In which I may be a tiny bit surprised.

Now THAT was quite an episode of Game of Thrones. I’m putting all the stuff under the cut for the benefit of my UK peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch.

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Game of Anticipation: the Boltons are still alive.

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Roose looks mildly surprised. Ramsay is just there.

They’re indoors, they’re together…I’m not getting anything from Ramsay. This could be the part where someone tells them about Sansa and Theon escaping the castle, or it could be nothing special.

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Ramsay passes for a normal person for a few seconds.

Winterfell courtyard, snow’s falling again. I like to think he’s interrogating someone he just tied up to the cross and is about to flay, but there’s no expression there.

Game of Speculation: What Littlefinger Doesn’t Know

Remember my belly-aching months ago about how marrying Sansa to Ramsay fucking Bolton was such a preposterous idea because Littlefinger would never do anything so incredibly dangerous to her?

Yeah, well. I still think my logic was sound, but much of my outrage had to do with having already made predictions that precluded this turn of events. Also, my argument against the marriage plan was based on the assumption that Littlefinger knew perfectly well that Ramsay fucking Bolton was a disgusting sadistic monster. According to writer/producer Bryan Cogman, he didn’t know that:

The writer producer also confirmed that, for those suspecting Littlefinger might have known about Ramsay’s sadism, that Baelish was definitely ignorant of the situation. “The difference between the Ramsay Snow of the books and the show is the Ramsay of the show is not a famous psycho,” he said. “He’s not known everywhere as a psycho. So Littlefinger doesn’t have the intelligence on him. He knows they’re scary and creepy and not to be fully trusted and it’s part of a larger plan.”

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Tyrion, Lannister Killer

Last episode (S5:E8, Hardhome) was about half Lannister-Stark-Bolton, half White Walkers. I hear that a lot of people really liked the White Walker battle, but to me it felt too much like World War Z. Maybe I just couldn’t enjoy the battle because I was annoyed about not seeing any Jaime. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the battle at Hardhome. I want to talk about everyone else. I will indulge in some book/show comparison, because that’s the sort of geek I am. But mostly I’ll just talk about what happened in the episode.

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ASoIaF vs. GoT: It could’ve been so much worse.

I’m hearing people are pissed off about a thing that happened on last night’s Game of Thrones.

This is one of those times when, in fact, the show has taken something really horrible from the books and made it somewhat less horrible. It’s still bad, but the sadism is brought down to a dull roar.

You can tell I’m talking about Ramsay fucking Bolton, yes?

TRIGGER WARNING. AND SPOILERS. BUT MOSTLY TRIGGER WARNING.

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