What Stace had to say on Monday, July 13th, 2015
GoT and stuff

The hubs’s work sometimes involves working with various charities, and last night we all headed down to Castle Drogo for the “Jazz at Drogo” event to support Cancer Research UK. It was a lovely event despite the weather (the music wasn’t my thing, but oh well) and the girls had lots of fun wandering around the gardens, which really are gorgeous, and getting a peek inside the castle during a reception at the beginning.

It turns out that the castle was named for its original owner, Julius Drewe, and the town it’s near/on the edge of, which is called Drewsteignton. It further turns out that Drewsteignton is named after its founder, a Norman baron named Drogo de Teigne, also known as Drewe de Teigne. So apparently “Drogo” means Drewe. Which immediately put me in mind of…

Hello. I'm King Drew.

Hello. I’m King Drew.

My friends call me Andy.

My friends call me Andy.

…which I know is kind of silly, but it made me giggle a bit anyway. (And really, any excuse to post pictures of this man is a good excuse, isn’t it?)

We enjoyed this latest season of Game of Thrones, though yeah, it wasn’t the best season there’s ever been. I’m kind of amused by all of the “new” theories popping up about Jon Snow, though, which aren’t new at all. I mean, I’ve (still, to my shame) never read the books and I figured this one out some time ago; that’s not meant as an insult to anyone who didn’t, but it’s ingenuous of a few TV reviewers to behave as if this is something they just invented.

For me (and for a lot of others, I think), reading the reviews and recaps is kind of an essential part of the whole viewing experience, which is amazing since ten or fifteen years ago we didn’t have anything like that. Now it’s a whole cottage industry, isn’t it, with written reviews and whole YouTube channels dedicated to discussions of TV shows. I’ve watched a few of those–I often watch movies or TV or listen to podcasts or whatever (look, I am SO modern and hip!) while washing dishes or cooking or puttering in the kitchen, as is my wont.

Anyway. I have an odd little theory of my own, which is probably utter crap. But here goes.

So this is the Night’s King:

Hiya. My name is not Drew.

Hiya. My name is not Drew.

There’s a whole little backstory to the Night’s King in the books, wherein (I’ll spare you from clicking, but this article on Vulture is interesting) he was the 13th Commander of the Night’s Watch (Jon is the 998th, so that’s a lot of years in between) and fell in love with a creepy white-skinned women and blah blah blah love turned him Eeevil and such. And his name isn’t recorded anywhere, and there are a few suspects, but some people think he was a Stark.

I think he was a Targaryen. Because dragonglass and fire. And dragons, which, see any resemblance?

Not the best angle for comparison, but it's hard to get imaginary creatures to pose for pictures.

Not the best angle for comparison, but it’s hard to get imaginary creatures to pose for pictures.

(By the way, in one of those recap shows, they were discussing the CGI of S5 Ep9. “He looked just like a real dragon!” one of the guys enthused, and while I knew what he meant, I had to pause it because I was giggling so hard at the idea that this gentleman thought dragons were real, and was pleased that the CGI guys had managed to recreate them so well on screen for those who had not yet made the journey to see one themselves. Presumably at the zoo in Valyria, or something.)

And maybe a dragon who “turns to the dark side,” or something, can be destroyed by the things that come from dragons, or, I dunno, I thought it was kind of a fun little idea, anyway. If I’m right I’ll be amazed. But half the fun of shows like this is having theories and imagining ways to predict where they’re going or what something means; not in a bizarre “The Shining is about the subjugation of Native Americans” way, but in a fun, “hey, this would be cool, wouldn’t it?” way.

Anyway. I’d intended to blog about something else today (actually it was supposed to go up last week), but I didn’t have it finished for today and I wanted to get something up, so here it is. I am still hard at work, oh me oh my.

Oh, here’s a rather dumb little gif.

nightskingapples

2 comments to “GoT and stuff”

  1. Amy
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    · July 14th, 2015 at 9:18 am · Link

    Ok, fine. I’ll admit it. I am totally in the dark here. I had to ask someone to explain a few things and about who the hot guy was in the pictures above. No, I have not been living under a rock. I haven’t watched the show and have read only the first book some time ago. Not saying that they’re bad, just not my thing.

    Castles are cool so I checked that out. The gardens are beautiful.

    Glad you’re back Stacia!!



  2. Gisela
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    · July 15th, 2015 at 12:12 pm · Link

    I haven’t read the books and didn’t watch the 1st season, well not all of it.. yet. I started on the 2nd season and I’m still debating about reading the books since I’m really enjoying the tv series and not knowing what’s going to happen.

    It’s good to hear from you!



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