Stories about Game of Thrones

A green passport in my hand and wanderlust in my heart

Imagine this: a Pakistani female, a backpack, and a trip across Europe. As a child, I saw the Bosnian war unfold. I played with the Bosnian refugees in the infamous Japanese park in Islamabad. I was infatuated by the country and its people, yet it always remained a sort of enigma for me. Years later, I am back in Europe and ready to backpack through Bosnia. The city of Mostar. I had saved money and decided that the Balkans would be my last stop before heading home. There are no direct flights into Bosnia, so I had to land ...

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Stranger Things happening on TV and I love it!

There has been a lot of buzz regarding the new show on Netflix called Stranger Things, directed by the Duffer brothers. It seems like every other day a new show comes along and creates hype, but then subsides – unless of course it is the Game of Thrones. Having said that, there are a lot of things that make the series Stranger Things very strange, but in a good way. Stranger Things – a massive throwback Thursday It’s a #TBT minimised into a visualised TV show. So what could be better than a throwback to the early 80s – a time when E.T. was released. The show is about the ...

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Rowling’s birthday, my present

The first time I picked up a Harry Potter book was at the age of 12, when my elder brother threatened to sit on me if I did not try and read one his favourite series. Fearing for my life, I dejectedly picked up The Philosopher’s Stone, and within minutes, I was hooked. Today, nine years later, I still feel that teenage excitement and fixation as I sit on my bed, desperately and acutely ready to soak in the final instalment. The fandom that surrounds Rowling and her books can only be compared to the great George RR Martin and ...

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This season was Game of Thrones at its best

The thing about a show like Game of Thrones – although it’s not hard to argue that there’s nothing quite like it on the television landscape – is that due to the epic nature of its storytelling, characters are necessarily scattered far away from each other, with their own narrative arcs that are completely disparate and diverging. This has been especially true of the past few seasons, where beloved characters get tantalisingly close to meeting or reuniting, only to be flung away from each other again. This is not necessarily a criticism of the show and it certainly doesn’t diminish the thrill ...

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The question was never about whether Harambe should have been shot or not

The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Friday has resulted in a total and complete social media meltdown. The incident has garnered rage, an outpouring of online-hate, as well as the sympathies of many. The severity of the incident depends on who you ask. Harambe, an endangered western lowland gorilla had just turned 17. The zoo even celebrated his birthday. But who would have thought that the primate would be shot to death the very next day? The reason this ape was killed was because a four-year-old fell into his enclosure. In the video it ...

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The length of my sleeves has nothing to do with my ghairat

A university in Faisalabad has decided to impose a clothing restriction on its students and staff. Like always, the opinions on it have now been divided into the two most common categories: the beyghairat (shameless) liberals and the ghairat brigade (moral brigade). The beyghairat liberals argue that such a code is superfluous and ridiculous. They believe that enforcing such a code is unnecessary considering that the students are adults; they can decide for themselves what is right and wrong. They don’t need a code like this to try enforcing such decisions. The ghairat brigade supports the implementation of a dress code, ...

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10 very plausible predictions about Game of Thrones Season 6

Jon Snow came back to life, Brandon Stark got back in action, Brienne of Tarth saved Sansa Stark (finally), Roose Bolton and Balon Greyjoy (two of the most hated characters in the show) were killed, Tyrion Lannister got cozy with one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and Melisandre turned out to be a 100-years-old. Wow – what a thrill the past two weeks have been for GOT fans! Photo: Game of Thrones Memes Facebook Page The global sensation aired its first episode of Season 6 on April 24, 2016, and the producers made sure that its return was greeted ...

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The latest Game of Thrones episode leaves many seeing red

We all know the red woman. Some hate her, others are transfixed by the fiery curls, but the one thing all Game of Thrones fans can agree upon is that she oozes sex appeal and is usually up to no good. Having left many a mouth hanging over the years, the very end of the first episode has to be her most jaw-dropping moment. However, it may not be for the reasons you might think.   I was personally expecting a lot more from the first episode considering all the hype created around it. So without giving an spoilers to the current episode, lets ...

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War – A grim tale rather than a Grimm’s Fairy Tale

“Mirror mirror on the wall, Who is the lousiest of them all?” Once upon a time, in a land of pointless sequels, lousy executives from Universal Studios thought it was a good idea to make a franchise out of the 2012 sorta-kinda-maybe-a-hit Snow White and the Huntsman. Since Hollywood generally considers its audience as fools, a rotten concoction was brewed up where a pinch of Game of Thrones was drizzled on to the main ingredient of Frozen and blended with Lord of The Rings. But like too many cooks, inspiration from an assortment of movies totally spoiled the broth that is The Huntsman: Winter’s War It is both a sequel and ...

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Why is domestic abuse the selling point of Pakistani dramas?

The drama industry in Pakistan has grown exponentially and is a very valuable export of ours. These dramas have turned Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan into household names. For Pakistanis living abroad, they serve as a potent link to life back home and provide a much needed break from reality. However, there is still room for improvement. One particular thing that really irks me is the propensity to show violence against women on screen. There have been numerous incidents where a young member of my own family might be playing with a toy and they are suddenly transfixed to the TV screen, ...

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