GoT S8E5 Review Podcast

Late post but check out me, Sam the Player, and Tom Hankins on Ian Thomas Malone's great Estradiol Illusions podcast as we talk about The Bells. I manage to quote Federalist 51 and we discuss one or to minor things that happens in this second-to-last ever episode of Game of Thrones. LISTEN HERE

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The End of Game of Thrones and the Shadow of Varys’ Riddle

  Introduction/Thesis All the teeth-gnashing over who will “win” the Game of Thrones may be somewhat misguided because we already have a form of the answer. The Spider himself, Lord Varys, told us very early on in the story who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of both Game of Thrones and … Continue reading The End of Game of Thrones and the Shadow of Varys’ Riddle

GoT S8E4 Review Podcast

Listen to me, Ian Thomas Malone, Alexandra August, and Tom Hankins talk on the One and Only Podcast recapping Game of Thrones about The Last of the Starks, and stay for my rant about a certain death that affected me deeply. We also get to say "balkanization" again! LISTEN HERE.

GoT S8E2 Review Podcast

Listen to me, Ian Thomas Malone, Alexandra August, and Sam (The Player) Adolfo-Stark gush about perhaps my favorite episode of Game of Thrones... ever? I also continue to talk about Sovereignty in the North. But I mostly gush. A lot. LISTEN HERE

Rule The Realm (Girls)

In the show universe of Game Of Thrones, the question of whether it is possible for a woman to sit on the Iron Throne is well-settled. Cersei Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, and Protector of the Realm, has sat the Iron Throne for almost 3 years of real-world time since King Tommen’s abdication. While plenty of Queen Cersei’s subjects are a little miffed about that, the realities of who currently wields power in Westeros make it possible, if not overwhelmingly likely, that Cersei’s successor will also be female. Thus, we can fairly say that in the show universe the (dragon?)glass ceiling has been thoroughly shattered. But what of the book universe of A Song of Ice and Fire? Is it legal for one of these capable rulers to declare #ForTheThrone in Book Westeros? Most Westerosi believe it is illegal for a woman to rule. They are wrong. (cont)