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  1. I totally agree that Capaldi was a great Doctor who did not get scripts worthy of his talent until the last season. (I also think some of the difficulty in his first two seasons lay in the characterization of Clara - the writers seemed to be much fonder of her than of the Doctor, and were building her up to be as smart and funny as the Doctor, but she wasn't; and it was like the show was Clara, co-starring The Doctor; she had a great death scene and then was magically recalled to life, which felt like a cheat) I thought Bill was an interesting, fun Companion; and would have liked to have seen more of her. I'll also mention that I've liked the 12th Doctor's hair especially this past season; wild and weird, but it fit him as well as the mad guitar-playing. The Christmas special was good, one of the better ones, especially in the last half-hour - a stroke of genius and I did not see the revelation of the Captain's identity coming.
  2. I find it very hard to believe that Lyanna did not send any word to her father about her elopement with Rhaegar. It doesn't make sense; she would have known that Lord Stark and Lord Baratheon would take Lyanna's leaving with Rhaegar as a huge insult and might believe that Rhaegar took her against her will. I think Lyanna could have guessed how angry Brandon would be. True, her having gone with Rhaegar of her own will would not have diminished the insult to Robert (it would have made things worse); but Lyanna's telling her father and brothers what was really going on might have put the Starks in a wait-and-see mode as far as any action taken against House Targaryen, especially if Lyanna reassured them as to her well-being. I think Lyanna might have sent some kind of message, but it was either never delivered or stopped along the way.
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    What is the worst small council you can come up with?

    Master of Whisperers: Ned Stark Master of Coin: Robin Arryn Master of Ships: Sam Tarly Master of Laws: Cersei Lannister Grand Maester: Sandor Clegane Lord Commander of the Kingsguard: Petyr Baelish a.k.a. "Ser Petyr the Little" Hand of the King: Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
  4. I'm not sure how much interest or allegiance the Northern lords will have in Jon Snow as KiTN when they hear he bent the knee to Daenerys and pledged her the support of the North; and learning that he is the supposed Targaryen heir might make them rethink Sansa Stark's suitability to rule the North, or even little Lyanna Mormont. Also, unless Sam Tarly thought to bring the High Septon's diary containing the crucial entry about the annulment of the Rhaegar/Elia marriage and the secret marriage of Rhaegar & Lyanna, there's no proof beyond the supposed visions of a creepy teenaged boy and the word of Jon Snow's best friend. We saw Sam leave the High Septon's diary in the Citadel; so unless he went back and grabbed it before leaving, I don't think too many people will take the claim of Jon's legitimate Targaryen roots seriously. Even if he's riding Rhaegal; they could assume that Jon cannot be the Targaryen heir, only Lyanna's bastard by Rhaegar.
  5. Raksha 2014

    [Spoilers] EP707 Discussion

    Overall, not a bad episode, but not the strongest finale I've seen in the show. When did Sam transcribe the High Septon's entry about annulling Rhaegar's marriage and wedding R + L? Gilly was reading the entry to him and Sam was absolutely uninterested? And does Sam have any proof of the entry's existence, other than Gilly's memory? Will the North, or Daenerys, or the rest of Westeros, ever accept Jon as the righful Targaryen heir based on either his teenaged brother's visions or his best friend's girlfriend's memory of reading a High Septon's diary back in the Citadel? Dany and Jon are going to be very confused... Is Sophie Turner's acting rather stilted in the episode, or is it just me? There's not much emotion registering in her voice and face. And I would have preferred some indication that she and Arya planned the turnabout on Littlefinger, and that Sansa had even talked to Bran, instead of leaving the viewers to connect all the dots. I am celebrating Jaime's Independence Day, Finally! I wish Cersei joy of Euron on his eventual return; they deserve each other. Tormund and Beric are presumably dead? Where's Gendry? Is the final season coming out in 2018 or 2019?
  6. I think Sansa also said that she has not heard anything from Jon since he left Winterfell - which seems to me the height of stupidity on Jon's part. I'm surprised there aren't five or six Stark bannermen and Littlefinger banging on Sansa's door with demands that she marry one of them and make him King of the North, since Jon must be dead or oblivious to the North's needs.
  7. TV-Westeros is about the size of Texas at the largest, maybe more like Great Britain.
  8. Raksha 2014

    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    That would have made too much sense, like Sansa and Bran and Arya talking about Rickon.
  9. Yes, Westeros is actually the size of Great Britain. Or Texas at the largest.
  10. Raksha 2014

    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    I felt that Sansa, probably unconsciously, was taking on their mother's persona in dealing with Arya's weird behavior - I could just see a mother refusing to play Arya's game and asking her Where did you get those faces, young lady.
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    I think the show has a serious problem portraying strong women. They had Brienne, one of the most emotionally strong and compassionate women ever born in Westeros, torture the rapists before she killed them (whether or not they deserved it, it's not something Brienne would have done). They had TV-Ellaria, who in the books was original enough in thought in word to speak up for not continuing an inter-generational revenge plot that could kill her daughters as it had her late lover, avenge her late lover by murdering his brother and nephew and nephew's fiancee. They had the Waif, who, in the books was a teacher-sort-of-person (If I remember right), torment and then nearly kill Arya. I'm not going to mention the wreck that was the TV-Sand Snakes. And now Arya has turned on her sister and is threatening to kill her because Sansa isn't wearing a Jon Snow King in the North T-shirt or something? I can only hope that Sansa and Arya will manage to reconcile soon. As of now, Arya, who was once almost the epitome of Stark-ness, is a danger to Winterfell.
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    Daenerys did finally have tears in her eyes when she was talking to Jon about what happened to Viserion. Maybe the actress can't make herself cry. Iain Glen is a good actor, and has the finest cheekbones in the show.
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    Arya in the books never cared about nice dresses or hairdos and yet in this (and the last) episode, Arya really seems to resent Sansa for having enjoyed "nice things" and "pretty dresses" and having had a nice hairdo during Ned's execution. And in the book, I think I remember Arya actually remembering that Sansa had screamed; or at least noticing. I think Arya is trying to test Sansa, but her idea of testing is going way too far, both as a sister and a Stark of Winterfell (i.e. threatening to murder the Lady of Winterfell).
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    Sansa is showing huge restraint in not having Arya imprisoned and/or beheaded for threatening to kill the Lady of Winterfell. Arya apparently thinks it's okay to psychologically and physically threaten your sister. Ned would be so proud of her - not!
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    [Spoilers] EP706 Discussion

    Arya is creeping me out as well as Sansa.