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Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 7, “The Gift”

Apologies for the lateness of getting this up, but I’m currently on a train, and internet is being a bit spotty. Anyway, my usual column is up at Salon.com – this time, I examine the theme of sacrifice.

Enjoy!

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Bran V, ACOK

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“I never used to fall before. When I climbed. I went everyplace…now when I sleep I fall all the time.” 

Synopsis: Bran gets some new news, the Walders get some old news, Ser Rodrik arrives with Reek in tow, and Jojen teaches Bran some more about prophecy.

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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“Video” Podcast on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 6, “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken”

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Just in case you’re not completely burnt out on talking about this week’s episode, here’s this week’s podcast, where SEK and I furiously debate that scene and dissect the rest of the episode looking for the good.

Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

So yeah…that episode happened. I wrote an essay about it for Salon.com. Mostly focusing on the things I found interesting about the episode – the theme for this week is the uses and mis-uses of betrayal – but I do touch on the big controversy.

Guest Post on Salon.com: Loras Tyrell as “Gay Cartoon”

How "Game of Thrones" ruined Loras Tyrell: HBO's “gay cartoon” is so much more in the books

I have a new essay up on Salon.com about HBO’s Game of Thrones, this time about the show’s handling of Loras Tyrell’s storyline. Note: I didn’t choose the headline.

“Video” Podcast of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 5, “Kill the Boy”

And we’re back! Apologies for the delay, Scott and my schedules took a weird turn.

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Enjoy!

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Jon IV, ACOK

“When the direwolf raised his head, his eyes glowed red and baleful, and water streamed from his jaws like slaver. There was something fierce and terrible about him in that instant.”

Synopsis: Jon Snow and the Great Ranging arrives at the Fist of the First Men, and Timmy’s fallen down a well.

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 5, “Kill the Boy”

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. I’ve got another essay up at Salon.com, this time on the theme of assimilation, at the Wall and in Meereen.

Enjoy!

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn IV, ACOK

“She thought she glimpsed movement, but when she turned her head, it was only the king’s shadow shifting against the silken walls. She heard Renly begin a jest, his shadow moving, lifting its sword, black on green, candles guttering, shivering, something was queer, wrong, and then she saw Renly’s sword was still in its scabbard, sheathed still, but the shadowsword…the steel of his gorget parted like cheesecloth beneath the shadow of a blade that was not there.”

Synopsis: Catelyn and Renly meet for the last time. It does not go well.

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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Hymn for Spring is Live!

And you can now buy it and read my essays, which I have been waiting for people to read a long time now, plus some excellent work by Jeff Hartline, Stefan Sasse, Aziz and Ashaya, Amin Javadi, and so many more!

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