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Game of Thrones S6E8 “No One”

This year, I’ve been watching Outlander alongside Game of Thrones. The STARZ show is based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which is 90% historical fiction and 10% fantasy. It’s a tightly-focused character drama centering on Claire Randall, who is transported back in time to the Jacobite uprising centered around Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The advantage to Outlander is how focused it is. There are two main characters, Jamie and Claire. And that’s it. Oh sure, sometimes the show does scenes from other POVs, but it’s still just one story, as opposed to the six or seven in Game of Thrones. So for all you people hungering for in-depth politicking, drawn-out tension, and breathing room in general, go watch Outlander. The latest episode, “Prestonpans,” is a great example of the kind of battle episode that really works on TV.

Anyway, let’s talk about Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer – Thoughts n Stuff

At long last, the wait is over. 47 days before Season 6, HBO has dropped the real, genuine, no-foolin trailer for Game of Thrones Season 6:

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Hot Link Sunday

 

Welcome….

To Hot Link Sunday.  A new weekly feature where both Michael and Mikell contribute what they believe are the best things to read from the previous week!  So dive on into these fresh hot links and let us know what you think!

Michael’s ASOIAF Highlights of the Week:

Hey all! I’m a mod on the /r/asoiaf subreddit, so I see a lot of good stuff come through the new queue. Here’s the highlights from the past week (and beyond. Since this is the first edition, I’m including some stuff that really should be in the highlights reel on merit alone).

First off…I’d be remiss to leave out the Best of 2015 awards for /r/asoiaf! The subreddit voted on 10 different categories with a look back at all of 2015. There’s some great stuff in there, whether it’s JoeMagician’s “A Cold Death in the Snow” theory or the insufferably memetic “Dany + Drogo = Tyrion” theory (seriously).

Sticking with reddit, on Jan 25 user jdylopa posted an insightful look into Arya’s story arc entitled “When people call Arya ‘No One,’ they miss the point of her arc.” I gotta say, I agree with jdylopa – Arya hasn’t lost her Stark-ness. Far from it.

Next up on reddit, we have a summary post from YezenIRL explaining his massive blog post series “The Weirwood Leviathan.” There are ASOIAF fans and there are ASOIAF fans, and YezenIRL is the latter. Is the writeup nutty in places? Absolutely. Does it make occasional, chilling sense? You betcha.

Moving beyond reddit, let’s also move beyond the limit of 1 week to give a shout-out to BryndenBFish’s Complete Notablog ASOIAF Resource. Here’s what this lunatic did – he went through the entire history of GRRM’s blog and compiled every comment and post that pertained to ASOIAF. Then he sorted them. It’s immensely useful and took immense effort, so check it out!

For those looking to re-read ASOIAF, look no further than the new “A FEAST WITH DRAGONS” combined reading order for Book 4 and 5. There are some great combined orders that already exist (see All Leather Must be Boiled), but this one’s got some great new tweaks and was made by a team of hardworking nerds in the internet factory!

Finally, everyone should go check out tumblr user PoorQuentyn’s “A Defense of Tyrion’s ADWD Storyline,” which just wrapped up this week but has been going for months. It’s a wonderfully-written, incisive, and altogether critical analysis of what’s going on in Tyrion’s chapters in book 5.

AND COMING NEXT WEEK…

 

VK will begin his contribution to the Hot Link Sunday Feature.  He’s been hard at work at his other two jobs so that has kept him away from the site recently but don’t you fret his return is on the horizon!!  His focus will mainly go into technology and gaming news, along with any opinion pieces he sees.

All credit to Rene Aigner: http://reneaigner.deviantart.com/

The Brotherhood in the Background

One of the most interesting features of Feast and Dance is the behind-the-scenes movement of the Brotherhood without Banners, particularly under their new leadership. This is post is more aimed at people who might be reading these books for the first time. There’s a lot to miss when it comes to the Brotherhood, so I’m going to lay out some of their background movements. First I’m going to lay out some of their background movements and track their progress, pointing out that they seem to have several companies acting in different theaters of the Riverlands. This section is to help cover some of the bits of Feast and Dance that slip under the radar. Then, we’re going to look at what’s next for our favorite band of merry outlaws, and get into some wacky predictions.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 10: “Mother’s Mercy”

Hard to believe it’s the end of yet another season of Game of Thrones – and probably the most divisive season to date.

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The Bloody Mummers: “Where are they now?” Edition

I’m writing today about everyone’s favorite horrible people, the Brave Companions (aka the Bloody Mummers). More specifically, I’ll be writing about the Bloody Mummers after the end of A Storm of Swords, when they fracture across Westeros.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 4: “Sons of the Harpy”

One of the actors on the show commented in an interview that this season was going to have “a lot of surprises” for book readers, and that characters were going to die in the show who were still alive in the books.

I guess now we have some idea of who they’re talking about.

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