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Stannis’ Endgame: Book vs. Show

Few events in the show have had as dramatic a response from the fandom toward a single character as Stannis’ decision to sacrifice Shireen in Season 5, Episode 9 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Memes of “Stannis the Mannis” and “Best Father in Westeros” gave way to rage towards Stannis, and rage towards the showrunners for committing character assassination. However, as someone who’s in the middle of a project of analyzing A Clash of Kings, a lot of these arguments relating to Shireen ring falsely to me and ignore much of GRRM’s work.

To me, the bigger scandal is to take this potentially epic tragedy and waste it completely, as was done in Season 5, Episode 10. If it’s any consolation, I’m convinced that GRRM’s plan is quite different from what we saw – but to see the outlines of the destiny that lies in wait for Stannis Baratheon, you need to go back to the text (as Benioff and Weiss should have done).

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“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

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And we’re back, for the last LG&M Game of Thrones podcast this season! However, this doesn’t end the LG&M podcast – we’re going to start covering Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell among other things over the summer, so if you’re into innovative genre works, you might want to tune for that too.

Guest Appearance on Unspoiled!

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For those of you who weren’t able to make the Spreecast, it’s now up on Unspoiled for you to listen to. So if the LG&M podcast didn’t slake your thirst for ranting about the finale, enjoy!

Guest Appearance on Radio Westeros!

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Radio Westeros has released their podcast episode on the Battle of Fire, and this one is something special. It’s designed as a radio play, with Yolkboy, Lady Gwen, BryndenBFish, Aziz, Valkryist and yours truly reporting live from Meereen as the definitely not-dead Ser Barristan Selmy and the Unsullied go toe-to-toe with the slavers of Essos, covering military strategy, political machinations, history, etc.

I highly encourage all of you to check this one out.

Talking “Mother’s Mercy” on Unspoiled Spreecast!

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Hey folks, the regular podcast is a bit delayed due to technical glitches, and will be recording tomorrow instead, but tonight at 8:30 PM EDT, I’ll be talking GoT live with Natasha, Miles, and Anton over at Unspoiled! Fair warning: it is a subscribers/paid podcast, but if you are subscribed to Unspoiled (which if you can afford to be, you really should be b/c it’s great content) or you want to chip in two bucks, you get to watch us live.

Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”

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Rather than inflict my extremely book-based ranting on Salon.com, I decided to write up some thoughts over here. This is going to be a bit rougher than my usual, but bear with me.

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2,000,000 Hits!

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On the very same day of the Season 5 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Race for the Iron Throne crossed the big two million mark. I’m really astonished to see how quickly this blog/podcast/column is growing, with all but one month this year crossing the six figure mark (which had only ever happened once before in the blog’s history). More importantly, the community of people subscribing and commenting is growing steadily, making for some great conversation and debate (which is the fun part).

So I wanted to say thank you, and that (once I get some important work done in the next week), there will be some very cool celebratory stuff happening.

“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 9, “Dance of the Dragons”

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And we’re back! The good, the bad, and everything in between!

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Theon III, ACOK

“It’s not Torrhen’s Square I mean to take.”

Synopsis: Theon, Dagmer, and Aeron attack the Stony Shore and ambush the Wild Hares. Aeron insists on sacrificing Benfred

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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Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 9, “Dance of the Dragons”

Another Episode 9 has come and gone, and my essay at Salon.com tries to answer whether any “great thing has ever been accomplished without killing or cruelty.”

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