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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Not saying this is a reference or anything but it is a bit of a fun overlap. In this interview Tolkien uses the now somewhat famous Ice and Fire phrase "All Men Must Die". Not saying it's deliberate reference from GRRM or anything, but it is pretty fun and quirky - at least for me.
  6. Viserys is the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe Robert Baratheon as well.
  7. So I watched it. I thought it was fine. The beginning 15-20 minutes were somewhat weak, but the entertainment factor picked up after there. Leslie Jones had her moments, though McKinnon and Hemsworth were the comedic stand-outs for me. The action scenes were serviceable. The ghosts had a cartoony quality to their design which I think worked for the tone of the film. All in all it was decent.
  8. So... the trolley witch...what is the point of that? I'm not even sure what I'm reading at this point.
  9. I've just began reading it and that was my exact thought. Ron reads more like Fred than he does himself. The plotting also feels really lazy and the teen-angst drama on par with any number of lame TV shows. Some of the dialogue as well, "Thank Dumbledore!" eek.
  10. I wrote a blog post about the show the other day:
  11. At this point, I'm thinking that Benioff and Weiss are only really capable of conjuring up moments they think will be dramatically interesting, or cathartic, such as Tommen's suicide or Jon being elected as King in the North, but have absoultely no idea how to develop, build, or in anyway make those moments worthwhile. I thought the fifth season was bad, with Mother's Mercy being a dismal low-point, but season 6 has been bad in a way I couldn't imagine. They pour all their effort into one episode (usually episode 9) and let everything else be done with the minimal effort possible. And they're winning awards for this rubbish!
  12. Also, considering Cersei just blew up the sept, killing hundreds of people, and murdered Pycelle and the Septa as well, how on earth has their not been massive chaos in King's Landing?
  13. Also I LOL'd at the tiny little candles melting into the Wildfire. What even was that plot? The Maesters don't know Jeor Mormont died because Maester Aemon got sick before the election, never mind him sending the ravens off long before that? Tower of Joy was so dully handled. This show is made with zero effort and imagination, seriously. And the entire North basically listens to a 10-year-old child?
  14. Frey Pies in the books = subtly implied. Frey Pies in the show = directly stated, close up shot of Frey body pieces in pie. This in an episode with implied rape and torture as well. One of which, Loras' star, was also shown in bloody close-up. As was Pycelle's death. The showrunners love their gore.
  15. I've been around abusive couples - both emotional and physical - and have been in abusive dynamics myself. I've been recovering and healing for a few years now and have tried to understand the dynamics at play. I don't claim to be an expert, however. Abusers 'love-bomb' their partners during the early stages of the dynamic. This is highly flattering to anyone, but especially those who've dealt with self-worth issues all their life. The turn can come on insidiously and abuse victims might believe they are the cause for their partner's volatile and abusive behaviour (the abuser is very likely to encourage this view, proclaiming himself a victim of their neglect/abuse). They cling on hoping for that initial, wonderful side to return. Any time they contemplate, or come close to leaving, it does, often with the promises of change. It, naturally, doesn't last. You describe your friend as one of the nicest and kindest individuals you've known. Given this relationship, that makes me ponder that she might have disassociated from darker feelings, such as anger and frustration, and now has trouble establishing boundaries. If we're uncomfortable being whole - experiencing both light and dark emotions- we risk attaching to someone who has darker attributes in spades, such as her husband's rage and volatility. Her husband is likely projecting his own feelings onto her by claiming she deserved her abusive past, something he likely internalized from his own upbringing but feels easier, even alleviating to push onto someone else. If her past was abusive/negligent she might be suffering from critically low self-worth and feels that this is as good as it can get. I don't think you can't 'make' someone leave, and informing the police may not guarantee that she will leave, as victims may remain confused or in denial giving their abusers the chance slither back into their lives. Leaving is a war in itself. They may also have strong 'caregiver' attitudes and might think that their abusers well-being is their responsibility (this was the case for me, ending an abusive friendship I felt despairing and 'bad' that I might leave someone isolated, without support, despite his nasty treatment of me). I'd be there and available to offer advice and support if she should ask for it. Perhaps, if fear is the main motivation in her staying, you might gently explain that he cannot hurt her, or the child, if they're not around. I'd also recommend, if she decides to leave, encouraging her to seek therapy and make a statement to the police about what's happened to her. Just my thoughts.