Hymn Cover




It’s that time again! Time for the best of Race for the Iron Throne’s Tumblr:

  • the Economic Development Plans series continues with Dorne.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn V, ACOK

“We have nothing to gain and everything to lose by meeting Lord Tywin in the field.”

“The plan’s a good one…when did Blackwood and Bracken agree about anything?”

Synopsis: Catelyn returns to Riverrun to find out what Robb and Edmure have been up to.

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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If You Like ASOIAF, You Might Also Like…Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

If you’re currently going through withdrawals due to no Game of Thrones on TV, you might want to try Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a seven-part BBC adaptation of the Susanna Clarke novel about the return of magic to early 19th century England. Over on Lawyers, Guns, and Money, I’ve done a bunch of work on this:

(BTW, if you’re not into non-ASOIAF stuff on the blog, let me know in the comments. Haven’t decided on whether to create a second blog for my non-ASOIAF history/politics of pop culture stuff)

New Feature: RFIT Tumblr Weekly Digest


I’ve decided to add a new feature to Race to the Iron Throne – over on Tumblr, I’ve been doing some fun smaller posts on ASOIAF that don’t quite merit a cross-post on their own, but would be fun as part of a tasting plate of meta. So once a week I’ll post some links to the best stuff that I’ve done recently. Starting out:

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya VIII, ACOK

“Weese,” Arya whispered that night as she bent over the tear in her shift…she wondered how much longer she would have to include Weese in her prayer, and drifted off to sleep dreaming that on the morrow, when she woke, he’d be dead.

Synopsis: As Lord Tywin marches from Harrenhal, Arya gives Jaqen H’ghar her second name. A mistake?

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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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”


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!


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!


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!


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.


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