A note on spoilers. You should assume that each essay will contain spoilers for all episodes released prior to the publication date of the essay. I will include a warning at the beginning of each piece. I thought about how to deal with spoilers and decided that trying to restrict each essay to a set of episodes would be too difficult, especially because most of the time I will be writing about themes that span several episodes and, later, more than one season (i.e. I will not do per episode analyses. Other sites are great at that). Sorry for those of you who are not caught up, but you needn't be too worried; writing each essay takes a lot of time and I will likely be slower than the show's pace, too, if most of the episodes are as layered and complex as the first.