Political Analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

So yeah…that episode happened. I wrote an essay about it for Mostly focusing on the things I found interesting about the episode – the theme for this week is the uses and mis-uses of betrayal – but I do touch on the big controversy.

Cogman-written episodes always hum along on another level. Apart from what I’m sensing was a showrunner-mandated act of brutality perpetrated against a beloved character and the viewing audience, this was a good episode. I’m glad people like Steven are writing about this in a sober, thoughtful way, without invective. Not because I’m against passionate, angry critique, but because jerk babies are, and maybe we can get some of them to come around & be better people??

Well, the other problem with the episode was the Sand Snakes – but that’s largely an issue of fight choreography and direction, not script. 


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