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    Game of Thrones Recap: Sibling Revelry Ses7, Ep 5

     

    With just seven hours to get the whole kit and caboodle ready for the Final Countdown, season seven has been moving at a breakneck pace, with machinations and murders dropping as fast as you can say “Euron Greyjoy shops at Hot Topic.” “The Spoils of War” is no exception, presenting us with a slew of hotly anticipated reunions, some of which viewers have been waiting for since season one (and book readers since 1996). But with the exception of a brief scene in King’s Landing, we spent the hour in either Highgarden, Winterfell, or Dragonstone. Thanks to this narrowed focus, the story gets to breathe a bit, allowing the cast to shine and setting up some delicious new tensions to unravel in the season’s remaining three episodes.

    Four long-sundered sibling pairs reunite: Sansa and Arya, Arya and Bran, Jon and Theon, and Jaime and Tyrion. But first, we see Bran bid farewell — if you can call it that — to Meera Reed, the fierce substitute sister who’s been by his side since the Sack of Winterfell. When Bran denies Meera the acknowledgement and emotional connection she clearly seeks, telling her that he isn’t really Bran anymore, it presages the other sibling-to-sibling moments soon to come. None of the Stark children, Lannister children, or Greyjoy children are what they were when this story began; if there is often real joy in their reunions, there’s an undercurrent of something dark as well.

    Arya and Sansa meet, after six seasons, in the crypt below Winterfell. It’s a moment that underlines the female-ward turn of this season, as the two sisters gaze upon the effigy of their father, Ned, whose legacy always loomed so large over his sons and daughters. When Arya says to her sister — mostly sincerely — that the title “Lady Stark” suits her, it not only mirrors Bran’s now-repeated assertions that he’s not Lord Stark, it also recalls the way Theon once wistfully said of Robb, “His life fit him better than his clothes.” Ned’s statue may not resemble the real man because “everyone who knew his face is dead,” but as Arya retorts, the two sisters are not. The resemblance may not be perfect, but Sansa and Arya are here to carry on his memory.

    Their reunion is a complicated one, and the scene provides a perfect platform to show just how good Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are. Watch, for example, the way Arya’s eyes flutter a bit after she asks Sansa if Jon left her in charge and Sansa, somewhat tentatively, says yes. You can tell Arya has some thoughts about that, but she’s either politic enough now to not express them or she’s biding her time. Or when Arya tells Sansa that she has a list of people she’s going to kill, and the two sisters take a moment to decide if they’re going to be mutually delighted by the confession. Yes, a few lines of dialogue are a bit on-the-nose — like when Arya declares, “Our stories aren’t over yet” — but so much about the sisters’ loving, prickly, wary relationship plays out on the actresses’ faces, in the moments in between their lines.

    Arya’s reunion with Bran is as discomfiting as Sansa and Bran’s. As the two sisters approach Bran under the heart tree, they appear distant and out-of-focus, echoing the dispassionate way their brother seems to regard them now. Like Sansa, Arya climbs up to embrace her brother and gets a chilly reception as well as the revelation of a supernatural witnessing — he saw her trip to the Crossroads Inn and knows about her list. (But even as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran doesn’t seem to have perfect omniscience, since he says that he thought she would go to King’s Landing — a plan that, of course, she abandoned to come back to Winterfell.)

    Bran also reveals that Littlefinger has given him the Valryian steel daggerthat was almost used to kill him back in the first season. The dagger was a key item early in the show: After Catelyn brought it to King’s Landing to try to find out who was behind the assassination attempt, Littlefinger told her that it was his, but that he lost it to Tyrion Lannister, which is why Catelyn took Tyrion prisoner. Littlefinger held the same dagger against Ned’s neck when he confessed that he’d betrayed him, and has presumably had it ever since. Incidentally, a very similar-looking dagger also appeared, Zelig-like, in one of Sam’s Citadel books about dragonglass, so I’m assuming that when Bran hands it to Arya, the stage is being set for a Chekhov’s dagger-type situation in which Arya water-dances that blade right into some White Walker ice-flesh. Is that why Bran gives it to her? Can he see that possibility in her future?

    Bran has one more vision in the episode that almost slips by unnoticed. When Littlefinger gives him the dagger — which Sansa, rightly but perhaps unnecessarily, warns everyone was probably a trap, but who knows, because Littlefinger doesn’t make a ton of sense these days — Bran quotes to him, “Chaos is a ladder,” the exact phrase Littlefinger once used in an exchange with Varys way back in season three. Bran’s got his metaphorical third eye on you, Littlefinger.

    Over in Dragonstone, we see the third of our sibling reunions — a brief, bitter one between Jon and Theon, who’s come to ask Daenerys to help him rescue his sister Yara — but the main relationship is the one developing between Jon and Daenerys. Like Arya and Sansa in the crypt, Jon and Dany have an underground tête-à-tête in the dragonglass mines that flits between warmth and chilliness. Jon shows her a highly convenient set of cave drawings depicting the Children of the Forest and the First Men battling the White Walkers together. Meanwhile, it turns out that Daenerys doesn’t need supernatural sight to quote earlier episodes: When she tells him that she’ll aid him in the North if he bends the knee, and he says his people will never accept a Southern ruler, she asks of his people, “Isn’t their survival more important than your pride?” It’s a word-for-word quote of what Jon once said to Mance Rayder, the wildling leader who similarly refused to bend the knee to the “Southern king” Stannis. Jon, in turn, will remind Daenerys of something she once believed: Amid her intense frustration at the news from Casterly Rock, he tells her that if she brings three dragons to lay waste to King’s Landing, she’ll be no better than the terrible rulers who’ve come before her.

    The fourth and final sibling reunion is as moving as the ones between the Stark children, and no less so for the fact that it takes place in the middle of a battle and the two never actually exchange a word. Jaime, Bronn, and Sam’s cute brother Dickon are packing up all the gold in Highgarden to send off to the Iron Bank when ululations in the distance herald an onslaught of Dany’s Dothraki. (At this point, we just have to assume that people in Westeros have learned how to travel by tesseract.) Even more devastating than a surprise army, though, is Daenerys swooping in on Drogon, who begins laying waste to the Lannister forces — so professional-looking in their crisp reds — with giant jets of dragonfire. Between Daenerys’s airplane-size dragon and Bronn riding Qyburn’s scorpion like a tank, I couldn’t help thinking that this battle seemed almost mechanized — so different from that very bodily, medieval scrum we saw in the Battle of the Bastards.

    The heart of the scene, for me, is when we see Tyrion standing at a distance, watching the destruction of his brother’s forces. Earlier, Daenerys had accused him of deliberately botching his strategy because he doesn’t want to hurt his family after all. In this scene, a Dothraki says to him, “Your people can’t fight.” As we get another beat of wonderful, silent expressiveness from one of the show’s MVPs, we can see on Peter Dinklage’s face how painfully the barb lands. Later, as Tyrion watches Daenerys try to pull a giant arrow from a fallen Drogon, he mutters, “Flee, you idiot.” At first I thought he might be addressing Daenerys, who doesn’t see that Jaime is about to grab a spear and charge on her. But then it becomes clear that he’s addressing his elder brother, the only one in his family who ever had something like love for him. Just as Drogon turns his head and shoots out a jet of flame, someone — Bronn? Dickon? — rides up and knocks Jaime into the water. As we watch Jaime silently sink below the surface, a look of surprise on his face, we have to wonder if Tyrion has indirectly taken the life of yet another Lannister.

     


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    Power recap Season 4-Ep 7 - Sunday Show 8/6/17  "You Lied To My Face"

    Tommy is back in New York. Fresh off his trip to Chicago, he heads to the stash spot, only to see B.G. tied up on the floor. B.G. tells him that Ghost and Kanan robbed the place and killed Tommy’s guy, Marcus, in the process. Surprised to learn that Kanan is still alive, Tommy picks up a call from Ghost and starts yelling, but Ghost asks him to meet somewhere so he can explain what happened.

    As soon as Tariq sees Tommy, he runs into his arms. Ghost explains Tariq’s kidnapping and the part Kanan played in everything, and Tommy tells Ghost about the ransom text Tasha received that showed a burnt arm, which she didn’t want to believe was Kanan’s. Of course, Tariq is still up to no good; he lies when asked if Dre knew that Kanan was alive.

    Tommy takes everyone home, and when they walk in, Tasha goes off on Tariq about his so-called overnight with his friend. Ghost tells Tasha their son was kidnapped by Kanan, while Tariq makes it a point to stand up to his mother about the lies she told about Shawn’s death.

    Ghost pulls Tasha into the bedroom, and even after all she did for him while he was in jail, he still tries to pull the “you had one job” card. Tasha lets him have it: “One job? I was dealing with your lying son, on top of scraping together money for your bail and playing wifey in court while your oblivious ass was sitting around in prison because Proctor didn’t want you stressed out.” As they argue, Raina overhears Tasha saying Ghost should’ve killed Kanan 10 years ago. She interrupts their conversation so she can see her dad for the first time since his release.

     

    Stern and his team make a surprise visit to the St. Patricks’ home so they can talk about his brand makeover, which includes an on-camera interview with the whole family. Even though he’s hesitant to have their kids anywhere on TV, Ghost doesn’t really have a choice, so he agrees.

    As for the prosecution, Maks calls in his old team to let them know they’re still suspended and that they should look for jobs in the private sector. Rubbing it in, Angela argues that Maks deserves suspension too, but apparently he made his status as the team newbie work for him.

    Although they’re not feeling Maks, that doesn’t stop Sandoval and Saxe from trying to form an alliance with him to “find” Greg’s killer. Sandoval’s new spin is to pin Donovan as the mole since he “found” the gun in the nightclub. Angela meets up with Donovan, who still believes Ghost is the killer, and starts asking the real questions. For instance: Who knew the surveillance was getting cut off? Angela asks for Donovan’s help; he’s the only one with access to the resources they need, even though he was relegated to a desk job.

    Saxe catches Maks in the subway station to get updates on Donovan, but Maks is more interested in what Saxe knows about Bailey. Saxe admits he met with Bailey about evidence he had on Ghost and Tommy, but Maks thinks he did it for his own selfish reasons — in the same way they’re trying to throw Donovan under the bus now.

    Sandoval is getting so desperate that he even makes plans to kill Donovan, until Donovan’s daughter answers the door instead. Her dad isn’t home; he’s at Angela’s place combing through the club raid footage that shows Sandoval going upstairs by himself. Just then, Saxe stops by to vent about Maks suspecting him of the murder and mentions that Sandoval thinks Donovan is the mole. Surprise — Donovan heard you.

     

    Tommy and Dre meet up at the warehouse where Julio was killed, and Tommy threatens Dre about Kanan. Dre lies again but gets off the hook, diverting Tommy’s attention to an alleged meeting Julio had without Tommy. They enter the warehouse to find Julio dead, and the tattoo cut from his neck is an indicator of a Toros Locos hit, which enters new disrespectful territory for Tommy and Ghost.

    Dre puts on an ignorant act and tries to promote himself now that Julio is gone. Tommy gives him the gig, but he wants him to set up a meeting with the Toros Locos about Julio’s death. Tommy then visits Ghost at Truth to tell him what happened; Ghost tries to talk Tommy out of getting revenge, but Tommy is his own man now, and he doesn’t listen.

    Tommy and Dre roll up to the meeting with the Toros Locos, and Julio’s killer (the one Dre colluded with) pawns off one of his guys as the culprit. Tommy kills the guy, but he’s not done. In exchange for Julio’s death, he wants the Toros Locos’ territory back, along with a meeting with the Jimenez. Dre is not making promises he can’t keep, especially since Tommy is getting wary of him.

    Tommy meets with the Jimenez and airs out his grievances with a pretty hefty request: their old territory back, plus six Toros Locos corners in exchange for Tommy killing Lobos and the Toros Locos killing Julio. They don’t feel like they owe Tommy for Lobos until Tommy makes it clear that Lobos survived the hit they had on him and that it was Tommy who finished the job. Crickets. The Jimenez just ran out of chips to play. 

    After everything that’s happened with Tariq, Tasha tells Raina to stay away from Kanan. Raina wants the truth and makes it clear she’s not here for her mother’s lies, so Tasha tells her enough to somewhat quell her concerns.

    Tasha reaches out to Silver for advice about this on-camera interview she’s been signed up for. Although Silver thinks it’s a bad idea, Tasha has to do it for image purposes in case Ghost gets re-indicted. “If he is going to do the interview, it has to be letter perfect,” Silver says. “You’re part of the image. You’re part of the redemption story. You’ll be there to course-correct if he says something wrong.”  That boy’s good — so good that Tasha feels confident in him representing her husband, but he doesn’t want to anymore. That being said, it doesn’t take much convincing to get Silver to stay.

    James and his family sit down for the interview, and he gets grilled about the case and his relationship with Angela. The interviewer holds nothing back and zeroes in on the fact that Tasha isn’t wearing her wedding ring. Tasha, looking to Silver, puts on the performance of a lifetime, replying that she sold the ring to support their family and insisting that she’s willing to rebuild her life with James. Okay. We know what’s up.

    Ghost meets up with Proctor to grill him on not telling him that Ruiz’s wiretap surfaced, which is when Proctor tells him that Tommy killed the Homeland Security agent in Proctor’s apartment. Proctor tries to convince Ghost that the tape was destroyed, but Ghost doesn’t seem to buy it.

     

    Meanwhile, Tasha is at karaoke with Silver and his friends, where she performs Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” like she’s singing the song right to Silver — which doesn’t help how obviously smitten he is. He kisses her as they leave.

    The next morning, Tasha is fresh faced and thinking about Silver as Ghost surprises her with a new wedding ring. He’s grateful for the way she came through in the interview, and he waxes poetic as he puts the ring on her finger: “First time I did this, it was because you made me a better criminal. 

    ter everything that’s happened with Tariq, Tasha tells Raina to stay away from Kanan. Raina wants the truth and makes it clear she’s not here for her mother’s lies, so Tasha tells her enough to somewhat quell her concerns.

    Tasha reaches out to Silver for advice about this on-camera interview she’s been signed up for. Although Silver thinks it’s a bad idea, Tasha has to do it for image purposes in case Ghost gets re-indicted. “If he is going to do the interview, it has to be letter perfect,” Silver says. “You’re part of the image. You’re part of the redemption story. You’ll be there to course-correct if he says something wrong.”  That boy’s good — so good that Tasha feels confident in him representing her husband, but he doesn’t want to anymore. That being said, it doesn’t take much convincing to get Silver to stay.

    James and his family sit down for the interview, and he gets grilled about the case and his relationship with Angela. The interviewer holds nothing back and zeroes in on the fact that Tasha isn’t wearing her wedding ring. Tasha, looking to Silver, puts on the performance of a lifetime, replying that she sold the ring to support their family and insisting that she’s willing to rebuild her life with James. Okay. We know what’s up.

    Ghost meets up with Proctor to grill him on not telling him that Ruiz’s wiretap surfaced, which is when Proctor tells him that Tommy killed the Homeland Security agent in Proctor’s apartment. Proctor tries to convince Ghost that the tape was destroyed, but Ghost doesn’t seem to buy it.

     

    Meanwhile, Tasha is at karaoke with Silver and his friends, where she performs Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” like she’s singing the song right to Silver — which doesn’t help how obviously smitten he is. He kisses her as they leave.

    The next morning, Tasha is fresh faced and thinking about Silver as Ghost surprises her with a new wedding ring. He’s grateful for the way she came through in the interview, and he waxes poetic as he puts the ring on her finger: “First time I did this, it was because you made me a better criminal. But yesterday, you made me a better man.” Tasha is pleasantly taken aback, and Ghost looks hella good saying it to her. He seals the new ring with a kiss, asking Tasha to look the part tonight at the club for Stern and company. Unfortunately, she’s been over them for some time now.

    Ghost is hobnobbing at the club with Stern’s people when he gets approached by Queens Councilman Rashad Tate (played by the handsome Larenz Tate), who suggests checking out a property in his area before committing to anything with Stern. Ghost likes the sound of that since Stern’s people aren’t interested in placing businesses in boroughs outside Manhattan. Stern wants James to stay away from Rashad, but James reminds Stern that he’s a silent partner.

    Silver pops up at the club and sees Tasha with her wedding ring on, which doesn’t make him too happy. Later, he goes to the apartment to talk, one thing leads to another, and just like that, Silver is sleeping with his client’s wife. This could get ugly.

    Tommy stops by the club to see Ghost after the event, and Ghost asks him to call Teresi, which leads to Ghost admitting that Teresi helped him cover up the marshal’s murder. He also confronts Tommy about killing the Homeland Security agent. Ghost is paranoid about the situation with Proctor, but he acknowledges their criminal way of doing things. “You f—ed up when you killed the agent and I f—ed up when I killed the marshal, so here we are yet again, needing each other to set some s— straight.” Ghost agrees to talk to Proctor, and Tommy agrees to call Teresi — who says he’s Tommy’s father.

    Tommy insists that his father is dead, but Teresi describes meeting Tommy’s mother in detail and says he has a “thing” for redheads. Sounds about right. His only request is for Tommy to come see him.

    As for Maks, he isn’t letting up, and he sets his sights on Proctor, whose apartment is the last place Bailey’s phone was traced to. Maks asks Proctor if Ghost and Tommy got rid of Bailey, and Proctor plays it cool. Using a scare tactic, Maks invites Proctor to come over to the dark side to save himself since they’re probably going to kill him anyway. As Maks drives away, we see Ghost watching from the shadows. Yikes.


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    EASTER IS APRIL 16, 2017

    F.Y. I.   Easter is April 16th, we  will be in the middle of Mercury Retrograde which is

    from April 9th to May 3rd, 2017.  Let's hope we don't feel like we on the cross.



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