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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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Dez

    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).
  6. Just remembered there's that line of Stannis where he remarks about Gilly and Craster- her own father!
  7. No one was legitimized, Edric was just acknowledged as Robert's bastard.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. They spent half of Arya's scenes having her oggled, groped or having Trant's preference for young girls highlighted. There is no way they would spend so much time on it if the point wasn't to give Arya an idea.
  13. I recall last year when they first started foreshadowing Shireen's death Ran had said on his and Linda's review video or in the comments that he suspected that Stannis would be involved. I disagreed not because I didn't think it was in Stannis for that to happen, but because to the logistical issues that currently exist in the north. More confirmation that Roose and Ramsay probably aren't long for the books and that no Melisandre/Shireen Shenanigans will occur at the Wall, which would have been the more predictable scenario.
  14. I've never really bought the idea that Stannis would be responsible for Shireen's fate, mainly for logistical reasons. The Wall is plenty dangerous at the end of ADWD and the road between where Stannis is and Castle Black is currently covered with several feet of snow that is impassible for his current southern movement. How they gonna meet? Plenty of book left but still. And even if it is consistent with what happens, the timing sucks because Stannis's snow march is one of the times when the reader feels most sympathy for him. As for the rest, I thought it was a substandard episode. I get what they are doing with Arya but I thought they could have trimmed the more disgusting aspects of "Mercy" as they did Tyrion's brothel visit. But instead we get two episodes of watching Meryn Trant Duggar it up. Dorne was weak as usual, more silly stuff and Ellaria's submission is not earned like Arianne's was. It's actually completely implausible and obviously insincere. Meereen was like last season's finale with Tyrion. They had it all set up and the just dropped it at the one yard line by completely changing motivations. And if we had to hear Shireen's screams, could we have at least gotten Dany losing it with Drogon?
  15. Gave the episode a 5 as a first impression but I might change my mind on further reflection. I don't know how objective I can be about the Shireen thing- it was so disturbing that I don't think I can properly evaluate it yet. Plus since its beyond book it can't be evaluated as an adaptation. The rest of the episode I thought was generally substandard. The problem with the Arya stuff was again the sex stuff. I understand that there is a foundation for it, but I had hoped they would tone down the Mercy stuff as they did with Tyrion in his brothel visit and apparently we get the Pedo theme spread over two episodes. The Dorne stuff was weak as usual. With Meereen the problem is much the same as it was with last season's finale with the Tyrion stuff. They changed a whole lot about the motivations of the characters and so the Big Event that occurs seems to lack the power of its book counterpart. And like the stuff last year, they actually did lay the groundwork to do it right and then went a very different direction for the climax. A shame.