• J_Aich_B

    I’m not too sure about your theory – I think Varys and Littlefinger have been actively working against each other in many ways. Littlefinger rose to be Master of Coin from Robert’s Rebellion (I think) whilst Varys tried to prevent Arys opening his gates, and LF’s power-base in the Vale have no love for the Dragons.

  • The Oncoming Hurricane

    I’ll get to the other arguments in a moment, but they only way you can reasonably and objectively say that the episode is deserving of a 10 is if you ignore Dorne. Which you have. Not great.

    • ShalkaDoctor

      Or perhaps he can say it’s deserving of a 10 because it’s, you know, his opinion?

    • Mark McCullough

      I was toying with using Dorne to add more to the Sansa section of the review actually, but then decided against it because it was long enough already. What I was going to talk about was the obvious parallels between Myrcella here and Sansa in Series One where both shared the romantic notion of their prince and in both cases refused to return home with their fathers. So I thought it was a nice contrast what Sansa was and how the world has totally destroyed that.
      As for the other scene in the jail it is referenced in the review, but not specifically. It’s the unnecessary edition, which is really the only fault I had with it. I guess it gives some character to the pretty wooden sandsnakes, but that’s about it.

  • ShalkaDoctor

    Great review. Nice to see you taking a step back from last week’s unnecessary controversy.

    • The Oncoming Hurricane

      Translation: Nice to see you hold a view I agree with.

      • ShalkaDoctor

        Just tired of seeing people getting “outraged” on the internet as usual.
        If only they put as much thought into real world issues.

        • The Oncoming Hurricane

          Yeah, because both can’t and are done. Oh, and media isn’t produced in a cultural vacuum, so they are putting thought into ‘real world issues’.

          • ShalkaDoctor

            The things that people allow in this world without batting an eye tell a different story. But by all means moan about fictional TV shows instead of confronting it head on.

    • Mark McCullough

      Thanks. But I’d say it’s average at best, haven’t covered Jon’s story at all, and Dorne is only given a fleeting reference.
      Also I wouldn’t call my opinion from last week unnecessary. All viewers are entitled to criticise the reasons for decisions made by the writers, especially the timing of last weeks scene which made it look like it had been done for all the wrong reasons. As it happens this week presented enough evidence to suggest that there might be a better reason for the decision. It does not mean I have taken a step back as you put it, but I will be keeping a close eye on how Sansa is dealt with, and if I suspect misogynistic decisions have been made, I will call them out. If not I’ll enjoy the plot as much as anyone else.