Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

This is a Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form nominee for the 2015 Hugo Award.

Mole's Town gets attacked. Theon helps Ramsey seize Moat Caillin. Sansa invents a story to protect Lord Baelish. Various plot lines are advanced. It's very violent--and no, this was not a surprise. It's why this is the first time I've watched an episode of Game of Thrones. It did not draw me in.

But fear not, fans of the show. It's not clear I'm going to be able to see enough of the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form nominees to vote in this category. And If I do, I'll simply leave this off my ballot. The commentary I hear about it convinces me the series as a whole is much, much better than a single episode viewed out of sequence with no real context.