Bran Stark: the Fall Guy

Posted: May 16, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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We’re finally out of the month of April, so it’s less-than-one-year until the premiere of Season Eight Game of Thrones. It feels like it’s been forever.

The final season will no doubt feature exciting battles and conflict resolutions, but I expect that most of the characters (depending on how fast they get killed off) will be able to hit some narrative beats to bring their over-arching storylines to a satisfying (if possibly bittersweet) conclusion.

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Westworld: Only Death is True. Or is it?

Posted: May 15, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Opinion, TV, Westworld
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(This post will be talking about HBO’s television show Westworld. Consider this your spoiler warning.)

In the most recent episode of Westworld, William aka the Man in Black (played by Ed Harris) had a brief conversation with the confederado Major Craddock, who had been touting his favorable relationship with death, since he’d been killed by Dolores Abernathy’s gunslinging companion, and had been resurrected.

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Season Eight of Game of Thrones is just over a year away. And once those episodes are complete, that is it.

I am expecting a fair number of character deaths, so will be earned, some will probably be unfair, but I am hoping that not everyone who deserves death gets it.

I’m rooting for Cersei Lannister to survive.

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The Winter War to Come

Posted: February 13, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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Over on the Watchers on the Wall website is my latest feature article on Game of Thrones. It’s a long (like, really long) speculative piece on what might happen now that the ancient undead enemy is south of the Wall and has the opportunity to threaten the living.

Now that the article is published, I can finally read up on all of the set reports and other hints on what might happen during the season. I’ve been avoiding all of those things so I could write up my speculation in a spoiler-free way. You’ll have to trust me on this.

Littlefinger: Don’t trust him.
Me: Quiet you. Anyway, aren’t you dead?
Littlefinger: Am I? Hmmmmm.

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Happy New Year! To celebrate the end of 2017 (a year so bad, Arya Stark had it on her list) I published another Game of Thrones feature on Watchers on the Wall.

I won’t spoil the content of that article, but I talk about how the two venerable institutions on Braavos, the Iron Bank and the House of Black and White, might have some part to play in Season Eight, specifically in regards to a lioness of House Lannister and a wolf-girl of House Stark.

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Tormund on Trial

Posted: December 13, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Game of Thrones, Opinion, TV
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On the Watchers on the Wall website, I have a new feature article talking about the impressively bearded Tormund Giantsbane.

I might say some controversial things. Like questioning why we fans like him so much.

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The Justice League Task Force

Posted: December 1, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Comics, Gaming, Movie Review
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This post will be revealing details of the recent DCEU movie Justice League. I guess it’ll be a movie review too. I liked the movie, and I’d recommend seeing it. But this post will largely be me talking about a massively multiplayer online game I used to play: City of Heroes.

This may get a bit geeky. Super geeky.

Super Geek Squad!

Nearly five years ago today, the servers for the videogame City of Heroes shut down for good.

It happened a little after 2 a.m. December 1st 2012. I know that because I was logged on at the time, along with my gaming friends, waiting for the virtual world that I’d occasionally saved go dark. Aliens, monsters, and extra-dimensional threats could be fought, but not the decisions of the game’s publisher NCSoft.

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