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  1. Tyrion and Sansa seemed the best choice. That is essentially what happened anyway. Bran doesn't seem to care at all which isn't a good thing. He shows up to the council for a minute and then leaves?? He's basically Joffrey or Robert minus the cruelty or whoring. Tyrion and Sansa are still married. As far as succession goes isn't Tyrion technically king? Sansa being Queen keeps the North happy and Tyrion is basically actively ruling already. I really do wonder if Bran will be king in the books.
  2. "No one's ever really gone" Perhaps Syrio Forel will be her hand. I suppose the speculation is fair game, but I feel like this type of ending was just a troll move. They know people will speculate till the end of time with this kind of ending and you can't blame them. This is a world where people can be brought back from the dead. I expect nothing though.
  3. No. One of my biggest issues with this season hasn't been what has happened, but the pacing and execution. We barely see Jon and Daenerys together between S7/8, but were they meant to truly love each other? I never bought it. We spend so long building up to the dead and they are gone in one episode? Daenerys execution throughout most of the show was poor. I'm glad Tyrion made the point that she has punished evil people so no one cares, cause I've been saying that for a while. So I think the evidence was there that she'd burn KL, but overall Daenerys in the show was never likeable and that is a major issue. I like book Dany, if this happens it would feel tragic, but show Daenerys has always been awful.
  4. Let me get this straight... Jon the Honourable Fool 2.0 at first takes issue with killing Daenerys despite her burning down a city full of people, cause "She's my Queen". I don't think Ned would have killed her Jaime style, but more likely called for a war or at least directly confronted her. So he then does kill her, fine. I mean it does make sense she just burnt down a city full of innocent people. Here's where things get pretty darn stupid... So Jon has to join the Nights Watch, cause Greyworm wants him dead? Greyworm should be thankful he hasn't been slaughtered. Why is there still a Nights Watch anyway? So Jon takes the black, cause he's honourable, but then in the final scene he abandons the Nights Watch. Why not cut out all the Nights Watch stuff and have him go North, cause he wants to leave it all behind?
  5. I certainly have had my issues with the show since they had to make up their own material when they no longer had the books to go off of, I mean some things have just been handled so poorly. In regards to this whole Daenerys fiasco I must say though... I feel like they did a decent enough job. The evidence of her being a bit of a nutter has been present for a while now. She wanted to burn Hizdahr Zo Loraq alive with no evidence and it later turned out he was innocent. Even when she executes guilty people she either goes to a crazy extreme like crucifying them or never shows that much inner conflict. Contrast her executions with characters like Ned or Jon. Yeah, Ned and Jon have executed people, but you get the sense they aren't too keen about it. Then of course we've had some pretty heavy handed foreshadowing this season which I won't go through. Simpy put I think what happened made sense and what I believe is what they were conveying is this: When Daenerys conquered Yunkai or Meereen she was met with overwhelming praise. What made her snap in Kings Landing is the fact that no one was cheering. She isn't a saviour. No one wants her. She knows how awful Cersei is, Tyrion has told her. Despite that the people are scared of Daenerys and seemingly have no issue with Cersei. So she punishes the people for not appreciating her. Her dialogue about fighting the dead shows how warped she is. She makes comments like "fighting his war" to Sansa. She doesn't view defeating the army of dead who want the death of all living creatures as her battle. That is insane. She wants to be thanked for helping them, but is in her interest to help. I've had a lot of issues with the show, but I really feel like this is one situation where D&D have done an ok job.
  6. 5/10. Find it hard to go lower than that compared to other series that become really awful, but this episode was incredibly poor. Whilst I think it is totally unreasonable to expect a massive twist/shock every finale and ultimately when that becomes routine how can it ever shock? It is ridiculous that every single damn scene was overwhelmingly predictable. I mean you know something is wrong when the biggest surprise is that not only did Theon lose his penis. He also lost his testicles. Tension and suspense almost became non existent as characters walk into scenarios that the script yells at us that they are in danger, but in reality we know they aren't. Like Tyrion meeting with Cersei. Honestly the only moment where I felt real tension for a characters life and think they did pull it off well was the confrontation with Jaime and Cersei. Rehashing R+L. The Theon fight in general. I feel like it was only added in so they could have the whole knee to the groin joke, but I feel like it would have been far superior if he just convinced them how good of a leader Yara was and they shouldn't abandon her. I could go on, but won't. As I said I don't expect a massive twist every season, but my issue isn't as much there was no twist, but the fact that before this episode started I could more or less predict everything that bloody well happens with some minor exceptions like Sam and Bran talking. Don't even remind me about what happened to Littlefinger.
  7. 1) All the Starks seem to be half dead with their delivery. Bran is understandable, but I can only assume this is something they've been told to do. 2) I doubt it. Can't see the point of them saving Tormund last episode to just have him do nothing and then die in the next. 3) No idea.
  8. Whilst true. I think the major issue is that LF a master of lies and deceit admitted his crimes. I mean... I'm surprised he didn't just flat out say "You can't handle the truth".
  9. I try my best to overlook the flaws. I try to enjoy it, but this episode was poor. The twists didn't even make sense. What in the world was the point in having Euron pretend to abandon Cersei? How could they even plan this? Did she really believe that they would bring the dead to her or has Euron seen them before? Either way it was unnecessary as she said she would commit to the truce. Sansa and Arya fooling Littlefinger was pointless. If they somehow had proof of what he had done I could understand them tricking him so that they could justify his execution, but they never had any. So why not just kill him straight away? Ahhh yes. We needed someone to die in the finale. It's just not only has the series been letting me down for a while, but this episode didn't need to be 81 minutes long. Everything was by the numbers. Why did the show seem to give the impression that Tyrion was upset about Jon and Daenerys? He's been a dwarf his entire life he should have gotten used to being overlooked.
  10. A pretty interesting chapter. It was nice to catch up with Euron. Also a lot of interesting ideas and theories going around this topic. I always enjoy seeing what some of the most observant readers spot or make connections too. I've never been good at spotting hidden meanings or hints in the text, but one thing I thought was kind of interesting, but could be nothing, is the similarity of the situations of Aeron and Theon in their sample chapters. Why I say it could be nothing is that I can't really make any theory around it and it could just be me making a few loose connections into more than it is, but here goes: Aeron and Theon being held prisoner by a king. Each king being on the verge of a battle. Then each chapter ending with what seems to be the soon sacrifice of each. Not exactly a lot to go by. Another thing I find interesting and this one is far more of a leap as it needs the idea of Euron to be in someway involved with The Others, but the contrast of Euron and Stannis. Stannis being the only king at the moment with the intention of opposing The Others. Then Euron.. the only king who might be involved with them. Also the motivation for the sacrifices. If I am remembering correctly Stannis is also contemplating sacrificing some Karstarks? As some want him to burn Theon. Euron is clearly going through with a mass sacrifice and Stannis might be. So we have Stannis seeming to sacrifice for political reasons. With Theon being executed Neds way to appease the Northmen and possibly a few burnings to satisfy the R'hllorists. Then Euron with a mass sacrifice purely for magic. It could be coincedence. It could be nothing. It might be something? It's probably nothing. It's just with them both being Greyjoys and having these chapters relatively near each other. The chapters ending with what seems to be their inevitable sacrifices seemed interesting.
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