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Craig Ferguson in Talks For Syndicated Tribune Media Talk Show

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Craig Feguson is reportedly in final talks with Tribune Media to host a daily syndicated half hour talk show.

The show would air in the 7 p.m. (Eastern time) hour across Tribune’s 42 stations. The idea would be to pair the show alongside a rerun of an established sitcom. The company is also in talks to expand distribution of the show beyond its own outlets.

Ferguson has hosted The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson since January 2005. He would reportedly take his executive producer Michael Nadius with him to Tribune as well as his character sidekicks Geoff Peterson (voiced by Josh Robert Thompson) and Secretariat.

Ferguson was at one point supposed to succeed David Letterman on The Late Show. But shortly after Stephen Colbert was announced as Letterman’s replacement, Ferguson announced he was leaving the show in December.

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Gotham Casts Dexter Star David Zayas

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Salvatore Maroni, the character who (at least in most story continuities) was ultimately responsible for creating Two-Face by throwing acid into Harvey Dent’s face, has been cast in Fox’s Gotham.

David Zayas, best known for his role as Angel Batista in Dexter, will play Maroni in a recurring role on the series. Maroni’s arch rival will be another gangster Batman fans are familiar with, Carmine Falcone (played by John Doman).

The Maroni character was also featured in 2008′s The Dark Knight, played by Eric Roberts.

Gotham premieres this fall on Fox.

Source: Newsarama

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Kingpin Cast For Marvel/Netflix Daredevil Series

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil series now has it’s Kingpin: Vincent D’Onofrio.

D’Onofrio joins Charlie Cox, who will portray Daredevil/Matt Murdock. The 13-episode series is scheduled to debut in 2015.

In the Marvel Universe, Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, is a crime lord who typically operates in New York City. He is a frequent adversary of not only Daredevil, but also Spider-Man.

D’Onofrio is best known for his roles in Full Metal JacketLaw & Order: Criminal Intent, and Men in Black.

Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, noted the company is “incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility” of D’Onofrio joining the cast.

Source: Newsarama

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Charlie Cox Cast as Daredevil in Netflix Series, New Showrunner Named

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Charlie Cox, best known for his work on Boardwalk Empire, has been cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil.

In addition, in the wake of the announcement that Drew Goddard will no longer be the showrunner, Stephen S. DeKnight has been named his replacement. DeKnight has previously served as the showrunner for Starz’s Spartacus. Goddard will remain aboard Daredevil as a producer.

Daredevil is scheduled to run 13 episodes on Netflix. The series will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Filming will begin this July.

Netflix and Marvel are also developing shows for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Gotham Showrunner Makes Bold Claims, Speaks on The Joker

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Bruno Heller, showrunner for Fox’s upcoming Gotham TV series, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what viewers can expect when the show hits the airwaves this fall…

 On Batman himself not appearing in the show: “For me, if they said, ‘Do Batman,’ I would have said, ‘No.’ I would have not been interested at all. I don’t think Batman works very well on TV — to have people behind masks. Frankly, all those superhero stories I’ve seen, I always love them until they get into the costume. And then it’s, ‘Oh, okay, they’ve ascended, they’ve stopped becoming humans.’ It’s their apotheosis. They go to heaven and they’re Superman. There have been so many great versions of it. This is a version of something else entirely. … Gotham itself is much more a fascination for me than Batman specifically. When thinking about how to enter the DC world for TV, certainly on network TV, to do shows about superheroes — about people who wear spandex costumes — that doesn’t work very well. We want to see people’s faces. TV is about emotion and character, not stunts and special effects. This is a way of entering that world in a fresh way.”

On creating the show: “The first thing was starting with Jim Gordon, who is the most human and real and normal person in the DC pantheon. What would the city of Gotham look like to a young rookie cop coming into this world? And that’s where we calibrated. This is a world that’s going to become that familiar world of Batman, but it’s not there yet. It’s an embryo. A lot of the work was reverse engineering the story to look at what these characters were like when they younger. Penguin, for instance, is not a powerful gang leader, he’s a gofer for a gangster. It’s about giving the world room to grow, but at the same time giving the fun and pleasure and drama of that heightened world. One of the great things about the Batman world is [the characters] have no super powers. Nobody flies or leaps over buildings. You start with psychology and that’s where we build from.”

His favorite Batman stories: “I read everything I could and then — I didn’t throw it away, but I started fresh. I would hate to pick a particular Batman iteration because I would be dismissing others. But for me, The Killing Joke was one of the great ones in the comic books. Obviously the [Frank] Miller version as well.”

On Gotham being a serialized show, as opposed to a procedural show: :There’s a procedural framework for it, but the world of Gotham is too big and operatic and complex to do it any other way but serialized … The stories have to be as large and compelling as the city it’s set in. That’s not to say that you couldn’t do a straight-up police procedural. But, for instance, because we are following the villains as well as the police, you’re already breaking out of that procedural mold.”

On The Joker being in Gotham“He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought. … [Heath Ledger's work as The Joker in The Dark Knight] was a wonderful performance and — apart from everything else — wonderful make-up. And we should try to live up to that. It will be a different character. It’s certainly going to be more Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero. But like I say, all of these people are real people with feelings and emotions and history and parents. I just build from that.”

On comparisons to the Christopher Nolan movies: “I’m not at all concerned. Actually I would [pauses ... considers] — yeah, in that area, I would say in terms of what [director and executive producer Danny Cannon and director of photography David Stockton] are doing — visually — Gotham will surpass the Batman movies. The movies are a very rigorous, kind of Germanic take on that world. They’re visually stunning, but not particularly visually pleasurable. I would say this is much more on the street level of Gotham. There’s more people, it’s a more colorful place, it’s a more vivid place, it’s more crowded. The inspiration for me and Danny was New York in the ’70s, because we both remember that as a seminal moment, coming to the city for the first time. This is very much that kind of Gotham — intensely visual and three-dimensional and layered and gritty and dirty and sexy and dangerous.”

On whether Fish Mooney later becomes a different character the fans know: “She doesn’t become another character. But we will be telling as many interesting stories about people who are not going to become costumed figures, and [Jada Pinkett-Smith] gives a performance that will surprise and shock people, I think.”

On David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne: Well, I will say David Mazouz is, without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne. Without doubt — including the people who played Batman. He is a genuine prodigy of an actor, as you will see on screen. Frankly, before David was cast, I was ambivalent about how much we would use Bruce Wayne in the series. … It’s not going to be young Bruce Wayne going out and saving the day, because that’s not what kids do. It’s about the strange education of this young man. He has a good idea of where he’s going early on. But it’s about the growth of this young man.”

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A Game of Thrones S4E5 Review – The Good Guys Get to Win!

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

Correction from last week: The Bolton spy who has infiltrated the Night’s Watch is named Locke, not Griff.  But I don’t have to worry about making that mistake again, considering Locke and the mutineers at Craster’s Keep are all dead. This episode revealed a lot of important information and ended with the good guys getting a win, a rarity for this show. To be frank, there has been a lot of dark stuff these past few episodes, and the fans needed to see some really bad people get what they deserved.

- The big thing that happened in this episode was Jon Snow’s assault on Craster’s Keep. The mutineers continue their trend of begging to be killed and Jon Snow’s group delivered. The Rangers attack the keep and start taking down the mutineers. At the same time, the Bolton henchman, Locke, kidnaps Bran but Bran does his Warg trick and takes control of Hodor.  With Hodor in his control, Bran grabs Locke by the throat and snaps his neck. Jon catches up with Karl, the leader of the mutineers, and a fantastic sword fight takes place.  Just when it looks like Jon has lost, one of Craster’s wives stabs Karl in the back and then Jon stabs him through the mouth (I cannot even begin to describe how awesome this moment was). To round things out, Ghost ate the mutineer who sacrificed Craster’s last son. These were some truly awful people and seeing them get taken out felt like the good guys may actually have a chance.

- Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at the Eyrie, and the Eyrie is just as crazy as ever. Littlefinger is getting married to Catelyn Stark’s sister, Lysa, who has wanted Littlefinger since they were young. Lysa finally marries Littlefinger, and literally five minutes after they arrive they consummate their marriage. She made sure everybody knew about it too, as she screamed all night long. But the crazy cannot be contained for long: Lysa is jealous of Sansa and believes she is sleeping with Littlefinger.  Lysa almost breaks Sansa’s hand, but Sansa is able to convince Lysa there is nothing going on with Littlefinger. Making sure the Lannisters don’t have the market cornered on incest, Sansa is supposed to marry her cousin, Robin, once Tyrion is executed. To refresh your memory, Robin is the boy who was still breast-feeding from Lysa. At this point, Littlefinger has traded one castle of crazy for another…

-The answer to the original mystery of the show has finally been solved. Game of Thrones started with a murder mystery. The victim was Jon Arryn, King Robert’s first Hand of the King, whose death started the war between the Starks and the Lannisters.  As it turns out, it was Lysa Arryn who poisoned her husband and she did it on orders from Littlefinger. They say you should always look at who benefited the most from someone’s death to figure out who killed them. In retrospect it seems rather obvious, the most powerful houses are weakened and Littlefinger has become the lord of two of the Seven Kingdoms. Littlefinger gets more power while everyone is losing it, and Lysa gets the man of her dreams.

- It looks like we are going to have to wait a little bit longer for Daenerys to get to Westeros. She has the ships and an army, but it is still not enough to guarantee victory. Also, the cities she conquered last season have fallen back into hands of slavers and warlords. Daenerys believes she won’t be able to rule Westeros if she can’t handle three cities and decides to rule Slaver’s Bay. This may be delaying what we all want to happen, but she doesn’t have a large army and her dragons are still small. It makes sense for her to stay in Mereen. I just hope it doesn’t drag on forever.

- In an event rarer than a solar eclipse or a double rainbow, Cersei showed her softer side this week. She’s trying to protect her remaining children, while at the same time making sure Tyrion will be convicted.  She actually seems to be forging a bond with Margaery, because they both want what is best for Tommen. I think Margaery ruined that relationship by reminding Cersei that she will be her sister and mother-in-law soon.

- Cersei movies on to Tywin and is given the worst news any Lannister could hear.  The gold mines the Lannister wealth is built on have run dry. The Lannisters are broke, and the Iron Bank of Braavos is demanding their money. While this is bad news, Cersei remains focused on the task of protecting Tommen and making sure Tyrion is convicted by reminding Tywin how much he hates Tyrion. We also see a conversation between Cersei and Oberyn. While she is still making sure Tyrion is found guilty, the conversation is also to check in on her daughter, Myrcella.

- Oberyn assures her that Myrcella is happy in Dorne and Cersei asks Oberyn to give her daughter a ship she had constructed for her. While she is working to make sure Tyion is found guilty, it was nice seeing a side Cersei that wasn’t horrible to everyone.

- Brienne and Pod are on a road trip and hijinks ensue.  Pod can’t ride a horse and doesn’t realize you have to skin a rabbit before cooking it.  rienne is frustrated by Pod, but finally warms up to him when he describes how he killed a man to save Tyrion during the Battle of the Blackwater. These two are going to be my second favorite odd couple on this show.

- Arya and The Hound still occupy the number one spot on that list. This time around we hear Arya list off the names of people she is going to kill. The duo share a moment when the both realize they want to kill The Mountain. But that moment is broken when Arya names The Hound. Later, The Hound catches Arya practicing with her sword and criticizes her fighting style. This pisses off Arya considering her teacher, Syrio Florel, was killed back in season 1. He makes it worse by insulting Syrio for not having a sword or armor when he was attacked.  Arya tries to stab him, which doesn’t work, gets slapped in the face, and The Hound dispenses more of his harsh truths on Arya. She gets a crash course from The Hound about the vicious men who rise to power in Westeros, which is only going to make her a more dangerous killer

- Random thought: How far away could people hear Lysa’s screaming?

- Favorite moment: Jon stabbing Karl in the mouth. So happy to see someone who is absolutely horrible get killed on this show.

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New Star Wars Rebels Trailer Debuts

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

In honor of  May 4, a.k.a. “Star Wars Day,” the official Star Wars YouTube channel released a new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series on Disney XD.

The trailer can be seen at this link. 

Star Wars Rebels will premiere this fall, first with an hour-long special on the Disney Channel, and then as a regular series on Disney XD. The show reportedly takes place five years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

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A Game of Thrones S4E4 Review – How Monsters Are Made

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

- This episode lacked the interesting character interactions that previous ones had. The ending, however, though, worth all the filler because we got a scene that clears up some of the mystery of the White Walkers, and also raises a whole bunch of new questions.

- Daenerys has finally conquered all of the slave cities, freed the slaves, and killed the masters. Now, Daenerys has a city under her control and we are going to get a pretty good representation of how Daenerys would fare as queen of Westeros. So far, she seems to be a zero tolerance ruler by killing all the slave masters in Mereen. Ser Barristan Selmy agues for mercy but Daenerys won’t listen. While the slave masters certainly had it coming, and being merciful to all the slave masters is not something I would recommend, taking out everybody in power will make managing a city she knows little about very hard.

- Lady Olenna’s popularity has probably gone through the roof with the revelation that she was the one who killed Joffrey. These past few episodes have revealed more about her backstory, how she has used her wits to move ahead in the world, and how much she is willing to do to protect the family.

- Helping Olenna with her plan to kill Joffrey was Littlefinger. He supplied the poison, delivered it to the wedding via Dontos and Sansa, framed Tyrion, is on his way to the Vale with Sansa, and no one knows he is involved. Littlefinger explains that it is the person who has no motive that is the most dangerous…which makes the fact Sansa is still with him so much worse. But she is showing some brainpower, as she sorts through Littlefinger’s conspiracy. Sansa is going have to figure things out quickly if she is stuck with Littlefinger.

- After last week, I expected at least one person to bring up what Jaime did to Cersei in the last episode. But this week, the show seemed to make Jaime look even more like a hero. Jaime visits Tyrion in his cell after Bronn points out that Tyrion believes Jaime will always be there to help him out. Jaime comes away from the experience believing in Tyrion’s innocence, which infuriates Cersei. Cersei tells Jaime the way to earn her trust back is to go find Sansa and bring back her head. But he has other plans: He sends Brienne to go find Sansa and protect her. He gives Brienne his valyrian steel sword, new armor, and Podrick as her squire. Brienne names her new sword Oathkeeper to honor Jaime. These scenes of Jaime doing the right thing were a bit odd, not just because of what happened last week, but because nobody seemed to mention it at all. Cersei was cold to Jaime, but that could have been because Jaime went to see Tyrion. If they want to work to redeem Jaime and make him a better man, that’s fine and dandy. But ignoring what happened doesn’t help Jaime’s character at all.

- Margaery Tyrell is following Olenna’s example and is making her move on Tommen. She will have to work hard to forge a bond with the young king and the Lannisters because the last two people married to her have been killed. Unlike Olenna, Margaery is making an emotional connection with Tommen. Tommen has not had an easy life considering his brother was a psychopath and his mother paid more attention to the psychopath. Margaery pretending (or not) to be the only kind and earnest person in Tommen’s life is a better way to connect with him.

- The Night’s Watch isn’t immune to politics or the power hungry. Jon Snow is training the recruits to fight wildlings (including the boy who watched his family killed in the last episode), but Alliser Thorne still hates Jon and orders him to work as a steward.  Thorne wants to be the permanent Lord Commander, but Janos Slynt points out that Jon Snow is popular with the men and could be elected as Lord Commander. Thorne decides to send Jon on a suicide mission, but Jon’s rallying of the soldiers he needs for the attack put a shiver down Thorne’s spine. He’d better hope Jon doesn’t come back, but he will after he unleashes a massive ass whooping on the mutineers. Among the men going with Jon to Craster’s Keep, is the house Bolton henchman Griff.  He comes off as friendly, but we all know there is going to be some backstabbing very soon.

- This episode definitely reminds us why these mutineers need to die. They have taken over Craster’s Keep, they are raping his daughters, drinking out of Jeor Mormont’s skull, have caged Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost, and are sacrificing Craster’s son to the White Walkers. To cap it off, they kidnap Bran and company (the S.O.B.s even stab poor Hodor). When Jon and his crew attack the keep, the ass whooping is going to be spectacular.

- The other big news item out of tonight’s episode is the revelation of what happened to babies Craster was sacrificing to the White Walkers. The baby boy is picked up by a White Walker and is taken to some kind of White Walker home base. There appears to be some hierarchy as a White Walker king transformed the baby into a White Walker. This raises so many questions: Where did this king come from? Is he the only one? Is this how the White Walkers have always reproduced? Is he the god of evil Melisandre mentioned? This is a huge revelation about the big bad that is coming down south to conquer the Seven Kingdoms and helps add to an otherwise dull episode.

- Random thought: Is the kid in the Night’s Watch going to become some sort of Westeros Batman or Punisher?

-Favorite moment: The ending, we got something that expanded the mythology.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe to “Turn A New Page”

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The Star Wars Expanded Universe, which fans know as the continuity that exists throughout the various comic books, novels, video games, etc., is about to “turn a new page.”

In other words, future Star Wars films and stories will not take place in the same continuity as the Expanded Universe. According to a release made via StarWars.com this week, the six Star Wars feature films, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, are “the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.”

The release continues: “In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.”

To oversee a new continuity brought forth by Star Wars: Rebels and other stories, LucasFilm has formed a story group to ensure all content aligns.

“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”

This announcement coincides with news from Disney Publishing Worldwide and Random House. The companies will relaunch the Star Wars adult fiction line with Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which will be released on September 4.

StarWars.com indicates that while the Star Wars universe is changing, elements from the Expanded Universe may be incorporated into future projects. The release indicates that “…elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.”

Expanded Universe stories will reportedly stay in print under a new “Legends” banner.

Star Wars: Rebels premieres this fall on the Disney Channel, and Disney XD. Star Wars: Episode VII comes out December 18, 2015.

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A Game of Thrones S4E3 Review – Done, On to the Next One…

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

- Compared to last week, this episode was more about moving pieces around the chessboard for the next few episodes. If there were a theme for the episode, it would be wisdom, and who is using it effectively to survive no matter what they have to do. Joffrey’s dead, but this episode reminds viewers Westeros is still a horrible place and winter is coming.

- Jaime Lannister, you son of a bitch. A lot has been done to make you seem less like a terrible person, but raping your sister has undone all that work. I don’t know if this was how it played out in the book, but your journey towards redemption just took a huge step backwards, and will probably never recover.

- While Cersei and Tommen are mourning the death of Joffrey, Tywin swoops in and takes Tommen away from Cersei. Tommen is the next heir to the throne, and Tywin is making sure that he is in control. Tywin wants a family legacy more than anything, and Tommen is far easier to control than Joffrey. By making himself invaluable to Tommen, Tywin is also stealing him away from Cersei. Tywin has said before that Cersei is not as smart as she thinks she is, and he won’t risk the kingdom for the sake of his daughter. With just a few words, he has made himself the person Tommen is relying on to rule the kingdom and deprived Cersei of her son. Cruel? You bet. But Tywin is only thinking about his own legacy and the realm (sometimes), and he won’t be bothered taking control away from Cersei. Charles Dance has been phenomenal as Tywin and he is at his best in this episode.

- Dance as does a great job in his scene with Oberyn. Tywin has done some horrible things to the Martells during Robert’s Rebellion and the Martells want payback. Tywin needs them on his side, and does his best to convince Oberyn that he had no idea what the Mountain was going to do. While I doubt that Oberyn believed Tywin, he also knows that he is dealing with the most powerful man in the kingdom, and Tywin needs the Martells. He may not be able to get the man who ordered his sister’s death but he can get the executioner. Oberyn wants revenge on everybody, but he has the wisdom to see his family can get more by killing one man and exploiting the needs of another

- The Hound and Arya continue their adventure, but in keeping up a trend of making viewers hate characters they have grown to like, The Hound robs a poor farmer who let them stay at his home for the night. He justifies this by saying that they will be dead when winter starts, they don’t have the wisdom or the toughness to survive this world and he is better off with their valuables. Arya protests and promptly call him the worst man in Westeros. Given what we have seen so far in this show, The Hound may not be completely wrong in his reasoning. It doesn’t in any way justify what he did, but Westeros has a habit of killing the few honest people who live there.

- Sansa has finally escaped the Lannisters and King’s Landing, but now she is with Littlefinger, which could actually be worse. He apparently had Dontos working for him the whole time, and gave Sansa the necklace because it was actually a poison necklace. It seemed like things were going okay, and then Littlefinger killed Dontos. Again, Littlefinger did a bad thing but his reasoning was not entirely unsound. Dontos was still a drunk, and the Lannisters could have paid him more to spill the beans. Littlefinger made sure that he couldn’t reveal his secrets.

- Lady Olenna and the Tyrells are not letting the death of King Joffrey stop them from becoming more powerful. Olenna knows that the Lannisters need the Tyrells and Tommen is a lot better than Joffrey. Joffrey may be dead, but Margaery is still fit to be a queen and Olenna is already setting the stage for the Tyrells to become even bigger players in Westeros.

- Tyrion got what is probably his last visit with his squire, Podrick. Tyrion hears the trial is not in his favor or even fair. Tywin is one of the judges, he’s got one more in his pocket, Sansa running away make Tyrion look guilty, all his allies are being used against him, and Podrick is being turned against him. Podrick proves to be one of the few honorable characters left (which means he’ll be dead by the end of the season) by turning down the chance to be a knight and will not lie about Tyrion. But Tyrion shows why he is a fan favorite once again, by telling Podrick to testify against him. He realizes he is screwed and he will not allow the boy who saved his life to die alongside him. Noble may not be a word associated with Tyrion too much, but that was the most noble thing to happen on this show in a long time.

- In Dragonstone, Stannis believes more than ever since Joffrey’s death that Melisandre’s magic is powerful enough to win the throne and is mad at Davos Seaworth for sending away his sacrifice. Davos still contends they need soldiers but Stannis is right when he says that they have no money or respect to get houses or mercenaries to join them. During his reading lesson with Shireen, Davos gets an idea. We don’t know all the details but it does involve the Iron Bank of Braavos. The crown owes a massive amount of money to the Iron Bank. My guess is that Davos is going to make a play for the crown’s debt and get money to put Stannis on the throne. The war is not over yet and Stannis is about to prove that fact.

- For the final part of the characters we liked becoming characters we hate, Ygritte straight up murdered an innocent man and the Wildlings slaughtered a whole village. They left one child alive to tell the Night’s Watch and ate the rest. Things are about to go crazy at Castle Black.

- For being such an intelligent character, Samwell Tarly made a mistake sending Gilly to Mole’s Town. I understand where Sam is coming from, a castle full of some of the worst criminals in the Seven Kingdoms, but there are people like Sam, Jon Snow, or Maester Aemon who could help to make sure Gilly is safe. In Mole’s Town, the same threats exist but now she has no one who could help. I sympathize with why Sam did it, but it is the wrong move in my opinion.

- Jon Snow is showing wisdom when it comes to preparing for war with the Wildlings. The castle has too few soldiers to protect it and they can’t spare anybody to protect the villagers around Castle Black. Next, he knows the mutineers will probably spill the beans to Mance Rayder and he makes the call to go out kill them before they can tell the Wildlings anything. These were very hard calls to make for someone like Jon to make, but he knows what is at stake (angry ex-girlfriend and an army of cannibals) and winning means having to make some very tough calls.

- To round out the episode, Daenerys arrives at Mereen and she is ready to take the last of the slave cities down. The rulers of Mereen respond by sending out a champion who taunts and pees in front of Daenerys. I don’t think the fact that she has dragons has really sunk in for the people of Mereen. All of Daenerys’ generals ask to fight for her, but she chooses Daario because he is nowhere near as valuable to her as the others. Following one bad ass move, Daario wins the fight and Daenerys talks to the slaves of Mereen.  he then launches barrels filled with shackles for the slaves; she doesn’t have to fight them head on, she’ll let the slaves of Mereen do it for her. At this point, most of my favorite characters are with Daenerys and I am really hoping they don’t get worse.

- Random thought: Tywin is probably going to give Tommen the worst “Birds & the Bees” talk ever.

- Favorite moment: The slaves looking at the shackles that Daenerys launched at Mereen and then back at their masters.  Things are not going to be pretty when we get back to Mereen next week.

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