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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Poll: Does Euron Silence Yara Permanently?

Euron is Yara’s uncle, but he’s also one bad-ass dude who has already killed his brother Balon, Yara’s dad. In the books, he captains the Silence, a ship so-named because he cut the tongue out of each crew member  — and this is what makes Theon jump ship rather than trying to save Yara. In the dark-lit scene, at least on my tiny TV, I thought Euron’s men were ripping out teeth. But, as this Reddit user BrySighz reminded me: [S7E2]…

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Cheeze or Yes, Please: Poll on Ed Sheeran’s Appearance on GoT

Ed Sheeran, one of the biggest singers in the world, did a cameo on the Season 7 opener of Game of Thrones — and not everyone’s down with it. Many fans found it jarring and critics cited it as a rare misstep. “Throughout the last six seasons,” Forbes commented. “Members of the bands Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Sigur Ros, Mastadon and Of Monsters and Men all showed up on Game of Thrones at one point, but if you didn’t know that, I wouldn’t blame you.”…

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Dragons, The World of Ice and Fire, & Your Thoughts on Fantasy

Last night, at his New York chat about his latest book The World of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin said that his dragons, notably Drogon, wouldn’t stand a chance against The Hobbit‘s Smaug. “Drogon could never beat Smaug in a fight… Drogon is a very young dragon,” Martin said. “Not to mention Smaug, like, talks, which would give him an intellectual advantage.” (For the record, Martin also noted that The World of Ice and Fire does not rival Tolkein’s The…

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The Hunger Games and Joan of Arc

In The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins uses history from Ancient Rome and the Hundred Years’ War. Like George RR Martin, Suzanne “meditates” on the effect of war throughout The Hunger Games series. Similar to Martin, Suzanne uses counterfactual (what-if) versions of history and, as far as I can tell, she did not create an historical “allegory.” We’re thinking of maybe doing a series of articles on The Hunger Games this summer. So, we are wondering, do you like The Hunger Games?…

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Poll: Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?

Given the series we’ve been running about the Princes in the Tower, and the murder’s repetition as a motif throughout Game of Thrones, it might be fun to see who you think killed the Princes in the Tower. (If you are unfamiliar with the mystery, please see the synopsis in this article. If you are unfamiliar with the suspects or want to learn more about them, please see this Wikipedia page for a brief overview.)        

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