It’s the HBO free preview week from my cable provider, so I spent much of the weekend finishing the sleeves on my cardigan and catching up with Game of Thrones using HBO on demand. I have Verizon FiOS, so if you do too, you might have free HBO too!
I thought I’d left off watching in the middle of season 5 but scenes from some of the later episodes were really familiar. I initially put this down to have read all but 1 of the published series; of course it seemed familiar, I’d read the book and inserted the actors into it instead of making up my own the way I usually do when I read. (You know, you get a sense of the character and sometimes when a book is made into a movie, the character on-screen doesn’t match what you have in your head or what the author describes on the page. One of the downfalls of book-to-movie movies.) But as I started watching season 6 I realized that no, I must’ve watched the whole of season 5 last year during the HBO freeview. Anyway, if you haven’t watched (or read!) Game of Thrones, yes, it’s as compelling as everyone says it is. IIRC, the book is a lot less sexy than the series but perhaps more violent. The plotting and scheming in both are fascinating and the main draw for me, along with some of the supernatural elements that pop up (ice zombies, magic, the old gods, and much more).
My husband and I also watched the latest The Walking Dead and, without spoiling it too much, I’m glad things are starting to look up. The beginning of this season was really hard to watch and it pushed my own personal limit on how much violence is too much. I’m still recovering from that – you can’t unsee these things – but I’m glad the show has moved forward.
Because we continue to have spring-like weather (and I can’t post words words words with no pictures), here’s a picture of redbud (Cercis canadensis) buds from my back yard.