John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Last week's episode of Game of Thrones highlighted the elusiveness of justice in the Seven Kingdoms. This week's episode, served as an answer to that question. Yes, there can be justice, but it's subjective and handed down only by the strong.
"Mockingbird" was perhaps my favorite so far this season. It deftly advanced important storylines of every major character, while simultaneously building suspense and injecting action at key moments.
A great deal of what makes the episode work so well comes from the small ways individuals make meaning of the chaos or imbalance around them (deliberately or otherwise).
Just about everyone is hell-bent on righting past wrongs in another stellar episode --- one that sets the stage for an epic smackdown between the Mountain and Prince Oberyn... What a great kicker, too: Don't let the Moon Door hit you on the way out, Lysa.
"Mockingbird" manages to keep the larger story moving ever forward and provide for some terrific character moments. And that ending, oh, that ending...
Season four is getting better at redressing the balance in male-female nudity and this episode was another example of the makers trying to bring some parity to the bare flesh.
I think I'm slowly figuring out what I like about Game of Thrones, and *gulp* it's often the soapier stuff.
With Game of Thrones, it's never about the end result, it's the smaller moments within the journey that make it worthwhile.
The episode's saving grace lies in the contrast that the series continues to develop between the two young women of the Stark family.
Now it's payback time.
Definitely some interesting twists this week -- none bigger than the high-flying one in the final scene... Thanks to Peter Dinklage's excellent acting, Tyrion's situation is still the most compelling, especially given Prince Oberon's unexpected decision.
Cause I'm free, free fallin!
The episode places the drama carefully among the series' most important duos: outcasts seeking emotional refuge with their reluctant companions. The result is one of this series' best and most sincere moments.
It was philosophy week on Game of Thrones with everyone from Sandor and Arya to Dany and Jorah having existential discussions about life and fate and the choices we make.
This week, the show took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference -- but I wouldn't want it to make all the difference on a weekly basis. Fortunately, whatever happens next will have a firm foundation to build off of.