Dead Men of Westeros and The Stringer Bell Paradox

Note: The following contains aggressive spoilers for both the first three seasons of The Wire, and for the five existing seasons of Game of Thrones. You remember when Omar Little and Brother Mouzone teamed up to take down Stringer Bell.  For each of them, it was an act of retribution.  Stringer had first murdered Omar's …

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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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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 2: Jon Snows of Kilimanjaro

Note: This is a follow-up to The Snow Also Rises, the previous post on this blog.  Read that before you read this.   During a recent Q&A, one of the two producers of HBO's Game of Thrones stated that they set out to make the television show with "no prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks." It's hard to …

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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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