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  2. About time. Great 3 years at the Bridge but he finally burned it down. I'll appreciate all the goals and tenacity, but happy the headache is gone. Sick of him speculating about what team he wants to play for next seaon when he's in the midst of a title run. He seems like a fun guy to play with but has to be a pain in the ass to coach. From his perspective, he better get his ass in shape. He got dropped from the international squad for Villa the last time around. I'd imagine that was a wake up call.
  3. you mean this (first 40 s)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec2blDrHUlg Also Bronn said Jaime would fuck her and teases him for liking only very blond women.
  4. What life did Cersei want? To be married to her brother? I know, she wanted a husband who wasn't a drunk who sired cities-full of bastards. But thems the breaks. Why is "MUST" only a bad word for female characters and their life choices? Arya, who made little sense last season, made perhaps least sense of all when she went on to Sansa (in the same scene where she implicitly threatened to cut off Sansa's face) about how girls don't get to choose what they want to be. Uh, hello. Boys in Westeros don't, either. More than girls, admittedly. But boys have family obligations, too. Like the obligation to go off and die in war. If they're not up to that, they're Sam Tarly, the pariah. Male obligations don't end at the battlefield, but extend into marriage and baby-making, as well. Robb was penned in by duty. He doomed the family (if it wasn't doomed already) by selfishly choosing to marry for love instead of marrying one of the Frey girls. Sansa, whether she likes it or not, bears the responsibility of carrying on the Stark blood, given Robb and Rickon (who actually existed, by the way) are dead and Bran is a tree or a bird or whatever. Arya may be a lost cause and Jon is a Targaryen. Why shouldn't she feel that burden? Wouldn't it be a good thing for her to feel obligated to poor dead Ned to keep on Starking, rather than fulfill her selfish desire like that paragon of virtue, Cersei Lannister?
  5. Don't be jealous.
  6. I agree. Not just better than I expected, but even better than I'd hoped. I haven't liked many of the changes to Cersei's and Jaime's arcs that the show has made, but the endpoint of their story was perfect.
  7. Well, then who's left to rule Winterfell when Sansa dies? We don't know how many children Jon and Daenerys can have, don't know how Arya feels about marrying, while Bran's the Three Eyed Raven and he was already suspect since he got paralyzed and he pushed away the only girl he's been around who wasn't his sister. The Northern lords will only accept a Stark. There must always be a Stark in Winterfell, and we're running out of Starks.
  8. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/21/16344792/obamacare-repeal-graham-cassidy-senate-byrd-rule Graham-Cassidy needs to pass this final test before it can come to a vote Experts say the new Obamacare repeal bill might succeed where previous versions failed.
  9. Resident Wit indeed
  10. I think I'd agree with your assessment of the show. It did feel a bit rushed, it's a detective story in which the clues just fall into the detectives lap, I don't think that's a fatal flaw since the mystery wasn't really the main point of the story but I agree it might have worked better a 90 minute story.
  11. TV Sansa definitely doesn't want to remarry and would much rather run Winterfell unimpeded; in Season 7, it's strongly implied that she would much rather run Winterfell with Jon out of the way and is even briefly tempted by the prospect of a coup. And if her desire for power and control means that she secretly wishes she were rid of Jon of all people, who has only ever tried to protect and defend her, whom she unquestionably loves, and whom she considers further from Joffrey than anyone she has ever met, what shot does anyone else have? It doesn't have to, but in Sansa's case, it obviously does. I'm guessing the writers are working backwards from Book Sansa's endgame--steely, single Elizabeth I-style Lady of Winterfell--and using the Ramsay marriage and everything that went with it to explain her attitude. Gross, sure, but not beyond D&D. Arya sailing into the sunset would be a perfect ending, I think. You're assuming that Sansa will fall in love and get married at some point in the future and reasoning backwards from there, and it's terrible reasoning. There's nothing in the show to suggest that Sansa is going to fall in love or has any interest in remarrying at all. In fact, Season 7 suggests quite the opposite, that Sansa is increasingly interested in running things herself and hates the idea of anyone, even someone kind and decent who loves her, getting in the way. Season 7 is also setting up characters' endgames: Sansa as the endgame LOW who rules by herself without male interference is looking like a lock. Well, no. I pay attention to the show and don't try to second-guess characters when they make their opinions and attitudes clear. And Tyrion has never said to himself that he's done with prostitutes and with women in general because Shae fucked him up real good, and Sansa has never said to herself that she's never going to let a man be in a position to control her ever again if she can help it. We know it, though, just as we know that Arya's not into romance and marriage. How? By watching the show and paying attention to what the characters actually say and do, instead of projecting fantasies on to them about how they should be acting and feeling. I think your problem is that you're not watching the show, you're watching the version of the show you want to see--based on what you think will happen and reasoning backwards from there--and ignoring what's actually going on. That way lies guaranteed disappointment, as the great Jonsa Shipper Meltdown of 2017 showed. The show is what it is. The characters and their relationships are what they are. If you don't like it? For everything else, there's fanfic. Season 7 Sansa doesn't want a man to assist her. She doesn't want a man in the picture at all, even a strong, kind man like Jon who would never hurt her, because said man can override her, refuse to listen to her, and make a botch of things. Given her experiences, that is an entirely sensible attitude. You're reasoning backwards: when Sansa falls in love and gets married, she'll decide to produce an heir, blah blah blah. All indications are that Sansa is never going to get there due to her traumatic experiences and the lessons she has learned, and she will actively resist any attempts to force her into that corner. (Not that Jon or Dany would press the point.) Not under the circumstances. As I said, the Elizabeth I/James I solution works just fine. If you can't make your point without making personal attacks, maybe cool down and try again later.
  12. Ah but are words not merely wind? Or is it only spoken words that are wind, lost into the ether as soon as they are released? Here's a philosophical question: if words are wind, is a name mere wind? Does my board name qualify more as wind than my real life name? If so, why? In a previous game I used the theme characters who spoke words are wind on page. I expect an essay from each of you on my obsession with this saying. You can thank @rocksniffer for this joyous extracurricular activity I may or may not put you out of your misery on whether I have hidden hints to this theme (I may or may not have hidden hints to future themes). But not yet. Not yet. Carry on! Ride your wooden horses over the poison water, as the Dothraki would say.
  13. Surely that depends on exactly how he'd rule? I mean, sure, if he burned the Great Sept of Balor and demanded that all must convert to the Lord of Light then, yes, they'll rebel but if he rules fairly and makes sure that everyone has enough to eat then surely only the biggest zealots would actually care? Most would go "Well, he's better than Tommen, that abomination". The Old Gods and the Seven seem to have been able to co-exist for centuries. The Riverlords and House Manderly had no problem accepting Robb as their King, despite their religious beliefs. Besides, Stannis doesn't even believe in the Lord of Light. He believes in Melisandre's power and wants to use it to do what needs to be done. If he was going to force people to convert then he wouldn't have made Davos his Hand. That's another thing actually. I realise he did it because he values honest counsel more than high birth but making Davos the Hand of The King should surely do a lot to win the smallfolk over? How can they hate someone who has taken one of their own, a common smuggler from Flea Bottom, recognised his worth and raised him to the highest position that he could?
  14. I hadn't thought about that part. Maybe all three?
  15. I watched The Hood Maker, the first episode of the Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams anthology. I thought it was a good piece of dystopian SF, although there's a limit to how complex a story they can tell in an hour so there weren't any big surprises. It couldn't help but be a bit reminiscent of Blade Runner and Minority Report at times, but I guess if any series is allowed to then this should be. I did like the way they portrayed the telepaths, the first interrogation Honor does was a particularly good scene. I thought Holliday Grainger was very good as Honor, Richard Madden also put in a solid performance.
  16. Cersei and Victarion (Euron)
  17. You mean by Westerosi society, by the viewers/readers, or by D&D/GRRM? If you mean the first one, that's kind of the point. Sansa deciding that she's the same as Jon Arryn, even if her society doesn't see it that way—and she didn't as a little girl—would be a fulfillment of her character growth.
  18. No one's saying she has to be a brood mare, anymore than anyone who says they want Sansa to be a Strong, Independent Woman who doesn't need a man are saying she has to be doomed to a life of being a crazy cat lady. I would prefer Sansa end the series as Lady of Winterfell and Wardeness of the North, with a loving husband and happy family to carry on the Stark name. The fact that she got brutalized by Ramsey shouldn't mean her childhood dream of making babies should be abandoned. I'd like to see it fulfilled with a man who's worthy of her, which Joffrey obviously wasn't. Which doesn't mean a Strong, Independent Woman storyline couldn't be carried off. Plenty of important ladies never got married or had kids. I just personally would prefer Joffrey, Tyrion, and Ramsey not ruin it for her.
  19. 1. They. CREATED. The. Show. I'd call that a bloody great big contribution, wouldn't you? 2. in a previous post you made the criticism: Yet you've just admitted that you'll watch any garbage they throw on TV if you are a fan of the source material. Have it then. Me, I'd just stick to reading the books. 'Seems to me to be a much better way to spend one's time. Each to their own.
  20. Martin’s ASOIAF story is only understood after and in hindsight. Starting at book one and following through to book five. I agree I do not have to know which part of history, which sack of a city, what myth and troupe and historic persons Martin is using. Can you predict where Martin’s multiple cliffhangers in DwD are going to end with certainty by using the obscure historical European references that posters use to justify their points? Fiction. I read Steve Berry novels. At the end of his novels he gives a writer’s note separating fiction from supposed historical fact. References, which Martin does not use. Why? Because, Martin’s work is purely fictional. Martin has supposedly made a remark somewhere that his inspiration is from the War of Roses. Cool. The author on the other hand was born in 1948 and is 69 years of age. His studies and his life experience influence his work. He is telling a fictional story with a made up history. Cool. When a person on the internet tries to validate their speculation and opinion about what transpires in Martin’s made up fictional story by using obscure historical references --- it drives me to
  21. About Jon Arryn not being seen as a stud horse. On the other hand, Walder Frey seems to think there's one, for different reasons. Cersei at one point says she doesn't want to be pawned off like a brood mare. "People snigger when I marry a young girl, but who said a word when Jon Arryn married that little Tully bitch?"
  22. Sorry, who has a double standard, and over what? I don't see any double standard in me treating Sansa the same as Jon Arryn. And, while I disagree with Newstar, I don't think it's necessarily because he's applying a double standard—he's trying to distinguish Sansa from Dany, which isn't a sexist double standard, and he doesn't seem to be a rabid hater or fanatic of either. Or are you suggesting that I'm wrong about what the show could do because D&D, or Hollywood in general, have a double standard, so they just can't see Sansa's story as similar to Jon's? If so, it seems like it would just mean they might give Sansa the same ending but for the wrong reason—which I'll admit is possible, but, since the show rarely gives the reasons for anything, we can all blissfully pretend they did it for the right one, out of a real understanding of their characters.
  23. I liked the approach of my clue more than the mystery it presents.
  24. ... butt nuggets.
  25. Last season was full of sentimental tones. From the "it's yours, it will always be yours" (where both Nik and the director agreed it had the romantic meaning....it's "his heart") to the gazes she gives him from the hill, or their goodbye scenes that imitate the ones from previous seasons. Not to mention that season 5 there was him looking with fascination at Tarth when he is told that's the Sapphire Isle and not before. I agree with this season though, but even with the awful dialogue and development of Jaime they made him use the words of Brienne to try to convince Cersei. And the result of these words were him finally leaving her and go North, where Brienne will be.
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