The Greatest TV Show of All Time – Part II

My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (#5 – 1)

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

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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

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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

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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 BadBreaking 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.


And that’s a wrap. Thank you for checking out my countdown of TV shows as I explored my greatest TV show of all time. As always, be sure to leave comments below and let me know what your top 10 looks like. Also, for more original DustyPosts TV and Movie content, be sure to follow this link!

Game of Thrones Season 8

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!?)
  • Brienne’s Knighting
  • 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

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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

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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.

My Inspiration Behind Writing

My Inspiration Behind Writing

Over my life, I have encountered numerous things that have inspired me. When I was in high school, being cut from the baseball team was my inspiration to lose weight. When I was cleaning pools after college, I was inspired to score higher on the GRE in order to get into graduate school. The list is almost endless, but as of late my main inspiration has been to write. This is a huge new step in my life, as I am currently a full-time financial analyst who has a psych degree, a master’s in finance, and very little writing experience. However, even though I seem to be behind the eight ball with these new goals of mine I am still beyond excited to begin this journey into the land of writing.

How A Joke About Game of Thrones Inspired Me

The first thing that inspired me to write was actually a small joke I made to my girlfriend. As I’m sure most of you already know, roughly two months ago Game of Thrones was starting back up again. I was beyond excited, but with all that excitement came a substantial amount of worry and panic. I had so many questions on how the season would end, which of my favorite characters would end up dead, and how I would take not having any more Game of Throne Sundays to look forward to ever again. So, I sarcastically said that I was going to create my own GOT-esque realm to ease the pain that I would begin feeling the second the finale ended in mid-May. Two months later, I have five chapters complete, an entire map of my realm drawn and planned, twenty documents filled with detail that will eventually be expanded upon in the book itself, and my own website where a lot of my ideas can be found. Since that idea sprouted in my head, I have done nothing but write in my spare time. And all the time I can’t spend writing just inspires me to write even more.

The Woes of Corporate Life

The next thing that really propelled me off the cliff and into the depths of writing was my job. I have been a financial analyst for two and a half years now, but I haven’t been enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I’ve always been a math guy, and I am great at my job, but I hate the fact that I have to sit behind a desk every day from 9-5. My true career goal is to at some point work remote, and with writing, I can see that happening before I land a remote finance job. The corporate world is beginning to see the benefits of allowing their employees to work from home, but it is happening at an unbearably sluggish pace. Yes, I know there are tons of places that are more innovative and flexible towards remote work or at least having a set number of remote days a year, but those jobs typically aren’t available to people with just under three years of experience. With writing though it feels different. I’ve already made more money in the first two months than I was planning on making in my entire first year, and once you have your name out there with some good pieces getting published it is much easier to land a remote writing gig. But the fact that I still have to go sit behind that desk every day and only get a few to write may be the biggest motivation for me to succeed as a writer.

Inspiration in My Significant Other

My last, but definitely not least, motivation is my girlfriend. She has been there since the initial spark for the book that leads to the blogging, which led to most of my post work time is devoted to writing or research for writing and hasn’t complained once. In fact, she has been so supportive it is unbelievable. She wants to see me succeed just as much as I want myself to succeed in this industry, and I couldn’t love her more for it. She pushes me to be the best that I can be, and that makes this stab at a new career that much more rewarding. I recently read a quote that was very similar to something she told me in the early stages of this journey. The quote by Louis L’Amour reads, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” When I told her my original idea for a novel and started putting words on paper, she told me to go for it. And that may be the most inspiration I have experienced yet in my entire life.

Thanks for taking a dive into my life and how I draw inspiration for all of my writing. As always, please leave some feedback and give my page a follow so you can experience all of my content. I’d love to hear where all of my wonderful readers draw their inspiration from, so be sure to rate/comment!

Inspirations Behind Writing (6/24/19)

[Originally published on 6/24/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

Inspirations Behind Writing

Over my life, I have encountered numerous things that have inspired me. When I was in high school, being cut from the baseball team inspired me to lose weight. When I was cleaning pools after college, I was inspired to score higher on the GRE in order to get into graduate school. The list is almost endless, but as of late my main inspiration has been to write. This is a huge new step in my life, as I am currently a full-time financial analyst who has a psych degree, a master’s in finance, and very little writing experience. However, even though I seem to be behind the eight ball with these new goals of mine I am still beyond excited to begin this journey into the land of writing.

A Joke About Game of Thrones

The first thing that inspired me to write was actually a small joke I made to my girlfriend. As I’m sure most of you already know, roughly two months ago Game of Thrones was starting back up again. I was beyond excited, but with all that excitement came a substantial amount of worry and panic. I had so many questions on how the season would end, which of my favorite characters would end up dead, and how I would take not having any more Game of Throne Sundays to look forward to ever again. So, I sarcastically said that I was going to create my own GOT-esque realm to ease the pain that I would begin feeling the second the finale ended in mid-May. Two months later, I have five chapters complete, an entire map of my realm drawn and planned, twenty documents filled with detail that will eventually be expanded upon in the book itself, and my own website where a lot of my ideas can be found. Since that idea sprouted in my head I have done nothing but write in my spare time, and all the time I can’t use to write I still only want to write!

The Woes of Corporate Life

The next thing that really propelled me off the cliff and into the depths of writing was my job. I have been a financial analyst for two and a half years now, but I haven’t been enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I’ve always been a math guy, and I am great at my job, but I hate the fact that I have to sit behind a desk every day from 9-5. My true career goal is to at some point work remote, and with writing, I can see that happening before I land a remote finance job. The corporate world is beginning to see the benefits of allowing their employees to work from home, but it is happening at an unbearably sluggish pace. Yes, I know there are tons of places that are more innovative and flexible towards remote work or at least having a set number of remote days a year, but those jobs typically aren’t available to people with just under three years of experience. With writing though it feels different. I’ve already made more money in the first two months than I was planning on making in my entire first year, and once you have your name out there with some good pieces getting published it is much easier to land a remote writing gig. But the fact that I still have to go sit behind that desk every day and only get a few to write may be the biggest motivation for me to succeed as a writer.

My Significant Other

My last, but definitely not least, motivation is my girlfriend. She has been there since the initial spark for the book that leads to the blogging, which led to most of my post work time is devoted to writing or research for writing and hasn’t complained once. In fact, she has been so supportive it is unbelievable. She wants to see me succeed just as much as I want myself to succeed in this industry, and I couldn’t love her more for it. She pushes me to be the best that I can be, and that makes this stab at a new career that much more rewarding. I recently read a quote that was very similar to something she told me in the early stages of this journey. The quote by Louis L’Amour reads, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” When I told her my original idea for a novel and started putting words on paper, she told me to go for it. And that may be the most inspirational thing I have experienced yet in my entire life.

An Ode to Fantasy Television (6/7/19)

[Originally published on 6/7/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

An Ode to Fantasy Television

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.  

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.  

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.  

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 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 Skinwalker 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 storyline. 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 wouldn’t have been inspired to start a book or pursue my dreams. And for that, fantasy, I thank you.  

An Ode to Fantasy Television

An Ode to Fantasy Television

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.  

Thanks again for reading my ode to fantasy. As always, please leave some feedback and give my page a follow so you can experience all of my content. I’d love to hear from all of my wonderful readers, so be sure to rate/comment often!

My Weekly Recommendation (#3) (6/4/19)

[Originally published on 6/4/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

My Weekly Recommendation (#3) – Subscribing to HBO

Hey everyone! This week I’m recommending that you all go out and subscribe to HBO. It’s $15 a month (which I know is a lot, especially if stacked on top of other streaming services) but in my opinion it’s 100% worth it. HBO continues to push out amazing content regularly, and this summer is going to be packed full of amazing shows. We have Succession and Big Little Lies coming back for their (better word for second?) seasons, which I am beyond stoked about by the way, and countless new shows like Watchmen, Gentleman Jack, and Euphoria. Not to mention, your subscription comes with plenty of already aired shows that are well worth the watch; Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, etc. And for those of you who don’t want to add another app or streaming site to your list, Hulu has the cool feature of adding HBO directly to your account! Another must watch show they put out was Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries depicting the events that transpired when the nuclear plant in Pripyat went haywire back in the 80’s. They did a really great job with this in my opinion, and it alone would probably be worth $15 over the next month! But no matter what your summer binging plans consist of, I highly suggest you sprinkle some of the magnificence that HBO has created on top.

My Weekly Review (#3) – HBO

My Weekly Review (#3) – Subscribing to HBO

Hey everyone! This week I’m recommending that you all go out and subscribe to HBO. It’s $15 a month (which I know is a lot, especially if stacked on top of other streaming services) but in my opinion it’s 100% worth it. HBO continues to push out amazing content regularly, and this summer is going to be packed full of amazing shows. We have Succession and Big Little Lies coming back for their (better word for second?) seasons, which I am beyond stoked about by the way, and countless new shows like Watchmen, Gentleman Jack, and Euphoria.

Not to mention, your subscription comes with plenty of already aired shows that are well worth the watch; Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, etc. And for those of you who don’t want to add another app or streaming site to your list, Hulu has the cool feature of adding HBO directly to your account! Another must watch show they put out was Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries depicting the events that transpired when the nuclear plant in Pripyat went haywire back in the 80’s. They did a really great job with this in my opinion, and it alone would probably be worth $15 over the next month!

But no matter what your summer binging plans consist of, I highly suggest you sprinkle some of the magnificence that HBO has created on top. Thanks again for reading my weekly recommendation. As always, please leave some feedback and give my page a follow so you can experience all of my content. I’d love to hear from all of my wonderful readers, so be sure to rate/comment often!

The End of It All (5/20/19)

[Originally published on 5/20/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

The End of It All

It’s official, Game of Thrones is over. After staying positive the entire season, I finally cracked last night during the finale. The episode as a whole was underwhelming in my eyes. With that being said, there were some parts that I thought were executed flawlessly… but most of the episode was dull and what wasn’t dull was just plain bad.

Around 44 minutes in is where my initial issue was. After Jon kills Dany, Drogon grabs her lifeless body with his back talons and flies away with her. I was not a fan of this at all, but here I can also see why they did it at least. Once Dany was dead, the only options for Drogon were to 1) fly away, 2) be killed, or 3) be fine with the fact that his mother was just murdered and bow down to the murderer. Number 2 seemed incredibly unlikely figuring that all of the scorpions had just been destroyed. I thought maybe Bronn would come back into the story here but wasn’t quite sure how he would take Drogon down without some sort of massive weapon. Number 3 just didn’t make sense, and Drogon was too connected to Dany to ever allow Jon to mount him after he kills her. That leaves us number 1, which makes sense, I merely didn’t enjoy the fact that he scooped our Khaleesi up and took her with him.

This brings me to my subsequent issue with the episode, which was the absolute nonsense that Jon is now put through for the remainder of the epi. First off, the fact that the Unsullied and Dothraki did not kill Jon after he stabbed their queen makes zero sense. Plus, knowing Jon, he for sure went out and did the “honorable” thing and just told them. And since we’re talking about Jon, I also hated that they sent him back to the Night’s Watch as punishment. I get that he couldn’t stay in King’s Landing and that Grey Worm probably wanted him dead. But the fact that you dispatched a man who already DIED for the Night’s Watch back to Castle Black blows my mind. Plus like, didn’t all of the crows die? We know the Lord Commander died protecting Sam in the battle of Winterfell. We know the wall by Eastwatch is rubble. We know the wildlings are no longer enemies AND that the White Walkers are dead, so why send him to the wall? I did love the fact that he just peaced out once he got there. And maybe he and Ghost were meant to be north of the wall anyways. I’m just saying though, why couldn’t he go back to the Winterfell and help Sansa rule or head west of Westeros with Arya? Overall just a tragic episode for one of my favorite characters.

Next up, the dragon pit scene, which seemed to take place quite some time after the battle judging by Tyrion’s dope beard he had grown. This group had gathered to decide his fate and decide who would rule the six kingdoms next. The part that bugged me here (besides the water bottle) was the fact that Bran was decided as the best fit for King. Yet two episodes ago he desired nothing and could be nothing because he was the three-eyed raven. What changed Bran? And then the line where he basically says he knew and that why he was there… like wtf haha. There was also the unknown Dornish prince or whatever in attendance. I’ve been seeing many people say it has to be Quentyn Martell, but he died at the end of A Dance with Dragons so that makes no sense whatsoever. I think the thing that I am most salty about here is the fact that Bran ends up being our guy. And to touch on the water bottle, HOW in the absolute hell did they miss this?! This was not the first time this season, nor the last, that we would see something that didn’t belong in the show. I just can’t wrap my mind around it. How do we end up with three mishaps after so much money was dumped into the creation and review of our favorite show? It’s utterly unacceptable for a series of this caliber.

All things considered, I probably would have rated this episode a 5/10. I did thoroughly enjoy the Tyrion scenes. His dialogue was killer and so much was looped back around to older episodes and quotes. I also kind of enjoyed the fact that Bran selected him to be his Hand as well. And of course, how could I forget about the incredible shot of Dany when Drogon spread his wings and she looked like she transformed into a dragon herself. The cinematography this season was incredible, so shouts to everyone who worked in that area. If only we could have gotten some of that talent on the writing side of things haha. But, no matter how upset I am with the finale, GoT will forever be one of my favorite shows of all time. The way this all ended may have pushed Breaking Bad up into the #1 spot for me in all honesty. But, I’m sure when I do my rewatch in a few years (or maybe a few months) I’ll remember just how special this show truly was. It sucks that it concluded the way it did, and the fact that it’s over is heartbreaking. At least we all got 8 good years out of it though, right? Thanks for all the memories Game of Thrones!

P.S. GRRM, release the sixth book, pretty please with a cherry on top. I need more information on this incredible world you’ve built ASAP!

The End of It All – Game of Thrones Tribute

The End of It All – A Game of Thrones Tribute

It’s official, Game of Thrones is over. After staying positive the entire season, I finally cracked last night during the finale. The episode as a whole was underwhelming in my eyes. With that being said, there were some parts that I thought were executed flawlessly… but most of the episode was dull and what wasn’t dull was just plain bad.

Around 44 minutes in is where my initial issue was. After Jon kills Dany, Drogon grabs her lifeless body with his back talons and flies away with her. I was not a fan of this at all, but I can also see why they did it at least. Once Dany was dead, the only options for Drogon were to 1) fly away, 2) be killed, or 3) be fine with the fact that his mother was just murdered and bow down to the murderer. Number 2 seemed incredibly unlikely figuring that all of the scorpions had just been destroyed. I thought maybe Bronn would come back into the story here but wasn’t quite sure how he would take Drogon down without some sort of massive weapon. Number 3 just didn’t make sense, and Drogon was too connected to Dany to ever allow Jon to mount him after he kills her. That leaves us number 1, which makes sense, I merely didn’t enjoy the fact that he scooped our Khaleesi up and took her with him.

This brings me to my subsequent issue with the episode, which was the absolute nonsense Jon Snow was put through for the remainder of the episode. First off, the fact that the Unsullied and Dothraki did not kill Jon after he stabbed their queen makes zero sense. Plus, knowing Jon, he for sure went out and did the “honorable” thing and just told them. And since we’re talking about Jon, I also hated that they sent him back to the Night’s Watch as punishment. I get that he couldn’t stay in King’s Landing and that Grey Worm probably wanted him dead. But the fact that you dispatched a man who already DIED for the Night’s Watch back to Castle Black blows my mind. Plus like, didn’t all of the crows die? We know the Lord Commander died protecting Sam in the battle of Winterfell. And We know the wall by Eastwatch is absolute rubble. Not to mention the wildlings are no longer enemies AND the White Walkers are all dead, so why send John to the wall? I did love the fact that he just peaced out once he got there. And maybe he and Ghost were just meant to be north of the wall. I’m just saying though, why couldn’t he go back to the Winterfell and help Sansa rule or head west of Westeros with Arya? Overall just a tragic episode for one of my favorite characters.

Next up, the dragon pit scene, which seemed to take place quite some time after the battle judging by Tyrion’s dope beard he had grown. This group had gathered to decide his fate and decide who would rule the six kingdoms next. The thing that bugged me here (besides the water bottle) was that Bran was decided as the “best fit” to rule Westeros. Yet two episodes ago he desired nothing and could be nothing because he was the three-eyed raven. What changed Bran? And then the line where he basically says he knew and that why he was there… like wtf haha. There was also the unknown Dornish prince or whatever in attendance. I’ve been seeing many people say it has to be Quentyn Martell, but he died at the end of A Dance with Dragons so that makes no sense whatsoever. I think the thing that I am most salty about here is the fact that Bran ends up being our guy. And to touch on the water bottle, HOW in the absolute hell did they miss this?! This was not the first time this season, nor the last, that we would see something that didn’t belong in the show. I just can’t wrap my mind around it. How do we end up with three mishaps after so much money was dumped into the creation/review of this show? It’s utterly unacceptable for a series of this caliber.

All things considered, I probably would have rated this episode a 5/10. I did thoroughly enjoy the Tyrion scenes,and his dialogue was killer throughout the episode. Not to mention, they had so much loop back around to older episodes and quotes too. I also kind of enjoyed the fact that Bran selected him to be his Hand as well. And of course, how could I forget about the incredible shot of Dany when Drogon spread his wings and she looked like she transformed into a dragon herself. The cinematography this season was incredible, so shouts to everyone who worked in that area. If only we could have gotten some of that talent on the writing side of things… haha. But, no matter how upset I am with the finale, Game of Thrones will forever be one of my favorite shows of all time. The way this all ended may have pushed Breaking Bad up into the #1 spot for me in all honesty. But, I’m sure when I do my re-watch in a few years (or maybe a few months) I’ll remember just how special this show truly was. It sucks that it concluded the way it did, and the fact that it’s over is heartbreaking. At least we all got 8 good years out of it though, right? Thanks for all the memories Game of Thrones!

P.S. GRRM, release the sixth book, pretty please with a cherry on top. I need more information on this incredible world you’ve built ASAP!