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  1. "x" is more intelligent than "y" turns out to be a very difficult assessment to make. In humans IQ tests turn out to be almost useless for measuring intelligence. In animals standard "intelligence" tests like the ability to identify themselves in a mirror are starting to crack, eg dog's can't do this but that may be more related to their use of smell more then sight in identifying individuals. It turns out when you perform similar tests with smell they do identify their own smell indicating they do have a sense of "self". In many cases it all comes down to the test you use and I expect dragons would not score highly in the tests that rank border collies as the most intelligent dog, as these center around how quickly they can learn and follow new instructions. The problem here is what if the animal understands perfectly well what you are telling it to do and just isn't inclined to do it? I imagine dragons would fall into the category of animals that are not particularly inclined to do what they are told, and therefor would not do well in tests related to learning instructions Are dragons as intelligent as dogs? It would probably depend on the test, but I lean towards no. While they are large and therefor potential have a large cerebral cortex dragons do not really fit the profile of intelligent animals. They do not see like animals suited for large social groups now do they require a lot of intelligence to find a meal. Dogs, on the other hand may be even more intelligent than we realize. For example many facial expressions have been identified in dogs, but it turns out that when there are no people around they only use a few of them. IOW these expressions are not "natural" or subconscious behaviors, rather, it appears they use them as a form of language to communicate with humans. Ultimately though, this is fantasy so dragons are exactly as smart as GRRM decides they are. As to what he's decided, I'm not sure we really know. That some maesters believe them to be very intelligent doesn't mean they are. They may simply be unreliable or perhaps are basing their opinions on work written to butter up Targaryans or Valyria. Anyway. Overall I didn't like the scene, it seemed to contrived based on the level of reasoning wev'e actually seen from the dragons even if they were really supposed to be capable of it all along.
  2. Wrt Bran It would not surprise me in the least if GRRM's plan is for Bran to rule Westeros at the end of the story, after all he has said that Bran was the fisrt character he created and the rest of the story grew around him. Even if it's the ultimate plan, the way the show got there was very deus ex machina. It;s not developed or built to at all, just poof here is the outcome. This wasn't the only example, D&D did this a lot in order to keep Cersei in power as well. If we didn't have the books for context, probably a lot of other things would feel this way as well.
  3. Book Jaime seems to be building to a different ending, but a lot of this was not included in the show. It could have gone either way IMO.
  4. His plan was (and so far as we know still is) to deal with Cersei and the other pretenders to the throne before going on to fight the Others. Since Dany will almost certainly be there for that battle this specific ending won't happen IMO. On the other hand, GRRM does have Dany doing some things she knows will harm a great many people in Westeros without a second thought (eg resettling the Dothraki) It's not my preferred ending but she may be a villain that needs defeating at the end, but it won't get there this way.
  5. I gave it an 8, pretty good for what it was. It still suffered from all the flaws the show has when the material isn't fleshed out in the books, and I'm pretty sure this is mostly show-only materiel and the last act in the books will be the Others not Cersei
  6. No they were there all along. The bodies buried in the crypts became wights when the night king raised up a new batch of undead while facing Jon
  7. Gave it a 7 due to a couple good scenes. It was more of a 6.5 though. Worst episode of the season IMO
  8. Gave it a 7. The packing felt awkward with them introducing so many story lines without having time to do much with any of them.
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