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The Killing Recap: The Difference Between Wright and Wrong

To read my “The Killing” Season 2 finale recap, and to find out who killed Rosie, click here.

I have been wanting to do a recap for The Killing for the last two episodes (I’ve only had this blog that long) and I just have not had the energy. This show just drains me in a way no source of entertainment should EVER drain you; especially if one is sitting on their ass the entire time. I mean, I thought recapping Game of Thrones would be scary, what with all of those characters and intricate storylines to follow, but even that feels like a walk in the park compared to trying to recap The Killing. Thankfully Starlee Kline over at Vulture.com sums it up for me in ways that I just don’t think  I could ever do; even if I had the energy to tackle it.

Season 1 of The Killing was superb – until we got to the end and realize we would have to wait over a year to figure out who killed Rosie. OK, fine, that’s a little disappointing but I think that I am somewhat patient, and if the show continued to be delivered in an interesting way, I can wait it out. Problem – the show ceased to be delivered in an interesting way. Instead it turned into Red Herring Central, and inevitably, anyone who looked like a suspect never really was one. Also, I hate every character on the show. I somewhat tolerate Holder, but he looks like a wet rat half of the time and he’s sort of a taller, lankier version of Breaking Bad‘s Slim Shady. If they would have at least made some of the characters likeable AND people that we could relate to, if they would have made them into people who we actually gave two shits about, I could have stomached it more. I feel an immense amount of empathy and sorrow for the neglected children on the show – Jack, Tod, and Rod. Rod… I’m kind of scared of him. I mean, in some alternate universe, where The Killing would actually survive for five+ seasons, I could see the final season being about capturing Rod the Serial killer. Even considering that, I feel bad for him, too.  But that is just flat out depressing. I get no entertainment out of it. Linden, the main protagonist, should be someone that people root for, but you can’t root for someone who neglects their child and is damn near oblivious to the fact that she does it. And, even this past episode she is blaming someone else for her having to send Jack to live with her father – whom she kept him from for years. I.Don’t.Like.Her!

Honestly, I fell asleep on The Killing Sunday night. I decided I needed a nap before watching Mad Men and True Blood (read my True Blood recap here!) and that I would just read Starlee Kline’s recap the next day. At this point, The Killing is literally That Show I’m Watching to See Who Dunnit. I have zero desire to see a season 3.

What that said, I present to you… Starlee Kline’s Review:

So remember that time in the magic hospital room when Jamie brought up his grandfather/father/uncle Ted Wright and we thought it was just a lame parable that he pulled out of thin air in order to get Richmond out of bed? And then remember how when Richmond brought up Ted Wright again, during his fake CNN-type interview, we thought, That’s weird. I guess the writers couldn’t come up with another sentence for him to say. When he brought him up again in last week’s episode, during the most important speech of his career, right before he dropped the mike onto the floor in an unintended moment of hilarity, we were so numb to the lazy maneuverings thrown to us by This Show that we didn’t even bother to formulate a rant against it in our minds.” Surely, though, that would be the last time we would hear about him, not that it was this close to the end. Out of all the dropped story lines there was no way that would be the one the show would bother returning to, especially since it wasn’t really a story line at all.

Right?

I’ll return back to that question at the end of this recap. À la Veena Sud.

We begin with Linden and Holder watching the news of Richmond’s announcement on the television in his office. The news camera helpfully lingers on Jamie and Gwen as Linden and Holder identify them as their new prime suspects, throwing me into a momentary spiral of uncertainty as I contemplate whether this makes the cameraman good or bad at his job. Suddenly they’re surrounded by cops but Linden has a plan. She’s going to use the doctored Richmond photo as leverage against Mayor Adams. It’s a solid enough strategy, which is why it’s confusing that she has only now thought to use it. It feels very similar to last week when she and Holder were like, “We need to get back into that casino. I guess maybe we could get a search warrant?” and then they just DID, making the whole Holder-gets-beat-to-a-bloody-pulp-while-Linden-gets-committed-to-an-insane-asylum plotline feel even sillier than it already had.

Continue Reading: The Killing Recap: The Difference Between Wright and Wrong.

‘Game of Thrones’ Story Editor Bryan Cogman On the Second Season, Adapting Books He Loves, and the Show’s Secret Main Character

The morning after finale of the second season of Game of Thrones, I called up Bryan Cogman, the show’s story editor. We’d spoken earlier in the year about the third episode of the season, which Bryan wrote. This time, we talked about the full arc of the season, the emergence of important new characters who […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Story Editor Bryan Cogman On the Second Season, Adapting Books He Loves, and the Show’s Secret Main Character.

Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Recap & Review

Game of Thrones; the White Walkers are coming! The final scene of this season finale left the biggest impression on me. I think it is partially because I am terrified of zombies. I don’t like seeing animated decaying humans. I don’t like seeing decaying humans, period. I mean, I could not even get through more than 20 minutes of the first episode of The Walking Dead. For this reason, I have mixed feelings about this storyline because I am have never been into Zombies, or anything zombie-like, such as White-Walkers. Couple that with all of the stories in the news about people eating human flesh, this was just something else to add to that squeamish feeling I get every time I see Luka Rocco Magnotta and Rudy Eugene pictures on the Huffington Post homepage. As someone who has not read the books, as of yet, I never know what to expect from Game of Thrones, so it should be interesting to see just how much the zombies White-Walkers play a part in the storyline next season.

Game of Thrones, Valar Morghulis Synopsis, Season 2 Episode 10:  Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqen; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself to Qhorin.

The beginning of Valar Morghulis squelched my fears of losing Tyrion, my most favoritest male character of the show. After, shockingly, killing off Ned Stark in season 1, I did not know what to expect. A part of me felt as if they would not possibly kill off such a beloved character, while another part of me felt that that would be precisely why they would. When Tyrion awakes, it looks as if he was also unsure of whether or not he would survive. It is at this point that we confirm what the end of last week’s episode told us; Stannis Baratheon, “suffered a stunning defeat,” by the hands of Tryion’s father, Tywin Lannister. Now that Tywin has returned, there is no need for Tyrion to be Hand of the King, and he has been cast aside, dumped in a dusty chamber to nurse his wounds.

In the next scene, The Lord (and idiot ruler) of the Seven Kingdoms, Joffrey Baratheon, declares his grandfather Savior of the City. I am somewhat surprised that he did not figure out a way to claim the victory as a result of his own bravery and ingenuity. He also awards Littlefinger, Petyr Baelish, the largest castle in all of Westoros, Castle Harrenhal, for his good service, and uniting the houses of Lannister and Tyrell.

Loras Tyrell steps up to pimp out his sister, Margaery Tyrell to King Joffrey. Margaery states that tales of Joffrey’s courage and wisdom have never been far from her ear, and it is then that I realize just how much she really has in common with harlots. All working girls know that it is as important to inflate a man’s ego as it is to inflate anything else . After Joffrey and his mother, Cersei Baratheon, make a show of publicly humiliating Sansa Stark, Joffrey agrees to Loras’ request. He will take on Margaery as his wife. With Joffrey’s penchant for sadism, this is sure to be something that Margaery regrets.

Sansa flees the throne room in feigned humiliation, but as she gets further away, a smile stretches across her face and she starts to laugh. Littlefinger shows up to remind her that she cannot simply waltz away. Joffrey will still have many unsavory uses for her, outside of being his wife. Poor, naive Sansa.

We pick up with Brienne of Tarth, and her bulky armor, still escorting Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing, to attempt to exchange him for Sansa. They happen upon three women swinging from a tree. Brienne insists on giving them a proper burial and ties Jaime up in order to cut them down. Before she can get on with her business, three Stark soldiers happen upon them and asks one two many questions, prompting Brienne to slay them all.  She then gets on with the burial. Lesson? Don’t fuck with Brienne of Tarth.

Robb and Catelyn Stark are in his tent where Robb is explaining to his mother that he wishes to go back on his word to Walder Frey. He does not wish to marry one of his ugly daughters, even if he said he would. Catelyn warns him that this is simply not a smart move, but like most men, Robb wants what he wants and he doesn’t want to be married to some troll of a woman, who he has to “learn” to love, when he can be married to a beautiful, exotic, and exciting one, whom he hardly knows. His mother cannot sell him on the idea of an arranged marriage being best for them all. Surely this decision will come back to haunt him.

Stannis Baratheon is none too pleased with the red priestess, Melisandre’s, visions not coming to fruition. She insists that she saw his victory in the flames, and after his failed, or perhaps halfhearted, attempt to snuff out her life, she convinces him to stare into the flames and see for himself; and he does see it. As clear as day. Right there in the flames.

Theon Greyjoy is completely surrounded, trapped within the walls of Winterfell with no hopes of survival. His 20 men against Robb Stark’s 500? It’s not happening. Although Maester Luwin implores him to sneak out, and join the Night Watch, Robb will have none of that crazy talk. Besides, there is an annoying man on the other side of that wall blowing a horn, and he means to take him out! His men humor him as he gives a rousing pregame pep talk, but alas, his men aren’t as eager to die as he is. One knocks him over the head with a spear as another proclaims that he thought he would never shut up. For some reason Maester Luwin decides to interject himself and ends up fatally wounded. The men drag Theon out and surrender.

The eunuch,  Varys the Spider, informs Tyrion that his sister, Cersei was behind his attack (you know, during a war where everyone is attacking each other?) Tyrion is skeptical, but Varys has a squire with him who vouches for the validity of his claim. Upon requesting Bronn, and 4 Gold Cloaks placed at his door, Varys informs him that he has been relieved of his duty and no Gold Cloaks will be coming to guard him. The gravity of what is going on hits Tyrion. Although he managed to hold on to King’s Landing, by leading their men in a way that Joffrey could have never dreamed to, he is receiving no credit for doing so. Varys shows a glimmer of humanity by reuniting Tyrion with Shae before he departs.

We briefly witness Rob and Lady Talisa exchange vows before moving on to my favorite story line of the series- Khaleesi Daenerys! (I am really holding on to hope that next season will give us more Dany. The five minutes or so devoted to her storyline just isn’t enough for me.) In the finale we pick up with the Khaleesi, escorted by Jorah Mormont and one guard, going after her dragons babies to the House of the Undying. Upon reaching the tower, Dany wondered aloud if it was a riddle, as the structure had no entrance. As she and Jorah circle the tower, looking for a way in, she is suddenly swept inside, leaving Jorah to wonder where she had disappeared to.

Meanwhile, we pick up with my second favorite storyline, Arya Stark – what can I say? I’m a sucker for strong female characters. She and her companions, Gendry and Hot Pie are surprised to run into their savior, Jaqen, and see that he has somehow found them. Arya tells him that she wishes to learn how to wtfpwn people the way that he does and Jaqen invites her to Braavos. Arya wants to go, but she simply cannot. She still has to reunite with her family; and Sansa. Before Jaqen leaves, he gives Arya a coin, which she can use to summon him, and shows her that he is literally a Faceless Man by transforming into another person right before her very eyes. I want to learn that magics!

When we pick back up with Daenerys, we see that she has been led to a desert tent in the middle of a frozen wasteland. And what do we find inside? Why Khal Drogo and a healthy baby boy, of course! She fights against her desire to stay with the love of her life, and their child, but she knows it is all just dark magic at work. She continues on until she finds what she has been looking for. Her beautiful trio of dragons. It is then that the evil wizard (what is his name?) makes his entrance and attempts to capture Daenerys, little does he know that his magic is no match for her and her dragons! With a whispered command, the wizard is engulfed in flames. Yup, he’s toast. Somebody should have told him. No one fucks with Daenerys or her babies.

We meet up with wildling captives Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand where Jon is forced to fight for his survival, killing off his mentor, Qhorin, in the process. This action won favor with the wildlings and they decide that it is time for him to meet The King Beyond the Wall, Mance Raydar. Jon Snow’s story is another that I am interested in seeing more of. It really does not feel like 10 episodes is nearly enough to cover all of these intricate storylines!

Xaro Xhoan Daxos Xaro Xhoan Daxos is a very funny name to me. At first, I thought they were saying Xaran Xaran Dark Sauce. I was all like, “wha?” Well, I finally figured out what they’ve ACTUALLY been calling the man. Just a side note. So, it turns out that Dark Sauce has been lying about his vast wealth, which Daenerys discovers upon returning to Qarth and finding Dark Sauce in bed with one of her servants. After swiping the key to the vault,  she leads both Dark Sauce and her servant to the vault to open it. Of course it’s empty, which I imagine Dany found to be a pity because she didn’t leave without making a deposit; Dark Sauce and the servant girl. The Khaleesi is gangsta. She loots the rest of the palace for goods to buy a ship with. After all, it all looks real enough to her. It should get her at least one ship.

We end the season finale with Sam and crew searching for shit to burn in order to keep warm. Suddenly a horn blasts through the air, and they thought it meant that Jon had returned. Then, there was another blast. No! It’s WILDLINGS! The third blast makes their blood run cold(er) as they realize that it was something much worse than wildlings; White Walkers! As the other men run off, Sam is left to realize that there is no way he will be able to run away quickly enough to survive so, instead, he hides behind a rock hoping for the best. I kept thinking that he should pull a Frodo and Sam, Lord of the Rings style, and cover himself with the cloak so perhaps he would at least somewhat blend in with the rock. But, nope. He just sat there hoping for the best.

The King of the White Walkers, seated upon a zombie horse (gags), spots Sam cowering and he either took pity upon his poor soul, which I don’t think is something that White Walkers are even capable of, or he decided that Sam wasn’t worth the energy. They had more important things to tend to, after all. Taking the wall! (and what else?) As the camera pans back, we see that the White Walkers have amassed quite an army. A part of me feels like the next time we see Sam, he will be a White Walker. I hope not, because I surely like the jolly guy! If you know the answer to this, please do not tell me! I want to find out for myself next season. 😀

Well, that’s my recap for the finale of Game of Thrones, Season 2, Episode 10. I hope that you enjoyed it, if so, share it with your friends and follow my blog! Thanks for reading.

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