Lessons of the Red Wedding: The Uses of Character Death in Fantasy

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***SPOILER ALERT***
This post contains spoilers for the June 2 episode of “Game of Thrones.” If you did not watch the episode, have not read “A Storm of Swords,” and do not want “The Rains of Castamere” spoiled, do not continue. There are NO spoilers posted here for “A Feast for Crows” or “A Dance with Dragons.”

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If you’ve read George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire,” then last night’s “Game of Thrones” was a chance to relive the horror, the pain, and the rage you felt the very first time you read those blood-stained pages chronicling the Red Wedding.

And if you are a “Game of Thrones” fan who never read the books—I’m so sorry. Here—watch this video of a kitten stuck in a hamster ball.


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Dissecting Another “Game of Thrones” Season 3 Trailer

If you haven’t read the books behind “Game of Thrones” and are looking for a spoiler-free preview of Season 3, check out my latest blog post over at “The Sonic Saber.” (There are no spoilers! I promise!)

If you have read the books and are looking for spoiler-tastic breakdown of HBO’s latest Season 3 trailer, then you have come to the right place! Read on and enjoy!

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***SPOILER ALERT***
This post contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.” If you have not read “A Storm of Swords” and do not want the plot spoiled, do not continue. There are NO spoilers posted here for “A Feast for Crows” or “A Dance with Dragons.”

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About a month ago, HBO released its first full-length trailer for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones,” scheduled to premier on March 31. I had so much fun analyzing each scene in that trailer that I’ve decided to perform another dissection on the new trailer just released Sunday.

Now, of course, much of this is mere speculation, and I could be wrong about everything. Take a look at the scenes I’ve identified, and let me know if you think I’ve guessed correctly.

Here we go!

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Let’s break it down now, shall we?
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Dissecting the New “Game of Thrones” Season 3 Trailer

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***SPOILER ALERT***
This post contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.” If you have not read “A Storm of Swords” and do not want the plot spoiled, do not continue. There are NO spoilers posted here for “A Feast for Crows” or “A Dance with Dragons.”

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There’s no question: HBO knows marketing.

Just last week, I wrote about the brilliant promotional site, mywatchbegins.com, where you can record yourself taking the Night’s Watch oath.

Today I get to write about another spot-on marketing campaign for “Game of Thrones,” this time in the form of a jaw-dropping ad in The New York Times:

GoT Season 3 Ad

Photo by “greywatercrannog” on Tumblr.

That’s right—Drogon’s silhouette dominates an entire page of The New York Times. Whoa! I didn’t even know you could DO that!

The ad appears only days after the premier on Jimmy Kimmel Live of the new Season 3 trailer, which finally gives fans a tantalizing glimpse at some actual footage.
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Let’s break this footage down into some scenes that fans of the books are sure to recognize:

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The George R. R. Martin Complex—or, Why Fans Have Entitlement Issues

Hello there, ladies and gents! Sorry for the shortage of updates recently. I got hit with a pretty severe cold and was laid up in bed for a couple of days. Just when I started feeling better, Winter Storm Nemo buried us in two feet of snow and knocked out our internet, phones and cable for about three days. We were fortunate not to lose power.

Now that order has been restored, I want to jump back into blogging with a few words about fan entitlement.

But first!

I just had to mention this incredible site, http://mywatchbegins.com. Developed by HBO as a promotion for “Game of Thrones,” this site lets you record yourself swearing the Night’s Watch oath, led by the Bastard of Winterfell, Jon Snow himself. Your voice is then mixed with the voices of hundreds of others who’ve visited the site and recorded their own oaths.

The result—one truly epic sound bite. George R. R. Martin even recorded his own version for YouTube.

I felt I needed to give HBO credit for thinking up this brilliant marketing strategy, and for making me feel like a badass when I listened to my voice right alongside Jon Snow’s. To hear my recording and to record your own Night’s Watch oath, clicky the pic below!

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The George R. R. Martin Complex

Last week, I wrote an article over at my friend Dave’s site, The Sonic Saber, about the deal George R. R. Martin signed with HBO, and fan reaction to this news.

It got me thinking about fans (of books, television shows, musicians, etc.) and what makes them feel entitled to a constant stream of new content from the writers/actors/musicians they claim to adore—content, by the way, that they dictate.

I have dubbed this phenomenon “The George R. R. Martin Complex.”
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