This post will be discussing plot points from Season Four of HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you’re not caught up on the series (or haven’t read at least up through A Storm of Swords, the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin) then I respectfully ask you to step away from your computer, and either read the books or watch the series. Then please come back.

Because right now, I’ll be dropping some mad spoilery details.


You Have Not Watched the Fourth Season of this Game of Thrones? You Have Not Seen Me? My Heart Weeps in My Chest from the Sadness…

Seven Hells yes, Prince Oberyn. The Red Viper. Prince of Dorne. That dude’s mostly awesome.

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Yesterday, David reblogged a link to my Game of Thrones Season 4 recap. Today’s my birthday, and I consider the blogging relationship I have with David and his wife Holly a gift, so I wanted to return the favor (and shamelessly announce my birthday, yo) and reblog his excellent thoughts on the recent season. (Although you should just check out their blog for *ALL* of their content.)

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Yesterday Holly gave some thoughts after the end of Game of Thrones Season 4. Like her, I have read the books and watched the show and wanted to share something I loved, and something I didn’t, from the season. It’s interesting to think about, because it’s a book that has been split into two seasons – and it’s working its way towards two books that split up and became two books simultaneously. At this point, the show really has a life of its own and a pacing of its own… which can be good and bad.

For one thing, it’s good because it gives us characters like Oberyn Martell. On the other hand, it’s bad because to avoid introducing too many new characters, it left out a scene I think is important. To say more would be spoilers, so let’s head on to spoiler-land below!

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I’ve had this blog for a just under a year, and most of it has been Game of Thrones-related. Not episode recaps or reviews, mostly opinions, or musings, or justifying some the characters’ bad decisions. I guess.


Writing about the show is enjoyable, and helps pass the time in-between seasons. (Only 9 more months until Season 5!) And the television show provides tons of things to write and opine about.

To my joy (and thanks to great support from some of my favorite podcasts who were very generous towards me) my blog received attention during Season Four, and I was asked by the publisher over at the Film School Rejects site if I’d be willing to write a recap for the most recent season for them.

Well, yes! I would indeed be willing. And so I did.

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This post will deal with plot points from the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you are not caught up, I recommend you not read this article. Go watch last season. Oh, and then come back and read this. But watching should be your priority.


North of the Wall. In Happier Times. No One Had Been Beheaded Yet.

The most recent season of Game of Thrones dealt with an event that had been foreshadowed since Season Two: an all-out attack by Mance Rayder’s Wildling forces against the Night’s Watch brothers at Castle Black. An assault on The Wall.

Neil Marshall, the director of the epic battle episode Blackwater from Season Two, helmed this cinematic presentation of the two pronged attack, where the Free Folk finally get around to taking on the Crow stronghold. I’d read the books (I promise to dial down the smug) and I found that the battle played out *largely* as I expected.

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It’s July, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of June.


As a reminder, these represent story-essences composed using no more than 129 characters (so I could tweet them with the hashtag #MicroStory.)

Usually, I only tweet Science Fiction and Fantasy #MicroStories. June was pretty much no exception. I think it was almost all vampires and robots this month. And Robot-Vampires.

For really great #MicroStory action, please follow @MicroSFF, the Twitter account that inspired me to participate in this minimalist writing exercise. That feed puts out great science fiction and fantasy MicroStories all the time.

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Season Four Game of Thrones has now finished up. I’ll start writing some new GoT articles soon, but here’s a backup post I wrote as part of my previously published Defending Joffrey article, with some observations on the End-of-Season-Three political landscape in Westeros.

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This post will be talking details about the end of the third season of HBO’s excellent series Game of Thrones. Therefore, if you are not caught up, please don’t spoil yourself by reading this. Go watch the series (or better yet, read the books too) before reading anything here.


I Don’t Have a 100% Approval Rating? I’m Not Killing Enough People Then!

On my main blog, I have an article on the young king of Westeros, Joffrey Baratheon. In that post, I make a claim that at the end of Season Three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Joffrey has a 40% approval rating. How could I make that claim?

Well, I totally made up that number, that’s how. But, there was a method I followed.

And when I say “approval”, what I kind of mean is “support.” Look, just bear with me.

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As of this posting, we Game of Thrones viewers will have one more episode until the hiatus between Seasons Four and Five.


I’ve been enjoying this season (if enjoying is the correct word… you know what I’m talking about) but I’ve also enjoyed listening to my favorite Game of Thrones podcasts.

In the show’s first season, there was only one podcast that I knew about (I acknowledge that there might have been many, I was just unaware.) Now there are too many to possibly listen to.

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