Bombshell & My Final Thoughts on Game of Thrones

Bombshell – I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Directed by Jay Roach, this movie explores the Roger Ailes scandal from inside Fox News. Bombshell focuses on three characters to explain how the abuse happened, popular news anchor Megyn Kelly, initial accuser and talk show host Gretchen Carlson, and composite character Kayla Pospisil.  While the other two characters are very interesting, Kayla is easily the best part. Her response to the abuse illustrates the horror of the abuse itself, and how it happens. It is not always about the physical, much of it is psychological.

While this movie is certainly not pro Fox News, it does not get too caught up in politics. While it does illustrate Trump’s rising popularity, the movie is not interested in making a liberal statement. Bombshell’s primary focus is on workplace harassment, making for a better and more straightforward film. It is not perfect, and at times it is hard to care about every part of this film. However, it is plenty of fun and does a great job illustrating how harassment happens in the workplace. B+

“There’s nothing more powerful in the world than a good story” – Tyrion

In the show’s final moments, Tyrion is speaking for the writers. Nothing beats a good story, and while the ending was not perfect, it is really hard to take away from the story of this series.

The final two seasons were not the best this show had to offer. Both had plenty of ridiculous and absurd points that were odd from a fantasy perspective and from a plot perspective as well. That said, the show is incredibly well made, and even with some of the downsides is worth watching.

One episode I was particularly impressed with was the Season 6 finale. As I tweeted, it is one of the best episodes of television I have ever seen. From pacing to storytelling, everything works. The opening scene at the Sept of Baelor is one scene I will never forget.

The actors all give incredible performances, but I was particularly impressed by Sophie Turner. While I was critical of her initially, much of that had to do with her intentional aging in the show in comparison to the book. Her transformation during the show is terrific, and she sells it all the way through.

Also, I understand why many people are upset with the ending. I would have picked Sansa, as she was the best politician and Bran has too many responsibilities as the three-eyed-raven to actually serve as the Protector of the Realm. I once again say that the ending does not ruin the overall quality of the show. It is a tremendous achievement of Television, and one worth watching.

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