12:15 PM EDT 07/28/2014
Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:30AM
In the criminal justice system, the people of Westeros are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The Lannisters, who investigate crimes and the Lannisters, who prosecute the offenders.
Okay, so they’re not separate at all; as "The Laws of Gods and Men" proves, having all power in the realm rest with Tywin Lannister is a pretty crappy deal for everyone not named Tywin Lannister. But, as this show loves to remind us, all men must die.
What will happen when Tywin’s gone? That’s a question Game of Thrones has never considered as explicitly as it has this week.
(Also, if you were wondering whether or not someone’s already made a Game of Thrones-Law and Order mashup, yes, they have.)
Originally posted 05/05/2014 06:00AM
Chaos and loss are facts of life in Game of Thrones – if an ice zombie isn’t stealing your baby, then a mad king is chopping your father’s head off.
Still, three episodes after Joffrey’s death, our characters are starting to figure out their way forward in Tommen’s Westeros. In the somber, subdued "First of His Name," we see what the fifth stage of grief looks like in Westerns; if there’s one mode that pervades throughout Sunday’s episode, it’s a resigned, weary acceptance.
This isn’t to say that the seven kingdoms have been transformed into a caring, sharing society. It remains a (literally) cutthroat world full of violence and deprivation, thanks in part to characters who aren’t quite so far along.
Major spoilers below. Read at your own risk!
Originally posted 05/01/2014 05:00PM
At least she won't have to dodge any dragon crossings.
Originally posted 04/29/2014 09:05AM
The Game of Thrones and Other Woman star on his big break, family and Jaime's new hand
Originally posted 04/28/2014 06:00AM
Book readers occupy a privileged position in Game of Thrones fandom, looking down at Unsullied fans with the smug knowledge that, no matter how crazy things get, they at least have their literary road map to fall back on.
Not this week.
For most of its runtime, "Oathkeeper" was one of Game of Thrones's catchup episodes, advancing characters and storylines piece by piece to set up more interesting things down the road. Then the ending happened, answering a question that had dogged fans since the '90s, and in typical prestige-drama form, raising whole new questions of its own.
Major spoilers below! Proceed at your own risk.
Originally posted 04/27/2014 06:15PM
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be used to the Iron Throne, but his latest role involves a different kind of throne.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, is pivoting to a more comic role in The Other Woman that involves its fair share of potty humor. But Coster-Waldau is more of a fan of The Other Woman's raunchy humor than you might expect the man behind Jaime Lannister to be.
Originally posted 04/23/2014 02:00PM
Everyone in Game of Thrones is trying to get somewhere: home, the Iron Throne, over the Wall, away from the blood-hungry Lannisters. Imagine how much easier these journeys would be with Google Maps.
Sadly, Wi-Fi probably won't be coming to Westeros anytime soon, but a GOT fan has created the next best thing to the Google app, A Song of Fire and Ice Speculative World Map.
Originally posted 04/26/2014 07:45AM
TV shows pull out all the stops to keep their viewers hooked
Originally posted 04/21/2014 11:25AM
Originally posted 04/20/2014 10:00PM
For the second time in four episodes, this week's episode of Game of Thrones finds the world of Westeros reeling from the death of one of its young kings.
Just as the aftermath of last season's Red Wedding had each character in the Seven Kingdom's dealing with their place in the new Lannister hegemony, the murder of Joffrey exploded that burgeoning stasis, and our assorted cripples, bastards and broken things have found themselves adrift in a world where nobody's sure exactly who's on top any more.
How do they deal with this? For most characters in "Breaker of Chains" it's by hunkering down and thinking of the long term, no matter how much pain each decision causes them in the present.
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