Game of Thrones

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Is Shaggydog Dead? Symbolic Direwolf Names and Ironic Reversals

[Like all fan theories, this article may have spoilers.] Many Game of Thrones fans harbor theories about the direwolves.  Summer’s death – if he did die – made it clear that the name “Summer” wasn’t foreshadowing an outcome of salvation but rather the death of Bran’s dreams of his own halcyon “summer” days.  (He might not be quite so indulgent with the greensight after his losses last Sunday night.) The direwolf names appear to symbolize the fate and arc of…

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Oathbreaker?

Due to a family emergency, there is no recap this week. Instead, please enjoy these curated recaps: Game of Thrones season 6, episode 3: 5 winners and 5 losers from “Oathbreaker” TOWER OF JOY: WHY GAME OF THRONES’ NED STARK FLASHBACK IS SO IMPORTANT [fan-theory spoilers] I did see the episode. I thought the combination of Bran’s flashback to young Ned’s sword fight in front of tower and Jon Snow’s resignation from the Night’s Watch was potentially quite revealing. In…

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Poll: Is Melisandre Good or Evil?

Melisandre has been behind some of Game of Thrones worst moments. She introduced the concept of burning heretics and king’s blood to Stannis and his followers. She wanted to burn Gendry (or Edric Storm in the books) — and would have if Gendry hadn’t escaped. She facilitated the burning of Selyse’s own brother on the beach at Dragonstone. She set Mance Rayder to the torch. And, she urged Stannis to burn his daughter Shireen to secure his victory at Winterfell….

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The Red Woman: Season 6, Episode 1 Recap [Spoilers]

Can Jon Be Saved? Finally, Game of Thrones is back for Season 6. At the beginning of the season’s first episode, many characters – Stannis, Sansa & Theon, Myrcella, Jon Snow — had unknown fates. Daenerys was in the wind and Arya was left vulnerable in Braavos. The Wall Jon Snow is definitely dead. Can Melisandre bring him back? When last season ended, Jon’s men – including Night’s Watch leaders like Alliser Thorne — had stabbed him in a Caesar-esque,…

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George RR Martin Talks History on Season 5 DVD

Today HBO is releasing the Season 5 Game of Thrones DVD, which includes interviews with George RR Martin and a few other folks talking about history and Game of Thrones. I have to admit that I’m very excited — and somewhat terrified — to see the DVD because I’m one of the people HBO interviewed. (Thanks again, HBO!) I’ve never been on TV before and I’ve never been to New York city, so I was pretty nervous during the interview. (Think Deer/Headlights.)…

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Denial: Is Jon Snow Dead? [Poll & Season 6 spoilers]

This article includes some mild Season 6 spoilers. The Season 6 poster teases us with a picture of Jon Snow’s face. Yet HBO has said adamantly and repeatedly that Jon Snow is dead. Everyone from the showrunners to the executives have avowed his death. Just yesterday, Natalie Dormer told Channel 5 news that “If you get stabbed that many times, you’re dead, you know. There are some basic medical rules that even apply in Westeros.” But, she continued to say, “So…

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Will Tyrion and Sansa Die? Eerie Trailer

In the eerie trailer for Season 6,  the Hall of Faces at the House of Black and White shows the faces of the fallen Starks (Catelyn, Ned, Robb) and others like Joffrey —  as well as a few faces that were alive last we checked (Sansa, Tyrion). Are Tyrion and Sansa there because all men must die (eventually), or is this foreshadowing? What do you think?  

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Jon Snow [Spoilers – Ep 10, S5]

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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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Where’s Sansa’s Lantern?

This is the second part of my editorial about the recent rape. This part of the article is posted separately from the first part, in which I discuss the pain many of us feel when we see rape on television. It is with a little trepidation and mixed feelings that I write this article. On one hand, I’m extremely sympathetic to people who do not want to see violence against women portrayed on television. On the other hand, I’ve spent a great…

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