The Bells – Game of Thrones’ Ozymandias

The preview for the Game of Thrones series finale has zero words, but pounds on images of the aftermath and the end as Daenerys marches forth into a world forged in fire. I thought of the last lines of Shelley’s “Ozymandias”:

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Much has been made about prophecies as of late. Shelley’s famous sonnet details its own prophecy, that of a great ruler’s kingdom reduced to an arid wasteland, prideful boasts notwithstanding: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings/Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” As the dust settles on Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode of the series, much has been made about whether Daenerys’ trajectory was earned. But looking back on Daenerys’ downfall from agency to entitlement and finally towards her manifest destiny, there was no other trajectory for her that could’ve seen to this completion. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: ‘A Dance of Dragons’

game-of-thrones-season-5Episode nine has built itself quite a reputation in Game of Thrones’ history. It’s given us some thrilling sequences like the Battle of Blackwater, and the Attack on the Wall. It also ushered in two of the most painfully horrific, game-changing events in the series: Ned Stark’s execution, and the infamous Red Wedding. So how did season 5’s penultimate episode stack up amongst the rest? Well, let’s talk about it. Continue reading