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  1. Gogossos

    Why are they plotting a coup?

    We are watching a very expensive fanfic. I have felt this way since Littlefinger led Sansa to Winterfell. In earlier seasons they could tinker with the story but at worst it was just annoying to book readers. The essence of the tale was still there but the Stark kids and Dany are such a fundamental core of the story that you really shouldn't change them much, let alone as drastically as D&D have done. This is fanfic.
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    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    I just lost a chunk of my comment where I bring the same Qarth and Talisa examples as evidence that problems started way back in season 2. They simply had no chance with the Feast and Dance material, let alone the last 2 seasons without a safety net.
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    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    This is also true. D&D were writing, shooting, in post production continuously for years. They wanted it to end sooner rather than later. The only other comparable situation is Stranger Things' Duffer brothers but that show has already taken a year's break between their second and third seasons. D&D should have either stepped down after the fourth season or a new structure should have been created for them (ala MCU's Kevin Feige or Star Wars' Kathleen Kennedy).
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    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    GRRM writes the teleplay, someone else completes the script - it'd have worked. It's easier to write up a teleplay, and at that point based on stuff he'd already published. I think Cogman was hired to help them get their handle on the book details but he abandoned those duties as his producer workload increased. D&D do battles very well, their team has also set high standards in cinematography, costumes, set design, etc. But the books restricted them in terms of characterisation and they've sought independence since at least season 2. But with GRRM in charge of the characters and most of the important dialogue, they really would have shined more as producers.
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    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    GRRM's last ASOIAF book was in 2011. I would've been perfectly happy if it had been announced then that he'd put off writing the rest of the book series for a while and instead pen most episodes of the show. D&D would then have only focussed on bringing his words to life. Because it is obvious they are afraid of tackling every pivotal scene which is not a battle. So Jon had a very interesting conversation with Bran about Rhaeghar and Lyanna, probably including Robert's Rebellion, and in light of new information the Starks' take on it now; but it happened offscreen. And the idea that Dany would voice her thoughts on legitimacy immediately after hearing the truth, it boggles the mind. And guess what, after opening that can of worms, that conversation too had to be cut short.
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    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    Well put, I couldn't agree more. A dinner scene doesn't cost much more except time and wages, they already have the actors, the costumes, the sets. Without additional CGI and complicated battles, they could give us a 10 episode season that puts in the details. Most of these reunions are playing out offscreen and it irks somehow.
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    Rant and Rave Thread

    Her smirking at the northerners is totally understandable on two levels: they had shown the northerners gawking at these foreigners, including Missandei and Grey Worm and I appreciated that there was no dialogue to nail the point home. But then Dany would've felt them gawking at her in exactly the same way and so that smirk was at the satisfying but harmless comeuppance. The second level is that from her point of view it was hilarious, she's probably used to that reaction at the dragons but at some occasions she allows herself to enjoy it. What I agree was problematic was the "feud" with Sansa. Sansa could've been courteous but not warm, a fact that Dany would have remarked to Jon. Point made. No need for this catty stuff we were dealt with. I truncated your comment but I agree with all points. The main for me is the last point you made, so many reunions to go through, that was unavoidable. But I'd have loved for them to set aside a low budget (by their standards) first episode where they take their time with all the reunions. Just a simple reaction of Jon hearing that Arya was there when their father's head was chopped off. A sense that they're catching up. But all this had to happen in Offscreenville and it makes me a little sad. We spent years with these characters (and actors) in their formative years and to see moments from season 1 being given a payoff years later should've been emotional. But that was secondary, so they get shoved off so that we get ready for some epic battle.
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    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    Dany giving up the crown to save people is what Sam made up on the spot because he was upset. I get that. But why should that be a criteria? How about Dany risking the only 3 dragons in the world to save people, doesn't that count?
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Jon Snow is not dead, he didn't get silent credits. Simples.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP508 Discussion

    You sound like a broken record. It's possible for D&D to make a mistake or lots of them. They work on this show none stop, 5 years into the job mistakes are bound to creep in.