More audio from Con of Thrones 2018 has become available (and helpfully put on YouTube by panelists other than me.)

Featured from right to left: Brad, Lauren, Matt, and some random guy who snuck up onto the dais. Security was nowhere to be seen.

I’ve included a link to the All That is Gold Does Not Glitter: The Connections Between Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire panel’s audio. I was a participant on the panel, along with /r/asoiaf Reddit moderator Matt (aka Joe Magician), Lauren (aka Joanna Lannister on Tumblr) and convention-running Mischief Management bigwig Brad Ausrotas.

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The audio for panels presented at Con of Thrones 2018 is being released to presenters! Since I was on six of them, it seems reasonable for me to share at least some of them here on my blog.

From left to right: Matt, Ian, Percy, and this guy with an enormous forehead.

On Saturday at the convention, at 10 a.m., I was joined by Professor Priscilla “Percy” Walton, writer Ian Thomas Malone, and /r/asoiaf subreddit moderator Matt (aka Joe Magician) to discuss morality, or as Percy Walton described it – coded ethics – in the relatively uncivilized lands North of the Wall.

It was an honor to present a panel with such learned and thoughtful people.

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For those of you who are a few seasons behind on Game of Thrones, this article will be referencing some significant plot points from the later seasons. And will be casting them into a somewhat ‘fictional’ light. (I’ll let my use of the word ‘fictional’ sit there a bit, stewing in its irony.) If you’re not caught up, this has been your spoiler warning.

Tod: Isn’t this image a spoiler?
Leaf: Quiet, Tod. Wait. We have you gagged. How are you talking?

During the sixth season of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark’s magical training by the Three Eyed Raven opened up Bran’s perception to something rare in the show: flashbacks.

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Con of Thrones 2018

Posted: June 2, 2018 by patricksponaugle in Diary, Game of Thrones
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For three days at the tail end of May (May 25th through May 28th) Dallas, Texas played host to the second ever Con of Thrones.

I attended last year’s inaugural convention (I wrote about that here) and wanted to update everyone on how things progressed from the first convention to its second event.

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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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