Tropebusting! One Thing I Dig About The Song Of Ice And Fire

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My wife is, as I have often said, not a Geek.  She doesn’t like superheroes, Star Wars, science fiction, or a host of other things that routinely appear on this site.  She has two exceptions.  One is YA distopias.  We always go see a new Hunger Games movie.  Actually, that’s the only one she’s really interested in.  She watched The Maze Runner but wasn’t overly impressed.

Her other, bigger weakness is high fantasy.  If it’s based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, she’ll be there.  She loves Harry Potter.  And, though it took me a lot of effort to convince her to give it a shot, she goes for Game of Thrones in a big way.  Why did it take me so long to get her into that one?  Well, I had to sell it for what it was:  the opposite of Tolkien, and in a good way.

Explanations and SPOILERS after the cut.

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Game of Thrones: Then and Now Pictures

 

 

ZcvmnKyYou know what your favorite Game of Thrones actors look like today.  But what about before they were doing battle in Westeros?  We at Gabbing Geek take you down memory lane.
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Sidekicks More Interesting Than Their Bosses!

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One of these guys is Bruce Lee. When Bruce Lee is your sidekick, he is automatically more interesting than you.

The sidekick.  That often annoying individual that follows the hero around, sometimes useful, sometimes not.  The character is a staple of genre fiction.  But sometimes the sidekick is more interesting than the hero.

After the cut are a few such sidekicks that outrank their bosses in terms of personality.  Who will make the cut?

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And Now…A Doctor Who Trailer

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The safest way to travel.

Fans of a certain Doctor may have much to rejoice in as Doctor Who is returning in September.

Granted, fans of that Doctor probably already knew that, so the previous statement was meant for people who aren’t fans.  That’s the sort of mental gymnastics we here at Gabbing Geek routinely give our dozen or so regular readers who don’t already work here.

Anyway, a trailer for the new season dropped at San Diego Comic Con, so see it after the cut.

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15 Unsolved Mysteries From A Song Of Ice And Fire

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The recent season finale for HBO’s Game of Thrones did its usual job of shocking viewers who maybe thought they had the whole thing figured out.  By this point, even book readers are likely to be a little shocked since the show has more or less used up all the material George R.R. Martin had published officially to date, with changes made and some characters (Lady Stoneheart for example) being completely omited.

But Martin has said there are two more novels to come, and while The Winds of Winter may be finished next year (or it may not), the books do have a number of unsolved mysteries left to be explored.

After the cut, I’m going to write up 15 unsolved mysteries from the novel series.  I’m not ranking them.  That’s for other people.  The list is no doubt not exhaustive either.

Obviously, there are MAJOR SPOILERS below the cut, and some of the mysteries listed may be true for the show as well.  You’ve been warned.

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Game Of Thrones Season Six Predictions

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Season five for Game of Thrones ended on HBO last night.  My wife and I watched and she declared for all the world to see on Facebook that she had not been this upset by the show since Season 1, Episode 9.

Seriously, my wife almost stopped watching at that point.

For myself, I read the books and more or less knew what was coming.  But aside from some Iron Islands stuff and a bit more of Arya in Braavos, there isn’t much left for even book readers to feel smug about seeing coming for the uninitiated (red wedding anyone?).  Besides, major changes were made this year the instant Sansa turned up in at a certain northern location.

Does that count as a SPOILER?  I don’t think so.  There may be more after the cut where I make my predictions for next year.

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: ARYA STARK

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Valar Morghulis! We have a thing around here for Game Of Thrones, and we suspect cosplayer Ginny Diguiseppi does too. She has created an amazing Arya Stark cosplay from scratch and has recently made some updated to her look. When we first saw her, we had a hard time telling the difference between her and Maisie Williams, and we think you will too! Check out more photos after the break. Photography credit goes to: WeNeals Photography and Retouching.

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Episode Review: Game Of Thrones – High Sparrow (Spoilers!)

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I was pretty hard on Game of Thrones last week after being disappointed by the first two episodes. In fact, I wasn’t planning on watching episode 3 as soon as it was available but Silicon Valley and Veep were not online yet. This episode, however, finally delivered on all of the excitement I was craving.

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Valar Morghulis With These Game Of Thrones LEGOS!

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Okay,  how cute and adorable are these Game Of Thrones LEGO characters made by Etsy shop Demon Bricks? I mean nothing is better than seeing tiny Daenerys Targaryen with her tiny dragons, in tiny LEGO form! And what’s better, is that there are also many other versions! Want to revel in the dynamic duo of Arya and the Hound? No problem! Want to stare all day at Jon Snow? Sure thing! Need Brienne of Tarth to guard your bedside table? Who doesn’t? See all the Game Of Throne LEGO characters after the break:

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Episode Review: Game Of Thrones – House Of Black & White = Snoozer

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I finally watched Game of Thrones S05E02 House of Black & White……. and-zzzzzzzz. Oh, sorry, I must have fallen asleep there for a minute much like when I actually watched the episode. The premier of season 5 did little to grab my attention so I was hoping this week’s episode would do more. There were a handful of bright spots here and there but I honestly don’t regret my decision to watch the latest Silicon Valley before tuning in to Game of Thrones. Warning: Spoilers after the break.

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