"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen


"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister


"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont


"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister


"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Wednesday, March 28, 2012



Game of Thrones Season 2 is this Sunday. Here is a half hour special were the makers discuss some interesting things:




Three things struck me. One is how they emphasize the feminist nature of the strong female characters, maybe because fantasy fans are typically male. Secondly, how one of the creators said he wanted it to be like past HBO shows the Sopranos and Deadwood with many characters (but no mention of the Wire.) And thirdly, one of the creators mentioned how the show entered into discussion of contemporary politics. My guess is he was referring to the way Obama was played by Republicans over, say, the debt ceiling and how Ned Stark was played by Cersei and Littlefinger. Lefty/liberal critics of Obama say he was naive to believe his opponents would negotiate in good faith. Maybe so but part of the reason Obama was elected was his appeal to patriotic, post-partisanship (neither red states nor blue states but one America, etc.) Just as Ned Stark was loved and respected as a leader, friend, husband, brother and father for his appeal to a code of honor and loyalty.

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