Brief Interviews of Ice and Fire: The Sand Snake Seven

The following is a conversation regarding both the A Song of Ice and Fire books and the Game of Thrones television show.  It contains spoilers for the five ASOIAF books and the show through Season Five, Episode Four. DF: Did you watch last night? TEB:  I did.  It felt like it was just a murder …

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Can Darth Vader Be Forgiven?

So.  The new trailer for the new Star Wars is out.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Episode 7.  If you haven't watched it yet, here you go: Okay, did you watch it?  As you saw, the entire thing is set to a monologue by Luke Skywalker, talking about the Force and his family. The one …

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Why I Hope Mance Rayder is Dead

Note: this assumes you have seen every episode of Game of Thrones, through Episode One of Season Five.  I do not assume that you have read the books, but this does contain spoilers for one plot point in Book Five, A Dance with Dragons.  It is possible that we saw, in the season premiere, the …

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Seven Good TV Shows I’m Happy I Quit Watching, and Why

This recent GQ article, "The Secret to Success is Saying 'I Quit,'" made me feel better about the number of television shows that I have completely abandoned attempting to watch.  I decided to compile a list of these.  Now, I decided to only include television shows that are generally considered "good."  I also chose to …

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Slouching Towards Westeros: Why I Hope Daenerys Dies in Season Five (And Who Should Kill Her)

Note: this blog post is written assuming that you have seen Seasons One through Four of Game of Thrones.  If you have not read the books, I avoid any significant spoilers. We all know that people die unexpectedly in Game of Thrones, and we all know that no one is safe.  Not protagonists, not women, not children. …

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Why All the Bad News About Game of Thrones is Actually Good News

Before you read: I assume you have seen the first four seasons of Game of Thrones, but have not necessarily read the books.  I have carefully written this to not give anything major away about upcoming plotlines that may or may not be in the show.  (But note: book readers, this is written for you as …

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Made Fun Of, For Liking Superheroes…

Yes, this blog post has an unusual title. That's because this blog post has unusual content, especially for this blog. I often use this blog in critical or cynical ways.  Mocking things like Ocean's Eleven, Fast and/or Furious films, House of Cards, etc.  I call things dumb or bad.  The specific article that I previously …

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The Snow Also Rises: Thoughts Regarding Ned Stark, Jon Snow, and Jake Barnes

 Note: The following contains "spoilers" for the novel A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.  Some of these spoilers are based on details that did not make it into the HBO television show (possible not yet, possibly not ever).  However, there are no spoilers for Martin's subsequent novels in his A Song of …

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