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  1. scotcat

    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    First of all, I have to say that I find the show to still be very enjoyable. However, there has been a drop in the quality of the show, beginning with season 5. Things that just plain don't make sense. Character development that's a bit sparse. Some of this has been brought on by the fact the final two books haven't yet been published, but some of it is just the choices made by D&D.
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    Really? That's great. As long as the animals are well looked after in the pet stores then this could really help get rescue animals a home.
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    [Book Spoilers] Jaime & Brienne- What's going on?

    This. Just because these are the central 5 that GRRM had in his outline as surviving the series doesn't mean that there aren't other - less central - characters that will also make it through to the end (more or less) intact. Plus, this was written over 20 years ago. What was at one time a 2 book cycle has expanded massively to a 7 book cycle - to say nothing of the changes to the cast of characters (and their fates) that the intervening time will have brought. I guess we'll all have to wait and see.
  4. This was - in my opinion - probably the best finale since season 1. Did that mean it was without flaws? Nope, not by a long shot. I still cannot stand the show's version of the Sand Snakes - which automatically took the show down a notch for me. R+L=J! We have confirmation! I know the book purists are quick to say nothing in the show has any bearing on the books, but do you really think something this important will differ from the books?
  5. It's so easy to criticise D&D from the safety of the internet, isn't it? AFFC and aDwD were filler books, with no real plot advancement. The filming of the (presumably) final seasons was always going to be a challenge. I think we'd all hoped that WoW would be on the shelf by this point in the game, only leaving the final season. Clearly, this hasn't happened. The show and the books are separate entities and -five years in - people still seem to have trouble with this concept. Not everything can be put on screen and tbh, to still see people trotting out the exact same arguments is insane. Get with the program or change the channel.
  6. Double post. Sorry - that's the 2nd one today, no idea what's going on with my laptop. :bang:
  7. The burning was certainly hard to watch - which was the whole point. They wanted to stick the knife in, with Shireen's death & it worked 100%. But was it out of character for Stannis to make this decision? No, I don't think so. Certainly not for show Stannis. He truly believes his own hype (as told to him by Mel) - he is going to be king & he's going to beat the army of darkness, this is his destiny. He's willing to do whatever is necessary to see this done. His trust in melisadre is absolute. She told him this was needed & so he saw it done. As for Mereen - wow! That is all.
  8. I love how people are whinging about character assassination & how book Stannis wouldn't do something like this. Let's look at his history: Stannis is the guy who murdered his own brother (using magic) in order to kill his nephew in order to take the IT. Stannis is also the guy who would have sacrificed his nephew (Edric Storm) if Davos hadn't stepped in. Yes, he may well sacrifice everything for the Realm - possibly himself included - but everything also includes everyone around him.
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    How would you rate episode 501?

    8/10. It wasn't the most awe inspiring season opener we've had, but it did a good job of setting the board for what's to come. Yes, there are more pronounced changes with this season but I can see why they've been made - I'm not having a hissy fit about them. I loved the Varys and Tyrion scenes. Ciarin Hinds - I love this actor. It's a shame to see him go, his scene was another episode highlight. Littlefingers plans continue along nicely. I can't warm to the whole Missandei/Grey worm plot, but there wasn't much of it this week, so that was fine.
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    How would you rate episode 403?

    Same here. In the book, it was definitely consensual - now Jaime is a rapist (ok sleeping with your sister isn't exactly a badge of honour, but still). If the directors intention was to show she gave her consent he failed miserably. I don't know how this is anything other than character assassination in the part of D&D I'm afraid. (And I'm someone who has been supportive of these two on the whole). As for the rest of the episode, it was solid enough. It wasn't on a par with the last two eps, but it did it's job. The whole scene in the sept just leaves a very bad after taste for the whole ep.
  11. 8/10 from me. It wasn't perfect, but still a good cut above the majority of what's on TV at the moment. Jack Gleeson has done an excellent job - I've always said its harder to play a villain than a hero - as Joffrey and, as much as I'm glad to see Joffrey meet his maker, I'm sorry to see him go.
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    How would you rate episode 401?

    Thought this was a good, solid premiere. I gave it 8/10. I'm glad it did so well in the ratings. So many shows have a drop off in the numbers when they've been around for 3 seasons, so this is an encouraging sign.
  13. I gave it 8 out of 10. I really enjoyed this episode and there were some excellent scenes in it - the cersei/Tyrion scene and the Tywin/Arya scene in particular. Theon is progressing nicely.The gorgeous shot of Harren Hall was a treat. Its not perfect - the new Mountain is just wrong casting, I'm just not sufficiently creeped out by Bolton and Qarth could be stronger as a storyline.
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    How Would You Rate Episode 109?

    A solid 8 from me. As has already been mentioned in this thread, I wish people would try judging the episodes by their own merits. If you are expecting a literal tranlation from the books, you are always going to be disappointed. TV shows have budgets that have to be adhered to.