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Warning! This post may discuss events from beyond your current scope. If you're fully caught up, you can remove this spoiler warning from all similar blog entries, or view this post without bypassing the warnings of other entries.

Fallen from grace, falling from Winterfell. Warning! This post may discuss events from beyond your current scope. If you're fully caught up, you can remove this spoiler warning from all similar blog entries, or view this post without bypassing the warnings of other entries.

After Dark, What a Chore. Tower of the Hand "After Dark" invites you to mingle with other members and chat about all things off topic. Suppose you could forever remove one chore from your life, whether it be time-consuming, exhausting, or simply mundane. The chore would still be accomplished as it always has it been, except without any effort from you and without any consequence. What chore would you choose to banish from your life?

Super Bowl LIV Open Thread. The NFL crown is up for grabs again tonight as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. It seems like a good match up, pitting two surprising teams, neither of which have won the championship in a while. While the 49ers have five Super Bowls victories to date, the last one came in 1995. The Chiefs on the other hand have but a single Super Bowl trophy and that was won way back in 1970. The Chiefs are the slight favorites this year. Who are you rooting for?

This will also be the first Super Bowl to be broadcast in glorious 4K (or so they claim). What better way to enjoy a J. Lo halftime show and commercials memorializing a fictitious peanut? This is your open thread to discuss all things Super Bowl related.

Good Fortune in the Decade to Come

What does the future hold for our favorite books and offshoots? Well, I've looked into the flames and I've seen what is to come in the decade ahead. Like all seers, my interpretations of prophecies range from bold to ridiculous, and all them are likely to be proven very, very wrong. But I've enjoyed this admittedly self-indulgent exercise and I invite you to add your thoughts and predictions, too.

Will Winter come at last in 2020? When it airs a new episode this Sunday, The Simpsons will have the honor of broadcasting an original episode in five different decades: the 1980s, the 1990s, the 2000s, the 2010s, and soon the 2020s. Who knows? Maybe A Song of Ice and Fire will share a similar distinction. Assuming The Winds of Winter is published at some point during the roaring 2020s, George R. R. Martin will have delivered at least one novel to tortured fans every decade since the 1990s, with at least one more to come in the series. Could 2020 finally be the year for The Winds of Winter? Surely it will be this decade, right? Have you given up on guessing altogether and/or would rather be pleasantly surprised by the sudden coming of Winter?

A Flight of Sorrows, A Hymn for Spring. Tower of the Hand's first two ebooks will be removed from the Amazon store on Tuesday, December 31. A Flight of Sorrows contains eight original essays about A Song of Ice and Fire, written by Tower of the Hand contributors and other frequent collaborators. A Hymn for Spring followed up on that edition with eleven exclusive essays. If you hadn't already picked up these books, now's your last chance. If you've got them already, maybe you know someone who'd be interested in reading them, too; did you know that you can gift ebooks in the Kindle Store? In any case, we are grateful to you for supporting all the wonderful essayists who have written for Tower of the Hand all these years.

And a special thank you to editor Marc N. Kleinhenz for all his efforts putting the books together and serving as our de facto accountant. Please check out some of Marc's other books, which will also be leaving the Amazon store in a couple of days.

Update: Links to our books on the Amazon store have been removed now. Thanks for your support!

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Open Thread. The Skywalker Saga comes to an end with Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. Will it be more like Return of the Jedi, an okay film that concludes the otherwise brilliant original trilogy? Or more like Revenge of the Sith, a fairly dark installment that caps the otherwise disappointing prequel trilogy? In any case, it's being marketed as another franchise that's reached its natural conclusion, only we know it's not really the end of Star Wars, as there are plenty of offshoots and Baby Yoda memes to come.

Tell us what you thought of The Rise of Skywalker. Did it match your expectations? Was it a fitting end and/or a good place to let the past go so we can see what else we can explore in future movies and TV shows? This is Tower of the Hand's official open thread for The Rise of Skywalker; feel free to discuss the movie in every spoilery detail.


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