Last week’s episode of Game of Thrones offered death, destruction, and a whole bunch of people lit on fire by a dragon. It was everything you could have ever wanted in an episode, and it was the shortest of the series. This week, things slow down a bit, but there’s a moment that hearkens back to the first season of the series, involving Sansa and the Lannisters.
Warning: Spoilers are coming.
During “Eastwatch,” Arya was keeping a close eye on Littlefinger, and she overheard a discussion about a message, which there was only one copy of. Littlefinger hid the message somewhere in his room, and when he left, Arya broke in and found it inside his mattress.
However, as Arya leaves the room, there is a shot of Littlefinger hiding in the background. He’s playing Arya Stark like a fiddle. While the viewers don’t get a really good glimpse at the note, we can see that it’s signed by Sansa.
Take a look at a screenshot of the note for yourself below:
Here’s what we could make out from the note from the screenshot above:
“…is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar (attack?)…
…Joffrey and tried to steal his throne The Lannister…
…King’s Landing and swear fealty to King Joffrey and…
Your faithfull sister, Sansa.”
So what’s the deal with the note? Back in Season 1, Sansa Stark was to be wed to Joffrey, and Ned Stark–Sansa’s father–was Hand of the King to Joffrey’s father, King Robert Baratheon. Long story short, the king died, Joffrey took over, and Ned was arrested.
At this point, Cersei Lannister, accompanied by Lord Varys, Littlefinger, and Grand Maester Pycelle, forced Sansa to write a letter to her brother and mother back at Winterfell to keep the peace. Robb Stark did eventually see this letter himself, but Maester Luwin told Robb that it was Cersei’s words with Sansa’s writing.
This is the first time Arya is seeing the letter or even knows of its existence. She does not know the circumstances of why it was written, and Littlefinger planted it for Arya to find to plant seeds of doubt within her sister. While Arya is intelligent, the last time she was with her sister, Sansa was a bit of a brat and really wanted to marry Joffrey, so she may not see through this like Robb did.
It’s obvious that Littlefinger wants Arya out of the picture, but does Arya know she’s being played, and if not, how will she confront Sansa about this letter, if at all?
Seahawks 41, Chargers 17: Another Chris Carson 1-yard rushing touchdown gives the Seahawks what should be an insurmountable lead, since they’re not the Atlanta Falcons and this isn’t the Super Bowl.
Halftime: Seahawks 34, Chargers 14
Seahawks 34, Chargers 14: This is not going well for Los Angeles. Trevone Boykin got in the end zone on a 4-yard run.
Seahawks 27, Chargers 14: It’s the third turnover of the day for the Chargers, and it turned into seven more points for Seattle.
Seahawks 17, Chargers 14: This game is actually good, and Seattle just picked off Kellen Clemens.
Seahawks 17, Chargers 14: This one is getting interesting after a Trevone Boykin touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler.
Chargers 14, Seahawks 10: But it wouldn’t last, because Rivers hit Travis Benjamin for a 74-yard touchdown.
Seahawks 10, Chargers 7: Seattle takes a lead after a pick-six.
And there was dancing afterward, obviously.
Chargers 7, Seahawks 3: OH MY GOODNESS, LOOK AT THIS CATCH.
Chargers 7, Seahawks 0: It’s Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates for the Chargers’ first touchdown in Los Angeles.
Final Score – Lions 24, Colts 10
The Colts actually scored a touchdown with one second remaining on the clock. Lions win, 24-10.
Lions 24, Colts 3: Indianapolis turned it over on downs and the Lions take over on their own 40-yard line.
Lions 24, Colts 3: Kaaya is playing well, and he hit Dontez Ford for a touchdown.
Lions 17, Colts 3: We’re getting a look at Lions rookie quarterback Brady Kaaya. Fun fact: His mom is the “Bye Felicia” lady from Friday. This hasn’t been the most thrilling quarter so far, and that’s the most interesting thing we can come up with about this game right now.
Halftime – Lions 17, Colts 3: Rudock got the Lions within striking distance, thanks in part to to this catch and stiff arm from tight end Michael Roberts. A missed Prater field goal kept the Lions from extending their lead.
Lions 17, Colts 3: The Colts defense has given up 211 yards and yet another score with a Matt Prater field goal.
Lions 14, Colts 3: The Indianapolis defense looks outmatched. Detroit capped off a seven-play, 73-yard drive with another Rudock touchdown pass to Golladay.
Lions 7, Colts 0: The Lions are on the board after a 23-yard Jake Rudock pass to Kenny Golladay.
Lions 0, Colts 0: Detroit defensive end Kerry Hyder went down with an injury and had to be carted off the field.
Lions 0, Colts 0: Indianapolis made things interesting right off the bat as linebacker John Simon intercepted Matthew Stafford on the Lions’ first possession.
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL preseason is coming to a close, with a Sunday lineup that includes just two games to round out the week. It isn’t likely that we get a chance to see a lot of the starters out there, but there’s a better shot in Week 1 than in Week 4 of the preseason.
The first matchup of the day kicks off in the Midwest, with the Colts hosting the Lions. Indianapolis is still without quarterback Andrew Luck, and made so many changes to the defensive roster, it’ll take a few games before any sort of success can be measured. Detroit still hasn’t secured a long-term deal with QB Matthew Stafford, but the offense as a whole should be in a better spot if Stafford and running back Ameer Abdullah can both stay healthy.
Later on the West Coast, the Seahawks visit LA to take on the Chargers. Seattle returns several injured players from the end of the 2016 season, including Earl Thomas. At running back, Eddie Lacy will make his Seahawks debut.
The Chargers, on the other hand, are breaking in a new city and a new head coach, Anthony Lynn. They’ll also have a new defensive coordinator — Gus Bradley, who spent four seasons as the Seahawks’ DC. A revamped offensive line will get a chance to work together and while Philip Rivers likely won’t play much, the backup quarterback competition could pick up between Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones.
Follow along with us for score updates, highlights, injury news, and much more.
Cliff Bleszinski’s new game LawBreakers launched last week on PlayStation 4 and PC. The start is just the beginning, Bleszinski said in a new interview, teasing that more characters, maps, and modes are potentially coming down the road.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Bleszinski said, “We see this game as a marathon and not a sprint.” There are nine characters in the game right now, but Bleszinski said a tenth is being tested right now and is already “fully playable.”
Concerning new maps, Bleszinski said two new ones are “99 percent ready to go,” and as for the new game-types, he said “I can’t really talk about” those. There are also new skins coming in “a couple of months.”
All of this is to say that LawBreakers having ongoing support after launch is just a sign of the times. “That’s the world we live in–it’s no longer fire and forget,” Bleszinski said.
Also in the interview, the developer talked about the reviews for LawBreakers so far. On Steam, which he described as a “very harsh platform,” the $30 LawBreakers has a “very positive” rating after more than 1,800 reviews.
“What we’ve found is that Steam is a very harsh platform, and if you go to Steam reviews for any game, you can’t bullsh** Steam users, PC users,” Bleszinski said. “I’m not saying you can bullshit console users, but Steam users are some of the most savvy gamers out there. If you go to our reviews they’re 90 percent positive. We’ve created a community over the last three years of really loyal and dedicated fans who love the game and the studio.”
GameSpot’s LawBreakers review scored it an 8/10. “What counts is that its fresh anti-gravity mechanics transcends its first-glance novel appeal and creates limitless combat situations that will be new and inviting to many shooter fans,” reviewer Miguel Concepcion said.
LawBreakers is available on PS4 and PC. An Xbox One version has not been ruled out.
Game Of Thrones Season 7 is the season of fan service, as the show has passed the books and every episode so far has contained at least one major event or revelation. Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5, “Eastwatch,” was no exception, and the show just confirmed a major theory that fans have been speculating about for literally decades.
The revelation came during a deceptively inconspicuous scene between Sam and Gilly, before they bailed on Sam’s training at the Citadel like high school drop-out thieves in the night. Gilly reveals to Sam that she’s been reading the records of a High Septon Maynard–a character who’s never come up in the books, by the way–and lets slip some information that Sam finds totally inconsequential: That Prince Rhaegar Targaryen apparently got his first marriage annulled and took the hand of another.
“Maynard says here that he issued an annulment for Prince Rhaegar and re-married him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne,” Gilly says, to utter indifference from good old Samwell Tarly.
Here’s why that matters: It means that Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys’s older brother, had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and married Lyanna Stark. That means Jon isn’t a bastard at all, but a true Targaryan. How’s Jon Targaryen sound to y’all?
Game of Thrones previously established pretty clearly that Jon is Lyanna’s son, not Ned Stark’s. At the end of Season 6, Bran watched Lyanna, his aunt, hand a baby to his father, Ned. Fans who were paying attention easily picked up on the fact that Lyanna was (allegedly!) kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, and that the baby is likely his.
Littlefinger told Sansa in season 6 that Rhaegar raped Lyanna, which fans were rightly skeptical of. And book readers have for years suspected that Rhaegar may have married the wolf girl in secret. We’ve combed through clues from the books and other sources, from interviews with author George R.R. Martin himself to passages from the official Westeros encyclopedia, The World of Ice and Fire. But it’s always been just a theory.
In the show there have been countless clues hinting at Jon’s real parentage, many subtle, others less so–like the fact Jon in this episode was able to pet Dany’s biggest dragon, Drogon, like it’s a docile puppy. But so far even the most dedicated decipherers have been unable to find concrete proof that Jon’s not a bastard. Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5 just changed that.
Fans are likely very happy now, in retrospect, that Shireen Baratheon taught Gilly the Wildling how to read.
Cersei reveals a surprise, Jon assembles a squad of misfits, and yes: dragons cook some more people. That’s what they do.
This “Game of Thrones” discussion is written by someone who has read George R.R. Martin’s books (as well as the occasional fan theory on message boards), but the column will usually only discuss events that have happened on HBO’s televised version. Please respect these boundaries should you choose to participate in the comments section.
Episode 7.05, ‘Eastwatch’
FINAL SCORE: Violence 4, Sex 0
(Scoring is typically one point per killing or instance of nudity, though the reviewer reserves the right to award bonus points for style.)
Totals: One father and his son roasted by a dragon; two sentries’ heads bashed in with a warhammer.
Notes: There will be more to say about Davos absolutely OWNING this episode in the updated Scorecard, but for the moment let’s celebrate having our cake and eating it, too: we got to see Davos smooth-talk the two City Watch guardsmen into a peaceful resolution, AND we got to see Gendry bash their heads in when Tyrion showed up. WIN-WIN.
Totals: One happy kiss between siblings expecting a child; some fermented crab and boner talk; one meaningful hug between a knight and his queen; that same knight delivering one glance full of longing so deep it could pierce the crusty black skin of greyscale; Ser Friendzone desperately kissing his queen’s hands.
Notes: Remember when critics bitched about sexposition on this show? I’d just like to state for the record that I WAS NEVER ONE OF THOSE SQUARES. I loved the sexposition! It was necessary exposition in a series loaded with generations of backstory, and it was delivered with a happy helping of nudity. It was great! I built half of a column on it!
And now, look at this. Only four points for the opponent in this episode, and Sex responds with a goose egg. Rooting for Sex is like cheering for the Mariners.
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