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Looking Through the Palantir: March 25th


Tom Hoeler, aka Darth Internous, kicks off his new weekly round-up of SFF news with the first edition of Looking Through the Palantir. Check it out here!

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Reviewing Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis


An explosive episode that was more focused than any other episode in the series to date — everything took place in and around King’s Landing — is followed by an episode that had quite a lot of storylines left to wrap up. The result? The burden that “Blackwater” left “Valar Morghulis” helped to detract from [...]

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Talking Game of Thrones: Oars and Sails


After “Blackwater”, the way that the ships of Stannis’s fleet were depicted — and the fact that there was little discussion of their origins — suggested to me that there might be room to discuss naval technology and fleets as described in the novels. Ships are actually quite an important aspect of the setting — [...]

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Reviewing Game of Thrones: Blackwater


With a script from George R.R. Martin (with, doubtless, input from the executive producers, the director, and limitations based on shooting schedules, budget, and total run time) and direction from film director Neil Marshall, the episode starts with a slow, quiet sense of dread as we meet different characters who will be affected by what’s [...]

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Talking Game of Thrones: Adaptation versus Reimagining


“Blackwater” approaches, and with it the suspicion of many fans that it may be the episode most faithful to the tone and character developments of the novel, as it features King’s Landing — an area that has, besides some reduction in scale, largely remained fairly closely following the novel — and is written by George [...]

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Reviewing Game of Thrones: “The Prince of Winterfell”


“The Prince of Winterfell” seemed to be — from previews and title — an episode that was going to focus rather more on Theon Greyjoy in Winterfell. This had been, up to now, one of the brightest spots in the season, and certainly led to some expectations… and those expectations were largely wrong. It’s that [...]

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Talking Game of Thrones: The Wildlings


“A Man Without Honor” introduced us to a somewhat confusing explanation on the history between the wildlings and… well, everyone else. I touched on it briefly in my review, but it seems like a good subject to go into in more depth. The history goes back eight thousand years (as common lore puts it, though [...]

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Talking Game of Thrones: Interview with Amrita Acharia


What was it like to be involved in a show with such a large production scale?
It was amazing, obviously! It’s so epic. I wasn’t aware of how big it was going to be, and then I started to read the books and I thought it was really interesting. Then I got on set and I [...]

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Reviewing Game of Thrones: “The Old Gods and the New”


[Note: We're dispensing with the recaps, because ... well, there's a million of them! That said, there are spoilers for the series below, and occasionally there'll be hints about things yet to come in the novels, so beware]
To say that this episode is uneven in its quality is, apparently, something that engenders a great deal [...]

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Reviewing Game of Thrones: “The Ghost of Harrenhal”


[Note: There are spoilers both for the TV show and the novels]
A sudden turn in the stormlands leads Catelyn to flee with Brienne of Tarth, while Littlefinger moves in to convince the Tyrells to make an important choice. Meanwhile, Tyrion learns of a dangerous new weapon that the queen is preparing, and determines to [...]

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