Author Archive: Nicole Foti

Nicole Foti is an adjunct professor of writing and cultural studies at various colleges in Rhode Island and Connecticut. She uses academic research as a disguise to think deeply about fantasy, science fiction, feminism, representation, affective dynamics and shifting modes of power.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

From the opening scenes, this season finale was lit. And it belonged to Cercei, who starts the action by blowing up the Sept of Baelor and offing the Church of the Seven (good riddance!), Maester Pycelle (meh) and the Tyrell siblings (nooooo Margaery!) all at once. Tommen, who survives only because Gregor Clegane makes him stay in his room, can’t bear the bloodshed […]

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards”

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards”

The strongest episode of the season focuses on just two storylines: the Masters’ attack on Meereen and the Stark’s reclamation of Winterfell. I’ve been hoping the writers would get back to this type of storytelling for the entire season, since it’s much more fulfilling than forced, quick dips into multiple characters’ lives. In contrast, this episode’s action focused on the heroes’ strengths, rose […]

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 8, “No One”

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 8, “No One”

GoT seems to be teaching us, as an audience, that its myriad plots are about character development and not (always) about how they play out. Take Arya, who opens this week’s show running away from the Waif and bleeding copiously from her stab wounds. Arya leads the Waif right to her sword, Needle, and shows off her training when she […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode 7 Recap: The Broken Man

Game of Thrones, Episode 7 Recap: The Broken Man

In “The Broken Man,” the GoT writers once again rose the stakes without bothering to tie up even one of this season’s many storylines. The episode’s biggest surprise had to be the appearance of Sandor Clegane. We haven’t seen the Hound since Arya Stark left him for dead after what looked like a fatal duel with Brienne. We find Clegane seeking atonement, or […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode 6 Recap: Blood of My Blood

Game of Thrones, Episode 6 Recap: Blood of My Blood

Just when it seemed things were coming together, “Blood of My Blood” introduces new storylines and tugs at our heartstrings in new ways. The title of this week’s episode points to its powerful closing scene, which finds Daenerys atop a dragon telling her vast army of bloodriders that she is at last ready to march her armies onto “wooden horses” […]

Game of Thrones, Episode 5 Recap: The Door

Game of Thrones, Episode 5 Recap: The Door

Lots of jaw-dropping this week: the ladies take control, the Whitewalkers rear their ugly, ice-blue-eyed heads, and secrets from the past are revealed, mainly, “Hold the door!” Finally, in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, “The Door,” Hodor’s namesake and destiny are revealed: to hold the door closed and keep the Whitewalkers away from […]

Game of Thrones, Episode 4 Recap: Book of the Stranger

Game of Thrones, Episode 4 Recap: Book of the Stranger

What an episode! This week’s episode is really turning up the heat (pardon my pun) and lighting the way with some feminist, female power. For a show that’s received a lot of criticism about its treatment of women, this episode offers something to remedy. The best GoT episodes are the ones that end with a […]

Game of Thrones, Episode 3 Recap: Oathbreaker

Game of Thrones, Episode 3 Recap: Oathbreaker

With week three’s episode, “Oathbreaker,” the Game of Thrones crew is starting to pull its storylines together. While not one of the most action-packed 50 minutes we’ve seen, this episode was driven by pathos. For me, it was a bit of a relief we well, as I’d been itching for the new season to dig […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode 2 Recap: Home

Game of Thrones, Episode 2 Recap: Home

Well, our biggest question from last week has been answered—Jon Snow has indeed been resurrected! Melisandre, despairing over having lost her way with the Lord of Light, struggled to bring him back but was ultimately successful. Our Lord Commander is back on the big screen and the mutineers who stabbed him have been captured thanks […]

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Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Recap, Spoilers, and Fan Theories

Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Recap, Spoilers, and Fan Theories

Last Sunday, fans of the much-loved epic-fantasy series, Game of Thrones, cried out in joy as their long fast ended and season six premiered. As we did with The Magicians, every week we’ll be giving you episode recaps, sprinkled with book insights and fan theory. The season premier was dedicated to catching up with most […]