Monday, December 11, 2023

House of Fire & Blood – Episode 19 “The Patriarchy Is Bad, and Other Groundbreaking Analysis”

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This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series House of Fire and Blood

This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the TV series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

What if George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Blood was written more like HBO’s House of the Dragon? Caroline and Gretchen analyze Martin’s work from this perspective and search for hidden stories in the text.

TRIGGER WARNING EPISODE – Caroline and Gretchen continue their analysis of Fire & Blood with the ninth chapter, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I Part 2. When the High Septon dies, Jaehaerys and Alysanne take a convenient trip to Oldtown to mourn him (with their dragons!) while some plot-relevant eggs disappear on Dragonstone. And the patriarchy is very bad to Alyssa!

TRIGGER WARNING for discussion about traumatic childbirth, infant mortality, birth mortality, and forms of surgery surrounding said topics. Discussion begins at 51:30 and ends at 1:45:00.

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Series NavigationHouse of Fire & Blood – Episode 18 “Do Wise Women Dream of Electric Meat?” >>House of Fire & Blood – Episode 20 “The Real Theme is the Patriarchy We Made Along the Way” >>


  • Caroline

    Caroline is a lawyer by day, geeky media fan and critic by night, afternoon, and lunch hour. Caroline enjoys long walks on quiet beaches so she can mentally over-analyze fictional characters and settings, and candlelit dinners that don't cause a glare on her TV screen.

  • Gretchen

    Bi/pan, they/them. Gretchen is a Managing Editor for the Fandomentals. An unabashed academic book nerd and aspiring sci/fi and fantasy author, they have about things like media, representation, and ethics in storytelling.

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