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  1. It really, really, really should have been Sansa who uncovers him in the end. The student becomes the teacher, outwits her mentor and defeats him - it's a classic story. Instead, Sansa more or less just starts ignoring LF, and later has her sister kill him when her omniscient brother tells him what a stinker he is. And to make matters worse, the trial scene just emphasized how friendless LF was in that room. Everyone was prepared to believe hearsay and rumour to condemn LF to death, but that just means that they were already on the Stark side (entirely reasonable) so Sansa didn't need to be clever or outwit LF at all. She could have just had his head chopped off on a whim and no one would give a shit. So why was LF even there? He was doing nothing in Winterfell, with no one on his side, no cards to play and no plan to enact. This was satisfying?
  2. It amuses me how they pinned everything on LF in season 6 after the backlash over the rape, even though they wrote season 5 as if Sansa was doing all this tactically. Brian Cogman even called Sansa "a hardened woman making a choice", even though she never had a plan and did jack shit all season long. Placing Sansa in winterfell really ruined a huge chunk of the show.
  3. Comments like this just vindicate the writing in season 5 and 6. To be honest season 7 didn't leave much of an impression on me because everything was downright... silly. I wouldn't say that about 5 and 6, which both really pissed me off.
  4. "For you."
  5. Yes, but they need the Lannister armyto help fight the White walkers. The very crispy Lannister army who all died outside KL... wait, no. I guess they need the golden company to help fight the white walkers. Except Cersei is doing that secretly so... I have no fucking idea.
  6. Can we talk about Littlefinger and Sansa? The point of the whole thing, or so I thought, was that Sansa learns from LF over a long period of time, starts spotting his mistakes, gradually gets his measure and ultimately outwits him. His death in the books will presumably come from being outmaneuvered by the very player he created. But in the show, Sansa doesn't realize shit. It's Bran's magic powers which reveal LF for the ass he is and Arya cuts his throat. So what was the point of all that if this is the end result?! LF really should have died at the end of season 6 when he'd served his purpose. He could have died after the Starks take Winterfell and the only change they would have had to make was that it's Sansa who realizes his schemes, which makes much more sense in terms of characterization and plotting. LF just hung around Winterfell for nothing to do for seven episodes and died. Seven year of scheming and plotting to go out like this? Ridiculous.
  7. You're wrong about Loras. The Tyrells were never good at fighting remember? Politics was their strength. And that was true for every single soldier in their army and every knight they employed as well apparently. So it makes perfect sense that they got destroyed in ten minutes of screen time.
  8. Not to step on your toes, but I think the real reason Arya's arc feels unfulfilling is that she is now a fearsome avatar of death - an assassin without peer, and yet the only training we actually saw her do was getting beaten with a stick in the dark. On the one occasion when she is actually told to track a target and assassinate them, she fucks it up. Then she says she's done, and goes home. Where exactly did she learn the skills (which we don't get to see her use anyway) which make her this legendary assassin?
  9. Worse, because it means Cersei has to act as the stumbling block to Dany's conquest, which really doesn't make sense. It will never add up to me how Cersei could wield any power at all after season 6, considering that she has been literally stripped of her dignity, wiped out the most important religous building in the western world, murdered her own allies and uncle and oversaw her own son's suicide. (Not technically her fault, but I don't see why others wouldn't think she'd just gone bezerk and killed Tommen.) You also have to deal with Randyll Tarly, a blatant and aggressive misogynist, breaking from his liege lord to help Cersei, a woman who is basically an evil cartoon of a "crazy woman." Plus, teleporting armies, one sided battles and no one ever scouting anything. How many times can the writers pull the same "army from nowhere" routine? Blackwater, Castle black, Hardhome, first battle of winterfell, Dany getting captured, battle for Mereen, second battle for winterfell, Euron hitting the Sand snake fleet, Euron hitting the unsullied, Jaime hitting Highgarden... It's just getting ridiculous.
  10. This still doesn't solve the very pertinent issue of why Dany didn't fly Drogon to the walls of the red keep and roast Cersei alive. The castle is a military target and killing Cersei ends the war. I certainly don't buy that this would make Dany hated with the local population; after all, Cersei got cheers with Euron's military parade, and she blew up the most important religious building in the world. There really isn't any reason why this "war" shouldn't have been over in twenty minutes, and it would have saved thousands of lives.
  11. We never saw Sansa be taught how to prepare for winter and prudently hoard food either, but she still does that. We need to unshackle ourselves from what we think "would make zero sense" because the writers already have. This just depresses me these days. Literally anything can happen,at any time and that's just the way it is.
  12. If this turns out to be the slow roll revelation that LF had a stroke at the midway point in season 4, and has been suffering an ongoing mental collapse every since, I might give the writers a little more credit.
  13. If I can discuss Jaime and Cersei's relationship in the show, it's clear that things are very different in the books. In the show, Jame still loves Cersei and wants to protect her and help her. I have no doubt that following her blowing up the sept, their relationship will finally come to an end and eventually this will lead to Jaime killing her. I guess to the show fans this is fine. Jaime loves Cersei - Cersei does some bad things - Jaime stops loving Cersei. It's simplistic and easy to follow. But compared with the books it's so bland. The thing that most interests me about these two characters is that the fact that they are brother and sister is by no means the worst element of their relationship. It's based on lies, manipulation and pride, not love. When Jaime has his little accident, it fundamentally changes him as a person, and that change is all it takes for him to gradually come to a very mature and reasoned conclusion; Cersei is bad for him, he is bad for Cersei and they want fundamentally different things and always did. It is this realization which fuels his break from her. You'll notice that this happens long before Cersei blows anything up (assuming that she will in the books) and before all their children are dead, or Cersei makes and insane and unsustainable power grab. It is a decision based on the nature of the characters - Jaime is a rather callous man even if he is sympathetic, so it makes sense for GRRM to break them up based on the differences in their character rather than causing the break up due to a monstrous or unforgivable act, which Jaime himself has committed and rationalized. Whatever GRRM's faults, he has an excellent grasp on characterization - I consider it his best asset as a writer - which the show simply cannot compete with in any meaningful sense whatsoever.
  14. Again, most scenarios where LF has succeeded could not have been thought out in advance. He makes a move and then reacts to the fallout. He didn't know that Catelyn would meet Tyrion at the crossroads at the perfect time and he didn't know that Renly would die by magic, giving him the chance to broker a marriage. Neither of these could have been anticipated by LF. Having Joffrey killed is a wrench in the works - he gets an in with the Tyrells by helping them ice Joffrey, steals Sansa away and retreats to see how things pan out, letting the chips fall where they may. I suppose if we are really simplifying the quote to something like "think ahead" in a general sense then that's fine, LF does do that; but so does every rational human being. This interpretation exposes just what a facile piece of writing it is.
  15. I don't buy this at all. "A good friend to the Boltons?" Why would they be friends with him? He gives them exactly what they want and leaves. He abandons all leverage and effectively relies on the people who planned the red wedding to help him out at a later date out of sheer gratitude. This is idiotic. I don't really understand why he needs Cersei's help, particularly when mid season 5 her position was deteriorating, but even so - if he wanted to impress her, why not tell Cersei that Sansa was in the north and then... not send Sansa to the North? He's cersei's only source of information here. How about acting like the LF from earlier seasons and tell a lie? It gets him everything he wants and doesn't endanger Sansa at all. And finally, "he moved a player according to his will" is gibberish. He doesn't cement Sansa as a piece if she goes to Winterfell, she becomes a Bolton piece. He controlled her, then turned her over to the Boltons, and for what? Nothing tangible, nothing sensible and ultimately he tood to lose far more than he had to gain. Even if his army defeats the Boltons and he lays siege to Winterfell, as far as he knows Sansa is still inside. What stops the Boltons from killing her in that scenario. It didn't blow up in his face because he didn't know Ramsay was a psycho (why didn't he know that by the way?) it blew up because the plan is fatally flawed in every respect. If Sansa dies he has nothing - the Northmen won't follow him, the Vale lords think he's an idiot for losing Sansa, and he has nothing but a letter from cersei telling everyone he's in charge. I feel like people just watch the episodes, swallow whatever bullshit the writers paper the cracks with, and not think critically about anything that happens anymore.