August, 2017

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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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Daenerys is No Hero

If you think Daenerys is a hero, you haven’t been paying attention. She might be the biggest villain on Game of Thrones and we don’t even know it. Beautiful and highly sympathetic, Daenerys grew up hunted (not unlike Henry VII). Her silver-haired, narcissistic brother Viserys likely abused her (“Don’t awake the Dragon”) throughout her childhood. To further his own ambition, Viserys sold her at 13 years of age into a horse-trading-style diplomatic marriage. On her wedding night, somebody who didn’t…

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The Booty Train: Recap of Episode 4, Season 7 Game of Thrones

This episode finally revealed Daenerys for the true villain she is — or so I like to think. Theon and Jon finally see each other again — after Theon’s betrayal of  Robb Stark. Cersei may have made a promise that she won’t be able to keep. Arya finally makes it home to Winterfell. And, Littlefinger might have miscalculated. Can You Ever Really Go Home? Littlefinger gives Bran his Valyrian steel dagger, the one that the hired assassin (“catspaw”) used when he…

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