Partings and New Beginnings

Well, it seems I join a large group of people who have a blog who barely ever use it. But I have nonetheless kept it registered and active. The bright spot of that is that it’s now available for me to use to speak through writing when I find it hard to speak with my voice.

My mother is gone. Many of you (who have reason to read this, at any rate) know this. But I had to write those words down, because I can still hardly believe them.

How can she be gone? She, who was the bright, shining light of this world (to me, and thus, from my point of view, to the whole world). I have spent these last couple weeks veering back and forth between sobbing and staring into empty space, hopelessly weighed down by an ever-oppressing sadness.

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From Television Show to Cinema-at-Home: How Game of Thrones Evolved In Its Final Stretch

WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the television series Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

I recall reading a review of Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale The Winds of Winter that said the episode would have played, in many respects, as a fitting finale for the show. Looking back now, after the final 13 episodes have played out, this observation may have been perfectly on mark.

To be sure, given the divisive nature of the show’s final seasons, I’m sure there are many who wish this was so. But that’s not what I’m talking about. From my perspective, Game of Thrones was a structurally different beast for its final act. While the first six seasons largely stuck to an established pace that had, more or less, something in common with the television format (albeit with more narrative jumping around), the final seasons played more like a piece of cinema. Continue reading

“Now that’s a proper introduction.”


Hello again, friends. I had initially intended to make my first post about the structure of the final 13 episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (it’s still coming). But somehow, this felt wrong. My welcome post was brief, and I don’t feel like I’ve yet introduced myself sufficiently to warrant anybody even wanting to follow this blog (or to inspire myself to comfortably spill out all that is rumbling around in my head). So, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to tell you a little about myself. Continue reading