This post will be talking about elements from HBO’s television show, Game of Thrones. Will this article be spoilery? I guess. I’ll probably be shying away from any solid plot points and I won’t be talking about anything concrete that hasn’t been revealed already. I’ll be talking music, yo!

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Lady Stark! Perhaps You’d Like to Hear The Rains of Castamere? Or You Could Pay Me Not to Sing It?

There have been 4 seasons of Game of Thrones (just under two months until Season Five kicks off) and if I have to hear The Rains of Castamere one more time, I’ll lose my mind.

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This post will be talking some spoilery details about the first four seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Especially the final episode of Season Four, so if you’re not up on all the episodes, don’t read this post. Go watch the show. Season Five is starting in a few months, and you can get caught up!

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Not Watching Game of Thrones is a Crime!

Tyrion Lannister is a compelling figure on Game of Thrones. The black sheep of the Lannister clan, Tyrion is not popular in Westeros (being called a demon monkey by the King’s Landing citizenry that he more or less saved) but is wildly popular among book readers and show watchers. (Anyone who doesn’t like him can tell me about it in the comments section; we can have a respectful discourse.)

So, why am I having an In Defense of Tyrion Lannister if he’s so popular? It’s not like he pushed a kid out a window, arranged a massacre in defiance of religious and social conventions, or is a thuggish goon.

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This post discusses plot points from the first four seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Consider this your spoiler warning.

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In a few days, it’ll be Saint Valentine’s Day, a day when romance is celebrated (at least that’s the strong implication from chocolate manufacturers, florists, and greeting card companies) and I think now is an appropriate time to talk about love and romance in Westeros.

At the start of Season Three of Game of Thrones, Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister is being pushed and prodded towards King’s Landing by the stoic Brienne of Tarth. With very little to do to pass the time (other than stumble along) Jaime takes the opportunity to needle Brienne about many things. Her size, her attitude, and her admiration for Renly Baratheon.

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Talking about Renly and his sexual preferences crosses a line with Brienne, but Jaime defuses the situation with this statement:

I don’t blame him and I don’t blame you either. We don’t get to choose who we love.

We don’t get to choose who we love pretty much sums up the state of romance in Westeros.

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This post will be talking plot details from HBO’s Game of Thrones, the excellent adaptation of George RR Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series. Specifically, I’ll be talking about Jaime Lannister in the first three seasons of the show (and therefore roughly through 2.5 of the books. If that’s how you roll.)

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No Need For All this Fuss! Surely my Charm and Good Looks are all that’s Required for a Defense. Not so?

Thanks to Season Four of Game of Thrones and how they adapted a certain scene between Jaime and his sibling Cersei, I feel it necessary to start my defense of Jaime Lannister with a proactive defense of my defense. This is a topic that had been on my big list of planned Game of Thrones articles before Season Four aired last year, and I didn’t get a chance to talk about Jaime before the controversial sept scene.

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Over the weekend, my wife and I saw the Game of Thrones IMAX presentation, which included the Season 5 trailer. I’m in full-on Game of Thrones blogging mode now (if putting out one article a week can be considered full-on) and I have a Jaime Lannister article to release in a day or so, but I needed to write up a breakdown of the trailer and post it.

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NOOOO SPOOOOIIIIILLLLERRRRSSSS!!!!!!!

Oh yeah, this post is just going to present screenshots of the trailer, without any spoilery analysis or speculation. (I will certainly link to my backup blog, where I will spoil and speculate all over the trailer.)

Here, I’ll just be posting (most of) the images from the trailer, and describing what I see. Yes, riveting, I know.

Obviously, if you don’t want to see the images from the trailer (like, you know, you’re totally avoiding the trailer and any hints of what’s to come in the season) then I understand if you skip this post. We’re good.

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It’s February so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of January. (I was kind of lazy last month on Flash Fiction output.)

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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. December was pretty much no exception.

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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This post will be talking about plot elements for HBO’s Game of Thrones, the excellent adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. Specifically, I’ll be talking about Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.

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Everyone Likes Me! I’m So Charming!

Spoiler Alert: I don’t like him.

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