On the other hand, I really don't understand the complaining about Game of Thrones being slow this season. In my experience, about 2/3 of every GoT season is slow - and awesome with it. Politics, characters doing interesting things, general fucked-up unpleasantness, and then BOOM, something epic happens in episode nine** and the internet explodes. And then the next season starts, and everyone seems to think that it's all episode nine, all the time.
As someone who really enjoys all of the slow(ish) character stuff, this baffles me. Particularly when "slow" still includes fight scenes, horrific events happening to characters I like, dragons, horrific events happening to characters I hate, gorgeous scenery, horrific events happening to characters I don't care about, and fascinating bits of politics that are all going to go Horribly Wrong for Everyone any minute now***.
In any case, we dashed from counselling at the Maggie's Centre to our traditional "Steak on the way home from counselling", at which I'd promised Julie chocolate fondue this week****, and then straight home so that we could fit both episodes in. And it was totally worth it. I almost can't believe we never get to watch any more Mad Men!
*It wasn't perfect, and there were things I'd do differently. But none of it made me shout at the screen, and there were so many good moments that made me very happy.
**Seriously. Episode nine in every season is The Epic One That Everyone Talks about, and then episode ten is a wind-down to set things up for the next season.
***There are, in my humble opinion, good reasons to not enjoy Game Of Thrones. But "slow" just isn't one of them.
****It wasn't great chocolate fondue. But that still makes it better than most things you can put in your mouth.
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