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  1. I want to pop in here to go back to some comments made a few hours ago about Emilia not being very sharp and not understanding her character. I urge everyone to read her interview with The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/daenerys-tells-all-game-of-thrones-finale-emilia-clarke-beyonce where she discusses her craft fairly in depth. She tells us that she did know Daenerys's arc, roughly, from the beginning (it was described to her as being comparable to that of Lawrence of Arabia) but that she chose to focus on the moment when getting into character.
  2. With all the buildup involving the Iron Bank, that is entirely possible IMO. And there's also what GRRM referred to as the Chekov's gun of Nymeria and her ever-growing packs of rampaging wolves in the Riverlands. Arya is developing her skinchanging skills in Braavos, and she I think that Arya will have a very important role to play in the endgame. It just won't be parkouring out of a tree to slay some "Night King". It'll be better.
  3. Perhaps in the end, whoever winds up being king (or queen) is able to enact reforms that unbind women from their chains in that society--at least some. Yeah, I know, that's weak. But I still don't think that GRRM's central message is that the powerful women are monsters. I don't think the central message can be gleaned until we get the other two books, or as much as we can. Right now we're in the middle of the action. Arienne looks more like possible royal fodder to me. She'll surely marry fAegon.
  4. I agree. They're also the strong possibility that they simply decided not to explore those deeper implications because of a lack of time. The world in which this story takes place is strongly patriarchal and brutal for women. The arcs for all of these characters are difficult, but maybe it isn't a coincidence. It's almost as if it's leading to a resolution beyond eventual revenge porn.
  5. They never did beyond the 3ER being the repository of all the world's history.
  6. If I am understanding the question: no, not for me. In fact, when we eventually get TWOW, it will be fascinating to observe the differences between the two stories. The show had the "broad strokes" and general plot points to follow past ADWD and the showrunners had to fill in the blanks past that point. The books will hit those broad strokes general plot points with a lot more context and information (and a lot better writing!)
  7. I wouldn't go that far myself, but I find the climax of her story arc to be extremely epic. I suspect that the more time passes from season 8, the better that episode 5 will age. The tragedy of Dany's arc is outstripped by the fact that the showrunners rushed the story in the end.
  8. Cersei actually looked relieved when the bells rang, to my mind--but I'm the viewer and Daenerys wouldn't have known that, and it has occurred to me that she may use the bells next episode to accuse Tyrion of treason. Even though the bells really were a universal signal for surrender in the city, she may, in her paranoia, have feared the bells were a trap, and this was the trigger for her snapping.
  9. I get your point; Cersei will be remembered (probably as having gone down with the Red Keep) as a hero, I guess. Although that could go either way depending on the skill of the propagandizing of any rebels who wish to drum up opposition to Daenerys in the future.
  10. I saw sniveling, frightened Cersei, as always only worried about her own skin. Never once did she give an order to save the city or the smallfolk. Jon Snow and even Arya did more to save people in KL than Cersei did.
  11. I was going to try to make the distinction that Aerys was the sitting king while Dany was not, but then I remembered that she burned the city after the surrender. So you're right. The city was hers. She did what Jaime stopped her father from achieving.
  12. I'm going to argue that she hasn't ended up like her father--yet. She came as a conqueror and she conquered, in a particularly nasty way. However, it's incontrovertible that her character is forever not the girl we started with.
  13. That is an excellent sub-theme, yes. I think that in the case of Dany it's a little simplistic because we can argue that the old adage speaks mainly of purely personal power and how people who are greedy and evil to start with will be consumed by their own malice. That's not Dany, obviously.
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