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As we mentioned in today’s The More You Know post, Sara, Sweeney and Lorraine will be traveling to Dallas tomorrow for some barely planned weekend shenanigans.
This is us, giving you fair warning that while we have some vague plans to keep up with most of our posting schedule, we also recognize our penchant for overestimating what we can do with our time. Plus, we so rarely get the chance to be in the same city! If you don’t see posts going up as scheduled, we ask that you forgive us, and love us still.
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Sara: They both want to get to know each other better, and next thing you know, they are in the bar bathroom (ew!) getting to know each other dry hump style. She’s sitting on the bathroom counter! Ew ew ew! I mean, I understand that Aria is like the size of a very tiny doll and probably having sex with a tall guy would be difficult to do standing up, but still. Ew!
Lor: I wanted to excuse Aria by saying she isn’t old enough to know about bar bathrooms yet, BUT THAT MAKES THIS CREEPIER.
Also part of our recap post, take a look at the timeline for the entire Fifty Shades Darker book:
Friday June 3rd – Ana and Grey break up.
Monday June 6th – Ana’s first day of work and Grey sends her flowers.
Thursday June 9th – Grey flies Ana to Jose’s gallery show and they have dinner.
Friday June 10th – Ana meets the Ghost of Submissives Past and Grey reveals he bought SIP, Ana’s job.
Saturday June 11th – Grey takes Ana for breakfast and to the salon owned by Mrs. Rape to get the Submissive Special, Ana maps out the no-no zones on Grey’s body using lipstick, Ana goes to Grey’s parent’s masked ball with cooter balls, Ana and Grey have sex in his childhood room, the GSP threw paint on Ana’s Audi, Grey goes in to see if the GSP is still in his apartment.
Sunday June 12th – Sex at two fifteen in the morning, the GSP is still in the apartment so they leave to a hotel room, Ana gets a visit from Dr. Best in Seattle, Grey buys Ana a new car, they eat lunch at the marina, they spend the day on Grey’s boat, they play pool, and have sex on the pool table.
Monday June 13th – Ana’s boss invites her to a conference in New York, Grey cockblocks that trip by insta-passing a policy that means he must approve all travel expenses, Jack hits on Ana, Grey and Ana have elevator sex, Ana agrees to move in with Grey, Mrs. Rape pays them a visit because she’s being blackmailed, and Grey and Ana have sex on the piano.
Tuesday June 14th – We find out that Mrs. Rape wasn’t being blackmailed- it was all a JAYKAY, Kate’s brother Ethan comes into town, Ana goes home to find Leila in her apartment with a gun, Ana makes Leila tea, Ana goes for drinks with Ethan while Grey handles the GSP, Ana goes back to Grey’s apartment where he’s instantly turned into a catatonic submissive (?), Grey reveals his BIG SECRET! that he likes to hit girls, Grey asks Ana to marry him, and Grey reveals he took Leila a bath.
Wednesday June 15th – In the wee hours of the morning, Grey wakes up from a nightmare and rapes Ana, Ana is assaulted by Jack, Grey insta-fires Jack, Ana goes exploring in the Red Room and they have sex again.
Thursday June 16th – They wake up and have sex, Ana get’s Jack’s position after 8 days on the job, Ana visits Dr. Flynn to make sure she fixed Grey, Grey shows Ana a house he wants to buy her, they have dinner at a club and Grey fingers Ana in an elevator full of people.
Friday June 17th – Ana goes for drinks with Ethan, Kate and Jose, Grey goes missing, Grey crash lands his helicopter and hitchhikes all the way back to Seattle without calling because he didn’t want to leave Ana alone, Ana accepts Grey’s marriage proposal and Grey dumps Ana in an ice-cold shower.
Saturday June 18th – Jose leaves, Ana and Grey play in the Red Room, Grey asks Ray for Ana’s hand, they go to Grey’s birthday party where Grace finds out that her son was raped by a family friend, Grey proposes again and they book ends with Jack plotting to kill them both.
Since the book starts on Monday the 6th, this mean the entire thing (murder plots, revenge, marriage proposal, house buying, promotions and all) happens across the course of 13 days.
Game of Thrones S01 E01 - Burning the EW off her skin
Sweeney: I don’t want to spend too much time introducing what is certainly going to be a long post because we don’t know how to write any other kind around here. The short version is this: Lor and I have something that we call The Spreadsheet O’ Dreams, in which we log the millitonty AMAZEBALLS ideas that we have for this blog if we could quit our jobs and add ten more hours to each day. There are two major goals that we cherish: (1) Becoming more than just the Buffy/Fifty Shades blog that we accidentally turned into -and- (2) Snarking something current that doesn’t suck. A few days ago I mentioned Game of Thrones in a post and a commenter asked if we were snarking it. A quick email exchange later and the answer was YES, ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY.
The third season starts in a few weeks and because we have a vague knowledge of math/counting, we concluded that we could easily get caught up in time to start covering this while current. I haven’t read the books, but I have already seen the first two seasons (recently, in fact) so there’s a certain amount of Knowing The Future Syndrome. I’ve found it more curse than blessing on the Buffy recaps.
Lorraine: I watched but forgot the first handful of episodes. So, as usual, I’ll be taking on my role of not knowing anything and being unable to see the future. Let’s get started!
Sweeney: The show begins with some dudes on horseback going through a dark tunnel with flame torches. They emerge in a snowy, desolate land of nothingness. After they wander around for a bit, one guy witnesses the gruesome aftermath of a mass murder, in which the bodies have been chopped up.
Lor: How else do you leave cryptic symbols in the snow?
Sweeney: Excellent point. The guy who sees this goes back to tell his horse riding bros what he saw. Everyone is pretty much on team “LET’S GO BACK NOW!” except one guy who is trying to demonstrate how big his dick is by insisting that they go investigate.
This exchange is important solely for the introduction of relevant terms: wildlings, we are told, are savages and savages do savage shit so this awful thing shouldn’t be so surprising. Meanwhile, the guy who saw it is all, “No, this is way worse than that.”
They return to where the guy saw the body parts, but the parts are no longer there. While they are searching, we see a big shadowy dude with glowing blue eyes who promptly kills the guy who insisted everyone go on this hunt in the first place. Good. Unfortunately, everyone else is dead soon too. Or, rather, almost everyone. One guy collapses and watches the big glowy-eyed thing kill one of his buddies. It seems like he’s probably about to die, aaaand roll insanely long opening credits. Really cool opening credits, mind you, but super long.
Lor: DUDE. YES. We get a whole (really cool) tour of these fictional nations. I traveled more via these credits than I have in real life.
Sweeney: After this epic-title-credits-voyage, we see a grassy hill, as we are no longer in snowy deathland. Some men on horses are chasing after the lone survivor. Guess he’ll be dead soon too.
Then we are told that we are in Winterfell. Some guys are teaching a little boy to shoot an arrow, with his parents watching. Meanwhile, some girls are sewing, and while the ginger girl is really good, another girl is way not happy about sewing. The little boy misses and his brothers (I think it’s fair to assume this by now) laugh at him. When he goes to shoot again, an arrow hits the target before he gets a chance — it’s the unhappy girl seamstress. Keeping track of who is related is hard enough on this show and I couldn’t have done it without the little family tree that came with my DVDs so I’m just going to declare the various family ties as they appear. This shit’s too confusing otherwise. All the aforementioned kids are siblings.
Anyway, after this cute little family scene, it’s time to deal with that other guy who has served his prologuey purpose and can now be disposed of. Also, giving Eddard Stark (the father) a little punishment to dole out is a good way to demonstrate to the viewer that he is Lord of Winterfell. That first guy is now a deserter of the Night’s Watch, and the arrow-shooting little boy (Bran) must attend the punishment because his dad wants him to see what’s what. Mom doesn’t like the idea of her baby seeing nasty things, but she loses that fight.
The deserter swears that he saw White Walkers, but nobody believes him and he’s still a deserter, so he is sentenced to death. Eddard Stark chops his head off and everyone is proud of Bran for actually watching the beheading. Woo hoo! Then they assure him that the deserter knew nothing and LOL White Walkers don’t exist anymore. Also, that Eddard Stark is totes honorable because as the man who issued the sentence, he also had to be the one to carry it out.
Then they’re in the woods and they find a gigantic dead deer/moose thing and a little bit later a gigantic dead wolf. It’s a dire wolf, we learn, and it has a bunch of puppies. Lord Stark is going to have them killed off because, you know, wolves are dangerous. Bran is not happy about this, having already witnessed a beheading today. Jon Snow, who we met earlier in the arrow-shooting scene, points out that there are five wolf puppies and as there are five Stark children and the wolf is the symbol of their house, it’s basically fate.
Stark relents and gives a little speech about how everyone has to take care of their own puppies and all of that.
Lor: I right away fall in love with Lord Stark because so far he is stern, but caring. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’ve received a version of this speech. I mean, less “take care of your own killer wolf,” and more, “HEY YOUR DOG JUST SHIT EVERYWHERE. HANDLE THAT.”
Almost the same.
Sweeney: Almost. (And yes to falling in love with Lord Stark’s excellence. Sandy Cohen eyebrows for you, sir!)
As they grab the wolves, Bran asks why Jon Snow, who is his brother, doesn’t get one. Jon Snow says that he’s not a Stark. (He’s Eddard Stark’s bastard.) However, as they’re walking off, Snow sees another puppy. One of Lord Stark’s douchetastic squires, Theon Greyjoy, points out that it is the runt of the litter and, as such, should belong to Jon Snow.
Lor: IT IS ALL WHITE. LIKE SNOW.
Sweeney: We cut to King’s Landing and I just want to take a moment to point out the cool change in the cinematography. While Winterfell was very blue/green, King’s Landing is incredibly gold. Jaime Lannister has come to tell his sister, Cersei Lannister that she worries too much. Ostensibly. What’s actually happening is an epic amount of backstory in a quick exchange that doesn’t have the awkward feel of a conversation for that purpose. Important takeaways: THEY ARE SIBLINGS. Cersei Lannister is married to the king. They have a secret, which a now deceased man named Jon Arryn knew, but most likely did not tell the king.
Back in Winterfell, Catelyn Stark has to bring the bad news of Jon Arryn’s death to Eddard Stark.
Lor: The news came via Raven Mail, which in terms of mail is somewhere above Tyra Mail but below a Howler.
Arryn was like a father to Stark. Arryn was also hand of the king, and the king is now on his way to Winterfell. There’s really only one reason he would come all this way north: to ask Stark to be the new hand of the king. Sidebar: they always talk about how crazy far north Winterfell is. I like to think of it as Canada. I mean that as the highest of compliments, Canada.
Bran is climbing down the castle walls (L:PARAPET.) and his mom sees and she’s way pissed. She makes him promise not to climb, which you know, LOL he’s 10. He does and she’s all, “Yeah, I know you’re lying.”
As the king arrives, Arya Stark (the little girl who wanted to shoot arrows instead of sew) is wearing a helmet and watching from high up, because she’s the greatest. That didn’t need to be included in the recap, but I love Arya so much that I feel the need to document her every move. She’s the last to arrive for the family line-up to greet the king. Eddard Stark makes her take off her helmet, which she is none too pleased about.
BECAUSE I ADORE HER.
Prince Joffrey is among the first to ride in and he exchanges googly eyes with Sansa Stark (the girl who was good at sewing) and I rageface a little because, UGH. JOFFREY.
Lor: I don’t remember much about this kid except that he has a douche-y face.
Sweeney: Absolutely the douchiest of faces. King Baratheon and Lord Stark greet each other. Baratheon’s all, “You got fat,” and Stark gives him a look that says, “Uh, do kings not own mirrors?” and then they laugh and hug.
Baratheon and Stark go down into the crypts and have a great little chat about all the things that they learned from Arryn and how bummertown it is that he died. Baratheon asks Stark to be hand of the king, because Stark helped him win the throne and should now help him keep it and run shit. Another important backstory moment: Baratheon points out that if Stark’s sister hadn’t died, they would have been bound by blood, but since Baratheon has a son and Stark has a daughter, they can still make that the case.
Meanwhile, we meet Tyrion Lannister with a prostitute. Tyrion Lannister is a dwarf and the only tolerable member of his family. He is interrupted by his brother Jaime because his sister wants them. Jaime paid for a whole bunch of prostitutes for Tyrion because apparently that will enable him to be ready faster?
Lor: Also because HBO likes boobies.
Sweeney: Back in the crypts, Stark is still reeling from everything that Baratheon just sprung on him (hand of the king! marry off your daughter!) and Baratheon is standing in front of a statue of Stark’s deceased sister Lyanna, who Baratheon would have married. He grumbles about how he kills him every night in his dreams. After Stark reminds him that the Targaryens are dead, Baratheon gives us a perfect SEGUE MAGIC line: “Not all of them.”
CUT TO PENTOS: ACROSS THE NARROW SEA. We see a girl with long blonde hair staring off into the distance. Pentos is also very gold/glowing, like King’s Landing. The girl, Daenerys, is very sad-looking, which will be her general state for a few episodes, as her character epitomizes how shit it is to be a woman in this world. Her brother Viserys shows up with a wedding present from the guy they’re staying with. The guy they’re staying with hasn’t asked them for anything, Viserys tells Daenerys, because he knews that when Viserys comes into his throne, he won’t forget his friends. That’s just backstory magic so you know that they have some claim to the throne.
We get the first of many incestuous scenes on this series as Viserys unties her dress and feels her up while telling her that she has a “woman’s body” and demands that she be perfect today, lest she “wake the dragon.” He leaves and she steps into the bath, even though her servant ladies tells her it’s too hot. But, no, it’s not, because she needs to burn the EW off her skin.
Lor: It’s great because on this show with a dwarf, this scene was the first time I thought, “LITTLE MAN SYNDROME.”
Sweeney: Later, she meets her future husband. He’s a warrior who has never lost in battle, and that’s pretty much the whole reason that she’s being married off to him. It’s really abrupt and the future husband, Khal Drogo, rides off pretty quickly after he arrives, which causes Viserys to lose his shit, which makes me giggle. However, his host-buddy assures him that all is well.
The three of them have a little pow-wow about the meeting and when the marriage will happen. Daenerys says that she doesn’t want to get married to this scary horse-riding dude and all she wants is to go home. Viserys seals his “I’m an evil asshole” deal with this line:
"We go home with an army. With Khal Drogo’s army. I would let his whole tribe fuck you — all 40,000 men and their horses too, if that’s what it took."
Lor: Damn. He had to throw in the horses.
Sweeney: Back in Winterfell, Catelyn Stark is doing Sansa’s hair as they discuss the possibility of Sansa marrying Joffrey, which involves Sansa commenting on how handsome Joffrey is, which makes me want to vomit. Sansa’s in a real hurry, but Catelyn tells her calm down because Stark hasn’t agreed yet. Sansa sees no reason why he shouldn’t, since it would make him the second most powerful man in the kingdom and set her up to be queen one day. Catelyn points out that it would mean leaving home, but not as a family — he and Sansa would go, while the others stayed, and that’s rough. Sansa melodramas about how her mom needs to make him say yes because it’s the only thing she’s ever wanted.
Later, there’s a party and Jon Snow’s not invited. He’s outside stabbing a straw dummy when his uncle arrives. Snow informs his uncle that Lady Stark felt it would offend the royal family to have the Stark bastard at the party. Benjan Stark says something about how bastards are always welcome at the wall. Jon Snow wants to go, but his father needs convincing.
Uncle Benjen leaves and Tyrion Lannister emerges from the shadows to clarify that Benjen Stark is a member of the Night’s Watch. Tyrion gives Jon some good advice, coated in a thick layer of jackass, because that’s how Tyrion does things. He tells him to never forget who he is (a bastard), because the world won’t, and to wear it like armor so that it can never be used to hurt him. Jon Snow misses the obvious subtext, so Tyrion fills it in for him: “All dwarves are like bastards in their fathers’ eyes.”
Lady Stark and the queen make small talk while overlooking the festivities.
Lor: Which include her husband the king groping a random, slightly dirty looking woman. Ew.
Sweeney: Sansa tries to impress Cersei and woo her potential future mother-in-law. Cersei, to her credit, is mostly sweet to Sansa, though Sansa does get super uncomfortable when Cersei asks if she’s bled yet. (No.) Cersei compliments Sansa on her sewing and asks Sansa to make something for her one day and Sansa runs off.
Jaime Lannister confronts Eddard Stark about how they might be neighbors soon and it’s not really important except that I wish Stark would punch him. Also, Stark has this great line: “I don’t fight in tournaments because when I fight a man for real, I don’t want him to know what I can do." Elsewhere in the party, Arya is flinging stuff at Sansa because she’s hilarious.
That night, the Starks are in bed having an adorable conversation about the king’s offer. Neither want him to go, but Eddard points out that the king takes what he wants. Catelyn responds, “I’ll say: ‘Listen, fat man, you are not taking my husband anywhere. He belongs to me now.”
Their precious little chat is interrupted by a letter from Catelyn’s sister — Lysa Arryn, now widow of the late Jon Arryn (see how confusing this is???) — saying that she has fled the capital. She believes that Jon Arryn was murdered by the Lannisters and that the king was also in danger. Catelyn immediately burns the letter, but tells Eddard, who assures her that Lysa was probably just distraught by grief. Catelyn points out that she put the lives of both herself and her son in danger by sending that letter and wouldn’t have done that if she weren’t certain.
All of this leads to a big debate about the king’s offer. Catelyn now feels all the more certain that this shit should not happen, what with the high odds that they’ll kill him next. Eddard’s got all his honor/loyaty/duty feelings, though.
Back across the narrow sea, the wedding ceremony is taking place. There’s a lot of dancing with naked women and men punching each other and mock raping the naked women and then actual murder of some of the men. It’s weird. Daenerys is stoic, but clearly wigging the fuck out.
Lor: As one should when entrails make a guest appearance at one’s wedding.
Sweeney: We meet Ser Jorah Mormont when he gives her a present of some books. He becomes important later. Magister Illyrio, their host-buddy, gives her three dragon eggs. They’ve been turned to stone, but are still pretty, he says.
After fun present time is over, she gets to hop on the horse her husband got for her and ride off into the sunset with her new husband. Oh, but first, her creepy brother has to come up and tell her to, “Make him happy.” Off on some cliff, she gets maritally raped for the first of many times.
Lor: And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s all happening kneeling on rocks. UM OW.
Sweeney: Back in Winterfell, all the boys are going off on a hunting trip and there is an exchange between Stark and Baratheon about how Stark said yes and how Baratheon is grateful and views him as the only loyal friend he has left. OMINOUS.
Bran is not going on the hunting trip so he’s off climbing castle walls again, because he lied to his mama. His little wolf is running around on the ground really unhappy about this. Bran hears some moaning/gasping noises and keeps climbing in the direction of those noises. It’s there that he sees Jaime and Cersei having sex. REMEMBER HOW THEY’RE SIBLINGS?
Jaime asks Bran how old he is (10) and turns to Cersei and says something about the things he does for love before he pushes Bran off the ledge. HE PUSHES A TEN-YEAR-OLD-BOY TO HIS PROBABLE DOOM. And then what happens? We cut to the end credits because this show likes to fuck with its audience for shits and giggles.
Next time on Game of Thrones: Find out what happens to Bran, learn more ways that the Stark family is awesome, and probably more incest. GoT S01 E02 - Lord Snow.