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Game of Thrones "Breaker of Chains" Discussion Thread

Tyrion Lannister sits imprisioned for his accused crimes in Season 4 of Game of Thrones (Courtesy HBO)

As a great newsman once said, "Boy that escalated quickly."

Last night's episode of Game of Thrones picked up right where "The Lion and the Rose" ended in the aftermath of a very shocking moment (spoilers, love... spoilers). A very interesting moment between Cersei and her brother Jaime seems to be the biggest discussion point around the water cooler this morning. Their incestuous relationship was the focal point of a particularly controversial scene in this Sunday's episode. The episode also continued the travels of Arya and the Hound, this time with the two of them coming across a farmer and his child who give them food and shelter (and the Hound gives them something in return). But once again and as always stealing the show is Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister, stripped of his status once again and back in a jail cell awaiting his fate. 

What did you think of this weekend's episode and all that it entails for the future in Westeros? Spoilers to follow after the jump so beware!

Posted on April 21, 2014 and filed under Discussion Threads, TV.

Silicon Valley "The Cap Table" Review

Mochaccino (Porscha Coleman), a celebratory stripper hired by T.J. Miller's Erlich in Silicon Valley. (Photo Courtesy

Mike Judge's debut on HBO is off to an incredibly promising start. Getting the premise of the show out of the way in its debut episode last week, the second episode of the series comes out swinging really giving a taste of what this show has to offer. In the episode, Peter Gregory (played with impeccable distance by Christopher Evan Welch) has invested in Richard's algorithm and is now on the hunt for a business plan and results. Enter Hooli employee and former Dan Melcher lackey Jared (played by The Office's Zach Woods) to help guide Richard and his fledgling company down the business venture path... even if it means firing his best friend Big Head.

The highlight of this episode hands down is Woods' Jared, who takes his character from the Office and puts a slight spin on him for the purposes of Judge's show. His dedication (and possibly his post-traumatic stress) from working at a large company like Hooli shines through in how eager to please he is to Richard. Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr really tackle the Mike Judge style quite well and their interactions I can see turning into quotable items on a weekly basis. Amanda Crew, as Peter Gregory's second in command still seems to sidelined and I'm hoping that more is done with her character in episodes to come. You get a sense in each of the team's meetings with Gregory that she's looking to help them, but hasn't jumped into action quite yet.

Lots of slams on Mass Effect 3 and its multiple endings are to be had in the episode, which seemed to be lost on Kelly but felt like a gut punch to me (I actually am in the minority that really enjoyed Mass Effect 3, apparently).

All-in-all a much more solid episode than the series' debut outing, based on this installment the rest of the season should be a treat that gains more and more momentum as it continues.

Posted on April 15, 2014 and filed under TV.