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As the traditional Essos greeting goes: ‘All men must die’ and in the viciously unpredictable world of HBO’s Game of Thrones, die they do. Epic in scope, the stories that are brought to life tell of the dramatic rise and fall of nations and the arrival of new rulers in their eternal quest for power. Yet, as this book reveals, many narratives of love and passion are also found within these grand portrayals of heroism, honour and death. In this vital follow-¬up to Winter Is Coming (2015), acclaimed medievalist Carolyne Larrington explores the importance of power, family, love and sex in the show of the century.
“All Men Must Die interrogates and analyses the eight-season arc of HBO's Game of Thrones on its own terms-not as an adaptation. Carolyne Larrington succeeds in explaining how, in spite of the glaring flaws of the latter seasons, the 'narrative, themes, and characters' of the show nonetheless represent a compelling version of contemporary medievalist storytelling. Incisively argued and deftly written, this is a worthy follow-up to her earlier, impressive, exploration of the world of Game of Thrones, and an enjoyable read in its own right.” – Kavita Mudan Finn, Lecturer in Medieval Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
“A thorough and insightful dive into various aspects of the worldbuilding in Game of Thrones.” – Dr. Shiloh Carroll, PhD, Tennessee State University, USA.