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White Queen: Episode Six “Love and Marriage”

In the aftermath of Tewkesbury, Anne Neville comes to court to beg forgiveness from Edward, who grants it easily while Elizabeth gives her best glower from the throne. Anne tries to plea for her mother, who is barricaded in sanctuary, to no avail, while Isabel tells her to forget her mother and show the Yorks her loyalty. Elizabeth throws a tantrum about the Neville sisters being forgiven, while Jacquetta tells her firmly to let it go. “England must have peace,”…

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“The White Queen” – Episode 5 – War at First Hand

Elizabeth has finally had a male heir to secure the York line, but Lancaster is back in power with Warwick placing a feeble Henry VI back on the throne. While Margaret Beaufort is a loyal Lancastrian, she laments “If it’s God’s will for Henry to be king, why does he put another obstacle in the way?” Edward sweeps into sanctuary, surprising Elizabeth in a joyful reunion and marveling at the sight of his son. George has fled France and Lancaster…

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The White Queen Episode Two – “The Price of Power”

It looks like cramming twenty years of the Wars of the Roses into ten episodes is going to be rather problematic. Elizabeth is already pregnant with the first of her ten York children by Edward. Warwick spends most of the episode plotting and calling Elizabeth a witch. Historically these accusations had yet to be made, but if Elizabeth is going to be an actual witch then I suppose we shall have to call her one. We get our first close look…

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How Much Violence is Too Much on Game of Thrones?

Recently, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appeared on The Writers’ Room and discussed how tricky it is balance the violence in Game of Thrones with the tone. Too much blood spurting out and it starts looking comical. They discuss Ned Stark’s death, noting they almost showed the sword slicing through his neck and blood gushing out – only to drop these frames from the final cut. Entertainment Weekly’s video has pop-ups on it with fun facts…

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The White Queen Episode Three Review – “The Storm”

Elizabeth is barricaded in the Tower with the children, while Warwick and George still have Edward under house arrest. Parliament is refusing to accept George as king and Warwick is forced to allow Edward to saunter away unharmed. Aneurin Barnard has developed a suitably earnest and loyal face for his portrayal of Richard III. Isabel has managed to get pregnant immediately, which prompts Elizabeth to practice some more witchcraft because she needs a boy this time. Elizabeth learns she must…

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The White Queen Episode Four Review – “The Bad Queen”

Where the hell is Hastings, by the way? Elizabeth is feeling guilty about Isabel losing her baby in the storm. Margaret Beaufort is being slightly hysterical somewhere. Warwick and George have made it to France, Isabel has lost her baby, and Warwick is planning to restore Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou to the throne. George has a sulk. Elizabeth gets wind of it and along with Jacquetta, convinces Duchess Cecily to lure George home to Edward and weaken the…

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A Clash of Queens – “Game of Thrones” vs. “The White Queen”

It’s a genre clash bigger than Bosworth. With months and months to go before Game of Thrones Season Four hits our screens, fans are going over the televised ten-part adaptation of The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen. It might be easy to assume that because it is set in medieval England during the Wars of the Roses, Game of Thrones fans will like it. However a few episodes in many fans are finding that they’re not,…

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