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    HBO’s own inconsistency with Jon’s ending.

    I never assumed the end indicated Jon abandoning the Watch, much as I would prefer that, but since I sincerely doubt we'll get a spin-off about the further adventures of Jon Snow, I don't think it matters. Believe what you'd like to believe. Maybe Jon becomes King Beyond the Wall. Maybe Sansa marries the new Prince of Dorn. Maybe Arya dies of scurvy. Who knows?
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    Daenerys the Terrible?

    D&D went out of their way to telegraph how bad was Daenerys' turn by having her commit what was by far the most atrocious act in eight seasons of a show full of atrocious acts and reenact a Nuremburg rally whilst dressed as a Disney villainess, complete with the shot of black wings sprouting from her back. This season was many things, but nuanced isn't one of them. Yes, she was terrible and meant to be terrible. I thought she was the only one delusional enough not to get that.
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    So once again...the writers forgot about Gendry

    Of course Bran didn't have a claim. No one claimed he had a claim. He was made king by acclamation. Cersei tried to kill as many of Robert's bastards as she could get her hands on, not because they had a justifiable claim, but because none of her children had any more right to the throne than they did. That made them dangerous rallying points for revolts if the truth about Robert having no legitimate heir got out. The long and short of it is that Gendry had no serious claim before being legitimized, because he was a bastard, and he had no serious claim after being legitimized, because the Targaryens were restored. But he gets to be a Lord Paramount, so good for him.
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    So once again...the writers forgot about Gendry

    They didn't forget about him. They just wrapped up his story in a more perfunctory manner than you would have liked. I feel the same way about most of the characters, but oh well, this is their show. But seriously, he never had a good claim. He was a bastard, only legitimized by the restored dynasty which wiped out his father's. He was lucky to get what he got.
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    Independent North

    I have little doubt that, at least where the Stark kids are concerned, their fates were determined by the outline GRRM gave them.
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    Purpose of the wall now ?

    Demarcation, tourist attraction, and a convenient source of ice.
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    Use one word to describe the series finale.

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    The purpose of R+L=J?

    Yes, like everything else, it was just another spike underpinning the rails on which Dany's story was run toward madness. But hey, at least he got to brood about it. He's a very good brooder.
  9. The first half was pretty much what I expected. The second half was ridiculous. And now our watch begins for novels that might make better sense of the ending.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    Also, I think it's hilarious that "the new prince of Dorne" still never got a name.
  11. At least one character got the ending they deserved.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    I thought the first half was pretty good. I mean, I wasn't crazy about how we got there, but at least it didn't mess about. Tyrion gave Jon a hell of a pep talk, and then he went and whacked the mad queen. Everything after Drogon flew off, however, was pretty silly. Hack dialogue and some very odd choices.
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    Title of the last episode

    Being serious for a moment, I would be surprised if it were anything other than A Dream of Spring.
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    This ending is nothing but Bitter

    Would that she were Westerosi Nixon instead of Westerosi Hitler.
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    Unpopular Opinion: Support Daenerys

    Nope, whether you want to claim "no one died" or "only a few died," it's impossible. We watched more than a few people die. We watched lots of people die, reduced to smoldering corpses or cut down by pillaging sldiers. If you want to claim that no one we didn't see die died, well that isn't impossible, just ridiculous, as the long shots of Daenerys methodically reducing the entire city to ashes should have made clear. Basically, it was Dresden, if the bombing of Dresden were accompanied by a rampaging army butchering everyone they could find. Yes, it was horrible, and yes, the reason it was so horrible was to make sure everyone in the audience understood why she is dying in tonight's episode.