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From Elizabeth Finn via Uproxx

If we consider just the bastard children that are mentioned in the books, [Ned Stark] didn’t have enough evidence to really make this determination. We know of four bastard children, all with dark hair. If Robert is homozygous BB, then this is by far the most likely outcome. However, if Robert is heterozygous Bb, he would still have dark hair, and it would still be fairly likely for four bastard children to have dark hair (think about flipping a coin and getting four heads in a row). When you add in the fact that some of his mistresses and whores likely had dark coloration as well, it becomes even more likely that all four illegitimate children have dark hair. So as far as Ned knows, Robert could well be Bb. And if he is, then the fact that he had three blonde children with the almost certainly bb Cersei Lannister is again reasonably likely. This is why Tyrion remarks that Joffrey’s – and hence Cersei’s – claim would be foolproof if she had had even one child with Robert: someone with dark hair married to someone with light hair having some children with light hair and some children with dark hair is utterly normal.

Joffrey Could Be Robert Baratheon’s Actual Child?

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This is a cool compilation of pictures.  Dorkly created a neat gallery where they took famous video game families/clans and made them into Game of Thrones families with accompanying icons and words.  They’re based on neat trivia and if you have the skill/knowledge of video game universes to ‘get’ them all, then you should give yourself a good pat on the back.  I only put the ones I know below, so check out the rest of them over at Dorkly, tell me where the other ones come from!

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This is a cool image created by Dynamaito and it features Game of Thrones characters as street fighters.  It’s really neat how many small nods there are: Hear Me Roar, the Lanniser slogan. Bronn as a back up.  Tyion’s infamous slaps.  Paying debts.  The small council in the background.  Joffrey looking like a bitch.  I would totally buy this game.  I hear the only Game of Thrones game out there was that rpg that didn’t do so hot.  This is the kind of game they need, one where they can’t tinker with the ambitious story scope and just capitalize on the many references they could fit into characters, back ups, settings, and attacks.

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I went to a comedy club last night and I’m just extremely shocked how ordinary people can completely imitate famous celebrities, despite their complete opposite appearance.  So when I see this Youtube video of this fella in his room, speaking lines from Game of Thrones in perfect accents, it’s absolutely hilarious.  At first he’s fairly serious, speaking lines verbatim, but as soon as he reaches Jorah Mormont, he finds himself saying the most absurd things that concern bunions.  And adding a harsh Khaelesi at the end of every line is the icing on the cake!

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There’s a lot of sex and nudity in A Song of Ice and Fire.  And that trend followed and might have even been augmented in the HBO adaptation,  Game of Thrones.  All the nudity certainly gathered attention and when  George R.R. Martin, author and executive producer of the books and television show respectively was approached about it, he had a rather cool way of replying to it.

I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure. Axes entering skulls, well, not so much.

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George R.R. Justified Sex in Media…in a Smart Way

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Now this is a cool video, combine two opposite universes: Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  Combine the sword fights with lightsabers.  Here we have the infamous fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark.  Add the awesome soundtrack from Star Wars and place the lightsaber over the swords and you have a Jedi fight.  It’s a pity they don’t do flips and stuff, but hey that’s no big deal.  Amazing what video production programs can do these days.

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A Dance with Dragons was published in 2011.  That means it’ll be at least 3 years later in2014 before we see Winds of Winter.  Or so he claims.  It’s not like he’s getting any younger either…or thinner.  I usually don’t judge people for their lifestyle choices or general appearances, but when this series is at stake, it’s another thing entirely.  We’ve featured a fan made music video, one about Baratheons sung to the tune of Black and Yellow, but this one isn’t so much a parody, but a fully original song [I’m horribly at music, it could be a parody of something].  The message is simple: George R.R. Martin needs to write quicker for the sake of his fans.  The video itself is humorous, and decently choreographed at some parts with some good ‘ol slapstick.

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As soon as I finished A Dance with Dragons, I didn’t fear entering the once Bane of My Existence, A Wiki of Ice and Fire.  Being a sinkhole of summaries and spoilers, I couldn’t stand the idea of venturing into such dangerous territory.  So as I was clicking through the various pages, I stumbled upon a theories page which came up with interesting articles that included evidence for and against popular theories in the Song of Ice and Fire community.  Some of them were more obvious than others, but a couple certainly took me by surprise and I find myself having hard time NOT believing these are actually true based on the evidence.  MAJOR BOOK SPOILERS below, so enter at own risk.

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Seven save us all, I’ve finished A Dance with Dragons.  In the most recent installment of George R.R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance with Dragons intimidates us all with it’s 900+ pages and tiny text.  But if you’ve made it as far as the fifth book, you know as well as I do, a larger book means more things happening.  My first impression was that this book was just as large as my favorite book of the series, A Storm of Swords, so that means that this edition could possibly live up to the exciting and jaw dropping nature of it’s predecessor.  Following up the relatively short [in terms of ASoIaF] Feast of Crows, A Dance with Dragons brings us back to some more central characters [and more exciting in my humble opinion] as a follow up from the third book.

Even Martin said himself in a forward to the book that A Dance with Dragons first takes us back to the aftermath of A Storm of Swords to follow up some characters left out of Feast for Crows.  And at about ¾ of the way in, we would come back to characters that were left in a cliffhanger from Feast for Crows and the story would be in a unison real time.  So below is my review of the book as a whole.  It was difficult to organize in my head given the complexity of the nature, so hang on for a bumping ride.  Enough of the spoiler-free talk.  Dare to click ‘more’ for a full blown, spoiler filled, gush fest review of the most recent Song of Ice and Fire book.

Overview

In George R.R. Martin’s words, “This one was a bitch”.  Writing a review for this complex book is not easy.  So many things to consider and so many things to talk about.  I’ve essentially broken up this section into parts describing the main characters based on their point of views.  Some titles I took directly from Martin himself while others, I witfully fashioned myself.  In each section, you’ll find a brief summary of what happened to each character as well as my thoughts on what happened.  Feel more than free to discuss with me on some or all points!  I look forward to our geek-out.

I apologize for this article is likely full of spelling errors and the like.  4500 words is easy to lose track.

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Another week on Banana Scoop.  What’ve we got cooked up this week huh?  Anything special?  As you all have heard, we do Maintenance Reports every other week, so since last week was a regular article, there’ll be a report this week telling you all about some new stuff we got coming along.  In addition to that, read on below to see what all the buzz is.

Star Wars Parody Songs

Star Wars will always be a pop culture homing beacon.  You can find anything popular today and I guarantee it’s been Star War-ized for parody in some universe.   Let’s just say we’ve got more than one music video scheduled this week.

A Dance With Dragons Book Review

995 pages, tiny ass text, and practically zero spacing later,  I’ve finally finished Dance with Dragons.  As I finished Dance with Dragons, I joined millions of other avid fans who await, await, await the sixth book.  This week will feature my review on the book [and possibly the Song of Ice and Fire series so far].  Until then, write George R. R. Martin, write!

The Creeper is Simply a Misunderstood Creature

You’re all familiar with my brush with Minecraft.  The game’s signature enemy has something deeper to it.  Maybe it doesn’t like the fact you’ve decided to stroll into his world and dig/cut/mine your way through his home.  Maybe sacrificing himself is the only way to truly get you to leave.  Maybe you’re actually the bad guy in this scenario.  Stay tuned to find out.

Katie Holmes is Still Attractive and Now Single!

So yeah, there’s been a very popular spit up between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.  Which mean’s Katie Holmes is back on the market.  She’s always been the most adorable kind of cute and sexy and this week, we just might celebrate that 😉

American TV is the Best

This is just the truth.  We have the best dramas, best networks, and best comedies.  Find out why [in a satirical manner] later this week..

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This collection of videos seems to be from the Game of Thrones DVD special features. It has a lot of neat background information that are sprinkled in the novels. For any avid fan of the HBO series but haven’t had time to read the books, let these videos burn up an hour of two of your reeducation. I’m serious, if you watch these videos and then go back and watch the series, I guarantee you that you’ll see and hear a lot of references you didn’t catch before.

If you’re interested in more, check out his entire playlist that practically includes ALL of the Game of Thrones DVD and Blue Ray Special Features.

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This lovely images portrays to heavyweights in the fantasy fiction genre and their stances on ‘killing off characters’.  In one corner we have J.K. Rowling who’s most famous for the Harry Potter series.  And in the other corner is George R.R. Martin, writer of the Song of Ice and Fire series.  For those who are familiar with both, you don’t really need me to understand the very hilarious joke here.

But to the interested, but uneducated in book culture.  J.K. Rowling is referencing her quote regarding how difficult it is to kill of some ‘major’ characters in her book series like, SPOILERS —————Snape, Sirius, etc. ————————END SPOILERS.  Then we have George R.R. Martin who gives a mocking look because the man LOVES killing off major [see how I don’t use quotes there] characters.

For the curious, I’m having trouble finishing Feast for Crows, I’m currently starting the Soiled Knight’s story arc which is about a third or more in.  It’s moving awfully slow compared to the very hectic and awesome Sword of Storms.  Does it get better?  I’m hoping so…

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It’s finally over.  For now.  Last night was the season 2 finale of Game of Thrones and boy was it amazing.  The episode itself was beautiful and the contrast of set pieces provided an amazing adventure as we traveled nearly all around Westeros wrapping up and cliff hanging every major player.  While some resolutions were met, other conflicts continue as we wrapped up the second season.  I’ve said this many times before, HBO’s Game of Thrones delivers the story it needs to very well, but many book readers like myself can do nothing else but compare George R.R. Martin’s masterful writing and execution.  While the show had an excellent representation of the show, there can’t be nothing else but a small sour taste when some of my favorite and most memorable scenes in the books were watered down here.  Read below to get the gist of what happened on the very busy episode of Game of Thrones.

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I feel like I’ve posted 5 of these Game of Thrones opening covers in the past 2 weeks, but I keep stumbling upon awesome new renditions of it.  This one doesn’t actually feature the actual title screen like the Simpsons or Stark Kids version I’ve featured before, but the beautiful violin work of Jason Yang and the awesome rock acoustic mixing of Roger Lima and the White Noise Lab.

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I can’t believe how fast these past 8 weeks have gone and how far we’ve advanced in Game of Thrones.  The big battle is up next, and most of the pieces are lining up in their final positions.  It’s interesting how the producers have taken things so far as they’re including tidbits of the third book/season in the episodes so far.  I wouldn’t say a lot happened this episode except that some characters are walking to new places seeing as the finale is right around the corner.  This marks the first time in a while where we’ve seen most if not all of the major storylines, which might explain why so little was actually done.  But by far my favorite part included the beautiful Talisa, but we’ll get into all of that below.  Obvious spoilers.

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Game of Thrones is getting a little crazy and is tweaking my interest.  Not the traditional type of crazy or interest tweaking, where there are babies being slain in the street or rat torture devices being strapped to people’s chest, but rather the type of I’m not entirely sure on how to follow what’s going to happen.  Now I’ve read the books and I know all the plot follow ups with last night’s many cliff hangers, but the way they’re executed leaves a sense of interpretation that will genuinely surprise me when I see them seen through.  I suppose this is good to keep the book readers some-what on their toes and the non-book readers a traditional sense of ‘the sh!t is really hitting the roof.’

Overall, last night’s episode was fairly cliffhanging albeit resolutionless.  To me, this season has been extremely resolutionless at many points, primarily because of the way the show jumps around so much that the individual stories will be requiring 8 episodes to finish up.  Regardless, the shows shining moment is the glorious return of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister after only being seen in episode one.  His classic [even wisdomous] snark replaces the hole felt with a lack of Tyrion and carried much of the show’s heart despite being depicted as one of the more villainous characters.  I’ll get into how he defines the shades of gray Game of Thrones installs in all its characters, Dany’s Dragons, and how little Jon Snow knows in the posts below.  Be free to discuss with me, but keep book spoilers to yourself!

**This symbol means that the following passage adheres to the following: [This doesn’t happen in the book, so I’m thoroughly interested in what will occur].  Trust me, it happened quite a bit this episode.

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Last week I was unable to do a Game of Thrones review due to finals week, but now that we’re back on regular schedule, this week’s Game of Thrones once again proves that there is never a dull moment as some of our characters are put on the hardest of trials.  This week mainly avoids the adventures of Davos Seaworthy and the Red Woman in preparation of what is likely the siege of King’s Landing they were talking about.  Instead there is heavy focus on Winterfell and North of Wall plot advancement along with some light dabbing of Dany, Ayra, and Tyrion.  Get my plot summary below.

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After 14 straight posts, I can honestly say that I am tired to the bone of writing about Game of Thrones.  I truly can’t wait to get back into regular broadcasting, but I don’t regret that I did this week either.  And there wasn’t exactly a lot of traffic this week, but I’m hoping as more and more people get into Game of Thrones, they start peaking their curiosities and stumble upon this website.  I’ve talked about book differences, video games, parodies, and letters to the uninitiated, but it’s finally time to close out the very hard week.  But we’re not completely donee with it yet either.  Seeing as Game of Thrones season 2 starts this weekend April 1st, I’ll try and have a review posted for Tuesday’s main article for the next 10 weeks the show runs.  So if you have been visiting my blog for the pure Game of Thrones reasons, be sure to stick around and visit next Tuesday for my take on each episode.  Otherwise, if you’re a regular viewer, not into Game of Thrones, I refer you to here to change your mind, other wise, Weekend Funnies tomorrow will start us off for to the regular broadcasting.

-Banana Feed Team

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Before Banana Feed returns to encompass all movie/television [and soon video game] news, I have one final thing to say to all my readers.  This article is catered to those who have pretty much ignored this week’s posts due to lack of interests.  Below, I’ve compiled a list of reasons why Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire can be watched/read by nearly everyone.  Please take them to heart, because I employ you to listen to reason and buy/pirate the first season and be prepared to catch up on the second.  For once this week, there are no spoilers in this post.

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The more and more I talk about Game of Thrones, the more and more I need to do research and check my sources.  While the books are immediate help, it can be touch and tedious counting the number of chapters or narrators.  So to make things easier, I’ve just used Wiki sources and other online sources to help me in keeping up with SO many posts.  All the problems I’ve encountered concludes one very true thing: The internet is a dangerous place.

Spoilers are EVERYWHERE.  Whether they are voluntarily seen through wiki pages like the ‘A Wiki of Ice and Fire’ website like I’ve pictured above, or the dangerous waters of youtube video comments, one must be very careful where they tread so they not be spoiled.  I try to include as many times as possible that if there are spoilers ahead, but the rest of the internet is not so kind.  I’ve taken small glances into the youtube comments and seen just a glimpse of ‘_____ dies’ and I’m automatically ruined forever.  Biased as I read the books, this is such an unfortunate thing to be affected with.  So as season 2 unfolds and the internet, I warn you to be careful.

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