‘Game of Thrones’ has a taste for torture
two of “Game of Thrones” is in full swing (Sunday,
8 p.m., HBO), with five kings battling to claim
the Iron Throne in fantastical Westeros. The
series remains compelling and confusing, as
a huge cast of characters jostle for survival
in a realm of knights, savages and dragons.
The actors give the antique dialogue the ring
of authority, and look striking both in and
out of clothing.
Yes, the sex is raw and explicit here. So is
the torture — perhaps the sickest ever shown
on TV. This week’s episode even combines sex
and torture in one scene, when the cruel boy-king
Joffrey gets sadistic with a pair of prostitutes
sent by his uncle (Peter Dinklage). “Your grace,
too much pain would spoil the pleasure!” says
one of the unfortunate beauties.
I might say the same thing about “Game of Thrones”
– too much pain sometimes spoils the pleasure.
How about less torture and more dragons?
Sunday, 9:30 p.m. (HBO)
Did you watch the premiere of this new dramedy
like I told you to? Episode two is even better.
This week, 24-year-old Hannah and her three
friends are obsessed with love, sex and disease,
Hannah (played by writer-director-creator Lena
Dunham) often ends her sentences with the word
“so.” This is authentic 2012 young-woman-speak,
and you’re not going to hear it executed so
precisely on any other TV show.
The characters aren’t just comic types. They’re
complicated creations, both cruel and tender,
appealing and pathetic. Hannah herself is hopelessly
awkward with guys but effortlessly funny and
perceptive with her female friends.
I sense that we’ll come to like her even as
she makes us cringe, so…. CV