Daenerys rose from the ashes of a funeral pyre with three dragon babies, and I dove into Martin's novels to know what happens next.

But somewhere halfway through Dance of Dragons, the fifth and latest novel Martin published, I put the book down and didn't pick it up again.

It's a turn of phrase common throughout the novels -- half a hundred trees, half a hundred spells, half a hundred graves.

But a world where that act of violence against a woman must be multiplied by 50 or 100 or more, for it to carry dramatic weight?

It became a world I simply got tired of visiting

I'm not giving the show a pass.

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