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    This is all Jon’s fault

    First, I thought Episode 5 was great. My criticisms are minor. Regarding Dany's actions being Jon's fault I don't think so. She acted based on what was needed to win the war. She knew how to fly her dragon to avoid the scorpions. She flew out the sun, flew among the ships and kept the gunners having to constantly shift their aim with slow, clumsy weapons. Those are not the actions of a mad person. She did a lot of damage to innocent people but it was Cersai who put the small folk out to be human shields. That bluff had to be called or Kings Landing would never have been taken. She called the same bluff with Randall Tarly. Yes, she could have stopped the destruction sooner but there is now no doubt in the Seven Kingdoms about the power of a dragon.
  2. Jon Snow is an effective General on the defense. Daenerys is equally or more effective on the offense. Neither does well if they switch. This is not an argument about whether Queen Daenerys was perhaps mad in Episode 5. Just comments on military prowess. Consider this, when forced to defend Meereen Dany didn’t know which way to turn. When she escaped, burned the Khals and mounted Drogon she knew exactly how to win. When her advisors talked her into a cautious approach to Kings’ Landing, Jamie outsmarted her and captured Highgarten and got the gold needed to buy the Golden Company. At the same time when Dany heard of the losses she acted with decisiveness, but not rashly, and destroyed both the Lannister and Tarly armies. Side note, I have never understood why the wagons of grain were burned. It was either very bad intelligence or just a need for the dragon fire special effects. What about Jon? He is an incredibly brave and skilled fighter and when called on to defend the Wall no one could have done it better but he acted rashly and would have lost the Battle of the Bastards if the Knights of the Vale hadn’t arrived. Thank you Sansa. You could give him credit for the raid on the mutineers at Craster’s Keep but that was a very small engagement. He never gave Dany the advice she needed to go on the offensive. If Dany had followed her instinct she would have taken King’s Landing before the Gold Company arrived and before her dragon was killed and the Wall was breached. She would not have been crazed with grief and would probably have just breached the walls to allow the armies to take the city.
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    Observations

    I gave the episode an 8. Enjoyed watching it more the 2nd time. Biggest negative for me was 7.5 minutes of Arya in the library and stumbling around halls. My negative was semi-redeemed by the her reply about death, "Not Today". Loved that and the look on her face after she said it. Don't think Sansa wasn't portrayed right in the crypt. She assumed a leadership role in the Battle of Blackwater. I think both Sansa and Tyrion would have done something. I have no problem with the Night King being dead and moving on to the real fight with the devil (Cersei). I am curious about how that will fill three full episodes. In both of my times watching the battle I wanted to scream, "Come on, that's not playing fair" when the Night King looks at Jon, brings the dead back to life and walks away. I think the Night King was afraid to fight Jon knowing Jon's sword was valeryian steel. Let's make it easy, just send Arya to assassinate Cersei. Predication: The Second Sons join the fight.
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