This week’s Game of Thrones episode, Walk of Punishment, perfectly navigates through the pitfalls of having the slow and deliberate pacing of a novel. It whisks you from character to character, from different ends of Westeros and across the sea to Slaver’s Bay, as smoothly as Salladhor Saan (Lucian Msamati) pirates the oceans.
Spring is here in Minnesota and the snow is almost melted off. But still, “winter is coming” in the form of Game of Thrones. The popular HBO show returned to the small screen Sunday night with its long-awaited season three premiere, Valar Dohaeris.
It’s something or a cruel irony that, despite being the first space-faring adventurer – predating the likes of Flash Gordon and James T. Kirk by several decades – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ heroic Civil War veteran-turned-Martian savior, John Carter, will likely be remembered more for the $200 million hole blown in the Disney balance sheet than for his enduring influence on the genre heralded by his arrival.
Where did Disney go wrong with John Carter? By now, that seems like the only question worth asking, given the film's epic budget shortfall on opening weekend. Earning only $30.6 of its $250 million budget domestically, it came in an embarrassing second place to The Lorax.
Let’s take the elephant out of the room: Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter, at least not anymore. Radcliffe has enjoyed success, and attracted some controversy along the way, notably his appearances outside of the Potter universe nude on The West End.