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Episode 14: “Rains of Castamere”

catelyn starkIn preparation for the season finale, and another TEN MONTHS with no Game of Thrones, the Babes present [SPOILERIFIC] reactions to the episode everyone’s (still) talking about, and predictions for what came next. We will react to the season finale just as soon as we’re done processing all that’s happened this time around!

– Nissa

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GoT Power Ranking : Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones is back! I am atingle with excitement and desperately trying to locate a version of Dany’s badass necklace online. I know I won’t be alone in saying I missed these characters deeply during our break. My eyes were craving dragons and direwolves, and I want to say thank you to HBO for giving me ample helpings of both. Image

Last season ended with an episode entitled Valar Morghulis, “all men must die” in High Valyrian. This third season opens with Valar Dohaeris, the standard reply to that statement of greeting which translates as “all men must serve.”

It was an apt title for an episode that saw most of our characters caught in the daily duties of their stations, serving others or serving their own ambitions, often with reservations. The show opened with Samwell running across a snowy plain, only to be attacked by a white walker, saved by Ghost, and then berated by the Old Bear for not doing his job.

I know I’ve had days like that.

Across the episode we saw various interactions that basically amounted to job performance evaluations and HR decisions. Bron demanded a raise from Tyrion and received it, Tyrion demanded a raise from Tywin and was rebuffed. Dany thought about expanding her workforce by buying eight thousand eunuch-zombie warriors. Barristan the Bold caught up with Dany and asked for a job. Jon Snow got hired by Mance Rayder.

All men must serve. But not all of our characters were rewarded for their service. Let’s recap this week’s winners and losers.

Winners:

1. Marjory Tyrell- The queen-to-be has wasted little time in winning the affections of her reprehensible fiance or the common folk. We’ve seen a lot of brute force in the Game these past two seasons. It will be a pleasant change to watch Marjory scheme and charm.

2. Bronn the Sellsword- He’s a knight now. A knight with a raise to blow in various pleasure houses.

3. Jon Snow- He learned how to lie, and won a place in the Wilding fold. He may even get a date with Ygritte.

4. Barristan the Bold- He made a great entrance, and it was clear that his words about honor and the Iron Throne touched Dany. He may have finally found a sovereign worthy of his sword.

Losers:

1. Catelyn- Robb’s totally grounded her.

2. Tyrion- This episode did a lot to remind us that the Lannisters are the worst, and Tyrion got a one-two punch of scorn from his sister and father. Not to mention that nasty scar, or the fact that he’s having to pay for friends.

3. Samwell- Separated from his best friend, plagued by his own cowardice, and fighting his way through the wilderness is definitely not Sam’s comfort zone.

4. Cersei- Drinking her feelings and then over-sharing, Cersei suffered by comparison to shiny and new Marjory.

See you next week for another power rankings recap.

It’s not slander if it’s true,

Lindsay

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Episode 10: Game of Groans

ImageIn an extravagantly long episode we indulge ourselves in a spoilerific discussion of HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s epic book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Warning: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. Come wallow with us in an hour plus of fawning fan girl antics, feminist critique, and predictions for the coming season.

Team Brienne,

Lindsay

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Look What You’ve Done (**Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Spoilers**)

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This dear readers was the text I received late a couple nights ago. A little background info – I read the first three books from the Song of Ice and Fire series years ago but my roommate wanted to catch up after seeing the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. She loves Robb Stark. A lot. As soon as she started reading Storm of Swords I had been waiting for that moment.

You know what moment I mean.  Below is the reaction I recorded.

This is what true pain sounds like. George RR Martin, look at your life, look at your choices.

–Rachel (aka Flumpy)

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Excuse for GRRM overload

*sip*

It’s not particularly optimistic, but this Wertzone post posits several scenarios regarding the ever-more problematic intertwining of cross-media timelines for George Martin’s juggernaut series A Song of Ice and Fire, otherwise known as Game of Thrones. The Wertzone concludes that it is tricky, but definitely possible, that Martin will in fact finish his books, and even before the show ends!

This is the part, however, where we can all allow a little simmer of frustration into our hearts. Martin is constantly whining about how many too many projects he has accepted, fortunately he bowed out of football early this year, and making cryptic hints about how much (or depressingly little) progress he’s making in actual writing. It is easy to become convinced that he never does any writing at all. While we should all understand that Neil Gaiman is right, and George Martin is not your bitch – he isn’t, and all the points Gaiman makes about imaginary contracts and artists being people are completely accurate – it’s okay to be worried about the future of the story you want to read. Especially when the author has such stubborn, narrow views about what should happen to it if something happens to him. In this Entertainment Weekly interview he admits he has nothing written down in terms of long-range plans or overarching plot resolution, just that he “know[s] it in broad strokes” and that the TV show producers “know some of that, too.” Combined with his vociferous and occasionally very badly-worded objection to fan-fiction, this leads around to what is apparently common knowledge (I can’t find any citations for it, but there are plenty of anecdotal attestations), which is that if George Martin dies, he wants his sandbox closed up after him so no one else can play in it. If he doesn’t finish it, no one does, and literally everyone goes home unhappy.

Martin says in the blog post I linked to that this is an author’s individual choice (about fanfiction, in particular), but goes on to cite the difference in financial situation between Burroughs (the first author to incorporate himself) and Lovecraft, who created one of the most enduring shared world mythoi in all of genre. I think this argument is complete nonsense, but I mostly think that purposefully cutting off your thronging loyal fandom off from closure simply because you might not have final say (in a situation where you aren’t likely to care at all what happens) is extremely selfish and not at all in the service of the story, the characters, the fans, or even the estate who would be managing the continued property. It worked for Burroughs, after all! There’s another post I can’t find right now in his Not a Blog about his views on copyright, and basically that he thinks Disney has the right idea continously extending copyright well beyond creator lifetime because nothing should ever become public domain ever for any reason because creators are too important and their work is too close to them or whatever – anyway, I obviously disagree quite a lot, but there it is.

In sum, after I appear to have gone on several of my GRRM rants, these are all the reasons we should fervently hope that Martin writes faster and also improves his health so that he lives long enough to finish the series, because otherwise nobody gets to know what happened except for him, and he’ll be dead. Maybe someone can introduce him to jogging?

– Nissa

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An Absurd Bounty

More Season 2 GoT Blu-Ray edition goodness, courtesy of Screen Crush, you’ll find the complete list of Blu-Ray animated short extras here (and below), and please enjoy gentle Ygritte’s narration in this animated extra talking about the Night’s Watch.

Greyjoy Rebellion – three separate tellings by Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)

Robert’s Rebellion – four separate tellings by Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)

House Tyrell – narrated by Margaery Tyrell

House Greyjoy – narrated by Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)

House Clegane – narrated by Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)

The Free Folk – narrated by Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

The Night’s Watch – narrated by Ygritte

Dragonstone – narrated by Stannis Baratheon

Harrenhal – narrated by Catelyn Stark

The Free Cities – narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)

Qarth – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie)

The Drowned God – narrated by Yara Greyjoy

The Alchemist Guild – narrated by Wisdom Hallyne (Roy Dotrice)

The Warlocks – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Winter is coming, yay!

– Linds

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February 18, 2013 · 11:08 am

A Waiting Game of Thrones

We’re so close to a new season of GoT that we can taste it. The Blu-ray for season 2 is Tuesday, and here’s a teaser of the latest set of animated shorts included in the extras. Learn about Alchemists and Wildfire in Westeros in this awesome little video.

Courtesy of the awesome Elio of Westeros.org.

Happy Monday, babes!

– Linds

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February 18, 2013 · 11:02 am