Game of Thrones: “And Now His Watch Is Ended” Review by Jesse Schaffer

My oh my, things escalated quickly this time around, didn’t they? It’s been almost a week since “And Now His Watch Is Ended” aired, and the repercussions of what transpired in its final moments are still rocking the foundation of ‘Game of Thrones’. Seeing Daenerys pull a fast one on Kraznys, who’s been bad mouthing her from the moment she arrived, was the first true power shift of the season and one of the most satisfying sequences of the series. Oh, and the big reveal that Dany does in fact speak Valyrian and understood every single insult that Kraznys threw her way? That was awesome, and it shows how dangerous and methodical Dany has become. Yes she is still in possession of her dragons as well as the Unsullied, but more importantly she’s learned how to beat her enemies at their own game. When men look at her, they see a dumb bimbo who is easily tricked and led astray. And she knows it. By feigning ignorance and decimating the slavers once she gained the advantage (a plan that she kept entirely to herself), Dany proved that she has become a force to be reckoned with. It wasn’t the most honorable way to get what she wanted, but to hell with honor. The only thing honor’s gotten anyone on this show is a one-way ticket to the chopping block.

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Pegboard’s First Annual Mock Draft

Hello and welcome to our First Annual Mock Draft. It also happens to be our first non-television related article ever. In this mock draft we play the roles of the GMs for many teams. We decided to go back and forth between the two of us to make it more challenging. We flipped a coin (Kevin was victorious) to decide who picked for the odd teams and who picked for the even teams. We allow trades in any form so if Jesse wanted to trade for an odd numbered pick then he would have to make a deal with Kevin. If he wanted to trade for an even numbered pick he could trade himself. The rules are simple, the stakes are pretty low and the analysis is sub-par (on Kevin’s end at least). Please enjoy.

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: Week 3

I really wish I could get my reviews and rankings to you sooner in the week. Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way of that and ¬†you have to wait a little bit longer. Look at it this way; you get all week to watch the most recent episode of Thrones more than once, absorb every scene and every little detail, and completely form all of your own thoughts and opinions of what went down. Then when you think you have it all figured out, here come my articles at the end of the week to shake everything up again. You’re welcome.

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Game of Thrones: “Walk of Punishment” Review by Jesse Schaffer

“If your Gods are merciful, and they are just, why is the world so full of injustice?”

Jaime Lannister uttered that line to Catelyn Stark back in the season 1 finale, and it was at a time when everyone, including yours truly, had the Kingslayer pegged as a villain. Besides his reputation of slaying kings, he committed a number of vile acts over the course of that first season, and at the time there was no reason to believe that Jaime had any redeeming qualities. When he was captured by the Starks and shared that dialogue with Catelyn, we rejoiced because it seemed that this prick was finally going to get what was coming to him.

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: Week 2

Welcome to the debut edition of our Game of Thrones Power Rankings. Just like the wide world of sports, there’s a lot of different “teams” pursuing a common goal of ultimate power, some of which are faring much better than others. From first to worst, I’ll analyze each faction’s most recent activities, and whether or not that puts them closer to smashing their enemies than everyone else. This is still a work in progress and I don’t necessarily have my heart set on this format, but we’ll start with this and see what happens from here. Check back each week for the current set of rankings, as well as my review of the most recent episode.

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Game of Thrones: “Dark Wings, Dark Words” Review by Jesse Schaffer

It ain’t easy being a woman in Westeros. Between threats of rape, bouts of abuse and being married off against your will for political purposes, there exists a social hierarchy which more or less prevents the females from rising above their male counterparts. You can count all of the women with any true authority in “Game of Thrones” on one hand, and even most of those individuals are constantly undermined by men who always think that they know best (I’m looking at you Jorah). That’s why “Dark Wings, Dark Words” caught me by surprise, as nearly every scene was bountiful in girl power and suggested that maybe this is the season when said hierarchy gets flipped right on its ass. Oh, and there were a bevy of new characters that were introduced. Here we go.

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