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  1. Considering what little of the setup we see in the preview for the next episode, I don't think you need to worry much (at least, in terms of the budget being all spent; you may still be disappointed depending on how expansive your imagination while reading can be).
  2. Ratings were back up to 7.01 million for this episode. Hopefully this quiets the doubters who were arguing that last week's massive dip was anything other than the usual Memorial Day issue (I didn't watch that episode live either). There's obviously been some decrease this season (that article points out that this still isn't quite as high as episode 8 last season), but its not the death knell some were trying to make it out to be.
  3. It might not be this guy, but there's something specific up there in the Heart of Winter. Bran saw it in one of his first visions.
  4. Different theory about Olly: He befriends that dead wilding's daughters and learns that all people have value.
  5. 10/10 Easily. Hardhome was incredible. Legitimately my favorite battle in the series so far. The Dany and Tyrion scenes were also incredible, that's stuff I've wanted to see/read for years. Arya was also great. Everything else (which is what, ~5 minutes? at most?) was less great. But I so don't care.
  6. 8/10, leaning closer to 7 than 9. There were plenty of very good scenes, including some long overdue ones like Tyrion meeting Dany, but I was kinda bored by most of the first half of the episode. Granted, at least part of that was because I wasn't watching live last night under my usual circumstances, I watched this morning, on HBOGO, while dealing with a massive hangover. So it just wasn't the event that it usually was. Still, despite that, I think I would've had problems with the WF stuff no matter what.
  7. Ha! Genre snob? I suppose its fine to think that, because you don't know me, but that just makes me laugh. I've been reading fantasy and sci-fi since I was 5 (read the Hobbit), I love the stuff. And I read the first two ASOIAF books in '99, when I was 12 years old, I've grown up with these books and I've grown up with the genre. There certainly are fantasy/sci-fi books that are classics of all literature (Gormenghast, Hyperion, LOTR, arguably some of Jack Vance's work, etc.), but ASOIAF isn't one of them. And many other genres have their own classics that don't reach the status of classic of all literature, its not like fantasy/sci-fi is its own little ghetto while everything else freely mingles. ASOIAF is incredibly deep in the sense that there's a well-written, multi-layered plot (at least for the first three novels) and a well-constructed world; but that's it. It doesn't have a point or something to say, it doesn't critically examine its characters, its a fun operatic soap. It doesn't tell us anything about our world or ourselves. And the one time it really tried to, the Riverlands chapters in AFFC going on about the horrors of war, it was hamfisted, repetitive, and boring. Its some of the best popcorn fun around, but that's all.
  8. The books are FAR from modern classics. They are classics of fantasy, but not of all literature. Its not a question of not seeing how deep the books are, its that they aren't that deep. GRRM has quite good prose, and that's something that's gotten better over time; but the books themselves are a well-built epic fantasy soap-opera. True literary classics do more than provide diverting entertainment, they elevate us; they can make us think about the world or aspects of it in ways we hadn't before, they can inspire us, they can devastate us, they can introspection like little else. A true classic can change some small part of the world. ASOIAF does none of that. The books are quite good, but nothing worthy of reverence. ETA: And the show isn't as good as last season, I won't deny that. I still think it is very good though. Although I never would have put on the very top tier of TV shows. The only reason it gets talked about that way is because it is the only "water cooler" show left in the US besides The Walking Dead, and nearly everyone agrees that it is much better than that show.
  9. Sure, the show has plotholes (albeit not nearly as many as some people on this forum like to think), but the thing is, almost all works of fiction have serious plotholes (the books included; it makes no sense why the Greyjoys attacked the North instead of sacking the Westerlands except that GRRM needed them to for other plot reasons). We accept and ignore these plotholes for the most part because otherwise we'd have no fiction to enjoy. Except in this case, where some people here are acting like Game of Thrones needs to be something perfect, which almost never happens and is totally unrealistic, and are attacking the show because it isn't. The books are fun, well-written pulpy genre fiction, nothing more; the show is also fun, well-written pulpy genre fiction, nothing more. The books aren't To Kill a Mockingbird and the show isn't The Wire.
  10. Pointlessly insulting, block time. Before I do that though, I'll say this: Of course I have an opinion. But like any intelligent person, when that opinion conflicts with opinions from people I trust, I find it useful to determine whether I think my first impression was wrong or whether I think they are wrong. Sticking with your gut at all times is no way for your tastes to grow and mature; its important to recognize when maybe you still have more to learn about something. ETA: And of course it goes the other way too; when I dislike something that critics I trust rave about. And also of course just because I reevaluate doesn't mean I'll necessarily change my opinion. For instance, I will never understand the appeal of cringe-humor shows like The Office, no matter how lauded they were/are.
  11. Its not that I take their opinions above my own or that I'm always influenced by a mass collective called "the critics." Its that there's a specific list of critics whose opinions I often agree with and who I trust to be giving their honest thoughts on the show, and they didn't most of this episode. And because I recognize that I can be a fanboy about the show, it makes me wonder if I'm seeing the show through too rose-tinted an eye. So I want to watch it again to see what I think with that in mind. It easily could be that I like it just as much the second time through, there's certainly times when I've broken with the critics I pay attention, but maybe not.
  12. Quite a few critics that I trust a fair amount seem to have some serious problems with this episode (not even necessarily the Sansa stuff, more the pacing and tone of everything else); its making me wonder if I need to watch it again and re-evaluate. Because other than Dorne, I really liked this episode the first time through.
  13. 8/10 Lot to like. Baelish's plan having a whole other level that actually makes it start to make sense (albeit still overly-complicated) was awesome. And most of other scenes were all great. I particularly liked Jorah finding out his father died; stuff like that helps bind together all the different strands of the story. The Sansa stuff was fine. I mean, it was crazy, but it made sense it would happen and wasn't nearly as bad as it could of been (granted, the fact that I'm relieved it was "only" rape is pretty bad, and says some things, but at least neither Theon nor dogs were involved). Dorne was sadly pretty terrible again. Also, maybe its nitpicky, but I was a bit disappointed that as major a thing as winter finally being here (at least at Winterfell) wasn't a more major thing; there was just a throwaway line by Cersei.
  14. Almost certainly (>99.9%). If there's a 4th (and presumably more than that) dragon flying around, that's either an absolutely massive spoiler or an absolutely massive deviation from the books. For the former, they seem to be avoiding spoilers until they can't anymore and that wasn't a necessary shot if it was a spoiler; and for the later, no deviation they've had thus far would come anywhere close that.
  15. That's true. In the books, LF and Varys are clearly both meant to be incredibly smart; but they really are quite alike (in fact, the only real difference is the possibility that Varys tells Kevan the truth and does care about the realm rather than his own advancement). Whereas in the show, it seems D&D wanted to have more differences between the two, so Varys is still meant to be incredibly smart but LF is meant to be a gambler (whose gambles have paid off thus far) rather than smart.
  16. Firstly, the War of Five Kings isn't the story. Its part one of the story, and the fact that the Red Wedding was in book three of the story when it was supposed to in book one originally proves my point. Secondly, name calling = *ignore*
  17. To start with, the apparent change in standard Westerosi vocabulary so that everyone says 'nuncle.' Next up we have every single one of Brienne's chapters being absurdly repetitive. Followed up by Cersei turning cartoonishly incompetent for no good reason, and Jamie going on adventures that don't amount to anything. And so on. ETA: Going to a more meta level, there is the overarching problem that GRRM is great at starting stories but bad at concluding them. He keeps spinning the plot out wider and wider in AFFC and ADWD with no apparent clue as to how it will circle back to the main threads or even resolve itself.
  18. Considering her decision to push back the climaxes to two of the main story lines to TWOW, I wouldn't be so confident in her abilities. And its not a question of missing stuff, its that AFFC was very poorly written all around and ADWD had great prose but terrible pacing and plot decisions.
  19. When Aemon was talking about Dany being alone, I half thought he was going to say he needed to sail to Meereen, rather than Oldtown. I'm not sure if the show ever clarified whether he was actually a brother of the NW, or just the maester who was sworn to Castle Black and therefore free to leave (okay, he'd still be deserting the maesters, but its never been said that they have strict punishments for deserters). I'm not sure what justification could be used to get Sam and Gilly to join him, but something could've been thought up if necessary (maybe say that Volantis has a great library, and then have them get caught up in everything once they're there). Since he didn't say anything about sailing anywhere though, except the Hardhome expedition, I'm not sure anyone's sailing anywhere.
  20. Despite my 9/10 rating, something that does give me pause is that even though I've generally liked all the individuals episodes this season (I think my ratings are 7, 7, 8, 9, 9), something about the season as a whole seems off. I know its usually a very deliberate show in its pacing, but this season feels especially slow. We're already halfway through the season and only Sansa really feels like she's done much yet (and that's mostly a function of being one of the few characters in multiple geographic locations thus far; Jamie has too, but he's barely been in the season so far). Even if the battle for Winterfell and Dany announcing its time to head to Westeros both occur this season, and I think they will, I think the big events immediately prior to those things should have been stretched out more and this early season table-setting been compressed more.
  21. 9/10 Was leaning towards 8/10, but the Jorah/Tyrion scene put me over the edge. It was odd not having any Kings Landing (was that the only time besides the Battle of Castle Black where that happened), but by skipping it and Dorne, it really gave the various Northern scenes time to breathe. Mereen sucked I thought, but I realize I'm inherently biased against that storyline so I'm not a fair judge; Dany going superdark at the beginning was pretty welcome though.
  22. Haha. Roose actually told that story and didn't say the line. D&D definitely be trolling.
  23. Considering how crowded Dany's court will be once Tyrion and Jorah get there, it makes sense to thin it out a bit beforehand. I think Grey Worm lives, but Barry's a goner.
  24. 9/10 The faith militant montage was clunky, but otherwise great episode (grepisode). Stannis' scene and the curveball out in Meereen being the standouts. Missed Arya though. ETA: Oh, and even though the montage was clunky, the scenes afterwards really effectively showed how weak Tommen is. That was good too. ETA2: The Sand Snakes were super weaksauce too, I just remembered that. Enough to bust it down to 8.5, but I round.
  25. Sure. I didn't say it was a good movie, I said John Malkovich was good. Movie itself gets a 4 out of 10 (writing 0/3, acting 1/3, production values 3/4). Obviously. But I maintain that not factoring how great the show looks into a rating ignores a lot about what the show is. The exact percentage can change, but people who are giving the show the 1s, 2s, 3s (and I argue, all the way up to 6, but that's my preference) are saying that nothing matters but the writing (and likely that the problem is that writing isn't like the books anymore).
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