Category: Game of Thrones

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?

  R+L=J, the idea that Jon is the son of Rheagar and Lyanna, is one of the oldest A Song of Ice & Fire theories out there. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s the stonehenge of speculations. The dinosaur of AsoIaF discussions. The Pacman of postulates. But why would Martin include …

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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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The Broken Man on the Broken Wheel – Why King Bran Doesn’t Work

  All hail king Bran The Broken, The First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm! May his reign be long and blessed. May he fix the country and right all the wrongs. May he gov- Oh screw it. What the …

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Rise of the Mad Queen 2.0 – Is Daenerys Going Insane Realistic?

  My fellow farmers, sculptors and prostitutes of King’s Landing. Rejoice! Praise the Seven who are One! For today a new mad queen arises to rule over us, take away from us, enslave us and destroy our very lives. Daenerys Targyaren, the Breaker of Chains, has decided she is going to burn it all, like …

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The Charge of the Dothraki? – Explaining What Cavalry Is All About

  Oh hai there, it’s me, Maddy. I’m in the army now! Together with my bestie Analyze I’ve enrolled in the Dothraki super duper special awesome horde. I could not refuse the plastic bow I got for free! And my dearest Analyze says he’s a khal now! He’s leading the Dothraki army! We’re waiting for …

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