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Game of Thrones 805 "The Bells" and GLASS Reviews

On Episode 351 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake dissect Game of Thrones, Ep 805, "The Bells".

Oh no she didn't! Yes, she did. If you re-watched every episode of Thrones from 101 to 805, you may have seen this coming but the speed in which they took Daenarys from liberating Mother of Dragons to Madder than her Daddy Queen alarmed a lot of Game of Thrones series fans. The fan series have been meme'ing up the internet for weeks and with every episode proving they are far more interesting then the actual show. The latest being, Arya and the White Horse, is she the bringer of death, will she fulfill the brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes prophecy and kill Dany before she destroys another city? Don't bet on it. Plot lines and character arcs have been dropping like Dothrakis in the dark this season....yet seems to still be many Dothraki left. Hmmm. We get into all of this and more.

Also our long overdue review of M. Night Shyamalan's (sorta) sequel to UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT, GLASS, now streaming.

For more episodes of The Harold & Maudecast including all of our We talk Throne reviews visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Game of Thrones 806 - The Finale and John Wick 3 Review

Episode 352 of The Harold & Maudecast: Ghost vs John Wick's Dog for the Throne

Sarah and Jake review JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM and the much anticipated Game of Thrones Finale.

After 8 seasons, millions of memes, cosplay and viewing parties, Game of Thrones has come to an end. The finale episode aired on HBO, Sunday, May 19th breaking records with 19.3m viewers. Lucky for the Showrunners, a plastic water bottle (like its predecessor the Starbuck's cup) managed to out Trend the overwhelming negative reaction to the finale. The finale left many threads untied for the potential spinoffs and prequel that is already in pre-production. We found ourselves amongst those who were less than satisfied with the hectic, deliberate tie-up of this incredible story. But we can back up up every point.

Our Game of Thrones finale review is first up on the podcast, John Wick 3 Review Starts @ 43:52.

For more movie reviews and our entire We Talk Thrones library, dissecting Seasons 1-8, visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Game of Thrones 804 and Netflix Original "The Silence" Review

On Episode 350 of The Harold & Maudecast, Game of Thrones Episode 804 "The Last of the Starks".

Stuff happened in this episode but all anyone can talk about is that dang Starbucks cup. We talk about it all - the endless feast, Jaime's betrayal, Brienne's tears, last words (Dracarys!), the comedy duo of Arya and the Hound, the truth about Jon Snow spreading like wildfire and how much we want Cersei's death to be everything we hoped for, and more.

Bonus! What's good on streaming - THE SILENCE, an apocalyptic drama starring Stanley Tucci. Now streaming on Netflix. We discuss.

For more podcast episodes and all of our We Talk Thrones eps from Season 1-8. visit www.thehmcnetwork.com





Stark vs. Stark - Game of Thrones "The Battle of Winterfell" and Avengers: Endgame Reviews (Yes there are Spoilers)

On Episode 349 of The Harold & Maudecast, Stark vs. Stark! The Battle of Winterfell, the most expensive ($15m) and time consuming (55 nights to shoot) TV episode ever produced, finally aired on HBO. And the end of the MCU master blueprint containing 21 movies over 10 years finally had its theatrical release, becoming the highest grossing opening weekend movie of all time.

So which Stark won the high critical bar set by fans of both universes? Listen to the podcast for our grand conclusion.

SPOILERS ABOUND - You have been warned.

Game of Thrones the Battle of Winterfell - Starts at 1:16
Avengers: Endgame Review - Starts at 43:54

For more movie reviews and episodes of We Talk Thrones, Game of Thrones podcast, visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Game of Thrones Ep 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" review & commentary

You may not be able to unsee Arya disrobing for Gendry, but you can listen to our commentary on Game of Thrones, Ep 802!

On Episode 348 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review and recap, Game of Thrones, Episode 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".

We hash out every key moment in Episode 802, give some outlandish predictions and fan theories and discuss the hidden meaning to Podrick's campfire song.

Also in this episode reviews of THE BATTLE OF JADOTVILLE (a Netflix original) and THE NUMBERS STATION (streaming on Amazon Prime).

For more We Talk Thrones and other podcast episodes visit www.thehmcnetwork.com



Posted by: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:11:49 pm game of thrones 802, review, podcast, tv, hbo, got8, game of thrones

Solo & Cargo - Movie Reviews + Checking in on Westeros

On Episode 328 of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake review the movies SOLO and CARGO and checking in on Westeros, predictions for who will survive Game of Thrones.

Han Solo is finally getting his own origin story! Question is, did he really need one? SOLO, A STAR WARS STORY, was released on May 24th to lukewarm box office results, if you consider $115m lukewarm. Well Disney does. It appears SOLO may be the first victim of STAR WARS fatigue, as Disney continues to pump out spin-off films whether we want them or not. 

We meet young Han (Alden Ehrenreich), the would-be pilot as he's escaping with his girlfriend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) from their home planet, under siege by the Empire. Spoiler alert! One of them gets left behind, but we'll see her again in the future after Han completes his training, does some soldiering for the Empire, meets Chewie and joins a misfit group of space outlaws led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson). After their big score heist goes terribly wrong, they face certain death at the hands of big boss Drydon Vos (Paul Bettany) unless the team can find a ship that can make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs....luckily part time dandy, full time card shark, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), has one. 

SOLO is full of edge-of-your-seat action sequences including a intergalactic space train heist that invokes the spirit of Indiana Jones. Although Ehrenreich's name is a mouthful to say and he looks nothing like Harrison Ford, he's the right guy for the job. He pulls it off thanks to a wonderful supporting cast and a strategic script penned by the great Lawrence Kasdan (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, SILVERADO) and his son Jonathan Kasdan (IN THE LAND OF WOMEN), the younger Kasdan clearly supplied the many satisfying albeit obscure easter eggs like a reference to the 1997 video game, “Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. Director Ron Howard stepped in after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE) were fired for presumably being too silly? Regardless, it was the right choice as Howard's steady vision steered this film into maturity. Oh there's fun, and silliness, lots of crazy Lucas inspired creatures. But what makes this film enjoyable is the feeling that it's being produced by real filmmaking pros. You may not walk away thrilled as you were after THE FORCE AWAKENS, but don't forget that came after a long dry spell and the disasters that were Episodes 1, 2 and 3.  Seek to be entertained in the spirit of Indiana Jones and get over Harrison Ford's absence and you'll dig this film as much as we did. Justice!

​Review for CARGO, the Netflix original re-invention of the zombie genre starring Martin Friedman (Sherlock, THE HOBBIT) starts at 29:17.

In the outback of Australia, Andy (Friedman) and wife Kay (Susie Porter), with baby in tow, are struggling to stay alive in the new zombie stricken world. When tragedy strikes, it's up to Andy to find a family to take care of their baby girl before it's too late. 

In some ways CARGO is your typical zombie story. It's got all the trappings of the genre, biting, walking dead, apocalyptic world, dangerous people who may kill you before the zombies do. Yet, it's far from the maddening crowd of Walking Dead and George Romero films. We don't know why or how the outbreak occurred but if you're lucky enough to have survived this far you're probably familiar with the government issued kit equipped with countdown bracelet and suicide tools. The film rests largely on the performance of Friedman, who delivers. Equally delightful is his young aboriginal companion, Thoomi (Simone Landers), who he must help in order to find refuge for his baby. The countdown/doomsday clock formula of the story combined with the baby, makes the stakes impossibly high for even a zombie movie. It is that urgency and the desperation of Andy that keep you engaged and nervous throughout. It's a tough film to watch -- not entirely tragic, yet sad and draining. Writer/Director team Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling (JUNGLE), stretch and breath life into this genre which seemed to be on it's way out. Justice!

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Countdown to Thrones & SDCC

This week on The Harold & Maudecast, Episode 302, Countdown to Thrones & SDCC. Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe Countdown to the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones with recaps, theories, predictions and more. With San Diego Comic Con only three weeks away, we've got the list of the hottest panels and a preview of what to expect at SDCC 2017. Now playing in theaters, BABY DRIVER, Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), new action heist film hits theaters and we give it our full Justice & Doom review.

For more podcasts, movie, game reviews, con coverage and more visit www.thehmcnetwork.com



Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:02:40 pm SDCC2017, game of thrones, podcasts



The HMC Network is a podcast network featuring genre entertainment commentary, movie and TV reviews, video game reviews, lifestyle & travel, event & Con media coverage & more. Featured on the Creative COW is our flagship podcast, The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe. Combining critical analysis with passionate fandom, The Harold & Maudecast offers a fully-informed look at your favorite movies, TV and video games. Commentary and reviews include the latest Walking Dead and Game of Thrones episodes, film festival and Comic Con & fan fest event coverage, technology expos and more. Fandom Never Gets Old.


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