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Historic Recap: Blood of My Blood (Season 6, Episode 6)

Tonight’s episode has some interesting moments ripped right from the pages of history about chivalry and Richard III. Shakespeare lovers and Ricardians will be thrilled. This recap also contains some fun George RR Martin tidbits that Jun Yan brings to us fresh from this weekend’s Balticon. The episode focuses on Sam and Gilly, Arya, the Lannisters, Tyrells, and Faith Militant, Daenerys, Riverrun, and Bran and Meera. This episode picks up right where the last one left off – with Meera and…

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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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Opening The Door (Season 6, Episode 5) (Recap)

We’re still in the afterglow of Daenerys’ Dothraki coup last week, and, perhaps fittingly, tonight’s episode is full of strong women, some poised for leadership. Not all of the women are good, of course. (I mean, come on — this is Game of Thrones.) But, they all wield power. In “The Door,” Leaf atones for her past mistakes, but, frankly, her atonement isn’t enough. Unable to learn from his sister’s mistakes with the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant, Tyrion…

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Dothraki and the Proto-Indo-Europeans: Martin’s Horse People are the Real Deal

On George RR Martin’s blog, he writes that the Dothraki are a blend of a “number of steppe and plains cultures” including Mongols and Huns, certainly, but also Alans, Sioux, Cheyenne, and various other Amerindian tribes… seasoned with a dash of pure fantasy.” Martin doesn’t say how far back he draws on history for “horse people,” but it doesn’t seem inconceivable that he has a nodding acquaintance with Proto-Indo-European societies given what he writes next: “So any resemblance to Arabs or…

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Book of the Stranger: Death & Rebirth

Tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones might just have been the most dazzling of the season. The ending is explosive. When we left off last week, Rickon and Osha were in peril, Sansa was en route, Daenerys was about to be judged by the Dothraki khals. Sansa, Brienne, and Pod arrive at Winterfell. Melisandre may have saved Jon, but she’s still in jeopardy. The Dothraki are reborn. And, Ramsay almost meets his match. The Lannister family — Kevan and Cersei…

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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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