when does Game of Thrones return?

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answer: in about 96 days

emotional answer: not soon enough!

while closing up shop tonight, one of my favorite coworkers asked me when our rather geeky guilty pleasure comes back on air. i answered “some time in march?” and went on to detail the horrible events of the Red Wedding (which of course, he had already seen) and the disappointment of the season finale (platinum-blonde Khaleesi supported on the shoulders of a thousand brown people that she had quasi-pseudo “liberated”).

having not read the books (besides the first, which convinced me that the HBO show is in fact a better production than the books) i do not know what to expect from Season 4, and i’m very curious to see how the show will move on without Catelyn and Robb Stark, and with the other principals wandering ever farther apart. To think that Jon was so close to Bran, just outside the mill, without there being a reconciliation!

the outfit of this post is a medieval costume that got a lot of use while i was interested in SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) reenactments. it’s a dense cotton velvet in alternating panes of burgundy and midnight, with braided gold trim. it is lined, but does not have a label, which leads me to believe that it was a much-beloved home-sewn costume.

i could not find my old torque, so i accessorized with a vintage brass and pearl medallion. the closest thing i had to appropriate shoes were Marc Jacobs driving mocs, which suggest something of a Saracen influence — i’m alluding to the European presence in the Arab world during the various Crusades. (a lot was improved in european culture based on what they learned about during the crusades, e.g. cotton, paper, chess, coffee, and lemons, spices, medicine, and math.)

the other accessories are my sword, which is a Spanish steel Excalibur replica, and my hooded velvet cape. my grandma Helen made the cape for me when i was 12. i was wild to have one, and i still love capes — the longer the better. (she had been a seamstress for the Russian Army during the second world war.) the fur shoulder piece is a vintage, rabbit, and removable. braids, because that is the one thing that every female character of GoT has in common.

Shua’s illustration is great because if you imagine the background is forest green, stone gray, or frigid white, it could easily be a character sketch for the show.

highlander VS. Game of Thrones

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after work today i’m meeting up with friends to communally watch Game of Thrones. the first episode of the third season didn’t bowl me over, but it was a relief to get back to the storyline, after a long chicago winter. enjoying the show with old friends and new enhances the experience. if i were home alone (where i haven’t got cable anyway) i wouldn’t have anyone to fist pump with when dragons show up on screen, or any hands to squeeze when arya does something particularly brave or foolish.

er, and i’m bringing home-made pvc-and-foamcore swords to the party. not the excalibur sword in the picture, which is heavy steel and could kill somebody.

i wonder if people were anywhere near as excited about Highlander, when it was on tv, or star trek. i remember watching The Next Generation with my uncle; i watched Deep Space Nine and Voyager with my dad. is it the internet that has made watching a tv show such a feverish event? or was there an equivalent in the 60s, where you could convince all your friends to get together every  sunday night, for a whole season?