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  1. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Why would Randyll Tarly (or anyone else for that matter) trust, listen to or otherwise engage with a an unhinged woman like Cersei? It's completely against character and common sense. How is the Cersei twist a good one? We don't even know how she could be capable of that or why anyone other than Qyburn and Ungregor still follow her orders.
  2. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Every time I think I've seen something completely improbable, they go and do something even more ridiculous. They must come up with some justification for Cersei being able to do anything this season or it won't make any kind of sense whatsoever. Why would the Lannister soldiers follow her? Are none of them religious people? What is she paying them with now? Why isn't the city in open revolt against her? How can Cersei be successfully fighting a war in highgarden whilst still controlling everything else? The number of questions to ask and impossibilities on screen will be mind numbing. She should have no legal or even military claim to the throne. I maintain that the leaks must be wrong in a few select areas like here and with LF, because otherwise the writers are being flatly idiotic.
  3. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    What surprises me most about the leaks is how much Cersei is making a go of it as Queen. Why exactly is anyone following her at this point? She has no legal claim to the throne, has blown up a religious institution, inspires no loyalty in anyone and was recently paraded through the streets naked. Why exactly does her rule last more than half an hour? She has wildfyre, but that's entirely situational. Unlike a dragon, you can't use a cache of wildfyre to project power. Remember when Varys made his point about power to Tyrion in season 2? We're a long way from that now.
  4. Careful. Thinking about LF's schemes is hazardous to your health.
  5. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    "More broadly, it served to underline what is perhaps the central theme of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels: There are no heroes." God damn, this quote pissed me off.
  6. Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    I am in complete denial that LF will try to use Sansa's letter as a way of tearing her and Arya apart. Wasn't that letter written when Ned was still alive and she only did it to try and save him? It's a scheme that a five year old could see through. I maintain that the only way these writers know how to do political machinations is to make everyone on the receiving end a complete idiot. This is the inverse - LF's plan is going to fail and doom him, so it has to be the most moronic idea anyone in the series has ever had, just so it can be spotted and exposed.
  7. Sophie Turner was definitely robbed

    She might feel that way, but doesn't that prove she's just a stooge again? Has she changed at all?
  8. Sophie Turner was definitely robbed

    The problem with that argument is that her response barely counts as "taking control" at all. Having Ramsay violently put to death is something, but she already hated him and his father long before she married him. She briefly rails against LF, then goes straight back for his help after she fails to get any support herself and in the final episode it seems that she is once again considering another of his plans. And I have to agree with LadyofWhispers. If I can't tell what a character is thinking and feeling without a "Behind the episode" to explain it to me, there has to be a problem somewhere between Actor, Director and script.
  9. You're right to say that it was inevitable, as this piece from tv guide points out. GOT's budget, acting and directing are all aspects which deserve to be lauded, but it's the massive exposure the show has which will continue to win awards at the Emmy's.
  10. Who Will Be The New Sadistic Tormentor?

    It's a bit depressing how absolutely right you are. You would think an apocalyptic ice zombie horde and their overlord would be enough threat...
  11. Robb & Jeyne vs. Robb & Talisa

    Talisa is clearly anachronistic and designed to be a character "worthy" of Robb. I am unconvinced as to how successful that attempt was. I was also distracted by her presence at the Red Wedding. Think about it - let's say you cheated on your girlfriend with someone else. Then a few months later your now-ex calls and says she wants to clear the air. But when you go to meet her, you bring your new girlfriend - the person you cheated on your ex with. Put in a modern context like that, this is more than just a social faux par - it's blatant idiocy. So on the same principle, why would Robb take Talisa to a wedding designed to apologize to the Freys for marrying Talisa in the first place? It makes no goddam sense. In the context of the show it's so the audience can get the money shot of Talisa being stabbed and then a wounded Robb cradling her body, but for the character it makes no sense at all.
  12. Stark name will cease to exist - Spoilers

    Doesn't that seem simplistic though? I don't believe that is an accurate representation of life in the Medieval era.
  13. Trying to understad the northern lords : saying is not doing

    Is it even deep down though? Roose was the sole noble survivor of the massacre and is immediately given the wardenship of the north by the enemy. The existence of collusion is common sense.
  14. Trying to understad the northern lords : saying is not doing

    Did we watch the same episode? Ramsay's army was far larger than Jon's and was comprised of his own and the two other largest Houses in the north. He mentions needing Karstarks, Umbers and Manderlys to control the north and he gets two out of three. Jon was literally trampled underfoot in the battle. That was a thing which happened, because it was all going so badly. LF showing up at the last minute to stab Ramsay in the back with his fat stack of knights was the only thing which brought Ramsay down and it had nothing to do with his political decisions.
  15. Counterpoint: It was smart of Balon to attack Robb

    Some nice ideas, but I have to disagree on a couple of points. If Balon is eager to see the return of the old way, he is presumably planning for this long term. But the war can't possibly go on forever; eventually someone has to win and whoever does will do one of two things: establish a new realm of just a handful of kingdoms, or resume control of all seven kingdoms as high king. Of the five kings who started the war, Renly, Stannis and Joffrey all supported the latter option. Balon and Robb support the former. "Breathing room" is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Any king capable of uniting the continent will always have more ships, more men and more money than the iron islands, so in the long term, Robb is the only sensible choice. Admittedly, he's an all or nothing choice, but that's better than a couple of years plundering the tough land of the North before being smashed once again by the winning faction.