Wednesday, May 29, 2024

TV: “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” Come to Surprising Season Endings, and Maybe a Twist


I don’t claim to be a “Game of Thrones” expert by any means. But the last episode of this season, called “Winds are Changing,” was pretty damn good. The production values on this show are better than a lot of movies– certainly better than “IDR”– and if the below the line people don’t win a lot of Emmys I’ll be surprised.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ended last season dead, came back to life slowly this season, and now seems poised to take over. He doesn’t say a lot, which is probably a good idea. He has powerful women competitors in Cersei (Lena Headey) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), that’s for sure. And maybe now we know who is father was, I’m not sure.

A lot of people died, and we’ll be sorry to see them go. Maybe some of them escaped the explosion. We don’t know. Some went out the window. They’re not coming back. I do think Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) will rule the whole deal in the end, but I’ve never read the books.

Meanwhile, “Veep” is very sad tonight. Is Selina Meyer really out of office? The season finale could have been the series finale the way they wrote it. God forbid. “Veep” is the best comedy certainly and the whole cast and all the writers need awards immediately. With their schedule, I guess we won’t see “Veep” again until after we really have a woman president. Now that should be interesting! Julia Louis Dreyfus is so terrific– and she got to mimic Maggie Smith’s “What is a weekend” line when she asked “What we walking on?” (The answer: “Grass.”) Also, “I’ll need stamps.” Great stuff.

The surprise twist? Martin Mull has it and I guess that’s the plot of the next season. If you’re too young to know who Martin Mull is, I beseech you to find his recordings and TV appearances.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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