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  1. Davidlopan

    What was the purpose of Jon Snow?

    Jon was pitiful over the last two seasons. Far from being the mystical firebrand we were promised, he was actually the roundabout means whereby the wall came down (what a shit-show of egregrious writing that entire plot was). In the book I reckon it'll be
  2. Arya's cold-blooded revenge killing of the Freys doubtless included those who were less complicit, possibly even innocent. But it still wouldn't have provided the narrative build-up for Arya suddenly going on a random killing spree in KL. Arya is presented as a Nemesis figure, visiting retribution on the guilty, and the moral slant is very much in her favour. Same with Dany in Slaver's Bay. The attempt to awkwardly retcon her character in the last episodes of Season 8 was the crudest and most jarring dramatic move I've ever seen outside of soap
  3. Davidlopan

    Slavoj Zizek on the ending

    Strange that he doesn't delve into the implications of Bran as king, which is crying out to be read as a surveillance state enforcing control
  4. Davidlopan

    The Message of Bran’s Ascension

    I was amazed at the chutzpah of invoking the power of a good story at the epilogue of one of the greatest storytelling travesties of all time, but then I got thinking... has Bran warged into the story itself and fucked it up from the inside... which turned into a mirror-on-mirror metafeedback so I gave up... But yeah Bran turned increasingly sinister as this season progressed, almost a Palpatine figure. Or Leto Atreides in the Dune saga
  5. All that was missing was Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Nice Dante catch. I'd go a step further and say it evoked Medusa over the gates of Dis
  6. I agree, it left a very sour taste in the mouth. Another example is Jaime’s hard-earned redemption arc doing a complete reversal at the 11th hour and ending so pointlessly. Apart from the crude (and ultimately troubling) Love vs. Duty dynamic (e.g. Rhaegar, Ned, Jaime: Love (all die)… Jon: Duty (survives)), and however much they tried to awkwardly crowbar a “power corrupts” moral into Dany’s arc, the point seems to be… Shit happens, and a Police State under Bran’s Lidless Eye might stop Shit from happening
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    A season of Jons betrayal

    Jon became more of a dramatic lever than a character this season. His actions were so random and unbelievable that I struggled to engage with him on any level. Even his claim to the throne was a mere narrative prod which ultimately came to nothing... I found it strange that nobody mentions it at the council, despite him being the technical heir. I presumed that was what Varys' letters were all about?
  8. Davidlopan

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    Too true. If Lord of the Rings, Friends and Dynasty had a messy threesome it would look something like Season 8
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    What was the point of r+l=j

    There was no point. Rhaegar and Lyanna gave their lives and started a war for nothing. Some have said he was instrumental in defeating the WW's but it was actually due to his actions that the Wall was brought down. If he'd never been born, the Wall would probably still be standing and the WW's would be safely beyond it
  10. Davidlopan

    A season of Jons betrayal

    Exactly. It's not paranoia if the bastards really are out to get you. Tyrion was downright detrimental from the start, she should have taken KL easily with the dragons. That Dragonpit scene should have been an automatic game-over Gloriously badass though they are, I actually think GRRM made the dragons a bit too powerful... D&D had to perform some truly wince-inducing narrative contortions in seasons 7 & 8 to keep Dany off the throne while she had dragon-power, it was ridiculous by the story's internal logic
  11. I agree. It was the sudden heavy-handed moralism that I found surprising
  12. It was the terrible storytelling, and the sudden attempt to make this a morality tale, that I found insulting (and surprising!). I'm a huge fan of rug-pulling and revelation, if handled competently in a story and built into the fabric of the drama, but the need to use Tyrion to awkwardly point out why we need to revise our opinion of Dany was pretty cheap
  13. Fair enough, but I thought I was enjoying a Tall Tale... This sudden coercive attempt to examine one's conscience and make a subsequent Act of Contrition just felt insulting. It certainly subverted expectations though
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    The Ending Was very conventional

    That's what I was thinking. It feels very Leto Atreides doesn't it? So Westeros is essentiality now a police state under the lidless Eye
  15. When he said that to Jon, I was waiting for some sinister minor notes in the background music, a sudden blue glint in his eyes, and then some monologuing: BRAN: Marvellous creatures, dragons, aren't they? Do you think that miserable oaf Ned would've sent you to the Wall if I hadn't suggested it? Do you think Patchface would've told Dany to open the egg underwater if I hadn't told him first myself? Do you think Samwell Tarly, the witless wonder, could've provided you with your true parentage if I hadn't given him the book that led him straight to it? Huh?!? JON: It was you from the beginning. You put my name in the Goblet of Ice and Fire. You bewitched Tyrion, but… BRAN: "But but..." You won because l made it so, Jon. You ended up in the Red Keep today because it was meant to be so. And now the deed is done. The blood that runs through your veins will end forever. Imagine how the Great Other will reward me when he learns that I have once and for all destroyed the Targaryens. Yes, Jon, you were exactly where you needed to be..."