Category: Game of Thrones

Gentlemen, Take Your Seats – A Case Study in the Art of Wordless Communication

  Game of Thrones used to have some great scenes. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe. But once upon a time, before it was the stereotypical high fantasy disasterfest it became, there was a golden age where season after season you would find it stuffed full of great scenes. Episode after episode it …

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A Lion Still Has Claws – Why Reforging Ice is the Best Scene in Game of Thrones

  Everyone has their favourite scenes in Game of Thrones. Hardly surprising, as the show is packed full of epic battles, incredible monologues and exciting plot twists. And my favourite scene… is none of those. It’s a scene where some old guy hands a sword to a blacksmith for reforging and then throws a wolf …

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The Dragon or the Egg? – How Daenerys Managed to Hatch Her Dragons

  “As Daenerys Targaryen rose to her feet, her black (dragon) hissed, pale smoke venting from its mouth and nostrils. The other two pulled away from her breasts and added their voices to the call, translucent wings unfolding and stirring the air, and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive …

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We Hoped to Kind of Avoid the Expected – Subversion in the Long Night vs. the Red Wedding

  There once was a TV-viewer who’s mother mysteriously disappeared. All that remained of her was a comb with strange red hair and a torn note with the letters G, T and S written vertically. Her bed unmade, her clothes all gone. The man was scared. What had become of his beloved mother? Had she …

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A Hopeless Defence – Debunking Common Arguments in Defence of Season 8 of Game of Thrones

  Season 8 of Game of Thrones, what can I say about it other than that it was wonderous. A true marvel to behold. Never have I seen such expertly crafted melodrama. Such a complete subversion of expectations. I mean, I thought it might be good. They showed me! Where else would you see a …

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What’s In a Name – What Does the Title of “A Song of Ice & Fire” Mean?

  “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate to say that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice.” These are the …

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Fishing the Rulebook Out of the Trash – Repairing Game of Thrones’ Illogical Succession

  Succession is an integral part of the game of thrones. It’s the bedrock for the feudal monarchy the titular throne is symbollic of. It’s what drives on the wheel that crushes the poor, pitiful peasants beneath it like applesauce. It’s what allowed someone as supremely competent as Joffrey to ascend to power, something we …

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A Song of Relationship Algebra – Does Brandon+Ashara Equal Anything?

Author’s Note: Your dearest Analyze from the future here to inform you that this recording is of a previous version of this article and does not include the final section. Nevertheless, if you want you can still use it to enjoy my lovely voice.   R+L=J, the idea that Jon is the son of Rheagar …

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Sore Is the Ass That Sits the Iron Throne – What “Fire & Blood” Says About Leadership

  What makes a good leader the goodest? As the fearless leader of “Analytical Madness” I know it is important to stand tall in the face of adversity. To present a strict, yet loveable, a stoic, yet relatable, a vulnerable, yet truly unflinching image. But that’s really hard when an inconsiderate asshole refuses to die …

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Come At Me Bro – Why I Hate Lyanna Mormont

  Brave, strong, fearless, puts the assholes in their place and is loyal to the heroes. All of these words describe Lyanna Mormont. Officially introduced in season 5 and making her first on-screen appearance in season 6, ever since then she (and her 62 men, can’t forget about those) have been steadfast supporters of our …

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