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  1. Independent George

    R+L=J v.165

    Man, it's been ages since I've posted here. Reading the back & forth in this thread brings back the memories. Assuming R+L=J, there are some things about that relationship that I really hope we find out about. Like what the conversation was like when she learned her father & brother were tortured and executed after they 'eloped'. Exactly what was the best case scenario for their relationship after that? That's just a whole new level of awkward right there.
  2. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP310 Discussion

    I'm not bothered by the lack of UnCat; I've said from the beginning the best time to reveal her is at the end of S5, during Brienne's trial. Let there be two seasons worth of whispers about Mother Merciless, and build it up slowly. Revealing her one episode after her death would only cheapen the effect of the Red Wedding.
  3. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP310 Discussion

    I was a little uncomfortable with the racial overtones to that final scene with Dany; it was like an interpretive dance for "White Man's Burden". This is my personal bias, but I hate the way they've robbed Stannis of all of his positive traits.
  4. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 208 Discussion

    I hate to burst your bubble, but I'm 90% sure that was a body double.
  5. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 208 Discussion

    Anyone else want to see a show where Bronn, Tyrion, and Varys drive around the country in a van solving mysteries? Anyone? Because I would pay cash money for that.
  6. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 207 Discussion

    I really like the changes to the Qarth storyline; this makes waaaay more sense than what happened in the books. I never understood why nobody ever moved against her in the books; as weak as her khalasar was, somebody should have moved against her while they could, and either captured or killed her dragons. I'm waiting to judge the Jon's storyline. While I love this Ygritte more than the books, but the way it's playing out is just dumb. Why would Qhorin be so stupid as to leave Jon snow behind like that? The only thing I could come up with was that he expected Jon to screw up because he's a Stark, and planned for him to be captured so they could ambush Rattleshirt and interrogate him for intel. The music in the last scene was completely inappropriate to the close. They overdid it, and it seemed pretty obvious that it's not Bran & Rickon just based on the rules of TV Drama. I suppose that's inevitible, though. One thing I didn't like was Shae pulling a knife on the handmaiden; that's just dumb. I also don't like Jaime killing Cleos Alton. That seems way out of character, even for him.
  7. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 206 Discussion

    I let out a "woot!" when Roose mentioned his bastard son. The riot scene was intense. Dismembering the High Septon was a bit much, though; I think the disembowelment and near-rape of a young girl was quite enough, thank you very much. One change I didn't like was killing Ser Amory with the poison dart. It was a well-done scene on its own, but the great thing about Weese's death was that you were left scratching your head at how he got the dog to go nuts and kill his own master.
  8. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    We already saw Hodor's third eye in season 1.
  9. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    As mentioned several times in the thread, this was almost word-for-word from the books.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    This is the first episode that really makes me wonder if it's even possible to pull the story off in a cohesive fashion. I loved almost every individual scene, but pieced together, they felt like less than the sum of the parts. If/when we get to FFC/DWD, it can be a real mess. Here's what I loved: 1. Tywin/Arya. Even though I saw/heard it before from the promos, in context, "Anyone can be killed." was positively chilling. 2. The hint of a smile on Arya's face when she looked up at Jaqen. Arya's character arc goes to a very dark place, and this was done perfectly. 3. Brienne/Catelyn. That was... perfect. So subtle, so beautiful. 4. Rickon sullenly smashing nuts. It was such a small touch, and nicely done. 5. Tyrion. It kind of goes without saying, but PD is all kinds of awesome. 6. The tension between Irri and Doreah, and the Dothraki in general with "civilized" life in Qarth. It humanized them. What I didn't like: 1. Stannis. Not the actor, but the character changes. Where the producers are going out of their way to make Cersei more likeable (a good change, in my opinion), they're taking away Stannis' one redeeming quality: his absolute devotion to law and justice. Stannis is rigid and harsh, but also fair and just; we don't see that on the TV version, and his character is far more shallow as a result. "Good men and true will fight for Joffrey, wrongly believing him to be the true King. The same could even be said of the Northmen and Rob Stark. But these lords who flocked to my brother's banners knew him for a usurper. They turned their backs on their rightful king for no better reason than dreams of power and glory, and I have marked them for what they are." That quote meant so much to the character, and its absence weakens him greatly. Without it, you're left to wonder what Davos sees in him in the first place. 2. The aforementioned issues with pacing and editing.
  11. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    Right - I think of him as something of a lapsed Catholic who participates in the rituals because that's what he was brought up with, but doesn't have any real spiritual connection to the faith. It's not until Blackwater Bay that he truly embraces it, and it's what inspires him to try and assassinate Melisandre.
  12. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    They've actually done that a lot this season, and it's worked quite well. The transition between S2E03 and E04 were the only ones so far that weren't directly linked. E01 ended with Arya and Gendry on the wagon, then E02 opened with Arya in camp. E02 closed with Jon Snow getting clocked by Craster, then E03 opens with Craster kicking Mormont and the rangers out of his keep, and closed with Arya getting taken captive by the Lannisters. E04 ends with the shadowbaby, and E05 begins with Renly's death. While I have issues with some of the transitions within episodes, I appreciated that nice little bit of continuity between them.
  13. Independent George

    [Book Spoilers] EP 205 Discussion

    Davos was very much an agnostic in the ACOK; he didn't turn to the Faith until ASOS, when he was stranded on Blackwater Bay and had a vision of the Mother.
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