What Is Dead May Never Die

While challenging gender roles and exploring minor characters, the third episode of the second season of Game of Thrones brought the most engaging action and most dynamic plot developments the season has seen yet.

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Watching The Thrones 03: Episode 2 ‘The Night Lands’

In the third episode of Watching the ‘Thrones,’ Blake J. Graham and Eric Harsh analyze the second episode of season two: The Night Lands. The plot picks up with more logistical layout, but takes time to focus on some characters. Tyrion Lannister begins to flex his muscles as hand to the king proving he doesn’t play by the rules like Ned Stark did. We touch on the Theon Greyjoy‘s trip back home, Stannis Baratheon‘s strange relationship with Melisandre and Jon Snow‘s encounters beyond the Wall.

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The Night Lands

Last season of Game of Thrones saw the main character losing his head. While this season’s main character stands a head shorter than the rest, he is very much alive and kicking.

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Nurse number nine

The backdrop for last night’s episode, “Mystery Date,” was the mass nurse-murders that took place in Chicago in 1966. Eight out of nine victims were brutally stabbed or strangled to death. The ninth escaped because she hid beneath the bed — the killer had lost count. New York is somewhat removed from the horrific event, but the shock reverberates and disturbs each character. This glint of sheer brutality against women colors the episode’s events a sickly shade of fear. The employees of SCDP are unable to comprehend what people are capable of — including themselves.

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Watching The Thrones 02: Season 2 Premiere

In the second episode, Blake J. Graham and Eric Harsh discuss the events of the Game of Thrones season two premiere. There’s a lot of table-setting to pull in viewers who have lost a sense of power of the characters and the sheer size of the Westeros continent. As Eric points out in his post-episode article, we’re introduced to a new subset of characters (Stannis, Melisandre, Davos) who easily blend into the cast.

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Watching the Thrones: Season One Recap

There’s no denying George R. R. Martin’s world of Westeros is potent with action. There’s too much going on, what with political upheaval in the seven kingdoms and mystical forces gathering in the North and the South, to let the discussion of epic series exist only in text. The editors have put together a video series were calling “Watching the Thrones,” because frankly that’s about all we can do. Westeros doesn’t play by rules, and its inhabitants are tortured beings pregnant with power. We don’t know when the creators of the HBO show will deviate from the source material; we don’t even know when George R. R. Martin will finish the books. All we can do is observe what happens on this damned continent and hope that the characters don’t live long enough for us to fall in love.

In the first episode, Tony Russo and Blake J. Graham recapitulate the major events of the first season of Game of Thrones. We tour the major families, their interior and exterior conflicts, and occasionally butcher their names. If you haven’t seen the first season or read the first book, this video will undoubtedly spoil it for you.

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The North Remembers

The first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones premiered this Sunday. With blood, sex, and politics all converging across the realm of Westeros, this season promises to be as exciting and dramatic as the first.

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Betty, bigger and better than ever

There are two things you should have noticed within the first minute of last night’s episode of Mad Men. First, it was directed by Jon Hamm. Second, Betty Francis, formerly Betty Draper, is fat. That’s right, folks, fat.

I couldn’t believe how much this traumatized me. January Jones is half the reason why I even watch this show. Now I guess it’s more like three-quarters. I was so accustomed to seeing the modelesque Betty smolder and fume in gorgeous 50’s attire. The opening scene has Betty feigning illness to skip her new husband’s event because she can’t fit into her dress. Formerly a model, she has “gotten comfortable” as a housewife and mopes in front of the television in the middle of the day in her robe and slippers. She’s still pretty, but she’s plump, and the depression and disappointment is written all over her face. Hamm handles Betty’s transformation subtly, but without losing any of its shock power. Shadowed cuts of her full form and brief glimpses of a more rounded arm communicate her condition quietly. As he should, Hamm glosses over the status quo of ideal thinness, because obesity and using amphetamines for weight loss are still unexplored territories for the characters.

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Winter Is Coming

It only took two episodes of Game of Thrones to convince HBO’s executives to renew the fantasy series for a second season. Riding the wave of hype following this successful first season and a slew of awards and positive press, will series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss be able to live up to the titanic standards set by their first season triumph?

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Into The Realm of The Legitimate. Community: “Digital Exploration of Interior Design”

It’s been one, two, three weeks since Community the internet phenomena has returned to being Community the reference driven TV show. And, the latest episode brings one, two, three plot lines together in a coherent but rushed 22 minute episode. “Digital Exploration of Interior Design” separates the study-group members into chunks of narrative that have bubbling for quite some time.

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