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  1. Mmh, only English colleges are mentioned. A fellow student who studies English told me last semester that they're having a course about constrasting Martin and Tolkien and I go to a big German university. Of course, the professor in question has nothing but scathing contempt for GoT and banned any mention of it in his course. XD
  2. Trust me, bringing up those issues is very useful. Even though I have to say this from the perspective of an amateur writer. I see GoT as a prime example for how not to handle sensitive issues. And this "a guy protects a girl" stuff you asked about can either be depicted nicely like GRRM did with Sandor's bond with Sansa or toxically like D&Ds portrayal of Sam getting 'rewarded' for protecting Gilly from rape. In fact, the way these issues are discussed here made me even a little bolder in my own writing. Without the ranters here, I don't think I would have written a scene in which a girl questions the motivations of her knightly protector, thinking he is belittling her, only for him to affirm that he's just doing his job and argument that there is nothing wrong with it as long as you aren't judging the one you're protecting for it (in this specific case, no human is able to defend himself against the supernatural enemies targeting her, so trusting the magic knight to handle them is only logical). It was because we Ranters already had exactly the same subject a couple of months ago that I dared to let my characters discuss it like this so openly.
  3. Thing is, deaths like these make me mad as hell since... well, since at least season 3. For a scene they made a tv show for, the Red Wedding was awfully artificial in the way the extras just sat there and went down like nothing. You see, in the books it was not so heartbreaking because so many people were slaughtered like sheep, but because they were fighting to live. It was Darcy Mormont and Greatjon Umber smashing heads, the playing with hope when the Northmen broke open the door etc... And instead we got nameless bearded guys with zero will to live.
  4. I second Arabella. Discourses like these are why we are here.
  5. Excellent question! Why making him ask for that and then not using her to introduce him? It's like nothing they say has any meaning at all. Regarding the boring ass resurrection, I just want to link again to the way the 'kiss of life' is depicted in the absolutely great Cyanide RPG: Why changing a kiss with special effects for a fucking haircut?
  6. [Spoilers] Criticize without repercussion

    For anyone interested, this is the same ritual as depicted by an adaptation that had intense cooperation with GRRM:
  7. [Spoilers] Criticize without repercussion

    Just watched the episode... it's as offensively bad as the first one, but people talking circles around the herd of elephants stampeding the living room annoys me to no end. Well, here it goes, my "Notes of Thrones" like I did for the first one: Episode 2 - my god, the “previously on” frames Ramsay hurt by the baby message. The hell! He’s a fucking villain! Or at least he’s supposed to be one - they are not showing the two-eyed raven from last season, likely because they think people would be confused by the actor change. Ha! As if they think people remember stuff that happened one scene ago - And yet again, this strange artificial darkness that makes you not seeing a thing. Come to think of it, I have forgotten to dial up the screen light *does so now* - aren’t we supposed to watch from a fucking tree’s perspective? This is not the Godswood! - they don’t look very happy - Bran, we really don’t need your commentary for everything! - yeah, changing names for the sake of changing it... something we always loved the dudebro’s for... -.- - I am really relieved they did not hit Hodor on the head or something offensively stupid like this... still, it seems like they’ve cut something, the whole scene seems disjointed and serve no purpose at all. I still have no fucking idea what the character of Lyanna is supposed to be like. And why the hell does she look older than Ned and Brandon? - good job, Sydow, now you’re stealing lines from Patchface, eh? - a cave with doors? - you really need to ask her that? Oh well, at least she remembers something from two seasons ago, so I am glad for at least that much. - I am not sure I like the way Meera is shamed to Bran’s side here. It probably wasn’t D&Ds intention to make it sound like that, but they have lost my trust ages ago - since when do they have a gate south of the Wall? Come to think of it, why the hell did nobody see that coming? I asked myself that already last season, but has nobody ever heard of sentries? - that was resolved... surprisingly logically. No, no, only shame is that Ghost didn’t eat Olly. And I’m still wondering why even after Beardy pointed the need to burn the bodies right out, nobody seems to think that is a necessity for Jon’s foul corpse. If you are so intend on reviving him (and everyone knows that through telepathy), then fucking do it or at least put him into a fucking ice-cell, you idiots! - how many minutes have we now wasted on random cock guy from last season? And apparently FrankenGregor has borrowed Brienne’s Stark-GPS to track that guy. Doesn’t even surprise me that the two are besties... - now I’m confused, since when does brainless Tommen gives orders? - yes, we all asked ourselves this! What the fuck did you do? And... barring her the way to the Great Sept doesn’t make an inch of sense. - Larry admitting kinslaying makes me want to claw my fingers into something in frustration. Don’t you dare mentioning made up scenes that served no purpose whatsoever except painting our monster devoid of character development in a bad light, that causes surprisingly less horrified reactions because what the fuck is a setting anyway - they can’t even allow Jaime to just decide not to murder an unarmed man on his own! - yeah, that stupid ‘Empire’ line... I don’t even need to criticize that, others have already done so - Cersei would have strangled him by now. Not even because he put her under house arrest, but because he gave an order she didn’t know of. But of course Carol ‘understands’ - am I really supposed to root for Cersei here? Really? And where the fuck is Kevan? - first line, cock joke. *sigh* - as much as it is In-character for Tyrion to boast with his knowledge on dragonlore, I can’t help but think this could have been a good time for him to drop a few hints about how he acquired that and where his interest comes from. - no, eat him! Eat him fast! - oh come on, they really go for the dragon whisperer bullshit? and even mirroring Quent’s death, only for the second dragon to present his neck? - so he freed them for no reason and nothing happens? After a long time of doubts and denial, I belong to those who see the narrative purpose of Tyrion being a Targ, but even under this assumption nothing of this is in any way believable. Maybe he should have instead offered them a sheep instead of weird stories in which Tywin doesn’t lash out as drastically at Tyrion’s antics as you might expect him to do... - oh not again... at least I can appreciate that they backtracked and now retconned the blindness to be Arya’s decision. But considering how shitty everyone and their mother is to Arya, I really have no idea why exactly she wants to have to do anything with them at all. - I take it back, they make it look like he wouldn’t have given her the eyes back if he didn’t - Manderly support the Boltons, ugh... - yeah, pretend as if anything in this show would have any repercussions at all. - come on, I’m getting sick of this family drama and Ramsay being all worried about his claim - and the Lords keep on falling like leaves... Karstark not betting an eye upon this, even though he just made a point of how kinslaying made them turn their back on the Starks. Really, nothing in this show has any repercussions at all. - come on, more silly emotional manipulation even though every idiot knows how it’ll end - another scene where you can’t see anything. And did Walda just said “Wamsay” or am I imagining things? - yay, Ramsay having cool oneliners... and Walda being killed surprisingly fast - but oh well, Ramsay’s teleporting dogs are of course extremely fast killing machines - nice. This way we don’t know whether she mentioned Sandor or not. Who the hell even is that guy anyway? And of course everyone is totes okay with Brienne’s sense of judgement - them getting emotional about Theon chickening out leaves me deeply confused. Especially him calling the Iron Isles ‘home’ after should have fucking realized that Winterfell was his home after all - Schroedinger’s Balon! And Yara being for a moment Asha when she has a fucking point... even though it is kind of unlikely Asha would deconstruct his invasion plans this openly to his face - and now they ruined it by Balon describing a foolish action that should have been Theon’s and make it about an invented scene from Yara and shirtless Ramsay *rolleyes* - can I shortly ask what the fuck Yara is wearing there? Is she pregnant? Dafuq is that dress supposed to be? - why the fuck is Balon so polite when some stranger is standing in his way? - and why the fuck doesn’t he just turn around and call his guards? The guy is fucking exiled, I thought returning like this is supposed to be a grave offense? - so that’s it? Euron is a faceless man? How the fuck can he just kill Balon and nobody notices? Now we need a bingo card saying “a lord of the seven Kingdoms gets murdered”, because we fucking lost three in two episodes! - DAVOS BEING SORRY TOWARDS MELI-SANS-BRA? Sorry, I need to pose a little, there is tea coming out of my nose, I am laughing so hard right now! Who the fuck are Stannis and Shireen anyway? - SO DAVOS DIDN’T KNOW OF THE KISS OF LIFE? What the fuck? Why did they do all if this without knowing of resurrection magic? Oh come on, up until now the episode was boring, but at least not offensively stupid, only for this storyline to wallow in stupid. - at least she isn’t the one to loose her shirt this time... - you see, Thoros of Myr and Alester Sarwyck are now standing here in my room, staring at the screen in disbelieve. Why the haircut? Why is she talking in sheep-people-speak? That’s utterly not necessary for the ritual. Especially since it has devolved into a short funeral rite. And one involving a kiss... - if he had just opened his eyes with blue eyes instead, that would have been awesome! - but really, the ritual is called ‘kiss of life’! You have Meli-sans-bra popping her boobs at the slightest provocation, but a simple kiss is out of bounds? Okay, final verdict: Half of the episode was kinda boring with characters talking circles around the countless elephants grazing in the living room. Some scenes were surprisingly logical, especially in contrast with the offensively illogical last few episodes. But the whole Jon-thing and the dropping lords and the repeated shrugging off of kinslaying, gosh...
  8. Haha. But you wrote it even worse when the story makes EVEN LESS SENSE due to the explanations you offer. I have seen the same stuff after the new Star Trek movies, where writers Orci and Kurtzman desperately tried to explain away the shitload of plotholes and contrivances they put into the movies and made it even worse with each interview. If you think you can get away with laziness because you think your audience is stupid, just go forward and say so...
  9. I guess most of us did back when they announced going back to the Iron Islands. Really, it's just exactly their thing to throw stuff in they think are popular among the Unsullied. Why else did we get World War Z zombies at Hardhome? Or now Assassin's Creed in Arya's storyline? Why the hell not Jack Sparrow then!
  10. Thanks a lot! (crosses bingo card's "hamfisted foreshadowing")
  11. Considering that Carol is totally okay with the Dornish and doesn't even consider tearing Sunspear apart, keeping him away from her grasp seems kinda unlikely. Even though yes, I admit, Jaime (as in: the actual Jaime, not Larry) would indeed trying to keep Try away from Cersei's (as in: the real Cersei, not Carol) grasp in order to prevent another disaster. So yes, keeping on the ship and stopping him from disembarking does indeed make sense. But how someone as striking as the Sand Fakes kept hidden on the ship after swimming to it from the harbor or why and how they were waiting until a letter to Doran was sent with info about Myrcella's death, still is beyond me.
  12. Then the show blatantly ignores that now. Or at least Melisandre does. As mentioned in my Notes of Thrones, I cringed at Meli-sans-bra calling out for "Ser" Davos instead of "Lord" Davos.
  13. And then the camera pans over to Pyke where Gendry rows into the harbor and is toasted to by Balon standing atop his castle.
  14. I have stated it in the Ranting thread, but I'll do it again: THere is no Dornish endgame. They'll pretend Dorne never happened, that's also the reason why Carol wasn't swearing vengeance or anything. I dare to say there will be no repercussions seen whatsoever that don't affect the Lannisters.