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  1. Darryk

    *SPOILERS* Jon useless information

    Yeah his claim will probably be more of an open question in the book, don't think there'll be anything about an annulment between Rhaegar and Elia, since the books seems to be setting up the idea that Rhaegar just took Lyanna as a second wife, like the Targaryen kings of old. The show obviously introduced the annulment to dumb things down. It will be interesting to finally find out what GRRM's intended purpose for Jon's heritage is , find it hard to believe the only purpose is to drive Dany over the edge. And yeah, I guess he doesn't even need to be a Targ to take the throne, if that's something his character needs to do at some point in the books. After all, Cersei tells Ned Stark he should have taken the throne after Robert's rebellion, even though Ned had no claim. Renly declares himself king despite being behind Stannis in the line of succession. So yeah, people in Westeros seem to acknowledge that an army + popularity goes much further than a blood claim.
  2. A ruler who knows everyone's secrets and can spy on them at any time. Sure, sounds great.
  3. This is an interesting post, and a great point I always thought the ending would parallel the War of the Roses, where you actually end up with a MORE centralised and powerful monarchy. At first glance that doesn't seem like progress but ironically it ended up benefiting England, cause it further weakened feudalism, and gradually led to a central government in the form of parliament. Of course, the show became too mainstream to deal with this level of complexity, far safer to just dumb it down and give mainstream audiences a "hooray, something resembling democracy!" moment.
  4. Darryk

    This ending is nothing but Bitter

    The ending is actually happy for everyone except Dany. The Starks end up ruling everything, they all got what they wanted, except Bran who didn't want anything anyway. Bran as king and Tyrion as Hand of the King? If people told us in season 1 it would end like that, we'd think they were hopelessly naive. Jon will forever be haunted by what he had to do, so his story is bittersweet, but ultimately he gets a happy ending, he gets to be a free man north of the wall, with the rest of the freefolk. When people repeat the stupid, over-used Ramsay quote "if you thought this has a happy ending..." I'm gonna smack them over the back of the head, cause the ending is actually happy to the point of being cheesy. I mean, the small council at the end was basically fan service. Bronn as Master of Coin, Sam as Grand Maester, Brienne as LC of the Kings Guard.... The tragic element is Dany's story, which was so horribly rushed and butchered to the point where it barely exists anyway.
  5. Darryk

    *SPOILERS* Jon useless information

    I think he fulfilled the role of a king in spirit by doing what was necessary to protect the realm. He was the one true king in deed if not in name. I'm sure it will make more sense in the books, but I think many of us suspected R+L=J would not result in him being on the throne at the end, that's not GRRM's style.
  6. I think he's in the best possible position, he gets to rake in the money from the show, and then again when he releases the books, because people will buy it in droves so they can get the real ending.
  7. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    He says "a final season that makes sense" so it seems to me it not making sense is his main criticism. Most of the angry reviews I'm seeing online say the overall direction of the ending makes sense but the execution was dismal because they rushed it.
  8. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I think it just demonstrates that people don't appreciate writers butchering a series climax by voluntarily choosing to portray it in much less episodes than needed because they were in a rush to get it over with so they could move onto Star Wars. Usually it's producers who screw things up, rather than the creatives, who mostly try to do right by the story but get rushed to meet deadlines. In this case it's the reverse; HBO were happy to give them as many episodes as needed, but they said "nah" and happily drove the series off a cliff. Nothing will come of this petition, they won't remake season 8, the very idea is ridiculous, and I think most of the people signing it know that. It's just a way of sending a giant STFU to the showrunners.
  9. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    How the hell does Sam become Grand Maester, what happened to Jim Broadbent?
  10. Darryk

    The real character assassination is that of Tyrion

    Yeah, that's been happening since season 5. Varys as well.
  11. It was a sign of her having a ruthless streak, which makes her no different from Tywin. Additional steps were required by the writers to establish madness. I'm sure it's easier to do that in a book, since you have POV, but it surely it needed something more than a two-episode meltdown.
  12. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    It was awful only because of the white walkers though, which are now (supposedly) gone. There's a reason the Wildlings refer to people south of the wall as "kneelers" and call themselves the "free folk"
  13. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I think it's poetic, to be honest. We knew there was a strong chance he wouldn't end up on the throne at the end; GRRM doesn't do fairy-tale endings with age-old tropes like "the rightful heir returns". Jon's happiest moments were with Ygritte north of the wall, particularly in the cave. I could see him turning his back on the game of thrones, which he despises, and going back beyond the wall where things are simple and people are free. He's lucky he's one of the few characters getting a happy ending (if the leaks are true). The only thing I don't get is why the hell there'd still be a Night's Watch? I hope there is an explanation for that, but D+D's general approach seems to be "meh, we'll just do whatever, and let the fans fill in the blanks themselves".
  14. Darryk

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Interesting, can you present any examples? I agree with this, they clearly don't have much interest in his story, and would have killed him off ages ago if GRRM hadn't given them an important reason to keep him around.
  15. Darryk

    Game of Thrones Appreciation Thread

    I love everything about it except the sloppy writing, which was just occasional in the first 6 seasons, but became a major issue from the wight hunt onward. The acting, sets, costumes, music....it's all top-notch. It's also (hopefully) made it possible for more high-production-value fantasy and sci-fi TV shows to be made, which means a golden age of television for sci-fi and fantasy fans.