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  1. kevinbgwrites

    Dany the Mad Queen was a terrible idea

    Just lol @ anyone who doesn't think Dany as the villain is the only logical/satisfying end to her story. Also Just lol @ anyone who thinks the writers did a remotely passable job at getting the story there in a believable way and didn't fumble what could have been one of the great villains in fiction horribly over the course of two seasons after 5 seasons of build up.
  2. kevinbgwrites

    I really like what Drogon did but...

    Yeah you just can't have its both ways. Him as a hyper intelligent being that understand the obsession with the throne killed his mom and absolving Jon and as a empty minded tool for mass destruction. Throughout the series the Dragons are portrayed as pretty ok with murder so they would have had to do a lot of leg work to make it believable.
  3. kevinbgwrites

    Your favorite individual acting performance

    Dinklage was definitely the best, at least insofar as giving me repeated gut punches even despite terrible writing. Emelia however randomly went from an actress my group would joke about being terrible to top tier this season. I haven't liked her since season 1 that much.
  4. kevinbgwrites

    Mourning Dany

    The real mourning shouldn't be for what they did to Dany, but mourning the missed potential for exploring what was clearly always going to be the end of her character arc. At the end of the day it's undeniable the WW's and Dany both needed a whole season of their own give or take. Having her be the Mad Queen for the end of one episode where you don't see her, and the first half hour of the next episode is just so disappointing especially since she proved she could really do great in the role. It is sad to think just how mind blowing it would have been to have what is essentially one of the top 3 main characters for the majority of the series, become an absolute tragic villain resembling a far more successful version of her brother.
  5. kevinbgwrites

    Jaime Lannister - A True Knight

    With all said and done I think that Jaimie's arcs is one of the most intact. I do wish him and Brienne had remained platonic but oh well. I know the go-to thing for people to do when defending the show is to screech about people having book expectations bleed into watching the show. I think, however, this is one case where thats actually the case- Between the prophecy, the more severe division between the two, etc.
  6. Yeah no I really strongly disagree. It would have been extremely jarring to see cuts to her face in that instance, it was easily one of their best decisions in that episode, granted that list isn't long. And from facebook and various social media I do think most were totally oblivious- Not at all coming across as "why did they make her change so abrupt" but rather "I cant believe Dany is a villain in general". Again I certainly agree it needed more time and that the last two seasons needed more episodes and countless rewrites, I am just not upset that people who were supporting Dany were made to feel guilty because supporting someone who views it as their destiny to be a conqueror, has a messiah complex, and the Westerosi equivalent of nukes is going to end badly in any story that goes in a remotely believable direction.
  7. In that case I was specifically referring to not showing her perspective during the slaughter. I am the last person who will defend the last two seasons writing, but in my previous post I was saying I do think she was being beautifully built up as a tyrant beneath most oblivious viewers noses. As I mentioned seasons 1-4 I felt like she was absolutely being built up as a sociopath villain with a god complex since this was GoT not some generic fantasy. Season 7 is such a mess its hard for me to even remember any build up there, but in 8 her early scenes with her going from all smiles to totally cold give the heebie jeebies. I don't mind her never having moments where she is afraid of herself etc. and think she lets slip a few times her state of mind, such as when she is talking to Tyrion and reveals she was just impatient to get on with it in regards to leaving Dario behind. And in some ways she cant fully be blamed for the god complex she has- You can to an extent compare it to Viserys who knew he was royalty and had built up a path/destiny for himself in his mind and became deranged when after much hardship it didn't come to fruition- In Danys case she had the same knowledge about her lineage he did, genuinely participated in a miracle that netted her three dragons, obtained multiple armies totally loyal to her, and was surrounded by mostly vile people involved in slavery who she could liberate and would literally lift her up and chant to her. It is easy to see how she inevitably weld become something of a tyrant, though again this season has a plethora of problems, one of which is the transition into being full "Mad Queen".
  8. Right exactly. I fully agree and am with people in regards to anger at the episode/season, just think certain people are upset about the wrong thing.
  9. This. I have been surprised at people being critical of them not showing Dany's perspective during episode 5 after she goes wild. I thought it was one of the best decisions they made regarding the episode. It puts you totally into the perspective of the enemy/victims and I really don't see what we'd have gained from cutting to her making an angry face amidst the carnage.
  10. kevinbgwrites

    [Spoilers] Episode 803 Discussion

    I posted this in its own thread, but with the series done its become so glaring how poorly handled Bran and the NK's arc were: I think the following elements would have been absolutely essential to make the whole Bran/NK arc not fall flat:1. Since the NK is just a killing machine, play into that hard and make him act like it. Maybe another flashback or some way for just a trickle of lore to establish that. More importantly- Have him be absolutely merciless, no wights standing around in a circle when they could be swarming Bran, or him approaching in slow mo, and no wights meandering around libraries. The dead should be the same unstoppable wave that we see in hardhome.2. More of a cost to the war. First of all the armies should actually be depleted as opposed to replenishing after the fight and it being casually addressed. People should die when they are put in the in the "eight wights on you at a time" circumstances of the characters in episode 3. Winterfell should have certainly been lost with a desperate retreat needing to be made, perhaps during which the characters we see die in the episode sacrifice themself to make it happen. Mel could even do something like a final fire spell that makes an immense firewall that is so powerful she dies, but stalls the army enough for some to escape. The hidden tunnels in the crypts could be used as an escape for the cast members not in the battle proper. They even set this up with the ice creeping down to winterfell in the episodes intro, which is a great idea to have continue to spread as the army advances.3. Sensical conclusion- If you want Arya to kill the NK, get there in a logical way, not just wind whipping a White Walker's hair as she teleports past the host of the undead. Also in general have everything be sensical, as opposed to meaningless death charges. Have the army of the living go into the battle with a truly thought out plan and lose in spite of it not because of it, solidifying the NK as a formidable opponent. Hell, if the struggle is as traumatizing as it should be, it would actually be the perfect setup for Dany to start losing it.4. Very importantly have bran play a role- A BIG one- The show explicitly states in earlier seasons Brans training and ascension to the raven is key in the battle against the NK, not to be an info dump. He needs a powerful ability thats a big problem for the NK and necessitates going after him. As it is it just makes no sense why he'd even care about going after him in person as opposed to just letting his horde or generals kill him. If they did build it up in a way that presents a believable reason for him to want to do it personally, it would still make sense for the area to be totally secured- Again, if he is being presented as the embodiment of evil and a borderline machinelike engine of death it doesn't mesh with nonsense decisions. Again there needs to be a damn good reason for the NK to want to get Bran beyond being the memories of mankind. Imagine if when Bran said "I'm going now" any of the following happened: 1. He Wargs into one of those White Walker generals standing in a row on the backline and it kills the general next to it, killing a portion of the army while also turning the undead under its control against the rest of the undead army until it's killed. This would be a huge problem for the NK and necessitate killing him extremely quickly.2. Bran Wargs Viserion, throwing the NK off his back. Viserion then either needs to have control mentally wrested back to the NK, or be put down by the NK.3. I like option 1 more, but if there was some build up leading to the fight of Bran doing "something" during episodes 1 and 2, when he wargs in episode 3, suddenly it would be revealed Bran was actually gathering all manner of animals into an army which crashes into the AoTD.Again giving him something game changing not only makes the NK wanting him dead very badly makes sense, but is a great payoff to his extremely long arc that sadly doesn't have payoff in what we actually got.
  11. I think this is an unpopular opinion but I actually love that they are punishing people for supporting her journey. Even back in season 3 and 4 I would tell people to just imagine similar scenarios but with characters they were invested in. The whole fire and blood thing sounds great when Dany is calm, confident, doing it to mostly evil people, and all to a triumphant score. When she is listing her titles with varying levels of composure she came across as clearly delusional in some of the cases, and just arrogant in others. When as early as season 2 she is already screeching about destiny and her dreams coming true I always thought I would be incredibly disappointed if she either wasn't a villain ultimately, or at least got set straight and her ego checked. I loved the fact she turned and that Emelias acting for the brief parts she got to play the Mad Queen for. What I didn't love was how unbelievably rushed it was, and even moreso that we got to explore that side of the character for a whole of 25 or so minutes.
  12. Flicking aside 8 seasons of buildup to then instantly move on to rush the descent into madness of Dany just makes both plot lines very frail. I think the following elements would have been absolutely essential to make the whole Bran/NK arc not fall flat:1. Since the NK is just a killing machine, play into that hard and make him act like it. Maybe another flashback or some way for just a trickle of lore to establish that. More importantly- Have him be absolutely merciless, no wights standing around in a circle when they could be swarming Bran, or him approaching in slow mo, and no wights meandering around libraries. The dead should be the same unstoppable wave that we see in hardhome.2. More of a cost to the war. First of all the armies should actually be depleted as opposed to replenishing after the fight and it being casually addressed. People should die when they are put in the in the "eight wights on you at a time" circumstances of the characters in episode 3. Winterfell should have certainly been lost with a desperate retreat needing to be made, perhaps during which the characters we see die in the episode sacrifice themself to make it happen. Mel could even do something like a final fire spell that makes an immense firewall that is so powerful she dies, but stalls the army enough for some to escape. The hidden tunnels in the crypts could be used as an escape for the cast members not in the battle proper. They even set this up with the ice creeping down to winterfell in the episodes intro, which is a great idea to have continue to spread as the army advances.3. Sensical conclusion- If you want Arya to kill the NK, get there in a logical way, not just wind whipping a White Walker's hair as she teleports past the host of the undead. Also in general have everything be sensical, as opposed to meaningless death charges. Have the army of the living go into the battle with a truly thought out plan and lose in spite of it not because of it, solidifying the NK as a formidable opponent. Hell, if the struggle is as traumatizing as it should be, it would actually be the perfect setup for Dany to start losing it.4. Very importantly have bran play a role- A BIG one- The show explicitly states in earlier seasons Brans training and ascension to the raven is key in the battle against the NK, not to be an info dump. He needs a powerful ability thats a big problem for the NK and necessitates going after him. As it is it just makes no sense why he'd even care about going after him in person as opposed to just letting his horde or generals kill him. If they did build it up in a way that presents a believable reason for him to want to do it personally, it would still make sense for the area to be totally secured- Again, if he is being presented as the embodiment of evil and a borderline machinelike engine of death it doesn't mesh with nonsense decisions. Again there needs to be a damn good reason for the NK to want to get Bran beyond being the memories of mankind. Imagine if when Bran said "I'm going now" any of the following happened: 1. He Wargs into one of those White Walker generals standing in a row on the backline and it kills the general next to it, killing a portion of the army while also turning the undead under its control against the rest of the undead army until it's killed. This would be a huge problem for the NK and necessitate killing him extremely quickly.2. Bran Wargs Viserion, throwing the NK off his back. Viserion then either needs to have control mentally wrested back to the NK, or be put down by the NK.3. I like option 1 more, but if there was some build up leading to the fight of Bran doing "something" during episodes 1 and 2, when he wargs in episode 3, suddenly it would be revealed Bran was actually gathering all manner of animals into an army which crashes into the AoTD.Again giving him something game changing not only makes the NK wanting him dead very badly makes sense, but is a great payoff to his extremely long arc that sadly doesn't have payoff in what we actually got.
  13. kevinbgwrites

    I really like what Drogon did but...

    Thats what I'm saying, either A. They aren't so smart and he would maul Jon or B. They are extremely intelligent, which has been shown at times, and they understood the concept of the throne is what really killed his mom in which case he probably wouldn't have complied with the slaughter the previous episode.
  14. It really makes no sense that Drogon would have the intelligence of understanding and sympathizing with why Jon killed his mom and recognizing the throne as the real enemy- BUT was the weapon of mass destruction slaughtering the innocents. It just does click mentally very cleanly.
  15. kevinbgwrites

    Nikolaj on working with D&D

    I always find it hilarious how much Stephen was out of touch with the show since I thought he did an amazing job with Stannis with what he was given. Especially funny since his in show right hand man was the one keeping him privy to what was going on. If D&D really didnt give him good direction it shows how little they appreciate Stannis(which was kind of evident), and makes you wonder what kind of performance Stephen could have given. I'd imagine we will see a lot of scathing actor comments after tomorrow, the fact any negativity has slipped through tells a lot.
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