Now I see the gun on the wall.

I’m gonna do a couple of ASOIAF posts back to back. Both have to do with Dany.

First is that after months of reading posts by the Wars and Politics writers assuming that of course King’s Landing is getting burned to the ground when Daenerys returns to Westeros, Brynden BFish has finally convinced me that the city will be at least partially destroyed. He Tweeted this link to his Reddit post today, and it reminded me that there are some things I’ve missed by having read only parts of the first three books.

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In which I may be a tiny bit surprised.

Now THAT was quite an episode of Game of Thrones. I’m putting all the stuff under the cut for the benefit of my UK peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch.

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Now let’s talk about the Dames of Thrones

I put this off because I focused on writing a quick mash-up of recent S6 promo material for my FanSided presence, and the latest Entertainment Weekly spread was part of that mash-up, but I’d like to focus on the spread itself.

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The angle for EW’s coverage was to focus on six ladies to watch out for in Season 6. One could surmise that HBO encouraged EW to focus on female characters as a sneaky way to avoid talking about Jon Snow, but the issue DOES include a sidebar about Jon Snow’s living status. But, you know…maybe they tossed us that little bit of meat to distract us from looking too hard at Jon’s chances of return. There’s merit to the idea that HBO wanted to get the show some nice hefty coverage in EW while aiming the camera mostly away from Jon. Fine.

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The squishy stage of the series where there are no winners.

My latest piece for FanSided: How Episode 9 Drives the Game of Thrones. It’s weird how little my dear Brienne’s name appears in this, but it’s all about shifts in power throughout the series. She’s not really a player. I go through each season and tell you what happened in terms of various Houses getting more powerful or more defeated, using the 9th episode as the focal point.

You might see a little prediction near the end, mixed up with the filming leaks. Mostly, what I want to talk about is that in writing this piece, I noticed something about the fifth season.

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Season 5 Finale Posting Spree, Part 8: All the Things

I think I’ve already done a pretty thorough treatment of all the Game of Thrones characters (except for Tyrion) who are in a very different place from this stage in the books. And the ones who are also dead in the books. For this post, I’ll do a run-down of the characters whose situation on the show is extremely similar to where they are in the books. And also Tyrion. Consider this a broad, slap-dash book/show comparison post.

SPOILER ALERT applies, as with the rest of my Season 5 Finale-related posts. I’ll also apply a content notice for sexual abuse.

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Season 5 Finale Posting Spree, Part 6: Game of Cliffhangers

You thought my last post was the end of the spree? It ain’t over until I go home and drink myself into a stupor in the middle of screencapping Jaime. I keep lots of red wine at home and Cersei doesn’t get to have ANY of it.

But seriously. There were a lot of cliffhangers in Mother’s Mercy, yes? What questions did the episode deliberately leave unanswered?

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Tyrion, Lannister Killer

Last episode (S5:E8, Hardhome) was about half Lannister-Stark-Bolton, half White Walkers. I hear that a lot of people really liked the White Walker battle, but to me it felt too much like World War Z. Maybe I just couldn’t enjoy the battle because I was annoyed about not seeing any Jaime. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the battle at Hardhome. I want to talk about everyone else. I will indulge in some book/show comparison, because that’s the sort of geek I am. But mostly I’ll just talk about what happened in the episode.

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