Teen Wolf is back! Along withKate Argent… so of course the gang has some problems right away. After the events of Season 3B, things seemsto have both calmed down and gotten worse. Though the whole atmosphere, thankfully, feels less dark and depressing than it did last season, drama starts right away when the gang heads to Mexico to rescue Derek.
So this week’s Game of Thrones, huh? How about Pod being the best squire ever? Or, uh, Tywin talking to Oberyn? That was pretty cool, right? Or you know, the producers assassinating the entire arc of one of the most sympathetic characters on the show in favor of once more perpetuating the misogyny so prevalent in a good portion of popular television today?
Yeah. That? Not so rad.
Side-eyeing you so hard right now, Game of Thrones.
Spoilers for Game of Thrones under the cut, as well as a trigger warning for discussions of rape and incest.
I’m not the only one on this site excited for the new season of Game of Thrones, so I’m in good company with people who understand my burning need to see a new episode as soon as I can. You know, before Tumblr spoils me on everything in convenient gif format. There’s a lot to look forward to this season: more Jaime and Brienne, more Joffrey getting slapped, more Tyrell ladies being badasses. However, something that caught my attention straight away—and something that didn’t escape the watchful eye of the internet—was the appearance of House Martell. Before any trailers, the character of Oberyn had already been making waves due to fandom crying foul over whitewashing the Dornish prince. And while people were rightfully put off by the ethnicity swap (despite reassurances from author George R.R. Martin), it seems another issue could rise; an issue that, in the same vein, has everything to do with the television adaptation and not so much the novelization. That is, of course, Oberyn’s bisexuality.
Being one of the many who only has enough drive to watch the show and not hunker down to read the massive tomes, I’m at a distinct disadvantage when considering whether or not parts of Oberyn’s sexuality were changed to make it more palatable to Game of Thrones’s audience. Also, being bisexual myself, I feel that despite the former “not reading the books” thing, being the latter still allows me a pretty good say in how said sexuality comes across. And what did I think? Well… it was adequate representation.
Recently, at Comic-Con, the new Walking Dead trailer premiered.
I have to admit that I had a bit of a falling out with The Walking Dead last season. I had started reviewing it weekly, but the season finale I especially couldn’t take, and in order to not think about it, I didn’t review it. I’m hesitant about season four because of how poorly I felt the last season was handled.
It took all of one sentence from Carol for Daryl to get over his brother’s death. Carl’s practically on his way to becoming evil. Andrea’s relationship with the Governor was one of the most annoying things I have ever watched, and she couldn’t figure out he was evil, despite all the signs, like having a room filled with severed heads. Then, after realizing the truth, she gets bitten. Additionally, the final showdown between the Governor and the Atlanta Survivors didn’t really happen, despite the huge buildup toward it. All in all, it left me extremely underwhelmed.
I’m willing to put my grievances aside for this upcoming season, however. The finale ended with the Governor going off somewhere and the Atlanta Survivors taking in the remaining citizens of Woodbury, which means we’re going to have a lot more characters this time around, which might be a good thing, because the original survivors aren’t doing so well at the moment.
Furthermore, we’re going to be introduced to some more characters of color. We already have Glenn, a Korean, who gets a lot of screen time, T-Dog sadly died, but now we have Tyrese and his sister Sasha, and we look to be getting a few more.
Michonne so far has been a really great character as well, and other than Beth, I don’t have too many complaints about female representation. One of the problems with the representation, both female and POC, however, is that since this is Rick’s story, all the other characters seem to eventually die. Glenn’s dead in the comics, currently, and so is baby Judith. The show and the comics are fairly different—Shane dies at the end of the first volume, but the show sadly kept him around until the end of season 2, and Daryl’s a completely original character—but the show still seems intent on killing off most of the cast.
Speaking of which, I get the impression from this new trailer that Sasha is one of the murder victims, since Tyrese seems to have a severe reaction to finding one of the bodies, and then he goes on to seem almost suicidal in grief. That’s my prediction, at least.
Overall, everything seems to be becoming more desperate for the survivors. Someone’s sabotaging their efforts to stay safe by baiting the walkers to the prison, and group looks to be finally splitting apart this time. I personally really like Carol and Daryl together, so if they do split apart into two groups, I’ll be sad to see it. All in all, I hope this season will learn from the mistakes of the last season.