Vyasar Ganesan

Well, this is it. The series is done. I started writing these articles in 2016, right before season six started. It seems like such a long time ago, three years and two seasons. Almost seems like a simpler time, when Jon was coming back from the dead and Dany was getting reintroduced to the Dothraki. […]

  Kelly Bedard

I hated Veep when it premiered back in 2012. Armando Ianucci’s biting satire of American democracy felt to me like useless cynicism, a crass comedy of bad behaviour like It’s Always Sunny without the insight. Veep grew into itself in season two and I at least started to intellectually appreciate its style even if I […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Honestly, I don’t know what I’m supposed to tell you about this week’s episode. I had to watch it again immediately after it was over. There’s so much to process, so much to go over, and I only get one article to do it in. It feels patently unfair, but God still hasn’t read any […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

With two episodes left, it’s very clear to everyone involved – the producers, the audience, the actors and the set designers — that we need to pump the gas on Game of Thrones. Great War down, Last War to go, no time for stray coffee cups on the dining table, it’s time to kill off […]

Yes, more than seven people died, but the episode was too dark to really see them. Yes, there’s a heavy amount of symbolism in that darkness, the fear of the Night King and the army of the dead being the same as the age old legend of the fear of the dark. Yes, the beautiful […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

It’s the night before the army of the dead descends on Winterfell. Since we’ve got a lot of characters and issues to resolve before our 83 minutes of bloodshed next week, HBO opts to present us with the slump of dialogue we’ve come to expect in the second episode of the season. Brienne gets major […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

I’ve been thinking about mirrors a lot, recently. As symbols, mirrors are often interpreted as portals, doorways, access points to realms beyond or just different spaces. They’re also revelatory, providing insights, opportunities for reflection, a stark look at who we are at the surface level. We place a great deal of trust in mirrors, to […]

Well, this is it. One season left, then it’s off to whatever comes next…

  Vyasar Ganesan

The Dragons I can’t think of a better way to start talking about the season seven finale of Game of Thrones than by talking about Daenerys Stormborn. When we first saw her, she was a girl with nothing and everything. In one sense, she had nothing because she had no agency, no chance for self-determination. […]

It’s hard for me not to think of Dungeons and Dragons when I watch Game of Thrones…

  Vyasar Ganesan

It’s hard for me to say, but this season of Game of Thrones is shaping up to be a vast improvement over its last two predecessors. Season five saw an end to some of the richer political interactions in King’s Landing, and encounters with the wildlings were, while interesting, sporadic and less gleeful. Season six […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

For a fifty-two minute episode, this week’s installment of Game of Thrones was, as Mary Berry likes to say, “cram-jam full” of goodies, gasps and guffaws. It seems as though the producers decided enough wasn’t happening, so they took everyone’s favorite Starks, put them in a castle to together, and tried to have Littlefinger around […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Episode three for a new season is a tough nut to crack. In season six of Game of Thrones, I told you that the third episode is where most TV shows hit a slump, a downturn in the action to focus on suspense-building and drama. But with hindsight, I can say that it only seems […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

When it comes to second episodes of a new season of Game of Thrones, you don’t expect them to be over an hour in length. Of course, it needs to be close to an hour to accommodate the wealth of characters, the vistas, the exposition, but putting it over an hour is like dangling a […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Many of the fans are asking questions of the new season of Game of Thrones. People want to know when the army of the dead will march on Eastwatch. They are curious about Ed Sheeran’s cameo in the premiere, and if he’ll be a recurring character in this season. A good number of viewers are […]

  Taylor Sobolewski

I’m sure by now you have come up with a list of reasons why you can’t watch every show. No time, no interest, and no access are all valid excuses for being behind on all those water cooler moments you’ve missed out on. When it comes to the show Big Little Lies, I fear your […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

When a show ends, we expect it to answer questions. There are, of course, famous examples of shows that leave questions without answers: Lost, Heroes, 24, The West Wing, The Sopranos- big budget dramas and network television broadcasts that have a lot going on, too much going on to answer every last little question. But none […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

The season finale of The Night Of is coming around the bend. It’s so soon, it seems unreal, despite how long the individual episodes run (one hour and twenty minutes, roughly, for those of us keeping score at home). So, in an attempt to provide a penultimate, final-feeling examination of the plot, I took a […]

There is a book, by Amitava Kumar, called “A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His …

  Vyasar Ganesan

Perhaps more telling of our generation than the procedural crime drama is the prison story. Jailbreaks, great escapes, masterful duels between the jailed and the jailers are sources of endless fascination for us. My theory? Imprisonment is a narrative that allows anyone to be a protagonist. We can side with the heroes of The Green […]

This may have been my favorite episode of the show. Granted, it’s only the 2nd airing of The Night Of, and granted, John Turturro steals the show every chance he can get, and granted, this episode moves the point of view back and forth faster than a shuttlecock, but it’s still my favorite. Let’s not […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

In the long and decorated history of the procedural crime drama, there have been shows, movies and series which go far and beyond the standard pale. In our recent era, Law and Order reigns supreme in terms of broadcast history, the first season of True Detective ranks as most ethereally horrifying, and Twin Peaks probably […]

Finale Season six is over. Hard as it is to comprehend, girls and boys, they ended the season with an hour and twenty-two minutes of the best scenes everyone wanted, stuck together with the fading glue of human interest. The audience got what it wanted in this episode, “The Winds of Winter,” and it got […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

“Battle of the Bastards,” the most recent episode in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, has me thinking about fathers. Well, not fathers, specifically (the word “bastard” implies the absence of fathers, usually, although in the case of our particular bastards, it’s mothers who are the mystery), but loved ones, family members, usually parents […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

This is a story about honor. A man marries a woman from a powerful family. That man’s wealth and status rise significantly as a result, and places him among a different bracket of rivals, rivals with just as much power if not more. He tries to live a good and true life, but in the […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

It’s hard to develop a sense of foreboding in Game of Thrones. This series has been nothing but foreshadowing, ominous vibes, constant hints of death and threats and the overarching “winter is coming” proclamation. People are always swearing vengeance here, giving grand speeches there, rallying the countryside for an all-out assault that never quite takes […]