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  1. When he least expects it, I strangle him--and the company is mine! HodorCo. Let Us Take You for a Ride.
  2. My costume has been declared a controlled substance in 146 countries.
  3. If my paralysis HAD to leave me stuck in one pose for eternity, I could do worse than this. Uncomfortable, though.
  4. Oh no! I'm still on yesterday's fashion statement! Help!
  5. More importantly, WHERE? The drag about having roots is that it makes travel awkward.
  6. When I read bizarre theories, I deliver a stinging rebuke. Get it?
  7. Spring is here! Time for a spring-cleaning of avatars.
  8. Because it was there. (Whatever it is we're climbing/hanging from.)
  9. The things I do for awesome hairstyles ... likewise swoosh. (The things I do to milk a joke ....)
  10. Stannis. Olenna. There are lots of cool minor characters. Sometimes characters who play a fairly small role in the narrative have more personality than more important characters. Some of these characters turn up in the last two books.
  11. Ep. 7: I end up with an 8, although there was, as usual, some very stupid stuff in this. KL: Watching the opening scene, my comment was: "Is this Highgarden? Looks more like Nebraska." Both turned out to be wrong. We get a lot of reunions, which is nice enough. There are problems with this whole section, from a narrative point of view. It's a stupid idea to persuade Cersei: they don't (or shouldn't) need her, and should just be able to drac her, Qyburn, and Frankengregor, and take what there is of her army. Or just ignore her. Oh, I forgot Euron. Drac him, too, perhaps. So they don't really need a truce. As I've commented more than once this season: everyone forgets the Sept. Odd: it still matters that the High Septon annulled Rhaegar's marriage (more on that, later), but doesn't much matter that Cersei blew up the Sept, although admittedly someone does call her "the most murderous woman in the world". The scene is well acted; KH is generally better when warning people about undead monsters, but also decent when defending the not very wise decision to tell the truth. Some other OK dialogue such as the Hound and Franken. Query: Didn't wights swim at Hardhome? Tyrion's decision to see C alone is also rather stupid, although it did make for a good scene. Final C/J scene: It's good J finally left her, but still weird that J is OK with the Sept-burning. Also, why is the IB for C? Well acted, again. Dragonstone/Narrow Sea: (Saving final scene for last): I must confess I was moved during the scene between Jon and Theon. As for the fight between Theon and Random Obnoxious Chap (ROC), I'm not sure what the point is. Winterfell: The courtroom scene looked impressive enough and as usual well acted. It did have a bit of the feel of being short on due process even by Westerosi standards. LF is rather sad this season and was not able be much of an evil mastermind; he could easily have put up more of a legal fight. I'd kind of hoped Hound testify on LF's betrayal rather than Bran ex machina (it does give Bran something to do, though, and he hasn't been used as much as he could have been). Sansa and Arya did succeed fooling me; I had not expected this much subtlety.(*) Shouldn't Sansa have struck the blow per Northern law? I was also moved by the Arya/Sansa final scene (forget first scene of the season, everyone else has). Rhaegar rhevelation: Sam/Bran: It was cool when Bran announced R+L=J. But there were multiple problems: 1.Annulment. Others said much more about this; my issue is the effect on Rhaegar's character from his making his children by Elia illegitimate. 2. Going back and forth between the revelation and the D&J lovemaking is rather squick (as Anna Russell might point out, "she's his aunt, you know"), leaving aside the fact that although certainly cordial, I would hardly have called their relationship theretofore as being torrid. 3."Aegon Targaryen"? It reminds me of a poem by Dr. Seuss: "23 children and named them all Aegon". It isn't as though there were not plenty of other Targ names. Final scene: looked pretty impressive and scary. The dragon-wight could give nightmares. Hmmm. This was a more critical review than expected. I did enjoy watching it enormously, and found it the best this season. But issues of plot and characterisation won't go away. The effects are better than the causes. (*)Just found out a few hours ago what almost everyone else probably already knew: Sansa and Arya weren't faking it. They cut a scene where Sansa asks Bran what's going on. So clumsy editing.
  12. Ep. 5: While watching, I thought this would be an 8; then thinking about the wight business, I was inclined to drop to a 6; so I guess I`ll compromise with another 7. OK, the scne after the battle was pretty cool. I do think Dany might have dwelt a little more on *positive* reasons to support her, other than 'I can kill you'. She does briefly allude to the wheel; but how about 'Cersei blew up the Great Sept', not to harp on that. How about 'Abolished slavery'? Dragonstone: I was right about Jorah getting back to Dragonstone in an episode or two, not that that took any brilliant deductive powers, and not that I minded, either. Very nice reunion scene. Nice Jon/Dany/Drogon scene. The wight plan I find rather stupid. Why do they need to convince Cersei? There are two sensible ways of dealing with Cersei: 1. Get rid of her, perhaps with a surgical dracarys, perhaps with an assassin, and while you`re at it, also off Qyburn, Frankengrgor, and Show!Jaime (the last is now fully complicit in Cersei's crimes); 2. Just ignore her, defeat the Undead, and then clean up Westeros afterwards. Winterfell: Some decent stuff here: Bran trying to warn about the undead; Sansa defending Jon; conflict between Sansa and Arya, though I hope they get reconciled eventually, but Arya *should* bbe scarred by becoming a murderer as a pre-teen. LF is finally doing something besides be creepy. I'm not sure why Davos stepped aside to pick up Gendry (needed something to do?); but I like Gendry and I`m glad he`s back, even if in a stupid-ish plotline. The Citadel: Gods help us. Maester Sue, apparently annoyed by the maesters`perfectly reasonable questions, randomly decides to leave, randomly stealing some random books with him. This is getting to be a bad habit. If you have Sam over for the night, you`d best put anything valuable in a safe, and chain all your furniture to the floor. Although he`ll probably find a way to lift something anyway. I did find the Rhaegar bit interesting-ish, though. So, all in all, it was a fun watch. One just had to shut down one's brain sometimes.
  13. 7. The episodes get more enjoyable; but the plotholes never completely go away. A big one being, of course, the situation with the Faith, or the lack thereof. There's no more High Septon, comments Jaime, almost onnchalantly. The Faith, which was so powerful a season ago, has evidently collapsed. Imagine if someone blew up the Vatican, what would happen? In D&Dsteros, everyone except Hot Pie is too jaded to care. Winterfell: Bran's weird coldness is getting interesting, and we had a touching farewell scene with Meera. I'll have to remember the name Ellie Kendrick. I also enjoyed the Sansa/Arya reunion. The show is at least delivering these Stark reunions we've been longing for all these years. The 800-pound gorilla in the room, though, is Rickon. No one remembers he exists? He only died a season ago. No "Rickon's dead!" "Boo-hhoo-hoo!"? Odd. I could also have done without Arya vs. Brienne. Dragonstone: I really liked the bit where Jon is showing Dany the cave paintings; very cool. The knee-bending thing gets perhaps a little old, although I can see why they'd make a bit of an issue of it. Dany finally tells off Tyrion! Quite right. Hey, Davos, aren't you married, and if so, why are you hitting on this hot Essosi lady? Or is show-Davos not married, or did his wife die and I missed it. If so, Missandei will have a fall-back when GW dies, as I suppose he will. Excellent battle-porn, and the Dothraki get to do something. One of my favourite fighting scenes, actually; but then, I`m not big on them as a rule anway.
  14. I gave it a 6. It might have been higher; but ... well, I guess different people crack for different things, and in my case it was the KL smallfolk cheering Euron. So they're on Cersei's side now? Weren't they throwing stuff at her and insulting her during the Walk of Shame, and rioting for Margaery during the same season? To say nothing of the revolt during season 2. I know the vulgus is mobile ("fickle crowd") and that of course they want to make Cersei a more or less credible obstacle; but this is a bit much. Cersei appears to be the Teflon Queen. I guess this'll continue until she suddenly falls. On the plus side (still talking about KL), we're rid of Dorne (and I actually found myself sorry for Fauxllaria and Tyene; weird). Show-Cersei is a more interesting villain than Ramsay, and vastly more interesting than Euron. The final scene with Jaime and Olenna was, I thought, well acted; and I liked Olenna more than I have for a while. She may have been what someone called the Sasstress Dowager recently; but at least she went out with a certain style (although Jaime is being rather stupid: Cersei bring peace?). Is it established in the show that Braavos is very down on slavery, having been founded by escaped slaves? Or am I letting the books confuse me? Dragonstone: I didn't roll my eyes quite so muvh, here. I did wonder about Missandei being Dany's most trusted adviser. They like to keep it dark in Drsgonstone, or Dany has gone Goth. Never mind that, though. The sparring over titles: a little silly? Dany ignores the whole "Dead are coming" thing at first; but she's the one who notices the bit about Jon getting raised from the dead, and actually asks a kind of intelligent question about it. Also the decision to help Jon after all was a bit unprepared, yes? Davos finally gets to talk, but is shut up when he starts to tell Dany about Jon's being raised from dead. I'm not sure why, but guess it'll get revealed when the plot outline says so. The scene where Tyrion encourages Jon to try again wasn't too bad, and by and large I enjoyed watching this segment (partly by not focussing too much on sense). The hypothetical battles looked cool, although it's a little weird watching things that didn't happen. "WHERE ARE MY LANNISTERS????" Winterfell: Yes, it's nice that Sansa actually gets to act competent and intelligent. Bran's comment about the rape scene is rather weird. Maybe when you're a three-eyed raven, you lose some of your tact. Still not totally sure what the "everywhere always in your mind" bit means. Sam-Jorah scene was nice-ish; but Sam has teflon as well. I think it was Brandon Night-king who raised the question: How did Joran heal so fast? Aren't they going to observe him a little longer. But I bet he'll be at Drsgonstone in an episode or two.
  15. I decided to be merciful and give it a 7; there was enough enjoyable stuff and little enough revolting stuff to make me judge more mercifully. Some good stuff in Drsgonstone, like Dany not feeling like it's a homecoming and generally feeling a little let down and deflating all that stuff about everyone toasting to her etc. Also the quizzing of Varys (or Varx, as he's also called); that I thought was rather strong, and at least Varys actually had reasons for his less than ideal behaviour, which is more than LF could say when quizzed about marrying off Sansa to Rambo. Some of the council stuff was OK, like the bit about Jon Snow. And one nice thing about this episode is that there's actually some awareness of things happening in previous episodes. Less good things about Dragonstone: Didn't Dany say in season 3 that Valyrian was her native tongue? Then why is Missandei in a position to explain it to her? It would have been better to have someone else (Tyrion? although he already has enough to do, he is known not to speak Valyrian very well) raise the Prince question. Sand Snakes an Faullaria, blearghgghhgh (but see below). Olenna ... mheh, I suppose not bad. Missandei-GW: oh well. Euron was a bit more enjoyable in this episode; cartoon villainy seems to be his forte. He remains the least interesting major villain. But ... I will be eternally and everlastingly grateful to him for having reduced the numbers of the Dorne contingent> YES! Dorne I fear is unsalvageable since all the non-rubbish characters were killed off earlier. Winbterfell is also somewhat better. I still wonder, though, why Sansa (some people seem to call her "Sandra" now; is that to go with "Larry" and "Carol"?) keeps opposing Jon in public. Are we supposed to think she's empowered, or that she envies or resents the KITN thing? My random guess is that: 1. it gives her something to do; 2. someone ought to be opposing the Dany alliance, and she was handy. I'm still not quite convinced by the conflict thing. But Kit Harrington made some nice speeches, and we got the balcony scene. Another mystery is why Davos is so underemployed. I wouldn't have even known he was in the first episode if it hadn't been for Sweetrobin's "Davos Watch". Surely he'd be the one to tell them Dragonstone has dragonglass? Arya's two scenes were both touching. One just has to forget that she massacred several only mildly guilty people in the last episode, just as one has to forget Dany buried people alive in Quarkth. I suppose I'm glad enough for Jorah to be healed, but didn't really need the medical torture. Sam .. not to dis the character, and certainly not the actor, does seem to have more screen time than he needs. I'm still mystified as to why Jaime is with Cersei. It seems to the only person to react to the burning of the sept is ... Hot Pie?
  16. *writes note to self to check up on Preston's dragon eggs this weekend*
  17. I've mainly watched his review videos. So far I've only watched a couple of his serious ones: the one about Jon Snow's rigged election and one of the WOW ones, plus a serious Q&A where he among other things argued that magic doesn't exist (which I'm not so sure of). I plan to watch more of the serious stuff between seasons, as a way of avoiding withdrawal symptoms. I'm inclined to be on the side of the humans, but that could be because I am one, and so are the POV characters. If there were COTW POV, it might look a bit different.
  18. hahahaha i saw that...and since i believe that it will be jaime who does her in the end... i loved it as jaime said...where are our allies sailing in magical ships Chad Summerchild also pointed this out; but then the Night King pointed out he nwas actually standing on the Twins; which didn't phase Chad at all, since Jaime and Cersei are ... twins! "This show is so subtle!" *wonders if he should link to Preston Jacobs video again, or if twice in the same post (in the poll thread) is enough*
  19. I guess this one will get a 5. I might have gone with a decent 6 (or even 7, with the Hooray-it's-back! point added), but for the Frey massacre. Apart from making Arya a ittle *too* evil (I suppose she might end up being just as evil in the books, if they ever get written), has certain implausibilities. As in, how did she pretend to be Frey for two weeks?(*) She certainly learnt her stuff awfully fast after she stopped training. North was better than I expected, with the not entirely motivated Jon-Sansa conflict. Jon ordering all the women and girls to fight seems a stretch for Westerosi culture, even with the WW threat, and do I remember correctly that hhe said "50%"? Would he really have talked like that? Sansa has a point about the castles and gets to put down Baelish. I'm not sure the showrunners are sure what they're doing with Sansa, although she seems pretty rational in this episode. Why is Jaime even still with Cersei? Well-acted, though. Euron's ships are pretty impressive considering how quickly he dashed them together last season. The Night's King(*) is right, though, that it was really stupid to just ignore Dragonstone. Blackwater and all that. Sam and Hound: both rather too long, I think. The Hound did get the nice scene atoning for robbing those people earlier, plus the flames thing. Watching Daenerys come back to Dragonstone can't not be enjoyable. It doesn't look terribly inviting. At least Meereen had plants. On second thoughts, maybe I should have gone with 6. Too late now. (*) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhSj4dOTM9Q
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