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Game of Thrones: The Illusion of Choice & “Eastwatch”

Game of Thrones: The Illusion of Choice & “Eastwatch”

This season, we have seen more callbacks and shouts than ever before. That’s not surprising given that it’s time the pieces were put together. But of all the past pieces coming back, the one most interesting to me was the call to Tywin Lannister’s old statement to his children. “The lion doesn’t concern himself with […]

Game of Thrones: The Veterans & “The Spoils of War”

Game of Thrones: The Veterans & “The Spoils of War”

It has been approximately four years since the start of this story. Four years since a raven flew north from King’s Landing, bearing the news of Lord Jon Arryn’s death and the coming of King Robert Baratheon to Winterfell to his Warden of the North, Lord Eddard Stark. In that time, we have seen no […]

Game of Thrones: Authority & “The Queen’s Justice”

Game of Thrones: Authority & “The Queen’s Justice”

By what right does someone rule? What gives someone the power to decide life and death over others? Several ideas were put forth in this latest episode of “Game of Thrones” over what gives a particular person authority to do what they seek to do. Whether that is to rule, to lead, to defend, to […]

“Dunkirk” Review: Survival is Victory

“Dunkirk” Review: Survival is Victory

It is May 1940. World War II has been raging for less than a full year so far. Nazi Germany had already taken Poland and the British Expeditionary Force along with the Belgian and French armies were busy trying to stop them. When the Germans began their invasion of France and Belgium, they went through […]

Game of Thrones: Schemers & “Stormborn”

Game of Thrones: Schemers & “Stormborn”

As this tale of kings, queens, ice demons and fire dragons begins to ramp up towards its inevitable climax, it is becoming harder for the natural schemers and plotters to keep their hidden hands out of sight. That should not be a surprise. For six seasons, a number of protagonists have been able to glide […]

Game of Thrones: The End of the World & “Dragonstone”

Game of Thrones: The End of the World & “Dragonstone”

Welcome back, one and all. Welcome back to the lands of ice and fire. Welcome back to Westeros (and only Westeros this time). The wait ended and the tale — now only 12 episodes left — began to spin towards its conclusion. Whatever happens from here on out is the climax and the end of […]

Arsenal Season Review: We Never Left the Shoney’s!

Arsenal Season Review: We Never Left the Shoney’s!

I was all set to put this out before the FA Cup Final. Then the Final happened and I got caught with all the celebrating. So I figured I’d take a step back, finish other pieces, then come back and look at this with fresh eyes.  After all, the glow of another trophy can make […]