Welcome back to Part II of My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list. Last week, we explored a wide variety of genres that spanned across many networks. This week you will find more of the same with ranging genres, but four of my top five all fall under the HBO tree. They clearly make exceptional television, and I wouldn’t be surprised if three or four of my top five are also in your top five greatest TV show rankings. Without further ado…
#5 – WestWorld
As another show with only a handful of seasons, Westworld may be a strange pick for some to include in their greatest TV show lists. But even with only three seasons, I think Westworld has done more with its characters and stories than some shows have done with six plus seasons. The show itself is almost indescribable, as not only does it twist your brain into a doughy, uncooked pretzel, but the setting and plot have also changed each season. Its labeled as a “Science-Fiction Western”, but by episode two of the second season you can already tell its much more than that.
Season one was one of the most confusing things I have ever watched, yet I could not peel my eyes off the screen. Season two found us in the same park as season one, yet we now learn there are other parks AND that the hosts (A.K.A. robots) are essentially becoming human. The third season is nearly halfway over, yet now we’ve found ourselves in the real world and our good friend, Dolores, is attempting to wreak havoc on those using technology for unspeakable things. You see, not just a Science-Fiction Western! This show will 1,000,000% lose you (probably multiple times per episode) and will probably make you second guess future technological advancements, but either way you have to give Westworld a shot.
#4 – The Sopranos
The Sopranos is the oldest show on my top ten list, but that in no way hampers its ability to rank highly on my list. The pilot aired wayyyy back in 1999, but even with very (and I mean very) dated language and graphics, I was captivated within minutes. The show follows Tony Soprano, a capo in the DeMeo crime family in New Jersey, throughout his life and daily routine as a mob man. We also learn almost immediately that he is dealing with some psychological issues, yet he doesn’t want anyone to know about them because he thinks it will hurt his image. This eventually falls to the back burner for Tony as his life as a mob boss gets increasingly difficult, but it was a great story piece early on.
The Sopranos ran for six seasons, but the final season was actually two very large “half” seasons due to David Chase asking for an episode extension to tell more story. In my opinion the second half of season six is what pushed this out of my top three, and possibly even my top two. I believe the latter half of season six B was entirely fumbled, and I was one of the people who loathed how HBO ended the show. Even so, The Sopranos had quite the incredible journey from 1999-2007. So, I suggest you go grab your gabagool and pour some extra gravy on your pasta before diving into this roller coaster of death, deceit, and the misery of mob life in New Jersey.
#3 – Succession
Another HBO show that will go down amongst the greats is Succession. This show is extremely different from all the others on my list, but as someone who has work experience in the corporate finance world, the plot and characters of this show just hold an extra special spot in my soul. Succession follows the Roy family through their endeavors within the corporate media conglomerate world whilst the family itself is fighting for control of the company. Between the constant family bickering and the perfectly crafted retorts from the youngest Roy, this show will have you feeling like a disgusting filthy slimeball trapped in the trenches of corporate (and family) warfare, all while clutching your sides in pain from laughing. It is truly one of a handful of shows that I’ve ever watched that has made me feel like an awful person for enjoying while also making me feel like I couldn’t live without another episode (#2 on that list is Amazon’s The Boys). A lot of people are turned off to Succession due to the complexities of the business world, but to those people I say “hold up”. A simple google search can clear up anything that may go over your head, and once you start piecing together a few business terms, this show goes from gold to titanium in more ways than one.
#2 – Game of Thrones
If you’re a recurring guest to DustyPosts I’m sure you already know how large a Game of Thrones fan I am, so this ranking shouldn’t really surprise you. If you don’t know, Game of Thrones is an American Fantasy drama based in the world of Westeros as multiple people are vying to become the ruler of The Seven Kingdoms. Even if you aren’t much of a fantasy fan, I think this show would still have an exceptionally high chance of drawing you in. Most of the characters are extremely captivating and the acting throughout the entire show is world-class. Even though the final season was a massive disappointment in the eyes of most fans (mine included), the show as a whole is magnificent. George R. R. Martin created one of the most fantastic fantasy worlds of all time and it led to seven of the greatest seasons of television ever. This show is a must-watch in my opinion, and I believe everyone should at the very minimum give the first season a watch. Most people who say they didn’t like the show claim that it was because there were too many people, places, and names to remember. I have an easy fix for that though: go listen to a podcast or use the Google machine to help answer questions! Watching this show will 100% change your perspective on any fantasy television, and i’d even go so far to say that it could make a fan of the genre out of you by the time you’re finished watching.
#1 – Breaking Bad
I don’t even know where to begin with Breaking Bad. Whether you’re considering the casting, the writing, the acting, the filming, or the plotting, every detail of this show was pure perfection. And the reason Breaking Bad stands atop the rest and will more than likely forever be my #1 is due to one small thing that 99% of other shows nowadays don’t have: a great ending. When you look at all the shows that have ended on my list, most of them didn’t have a great ending. With Community, Troy (Donald Glover) leaves and the show falls apart. Sopranos ended in an extremely vague fashion and is now either your most loved or most hated endings of all time (I clearly fall towards the latter end of that spectrum). Game of Thrones was rushed by D&B and left fans wishing for more. But Breaking Bad… Breaking Bad ended in a way that tied up every loose end and perfectly satiated our fix for Walter and Jesse. Granted, it eventually led to an incredibly mediocre movie spin off (El Camino), but that’s beside the point. This show was the epitome of perfect television for five entire seasons, and it even survived (if not thrived) the writers strike of ’07-’08. I can honestly say that I think Breaking Bad will reign over all others for a very, very long time, thus making it my greatest TV show of all time.
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I’m preparing for my fourth (yes, I said fourth) watch through of Netflix’s The Witcher, which was the greatest show of 2019. As I’m recapping in my head I wonder about all the things that could’ve been in season one that weren’t and how those items will more than likely arrive in season two. Things like why we didn’t get a clear look at Vesemir and why his character hadn’t been cast yet, or even why we didn’t get more Kaer Morhen talk. All of that led to this Witcher prediction Guide though, so be prepared to… (concluding sentence needed).
Witcher Prediction #1 – Geralt and Ciri Make it to Kaer Morhen, but Not Until Late Season Two
This one may seem a little obvious, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a prediction. We know at some point Cirilla will find herself at Kaer Morhen to begin her Witcher training, but there’s no shot that we jump from where season one ended into that training. I think early on we will get a lot of Geralt and Ciri bonding while they make their way to Kaer Morhen and a lot of people will be surprised with how late we actually are introduced to The Witcher training grounds (and Vesemir).
Prediction #2 – Yennefer Will Be Back, but not until AT LEAST Episode Three
It may be a shock to some but I don’t think we will have Yennefer back early on in season two. I think the writers will use the first three episodes to bring in new characters and get their stories started. All the while we sit in anticipation, and they let the suspense of what happened to Yennefer keep us on our toes. Then, when we least expect it, we will see a battered and bruised (potentially blinded) Yennefer trying to find who she really is yet again.
Witcher Prediction #3 – Ciri Will Begin her Training Before Kaer Morhen
This is a pretty simple one, but I predict that Geralt will have Cirilla training before they make it Kaer Morhen, and I think we will see plenty of it early on. I mean, come on, what else will she have to do as the dynamic duo makes their way home?
Prediction #4 – Vesemir Will Make an Appearance Before Geralt Arrives at Kaer Morhen
I think this will come in some form of a hunt in which Vesemir (and potential other “new” Witchers) will be introduced. This could potentially be how we get the rumored Leshen battle as well. It could also just be some random creature we see a group of Witchers fighting, and that might even lead us Geralt and Ciri showing up to save the day. Either way, we will definitely meet Vesemir before Geralt and Ciri make it to Kaer Morhen.
Witcher Prediction #5 – Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer will NOT reunite in Season Two
I think Yennefer is going to be off doing her own thing for all season two, and potentially even longer than that. The show is rumored to play out over seven seasons, so we could potentially see Yen wandering the realm without her two most important companions for quite some time. As I mentioned earlier, I do think we will be fairly deep into season two before Yennefer is back, but once she is, I predict we will get a ton of blind Yen.
Prediction #6 – Vilgefortz Will Show His True Power
This is something that may be a stretch, but also something that I would love to see. Vilgefortz is an absolute force to be reckoned with in the books. He is also secretly in cahoots with Emhyr var Emreis, the Nilfgaardian Emperor, who is also Duny, who is Pavetta’s husband. Confusing, I know, but this helps explain tremendously. So, I expect to see Duny and Vilgefortz working together in Season two and I also predict that we will see much more of Vilgefortz magical potential as his story unfolds.
Witcher Prediction #7 – We will get another “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” Banger
This is pure hope, but that song went so hard! We have to get another for season two you would think. Big shouts to Joey Batey for nailing that song and his role as Jaskier.
Prediction #8 – The Doppler Will Return
I’m not sure how, why, when, or as whom, but the Doppler will most definitely appear at some point throughout season two. There is too much invested into his character at this point to have him disappear the way he did and not have him be at the end of some trick. Maybe he was the Ciri Geralt met in the woods in the finale. Maybe he will pretend to be Cahir to infiltrate the Nilfgaardian Empire. He could even be a random new character that we meet who gets in with Geralt and Ciri!
Witcher Prediction #9 – Mark Hamill Will Play Vesemir
At this point, I don’t see how Lauren S. Hissrich can not cast Mark Hamill as Vesemir. I know there are loads of other potential candidates (Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, or Ian McShane) that could portray the grizzled Witcher vet just as well, but Hamill has to be the one in my opinion. He would need to absolutely bomb his audition to not get the role. He would be exactly what I expected Vesemir to look like in real life and this just needs to happen (LOL).
UPDATE: Mark Hamill was extended the role of Vesemir! It’s still up in the air if he will accept, but I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t.
Prediction #10 – Philippa Eilhart Will Make an Appearance
Philippa is a sorceress known to have the extremely rare ability to polymorph. The Royal Court Mage to King Vizimir of Redania can take the form of an owl and is inherently neither good nor evil. I’m almost 100% positive Philippa will make an appearance because there has been rumors that Vizimir and Dijkstra will be making appearances in season two. If that rumor is true, you’d think it’s safe to assume that the kings loyal court mage would also appear and flex her magical prowess.
Witcher Prediction #11 – Geralt’s Company Will Begin to Form
Angoulême, Regis, Milva, and Zoltan Chivay are all members of Geralt’s Company that could begin to materialize in season two. Depending on how season two goes, any of these characters could be introduced, however, I think Zoltan makes the most sense to find his way on to the show. The other three are all pieces of Geralt’s team when he is looking for Cirilla after she disappears, and since the two haven’t even made it to Kaer Morhen, Ciri hasn’t begun training or disappeared yet, I find it a little harder to find them sneaking their way into the season.
Unfortunately for all of us, we’re still about a year out from seeing if any of these Witcher predictions come true. I know it’s a long way away, but I’m sure there will be plenty of new developments that keep our appetites satires over the coming months. Filming is set to begin soon, so be on the lookout for final character castings and other reviews here. I’m very intrigued to know what everyone else’s Witcher predictions for season two are, so be sure to comment below!
I’m only thirteen years late to this show, but wow, what a ride Friday Night Lights turned out to be. From the pilot where the Dillon Panthers lose their star QB all the way to Michael B. Jordan’s character, Vince Howard, winning state, I couldn’t help but sit on the edge of my couch as I rooted for this rag-tag group of kids to be successful. I had no idea when I began this show that I would get so emotionally attached to the characters and their absurd lives, but I did. However, With all the good that came with this show, there was also a good chunk of bad, which leads us to my best (and worst) review for the fictional Friday Night Lights variant of Dillon, Texas.
#1 – Tim Riggins
Even though my boy Timmy Rigs falls into a few of the bad categories below, he hands down led the pack for the good things from Dillon, Texas. Taylor Kitsch was an absolute godsend to this show and that hair of his was just stupid perfect. Tim was a character that had his ups and downs, well actually mostly just alcohol-fueled downs, but the arc he traveled was an amazing one. He started as a star full back who lost his best friend, made a weird journey down a path with that same friend’s girlfriend, ended up in jail for his brother, and finally made his way back into our hearts by the finale of the show. Friday Night Lights wouldn’t have been the same without him and for that, I thank NBC with all of my heart.
#2 – The Transition Between Seasons Two and Three
For me, this was one of the weirdest transitions I had EVER witnessed in a television show. I can’t imagine how furious people were when this happened in real-time and I’m kind of glad that I wasn’t in on the show when it did. For those of you who may not know, or if you didn’t really think that the extremely odd shift was actually odd, it did have a reason behind it. Right around the end of season two was when the Writer’s Strike of 2007 began. The strike lasted from November 2007 to February 2008 and ended Coach Taylor’s chances at a second State Title while also simultaneously injuring Brian “Smash” Williams. I thought the way they picked up in season three was very strange, but I guess it was the only thing they could really do. Luckily for me, this didn’t really ruin anything, but it definitely put a damper on things as I ventured into season three.
#3 – Coach Taylor
I have never seen a man who was more dedicated to the betterment of his players than Coach Eric Taylor. Throughout each and every season he had at least one moment where he could have made a choice to help himself, but instead, he made a choice that bettered the young men he was coaching. Just think of everything he did for Vince in seasons four and five. He took him in and changed his life forever. He kept him off the streets, showed him what it really took to be a man, and ultimately led him to a future that just two short years before seemed extremely unlikely for the young star. Not to mention the way he was with Jason Street after his accident as well, which really showed Coach T’s true colors for his players. He was by no means perfect, but he was damn near close.
#4 – The Inconsistent Character Ages
This is an area that I’m not sure if it was ever explained or not, but it was blatantly obvious that they altered some ages throughout the first three or four seasons of this show. Tim Riggins was 1,000% a junior or a senior in season one, yet when season two rolls around he’s only a junior. They do the exact same thing for Lyla Garrity, who was dating Jason and also ended up being a junior once season two rolled around. One of the other characters whose age seemed inconsistent through the first four seasons was Landry (A.K.A Lance for Coach Taylor). He was a senior in season four, which would have made him a freshman in season one. This isn’t as unbelievable as the Tim and Lyla age gaps, but it also didn’t really make sense. I don’t think they ever clearly state Landry’s age but it just didn’t really make sense for him to be a freshman in season one. Even with all of these confusing age changes though, the show does a great job of immersing these characters into their storylines and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
#5 – The Casting of Michael B. Jordan
When Matt moved away and Coach T was getting moved from West Dillon High, I had no idea what direction this show was heading. I think it’s safe to say though that the addition of Michael B. Jordan was hands down the correct direction. Jordan’s character Vince was everything this show needed that we, as fans, didn’t know we needed. Vince went from a troubled boy in and out of juvie to my second favorite character in the show within a matter of three or four episodes. He had one of the most incredible storylines and character arcs of any show I have ever seen. Not to mention, you could see how much Coach Taylor loved him and looked at Vince of his son almost. Just an incredible feel-good story that capped off the end of a great five seasons of Panther football.
#6 – Jason Street’s Storyline
Now before I dive into this, I want to mention this only refers to Jason’s storyline AFTER season one. I actually thoroughly enjoyed J in season one, but I’m not exactly sure what the producers and writers were thinking after that. This whole story turned into a massive joke it seemed and I really wish they would’ve taken Jason’s character a different direction. The whole trip to Mexico for experimental surgery wasn’t awful, but the fact that they had J attempt to commit suicide, then change his mind, and then somehow magically swim a few hundred yards into shore and be completely fine was a little farfetched for me. Not to mention it was just generally dark for a show that typically was trying to inspire. From here they then send him down a weird path with the whole father storyline, which wasn’t as bad as the Mexico story but it still wasn’t good either. It almost seemed as if they had no idea how to get him out of the show, so they just went with the first thing they could think of, which was to have him get a random girl pregnant and then move off to New York to try to provide for said family. It just got really weird really fast and I think Jason deserved a better story!
#7 – Matt Saracen
Matt is just another one of those Tim Riggins type of characters that could do no wrong in my eyes. He was the man of his house from a very young age, was an all-around incredible human being, and was certainly deserving of that QB1 role he earned in season one. His one flaw may have been his love for Julie Taylor (who is another all-time awful character) because I know my boy Matty could have done so much better. And don’t even get me started on the episode where Matt’s dad passes away either. I bawled my eyes out when that happened. Zach Gilford (the man who played Matt) could not have acted better for this episode. It was absolute perfection and it hit so hard how we responded to everything that transpired his father’s death. If it weren’t for Tim Riggins, Matt would have been the front-runner for the most spectacular character on Friday Night Lights by a long shot.
#8 – Landry and Tyra’s Murder Storyline
This somewhat ties into the Writer Strike from #2 above, but also like, what in the world were the writers for this show thinking here? Another one of those extremely dark storylines that made no sense, plus I felt like Landry and Tyra’s love story could have still happened with something way less dramatic and depressing. Plus, this was clearly self-defense and Landry’s father was a cop so… like, why did they freak out and decide to hide the body? However, I think my main concern with this story was that it ultimately never had any sort of impact in the later seasons and I don’t even think was ever brought back up again. It was such a huge piece of Landry and Tyra and once the show picked back up after the Writers Strike, it was just shrugged off as if it never happened. Even a little clarity here would’ve gone a long way for both of their characters.
After all is said and done, the pads are taken off, and the dust settles on the football field, Friday Night Lights will go down as one of the best television shows of all time. I learned many things from this show and was taught countless life lessons by a lot of the characters, but there’s one thing that stands out the most. As Coach T always said, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
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In today’s day and age, binging TV has become a regular occurrence in our everyday lives. According to a Morning Consult survey from late 2018, nearly 60% of viewers watch two or more episodes of their favorite shows at least once a week. Of that 60%, roughly 15% claimed to binge daily, 28% several times per week, and the remaining 17% about once per week. All of that binging leads to many a discussion on which shows make the “Greatest TV Shows” of all time list, and I, of course, have my own take on said list. Since I ventured off to college and got my own Netflix way back in 2011, I’ve probably watched thousands, if not tens of thousands, of hours of television. But, of all of that time spent lounging on my couch, bed, or some random spot I’ve found myself when my body can no longer be comfortable in the aforementioned spots, these are the shows that stand out the most.
#10 – The Witcher
I know, I know, this may be a little premature, but that’s also why I have it at #10. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t have this show somewhere on this list. This franchise has been one of my favorites since I discovered the Witcher 2 back in high school and Netflix dropping the first season in December was the greatest Christmas gift anyone could’ve asked for.
Everything about this franchise is amazing, but the show took it to an entirely different level for me. Starting with the opening scene, we’re submersed into a creepy bog of some sort where Geralt and a Kikamora are fighting for their lives. Throughout the season we get our fair share of vile creatures, villains, and fantasy perfection, all of which led to what I believe was the greatest season of ANY show in 2019. By the end of the season, I was utterly blown away by this show and I think it has a ton of potential to be the next Game of Thrones in regard to size, fan base, and overall success. Season two will be the true test to this franchise and the direction it could head, but I can easily see this show clawing its way to #1 if the future seasons are anywhere near as incredible as the first.
#9 – Dark
Speaking of shows without a massive collection of episodes, the Netflix original Dark has managed to become one of the most well put together series of the last few years with only two short seasons. Even with only eighteen episodes though, it managed to find its way at number nine of my greatest TV shows list.
The science fiction thriller takes your brain on a journey that will confuse, amaze, and shock you all at the same time. The show follows four families after the disappearance of a young boy exposes many secrets in a small, German town. This, in turn, leads to the unraveling of a time travel conspiracy that spans three generations. Dark not only left me wondering what was going to happen with these families, but also left my mind twisted in all sorts of pretzels as the time travel aspect becomes evident. One of the things that sets this show apart from all the other science fiction, time travel thrillers is that Dark does an amazing job of explaining the things that typically don’t make sense. On top of that, it is littered with easter eggs, hints, and puzzles that leave you wanting more.
#8 – Community
Time for a throwback, and one of the greatest TV show comedies of all time. Community first aired in September 2009 and ran for six seasons, when it ended in mid 2015. What originally drew me into this show was the fact that Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, was one of the main characters. But after the first season I was hooked, and I found myself attached to each one of the seven study group members.
For those of you who don’t know, Community follows Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) after he is suspended from being a lawyer. He lied about having a law degree, thus leading him to enroll at the local community college to obtain said degree and continue his life as a lawyer. While attending Greendale he will meet six of his best friends, and this will lead to pure comedic gold for all of us as viewers. Whether it was the paintball scenes, the absurdities enacted by Dean Pelton, or Troy and Abed rapping in Spanish, this show will 100% have you clutching your sides as you gasp for air from laughing throughout each episode.
#7 – Supernatural
Supernatural is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV shows, and it’s also one of the longest running TV shows ever. Coming in at fifteen seasons, all of which are 20+ episodes long, its no minor undertaking to watch. But, I would recommend this show ten times out of ten to anyone who loves any type of supernatural related fields. It can range from angels and demons to horsemen of the apocalypse, and every now and then, a Wendigo or a Poltergeist will get mixed in as well. This brother-duo has grown so much over the years and it is truly incredible to see what Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) have turned this show into. As each season progresses it gets better and better, and this is one of very few shows that I’ve watched that has reintroduced villains multiple times. Yet, of all the times they have brought back a big bad, it’s never been in a way that makes you cringe at how they are brought back into the fold. It’s definitely quite the show to tackle if you’re starting from the beginning, but it’s a show you must watch at some point nonetheless.
#6 – Friday Night Lights
Rounding out the first half of my greatest TV shows of all time list is Friday Night Lights. FNL debuted in October 2006, but I didn’t watch the show until just recently. I’d started it a few other times, but I would always get distracted by a new season of Game of Thrones, Supernatural, or some other show I was watching. As I’ve said in my Best and Worst of Friday Night Lights post though, I deeply regret waiting so long to sit down and fully watch through this classic. This show had just about everything you could ask for too. Inspirational father figure who is always making you emotional, check. Annoying daughter who you hate but can’t get enough of, check. Badass with luscious flow and a hankering to slug beers at any and all times… check. Even though the first two seasons were very, and I mean very, different from the rest due to the writers strike of 2007, this show never ceased to disappoint.
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Game of Thrones Season 8: A One-Year Anniversary Tribute
As we near the one-year anniversary of Game of Thrones Season 8 and my mind longs for Winds of Winter, I found myself contemplating how I truly felt about the final season of what could potentially end up as the greatest show of all time. So, I turned my TV on, sat down, and binged the entire season in one sitting. Granted, this was actually a long time coming, as I did re-watch the entire series up until that point in my COVID-19 quarantined state, but that’s besides the point. I noticed there were a lot of things I liked early on… then a lot of things I didn’t like as the season progressed, and I also noticed how some lesser characters ended up with much better endings than some of our main heroes after having almost no screen time whatsoever. So, the second I finished I sat down at my computer and began putting this small novel of a review together. Sorry (but really I’m not) in advance.
Re-Watch of the Final Season
After watching the final season for the third time (Second re-watch was about 48 hours after the final episode aired), it’s safe to say that I am very salty about how a show of this caliber could end in the manner it did. My first two watches left a bitter taste in my mouth, but at least I could kind of wrap my head around the way things were done. This time, I was befuddled, and I think it finally set in that this was the ending we were stuck with for the rest of eternity. There was just so much left unanswered and so much that, in my personal opinion, could’ve been done better. Which leads us to my first breakdown analysis categories that I have so cleverly named “Things I Liked” and “Things I Disliked”.
Things I Liked
The New Intro sequence absolutely slaps: I loved seeing the kingdoms of Westeros in more depth
Bran’s transition from creepy and weird to awkward and hilarious
Theon’s redemption arc
The Battle of Winterfell
Tormund and his drinking shenanigans (But for real, which coward s*** Tormund’s pants!?)
Lady Mormont’s general presence
Lady Mormont’s sacrificial death
Pod’s singing (oh… my… god…)
When Melisandre ignited the Dothraki arakhs (the trench lighting was pretty dope as well)
The shot with Dany and Jon eclipsing the clouds on Drogon and Rhaegal
When Arya and Melisandre tie together her “brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes” quote from back in season three
Each and every short joke directed at Jon Snow
Post Missandei Grey Worm
The Dany and Drogon Wing scene from the finale
Things I Disliked
The almost immediate hatred between Dany and Sansa
The Jaime/Brienne storyline: This seemed so forced… I believe it wasted time and resources that could’ve been spent on more important things
Speaking of wasting resources… Everything involving the Golden Company seems pretty pointless right about now
The lack of detail surrounding Cersei’s pregnancy
Our favorite dire wolf, Ghost, having about 180 seconds of screen time
How quick Dany’s personality changes… I know it’s been hinted out for eight seasons, but even five more minutes of crazy before episode five would’ve helped (*cough, cough* Jaime and Brienne storyline)
Lack of Arya using her face swapping talent (ESPECIALLY since this could’ve completely avoided the slaughter of innocents and armies)
The Vale warriors disappearance in the Battle of Winterfell
The Stark Crypts coming to life… most of those bodies would have been 1,000% deteriorated. And the ones that weren’t should have had no chance in hell of clawing through STONE to escape
Dany/Jon’s plan to send the Dothraki out to their obvious deaths. They both knew how many wights the Night King had under his control (à la episode six of season seven), yet they still sent what appeared to be 99% of them towards the monstrous wave of undead
The Night Kings loss of accuracy with his ice spear. Like, this guy hit Viserion from a country mile, yet misses Dany and Drogon from thirty yards?
The fact that there were still so many Dothraki alive in episodes five and six was also pretty confusing
Bran’s constant denial of “wanting” the throne, yet acknowledging that he “played” everyone to get the throne (“why do you think I traveled all this way” -.-)
John leaving Ghost. I get that the massive dire wolf doesn’t really have any place in the siege of a city, but John didn’t need to act as if he hated Ghost and never wanted to see him again (especially without a real goodbye)
Cersei not killing Drogon… or Dany… or any of the Khaleesi’s army when they were, oh I don’t know, 100 yards away from the walls of Kings Landing. It makes ZERO sense for Cersei to not take full advantage of this apparent weakness and grab an instant win. Dany is going to attack the city either way, why not shoot a few scorpion bolts and attempt to make the ransacking of the city a little harder?
The entire scene with Jaime and Euron… once again, could’ve spent that 10 minutes of episode on something more important
Jaime and Cersei’s death was underwhelming to say the least
The fact that Tyrion finds Jaime and Cersei so easily. Plus the fact that he only moves three bricks before finding them… pretty sure the Lannister lovers could’ve survived that “cave in” within Maegor’s Holdfast
The pure DISRESPECT thrown at the Reed family… how can you not even mention them in the final season (LOL)
The lack of Ellaria and Tyene. Could’ve had a great scene with Cersei and Ellaria that would’ve taken 45 seconds just to verify the gruesome death they set up for the two of them in season seven
If I’m being honest, there was a lot more on that dislike list, but I decided enough was enough. Let’s jump into the season eight power rankings.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Power Rankings
#6 – Bronn
Even with almost no screen time in season 8, this man ended up as one of the most powerful people in all of Westeros. As the new Master of Coin, Bronn is now the Lord of Highgarden and has the power of handling all the seven kingdoms coin, which is a pretty big deal for someone who started the show as a cutthroat sell sword. Especially when you think that he probably had nothing to his name besides a small bag of coin, the clothes on his back, and his trusty sword when Tyrion first met him. Not too shabby for a character who had maybe 7 minutes of screen time in the most important season of Game of Thrones.
#5 – Brienne of Tarth
Brienne had much more time in comparison to Bronn, yet she also ended up quite a winner when all was said and done. She survived the Battle of Winterfell, fulfilled all of her promises, hooked up with the love of her life (which unfortunately was NOT Tormund Giantsbane), and landed herself as Lord Commander of the Kingsgaurd. The latter portion of her new accolades is very impressive, and it also makes Brienne one of the most influential people in all of Westeros. She will, hands down, push the seven kingdoms in the direction they need to be pushed, and I truly wish we could watch the rest of her story unfold.
#4 – Sansa Stark
Sansa was such an integral piece to the final season and got every single thing that she deserved… besides the crown! I full-heartedly believe Sansa should have been named queen, but I also don’t hate that she rules the North as its own independent kingdom. Let’s be real, ruling over one kingdom by itself is probably much more lax than ruling over seven anyways, right? She also “got rid of” Dany, which was probably an exceptionally incredible feeling for the newly crowned Queen of the North. All in all, a pretty solid ending for Sansa.
#3 – Drogon
Out of every single power ranking I’ve read for season eight, not one has mentioned Drogon anywhere. Think of all the things he did within Game of Thrones Season 8: He was the only dragon to survive, evaded an insane amount of scorpion bolts (and one poorly thrown ice spear by the Night King), finally was used to his full potential, completely merked Kings Landing, and is now living on his own in complete freedom somewhere unknown to everyone. How can all that not classify him as a top-tier power player in season 8?
#2 – Bran Stark
As much as it pains me to place Bran in my power rankings, he absolutely has to be placed here. He one million percent played every single person in this entire show for the last two plus seasons. I cannot stand the fact that he was crowned ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s probably the biggest flaw to the end of this series in my opinion, but he did outmaneuver everyone (including the Night King) which makes this whole season a pretty powerful case for him to be ranked so high. Everything he did, every statement he made, every piece of advice he gave, was all to make sure he ended up as the ruler of the seven kingdoms. On top of all this, his character did a complete 180 from the other seasons. He moved from the weird, creepy brother to the funny, witty brother, and that was a massive leap for the character.
#1 – Arya Stark
To me, it’s a no-brainer that Arya is the ultimate power player from season eight. Without her sneaky, faceless-man, dagger drop and stab, Winterfell falls. If Winterfell falls, The Night King and his undead army move south and, most likely, take Kings Landing pretty easily. This holds especially true if both Drogon and Rhaegal fall during the battle of Winterfell, since Dany ends up taking the capital with only Drogon. That alone pushed her to the top for me, but we also see that she still very much cares about the safety of others in the latter half of the season, and that her story is just beginning, which is just extra icing on the GOT cake.
Three Key Players I left Off my Power Rankings
Tyrion Lannister: The reason I left Tyrion off is that I didn’t really see him as a winner at any point in this season (besides for the fact that he wasn’t killed). A lot of people see him as the “ruler” since Bran “never wanted to be king”, but that then takes away from the entire sneaky storyline of Bran “coming all that way.” Tyrion is still one of the best characters of ANY show of all time, but I just don’t see him as a winner in season eight.
Jon Snow: Similar to Tyrion, Jon didn’t win anything. Yeah, he’s technically free to do whatever he wants in the north with Tormund now, but other than that his season mostly sucked. He found out he was the rightful heir to the throne, even though he wanted nothing to do with ruling. He was then convinced to kill the second love of his life (R.I.P. Ygritte, still too soon) before becoming a prisoner. I wanted so much more for Jon, but I guess now he will just be known as the wildling traitor who abandoned the Nights Watch… twice.
Samwell Tarly: Sam ended up as Grand Maester (still not really sure how LOL) and gets to write A Song of Ice and Fire (which, by the way, is probably the dopest tie in to a show of all time). I’m assuming he was also pardoned from his abandoning of nights watch, even though there’s probably just no nights watch left at this point. I love Samwell to death, but his season just didn’t amount to as much as the others even with this massive accomplishments. Another character that had so much potential that was left in the background for most of the season.
Favorite Characters Throughout ALL Seasons
With all of that being said about season eight, Game of Thrones will still always hold an extremely special place in my heart. I had so many incredible years with this show, and even though the ending wasn’t what I’d hoped for, the show itself is still a GOAT contender. It defined the new era for fantasy television and led us to the discovery of so many amazing actors, battle scenes, and inside jokes. So without further ado, let my All-time character list commence.
#8: Ramsay Snow/Bolton
This may be controversial, since he was one of the most evil, villainous characters in the show, but Ramsay Bolton was one of my all-time favorites. He brought so much excitement, horror, and nervousness to the show: all of which makes for excellent television. We witnessed him completely eradicate Theon’s cocky persona over the middle seasons, then he kills his father and makes himself Lord of Winterfell, and then we get the epic conclusion to his story when he fights Jon Snow in the Battle of the Bastards. Ramsay is easily one of the most hateable characters from the show, yet I can’t stop myself from loving every single second his face was on my screen.
#7: Tormund Giantsbane
What’s not to love about this Wildling mountain man who was touched by fire? Constant witty banter with legitimately every single character in the show? Check. Facial expressions that can make you laugh without any volume to his words? Check. A character arc that goes from funny bad guy to hero that you love? Triple Check! Kristofer Hivju absolutely slayed his role as Tormund. He was #2 on my season eight list of “No way, they can’t do this to us… they can’t kill (favorite character’s name here).” Not to mention, of all the stories to end the series, he probably lucked out with the best one. He gets to live out the rest of his days with his best bud, Jon Snow, as they do whatever they want out beyond the wall. Talk about a solid end, am I right?
#6: Ser Davos Seaworth
I’ll be honest, Ser Davos was a teen tiny bit annoying and dull towards the beginning of the series, but right about when he learns to read was when the switch flipped on him for me. After that moment, it seemed like he always had such great comments to everything everyone asked of him. Not to mention, once Stannis dies and Davos makes the transition over to Jon, he becomes the coolest grandparent-figure, trusty advisor, and friend to the newly crowned King in the North. Davos is hands down one of the wiser men in the show as well, and maybe even the second oldest person we ever see on screen. I mean, even he knows that after all he’s done, he’s only “live to a ripe old age.”
#5: Jon Snow
I’ve always thought of Jon as one of my favorite characters, but as the series progressed, his brooding intensified, and his story played out, I found him right here, stuck at #5 on my list. Don’t get me wrong, Jon is an absolute badass, I just think his character spiraled downwards for me in the last two seasons. Obviously, I realize that this is in no way the character’s fault (or Kit Harrington’s for that matter), but it doesn’t mean that how D&B portrayed him towards the end didn’t drop him in my rankings. He was hyped up so much and basically ended up being a dud. A criminal banished to the Nights Watch, which more than likely doesn’t (and will never) exist anymore, who then abandons that post to live north of the wall with the wildlings. Hopefully GRRM’s version of Jon in the final two books has a better story. Maybe then he will make his way back towards his rightful spot within the Mount Rushmore of GOT characters.
#4: Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
Do you remember my list of “No way, they can’t do this to us… they can’t kill (favorite character’s name here)” from above? Well Bronn was #1 on that same list in season seven. The reason Bronn falls so high n the rankings for me is because he’s an OG that goes all the way back to season one. Plus, he’s given us many more laughs than most, including the Wildling be’ar-do-well, Tormund Giantsbane. He ended up with one of the most impressive character arc’s – Sell sword to knight, knight to Lord, Lord to Master of Coin – even with the complete dud of a season eight that he was given. And how could I forget all the buddy cop scenes between him and Tyrion throughout the first four seasons of the show. I would pay so much money a month to get a spin off of Game of Thrones that just followed those two around Westeros (get on it HBO).
#3: Arya Stark
Arya has always been towards the top of my favorite characters list for the sole purpose that she was a little badass lady, but she somehow managed to only become more badass as the show progressed. She’s another character that I think will have even more backstory in GRRM’s upcoming books as well, hopefully with a solid chunk of that giving us much more depth within The House of Black and White. She is one of few characters that I think needed little to no tweaks (and that D&B didn’t screw up). Her story was borderline perfect, and the only thing that maybe could’ve topped it off would’ve been crossing that final name off her list before sailing west of Westeros. FYI, I would watch an Arya spin off in a heartbeat if HBO were to make one… but I don’t think we will ever get that lucky.
#2: Oberyn Martell
I know, I know, Oberyn was only in seven episodes within one season, but could you imagine what could have been if he didn’t get his skull exploded!? Within those seven episodes, Oberyn low-key made King’s Landing his b****. Plus, he almost defended the innocent Tyrion Lannister while avenging his sister’s death. If only he didn’t get so cocky with the literal mountain of a man that is Gregor Clegane. Oberyn left a massive mark on the show in just seven short episodes, I could not imagine how differently the story turns out if he survives and saves Tyrion. Well… actually I can. Myrcella lives, Tyrion (probably) never helps Dany, Oberyn exacts justice on Tywin, John is named rightful ruler well before Dany makes her way to Westeros, Cersei never rises to the same level of power (and maybe doesn’t rise to power at all), etcetera, etcetera. Even without all of those possibilities, Oberyn finds himself at #2 in my greatest characters list.
#1: Tyrion Lannister
I think this goes without saying, but how can Tyrion Lannister NOT be your favorite character? Not only did he have the most screen time throughout all 73 episodes of the show, but he also started season eight off with the most incredible ball joke to Varys. Tyrion, without a doubt, has the greatest everything throughout all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Final few seasons equals the greatest hair and beard. In all seasons he has the greatest comments, retorts, and jokes (if only we got to hear that one about the jackass and the honeycomb). Tyrion also has some of the greatest strategies (give or take a few from season seven) and ideas that the realm has ever seen. He’s a godsend to the realm, and even after everything he does, bran still wants him as his hand of the king. Hopefully he lives a long, full life in the new Westeros, and one day gets to die how he’s always wanted.
My Least Favorite Characters
I know I’ve already written about 47,638 words on this article, so I’ll go ahead and keep my least favorite character list as short as humanly possible.
Cersei Lannister: I dislike Cersei so much I am not even going to go into detail on why I dislike her. I think it’s pretty obvious that she is the worst human of all time and I wish she would’ve had a better on-screen death.
Littlefinger: He was a solid character… until he helped capture (and essentially kill) Ned Stark. Plus, his voice got deeper and raspier as the show progressed, and that honestly made listening to him the most annoying thing EVER.
Joffery: Nuff’ said.
Melisandre: Melisandre had an incredible character arc, but she did so many awful things that pushed her right off the cliff into the pit of dislike. Like, she sacrificed a little girl… that’s just plain wrong on so many levels.
The Mountain: Gregor Clegane was the perfect POS human being for Game of Thrones. I hate that Sandor had to die in order to kill his big brother, but it was a death that was much deserved for everything The Mountain has done throughout his eight season tenure.
The Sand Snakes: This applies to both Ellaria Sand and her three daughters. They were all just annoying, and the storyline with Ellaria and Tyene gets wiped under the rug in season eight. I feel like D&B should’ve at least given us a glimpse of these two in the final season.
Now, we will discuss my favorite secondary characters in alphabetical order… Just kidding, you’re finally at the end! And so am I, at least for quite some time. Game of Thrones was a massive piece of my life over the last few years, and even though I’ll always love this show, this re-watch showed me that it’s time for a break. At this point, even though my watch has not ended, I’m for sure pulling a Jon and heading north of the wall with Tormund for a few years. Poor decisions made by D&B led to an extremely underperforming final season, and even though it sucks, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that’s the ending that I’m stuck with. Point-blank, period. One day, GRRM will release his ending, and hopefully that ties up more of the questions that are still etched in my brain after season 8, but if not… oh well. It was a wild ride, Game of Thrones. Until next time.
Fargo has been one of those shows that I’ve wanted to watch for such a long time, but every time I go to start it another show comes along that piques my interest a little more. Well, that is no longer true, because I finally started last week and I regret every time I’ve ever pushed this show away for another! I just finished season one and will begin season two immediately, but before I did I wanted to discuss some of my favorite moments from season one (in no particular order).
Fargo’s Snow Storm Shootout
This scene actually spread across two episodes if I’m not mistaken. I thought it was a really cool concept to have this epic battle between Malvo, Molly, Gus, Mr. Numbers, and Mr. Wrench. Not to mention, the fact that Gus ended up shooting Molly was a really nice twist that also makes all the sense (LOL). There was also an extremely grisly death in Malvo slitting Mr. Numbers’ throat, which added the touch of darkness that was needed for this scene.
Lester’s Revenge on Sam Hess
This was a long con, but I absolutely LOVED it. I was somewhat confused at first as to why Lester wanted to be the one to deliver the papers to Mrs. Hess. But then, as he was taking good ol’ Gina Hess on a trip to pound town, we see Lester staring down the photo of the deceased Mr. Hess and his wife. It was so fitting for the picture to fall and break right as Lester was wrapping up the deed as well. Good for Lester, ya know.
Malvo’s Hair Transition
Even with how great of a job Billy Bob Thornton did with Lorne Malvo, his hair in the first seven episodes was absolutely horrendous. It made the character look like such a creep, which was probably the whole point, but it irked me every time it was on screen. When Malvo came back as the fun-loving dentist and had that full head of salt and pepper hair I was filled with an endless joy knowing I wouldn’t have to see that awful bowl cut again. It really makes him look like an entirely different person, which once again, was the entire point.
The Mail Scene With Malvo
This was just an excellent piece of work on the writers part here as Malvo schools the mail man while attempting to get a package from his employer. “No, highly irregular is the time I found a foot in a toaster oven.” What a classic Malvo line! This was very early on in the season too so it was a great catalyst to drive home how witty and out there Malvo truly was.
Malvo’s First Speech to Gus
There was something about Malvo calmly telling Gus that he was making a mistake that really had me nervous for the friendly cop. It was really an incredible little exchange between the two… just read through it and let what Malvo says seek deep into your bones.
Malvo: “We could do it that way. You ask me for my papers. I tell you it’s not my car, that I borrowed it… See where things go from there. We could do that. Or you could go get in your car and drive away.”
Gus: “And why would I do that?”
Malvo: Because some roads you shouldn’t go down. Because maps used to say, “There be dragons here.” Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there.
Gus: Step out of the car please Sir.”
Malvo: How old’s your kid? Let me tell you what’s gonna happen… Officer Grimly. I’m going to roll my window up, then I’m going to drive away, and your’e gonna go home to your daughter, and every few years, you’re gonna look at her face and know that you’re alive because you chose not to go down a certain road on a certain night, that you chose to walk into the light instead of into the darkness.”
How terrifying is that!? It was our first glimpse into the true evil Malvo brought to Fargo season one, and the crazy thing is that it only got more intense from him after this.
The Fargo Building Massacre
What a magnificent piece of art this was. I don’t think I have ever witnessed any television or movie scene shot in this fashion. The fact that we were slowly making our way up with Malvo while simultaneously not seeing anything was soooo nail-biting. Hearing the screams of the terrified office workers mixed with the firing of multiple guns added to the mysteriousness of this scene as well. And to top it all off, we got to see Malvo shoot one of the bad guys out of a fourth floor window before proceeding to escape right out from under the FBI’s nose.
The “Frank Peterson” Interview
How hilarious was this scene!? I was laughing so hard watching Billy Bob, A.K.A Malvo, pretend to be this saintlike little church goer when we damn well knew he was a violent, murderous criminal. He of course was going to have some sort of backup story for whenever he was caught, but this one was just absolute perfection. Plus, we also got some more unusual banter between Gus and Malvo here, which leads to the very solid shades of green riddle that Gus eventually solves (but doesn’t explain what he thinks it means).
The Elevator of Death
This scene was one of the best in my opinion because it showed how talented Malvo was AND that he could flip the switch between funny, loving actor dentist and cold-blooded killer just like that. It was actually very disturbing how easy it was for that switch to flip. This, of course, finally brought the two greatest characters of the show back together and led to quite the interesting storyline within the final two episodes.
The Events that Transpire at Lester’s House
I’m not even sure where to begin here. We know the second that Malvo shows interest in the undercover cop car at the dealership that things are probably heading south for our two FBI agents. The way Malvo lured them out of their car was pure genius, and their deaths were quick and graphic. Our villain then easily breaks into Lester’s house, where it appears Lester is attempting to hide, and rather poorly, from Malvo. But whatya know, it was actually a ruse set by Lester to lure Malvo into the bear trap! This then leads to the escape of Malvo, which leads us to my final favorite moment of the season…
Malvo and Lester’s Deaths
Even though they were two of the best characters in the show, these deaths were well deserved. Both men were monsters and died in rather fitting manners. I really appreciated that Gus was the one to take out Malvo, especially since Gus was the first to truly receive a threat from Malvo back in episode one. It looked like it was hard for Gus to shoot Malvo five or six times, but it was something that needed to be done to bring protection back to his family. Then we have Lester, who either drowned or froze to death while fleeing from the cops. Even though I was kind of rooting for him to escape, it was nice to have such sweet justice brought down on someone who could lie, manipulate, and murder as easy as he did. All in all a fantastic ending to the first season!
Well that’s that. Be sure to leave comments below to all of your favorite moments from Fargo season one! Thanks again for reading, and for more of my original content head on over to DustyPosts (be on the lookout for more Fargo posts soon). Anyways, I’m off to start season two, wish me luck!
Warning: There will be spoilers below, so proceed at your own risk!
The Outsider Review: HBO’s Next Big Hit
HBO has done it again, folks. They continue to pump out shows that shock and awe and their new crime drama, The Outsider, does just that. Jason Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn, and Cynthia Erivo have me absolutely hooked on this show and I cannot wait to see what happens in the second half of its first season.
The Outsider Plot
According to IMDB, the synopsis is as follows: “Investigators are confounded over an unspeakable crime that’s been committed.” Now that may seem extremely vague and nondescript, but it honestly couldn’t say anything else without giving away too much of the show. However, now that I have watched the first half of the season I think I can add a little more detail to spice things up. “A small town is rattled by the ghastly death of a young boy. As the child’s family and the town mourn, things begin to get very strange. Investigators are baffled by the evidence they find, and struggle to find who, or what, is wreaking havoc upon their town.” If that doesn’t make you want to watch then I don’t know what will!
What We’ve Witnessed So Far
If you haven’t watched the show yet and are still reading, now is the time to stop. I will briefly dive into each episode below via bullet points, so proceed with caution.
Episode One: Fish in a Barrel
Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) is accused of the grisly murder of the young boy in his town.
Ralph (Mendelsohn) and his detectives find clear evidence pointing at Maitland. They all 1,000% believe no one other than Maitland could have committed this heinous crime.
Maitland’s attorney finds clear cut evidence putting him in another town on the day of the crime.
Maitland is tossed in jail until his arraignment, where he is threatened as a “child killer”.
Episode Two: Roanoke
Ralph is no longer certain Maitland is the killer.
On the morning of his trial, Maitland is shot and killed by the brother of the dead boy Terry was accused of murdering. The brother is also shot and killed.
Ralph is put on administrative leave, but that doesn’t stop him from still attempting to solve the case.
Maitland’s daughter, Jessa, claims that she is being visited by an ominous man at night.
Ralph learns that Terry got cut while on vacation, and that the Maitlands were in Dayton the same day the van he was seen in was stolen.
Episode Three: Dark Uncle
Terry’s post murder clothes are found in an old farm out in the middle of nowhere.
We’re introduced to Holly Gibney, a private investigator who will be helping dig deeper into the Maitland case.
We also meet Heath Hofstadter, who appears to be another wrongly accused child murder victim, in prison. He kills himself at the end of the episode.
As more and more is dug up on the case, the less sense it makes. Things are strangely starting to point towards a supernatural entity being behind these crimes.
Detective Jack is introduced, and he has been attacked by whatever is creating this chaos. Leaves a nasty boil mark on the back of his neck.
Episode Four: Que Viene el Coco
Holly learns of another wrongly accused child murderer, Maria Coneles.
We learn that Heath’s doppelgänger was the one who cut Terry Maitland when he was on vacation.
We get some intriguing details on el coco, who is essentially the boogeyman.
The boy who spoke with Ralph about the van in Dayton admits to lying. He then draws a picture of the twisted-faced man that he saw stealing the car.
Claude Bolton, the former convict turned gentleman’s club owner, appears to also have his hand cut by Terry Maitland on the night of the murder.
Detective Jack appears to be feeding and supplying the creature and is under its control via the boils on his neck.
Episode Five: Tear-Drinker
We finally meet twisted-face man as he breaks into Ralph’s house to warn his wife about his interest in the case.
Twisted-face man can’t speak English very well OR he loses most motor functions (and looks) while in his transformation/regeneration state.
Ralph is an excellent mansplainer (à la the nightmare explanation LOLOL).
Jack loses his cool when Tomika asks him to hold her son. He claims he doesn’t want anything to happen to him.
Holly officially buys into the boogeyman storyline and is no longer looking for a who, but for a what.
Ralph is still having hallucinations of his dead son, or the twisted-faced boogeyman monster has his hooks in him already as well.
And that’s a wrap. So far, season one of The Outsider has been excellent. I can’t wait to see what all is in store in the second half of season one! If you haven’t watched episode fives sneak peek for six through ten yet, I highly suggest doing so. Thanks again for reading my review of HBO’s The Outsider. Watch out for more reviews in the near future, and be sure to head on over to DustyPosts for more of my content.
Wow. Just look at you. Sitting in that chair in the corner of coffee shop like you own the joint. You’re probably scrolling through your favorite WordPress blog… Oh wait, is that me? Is that my blog you’ve stumbled across? What’re the chances that add you just clicked misdirected you right to my page? Seems like it was fate. Seems like my post directed right… at… YOU.
If you couldn’t already tell, this week I’ll be diving head first into Netflix’s You, and why you need to give it a second chance if you weren’t in on season one.
A Little Background Info
So, You is essentially about a troubled young man who tends to fall in love extremely easily. He goes through his day to day life by stalking the girls he falls in love with, but he tries to play it off as if it’s all happening naturally. He is extremely tech savvy and uses a mixture of social media and stealth to track his women. The show is also based on the psychological thriller written by Caroline Kepnes, but both Lifetime and Netflix have taken their respective liberties in these first two seasons.
Season One of You (Lifetime)
The synopsis for season one is as follows: “The First season follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager in New York, who meets Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, that he becomes immediately infatuated with. To feed his obsession, he soon turns to social media and technology to track her presence and eliminate any possible obstacles that stand in the way of their romance.” At first it may not draw you in, but its oh so much better than it sounds (and I thought it sounded good from the get go). I loved this first season, but as it came to a close, I was very concerned with what they would do for a second season. I think Lifetime had this same worry as they never picked the show up for season two. But thank goodness Netflix didn’t have those same worries.
Season Two of You (Netflix)
Almost immediately, Netflix reminds us that this is a new show and it will take place in a new location. They have Will, A.K.A Joe, making his way through a movie set as his inner monologue explains to us why he had to leave New York. It ultimately came down to the fact that his thought to be dead ex, Candace, returned and was planning to torture Joe with her presence. He flee’s to Cali where he meets Love, who turns out to be just as crazy as our favorite murderous boyfriend, Joe. These two have their moments, but it all leads us to quite a twist in the penultimate and final episodes. Netflix did a splendid job with season two. It almost made season one seem like a totally different show! We will definitely be in for quite the ride when Netflix releases season three in a year or so.
All in all, this show is a 10 out of 10 recommend to any and all of you reading this. It blends the perfect amount of comedy, thriller, and mystery all into one concoction that has us all wondering if we know anyone like this in our lives.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave your thoughts and comments below, and when you’re done you can go check out all my other content here!
Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly review. This week I’ll be telling all of you why you MUST go watch Netflix’s The Witcher the second you finish reading. This show hasn’t even been out for two weeks yet and I’ve watched it through three times, so you already know Netflix did this show right!
The Witcher Franchise
The franchise itself has been around for roughly 40 years now and was originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 80’s. Back then it all started Polish short stories but quickly evolved as these Witcher stories grew in popularity. It had grown so much in fact that in 1996 a video game had went into development. Unfortunately, the game flared out and we would need to wait until CD Projekt Red released their rendition of the Witcher series as a video game in 2007. Since then, the series has truly taken off. The Witcher III was released in May of 2015 and is renowned as one of the greatest video games of all time. The success up until that point is ultimately what leads us to current day and Netflix beginning their own rendition of Sapkowski’s stories.
For the most part, Netflix’s The Witcher takes on the main portions of Sapkowski’s stories. They have, of course, taken their own creative liberties for certain pieces, but all in all we see Geralt and his companions following the same path that had previously been laid out for them. The story so far revolves around our Witcher trying to find a princess he’s destined to protect (Ciri) all while he’s accompanied by a wide array of companions (Jaskier/Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold, etc. etc.). As a Witcher, Geralt obviously kills a plethora of monsters (including some of human kind) throughout this first season of epic television, but we also get much, much more. The first season jumped around quite a bit and even confused many with its multiple timelines, but it was a perfect setup for what’s to come in season two.
Witcher Cast, Predictions, and Rumors
I do not even know where to begin with how wonderful this cast was for season one of The Witcher. Before the show was released in late December, many people were unsure of how Henry Cavil’s performance of Geralt would pan out. Countless online personalities were saying he should have been played by someone else, ranging from Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft) to Mads Mikkelson (Death Stranding, King Arthur, Hannibal). Even though seeing either of those two would have been incredible (especially Fimmel, he’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors), it’s hard to imagine anyone but Henry Cavil playing Geralt at this point. For those of you who don’t know, Cavil is a massive fan of The Witcher franchise and loses himself within the series/video games all the time. His performance along with those of Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Joey Batey as the wonderful bard Jaskier, this show could not have been cast anymore perfectly.
With out spoiling season one’s ending (WARNING: potential spoilers ahead) I’d like to discuss some predictions for what we should expect to see in season two. With Geralt and Ciri finally finding each other, we have to assume season two revolves around the two of them making their way to Kaer Morhen. I cannot imagine they would jump directly into the two joining Vesemir at the training grounds for the wolf school of Witchers, but that is also a possibility. I think the former will be the case because if they jump directly into Ciri’s training they will need to introduce The Wild Hunt very early on in the show, and I think that is something they will probably want to hold on to until the finale of season two or maybe even season three. Not to mention, Freya Allen is returning as Ciri for season two so we can anticipate the 14 to 15 year old Ciri remaining within the story line rather than the older rendition of Ciri we have seen in some of the books and video games over the years.
As far as rumors go, there are not that many yet for season two. The second season has already been green lit by Netflix after its massive success and is set to begin production in early 2020. With that being said, we should expect new episodes by late 2020 or early 2021, but nothing can be for sure until writing/shooting/etc has been completed at some point in 2020. On top of that, it is spreading that Mark Hamill himself will land the role of Vesemir (come on, how could you not give it to him…), but at this point those “rumors” are pure speculation.
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Ever since I was a young lad, I have always been a sucker for the fantasy genre. I’d like to think it all started when I began reading Harry Potter in third grade. I was so addicted to those books. I actually read Chamber of Secrets in its entirety the very first weekend I owned it. From those early years, my tastes have spread their roots across countless books, shows, video games, and movies. The first show I remember truly falling in love with was the CW’s Supernatural, which by the way is STILL one of my favorites and STILL running. But when I think about the fantasy genre, there are three shows I think crush the rest of the competition. Coming in at numbers one and two are Supernatural and Game of Thrones, but they are fairly interchangeable at this point. GoT had easily been my number one for the last five or six years, but the ending of the final season may have opened the door for Supernatural to solidify its place in first. Following them both at number three is HBO’s True Blood, which I also watched just as religiously as numbers one and two. Naturally, there are plenty of other top-notch fantasy shows that could have been mentioned, but to me these three hold the crown with ease.
Spirits, Wendigos, and Lucifer Himself
Let’s begin with Supernatural and its fourteen seasons. It initially aired on September 13th, 2005 and is one of the CW’s most successful shows, not to mention its longest running program by quite a few seasons. Coming later this year will be season fifteen, which I’m sad to say will be its last. I am super excited to see what’s in store though because the finale of season fourteen was quite a doozy. Anyways, one of the main reasons I enjoy Supernatural to the extent I do is the vast array of monsters and villains that are used. Even way back in 2005, before all the technological advances of the television industry, they did a great job of pulling you into the scene with Sam and Dean whenever they were going up against one of the bad guys. You would think that after fourteen seasons they would have had some difficulty writing or that the storyline would have gotten somewhat redundant, but that is not the case at all. Also, the storytelling in this show is phenomenal. Every little detail about the creatures is so in depth and I just love it so much. There may be a few too many sappy brother scenes or an absolutely dreadful musical episode sprinkled into a season every now and again, but even then I am always shocked by how well each episode is put together.
Fire and Blood
Next up is Game of Thrones, one of the most watched and talked about shows of my generation. I think this fell into many people’s top few shows before the final season aired last month, but now I am not so sure. If you have a phone or computer with access to the internet, I am certain you’ve seen all the negativity that the show was (and still is…) getting. I’ll admit, I was not a fan of how the series ended, but I also thought every minute up until the halfway point of episode six was absolute perfection (outside of the two water bottles and the starbucks cup lol). All of that nonsense is beside the point though, because GoT will go down in history as one of the most iconic television shows no matter how many people sign petitions about the final season. Nobody can argue that the quality of show HBO put out was anything but exceptional, especially in its final season. The battles in episodes three and five were masterfully shot, and honestly all the battle scenes throughout the entire show constantly had me at the edge of my seat. And then HBO drops that documentary on us… I won’t lie, I cried when Kit started crying towards the end. Game of Thrones coming to a close was actually the original spark behind my novel and that led me to the realization of what my true passion was. So if you were not yet sold on me being utterly engulfed within the fantasy genre, think again.
Everyone’s Favorite Vampire Show
Rounding out my top three fantasy shows is another HBO classic, True Blood. This was one of their earlier masterpieces, beginning in late 2008 and ending after seven spectacular seasons in 2014. True Blood was the first fantasy show I remember that stood out on a production scale. The carnage they were able to create when the vampires and other monsters were ripping each other apart was insane. And, once again, HBO absolutely nailed the scripts that went into this show. Plus the cast was beyond stacked with incredible actors which made the dialogues seem even more natural. HBO actually made me feel like I would cross paths with a Maenad or a Skin-walker if I traveled down to Bon Temps. Unfortunately that is not the case, and if I travel down to Louisiana all I’ll discover is the greatest food of all time and even better people.
I wanted to briefly touch on some honorable mentions of mine as well because these three shows were not the sole reasons I became such a fantasy fan over the years. MTV’s Teen Wolf is probably the closest thing to a runner up for this category, mainly because it was out when I was in high school and was so easy to relate too. Then there is The Magicians, which is one of my current favorites on the Syfy channel. They just wrapped up the fourth season not too long ago, and I hope there are many more to come. One final piece was Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, which had a very dark and twisted story line. It ended abruptly in season three which struck many people by surprise. It was one of those shows that constantly left my mind spinning in confusion and had me doing research to try and guess what would happen on the next episode. But whether a show fell into my list or just my honorable mentions, they are all enormously significant to the fantasy genre. Without these shows, I would have never been inspired to start a book or pursue my dreams. And for that, fantasy, I thank you.
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