Friends S1E1 Recap

Welcome to my first recap of Friends! There will be spoilers, but since everyone and their mom has already seen this show a thousand times over, I don’t feel the need to say that before every review. Soon, everyone in America will have seen the show Friends, and I’ll feel a lot less alone in not getting normal 90s references. Okay, starting my live recap: NOW.


Wow, what the heck is up with everyone’s hair?! I am literally 20 seconds into the show and they all have insane volume and shine. I’ve never seen anything like it! I don’t think their hair is normally like this, but I could be wrong. Go back and watch the episode because this is crazy and they all have to be wigging out. Joey looks like he’s in a 90s punk band or channeling Pete Wentz.

Courtney Cox and Chandler are sitting next to each other and don’t even know they’ll be married one day. Ew, and what the heck is up with the way Courtney treats her brother?! I remember them being all creepy in another episode. “You OK, sweetie?” she asked as she gently touched his hand. I do not like the chemistry between these two actors. They make Friends have a hint of Thrones, if you catch my drift.

OMG. Ross is already complaining about being single. “I don’t want to be single, I just want to be married again.” What is his deal?! He’s already blown through a wife (or two, or three) by the first episode?! Yikes. I know he’s known for getting married a bunch, so I guess they needed to get the first out of the way before the series even begins.

Rachel just walked in in a wedding dress! Ahh I don’t know anything about this storyline. Was she married once already too? She might be perfect for Ross if she can knock out a couple others before she and Ross get together.

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Courtney Cox’s name is Monica! That’s right. I don’t know why I forgot that. Now she’s wearing an outfit with suspenders. I feel a little weird about them.

We’re watching the friends watch television while Rachel shrieks on the phone with her dad. It’s kind of boring right now tbh, but I’m hoping this episode is all just telling us about the characters and stuff.

Joey is hitting on Rachel. I have a feeling these characters will all kind of cycle around dating each other. It’s not very realistic that they’d all be able to be friends after that, but I think it’s going to be one of those kinds of shows.

Phoebe is my favorite character right now. She pulled out a bunch of her eyelashes on accident and then sang a song from The Sound of Music while Rachel was having a panic attack. I think she’ll be a pretty funny character, but not everyone’s cup of tea.

Rachel is crying on the phone now. I honestly am so annoyed at the show and it’s not very funny yet. Since it’s the pilot I’m going to keep pushing forward, though. I think it’ll get good.

Monica is on a date with a guy who looks really familiar. Some sort of nineties dad or something who is kind of a doofus in a show. I can’t for the life of me remember what movie, but it was something along the lines of The Parent Trap.

Ew! Ross is complaining AGAIN. He’s so whiny. I know I’m being harsh because his heart is broken, but I told you it was going to be hard for me to give Ross a chance. Ok, calm down Krista, he’s grieving. Ew!! But now he’s talking about wanting to ask a girl out again right after ending his marriage. “Even if I had the nerve, who would I ask?” ROSS. TAKE A BREAK FROM WOMEN AND LET YOUR HEART HEAL. Goodness gracious; he really cannot just be by himself.

Monica is kissing the 90s dad in front of everyone now. They all watched creepily and it felt like they were acting for a play on Broadway with their exaggerated stances. Then Joey of all people tries to act cool when she comes back to the table to join them. I think he’s a player and supposed to be the “cool guy” on the show, but he’s just giving me brunette Draco Malfoy vibes. His outfit is really cringeworthy too. Black pants and some sort of jeans-y fabric muscle shirt. I need to keep in mind this is the 90s and maybe he was cool and stylish. I just have a hard time believing it.

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Now Monica is upset that it turns out the 90s dad is a player. Phoebe decides to offer to rub her feet in a coffee shop, and Ross stares at her longingly. SHE’S YOUR SISTER, ROSS. Please don’t act like the Lannisters.

EW!!! Ross is trying to flirt with Rachel. Get away from her!! He’s making me so mad right now guys. I can’t. NOW HIS ARM IS AROUND MONICA. NOW SHE KISSED HIM BEFORE BED LIKE IT’S NORMAL. I wish I could make this font bigger because I was just double shocked and am not well.

Ew. He’s splitting an Oreo with Rachel now. Okay actually he’s being a little cute. He’s saying he used to crush on her in high school. I didn’t really realize they knew each other before. Wait, no, he ruined it. He just asked if it would be okay if he asked her out sometime. Ross, you need to take some time for yourself, don’t bring Rachel into your messy life right now! No wonder he has been married six million times; he forces himself to move on way before he’s ready. He was literally just talking about how he didn’t know who he’d ask out and that was when it was obvious it could be Rachel.

Chandler was barely in this episode and I think I remember liking him in a few episodes. He was just kind of boring, but got a dumb joke at the end.

Hmm overall not impressed with this first episode of Friends, but I think most of us usually feel this way about the pilot of a TV show. To their credit, they need to set all the characters up and start the storyline somewhere. In my defense, they made Ross really freaking annoying in the first episode, so if this trend continues it’s maybe not my fault for knowing spoilers. Who is your favorite character on Friends, and if the answer is Ross, please explain and defend him. I’m going to give this show a season and see what it’s all about, then we’ll go from there.

Game of Thrones Finale

I’m not even really going to write about the finale because it’s been awhile and this season hasn’t had me wanting to talk about GoT the way most others did before. In short, it was OK. I didn’t mind that Bran ended up becoming the king because it’s an unexpected twist, rather than something obvious that everyone was expecting. I still felt like the characters aren’t themselves anymore, though. Tyrian wasn’t very funny, and why was everyone just immediately fine with Bran being the king? There could have at least been a little bit of back and forth. I would think with that many powerful people there would be some sort of debate, other than the uncle who got shut down by Sansa. Then what was up with Arya deciding to explore all of a sudden? She is an assassin, not an explorer. Even if she does start to see what’s west of Westeros, what will she do there? I guess if there are people and other civilizations that’s cool, but if not I don’t see her being someone to build an entire city. As I keep saying, I don’t think the writers on the show really know the characters the way they should.

I’ll be curious to read the last few books. I wasn’t planning on reading the series, but I think it would give me a different level of closure than the final season of Thrones. I’m too bored and unmotivated to keep writing about the finale now, so I’m going to end this post here. I’d give it a 6/10 because it wasn’t the worst thing or anything, but I just wasn’t on the edge of my seat the way I was most of the other seasons. What did you all think about it?

Now that I’m done with GoT, I think I might add a different television series into my blogging. Somehow I got away with never watching Friends, so I think I might start from the first episode and do that series next. I’ve only seen a few episodes before and thought they seemed funny, so we’ll see how the entire series goes. In the meantime, I’d love to hear any final thoughts on Thrones you have! It’s weird to be all done with it, but I’m ready to move on.

GoT Season 8 Episode 5

Did you notice how I didn’t write about last week’s episode? I honestly didn’t have a lot to say about it, so never felt motivated enough to post anything on it. It should go without saying that this will have spoilers from the most recent episode, so without further ado, let’s chat about it.

Episode 5 was by far my favorite this season. There was action and were a few things that caught us off guard. I didn’t like the blood or fighting because despite being really into this show, I am very squeamish, so I always cover part of my eyes or squint so I can’t see anything too crazy. It looked like The Hound had some chocolate lava cake on his eye! Thinking about it like that is the only way I can make it through.

Anyway, the beginning of the show was kind of nuts. The way Daenerys treated Varys was terrible. I’ve not liked her for a couple of seasons now, because she’s slowly transforming into a wannabe dictator. Her favorite thing to do is torch people who say one bad thing about her, and I don’t agree with the excuse that it’s because she’s been through a lot. When her sun and stars Khal Drogo died, she still had a heart that cared for other people (Or so we thought). I read something interesting that talked about signs Dany has been power hungry and kind of crazy from the start. She foreshadowed her behavior in season two when she stated, “We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground,” when she was talking about taking back what is “rightfully hers.” Thinking back to even some of the first seasons, Dany has always been adamant about taking the Iron Throne since it was once her father’s, no matter what the cost. She occasionally mentioned not being like him, but despite knowing how horrible he was to his people, she still felt like her family deserved to be on the throne again. I want to go rewatch one day to see if I think she showed behavior that indicated her going insane at the end.

Back to this episode, though. The first crazy part was when Dany said that Tyrion needed to ask her permission to talk to anyone about the secret. She wants people to consult her about everything because she needs to always be in control. That is why she decides to kill Varys. She just burned him like it was nothing! He was always one of the wiser characters, and it was kind of sad he called this all happening. Right before he died he said, “I hope I deserve this. Truly I do. I hope I’m wrong.” It’s so sad that his heart was in the right place trying to protect innocent people, but everyone is still listening to the Mad Queen. To make things worse, Jon Snow didn’t tell her to stop when she commanded her dragon to light Varys up, and everyone just stood around quietly and watched. I wish someone had realized what a danger she was to everyone around her. She isn’t very talented with a sword, so Jon could have easily put an end to her terror before it even began. I’m honestly so sick of him whining about how he doesn’t want to be the king and how he’s happy to “bend the knee.” We all get it, Jon, but making Dany the queen was a terrible idea. He barely even knew her and was obsessed with giving her everything he had right off the bat.

Did you all catch what Varys said to the little girl, Martha, who came in to talk to him before he was killed? I went back to rewatch the scene, and wrote it out for you:

Martha enters the room.

Varys: “…And?”

Martha shakes her head.

Varys: “Nothing?”

Martha: “She won’t eat.”

Varys looks visibly disappointed and shakes his head.

Varys: “We’ll try again at supper.”

Martha: “I think they’re watching me.”

Varys: “Who?”

Martha: “Her soldiers.”

Varys: “Of course they are. That’s their job… What have I told you, Martha?”

Martha: “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.”

So I guess Dany was smart in getting rid of Varys, since he clearly had poisoned her food. I can’t say I’m happy he died because I would have liked to see him protect the realm from fire, but it justifies her actions more knowing she really had a reason to prosecute Varys for treason. I just don’t know if it was clear she knew he was trying to kill her that night.

Tyrion is awesome. I love how he has such a tender heart, despite being kind of rough around the edges. All of my friends seem to have different opinions on all the characters, but everyone from every walk of life agrees that Tyrion is great. I still haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like him, so I’m glad to see his character a little more in this episode. He wasn’t as sly and sneaky as he tends to be, though. I am not convinced that he and Varys would have been caught conspiring so easily. Tyrion is usually a few steps ahead of everyone else, and with everything going on I’m not convinced Dany would have had eyes on everyone — especially Tyrion of all people. Yes she is beginning to really go crazy, but Tyrion clearly cares about the greater good of mankind, so it wasn’t super obvious he would be plotting against the woman he went to to offer to fight for. This episode had a lot to it, so I’m going to move on.

The Hound and Arya are such a cute little duo. I expected things to go down a little differently with them, but it wouldn’t be Thrones if everything I anticipated would happen did. As I mentioned above, the fight between The Hound and The Mountain was pretty gross, and I thought Arya might come back to save her good friend. I’m kind of glad she didn’t, because it was great seeing her help all of the defenseless people down in the city. I am 99% sure she’s going to kill Dany in the finale. Right?! She has to. It’ll be a check off the “green eyes,” especially since it appears Cersei might be dead. She may have gone to King’s Landing to kill Queen Cersei, but I think she’ll change her course and decide to kill The Mad Queen instead.

I’m split on thinking that Cersei is actually dead. It’s dangerous to assume in this show that someone died just because something seemingly tragic happens to them. Heck, Jon Snow came back from the dead, so I guess anything can happen. I don’t think there will be another moment like that, but I do think there’s a possibility they survived somehow and Jaimie might redeem himself once again. Otherwise what was all of that with Brienne about and why was it even written into the story?! I keep seeing a meme talking about how the writers completely crushed 7 seasons of character building for Jaimie, and I happen to agree. After all of this, he goes back to Cersei and is bad again? At the same time, though, she is the mother of his children, and Jaimie has become a very loyal character. I just don’t like that he had to get innocent Brienne involved in his complicated life. I’ve seen a really interesting point be made about Cersei’s anticlimactic death, though. If she is, in fact, dead, it was her own city walls that killed her in the least theatrical way possible. She got absolutely no recognition or thought put into her death, and there are going to be no stories told about the way she was killed. At least if Daenerys had a face-off with her, there would be tales told for decades to come about how the Mad Queen took the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister. This makes it so she’s not even really written into history, and all of the fear and emotions we saw in her final moments were for nothing.

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This was my favorite episode of season 8, but I honestly don’t know how they’re going to wrap up so many storylines in just 80 minutes. I have a million unanswered questions, and really want a decent amount of time with some of my favorite characters. Is there any chance there is going to be a surprise final episode?! I know, I know, there’s not, but there absolutely should be! I need more time and don’t feel any sense of closure. I’m afraid I won’t next week either.

I’ll end this with a few of my predictions, then we can count up at the end of the season how many I got right in these posts.

First, I obviously think Arya will kill Daenerys. If she doesn’t, Jon Snow will, but I’m pretty certain it’ll be Arya. There’s a chance people will see how tough and great Arya is and create a democracy to nominate her to be on the throne, but I’m still rooting for Sansa Stark to take that role with Arya close to her side. I’ve heard things floating around about Tyrion (Or even Tyrion with Sansa), but I think he’s going to give up his life to save innocent people. I loved how heroic he was in offering to give up his life for the people in King’s Landing, and think he’s going out as one of the best characters of the series.

Second, I think people are going to start over in Winterfell. I wish we had seen a little bit about what’s going on there right now, but I understand how it couldn’t have fit into a shorter episode. We should have cut out the fight between Jaimie and Euron to put something better in, though. That seemed like a kind of silly fight, and to be honest I couldn’t care less about Euron Grayjoy at this point. Anyway, King’s Landing is going to be an absolute mess by the time Daenerys is done with it, so let’s just move the capital elsewhere.

Finally, I think the series is going to end on an ominous note, insinuating that the fighting for the Iron Throne will never truly end. I think the point of this series is to show how human greed is one of the most dangerous things in the world, and how destructive it is when people are always fighting for their own pride. The Stark family is a good example of people doing what’s right for others, but power does crazy things to people, so it will be interesting to see whether we like all of them by the end of the show. I think they’ll be the one group of people who always fight for what’s right, but I think they will have a lot of adversaries who try to overthrow their reign. We shall see, though, and I can’t wait to see everything wrapped up at the end! Hopefully they’ll tie all the loose ends… I don’t know how it’ll be possible, but I’m trusting the show won’t completely break our hearts.

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What do you think? Please comment any and all GoT-related thoughts. This is our last week to talk before the series finale! How sad is that?

GoT Season 8 Episode 3

SPOILER ALERT!!! I probably shouldn’t have to write that, but just in case you didn’t read the header I am going to talk all about last night’s episode.

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Before you ask, no I am not disappointed all of the White Walkers died last night. The post I wrote yesterday was a complete joke, and I’m pretty sure everyone who read it just thought I was an idiot. I just think most of us keep hearing the same ideas about what’s going to happen over and over again, so wanted to spice things up a little and add something new to the mix.

Anyway, am I the only one who is a little underwhelmed at this point? One of my blog friends reminded me last episode that beginning in season 7, the show passed the books, so they haven’t been going off of what George R. R. Martin wrote anymore. The problem I have with this is that he is so fantastic at character development, while the writers of GoT are not. They have had several mishaps in the final two seasons where characters go completely against what they would do in reality. Rather than gradually trying to change your mind about a person — like Martin did so beautifully with Jaimie Lannister — the show makes you do a 180 and then desperately tries to find their footing on what to do next. I find it hard to believe that Cersei would have been so quick to give some of her power to Theon’s uncle when he requested her company, and Jon Snow just seems exhausted or something because we don’t see much leadership from him, or a fire in his belly to fight for Winterfell and the rest of humanity. Don’t get me started on the way they made Dany become a heartless robot overnight.

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I envy the people who are posting on social media about how great this season has been so far. I don’t know why I can’t get there. After all, the past month I’ve been living for Game of Thrones, and so excited that I’m on the edge of my seat just about every episode. I love the cliffhangers they used to do, and how my opinions changed so drastically about people after I kept getting to know them better. The show just felt so real and authentic, despite being far away in the fantasy world. I talked about characters like I actually knew them, and was always so excited when people wanted to dig deeper about the show with me. Before the premiere, we all speculated what was going to happen, but this battle just wasn’t satisfying for me. Like, what the heck was up with their military strategy?! I need to talk with people in the field further, but it didn’t make sense to me that the dragons weren’t on the frontline to begin with. Instead, Dany and Jon waited until everyone was all mixed in together to start torching the place. It would have possibly been over with much less blood shed had they begun with the dragons going into the dark where the White Walkers were waiting.

Sansa and Tyrion wouldn’t have been hiding out in the back of the crypt when all the dead woke up down there. Did the show forget how much she’s grown? Did they forget that Tyrion has fought in battle before and is actually a really smart man of action? It wasn’t realistic to me that they were just shutting themselves away to have a moment before getting saved by Arya (Who, by the way, was the only person I noticed I was actively cheering for the entire episode). Tyrion was once one of the most beloved characters by almost every single person I talked to, regardless of their upbringing or any kind of life experience, but he isn’t even a B-list character in season 8. He’s fading into the background and hardly has a personality anymore. I miss his jokes and the lightheartedness he added to the show.

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The creators of the show have done a wonderful job making images come to life, but the writing is really leaving me wanting so much more. There are gaps in the storyline that need to be filled — some of which I think won’t be by the end of the season — and so much of the story is forced now. I don’t feel like there is as much natural flow this season, and we only have three episodes left to finish it out. All I’m saying is that I really hope the final three episodes (Hopefully in King’s Landing!) will make me feel like all the time, energy, and feelings I’ve invested in the show have been worthwhile. I want a few major cliffhangers next episode because despite hating the pit you get from wondering if your favorite character will be okay or not, that’s why we watch this show. We live for the unknown, and speculation that comes with each episode. We want to be on the edge of our seat the entire time, and I want to feel heartbroken, thrilled, and terrified all at once. This is what we deserve in our final season, and I really hope the show can deliver in the final half of the season.

The White Walkers Are Actually The Protagonists of Game of Thrones

I’m so glad I caught up on GoT before season 8 came out. It’s been so much fun speculating what will happen next with all the characters, and none of us having any spoilers whatsoever.

Something we haven’t considered, though, is that the White Walkers are the protagonists of our story. Hear me out. The humans are clearly scared of them because they look different and are difficult to kill. But why do the humans know this? Because they’ve tried to kill the Walkers over and over again. The first time they saw them they judged them for having icy skin and bright blue eyes, and chopped their arms off and shot arrows at them because they were scared of these magical beings. I honestly don’t blame the WW’s for being kind of pissed.

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Furthermore, we don’t ever see things from the White Walkers’ perspectives, so we don’t know what their intentions for going to see the humans were in the first place. Maybe they were going to warn them about another big threat. Maybe they wanted some new friends and thought the people on the other end of the wall looked nice and warm, so decided to wander over to socialize. Or maybe it’s just pretty darn fun being a White Walker, so the Night King is trying to help the humans enjoy the life of the Walkers too. The people are always shivering and wandering out in the cold, after all. It must be nice being pre-frozen and just boppin’ around town in light armor or even without a shirt in some cases.

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All I’m trying to say is maybe, just maybe, we are rooting for the wrong team tonight. We all know there’s going to be a big battle in episode 3, and sadly everyone has already taken the side of the humans. Whether you’re a Jon Snow kind of guy, or you still love Dany, you’re probably rooting for one of the people to take the iron throne. Nobody has considered that the Night King or one of his hands might deserve to rule. I’m just getting kind of sick of all the same theories going around, and I think we need to open our minds and remember to not judge a book so harshly by it’s cover. The White Walkers can’t help what they look like, and the Night King may have resting bitch face, but this does not by any means make him a bad guy. He’s just misunderstood and tired of living his life beyond the wall.

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All I’m saying is that the show made me absolutely hate people like Jaimie Lannister and Theon Greyjoy, and now the J-man is one of my favorite characters and I have pitied Theon ever since he started trying to redeem himself to Sansa Stark. The character development GoT is so wonderful that someone you once hoped would just get kicked from the show sometimes becomes a person you are rooting for, and vice versa. Making us like the White Walkers after being taught by many of the beloved characters on the show that they are the “bad guys” would be difficult, but I certainly wouldn’t say it’s impossible. So, to add a little bit of spice to the Internet, I’ll go ahead and argue that the Night King might need to take the iron throne and bring peace to the world — once and for all.


Disclaimer: I am by no means a GoT expert. I binged the entire series in the span of 3 weeks so that I could enjoy the final season live with everyone, and probably didn’t catch several monumental events when I multitasked by watching at the gym or while taking a shower. I got Podrick mixed up with Ramsay more than once, so I clearly rushed through and missed a few things.

GoT Season 8 Episode 2

Spoiler alert! I guess I’ll write this on every single post, just in case someone doesn’t see the headline is about Game of Thrones. 

Okay so this episode was alright. I was a little underwhelmed last week, and this week I’m left feeling just a little anxious. Like, we all knew the episode would end with getting teased with the white walkers, but still… Not happy that I have to wait another week to make more progress. HOW DID YOU GUYS DO IT FOR SEVEN SEASONS?! That is a kind of patience I’m glad I didn’t have to learn. Anyway, I didn’t like that this felt like another “let’s set up all of our storylines” episode, rather than just getting into it. We don’t have that many episodes left, and I want them to be as action-packed as possible!

Everything with Bran and Jaimie went as I expected and I’m not surprised with how things went down with JS and D. I took a poll on my Instagram last week and we all agreed that Jon would believe Sam when he found out about being D’s nephew, but it didn’t cross my mind that D might not believe J. Now that she’s questioned him a little about it, I wonder if she’ll begin to question the legitimacy of Jon’s claim to the throne. I don’t think JS really cares to be king, but D is going to feel threatened and there might be a big blowout because of it. D is someone who has been dead-set on being the queen because she “deserves it” and it’s her “right.” I wonder what she’ll think now that technically Jon is the rightful heir? Her justification the past few seasons has morphed away from wanting to make the world a better place, and gone to the logic of “it’s rightfully mine, so I should have it,” so it’s a little harder working her character into taking the throne and keeping it now that there’s a different rightful heir.

Here are some of my new predictions for the finale:

I am still so rooting for Sansa to be queen. I think it will be her or Jon, and I think that Arya will marry Gendry Baratheon and she will end up being the Lady of Winterfell. I do not think Cersei or Daenerys will be queen by the end of the season. For some reason just last week I thought D had more of a chance than J, but I’m changing my mind on this one. I have a feeling Daenerys is going to die. Jaimie will somehow save Bran in some sort of way, and will probably end up losing his own life to protect him. Brienne will find love! Oh my gosh, I am just obsessed with her. I can’t decide now whether I’d have her end up with the wildling who thinks she hung the moon, or Jaimie because they have just the cutest dynamic (sadly I don’t think either of them see each other that way), but I am happy if Brienne is happy. Speaking of which, can we just talk about the knighting ceremony?! I almost cried; she is just so pure and perfect. Brienne is what a knight should be and so much more. She is too good for the GoT world.

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I have an idea of how the entire series is going to end. I do think they’ll fight together to beat the white walkers. I think they’ll actually pull through and win. I think, though, after that’s all over with, that they’ll all go back to fighting for the insignificant title you get with the iron throne. Instead of going their separate ways and having several peaceful nations, they’ll continue fighting for the rest of their lives for things that don’t matter in reality, like who is the ruler of all the nations. I don’t think everyone will have learned their lessons by the end of it all, and I think it will be George R. R. Martin’s way of reminding us that humans can do amazing things if we work together, but greed often gets in the way and completely clouds our lives. Apparently, though, the end of the season is so wild none of the cast members guessed it, and I’m pretty sure they know a whole lot more than the fans. Like, it must be kind of crazy if the million characters who are on the show didn’t get the ending right, so I definitely won’t with this simple prediction. I’m going to keep sharing my thoughts though, even when my husband tells me that some of my ideas aren’t even possible because I still don’t have a firm grasp on everything in the GoT world. I think I’ll need to watch the series another time through to really catch on to everything.

Tyrion’s Steak Dinner (Filet Mignon with Homemade Garlic Butter)

No, this is not going to be a normal recipe post like I had been getting into before. I am linking it to Game of Thrones, once again, because I just crammed so much in to such a short period of time that I’m probably going to be overly-obsessed for a little while.

Anyway, I really wanted to make a fun dinner for the night of the premiere, but I was catching up on season 7 until the very last minute, so that was an unrealistic goal. It was too late to order anything GoT related, and I’ve looked all over for the themed Oreos with no success. On Monday, though, I did make a new steak dish, and it reminded me of something the Lannister’s might have had. I cooked some filet mignon with garlic butter, roasted potatoes, and carrots. It was so easy but tasted even better than filet I’ve had in restaurants, so I figured I would share. As always, I’m not going to give amounts of what I used, but I’ll describe it well enough that you can just make everything accordingly with how much food you’d like to make.

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Garlic Butter Filet Mignon with Roasted Carrots and Potatoes
I got all of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s. You will need:
Steak filets – I like organic grassfed beef.
Butter
EVOO
Salt
Pepper
Garlic cloves
Fresh rosemary
Fresh thyme
Red potatoes
Carrots

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 415°F. I found a bunch of different temperatures to make your steak at, but settled in the middle at this. Take out the steak and butter from the fridge, and bring it to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Step 2: Chop the carrots and red potatoes and put them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with EVOO, salt, and pepper, then stick them in the oven to begin roasting while you prepare the butter and steak.

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Step 3: Chop the rosemary and thyme finely, and mince a few cloves of garlic. Mix it all together with the butter until you’re happy with the proportions, then stick the butter back in the fridge to firm a little.

Step 4: Dry the steak with paper towels, then put a generous amount of salt and pepper on each side. Note: Apparently the smell that hits you when you open a container of raw steak is normal. I was not prepared and thought we might be getting a legit medieval experience. YIKES. 

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Step 5: Drizzle some EVOO and melt butter in a frying pan, or, preferably on a cast iron skillet. I did the frying pan because we don’t have an iron skillet to use, but plan on investing in one now!

Step 6: Sear the filets for about 3 minutes on each side, until they have browned a bit.

Step 7: Move the iron skillet to the oven, or put the steaks on foil on the cookie sheet with the veggies. I poured the excess juice over top of the steaks so they’d be nice and juicy.

Step 8: Google how long to cook your steak in the oven. I am not a professional, and I know it’s a crime, but I like my steak medium-well. I cooked it for about 6 minutes in the oven, but it will obviously depend on the thickness of your steak and your preference for how red you like it. I think a Lannister would likely just eat it after searing lightly in the pan, but Joffrey might have just gone for the raw meat.

Step 9: Take out your steak and vegetables when you’re happy with the way they look, put them on a plate, and top the steak with the garlic butter. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on it all and enjoy! If you really want to feel like Tyrian, you should help yourself to a glass of red wine — or maybe three.

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Photo Credit: HBO

GoT Season 8 Predictions

Lots of spoilers from seasons 1-7, and from season 8, episode 1.

Part of what I like so much about Game of Thrones is how they go against all the rules in regular television and are totally fine with having unhappy endings. Ned Stark started off as my favorite character. This is funny because I actually realized I probably would have hated him, had Robert not given me one little spoiler — he was not Jon Snow’s father. He told me this as I began the first season because he knew I’d hate someone I thought was a cheater, so I was actually really glad to have this tidbit of information, because I was able to like Ned for who he was. Anyway, I was shocked and disappointed when he was killed in the very first season. Then, I began rooting for his son Robb. I loved his relationship with Talisa and thought he was a very grounded leader. I liked that he didn’t seem super power hungry, and that he kept both feet on the ground while he led. He was smart, brave, and courageous, but also valued his family enough to be smart and protect them. His only downfall was being lulled into a false sense of security, and possibly being too blinded by his love for his wife, and died in the ninth episode of season 3. Darn. My two favorite Starks were gone. By this time, though, I was a fan of Arya and Sansa was starting to get better. Joffrey died early in season 4, which was around the time I really took a liking to both Sansa and Margaery. So, I still had a few Stark’s left.

Anyway, I have kind of gotten a grip on realizing that George R. R. Martin, the author of the series, does not care about our hearts. He is fine with killing people off for shock value, and possibly to remain a little more realistic. Realistically, bad things happen to good people, but we don’t enjoy seeing that in entertainment, so typically don’t have a ton of that.

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Photo Credit: HBO

Here are a few things I think might happen in season 8. Now that I am caught up with y’all, there is absolutely no way for me to know spoilers, so we’ll see just how far off I am with some of these as the season goes by:

  1. I think we’ll see some familiar faces as white walkers. I am thinking that some of these people could be, but are not limited to: Margaery, Joffrey (yikes!), Lady Stark, and Ned Stark. If either of the last two are actually white walkers, I don’t think they’ll kill their children. I do think there’s a great chance Joffrey will be a white walker and will be way to into his role of being a zombie.
  2. I think Daenerys’ white walker dragon will cross paths with her again and stop blowing ice at people when he sees her for the first time. From the little we saw of her dragon who died and became a white walker, it looks like it blows ice instead of fire. Which makes a whole lot of sense since the GoT series is also kind of called A Song of Ice and FireSo, I think the bad zombie dragon will actually become good when he sees his mother, Daenerys, fighting for the other team.
  3. I think Bran will forgive Jaimie for pushing him out the window. This is a small prediction, but it’s one we could potentially see come to fruition next week. I think this for a few reasons. First, I think Bran is a wise character without a bad temper, so I think he realizes that without Jaimie doing that, he likely wouldn’t have the powers he does that might end up saving humanity. I also think he’s had a long time to process all of this, as I’m sure he’s had some visions with Jaimie involved. The main reason I think he’s going to be forgiving, though, is because I think it’s not Jaimie’s time yet. I think he will definitely die this season, but I believe he’ll be around for one or two episodes beyond the second.
  4. I do not think Jon Snow will become king before Daenarys. I am actually kind of leaning toward Sansa being queen, because I wouldn’t be shocked if J and D died in battle. I don’t think D will give up her dream of being queen, because she’s so gung ho about it and dying to sit on the iron throne, but this whole twist of Jon being the rightful heir has really thrown a wrench in things. I think if either of them becomes ruler, they will do it side by side. So maybe he’ll be the king, and Daenarys will be the queen. I am predicting, though, that by the end of the series Sansa will be the ruler of the seven kingdoms. I think she’s being groomed for the part by being the Lady of Winterfell, and will learn to be even stronger as Daenarys demands she “bend the knee” to her and tries to boss her family around.
  5. I think there’s a chance everyone will die and become a white walker. I am about 50/50 on this one. Part of me thinks Martin would choose to do this to make an unheard of ending to his series. The other part wonders if he’d really want evil to win, though. From what I’ve heard, Martin is a pacifist, which means he actually is opposed to war. This feels ironic because of how gory the series has been so far, but it also makes a whole lot of sense when you realize that he is showing how gruesome and depressing war actually is. Rather than glorifying it with seeing how “the good guys always win,” Martin shows that really good people die in terrible ways when people become too thirsty for power. He doesn’t sugar coat anything, and has broken our hearts more than once with having favorites, and even the innocent, be taken away from us. So, as a big middle finger to war, I could see him killing off every last person to show that power and gold mean absolutely nothing when you are dead.

These are just a few thoughts I’ve had so far this season, and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of others. My two big predictions that came true were that Margaery’s grandmother killed Joffrey, and Arya Stark beheaded Lord Baelish. Both of those I called well in advance, and I’ll be curious to see what happens this seasons now that I don’t have anyone talking to me that could possibly hint at anything that might happen. I’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions — as long as they’re not backed by anything on the Internet. I have blocked Google from showing me GoT articles, because I have seen headlines saying things like, “Kit Harington tells us what to expect in this season of GoT,” and even if they’re not true I don’t want anything at all to be spoiled.

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Photo Credit: HBO

On an unrelated note, who else thought it was hilarious that Cersei was so obsessed with having elephants on her team? I kind of loved this whole scene, but I’m also glad she didn’t get any of the elephants she wanted. They don’t stand a chance against dragons, so they’re a lot safer being over a body of water.

GoT Season 8 Premiere

Guys, I used to be “that person” who said things like, “Oh, I don’t watch Game of Thrones,” or, “I guess it looks like ‘Winter is Coming'” when everyone else was freaking out about the premiere of a new season or finale of another. I went years and years not understanding what the obsession was all about and completely ignoring just about everything GoT related, other than picking up that people love Jon Snow and he’s obsessed with the colder months of the year.

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Now, within a few short weeks, all of that has changed. I dedicated much of my free time — and other time that probably should have been spent being more productive — catching up on all 7 seasons to watch last night’s premiere, and it was all worth it. I am so excited to be able to chat with anyone and everyone about this final season now that I’m so invested in it and the characters. I love that we’ve all been talking on Instagram so much about the upcoming season, and it’s been quite the journey I feel like I’ve taken with many friends now. The only thing that absolutely sucks, is that I have to wait a week until the next episode. This is going to drive me nuts! I was so spoiled being able to unearth every cliffhanger right after it happened, and although it would have been nice not being so incredibly rushed with the first 7 seasons, I took for granted the fact that if I really wanted to know something, I could Google it or find the answer in the next episode. Now I will experience GoT in all its glory the final season.

I’m going to talk about last night’s episode now, so if you haven’t watched yet, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

First, I have decided that I officially do not like Daenerys Targaryen. I was surprised with how much I posted about her on Instagram this episode, but honestly she gets on my last nerve. I loved her the first few seasons when she was coming into her own, but I feel like she’s become so hungry for power and for every person alive to “bend the knee” that I can’t root for her any more. I don’t want her to be the queen because I think she just makes decisions based on whether or not someone will accept her as being the most powerful person alive, and kills anyone who gets in her way in the slightest. A good ruler who wants what she initially wanted — to let people be free — would be able to take some criticism and not be so obsessed with their own image and title. The scene with Sam made my heart hurt for him. She just doesn’t have any empathy left and I am d-o-n-e.

I like Jon Snow a little better again, though. His conversation with Sam made me remember that he isn’t obsessed with being recognized as having more power than everyone else, and is merciful when it comes to punishing people. He takes each situation as it comes to him, and often airs on the side of being generous and giving people the benefit of the doubt, more often than not. I still would prefer the Stark girls taking the throne, but he’s not a bad option. I just think Sansa as queen, Bran as the hand, and Arya as an advisor/possibly a knight would make for a really awesome kingdom. We shall see what happens, though.

My favorite moment of all time was with Brienne’s wildling. When they were searching an abandoned castle and came across other people in the army and someone shouted, “HE HAS BLUE EYES!!!!!” thinking that the wildling was a white walker, I DIED. I was crying I was laughing so hard. I need to find a clip on YouTube to add to this later, because it seriously was so funny.

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“I’ve always had blue eyes!”

I am still so invested in his love story with Brienne, and I think it’s funny how many people have agreed with me in my Insta stories that this is one of the funnest story lines to follow. I was shocked to wake up to a few tags this morning, only to find that Mindy Kaling must feel the exact same way I do about their budding relationship! Please tell me there’s a wedding at the end of all of this.

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Photo Credit: Instagram @MindyKaling

Anyway, I don’t know how in the world y’all waited over a year for the final season. I’m glad I started when I did and didn’t have to do a bunch of these crazy waiting stints. Even just waiting a week now to find out what Bran will say to Jaimie is going to be so tough! I have had so much catching up to do that it’ll be weird to have the full week off of GoT now. I might rewatch the last two episodes of season 7 since I had to rush through it to be done by 9 last night, but other than that I will have to find something new to post about on my Instagram stories, because I loved having so much to talk about. Please message me with any and all thoughts you have! I’m always game to chat in depth about this series now.

GoT Season 6

Guys, I’m almost there! I have season 7 to finish today, then I can watch the premiere tonight! I’ll definitely have to rewatch the series one day because I’ve been rushing a little the more I am running out of time, but I’m so glad I’ve been able to get this far. I am currently watching the start of the most recent season as I am writing this, so I have faith I’ll finish it up.

Everyone has been really active about messaging me on Instagram, which has been so much fun and a good way to get all the necessary information for the premiere tonight. Instead of recapping everything I learned or water in this post, I’ll share one of my Instagram highlight reels about Game of Thrones. Surprisingly people have said they’ve been a good refresher of the earlier seasons, but I feel like I put a lot of unnecessary information in there. Like my excitement about Brienne’s love story.

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Currently, I have a lot of favorite characters. The biggest ones are Arya and Sansa Stark, Tyrian, though we haven’t seen a ton of him lately, and Brienne because I am so invested in her budding love story with the wildling.  I was disappointed that Margaery died, and the way the youngest Stark boy died was really upsetting. I’m glad Ramsay is gone, though, despite not wanting to watch a lot of that episode. Cersei is literally the most terrifying person I can think of to be on the throne, but I had a feeling she’d take over for awhile at some point. I am fully invested in all the battles that are about to happen, and I’m hoping a Stark will be next to rule, though if I had to make a prediction, I’d say Daenerys Targaryen will be the next person to take it.

I’m not a huge fan of Jon Snow or Daenerys right now. I wrote out why, but I want to wait to share my opinions until I am a little more sure of them. It looks like they’ll be working together some in season 7, and I hope they become my favorites once again because they started out being in my top 3. I just don’t feel like they’ve been as dynamic as some of the others, and have both become a little too blinded by power.

I would love to see one of the Stark girls as the next queens because I think they’ve had so many hurdles they’ve had to jump over and they’ve grown so much. I never liked Sansa when Joffrey was around, but now she’s one of my favorite characters. It’s crazy how this can happen in this show. Same goes for Jaimie Lannister; I really didn’t like him when he pushed Bran out of the window and was all creepy with Cersei, but now I think he’s hilarious and a pretty decent guy. I’m hoping he won’t die this season, but I have a kind of bad feeling season 7 is going to be his last. Anyway, I feel like Arya and Sansa would be an incredible team. Sansa has become fair and just, and knows what kind of ruling can completely ruin a kingdom. She isn’t full of herself and is firm in her beliefs but willing to listen to others, not just hear what they’re saying. I don’t know, but I kind of think she and Arya would make a great team. The beginning to season 7 was so badass and Arya is honestly one of the coolest characters. She literally has no one backing her but has made it so far all on her own. She’s met every kind of person along the way, and I think she’s learning how to read others really well.

Okay, I should really start paying attention so I can be ready for tonight.