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In Game of Thrones's Season Finale, Women Are the Future of Westeros

Throughout Season 6, “Game of Boners”—Jezebel’s somewhat cheeky/maybe derisive tag for our Game of Thrones reviews—became, increasingly, a misnomer. As we motored into the third act of this truly astonishing odyssey, there’s been nary a boner at all—and relative to other seasons, not even all that much killing, save…

Game of Thrones's Top Women Proved They Are Fucking Ready to Rumble

In an unexpected twist, Game of Thrones this week actually happened to satisfy, if temporarily, our innate desire for the good guys to win. But as “Battle of the Bastards” hammered home many times, none of us can be anything but what we are—and “no one can protect you”—and so, to reach its triumphant, series-pivotal…

The Bolton Battle Begins In This Week's Game of Thrones Trailer

While I’m still not sure how Jon Snow’s Wildling army ends up at Winterfell so quickly, and whether they’ve managed to gather reinforcements—all in due time. HBO has dropped the trailer for this week’s episode, “Battle of the Bastards” (referring to the “bastard” Jon Snow and the bastard Ramsay Bolton) and of course,…

Meet the Baby Lady: Game of Thrones Offers Up a New Patriarchy-Bashing Meme

We’ve hit that time we reach in every season of Game of Thrones where there’s a few episodes devoted to some shit happening that’s necessary to set up the more exciting stuff to come later. That’s all well and good, though the plot-advancing becomes particularly clear when the best moment in the episode is one that’s…

Benjen Stark Returns on Game of Thrones. O Shit Whaddup

“Blood of My Blood”... plot advancer of my plot advancer: at the risk of being placed on some sort of Game of Thrones persona non grata/no-fly dossier for nerds, I must be true and note that Episode 6, somewhat like parts of Episode 5, seemed like a series of rote cogs in the set-up for the rest of the season. (I…

Game of Boners: Breaking Oaths, Taking Names

After last week’s cliffhanger resurrection, we dove full force into “Oathbreaker”’s plot: Jon Snow is so woke, so bae. While we all prattled on about Melisandre’s crisis of faith and wavering trust in the Lord of Light, we should have been worried about Jon, who returned from the afterlife to inform us all that…

Game of Boners: Thrones's Women Are Doing It For Themselves

The last few episodes of Season 5 were bleak as hell for its women characters, even by Game of Thrones standards: Sansa was duped into marrying the torture-frenzied, truly pathological rapist Ramsay Bolton, essentially locked away in a tower until she could bear him a son. Daenerys was forced to flee her queendom of…

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Game of Boners: Jaime Lannister Shops at Abercrombie & Fitch

We’ve seen Jaime Lannister do his share of terrible things: He shoved Bran Stark out a tower window, has had a decades-long sexual relationship with his sister and is broadly (if not wrongly) known as the most famous oath-breaker in the Seven Kingdoms. Still, nothing—NOTHING—could prepare me for yesterday afternoon…