1. The Boiled Leather Audio Hour Episode 09!

    Suffer the Children/Blackwater Bonus: Children and Violence in A Song of Ice and Fire, plus thoughts on Game of Thrones’ “Blackwater” episode

    Stefan Sasse and I are once again a dynamic duo for this week’s episode, which once again tackles two topics for the price of one.

    First up, BLAH goes to the Blackwater, for a discussion of this week’s tremendous episode of Game of Thrones. You can find my full review of “Blackwater” at Rolling Stone, but the nice thing about our conversation is that the review hadn’t yet been posted when we recorded it, so we range into aspects of the episode not covered in the written piece. (SPOILER ALERT: We both loved it!)

    Second, and on a more serious note, we talk about a part of the novels that’s as unpleasant as it is frequently described: violence against children. As I say on the podcast, between the show’s treatment of this issue during its second season (four out of nine episodes aired so far end with the murder of children or infants) and a remarkably grim series of real-world events, I’ve found myself noticing this aspect of the books more and more during my current re-read. Stefan and I argue that violence against children may well be as big a theme of the books as the treatment of women or the allure of faded history, albeit a far stealthier one than either. It’s rough stuff, obviously, so prep for that going in, but hopefully you’ll agree with us that there’s much of value to be mined here. Check it out.

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