Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 3 – High Sparrow

<–S5E2 – The House of Black and White                S5E4 – Sons of the Harpy–>

Welcome back to my unexpected but still enjoyable analyses of this season of GoT.  I’m kind of wishing I could write these on Monday or Tuesday, because while marinating is nice, forgetting is not.  Thankfully, I do take notes and have a fairly good idea of what I’d like to say.  That…generally changes and evolves as I go along, but onward and upward.

First I have to say that episode three has been the best one so far.  Two was better than one; three was better than two.  Hopefully Benioff and Weiss keep up this trend.

Smirking Margaery demands it

Again one of the theorists I follow, Bar de Porto, was the first one to come out with an analysis (she really must just record them right away, because they’re up by Monday morning).  This one is spoilerific btw (see the red dot).

I would also recommend watching this one from her, too.  It’s not an episode video, but rather an analysis of Tyrion and Greyscale in the Sorrows.

Note: I did try to embed the videos, but for some reason they kept showing up as links, so plan B it is.

Honestly, after watching that, all I could think about was drowning.  The end of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock kept running through my head; I thought about the Drowned God of course; and kept visualizing Aeris’s “burial scene” in FFVII.

“What is dead may never die,
But rises again, harder and stronger.”

Chilling words considering they come from a story about ice zombies.

So in this rambling installment I shall discuss Cutting Cruel in King’s Landing, The Sansa Theories Were True, How Do You Face a Faceless Man, Walled Off Ambitions, and Tyrion’s Troubles With Whores.

Oh and of course SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!

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Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 1 – The Wars to Come

                                                                       S5E2 – The House of Black and White–>

I truly had no intention of doing any sort of review on this or any other episode of Game of Thrones.  I have a great number of comparative essays planned for ASOIAF, but for episode reviews, I truly have no time, and I mean that in the most straightforward/direct way possible.  It’s not that it isn’t worthy my time; it’s that I literally have no time.  However…after seeing Season 5’s first offering and watching a few videos of my favorite YouTube theorists, I feel the need to air my thoughts.

It was this video by Bar De-Porto that did it, because I found I agreed with nearly everything she said.

If you are an ASOIAF/GoT fan I would highly recommend you subscribe to her.  Some of her insights are downright miraculous, and I would also recommend

  • CharlieIinWesteros – spoiler free reviews mostly that nonetheless get to the heart of the matter.
  • James Johnson – this is meant as no offense to any of the other ASOIAF/GOT theorists, but James and his mom LaDonna have the best in depth and brilliant analysis of the narrative I have ever seen.  They dig deep, deep down to divine the sources of Martin’s machinations, and while their theories may seem outlandish, they have support for it, and they know how to argue.  I have spent countless hours on their channel, watching and re-watching, and they are the main inspiration for the essays I want to write.  Their examinations of ASOIAF made me realize that something else (more than likely) inadvertently shares the same tropes and paradigms.  Watch them.  Your time will not be wasted.
  • Tony Teflon – the Don does not mess around.  His videos tend to be short, sweet, and to the point.  He has a series of them called “Breaker of Lies” where he proceeds to knock down some of the more out there of theories.
  • Preston Jacobs
  • Maester Payne
  • Alt Shit X

I had to get the shout outs out of the way because I wouldn’t have half my insights about ASOIAF without the foundation of those above and others to stand on (ironic wording I know), but now that that’s finished, let’s get to the business.

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