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  1. I didn't like it at all. The long waited meetings (Jon-Dany, Bran-Sansa) felt empty to me. The dialogue gets worse and worse.The logistics of the war are getting weirder with every episode (I can swallow that Euron was able to surprise Yara's fleet, but a Lannister army capturing Olenna at her castle?). Sam healing an incurable disease in a single episode puts the entire Citadel to shame. I've given it a 3.
  2. Doran's eldest son may have died between season 2 and 4. And as said, Oberyn's younger daughters are too young to fight and of no consequence to the story. (but yes, it's bad writing)
  3. I expect Euron will demand Cersei's hand in exchange for his "gifts", and of course Cersei is not interested in him. She won't be able to postpone the decision indefinitely, so I think that the "Queen's Justice" could mean that Cersei is going to pull out a "Stannis": she'd agree to marry Euron for his help, and then behead him for piracy and kinslaying. This would be in line with making Cersei more and more crazy, and continue with the reduction of characters.
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    I gave it a 5. Dany scenes: 5. Some good parts, some awful parts.They are not finding the right tone with Dany. Arya Scenes: 3. The reappearance of Hot Pie and the return of Nymeria could have been great moments, but both were lacklusters to me. Northern scenes: 2. Very bad. Inconsistent characterizations, senseless leaps of logic,... Missandei and GW: 1. We really don't need wasting the time with this. I hope that GW is killed just to prevent more scenes like this one. KL scenes: 8. I think that the politics of the situation were well played, and using the dragon skulls to test the crossbows was a good idea. Euron's attack: 7. Nicely executed. As usual of late, the show excels at action scenes, where no good dialogue is characterization is required.
  5. All members of the fellowship are shown to have weakness, and Gimli's are not particularly embarassing. Meanwhile, he usually is the most eager to embrace in battle against the orcs, he actually defeats Legolas in the killing game at Hornburg (which has lots of merit, since Legolas used his bow from a distance while he had to kill of his orcs in face-to-face combat), saves Pippin's life in the Black Gate,... Well, dwarves can be resolute and unwavering but... they're still dwarves. The snow that reached Legolas' knees covered Gimli's waist. For every step Aragorn took, Gimli had to take two. Actually, the fact that he managed to keep the pace is a prowess that has more merit than his companions'.
  6. IMHO, there are two important reasons why attempted murder has to carry a lesser sentence than an actual murder: 1) People can reconsider. Someone can have a change of mind at the last minute. We can say that someone was planning a murder, but we can't be sure that he would have actually gone with it. 2) Knowing a person's real intent is impossible. I can prove someone was pointing someone else with a gun. But... perhaps he only wanted to scare him, or was planning to rob him. Sadly, we can only know with absolute certainty that his intent was murder once he has shot the gun. And this is even more complicated in cases such as beatings or stabbings.
  7. I don't think that it's likely, from a commercial point of view. A spinoff from a successful series has to stablish connections with the previous shows. Since the prequels won't be able to show characters from GOT, the only chance they'll have at creating any kind of link between both series will be showing scenarios that we are familiar with. It would make no sense to make a show about Asshai with no known character, no known scenario, no known noble family,... what would be the point of making a "successor show" if you don't use any of the material that's been introduced so far?
  8. I don't see why we discard so easily the fact that Cersei could have convinced Aerys herself. He certainly had access to Aerys, being the Hand's daughter and Elia's handmaiden. Cersei has always tried to seduce men to manipulate them, and we know that at 15 was already using this strategy with Jaime. And Aerys would be particularly receptive, her being the only daughter of Joanna. I can see a short-sighted Cersei telling Aerys that her gallant brother would be a perfect knight for the kingsguard, and thinking that her charms and seductive gazes have actually convinced him. Meanwhile, Aerys would consider the political implications of stealing Tywin's heir, and go for it.
  9. It's extremely unlikely that House Mallister would answer a summon from lord Baelish. In fact they didn't answer a summon from the Iron Throne itself, as Jaime notes in AFFC when he arrives at the siege of Riverrun: "the banners he did not see gave him pause. The silver eagle of Mallister was nowhere in evidence; nor the red horse of Bracken, the willow of the Rygers, the twining snakes of Paege. Though all had renewed their fealty to the Iron Throne, none had come to join the siege. The Brackens were fighting the Blackwoods, Jaime knew, which accounted for their absence, but as for the rest ..." Baelish has no real grasp over the Riverlands, and no army to impose it. He is completely dependant on the support or the crown for that matter. But anyway, even if you decide to ignore this, there are other clearer situations in the map that should be changed: Storm's End and Brightwater Keep would answer Stannis' summons (for the moment), and the Shield Islands would follow the Greyjoys.
  10. As I see it, the idea that the Dothraki could stand against a similarly sized force of disciplined armoured soldiers is unrealistic. The Dothraki can be useful for pillaging undefended towns, ambush small forces or plundering supply lines. But against actual armies, they have no chance. In this regard it's worth remembering the precedent of the three thousand of Qohor, when a small company of lightly armoured disciplined unsullied defeated a whole khalasar.
  11. As said, the problem with this map is that it confuses claims or nominal control (House Baelish ruling the Riverlands) with actual control (House Baelish ruling the Vale, or The High Septon controlling KL). You should decide which way to go. Other questionable decisions: House Greyjoy has conquered the Shield Islands, Stannis still controls (somehow) Storm's End. A lot of the locations marked as ruled by the Iron Throne (such as Dragonstone or Duskendale are actually under Tyrell control. The situation in the North is much more complicated, and it's hardly likely that the loyalties are split in contiguous territories as depicted.
  12. Summerhall would be the obvious answer. But Dunk's surely lived very interesting episodes before that. Besides what has already been said, I'd be very interested in seeing the relationship between Dunk and Rohanne when she was Gerold the Golden's wife, and the reasons behind her disappearance.
  13. I'm not sure about that. The other individual Balrog we know about, Gothmog, had the title of "Marshall of the Hosts" and "High captain of Angband". He is the commander of the surprise attack at Gondolin. And during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, he captured Hurin instead of killing him, "and dragged him to Angband with mockery". All this does not indicate "mindless forces of nature" to me, but autonomous capability for planning, commanding and pursue their goals. Fair enough. Still, rabbits are known to attack snakes that delve into his lair. And while the elves of the third age may be a shadow of their first age counterparts, Durin's Bane may also be a shadow of his former lord Gothmog. So if Ecthelion killed Gothmog, couldn't Durin's Bane be slain if he tried to descend to Lorien or Rivendell? I wouldn't discard the possibility.
  14. Thinking about this matter has made me wonder... isn't Durin's Bane a little bit of a coward? He fled after the War of Wrath instead of fighting to death as most of his colleagues, he hid under a Mountain for some thousand years, he did nothing when Morgoth's old lieutenant warred against Eregion (which was just besides his hiding place), he only killed dwarves that delved too deep into Moria but never ventured outside (he didn't even helped the orcs at the battle of Azanulbizar that was taking place at the gates of Moria), and he didn't put himself at Sauron's service when the Dark Lord was in Dol Guldur (again, very close to his hiding place). Also, Ainur in earthly form have been repeatedly hurt in Tolkien's world: not only the lord of the balrogs was slain by an elf, but there's also Saruman being killed by Grima, Sauron being defeated by Elendil and Morgoth himself being severely scarred by Fingolfin in single combat. All this makes me think that perhaps Durin's Bane is not as powerful as many seem to believe. Or that he was, but lost a lot of his power when Morgoth was imprisoned. Otherwise, one would expect him to settle a small kingdom for himself and try to get revenge from the ones that caused the downfall of his old master. So I guess I'm in the Smaug camp.
  15. One of the less enticing trailers I've seen in a long while. They do not seem to grasp at all what Star Trek was about. And I agree that making a prequel is a very bad idea. But the thing that puzzles me the more is the continuously mutating the klingon looks... what's the problem with the make-up from the TNG era? It was menacing, it was distinct, it was cool, it was iconic. Where did that unexplainable obsession to change it came from?