Game of Thrones

Precap: Thoughts Before My Recap

I wanted to enjoy the series finale without the pressure of having to write a recap, so I didn’t even attempt to start a recap last night. And because this is last recap I will ever write about Game of Thrones, I don’t want to rush it. This is precap: a pre recap post. A few initial thoughts… Ultimately, I liked the series finale of Game of Thrones. I might even grow to love it. But it’s the end of…

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Recap: Queen of the Ashes

After the second last episode of Game of Thrones, the internet is aflame with people debating the spectacular turn of Daenerys from seeming hero to villain. Dany’s descent into fire and blood has been a long time coming. This spectacular episode showcased the dragon queen’s darker side and more importantly shows the pathos of people war touches. Lots of characters die in this episode, but it still isn’t clear who will hold the Iron Throne. Varys Varys could not continue…

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Robert Baratheon Was Right about Daenerys

Now that we gave finally seen the horrors of Daenerys’ invasion, it’s worth returning to Robert Baratheon’s decision to kill Daenerys before she can invade. Back when I wrote this article in 2014, it was pretty controversial. Now I find myself thinking “Robert was right!” Dany’s conquest of King’s Landing was way worse than I could have imagined: she’s queen of the ashes. Still there are lots of moral arguments against utilitarianism… For those of you who have read this…

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Recap Season 8, Episode 4: Do you think Dany is a villain yet?

The survivors at Winterfell cremate those their dead: Jorah Mormont, Lyanna Mormont, Beric Dondarrion, Dolorous Edd, and Theon among many others. The survivors light funeral pyres and the scene is supposed to represent the massive causalities. As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I almost never criticize HBO. They did me a great kindness having me on the Season 5 DVD. But dare I say it? I kind of feel a tiny bit like HBO squandered an opportunity here….

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The Battle for Winterfell: Season 8, Episode 3m

The Battle for Winterfell is quite possible the face-off we’ve been waiting for the entire series.  The third episode of Season 8 is fantastic and didn’t have my finishing a box of tissues like I feared. One thing I particularly liked about the battle sequence is that it has a different texture than the Battle of Blackwater Bay and the Battle of the Bastards and other battles. This episode’s use of fire and music were majestic, and I wouldn’t be…

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Lovers and Old Friends Reunite: Season 8, Episode 2 Recap

This may be the perfect episode for it evokes in the viewer – at least this viewer – a faint replica of feeling the events evoked in its participants. As the series marches towards its finale, I find myself filled with sadness and a desire to linger, just like the lovers and old friends who spent their last night together before death marches on Winterfell. For the last two episodes, I’ve been struck by how much this feels like CS…

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Jenny’s Song: The Last Night

In Episode 2 of the final season, as he sat by the fire on what may be the beginning of a very long night,  perhaps the longest of nights — Tyrion requests that somebody sings a song. Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) obliges — and sings the haunting song of Jenny of Oldstones. The song appears in the books. And this fire lit episode was the perfect place for it. The episode is a prelude to tragedy because we know that…

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The Symmetry in the First Episode of the Last Season

This is a very late recap-ish post because I was sick with bronchitis on Sunday night. But, despite nearly hacking up a lung, I loved every minute of Sunday night’s show. Every season, I have a debate about whether I want to write a book or continue blogging. And every season I vow that I will limit blogging and write a book. At 376 posts, many of which are 2000-5000 words, this website has a lot of content (not all…

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Daenerys is No Hero

If you think Daenerys is a hero, you haven’t been paying attention. She might be the biggest villain on Game of Thrones and we don’t even know it. Beautiful and highly sympathetic, Daenerys grew up hunted (not unlike Henry VII). Her silver-haired, narcissistic brother Viserys likely abused her (“Don’t awake the Dragon”) throughout her childhood. To further his own ambition, Viserys sold her at 13 years of age into a horse-trading-style diplomatic marriage. On her wedding night, somebody who didn’t…

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