In which I hardly even notice who isn’t there.

As a good Game of Thrones fan, I had to stay up well past my bedtime last night. I took an assignment for FanSided with a morning deadline, which was okay this week because I don’t have work today. The practical upshot was that I basically watched the episode twice in a row; first time without interruptions so I could live-Tweet at the same time as all the other Stateside nerds, and second time so I could take screencaps for my Monday morning article.

I also drank a lot of wine last night. Like, a really ridiculous amount of wine, so I was nice and buzzed when I wrote my new slide show. In retrospect, I’m surprised at how coherent it is. 5 Questions Answered in Episode 6. (SPOILER warning for my peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet.)

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Game of Hype: First breadcrumbs fall

If you don’t live under a rock, you may have caught a whiff of HBO’s Yearender video, which includes a teensy bit of stuff in Game of Thrones—including a few shots from S6! Oh boy oh boy oh boy. What have they shown us of S6? They gave us a shot each of Dany out in the wilderness looking frazzled, Cersei hugging Tommen, and Ramsay riding somewhere with banners flying. So…no new information. Of course they won’t give us new information. They acknowledge that Dany, Cersei/Tommen, and Ramsay still exist. Per my convo with Patrick last night on Twitter, they represent the Targaryen/Essos plot, the Lannisters/King’s Landing plot, and the North. As the Stark kids are all cliffhangers, they can’t be the face of the Northern plot, except for Bran, whose voice was already featured in the S6 teaser. Since the Boltons have taken over the North, and there are big question marks hanging over Jon, Sansa, Arya and Rickon, Ramsay occupies the place where we’d normally see the Starks. Tommen represents the Baratheon presence, as the real Baratheons are all dead. (No, really, guys, Stannis is not coming back. That whole family is fucking dead. Except for Gendry, who may or may not ever make it out of that rowboat.)

But anyway. Not really any new information. Just some very tiny breadcrumbs. I’m especially interested in the Cersei/Tommen pic. Someone at Watchers very nicely shined up Cersei and Tommen so we can get a better idea of what they’re wearing. Like so:

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Words Have Meaning: Spoilers, Speculation and What-Not

You guys keep waiting for me to write about something other than Game of Thrones, but…no, that’s not happening. I rather enjoy being obsessed with Game of Thrones. I seem to function best when I’m obsessed with something.

We’ve heard who’s playing Sam Tarly’s family members. Of course we found out well before now that Ian McShane was not playing Randyll Tarly, but some people seem to have missed that and now everyone’s discussing, yet again, what Ian McShane’s role may be. I like the Elder Meribald role, but I don’t have a good argument against Howland Reed. Mostly, I just want to hear less about casting and more about what happens.

Which brings us to my latest annoyance, which is that Razor Harris at Winter is Coming calls his poorly argued speculation a SPOILER on Tommen. As a grammarian, I take offense at this flagrant abuse of the word SPOILER. It’s not a spoiler. It’s an idea that a fan has decided to share.

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“You’re a man of action, aren’t you?”

Remember how I wrote that ridiculously long and detailed piece to make a fairly basic prediction for Team Sansa?

Now I’ve done something similar with Jaime, and it’s not so simple. Working just with material from S5, it feels like wrestling an octopus.

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