Last week’s Game of Thrones season finale ended with a scene full of racial imagery that seemed kind of messed up. But actually, argues comedian Aamer Rahman, Daenerys’ whole storyline has been problematic from the very beginning. Here’s why.
The first two seasons of Game of Thrones were pretty straightforward: one season, one book. But season three covered a big chunk of George R.R. Martin‘s third book, leaving some for season four. What’s left of A Storm of Swords for the show to cover? And how much of books four and five could we see next year?
Apparently Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on the show, is actually a pretty well-known DJ in his native Ireland. No doubt he busts a mean Hodor while hodoring the Hodors on the dance hodor.
When you sign up to become a Jedi or a Starfleet officer, you have to abide by certain rules. Like, “Don’t attempt a Kolvoord Starbust.” But often, these organizations seem to invent rules that have no reason, beyond creating dramatic tension. Here are the most counterproductive training rules in science fiction and fantasy. Continue reading →
Jennifer Lawrence is back in blue in new X-Men: Days of Future Past set photos… but who’s standing next to her? Check out the latest set videos for Godzilla and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, plus new trailers for World War Z and Carrie. David S. Goyer explains why fatherhood is so crucial to Man of Steel. Spoilers ahoy!
After a very tight and narratively cohesive (and soul crushing) penultimate episode, Game of Thrones returned this week in its finale doing what it has done for most of the season: that is, people walking and talking. There was a lot of both, and some of it was interesting, but perhaps what it told us more than anything was what we least wanted to be confirmed: what happened last week didn’t matter. Of course it does matter on a number of levels within the show and for viewers, but outside of the Stark family’s misfortunes, it was just another piece of Tywin’s game to control and kingdoms, or alternatively, another score for the Red God. Either way, most everyone’s reactions to it, minus Joffrey’s, were subdued. The Young Wolf is no longer a threat? Great, where as my lemon cakes.
The time has come to conclude the “I Fantasize Better Than You” debate between two fantasy series that have, thanks to their respective modern adaptations, made the biggest dent in our pop culture outside of comic-book pages. Of course, we are talking JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that was adapted into a churner of billions by Peter Jackson, and George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire which is in the midst of a very successful adaptation on the greatest TV channel that’s not TV as Game of Thrones by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Rings kicked off proceedings and you can remind yourself of the five major arguments it brought to the podium here. A few days later it was Thrones’s time to retaliate with its own 5 arguments. Click on this to ring that bell.
On one level, last night’s Game of Thrones was about parents and their damaged sons. (Along with the age-old maxim, "You broke it, you bought it.") But really, it was about offering one plausible answer to the question the show has been asking from the beginning: Where does power come from? Who really has it, and why?
He's like fire and ice and rage, he's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. he's ancient and forever, he burns at the center of time, and sees the turn of the universe, and he's wonderful.