Bran Stark: The Long Fall

In the first episode of Game of Thrones, young Brandon Stark climbed to the top of Winterfell’s walls with a specific purpose: the retinue of King Robert Baratheon was nearing Bran’s home and the young Stark wanted to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the approaching southern royal host. Years later, Bran Stark is back at […]

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Taking Tormund To Task

At the conclusion of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, the laconic leader of the White Walkers directed his resurrected dragon to attack the Wall, the primary barrier between the North and the Even More North. Zombie Viserion’s eldritch blue breath weapon blasted a huge hole in the Wall, allowing the Night King’s undead […]

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The Sellsword and the Squire

Game of Thrones features multiple characters who facilitate analysis when comparing them to someone else. Arya and Sansa, for example, are two sides of the same coin with complementary abilities and survival mechanisms. Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy are another pair whose shared history and contrasting decision-making generates deep discussions. I consider Podrick Payne and Ser Bronn […]

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The White Walkers: Whys, Whats, and Other Thoughts on the Endgame

Where once stood the Night’s Watch fortification of Eastwatch-By-The-Sea, there now remains a huge, gaping hole in the ancient Wall that separates the North (the kingdom) from the North (the direction.) The closing moments of the seventh season of Game of Thrones featured an army of the dead pouring through that gap, a vast undead horde […]

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