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  1. (Spoilers All) Another look at TWOW Prologue

    I thought GRRM or someone close to official sources had already disconfirmed the Great Northern Conspiracy idea? Anyway, I personally like the idea of Jeyne Westerling being the younger, more beautiful queen from Cersei's prophecy.
  2. For me this was one of, if not the best, episodes of the last few seasons. Not quite on par with season 1 YET, but they're bringing it back. They slowed everything right down, no cheesy scenes. Some odd choices yes, but on the whole, stunning character-based performances all-round. I really want to know what the 'beatles' conversation meant! Really cryptic.
  3. How would you rate episode 402?

    Oh! Forgot to add: while I don't like any of the build-up scenes with the Reeds (annoying, inexplicable characters IMO), the whole weirwood green dream sequence was truly amazing. Kinda blew me away actually, almost spot on as far as what I had imagined from reading all the books. It was a bit like Frodo's ring-visions. I watched it back and there are tons of little clues, whispers, book references and so on. I also like how they hinted that Bran might be the "promised prince" (where book readers know where that whole thing is going...). But sorry, I don't like the Reeds' given dialogue, it's too corny, i.e. any of the scenes where Bran is "awake" with them. It all seems rushed and over-staged with obviously "derp derp" lines. When he's a dire wolf or in vision states it's cool. Also he was great with Rickon, but something about his new adventure seems a bit hammy.
  4. How would you rate episode 402?

    Didn't like most of it. Hammy acting, lines and sequences felt rushed. I have no idea what's going on with Ramsay's new sidekick. Feminist lobby maybe?! Also, Theon does NOT look like a traumatised mind-raped torture victim, he looks like a good-looking guy in makeup who's "a bit scared". Didn't get the dinner scene with Mel/Stannis/Selyse either. (Had to chuckle at Stannis' line, when he said not to strike his daughter, but he's just come back from burning people alive!) Having said that, all the Lannisters were superb. Oberyn does very well with the crap scenes he gets (episode 1, in a brothel, wth?!). The costume and set design is just... unparalleled. Beautifully done. The final scene I enjoyed, although they really drew it out in an obvious way. Actor that plays Stannis is brilliant, again given the crap scenes he gets. Basically my main criticisms of the show as a whole have all come down to one or two things: it feels rushed and/or not subtle enough, i.e. they're trying to appeal to too large an audience but at the expenses of integrity (but look at a show like Deadwood or Breaking Bad, they were successful but kept their consistency, characters, plot depth and overall integrity in tact).
  5. What I want to know is Mance's ultimate end-game, post surviving Winterfell and getting his people south to relative safety. Melisandre says the wildlings are a a doomed people, she sees (or interprets) as much in her visions. Does Mance mean to repopulate Brandon's Gift? Will he become a Northern Lord somewhere, installed into some holdfast or castle keep? How would that sit with his neighbours?! I'm not sure where his people could go without some degree of slow naturalisation. Also, it seems to me that Stannis has ordered supplies, funds, troops and specifically archers from Braavos in order to secure the south, not the north. I suspect that he is aware that there is some pro-Stark conspiracy unfolding in or around Winterfell, but he doesn't have the details nor fully grasp the degree of it. I also think it's why he may be about to fake his own death. He's going to watch the pieces fall and test the loyalties of various groups, saving the strength of his men where he can. Will Winterfell just shut its gates on Stannis? Many have suggested they'd need a friendly southron King, but Stannis won't accept any King in or of the North, if that's what the GN conspirators mean to accomplish through Jon or Rickon. It might be we end up with a small Battle of Agincourt type situation in the ice, mud and slush at the Crofter's Village. Except Stannis won't have his trained archers and mercenaries yet – so I wonder if he'll use the Karstarks somehow. (But he seems headed that way anyway, being a decent tactician, to a military reformer in the works.) It might be Stannis can hold back the Karstark lords as collateral to ensure their captains and generals turn their forces on the unsuspecting Freys and don't join up with them or give away the game.
  6. Val = Valerie = Valyrian?

  7. All the Dani stuff was horrible, just horrible through and through. The rest was ok, a few bizarre changes as usual. The RW was brutal though! I give it 6.
  8. Assuming this is the case, what do you think Cat would demand (from Cersei/Tyrion) for Jaime's safe return?
  9. How would you rate episode 306?

    Liked: — The change from the books re: Melisandre. I thought it was a cunning way to sneak in more info about and reinforce the workings of R'hllor, and the Red God's connection with and significance to Beric and Thoros. Also makes Mel more politically active. Grass roots movement baby yeah! — The change to Gendry's story. I didn't like the scene with Selyse and her "foetus jars" in the previous episode, but it makes sense they'd use Gendry now to simplify things for the viewership. Also, it gives Stannis a nice background context to his cold/hard nature. He lost all his children "to the gods" except the strange and facially scarred Shireen, and since clearly they're skipping out Patchface they can make Shireen more creepy, while using her to educate Davos instead of his sons (also all dead). — No Podrick and his "talents". — No more whatsherfacewhocarestheonethatJoffkills. — The "chaos" scene with Littlefinger. Scary shit. Thrives in chaos; nice book nod. Nicely edited sequence. — Ramsey and Theon. So, so good. Had to hide behind a pillow for THAT scene I knew was coming... — Beric looked more scarred and generally messed up as per booky wooky. Disliked: — That they used Tyrion to speak to Sansa rather than Cersei's cruel surprise in the books. — Mel meeting Arya. I totally get WHY they did it. Simplification, too good a chance to pass up. But still... it's like everyone's meeting everyone. Again, maybe I'm too harsh. I did like the subtle many-faced-god reference I suppose. — The Wall scenes. Why can't they have some non-important extras walking/climbing about in the distance. THey did the whole perfectly predictable Star Trek thing, where the non-introduced new guys in the yellow shirts die... 8/10 coming from a book "purist". Great episode. Great show.
  10. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    I think it's also connected to events at Hardhome.
  11. How would you rate episode 303? Just think they could have added maybe one line for Randyll Tarly as Master of Laws. Maybe someone as Master of Ships talking about Stannis/Aurane etc etc. Just my thought and opinions is all! Not bitching. I still enjoyed the episode!
  12. How would you rate episode 303?

    Not what I said. Of course it's a small council. Still too small though, and musical chairs could have been replaced by better dialogue IMO. And I'm talking about generally anyway, at King's Landing. It feels empty, sparse, not like the Kingdom's at war internally and externally.
  13. How would you rate episode 303?

    Excellent points. All stuff I recall thinking about when watching but never took such consideration over. You're right, although I feel more or less strongly about certain scenes for different reasons. Plot holes are crucial to plug. It's not that they can't fit things in. They have the time, but they're using it in inexplicable ways. IMO they're trying to broaden viewership and losing a bit of artistic integrity. Which is fine, but not what turns me on, personally.