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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.
  2. Chris is my name

    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.
  8. Chris is my name

    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?

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    [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.
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    Bran Truly Was The Best Possible Choice To Rule

    Honestly I think the potential merits of Bran's rule are completely moot: it is based on the knowledge and bias that we have as viewers. Are we expected to believe that everyone just plainly accepts that this boy is a benevolent and omniscient being? They spent no time whatsoever establishing why this claim should be taken at all seriously by the characters in the show.
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    OPEN TO SEQUELS YEARS DOWN THE LINE

    Judging by the panicked bombardment of "PLEASE STAY WITH HBO" trailers that bookended the episode, I would not be surprised if these open endings were partially at the demand of HBO as an insurance policy on the future.
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    Ned/Jon

    This is one (of the MANY) problems with D & D; and let's just limit ourselves to this season: they got pathologically obsessed with "callbacks" and easter eggs that they built their entire [withholds gag] story [clears throat] around trying to show how clever they are. Did they actually think we'd be so impressed with the echos of a time when the show was good that we wouldn't notice that what is on the screen made absolutely no sense?
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    Bran's Final Purpose

    From the proposed last script GRRM wrote for the show: "The Lion and the Rose" S4E2: Images flash by, one after another; distant places and different times, familiar faces and faces of strangers. Ned Stark cleans Ice beneath Winterfell’s heart tree (from the original pilot). The Mad Kings Aerys Targaryen a gaunt man with silver-gold hair and foot-long fingernails, CACKLES as he watches Ned’s father and brother burn. Jon Snow with Ghost. Unawares. Two children, a boy and a girl, fight with wooden swords in Winterfell’s godswood. (Benjen and Lyanna as kids). Robb sits drenched in blood amidst the carnage of the Red Wedding, surrounded by the dead. His dead face slowly transforms into Grey Wind’s wolfish features. Jaime and Cersei embrace in Winterfell’s old keep (the last thing Bran saw before he fell, from the pilot). A black direwolf with green eyes (SHAGGYDOG) looks up suddenly from a bloody kill, as if he senses Bran. Hints of strange small children with very dark eyes. The shadow of a dragon passes across the rooftops of a great city (King’s Landing, where Bran has never been). Arya with Needle in hand. Her face MELTS and CHANGES. The visions end with a distinctive quartet of northern hills (per Chris Newman’s location photograph), serving as the backdrop to the LARGEST WEIRWOOD we’ve ever seen. ------------------------------------- While this season has given us much to about, considering GRRM seemed to be suggesting the accuracy of Bran's visions, what is his ultimate purpose? By my calculations, his entire show arc north with Jojen & Meera (parts of which Martin wrote) appears to have been for no reason; was all of that simply to confirm Jon's parentage? Why was he seemingly destined to train under/become the 3ER? This has yet to be answered. What will the final episode do with Bran? [no leak/supposed leak material please]
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    Bran's Final Purpose

    I mean, it's possible, but I don't think there is much evidence for this at all. To me, the scene with Varys that opens episode 5 was there simply to fast-track our attention to the fact that her advisors were abandoning her and set up the "madness" turn.
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    Books vs Show: How much difference?

    Which market are you in? In the States they are still generally sold as one volume. And if it were to be split, I would personally rather the actual narrative be cut in two, rather than splitting POVs on the same timeline (like AFFC/ADWD.) But as of today he is ". . .back home again now, and back once more in Westeros, working on WINDS… which, let me add once more, has NOT been finished and hidden away for years. (sigh) " http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/19/more-stuff-more-nonsense/
  22. I feel like this mostly stems from the conflation of the show's plotting with where we're at on the page (given how long WINDS is taking, it is becoming increasingly common, even in myself.) I don't really see much of this at all in the books. The closest thing, perhaps, is Dany's attempts at establishing herself in Meereen, but I feel like that part of her story is more about Dany learning to be effective rather than creating radical innovations in governance (as the show put forward.) This is likely because, for a major network, a story that ends in the confirmation (passively or actively) of a patrilineal/hereditary monarchy might be. . .problematic. . .for modern audiences; ironic considering the widespread popularity and fascination with royal culture. Frankly I think this bias toward democracy reveals more about the showrunners than it does about our text. As to the notion of some rule by Council: even the Council of 101AC was not a council formed to rule, but one to choose who had the stronger hereditary claim on the throne. There doesn't seem to be any suggestion at all in the books that the Westerosi system of government is under threat. All of the issues that exist are inherit to the system and not necessarily a trend towards some seismic shift in the order (as you so aptly analyzed.)
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    Books vs Show: How much difference?

    Do we know this? He said on his blog that the publishers were considering splitting it into two but that he was strongly resisting it; has that changed?
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    Bran's Final Purpose

    That's the part that is strange in the show: all of that story, Bran/Jojen/Meera's relentless march north, the frying of Hodor, the visions; it was all just about giving a knife to Arya?
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    Bran's Final Purpose

    Yes, fair enough, but it's still not clear why it is relevant or what it means for the story. In the show, his role as the 3ER served really no purpose in the war with the dead, which makes it very strange that Jojen sacrificed his life to get Bran north.
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