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  1. Unfortunately, I think he might make it right to the very last episode of the show. The writers clearly have so much fun writing "witty" dialogue about cocks for him.
  2. Maisie Williams acting in that speech about Ned was really bad. The whole conflict between her and Sansa is absurd, the show is just dragging its heels to dispose of Littlefinger in the finale episode. The wight hunt is beyond stupid. The dialogue between Tormund and the Hound was horrendous. I don't know why they're even doing this. Gendry runs to Eastwatch....ugh...sends a raven...Dany gets it and flies there... all in one night. Just... ugh. I can't buy a lake stopping the wights. They can't drown. And the Others can't just re-freeze it? None of those people should be alive after a night in that environment; at the very least, they shouldn't have the energy to fight. And why couldn't they raise Thoros when he died during the night? He could have freed the other wight, and attacked them.
  3. 4/10 I'll say this: it's was better presented most of the other actiony stuff this season. But it was really, really dumb. Like, so dumb. Am I supposed to seriously buy that wights can be stopped by some cold water? And even then, can't the White Walkers just freeze the lake? When did fire stop being the only way to kill wights? Jon not getting on Drogon felt very, very contrived - pointlessly so, considering he's back safe and sound at the end of the episode. Gendry ran to Eastwatch....what? Benjen swooped in out of nowhere, and I'm still not sure why they made him Coldhands: does his magic still work even if all the Children dead? Arya and Sansa? Another false conflict to extend Littlefinger's existence out just a tiny, tiny bit longer. And chains? The Others have giant chains now? Why? In case a dragon fell into a lake?
  4. I skimmed this episode and thought some of the dialogue, such as between Jaime and Bronn or Davos and Gendry, felt like it was from a sit-com. It's like they're writing to create internet memes now. I also found it funny when Bran said to "send ravens" after he seemed to fly them all hundreds of miles away, which also begs the question why is he only now mentioning the Others are on the move? Sansa/Arya seemed like contrived drama that'll quickly resolve itself with Littlefinger's death in the next episode or the finale one. For me, just kill: Cersei, Bronn, OldTown, Sam, Gilly, Gendry, Jorah, Yara, Euron, Varys, Littlefinger, Brienne etc as they're all poorly written wastes of time at this point. The wight hunt reeks of the uncreative B&W aggressively thumbing through AGOT and noticing Aliser Thorne was sent to prove the existence of the magical threat with a wight hand, and basically redoing that with a whole wight and a penultimate action scene. I don't understand why anyone is even skeptical of the white walker threat, there's a Targ Queen with three giant dragons in Westeros now, are white walkers really so much harder to believe in?
  5. One of the most tedious elements is when they have characters sit on information for a long time so they can place it in the last episode or penultimate episode for maximum "dramatic" effect. Like Davos not asking about Shireen for how long in season six. They likely want a big "oh wow" moment in E6 to get rid of Littlefinger, so nobody's going to pay him any mind until then.
  6. Exposition hour. And much of it dull. I can't take Qyburn's dragon-slaying invention seriously. None of the meet-ups between long distant characters mean anything in the show. I'm really tired with the Tyrion shilling the writers have been doing since about S3. Littlefinger is still stupid. I don't understand why Randyll is okay with Cersei blowing up the sept,or why anyone is okay with it, really. The Nymeria scene means nothing in the context of the show. I guess seeing Hot Pie again was nice. Do they really think "the wars to come" is that great a line? And how many times did they trot out "of the ashes"? Indifferent fight scene. Underwhelmingly shot/edited, and I don't care about any of those lame characters aboard that ship.
  7. It's been a topic of debate. Sometimes comically so. The description can either be interpreted as a metaphor for a Balrog's shadow or actual wings. I've always felt it read metaphorical in context.
  8. I think Balrogs, in general, are just slightly larger than the size of men. Jackson's is a behemoth, and it also has wings.
  9. I sometimes wonder if they resent the series. I feel like they really only wanted to get to the Red Wedding, to be the ones to pull that shock on TV, and now they have been landed with a very complex, detailed narrative that they can't be bothered to work through. That's just speculation, of course. But it really doesn't feel like it has been made by people who really love and respect the books.
  10. I watched it. It's mildly better than Season 6 was. The Arya scene that opened the episode was nonsensical, hilarious. Her scene with Sheeran is a massive waste of the time, and misappropriating the Symon song just had me rolling my eyes. Best parts of the episode here Sandor digging the grave and the white walker army (although was that giant meant to be Wun Wun? What's up with that?). The Hound's prophecy is just another example of their limp, spoonfeeding approach to set-up. I feel like they're still having a go at Stannis two seasons later. Sam forgot he told him about the masses of dragonglass because he didn't think it important? He, who killed an Other with dragonglass, didn't think it important? Oy... Show Euron is terrible and is feeling more like Show Ramsay now. I don't like Show Sansa either. Winterfell interpersonal conflicts are going to grate, I think, this season.
  11. Maybe a book like this might be of some use:
  12. So, I've decided to begin re-watching Season 1, which I haven't seen again since around the end of 2012. Gotta say, while it's okay I'm noticing some of issues that have become commonplace complaints about the show in the earliest form. The characterisation of Cersei and Tyrion in particular have been very whitewashed away from their darker personality traits - I hadn't quite realised how much. But, as I said, it's fine. Decent, acceptable. Plot is staying close to the books. But I don't find creative aspects outstanding particularly. A lot of it scenes lack weight and intrigue for me. It's quite passive viewing, actually. Maybe I'll do a write up or something later on.
  13. The Eagles and Tom Bombadil don’t bother me, really. The Eagles are a touch overused, I think, but their appearances are usually pretty fun. Tom, well, I don’t mind the singing. He halts the narrative too much, but at the same time I think the adventure in the Barrow Downs is really great (Cold be hand and heart and bone…). Gildor I agree with. Weathertop I see the hole, although I admit I'd never really considered it that way. I've always been to worried about Frodo at that part. Arwen is rightfully in first place. Arwen’s character is so lacking in agency and anything interesting that I honestly think Tolkien had no real idea what to do with her or how to involve her in the plot. On Martin: the thing that's always bugged me about ASOIAF is the absurd timelines. It feels like a very limp attempt to add that sense of ancientness that comes with say Tolkien's world. Except, poorly done: Westeros houses existing for thousands of years? 8000 years since the Others last appeared? I mean, come on, that just sounds silly. The other thing is that there's nothing about his world that strikes me as particularly memorable, aside from maybe the Wall. With Tolkien you have these wonderful, unique, distinct locations be it the Shire or Rohan or Isengard. In Westeros, nothing, aesthetically, really stands out. It's all just designed as your typical medieval world with some fantasy elements thrown in.
  14. Evolving Charmander is a chore. It's the one of the few Pokemon I never see. I get a decent spawning of Squirtle and Bulbasaur, and have had a pretty good variety of other Pokemon, but this guy is nowhere to be found. Been playing for 4-5 months now and I've seen like two in the wild.
  15. I think the film looks good and very beautiful based on the footage we've seen in previews, but five? I get, as well, that there's obviously more going on than just finding the beasts, but...five? This sounds like it could be a real recipe for bloat and unnecessary diversions from the plot (issues that arose in the later Potter books, in my opinion). I really don't know what to make of this news. I mean, five films? Can there really be that much story?