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  1. Dez

    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Yes. I think one big reason why I liked TUC was the fact that my exposure to the series was still very fresh- only a few months- and I hadn’t had time to immerse myself in the theorizing. Bakker certainly didn’t help himself by stoking the overthink, as others have said he did. But to some degree it’s inevitable since if a series has any kind of following its fans are going to have time on their hands waiting for the next one.
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    I agree with this assessment as to perceived depth in the series. All that stood out to me about narrative mysteries in KKC was how little they had been developed two thirds into a purported trilogy. If there’s room for theorizing, it’s because the reader has about as much to go on at the end of TWMF as they did when the mysteries were first introduced in TNOTW. I’ve seen TUC being brought up as a cautionary tale for theorizing and depth. As someone who had just gotten into TSA series in the months prior to TUC, I found my reading of fan discussions a lot more disorienting than usual. In reading the disappointed reactions to TUC I get the impression that it wasn’t just the years of waiting that caused people to overanalyze, but Bakker’s own comments about the series that led fans down paths that ended up being dead ends. Given that TSA is supposed to have a message that Bakker discusses in his other work, it’s understandable that fans were led down a few rabbit holes. I’m not aware of any such author influenced goose chases regarding KKC. Has Rothfuss stoked anything in the past or are people just overanalyzing a text that has already been picked apart as much as possible in the years waiting for the next?
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    Bakker LIII - Sranc and File

    I think the main purpose of the head on a pole series of scenes was to use a glimpse of Kellhus's POV to hint at the gradual decline of his identity as Ajokli got stronger control over him. The scene works reasonably well if you read it in that light. The imagery of the head over the shoulder works with that theme also. On the one hand I think the scene is another example of Bakker's tendency to get a little to mysterious. But on the other, there was a risk of tipping his hand toward the endgame. I think were supposed to take it as that sort of aha moment but it doesn't really work because Bakker went too far to keep Ajokli's play with Kellhus a reveal for practically the last minute. He did a pretty good job of laying a false trail for the reader to follow regarding Ajokli and Kelmomas which at the same time throws up smoke over Kel's conflation with the No God (which was also effectively built up as development). But there doesn't seem to be any corresponding path of clues to hint toward what Ajokli was actually up to with Kellhus except by looking by at the developments and seeing Ajokli there by process of elimination rather than any affirmative clues anyone could have figured out prior to the reveal.
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    It’s an annecdote purporting to be the wisdom of actual totally not made up kids on complex adult issues. The people who “report” on these woke tots tend to be writers. Heres the link to the one retweeted https://twitter.com/aishacs/status/977325008195407874?s=21
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    I was scrolling through Twitter this afternoon and noticed Rothfuss had retweeted, apparently without irony, one of those “Woke Toddler” anecdotes that was going around this weekend. Since Kingkiller is two thumbs down for me, I wasn’t surprised. But it certainly gave me a chuckle.
  6. The thing that stuck out to me as really bad was how the Winterfell plot resolved. They apparently left the entire process of the sisters realizing they were being played or being nudged by Bran off screen. If they were playing LF the whole time you'd think there would have been something to go on in the previous scenes other than the viewership's common knowledge that the plotline would end with LF's demise. And if the sisters really were being duped at first and were pulled back by Bran's knowledge they could have explained that's how it happened. As far as I can tell they left the viewer to infer half the events that got us to LF's elimination.
  7. 9. A very good, high tension episode. Even if a lot was predictable there were some good true to book moments. Tyrion confronting Dany about the Mad King is something that has to happen and it worked well here especially because it factually lays more ground work for whatever Cersei is going to pull. The dragon sequence was very good (although having a truce while continuing to fire at the city seemed pretty unrealistic to me). I thought the Winterfell stuff was mostly good. I don't like how were still dragging out the Davos/Mel thing over Shireen but the rest was pretty good especially how Sansa was emphasized over littlefinger. I also like how they are really stoking some dark tensions in Sansa and how that is all going to play out now that Jon is going to be the odd man out in LF's master plan.
  8. Gave it a 9. The only really awkward or weak points was Dany and Jorah's "For the Cure" scene and another unnecessary Arya beat down. The Bran stuff was very good. The Hodor answer fits so well I suppose it must be a book spoiler but no complaints because it was well done. Summer's death might be less spoilery because I'm sure they would prefer less cgi. The reveal about the Others combined with how Leaf dies fighting them and that now Bran has to sort it all out for himself was also very well done.
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    How would you rate episode 602?

    8. Book Roose would never have been caught so off guard and Jon's rez was a pretty straightforward affair that lacked in flair. Still, both events essentially fit the terms of how the show has foreshadowed those events. Tyrion's convo with the dragons was a bit lame. But they at least made the Walda and baby murder disturbing without going overboard (still would have left even more of it to implication though).
  10. Just remembered there's that line of Stannis where he remarks about Gilly and Craster- her own father!
  11. No one was legitimized, Edric was just acknowledged as Robert's bastard.
  12. The whole episode was really a very Duggar affair between the pedo stuff and the religious stuff. But the thing is, Melisandres sacrifices apparently actually work which is a wrinkle in the usual narrative. I tend to think that all the religions in the series are just as much constructs as our own, yet there is this real magical presence. The poetic irony for Stannis would be for the sacrifice to not work, but apparently it does from the preview. And at the same time the books strongly imply that a whole bunch of Melisandre's stuff is total BS. Is it a coincidence? If it was it would need to be demonstrated at some point or it loses its significance.
  13. I just had a humorous notion that this episode should have come with a trigger warning but then I realized that not many viewers have probably been murdered by their fathers, at least not quite in that fashion. But seriously, the warnings before the episode said "Adult Language, Adult Content" seriously the tamest spread I've ever seen on the show considering that it had pedophilia and graphic child murder as featured topics.
  14. Having just seen it again, I can't believe they chose to put that Shireen scene next to the pit scene. Even if they wanted to contrast Dany and Stannis they failed because Drogon doesn't come because of Dany's revulsion for the blood being spilt but because her person was threatened. Were people really able to even break even with the pit scene after Shireen's burning? I think if I hadn't read the books I might not even have watched the rest of the episode and if I had I don't know if Drogon could have impressed me much.
  15. To me it depends on the timing. This is bound to be a turning point in Stannis's story, and based on where we are in the books its not happening until well into the Winds of Winter, which means Stannis is being truncated significantly. I wouldn't expect Stannis to long outlive this development- it feels like a culmination and a catalyst for when the brittle iron breaks. Stannis's story seems to me to be a tragedy and this development would likely come very close to its conclusion. Still, the fact that this development has occurred seems to underscore that most theorizing can only be shortsighted. I can't see for the life of me how we get to this point and what comes after it. The southern storylines seem a bit more predictable to me.