Phil Hallam-Baker


Recap: No One (Season 6, Episode 8)

Author’s note: Jamie being unavailable, recap duties fell to me aided by a large glass of brandy. Before we start, if there is one thing we can be sure of in Game of Thrones, either Arya or the Waif will be dead by the end of the episode. Preview: Tommen declaring the crown and the fait. Cersei trial by combat. Jamie meeting the Blackfish. Tyrion and in trouble in Mereen. The Hound meets ‘the brotherhood without banners’. Arya fighting the Waif…

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Messages and Modern Issues in Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

It’s no secret that the writers for HBO’s Game of Thrones change events in the books, but they also change the sequence of stories to give the episodes to emphasize themes. In this article, Philip Hallam-Baker looks at the structure and literary devices in the “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken” episode (Season 5, Episode 6) — and some deliberate changes the filmmakers have made. He also examines the repercussions of cultures that espouse arranged marriages. This particular episode has a very tightly…

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