Category Archives: A Song of Ice and Fire

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Daenerys III, ACOK

“They said no…they said it with great courtesy, to be sure, but under all the lovely words, it was still no.”

…Xaro sighed. “You ought to have wept.” The Qartheen wept often and easily; it was considered the mark of the civilized man.

Synopsis: Dany asks the Pureborn for assistance and gets turned down. Xaro Xhoan Daxos asks her to marry him and gets turned down. Dany meets Quaithe and gets some information, a prophecy, and a warning. Jorah suggests a plan and gets turned down. Dany decides to reach out to Pyat Pree.

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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RFIT TUMBLR WEEKLY DIGEST

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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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New Feature: RFIT Tumblr Weekly Digest

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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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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.

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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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion VIII, ACOK

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“When a king dies, fancies sprout like mushrooms in the dark.”

Synopsis: Tyrion, Varys, Littlefinger, and Cersei deal with the fallout from Renly’s death.

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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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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