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  1. IMO, the setting is there to help us, as readers, avoid idealising or just outright excuse the characters' decisions. 'It's medieval.' is a cop out. The world around the characters is there to build an increasingly tight network of complication and conflict, to push them into decisions that will show us who they are. Explaining away cruelty or idiocy simply because of 'setting' isn't what GRRM set out to do, I cannot believe that. But neither was the author out to glorify a system where, as an exageration of our own reality, the ruling class deal with the rest at their leasure. I refuse to believe the system criticism isn't real but I consider it to be a tool, exposing the characters to a crucible of societal expectation and teaching so their actions are then perceived by us so we may form our own critique through the story we're told. Nobility are simply easier targets in this as I see it because the system exposes them to power over the other, which most of the smallfolk will never glimpse. Still, Medieval class system or not, people can always be shitty if the right pressure is applied, regardless of starting intent or morals. An ongoing discussion elsewhere on the forum over Jaime pushing Bran shows just how polarizing an unforgivable act can still be once you factor in the circumstances around it. If a lord condemns half the people he rules over to starvation and death out of a lack of resources to feed them all, is he a hero because of the half he saves or a monster due to those he single handedly in effect killed? That is the type of question to explore in ASOIAF. The fact that a lord has the power to make those kinds of decisions is never to be glorified or waved aside. It is however a matter of staging the scene so the event can take place.
  2. That was so spot on I can't even. Thank you. They simply grabbed a whole steak dinner, post digestion, and served up a shit sandwich as if it were the original product. I sometimes step back, simply haunt the book parts of the forum following threads that call out as I impatiently wait for Winds. Then, the whole indigestion comes back up and makes me nauseous as to how long I personally tried to make myself believe it simply couldn't be that bad. Well, it was.
  3. This is just me admitting I'm repeat watching Midnight Texas and hurriedly changing channels when the GoT intro started up.
  4. Thanks for putting that here for everyone to see. Holy... that's sketchy as all.. Back to my post on how on earth something ugly didn't happen on set... well, yeah.
  5. Still ew. I was all for the grand Stark pack reunion, after all, as far as all of Westeros and Jon himself knew, Sansa was the last of the Starks. Jumping from that to straight up Jonsa though? Is it not enough that they are family and together? Incest? Really? And these are mostly the same folks who shit on anything Targ? Just ew.
  6. Indeed. But Robb was curiously alike ol' Bobby B in that aspect for all that he should be such only in name and be Ned Stark's boy not some Southron playing at politics. Cursed name? Robert Arryn isn't looking lucky either. (Did turn up all suddenly handsome in the show, though.) And my particular beef is actually for D&D turning characters even with dubious smarts into complete morons, let alone Robert Baratheon, whose lack of kingly traits needed no help from them. The Tyrells 'weren't much for fighting' or some such? Varys the protector of children? Tyrion the pacifist? Euron the Caribean Pirate? Darth Sansa? It's easy for characters to loose their purpose and flounder if instead of having the decisiveness to accomplish a storyline full of enough complications and conflict.... you have Robb boink a nurse and forget about his war, let alone why he's fighting it. It's the story we were shown.
  7. It was probably an easier out for our dinamic duo? Botch a character's purpose through shoddy plotting and have them die in disgrace?
  8. I feel it should feel overdone but... I guess D&D forgot about season 5?
  9. And all along, show viewers and the HBO machine waved it away as 'realism' or an expectation of brutality and sexism as part of the 'medieval setting' when as the episodes rolled by it became more and more evident that the setting had zero influence on the actual content. It was only window dressing hiding a cinderblock and garbage view.
  10. I'd previously wondered how nothing sketchy had happened on set. If they were callous enough to endanger a baby's health for penis shots and worked the crew mercilessly for, how long was it?, to give us 'The Short Night' TM, if nothing went horribly wrong it really must be over the professionalism and skill of the other people involved.
  11. Oh the horror. The D's tried cinicism, to be edgy, but kept falling into bad animated series' emotional and story resolution. That 'Council of surviving characters' skit was so bad. I'm getting pretty convinced GRRM might have seen the inexperience and thought they could evolve into something different from the same old industry drones. Like I said before? Prueba no superada. Instead of a new perspective into TV we got a glimpse, through the author's own involvement in earlier seasons, and then it fell further and further into the weird Kardashians in Middle Earth, hold the fantasy, increase the bad taste that were the last two seasons.
  12. Wow. The level of 'eff your story' is just.. mindblowing. But... we actually knew that already? Wtf was that with Cersei's non presence after the apoteotic stupidity of blowing up the Sept like that? Or Bran's disappearing act? Barristan getting shanked like that? Or even way before when people around here and in other fan discussions kept scratching their heads? Sansa did what? Where did that Volantene babe sprout from? Catelyn Tully is dead as a door nail and finito? Like @SeanF said it? At least they have the honesty, or it is simply carelessness?, to come out and say it to everyone's faces.
  13. Ah. Just had shivers of revulsion, picturing the Lybria-like ideal world of D&D. Take your daily dose of emotion numbing drugs, so you don't need to care and simply obey the status quo? Yuck. Also, even if Daenerys does turn into the 'you're just like your father' cartoon simply because, again quote 'bombing for peace, etc'? I would take the lesson that warring for reform is bad and run with it, not that warring for reform is bad so don't reform, just comply. That's not being against war. That's defending the system.
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