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The Penultimate Season’s Finale Delivers Chills

The finale of Game of Thrones‘ second last season delivers some long-awaited moments and solid chills (no pun intended). Let’s take a look. Parley in the Dragon Pit The Lannisters and the Targaryens meet to discuss a potential truce so Daenerys’ armies can march north to fight the armies of the dead. The decrepit dragon pit is a great choice for the truce talks. The pit represents the beginning of the end of Targaryen power. The Targaryens stabled their dragons…

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Tyrion Pushes Dany to Name a Successor & Elizabeth I’s Succession Troubles

In a cozy fireside chat, Tyrion ponders, if not frets, about how dangerous it will be for Daenerys to negotiate with Cersei in King’s Landing. But, then he makes the mistake of bringing up her succession.  The Dragon Queen already has her scales ruffled; Tyrion just criticized her for incinerating the Tarlys. So, perhaps, this isn’t the best time for him to bring up Daenerys’ death. Daenerys responds as you might expect – annoyed that Tyrion is already contemplating her…

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Baby’s Got Blue Eyes: Recap “Beyond the Wall”

Before tonight’s episode, journalists laid odds as to which member of Jon’s ranging party would die north of the Wall at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Tonight’s episode offered lots of thrills and was a game changer. There’s intrigue at Winterfell, but it’s far from clear (to me at least) who is playing whom. Intrigue at Winterfell The Stark sisters are not getting along – and, frankly, it reminds me of nothing so much as the Wars of the Roses. Littlefinger turned the already…

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King Jon? Who Will Win the Game of Thrones

Given Rhaegar Targaryen’s likely marriage to Lyanna Stark, Jon Snow might not be a bastard after all. Instead, Jon might be Westeros’ “rightful” king – whatever that means. But, not so fast: Gendry is Robert Baratheon’s only (known) surviving son on the Game of Thrones TV show – and depending on your perspective, his claim might be just as valid. But, then what about Daenerys? She’s last surviving child of the last non-usurping king. Wouldn’t her claim be stronger? And,…

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Eastwatch: Recap Episode 5, Season 7

Wow. What a show! So much happened in the “Eastwatch” episode — not to mention that massive revelation at the Citadel. This episode reveals quite a bit about Jon’s heritage. House Lannister: Aftermath of the Booty Train Battle Last week, Bronn pushed Jaime out of the path of Drogon’s flames and it was unclear whether they would survive. Jaime appeared to be sinking in his heavy armor in the last frame. Jaime does not drown in the heavy suit of…

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Is Using Dragon Fire Ethical?

Is war ethical when one side has a massive “technological” (or magical) advantage over the other one? Is it ethical to attack the enemy by burning them alive — and sending them to a truly horrible death? I would argue that Daenerys’ decision to immolate Lannister soldiers was less than ethical. Jon Snow warned Daenerys before she left that “burning castles” would make her no better than the Lannisters and all the other cruel leaders who went before her. Burning…

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