Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Once Upon A Time Season 5 Episode 21 “Last Rites”

On the 20th episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, almost all of the heroes’ crew made their way to Storybrooke from the Underworld.

Hades offers the heroes a deal after he learns that his love, Zelena has been kidnapped by Rumple and Pan. After the crew saves Zelena, Hades and Zelena kiss and this restarts his heart. Hades keeps his end of the bargain by removing the names from the headstones.

Unfortunately for Emma, her plan to split her heart with Hook doesn’t work out. Hades offers an alternative: that the duo go to the bottom-most level of the Underworld to measure the amount of true love in Emma’s heart. While Emma proves her true love, they are duped by Hades and Hook tells Emma that he won’t be going back. Hook tells Emma not to put her guard up and Emma asks him not to dwell on unfinished business so he can move on.

Meanwhile, Rumple owes his dad a heart so that he can take Belle back and picks Robin Hood to be his victim. Rumple bids his father adieu for a final time by tricking Pan into drinking water from the River of Lost Souls.

A promo of Once Upon A Time Season 5 Episode 21 shows Emma and Regina at a funeral mourning. Who could have died? It could be that they are having an honorary funeral for Hook or it is possible that someone else gets hurt in the process. The promo also shows Regina and Zelena are not on the same team anymore. Zelena has her baby and seems totally on board with whatever Hades has brewing. The king of the underworld enters our world, igniting a devastating conflict that someone will not survive, breaking the very heart of Storybrooke forever,” says the ABC synopsis. Once Upon a Time Season 5 episode 20 airs Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 “Oathbreaker”

He is Back! Jon Snow! Game of Thrones episode 2 of the season and it was full of shocking twists, some surprise deaths, and a big moment in the episode's final minutes. Yet the fans are so eager for Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3 for what is might happen to Jon since he is revive from death.

Jon Snow truthers were rewarded when he was resurrected during the final seconds of Sunday’s episode. Expect to see more of Jon along with Tormund and Davos’ reactions to having him back. Hopefully, Melisandre won’t be so glum knowing she brought him back.

Now that the Lord Commander has returned from the grave, what does that mean for Alliser and the other men of the Night’s Watch? Will Jon leave them after being stabbed in the back or will he stay? Our bets are that he takes off (since a man’s vows are done with the Watch after one has died and Snow technically has) and heads to Winterfell to reclaim his home from Lord Bolton.

Meanwhile, Arya will continue her training into what we can only hope is an awesome Daredevil-type warrior. We see Dany on her way to Vaes Dothrak, where wives of the former khals go to live out their days as widows. Cersei's claws are out in revenge mode. "If someone is planning on making our losses their gains, I want to hear it," she says in the teaser.

Ramsay will be getting paid a visit and will be getting himself a gift. We think that gift will be Rickon the youngest Stark son. If Jon Snow finds out Ramsay has his little brother, that will be more fuel to the fire to regain Winterfell.However the biggest part of the episode will involve another flashback from Bran.

It looks like book fans will finally be getting what is referred to as the Tower of Joy scene. The scene in question revolves around Ned Stark finding his sister Lyanna in her final moments as she dies in childbirth and may hold the key to revealing Jon Snow’s true parentage. My colleague Kim has written about this at length before.

Rip Off: Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 “Home” Jon Snow Is Alive

We will remember this Game of Thrones Season 6 episode ever as the most awaited comeback of Jon Snow is finally happened. It turns out the Red Woman isn’t so feeble after all. A week after revealing herself to be perhaps centuries old as part of an extended pity party over her shattered visions, Melisandre put an end to the essentially non-mysterious mystery over whether Jon Snow would in fact stay dead. He didn’t, jolting awake after some laying on of hands, a few prayers.

At the moment viewers are nearly alone in this knowledge all of the direct witnesses, except Ghost, left before Jon had his awakening. This includes the Red Woman, who apparently read none of those blog posts, most of which surmised that the story placed her at Castle Black essentially to bring Snow back. She had to be talked into even trying by Ser Davos, easily the MVP of the first fifth of Season 6.

In dispensing with the big question hanging over this season when will Jon Snow come back? the resurrection raises more of them that aren’t as cut and dry. What sort of Jon Snow will he be now? And what about Melisandre? She admitted that she was something of a fraud, so might this display of true supernatural ability link her to Jon Snow for more noble purposes?

It's tempting to name Jon a winner here because, hey, he defeated death. When major characters die on Game of Thrones, they tend to stay dead, and the only resurrections we've seen have been minor ones around the show's edges.

And in every way, Jon coming back from the dead is a high point of the episode. It's something we all knew was coming it would have been lousy storytelling if it hadn't but the series still managed to stretch it out just long enough to make me briefly wonder if he would stay dead. But then Ghost woke up, and Jon opened his eyes, and all was well.

Yet Jon didn't really do anything here, did he? Melisandre's the one who provides the necessary magical knowledge to bring him back from the afterlife, while Davos gives her the pep talk she needs to go through with the ritual.

And the ritual itself is filled with the sorts of physical, sensual touches that this show excels at, especially when employed in magical ritual. Melisandre tenderly washes Jon's body. She touches it. She prays. She leaves thinking none of it worked, and she, indeed, is the failure she thought she was.

Bran Stark was back for the first time since Season 4, appearing mostly in a vision that took him and the Three-Eyed Raven to Winterfell past. Bran witnessed his father and uncle, as boys, sparring and viewers got the first living look at Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister who died before the “Game of Thrones” timeline but is thought to have a significant role in the story. We also got the suggestion that Bran’s visions are intoxicating to him, which could be an issue going forward. Oh, and another thing:

Hodor’s real name is Wyllis! And he used to say more things! I may be more excited about the Hodor origin story than I am about the race for the Iron Throne.

Ramsay Bolton attained new levels of treachery, killing first his father and then his stepmother and infant half brother. He accomplished the latter, the latest almost unbelievably cruel moment in a show that’s had plenty of them, by letting loose his dogs, who were clearly unsated by the Myranda Value Meal they got last week. It’s unclear if these were the same hounds who, as many commenters noted, mysteriously went missing during Brienne’s rescue of Sansa and Theon last week.

Tyrion took his first babysteps toward dragon friendship, unchaining the two beasts Dany put in the cellar at the end of Season 4. “The next time I have an idea like that, punch me in the face,” Tyrion told Varys. That’s what you get for drinking and thinking, my friend.

Speaking of bad drunken ideas, you absolutely do not want to be besmirching Cersei’s honor in King’s Landing.

So long Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father and the king of the Ironborn. His demise came via a new character, his brother Euron, who I’m guessing will be returning soon to claim the throne. In another win for Melisandre, you’ll recall that Balon was the last remaining living leech king from her Season 3 liaison with Gendry. So a big week for her. Gendry, of course, is still rowing, in our hearts if nothing else.

Rip Off: Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 20 “Firebird”

This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 5 episode the heroes made a deal to secure safe passage out of the Underworld though Emma’s plan to rescue Hook hit one final snag.The episode resumes shortly after Regina encouraged Zelena to pursue a relationship with Hades which Hook and the others consider an enormous mistake. Before they can argue much, Hades appears. He was supposed to meet Zelena for a date, only to find her kidnapped by Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan, who are willing to trade her if only Hades will rip up the contract for Rumple’s unborn child. Hades offers Emma a deal: If she will help him get back Zelena, he will erase the names of her friends and family from their gravestones, allowing them to leave the Underworld.

Hades meets with Rumple, Pan, and Zelena at a designated time at the diner, immediately ripping up the contract as requested, satisfying Rumple. However Pan wants Zelena’s heart as well, so he can return to the living realm. They are stopped by Emma, who breaks in through the back door, and they both poof away. When Hades and Zelena share a kiss, his heart begins to beat once again, ending his banishment and allowing him to finally leave the Underworld if he wants. Hades agrees to open a portal to Storybrooke, which will close at sunset, so that they can all leave.

At the graveyard, Hades wipes the gravestones clean. Emma attempts to split her heart into two pieces, sharing it with Hook so that he can return with them, but the process doesn’t work. Hades explains that his soul simply cannot return to a decaying body in the living realm; he has been in the Underworld for too long. Although he does know a rumor of the one single time when someone was able to bring the dead back to life from the Underworld: the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Based on the tale, they will need to feed Hook ambrosia, the food of the Gods. Unfortunately, the only way to get ambrosia is to go deep into the Underworld, where there is a test to determine who is “worthy” of the ambrosia based on the person’s heart. Hades rips out Emma’s so that she can bring it with her, before she and Hook descend. The others promise her that they will leave by sunset, just in case she doesn’t come back. Elsewhere, Pan demands that Rumple help him get a heart before he leaves, offering Pandora’s Box in return – which will keep Belle safe.

While the others wait for Emma and Hook Henry and Regina decide that some of them should stay behind, to help those with unfinished business. Regina even convinces Robin to give his baby over to Zelena, so that she and Hades can leave and keep the baby safe. Robin agrees, but then, he steps aside for a breath of fresh air and runs right into Rumple, who steals his heart.

Nearby, Henry helps people figure out their “unfinished business,” using his powers as the Author. They are now able to leave successfully without Hades keeping them in. But then, the group of heroes is stopped by Cruella and the Blind Witch, who plan to run the Underworld in Hades’s absence. They lock up Regina, Henry, and the others, planning to keep them away from the portal. Regina believes that Hades had to have helped the Blind Witch, who isn’t normally capable of such powerful magic.

On the quest for ambrosia, Emma has to physically weigh her heart to see if she is worthy. She puts her heart on some sort of scale but suddenly finds herself doubling over in pain. Hook tries to grab her heart back but he is lit on fire. Emma must choose between grabbing her heart or saving Hook, and when she chooses the latter, she is deemed worthy of the ambrosia, opening a door. But, when they walk through, the find that the ambrosia plants are dead. Hades must not have wanted them to return to Storybrooke. At the graveyard, Hades convinces Zelena to go through the portal, even though she wants to wait for Regina and the others.

In a flashback to 2009, we find an adult Emma trying to find out the truth about her family. She’s quickly found by some sort of mysterious bounty hunter, Cleo, who has been following her ever since Emma robbed a few convenience stores. The two adversaries begin to bond, and Cleo even agrees to grant Emma some access to records that may help her find her family, though the information falls short.

They head onward to Phoenix, where Emma is wanted, though Emma continues to try and escape in the night. Cleo lectures Emma, saying that her parents wouldn’t want her to dwell. Both nearly arrested when Emma breaks into a government record office, but Cleo kicks through a window and they escape. They haven’t run for long when Cleo gives up, after being cut badly by the broken glass. Emma tries to help her, saying that she will find her family, but Cleo tells her that she doesn’t have a family having given her daughter up long ago. Emma leaves, outrunning the police.

Some amount of time later, Emma finds Cleo’s daughter, who is now a young woman. Emma collected a bunch of information about Cleo so that the girl could know more about her mother, now that she has passed. She is sad but appreciative. On the way out of the store where Cleo’s daughter works, Emma buys her signature red leather jacket – inspired by a similar jacket worn by Cleo.

Back to the present in the Underworld, Rumple brings Pan the heart, just as the portal is starting to close. Far below, the rumbling of the closing portal begins to make the ceiling fall above them. Hook wants Emma to go on without her. He doesn’t believe that they’re ever going to find a way to restore him to the living realm and decides that it’s officially time to say goodbye. During a tearful exit, he agrees not to let her be his unfinished business, and she agrees not put her emotional armor back up once they are separated.

Emma makes it back to ground level, where her family is also trapped, thanks to Hades and the Blind Witch. They realize that they have all been set-up by Hades, though the combined magic of both Emma and Regina is enough to break them free, to pursue the portal. Henry leaves a storybook behind with the details on the “unfinished business” of all the remaining Underworld residents.

Nearby, Rumple pushes what seems to be a heart into Pan, but it turns out to simply be a glamoured bag of water from the River of Souls, destroying Pan forever. Rumple returned the heart to Robin previously, when neither Pan nor his shadow was looking. Rumple uses Pandora’s Box to safely contain Belle and heads to the portal, stepping through. Emma and the others get there just in time, though Emma is reluctant to leave the realm where Hook resides.

The portal closes with Emma, Henry, David, Regina, Robin, Rumple, Belle, Hades, and Zelena presumably all successfully back in the living realm.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Fans are not Happy of Dorne Plot Line

Fans, especially the ones who have read George R.R. Martin’s novels, were quite outraged by the events of Game of Thrones season 6 premiere. Not because Melisandre was revealed to be a very old woman.. It’s because they believe that the show has completely butchered an already struggling storyline.

“Weak men will never rule Dorne again,” were the last words Prince Doran ever heard as he was murdered by Ellaria Sand, who is hell bent on taking revenge against the Lannisters and will kill anyone who comes in her way, including the men of House Martell.

The Sand Snakes, led by Ellaria already made their first move against Lannisters by killing Myrcella in Season 5 finale. Considering Doran had already warned her multiple times against taking any rash decisions, if she hadn’t killed him, Doran would have probably had her executed. So the murders of Areo, Trystane and Doran actually made sense if we just consider the show’s version of Dorne.

So why the outrage? Ever since we first saw the southernmost realm of Westeros in season 5, almost every scene shot in the beautiful sunny kingdom has felt like a badly written fanfic. And to make things worse, last episode saw the brutal murders of 3 main Dornish characters and yet fans are more shocked by Melisandre’s big reveal rather than the deaths of Trystane, Areo and Doran.

Considering how badass Oberyn Martell was in season 4 as he turned Littlefinger’s brothel into his personal playground and gave his life just to troll Tywin Lannister, fans were pretty excited to see rest of the House Martell. Book readers told show watchers to expect great things when they would finally see Dorne in season 5- a kingdom with its own laws and equal inheritance rights for both men & women. A place where people drank amazing wine and ate spicy food. A house that resisted Targaryens for centuries and a place where you can practice all kind of weird sexual stuff without the fear of being arrested by the Faith militant. So how in the world can you mess something like this?

It turns out you can and in quite a spectacular fashion. Let’s first look at Dorne storyline in the books. The main character is Arianne Martell, the eldest daughter of Doran. She is impulsive and highly ambitious woman who suspects Doran of overthrowing her as his heir in favor of Quentyn Martell (her brother and Doran’s eldest son). Due to her suspicion, she schemes to crown Myrcella as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms (based on Dornish law) in the hope that it will result in a war with Tommen and therefore, make her own people rally around her. Things however do not go right for her and she is arrested on her father’s orders until Doran reveals his larger plan of making her the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms! His schemes however suffer from setbacks and things do not go the way he had planned.

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss probably thought that it was too much of a story to fit in a single season and cut down Arianne altogether and instead promoted Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes to major characters. Here is what has happened so far on the show: Ellaria gets mad at Doran for not avenging Oberyn’s death and plots to kill Myrcella. Cersei sends Jaime to save Myrcella. Jaime gets a hilarious sidekick in Bronn. In an attempt to rescue Myrcella, Jaime and Bronn are confronted by the Sand Snakes. Nobody is killed and Bronn & the Sand Snakes are arrested. Bronn gets flashed, then poisoned and saved by an antidote. Ellaria is warned by Doran and she swears her loyalty to him & makes peace with Jaime. Myrcella sails for King’s Landing with Jaime and Trystane. Bronn wants a good girl but a bad pussy. Ellaria kills Myrcella anyway and then stabs Doran when he learns of Myrcella’s murder. Areo and Trystane are killed by the Sand Snakes.

There is sex, betrayal, nudity, violence- things that have made Game of Thrones a huge success, yet none of this works. Indira Varma’s portrayal of Ellaria Sand has been very two dimensional. Doran’s plans of making Arianne the Queen of Seven Kingdoms have been replaced with the adventures of Jaime, Bronn and the Sand Snakes. Why is Ellaria so determined on taking revenge on Cersei? Cersei was not even directly involved with Oberyn’s death. Oberyn knew the risks when he chose to be Tyrion’s champion and had he not been so keen on making The Mountain confess, he would have been alive. Tyrion anyways killed Tywin ‘who gave the orders’ to kill Elia Martell.

What forced Ellaria to kill Doran? On one hand, she wants to avenge Oberyn’s death. Yet she kills his elder brother who loved him dearly. What made her stage this random coup and why should people of Dorne accept this kinslayer as their new ruler?

Whole Dorne storyline in Game of Thrones lacks context and it is a perfect example of how show has struggled in later seasons. A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons are no small books by any means and clearly the writers had found it difficult to condense certain storylines from these novels.

So are we done with Dorne? Were these 3 quick deaths an attempt to wrap up the storyline for good? We don’t know for sure but we do hope that is the case. Dorne has been a massive failure for Game of Thrones and it is best for the show as well as the fans that it is forgotten as soon as possible.

Once Upon A Time Season 5 Episode 20: Hades Seeks Help in Saving Zelena

Here is something that we definitely did not see coming earlier on with the second half of Once Upon a Time season 5. An incident where Hades actually needs help from some of the very heroes that he previously trapped in the Underworld. Yup it is Hades is seeking help.

If there’s one thing we know about Hades it is that he is devious and he operates using his own patterns and motivations. They’re hard to guess, and that is why you do have to take the sneak peek below with a certain grain of salt. In this preview, Hades makes a promise that if the rest of the heroes do what they can in order to help him rescue Zelena from Gold and Pan, he will in turn take the names off of the headstones, and allow them to return to Storybrooke.

Here is the issue: Why in the world would he suddenly be a good guy after spending much of this season trying to trap these people there? Is his devotion for Zelena really such that he is willing to change completely for her? Given that we have not heard any signs that Hades is sticking around beyond this season, we’re skeptical that Zelena in her own right is just another cog in a larger plan. This is an evil, powerful guy, so forgive us if we act like some of the other characters for a little while and don’t buy what he’s selling.

We will be back with another sneak peek a little bit later this weekend, and with that, we’ll hopefully have some more insight to go along with it.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Is Melisandre and Evil or Good?

In the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones entitled “The Red Woman” a big revelation just happened and shocks us about the twist. So what exactly do we know about Melisandre? Melisandre has been a major player on Game of Thrones. She’s a Red Priestess of the Lord of Light. She previously backed Stannis Baratheon, but abandoned him in Season 5 and ran back to Castle Black.

But we saw a whole new side to Melisandre on the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere “The Red Woman.” Melisandre came back to Castle Black and couldn’t believe Jon Snow was dead. She saw him in the flames.

By the end of the Season 6 Game of Thrones premiere, a completely defeated Melisandre got ready for bed, taking off her clothes and her necklace. And she completely transformed to show her true age. She is really old knowing that her hair is really white.

There was actually some controversy about a continuity error on GoT. Melisandre had taken off her necklace before, in front of Selyse, but she didn’t change. Theories suggest that Selyse saw the real Melisandre in Season 4, which is why she looked so shocked, but the audience didn’t see Melisandre’s true age. Other theories say it really was a continuity error.

Either way, Melisandre’s big reveal on Game of Thrones was shocking. And it could have significant effects on the show. What has Melisandre lived through? Should we all be taking her magic more seriously? Will she revive Jon Snow?

Here are five predictions about Melisandre on Game of Thrones.

1. She Could Revive Jon Snow

OK. Jon Snow is still dead on Game of Thrones. But GoT fans still have hope. There are many predictions that Melisandre will revive Jon Snow. She was so convinced that she saw him in the flames. Some suggest that Melisandre’s magic is so powerful she can bring him back, while others think that the twist about her age in the Season 6 premiere means that she gave up years of her life to bring Jon Snow back.

2. She Is A Targaryen 

There is a theory – the R+B=M theory – that Melisandre is a Targaryen love child. If the theory is correct, she may be the “Red Star bleeding” that’s mentioned in the Azor Ahai prophecy. It says that when the red star bleeds and darkness gathers, Azor Ahai will be born again.

Many think that Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, the messiah that Melisandre’s been looking for. Melisandre loves red and theories say she’s Shiera Seastar and Bloodraven’s daughter, so the theories suggest she’s the red star that will bleed. If she is the “Red Star bleeding,” she may bleed herself to save Jon Snow.

3. Her Prophecy About Balon Greyjoy Will Come True 

People stopped taking Melisandre’s magic seriously, especially after she was so wrong about Stannis Baratheon despite sacrificing Shireen. Her prophecies didn’t seem to come true. Melisandre used Gendry to draw blood from him with leeches. She claims she used those leaches to cause Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey and Robb Stark’s deaths. The problem? Balon never died. And it’s unclear if she’s the real reason Joffrey and Robb Stark died. But predictions say Balon will die in Season 6 of GoT and Euron Greyjoy will replace him.

4. Melisandre Is The Witch From Cersei’s Prophecy 

Back in Season 5, there was a flashback of a witch Maggy the Frog giving Cersei a prophecy on Game of Thrones. The prophecy was she’d have three children who would die. So far, Joffrey and Myrcella have died. Bustle has put out the theory that Melisandre and the witch are actually the same person and that Melisandre’s prophecies really are coming true.

5. Melisandre Will Join Jon Snow On The Battlefield 

If Melisandre does bring Jon Snow back, she will likely join him on the battlefield on Game of Thrones. Melisandre claims she saw Jon Snow in the flames fighting at Winterfell. The problem? Jon Snow is dead. So will Melisandre give up on her prophecy? It doesn’t seem like it. There are predictions that Jon Snow will fight against Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. We were hoping that this well happen Jon snow is in one of the character that we always didn’t want to be dead but somehow happen. Fans are never giving up believing that he will be revive.