5 Festive Sitcom Specials Guaranteed To Bring Christmas Cheer

Television and Christmas go hand in hand, it seems that there are an endless amount of specials from the sitcoms we all know and love. It seems a real shame to go though the Christmas season without watching at least one of these festive treats, and here are five of the best.

The Simpsons: Season 23 Episode 9 = “Holidays of Future Passed”

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I’ll be honest, it’s very rare that a later season of The Simpsons delivers an episode worth remembering, but in the case of this festive special, they have succeeded in leaps and bounds. Focusing on the families future, in which Lisa has a degenerative daughter, Bart is a divorced deadbeat Dad, Maggie is a pregnant international singing star, and Homer quits drinking. While there are a lot of laughs, there are a lot of fundamental heart warming moments that reminds us all why The Simpsons was so popular to begin with, and why it has lasted as long as it has. A true modern classic.

Frasier: Season 3 Episode 9 – “Frasier Grinch”

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In this episode, everyone’s favourite radio psychiatrist is excited to have his son fly in to spend Christmas with him, but all looks to be in peril when Frasier receives the wrong package on Christmas Eve. The episode is packed with some great moments, including Niles being cut off by Maris, Martin going a little too far when decorating the apartment, and Bulldog arranging a little “surprise” for Frasier on his last broadcast of the year. The episode is a laugh a minute in the best way and that is exactly what earned it its  place on this list.

Family Guy: Season 9 Episode 7 – “Road to the North Pole”

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Family Guy are no stranger to seasonal specials, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. The 45 minute episode sees Stewie in a desperate attempt to hunt down and kill Santa. Brian accompanies him all the way to the North Pole but when they get there they see the shock truth, Santa is sick, overworked an suicidal, the reindeer are feral creatures with a blood lust for elf flesh, and the elves are inbred to the point of disability. It’s very dark but its very funny, and it has a nice message about greed at Christmas time that I think we can all learn from.

Two and a Half Men: Season 4 Episode 11 – “Walnuts and Demerol”

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It’s Christmas Eve with the Harper family and Charlie has a very special evening planned with his new lady friend. But true to the shows fashion, it all goes down hill very quickly, Alan, Jake, and Berta fail to leave, Kandi arrives not wanting to spend Christmas alone, Judith and Herb show up with marital troubles, Rose is not long behind and before he knows it, Charlie has an unwanted Christmas party on his hands. Evelyn then arrives with some truly shocking news which leads to an odd Christmas miracle occurring. This is not only the shows best festive special, but its also one of the best episodes in the shows history.

Extras: Series 2 Episode 7 – “The Extra Special Series Finale”

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Finally, we have the ending to the BBC sitcom Extras. This one less like a Christmas special and more like a TV movie, as life goes downhill for Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) after he quits his sitcom to go onto bigger and better things, he fails. His friend Maggy finds herself miserable in a cleaning job, and his agent Darren finds himself working in Carphone Warehouse with Barry from Eastenders and Dean Gaffney. With guest stars like David Tennant, Gordan Ramsey, George Michael, and Clive Owen, there’s no shortage of reasons to check out this hilarious special over the holiday season.

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Top 10 Most Terrifying TV Villains

TV has some truly great villains, whether they are deceptive, disrespectful, or just plain psychotic, they are a huge part of the shows we all know and love, and nothing makes a better villain than having the ability to strike knee weakening, teeth chattering levels of fear, and here are ten of ThePowerReviews favourites. Please remember that this list is purely a matter of opinion, and is obviously going to be somewhat subjective to others.

Oh and just to warn you, there are obviosuly going to be some spoilers along the way.

10) Felicia Tilman – Desperate Housewives

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Now before you judge, just hear me out. This woman is the definition of psychopath, she was insistent on uncovering her sisters killer, and was relentless in her pursuit to do so. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well in order to ensure he went to prison, she severed two of her fingers and faked her own death, leaving them at the scene of a supposed crime. When she was rumbled several seasons later, she forced her only daughter in to secretly marrying the man, which led to said daughters accidental death. Not content with these two failures, she began poisoning his food with anti-freeze whilst he was vulnerable and grieving for his wife. She also attempted to murder Terri Hatcher’s character, Susan Delphino, in the process. Tilman met her end at the hands of a truck, as her car collided head-on with the much heavier vehicle after she became distracted behind the wheel.

9) Sideshow Bob – The Simpsons

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This one is equal parts hilarious and terrifying, but seriously, think about it, this man’s entire life revolves around trying to murder a ten year old child. He has attempted to murder said ten year old, and his family on several occasions, he has tried to frame his former boss for armed robbery, his family are all equally as crazy, and equally as bloodthirsty, and perhaps the most terrifying, he always seems to find a way out of jail. Luckily for Bart Simpson though, Bob will never kill him, because as the most recent addition to the Treehouse Of Horror has proven, he cannot exist without him, and as he once proclaimed, he’s grown a custom to his face. But still, you can’t help but feel a little freaked out during Bob’s iconic pursuit of Bart in the shows “Cape Feare” episode.

8) Ghostface – Scream: The TV Series

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Technically this is three different people, but they all portray the same killer, so its going on the list. Fans of the Scream movie franchise will know just how terrifying the killer is, regardless of who is behind the mask, and the TV series is no different. The phone calls, the drawn-out stalking, the mind games, and the signature knife are just some of the things that contribute to the pure fear that comes with Ghostface. While the mask may have changed from the franchise’ movie heyday, the TV series takes a different approach to its origins, making it that of serial killer Brandon James, who is a big part of what motivates the ones behind the mask.

7) Negan – The Walking Dead

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Now Negan has not been on the show all that long, which is why he isn’t higher on the list, but fans of the comic will know just what he’s capable of, and just what viewers of the show may be in store for. The opening of the shows seventh season alone is enough to earn him a place on this list, whether it be for smashing the skulls of two beloved characters, or for trying to force Rick into cutting his sons arm off, we truly saw just what kind of person Negan is. This is only emphasised by the little ride he and Rick embark on, the whole “get my axe” sequence helped cement just how much control Negan already has over the survivors, and I have a feeling that Lucille will claim a few more victims before this leather-clad bad guy is through.

6) Ramsey Bolton – Game Of Thrones

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What can i say about Ramsey Bolton? The man is pure evil, in every sense of the word. His eyes literally light up when the opportunity of inflicting pain arises. He is a serial killer, a rapist, a mutilator, and an expert in torture. He loves inflicting misery on just about anyone and his skills as a master huntsman only make him that much more dangerous. In his time, Ramsey has robbed Theon of his manhood, raped Sansa Stark on their wedding night, murdered his own father, and impaled Rickon Stark in front of his brother. He represents the dark side of the human race, and in times of moral dilemma, you can ask yourself “would Ramsey do this?” and if the answer is yes, then it is almost certainly a terrible thing to do.

5) Red John – The Mentalist

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Now I don’t know a great deal about The Mentalist, but what I do know is that the shows main antagonist is somewhat of a terrifying bastard. Red John is responsible for the murder of Patrick Jane’s family, Mr Jane then makes it his mission in life to bring the crazed killer down. But that task is easier said than done, as Red John proves to be more allusive than a greased weasel, escaping Jane at every turn, and adding to his list of victims every step of the way. This is is made even more terrifying by the signature smiling face he leaves at the scene of all his crimes, as somewhat of a calling card, or perhaps a taunt to the authorities that he so easily avoids. What may be more disturbing is that Patrick Jane is seemingly consumed by the chase, and sees Red John as his intellectual equal, and the game of cat and mouse could not end until one of them met their demise.

4) Bloodyface – American Horror Story: Asylum

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Bloodyface is a serial killer spanning two generations, the first generation was Dr Oliver Thredson, a psychiatrist at Briarcliff Mental Asylum with a disturbing love of crafting furniture out of human skin and bones, whats worse though, is that he was the one you least suspected to be behind the mask, and that made it all the more impact during the reveal, as he kidnaps Lana Winters, locks her in his dungeon and rapes her repeatedly. The second generation of the killer is the illegitimate child of that rape, yes, i know, this is bloody horrible, anyway, Lana and Oliver’s illegitimate rape child Johnny Morgan puts on the mask in order to carry on his fathers legacy and hunt down the mother who abandoned him, trust me, if you haven’t seen this, it makes for some pretty disturbing television, and it is undeniably terrifying.

3) The Night King – Game Of Thrones

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The scariest thing about this icy customer is the impending sense of doom he brings with him. We have been waiting for The Night King and his unrelenting army of the un-dead to reach Westeros for season after season of Game Of Thrones, but after the shows most recent season, it looks like the White Walkers are finally ready to do battle with all the characters we’ve come to know and love, and at this point you have to wonder, what can stop them? Okay, yes, probably dragons, but I wouldn’t put all my eggs into one basket if I were you, Game Of Thrones is no stranger to throwing curve-balls at its viewers, and many fans are already speculating that the show will just end with the frosty army of the dead consuming the land. Let’s hope that it just remains a mere theory, because that would be bloody depressing.

2) The 456 – Torchwood

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The 456 are a particularly nasty breed of alien featured heavily in the third series of the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood. In the series, entitled “The Children of Earth”, The 456 assume control over the worlds children, making them chant “we are coming” ominously, over and over again until they eventually arrive. After their arrival, it is found out that they intend to take the world children, and drain them of life in an attempt to get high, yes, that’s right, human children were a drug to them, that is honestly terrifying. It’s safe to say that these three headed monsters won’t be making an apprentice on the very PG Doctor Who any time soon.

1) Russell Edgington  – True Blood

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This 3000 year old vampire is simply terrifying, not only is he so strong that it is all-but impossible to kill him in combat, but he also has a burning hatred for mankind. At first he is simply power hungry, attempting to take blood of Sookie Stackhouse, and overthrow the vampire authority, but after the death of his husband Talbot, Russell takes things to the next level. He finds his way to an American news station, and pulls a mans spine out live on TV, before delivering a haunting speech on why he hates humans, setting the shows vampire rights movement back for years to come. When he is defeated the first time, he is encased in concrete, but he was released. Edgington would eventually overthrow the vampire authority, but allowed his insanity to get the better of him. In an attempt to kill Sookie Stackhouse for her blood, he became weakened, and met his faith at the hands of Eric Northman. Regardless of his demise, Russell will forever go down as one of TV’s greatest vampires, and is my pick for scariest TV villain of all time.

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5 Sitcom Characters That Consistently Stole The Show

The situation comedy is a sub-genre that I can confidently say will never die. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a host of lovable characters live out their fictional lives, and sometimes, a character comes along that is a cut above the rest, one that you look forward to seeing every episode, one that never fail to leave you in hysterics, and one that will remain in your memory long after their show has ended, and here are five of those characters.

Phil Dunphy – Modern Family

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The whole cast of ABC’s Modern Family is simply wonderful, so it is difficult to pick just one of its many characters to add to this list, but it just feels right that Phil should be the one chosen. He is consistently positive, upbeat, and loving towards his family, and his happy-go-lucky, dimwitted attitude is enough to keep us loving this forty-something, father of three. Ty Burrell’s two Emmy awards are enough to stand testament to just how great a character that Phillip Humphrey Dunphy truly is, and it’s impossible to imagine Modern Family without him.

Grandad – Only Fools & Horses

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With absolutely no disrespect to Buster Merryfield’s Uncle Albert, he nearly made the list in his own right, but it is his predecessor, Grandad, who truly steals the show. The hilariously incompetent grandfather of Del Boy & Rodney, Grandad is always on hand to offer advice to his grandsons, whether it be a tale from the misfortune of his youth, or information he’s learned on his journey through life, but one thing is for sure, when Grandad tells a story, you can guarantee a loud fit of laughter will follow. Played excellently by Lennard Pearce, Grandad unfortunately only lasted until series three of the show, as the talented Mr Pearce passed away in real life. One can only imagine what hilarity might have been had he lived to be a part of some of the later episodes.

Brian Potter – Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights

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Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights is honestly one of my favourite TV shows of all time, it is the pinnacle of British comedy in my personal opinion, and that’s thanks in no small part to the shows protagonist, the wheelchair-bound, foul-mouthed, working men’s club owner, Brian Potter. Potter is without a doubt one of the best comedy characters ever created, we see his patience and sanity tested as he tries to keep the Bolton-based Phoenix Club up and running. Kay’s performance utilises a perfect combination of comedic timing and excellent swearing, and the character would be a standout in any show. Even, on several occasions, eclipsing the shows ultra-popular security guard combination of Max & Paddy, who would go on to star in their own spin-off.

Tracy Jordan – 30 Rock

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30 Rock is one of the most re-watchable comedies ever made, it is a shining example for all American sitcom producers to follow and it will never stop being funny. The highlight of this American comedy masterpiece is without a doubt the mentally unstable comedy actor, Tracy Jordan. Portrayed on the show by Tracy Morgan, the star of the fictional show TGS is funny in just about every way, from his interactions with his entourage, his completely random and utterly side-splitting one-liners, to his zany and lovable friendship with NBC Page, Kenneth Parcell. Tracy Jordan is a character that you look forward to seeing, and quite frankly it’s a crime that he hasn’t been given his own spin-off show yet, because I think i speak for all 30 Rock fans when I say that we’d love to see more of this utterly hilarious man.

Dr Niles Crane – Frasier

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You cannot talk about show-stealing sitcom characters without mentioning Niles Crane. The more socially awkward of the Crane brother, Niles’ character trumps that of his brother, Frasier, in almost every way. Niles is witty, intelligent, sharp, and utterly useless in a great deal of social situations, but you cannot help but route for him as the show progresses. You want him to win Daphne over, and you want him to outshine Frasier whenever the two are in competition. David Hyde Pierce’s Emmy winning performance will forever go down as one of the all time greats, and it’s truly difficult to think of a character  who’s more deserving than Dr Niles Crane.

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5 Horror TV Shows To Watch During The Build-Up To Halloween.

Halloween is about a month and a half away, meaning that this is the perfect time to start one of the gruesome, scary, and fearsome horror TV classics to get you in the mood for the hallows.

There have been many horror shows to grace our screens over the years, covering all from the supernatural, to alien abduction, to murder mystery, there has always been something for all horror fans to become immersed in.

And here are five shows that are guaranteed to get you excited for the festivities.

True Blood

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This HBO vampire series is so much more than it may seem. Starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin (The Piano), Stephen Moyer (Concussion), and Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend Of Tarzan) among others, this hit show ran for seven years and boasted a Golden Globe win and several other Primetime Emmy nominations. Based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, the series follows telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), as she falls in love with pale, overly polite, vampire man, Bill Compton (Moyer). The show will take you on an emotional ride as it follows its host of lovable characters as they are tested by the the supernatural world. With not only vampires, but the likes of werewolves, shape-shifters, and demons  all present, this show is witty, seductive, violent, and sometimes emotional, and when you reach its conclusion, it will leave you wanting more. Oh, and it just so happens to have what is, in my opinion, the greatest opening sequence in TV history.

Scream – The TV Series

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Based on Wes Cravens slasher film franchise of the same name, I was sceptical at first of how this show would fare, mostly as it was being produced by MTV, the same people who bring us reprehensible tripe like Ex On The Beach. But I am delighted to say I was pleasantly surprised when this fun and exciting series hit our screens in 2015. Much like the films, the series follows the basic premise of a teenage girl and her friends, ruthlessly being hunted by an unknown assailant. Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) and the other Teenagers of Lakewood must find out who is behind the killings, viral videos, and threatening phone calls before time runs out for them all. This ultra-modern show has action, romance, excitement, and a gripping story-line and it is a must see for fans of the slasher genre.

The Living And The Dead

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This six part BBC series from the creator of popular police drama Life On Mars is the shortest of all the shows on the list. The series is certainly one for fans of period-drama, but also incorporates huge elements of the supernatural. Starring Colin Morgan (Merlin) as Nathan Appleby, a top London psychiatrist who moves to a rural farm that he inherits from his mother. While there, he and his wife Charlotte (Charlotte Spencer), along with several other members of the village, start to experience explainable, other-worldly happens that start to send them all into a frenzy of fear. It is a slow burner but it does go deeper than the surface,  with the complexity of the main characters inner turmoils being fully explored throughout the six episode. Definitely an all-round satisfying watch.

Scream Queens

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Scream Queens is a little  bit different to the other entries to this list in the same way that the circus is different to your local graveyard. This slasher series from the creator of American Horror Story takes a stab, pun very much intended, at the genre as a whole, with a plethora of hilarious spoof comedy. Starring Emma Roberts (Scream 4), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), and the definitive scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) amoung others, the series follows a group of overly pretentious sorority girls and their group of misfit new recruits as they are stalked by a serial killer dressed as a red devil. The humour is dark, but is also witty and charming, and it has that key ultra-modern vibe that is so important in new horror shows, oh and as I’ve said, it’s got Jamie Lee Curtis, and any horror project with that features her has got to be one worth watching. With the series returning very soon, now would be the perfect time to get caught up.

The Walking Dead

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It had to be on this list, the most popular horror show in the world, to be perfectly honest it wouldn’t have been impossible to have the list without it. The post-apocalyptic survival series is a juggernaut in ever sense of the word. The incredibly high quality of the original couple of seasons ensured that it would have a mass, and somewhat rabid following  until it eventually ends. But the end seems to be nowhere in sight for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors, who have arguably been through more at the hands of other human survivors, rather than zombies throughout the course of this show. This is only amplified by the cliffhanger at the end of the previous season. Again, this one returns very soon so if you’re looking to get caught up by the time the new season starts, time is of the essence and the sooner your start, the better.

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5 Highly Anticipated TV Shows Returning Autumn/Fall 2016.

We live in a golden age of television, with an almost endless selection of shows constantly on offer to viewers.

The Spring and Summer provided some truly great TV, with the likes of Game Of Thrones, Scream, The Living and the Dead, American Crime Story, and Mr Robot all putting in a breathtaking effort to please the masses.

But as the title would suggest, the Autumn is once again upon us, and with it comes a variation of TV favourites making their long awaited return to the small screen, and here are five of the most anticipated of said shows.

Modern Family

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Season – 8

Returning – September

Arguably the worlds most popular situation comedy, this lovable mockumentary series hits our screens for the eighth time later this month. Only getting better with age, the three families around whom this show is based, never fail to deliver laugh out loud hysterics, and take the shows fans on lighthearted and sometimes emotional journeys. Welcome back, Dunphy-Tucker-Pritchett’s.

The Walking Dead

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Season – 7

Returning – October

For many, this AMC smash hit is the most anticipated TV return of the year, not only due to the shows overwhelming popularity, but also due to the monumental cliffhanger the previous season ended on. With fans all over the world anxiously waiting to know who went under the bat, this return is set to be one of the most watched in history, and regardless of the arguable decline in quality that has befallen the show in the last couple of seasons, nobody can deny the sheer magnitude of the following that the show has assembled, and chances are, it will only continue to grow as the years go by.

South Park

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Season – 20

Returning – September

Animated comedy fans are treated to a very special milestone this year, as the iconic South Park returns for its twentieth season. The loud, flatulent, hilarious, and sometimes controversial show shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, I would even go as far as to say that the shows last few seasons have been the best that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have ever produced. The show continues to be the driving force behind all mockery of popular culture and the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. Not bad for a small mountain town, eh?

American Horror Story

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Season – 6

Return – September

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this return is the shroud of mystery  surrounding it. With the mysterious and creepy teaser trailers giving us very little insight into what may be in store for fans of this horror anthology series. Every season of the show revolves around a different set of horrific events in a completely different location, and people are chomping at the bit with anticipation to find out what the premise of the sixth season will be. This only intensifies with the shows creator, Ryan Murphy, promising a genuine tie-in with the previous seasons, its not hard to see why AHS fans all over the world are counting down the days to its return.

The Flash

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Season – 3

Returning – October

Barry Allen bursts back onto our screens this October with the return of CW’s juggernaut, The Flash. While its sister show, Arrow, almost made the list, The Flash was chosen because it just keeps getting better and better with each passing season. The return of this show is especially needed, after a year of incredibly underwhelming live action DC movies. The beginning of season three is said to pick up three months after Barry changes the timeline at the climax of the previous season, but that’s as far as the information goes at this time. This series personifies the live action DC universe that comic book fans truly deserve, and hopefully they’ll keep getting it for years to come.

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Game Of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 10 – Honest Review

“The Winds of Winter”

Last week I said that Battle of the Bastards was not only the greatest episode of Game of Thrones, but the greatest television episode of all time. As it turns out, I was wrong, The Winds of Winter blows it completely out of the water, it was unlike anything I have ever seen before.

First, we start with the demise of some of the shows biggest mainstays, Margery, Loras, and Mace Tyrell, the High Sparrow, Lancel Lannister, Tommen Baratheon, Grand Maester Pycell, and Walder Frey all bit the dust in possibly the most blood-soaked TV finale of all time. These deaths really gave us the sad realisation that this legendary show is coming slowly to its end, building towards several much-anticipated confrontations.

Again, we have some simply beautiful camera work, throughout this episode there are many breathtaking moments, the first appearance of the Old Town citadel being one of the greater, but not even coming close to the amazing scenes at the end, as the Targeryen fleet moves towards Westeros flanked by the forces of Dorne, Highgarden and The Iron Islands, not to mention Dany’s scaly insurance policy, in the form of her three vicious children. Another great example of the excellent visual codes used in this episode is the reflection of the bright green wildfire in the terrified eyes of Lancel Lannister, you could literally feel the fear he was experiencing through the screen.

As always the acting performances were amazing, but perhaps the most commendable of all is Lena Headly for her phenomenal portrayal of an emotionally crumbling Cersei Lannister, with the prophecy coming full circle in the death of her final child. You really have to respect Lena’s incredible talents as she manages to unlock new levels of hatred inside the minds of Game of Thrones fans the world over. Never has a television character been so unlikable yet so intriguing, and half of this is down to Headly’s constantly captivating and deliberately infuriating performances. The other half is of course down to the shows fantastic script writing.

On the topic of writing, this had to be some of the best storytelling in history. No disrespect to George RR Martin but his Winds of Winter novel will have its work cut out for it in order to compete with what we’ve seen in this episode. This episode was an hour and ten minutes, the longest episode in the shows history, but my god they utilized the extra time in the most perfect ways imaginable. Every second is used well in a constant flow of creative perfection.

The musical score is enchanting, brutal, haunting and mysterious all at the same time and exactly when it needs to be, every spine chilling, jaw-dropping, goosebumping moment is matched perfectly with music that brings it to life in such a vibrant, vivid, and gritty fashion.

The episode also gave fans what they had been waiting for in all but confirming a popular theory about Jon Snow, proving once and for all that he really could be the bastard son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targeryen, to the delight of every long-time speculator.

To round off the episode we had two new rulers crowd, Jon Snow as King in the North, receiving chants as Robb Stark once did, but the mood was overshadowed by the sly and dangerous presence of slippery, supposedly Irish, brother owning weirdo, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, and Cersei becoming the Queen on the Iron Throne, making it very much a Cersei Lannister Vs the world situation.

Oh, and we finally got to see Ser Davos confront the Red Woman on the sacrifice of the child princess he had cared for like his own, threatening to execute her himself should she ever cross his path again, and there was something very satisfying about that.

Oh, and Tyrion is hand of the dragon queen, and there is nothing finer than seeing everyone’s favourite alcoholic dwarf get the recognition he so truthfully deserves.

All in all this was the perfect ending to the perfect series of the perfect show, my deepest praises to everyone involved in creating this masterpiece, you have all exceeded yourselves and all who came before you.

The only real problem is that we have to wait ten months to see more, but that’s what the best shows do, they keep you waiting, and when the time comes around, it will have been well worth the wait.

As if there would ever by any doubt, my rating for this perfect piece of television is: 10/10

Game Of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 9 – Honest Review

“Battle of the Bastards”

Without a doubt, battle of the bastards is not only the greatest episode of Game Of Thrones, but it may just be the greatest episode of anything that has ever been on television. A fantastic, dragon-heavy opening sequence is the perfect start to the perfect episode, establishing Dany and her allies as the ruling force against the despicable slave masters. A few hilarious quips from Tyrion, a screaming Dothraki horde and the unmistakable sound of slavers being scorched by dragon fire assures that this is already established as a truly great episode.

Could it get any better?

How about an interaction with the Greyjoys! In a truly great moment for long-time fans of the series, Theon and Yara came into contact with everyone’s favourite mass-murdering dragon queen. In a rather… flirtatious…exchange between Dany and Yara, an intriguing and potentially lethal alliance was created.

As time rolled on, the confrontation between the bastards arrived. Jon challenging Ramsey, the bastard by both name and bastardly nature, to one-on-one combat, this did not happen as Ramsey, although a literal and metaphorical bastard is evidently not stupid. Instead opting to take the feud to the battlefield, Ramsey even warning Jon that he has a pack of hungry hounds, starved for seven days, ready to pick at his bones should he lose.

As the battle begins, we see some truly stunning visuals as Ramsey’s arrows fly, even impaling former small child and least important Stark family member Rickon.

As the battle rages, the stunning visuals continue, as the arrows of the Bolton men flew, we were taken with them as they scraped the sky and punctured the un-shielded victims below. The use of phenomenal visual codes did not end here, however, as we were treated to a truly breathtaking and gut-wrenchingly claustrophobic sequence of loveable, miserable hero Jon Snow nearly being trampled to death in a somewhat ungodly mixture of thick mud and the corpses of his fellow soldiers. The camera work here was truly something to behold, genuinely making the viewer feel gasping breath and claw for freedom.

Eventually, when all seemed lost, and Jon’s forces seemed well and truly doomed to a muddy, skinless grave, an ally from the most unlikely of places arrived. The Vale, as it would happen, as slippery, somewhat Irish, whore-house owner and all-round trustworthy guy, Littlefinger, arrives with the forces of Arryn. Allowing the Stark forces to make a final push on Winterfell, this had to be one of the most uplifting things that there has ever been in the entire history of the world. No exaggeration.

During the closing moments of the battle, inside the walls of Winterfell, the last of the giants falls, but the impact he has on the battle was even bigger than himself, breaking through Ramsey’s last line of defence in seconds, before finally being put down by the repugnant pale demon. Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived; Jon getting his hands on Ramsey, every punch to Ramsey’s face was like Christmas, summer, and the relief of urination all rolled into one.

The Bolton banner falls, the Stark banner replaces it. This moment gave the feel of a true turning point.

In the final sequence, a bloodied, beaten and restrained Ramsey is seen locked in the kennels at Winterfell. The prominent stain on the north delivers one final, haunting message to Sansa, proclaiming that he is now part of her, and that she cannot kill him. Although, she does give it her best try, by releasing Ramsey’s own hounds on him, they wouldn’t usually harm him…but they hadn’t been fed for seven days…I guess that decision really came back to bite him on the arse.

As Sansa walks away, she smiles as her former husband is torn apart.

In conclusion, everything about this episode was perfect, the acting was gritty and intense, the writing was sublime and told one of the best stories I’ve ever seen. The camera work, as I’ve mentioned was visually stunning, putting us right in the middle of the action every step of the way. I must also commend the director for ensuring that all these elements moulded with each other so seamlessly, quite frankly everyone involved with this piece of art deserves praise. The only bad thing about it was that it had to end.

I rate this, without a doubt: 10/10