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  1. Drogon's Personal Trainer

    [Poll] How would you rate episode 608?

    Couldn't have put it better myself! I've not been commenting over here for a while, but Jeez - that has to be the worst episode of Thrones I've ever seen. My 5/10 was for some good actors trying to do their best, and some of the cinematography. But, gods, it was abysmal. What a let down.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 605?

    So glad to see posts like this. I no longer can be bothered posting - I just vote and go It's such a shame how these show threads have deteriorated to a slurry of in-fighting and name-calling by a proportion of the members. Love to all.
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    Quentyn: What was the point

    I'm coming out of the closet now! I actually liked Quentyn, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Apart from his bigger role in Arianne's story as Protar mentions above, I loved his tragic quest with the dragons. Yes, he was stupid to try, but he was also brave, and that was one of my favourite chapters in Dance. It was well-written and had the perfect amount of tension.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 510?

    Well, I'm a big show fan (of the mindless entertainment brigade) and there is no way in holy hell that the show (bless it) has EVER been either high art or superior/serious drama. It wouldn't make my list of 'Best ever' by a long way - but then neither would an awful lot of what passes for 'Best ever' on various internet lists, which seem to totally disregard anything produced prior to about 2010! I can't speak for the 'huge amount of GoT fans', Gabe, but my own appreciation comes from a theatrical stance as well as a pure entertainment stance. I love the production values; I love the great theatrical set pieces. There are one or two very good acting performances, and a handful of decent characters whom I root for. Same with the books for me. Not great literature, but a rattling good yarn and a brilliantly realised world. I think both ASOIAF and GoT are more cultural phenomena than art. People get passionate about both - whether in love or hate. Both the show and the books must be doing something right to get so many people engaged. Regarding the books, however, I made the mistake recently of reading the first few chapters of 'The Eye of the World' by Robert Jordan. I put it down and then re-read a chapter of AGOT, which was like bloody Shakespeare in comparison ;) :)
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 509?

    That's not entirely fair, though, is it? It is billed as a Drama. It is advertised among other dramas. When nominations for awards come around it is in the Drama category alongside such shows as Mad Men et al. Don't misunderstand me - I'll always have a soft spot for GoT, big daft mess that it is, but people are bound to compare drama to drama - even more so if the show categorises itself as such.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Martin has also said that Jon is not dead. Not like that, but indirectly. "Oh, you think he's dead, right?". Considering Jon is being set up to be a big player in the books, it's very obvious he can't kill him now. The thing is, some storylines and developments are so naturally leaded in a way, that the line between something spoiling it or simply confirming it is too thin. This is what is happening with the show. The show is confirming theories that a big percentage of the readership already believes will happen or are just hinted in books (like VS killing Others). The scene with Shireen is particularly tricky because Stannis is in no position to be anywhere close to Shireen at the moment in the books. In the show, Shireen is burned because they need to improve their odds before leaving to Winterfell. But in the books, Stannis has already parted and he's enduring a blizzard by saying "no more burnings, pray harder" and "if I die, put my daughter on the throne". While many believe Stannis will die while facing the Boltons, some others are sure -me, among them- that Stannis still has a role to play. He might be able to burn Shireen, but not because of the reasons of the show, as he's past beyond that scenario at the moment. For that to happen as in the show, Stannis or one of his men would have to fly back to the Wall and give the order. Shireen will be burned. I'm sure that will happen, sadly. Yet, one thing is to die for Stannis' cause and another one, by his hand. I think the first scenario is more likely. The situation at the Wall is about to get quite desperate. Not only due to the Others being about to invade, but because Jon has just been stabbed and hell is about to break. Remember that among the people in there, Val wanted the girl dead while Melisandre would do it if she believes Stannis is dead and they need to bring back Jon, who she already is starting to believe being AA and she's there to fight him, not to win a crown. I think, rather than spoil Stannis doing it, it does confirms Mel doing the deed for the sake of Jon's. I think that the sacrifice will come a lot later in WOW, and the stakes will be a lot higher - not just Stannis stuck in a blizzard. I think the show is obviously rushing his story through, truncating it, because he may not be around towards the end. I am upset about that from a personal point of view because I do actually like book Stannis (with all his flaws) and thought he would at least sit on the throne for a short while to bring back some order - Draconian though that order may be, it would be perhaps necessary. And even if he does do that in the books, he is clearly not going to do it on the show - well, I guess that isn't cast in stone, but it seems unlikely. I will also be very sad to lose one of best actors on the show - although perhaps Dillane will be glad to have it over with :)
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Presumably because they were seated with the crowd and had their masks hidden under their clothes? That's what I thought anyway FWIW.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 509?

    Absolutely! All this arguing gets tiresome. There are those who love the books and think the show is butchery. Fine. There are those who love the show and thinks the books aren't all that brilliant, or maybe don't even read them at all. Fine. We should ALL be allowed our opinions without carping at each other. As your old Aunty Drogon, I feel like banging heads together sometimes...... :D I gave it a 10 - the Shireen scene was heartbreaking, but not unexpected and I loved the Dany moments. I cried at both - I've now reached the age where my bladder is too close to my eye (as my old Gran would say) but I don't give a bugger. The show can still move me at times. Pax.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    Haha - well, there was ONE moment in the whole of ADWD that I actually loved, and it's coming in the next episode. I just hope Hardhome hasn't taken too much budget from DrogonAir :) But I'm sure it won't be as spectacular as the images I see in my mind when reading it.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    I'm torn with predicting Jorah's fate in the show. Yes, he could be the means to get greyscale to Westeros, but I also wonder whether he is going to be toasted by Rhaegal in place of Quentyn Crisp. He could be the one who releases the dragons. Death by Rhaegal may even be kinder in the long run. I don't know. We'll know in a couple of weeks.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    I usually prefer to remain ladylike on forums but that was one fantastic fucking episode! 10/10. I bet I wasn't the only one screaming Longclaw!!!!!
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 507?

    What a difference a week makes. Thoroughly enjoyed that. I gave it a 9. But again, what was the whole point of Dorne apart from showing us Tyene's tits? I'll have a re-watch and may lower my vote, but at the moment I've probably given a high mark out of sheer relief - lol. Some decent dialogue tonight. Jonathan Pryce gave a chilling performance.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP506 Discussion v. 2

    Quite! I should imagine that with dialogue like this, Stephen Dillane hopes he gets killed off very soon.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 506

    I must admit - I'm just waiting for Daznak's now.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 506

    I can sympathise. I have given a 4 this time - I've never marked it as low as that. I don't hold it to such high criteria as I would some other dramas, therefore I've tended to vote purely on its entertainment value and forgiven the flaws. This episode has to be the worst I've seen in the history of the show. It wasn't just the Sansa rape for me - although that just rounded off what was a very messy episode. It started quite promisingly with Arya's scenes, but all in all it was terribly disjointed last night, with clunky direction and clunky writing. Margaery's arrest was rushed and unbelievable. In fact the whole sparrows thing has been poorly handled, despite the presence of the wonderful Jonathan Pryce. Tyrion and Jorah stuck in the middle of nowhere and jumped by the pirates/slavers was also clunky. I can't even bring myself to talk about Dorne any more. I didn't mind the LF/Cersei scene, and to me it was there to set up the fact that LF has really over-reached himself this time and will pay for it. But again, nothing really flowed last night. It was just bad all round. Although I suppose one could say that the Sansa wedding night was 'tastefully' shot - in that we did not actually see the rape - I still have a problem (as do many others on the Board) with rape being used as a device for female character growth. I really think this was a step too far. My 4 score is for the usual great production values, one or two stellar acting performances and the Arya scenes. It's worrying, because there are only 4 episodes left to pull this back together.
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