Thinking Thrones: Beyond the Wall, Briefly

Thinking Thrones: Beyond the Wall, Briefly

For most of its seven season run, the pacing of Game of Thrones has been anything but rushed. Fifteen episodes elapsed between Jon Snow going beyond the Wall with Jeor Mormont in the season one finale and climbing back over it with the wildlings in season three....
Thinking Thrones: The Destroyer of Worlds

Thinking Thrones: The Destroyer of Worlds

“It made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer As Daenerys Targaryen’s first set foot on the mainland of Westeros, the would-be queen of...
Thinking Thrones: Let’s Play Dragon Matchmaker

Thinking Thrones: Let’s Play Dragon Matchmaker

“I named them after my brothers, Viserys and Rheagar. They’re both gone now.” While Cersei’s machinations and Jamie’s military maneuvering tilted the scales in favor of #TeamLannister, those crucial developments got second billing to a meeting six years in the...
Thinking Thrones: Cutting through the screen

Thinking Thrones: Cutting through the screen

The conclusion of “Stormborn” offered a taste of the impending carnage destined to unfold as Cersei attempts to rebuff Daenerys’ bid for the Iron Throne. Euron laying waste to Yara’s fleet (and the Dornish onboard) was likely just the hors d’oeuvres in terms...
Thinking Thrones: Humanity in Westeros

Thinking Thrones: Humanity in Westeros

010 The premiere of Game of Thrones penultimate season was mostly spent arranging the pieces for the endgame bid for the Iron Throne of Westeros. Dany arrives at Dragonstone, Cersei enlists Euron Greyjoy and his Iron Fleet, and Jon Snow attempts to fully unify a North...
Next Year Never Comes

Next Year Never Comes

Some of the most fun moments of any college basketball season happen right after a less heralded underclassman — a guy who isn’t a surefire “one and done” — shows flashes of brilliance. Whether a reserve big registering a double...
How to pick North Carolina in your 2017 bracket

How to pick North Carolina in your 2017 bracket

143 I’ve been told living well is the best revenge. The first time I wrote a “How to Pick UNC in Your Bracket” column the whole premise was a bit of a joke. That year the Tar Heels were a very good team, but not title worthy. It was a fun way to entertain an...