The Dragon Demands

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    I'm an Administrator on the Game of Thrones Wiki, devoted to the TV show (which interlinks with A Wiki Of Ice and Fire).

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  1. George's story in Book of Swords

    Yup. Well, they said that the huge excerpt from Gyldayn on "the Conquest" which we got wasn't condensed, and that's 8,000 words long. As for "the REIGN of Aegon I", including all of the First Dornish War stuff from the Dorne regional chapter....I'd round that out even 10,000? Give or take?
  2. An I-CON of Thrones (NYC area convention)

    Things were in flux for a while; I DID record them. Updates soon. The big surprise was....well, a major impact on medieval attitudes towards "Gender and Sexuality" is that they had an all-male priesthood. Westeros, however, Faith of the Seven has a gender-blind priesthood. Logically, this should lead to MASSIVE ripple effects in their societal model. I've asked GRRM himself about this and he said it was an important question but would take a long time to explain why he chose to give their society female priests when the real Middle Ages did not. Well the most surprising part was....during the "Gender and Sexuality in Westeros compared to the real Middle Ages" panel, NO ONE who hadn't read the books realized that septas are full priests - or that "the shame nun" Unella is actually *Cardinal* Unella of the Most Devout. I mean, this was mind-blowing to them. Six years into the show and they said they had no idea. You'll see their reactions in the video. "Medieval Economics in Game of Thrones" was also good; I brought in some rare coins I have like a Roman coin to explain the difference between fiat money and commodity money (modern coins don't have precious metals in them, their value is abstract; medieval money had actual silver in it). The Costumes panel went pretty well (given that at the last minute I had to cut it down from nearly 3 hours to one hour by just focusing on the Seven Kingdoms themselves).....but, it was the first panel on Saturday morning at 10 am. After St. Patrick's Day. So it wasn't well-attended. Though the costuming fans were quite impressed. I had trivia questions on Sunday, gave out KFC chicken as prizes; 3 people had read the books, the others hadn't, and I tried to simplify the questions but they just kept going. Like, one question that stumped even a book-reader was "which sword did King Maegor carry?" Answer is Blackfyre, though they said Dark Sister (not a fair question maybe...he had Dark Sister THEN Blackfyre). But the easy ones were like "name all seven Iron Islands", "name the major river that runs through the Riverlands" (the Trident) - they didn't get those. Eventually it was like "name a dragon", and "name a direwolf", which still proved difficult.
  3. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    They went mad with power after the Red Wedding air at the end of Season 3 - the next writing they did (due to overlap) was therefore Season 5. Which is when things started going off the rails.
  4. I'm running the Game of Thrones/ASOIAF programming track at the I-CON scifi convention this weekend, in Suffolk County - outskirts of New York City. New York Comic Con didn't have ANY GoT/ASOIAF programming this past year, I'm hoping to make up for that. Elio has been supportive, GRRM tried to put a word in to his editor but that doesn't seem to have worked out. Anyway, we've got 8 hours of lecture-style panels I'll be helming. I made a little trailer: Here is the website link, with panel descriptions:
  5. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Hey guys....guess what I've been doing: I call on all of Rhaenyra's loyal knights to rally against the false showrunners Benioff & Weiss. Because Rhaenyra has an army.
  6. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Someone claims to have found the "Battle of the Bastards" script on the Emmy Awards website....the stage instruction are kind of this real? On closer inspection: I guess the Battle of the Bastards script is real enough, if it's on the Emmys website. HOWEVER, I think we're easily forgetting a big point: This is the script that Benioff & Weiss formally submitted to the Emmy Awards. As in, it was handed in long after the episode was filmed. This wasn't their shooting script. It couldn't be even if it's real. This is the script that D&D polished up *as best they could* to remove obvious errors such as dear god, the three missing days of filming that Sapochnik mentioned, or how in the original version the cavalry form the pincers. We fixate on these points when it says "Umber and Karstark grin at seeing Rickon die".... ....I think they ADDED THOSE IN to this Emmy version of the script, retroactively, so it doesn't seem incongruent that Umber doesn't turn on Ramsay late in the battle. Also Smalljon dies differently in this, his eyes gouged out. IF it is real, it does seem to match what I've discerned for a while: D&D writing incredibly detailed descriptions of the actor's non-verbal facial reactions. But the thing to keep in mind is....this is the script they fixed up to make it as presentable to the Emmys as possible, so they probably tried to retcon stuff in it that was never in the shooting script.
  7. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Ignore last request: Major find I'm looking for: Specific videos or interviews from Seasons 5 and 6 in which Benioff and Weiss said "Sansa becomes a real Player this year". I kind of remember them saying that right before Season 5, which made it all the more ironic/insane.
  8. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Need help: there's an interview somewhere that was important and I can't remember what it was, other than that it used the phrase "see the sparks fly" between the actors. I thought it was the Tyrion/Daenerys one but it actually isn't. "Sparks fly".
  9. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Due to time constraints, I've dropped what I'm doing to focus on "Rape part 2: In the TV series". I'm trying to keep it under 2 hours long, because it's sort of a review of all of Seasons 5 and 6 for Sansa, etc. I wrote up others on Dorne, Talisa, Battle of the Bastards, but it would take a while to edit them...and they're actually sort of spinoffs of points raised in the main one anyway. Written up the slides and recording now, need to get it done long before next weekend when D&D crawl out from under their rocks and make a public appearance with Sophie and Maisie at SXSW panel. In the meantime, you guys may want to prepare by watching "Rape part 1 - in the books".
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  11. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Oh's all @Ran 's fault!! HE gave them the idea for Dorne Season 6!
  12. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    I just found a really cool review by a professional military historian / stuntwork reviewer: The big fight scene in episode 5.6 had a lot riding on it as THE action climax of that subplot, which is why so many remember it as "awful" after all of the massive hype they gave to it. He knows stuff like counter-attack terms ("riposte") that I don't. The point is that freeze-framing it, he concludes that the actual stuntwork was actually good or at least tolerable. Like, Obara isn't just "flailing" her sword, generally, but will parry with the blade and immediately follow-through with an attack using the butt end of the spear. Stuff like that. The whole point of his video is citing little moments when yeah, actually, they do use more or less adequate martial arts (fencing) moves. He did think Nymeria's whip was very poorly done. And he was smart enough to understand, he says "I think the idea is that she supports by tripping up their opponents to clear her sisters for an attack", but concludes that they didn't really work this into the fight well enough (it would require much better camerawork/choreography). And this guy knows medieval martial arts, technique and form, so while he does say "their lack of training shows" he stresses that basically "you could tell they're new at this, if you're a professional like me, but they're actually doing *adequately*. Instead he squarely lays the blame on the camerawork and editing. ....which as the director admitted, stemmed from the impulsive decision that "we need to show off that we have the money to fil in a UNESCO World Heritage site!", despite MASSIVE restrictions: you can't film at *night* (during an infiltration mission?!), and you can't film *inside* for fear of damaging the you're just the courtyard, and even there it is very difficult to get the cameras in, so they had to film at a distance. Basically, MOST fight scenes look like that, people just standing around and then waving their weapon - because they're *not* actually trying to land a killing blow on the other stuntmen. The art of....fight scene cinematography, is deftly zooming in on certain moves with close camera angles to make it look more frenetic. Otherwise it looks like actors just standing and waiting for their turn. Give the video a look, it's 10 minutes long, but it's interesting to hear him pointing out "these are actually relatively well put together fight moves, the editing is just rushed and awful" due to bizarre location choice. I mean, think "X-Men" (2000) when Wolverine fights Sabretooth atop the Statue of Liberty at night. That was a sound stage. Imagine if Fox agreed to film at the ACTUAL Statue of Liberty, jumping at the chance....and ignoring restrictions like "well you can only film during the day, and in the courtyard *in front of* the pedestal of the statue, not on it". That's....that's just absurd. You're not even really "filming in" the Statue of Liberty. One of the larger examples that Dorne was just plain badly rushed.
  13. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Yeah but Siddig said the idea to kill of Doran only came after they declared Dorne a failure after Season 5. So what's crucial is, remember when we were all deriding it after S5? What didn't work then?
  14. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Well true - but there are some (not me) who say that merging Ellaria with Arianne worked well enough - Arianne wants war, so does TV-Ellaria. I mean, focusing purely on Season 5 - Season 6 was an admission of failure - what didn't work with merging Ellaria and Arianne? From a TV standpoint, you understand, no knowledge of the books - they never established TV-Ellaria as someone wanting peace and to stop the cycle of revenge. So nothing too incongruent with making Ellaria want revenge. On what front did that fail for TV-only fans then?
  15. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Due to time limitations, I've decided to drop all of the work I was doing on other projects and skip to making a new analysis video on TV-Dorne. There will be major revelations in this. The TV-writers admitted to things in the Blu-ray commentary that you wouldn't believe. I enjoy GoTGifsAndMusings' review recaps of Seasons 5 and 6: Yet these are only describing *how* TV-Dorne was bad, not *why* it turned out this way - the behind-the-scenes decisions and factors that led to this. Now, I don't know if you'll all agree, but personal I wouldn't have minded if they.....kept Doran mostly off-screen, and just sent Arianne as a new Small Council member. Or something. It's not just "drastic condensations" but the....well, Alexander Siddig mentioned it in his recent candid interview: the realization that the showrunners have no sense of time management. You see the unlimited budget they rolled out and just assumed "time must have been spent refining the script" and stuff, when it was really very haphazard and rushed. I'd have respected them more if they cut Dorne entirely, rather than trying and failing to just...cram it in. But I'm curious what you guys think: why was TV-Dorne the way it was in Season 5? What were D&D trying to do? Season 6 was them dumping it in admission o failure - and dumping it sloppy, we all know that (why kill Doran when you can just keep him off-screen like Balon Greyjoy?) The moment of failure was Season 5.