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  1. Bran the Shipper

    The Bittersweet Ending That Must Be

    I would define a bittersweet ending as one where the conflict is resolved, but at a cost that the protagonist wasn't prepared to pay. With this definition I think a bittersweet ending could be done for most of the characters. Obviously Cersei will have a tragic end and it's hard for me to determine what the overarching conflict is for each character is. But let's take Dany and Jon since they are a bit more obvious to me. Dany's arch is leading to her becoming queen of Westeros so not obtaining that would be tragic not bittersweet. However from her perspective (in the books at least) becoming queen won't make her happy, since what she seems to really want is a home (a house with a red door, so to speak). And she doesn't seem to like ruling, or at least doesn't like the type of ruler she is, she wants to plant trees and leave the world better than she finds it. But she is a dragon and all she leaves is a trail of fire and blood. Jon's conflict on the other hand is centered almost entirely on the army of the dead and winning the War for Dawn. So as long as he is the one to kill the Night King his arch has a satisfactory conclusion. Especially when he realizes that he is legitimate since being a bastard is one of his main hang-up. Because of this I think him dying at the end makes the most sense for a bittersweet ending especially since his loss wouldn't undermine the resolution of his conflict like death would for other characters but also since his loss would be the most poignant from the perspective of the other characters. So that sense of loss would permeate into all (or at least almost all) of our main characters.
  2. I do agree that the politics of Game of Thrones is its strong suit. King's Landing in the early seasons was by far the best part. But I do think some elements of magic help improve the drama, namely the prophecies and warging. The heavy emphasis on dragons, omniscience, and undead in the later half has definitely had a negative impact on my enjoyment of the show.
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    What is the last "Holy S*** moment"?

    My best guess is that one of our beloved characters reveals themselves to be villainous (primarily because there are so many candidates and it would be quite shocking). Maybe Tyrion betrays Daenerys in a horrifying way, or Bran is secretly working on the side of the white walkers and turns on our heroes. I don't know exactly who is most likely but since the other shocker moments both had semi-heroic characters sacrifice someone they cared about, I think that this one will follow a similar trend of killing a sympathetic character by someone we thought was on their side. Jaime killing Cersei doesn't count because she isn't sympathetic and it has been predicted all over the place.
  4. Favorites: Sansa, Theon, Melisandre Least favorites: Arya, Jon, Samwell
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    Arya Stark

    I'm beginning to think that 3 is the correct one. We leave the house of black and white with Jaquen saying that finally a girl is no one. Now a lot of people interpret this to mean that Arya has gained the skills to become a faceless man. And when she responds that she is Arya Stark and she is heading home, it is her rejecting the invitation to become part of the faceless men. But it could also be that Jaquen is right, she is no one, after all he would know. And Arya Stark is merely the first identity she is assuming so she can give the gift to those who are on Arya's list. It would also explain why he seems happy about how things turned out, otherwise if he is no one and dedicated to the Many Faced God he should be upset about her decision After all Arya offered the names to the Many Faced God and she paid the price, her identity. The tragic part of this (beyond Arya effectively dying last season) is that it appears there was a secret name on her list that was never spoken out loud. Sansa Stark. It would help explain her change in behavior, plus her newfound abilities that we hadn't seen any indication she learned (being able to use the magic to change her face without assistance).
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    Siding with the Night King

    I think the Night King realized that Drogon is a spoiled mama's boy and that Viserion is a sweetheart. And given the choice between the two he'd prefer Viserion for his mount. I can't blame him, I'd choose Viserion over Drogon as well.
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    Sansa and Aria are Playing Littlefinger (Not the Other Way Around)

    The problem I see with the Sansa and Arya are plotting theory, is that there is no point and doesn't even seem like it would work. First if Sansa wanted to move against Littlefinger she knows enough of his plots to turn the lords of the north and of the vale against him. She doesn't because she doesn't want to lose his help. She thinks she can handle him and he hasn't done anything unforgivable (in her mind) or at least he has proven himself to be more helpful than hurtful. Second what could this scheme really cost Littlefinger. Arya shows, by her bloodthirsty comments, that she is a potential threat to Sansa so Littlefinger devises a scheme to see how dangerous she is. And if she is a significant threat to neutralize her. Now it isn't proper and no one asked him to do such a thing but if he says that he only acted because he thought Sansa was in danger, who would blame him? Everyone knows he is a schemer but if his goal appears to be Sansa's well being, and all of his current actions can easily be portrayed as such, it won't be enough to turn the lords away from him. And Sansa and Arya revealing that they came up with this elaborate deception just to move against Littlefinger will make them look bad in the eyes of the honorable lords of the north and of the vale.
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    Arya character arc

    I guess it kind of depends on how happy the ending is. I expect it to be kind of tragic/bittersweet so I see Arya being more of the lone wolf who never finds her pack and doesn’t survive the winter. It just seems like whenever she comes close to finding something resembling a pack she is either abandoned or she pushes it away. I think her family will be her last trial as to whether she can settle down and be content with being part of a pack, and ultimately she will be too wild. But then I love tragedies and always expect things to sadder than they are, and I have a horrible time judging Arya’s arc since it is one of my least favorites.
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    Sandor Clegane's future

    Sandor's arc seems to be all about what being a knight truly means. Is a knight sworn to obey their lord even when the lord commands them to commit atrocities? Should a knight use their power and position for their sole benefit? Or is a knight supposed to protect the weak at the cost of breaking the law of the land? The idea of a true knight is repeated quite often throughout the storyline, and it is my assumption that Sandor's arc is heading towards him reaching this ideal. But then I interpret a lot of what he says as bluster. He has this reputation of being violent and full of hate, but that is a lie he invented to protect himself from the cruelties of the world. You can see by his actions that he quite often goes out of his way to protect people throughout the story. Primarily with Sansa, but also with Arya and Loras. He hates the hypocrisy of knighthood, which is sworn to protect the weak but is comprised of monsters like his brother. I don't see him killing his brother, because he isn't a kinslayer. Instead I see him creating a new order of knights that actually serves the people first and foremost.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 605?

    8/10 I liked this episode much better than the rest this season, but it still had some flaws. Sansa's conversation with Littlefinger was odd and too long. Littlefinger's ability to teleport is ridiculous. I liked Sansa sewing Jon a cloak and herself a new dress, though now I kind of see her like Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter ready to make everyone matching sweaters. The play's scene just went on and on, and it was more cringe worthy than funny, but that was probably what they were going for. Dany and Jorah's scene was sweet but it's always a little silly whenever someone commands someone not to die. The red priestess from Volantis is scary, I would not have wanted to be Varys in that room. Bran's scenes have become the saving grace of this show for me. Though I'm worried about how long vision-trapped Bran and Meera can survive on their own. But sadly Bran's arc also contained the scene which drops this episode at least one point. They killed Summer. I was always worried about Summer's longevity but to kill him like that with no fanfare whatsoever. It is unacceptable. At least Hodor got the send off he deserved but Summer had a blink and you missed it death. And saddest part is that it likely only went down that way because of the cgi budget.
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    [Spoilers] EP602

    Well, where to begin. Bran - Yay, he's back. Now about his vision, it kind of felt like a long scene with the primary intent to reintroduce Lyanna for the casual show watchers. The stuff about Hodor, my interpretation as to why they changed his name to Willas instead of Walder is the same reason Talisa is not named Jeyne. The character is deviating to the point that it is no longer the same character, but then I always thought that Hodor was younger (although I have no evidence) and that he has always been like how he is now. But then Old Nan (assuming that woman was Old Nan) looked quite young in the flashback too, she looked like she could have been Hodor's mother but we know she's more like his great grandmother. It was kind of disappointing that Meera didn't remind the viewer about Jojen's death even though that is obviously what is troubling her. It's been a whole season since we saw these guys they could've done more to remind us what had happened than just the scenes from last time. But I guess I'm just being picky Arya - So, I guess everyone was just getting bored seeing her blind and couldn't come up with any decent solution for that. She learned nothing and accomplished nothing and she's still telling the same lie she always has and has never been convincing with. But she's got places to go and people to be so 2 episodes was enough of that. Never mind that she didn't even learn how to use her walking cane to help her walk. Sansa - A couple of touching moments, though I'm not sure why Theon wants to go back to that hellhole known as the iron islands. Not much to talk about here. King's Landing - Cersei looked too good in mourning clothes, I thought they weren't supposed to suit her. I'm not sure what would upset her more, Tommen forbidding her from attending Myrcella's funeral or Robert Strong trekking blood and urine into her room. I guess this is what you get when your primary bodyguard is undead. Jaime's standoff with High Sparrow clarified that the High Sparrow really is just another power hungry politician infesting King's Landing, sadly with Jaime being the way he is, there really wasn't anything that could be done at this point. Luckily Jaime is no longer as rash as he once was. Iron Islands - Do I have to touch on this? Seems like the writers just wanted to include a plotline they hadn't yet used from the books to fill some time. Not my favorite plotline from the books, and the show's variation of it does not look likely to change my mind. Mereen - So Tyrion decides to fill Quentyn's shoes for a bit in order to release the dragons, but since it is Tyrion he escapes unharmed. Guess he's just lucky that Viserion and Rhaegal are on a hunger strike until their mommy comes back. Or at least I'm assuming those two dragons were Viserion and Rhaegal, they didn't look the correct color to me even taking into account the dim lighting. The scene felt forced and the dragons didn't act very much like dragons. I could forgive them for being so docile to trick Tyrion into releasing them from bondage but afterwards they should've made a mad dash for the exit and attempted to eat Varys on the way out. Hopefully next time we see Mereen it is a smoking wasteland as the dragons have decided to grant the wish of so many of the fans. Winterfell - Ramsay is evil, who knew. I wonder how Walder Frey will respond to the murder of his granddaughter and great grandson. Ramsay is an idiot, who knew. Wall - Wow that was the most uneventful rescue, ever. I guess the show is saving all of its fight scenes for the very end. And Jon is back from the dead, so everyone's assumptions have been proven correct. Though, could they possibly have made that resurrection scene a bit more clichéd? Don't know why Davos wanted Jon resurrected so badly and I don't know when he became such bosom pals with Melisandre. I guess they must have bonded over her murder of Shireen and complete abandonment of Stannis as soon as the going got tough. Doesn't make much sense to me but if that is the way the show is going to spin it who am I to argue.
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    How would you rate episode 601?

    3/10 The episode felt to safe. It felt like just catching up with all of the plotlines but we already had the lengthy scenes from last time so it would've been better if we actually made a bit more progress in this episode. It is sad when the arguably most interesting things that happened this episode was Melisandre getting ready for bed and the events of Dorne. Dorne, land of unmet potential, backstab edition. Why couldn't we have actually seen Hotah fight so we can understand why he is captain of the guard or seen how well Trystane could hold his own against Nym? Would have added something interesting in an episode where every scene seemed unnecessarily drawn out.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    The two songs that most come to mind will show just how big of a dork I am, oh well. My Dragon Pal and Me from Galavant makes me think of Daenerys Adolescence by Kagamine Rin and Len makes me think of Jaime and Cersei
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    TWOW humble opinion discussion

    1. Did Myrcella or Rosamund get their ear chopped off? My guess is Myrcella, but I can't remember how closely Rosamund resembles Myrcella. 2. Will Euron take old town or high garden? Old Town, it makes more sense to keep the action where we have PoV characters. 3. Will theon be sacrificed or called to a kings moot? Neither, he will stay in the north, but if one it is more likely the Kingsmoot. 4. How will Mel resurrect Jon? Will the wildings take castle black when they find out that their boy Jon is "dead"? Will the wildings fear Mel. I don't think Jon is being resurrected, he is dead and will stay that way (I'll change my opinion when WoW comes out and he ineviatebly gets resurrected). The Wildlings will likely be pushed from Castle Black initially but will eventually overrun it. Of course the wildings fear Mel but she has likely fled south to reunite with Stannis so it doesn't matter. 5. Who wrote the Pink Letter? I have no idea. 6. Whose side is Barbrey Dustin on? I have no idea. 7. Will littlefinger be killed off? I think Nestor Royce found Sansas shoe. Littlefinger will likely die, my guess is that he has a trial and is found guilty for his crimes and is executed (it would be the ultimate fail for such a character). 8. Tycho Bravossi guy, what in the heck is he gonna do next? Go back to Braavos, where he might cross paths with Arya. 9. Will Tyrion like Dany? Will Dany like Tyrion if so to what degree 1-10? 1 is dragon food 10 being hand of the queen. Tyrion seems to be fairly misogynistic at the moment so I don't think he will respect Daenerys as a ruler, though he might think she is a fine person and will definitely like how she looks. Dany will see Tyrion as a useful ally to know the recent climate of Westeros, probably with a ranking of 6/10, an ally but not exactly among her inner circle. 10. What will Sam do at old town (he doesn't have time to become a maester imo). He will get some useful training but is likely there to discover conspiracies regarding the maesters and/or the faceless men. 11. Speaking of old town what is faceless pate trying to get his hands on. Information. On what I don't know, but it could be either Others, dragons, or magic. 12. Will the sand snakes in KL make it out alive (I'm worried about ms tyene lady nim should do very well.) Also who from Dorne make it all the way alive? Hard to say, I don't think either of them really understand how dangerous King's Landing is so they will not be as prepared as they need to be. I don't have high expectations for Dorne, they are too much of a bunch of schemers Elaria and her daughters should be safe, but Doran seems unlikely to make it. 13. Who will Faegon marry? Who will Sansa marry? Aegon seems likely to marry Arianne. As for Sansa I don't know if she will marry anyone within the scope of the story. If I want to be snarky I'd say she is already married to Tyrion and can't remarry until he dies. 14. Aegon or Faegon? Aegon. It makes things more dramatic in my opinion and still makes sense which is what I like best. Faegon will seem kind of weird if we are doing late story reveals that Aegon is alive, only to follow it with another reveal that it was never really Aegon the whole time. 15. Who is riding the other 2 dragons? Aegon on Rhaegal, Jorah on Viserion. 16. Which Valyrian weapons end up in different hands? (Caggo? I think, the corpse killer will not have that VS arakh by the end of the series). I think that Widow's Wail will likely end up with the Starks.
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    Why Blood Raven is not the Three Eyed Crow

    I feel like this quote, is the best clue that Bloodraven is not the three-eyed crow. We should try to decide why he responded in this fashion. There could be several different reasons, I'll list the ones I came up with. 1. He is the Three-eyed crow, but was required by the plot to instead go off on a character development tangent where we learn he was part of the Night's Watch. 2. He is the Three-eyed crow, but is hard of hearing and didn't quite catch what Bran asked him, which led to a confusing response. 3. He is the Three-eyed crow, but old age has made him senile and he has forgotten that that is how he would have appeared to Bran and Jojen. 4. He is the Three-eyed crow, but due to how the magic works is unaware that he would appear as such to Bran and Jojen. 5. He is the Three-eyed crow, but doesn't want Bran to know that for unknown reasons. 6. He is not the Three-eyed crow, and doesn't know about the three-eyed crow and is thus confused about the question. 7. He is not the Three-eyed crow, but knows about the three-eyed crow and thus tries to dodge the question. I lean towards 7. Of the ones I listed where he is the three-eyed crow, 4 makes the most sense but he seems intelligent enough to be able to understand what Bran meant by that question in that case. And thus would have responded with a "Is that how you saw me?" type of response. Though if he isn't the three-eyed crow that raises the question of, who is?