by evseymour

In the last couple of weeks the fifth season of French cop drama, ‘Spiral’ (Engrenages) and the second series of ‘Broadchurch concluded. ‘Wolf Hall’ came to a bloodily predictable end, and we (not the royal, you understand, but me and my other half) also chomped through the entire fourth season of ‘Game of Thrones’ in a few days.   Although wildly different in genre, there were common denominators, namely the high level of storytelling coupled with superb acting. I’m not sure it’s ever quite struck me as strongly before, but I’ve never been so aware of how one expression in a character’s eyes can convey so much. In this regard, the final shot in ‘Wolf Hall’ feels as if it’s branded on my brain. In the wake of Anne Boleyn’s beheading, Henry, played by Damien Lewis, looks like the proverbial cat that got the cream as he clasps Thomas Cromwell, played by magnificent Mark Rylance, to his chest. Cromwell’s expression conveys something else entirely: horror at what he was a party to, namely the stitch-up and death of a foolish and unlucky woman, and a deadly premonition that the same fate could well await him. It’s a thrilling moment and, to misuse a parliamentary term, the ‘eyes’/’ayes’ certainly have it.

In a similar vein, Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, gives a blistering performance, (among many blistering performances) particularly in the closing episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’. It’s almost impossible to be moved by the expression on his face as he realises that both his father and the woman he loves has betrayed him. In those sad, doleful eyes, you can read an entire life story of hurt and humiliation. As ever, the script based on George Martin’s novels, ramps up the body count and delivers surprises and twists right to the very end. ‘Thrilling’ is a word often bandied about, but the entire fourth season, a rollercoaster of intrigue, tension, suspense, and exceptionally fine cinematography, genuinely knocked my socks off. Brilliant stuff that has spring-boarded a number of careers, and no wonder actors are queuing up to secure a part.

My big problem is what the heck to watch next…

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There’s still time to put in a bid for this very worthwhile cause. The closing date is Sunday March 8th at 8.00 pm.