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For parts one and two, click here.

So I ended the last installment on this note:

I hope to communicate my disagreement diplomatically, with a due regard to what the G.O.T. story gets right. We’ll get to that next time.

What our show runners “get right” in terms of historical perceptiveness is precisely what many G.O.T. fans felt they got wrong story-wise.

Like I said, the winning of the Great War and the death of Melisandre suggest something of the actual historical movement (more…)

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Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty ‘round;
(…)
The chiefs from far before Him (more…)

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Well, Joker was a breath of fresh air.

I like pure escapism as much as anyone else, but I find myself too often frustrated with an unspoken rule in much of our popular entertainment: If it’s about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or whatever-man-or-woman, it must be presented cartoonishly.  Even when the “serious” moments occur, it has to be obvious that people are pretending.

Joker is about what happens behind the scenes (more…)

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If you didn’t read part one, that’s fine — so long as you keep the following in mind:

I believe that what we see in [Game of Thrones] (…) is a sort of quasi “first principle” on which much else is made to rest.

Broadly, this is the movement — construed as progress — from the sacred to the secular, from religion to reason, from other-worldly to this-worldly concerns.

Let’s take a look at G.O.T.’s exact trajectory vis-a-vis religion, history, and the secular.

First, we have the Long Night. (more…)

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Yes, I know — I took way too long.

I did have a (very) rough draft written, which I soon found was no good.

I basically went with a premise similar to that of Ross Douthat — namely, that the way G.O.T. ended constitutes a missed opportunity.

Rather than using the fantasy genre as a way of appropriately unnerving people and casting a gleam of wonder on their perception of the world, it errs on the side of “getting it over with” so as to get back to what seems overly dominating of people’s interests and concerns: Politics.

On second examination I came to question that a little bit. (more…)

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Okay — so in part one we made a comparison between Game of Thrones‘ Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish and the wife from the Brothers Grimm’s “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

Whichever character you’re looking at, the trajectory is essentially the same. (more…)

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I remember some buzz being generated a few years ago about the amount of action in Game of Thrones that could be traced back to Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen).  Were I pressed to venture a guess, I would probably put that amount at about 95%.

Two or three of Littlefinger’s actions in Season One produced major domino effects, but even more (more…)

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Just watched this.  Enjoy!

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So Game of Thrones is over.

As a cultural phenomenon it will, I’m sure, endure indefinitely.  But the world no longer watches as the story unfolds.

I must confess my chagrin, as a devout Catholic, over an apparent dearth in Catholic voices conversant with G.O.T.  Most of what little (more…)

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I must confess to not being well versed in George Tillman, Jr.’s filmography.  Up until just a couple weeks ago I had seen only one of his films, and I remember being, at best, mildly impressed.

The Hate U Give, Tillman’s adaptation of Angie Thomas’ 2017 Young Adult novel, has managed to generate some decent buzz — even if, like many worthy films, it enjoyed little or no presence at the awards ceremonies.

The film appears, at first glance, to follow two parallel story lines linked only (more…)

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