The Pack Survives: Starks, Lannisters, connections

Ever since the first season of Game of Thrones, the Starks and Lannisters have been enemies. With the new Queen Cersei preoccupied with enemies in all directions, the situation is not expected to improve any time soon.

As if the great Houses’ mutual antagonism weren’t a serious enough problem, the surviving members of each family are turning on each other.

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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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I’d much rather talk about Team Sansa, though.

Okay! Since I’m still awake, let’s see how much more I can say about Season 6 before I fall over!

There were some cliffhangers last season, yes? Lots of questions in need of answers.

One of the questions I kept bringing up was: What happened to Podrick Payne and that axe while Brienne was interrogating Stannis?

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You know, I consider this a spoiler?

It’s a great day to be a Brienne fan. I got two Likes on Twitter from Gwendoline Christie since last night, and we hear some very promising news from the Telegraph regarding the LA Premiere of Season 6. Critic Jane Mulkerrins tell us…and I am putting this under a cut because I think this is substantial enough to count as a SPOILER:

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Yes, Sophie, please tell us more. 

This entry may be a teensy bit awkward, as I’m writing it on my iPad, because the news article in question does something terrible to Chrome on my MacBook. 
Anyway! Via Watchers, we get a new interview at the LA Times with Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, once again talking about how much ass Sansa kicks in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
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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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