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  2. Agreed. The show really dropped the ball on a potential amazing(ish) ending twist here. Bran has clearly been orchestrating the endgame ever since S7 (remember who caused Jon to freak out and want to leave Dragonstone, which lead to the whole wight-hunt and death of Viserion? Bran's message to Jon.), but instead of making an amazing twist and reveal of how the 3ER had manipulated and orchestrated everything just so he could end up king, they just kinda made him king and then called it a day. This picture sums it up perfectly:
  3. Yara forgot that Dany gave the Iron Islands their independence at the end of Season 6. Maybe every decision that Dany took is now countermanded because she was an evil usurper, but logic and consistency went out the window ages ago.
  4. SansaJonRule

    The Book of The Kingsguard - Help Me Decide

    This, totally. I liked that Brienne finished Jaime's page in the book. It showed that, unlike many viewers, she recognized that his weakness where Cersei was concerned did not negate his other good and honorable qualities. It says a lot about Brienne as a person; instead of being spiteful because he broke her heart, she wanted to make sure that "Kingslayer" was not Jaime's final & only legacy. I didn't particularly like Jaime and Brienne's brief romance, but I wonder if Jaime saw it as his last step in breaking his tie to Cersei, cuz remember he had never slept with anyone else but her before. It says a lot for Jaime's growth as a person that he could have the deep respect that he had for Brienne when at first, he was so hatefully contemptuous of her.
  5. CrypticWeirwood

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    Perhaps they'll instead reread her chapters, this time more closely looking for all the signs they'd missed before.
  6. Slurktan

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    You would vote for Harden over Giannis now? Because no one else was winning it. Is Kawhi better than Giannis? Of course, we knew that at the start of the season, 5 games in, 30 games in, 82 games in. he didn't play enough games because they wanted him rested for now.
  7. You'd think you were reading some kind of trollfic, at any rate.
  8. CrypticWeirwood

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    It's not like she has never sacked a city after she'd won before. Astapor, anyone?
  9. Jabar of House Titan

    Euron's victories (TWOW spoilers)

    I think Aeron is going to be the POV for the naval battle against the Redwynes before "going to dine with the Drowned God" (i.e. die) Samwell is going to be the POV for the fight between the Hightowers and the Ironborn and the sacking of Oldtown. I think Euron is going to torture Sam, take the books and artifacts he wants before destroying the Citadel. Yes, the Citadel will suffer from a fate worse than the Library of Alexandria. Hey, this is GRRM's high fantasy, pseudo-sci fi retelling of what would happen in medieval Europe didn't fall into the Dark Ages of superstition, war, famine and disease until a couple of decades after Rome fell
  10. SeanF

    Slavoj Zizek on the ending

    Democracy had been tried, in the Ancient World, and to many well-read people in later ages, had proved to be a total failure. That said, there were democratic elements in some medieval societies - the franchise for elections to the House of Commons in the 15th century reached about 25% of the male population, and elections were often truly competitive. Sam's suggestion was not completely out of the left field, if, as you suggest, he had restricted it to property owners. It's hard to know what Dany was proposing (blame the showrunners); some weird mix of national socialism and communism, it seems.
  11. Just when you think that no (alternative) ending would've been worse than the one we actually got... Jorah would *never* betray Daenerys, not even to save the entire world. The fact that D&D even considered this at one point...well it really doesn't surprise me I guess.
  12. Jaxom 1974

    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    His role as Grant wasn't large, but it's actually one of my favorites...and his turn as Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows...
  13. CrypticWeirwood

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    Considering that George knew who she really was and where she was going, it would have been a travesty in the end. They probably would have killed Bran and made Dany the good queen of Westeros. I'd have refused them too. That isn't his story. They can make their own story that ends that way. His doesn't.
  14. Triskele

    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    I mean all I can think of is a combination of hitting stride a bit later in life, not a "leading man" type....but he's so great in everything I've seen him in, this show as much as anything. I just IMBD's him and am worried about my cognition because I'd totally forgotten about The Expanse, and I have no recollection whatsoever of him playing US Grant in Lincoln. I am usually thinking of Mad Men, The Terror, and The Crown.
  15. Jaxom 1974

    Star Trek: Picard

    HAAAAAAATTTTEEEEEEE giving any credence of any form to anything JJ Abrahms did. It needs to be forgotten. Let the rescue mission be something else...because the concept has a lot of merit. Except Picard shouldn't be an Admiral...
  16. CrypticWeirwood

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    I think your vision is likely enough. Think what happened to Astapor. She betrayed her own word when "purchasing" the Unsullied, murdered the people she was supposed to be paying, then had the city sacked during which she ordered all the slave masters as well as all all adult nobles murdered. She left the crushed city in the hands of three weakings who were quickly overthrown, replacing them with a series of ill-fated, brutality-loving tyrants who hunted down all the small boys of the nobility, castrated them, and enslaved them. As Ghael said to Daenerys: Daenerys: Many of my freedmen were slaves in Astapor. Perhaps some will wish to help defend your king. That is their choice, as free men. I gave Astapor its freedom. It is up to you to defend it. Ghael: We are all dead, then. You gave us death, not freedom. "Good" characters do not do these things. But this is who she is, what she does. Repeatedly. Her word means nothing, and she leaves only destruction in her wake. Pretending that this sort of person "should" rule anywhere, let alone Westeros where she's never been, is dangerous and deceptive. Viewers deceived by her beauty have conditioned themselves to ignore the many, many indications of her calamitous character. They refuse to see them all because Dany is "pretty" and because they bought into her "I DESERVE IT!" rants hook, line, and sinker.
  17. TheFirstofHerName

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    He was on a ranging mission and the kicker is that Jorah was suppose to be with him in the alternate ending as deleted scenes indicated he betrayed Dany too and supported Jon. He was filmed at the feast celebrating with the Northerners and advising her against going to KL too. This further explains why Daenerys felt so distraught and looked disheveled. Glad they backed away from this ending.
  18. Jaxom 1974

    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    Jesus this show. That this isn't something that's talked about more is unbelievable. I remember fringes of it being talked about on the news when I was in junior high, but I had no idea. And Jared Harris is spectacular. How he's "under the radar" is mind boggling...
  19. Jabar of House Titan

    Aegon TWOW

    I just shuddered. What an awful way to go? I'm starting to think that's what really happened to Victarion's wife. Yikes. If he really is a skinchanger on top of everything else (i.e. the Valyrian steel armor, the blood magic, his political power, his fighting prowess), defeating him is going to be nightmare. Yes, it will be interesting to see who Aegon picks and why.
  20. theladyinspring

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    I agree that if Jon is really back in the Nights Watch for good then it's a brutal end for him.
  21. I dunno. The midwest farmers are supposed to get the money directly, as individuals, not funneled through agencies. In the meantime, they are unlikely to have crops this year anyway, because of the rain, flooding and the rest of the terrible weather. They've not planted either wheat or corn in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois. So they're gettin' a twofer out of our taxes. That is going to make some people who suffered so much in the crash, the small business people, the people who lost their houses, and who received no bailouts. Which is why they voted for him in the first place. But if the farmers get bailed out yet again, those voters may desert him too.
  22. Jorah was suppose to betray Dany too according to the deleted scenes and alternate ending that they ultimately rejected. He apparently was supporting Varys, Tyrion, and Jon. He would be taking the Black with Jon and seen with him on a ranger mission in that last scene. EMergency Awesome has a video with the deleted scenes on YouTube. Link:
  23. Rose of Red Lake

    Jon killing Dany doesn’t work for me

    The show played it ambiguous. You don't know if he's joining the wildlings or leading them on a ranging. D&D interviews have said conflicting things about his ending. So if he's in the Night's Watch, taking another vow celibacy, it's SUPER depressing. I think GRRM would have something in epilogue for him because I need closure for him. This ending was just not it because it could go either way. Frustrating.
  24. The Marquis de Leech

    Slavoj Zizek on the ending

    Democracy in the modern sense (basically what Sam was suggesting) deserved to be laughed at, in context. In the nineteenth century - so a far greater degree of social development than Westeros - it was commonly argued that expanding the franchise would inevitably lead to self-evident absurdities, like women voting. Had Sam suggested that property owners have a say in governing the realm, that'd be a different thing. As it is, going from aristocracy to modern democracy would indeed evoke the reaction of "I'll ask my horse." Complaining that the political ending was conservative by 2019 standards is thus like complaining water is wet - 2019 governance was not on offer, nor could it have been. It'd have been as alien for the setting as reviving the Divine Right of Kings would be in the modern West. More alien, actually, since an intellectual basis of absolutism still exists, whereas there seems little or no progress in political theory in Westeros, and certainly nothing more sophisticated than a vague call to "break the wheel." Daenerys wasn't offering 2019 liberal democracy either, of course, and shouldn't be represented as such. What we did have instead was a shift in who is actually doing the governing - the disabled, the deformed, women, and social upstarts. That in itself is a shift in a society that has basically been the domain of wealthy warlords.
  25. Up till the point that she went batshit in Ep. 5, Dany had always shown considerably greater restraint than Alexander, but, yes, I think the parallel is clear.
  26. This is how you end a series. Brilliant stuff from Preston.
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