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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.
  6. Excellent movie, if a bit long. The story is relatively simple, but then we have a blockbuster movie without serious, obvious plot holes here. Villeneuve is a director to watch. I hope Blade Runner 2049 gets some kind of nod at the Oscars.
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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.
  14. Aegon is not going to cast down Cersei. But he may distract Dany and co before those get around to kill Cersei off, and after Aegon the Others may be more pressing.
  15. The books have Aegon, though, with the originally planned second book probably focusing on that. Cersei could potentially hold out, either in Casterly Rock or King's Landing, while Aegon and Dany end up fighting each other.
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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.
  17. Since the NK is the morge urgent threat (especially once his army can move past the Wall), I think he will have to be addressed first. With the Walkers likely being impervious to any attempts at diplomacy (even though Jon was thinking about trying to talk through wights in ADWD), I think this fight will go to the wire and thus will have to be decisive. Which may leave Cersei for last, in the show. As a mop-up operation.
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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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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    That's a good point: the Night King may not exist as such in the books, nor have a direct counterpart (allthough some kind of leader of the Others, beside the nebulous God called "the great other", may yet be revealed). Having said that, while the mechanics are different I still expect the main beats of the ending to be very true to what Martin has (or had?) been planning. If Tyrion is a son of Aerys in the books, I think this will have to be in the show as well. This is too major for a top-6 character.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    There's nothing to stop Tyrion from being smitten with several girls/women at once, especially as he likely realises Dany is out of reach for him. If Tyrion regains significant power (as lord of Casterly Rock, for example) then he may see the need to get a heir. Should he be the back-up king, getting a heir (and a spare) is a necessity. He may still need to get a functioning marriage, unless he goes off to a vineyard as has been suggested (on the show). Firewights: the show hasn't paid much attention to how Dondarrion functions, either, but in the books this is a clear case. He's one of very few characters where the show version has outlived its book counterpart, but even when he was still active in the books it was clear he was never going to take up his lordship or go through with a marriage. It remains to be seen what exactly will have happened in the books to restore Jon; if Martin ever finishes Winds we would find out, but the show may be over by then and the endgame (largely) known. As for Sandor, there is a Bran vision in AGOT that seems to link Sandor with Gregor, Jaime and the Stark sister. With this season reminding us there is unfinished business between Sansa/Arya and Cersei, it may yet happen that the Clegane's and Jaime will somehow be involved. If the show goes that route (we'll see what happens) then I think the books are theoretically supposed to do likewise. Tyrion was fascinated by dragons as a young boy. He was very distraught when one of his uncles broke the news that they were extinct. He also had dreams about them, and even as an adult he apparently still does on occasion ("I rarely dream about dragons anymore" - said to Jon in book 1, IIRC). The show went to the trouble of having Tyrion explain something like his monologue while freeing the dragons in Meereen in S6. Tywin's main attitude to Tyrion is that he seems to be determined that Tyrion inherits squat, except maybe some allowance to live in comfort. The difference in attitude towards Jaime and Cersei (he explicitly wants Jaime to inherit) shows that he has zero doubts about them being his trueborn children. Tyrion, however, is only his son when he happens to need him, and as soon as that need is over it's back to "you're not my son". This may be, as many think, purely because Tyrion is a dwarf and Tywin can't face having sired him, but the alternative explanation that Tywin has good reasons to doubt Tyrion's parentage (and thus actually means it when he says "not my son") has a lot of merit, too, due to an apparent affair between Joanna and Aerys. As to why he doesn't kill Tyrion (allthough arguably, he kinda tried during the battle of the Green Fork): no matter what, Tyrion is a son of Joanna, whom Tywin supposedly loved. Tyrion's appearance: I think Unmasked Lurker can answer this better. I think that his eye condition is similar to that of Shiera Seastar, a Targ bastard from Bloodraven's time. His deformaton may also be a result of a failed attempt to end the pregnancy. Another intereting thing is Moqorro, the Red Priest who claims that he has seen Tyrion in the midst of dragons, in the flames. It's open to interpretaton (is he himself one of the dragons, or is he merely surrounded by them?) but it's a reminder of his importance. Certainly, in the books Tyrion knows Jon and (f)Aegon personally and eventually he will also get to know Dany well (and probably influence her, as he briefly did with the other two as well). We can conclude that much from the show as it was widely predicted purely on the base of the books.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    I don't think that Tyrion being smitten with Dany is anything but Dinklage's take on it, besides the obvious that most men would be smitten with Dany. Even if Tyrion has feelings, the chance that Dany would act on those is quasi nihil - unless he is half-Targ and it is done to keep the bloodline as pure as possible. Moreover, Tyrion does not seem to fit in the three husbands that the house of the Undying (in book) vision suggests. As for the killing of a white walker taking a part of the wights with him: isn't that from the books? IIRC the Others control/animate the wights, if one goes down their control of the zombies is at least temporarily and partially disrupted. Regarding Tyrion as bastard son of Aerys the mad: there does seem to be hints in the books, chiefly among those Tyrion's obsession with dragons (also a part of the show) combined with the general attitude of Tywin about Tyrion ("not my son"). And some of his physical properties, like the colours of his eyes. Unless this turns out to be misdirection by Martin, it seems to me that he will turn out to be Aerys' bastard. If that is true, then Martin will have a reason for this. Lastly, Jon may not need to be killed twice. He was killed once, and Martin recently said in an interview that he had Dondarrion come back from the death (by fire magic) so it would not come out of left field when he would do it again later. This at least makes it possible that Jon will share some of Dondarrion's post-resurrection properties, even if the warging in Ghost may be a difference his body stopped working and could only be repaired by magical means. What does that mean for his endgame?
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    I also think that back-up king to continue the Targ dynasty (in the event that Jon and Dany would be, for any reason be it death or being barren or whatever, unable to have children) is the most likely reason for Tyrion to turn out to be half-Targ, if that is the case. I suspect that Tyrion will be a dragonrider in the books, even if he is not in the show (maybe Jon won't ride a dragon in the show, either, and it will be only Dany). But if he is king in the end in the books, then the showrunners wouldn't change this outcome so that part would have to remain in. Could be the third shocking moment, at the very end, that D&D talked about. One thing from the books that stood out for me was "the life of four kings" by grand maester Kaeth. Tyrion was a fan of Viserys II, who was apparently doing the actual ruling as hand for much of the long rules of his siblings (like Baelor the blessed) and was himself king for only a short time. Oberyn mocked him and Tyrion defended him. This might be a bit of foreshadowing. On a similar note, there was the infamous turtle in AFFC, "heralding the birth of kings". And most of us suspect (f)Aegon isn't going to make it to be king, or at least not long and successful enough to warrant such a herald. Is this the author speaking to the audience? Granted, all this is only true if Jon+Dany don't make it to the end (with a heir on the way) anyway. If they do, a reason to make Tyrion a Targ seems to be missing, unless he does somehow ride Drogon or Rhaegal in S8 and makes a difference that way. The marriage between Sansa and Tyrion seems to be over on the show, but if Tyrion does end up being Dany's heir there don't seem to be any suitable wedding candidates left on the show (save maybe Asha). He may simply remarry Sansa in that case (if the original one is deemed to be null and void). On the other hand, the main reason for the difficulty Sansa has to get the marriage annulled in the books may be her Vale plot with Harry the Heir, which has been dumped on the show.
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    [Book Spoilers] R+L=J, A+J=T and other theories on HBO V.4

    It's a possibility. Spring it as a last-minute twist/surprise. Alternatively, only Dany (and he NK?) will ride a dragon on the show, maybe contrary to the books. The 3-headed dragon has not been mentioned on the show, IIRC. Dany and Jon are the expected and logical ending. However, the former may be barren (that's still unclear - maybe Jon could work a miracle) and the latter would logically be some kind of firewight (in the books, at least). I still doubt if this couple could have children. If not, it's likely not the ultimate endgame. If yes, seems we have the ultimate king/queen.
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    Dark Matter (Season 3)

    I hope it was a clone. If Six does not return (much) because the actor had to leave the show (since Roger Cross is in everything there may have been scheduling issues) it's possible they had to write him out in a hurry. Anyway, this season I liked the sparring with Four/Ryo in episode 2 (and it's a great move to get a former friend as a major enemy, much better than a cardboard villain) and also very much the latest one, with the time loop. A cliché yes, but really great execution and with some surprising tidbits at the end. Ep 1 was OK, but the tension wasn't there since I knew who would survive as they had all been filming a lot for S3. Ep 3 was OK but for the General, at least if the latter was really killed and it was not a clone. I hope this show gets to see out the entire planned run of 5 seasons, I want to see the ending, now more than ever. For once, a writer has actually more or less planned things out in advance and is simply delivering year after year. Not seen since Babylon 5, I guess.
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