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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
"Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow. " -- Varys, talking to Tyrion.  Westeros is a pretty cruel place to be a child. The third episode in HBO's second season of "Game of Thrones"began and ended with the slaughter of youths: First, with the wildling Craster (Robert Pugh) offering up one of his incestual sons to some weird gods (and Commander Mormont defending this behavior as an evil worth tolerating)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. It's going to be a long road to acceptance. The Chicago-based blog Sherman Ave assigned each Big Ten school a corresponding Game of Thrones character last week. Many of their assignments were spot on - Northwestern as the smart, if not physically unimposing Tyrion Lannister; Michigan as the talented, slightly arrogant superpower Jamie Lannister; and Ohio State as the loathsome top dog Joffrey. But scroll to the bottom and you'll see new members Maryland and Rutgers, who join the league on July 1. They weren't exactly deemed worthy of Game of Thrones characters.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
"Look around you, we're all liars here and every one of us is better than you. " -- Littlefinger to Sansa Stark.  Most of the time on "Game of Thrones" much of Westeros is concerned with the Lannister-Stark-Baratheon power struggle happening south of The Wall -- that 700-feet-tall, 300-miles-long blockade of ice that protects humanity from the frozen zombies, giants and mammoths that legends say live beyond it. Season 2's...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
When a passion for "Game of Thrones" meets up with the kind of inquisitive mind it takes to be a physics grad student at a school like Johns Hopkins University, what you get is the "circumbinary" hypothesis of weird weather seasons in Westeros. Don't mock it unless you have a better explanation as to how "summer can last for decade, winter for a generation" in the fictional world of "Thrones. " I love the kind of intellectual fun these JHU students are having with the the series.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. It's going to be a long road to acceptance. The Chicago-based blog Sherman Ave assigned each Big Ten school a corresponding Game of Thrones character last week. Many of their assignments were spot on - Northwestern as the smart, if not physically unimposing Tyrion Lannister; Michigan as the talented, slightly arrogant superpower Jamie Lannister; and Ohio State as the loathsome top dog Joffrey. But scroll to the bottom and you'll see new members Maryland and Rutgers, who join the league on July 1. They weren't exactly deemed worthy of Game of Thrones characters.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
When a passion for "Game of Thrones" meets up with the kind of inquisitive mind it takes to be a physics grad student at a school like Johns Hopkins University, what you get is the "circumbinary" hypothesis of weird weather seasons in Westeros. Don't mock it unless you have a better explanation as to how "summer can last for decade, winter for a generation" in the fictional world of "Thrones. " I love the kind of intellectual fun these JHU students are having with the the series.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 8, 2012
In a show that covers such a broad scale both in geography and character count, it's easy to forget that there are some episodes when checking in with everybody will be simply impossible. Especially in starting a new season, there was always the sense after “The North Remembers” that the second episode would need to back-burner a few of the major plotlines to catch up with everyone else. But “The Night Lands” does not disappoint despite leaving Robb, Joffrey, Sansa and Catelyn on the bench.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Let the double-crossing families of Westeros waste their waking hours plotting to kill each other's wannabe kings. The true heir to the Targaryen Empire is busy building an army. The episode "Breaker of Chains" reminded us that, despite the compelling stories of Starks and Lannisters, Daenerys Targaryen is the real star of this series. (More so than in the books, Dany's character stands out on TV - in sunny landscapes as opposed to the dark surroundings of the west.) Watching Sunday's episode, I was also struck once again by how much fine, understated, nuanced acting is going on in this show about dragons, zombies and watches -- particularly by Lena Headey (Cersei)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Freud once said the greatest works in literature involved parricide: “Oedipus,” “Hamlet” and “The Brothers Karamazov. " I'm not arguing that George R.R. Martin's “A Storm of Swords” should be placed in that canon. But I am arguing that when Tyrion kills Tywin in Sunday's “Game of Thrones” the show is invoking some major literary themes. Season 4 of HBO's “Game of Thrones” came to an end with a strong episode titled “The Children” that culminated with the murder of the Lannister family patriarch, who was killed (embarrassingly)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
"Look around you, we're all liars here and every one of us is better than you. " -- Littlefinger to Sansa Stark.  Most of the time on "Game of Thrones" much of Westeros is concerned with the Lannister-Stark-Baratheon power struggle happening south of The Wall -- that 700-feet-tall, 300-miles-long blockade of ice that protects humanity from the frozen zombies, giants and mammoths that legends say live beyond it. Season 2's...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
"Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow. " -- Varys, talking to Tyrion.  Westeros is a pretty cruel place to be a child. The third episode in HBO's second season of "Game of Thrones"began and ended with the slaughter of youths: First, with the wildling Craster (Robert Pugh) offering up one of his incestual sons to some weird gods (and Commander Mormont defending this behavior as an evil worth tolerating)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 8, 2012
In a show that covers such a broad scale both in geography and character count, it's easy to forget that there are some episodes when checking in with everybody will be simply impossible. Especially in starting a new season, there was always the sense after “The North Remembers” that the second episode would need to back-burner a few of the major plotlines to catch up with everyone else. But “The Night Lands” does not disappoint despite leaving Robb, Joffrey, Sansa and Catelyn on the bench.
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