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  1. ground_control

    How would you rate episode 702?

    1/10 -- Greyscale + Missandrei pretty much killed it for me. I'd like to see Jon make a smart choice -- he's already been killed once, and as his council pointed out, being stupid cost his brother his life also. Or at least show him convincing the people he's arguing with some way other than just sounding like Cartman saying, "Respect my authority". And can we please have the S01-04 Littlefinger back, the who stroked his....beard in private (or just with Varys in the room) instead of in open court. In general, the dialog was below sub-par, and there was way to much exposition. I actually liked the Theon/Yara/Ellaria scene, but the sand snake parts (and general lameness of the episode) really did leave me rooting for Euron.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 610?

    I'd just like to point out that this thread is about rating S06E10 (Episode 610), not the season, and not the series as a whole. If people liked (or disliked) *this* episode, attacking their opinions based on their prior rating history is an attack ad hominem (whether it's for consistently high or low votes). It seems like every time a new rating thread opens for a new episode, some people want to continue debates from previous ratings threads (and re-use the same arguments). It really sucks trying to read through such a long thread when much of it is filled with people telling other people how they should vote or what their vote "really" means about them (and realizing that I already read those comments last week). Just sayin'.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 610?

    A Gentleman's '2' -- After the first 20 or so mins, I thought it might be a 9 or 10, but once the episode hit the North and Mereen. all was lost. Not only was the writing bad at a high (plot) level, but most of that actual dialog was painful as well. Seriously, KitN instead of QitN? Littlefinger just spelling out what he wants (when he pretty much made it clear in season 4, where Sansa was supposed to have become a player, but is still just getting played). Mellisandre should have been axed (or burnt) around episode 2 when her purpose (resurrecting Jon Snow) was finished, not as the result of an implausible reveal from episode 9. And letting murderers off with exile? Not exactly what I think of as Northern justice. Not that the death wasn't legal, as it was done by the King's command. But, hey, whatevs, Davos can join Catelyn on CSI: The North. Although I was glad to see fake Daario tossed aside (and cry) like the bitch he is (even if he kept the tears off camera).
  4. I wasn't blaming the actors (as in docking points from the episode), I was trying to say that I think even they know how bad this season has been written and couldn't hide it every time. That said, I liked the Dany/Yara bit, and don't see a lot of SJW-level feminism. Unfortunately, two of her strongest scenes this season (burning the Dothraki and turning her dragons loose on the slavers) were variants of previous scenes, so lose some impact (in addition to written much more poorly).
  5. 3/10 -- excellent cinematography, crap writing. Gaping plot holes, too much teleportation, dialog generally atrocious, a lot of poor/bored delivery of dialog by the actors. On the plus side, Yara hitting on Dany was priceless, as was Grey Worm's dispatching of the masters.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 608?

    A gentleman's '1'. Not sure which was worse, the writing or the direction, but I'm all for giving both to Sandor and letting him split the difference.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 607?

    7/10 Best episode I've seen in a while (definitely this season). Writing pretty weak, but well above what we've been getting lately (by which I mean since about season 4) -- I'm not a Cogman fan, but it's nice to see an episode mangled by someone who has read the books, even if the scenes should have been in last season (instead of the Dornish clusterF).
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 606?

    4/10 Mostly filler, some circus animal. Too bad CH couldn't have shown up 2 minutes earlier and saved us from having to take a trip through the Ho Door last week. While the play in Braavos (both weeks) is amusing, it feels like a waste of screen time, but it beats watching Arya barely get bruised by all the staffs to the face she's been getting. Would like the High Sparrow to GTFO my lawn. Sam scene was painful (but appropriately so); the best scene in the episode (+1 for Gilly's makeover). Confused by Dany's scene -- thought she had the Dothraki at "Unburnt" two episodes ago.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 605?

    If I gave every other episode I gave a '1' to a '10', a '1' still wouldn't be low enough to accurately distance this episode from them. But if there was such a number, it would be pronounced 'Hodor'.
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    Agreed. Book Oberyn: Mad, bad, and dangerous to know Show Oberyn (Shoberyn?): Mad, bad, and dangerous to know Most of season 4 had pretty weak writing, so people calling out Oberyn as a special case confuses me. If I was going to say show Oberyn was "more fleshed out", it would be relative to other characters in the show, not relative to book Oberyn. As far as the number of brothel scenes, as I've said before: we have a new character known (in the books) as a sexually adventurous man who frequents brothels, and an empty brothel set (since the character most associated with it is in the Vale this season). I'd agree that the writers were "lazy" and focused a bit too much on Oberyn's sexy side (as a % of dialog), but they didn't ignore his other sides. Also, I appreciated that they didn't interpret his bisexuality as making him feminine (as I'd argue the show did with Renly's and Loras's homosexuality).
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    I wasn't trying to be either subtle or insulting...a little smug/superior, maybe, but nothing [intended] to be actually uncivil. So, sorry if it came out like that. And yes, "glorified extra" is derogatory. But it means *exactly what you are saying*, and that's *why* it's considered derogatory. Unless you think that saying "he is not a real actor" about somebody that is, in fact, a real actor isn't offensive.
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    Everybody should have a dream...however, you might want to reconsider whether a crusade to replace a well-known industry-standard term (extra -- meaning somebody with no speaking lines) with your own highly personal definition (subjective quantification of line size) is worth the time. BTW, there is already a term for what you are trying to call Kent (as he appeared in GoT) -- "glorified extra". Just say that and everybody will know what you mean without having to argue about what his actual actor's guild status is.
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    Says the guy with 10x as many posts as me who (it appears) had the thread unlocked just so he could reply to me...seriously, if you want to stop this conversation, stop attacking me.
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    Not sure what you mean by a "creepy thought" -- you're coming across as very hostile and aggressive towards anybody who doesn't toe your party line, and I'm just calling you on it. And just to be clear, I've never seen the Darren Kent in anything else (of which I'm aware), and I didn't say I thought he was a bad actor, I just disliked his performance in this particular role. Just like while I don't dislike Michael Huisman as an actor, I think he makes a horrible Daario. As to his looks, I said they put me off, and I explained why -- I wasn't trying to persuade anybody to agree with me and I don't care if everybody else disagrees with me, I just don't want people trying to "prove" that my subjective reaction was objectively "wrong". I saw what I saw, and while discussions now may affect my current outlook, they can't change what I already experienced (you only get one chance to make a first impression). As to "disdain", I'm not the person calling Kent a glorified extra. Kent's own site promotes him as having a "unique look", so I'd hope that he realizes that that isn't always a plus. I'd also hope that people realize that makeup, wardrobe, lighting, and camera angle make large contributions to how a character is seen in a movie, and that I've gone to a lot of trouble in my posts to focus on the character (as presented by the show), and not the actor personally. If he is reading this, I'd hope he wouldn't laugh at people giving their honest opinion, or think that not liking a specific performance is "disdain".
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