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“This will begin to make things right.” – Some thoughts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(Full spoilers. But c’mon, you’ve seen it at this stage, right?) “Hey Cian, what did you think of the new Star Wars film?” Well first of all, it’s pretty funny that the very first line of dialogue in it (“This … Continue reading

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“To your return.” – Mother’s Mercy (Game of Thrones)

The finale of Game of Thrones fifth season is an hour of television very concerned with the ideas of return at recurrence (it’s most obvious in the scene where Jon and Sam share a toast “To your return.”) Part of … Continue reading

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“What great thing has ever been accomplished without killing or cruelty?” – The Dance of Dragons (Game of Thrones)

In which holy flip, did they just do that?!? In last week’s episode, during the long-awaited meeting between Tyrion and Daenerys, the younger Lannister commented that maybe Dany was “the right kind of terrible. The kind that stops her people … Continue reading

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“There is no escape. Not ever.” – Hardhome (Game of Thrones)

It’s a sad truth, and one most of us have the luxury of forgetting in our comfortable modern world, but when someone bigger and stronger takes a dislike to you, there’s really only two choices: capitulate or fight back and … Continue reading

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“What I want is no longer the primary consideration.” – Kill the Boy (Game of Thrones)

What makes a good ruler? It’s a question that’s been tossed around quite a few times over the seasons in Game of Thrones, and we’ve heard quite a few different answers: Tywin Lannister would say that a good king listens … Continue reading

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“What am I?” – High Sparrow (Game of Thrones)

With all the titles, Lordships, sworn oaths and bastard surnames floating around, you can probably tell: identity is a big deal in Westeros. Titles and names in particular, are how people define their relationships to society and the scope of … Continue reading

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“All your books and you still don’t know.” – The House of Black and White (Game of Thrones)

-In which we sail closer and closer to the edge of the map… Early in this week’s episode, turned away at the doors of the titular House of Black and White by Jaqen H’ghar, Arya pleads “I have nowhere else … Continue reading

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