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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Jon II

by Matt Olson

“I was born in a house much like this,” declared Dolorous Edd. “Those were my enchanted years. Later I fell on hard times.”

Synopsis: the Great Ranging arrives in Whitetree. The Night’s Watch find…nothing.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Daenerys I

“This was no kindly country. They left a trail of dead and dying horses behind them as they went…the old, the sickly, and the lame, the broken anmimals and the ill-tempered. it was the same with the people.”

Synopsis: Daenerys flees across the desert and the gunslinger follows. On their last legs, her khalasar find refuge in Vaes Tolorro. Dany sends out three riders in search of intelligent life; one returns bringing Pyat Pree, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, and Quaithe of the Shadow.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Theon I

“The green lands have made you soft, and the Starks have made you theirs.”

“You’re wrong. Ned Stark was my gaoler, but my blood is still salt and iron.”

Synopsis: brilliant strategist and manly man Theon Greyjoy sails home to Pyke, where everyone falls over themselves to say how awesome and important Theon is, and then he has a heart-to-heart with his daddy, who accepts him completely and instantly agrees to his proposals. Just kidding.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Race for the Iron Throne Breaks ONE MILLION HITS!

Wow. Two and a bit years later, here we are with 1,000,000+ hits. Thanks to all of you for continuing to read the blog, watch/listen to the podcast, buy the book, etc.

Here’s hoping for many such milestones.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Davos I

“Where is the god of Ser Davos Seaworth, knight of the onion ship?”

“King Stannis is my god.”

Synopsis: Davos watches as Melisandre leads the burning of the Seven and Stannis pulls a sword out of the fire. He gets an update from Salladhor Saan about the war effort on his way to meet with Stannis, who’s finished his public declaration of his right to the Iron Throne and Joffrey’s bastardy, and the two discuss faith and proof.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Quick Analysis of Rogues!

Ok, so I’m 2700 words into Davos I and it’s clearly going to be a doozy, so I thought I’d take a quick break and give you a rundown on Rogues, which itself is a prequel to “The Princess and the Queen.” For my thoughts on that piece, see here. Spoilers under the cut!

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Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 10, “The Children”

And here’s our last podcast for Season 4: an hour and 18 minutes of in-depth discussion of what, for my money, was the best season finale for HBO’s Game of Thrones!

In terms of future plans – we do have the last two episodes of Season 1 in the can and will have those up shortly. Thereafter, we’re going to buckle down to the difficult task of assessing Season 2 of Game of Thrones (which IMO is definitely the weakest season so far) and figure out where things went wrong.

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Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 4 Episode 9, “The Watchers on the Walls”

Ok…after significant editing problems due to Google Plus randomly dropping in “dink” sounds every 15 seconds, here’s the podcast!

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Arya III

“Him in his tree, let’s see how well he likes it up there when the Others come to take him. He’ll scream for the Watch then, that he will.”

Synopsis: Arya and Co. travel through the Riverlands. Nothing happens, but it’s very atmospheric and moody.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: ACOK, Tyrion II

“The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.”

Synopsis: Tyrion has Janos Slynt over for dinner and the two discuss the finer points of loyalty, Ser Jacelyn Bywater takes out the trash, and Tyrion and Varys finish their conversation from earlier.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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