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  1. One question to anybody who has an insight into how TV-land operates: With HBO offering to fund a couple more seasons of 10 episodes and D&D obviously rushing haphazardly and incoherently (to say the least) to finish GOT so they could quickly move on to pouring more creativity-free gasoline on the dumpster fire that is the current state of Star Wars filmdom, why didn't they just accept HBO's offer and give the show running duties to someone else. For example, Kripke stopped being the show runner of Supernatural after season 5 and the show lasted another 10 years. The quality might not have been any less of a clusterfuck then season 8 was, but it couldn't have been any worse and may have been better, especially if Dim & Dimmer had less involvement. Were D&D so fanatical about their lack of vision and talent that they couldn't bear giving someone else a chance to trash the GRRM's opus?
  2. Cersei might be more cunning that people realize. Notice that she banged Euron after learning that the dead had broken through the wall. What if she did so to give herself a escape route if the AOTD had ever reached KL. Screw the little people(or blow them and the AOTD up with wildfire), she'll just take the Kraken Uber across the Narrow Sea to Bravos, then kill Urine when his one-dimensional, cartoon personality inevitably becomes unbearable.
  3. But this is an unproven assumption given there is no evidence that this was the NK's belief other than him being there. And unless he was blind and deaf, how could he believe that the remaining defenders were no threat given that fighting was obviously still going on throughout Winterfell. There was no reason for him to rely on his unfounded beliefs when all he had to do was simply wait until every defender was known to be dead instead given all the WW kryptonite, i.e. dragon glass and Valyrian steel, that was visible everywhere. How did he know that there weren't any arrowheads or spears of the stuff lying around for one of those defenders to take a potshot at him with. There was literally no reason to for him to even kill the the 3ER himself at all other than it looked cool, according to the show's writers(D&D). If you re-watch the episode, once he a warged the wights into crossing the fire trench the battle was strategically won, given the vast numerical superiority of the AOTD. He actually flew off immediately afterwards, job finished. Instead of foolishly hanging around waiting to be killed he should have taken a long, long break, and kept flying to the Ye Olde Panera Bread where Hot Pie works and chilled for a few hours until the AOTD had reduced Winterfell to literal rubble, which they easily could have done. Order a frappucino, use the free weirwood wifi, post some selfies to IG. Someone else posted this that explains most of the this and the other problems with the episode: More epic rants posted by "the others" :
  4. Yeah, there were several lapses of common sense from both sides of the battle, like the Dothraki re-enacting the Charge of Light Brigade futility and the NK blithely sauntering into Bran's obvious trap before his undead horde had the chance to easily finish off the few defenders left. It's like the NK was late for his dragon blue-eye flight to KL on Viserion Dead Air so he had to hurry with the hands-on and overly dramatic icing of Bran.
  5. I wouldn't be surprised at a twist that wasn't foreshadowed because the writers have created a dilemma . If the NK falls for Bran's rather obvious trap he'll be shown not to be the existential threat that the show has framed him. Due to the immense numerical superiority of the army of the dead, there's no reason for the NK to join the battle until his army has utterly destroyed Winterfell, regardless of Bran's location(which he always knows). Yet if the NK is not at Winterfell, how does he know of the other regions south of the Wall if he were to attack one of them. The assimilation example is just a wild guess with little merit. A better one would probably make use of the previously known aspects of the supernatural in Westeros - like something tapping into the Weirwoods that are everywhere in the south. Any explanation should preferably be good, but how good/wrong this plot point is will be relative for each individual. I was being facetious about the tone of the postings on this forum. I have no illusions about the level of discourse here or anywhere else, this is the Internet after all. I was just paraphrasing and satirizing Tyrion's conversation with Bran on the subject of Bran's journey in becoming the three-eyed raven.
  6. Although it's more probable than not that the NK is at Winterfell, logically he shouldn't be anywhere near Winterfell because, as Jaime aptly put it, he'd be a fool to expose himself if all the coalition of the living has to do is destroy him and the whole army of the dead falls apart. However, this doesn't mean that anywhere has to be KL or Old Town. These two locations just make more thematic sense than actual sense. He could be just flying aimlessly on Viserion the Cold until the battle is over. However, the show writers could always think of various improbable scenarios where the NK learns of places he wasn't previously aware of, like say the Last Hearth castle of the newly-undead Umbers. For instance, a variation of the old Borg method, wherein the NK's assimilation of the Umbers' bodies included assimilation of their memories which would come with a detailed map of everything south of the wall. This hasn't been shown to be the case yet, but otoh it hasn't been shown to not be true, so who knows as yet. The point being, the writers might introduce some kind of MacGuffin that would explain it and the fans will either howl at it or accept it and write long posts on some forum about this plot device. If only there was a convenient place where such varying opinions could be eloquently and politely expressed...
  7. neo555

    Arya Losin' It

    Arya's seduction of Gendry is a very nuanced scene because of Maisie's acting. When Gendry tells her that he's Robert's bastard, she's seems to be momentarily surprised by the information since she stops familiarizing herself with the weapon he built and stares at him with a slight hint of shock, then quickly transitions into interrogating him about his sex life. This seems to be the point where she decides to dive right in and proposition him. Also, just after she says that "we're probably going to die soon" and before "I want to know what it's like before that happens", she takes a very subtle but noticeable *gulp*/swallow. It's a sign that Arya is after all a teenager(albeit an atypical one, being a somewhat remorseless assassin) whose is nervous about losing her virginity since this is uncharted emotional territory and an area that the Faceless men didn't train her for. Dempsie responds almost perfectly with a mixture of shock, bewilderment, and submission to her logic of an imminent death shortly awaiting them that transcends his reluctance and any thoughts of emotional repercussions. Technically, it's an intriguing and well acted insight into visually showing her regaining what's left of her humanity. Hopefully, it won't be too little and too late, i.e. if she doesn't survive the Battle of Winterfell.
  8. The NK not being at Winterfell doesn't necessarily mean he's scared or worried; it just means he's thinking strategically. If his goal is to erase the knowledge of the living, then the Citadel is a major source of that knowledge that needs to be eradicated. Bran has been tagged and bagged, as it were, since he's been marked by the NK. So even if Bran he survives the Battle of Winterfell, the NK will always know where he is, therefore Bran is not an immediate threat to the NK's ultimate plan (although as someone else has pointed out, this may or may not be negated if Bran chops off the mark, aka his arm. Since it's unknown if such an amputation will work, he'll probably choose to keep the arm. Or maybe the three-eyed raven has to have two arms to tap into the Weirwood living memory network?). Like you said, another 40,000 dead foot soldiers might not be strategic goal since he has hundreds of thousands at his command already. That's why the Citadel might be a target, as well as Euron's fleet since the elimination of the fleet would remove an escape route for the populace of King's Landing. The undead army at Winterfell is expendable, since there are always more of the living to replace them.
  9. If the Night King is not at Winterfell or King's Landing, a low-probability target is the Citadel. There are hints for this during the war council meeting in Winterfell when Bran and Sam are talking about the Night King's goal of erasing the memory of the living. Besides Bran's all-seeing third eye, the only other large repository of this memory is the massive volumes of knowledge(books, scrolls, and the other numerous scholarly items) located in the Citadel, which would include all the maesters residing there. The Night King might decide to strike before the Citadel responds to the White Walker threat by dispersing and hiding all that knowledge. The last time the Citadel maesters where shown, they cavalierly dismissed the threat as the wild imaginations of the Northerners. It would be the height of irony if they looked up one night and saw a ice-fire breathing dragon hovering over Old Town about to roast them in the their own arrogance.
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