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    Currently attending Film School. I hope I can find a place working on one of the GOT spinoffs.

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  1. At the time I subscribed to this theory season five hadn’t aired and the word valonqar hadn’t been formally omitted. Sucks though, the show did set up Littlefinger possibly being the end of Cersei.
  2. I personally loved the theory Cersei got the word that Maggy said slightly wrong and it was valon-kwar instead of valon-car, valon-kwar of course meaning little finger instead of little brother. I was sold on this one when Dany had that line in season two about Kwarth as opposed to Karth, but as season seven would prove I am wrong. I mean I can’t take credit for that theory, but I did believe it had something to it.
  3. I mean pretty much every male character who will be in a position to kill her is a younger brother. It was odd for them to omit that one to two seconds of dialogue from the show but it has a good chance of turning out that way. Jon, Jaime, Tyrion, Euron, etc. With the exception of Qyburn and the Mountain, but I doubt either one of them will be the one to do it.
  4. Exactly. He did everything right and still wound up dead. I don’t see any evidence that arming teachers will accomplish the goal of protecting students. In any anecdote I’ve seen, the person stopping a mass shooting with a gun is an SRO, it’s not even a teacher. Is the inevitability of a student disarming a teacher shooting someone or a teacher shooting a student worth arming all teachers?
  5. High Garden was the real disappointment. Not even half the size of Hornhill.
  6. I have wondered about this, but with the show oversimplifying everything I can’t see the writers going with anything more complicated than Tywin simply speaking the truth. I think the end of Dany’s story in season two (Qarth’s fortune being a lie) was foreshadowing that the richest people in Westeros might not be as rich anymore as their reputation would lead people to believe. But then again, I could be wrong. I’d just have to wonder with six episodes left what they could possibly be building towards if Casterly Rock’s gold mines are still bountiful.
  7. I like DragonDemands but I get pretty skeptical of his presentation sometimes. The main problem with show Dorne in his assessment is the fact that the whole thing was based on Dan and David wanting Indira Varma acting in this medieval castle because that was a dream of theirs since she was in Rome. I think that's definitely a bonus for them, but I don't think that was the sole motivation for including Dorne, given the fact that Cersei had a daughter there and they couldn't really avoid it. I think they had some obligation to George's endgame to include the Dornish along the way, and within the continuing trend of simplifying the show's storylines to appeal to a broader audience they just didn't know how to condense the complexities of the Queenmaker plot into a few episodes. If I ran the show, my approach would be to just do it, but different artists have different prerogatives, it's important to note that directors, actors, writers, etc at the end of the day are just doing their job regardless of whether or not they are fans of the source material and care about staying true to books enough to take giant risks within an already complicated production. Cutting Dornish laws on succession to disregard the role gender plays in inheritance could definitely implicate some misogynistic views from D & D, and I don't think they hold such views, so it was an interesting choice to cut a smart female empowerment arc when they're literally raping Sansa in the same episode as the Sand Snakes' biggest moment. Yeah No One is a great example of setting up plot twists and abandoning them what looks to me like the sake of getting an episode shot in time to meet a deadline. DragonDemands I think did a great job pointing out all of the indicators that Jaqen was using Arya to set up the Waif and then in the next episode it was just like "nah." Again, could be D & D off screen saying "that's too complicated just make it really Arya and not some set up" or they couldn't get Tom Wlaschiha scheduled every day necessary to film this arc, and just made up a new ending to get it done. As far as Lost goes, different show and different writers. I haven't seen it so I can't really comment much further. If the DragonDemands is 100% right (and I don't know if it is) about the drama behind the scenes on Battle of the Bastards then I'm amazed that Sapochnik is coming back to direct multiple episodes this season. I get that he needs to work and make a living, but if I were him I would want to avoid being under those guys a second time like the plague. Their arrogance and their unwillingness to listen to my experience would put my career at risk too much for me to chance it since I'd be responsible for putting out the finished product. Hopefully the longer wait between seasons stems in some way from them listening to directors and giving them adequate time to shoot the episodes.
  8. It sounds like you’ve done your homework on the atrocity that is show Dorne. I’m in film school and I’ve akways been a nerd about the craft of film making so I want to get it out there I’m really not trying to be condescending in my responses. I think in the Wolf and the Lion (also directed by Alex Graves) the Jaime and Ned fight was good. I don’t think there were too many cuts and the geography of the scene was consistent throughout. The white walkers/ wights were in season one and they looked fine for the budget then, obviously their roles were much smaller. The obvious solution to the Tysha problem was have Jaime tell Tyrion about it before the trial by combat, instead of the beetle story. I say time constraints, overall I’m referring to the ratio of prep time to filming time and the effect this has on the Human Resources who are putting all the pieces together. A lot goes into even a few lines of dialogue. Memorizing lines, make up, breaks, prepping a set, setting up lighting, setting up audio capture, blocking, resets after each take, etc. Busting Tyrion out of his jail cell was probably an all day shoot for Nikolaj and Peter and given the size of that episode I can understand why what was prioritized was prioritized. Plus it was season one last time Tysha was mentioned and for most people that’s an obscure reference to throw out in the season four finale since they hadn’t built up to it being a lie more recently. In the books we have the character’s thoughts and in film you have to tell the story utilizing only what you can point a camera at. The choreography of the Brienne and Hound fight is solid, it’s the fact that it was pieced together from shots taken in several different locations (and different times of day/ weather conditions) due to I think a geyser or a small volcano or something, I need to re-watch the commentary. The issue with that fight is mainly the eye tracing and motion vector, if you’re not familiar with those things then they’re both describing ways of characters moving coherently within a scene in a way that is smooth and natural to the audience. If in one shot Brienne is on Sandor’s right and swinging at him from the right and the next shot picks up with her now on the left then your eye is forced to do too much scanning of the screen. The more I really think about it, I think the show runners cause a lot of the problems by demanding spectacle over substance and over-complicating an already complicated production. Is it cool to shoot the show on several different continents with different crews? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely not, and honestly looking at the Dorne example and the Brienne vs the Hound example, the show probably would have been less gimmicky but benefitted from utilizing more sound stages and more filming locations that weren’t so exotic. But now I’m getting out of technical issues behind the scenes and more into writing sections by Benioff and Weiss and we’ve beaten that horse nearly to death I think.
  9. Now I think I remember one of the kids getting up off of the ground, implying that it had just died but the one that Karsi made eye contact with was shirtless and looked like it had starved to death.
  10. Even better. I’m not so sure about the Hardhome thing though, weren’t those wight kids that killed Karsi obviously dead for a while? How do we know the Night King or the wights had anything to do with killing them?
  11. As opposed to riding south to rescue a Lyanna, Jon would be riding north to rescue a Lyanna. Except this one isn't dying and she's sick of the Night King's shit.
  12. 1st point - I'm exaggerating, but not much. Especially for the characters I listed, there's nothing worth writing about in more than one sentence until episodes 9-10. For seasons 1-4 you'd be pushing it to sum up each main character's storyline from episodes 1-8 in one accurate sentence. To the 2nd point no problem. I'm referencing a couple of things and I'll explain, I'm focusing solely on season four. First thing to mention would be comments made on the season four blu-ray commentaries by Alex Graves about the Children more specifically, but I can see how it applies to other episodes Alex Graves directed (just as one example). The limited budget isn't the bigger issue but for one example, the overhead shot at the beginning of the episode of Stannis's troops attacking the wildlings is one shot split in the middle and presented as two different shots because that's all the budget would allow. It looks fine in the episode, but that is what it is because there was no more budget and that's directly from Alex Graves. The cheesy CGI skeleton fight and lack of consistency on the appearance of the Children of the Forest between seasons four and six are the result of no more budget for the season four finale, another thing taken directly from Alex Graves. Jaime telling Tyrion about Tysha was scripted, but was not shot due to time restraints. Brienne vs the Hound is made up of almost nothing but quick cuts (5 within one second at the beginning) and some shots that were supposed to be taking place in the same area and were obviously shot in several different places due to the lack of time to utilize the location where they were filming. Etc. I'm more talking about time restraints and how little time they actually have to do principle photography despite the year or so between each season. The actual fight between the Mountain and Oberyn for another example is about two minutes long and is made up of almost nothing but cuts, some that are in accordance with the choreography and some are two different parts of the fight cut together and roughly transition from one move to the next (although this happens much more noticeably in Dorne in Season 5- Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken). To be fair as you pointed out with season two this wasn't a new phenomenon to season four seeing as how battles were taking place off screen, but the type of things I've mentioned stuck out to me.
  13. I'm not so sure how much I believe this is possibly how the show could end, but it's based largely on a dream I'd had the other night and I wanted to share.
  14. I would have to disagree with the idea that the identity of Rey’s parents is not important. I’m sure it’s important in the bigger picture that they’re nobody special. I think we are also overstating the value of Luke saving Darth Vader, because Vader only lived twenty minutes after saving his son from being killed by the emperor...after trying to kill his son for not turning to the dark side. Luke probably couldn’t have killed Vader even if he didn’t know he was his father and wanted to, as evidenced by the time he tried and failed in Empire Strikes Back. With Ben Solo it’s different because Luke has been teaching him how to be a Jedi and the potential for darkness still runs so deep. Luke igniting his lightsaber was a response to the dark side, not some desire he had to waste his nephew. As soon as he saw what he was doing he turned the lightsaber off. The movie was so blatant about that. Luke’s arc revolves around him needing to learn that the Jedi order was deeply flawed and doesn’t need to be restored to what it was, if it needs to come back at all. Love it or hate it, I think the movie handled that well and I for one am glad to see the story being propelled forward and not just rehashing old ideas.
  15. Just watched Justice League this evening. I enjoyed Man of Steel, I had high expectations from BvS and was let down, Suicide Squad was just a jumbled mess, Wonder Woman was all around a good movie, and I feel Justice League was easily as good as Man of Steel. Not perfect but enjoyable.