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  1. I think the rebirth of magic, and subsequent defeat/decline/withdrawal of humanity is a more interesting way to end, for sure. The kind of tales that end like this are mostly considered apocalyptic - like the resolution to the Ragnarok, or the Biblical Revelations. This said, the Greek meaning of apocalypse is an uncovering, or revealing of the truth - so it would definitely fit. It's just a big risk to end a story like that, though it would be remembered for longer.
  2. I found War Machine, Beasts of No Nation and Autopsy of Jane Doe to be excellent films, far better than any I'd seen at the cinema in years.
  3. Yes indeed - like Jon realises to defeat him he must replace him and go into the North to watch over humanity again. Good point, there is hope for our frozen hero yet!
  4. In the books, yes indeed - the structural integrity of the body is important. The show with it's stupid skelebones in Season 4 crapped all over this piece of logic - it was when the show first started falling apart in a big way.
  5. Dany and Jon and Possibly Bran and Jamie. Humanity has a whole bunch of magical 'heroes' lined up. It's like imagine of there were 2 or 3 Saurons, how could Frodo have won?
  6. Yes, pretty much, kind off GRRM said he wanted to write about what happened after Aragon won and took over middle Earth, what were his tax polices and so on... also, what happens to the magical creatures like Hobbits and any remaining Elves as humans expand? I just see the CotF like Hobbits and the NK/Walkers like Elves. Their existence and connection to the magic on Planetos has been gradually destroyed by humanity's expansion. They are the oppressed, they are the victims - and the NK is kind of the sword of the oppressed. Human's, in this story, are the bad guys - we've just been following the tale from the bad guys POV. Think about it, ASoIaF is very critical of humanity - the humans have some magic but no spirituality, the idea that the things we love destroy us is driven home over and over in the text, they are genocidal, driven by with selfishness and hatred. This is not to say that the NK will win. The humans may - but the bittersweet will be realising that the bad guys won. The goal will be reversed on us, the viewer. Kind of like Roy's death at the end of Blade Runner, when you finally sympathise with the replicants. I believe this tale will have us finally understanding what the White Walkers stood for was correct, after they are gone.
  7. As the tale draws to a close, more and more people recognise the true saviour of Westeros. Good to see. Think about, even if he is doing little more than continuing his original purpose (protecting nature and the magical trees from the advance of humanity) his cause is more pure and his intentions more noble than any other character in the tale (including Jon). We don't need to know the details of his motives to know they serve the greater good - we just have to accept that humans don't. Consider that the NK and the Winter he controls is the reason Westeros has been kept in some form of feudalism for 8000 years. Consider that without him the humans would industrialise and Westeros would be truly fucked, as is our very own Earth. Perhaps that is the bitter sweet ending?
  8. Ah, the illusion of control. If Dany ran out of food for her dragons, would they still obey her? If the Hound goaded the Mountain enough, would the Cersie still control it? The Hound goading the Mountain made me think the Hound would be the valonqar. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you. Her tears may be tears of fear when Franken Mountain is destroyed, although I never thought the Hound would be able to beat a reanimated Mountain.
  9. I hope the NK get's his troops all the way to the Red City next season.
  10. It's coz Clarke and Harrington are like A list celebrities or something so seeing their naked butts is some kind of big deal. I spent the whole time wondering if how a dead person's blood could flow and enable an erection, or if his semen was dry from being dead.
  11. Yes, I was hoping for much the same thing, an exploration of lore, accept with Sam in Oldtown. All things considered Sam's visit to Oldtown may be more disappointing than Arya's visit to the House of Black and White - both places that should have been perfect for exposition on the world and it's magic, whether spoken or presented visually. Only thing I now hope is that this season was entirely filler and they didn't want to give any of the mechanics of the universe away before next season, to keep it for some kind of end game surprise. But at this stage, I'm more than half expecting no explanation and some battles with either Jon or Dany sacrificing themselves so the other can rule on that stupid Iron seat that should be melted down.
  12. I think the lack of imagination is the other way around Jamie knows the dragon can toast a whole bunch of troops in a fly by and then, when Cersie sees the size of the thing, surely she must be thinking, 'fuck me, that is dangerous'. No-one other than Cersie, Jamie and Qyburn had really seen the mountain close up. His eyes are ugly, not like the wights pretty blue eyes and, as mentioned, he must stink being a huge lump of reanimated flesh stuck in armour. The wight has some kind of frozen preservation so must not stink as much. Seriously, it's like comparing a fire breathing T-rex to Jason Vorhees to a run of the mill zombie - and you find the zombie scariest? I'd take my chances with the zombie any day - it was small and even in the dark you could see where it is because of it's eyes.
  13. I have read the books so I'm not really here or there with books vs the show - but neither source fully explains the mechanics of the Wall. If it was erected to keep the WWs/Others from going south, how exactly did it work? Could the wights have just scaled it and fallen down the other side like they did the cliff at Hardhome? Was it just that a 50ft wall is fine and a 700ft wall is too high? And yes, how exactly does that dragon work? We don't even know if the undead dragon breath is hot or cold and, if it's cold, how did it bring down the wall? Say the horn brings the wall down, I would expect some vague description, like the magic woven into the horn resonated through the air and shattered the magic holding 700 ft of ice together or something. I've given up on the characters in the story but was still hoping the magic/world would make some semblance of sense - things like the wall falling down have been building up for a long time, like winter. Why the hell didn't Sam take or read a book explaining the wall rather than cleaning shitters and finding out the same things about dragonglass he already knew?
  14. I think they were trying to make the Theon fight like a mini Rocky moment - you know, the underdog comes back and wins the day. But it just seemed silly and didn't need it. Jon's pep talk gave him the forgiveness and courage he needed he should have just walked out and whacked that guy down.
  15. Qyburn with the hand was funny as, my favourite moment. Dinklage's acting with Headey was better than it has been since season 4. I like Sansa now, never thought I would say it but she now seems the most reasonable and grown up (young) character in the story. Oh and the NK looked cool on a dragon, way better than Dany does.