Random Friday: AC, AHS, and GoT

Random Friday pic from Horizon Zero Dawn.

So, let’s talk American Horror Story.

Yes, the television show. No, not the shit you see on the news every damned day. Or that one certain Twitter account that could be titled “American Horror Story”… or maybe just “American Shit Show”…

I watched the first season, Murder House, when it aired. I liked it a lot. I intended to keep watching. Then, I just didn’t. I wasn’t any less interested, I just don’t have unlimited time to spend on things like television. I have books to read. Video games to play. Movies to watch. Other television shows to watch. There are other things that occasionally demand my attention, like going back to school (done with that, thank crap) or going to work, or making feeble gestures toward keeping the house on the correct side of the line between “Ok, I guess,” and “fire hazard”.

When I started hearing about Cult, I really wanted to watch it. I already knew that I didn’t have to watch AHS seasons in order, but it kind of felt like I should. I set aside some time, and over the past month or two, I managed to get through the other seasons, all the way up to Roanoke. I got about halfway through that one and said to hell with it, I’m watching Cult. (I enjoyed Asylum, Coven, and Hotel. Freak Show was ok. Roanoke, at halfway through the season, felt like a decent concept that just missed the mark by, well, a lot.)

Cult, though, not only feels timely, it feels like shit that could actually happen. Or maybe is happening. It’s surreal, and a little too on-the-nose, sometimes, which gets uncomfortable. Which is excellent. Really. The more we peek behind the scenes of the plot, the more twisted things get. No, it doesn’t all make sense… yet. Yes, they are painting with a rather broad brush sometimes, but I tend to see that as symbolism, rather than an attempt to actually define all members of a group. Have you paid attention to politics in the past? Often the difference between two candidates is almost purely symbolic, while their actual platforms are practically the same.

And, of course, here come the clowns again. Fucking clowns.

Speaking of clowns…

During this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, Rory made his feelings about clowns pretty clear: “If I see a clown, I’m outta here.” When asked if he was afraid of clowns, his response was perfect. “No, I just don’t like their stupid faces and funny shoes and… razor-sharp teeth…”

And that’s why he’s my favorite character on that show.

T-minus 18 days until the Xbox One X lands.

I briefly considered taking a vacation day on November 7th, but I know how that goes. You take off the Tuesday release day for whatever it is you can’t wait for, but then the dang UPS guy doesn’t show up until afternoon, so you spend most of the day waiting. Then you have to set it up / install it / patch it / whatever it, which takes even more time. By the time you’re ready to play, there aren’t that many hours left in the day, which makes it all feel pointless. At least, that’s how it always works out for me.

Besides, my bloody co-worker already took that day off. Dammit.

p.s. I love UPS. Also FedEx and the USPS. They all deliver things to me that I would otherwise have to go and get myself. Go outside and get myself. Shudder.

I did, however, plan out a long weekend for Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

If there’s a game series that I consider “mine”, it’s definitely Saints Row, but Assassin’s Creed is a close second. I’ve played every major installment, most of them more than once. Some have been better than others, but they’ve all been well worth playing. From high points (basically everything about being a pirate in Black Flag) to low points (trying to pick any lock in AC III, ever), I’ve never run into anything that was bad enough to put me off the series entirely. Mechanics have changed a bit, and abilities come and go, but in the end, I always enjoyed myself.

AC: Origins looks like it could go either way. As I’ve said before, I’m completely spoiler-phobic, but from what I’ve picked up, it sounds like a) the world is amazing, and b) combat is changing completely. It’s the B side that has me biting my nails.

Pirates > ninjas. From Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.

GoT: The long dark season is underway.

In other words, it’s apparently going to be a long wait until the final season of Game of Thrones hits. I’ve considered writing about some of the fan theories out there. In the end, my urge to comment passed swiftly. Lately, though, people are pointing out things in past episodes that seem to foreshadow things that later happened (or might happen, next season), and those posts have caused a fear that I’ve been carrying around to resurface.

*Spoilers ahead, if you haven’t watched all of season 7.

Last season, we saw Arya, Sansa, and Bran reunited, and Jon now knows that Arya and Bran are alive. Like just about everyone else who watches Game of Thrones, I’ve been waiting impatiently for the Arya/Jon reunion. Aaaand we’re still waiting…

But when Arya returned to Winterfell back in episode 4, “The Spoils of War”, Sansa said something that sent me into a bit of a panic.

Beyond a doubt, the biggest, glitziest bit of episode 4 was the attack on the loot train. Watching Drogon drop out of the clouds was amazing. There were other satisfying moments, too. Seeing the siblings reunited was great; Arya sparring with Brienne was awesome. But it was Sansa’s words to Arya in the tomb that still haunt me.

From Telltale’s Game of Thrones.

When the sisters reunite, Sansa tells Arya that she hopes Jon will come back soon. Despite the fact that they never really got along, Jon was very happy to see Sansa when they reunited at the Wall. Sansa naturally assumes that he’ll be absolutely thrilled to see Arya. Which he will be. Of all the siblings, Arya and Jon seem to have the strongest bond. It was Sansa’s last words on the subject that scared the holy hell out of me. “When he sees you,” Sansa tells Arya, “His heart will probably stop.”

If that was foreshadowing, I want none of it. None. Of. It. If Jon and Arya finally reunite on Jon’s death bed (or death scene in the middle of a snowy field, or on top of a damn iceberg, or whatever), then I’m going to have a major meltdown. That is not the payoff that I’m looking for. (Yes, I am trying to use my Sith mind powers on the Game of Thrones writers right now.)

And we only have… HOW LONG do I have to wait?!?!


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