A Dance with Dragons

Ser Meryn Trant takes a vacation

I saw this on Reddit, and thought it was a good catch.

  Posted by - May 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Directors for Season 5 announced

Episodes 501 and 502: Michael Slovis (episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU)
Episodes 503 and 504: Mark Mylod (episodes of Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage)
Episodes 505 and 506: Jeremy Podeswa (episodes of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime’s The Tudors)
Episodes 507 and 508: Miguel Sapochnik (episodes of Fox’s House and Fringe)
Episodes 509 and 510: David Nutter (THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE)

  Posted by - July 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

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With Season 4 complete, what to expect from Season 5

Picking up where season 3 left off, season 4 of Game of Thrones continued to deviate from the books where it thought it best for the viewers.  So I’ve been thinking about what to expect from Season 5.  It’s very much a mixed bag as the various story lines are at such different points as compared to their progress in the novels.

For instance the story at The Wall and in King’s Landing is matching up nicely with the end of A Storm of Swords, but Bran’s arrival at the Heart Tree places him almost to the end of his POV chapters from A Dance With Dragons.

Based on the casting information that we have about Season 5, I expect there to be a drastically increased focus on Dorne.  Cersei has mentioned Myrcella mulitple times in the latter half of the season, so viewers may be wondering what will happen to the little Princess.  After Oberyn’s amazing performance, it makes sense to increase the focus on Dorne.  But will we also gain the POVs of the Iron Born?  That much is not clear at this point.  The King’s Moot certainly seemed like a major event in the novels, but will the show runners decide that it is worthy to include?  It’s hard to say with the limited information that we have right now.  I think characters like Victarion and Euron could do well on the show, but it would depend heavily on their casting.  Asha/Yara is still out there as a wild card, and Balon still needs to fall to his death, so for now we will leave that as a question mark.

The Mereen story line isn’t too far off the novels at this point with Daenerys putting her 2 smaller dragons into confinement.  This happens towards the beginning of her chapters in A Dance With Dragons, so we can expect next season to cover most if not all of her content from ADWD. It will be interesting to see if show watchers can follow along with all of the internal political struggles of Mereen, or if they just moan for her to head to Westeros.

Lastly, I expect the meat of the season to be at the wall and Winterfell.  Ramsey’s wedding and Stannis heading south to conquer the North, and by extension, Daavos heading to White Harbor.  And so, while on that topic, I will leave you with a quote from Lord Wyman Manderly.

“Foes and false friends are all around me, Lord Davos. They infest my city like roaches, and at night I feel them crawling over me.” The fat man’s fingers coiled into a fist, and all his chins trembled. “My son Wendel came to the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder’s bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with his friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter…but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.”

  Posted by - June 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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An Examination of Hoster Tully

Another great 3 part series from Bryndenbfish:  Be sure to read part 1, part 2, and part 3.

In part 1, we examined how Hoster Tully’s penchant for making alliances secured House Tully as one of the preeminent houses in Westeros at the outset of the War of the Five Kings, and in part 2, we examined Hoster’s political talents. In Part 3, we turn to more personal matters. While Hoster had a talented hand at politics, his downfall and the downfall of his house would come from the hands of those who were closest to him. The personal relationships that Hoster would cultivate would ultimately lead to the ruin of his House.

  Posted by - February 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

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Tycho’s Interesting Name


I don’t know if this has ever been mentioned before (likely has), but today I stumbled upon an interesting find. The Greek goddess that “governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny” is Tyche . Now I’m not normally one to believe in coincidences, but it seems too good to be true that the banker that may be able to shift the tide of the War of the Five Kings, Tycho Nestoris, shares a very similar name with the goddess that controlled destinies. I don’t know if this was a purposeful easter egg written in by GRRM, but it might foreshadow that whomever Tycho and the Iron Bank side with will eventually take the Iron Throne. Anyways, I would love to here your thoughts on this odd coincidence.

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  Posted by - January 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Interesting thoughts on what’s going on in Braavos

Well these are some interesting thoughts to be sure…

Let’s look at people en route to Braavos:

  • Ser Justin Massey

A knight sworn to Stannis. He has been tasked by the Mannis to spend the Iron Bank of Braavos’ coin on sellsword companies. Yet the best companies are either with Aegon (Golden Company) or are all fighting at Slaver’s Bay. And I highly highly doubt that GRRM would just invent 20,000 sellswords for Stannis’ war effort. Might Massey’s real purpose in the story be encountering Arya in Braavos? Massey intends to leave by Eastwatch, so he could easily hear of Jon Snow’s assassination. Maybe Arya overhears Massey at the docks. Hearing about Jon’s death, she could say “FUCK IT” and head over to Westeros for payback. Or she could slide further into being ‘No One’…..

  • Ser Harys Swyft (possibly)

As Master of Coin, he has been suggested to go to Braavos to renegotiate with the Iron Bank. Kevan tells Harys that he could take The Mountain’s men, who are a liability in King’s Landing. Two of these men are Raff the Sweetling and Dunsen. These two also just happen to be on Arya’s death list. What if Arya goes back to being Arya when she sees them? Needle could use fresh kills….

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  Posted by - January 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

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