Before Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice are Fire Books -The Daenerys Targaryen Asimov Debut

Emilia Clarke has been heating up watercooler talk for 7 years now in HBO’s monster hit adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, that the world calls Game of Thrones.

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Even as a veteran multiple double digit rereader of all of the books in the series that jumped on the literature before the turn of the century, I never thought that I’d see the day that “Khaleesi” would enter pop culture vernacular, a thought that was smashed when I got my 8-year old niece an “I’m not a Princess I’m a Khaleesi” t-shirt and she knew what it was.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 in Review

I’ve combined my takes on Game of Thrones season 5 here. It’s not every episode but it includes the season premiere, season finale, and a couple in between. It’s over 12000 words so you may find something of interest down there if you miss Westeros. Leave it to me to not have a review for Hardhome, which may be my favorite episode of TV.

I think my mind was still blown.

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Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has arrived with The Wars to Come and no signs of Julian Bashir, sand snakes or Dorne yet, but stuff happened. I guess?

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A Clash of Queens – What is the Queen’s Power in Game of Thrones? 

This is another question that popped up as a search term to get to the site. I’m going to be picking some of these out and answering them to the best of my ability, the first time I did this, skipping the at the very least weird, and at worst, criminal search terms that somehow lead people here. Yes, some of the actions in Game of Thrones are actually PG in comparison to some of them, and some of the not so cleaner recent ones are about Natalie Portman’s character in Leon: The Professional, that I think got an uptick because it was recently made available on netflix. Enough preamble though, today I field:

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What is the Queen’s Power in Game of Thrones?

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A Bold Life Amidst A Game of Thrones – Ser Barristan Selmy 

If you watched last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones you know that the realm lost a good one in Barristan the Bold. For such a knight of accomplishment to die outside of Westeros may not seem right, but one would think he did so at the service of a ruler he respected, and that’s all he ever wanted.

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I thought it would be appropriate to look back at the life of a character that for TV watchers was a few years old, but for book readers we’ve been reading Selmy for almost TWENTY years. If you want, you can go check out my review of The Sons of the Harpy where Barristan, along with Greyworm, kicked a lot of ass. I think what tv watchers of Game of Thrones should know is that this hasn’t happened in the books, so this was not only an end to a major character, it was a shocking one to book readers.

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Enter Sansa Fierce – GRRM Drops Winds of Winter Chapter

George R.R. Martin dropped another excerpt/sample chapter from The Winds of Winter today and I just wanted to jot down some thoughts on the Alayne/Sansa POV, as we go back to the Eyrie and see what Petyr has brewing, as the Vale has for the most part been lounging during The War of the Five Kings.

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Reaction to this sample chapter seems to be a bit divisive among fandom so I wanted to dive in and see where I ended up on the spectrum.

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The Miseducation of Darkstar of Dorne in a Game of Thrones

This is an “article” I wrote a few years ago (so please keep in mind any new HBO or GRRM based revelations weren’t at my disposal) that made rounds on Tumblr after I wrote it on a now defunct Tumblr I had.

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Beyond simply wanting to keep it from disappearing from the web, I actually wanted to read it again after running into a more recent and very fly theory regarding Darkstar’s (Gerold Dayne) possible father over at Elio’s board dedicated to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Simone Boyce and Game of Thrones Cast at Summit Entertainment’s Comic-Con Soiree

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In the game of Comic Con, you win or you die. And I won. I felt like Bran as I scaled the levels of the Hardrock Hotel San Diego, drawing closer to the building’s rooftop pinnacle and the premiere event of the evening. Along the way, I encountered a BASTARD, who happened to be dining across the great hall with a ruthless HORSE LORD, a vicious QUEEN and some other broken things. We reached the top of the tower–Summit Entertainment’s Comic Con soiree–where the BASTARD introduced me to his mates:  a brunette KHALEESI and a scruffy KINGSLAYER.

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Playin’ With Ice and Fire: A Game of Thoughts | Bran Stark Chapter 17

George R. R. Martin has us in Bran dreams in our reread this week and we are talking the heart of winter and other things We know nothing about.

She’s new, I’m the re-reader. She’s the newbie, I’m the spoilery vet. Together we are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on. Today we hit Chapter 17, a Bran Stark POV chapter.

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Playin’ With Ice and Fire – A Game of Thoughts | Eddard Stark Chapter 16

Even in a fantasy world we join forces in our Game of Thrones reread to hate anyone who kills our puppies.

She’s new, I’m the re-reader. Together we are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on. Back to Eddard Stark!

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Playin’ with Ice and Fire – A Game of Thoughts | Sansa Stark Chapter 15

Sansa Stark sees the world of Westeros in a much different way as her siblings and we dive into her first POV of this reread of A Song of Ice and Fire.

She’s new, I’m the re-reader. Together we are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on. First Sansa Stark chapter!

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Playin’ with Ice and Fire A Game of Thoughts | Catelyn Stark Chapter 14

Catelyn Stark does Catelyn Stark things and me and Elena just can’t in this chapter of our Game of Thrones reread.

It’s been a long time. We should have never left you. Without a dope post to step to. Forgot about us? She’s new, I’m the re-reader. Together we are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on.  We return covering everyone’s favorite character, Catelyn Stark!

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Playin’ With Ice and Fire – A Game of Thoughts | Tyrion Lannister Chapter 13

More Tyrion as we go up North to see the Wall and realize Tyrion is a fan of fantasy in this chapter of our Game of Thrones reread.

We back and Elena focuses on info dumping while I give props to days of   ‘yore.  Forgot about us? She’s new, I’m the re-reader.  We are continuing our reread of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on.  We return covering everyone’s favorite Romeo, Tyrion Lannister!

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Playin’ with Ice and Fire – A Game of Thoughts | Eddard Stark Chapter 12

Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark won a kingdom together. Which of them will out dumb the other to lose it all amidst all the Lannisters?

Elena and I agree on something! Oh, How we glitter! She’s new, I’m the re-reader. Together we are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on. We are back with a Ned Stark chapter and I waive the white flag as Elena gets kind of nice this week (and like Robert, I’d rather be hunting or wenching than blogging).

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Playin’ with Ice and Fire – A Game of Thoughts: Daenerys Targaryen Chapter 11

We are invited to a wedding by George R. R. Martin and Drogo and Daenerys are the lucky young couple. Emilia and Momoa. Goddamn fine people.

Finally back and we are heading to the Free Cities, as both Elena and I have wedding invites to cash in. She’s new, I’m the re-reader.  We are rereading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and getting our POV on.

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If you forgot about us last week, go get that hit of Jon Snow you need first and come back!

On to Dany’s wedding!

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