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Anarres

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  1. Anarres

    [Spoilers] Episode 803 Discussion

    It's been the central focus of seven seasons of Game of Thrones, though. That, and the drama it generated among human beings - each with stories, histories, conversations, motivations, faults, etc. Fighting zombies is not nearly as interesting, and even though you can make any old premise cool if you tell the story well, it's still just going to be hordes of zombies.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 803 Discussion

    I doubt anyone can make it interesting without a complete overhaul of the faction. The White Walkers have literally said nothing at all. Nothing. Together with the wights they're just a swarm of animated bodies. A natural disaster with a humanoid appearance. Bran surmised a motivation behind their actions, but even that was thoroughly half-baked. The Three-Eyed Raven is the World's Memory? What kind of nonsense is that; not even his own family cares to come to him for more than a few Fun Facts. Did people even know there was such a thing as the Three-Eyed Raven? Probably not. Now perhaps there is going to be a moment in which Bran's (non-)participation in this event is given meaning, but I wouldn't count on it.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 803 Discussion

    I have my gripes with this episode, but the biggest surprise is seeing people complain about the writing of the episode by bigging up the most awful of genre-cliche's... prophecies. I'm glad this zombie stuff is by all appearances over and done with. It's been one of the weakest parts of the show.
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    sansa, arya, and dany

    Daenerys has a very strong claim to the Iron Throne, but Jon's would have been better were it not for the (very public) fact that he has submitted to Daenerys. That makes it a moot point. He could go back on his pledge, but that too stands in direct opposition to his entire character. Once Jon's parents are revealed he should skyrocket to #1 on Daenerys' List because people with strong(er) claims are an ideal figure for rebellions to rally around. Anyway, it won't matter when Tyrion and Sansa end up the most eligible partnership to rule and unite the realm once the war is over - and has claimed its near inevitable victims (i.e. Jon and Daenerys). All hail Queen Sansa!
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    The Great Debate: Should Jon Have Lied?

    Agreed, and with the low number of characters remaining in the show, it probably wasn't something they wanted to bring up as an option anyway.
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    The Great Debate: Should Jon Have Lied?

    Jon should have told the truth, because that's who he is. That's why people who figure that out trust him when he talks about the White Walkers. If he loses that, he - as he said to Daenerys - will just be like everyone else. But one of the ways this could have been solved (theoretically speaking) is with the age-old tradition of hostages. Someone like Arya would be sent to King's Landing for the duration of the war to guarantee that Jon does not engage in hostilities against the Crown.
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    The younger, more beautiful queen . . .

    I much prefer the idea that younger queen is Sansa, and her little sister will fulfil the final part of the prophecy. These Stark girls... don't count them out just yet!
  8. 5/10 It was nicely done, but it seemed formulaic, from the banter between the usual suspects to the telegraphed reversals (Littlefinger's 'imagine the worst', Daenerys and her 'the only way to get pregnant is to try!', and Jon and his truth-telling - I'd be amazed if there was a single person who believed Cersei wasn't lying about her decision). Theon gets kicked in the balls, of course. Come on now. That was just goofy and played for laughs. Speaking of which, the Night King on a dragon looks silly. He looks far more imposing on horseback than this. It's almost comedic. But all in all I'm glad we got to see Cersei have some time again. Lena Headey is by far the most impressive actress on the show and it sure beats having Jon and his Queen stare at each other. I suppose I'm not too excited for the final season. I find the lack of context about the Night King very dull. Heck, even the name Night King alone is only slightly better than Dark Lord. A disappointing season!
  9. Had Mance subjected himself to Stannis, the two combined armies could have easily defeated the Twenty Men ... or something. Or... maybe Tormund is making a passive-aggressive reference to the fact that Jon's dumb strategy to attack Winterfell without the needed force got far more Free Folk killed than Mance did when he attacked the Wall.
  10. I'll give it a 6. It was enjoyable in a way that action flicks are enjoyable - but it was below what I've come to expect from GoT. Far too many contrivances, and I don't think it was possible for me to have cared less about Dragon #3 being hit. I suspect this was supposed to be the big event of the episode, but even Drogon is barely a character in his own right, #2 and #3 are not at all.
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    Now there's a twist that'll have the ratings board scratching their heads!
  12. That seems a bit unfair. They're not lazy, as they've done an impressive job adapting the books in the first four to five seasons. They need to wrap things up - as eight years is still a very long time. For some of the younger actors that's almost a third to half their lives. Writing an end to the story is probably hard, which is why Martin has failed to do so. He at least has the luxury of waiting it out - HBO does not.
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    This episode underlined my policy to "just enjoy it for what it is". It's nothing like the first couple of seasons at this point, but whatever - until someone else bothers making a big-budget fantasy series I'll just enjoy the wrap-up season of Game of Thrones. I've seen to much of the story to now suddenly stop watching. I suppose they wanted the dragon's death to be a major issue, but we've seen this guy do what? Sit around in a dungeon, do one fly-by over Mereen, and well... what else? That's no way to build a connection. It turned into a total 'meh' situation, not helped by the painfully obvious foreshadowing with... the... slow... panning.... of ... the ... camera... come on! Things I want to see in the final episode: - Euron and Yara situation resolved. - Greyworm return. - Resolution to the Bank and Golden Company story. - Anything at Winterfell. - Arya to face-change into the meeting with Cersei... but as which character?!
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    [Spoilers] EP705 Discussion

    And reject his vows to the Night's Watch? Is there any precedent for this in the books? Other than Jon's resurrection we saw in the tv show, of course.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 705?

    Seven, with allowances. The show is running out of time. They messed up the pacing badly but it's too late to fix that now. So I'll accept the rush, even if it's almost a completely different show from the first two or so seasons. A lot of things that were impossible then and influenced characters' choices no longer matter in today's world of instant teleportation. That's a huge shame, because it introduces such weirdness as capturing an undead and bringing it to King's Landing... wait what?! Jaime obviously needs to be in the story, but this nonsense cliffhanger stuff needs to just stop. Nobody believes it anyway. It was terribly contrived, but I guess it can't be helped. I think of this episode as a bridge between the first phase of the war for Westeros and now the arrival of the Dead at or near the Wall. I suppose it remains to be seen if that becomes the main focus. I'd be surprised if it does, still. Spend seven seasons building up to a binary conflict? I don't buy it. That'd be very weird for this story.
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