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    Why was Qarth left out of TWOIAF?

    If the horn works, it works, that’s all there is. But I think the Qartheen really do hate dragons and didn’t want to have any to begin with, and this might be older than their contact with Valyria, reaching back into the Long Night or the Great empire of the dawn. We’re kind of invited/encouraged to dislike the Qartheen because they’re not great to Dany, and while I think all kinds of doubts about the Undying are fair (and they also seem to be distrusted by the other Qartheen), i’m not sure the Qartheen themselves are in the “bad camp” just because they think Dany’s dragons are “a terror, a flaming sword above the world” and want to stop her. They’re not exactly wrong, ya know? We love Dany, but dragons are unmatched monsters and they really shouldn’t exist. If the Qartheen history hides some juicy tidbits, it might well be something about how they remember that the entire Long Night and the messed up seasons is tied to dragons (either because that’s how/when they were created, or because the Long Night was caused by someone wanting to stop the original dragonlords). In either case, dragons are likely essential to the “original sin” that messed up the world. That’s what I mean by saying the Qartheen may genuinely not have wanted to bring more dragons into the world, and the Undying are now reacting to what Dany has done.
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    Why was Qarth left out of TWOIAF?

    I think preventing spoilers is the most logical answer. What’s interesting is the fact Qarth was removed from TWOIAF completely, which suggests you can’t tell its story at all without giving major things away (unlike Asshai for example). As Lord Varys said, I think the safest bet is that they beat the dragonlords at some point (the Dornish are suspected of doing the same with Meraxes, so it’s not unthinkable). Qarth is an anomaly, a powerful ancient city the Valyrians don’t seem to have conquered. Query whether the dragonlords turned west towards the Narrow Sea and founded the Free Cities in that direction precisely because Qarth somehow barred their progress further east? The east is fabulously wealthy, unlike the comparatively undeveloped west, so it would have been the logical direction for conquest.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    10/10 The battle had me in knots, and that hasn't happened on the show in forever. It was just a very well-made piece of TV. I *love* how they're reminding the viewers of all the main players and how their stories relate, but are actually making an effort so it doesn't jar: Tyrion and Dany was perfect for this, and a great scene all round. Shame they felt they had to give Emilia Clarke another GRANDIOSE pompous line (you break that wheel), she is so much better when she tones it down a couple of notches. I don't blame the actress, she gets written some wooden lines. Cersei is.. coming together better than I thought. The whole thing has been rushed, which is such a shame - Cersei in Feast and Dance is just one of the juiciest storylines in the books. But then they subtly played a few bars of The Rains of Castamere, as Cersei Lannister is on her knees, sucking water off of a filthy dungeon floor. Those couple of moments approached how I've felt at certain key points while reading the books. Top marks.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 507?

    Strange that we didn't see Arya in an episode called The Gift... It was a perfect episode name if Jon had settled the wildlings on the New Gift, and Arya gave the gift to someone. I was surprised neither of those happened. Dorne... at this stage, why did they even bother with this storyline? It gets so little airtime, and what it does get is so average, that it really seems the writers just thought they "had to" do Dorne, but totally didn't see the point of it. Other than Cersei, everything else was just setup, so it's really a bridge episode. I guess exposition is unavoidable in a show this size, but they don't really make a masterpiece of it... Some gripe with the Queen of Thornes. We're told she's this big schemer, but she keeps getting shown up at every turn. And those sassy lines got old with last season's "eat this food I paid for".
  5. Can't rate the episode, still processing the end. I switch between 1 and 10. The good: - Cersei finally feels like a real person, and her scenes with LF were some of their better scenes (which isn't saying much, I know) - the KL plot line in general felt a lot tighter this episode than it usually does; I'd even say they handled the Marg arrest twist well. - Arya finding the faces The bad, basically DORNE: - Dorne... oh my lord. What a disaster on every level. And Trystane!!! Did anyone else notice how they kept cutting away from closeups of his face because of his ridiculous pout?? - the Sand Snakes are just a joke. - that fight scene was appalling - why are they wearing clothes you'd wear in the desert if Dorne is apparently green with a gentle bit of sunshine (overcast too!). Which goes to how bad the settings were done. Still processing Sansa.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 505

    9/10 Favourite episode this season so far. Finally some top-notch dialogue! Best bits: (1) Winterfell - very interesting to see how they're developing it. Only weird bit was Sansa talking back to the Boltons at dinner. What happened to stealth? (2) Jorah and Tyrion - very good. This show couldn't handle her another travelling odd couple, so it's nice they pulled back from that. The poem was actually quite lovely. (3) Stannis and Sam Tarly. It was a short exchange, but I thought it was nicely handled. The show would usually just plomp two characters in a scene and have them interact with no background - taking the time to establish why Stannis would acknowledge Sam at all (his father) was a nice touch. (4) No Kings Landing! I didn't think it would make that much of a difference, but it's nice to be away from Cersei's mangled plot line for a bit. I'm not sure about Dany's storyline. It could be interesting, and there were a few moments where she actually seemed like a real person, rather than a statue spewing grandiose threats. The moment when she gets off at feeding people to her dragons is certainly interesting for where they might be taking her.
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    How would you rate episode 504?

    This was a terribly written piece of TV, and couldn't be rescued by some good performances (although a lot of the performances are part of the problem). Dorne What to say? There is no a trace of character believability in Ellaria or the Sand Snakes. They're just caricatures. Vaguely racist ones. "I want-ah my-ah revenge-ah!", lol. Why does the show keep resorting to these unnecessary exaggerated characters? They have a huge, HUGE advantage of already being provided with incredibly complex, formed characters by GRRM. They need to trim down the story for TV, but instead of trimming story, they dump all character complexity. Jon and Mel "Do we NEED to show her boob here?" "We don't "need" to do anything...". Just, I mean, is TV Mel like a legitimate sexual predator? Winterfell Aiden Gillen is difficult to watch at the best of times, but especially so when the writers change their mind about who they need Littlefinger to be this episode. Because then you're totally confused, you're like "Is this just the usual bad acting, or is it also bad writing this time??" because it's hard to say! lol. Cersei By far the weakest link in the show. The show can't seem to decide who Cersei is (or maybe Lena Heady can't deliver it consistently, I don't know - either way, the job of having a believable and interesting character is not being done).
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