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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.


  1. The Oncoming Hurricane
    May 16, 2016 @ 5:08 am

    I honestly don’t feel like we can possibly be watching the same show, so I’ll leave that at that, but I do have a question. This isn’t a criticism, but except when they’re absolutely massive, do problematic aspects of the show not get discussed in these reviews, or is that only for the Brief Treatise series?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      May 16, 2016 @ 5:52 am

      I will if there’s something new to say, but a fair amount of it is just… well, yep, I sure am watching Game of Thrones, aren’t I.

      This week did indeed have some shamelessly unreconstructed fantasy savages. I suppose we hadn’t seen that particular flavor of imperialism in a bit, but there didn’t really feel like much to say. “That sure was the Dothraki. And some tits.”

      Apparently not a body double. Liked Emilia Clarke owning that after the amount of gossip column inches that the topic had consumed. She’s still right that the show needs more dick.


      • Jarl
        May 16, 2016 @ 6:26 am

        And it’s also a bit that more or less confirms what Viserys promised her back in season one regarding Drogo’s whole army and their horses, and the Dany plot always feels weird whenever it confirms that Viserys was right about anything.

        Speaking as someone who appreciates a good dick every now and then, I think the show– wow, I’m sorry, I just read that part, didn’t think about what it would look like written down. Writing as someone who appreciates a good dick every now and then, the show has been particularly cruel to dicks every time they come up. The dick treated most nicely by the show is Hodor’s, and it’s been five seasons since we saw that greatsword bouncing about. Surely, if nothing else, a nice tight Feyd-esque banana hammock would be appropriate.


  2. Tim B.
    May 16, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

    Cracking episode. My fear moving forward is that the many & various parties interested in killing Ramsey will not coordinate, and with Stannis’s attempt proved taking Winterfell is a tricky business so I can see Frey (mentioned homophonetically this episode) scooping the prize.

    Kristofer Hivju’s face when reading the letter was pretty awesome.

    Just one question, why isn’t Yara in the state of play?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      May 16, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

      For the same reasons Grey Worm, Olenna, and Podrick aren’t – they’re not listed in the opening credits.


  3. Ozman Jones
    May 17, 2016 @ 6:37 am

    Thanks for the review/roundup, as always it’s a cracking read.

    To be perfectly honest, both the wife and I so tired of Danny’s journey that the moment any episode crosses to her we audibly groan. And here she is again, doing something that’s supposed to be amazing; oh look she suddenly stopped playing ‘meek woman’ and turning the tables on her ‘male’ oppressors… just like she’s done how many times before, but nothing ever changes. And why would all of the Dothraki just accept her as the new ruler? Really? Don’t mistake this little rant; we loved the episode as a whole, but the Danny plot is just treading water of the worst kind. She’s been stuck in a classic Doctor Who Episode 3 for so long now, just waiting to get to her appointed place in the plot conclusion.


    • Chris Bradshaw
      May 17, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

      You mean Edge of Destruction serial or forest of fear? I assume the former.


      • Ozman Jones
        May 19, 2016 @ 6:47 am

        Not exactly… was more referring to the 4 episode structure of classic Who that typically left the third episode with nothing much to do but run around corridors and delay the Doctor getting to the resolution.


  4. Daru
    May 17, 2016 @ 6:49 am

    Really loved this episode. Almost shouted out when Sansa arrived at Castle Black – really dug the way that finally some important story threads are being fast-tracked. And I have not minded some of the slower and more obvious elements in the first three episodes, as I can really enjoy slower pacing in tales, especially when like here I could feel (and still do) things building.


  5. Froborr
    May 17, 2016 @ 7:39 am

    Oh, this was a good one! The Dany scene was indeed hilarious, but you know, that’s what she’s good at, massive, dramatic gestures from a position of apparent weakness that swing the balance of power in her favor. The problem is that she then inevitably falters on the follow-through. The main issue I see at the moment is that she brings a massive Dothraki army to destroy the slaver city-states JUST as Tyrion convinced them to let go of slavery gradually, resulting in him failing to end both evils he mentioned this episode.

    On the other hand, if she actually succeeds in coordinating with him, she might actually be able to accelerate the end of slavery. (Loved the acknowledgment that the difference between slavery and peasantry is tiny, the rich are still the rich and the poor the poor.) I mean, sooner or later she has to actually get a stable foundation under her feet from which to launch her invasion of Westeros just as the White Walkers break through the Wall and flood the country, and the penultimate or antepenultimate season seems like about the right time for her to start making progress toward that.

    And while Dany is declaring herself the Stallion That Mounts the World, Sansa is on her way to becoming Warden of the North. And Brienne gets to tell off Davos and Melisandre, while Cersei finally gets the Small Council behind her and launches a plan to rescue Margaery, and Yara is on the path to rule the Iron Islands.

    I never thought I’d see this about an episode of Game of Tortureporn, but this was a pretty good episode to be a woman.

    At least if you’re an aristocrat. It kind of sucks to be Osha. Ramsay has always been boring, can the earth just crack open and swallow him up already?


    • quislibet
      May 17, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

      I was hoping Osha would at least get in a good scarring stab before Ramsay killed her.


  6. Ozman Jones
    May 19, 2016 @ 6:45 am

    Not exactly… was more referring to the 4 episode structure of classic Who that typically left the third episode with nothing much to do but run around corridors and delay the Doctor getting to the resolution.


    • Ozman Jones
      May 19, 2016 @ 6:46 am

      Wrong thread… obviously. Soz


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