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  1. omegaxx

    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    Agree with you 100%, although your arguments (based on the institutional norms and historic precedents of Westeros) may be lost on people who just think "Tarlys bad people -> executing Tarlys good". Book Randyll Tarly is also quite a character (Tywin-lite, basically), so it's nigh impossible to imagine him coming to such an end without repercussions for the executioner.
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    Rant and Rave Thread

    Yup. The dragon-riding scene was a total rip-off from Avatar, except that even the half-cgi characters in Avatar had more chemistry. The script was quite meh, as anyone has mentioned. I did enjoy the Sam scenes greatly: John Bradley put on a very moving performance and vocalized my sentiments regarding Danaerys' unworthiness perfectly. I hope the Jon-versus-Danaerys tension doesn't get resolved in some cheap, careless manner in the next 2 episodes.
  3. I went back to AFFC to look up the relevant passages but, as you say, there are preciously few that directly address this point. I reread AFFC Jaime VII in the process. I think my impression forms from a few sources: 1) Jaime is indeed obsessed with Cersei's infidelity, but his internal monologue casts her in increasingly vulgar and misogynistic terms (AFFC, Jaime VII: he directly compares Cersei directly to Tyrion's whores when "conversing" with Ilyn Payne). 2) He is also struggling to recast himself. I think Brienne has awakened in him the distant memory of his dreams of chivalric virtue and honor. Without a way to fulfill them, having lost both his 1) reputation and 2) sword hand, Jaime copes by sublimating his loss into a sense of responsibility to Tommen, his House and the Realm. 3) The strong sense of the passage of time so beautiful evoked at the end of AFFC Jaime VII when the snow begins falling, transforming both the physical but also the political and interpersonal landscape (Jaime's reaction is telling: he immediately begins to worry about grain stores [change in political landscape] and cast himself in Tywin's position ["He found himself wondering what his father would do to feed the realm"]. As he reads Cersei's letter, "[a] snowflake landed on the letter". The snow is transforming everything, Jaime included. As he rolls up the parchment to throw into the fire, I don't think it's bitterness at Cersei's infidelity that remains in him: it's a sense of realization that, no matter what becomes of Cersei, she no longer matters to who he is and who he wants to be.
  4. Wow wow wow! I've not seen this show, but watching this video is like watching Book Cersei incarnated. I've always been fascinated by Book Cersei as the polar opposite of Book Brienne. The former has the most ideal feminine exterior while internalizing all the masculine badness (hunger for power, cruelty, apathy, sexual predation). The latter is as far from feminine beauty as can be, but embodies all the masculine virtues (bravery, steadfastness, sympathy for and protection of the weak and helpless). It's fascinating to see Jaime's gravitation from the former to the latter as a part of his maturation. And Viva Blanca really embodies the sexualized beauty, fierceness, viciousness, and petty manipulativeness very, very well.
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    Jon Snow - First of his Name....

    Daenerys' speech was all about her right and entitlement: born to rule, yada yada. Jon's speech was all about his responsibility: need to protect the realm, the people, yada yada. Jeez, I wonder whom I would choose as my leader...
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    How would you rate episode 701?

    Gave it a 4/10. Very choppy and no rhythm, as mentioned by prior posters. Red Toast makes no sense (how did Arya make it work logistically?), but I will let that one slide. Cringe-worthy dialogue with Jon-Sansa and Cersei-Jaime. Cersei-Jaime is actually one of the deepest and best-written relationships in the book that D&D just butchers. Inexcusable. The Hound and BWB scene, heavy-handed but at least respectful. I also appreciate the gravedigger shoutout. The closing scene on Dragonstone is, well, what you'd expect with Emilia Perpetually-Constipated Clarke.
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