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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    This is the bit about Queen Alysanne visiting the Wall that really interested me:
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    It felt completely unearned but YMMV. Agreed. Yes. And agreed again!
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Another thing that didn't quite work for me was Sizemore being apologetic and upset about Maeve's condition. I don't find that consistent with what he's shown us of himself.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I really enjoyed this episode and found I believed far more in Ake's sentience than I do in Dolores' or even Maeve's and found his communication with Maeve very affecting. That said, far too much is not explained or hand-waved. That Ake goes straight to his wife in the lower floors of Westworld - and unchallenged too - is a tad irritating (just like the useless security guards last week). MiB surviving those wounds and his daughter turning up and speaking Lakota also stretching my suspension of disbelief too far. I think I'll have to go with the daughter being a host now - how else would she know to turn up for him?
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Still processing the ep, but I wanted to say two things: Anthony Hopkins really makes this series for me. Why are all the security guards so gormless? It's quite annoying.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Yes, I've just seen next week's trailer - so pleased it's really him. (Not that I don't expect some mad twist by the end that may see his game unravelled, but so rapt he's back for now).
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Ford as the ghost in the machine is where I thought and hoped they were going - it'll be interesting to see if his consciousness degrades or if he is the one who has worked out how to retain consciousness (where William has failed) or if he just wants to carry on long enough to completely screw up Delos Corp before the whole thing goes into meltdown. Dolores doesn't like the consequences of her re-wiring Teddy - I'm interested to see just how wrong that will go for her (I hope very wrong ). I'm surprised Maeve didn't cotton on to her daughter having a new mother - that seems to be a chink in her supposed self-awareness (and why I'm still questioning that any of them are aware at all - I still believe it's all Ford's narrative). I am interested in the hesitations that MiB is showing when challenged by Emily - like the elephants - that confused him. There's something there, but I haven't figured it out yet. I don't know if Anthony Hopkins is actually back or a lookalike - but I hope so. Just loved him in season 1.
  8. So is Maeve able to use the mesh of her own volition or is there a Ford or Arnold ghost in the machine? I'm also thinking the mass "death by drowning" of hosts we're shown is a host ruse (possible sacrifice of some by Dolores) to get her army into the Mesa. They're all carried in, just like the Trojan Horse.
  9. I really enjoyed this episode, which is good because I was beginning to wonder if the writers had lost their way after last week's ep. I confess I'm bored with the whole Wyatt 2-D revengebot scenario, which I think is still completely Ford's game and not sentience (at least - not yet). Question is: will Wyatt be the villain of this season? Will it remain William, or is it Bernard? It was great to see Elsie and to get a handle of Bernard's frazzled timeline. I wonder too if Elsie is the "now" or a memory. Bernard's promise not to hurt her can't possibly hold, I'm sure. The human/host failure of James Delos was very interesting. I wonder if Ford had been involved if it could have been perfected (or, indeed, if he has perfected it and that's the pick-up Bernard was making.) Question then is - who is the core Bernard picked up? As much as I'd love it to be Ford himself (I really miss Anthony Hopkins in this), I don't think it will be - I think Ford is now music/code/the game - possibly even the park itself. Maybe it's Arnold? Maybe it's Logan, just so Ford can play with William a bit more? And is Logan actually dead? William tells James that Logan overdosed, but he doesn't say he died. *ponders* The sayings that seem portentous this time round - I wonder if some of these are supposed to be triggers or teases from Ford? "You will only live as long as the last person who remembers you," seems an odd thing for the First of the Ghost Nation to say in English to Stubbs. And has all of James's code/memories gone or has it passed on in some way. Are the hand tremors of James/Bernard/bartender all "cognitive plateau" or cortical fluid requirements or something else? I thought Hale was after just blackmail material originally but I think now it's the human/host programs she's after (or both). Lots to think about.
  10. I agree. Suddenly, hell on earth and Vanessa's breaking happened "off-screen" and - and then that ending seemed so rushed. It was really wasted for me.
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    Rant and Rave without Repercussions [S7 Leaks Edition]

    It's perfect. Although possibly not as well crafted as your average Scooby Doo.
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    Is Jon and Dany's blood relationship supposed to be a problem?

    Er, no. In no sense does that answer the question. A vision is not reality. . People, the phrase is avunculate marriage not avuncular. . I know everyone keeps banging on about the marriages of Serena and Sansa Stark being avunculate and therefore proof positive that the North approves. That isn't fully the case as their father was a half-brother to their respective husbands and that does cut the genetic risk to a degree. Plus it's pretty clear to me that something very particular happened in that generation as there were three Lords of Winterfell from that set of brothers alone and it looks like some kind of political consolidation. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this generation is part of the She-Wolves of Winterfell D&E story and we'll get the full story then. Apart from this generation, however, we don't see it happening again in the Stark line. We see cousin marriage, which isn't considered incestuous in Westeros so is disregarded.
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    Is Jon and Dany's blood relationship supposed to be a problem?

    The Old Gods is a fictional religion. I don't believe any reader believes the Old Gods are literally real gods in the story. So when I say that the Old Gods forbid it, I mean that the tenets of religion of the Old Gods (as practised by the Northerners) forbid it. Which is said a number of times in the series. I think that is what everyone understands (but you). The baby that was dead looked like a healthy child in a vision so therefore it's safer to assume he was normal? Why?
  14. That's the Night's King who was a man and 13th LC of the Watch (so post-dating the White Walkers) of whom GRRM says: The show has the Night King, the original White Walker - a completely different concept.
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    Is Jon and Dany's blood relationship supposed to be a problem?

    I don't follow it because it makes no sense - it's a completely different proposition that does not transfer to this scenario. That Jon is not this Jon - it is a different story with different characters. Of course, he does have the argument - the one that is repeated consistently throughout the series, that it's considered an abomination by the Old Gods which he follows. We shall see. That's putting the cart before the horse. How do you suppose both real and fictional people came to condemn incest or that it became part of a religion's canon law? Just because reasons? Because a religion just decided arbitrarily? No, because people observed the incidence of birth defects, stillbirths, madness, etc., increase with incestuous pairings and made their own rules accordingly. We are led to believe that, but we don't yet know if they are not fully human or altered by blood/fire magic. Yes, Rhaego appeared to be killed by dark magic, but we don't know that he wasn't already deformed in the womb. I wonder. We see magic increase once the dragons are born (potency of wildfire for example) - it's equally possible that the increase of magic is responsible for the increase in the activity of the Others. We'll need the end of the books to know if this isn't actually a case of self-fulfilling prophecy, which I think is possible. Good grief, what does the bolded mean? No, best not answer that. There's nothing exemplary in hoarding power to one's family irrespective of merit or ability. Better for the realm to have been able to move past the stagnant monarchical system to a better system of government. Times have to move on, one way or another. . As for the rest, no, it's not "silly" to prohibit aunt/nephew incest. Blood incest can and does cause health issues in the real world (as it does in fictional Westeros) - the more it happens, the greater the likelihood of health issues. Unrelated adults meeting as adults isn't going to be an issue for anyone. However, the additional protections in law against grooming are child protection measures deemed necessary precisely because some people take advantage of their positions in authority for their own gratification. You call it silly if you like but this isn't a conversation I will have with you as it's just too disturbing that some people think such things are acceptable or shrug them off as inevitable. I won't respond to anything else in that vein.
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