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  1. Ten Hag's got a tough job on his hands but he's not making it easier on himself by playing Eriksen as a false 9. Maybe Ronaldo comes on and turns it around, which will be good for the club in the short-term but not in the long-term IMO as it means everyone hails him as the messiah again when he's one of the main problems.
  2. Is it true the show originally had a great team of writers including people who worked on Breaking Bad, but replaced all of them?
  3. Are they supposed to know Sauron is a bad guy yet? I feel like I'd be looking forward to this series if it wasn't Tolkien, but because it's Tolkien some of the potential story decisions are doing my head in. If the meteor man is Gandalf then
  4. I think people expect Lady Stoneheart to murder the Freys in the books. Yeah we all want the Freys to die, the problem in the show is the contrast between Dany and Arya. Danny is foreshadowed out to be a "mad queen" for doing things that are actually less bloodthirsty than what Arya does.
  5. My guess is Disney expected it to fail so were willing to let Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni do their thing but now that it's a success (particularly Baby Yoda and the merchandising potential there) Disney are going to take more control. I bet Baby Yoda was supposed to stay with Luke but Disney strong-armed them into shoehorning him back into the story.
  6. Amazing trailer, but after Obi-wan I'm not watching any Star Wars Disney until I've seen reviews from the podcasters I trust. Except Mandalorian although I'm worried it's gonna go downhill now that Disney have their claws in it.
  7. First time I've watched a women's Euros game and the quality is exceptional. Most exciting game I've seen in awhile from men or women's football.
  8. I'm cautiously optimistic. It looks like they've nailed the visuals.
  9. To be honest the only club whose misfortunes I regularly laugh at are West Ham cause I just despise the collective of Neanderthals they refer to as their fanbase. The rest I see as rivals but don't really feel a need to take the piss.
  10. I feel bad for my Man U-supporting mates.
  11. I hope for Man U sake they manage to offload that plodding pillar of ego and narcissism.
  12. You can usually get some idea of what the story and plot is going to be. Also the way this one was just one cliched line after another like "The darkness is coming" " "the light must rise" "The end is coming" "we will fight" "I am ready to fight" "the great battle is coming" blablablablsa
  13. Yeah but the discussion you refer to seemed more intended to make Dany look paranoid than to make Tyrion's motivations suspicious. Earlier in the season Tyrion was still a bit more loyal to the book version; from about season 3 or 4 onwards he gradually became a classic good guy. Stabbing someone in the back isn't really a form of subtle characterization.
  14. It would've been more interesting if Tyrion's bad advice was a result of inner conflict as to whether to help her defeat House Lannister, but of course that doesn't fit in with the show's version of Tyrion who would never do anything malicious.
  15. Trailer was just a bunch of pretty visuals with no substance. One cliched line after another with no context to them.
  16. Well all these studios have good propaganda machines. Also Martin has to say stuff like this because he's got a good relationship with HBO. Anyway I don't blame HBO for the mess that was season 8 and am still keen to watch HOTD cause the production and acting looks excellent, as you'd expect from an HBO show.
  17. The dumbest part of the Battle of Winterfell: Trebuchets IN FRONT OF THE WALLS Yeah one of my few major gripes with the trilogy was the army of the dead showing up at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Would've been a lot more powerful if Aragorn showed up with an army of Dunedain.
  18. It looks like we're closing in on DJ Spence. So we've got a new left wing-back, new right wing-back, a box-to-box midfielder and another forward to give Kane, Son and Kulu competition. Daniel Levy has been a mixed bag throughout his tenure but I think we have to salute him for this transfer window. I'm sure Conte feels like he's been given full backing. However, competition for top 4 will be tougher next season, Man U and Arsenal are both strengthening. I'm hoping Chelsea will fall off the pace under new ownership and make space.
  19. That explains his performances for us.
  20. Ahahaha, fair enough. I just felt the whole Iran thing was very much on the backburner and that it was so focused on the characters but I guess I did miss the political angle.
  21. Well I'm just scratching my head as to why Disney would want to do a Reva spin-off. There's no story-related reason to do it and no financial reason to do it. To me it seems like you've got the two traditional groups; the business interests who just want to make money, and the creatives who just want to tell a good story. But now it seems like there's a third group who are making decisions based on ego. Good storytellers are incorporating minorities in ways that feel genuine (like Arkane). The egoists on the other hand are not good at storytelling but prefer to double down on their bad storytelling ands blame the bad reception on racism. Disney were accusing fans of racism before Obi-Wan even aired, as though they knew the Reva Character was badly written and were trying to preempt any criticism by smearing the critics. That's the only explanation I can come up with for why a Reva spin-off would be approved when it doesn't make sense form a financial or story perspective.
  22. a) No, Joffrey remaining on the throne wouldn't be a good option, but Ned Stark did not have to seize that particular moment to do something abut it. Yes, his honorable ways played a big role in getting him to that situation, but I don't think the character was being "punished for being honorable" as some suggest, because Cersei gave him the chance to leave King's Landing safely. b) Tywin's a ruthless bastard but it would not have been in his interests to continue the war against Robb, he wanted to focus on Stannis so I think he would've accepted a peace from Robb if it was offered. But Robb was bent on the pursuit of revenge, and I think the pursuit of revenge is what characters suffer for in ASOIF, more so than honorable behavior.
  23. a) Cersei rewarded Ned Stark's honor by giving him the chance to return home safely to Winterfell. Ned Stark chose to remain and try to seize the control of the throne, so in a sense, he brought it on himself. b) When things were collapsing for Robb Stark, Catelyn begged him to make peace with Tywin Lannister, which Tywin no doubt would have accepted. Robb chose to pursue revenge instead. Like Ned, he brought it on himself. c) Granted on Dany and Jon, though Jon's decision may end up saving the real in the long-term, which would make his honorable behavior worth the sacrifice even if he did stay dead. d) We don't know how Littelfinger's story will end. Personally I think there is an arc of justice running throughout the books that the show missed. For example, Tywin is the better player of the game but his allies abandoned the Lannisters as soon as he died, because they were only following him out of fear. In contrast, Ned may have lost the game but his honorable ways won him the respect of his lords who remain loyal to the Starks even after his death. So there are themes like these running throughout the give the books a sense of romanticism whereas the show was nihilistic. I think GRRM may be showing that honorable behavior pays off in the long-term even if it may have a price in the short-term, and also showing that the pursuit of revenge only makes things worse.
  24. I saw Top Gun: Maverick and I've got to say it's the most fun I've had in a movie theatre in years. Visceral action instead of CGI splashed all over the place, lots of heart, and a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter Marvel stuff we're getting most of the time. Tom Cruise deserves every cent, even if it's all going to the mighty Xenu.
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