Thursday, June 11, 2015


An odd bit of dialogue stuck out for me at the beginning of the ninth episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. After some Bolton raiders snuck into Stannis Baratheon's camp and caused massive havoc, this conversation between Stannis and his Hand, Davos, ensues:
Davos: A band of 20 men. Maybe less. They were in and out before we'd spotted them. Burned our food stores to the ground, all our siege weapons destroyed, the tents-
Stannis: Horses?
Davos: We're still getting a count, but hundreds are dead.
Stannis: Twenty men rode into our tents without a single guard sounding the alarm?
Davos: The Northerners know more about their land than we ever will.
Stannis: Put last night's guards in chains. Either they fell asleep or conspired with the enemy. Find out the truth, then hang them.
If I hadn't initially misheard Stannis' question as "nineteen men", I probably wouldn't have made the connection to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, where both America's economic institutions (food stores?) via the World Trade Center, and her military (siege weapons?), via the Pentagon, took heavy hits.

So, what do you think? Are the Game of Thrones show runners secret 9/11 truthers, implying LIHOP or MIHOP? If that were, in fact, the case, they probably should have chosen someone a bit more sympathetic than Stannis as the vector for said message, considering the fact that later in the same episode, this character burns his only remaining child alive in a sacrifice to (ahem) "the Lord of Light".

Oh well. At least that scene gave actor Stephen Dillane the chance to pull off some crazy intense, silent movie acting shit with his face. One of the most disturbing things I've ever seen on TV, perhaps topped only by the eyeball torture scene from the first episode of the first season of UTOPIA.

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