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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Bran III, ASOS

“…look how large the world has grown.”

Synopsis: Frodo and the other hobbits arrive at Weathertop

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.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya VII, ASOS

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“Could you bring back a man without a head?” Arya asked. “Just the once, not six times. Could you?”

Synopsis: The Brotherhood Without Banners brings revolutionary justice to Septon Utt, which inspires Gendry to join. Arya feels increasingly isolated, just like the Hound.

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.

Guest Appearance on the Notacast Podcast

Continuing our discussion of the difficulties of governance, in this episode we examine the Starks’ efforts to mobilize the Northern home front: how Winterfell works as a planning agency for surviving the long winters, the difficulties that come when the Stark-in-Winterfell is a child and his advisors aren’t quite up for the task, and how the Hornwood Crisis reveals the hidden complexities of Northern feudal politics.

So join us for an exhaustive though never exhausting discussion.

RFTIT Tumblr Weekly(ish) Roundup

Two more to go until we hit the 50% mark on ASOS, but in the mean-time we’ve got some really good stuff in the Tumblrs.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Asks:

  • “who do you think informed Doran Martell about his daughter’s coup d’etat in AFFC?”
    • To be honest, I don’t really know/have a strong opinion on this mystery. Probably Spotted Sylva?
  • “Is Ramsay cartoonishly evil?”
    • While its true that most examples of medieval torture were done out of cold-blooded statecraft or religious fervor, there are some counter-examples: Gilles de Rais didn’t need those reasons to be a serial killer.
  • “Which characters who start the series below 15 do you think would have had a better (or quieter, or altogether more pleasant) life if they were born of the opposite sex, based what seems ‘nature’ in their characterisation?”
    • The word “nature” is kind of problematic, there. Arya would probably be happier if she’d been allowed to “perform” masculinity in ways that would have been much less difficult for her to do than “performing” femininity, but that’s not because of her nature but the social environment around her. Likewise, much of the horrors of Sansa’s life would have been avoided if she’d been born a boy, but that’s not because of her nature either.

 

Non-ASOIAF Content: Talking HoX/PoX and the Meaning(s) of Krakoa at Graphic Policy Radio

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If, like me, you can’t get enough discussion of the House of X/Powers of X miniseries and the current “Dawn of X” line-wide relaunch, you’re going to love this podcast.

Elana Levin of Graphic Policy, Chingey Le Gay, and I get together to talk about the new mutant nation-state of Krakoa, the continued mutation of the mutant metaphor, who gets to tell big (and more liberated) stories in comics, mutant (social) reproduction, the mutant amnesty and the Black Panther Platform of 1966, and so much more!

You can listen here or click on the embedded player after the cut.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion V, ASOS

“A wrong word, an ill-timed jest, a look, that’s all it will take, and our noble allies will be at one another’s throats.”

Synopsis: Tyrion meets Oberyn Martell

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.

Work starts on Tyrion V

It is so much fun to write about Oberyn Martell…

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Jaime V, ASOS

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The water had grown cool. When Jaime opened his eyes, he found himself staring at the stump of his sword hand. The hand that made me Kingslayer. The goat had robbed him of his glory and his shame, both at once. Leaving what? Who am I now?

Synopsis: Jaime comes clean. Wocka wocka wocka!

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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