Game of Thrones’ Most Shocking Deaths

By Fraser Nunn (@badknitbear)

As you may have expected, SPOILER ALERT

Hello, Bingewatchers! With Game of Thrones penultimate series making its way to our telly screens, it’s time to look back at the series and its host of iconic moments of character biting the big one. There are a lot of phenomenal deaths, so I’ve narrowed it down to named characters whose deaths were cool, emotional, satisfying or unexpected. 

10: Tywin Lannister

Tywin’s death was not the coolest of deaths, but he managed to make the number 10 spot because he was killed on the bog by his son the dwarf, Tyrion. Tywin’s death was plenty satisfying for the viewer as well. 


9: Walder Frey

Oh, speaking of satisfying deaths – after the events of the Red Wedding, we’ve been waiting for our good pal Walder to get his comeuppances. Thankfully, it finally came at the end of season 6 at the hand of Arya Stark as she uses her time with the many faced God to its full potential, slipping right under the noses of Frey and even Jaime Lannister. Arya feeds Frey a pie made of his own sons before slicing his throat: satisfying. 


8: Red Viper (Oberyn Martell) 

A far more brutal one here, we see a trial by combat between the nimble Oberyn and his adversary, the Goliath ‘The Mountain’ (Gregor Clegane). Clegane squashes his much more minute opponent, pushing his thumbs into his eyes and caving in his skull though not before Martell lands a good few hefty hits to the Mountain with his poison blade, getting vengeance for his sister who was raped and murdered by Clegane. 


7: Viserys Targaryen

The brother of Daenerys, mother of Dragons, Viserys sold his sister to the Dothraki back in Season 1 with justice brought swiftly as he is ‘paid’ with the crown he was promised. Khal Drogo is more than happy to pay this price – a golden crown as was promised though, unfortunately for this Targaryen Prince, still molten. 

6: Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun 

Season 6 episode “The Battle of the Bastards” had a pretty apt title considering it has the best fight of the series. It also has some of the best deaths which includes the emotional end of the Giants. Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun is the last remaining giant and he sacrificed himself for Jon Snow, bursting down the door to Winterfell only to be shot down by Ramsay Bolton.

5: The Red Wedding

This is maybe a bit of a cheat answer because so many died at this well named wedding, but we see at least 3 named primary characters being slaughtered, including the young wolf Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn, his wife and unborn child (Eddard) and his Wolf – the Starks faced a real battering here. The attack, orchestrated by Walder Frey (this is why we’re glad he bit the bullet in season 6) saw Robb gutted at the hands of Roose Bolton and Catelyn’s throat slit in a heartbreaking scene at an event intended to be a celebration. 

4: Shireen Baratheon

Gosh, talk about heartbreaking. In a scene that’s honestly damn hard to watch, Shireen Baratheon, the young girl saved from a stony demise from Greyscale at a young age, and only child of Stannis Baratheon, is sacrificed to the Lord of Light. Man, screw the Lord of Light taking away the girl that taught Ser Davos to read. Melisande assures Stannis that sacrifice will save his troops as they march on the Boltons. But for fuck sake, the little girl we’ve all grown to love is burnt at the stake and it does nothing for the Baratheon troops or Papa Stannis – devastating.

3. Hodor

A fan favourite is our Hodor, recently spoofed in a KFC advert, his death is used to explain how he can only say one word Hodor. Young Bran Wargs (honestly, don’t ask me to explain what that means) is in a moment in Hodor’s past (seriously don’t ask me to explain) while simultaneously in the present Wights attack. Bran warns Hodor in the past to “Hold the Door” and we see the phrase morph into the characters Catchphrase “Hodor” while he holds back the Wights. Briefly. A seriously intense moment.

2: Jon Snow

Labelled a traitor by the men of the Night’s Watch whom he commands, Jon is lured to a sign in Castle Black that says traitor and is stabbed a good few times while his former people chant “for the watch”. Little did they know, our boy Jon is a potential candidate for the Azor Ahai and is resurrected shortly after (so like, I’m not entirely sure this counts). Regardless, it’s an emotional, unexpected death. 

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Booby Prize: 

Before I get on to the best death in the series it’s hard not to mention one of the worst, Khal Drogo. One of the Biggest guys in the series, taken out by a pillow. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely extenuating circumstances here but it’s a little funny. 

1: Ramsay Bolton

Finally we’re at the number 1 choice, and it’s another Season 6 belter. Bastard Ramsay Snow, who was granted his father’s name shortly before murdering him. The man who raped and beat his wife Sansa, the man who killed Rickon Stark, the man who maimed Throne Greyjoy. The most satisfying death of the series so far, we see Ramsay torn apart by his own dogs who he swears are loyal to him. But how loyal can a starving dog be? Sansa watches as Ramsay sees justice.

So folks, are we ready for the next series? Anyone you think is getting ready to bite it this series? Feel free to let me know on Twitter @badknitbeard or in the comments below. 


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Film Review: Baby Driver – Edgar Wright’s Best Film Yet?

By Fraser Nunn (@badknitbear)

Have you seen Baby Driver yet?

If not, go see it. If you have, go see it again. I don’t want to do that review thing where you say how good a film is and it kinda swells the anticipation and your heart beats faster at the thought of going to see the film and then you get in there and you have such a massive idea of what the films going to be that you’re left with the cinematic equivalent to blue balls.

What I do want to do is just express to you all how damn exciting it was to see this film in the cinema. For years my top five films have been secured by 80’s Classics and 90’s brilliance but that has been well and truly invaded by Edgar Wright’s instant Classic Baby Driver. The film is essentially about this young guy called Baby. Yes, B-a-b-y, Baby. He gets in bed (not literally) with Kevin Spacey’s character Doc and winds up as his go to Getaway driver. From then on, the film follows this quiet kid around his life as a getaway driver and his home life as he tried to break free from his mundane job… as a getaway driver for a major crime boss.

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Past the basic stuff now, the film has one of the best opening scenes of any film ever (I may have said the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy vol2 but trust me this time). It’s amazing, taking a massive amount of influence from Edgar Wright’s 2003 Music Video for Mint Royale (this video was the birth of the script for Baby Driver) with the crew heading into the bank to start the heist and Baby showing the world how to rock a lipsync in the car and not look obnoxious AF. Bellbottoms blasting, we are left out of the action, focussed on Baby and what he’s seeing and it’s honestly just perfect – every beat is so well timed I had actual shivers.

This theme continues throughout the film: the music was Wright’s primary asset in Baby Driver, and there are countless scenes in which the music matches the scene perfectly but it’s so much more than a backing up tune. We’re hearing what the characters hear and we’re experiencing everything along side Baby. We hear his emotions played out in song form, we hear his joy, his anger, his fear and frustration and we hear his confidence. Baby is well written and complex and the music tells us this story.

The Harlem Shuffle walk, in which Baby is picking up coffee post heist, shows just how much Wright can do with really basic scenes, keep an eye on the grafitti in the background of this scene and admire the timing and the choreography, it’s truly stunning and it’s not the only one. The film is full of beautiful cars, and beautiful driving sequences and chase scenes, yet one of the best chase scenes comes when Baby is on the run on foot practically dancing as he goes, easily becoming one of the film’s strongest scenes.

It’s no surprise that after all this rambling that I’ll say this – Baby Driver is one of the best films I’ve seen in quite some time. Its sublime editing, writing and direction, all thanks to Mr Edgar Wright, helps to solidify itself as one of the year’s finest flicks and makes it another strong addition to the British marvel’s filmography. Only time will tell if it can really take the title of “best film yet” but with a phenomenal soundtrack, Wright’s trademark aesthetic and the aforementioned writing, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not seeing this film – let Edgar Wright and Baby take you on a wild ride.

10/10


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Is Baywatch (2017) Really That Bad?

By Fraser Nunn (@badknitbear)

Baywatch. It’s one of those Nostalgia bait movies that Hollywood keeps spewing out. If only they did it justice. With a few in jokes and cameos to keep a vague sense of connection, there’s little else.

There are a few good reasons to watch Baywatch and a few good reasons not to! If you walk in to the cinema looking for boobs and butts and muscles galore well then you’ve found your film.  10/10. Must see. Honestly the first 120 or so minutes, (it might be shorter but time kinda slowed down) were just gratuitous shots of Zac Efron and The Rock’s bouncing pectorals. (I know his name is Dwayne Johnson but I’m going to call him The Rock because it’s still real to me damnit!)

I went in to the film with this looming sense of fear that I would have to slate one of my greatest childhood heroes and I think that this mentality probably saved the film for me. It’s by no means a film to take seriously. One standout feature of the film that should draw in a good few punters is the barrage of names that The Rock’s Mitch Buchanan throws at Efron’s character Wonderboy, Matt Brody. This also throws out one of the best jokes in the film, a sly 4th inside joke for the audience digging into Zac’s High School Musical beginnings.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a few good jokes throughout and the general feeling of the film was pretty positive. The story made sense, and gave decent character development, but let’s me serious, you didn’t go to see Baywatch expecting an emotional performance by Zac Efron or Dwayne Johnson. The films spends an elongated amount of time on one severely stretched out joke: a penis joke. Honestly, it just becomes uncomfortable. I get that stretching a joke out can sometimes make it funnier, but there are also times when it definitely kills the joke, and this is probably one of those times.

One of the vague standouts of the film was the comic relief (honestly you know they’re really struggling when a film billed as an action comedy has a comic relief character). Played by Jon Bass, he’s wacky and kinda funny and he pulls off the over the top character he’s playing and it does work in this situation. As for the over the top action sequences, they’re a bit shaky and wobbly and not great. But honestly I can’t tar the whole film with the same brush because although the end was bizarre and WAAAAAAAY over the top, The Rock has a damn fine fight scene in a kids bedroom which also provides two more of the best jokes in the film.

As a whole the film works as a stupid daft nonsense film you go see when there’s nothing else on and you fancy throwing away some cash. Or as a movie you throw on in the background when you fancy a ‘quiet night in’. From Baywatch I’ve learned that I want more Rock-Efron bromance/frenemies movies. They work as a duo and they bounce off eachother well. But with an underutilized group of secondary characters, and over the top attempts at action and comedy it’s hard to see this film as anything better than average.

5/10


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