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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later.Support Elizabeth on Patreon.

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  1. Aylwin
    February 29, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    Ah, the rabbit scene. Purely functional services to the story aside, pretty much the sole justification for the Reeds.

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  2. Aylwin
    February 29, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    (a scene with Richard Madden)

    Miaow!

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  3. Dadalama
    February 29, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

    chaos as “the bad thing” has always bothered me. All chaos is is unpredictability. I don’t know what in the hell Littlefinger was talking about, but Varys sounds like he was talking about unrest. Or a riot.

    Riots are very predictable. People get killed. Stuff gets stolen. Property gets destroyed. It’s dangerous and unpleasant but it’s awfully predictable.

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    • Jane
      February 29, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

      In the midst of unpredictability, there are opportunities for advancement in the game that are not available when all the possible moves are otherwise known.

      What I really love about the end, though, is how Jon and Ygritte’s ascension is played as a counterpoint to Littlefinger’s aspirations. There are far better ladders to climb than those of politics. (It’s an especially interesting implication for those of us following the Chair Agenda.)

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    • Aylwin
      February 29, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

      For the people actually living where one is going on, rather than commenting on them as abstract social phenomena happening somewhere else, riots make life a good deal less predictable. Fairly major things that most people can reasonably count on most of the time, like “my home is not going to get torched tonight” become more of an open proposition.

      And Varys isn’t talking about a riot, which is a momentary spasm of disorder in a generally orderly society, but about enduring chaos. Warlordism. Early Anglo-Saxon England, early Capetian France, pre-modern Ireland, Libya 2016, that sort of thing.

      When people who have lived through both tyranny and sustained anarchy express a preference for the former (as they tend to), it’s precisely on the grounds of predictability. All right, so and so was a rapacious brute, but you knew where you were with him. If you paid up, did what you were told, kept your eyes down and your mouth shut, him and his thugs would probably leave you alone, and they could ensure that no other bunch of thugs troubled you. Whereas when there’s a dozen petty bands of thugs roving around the place fighting each other, any one of them could decide to do you at any time, and there’s not much you can do to alter the likelihood of it.

      I mean, it’s that logic of predictability that basic consent to be governed is in large part built on – that even if the taxes are high, it’s better to pay them regularly with the assurance that that’ll be the lot, than to live with the constant prospect that someone may take everything from you tomorrow, and likely beat/rape/kill you in the process.

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      • Iain Coleman
        March 2, 2016 @ 2:38 am

        All true, and yet these are things that many people in the West, especially Americans, seem to have a very hard time understanding. Hence various foreign policy misadventures of recent years.

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  4. David Faggiani
    February 29, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    Varys and Littlefinger remind me a bit of the two ‘outside the narrative’, Angel/Demon characters in “The Hudsucker Proxy” – I believe they were called Moses and Aloysius in that. They confront each other directly during the end of the narrative, which I hope Littlefinger and Varys will too.

    Although that would probably be too obvious. I can’t even imagine what fate is going to befall either of them in the books. I personally hope Littlefinger gets eaten by an ice spider.

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  5. Daru
    March 8, 2016 @ 9:56 am

    “Aiden Gillen’s gloriously camp reading over an uncharacteristic use of montage containing what may be the single most viscerally horrifying image in Game of Thrones in the form of Ros’s obviously tortured essentially naked corpse still hanging from her wrists on Joffrey’s bed.”

    I’ll be honest and say that this scene where Ros is tortured and her body displayed I found very hard to watch, and I still haven’t seen that section of this episode. Probably I will always skip that part.

    Really with you jane on the beauty of the ascension imagery as John and Ygritte ascend the wall and how this links to Littlefinger’s speech. Lovely stuff.

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