Here’s the next-to-last episode in my Game of Thrones series. There’s one major character death (there aren’t many left to kill…) with more to come. Very few major characters, if any, should be left by the end of this sequence. Call it an overcorrection. There’s a little post-apocalyptic sex, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Raynor sings two songs in this episode, both based on real English folk songs. The first, on page 15 (“Now the Kneelers down South…”), is set to the tune of “The Ghost Song,” a.k.a. “The Cruel Ship’s Carpenter.” A bit of social commentary in the middle of the apocalypse.

The second song, on page 26 (“As I was a-walking…”), is a version of “Blackbirds and Thrushes.” Call it “Blackbirds and Ravens.” Ends on a bit of a down note, but so does most of this episode.

Big thanks to Meghan O’Keefe at The Decider, who wrote this article. Helped me keep all the different Valyrian Steel swords straight.

I think I may need at least two more episodes to really finish this properly. Don’t hold your breath for the next one! I have a bunch of plates spinning right now, including the sequel to I Am Not Thirteen. Those have to take precedence for a number of reasons. I have enjoyed writing this, though. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it.

Season 8, Episode 3, “Living Things,” – HTML – PDF – AO3
Season 8, Episode 4, “Nightfall” – HTML – PDF – AO3
Season 8, Episode 5, “The River and the Tree” – HTML – PDF – AO3
Season 8, Episode 6, “In the Name of the Stranger” – HTML – PDF – AO3

Feature photo by Martin Sattler on Unsplash.

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