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  1. I just realized I wrote episode 8! My bad! Edited for clarity
  2. Speaking of the dragon, this is his review of episode 6.
  3. Vanadis

    Ask D&D

    Ah, finally someone who understands us! Yes, yes, Drogon is super intelligent, we're so happy that you were able to pick up on that. Drogon is a semi-god. He can do anything. A dragon in the machine if you will. How was Cersei able to become ruling queen even though her last son died? Why didn't we get to see how the people of King's Landing reacted to her ascension to the throne? Were there rebellions? Or was the people happy with the arrangement? Even if her power depended on the strength of the Lannister army, shouldn't there have been some among them who would prefer to support Jamie over her, just on the basis of him being male (and not having blown up the sept) and plot to put him in power?
  4. Vanadis

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    Or did she just go mad? Was she mad all along, it just took this long for someone to notice? Who knows.
  5. Vanadis

    Ask D&D

    What do you mean? Bran did did lots of important stuff. You could see in his expression that he was being extremely powerful and using his abilities to change outcomes over and over. It's all in there. It's not our fault that the audience didn't manage to perceive and interpret the nuances of the look in his eyes. Watch the episodes again and you'll realize how brilliant it all was. Question:
  6. Vanadis

    Ask D&D

    Dany: Since powerful magic has warped time and space, as evidenced by many people's newfound ability to teleport, Drogon will not reach Volantis. Instead he continues east until he reaches Aman or the Undying Lands where he meets Frodo and the elves who travelled west from Middle Earth. Galadriel resurrects Dany. Arya: Upon reaching the Seven Isles Arya will meet prince Caspian who travelled east from Narnia. She may or may not marry him, we have yet to decide. It depends on whether the spin off series about Arya is going to be a children's series or a darker tale. Questions yet left unanswered:
  7. Vanadis

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    +1 Not just the show, but many movies too. Sometimes it feels like editors are an unknown phenomenon in the script writing world... No book editor would have let the scripts of the late seasons of GoT be published without extensive rewrites I'm sure.
  8. Vanadis

    The character assassination of Daenerys

    It wasn't a good story though. A series of random events just isn't a good story.
  9. Vanadis

    Ask D&D

    (Bronn! I forgot about Bronn! Well, that explains why he's still alive in season 8. They needed at least one person to mingle with prostitutes...)
  10. Vanadis

    Ask D&D

    Bran forgot to drink his Starbucks(tm) coffee which he depends on every morning, or his brain becomes mushy. Why were there so many scenes with prostitutes in the first seasons, and none in season 8?
  11. Vanadis

    Dany the Mad Queen was a terrible idea

    In my humble opinion, the moment Tyrion had to give a long speech to explain to the viewers what had transpired and how we're supposed to feel about it was when I realized that this show is no longer about anything at all.
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    Dany the Mad Queen was a terrible idea

    Well, I guess it was a good idea if the only thought behind it was to create a stereotypical arch villain for the endgame that the audience didn't expect. It was a terrible idea if they wanted to tell a story with fantasy ingredients that still feels like it's all about real people, and not stereotypes.
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    How would you have ended it?

    These are very good. (Although I'd prefer a different ending for Dany.) Rewriting the end of Game of Thrones, two parts.
  14. Vanadis

    How would you have ended it?

    I like your version very much. I've read other versions too, and come up with several of my own. The one change I'd really like to see, because it feels like more in line with Dany's character, is whether she murders unscrupulously or whether changed to only kill innocents locked up in the Red Keep, she still feels remorse afterwards. In her vision, she doesn't touch the Iron Throne, instead she turns her back on it. I would like her to do this in the end. She gives no speech to her troops about conquering the world. When Jon enters the room, she is emotional. She tells him that she intends to leave. He hugs her, and she orders her dragon to burn the iron throne. To get the same ending, she could then walk out on the top of the stairs to give her final orders to her troops. But someone throws a knife into her back, and she falls over. The assassin runs away, and is later revealed to be Arya. (Earlier in the season, Jon would have had to be the one to kill the night king to give Jon something to do this season.) Drogon picks up Dany's body and flies away, enabling a Revan-type of story like you mention. Jon goes north willingly after naming Bran his successor.
  15. Basically yes https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Rickard_Stark#Family
  16. Apparently, the common folk don't really care who rules them, as pointed out by Jorah (9:20): But even so, someone in King's Landing should have opposed Cersei after blowing up their beloved sept. Thinking back, I have to admit the critics were right all along... There were many things that didn't seem to make much sense in earlier seasons, but I went along with it because I believed there would be some sort of payoff down the line. But usually, the questionable story lines just fizzled out into nothing, and knowing how it ends I don't think I would be as lenient if I were to watch the last few seasons over again. If they don't want their actors to be affected by the book characters, perhaps they should not try so hard to steer towards the same ending as in the books? If these are different characters, shouldn't the ending be different as well...? I didn't get the feeling that Jon loved Dany either.
  17. I agree it was bad writing. The first time I watched it though, I got the feeling that she was thinking of Tyrion's advice, and deciding it was probably bad advice. Since the first thing she says to him when she meets him after the assault is "you freed your brother", she likely knew that he betrayed her when the bells rang. Perhaps that made her do the opposite of what he wanted. But since the writing has been all over the place for so many characters, it doesn't really make sense to try to make sense of it all... My conclusion, the version I prefer to live with, is that show Dany wouldn't have done this.
  18. Dany is a firework... I had to do it.
  19. This is a very good breakdown of how Tyrion can be seen as having manipulated Jon in order to save his own life, starting at 2:10. Main points: - There are many things Tyrion does not say that would have made his case weaker. For example, he does not talk about how Varys tried to kill Daenerys, or how he himself committed treason by releasing his brother. Nor does he discuss whether her earlier conquests were justified. - As for burning the city, the video essayist claims that Tyrion would have done the same thing in her situation, and that now he is simply trying to save his own life. - Daenerys has not been a threat to Sansa earlier in this season. Her life is not in immediate danger; but Tyrion makes it seem that way because his life is. - The words that in the end seem to drive Jon over the edge is when Daenerys says: "They don't get to choose." In her mind she knows what is right. And yet, in the final Dragon Pit meeting, the lords express the very same attitude when they laugh at Sam's suggestion, and nobody stabs them...
  20. Vanadis

    Why Did the Show Turn on Jon?

    I still feel the right thing for Jon to do in a situation where he felt Dany was unfit to rule, was to press his own claim. If Dany was "Mad Queen" she might have killed him. But when she talked to him after the assault on King's Landing, she spoke calmly, she made it clear that she loved him, and she obviously wasn't paranoid or she wouldn't have let him get close enough to stab her. She didn't seem mad, just full of herself after her victory. So the honorable thing to do would have been to say "Sorry aunt, I can't let you do this anymore. I am Aegon Targaryen etc etc." I doubt that the Dany we saw would have killed her nephew and the man she loved. And had she tried, well, then we could have gotten a fight where he deserved to kill her. In the show ending, with Dany being dead, Drogon is free to raze any city he likes. Bran seems to be cool about the loose dragon, indicating that perhaps he can control it. But if so, he could have helped wrest control from Dany too had she tried to resist Aegon's rule through dragon force. Dany would still have had her troops, but at least the Northerners and the remaining Lannisters were there to fight them, I'm pretty sure fifty percent of the Lannister troops were still alive... It would have worked out just fine.
  21. Vanadis

    Please end these storylines for me, which the show did not...

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  22. What did Cersei really do though after blowing up the sept? She threatened Tyrion... gained some allies... Talked about a baby we never saw evidence of. Sent Bronn of all people to go after Tyrion and Jamie. In this last season she mostly stared out a window. Could be they never really knew what to do with her?
  23. My favorite thread! I enjoyed reading about the lack of meaningful choices in the later seasons. Well spotted. Sansa was a plot device for Theon's story, unfortunately. They needed to make her a victim so that he could find the courage to save her. The result was just silly, not just because it was time for Sansa to start taking control of her situation, but because one would think Littlefinger had a plan behind it all as well... Well, to be fair, the Wall was an institution in its own right even back when nobody knew White Walkers existed. If people of Westeros didn't have a need for the Night's Watch during all that time, they would have been gone long ago. Barristan Selmy's death was underwhelming. It made no sense. From a story viewpoint, they had not used him for anything important. From a within-universe standpoint, it was simply a fight he and his friends should have won. The show gained nothing from his death, but it lost an interesting tension between Dany's advisers. A very sad death for all the wrong reasons.
  24. Another good soundtrack for this clip is Katy Perry's "Firework"
  25. I'm accusing the showrunners of turning Dany into a comic book villain for no other reason than that they want to force a modern audience into accepting that Jon is justified in murdering her. They could have chosen to tell a story that was more in line with Dany as a character, but if they had, Jon's final action would have been more questionable. In this story they wanted a "clear good" and a "clear evil" character with no wriggle room for debate. And, of course, they wanted a "shock" because that's what made GOT famous to begin with. I'm accusing the showrunners of not realizing that even tough the "shocks" from the earlier seasons indeed helped make HBO GOT famous, it's not ultimately why the audience liked the series. The backlash should indicate that what people liked was the realism, intelligence and complexity of the storytelling. But in the later seasons, they have repeatedly broken with established rules of the world in order to forward the plot (teleportation is an example). Dany's characterization in the latest seasons, or rather her lack thereof - becoming a device to move the plot forward more than a character, becoming the trope of one form of evil instead of being a person - is just another example of this.
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