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Arya Stark is the character likely to experience the most reunions in the final season of Game of Thrones. She spent most of the show wandering around with one or two companions and then crossed the sea alone. Therefore she’s been detached from most of the plot surrounding the battle for the Iron Throne. One of the characters she spent time with is Gendry. The Night’s Watch Arya and Gendry first meet when they both leave King’s Landing and head north with the new recruits of the Night’s Watch. Arya is dressed as a boy in order to disguise her and keep her safe. ButRead More →

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Where Season One of Westworld focused on the allegory of the maze and the inward journey toward consciousness, Season Two kept its eyes on the horizon, escalating toward a showdown at the mysterious Valley Beyond. Who made it? Who didn’t? And the biggest question of all… how long do we have to wait for Season Three? There’s a lot to unpack about the finale and about the season as a whole so, for simplicity’s sake, we’ve created the handy chart below to recap the fates of the characters and their status – at least with the evidence that we’ve been given so far. Obviously, onRead More →

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Westworld Season 2 Hello and welcome to another episode of TGE Watches: Westworld! We’re covering season two in its entirety in this episode. That’s right, folks! We cover the whole season from start to finish, and our esteemed host Dante has not watched a single episode of either season. Join our co-hosts Nicole, Regina, Isabela, and Jaye as they attempt to explain Westworld to Dante with varying levels of success & failure, buoyed by a whole lot of laughs and chicanery. What do Pokeballs, time-traveling ruby slippers, and the hats from The Adjustment Bureau have to do with Westworld? We don’t know, but we sureRead More →

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As Season 2 of Westworld heads into the endgame, the penultimate episode adds some major twists to the stakes and character motivations. Normally, I’d follow the flow of the episode and wax philosophical about metaphor and story structure, but we’re in the endgame now. There’s a lot going on, so let’s cut straight to the revelations. William is (Probably) a Host This theory has been kicking around the Internet all season and, though his final scene deftly cut away just shy of confirmation, the episode left plenty of signs pointing to William being a human-host hybrid. Ford “gifts” William a copy of his profile, confirmingRead More →

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Some of the most exciting reunions we’ll likely see in season 8 of Game of Thrones are the ones that have so much history behind them. The reunion between Jaime Lannister and Brandon Stark (or The Three-Eyed Raven, as he refers to himself now) will be an intense one. It may not happen. But the fact that we know Bran is at Winterfell and Jaime is riding there seems to suggest the two will meet again. So Many Effects The reason this reunion is so interesting is because the last time these two saw each other, one mercilessly tossed the other out a window. This eventRead More →

Until now, Westworld has focused on the development of consciousness under the watchful eye of the hosts’ creators. We’ve seen the interactions between Dolores and Arnold where he takes a personal hand in guiding her toward self-discovery. Even the current uprising is hinted to be part of Ford’s “final narrative,” implying that the actions (or at least their catalysts) are deliberate. Yet, this week’s episode explores the idea of host consciousness developing without such guidance and what the hosts might become if they were spared constant manipulation by their creators. This season has hinted that the Ghost Nation has a deeper connection to what’s goingRead More →

Westworld is gathering steam like a locomotive in the hands of an angry robot mob, barreling toward the climax of season two. “Les Ecorches” moves into the endgame, raising the stakes, establishing new rules, and finally paying off plotlines and character moments that have been building since the beginning. By now, we’ve learned to look for hints in the episodes titles and “Les Ecorches” — artistic representations of human musculature depicted without skin — implies not just exploration of the core differences between human and host, but of revelation, of peeling back the exterior to lay bare the truth beneath. Not too much truth, though.Read More →

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As we enter the final season of Game of Thrones, we have two “villains” left: The Night King and Cersei Lannister. It’s easy to hate Cersei. She’s lied, cheated, and even killed in the process of remaining powerful. But was she always this way? There are some who say she was a liar from the start and nothing she did or said was ever the truth. But I don’t think that’s the case. I think a long series of events has brought Cersei to where she is today, each one making her more bitter and vengeful. The Loss of Her Mother The loss of aRead More →

This season of Westworld keeps getting better and better. “Phase Space” returned us to the mysteries of networked minds and control cores, explored thematic parallels on motivation and perceived weakness and, in the final moment, provided confirmation of one of the season’s most talked-about theories. It’s all spoilers from here. Let’s get weird. From the start, Westworld has made liberal use of the host interview motif, behind-the-scenes interactions in which they are placed in diagnostic mode and manipulated by their creators. Seeing this turned on its head in the episode’s opening is so very satisfying, as Dolores flexes her agency, assumes the role of interviewer,Read More →

Hey, Geeks, welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. Recently I went through a box of my old stuff and came across an old Gameboy with a Pokemon Red cartridge still crammed into the back of it. I admit — it made me nostalgic. But the thing about rose-colored glasses is that red flags just look like… flags. And Pokemon has a lot of things in it that should make people pause. Via Giphy Pikachu is angry. Probably not as angry as he should be. Pokemon is Really Just Sentient Cockfighting for Children YouRead More →