Stories about Game of Thrones

A trip to King’s Landing, minus the dragons and the Lannisters

I am one of those people who belong to the cult of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT) that has now ventured into the end of its second last season. Croatia’s coastal city, Dubrovnik, therefore, became a natural destination in my travel wish list which is doubled as King’s Landing in GoT. Many scenes of the show have been filmed in this picturesque city. I landed in Dubrovnik on an extremely rainy morning and checked into an all-girls hostel. Since the larger part of my stay was in the neighbouring budget friendly Bosnia, I had expected Croatia to be a money-friendly place ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E06: Beyond the Wall went far and beyond our expectations

Season seven is coming to a close and the stakes just keep getting higher. The sixth episode was packed with monumental moments. The odds have definitely shifted, and not necessarily in favour of your favourite character. Reunions happened, words were thrown around, yet there has been no ‘happy ever after yet. We almost expected the Stark sisters to come out stronger after their reunion but, unfortunately, as is always the case in Game of Thrones (GoT), things went awry. Since Arya Stark found the letter (where Sansa Stark asked her brother Robb Stark to call of his march on King’s Landing), the sisters have become more ...

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Narcos season 3: Can the Cali cartel be as grotesquely violent and savage as Pablo Escobar?

Following the demise of the Medellin cartel and its kingpin, a certain Mr Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, it is now time for the Cali crew to take its claim as the new lords of blow in the latest offering of Narcos, which recently saw its first full-length trailer released last week. While season one and two dealt with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Steve Murphy’s pursuit of the notorious don Escobar, the forthcoming third season sees veteran agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) taking the reins as DEA’s chief tracker, with help from American and Colombian law enforcement agencies, hunting down the ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E04: A Stark reunion, an epic battle and unfinished business – what more could one want?

Recently, I read that some fans and critics were complaining about the seventh season of Game of Thrones (GoT) being too rushed. There have also been complaints stating that the show is more focused on displays rather than character development. But I think it is safe to assume that all these negative reviews will die down once the said individuals watch the fourth episode. This week’s offering had some touching reunions and jaw-dropping moments. Some might argue otherwise, but for me, this was the best GoT episode so far. It surpasses all previous GoT standards and sets new benchmarks for the show itself and other shows as well. The ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E03 was, in its truest sense, a Song of Ice and Fire

If the last episode of Game of Thrones (GoT) can be compared to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, then it would be justified to claim that episode three was more like The Godfather. While last week’s episode was packed with action and thrill, this week’s episode was filled with intense confrontations. As I said last week, this season is on steroids and at some point you might even feel like everything is moving too fast. This episode was titled ‘The Queen’s Justice’, which is an apt title considering the events that transpired. I believe this episode was, in its truest sense, ‘A Song of Ice and ...

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Game of Thrones S07-E02 was a visual spectacle, proving that this season is on steroids

If there were more than seven episodes in season seven of Game of Thrones (GoT), the second episode could have been more of a ‘set the stage and build the intrigue’ episode. But as I pointed out in my previous review of the season seven premiere, GoT is equipped with a turbocharger and things are escalating pretty quickly. Fans who complained that the season premiere was a let-down won’t be complaining once they watch this week’s episode. The episode kicks off exactly where the last one ended. Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen have a lot of strategising to do, especially if Daenerys wants to become the queen of the seven kingdoms and ...

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#TheNorthRemembers: Game of Thrones season 7 starts with a bang, and the best premier episode so far

The season six finale of Game of Thrones (GoT) had left all of us on the edge of our seats. Diehard fans were aching to watch the season seven premiere. Everyone wanted to know what would happen and how things would go down. A few months after the season finale, it was reported that shooting had been delayed. All us poor fans could do was wait, and wait we did. We waited for one entire year for the next season. If you think the year flew by, you clearly aren’t a GoT fan. But all this is in the past now. The season seven premier ...

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Game of zones: Why India must resolve its issues with both its nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and China

While framing this piece in my mind, I was stuck in a conundrum. Why am I writing a blog at a time when everyone is probably watching Game of Thrones (GoT)? Simply enough, an answer came to mind. Apart from the very few people who do not watch the series, everyone is interested in real life power struggles as well. Hence, the name game of zones, conflict zones to be exact. I read an article recently, which quoted a Chinese analyst saying that the Indian government should avoid opening two fronts. This was of course an apparent reference to its neighbours, Pakistan and China. Pakistan has ...

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#GameOver: Nawaz Sharif now has only two options – resign or be forced to resign

Alas, the unthinkable has happened. The eagerly anticipated joint investigation team (JIT) findings have implicated the members of the ruling Sharif family for not only concealing assets, but for failing to reveal their sources of income and presenting a fake money trail. Startling revelations made by Panamagate JIT in final report https://goo.gl/YxZNQ2 Posted by Express Tribune Video on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 The Sharif family members have officially been declared ‘criminals’ by the JIT findings. Over the last few months, we witnessed the most appalling, cringe-worthy and condemnable portrayal of arrogant self-righteousness by the ruling party, despite receiving the ire of the public. No amount of shaming could budge the Pakistan Muslim ...

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Raabta fails to connect with viewers with its nauseatingly bad ‘been there, done that’ story

It is extremely amusing when movies have ridiculously high levels of disconnection with the audience, especially when its title and tagline state the opposite. Raabta, the latest punar-janam (rebirth) absurdity to come out of Bollywood, is so shamelessly dedicated to its primary theme of reincarnation that it doesn’t even mind taking elements already used in a vast number of movies to fill its 150-minute long run time. It has an uncanny similarity to the absurd concoction of Befikre, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (in reference to a fledgling romance in an exotic European locale). From the opening parts right down to the cringe-worthy climax ripped off from Titanic, and a weird combination ...

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