A Song of Ice and Fire series creator George R.R. Martin took to his blog on Monday to profess his love for the latest Breaking Bad episode.
The author, whose series was adapted for television by HBO and is known by viewers as Game of Thrones, wasn’t afraid to talk about his appreciation for the AMC meth drama.
“Amazing series. Amazing episode last night. Talk about a gut punch,” he said.
Breaking Bad appears to have inspired him to create a character as evil as Walt. “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros. (I need to do something about that),” he wrote.
Being the tease that he is (Come on George, where’s the next book?!), he also compared the two shows in terms of their Emmy chances. “This is the final season of BREAKING BAD. I think GAME OF THRONES may have a shot at upsetting BB for this year’s Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season… but there’s no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat BREAKING BAD next year, when their last season is the one in contention,” he wrote.
He makes a valid point, but last year’s eight episodes of Breaking Bad were certainly a high point for the series. On the other hand, they can’t compare to the final eight episodes of season 5.
Following last night’s shocking episode, there’s been some debate over whether Game of Thrones’ “Red Wedding” episode is on par with Breaking Bad’s “Ozymandias.” What say you, viewers of both?
Jon Snow’s fate was finally settled once and for all on Game of Thrones 6×02. So which one is it? Dead… or alive? Jon Snow lives!
The long-awaited answer came during the very last moments of Game of Thrones 6×02. After a long and elaborate resurrection ceremony by Melisandre seemed to fail, Jon Snow opened his adorable brown eyes from the darkness of death.
The question of the murdered Lord Commander’s fate has pulsed through the fandom and general pop culture since the finale of season 5. Last week’s episode of Game of Thrones appeared to only add further heft to Jon’s dead-ness, but many fans weren’t fooled — and once Ser Davos asked Melisandre to perform her religion’s resurrection rites, it was only a matter of time.
And fans of HBO’s epic fantasy series aren’t the only ones who are relieved.
“Sorry!” actor Kit Harington laughs ruefully in an interview with EW. “I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone!”
For almost a year, Harington has had to keep Jon’s true fate zipped up tighter than the vaults of the Iron Bank. It’s been a rocky road, with the actor, along with showrunners and HBO executives, vowing ad nauseum that Harington’s days on Game of Thrones were over. A few slip-ups, along with the realities of filming, further complicated the task of keeping television’s biggest secret.
But for all of the pressure, lies, and cover-ups, Harington admits that he was relieved and gratified by fans’ reaction to the loss of Jon Snow.
“I’m glad that people were upset that he died,” he says. “I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’ But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I’m doing — or the show is doing — is right.”
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss also share their thoughts on Jon’s resurrection in HBO’s “Inside the Episode” featurette. While Weiss relates that Davos has a “Nothing to lose” attitude toward the ritual (“If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work,” he says) Benioff notes that Melisandre’s point of view is rather more desperate.
“The events of the last many episodes have shaken [her] faith” in the Lord of Light, Benioff says. “She still believes in him, she just doesn’t know if he believes in her. And so she comes to Jon Snow’s body with the tiniest hope that maybe, if she says the right words, if she says them with enough belief, with enough passion, the Lord will listen to her.”
Of course, Jon Snow’s return takes perhaps a bit more faith than anticipated by those involved.
“First, Melisandre believes she’s failed,” Benioff says. “It’s kind of like, you’re applying the paddles to the patient who’s suffered cardiac arrest, and the paddles don’t work as the last-ditch thing, but you can’t get a pulse back, and he’s gone.”
But crucially, Jon Snow still has one believer left. “Ghost, he’s known Jon longer than any of these people have, and all these wolves have a strange and deep connection with their Stark counterpart,” Benioff relates. “So Ghost has a kind of sixth sense when it comes to Jon Snow, and when Jon’s in danger — and when he might be coming back.”
And come back he did.
What is your reaction to Jon Snow’s resurrection on ‘Game of Thrones’?
Last time we checked, Caleb was safe on team Alex and Shelby. Will he shift back to the dark side in Quantico season 1, episode 20, “Drive”?
Amongst all of the tangled storylines on Quantico, Caleb Haas’ allegiance has been one of the most difficult to keep track of. His alter ego, Mark Raymond, is only one of the many puzzles regarding Caleb’s character.
When we last saw Caleb in the Grand Central timeline, he was having some pretty serious detoxification problems, but was still managing to help out Alex and Shelby in their quest to catch the Voice. At least, we think he was helping them!
The synopsis for Quantico season 1, episode 20, reads as follows:
With only a few weeks until graduation, the NATS are dispatched to various field offices where Alex and Ryan find themselves working a case together. Meanwhile, in the future, Shelby and Caleb’s relationship takes a turn, and Alex doesn’t know who to trust when she discovers new information about the man she loves.
It’s the “Shelby and Caleb’s relationship takes a turn” part that has us worried! To add fuel to the fire, we previously reported that the Quantico showrunner, Josh Safran, stated that “[Caleb] does something else that’s even worse for [Shelby] in episode 20. And that’s really what’s the nail in the coffin.”
The fact that Caleb is doing something to effect his relationship with Shelby could have a few meanings. The first, and the obvious, is that Caleb really is involved in the Voice’s scheme, or is the Voice himself.
Another option is that Shelby is the one involved with the Voice, and Caleb does something to foil her plan. This option is much less likely, unless Shelby is just a really good actress, because it seems like she has proven her innocence. If she’s lying, that would be a big, interesting twist!
The final option is that Caleb’s actions actually have nothing to do with the Voice. He has many other sketchy things going on, and it would definitely make sense if he was still holding a grudge against Shelby for her actions with his father, so it could be something else entirely.
Caleb and Shelby aren’t the only characters that we’re worried about in the upcoming Quantico episode. The synopsis also offers some troubling information about Ryan Booth: “Alex doesn’t know who to trust when she discovers new information about the man she loves.”
New information is always coming out about every NAT, so this isn’t necessarily surprising, but if anyone has been a moral compass on Quantico, it has been Ryan, so it will be interesting to see what information comes out to make Alex question him.
Alex hangs out with some suspicious people, so she is, understandably, always questioning everyone. However, new, suspicious information about somebody so close to the supposed reveal of the Voice could mean that they have something to do with it.
Everyone is still a suspect, but you’ll definitely want to keep your eye on both Caleb Haas and Ryan Booth in the upcoming episodes! It shouldn’t be much longer before we finally have the answers we’ve been looking for.
Watch Quantico season 1, episode 20, “Drive,” tonight, May 1, on ABC at 10/9c, to see what Caleb and Ryan are up to!
Are you worried about Caleb and Ryan on ‘Quantico’?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3×19 is an alien invasion, on more than one level. Here are a few hints to get you ready for “Failed Experiments.”
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ goes out-of-this-world
The Kree have been a percolating theme throughout Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s run, and “Failed Experiments” once again highlights their relevance to the story. As in episodes past, the blue-skinned aliens make about a medium-sized splash in the world of spies and technology, but like episodes past, it eventually becomes clear that the Kree cast a more influential shadow than we had thought.
Hive makes plans
“What Does Hive Want?” has been the million dollar question since the eerie Inhuman stepped onto the scene, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3×19 finally shines a light on his intentions. But don’t look for a neat resolution to this story; Hive’s revelation is far messier and more consequential than it appears.
Lincoln makes a decision
Remember how we teased Lincoln’s terrible day last week? Well, Sparky hasn’t run through the entire gauntlet just yet. (But you probably figured that already.) Lovesick, desperate, and faced with closed doors at every turn, Lincoln makes a decision in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3×19 that will have lasting consequences on Mr. Campbell at the very least, and perhaps even the series as a whole.
Daisy makes conversation
Last week’s episode laid out Daisy’s complicated new relationship with Hive — though devoted, she still feels like the master of her own mind. “Failed Experiments” crawls deep into the question of Daisy’s independence (both past and present), weighing the balance of her values and Hive’s. This means that Daisy has some bridges to cross regarding her history with S.H.I.E.L.D… bridges that, whichever side she lands on, will leave her with more than a few passing bruises.
Bonus hint: “One jump ahead of the slowpokes / One skip ahead of my doom / Next time, gonna use a nom de plume!”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3×19, “Failed Experiments,” airs Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.
What are your predictions for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 3×19?