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Breaking the Wheel – Hardhome Recap (Part I)

Because “Hardhome” (Ep. 7, Season 5) is nearly twenty minutes longer than most episodes, I’m publishing this recap in two parts. (The second part is dedicated specifically to the events at the Hardhome settlement.) In this episode, we see how dark both Stark sisters have become as a result of the horrors of the War of Five Kings. Arya’s character arc has been on a dark, downward spiral for quite some time. Her nightly prayers focus on killing the people on…

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Stannis & Fortune’s Wheel

This article is from Matthew Blair, owner and author of Cambrian Comics. Please give him a warm welcome. It’s widely known that Game of Thrones has drawn quite a bit of inspiration and thematic material from history, current and ancient politics, and culture.  However, the show’s reverence for the past also extends to more abstract themes like philosophy and world outlook, which is what we are going to be looking at today. One of the most prevalent and widely discussed…

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The True Gift: Recap Episode 7, Season 5

There are at least three types of “gifts” in Episode 7 (“The Gift”): actual gifts or presents, the Gift of death (to borrow the phrase from the House of Black and White), and the Gift or region of land where Jon intends to settle the Wildlings. In the “The Gift” episode, the game really begins to change for all of the would-be kings and queens. Some listen to bad advice. Some may be swayed by bad advice. Some reap the…

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Messages and Modern Issues in Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

It’s no secret that the writers for HBO’s Game of Thrones change events in the books, but they also change the sequence of stories to give the episodes to emphasize themes. In this article, Philip Hallam-Baker looks at the structure and literary devices in the “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken” episode (Season 5, Episode 6) — and some deliberate changes the filmmakers have made. He also examines the repercussions of cultures that espouse arranged marriages. This particular episode has a very tightly…

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Where’s Sansa’s Lantern?

This is the second part of my editorial about the recent rape. This part of the article is posted separately from the first part, in which I discuss the pain many of us feel when we see rape on television. It is with a little trepidation and mixed feelings that I write this article. On one hand, I’m extremely sympathetic to people who do not want to see violence against women portrayed on television. On the other hand, I’ve spent a great…

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Marital Rape: A violation we’d rather forget

I’ve taken too long to comment on Sunday night’s episode because frankly it is a difficult subject and I’ve rewritten many drafts of this article as I try to figure out how I feel. This is the first half of my editorial. My apologies for the delay.   Sansa’s rape has offended and outraged fans, journalists, and even American senators. Websites like The Mary Sue have announced they will no longer cover Game of Thrones due to its repeated portrayal of rape. The Washington…

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