Soapbox: Game Of Thrones – 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Ever Made

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In his defense, at least one of these decisions has since proven to be a good one!

The world of Game of Thrones has very few true heroes, but of the possible contenders, Jon Snow surely comes closest to fitting the bill.

The bastard of Winterfell – who is probably neither a Stark nor a bastard! – certainly possesses several traditional heroic traits. Jon is a brave and capable warrior, a loyal and compassionate friend and ally, and self-sacrificing.

Valiant or not, Jon doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to decision-making. While his former flame Ygritte may have been overstating things when she said “You know nothing, Jon Snow”, it is fair to say that our guy doesn’t exactly have a great grasp of cause and effect.

Admittedly, many of the choices Jon has made were a case of making the best of a terrible situation outside his control. Others represent instances where the King in the North was prepared to accept negative consequences in the short term and banking on this paying dividends in the long term.

On the other hand, on more than a few occasions, the thought processes of the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch have been borderline bonkers, even resulting in his (quickly reversed) death!

With all of this in mind, here’s a round-up of the 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Made over the past 7 seasons of Game of Thrones!

This post was written exclusively for Screen Rant – click here to read the full article

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Soapbox: Game Of Thrones – 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Ever Made

Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

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“Put your hands in the air if you want more fantasy TV!”

Whilst we’re all excited to have Game of Thrones back on our screens again, this enthusiasm is tempered with sadness, as this means we are edging ever closer to the fantasy TV series’ 2018 end date.

Among its many achievements, the show can take credit for making converts out of fantasy non-believers. As such, when the last episode of Game of Thrones airs next year, it will leave massive void in the television landscape – where will we all get our fix of sword-and-sorcery-related drama?

If the prospect of a fantasy-free small screen slate leaves you feeling anxious, never fear – in this list, we’ll look at five fantasy TV shows that could (and should) happen soon!

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Soapbox: Lord Of The Rings – 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth

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Otherwise known as “the mythical kingdom of New Zealand”…

From the moment J.R.R. Tolkien first introduced readers to Middle-earth with The Hobbit, fans have been blown away by the scope of his fantasy world. With its detailed history, constructed languages and well-established geography, Middle-earth is arguably the most fully-realized imaginary environment in all of literature.

Indeed, the unmatched immersive quality of Tolkien’s life’s work has had such a profound effect on the genre that it’s spawned countless imitators over the years. Although some of these – like A Song of Ice and Fire – have made a worthwhile attempt at capturing a similar sense of reality to the one Tolkien was able to infuse into his own magical realm, none have so far surpassed the bar set by Middle-earth.

In recent years, more people than ever have become familiar with Tolkien’s world of Hobbits, Wizards and Orcs, thanks to the huge success of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, more casual fans – particularly those who haven’t read Tolkien’s wider body of work – probably don’t know as much about Middle-earth as they might think.

That’s why we’ve pulled together this list highlighting 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth, in order to bring you fully up to speed on the greatest place that never was!

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Soapbox: Lord Of The Rings – 15 Things You Never Knew About Middle-Earth

Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

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Sorry, Bunnymund – your eggs didn’t make the cut

It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.

Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.

With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!

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Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

Soapbox: Batman: The Killing Joke and why sexual violence in pop culture is no laughing matter

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Possibly the most terrifying amateur photographer ever

The recent release of the trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke – the direct-to-video adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – has reignited the long-standing debate over the artistic merits of the story in general, and its handling of the Batgirl character in particular.

This last point feeds into a wider ongoing discussion about the portrayal of women in pop culture, and the fine line between expression and exploitation in fiction.

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Soapbox: Batman: The Killing Joke and why sexual violence in pop culture is no laughing matter

Crystal Ball: How Game of Thrones will end

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This tree is so nice, it was almost worth sitting through Bran’s scenes to see it

Welcome to the latest Crystal Ball feature – in this installment, we’re going to turn our powers of divination towards the smash hit HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels: Game of Thrones!

With Season 5 nearly upon us, all we keep hearing from the cast and crew is that the end of the show (if not the books) is nigh, with as few as two more seasons potentially remaining.

But what should we expect, when Winter finally arrives? Gather up your tarot deck and any other fortune telling faff you might have to hand, as we attempt to peer through the mists of time and try to determine the final fate of Westeros!

(And of course, let me just signpost a big, fat spoiler warning to those of you keen to avoid any information from the books or show up until this point, as well as any of the fan theories currently doing the rounds on the interwebs).

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Crystal Ball: How Game of Thrones will end