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Who is the REAL First of His Name? Episode 5, Season 4 Recap

Although the Joffrey’s death still lingers as unfinished business, this episode marks quite a few new beginnings. Several new marriages and new alliances are soon to be forged. The depths of Petyr Baelish’s depravity and Lysa Arryn’s insanity are revealed. As the gears turn and these new alliances click into place, for others like Tyrion, Tywin, and Sansa the wheel turns tighter. As Tywin notes, you don’t need formal alliances – or marriage pacts – with people you trust. King’s…

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A Medieval Literature Prof’s Take on Game of Thrones

Brantley Bryant, an associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, recently went on PBS Newshour and discussed the parallels he sees between Game of Thrones and The Canterbury Tales, Morte d’Arthur, and Beowulf. A few highlights: Ned Stark is the quintessential medieval literary character, the “truth teller,” and things don’t usually go well for the truth teller in medieval tales. Jaime Lannister seems like a Lancelot figure. Daenerys is an adaptation of a “peace weaver.” Stannis and Melisandre is…

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Game of Thrones vs. A Song of Ice and Fire: Which is the REAL Game of Thrones?

Are the A Song of Ice and Fire novels better than the Game of Thrones TV show? Or, do you think the novels are too long and like the TV show better? Although Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and  David Benioff have tried to stay true to the novels, as George RR Martin has noted, a little change in Season 1 becomes a huge change by Season 3. Olga and Craig Hughes, editors of Nerdalicious and beloved contributors to this website,…

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Season 4 Trailer Hints that the Lannister’s Debts Will Be Repaid

Game of Thrones promise for Season 4? Lots of excitement, intrigue, more powerful characters, and perhaps, finally, the hope of somebody repaying the Lannisters for all the harm they’ve caused. But underlying all of that, Season 4 promises a deeper dive into war’s moral quandary. The trailer suggests the themes in the first four  A Song of Fire and Ice novels—all named after various aspects of succession wars—will be more fully realized: war, revenge, justice. It’s tempting to see your…

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What Can We Expect from “The White Princess”?

Philippa Gregory has confirmed she is in talks with Starz to produce “Season Two” of The White Queen. While The White Queen show began as a co-production between the BBC and US company Starz, the BBC never intended to go beyond one season, treating it as a mini-series. Starz is hoping to develop The White Princess, the fifth novel in the best-selling Cousins’ War series. Obviously the show has been more popular in the United States than the United Kingdom….

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A Mixed Finale for “The White Queen”

It is clear that there was not enough money left in the budget to have more than twelve actors in the Battle of Bosworth. A somewhat anti-climatic final battle (because face it, we all knew what was coming) led to an even more anti-climatic ending. The finale of The White Queen was just a whole lot of nothing. We began with Elizabeth Woodville finally leaving sanctuary and going home. When Margaret Beaufort finds out Elizabeth has made peace with Richard…

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“The White Queen” – Episode 9 – The Princes in the Tower

It’s Stanley against the world! Plotting against Richard, plotting against the Rivers, his wife, Buckingham and his own beard, his delightful duplicity just about steals the show this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not to root for Stanley or feel sorry for Margaret Beaufort as he grins cheerfully and tells her she is under house arrest and her lands forfeit to him. The look of incredulity on her face when she exclaimed “You betrayed me to get my fortune!”…

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“The White Queen”: Episode 8 The King is Dead

I am longing to dance on the grave of Faye Marsay’s Anne Neville. In the writer’s attempt to portray her as Richard III’s Lady Macbeth, she spends most of this episode, whining, smirking, nagging and plotting, all whilst still looking fourteen and clad in her mother’s too-large dresses. This should have been the pivotal episode; Edward IV goes fishing, catches a cold and dies to everyone’s shock. It was sad to see the running joke from the book “Wife, to…

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“The White Queen” Episode 7: Poison and Malmsey Wine

This week’s episode was a strange mix ranging from the visually gorgeous to the slightly absurd to the somewhat creepy.  The show opened with Stanley, George and Richard watching Edward clumsily meddling with a couple of his mistresses. Good Richard, of course, remained impassive if somewhat uncomfortable. But if Stanley’s voyeuristic glee wasn’t creepy enough for you, there was the bizarre image of George methodically stroking his dog while gazing fixedly at his brother’s wanton antics. Perhaps George was channeling…

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