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Joey Crows

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  1. Joey Crows

    What will Jon do?

    Well I don't think he'll end up ruling. Even if he has to kill Dany and reluctantly take the throne, we already know he's a good at leading men into battle but terrible at making the types of intelligent decisions needed when ruling a kingdom. And even if he sits the throne while surrounding himself with advisors like Tyrion and Sansa (or whoever is left) he would be ruling a destroyed city that he helped massacre. Who outside of his Northmen would want to be ruled over by someone who was complicit in that atrocity and is half Targ himself, now that everyone has been reminded of what happens when Targs try to be kings and queens?
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    Varys' Letters

    ^This haha Based on how things work in the show now, I'd say he was just going to throw the letters out of the window and the breeze would distribute them to every corner of Westeros in a matter of minutes...
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    was the Cleganebowl pointless?

    Clegane Bowl has been coming for a while now. But to me this felt hollow. It wasn't really a great fight scene. More chaotic than anything. Which was disappointing for a battle between two of the most feared fighters in Westeros. But the reason it didn't do anything for me ultimately is because it didn't have any stakes attached to its outcome. By that point we knew both men would probably die in the destruction of KL, and they weren't defending or attempting to kill anyone else, so who cares? I mean, good job getting revenge on your brother Sandor I guess, but he was an undead zombie and you died too, so yeah.
  4. I think with regard to some of these "busted tropes" (especially your example of Jamie's ending) it isn't so much that people are upset that they happened, but more about the way they happened. Ultimately, much of this just feels rushed and not quite earned. Sure Jamie's arc to redemption is a trope, and his deciding to forgo his path to honor to be with Cersei upends that trope, but I would've been ok with that had his decision been more than a spur of the moment thing. If he had been given the time to wrestle with his conscience and eventually realize Cersei is what truly mattered to him that would still have been anti-trope, but it would have felt like a continuation of his story instead of a random character change. As far as how Khal Drogo went out, it wasn't really all that quick or anti-climactic. His injury and fake healing followed by his death by Dany happened over a couple of episodes. While that isn't much time, and having a character built up as a world beating warrior only to die in the way he did might seem mundane, it actually was a huge catalyst for the story and Dany's transformation. Jamie's choices on the other hand happened lighting fast and because of him, instead of to him. And because this is the end of the story, it felt meaningless in a way that Drogo's death didn't. Anyway, my two cents
  5. Maybe it was more the way it was portrayed in this episode that made it seem too easy. I mean she did defeat the Lannister army handily before, but she did it with an army of Unsullied and thousands more Dothraki on the ground. In last night's episode it seemed like she could take out anyone and anything with Drogon and nothing else. Her army did engage (and destroy) the Golden Company with ease, and they were fighting the Lannister army in the streets, but none of that seemed to be of much consequence with Dany just flying back and forth laying waste to everything below.
  6. If I had never seen an episode of this show, I would have been blown away by its awesomeness watching this episode. As pure television it had great acting, scale, visual effects, and balance...but, of course I have seen the show before and was therefore left with a far less shiny impression, thanks to several poor choices. 1. Tyrion has become a useless moron. He knows Dany is unstable (we could see it on his face when he spoke to Varys about her) yet he rats out the only person actually trying to do something about it. Additionally, while his freeing of Jamie was a touching sibling moment, he's got to know that plan won't work. I mean we all know Cersei is beyond hope, so he's just helping more Lannisters against his Queen's wishes. 2. Dany and Drogon destroying the Iron Fleet and the battlements of KL was pretty great to watch. But how was it all so easy for her? If an angry Dany and her one dragon can destroy an entire navy, most of an army, and a whole city with ease, why hasn't she just been romping through every battle as easily? She doesn't even need an army of her own now it seems. 3. Why did Arya travel thousands of mile to KL with the intention of killing Cersei only to turn around at the last instant because the Hound told her she would probably die? Seems like this was done purely because after we saw her kill the NK we expected her to do more badass killing, so the writers led her down that road even though they knew they couldn't have Arya kill everyone important from here on out. 4. Jamie's entire waste of a character arc. I've said much about this elsewhere, so I'll leave it at that. 5. Clegane Bowl has been coming for a while now. But to me this felt hollow. It wasn't really a great fight scene. More chaotic than anything. Which was disappointing for a battle between two of the most feared fighters in Westeros. But the reason it didn't do anything for me ultimately is because it didn't have any stakes attached to its outcome. By that point we knew both men would probably die in the destruction of KL, and they weren't defending or attempting to kill anyone else, so who cares? I mean, good job getting revenge on your brother Sandor I guess, but he was an undead zombie and you died too, so yeah. 6. The Golden Company was an unnecessary entity. They did absolutely nothing. Why even bother putting them in the show? 7. Euron was a terrible character every time he appeared in this show. The fact that he randomly met and fought Jamie preventing him from reaching Cersei in time to escape (potentially) with her was some bad TV bullshit. I've realized that nearly every episode of this season has made me feel a lot of emotions. Excitement to find out what happens, sadness that the show is ending, awe at most of the technical aspects of the show (as well as the fantastic acting), but ultimately disappointment at the many terrible choices the writers have made. Oh well, maybe the rest of the books will be finished one day
  7. Joey Crows

    They ruined Jaime once and for all

    Halting a character's arc after 7 seasons of developing it to have him revert to who he was in season 1 episode 1 is such a waste. Jamie's slow personality change over the years had made him one of my favorite characters. But the writers mistook stupidity for subversion I guess and gave him a sour, inexplicable ending.
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    Discussing Jaime and Brienne

    The Jaimie/Brienne situation; They hook up, fine. But then Jamie initially decides to stay at Winterfell because of her, which seems like an odd choice for someone who has so many personal stakes attached to the outcome of the KL showdown. But ok, maybe he's tired of fighting and really wants to prove he's a better person by staying with Brienne. That would be a continuation of sorts in his character arc. Aaaannd then, he changes his mind. He, sort of callously, tells her he's not a good man and his sister is (in one way or another) the most important person in his life. Then he bounces. It was a pretty quick 180 degree turn from a character who has been progressively improving as a sympathetic/trustworthy person over the last several seasons, in no small part to his relationship with Brienne. If they wanted us to shift our perception of Jaime back towards an earlier version of him that would've been fine and keeping with the theme of living in the grey area between tropes of right and wrong. But to do it so late in the game doesn't seem worth it and makes me feel like if Jaime dies without doing something amazing a great character will go out on a sour note.
  9. I agree that this whole saga has change the nature of the books dramatically. But I certainly don't blame GRRM. I think he honestly thought he'd finish the series before the show ended. Even so, my desire to read the finished story is as strong as ever. I'm looking forward to reading a more layered and nuanced version of events as a palate cleanser from the sloppiness of the show. If he ever actually finishes them that is...
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    The Last Dragon

    The dragons are as good as gone. Season 8 is showing us there isn't any room for magic and lore in this version of the story. But what do I know? Maybe the final scene will be Drogon tearing through the Red Keep a la the T Rex from Jurassic Park...
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    Sansa stark have no reasons to like Dany

    Sansa has moved beyond caution and envy in her approach to life. She has learned hard lessons that have left her cynical and forced her to strive for a position of power and authority that ensures she won't be at anyone else's mercy. She spent a very formative time observing Cersei and the court in KL. She's learned to always look for advantages over her peers. And she's come full circle from the little girl who dreamt of the capitol because she saw her Northern upbringing as provincial. She now sees the North, her home, as an opportunity to be safe and in control. And to have that she must be in control of the situation. So Dany is an obvious threat regardless. The fact that Jon bent the knee to her only deepens Sansa desire to prove that the North, the Stark family, and her immediate circle are the most important things right now, and she's the only person smart enough to sustain that.
  12. Joey Crows

    What's the Avatar Above You Thinking #14 (Finally)

    "Watch what I got my cat to do you guys! Balerion! Count...Hey, over here. Look at me. Look at me. Count Balerion, count! He usually does it I swear."
  13. honeyed chicken was on this forum for 4 years before realizing he forgot to capitalize his name. By then it was too late...
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    Football, a Sterling effort, but Virgil got Dijk'd.

    First off, what a crazy couple of days?! This has got to be the wildest Champions League I can remember. Secondly, for years the English media and fans have been calling the EPL "the best league on the planet" and while the TV money and viewership has certainly been number one, there have been reasons to think that hyperbole. The Champions League in particular has had a way of "disproving" those statements. But, but...the style of play/pace of the league has led to the mentality that on any given day anyone in the EPL can beat anyone else. More so than anywhere else in Europe at least. And as of this year, the UCL final and maybe the Europa League final will be contested by all English sides. Is this the year the rest of Europe acknowledges that the Premier League, for all is boasting, is actually the best league in the world?
  15. Agreed. GRRM's writing made Tyrion a great character and Peter Dinklage's acting brought him to life in new ways. But somewhere along the way the show runners decided that he was great because he was witty, which while true, was a disservice to the other reason his was great, his intelligence. So they've neglected to maintain Tyrion's full character to focus on his likability. I'm assuming they would've written him differently had the show followed his arc from slavery to the Second Sons as in the book. He's definitely still brilliant in the books up to this point...
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