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  1. I didn't say that the actor look "feminine", I said that he looked like a female pretending to be a male, i.e., in drag. Basically, he reminded me of Gwenyth Paltrow as Viola in Shakespeare in Love (when she dressed like a man to get a part in Romeo and Ethel).

    And no, the actor being "off" was not the only reason I didn't like the scene...as I clearly said, I thought the writing was bad as well. And the rest of the cast in the scene weren't on their A-games, which is usual when the writing is bad, which (this season) describes almost every scene in Mereen.

    And sorry if my finding an actor not looking the part lowering my appreciation for a scene you apparently liked drives you away from these forums, but if you aren't open to reading disagreeing opinions, running away and not looking back seems like a good plan for you to try.

    Sorry for not recognizing the difference between looking feminine and looking like a female.

    And your problem with the writing, so far as I understand it, was that nobody in the room assumed he was there for goat money. He had the bones in his arms; they were even wrapped in a cloth like a baby. He was also crying as he spoke. Would you assume he was holding a goat?

    In any case, this is nitpicking at its finest. Who cares whether or not anybody assumed they were goat's bones, beyond it being a deviation from the novels? How does that hurt the scene in any way? If you're this diligent in looking for flaws, almost any scene will fall apart.

  2. Honestly, I never knew a man seeming to be a bit small of build equalled being 'feminine' in some people's minds? After all, who could tell much about the father's appearance, masculine or feminine, undert that all consuming turban and the robes. It is disheartening to read such things, I agree.

    I thought the entire segment of the father bringing his daughter's remains to Dany chaining the dragons was actually, surprisingly, one of the better parts of the episode.

    Yeah, I was surprisingly touched. Brilliantly done.

    ...better than ignoring the bad that is obviously there.. :leaving:

    To each his own.

  3. Both he (specifically) and this scene in general disappointed me. I seriously thought the father was a woman in drag or somebody getting a sex change, so I found it hard to believe that Dany & co. accepted him as the child's father. But, bad casting/wardrobe/acting aside, I was more annoyed by the writers failing to have *somebody* assume that he was there for goat money. You know, like what was done to great effect in the book, and even set up in a previous episode. Ofc, that's only one of many times (including several this episode) that the writers of one episode failed to connect the dots from previous episodes.

    It's ok if *you* (and others) personally liked the actor and the scene, just don't say that the actor disappointed *no one*.

    Wow…it's posts like these that make me want to run away from this forum and never look back. The scene disappointed you because the actor looked too feminine?

  4. As much as I love GOT, this is a war it cannot win.

    DD aren't necessarily the bad guys, but easily then the Lucases, the little heads with power that made bad decisions.

    I doubt they are capable of bad things, but bad decisions.

    I think they really love the series, but someone has to be blamed, and they are of course the scapegoats, as they are the face of the show. Who should I blame ? The janitor?

    No. They definitely love the series, but it appears some people behind them or over them make them do bad decisions. Like the deviations.

    Odysseus has to sail to Ithaka, not the other nice islands. They are full of adventures and interesting stuff and opportunities...and death..but they really should go home to his wife and children before the wife remarries and they have to shoot an arrow through 12 rings.

    Odysseus isn't bad, but he makes bad decisions.

    The Trojan Horse was a very bright moment of his, but the Sirens not so much.

    I'm not entirely sure what you're blaming D&D for. Is it the deviations from the source material you perceive to be unnecessary? Or is this still about marketing and theme parks?

  5. So why argue if you agree?

    And the prequels were decent. Two decent movies, worthy of the Star Wars series. ;)

    He doesn't agree. You were making out that D&D were the "bad guys" in the situation because they market the show and come into a lot of money as a result of it. sj4iy said, quite rightly, that issues of licensing and marketing are entirely out of D&D's hands.

    Also, I worry about anybody who seems to value the 'Star Wars' prequels over GoT.

  6. the books are the "bible".

    The show is supposed to stay true them, not to their own stuff.

    False. Objectively. You should probably stop watching the show at this point if this is your expectation.

    An adaptation, by definition, is going to change things to better suit the needs of a different medium. The fact that the show alters lines or inconsequential details doesn't mean it's not an adaptation. Inventing scenes or minor subplots that eventually tie back into the source material doesn't mean it's not an adaptation, either.

    The fact is that literally every major book event (in a plot sense) has been covered by the show with a comparatively high degree of fidelity. The same cannot be said for STIK and other such "inspired by" works.

  7. minor changes like Jaime being back way earlier.

    minor changes like "the Lannisters send their regards"

    minor changes like Arya and Tywin

    minor changes like Gendry and Edric

    minor changes like Astapor

    minor changes like Yunkai

    minor changes like Meereen

    minor changes like Yara and the Dreadfort

    Balon alive

    Jojen dead

    Hizdahr the good guy

    Jorah the loyal

    Belwas the nonexistent

    Shae the likable

    Brienne and the Hound

    the Vale and the Hound

    Rorge and Biter and the Hound

    the Mountain that remains silent

    the Bloodraven with the two brown eyes

    the skeletons of snow hill

    the boy from Molestown

    Tysha the forgotten

    Shae the attempted murderer

    Your Sister

    Coldhands the invisible




    Cutting characters, inventing material and changing lines does not equate to negating the label of "adaptation." This comparison is ridiculous. Also, can you please explain to me how the bolded examples are major deviations in any sense?

  8. See - even I can't accept this, Haldir. Let's forget the books for a moment and examine this as a show only scenario. If Tyrion is pissed with his father for sentencing him to death, he goes off to confront him about it? Let's forget we know what happens for the moment. Suppose Shae hadn't been in the bed? Suppose Tywin calls his guards. Heck, suppose Tywin actually has a guard in the room with him. Plus, isn't Tyrion putting Jaime into jeopardy too, for releasing him? Or are we thinking that Tyrion went there with the sole intention of killing his father? If he didn't - if he just went there to offer one of his usual snarky speeches, I think he would be acting foolishly. He is putting himself right back into the danger Jaime has just freed him from. Perhaps this was the intention from the show writers, however. To show he wasn't thinking straight, but even so....

    As I say - this was only a small thing in the end, but it did scream out at me for those few seconds when he was at the crossroads in the corridor. I've read the other explanations here from the posters, but it did come off as a bit contrived to me. (Gosh - I never thought I'd be a nitpicker :))

    Of course it was a foolish decision, and one made in the heat of the moment. Tyrion wasn't going through a rational thought process, weighing the pros and cons of both scenarios, when he made the decision to go to the Tower of the Hand; he was thinking "f*ck this asshole, this is my last chance to confront him once and for all!" We don't know what exactly he would have done if Shae hadn't been in the bed, but that's something that's left up to the viewer's interpretation (as is the exact nature of the relationship between Tywin and Shae).

    As someone has said, this makes less sense than the book's version of events, and I bitterly regret the exclusion of Tysha (in fact, in an adaptational sense this might be my least favorite episode of the series), but that does not equate to "it doesn't make sense at all in show canon."

    If there was no source material to compare the scene to, nobody would be questioning it. No Unsullied seemed to have a problem with it.

  9. To name just one example from Episode 10:

    What made Tyrion go to the Tower of the Hand to confront his father? He was not in a murderous black rage as he was in the books, having not been told the truth of Tysha. Why would he risk the freedom that he had just been won at such a great risk by Jaime? There is a much clearer motive in the books. And furthermore, how does he even find the tower of the hand using the complex network of underground tunnels? Does he just spend hours popping his head up through random doors until he strikes lucky?

    There are other scenes they have added which are illogical that I wont go into.

    The technicalities of how he got there are so minor and inconsequential that you can't really criticize it (most likely, he remembered it from the map that Varys gave him in 'Blackwater,' or he explored the trapdoor at some point during his time as Hand of the King). This is the definition of nitpicking.

    His motivation is a murkier question, but it's not "illogical." He's not thinking straight – he's been in a cell contemplating his own death for several days now, and he knows Tywin has the power to stop it. Everyone saying "oh, it's not Tywin's fault that Tyrion's getting executed, he has no reason to be angry with him" is failing to understand the mentality of a man who's just been sentenced to death by his own father. It's perfectly understandable that he would make the impulsive decision to follow a nearby passageway he knows leads to Tywin's chambers.

    ETA: Also, adaptations aren't fan-fiction. That's ridiculous. The story of ASOIAF is as much theirs as it is GRRM's right now. You can disagree with the changes (I disagree with a whole lot of them, especially the ones in this episode) but this labeling is just getting ludicrous.

  10. I gave this episode an eight, my highest rating since 'The Rains of Castamere' (and right now, I can't decide which I like better). Absolutely brilliant on all accounts. I have a number of niggling adaptational queries and nitpicks (most of them involving King's Landing relationships going forward) but those can wait, and they didn't stop me from appreciating what was, to my mind, easily the best episode of the season.

    First off, Stannis to the rescue…I still maintain that the sequence would have carried so much more weight at the end of episode nine, for what it's worth, but I thought they handled it well under the circumstances (and, for the record, we have our first real long shot of a large army in the entire show, so that's something). Oh, and Stan-Stans: 'Warrior of Light' is not "villain music." It's ridiculously epic.

    Also, Mance and Jon's parlay was probably the best Wall-related dialogue scene of the season. Loving the toasts.

    Jaime/Cersei/Tywin wasn't really anything special, but none of it bothered me and the acting, as usual, was top-notch. Bonus points for setting up UnGregor next season as well (though if we get him and not LS I might riot).

    Daenerys was the first real highlight of the episode. Great acting from Emilia Clarke for a change, the dragons looked convincing, and the emotions were vivid.

    The post-battle Wall scenes were also excellent, most notably the interaction between Jon and Tormund. Great dialogue.

    The skeleton-fight was probably my only issue with the episode, and that's just because it looked a little bit ludicrous (especially when the kid started throwing fireballs at them). Honestly, were normal wights too difficult to create?

    And the entire rest of the episode was probably the best 20 minutes of television I've seen this year. Arya's goodbye to the Hound might surpass Oberyn and Tyrion from 4x07 as the best scene of the season, and wow…even without Tysha, I'm blown away by Tyrion's escape sequence.

    And finally, the last scene of the season made me forget all about Lady Stoneheart.

  11. More like "when is anything going to happen to propel the story forward significantly?" And right when those few things do happen the book ends. More happened in the first half of Storm than Feast/Dance combined. They're not bad books, but they do drag.

    Yeah, they drag; but great dialogues and character moments are just as interesting (for me) as game-changing events. AFFC is one of my favorites.

  12. Books 4 and 5 were dull and boring because they were dull and boring, minus a few chapters. You're gonna judge a person entirely because they didn't like a book? How old are you? Haha.

    Dull and boring? It focused too much on characters nobody really cares much about, yes, but this complaint sounds a whole lot like "WAAAAHHHH WHEN'S THE BATTLE GOING TO HAPPEN!" And that's just dumb.

  13. I think the major problem people are dancing around here in the more negative reviews is perfectly underlined by what the book reader critic for the AV Club had to say about the episode. I found it absolutely spectacular from a production standpoint, and I'm a sucker for big battles (so I really enjoyed it), but I can completely see where he's coming from. I think he really captures the issue that held it back from fully matching the quality of 'Blackwater,' and it's even more frustrating when you realize this problem could have been entirely avoided by stretching the episode out a little longer and including the Mance parlay and the Stannis charge. It was still the best episode of the season from my perspective, but it could have been the best episode ever, and that qualifies as a disappointment in my book.

    This is a big moment in Jon’s arc. He loses Ygritte, and he essentially becomes the only person who can take command of the Night’s Watch in a moment when all hope seems lost. But not only does the show give this moment far too little weight; it also finds itself stretching the story out past this episode, so that this hour depicts only the first night of the Battle of Castle Black. Without spoiling how the other nights go or how the battle resolves itself, I can say that this is so ridiculously unimportant to not just the overall arc of this particular storyline but also the arc of the full battle itself that blowing it up to “Blackwater” proportions is just kind of pointless. The episode ends on a cliffhanger that only makes things seem more like we saw an episode entirely designed to show off how impressive the series’ budget is.

  14. GRRM even has an emasculated slave army, I don't think , in this world, there has ever been an effective 'slave' army (in the literal sense, one could quibble about what being in an army and being a slave means)... however I will give GRRM a slave army, but 'emasculated' , I know what kind of psychological condition he is trying to create, and maybe the physiology of PLANETOS is wildly different, but even eunuchs in this world , due to lack of testosterone have less bone growth, small bodies but more body mass and are passive and less aggressive, just the opposite things you want in a soldier!

    The cases in this world are very rare.

    If George wanted to really put in a square wave an army of 10,000 slave women would have been a nice touch!

    An Amazon army.

    Well, elite slave armies like the Ottoman janissaries and the Safavid qizilbash were pretty effective for the most part; but the lack of testosterone is a major plot hole that doesn't make much sense. Suspension of disbelief, I guess.

  15. I gave this one an 8. Absolutely fantastic from both a production and narrative standpoint, but it could have easily pulled a nine had the producers not chosen to hold off on Stannis' arrival. As it was, it was quite brilliant for the most part, from Sam cursing to Giants Riding Mammoths to Grenn's last stand to Edd holding the Wall to Jon vs. Styr…the list goes on. While I would have liked to have seen more wide shots of the 100,000 men who were supposedly just out of sight within the trees, I understand the budgetary restrictions (here's to hoping we at least get a decent shot of Stannis' cavalry next week :cheers:) and it didn't unduly bother me as the Wildlings' tactics in not displaying the full army made sense. I also loved the added nod to the "cost of revenge" theme of the season in Olly being the one to dispatch Ygritte.

    This is my first 8 since 'The Rains of Castamere' and one of three episodes in the entire series to have pulled a rating higher than seven. Needless to say, I enjoyed it :D

  16. This episode and the preview for the next one locks in what I've said about TV Stannis since the beginning. He is one of the shows villians, he's not going to save the wall. Jon Snow will be negotiating with Mance about bringing the Wildlings across because the Others are coming and then boom Stannis heavy cavalry comes in and massacres a bunch of Wildlings. It's sad the show watchers are doing this with a character like Stannis but I am very confident in my analysis at this point.

    Ridiculous. How is this indicated? The scene looks like it'll be exactly like the one from the books.

  17. I mean, when you really consider it I suppose this makes the most sense. There's supposed to be a respite from the battle while Jon is sent out to parlay with Mance. Then the horsemen arrive. It was like this in the books as well. I'll reserve judgement till I've watched it, but if STANNIS! STANNIS! STANNIS! is one of the last scenes of the episode I think it could be spectacular.

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