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Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 4, on Salon.com!

It’s another Monday, so I have another essay up at Salon.com – this time, analyzing the role of religious faith and its interactions with secular power.


“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 4, “Sons of the Harpy”

And we’re back! I imagine this is going to be a somewhat controversial episode for us book fans…


Sneak Peak from “Kings, Hands, and City-States: Analyzing a World of Ice and Fire”


If you follow Race for the Iron Throne, you know that I’m in the process of getting ready for publication of a book of my Tower of the Hand essays, which will come with some pretty awesome book-only extras. We’re getting pretty close to being able to announce the launch date and other amazing stuff, but I wanted to share an excerpt from one of my new, never-seen-before essays:

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Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 3, on Salon.com!

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It’s another Monday, so I have another essay up at Salon.com on the politics of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The theme of today’s essay is alliances – Roose and Littlefinger, the fracturing of the Tyrell/Lannister alliance, the new alliance between the Queen Regent and the High Sparrow, and how they compare to the historical practice of dynastic alliances in Medieval Europe.

“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 3, “The High Sparrow”


And we’re back! Join SEK and I as we discuss alliances, booty shots, the Real Housewives of Westeros, and which flavor of evangelical cults we prefer…

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Liveblogging

Ok, so a while back I played Episode 1 of Telltale’s Game of Thrones, and I had promised to do a playthrough of succeeding episodes. However, I haven’t really done that to date, partly through being busy, and partly because the game’s excellent use of moral choices (even ones that don’t have a major ludic impact) made me surprisingly anxious about moving on before I’d “perfected” my choices from Episode 1 – what if I saved Bowen? What if I learned more about the North Grove? Etc.

I’ve finally mustered up the free time and willpower to finish what I started, so beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern I’m going to be live-blogging my playthrough of the series. Instead of a detailed writeup after the fact, I’ll be writing a continuous stream of bulleted commentary as I go, and updating the posted version:

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Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 2 on Salon.com!

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So…my original gig to write about the politics of Game of Thrones for Bloomberg Politics fell through on Friday, but I managed to find a new home for my writing on Salon.com, which I’m really pleased about. This week, I’m writing about the concept of a just ruler for Westeros– what would a just ruler look like? How would they handle questions of war and peace, justice and punishment, inclusion and exclusion?

“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

And we’re back! I actually liked this episode substantially more than the premiere, so that’s a good sign.


Political Analysis of HBO Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1


So…this was supposed to be published elsewhere, and wasn’t, so here you go!

Game of Thrones Recap, Season 5 Episode 1: Regime Change

The first episode of any season of Game of Thrones can be a difficult endeavor, with so much to set out so that the audience understands where everyone is, what they’re up to, and what issues they’ll be dealing with this season. Without a through-line, the result can feel disconnected or lacking in momentum. Luckily, “The Wars to Come” has a great through-line to guide us through the episode and set up the major storylines for Season 5: regime change.

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Progress Update

Hey folks, since it’s been a few days since the last update, I thought I’d put this up to let people know what I’ve been up to. Over the last week, I’ve been primarily writing a series of essays that haven’t seen the light yet – I wrote a bonus essay about the history of the smallfolk that’s going to go in Hymn for Spring, and I’ve been writing two essays that update the Hands of the King and Hollow Crowns series for the upcoming “Analyzing” e-book. Needless to say, it’s taken a little bit longer for me to finish these than I had originally thought, which has slowed down the chapter analyses a little bit. I have the next two chapters outlined, so those are going to return to schedule shortly. I’m also working on some Game of Thrones recap stuff that I’m hoping to put up shortly.


In other news, I’ve also shaved off some free time this weekend to play through Telltale’s Game of Thrones – I’m going to start from Episode 1, set up some decisions a bit better now that I have a sense of how they open or close various options, and go from there.


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