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Rinzy Reviews ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 (2019)

Network: HBO

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie William, et al.

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Game of Thrones is arguably the best TV show to ever air on this earth; and also one of the most expensive ever. Its fans are people from all walks of life, and cut across any barrier one can think of – geography, race, age, name it. And after a very long wait since the last episode of the penultimate season, expectations were very high going into the eighth and final season of the show. And, while the season premiere wetted appetites and gave viewers something to talk about after it’d aired, the enthusiasm with which most entered the season only continued to dwindle with each passing episode, starting from episode 3.

Enter: The Long Night aka The Battle of Winterfell

The third episode of the season, The Long Night, was heavy teased and marketed as one featuring the longest battle scene in TV/movie history; it was even said to be longer than that in The Lord of the Rings. Appetites were drawn, and the wait continued for months, but by the time the closing credits aired viewers all over the world found themselves polarized, and the emergence of various factions. To name but a few, were those who believed The Night King got a fitting end to his series long arc, and that it didn’t matter he never got to say a word. Also, were those not to impressed at all, especially with the fact that it was Arya who got to strike the kill blow and not Daenerys or Jon. Whatever the bone of contention was, there was one popular, loud consensus at that point – that the show had sacrificed logic and pacing for the Wow! factor; a trap it’d successfully avoided all these years, which arguably made it so popular.

Viewers fears continued to be proved right as the season progressed and the producers continually ignored logic and due process as they meticulously did in the past; this was quite glaring in the fourth episode ending when Daenerys got ambushed midair by Euron Greyjoy’s iron fleet, which saw the death of Rhaegal, near mundane capture of Missandei and her eventual death moments later. All these would later culminate to the explanation for why Daenerys, who viewers has followed for years liberating cities and slaves, burn a city and its helpless citizens down to the ashes.

Now, one might argue that the people of King’s Landing deserved it, after all they cheered when Joffery ordered for Ned Stark’s head in the penultimate episode of the first season, but, then, one would be forgetting that casual citizens have no say in the heavy politicking of the land, and only have information giving to them to go by. Ned Stark confessed to being a traitor, and as far they were concerned, it was a traitor to the realm that was beheaded. I don’t think that makes them bad people.

I, for one, hoped the season would proceed differently. I believe D&D (the popular abbreviation for the showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff) had the best intentions, but it was their selfish decision to shorten the seventh and eighth season that actually hurt the show. I call it selfish because it’s now popular knowledge they rushed through the show so they could jump ship to go do a Star Wars project, which is good for their career and bad at the same time. Now, most fans have lost confidence in them to properly wrap up whatever project it is they start next, which might hurt them in the near future. Making full ten episodes of both seasons would’ve added an extra seven episodes, which would’ve been more than enough to satisfy the urge of fans who wanted more depth to the series’ resolution.

Enter: King of the Six Kingdoms

My reaction to the revelation that Bran the Broken would become King of the seven kingdom is something I’ll never forget in a hurry 😂. It was a mixture of surprise, shock, and a dose of sinister laughter borne out of grave confusion, which quickly gave way to iritation when Bran gave that awkward response to Tyrion’s prompting: “why do you think I came all this way?”

What an arrogant young man?!! 🤣🤣🤣

It was shocking and unexpected, yes. The most unlikely candidate, a big yes. But if you think about it, Bran’s actually the best person to be king. With his abilities as the Three-eyed Raven he could put an end to plottings and conspiracies before they even happened, if he so wanted to. The off thing with his response is that it puts him in the dark light as the show’s real big bad, one who’s been bidding his time for the iron throne, and plotting all these years.

His response raises an eyebrow.

Maybe that wasn’t the producer’s intention, maybe it was; but I see fans discussing this for a very long time.

It wasn’t all sad and gloom on the show this year, as this season featured some of the very best cinematography seen on a TV budget. But let’s be honest, Game of Thrones episodes fot this final season got a budget of about $15M each, that’s more than most movies receive 🤣. The bulk of the money can be seen in the show’s lavish fight scenes, especially those involving the dragons in episode three; that cloud scene was orgasmic 😍.

It want like Game of Thrones to end on a hopeful note, but that’s exactly how we left the vast kingdom of Westeros… Happy. Save for Daenerys and the bastard Jon, the rest od rhe living pretty much had something to hold on to for coming out of many great wars alive. Bran is King, Sansa is queen, and Arya is putting her many skills into a career in land exploration, what more could you hope for? It’s almost as if a Stark wrote the final episode.

Whatever opinion I or anyone might have about the final season still doesn’t negate what I said in my opening paragraph: Game of Thrones is arguably the best TV show to air on this Earth, and it’s got its online ratings to prove it.

RIP to the ones who died this season – Varys, Jorah, Missandei, Cersei, Jaime, Euron, The Hound, The Mountain, Qyburn, Daenerys, the countless citizens of King’s Landing, and many more. Y’all nearly made it to the finish line. Better luck next time.

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Let Me Tell You What Will Happen On ‘Game Of Thrones’ This Final Season

Let me tell you what will happen on GOT this season:

Disclaimer: I wrote this before season 8 premiered.

We all know the wall is down, thanks to an undead Viserion. What we don’t know is that because living Viserion had a telepathic link with Daenerys Baby girl Targaryan, this livid version of the dragon is still connected to her and (plot twist) also connected to The Night King (TNK).

What this means is that, through Viserion, Dany and TNK are one in the head.

We all know how TNK hasn’t yet said a word on the show? That’s about to change. Guess who he’ll first speak to? (Shocker) A naked Dany. He’ll be pestering her, trying to get her to talk, until he reveals himself to her while she’s having a bath at Winterfell.

Jon is out trying to safeguard the North.

Jorah is outside her door, still hoping she changes her mind else he truly becomes Batman.

And Daario is still in Meerin waiting for her to call him to come to Westeros.

So, TNK bargains for Dany to have sex with him in exchange for saving the rest of the living.

She thinks it, it’s a no-brainer. After all, she’s done it with a Dothraki, a seven son, even a bastard; why not add an iced d*ck man to that list.

Your guess is as good as mine if that singular act saved the entire world from extinction; after all, she’s been called the most beautiful woman in all of Westeros.

RR’s Top Ten TV Shows Of 2018

The amount of contents yearly produced for the small screen makes it almost impossible to keep up, even for people whose full time job is watching and talking film. Notwithstanding, I did my best. It’s been a terrific year for the small screen, many classic works of art aired to millions around the globe. And, as usual, I’ve put together a list to appreciate all the shows that made me feel good.

Below is my list of TV shows that struck something in me, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinion.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great TV shows; and it was tough limiting them to ten. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Marvel’s Runaways s2

Even though its a late year release, Runaways sees a vast improvement in its writing, acting and story in its sophomore year. It’s a better outing than its first.



9. The Hunting of Hill House s1

Netflix continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. I really enjoyed this horror show about a small family terrorized by their past. Even though it got neatly tied out, a part of me still wishes it’ll have a second season focusing on the same family. You can read my review here.



8. American Crime Story s2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Even though though it’s got a misleading title, fans can’t stop raving over the beauty that’s this year’s entry into the American Crime Story anthology, and that’s largely due to Darren Criss’ performance. We sure owe him a lot.



7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina s1

Another Netflix offering that helped make the year better.



6. The Handmaid’s Tale s2

In Gilead, things bad things happen. And it’s up to Offred (or June, whatever she goes by these days) to change the narrative back to the saner days.



5. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD s5

Everyone who knows me knows Agents of SHIELD has been one of my favorite shows for some years now. The shows never disappoints. It’s sad I have to wait longer for another season to arrive.



4. Marvel’s Daredevil s3

Daredevil was arguably at its best this season. A nice retrace back to its root. Which makes its sudden cancellation all the more painful.



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Titans s1
  • AHS s8
  • The Deuce s2
  • Jack Ryan s1
  • Luke Cage s2
  • Krypton s1
  • Barry s1
  • Dirty John s1


3. Westworld s2

After a wonderful first outing in 2016, Westworld tries its best to live up to the hype that its the goto show for unexpected twists and turns in timelines.



2. HTGAWM s4&5

Previously on How to get away with murder….

That’s all I need to hear to make my Thursdays. Viola Davis and the rest of the remarkable cast continue to do impressive works. Coupled with the fact that Wes is still dead, this show is definitely one of my favorites.



1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow s3&4

Never in the history of TV has a show as silly and self-aware as Legends of Tomorrow ever existed. Whoever birthed the idea to make it this way sure has my respect. The sillier the show gets, the happier I become.




I followed a lot of TV shows this year, and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box..

Rinzy Reviews ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale 

With the successful completion of its second season I’ve got to say: #Westworld is the most confusing show on air right now… But I still love it. 

The storyline, plot twists and actions are explosive, mind-blowing and, sometimes, reality-warping… One might argue what did I expect from an HBO sci-fi show, 😂.

I had to watch the feature length season two finale twice to really understand the plot twists and convulated timelines. For those who might be afraid the show didn’t resolve most of its ongoing plot, fret not, for it did. We got a fitting resolution to the long running mystery of ‘The Door’, amongst others. Bad news is, to get to this end a lot of characters had to bite the dust. The debate is on for who and who would return next season, after all they’re hosts (robots). 

PS: Even dead humans can return as hosts, as the show’s shown us time and again. 

With the season two finale just aired, the long wait for what’s sure to be a refreshingly different third season has begun. #HBO, have mercy, don’t take too long, please. 

If you still haven’t seen the season finale, go do so now! ⚠ 

And… If you’ve once tried Westworld and didn’t like it, please don’t bash it for others just yet; it only means the show’s too convoluted for you to handle at that point, doesn’t mean someone else can’t find it immediately intriguing,👌.

2018 TV: Renewals and Cancellations

It’s that time of the year again. When TV lovers dread getting off the bed for fear of being greeted with the destabilizing news of their fav shows cancelled. Unfortunately, TV renewal and cancellation news are part of life and cannot be avoided (forever 😔). So, we’ll just get right to it: 2018 renewal and cancellation news compiled for your reading pleasure and/or displeasure. 

NB: The shows listed here are ones I deem valid and necessary. The list isn’t exhaustive. 

RENEWALS

Broadcast TV

1. The 100 (The CW)

2. 9-1-1 (FOX)

3. The Amazing Race (CBS)
4. American Idol (ABC)

5. America’s Got Talent (NBC)

6. Arrow (The CW)
7. The Bachelor (ABC)
8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

9. Black Lightning (The CW)
10. Blue Bloods (CBS)

11. Chicago Fire (NBC)

12. Chicago Med (NBC)
13. Chicago PD (NBC)

14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
15. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
16. Days of Our Lives (NBC)
17. Dynasty (The CW)

18. Empire (FOX)
19. The Flash (The CW)

20. The Gifted (FOX)
21. The Goldbergs (ABC)

22. The Good Doctor (ABC)
23. Good Girls (NBC)
24. The Good Place (NBC)
25. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
26. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
27. Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
28. How To Get Away With Murder (ABC) 

29. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
30. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
31. Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
32. MacGyver (CBS)

33. Madam Secretary (CBS)

34. Masters of Illusion (The CW)
35. Midnight, Texas (NBC)
36. Modern Family (ABC)
37. Mom (CBS)
38. NCIS (CBS)
39. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
40. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
41. The Orville (FOX)
42. The Resident (FOX)
43. Riverdale (The CW)
44. Roseanne (ABC)
45. Salvation (CBS)
46. SEAL Team” (CBS)
47. The Simpsons (FOX)
48. So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
49. Supergirl (The CW)
50. Supernatural (The CW)
51. Survivor (CBS)
52. This Is Us (NBC)
53. Will & Grace (NBC)
54. Young Sheldon (CBS)

Cable and Streaming services

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
2. American Dad (TBS)
3. American Horror Story (FX)
4. American Vandal (Netflix)
5. Archer (FXX)
6. Ballers (HBO)
7. Barry (HBO)
8. Billions (Showtime)
9. Black Mirror (Netflix)
10. Counterpart (Starz)
11. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
12. Dark (Netflix)
13. Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
14. Fleabag (Amazon)
15. Fuller House (Netflix)
16.Grown-ish (Freeform)
17. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
18. Homeland (Showtime) 
19. House of Cards (Netflix)
20. Insecure (HBO)
21. Jack Ryan (Amazon)
22. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
23. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)
24. Killjoys (Syfy)
25. The Last O.G. (TBS)
26. Lore (Amazon)
27. The Magicians (SyFy) 
28. MINDHUNTER (Netflix)
29. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix)
30. Narcos (Netflix)
31. On My Block (Netflix)
32. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
33. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
34. Outlander (Starz)
35. Power (Starz)
36. Preacher (AMC)
37. The Punisher (Netflix)
38. Queen Sugar (OWN)
39. Ray Donovan (Showtime)
40. Runaways (Hulu)
41. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
42. Shameless (Showtime) 
43. Shooter (USA)
44. Silicon Valley (HBO)

45. The Sinner (USA)

46. South Park (Comedy Central)
47. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Startup (Crackle)
48.The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (Nat Geo)
49. Stranger Things (Netflix)
49. Strike Back (Cinemax)
50. Suits (USA)
51. Van Helsing (Syfy)
52. The Walking Dead (AMC)
53. Westworld (HBO)
54. You’re the Worst (FXX)


CANCELLED


Broadcast

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
2. The Expanse (Syfy)
3. Harry (Syndicated)
4. Life Sentence (The CW)
5. Living Biblically (CBS)
6. The Mayor (ABC)
7. Me, Myself & I (CBS)
8. The Night Shift (NBC)
9. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)
10. Valor (The CW)
11. Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS)
12. Zoo (CBS)

13. Quantico (ABC) 

14. Designated Survivor (ABC) 

15. The Exorcist (Fox) 

16. Lucifer (Fox) 

17. Inhumans (ABC) 


Cable / Streaming

1. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
2. Beyond (Freeform)
3. Chance (Hulu)
4. Chelsea (Netflix)
5. Damnation (USA)
6. Dice (Showtime)
7. Disjointed (Netflix)
8. Everything Sucks! (Netflix)
9. Game Shakers (Nick)
10. Here and Now (HBO)
11. I Love Dick (Amazon)
12. Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Amazon)
13. The Librarians (TNT)
14. The Mist (Spike)
15. Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)


SHOWS AIRING THEIR FINAL SEASON


Broadcast

1. The Middle (ABC)
2. New Girl (FOX)
3. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
4. The Originals (The CW)
5. Scandal (ABC)
6. Shades of Blue (NBC)


Cable / Streaming

1. 12 Monkeys (Syfy)
2. The Americans (FX)
3. Being Mary Jane (BET)
4. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
5. Love (Netflix)
6. Major Crimes (TNT)
7. The Mindy Project (Hulu)
8. Nashville (CMT)
9. Portlandia (IFC)
10. Red Oaks (Amazon)
12. Star Wars Rebels (Disney X D)
13. Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
14. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
15. Vice Principals (HBO)
16. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (OWN)
17. Young & Hungry (Freeform)

Rinzy Reviews ‘Big Little Lies’

Have you watched HBO’s ‘Big LITTLE Lies’?
If you haven’t, you should see it. It’s one interesting miniseries later turned into a show (even though I think they shouldn’t have) but it’s still a good watch. I hope I made sense. 

The show starts with a flashward mystery, somebody dies and we have to guess who it was.

In a small town where nothing ever happens, we have three women passing through various struggles as women and as parents:

We have a young single-mom running 🏃 from her past whilst still trying to give her son the best life she can afford; another woman who chooses to remain in an abusive 😞 marriage thinking its a form of love expression between her and her husband because of the sex that always comes out of it; and another woman jiggling between keeping her home in order and being the town’s pseudo-queen bee; these and many more make up the very story of the people living in a small town by the sea. 

Though I had a problem with the predictability of the story, I was okay with its execution. It was a good watch and I recommend it to those who haven’t seen it yet. 

Lest I forget, the show boasts of an impressive cast, from my personal person Alexander Skarsgård to Nicole Kidman to Shailene Woodley to Reese Witherspoon to Laura Dern to Zoe Kravitz, the show isn’t short of impressive faces who bring their A-game to the table. 

#HBO #BigLittleLies   

Why Tormund Giantsbane Shouldn’t Survive The Attack On The Wall.

Game of Thrones season seven finale ended with a cliffhanger that’s been long expected – The fall of The Wall. Earlier seasons of the show made it clear that the most important battle was that between the living and the dead and not the game of thrones as the show’s title would make us believe, we realised that for the dead to strike a devastating blow, The Wall had to come down.

The Wall Before Collapse

Seven seasons gone, and The Wall is down thanks to the powers of an undead Viserion in collaboration with The Night King.

Undead-Viserion

Unfortunately, it seems The Wall came down with lots of good guys still on it, including fan favorite Wildling, Tormund Giantsbane.

Tormund Giantsbane

I believe the producers might be tempted to keep Tormund alive, beyond reasonable doubt, for one reason or the other; and I think it won’t be right.

Why?

The realism of death has always been one of the selling points of GOT. Resurrecting Tormund would be spitting on the memories of the earlier, more realistic seasons of the show. Yes, realistically speaking, we all know there’s no way Tormund would survive that – the debris, the height, Viserion’s laser ice-blast – no way! So, unless GOT has a good (magical) reason to give, he shouldn’t be said to be alive.

It pains me, I for one want to see Tormund and Brienne of Tarth make wonderful angry babies, just like he described to The Hound. 

After Margerey unexpectedly died in the season six’s finale, I swore to never be shocked by whom GOT kills off; so, Tormund, this is goodbye.