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No One Likes the Watchers

You know the old saying – who watches the Watchers? Well maybe the answer is no one. Because who actually likes the Watchers?

I got to thinking about this when Holly started replaying Dragon Age: Origins recently. I started really noticing some notices between a few different Watcher organizations: the Dragon Age Grey Wardens, the Game of Thrones Night’s Watch, and the Dragonriders of the Pern series.

So let me draw some parallels between the three, and consider how the society around them have forgotten and ignored their purpose – and instead end up resentful. And then, for comparison, one other Watcher group – the Gunslingers from the Dark Tower series. I’ll try to keep spoilers limited. Onward!

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You Know Nothing, Jon Snow – A Character Study

We haven’t done much with Game of Thrones in a while, but with the show returning early next month, the excitement is filling us again. As such, it’s time to look at a few of the characters, and be thinking about what’s up with them, both in what has already happened in the show, and then into the future from the books.

Today I wanted to talk about Jon Snow. While all of George R.R. Martin’s characters are strong, have their own motivations and plans, some see more development than others. And this may be more true for Jon Snow than for anyone else. As the bastard brother living in the shadow of future lords and kings, he was young, naive, and had no real prospects at the beginning of the tale. From there, he becomes our main eyes in the north, the one who really learns what is going on in this world.

Alright, I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers for the most part, but from here there be spoilers. I’ll move chronologically so if you find yourself reaching the point where you’re caught up… read beyond that at your own risk!

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