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Game of Thrones S07-E05: Mellow yet extremely important

After the fourth episode, I felt that Game of Thrones (GoT) would definitely slow its pace down for the fifth episode, which it did. This would have naturally made the episode quite dry in comparison to the nail-biting fourth episode, except it was quite the contrary.  Even though the fifth episode, Eastwatch, may not be the best one so far, it sure is the most important one. The fifth episode had quite a few important details that could completely turn the tables around for quite a few characters. In Winterfell, the northerners are still dismayed about their king, Jon Snow, deserting them and putting his sister, ...

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Game of zones: Why India must resolve its issues with both its nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and China

While framing this piece in my mind, I was stuck in a conundrum. Why am I writing a blog at a time when everyone is probably watching Game of Thrones (GoT)? Simply enough, an answer came to mind. Apart from the very few people who do not watch the series, everyone is interested in real life power struggles as well. Hence, the name game of zones, conflict zones to be exact. I read an article recently, which quoted a Chinese analyst saying that the Indian government should avoid opening two fronts. This was of course an apparent reference to its neighbours, Pakistan and China. Pakistan has ...

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Game of Thrones season 7: The great war is here

When we last left the world of the Seven Kingdoms at the end of season six of Game of Thrones, many narrative threads were resolved. Cersei Lannister blows up the Sept, vanquishing many of her enemies including the High Sparrow and the Tyrell siblings, and becoming Queen of Westeros in one fell swoop. Seasons-old questions were finally answered. Jon Snow is indeed the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen and the major contenders to the Iron Throne seem poised to finally battle for it out once and for all. Daenerys Targaryen finally sets across the Narrow Sea towards Westeros, having established allies ...

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Game of Thrones Season 7 might see the end of Tyrion Lannister

Just like Melisandre brought Jon Snow back to life in season six, Game of Thrones (GoT) fans were resuscitated by producers after the teaser trailer for season seven was released on social media a few days ago. And the one-and-a-half minute teaser was as cryptic as GoT can get. Kit Harington in Game of Thrones. Photo: IMDb The trailer begins with sigils of all the major houses of Westeros, with famous dialogues by people belonging to these houses playing as the background score. We hear iconic lines from Daenerys Targaryen, the Mad King, Robert Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey, Balon Greyjoy, Roose ...

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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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Game of Thrones: In season 6, Jon Snow’s death is inconsequential

A couple of weeks ago, Game of Thrones (GoT) released the trailer for its sixth season on YouTube and, for those 1:41 minutes, the entire world ceased to exist for diehard GoT fans. The excitement and exhilaration that fans had been harbouring since the beginning of this year (and when the season six teaser was released) increased tenfold and I, for one, began marking the calendar for April 24th like the GoT fanatic I am. After the trailer was released, many started speculating as to whether Jon Snow was really dead or if he will be reincarnated by Melisandre, the Red Woman ...

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Game of Thrones – What to expect from season 5

For most of the world, spring is just around the corner – but for HBO’s Game of Thrones fans “winter is coming”, as the new season kicks off on April 12, 2015. Game of Thrones is one of the most widely watched shows of this decade and is increasingly becoming part of the urban culture due to its surging popularity. However, for me, the charm of the show started to fade sometime last season. Yes, I am one of those I-have-read-the-books people and as the show drifted further away from the books, it left me exceedingly frustrated as significant subplots and characters ...

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Game of Thrones versus House of Cards, who will bag the Golden Globe?

As per the Greek mythos, Helen of Troy was the face that launched a thousand ships. By the same token, collectively, two of the most popular drama series Game of Thrones and House of Cards have created a plethora of die-hard fans, countless memes and memorable one-liners from the two drama series.  If one was to find a singular commonality between the two drama series, it will be the pursuit of seeking absolute power. While, House of Cards frequently chronicles and portrays the journey of its main character, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), in the corridors of power in Washington DC ,  Game of Thrones, on the other hand, ...

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‘What is dead may never die’…except George R R Martin

There is a rumour afloat that strikes fear in the hearts of millions. It’s not the reports of the brain eating amoeba or SARS or an exotic epidemic. No, this is much more critical, infinitely more blood-curdling horrifying. The rumour is that (hold on to your dear ones. If you are a misanthropic loner then a pillow will do) George R R Martin may not be able to finish the last installation of his ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ books which form the plot of the wildly popular TV show, Game of Thrones (GOT). There, it’s off my chest. The ...

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