Giamatti in Downton Abbey, lets try Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones

Lets sidecar this Paul Giamatti argument and get straight to the facts, Pedro Pascal was flawless and his nomination was nowhere. If you are telling me his performance did not leave you flabbergasted then you are lying. He was only in the series for 7 episodes, but I could not comprehend what happened in his last moments until the next episode that Sunday. He left more of an impression on me than most characters that enter and leave this show. Did you know Diana Rigg got a nomination? Yea, Olenna Tyrell was nominated but not the beloved Prince Oberyn who’s head will forever be sketched in your brain. I feel like my head exploded just writing this.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Instead of Jane Fonda in The Newsroom, lets try Lisa Kudrow in Scandal

We already hatched out how nothing in The Newsroom was as good as the first season, so guest appearances fall into that as well. Lisa Kudrow was overlooked for her limited spot as a democratic female running for president against Fitz. She took down every situation thrown at her with the help of Olivia Pope and associates. I was sad to see her go because I thought she would go further, but I’ll take what I can get. Plus, Kudrow is making a comeback in The Comeback.

Outstanding Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Instead of any Reality or Reality-Competition Program, lets try Chris Hardwick in @Midnight

Any argument against this is not valid, Chris Hardwick is one of the funniest hosts on television. Some of you know him from G4TV, some of you are more familiar with him from AMC with Talking Dead or Talking Bad, but he is finally getting recognition through Comedy Central’s @Midnight. The rest of this argument will be filled with clips to let you know that any argument against it is not valid.

 

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Gearing up for Game of Thrones

Television has been a little bleak lately, except for the exception of “The Walking Dead”, but we are finally getting back around to one of my favorite times of the year: HBO Season. Up first is the lovely Game of Thrones (you have been off for way too long), and I am overly excited for it’s season premiere. We left off on such scandalous terms: Robb Stark was married, Tyrion is now on the outs with the Kingdom, Joffrey is betrothed to Renly’s widow but Sansa is still not free from his grasps, Bran is on the road after Theon Greyjoy went cray cray, Daenerys reunited with her dragons, and Jon Snow joined the wildlings. Of course the cliffhanger was the huge army of whitewalkers reassuring us that winter was coming. This season entails a lot if they decide to continue following certain paths of the book, and we will see the demise of many beloved characters (unfortunately). On the bright side we may also see the death of a truly hated character, so it balances out; I respect that. The previews so far have been tantalizing, one thing I am hoping for in particular is a showdown between Cersei and Tyrion and to see growth of Daenerys’s dragons. If you have not seen the trailer, here is the link: http://youtu.be/wBtkdje5OfY The song in the trailer is “Bones” by MS MR, and it is hauntingly beautiful (a recommended buy if you do not have it). Game of Thrones returns March 31 at 9/8 central on HBO. I hope you all are as excited for this season as I am. Also, Entertainment Weekly has the cast on their March 22nd issue, inside is some insight into season 3. If you need something to get you through these next two weeks (like I do), you should definitely pick up a copy.

Game of Thrones Season 2

Let’s talk some Game of Thrones; many critics loved the second season but felt that the finale itself lacked a little luster. I loved every single minute of it. (Disclaimer: I have not read any of the books, but I am in the process of reading them currently. I also know many things that occur in the books that did not happen with HBO). First and foremost lets discuss Tyrion, I absolutely loved every scene with him in it this season. Him becoming the king’s hand was one of the best roles for him, and in the season finale he agreed that the kingdom was where he belonged. Every trick he assembled played out perfectly, from shipping off Cersei’s daughter to the Tully’s and discovering who betrayed him, to playing along with Cersei when she told him she found his whore. The last two episodes were beautifully played out for Tyrion, to lead a group of soldiers into war with a speech that didn’t make them fight for glory and honor, but instead to save the lives of others and their selves. He was left with a scar across his face given to him by his own men, and then was denied the glory he deserved, and pushed to the slumps of the kingdom where he vowed to stay and keep the kingdom honest. For me, he was the most interesting character to watch this season, and maybe it is just because I love the way he plays the game. On the bright side, his relationship with Shae seems to be in check, and she has proved herself more than once this season. Shae told her lion that she was not some waste of space, and then we saw her become the hand maiden to Sansa. Through out that trial we watched a friendship develop, and with Tyrion we saw her become more protective and her love for him grow. In the last two episode we left with her standing up to Cersei when she commented on her curtsey, and we watched her beg Tyrion to leave with her and return to a normal society without all the cutthroatness that lied in the castle. Sansa finally grew a pair and started to despise Joffrey, which I was beginning to worry would never happen. She also sprouted as a women, and no one was as happy about that as Cersei. The longing she carries to be with her family, and the troubles she has to deal with being stuck with the Lannister’s. She dealt with almost being raped, and even made a connection with The Hound. Character wise, she grew up the most and the development I saw from her I enjoyed. It honestly killed me to watch any scenes from her last year, but this year I did enjoy watching her growth; her hate for Joffrey, the way she played the game of the castle. Tyrion put it best when he said she might survive this after all. Next character on my list is the hideously gorgeous Cersei, it seems like the longer Jamie is missing from her side the bitchier she gets with those around her. But don’t worry too much, her sexual pleasures were met with her young cousin, and Tyrion made sure he milked him of information to keep the secret. Cersei not only slaps Joffrey, but also admits later that she is starting to hate her son (Is it sad that I sympathized with her?), she constantly torturing Sansa with the idea of childbirth and let her know that she doesn’t have to love Joffrey she just has to bare his children and look glorious while they reigned over the lands. But nothing compares to damage she did to Tyrion, not only did she do as I mentioned earlier but in the second to last episode she hired one of the soldiers to kill him after the battle. Since his is stated earlier, you can safely assume he is alive, for now. Nothing is ever promised in this game. In the last two episode with Cersei she was telling Sansa that the guard that was protecting them was sent to kill them if intruders came in, and in the last episode she convinced Joffrey to rid Sansa’s hand in marriage and get with Margaery Tyrell. Short tidbit on Joffrey, the one everyone loves to hate, and this season the hatred for him grew. He went through a journey of violent rampages, for example he was sent a gift of two whores and while he hand them he made one of them beat the other till he was satisfied and then he sent them back. With his new engagement to Margaery, we can only hope that what happened in the books is soon applied to the TV series. Now lets transfer over to Renly Baratheon, in which there is also not much to report on because he died within the first few episodes. The sad fact of the matter? He was killed by his brother Stannis, kind of. More like he was killed by his brother’s witch (in more ways than one if you catch my drift) and her newborn black shadow demon. Speaking of that cute monster, will we ever get to be graced with his presences again? Renly was also married to Margaery, Loras’s sister. Next up, Catelyn Stark. Catelyn was interestingly played out this season, after Renly’s death she gained a new ally by the name of Brienne. In her scenes with Robb she warns him about sending Theon to forge an alliance with his father, and then later “betrays” him by releasing Jamie Lannister in hopes to exchange him for her daughters. And although her relationship with Robb has suffered a few setbacks this season, I feel like the cliffhanger we received in the finale will only make matters worse. Which brings us to Robb Stark, he is my favorite character in the series mostly due to the fact that he is a lot like Ned, and he follows his heart. We left him last season in which Catelyn made a deal for him to marry a Frey girl in exchange for use of the bridge. And this season we are blessed with Talisa Maegyr (Books readers, do you have any conspiracy theories on the name change?) and we see “the boy who can transform into a wolf” fall in love. And so far, he has been quite successful in his battles. The major turning point for him comes when he invites Talisa to come with him for supplies, and due to his recent upset with mommy dearest he claims manhood and admits he does not want to marry the Frey girl. Well, there goes the bridge. In the season finale he marries Talisa (Once again book readers, any conspiracy theories on what is next?). He also loses a “friend” this season when he sends Theon Greyjoy to get his father’s alliance against the Lannister’s. He is left to believe that Theon has killed both his brothers, Bran and Rickon, and took Winterfell as his own. Of course, Bran is very much alive, as is Rickon thanks to Osha. On a side note, Osha (Natalia Tena) has been wonderful this year, her character is thriving in this new season. I cannot wait for what lies in store for her next, since Martin has noted that he wants to expand her role in the series due to her performance. Bran has tried very hard this season to live up to the Stark name. Although he is crippled, he does not let that slow him down, and the dreams are fascinating, such as the dream of Winterfell being captured by the Sea (hence Greyjoy taking over). And now after hiding, he is on the move again for shelter since Winterfell was destroyed in the season finale. Arya’s story this season was one to keep up with. She started off on the road with the night watch’s recruits, befriending Robert Baratheon’s bastard son, Gendry, she also lets him know her secret (reminder: she is disguised as a boy). After the Castle’s Soldier come for Gendry’s head, Cersei wants to be rid of all the bastards left by Robert, they take all that’s left as prisoners when Arya sells off a boy they killed as Gendry. Next stop, torture island where the game is to give secrets or die a horrible death. Gendry is soon on the list before Tywin Lannister swoops in and saves Arya claiming her as his hand maiden and taking the prisoners for his new recruits are soldiers to fight off Stark. Arya, now in the hands of Tywin, learns the traits of a hand maiden while slowly trying to keep her identity hidden; this is quite hard when you are met with such a intelligent captor. Soon after she arrives there she is reunited with Jaqen H’ghar (Quick backtrack, when the soldiers attacked, Arya released three prisoners and he happened to be one of them), he lets her know that he is in debt to her and owes her three deaths. Arya takes this power very seriously, arranging the death of two men, before asking him to take his own life. He responds quickly, and for exchange of one death she ask him to get her, Gendry, and Hot Pie out of there so they can go back home. Upon their leaving she and her friends notice that he has killed also those guarding the night, and they soon flee knowing that they will be searching for the killer when morning has come. While on their way Arya runs back into Jaqen, and he gives her a coin telling her two recite “Valar Morghulis” and that Jaqen is dead. When she repeats the words, like he asks, his face changes revealing that he is a part of the assassin group, Faceless Men. And finally we are met with Jon Snow, I was disappointed with his storyline this season but I do enjoy him as a character. Although the first few episode with him escape my mind, as soon as he goes beyond the wall is a different story. He is split from the Night’s Watch when he forced to stay behind a kill Ygritte, a wildling with whom he seems to harbor sexual feelings for since he does not kill her like he was ordered to. Shortly they are met with Ygritte’s people, and he is taken hostage and meets Qhorin and learns all the other men were killed. Qhorin then tries to fight with Jon, which John does not oblige to until he insults his family. Qhorin was not smart to pick a fight with Jon because Jon does kill him which impresses the wildlings. The last scene with Jon is Ygritte showing him the wildling encampment. The last scene of the season was a cliffhanger I was excited to watch: Trumpets begin to play as the a few of the Night Watch is talking, as soon as the sound is heard the scurry off. Unfortunately Sam trips and is stuck, causing him to hide behind a rock and witness White Walkers and Wights all armed and looking prepared for battle. The Head Honcho glances at Sam and release a terrible scream, but ignores him and marches one. All I can say is, Winter is Coming. This Season was spectacular, this yearlong wait will be the death of mean. Game of Thrones Season Two Grade: A++