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  1. Chris is my name

    Bran Truly Was The Best Possible Choice To Rule

    This is fairly understandable and at least should have been given a cursory explanation on screen. Without that explanation, the gaps in the story start to expand out of control; Grey Worm could have just as easily told the arriving armies that Jon died in the fighting or burning. Some of these developments are (somewhat) sensible to us as viewers, but the writing gave very little reason for the characters to behave as they did within the story itself.
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    Bran Truly Was The Best Possible Choice To Rule

    I would dispute this notion, especially considering that Sansa threatened Grey Worm with force and Tyrion was able to placate him with a simple, "it's not for you to decide." The show didn't really make it clear whether or not the Unsullied were even using Jon as a bargaining chip; we just jumped forward in time where "what to do with Jon?" was a question yet it was completely devoid of context. Why was Jon not killed by Grey Worm immediately, before the (offscreen) Northern armies even arrived? Grey Worm would not have known of his real value as a prisoner (that he was a legitimate claimant) and even if he did, why was the issue not raised at the council? Leaving some things ambiguous can be a great narrative tool, but leaving it to your viewers to suss out major plot developments from inconsistent evidence is nothing more than poor writing. I don't think his parentage necessarily means that he is somehow destined to become the king, but this explanation is also very weak. It also relies on all the other narrative factors to align perfectly; what if, instead, Varys had chosen to be loyal to Daenerys and had Jon imprisoned straightaway so he could not press his claim? This would render that whole scenario moot. The fact that his claim was the primary wedge between them and then promptly dropped as an issue altogether is completely ludicrous.
  3. Chris is my name

    Bran Truly Was The Best Possible Choice To Rule

    Well, firstly, it was ridiculous that the Unsullied kept Jon alive in the first place. But even saving that, it makes absolutely no sense and completely destroyed any relevance the R+L=J/Jonerys plots had that, at the moment of truth, his claim wasn't even considered. And then they unanimously select someone to serve as king from a newly separate kingdom? Preposterous.
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    Bran Truly Was The Best Possible Choice To Rule

    Great, great points. And I'd love to see Queen Meera by his side in the sequel. Whatever happened to her, anyway??? Once again, why should anyone believe that Bran is an omniscient being that can see all of history? There wasn't a single justifiable reason for him even to be at that council, much less be selected as king. And both Tyrion and Varys' final plotlines involved them betraying Daenerys (part of the reason for her burning of King's Landing!) in favor of Jon because he would be a much better ruler, only for Tyrion to not even mention Jon as a candidate to the council. Bollocks.
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    Were you expecting something different?

    Yes, it was the same for me. I was ready to let a lot of these things slide in favor of the overarching story but, alas, we never really got one.
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    Were you expecting something different?

    Well, aside from giving the NK his means to break down the Wall. . .although ultimately that didn't appear to be much of a problem I suppose I agree, but "not effecting anything on a macro level" could also be said as "irrelevant," which is more than a little frustrating when approaching the conclusion of a story. We now know (from the ending) that it was absolute filler and could be removed from these characters' story without any effect on their overall arc at all. This, to me, is a problem when we're at what's supposed to be the climax of the story.
  7. Chris is my name

    Were you expecting something different?

    (I know you weren't asking me but I am going to chime in ) There were many, but for me the main offenders were the wight hunt and manufactured drama between Arya and Sansa. Not only were they both absurd from a narrative perspective, but they were somehow made more confusing because of clumsy editing simply in the service of generating viewer surprises.
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    Were you expecting something different?

    My feelings exactly. If the question is whether I was expecting anything different after EP5, then the answer is most certainly no (although some of its awfulness did, if fact, shock me.) If the question is whether I was expecting something different out of this season, then I don't know if I would be able to say "yes" emphatically enough. After the massive disappointment of S7, I was very apprehensive heading into the final stretch. When I was feeling charitable, I chalked up the sloppiness of S7 to "well, they're just moving the pieces around too quickly in order to prepare for the endgame." Unfortunately its problems were indeed a harbinger of what was to come. I do not have expectations for stories; to decide on whether I liked something based on its proximity to what I "wanted" seems ridiculous to me. What I did expect was a coherent narrative of some sort that didn't assume its viewer had their nose buried in a phone until the next big set piece came along. It's a real shame because everything else about this show was amazing; it was almost as if someone was handed the keys to a Ferrari and their first thought was, "let's head over the McDonald's drive-thru."
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 806?

    There appears to be a bottomless trove of incompetence easter eggs laid by D & D: Sam representing the Reach (I suppose because of the Citadel/Oldtown?) even though he skipped out on his training and stole secret texts? And isn't he still bound to the NW anyway? Even worse, moments later they remind us that Bronn is in charge of Highgarden and also Lord Paramount of the Reach! Why wasn't he at the council?? They must take us for absolute fools.
  10. Chris is my name

    Destiny of Jon Snow

    Another sign of the dismal writing is that no one can even agree on what happened, much less what it may mean.
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    Dany CAN (And Shall???) Rise Again!!!

    I mean, someone had to say it.
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    Bran book vs show

    Well the last bit we have for Bran is him meeting the Three-Eyed Crow for the first time and having some (seemingly important) visions. This was in 2011. So everything from S6 onward (Bran was left out of S5 entirely) is the show's confusing invention.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 806?

  14. Chris is my name

    [Poll] How would you rate episode 806?

    This is the exact reason that the "books done/secret deal with HBO" conspiracy was absolute bollocks. Hopefully everyone can see that now.
  15. I suspect full-Targ Dany is going to happen more effectively in the books, so I am not really too concerned about that; I think what we're all worried about now is King Bran. As I mull it over, the "King Bran the Broken" bit was just D & D's oversimplified version (I know, shocker) of what the bigger implications of what GRRM may have told them. It's also possible that they just completely missed the point. When I look at it all now, it looks to me that the EndBranGame may actually be that the conclusion of the story involves the final victory for the Children of the Forest. Basically they had two weapons with which to fight man: the WW and. . .prophecy. Since the Children couldn't beat man on the battlefield, they created a WMD, the Others, which man was able to contain by building the Wall. Failing in that, they used the 3ER to make humanity kill itself through commitment to falsified prophecies. Not sure of all the details and implications, but having man think they "won" and are safe when in actual fact the main agent of the Children sits the throne may be. . kind of interesting? Not sure.