2016. Did any of us think we’d live this long? Yeah, probably. We’re Geeks, not morbid.
So, what sort of Geek Entertainment has us here at Gabbing Geek at least a little curious? See behind the cut, with some items getting some expert Geek Commentary from the Geek Guru himself, Jimmy Impossible.
Fans have been wondering about whether that, you know, one guy really died in the last minute or so of the last episode of last season’s Game of Thrones. I mean, there’s been speculation about this and that, denials and online snoopings, and Ryan walking around the Gabbing Geek offices telling us all we know nothing.
Say, is “snoopings” a real word?
Did this character live? Beats the hell out of me. But he’s featured rather prominently in the teaser HBO released. See it after the cut.
Look, we here at Gabbing Geek clearly love Harry Potter. Except for Watson, who gets a smug look on his face and says he loves Harry but isn’t in love with Harry. You get the drift.
Author J.K. Rowling also loves Harry Potter, or at least continuing to occasionally give out more information about Harry’s world and such. It’s why we know that Dumbledore was gay and what happened to the characters after Voldemort tossed off his last forbidden curse. Not to be confused with when Voldemort did the lambada, because that’s just the forbidden dance.
As it turns out, she also responds to fan theories, and recently she liked one.
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.
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.
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.