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  1. The absence of bran in season 5 makes less and less sense in hindsight. A lot of people have said that him becoming an emotionally dead robot was jarring, especially since he was fine in season 6. If at least some of his season 6 plot was moved to 5 and we see his slide into inhumanity throughout season 6 it really could have helped sell the idea that his powers came at a cost. Then again, Bloodraven never seemed particularly emotionally dead, despite having lots more power and knowledge than Bran, so it may never have made sense.
  2. And we're back! About the above quotes from the scripts - when the writers are directly referring to their costume designers and choreographers by name in the script it makes for the clearest indication I've seen that they are genuinely phoning it in. Also, I have question for all of you - was anyone less annoyed by season 7 than by 5 and 6? I don't mean season 7 is any good, because it's really, really not, but did anyone else think it somehow mattered less? Some parts were so goofy I was laughing.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    The answer to this question is difficult, because throughout season 4 there were little mistakes, and cutting the tysha reveal at the end was the biggest one. But my answer will always be sansa marrying ramsay in season 5. It makes, Roose, Ramsay, Sansa and LF all look idiotic and effectively ruined the northern plot from then on. How could they screw up so badly that the north didn't remember anything at all? I refuse to believe that a season of Sansa creeping around the north trying to get northern houses to rise up would have been less interesting than her being raped and abused for a whole season.
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    Best Season Ending

    I had some issues with season 4, but i think it had the best ending. Varys walking away from kl with the lannister music slowly replaced by the title theme is one of my favourite musical motifs and Arya sailing away felt like a the beginning of something new, into unknown territory. Very effective.
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    Bran could have been used a better way.

    That was used to show that Bran is now emotionally dead, in the clumsiest way possible. It doesn't even make sense to me - the three eyed raven was emoting all the way through season 6 and he supposedly had the same powers as Bran. The whole winterfell plotline in season 7 was extremely weak, and had surprisingly low stakes.
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    Season 5 vs Books 4 and 5

    Season 5 is still the absolute worst for me. Sansa, Dorne and Jon's murder were all handled so poorly it's unbelievable, plus the absolute dumbest moment in the entire show when Daario finds that guy hiding in the walls for no reason. Just awful. When compared to the books it's even worse. I know people have issues with the length and pacing of Feast and Dance, and I think you can make some decent criticisms about them for that, but the show barely attempted to adapt even the good bits. No murder mystery or "the north remembers" at Winterfell, no heroic Brienne at the inn, no introspective journey for a changed Jaime, no descent into madness for Cersei and even the Sparrows plotline was botched and nonsensical. I liked Hardhome, but that was where the budget went - it felt like they put that in to try and distract people from how terrible everything around it was. I think D and D were lucky Dorne was disliked so much because it drew a lot of hate away from all the other mistakes made.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    Season 5 is certainly where I lost faith with the show, even if I had several big quibbles with seaosn 4, and it's Sansa's plotline in winterfell that did it. Not the infamous scene in ep 6, but the episode when LF outlines his plan for Sansa when they reach Moat Cailen. It made no sense to me then or now and pulled me completely out of the world - I've never quite been able to watch the show and invest myself in its fiction ever since. It's a failure in plotting and characterization where no party seems to be acting in their own interest. The Boltons come across as incredibly gullible, LF's plan is nonsensical and Sansa seems to have suffered brain damage. And of course the whole thing has a surprising lack of consequences; it's a two season cul-de-sac really. But the "side mission" elements, the questionable dialogue choices and the favoring of the action sequence over the characters were issues present in most of the previous seasons. D&D are highly competent screen writers and know their way around an action scene, but they are effectively "hollywood hacks" and that shone through most clearly when the book material ran out, or rather just before.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    It really, really, really should have been Sansa who uncovers him in the end. The student becomes the teacher, outwits her mentor and defeats him - it's a classic story. Instead, Sansa more or less just starts ignoring LF, and later has her sister kill him when her omniscient brother tells him what a stinker he is. And to make matters worse, the trial scene just emphasized how friendless LF was in that room. Everyone was prepared to believe hearsay and rumour to condemn LF to death, but that just means that they were already on the Stark side (entirely reasonable) so Sansa didn't need to be clever or outwit LF at all. She could have just had his head chopped off on a whim and no one would give a shit. So why was LF even there? He was doing nothing in Winterfell, with no one on his side, no cards to play and no plan to enact. This was satisfying?
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    It amuses me how they pinned everything on LF in season 6 after the backlash over the rape, even though they wrote season 5 as if Sansa was doing all this tactically. Brian Cogman even called Sansa "a hardened woman making a choice", even though she never had a plan and did jack shit all season long. Placing Sansa in winterfell really ruined a huge chunk of the show.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/rick-and-morty-game-of-thrones-post-credits-scene.html Comments like this just vindicate the writing in season 5 and 6. To be honest season 7 didn't leave much of an impression on me because everything was downright... silly. I wouldn't say that about 5 and 6, which both really pissed me off.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    "For you."
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Yes, but they need the Lannister armyto help fight the White walkers. The very crispy Lannister army who all died outside KL... wait, no. I guess they need the golden company to help fight the white walkers. Except Cersei is doing that secretly so... I have no fucking idea.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Can we talk about Littlefinger and Sansa? The point of the whole thing, or so I thought, was that Sansa learns from LF over a long period of time, starts spotting his mistakes, gradually gets his measure and ultimately outwits him. His death in the books will presumably come from being outmaneuvered by the very player he created. But in the show, Sansa doesn't realize shit. It's Bran's magic powers which reveal LF for the ass he is and Arya cuts his throat. So what was the point of all that if this is the end result?! LF really should have died at the end of season 6 when he'd served his purpose. He could have died after the Starks take Winterfell and the only change they would have had to make was that it's Sansa who realizes his schemes, which makes much more sense in terms of characterization and plotting. LF just hung around Winterfell for nothing to do for seven episodes and died. Seven year of scheming and plotting to go out like this? Ridiculous.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    You're wrong about Loras. The Tyrells were never good at fighting remember? Politics was their strength. And that was true for every single soldier in their army and every knight they employed as well apparently. So it makes perfect sense that they got destroyed in ten minutes of screen time.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    Not to step on your toes, but I think the real reason Arya's arc feels unfulfilling is that she is now a fearsome avatar of death - an assassin without peer, and yet the only training we actually saw her do was getting beaten with a stick in the dark. On the one occasion when she is actually told to track a target and assassinate them, she fucks it up. Then she says she's done, and goes home. Where exactly did she learn the skills (which we don't get to see her use anyway) which make her this legendary assassin?