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  1. This show has turned into a major disappointment. Lorca was the most interesting character, by a longshot. While it was predicted that he probably came from the MU, having both this and the Ash/Voq thing as well as having Lorca turn into Trump makes for a "jump the shark" moment for me. I won't be watching this series any longer.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    We still don't know for sure the battle of Winterfell is between human forces. Those pictures and video weren't that definite. Either there are at least three big battles (NK vs human army, KL and Winterfell between humans) or the NK has to be the attacker either in Winterfell or in KL. Or there is no big battle in KL at all (being burned by dragonfire may not count as a big battle in this sense, allthough it would mean CGI budget instead), which would leave room for 2 major battles (Winterfell and one elsewhere).
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Which may point to an endgame battle between Cersei and Jon/Dany (assuming those have both survived the NK)? It seems unlikely the NK would go for a protracted siege in a place like KL, which isn't as strong as most castles and can be taken by storm.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    As for Jon and Dany: I don't think that meeting was done that badly. I think it's correct that they would't be best friends at first sight, and the evolution over the course of the season seemed OK to me. Supersonic messengers and dragons aside, I could believe it when he decided to accept her as queen. As for Sansa, they could have done a lot better with her in Winterfell, especially last season with LF and Arya. While I think her part in the last episode was thrilling, much was sacrificed in the earlier episodes in order to trick the audience into thinking she could actually kill Arya (not too many people were fooled, I think).
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Agreed on the point of the granaries. What is, in this context, considered to be the most important meeting in the series? But that would have meant that Sansa would need to get her own supporting cast in the Vale, so she can have an arc there (much like in the books, where Sansa is learning the ropes). And D&D have been wanting to diminish the number of characters/actors, since S4 IIRC. Allthough I regret that Sansa's Vale storyline was mostly dumped (I suspect LF's death is a leftover from that storyline), it may not have been the wrong decision considering how GRRM's ever widening focus is working out for him in the books.
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    Dark Matter (Season 3)

    No, the episodes have to be watched in order because they tend to build on one another. Dark Matter is very watchable for anyone who is a Stargate-fan or a fan of ship-based SF (not of the "hard" variety) in general.
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    Dark Matter (Season 3)

    Show producer Joe Mallozzi is trying to get another network (or Netflix) to pick up the show. If he fails, he is the kind of showrunner who is very likely to either continue the story (maybe in comic book form, as the pilot was first released in that form before he got the opportunity to make a live action version) or if that is not possible, to reveal how he planned the story to have ended. He did as much for the cliffhanger that ended Stargate:Universe, allthough he wasn't the showrunner on that one and thus not at liberty to reveal the endgame for that show. Writing to Netflix, or filling in a form on their site requesting Dark Matter S4 and S5 (the story has always been planned to be done in 5 seasons) may help. Now that Netflix is bankrolling ST: Discovery, they may be interested in more scifi in a somewhat similar vein.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    The wedding kneeling scene was changed because the lead up to it was very different. Almost all the people who discuss this seem to forget that Tyrion himself came to warn Sansa about the marriage, well before it went through. He could do so because Tywin acted openly on the show, but used an ambush (on the Tyrells and on Sansa) in the books (with Tyrion going along). The relation between Tyrion and Sansa, right before the wedding, was cordial on the show. In the books, the relationship was not only more distant, it was also coloured greatly by Tyrion keeping the info from her until five minutes before the ceremony. No wonder that book-Sansa wasn't in a kneeling mood. Show-Sansa was far more likely to show consideration for the feelings of her ally Tyrion.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    Thanks. Looks like "lads" was right yet again, then. This last episode, the timing of events at the wall was completely ridiculous, but the moment that Dany and Jon finally gave in to one another made it worthwhile. The circumstances will be different, but something like this should happen in the books too, assuming those ever get written.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    Anything resembling a parliamentary democracy would seem so out of place/anachronistic in the books (most of the population can't even read and probably wouldn't know one candidate from the next) that I don't see it happening. A grand council chosing a king could happen, and maybe there could be a house of lords or some such to check the power of the monarch a bit. The special saddle for Bran also looked like a very early hint, to me. Was this on the show, too? I thought so, but it's been a while. The big scene with Tyrion's dragon background only came in S6, with a long monologue given to Rhaegal and Viserion while he was unchaining them. At that time, they must have known the ending very well. While opinions on their abilitity as writers/plotters differ, I'm pretty sure that D&D do get the subtleties of the story. They are more likely unable (partially due to time and budgetary constraints) or to some extent, unwilling to do it exactly like he does, and to be fair an adaptation of this scale can't be made without significant deviations (ASOIAF as it stands cannot really be filmed with present tech and economics; it was deliberately designed to be "unfilmable", at that). In their favour, while they cut many corners and their work isn't near as rich as Martin's, they are going to get to the end. Maybe even before TWOW comes out, which is a sobering thought, especially for us bookreaders. We still don't know for certain whether Viserion or Rhaegal died?
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    If Tyrion ends up as king in the show without a further hint of A+J=T, then this may be a sign that D&D changed things because it is very unlikely that Tyrion would end up on the throne without support of the Targaryen name and/or with a dragon behind him. The combination of being a dwarf, being hated and not having his own power base (he's not popular in his father's lands and Dany's power base isn't simply his without the familial tie) is not a good one. However, the show did include Tyrion's backstory as far as his dragon obsession goes, going out of their way to include the scene with him freeing the dragons. The purpose of that scene is still unclear to me if there is not a shred of Targaryen blood in Tyrion, unless the only purpose was to give Dinklage a meaty scene.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    I liked the Braavosi scenes well enough, it was merely the confrontation with the Waif (with Arya getting stabbed for real, yet not really suffering for it) that came out wrong. The theathre troop was a highlight. If AJT is correct, I think it was always intended to be and will also be in the show, even if it may have to wait till the very final episode. If Tyrion has royal blood, this should be a big deal, with or without dragonriding. ASOIAF isn't that easy to predict, on various forums I have heard lots of different opinions as to what would happen with Dany and Jon, and those opinions are mixed on who (either, one, neither) will survive and rule. Without knowing the answer to that question, the place of the other characters is difficult to determine as the removal of either or both of our Targaryens would bring about a game of musical chairs as replacements move up. It does look on the show as if they may deal with the Walkers first and leave Cersei for last, a la the scouring of the Shire. Could this be the case in the books as well, and if so with (f)Aegon or with Cersei herself? The Valonqar prophecy may indicate Cersei will last a while.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    The show has certainly stressed that Tyrion was a bastard in Tywin's eyes. They have yet to hint anything about Aerys and Joanna, though.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    There is some groundwork. The most important one is easy to overlook because it is so obvious: Tywin treated Tyrion like he was not his son, as much as he did in the books. The other major point is the intricate scene in which Tyrion frees Rhaegal and Viserion, without getting roasted for his troubles unlike Quentyn in the books. Tyrion gives a monologue in this scene, which establishes his obsession with dragons (something that the books established early on). Since Rhaegal and Viserion do next to nothing after being freed (at least in Meereen, and till now not in Westeros either) getting the dragons out doesn't seem the main point in this scene (Dany could have easily freed them after returning, using only Drogon to kill the slavers would be sufficient). Some speculate that the main reason for this scene was to give screentime to Dinklage, but as groundwork for A+J=T this scene is quite something. After that though, there are no further hints. Before, we had Drogon overflying Tyrion and Jorah in the ruins of Valyria, in a scene that was somewhat reminiscent of the bridge of dreams from the books. A difference between books and show is that Tyrion and Sansa have a pretty courteous relationship, something which was emphasised in S7.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    Interesting speculation. Jon is on a kind of deep infiltration mission in the show, too, which may be inspired by the possible book quest you speculate on. I agree that Jon's post-resurrection properties may be crucial in that (there is also a vision of him fighting the Others with a redhot sword in his hands). Even if in the show, a final confrontation between NK and Jon is likely to be replacing this.
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