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What is The War of the Five Kings?

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Winter Is Coming wants to be the central location for Game of Thrones fans–including explanations and analyses of the show’s story and the world of Westeros. First up: “The War of the Five Kings”! What is the War of the Five … Continue reading

“Fire and Blood”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 10

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One of the unsurprising themes to emerge over the course of these reviews is the disruption of viewer expectations. This is obvious with Ned’s death, as most shows don’t kill their heroes so abruptly. But I think even that doesn’t … Continue reading

“Baelor”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 9

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In the end, Ned Stark looks confused. Why wouldn’t he? Everyone around him, save Joffrey and Ilyn Payne, is confused. Sansa is screaming. Cersei is desperately raving at her son. Varys dashes across the platform to plead Ned’s case. And … Continue reading

“You Win Or You Die”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 7

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“You Win Or You Die” is a monumental episode of Game Of Thrones, perhaps the defining hour of the show until “Blackwater” if not the Red Wedding. There are several story reasons for this: Drogo’s speech, Ned’s confrontation with Cersei, … Continue reading

“A Golden Crown”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 6

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“You’re talking about war.” “I’m talking about justice.” Theon Greyjoy and Robb Stark sit and talk about what Robb should do after Ned was attacked and Jory killed last episode. Theon is rash, Robb, careful. But Robb seems at least … Continue reading

“The Wolf And The Lion”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 5

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Here, five episodes in, Game Of Thrones becomes Game Of Thrones, dammit. With both fast-paced action and slow, meandering conversations, “The Wolf And The Lion” announces to both fantasy fans and television viewers that this is not the sort of … Continue reading

New Ned Stark collectible on sale tomorrow

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Threezero, the people behind the Tyrion Lannister figurine released earlier this year, have announced the subject of their next Game Of Thrones figurine: Ned Stark. They’re going to be accepting pre-orders at their store starting at 9pm Eastern on Sunday the 21st, … Continue reading

“Cripples, Bastards, And Broken Things”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 4,

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The specter of history overshadows everything in “Cripples, Bastards, And Broken Things”, an episode whose direct engagement with the recent past of the Seven Kingdoms was probably necessary, although maybe not entirely welcome. After all, the core problem for most … Continue reading

The Small Council: Who was the best one-season wonder?

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In this week’s installment of The Small Council, we take a look at the characters who were only around for a single season, yet left their marks on Game Of Thrones and our hearts. Who was your favorite one-season wonder?  Rebecca Pahle: … Continue reading

“Lord Snow”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 3

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“Just so!” “Lord Snow” suffers from many of the same problems of the other early episodes of Game Of Thrones, where trying to produce an authentic adaptation of the novels and a coherent television show often clash. But you can … Continue reading

“The Kingsroad”: WiC Remembers Season 1, episode 2

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“The Kingsroad” has three interconnected themes running through it, making it arguably the most fascinating and pleasantly difficult episode of the early run of Game Of Thrones for experts, although it wasn’t for many of the newbies I knew watching … Continue reading

“Winter Is Coming”: WiC Remembers, Season 1, episode 1

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There may be better pilots than “Winter Is Coming.” But there aren’t many that succeed with such a high degree of difficulty. It ain’t a perfect pilot, but it could have been much, much worse. “Winter Is Coming” has three … Continue reading



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