Game of Thrones: Who in Westeros Will Fight Alongside Daenerys Targaryen?

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In last night’s season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the stage was finally set for an all-out war for next year; one that is unprecedented for televised drama, let alone fantasy.

Everyone’s favorite Targaryen, Dany, is a character who has had one of the simplest motivations presented amidst the large cast since Season 1. She aims to reclaim the Iron Throne, and in the process, upend the corruption that preceded her birth and resulted in the widespread war that killed her entire family.

Fast forward six seasons, and the seven kingdoms have become a smaller number, and the great houses that clashed during the first three seasons have dwindled into something completely different. In this new order of Westeros, where the children have essentially taken over and powerful women have replaced the aggressive patriarchy (see Lady Olenna, Queen Cersei, Ellaria Sand, Yara Greyjoy to an extent, and Sansa Stark), who will stand behind the Mother of Dragons, and who will attempt to challenge her as the Night’s King continues his long march to the Wall?

On Movie Pilot, I composed a full breakdown of where each House and Kingdom stands and how likely it is they will ally with Fire and Blood. Click here to read the article.

Extra Credits:

  • Overall, I really enjoyed this finale and believe it to be the best season ender in the show’s history. Leave it to director Miguel Sapochnik for delivering three of the best episodes of the series, including last year’s “Hardhome,” along with “Battle of the Bastards” and now “Winds of Winter.”
  • Time for the nitpicks: Some of the episode’s quick progression was jarring and inconsistent with how alliances and “big moments” of the show usually play out. It’s odd to see characters teleporting from place to place, quickly negotiating huge plot developments without much resistance. It just doesn’t feel quite as earned as we would expect to hear Jon referred to as “King in the North,” the reveal of Jon’s true parentage even, the Dornish/Tyrell alliance with Dany, and more. But I will lend the show credit for how King’s Landing wrapped up in probably the best way possible.
  • One of the questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not Rhaegar Targaryen is Jon’s father, now that it’s been revealed (finally) that Lyanna is his mother and Ned is his uncle. I firmly hold to the uncomplicated theory that Rhaegar indeed impregnated Lyanna and out of love at that. There’s even credence to the idea that they were lawfully married during Robert’s Rebellion, despite Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia Martell, which would make Jon a legitimate Targaryen.
  • Last note: if you’re interested in reading the books but have no intention of starting at the beginning (though you absolutely should), I suggest you start with Storm of Swords, the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. There are certain deviations the show makes from this book in particular that you will want to be savvy on before reading Feast for Crows and Dance with Dragons.



Game of Thrones: Top 6 Moments of ‘The Door’

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HOLD EVERYTHING, well except for the door because this week we have a lot to talk about while dissecting, recapping, and theorizing the latest episode of Game of Thrones, which is Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door.”

The Now Conspiring podcast team covers the top moments of the episode, touring the planetos and getting into the typical dragon-sized spoilers you’ve grown accustomed to. Enjoy!

DARK QUESTIONS, DARK ANSWERS: Who was your MVP of the episode, as well as your death prediction for next week? Also, what’s an insane, Hodor-sized fan theory you have after watching this episode?

Go on…Game of Thrones: Top 6 Moments of ‘The Door’

Game of Thrones: Top 10 Moments of ‘Oathbreaker’

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Our watch of this week’s latest Game of Thrones has ended, and we have a lot to unpack with Season 6, Episode 3: Oathbreaker.

We’ve consolidated our usual recap into a Top 10 of the episode, highlighting our favorite revelations and theories coming out of this week’s episode.

As always, this episode is filled to the brim with mutton-sized spoilers for the show and even some mild book spoilers, so listen no further if you want to remain unsullied.

DARK QUESTIONS, DARK ANSWERS: Who was your MVP of the episode, as well as your death prediction for next week? Also, what do you think of the R + L = J & M theory?

Go on…Game of Thrones: Top 10 Moments of ‘Oathbreaker’

Game of Thrones S6E1 Recap: ‘The Red Woman’

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Hey Throners, carrying on the Now Conspiring tradition of recapping HBO’s Game of Thrones, we conspire the Season 6 premiere, “The Red Woman.”

Jon Snowgroni, Kayla Millionth of her Name, and Khal Donis cover all of the easter eggs, book connections, and fan theories we want to see happen throughout the season. So if you’re cool with dragon-sized spoilers, this is your podcast.

DARK QUESTIONS, DARK ANSWERS: Who was your Game of Thrones MVP this week? And who is your death prediction, a character you think will die in Episode 2?

Go on…Game of Thrones S6E1 Recap: ‘The Red Woman’

Ten Cloverfield Names

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This week on Now Conspiring, we review 10 Cloverfield LaneBrothers Grimsby, and Spider-man’s new suit. We also chat in length about the new Game of Thrones trailer for Season 6.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What do you think the next “Cloverfield” movie should be about?

Go on…Ten Cloverfield Names

The First Trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 is Here

I choose violence.

The tone here suggests that we’ve passed the typical part of any story where everything falls apart for our main characters. Daenerys is in captivity, Cersei and Jaime are struggling for control, the North is firmly under the control of the Boltons, and one of our heroes is dead. What comes next will hopefully be several marks above the transitional Season 5 that merged the two most recent books in A Song of Ice and Fire.

Go on…The First Trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 is Here

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