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    Lots of stuff. A big fan of film, history, ancient Greek, Latin, and steaks. Also big fan of the ASoIaF books.

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    [Poll] How would rate episode 703?

    Meh. a very generous 5. The Dany/Jon meeting was good enough, Olenna's last scene was great and a fitting end to her character. The assault on CR was alright, and Cersei poisoning Tyene in front of Ellaria was also decent. Also I'm starting to really enjoy Pilou Asbaek as Euron simply for the amusement factor. However, there are so many things that make no sense. Obviously the sacking of Highgarden makes no sense. I guess the Lannisters just walked through the front door and took it without a siege, and it's ridiculous how no Tyrell bannerman is left to defend their liege lord (Redwynes, hello?). It also seems that Tyrion and Cersei have swapped brains. Cersei is the one with the intelligent strategies and decisions, while Tyrion is the failing moron who believes himself to be smart. Seriously, how'd they make Tyrion such a dunce? Dany should pretty much fire him, as every single diplomatic and strategic decision he's done for her has turned to shite. Bran's homecoming was also nice at first but then became astoudingly weird... "Let me prove to you how I'm psychic by describing you in detail the night you were raped". It was kind of amusing, if I'm being honest. I just want to read Winds of Winter.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 610?

    That was a 10. OK, there were flaws, but sorry... this was too sweet of an episode. Everything from Dany, to the North, to KL, to Bran, the R+L=J revelation, everything was handled well and in a satisfyingly entertaining way.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 608?

    A 6. Good: Jaime and Edmure, though I would've left out the "I'm doing this to get back to Cersei" part. The surrender of Riverrun was not as different from the book as I was expecting, aside from Edmure commanding the BF to be imprisoned and the BF eventually dying. Arya and the waif's chase scene was dumb but entertaining The Hound and the BWB The banning of the trial by combat was unexpected. It's interesting how things will go with this development. Surely we all can forget about Cleganebowl now? The Mountain killing the Faith Militant guy. Bad: Did they just make Tyrion look like a dumbfuck in order to make Dany look good? Tyrion, one of the most keen political minds in the series, blundered in such a way that made him look like an arrogant and unexperienced fool. Dany should pretty much kill him now, as all he did was worsen the situation really. The Blackfish dying off screen. Weak payoff to the Arya story this season. Dany's return was... awkward. She just walks in, looks at everyone, music plays.... cut. What? Tyrion has become the most cringeworthy character to watch. How did they manage to do that? Drinking wine and shitty jokes is all they have for him now. He's become a comedic relief. It was not bad per se, but for GoT standards it was pretty meh, kind of like the rest of this season.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 510?

    8. T'was OK. Disliked that Brienne left Sansa to kill Stannis, and the whole Myrcella dying thing. Plus, everything pretty much ended in a cliff hanger didn't it? What was up with that? Oh well, I guess keeping in the spirit of Feast and Dance doing the same. As for the good, Lena needs a fucking Oscar for what she just did. The stabbing was done in a clever manner that didn't necessarily require the Pink Letter, and Melisandre is still at the Wall to save him. Again though, hated that they left it at a cliffhanger. Half the fans now are probably quitting the show. Tyrion and Dany was alright, and Arya was also pretty good. Overall, OK episode. ETA: This is interesting, although he has to say it, I suppose.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 509?

    The 6 was given because of Dorne, the lackluster Braavos we got this week, and yes, Stannis allowing Shireen to be burned alive. It wasn't the event itself that brought the grade down, it's actually one of the most well acted scenes the show has to offer and is extremely horrifying and moving, very much like the RW. Though, it was more the misguided characterization of Stannis. Stannis' development leading to this decision was extremely lackluster and out of character from what we've seen these past few episodes.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 509?

    I'll give it a 6. That burning scene was nightmare inducing. I think I hate it. Dorne for a little bit was OK, had some quirky moments, and Alexander Siddig is good, but dreadfully misused. But most of it was very meh. The Sand Snake scene was cringeworthy. Arya was OK... I guess? That was very anticlimactic TBH. I thought for sure she was going to change face and be one of those whores and kill Meryn, but no. Thank god they didn't do an Arya rape scene. Jon was alright. Very mediocre for an episode 9. The glorious pit scene saved it. Really awesome work there. Otherwise, very meh.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    10 out of mother fucking 10. That one of the most amazing hours I've ever witnessed on television, It's certainly a contender for one of the best episodes of the show's history, in the most lackluster season of all no less. Hard to believe that the guys who came up with the execrable idea of Sansa's rape, wrote an impeccable episode like this. The last half hour in Hardhome was fucking mind-blowing. Bravo to anyone involved from the writers, actors and director, to the special effects guys, and set designer.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 507?

    An 9. It was very solid. I hope they keep up kike this. Everything in the episode was pretty much decent, I think.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 506

    Gave a 6. Might change either for the better or worse. The Good: Tyrion and Jorah were entertaining as always. The hall of many faces was pretty cool and Arya in general was fine. KL was good. I especially liked Olenna's reaction to revisiting the capital. The "inquiry" scene I guess was OK. I actually didn't mind LF. It sounds like good ol' Petyr is trying to stir more shit up between factions, which is what good ol' Petyr likes to do. The Bad: Dorne's fight scene was garbage. It was horribly shot and horribly set up. I still cannot take the Sand Snakes seriously and Jaime and Bronn just going in the WG to get Myrcella was beyond stupid. The I-Don't-Know-What-The-Hell-To-Say: The WF stuff was just... I have no idea. The basis of my rating was on this scene. I have no clue if this was a good or a bad idea. It was horrifying to watch, that's for sure.
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    How would you rate episode 503?

    Yes! Now this is more like it. The other 2 episodes were lackluster at best, but this one made up for them. 9/10
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    PhD research: Doran Martell and you

    1) Doran in my head looks pretty old. He has a solemn look, olive skin, long unkempt white hair, with threads of black here and there, and dark eyes. He usually wears a velvet robe in the colors of House Martell over a tunic. He is always sitting in a comfortable chair, due to his gout, and his legs are covered by a blanket. My image of him was partially influenced from this fan art. I'd say Doran is a very restrained and calm person, very contrasting when compared to his brother, Oberyn and he is devoted to his family. Despite that though, when he has to deal with enemies, he's cunning, sneaky, and ruthless whenever he thinks the time is right. As it has been said many times, he plays to win the game. 2) Much healthier and leaner than what I imagined him to look. Also much younger looking. I didn't think Siddig was a bad idea for the role, but I would've loved to see a classic actor like Ian McShane play him. 3) I remember seing him in Syriana, and that is not a movie that I really had any interest in. Not to say it was bad, but I probably didn't pay attention to it enough. Didn't watch DS9 or anything else he's famous for really. So I was only vaguely familiar with the actor, so the only thing I really had going was his looks for the part, and also the lauding word of mouth about him. 4) I spotted an interview with him and Deobia Oparei, and also various other cast members for the show on Facebook. Didn't watch it though. *EDIT* If anyone is wondering, here's the interview I was talking about. It's dubbed in Spanish though, so if you know Spanish, go ahead and look at it. Siddig and Oparei come in at 3:08. Hope I helped out!
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    How would you rate episode 501?

    7. It was OK. Solid for a season opener. Cersei, Tyrion, Margaery, and Jon were pretty good, and the ending was also good. Gave me a Last of the Mohicans vibe, which I liked. Didn't like the cartoony thing they did where Brienne and Pod just miss Sansa. Dany was meh. The flashback was good as well. BTW, was that Oona Chaplin playing Maggy the Frog? Looked like her quite a bit.
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    Official Testing Thread

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    How would you rate episode 410?

    7 from me. This looks like a high rating but it isn't really. If I were to give the episode a real, honest-to-god rating, it would be a 4. It's probably my anger speaking, and that's why in the future I might raise a score a bit. I'd like to point out that I'm not a book purist. When I see a change, if it's good, I'll say it is. -OK, I actually liked Stannis arriving at the Wall. They finally made him look like a true badass, instead of making him look like Mel's puppet. Speaking of which, Mel looking at Jon through the fire was pretty cool too. -Cersei confessing to Tywin was great. Lena Headey's acting makes it even better. And it's great that they pointed out that Tywin knows about the incest, but refuses to admit it. It was good to finally get some consensual sex between Jaime and Cersei, too. -Daenerys locking up the dragons was really good as well. The actor that plays the farmer did a great job and so did Emilia Clarke. It was an emotional moment almost, and it signifies Dany's slow downfall. -TBH, I didn't mind Brienne vs. Sandor. Yeah, it is stuff of fan fiction, but it was good enough, and the Hound at least did not look weak while fighting her. The point is, the Hound is deathly wounded, and Arya leaves him. -Arya leaving for Braavos was good too. It felt like a new chapter is opening for Arya, and it gets you hyped up for next season. -The look of Leaf and Bloodraven did not particularly impress me. Leaf looks like the little wight girl from the first scene of the show. But hey, they don't have a blockbuster movie budget either. Jojen dying made me scratch my head, but I suppose GRRM will have no big use for him later in the books. Also proves the Jojen paste theory untrue. In a way. Now, on Lady Stoneheart, and Jon becoming Lord Commander, I could look over, because it gives GRRM more time to finish the novels before the show catches up. Now, why am I giving this episode a 7 instead of a 9 or 10? Here's why... The Tyrion scene. Now, for the most part, it was OK. The acting is good, and everything fell into place well. But... when Jaime just went away without a word, I was stunned. No Tyrion hating Jaime for a lie? More whitewashing? No Tysha? OK then, maybe Tywin will tell Tyrion in the privy. No, not there either. Well OK, what was the point of introducing her story in season 1? I mean, that was the scene that got Dinklage a fucking Emmy, am I right? What point does it have now? Also, why omit it? You couldn't squeeze into the recap a little bit of footage from S01E09 where Tyrion talks about Tysha? You think the viewers would forget about her? Shae trying to kill Tyrion before he strangles her bothered me as well. It made no sense seeing how Shae in the show is more sympathetic and good than book-Shae. I believe that Tyrion killing her while she was begging to take her away made it more shocking. This way, Shae is hostile towards Tyrion, therefore giving him more of a better reason to kill her. Isn't GoT about grey, conflicted characters? Yes, but let's just whitewash Tyrion more. Time for the privy. This was the scene that I anticipated the entire season. Probably ,my favorite scene from the books. I wanted Dinklage and Dance to give it their all here, as this was a very important scene. Thankfully, they delivered. The writers... not so much. Making the whole Jules Winnfield "say whore again" thing about Shae was foolish. Wasn't that the point of Tysha, that she WASN'T a whore and his father deprived him of the only woman that truly loved him, while Shae was just another whore? They fucked this up so badly that I can't even comprehend to say how disappointed I was. I also hated the dismissal of the line "wherever whores go". Isn't that line going to haunt Tyrion for the rest of his journey? Won't that be his biggest quest when travelling to Essos? To find "where whores go"? TL;DR, This episode was good, no doubt, but for me there a little bit of burning hatred lurking for it inside of me. I could tolerate everything else but they fucked up the Tyrion scene. The acting was superb, the writing was not. Tyrion is my favorite character, and of all the scenes, this should've been the one that they should have fucked up. Yet they did. I am disappointed in you, D&D. It might improve over time. I hope.
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    How would you rate episode 409?

    8/10. I liked it quite a bit, but not as much as Blackwater TBH. It's mostly because that episode had more interesting characters involved. Ser Alliser fighting Tormund was awesome, Ygritte's death was handled well, and the performances by Owen Teale, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie were quite good. Dissapointed that there was no Stannis. I was expecting next episode that he would offer Jon WF and that Jon would be elected LC. Oh well.