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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 […]

The Magicians, Episode 13: Season Finale! Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?

The Magicians, Episode 13: Season Finale! Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?

And the season ends with both bangs and whimpers. Quentin has always been on a quest—at first, that quest was to save his own bleak life through magic, and then through magic to save his childhood fantasy of Fillory from itself. In fact, the whole thing reminds me of the Disney version of Hercules. Remember […]

The Magicians, Episode 12: Thirty-Nine Graves

The Magicians, Episode 12: Thirty-Nine Graves

Oh, they just love to play with our emotions! Looking at the title of this week’s episode, one could be forgiven for thinking that this week a giant battle will occur where 39 people will die. (Doesn’t happen.) Or that we’ll find out what happened to the missing Brakebills class. (Hi, Josh Hoberman!) Instead, Quentin […]

The Magicians, Episode 11: Remedial Battle Magic

The Magicians, Episode 11: Remedial Battle Magic

Things are getting significantly hairier, friends. There is a dramatic suicide depicted in this week’s episode, Julia gets a visit from the divine, and the fragility of Quentice (a fan-created Brangelina-like nickname for Quentin and Alice) is revealed. Shall we touch the button together? OK. Away we go. First, The Beast is tormenting travelers by […]

The Magicians, Episode 10: Homecoming

The Magicians, Episode 10: Homecoming

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED Even Kady’s mom, bleeding out of her eyeholes, wasn’t enough to merit a “viewer discretion advised” warning. In this episode, blood out of eyeholes isn’t anything compared to the Roman-decadence-style lives of Alice’s parents. They live in a boring old Chicago suburb but they just love to throw parties . . . […]