The Long Afternoon of Game of Thrones

Posted: June 16, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Blogging, Game of Thrones


Night gathers, and now my watch begins…

But not quite. Night is gathering, possibly the Long Night (for Westeros) but we still have a month to go until Season Seven finally starts up. We’re kind of still in the Long Afternoon.

The wait in-between the end of Season Six and the premiere of Season Seven (just over the horizon… I can almost see it) has been very long indeed.

Since I started blogging in 2013, one of my blogging target goals centered on putting out regular content relating to Game of Thrones. I wouldn’t blog about the show while any individual season was airing – because during the season I’d be too busy watching the show, listening to podcasts, reading people’s recaps and reactions, and emailing my favorite podcasters. So many long emails.

But once the show’s finale had aired, I’d ease into publishing something every two weeks for the remainder of the year, and then double my output when the new year rolled in – cranking out weekly Game of Thrones posts until the new season started and I could relax and just watch.

Usually this would work out to around 12 articles in the immediate post-season, and 12 posts in the lead-up to the new season.

With the show airing later than usual this year, coming back around mid-July instead of early April, I had to sustain my weekly writing schedule for three additional months.

This has come close to breaking me.

My posts aren’t short or quick to crank out, so I try to write as much as I can, when I have a block of free time and the muse is available or whatever.

With a month remaining until the show, I’m all set in regards to blog posts. Everything’s written for the rest of June and the two weeks we’ll have in July. (Okay, I still have to schedule the July posts and there will be editing passes right up to the minute something gets published, but basically everything’s written.) I’m looking forward to being able to take my break.

But it’s going to be a long break.

Once Season Seven concludes at the end of September, if I were to continue to follow my usual blogging pattern for the show I’d be obligated to write six posts for the remainder of 2017, and would possibly be writing 52 weekly posts in 2018.

Season Eight, the final season, might not come back until late 2018, or early 2019.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to commit to any kind of regular schedule for future Game of Thrones posts.

At the moment, I have no Game of Thrones topics to flesh out, no character defenses I’m burning to write about, nothing on my to-do list. I assume that if the spirit moves me then I’ll write, but anything Westeros-related that I publish will be few and far between.

I wanted to give regular readers who followed me originally for Game of Thrones content the heads up. I won’t be going away, just easing up on this one particular source of entertainment.

Thanks everyone who enjoys my posts, who reads and leaves comments. I’ve made some nice friends thanks to my writing about the show (or at least by writing amusing captions for images from the show) and I’ve gotten a modest amount of recognition. I’m very grateful for both of those things.

If anyone is going to Con of Thrones, the Game of Thrones convention happening at the end of June in Nashville, Tennessee, you will have the opportunity to hear me on a panel about the Night’s Watch. (That panel will be happening Sunday, at 10 a.m.) I was fortunate to be invited as a panelist, entirely due to my corpus of work about the show. (I’m not kidding. The convention’s programming team solicited for panel suggestions and presentations, and I sent them nine of my blog posts. I think I was rewarded for enthusiasm, rather than for scholastic merit.)

So if you’re at the convention, please swing by and introduce yourself. (Or not. I’m not the boss of you.)

Jon: Sam, everyone’s the boss of you.
Sam: Thank the Seven!

It’ll be strange when the television series ends. Of course, it’s practically guaranteed that A Dream of Spring, allegedly the final book in A Song of Ice and Fire, won’t be out before Season Eight. I’ll be looking forward to reading the conclusion of the series, and I’m fine if GRRM takes his time polishing the capstone to this great work.

And we’ll have more Westeros-related content on our TVs going forward. HBO is brainstorming some spin-offs, so I am looking forward to that. I am sure I’ll be able to write a few posts about whatever series they put out. But it won’t be with the same volume that I’ve achieved in the past.

Like Jon Snow’s watch, my blogging (about the show) is nearly at an end.

But not quite yet. Ahead I have posts scheduled (or soon to be scheduled) to take us through mid-July. Posts on fools, magic, magical walls, and for some reason a long post on copper and iron alloys. Hopefully that last one will make sense when it’s read.

Everyone take care and be safe. And I hope we all enjoy Season Seven of Game of Thrones.

Thank you again.

(Comments are always welcome. Super welcome! But if you want to talk spoilery Game of Thrones talk with me (also welcome) I’d invite you to visit my Safe Spoilers page on my backup blog. That way my non-book-reading friends won’t be shocked with foreknowledge.)

Images from HBO’s Game of Thrones (obviously.)

I make no claim to the images, but some claims to the text. So there.

If you are new here, and wondered about my earlier postings about the show, I have all of my Game of Thrones related articles on my handy-dandy Game of Thrones page should you want to read more but don’t want to navigate around my site.

© Patrick Sponaugle 2017 Some Rights Reserved

  1. jennnanigans says:

    On the one hand, I am sad because there won’t be as much to consume. On the other, TAKE CARE of yourself and write what you want! You’ve earned it by establishing yourself as one of the most prolific and comprehensive writers on this topic, and that’s not an easy thing to do. Lots of people publish more often, but your posts are researched and carefully planned. Kudos!

    I look forward to this next season, and of course discussing this brilliant show with you. I can’t be at Con of Thrones (DANGIT!) but have LOTS of fun and maybe in the future I will see you there!

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  2. Haylee says:

    This sounds so sad… but necessary for your sanity! I will miss your GoT posts when the time comes but also look forward to other things you may write about, if the mood takes you. And I’m still honoured that you are my first and longest serving follower – pleased to have made a good blogging buddy!
    Have fun and good luck at Con of Thrones – you def deserve the recognition for all the work you put in!!

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    • Thank you so much! I’m delighted to chat with all of my bloggo buds, but you were so happy that I first started following you, and we were talking about the show and the mutual podcasts we listened to… super fun.

      Like I said, I will probably still write about the show every blue moon or so.

      And thanks for the well wishes about Con of Thrones. Lisa and I should have a great time. (Storm of Spoilers will be there. I will not be able to keep cool.)

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      • Haylee says:

        😁 I bet you’ll both have a ball. And I think it’s perfectly acceptable to go full-on fanboy under the circumstances… I’m sure Lisa has a contingency plan to keep you in check anyway 😉

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  3. It is grueling to keep up with that kind of schedule. I did recap/analyses for Season 5 not realizing how strenuous such an undertaking would be. I’d watch the show then write about it on Wednesday. Sometimes it would take me six hours to just draft one post, sometimes it would take me more. I eventually feel behind and had to catch up on the final two in the off season. I decided I wasn’t going to do the same for Season 6, because I just couldn’t. If I didn’t have a 9-5 job and could just blog for a living, then maybe, but between having to feed myself, my cats, and pay rent along with editing my latest work and keeping up on my reading and gaming, alas it just isn’t possible. I’ve taken the attitude of I do what I can when I can, and I try to schedule out times on my day planner for when I’ll work on things.

    The articles you were putting out every week were amazing in their complexity, thoroughness, and humor. I’m surprised you were able to keep up for as long as you did with, you know, being a father and all the things that go along with that! I usually beat myself up when I can’t adhere to my self-imposed, brutal schedules. I hope you’re not the same 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kind words!

      I won’t beat myself up, no worries. Not having the looming deadlines will be good for me.

      Thank you for being a regular reading, it was gratifying to know that people read and liked my posts.

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  4. That is dedication! I’m looking forward to reading whatever you write in the future! This was helpful for a new blogger.

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  5. I’ve just pumped out my first ever blog writing about season 7, and my god did it take some time. Utmost respect for anyone keeping up with that sort of schedule over such a long period. Here’s hoping I can keep people’s interest as well as you seem to have done! All the best.

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