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  1. Honey Badger

    [Book Spoilers] EP404 Discussion

    I like the shots fired across the bow with the Night King reveal. Looks like people planning to stop watching the show when it catches up with the books should consider starting early. This was a pretty big reveal considering the books haven't really explained The Others yet. My guess is Winds of Winter will lay out their back story, and even offer a POV. I'm a book reader who remembers the Unsullied television watchers worrying about spoilers. For the first time, the tables have flipped. At this point I'm starting to switch over and now like the show more than the books. At least, my favorite is the first trilogy, then the show, then Feast and Dance. We'll see about Winds when it comes out.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP402 Discussion

    Regarding the poisoning, I don't know Marg and QoT's exact movements, as it seems Marg has the better position to slip the strangler jewel. However, when QoT walks over with the poison, you see a far shot and a *PLONK* sound effect, which could mean she just slipped it in the cup. But that sound could have been from another character as it's a far shot and we see blurred people in the foreground. So maybe she handed it off to Marg who then poisons the cup and offers it to Joff. I'm not sure. But I think Marg is definitely a part of the plot. The false Tyrion reminds me of the ret-con where Tyrion is suddenly an acrobat in Dance and wanted to runaway to join the circus. I hope they foreshadow that better in the show and introduce it if they're going to use it when Tyrion is on the boat sailing away. Otherwise it's going to be awkward to shove in the show "btw I love the circus." Hey there's a dwarf girl and a pig for jousting!
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    [Book Spoilers] EP402 Discussion

    I thought it was a really good episode. As time goes on the show will probably have more and more divergences from the books, which is fine by me. I'm starting to like the show better than the books, or at least Feast and Dance which were mediocre to me. The first trilogy I still prefer over the show. I like how they handled the QoT palming the gem and passing it off with a "plonk." I knew as it was happening but still didn't catch the sleight of hand. Really well done. A second viewing caught it though. It's ballsy as they could have shot that scene wrong and gave it away to viewers. Jack G as Joffrey went out like a champ. Gruesome death and as I imagined it in the books. Blood flowing everywhere with spittle and purple face. Nice makeup effects and the actor sold it so well. Good luck to him in his future exploits beyond acting. I'm surprised at those complaining Stannis burned his brother-in-law. Seems in line with him burning the fake King Beyond the Wall. The Red God is pretty brutal and Stannis/Mel were willing to sacrifice people in the books, so this is just a different trajectory on the show but still somewhat similar. My suspicion with the mythology is that followers of the Red God misread the omens and he is in fact the Devil, not God. So even if Stannis is successful, he will have been a devil worshiper. Yeah I think that's it. The QoT and Maggie were willing to let Sansa and Tyrion get slaughtered in order to secure the throne. Pretty ruthless. Funny how Littlefinger had other plans.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP310 Discussion

    I agree. Sex workers aren't devoid of intellect, which is what I find weird about TV Shae. She's an idiot not to take the diamonds and run. It's better than what 10,000 whores could have wished for. She can control her own life, and find a man that's available, not hopelessly tied up in Westerosi intrigue. Remember the part that Tyrion could have left his family to live a comfortable life elsewhere, say in Essos, but decided to play politics because he loves the fight. He chose stupid court politics over love. Book Shae makes much more sense. She only said the silly things Tyrion wanted to hear, and he knew it was all bullshit and fell for it anyways. Made the death choke more reasonable. Now apparently they love each other and they'll have to justify the murder.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP310 Discussion

    Cringed during the whore scene where Shae actually turned down a bag full of jewels due to love for Tyrion. Ridiculous. Can't wait until the little Lion reminds her he can't slum with her forever; it's strangle time. There's something really off about the actress. English not being her primary language, poor acting skills, something. For all the hate Ros got, I really liked the actress. It's totally doable. Roose didn't trust his bastard with thousands of troops, so there's probably just a few dozen men holding the Dreadfort while daddy is off at war. Yarrrra pirate girl slips in through the underground tunnel, takes Theon, then slips back out. Even if Ramsay notices, Yara/Theon will survive a running battle and get away. At the very least both of them need to survive long enough to be captured by Stannis.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP310 Discussion

    I enjoyed the episode. Lots of set up for next season. I'm hoping D&D do something better than Martin screwing around in Mereen while Dany becomes annoying. I think I like Essos more on the show than the books. Wish they kept Stannis storming the Wall and rescuing them a secret. They spoon feed a little too much on the show instead of surprising people. Wonder if they'll still have the confrontation between the Wall and the wildlings. Ygritte definitely isn't done with Jon. I was bothered with the lack of feathering last episode, so it's cool they brought it back here. There was a good amount of bad ass this episode. Arya stabbing the shit out of someone's neck. I like that the little serial killer is showing up; she's been a bit too soft on the show. Ramsay eating sausage; YIKES. Loved Yara getting on her boat like a boss to rescue her brother. I knew she cared. Even liked the bit about the Bran group going up North into the light, even though it was the last thing on Westeros they wanted to do. Dany getting lifted up was a tiny bit cheesy, but I'll reserve judgment. Here's hoping there isn't the Mereenese total fuckup like we see in the books.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP309 Discussion

    That's a good way to put it. If you treat the books as a minute a page, D&D had to trim an incredible amount to fit their small HBO budget. Even though HBO is investing what they can into the show, it's obvious they can't afford the billions involved to really show everything from the books.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP309 Discussion

    It was excellent. Gut wrenching and shocking just like the book. Talisa getting stabbed in her uterus was a new wrinkle and tough to watch. When I saw her at the wedding, I knew it would end bad for her. Even though I knew it was coming, it still got to me. Watched the scene a few times and it still moves me, bringing me right back to the disbelief of my original reading. Great job, D&D. Not surprised that some of you still managed to dislike the show. I think you're forever cursed as a book reader to not like any adaptation. This isn't a good thing of course, so I'm glad I'm not in your shoes, disappointed with everything. Twitter is imploding from the reaction of this episode, so it's obvious the show has delivered with impact. They sent a shock right up there with Ned's death, which you can at least respect.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP308 Discussion

    I've been noticing this too. It's the strangest complaint in the world. D&D shouldn't have to accommodate the "I watch blood letting and mayhem with my mother, and that's okay, but we're not comfortable with our sexuality, so please stop showing it" demographic. I know we're all nerds and all, but Jesus Christ people. Don't lay your weird hang ups and insecurities at HBO's doorstep. The double standard and hypocrisy is absurd. GRRM himself has complained about readers who dislike the sex but somehow ignore the violence.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP308 Discussion

    Episode was very cool: - Carice Van Houten as Mel is great. I liked the whole scene. I wasn't sure if they really were going to deviate and just kill off Gendry versus using leeches, so I felt some tension. She should have used a blindfold however to reduce his fear. For anyone who is interested in the actress, she was incredible in Black Book. - Dany and Daario scenes were awesome. It hit the major plot points of how he came into her service. Now let's see if their future scenes are as fucking annoying as the chapters in the books. Dany is supposed to get emo and start spending way too much time in Mereen. - Sam the Slayer, recognize. I liked how the wight ignored him like an insect. Big mistake. The crows swarming could be Bloodraven keeping watching or Stonehands. Who knows. - No Theon. His torture scenes were starting to get annoying. It's great they're taking a break for a while. Maybe when we see them again, we'll get more story and talking instead of torture.
  11. Is everyone assuming Talisa is evil and Tywin's plant? I'm not convinced. I think she'll play a tragic role and have to watch people she loves get slaughtered.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP306 Discussion

    Yes, but for straights it's not a stereotype, thus there's nothing to get butt hurt about. Because there is a supposed stereotype concerning gay sex, D&D isn't allowed to touch the double standard. I personally don't swim in these waters of stupidity, since it's all so inconsistent. Just that being offended isn't that big of a deal; PC nazis want to think/act differently, but being offended should be celebrated in a free society with free speech and not hated.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP306 Discussion

    Sansa just being an idiot as usual. LF wants to take her to the Eyrie; she agrees. Then she decides with a broken gaydar that marrying Loras and leaving for Highgarden is a better idea. When Tyrion drops the bomb on her, she hopes being whisked away to her aunt is still on the table. Littlefinger morphs into Middlefinger in the nick of time and gives Sansa a big fat "fuck you." It's possible LF isn't on the boat, and we'll see a surprise during the RW: Dontos rescues Sansa in time to get a crossbow reward just like in the books, and LF helps Sansa after all.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP306 Discussion

    I disagree. I caught all of it, and don't want the show dumbed down any further. It's already pretty stupid with how open the intrigue is, with Varys and LF openly sparring with each other. What about when Cersei openly threatened LF's life with her display of power? No subtlety whatsoever. The Wire had David Simon throw entire books worth of information at you, and you either kept up or didn't. Raising the bar for the audience worked well in that show, and it gave great satisfaction for subsequent viewings.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP306 Discussion

    Loved it, as usual. Ros finally dying brought a smile to my face, although I'll miss the actor's stunning body. I wish she had a better role on the show, even though I'm sure the actress was grateful for her involvement. Theon torture was cringe worthy and I even squinted and turned my face a few times. I think they need to efficiently show how fucked up Bolton is, so I understand D&D being so graphic. Oh, they'll meet again. With Arya slipping a stiletto into Mel's neck. Oh yes. Same here. For those whining about deviations from the book, try watching the new Berserk OVAs. Beautiful movies, but incredibly boring because I'm already so familiar with the manga and first anime series. GoT throws a few curveballs, and I like the surprises. Also, although it will never match the impossibly gorgeous billion dollar sets I have in my mind, I like seeing HBO/D&D's interpretation of the show. Their wall, their characters and designs, their music, etc.
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