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  2. mushroomshirt

    New Zealand

    Sure, it's done when it's done. But nice to see some positivity from him for a change. Since at least 2016 (at least from reading his blog) he's seemed to be in a very bad place. I wonder if all the general negative reaction to the show ending has rekindled his creative fires. Maybe he was worried no one would want his ending after getting D&D's. Now it seems like people are looking forward to his even more.
  3. Jace, Basilissa

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    I'm not hoping at all. If they go to Tevinter and people say it's as good as DA 3 then I'll give it a shot. But otherwise, BioWare is dead to me
  4. The Baelish Mockingbird

    Should Martin have ended the War of Five Kings?

    Nah man, Littlefinger started the War of the Five Kings. He's the real MVP of the books. The War of the Five Kings is literally just a distraction from the real players in the series.
  5. The Bard of Banefort

    New Zealand

    I don't want to get my hopes up. We've been burned too many times before.
  6. mushroomshirt

    New Zealand

    I don't see any comments here on GRRM's latest not a blog post on New Zealand. He sounds like he is in a really good mood, which is awesome on many levels. http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/21/thanks-new-zealand/ Here was the interesting bit. Again, I don't remember any blog post where I could use "good mood" and "Winds of Winter" in the same sentence. As for finishing my book… I fear that New Zealand would distract me entirely too much. Best leave me here in Westeros for the nonce. But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.
  7. Figdoni

    Your favorite individual acting performance

    Got to agree... the casting for these characters absolutely knocked it out of the park. I don't recall any of them ever having done less than a fantastic job with what they've been given. Unfortunately, what they've been given hasn't always been consistent or enough... definitely not much writing time devoted to Cersei this season, and so Lena at her best was missed, but I don't blame her for that.... but she does do power-staring out of windows & off balconies phenomenally well. Peter Dinklage for me is this seasons Emmy contender. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau was also fantastic and especially loved the scenes of them together. I've also consistently loved the performances by Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham and Iain Glen. I never really appreciated Iain fully until I heard him in interview and he sounded absolutely NOTHING like Jorah, it kinda freaked me out. Hmmm, i thought he was pretty bland in Season 8 though too, bless him, with that stilted way of delivering lines "She... will... always... be... my... queen" But he's amongst those younger actors who have improved a bit, along with Emilia.... but I think Maisie has improved much quicker and has much more range... and Sophie does a fantastic catlike Sansa glare, but it'll be interesting to see how good/bad she is in other things when she has more to actually do.
  8. sifth

    The Ending Was very conventional

    You clearly missed the point. I hate the racist SJW mindset you introduced. That we should not like Bran simply because he is a white male.
  9. Selere

    The Ending Was very conventional

    Horrible, I fucking cried when it happened. My mom came into my room to bring me a plate of chicken nuggets and I literally screamed at her and hit the plate of chicken nuggets out of her hand. She started yelling and swearing at me and I slammed the door on her. I'm so distressed right now I don't know what to do. I didn't mean to do that to my mom but I'm literally in shock from the results that night. I feel like I'm going to explode. Why the fucking fuck didn't Dany become queen? This can't be happening. I'm having a fucking breakdown. I don't want to believe the world is so corrupt. I want a future to believe in. I wanted a strong woman to become queen to fix that broken kingdom. I cannot fucking deal with this right now. It wasn't supposed to be like this, I thought she was the fan favourite???? This is so fucked.
  10. DMC

    Thank You George

    Thought a GRRM appreciation thread would get more than this, oh well.
  11. The Baelish Mockingbird

    Since we can't talk about the show on the other side...

    I don't necessarily think Tyrion becoming hand of the King is confirmed for the ending of the book. Hand of the King is more of an arbitrary decision for the show runners to make in contrast with the books. I don't think it matters who becomes Hand at the end or if there would even be a hand. I always subscribed to the idea that the ending of the book would be the development of a constitutional monarchy. Bran becoming King, I can definitely see occurring in the book. The very first chapter in the book is a POV chapter from Bran (prologue excluded) and Game of Thrones seems to like to end things the way they start them. I think the fix here though will be that George will write Bran to be infinitely more charismatic and likeable than whatever we got in series 7 and 8. Either that or Bran will be made to be more of a schemer. The only reason we dislike it in the show is because Bran is basically an unlikable and uncharismatic robot.
  12. Nictarion

    NHL: 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Yeah, just saw that was the famous Bobby Orr flying through the air series. Hope this goes 7 with STL taking it. Binnington vs Rask should be good. Have to think one of the goalies will probably win the Conn Smythe.
  13. Ser Loras The Gay

    Seeing the bigger bigger picture.

    Yeah, and losing sight of what really matters.
  14. Bran the Shipper

    Two Questions about this Episode

    1. Sansa wants to be queen so naturally she'd push for independence. And if we need a reason that doesn't take for granted that Sansa has effectively become Littlefinger, Bran is only king at the moment. When he passes and they convene to elect a new king it is highly unlikely that they would elect one that would care about the north beyond it being a source of tax revenue. 2. They needed a get Jon out of jail free card so naturally they brought up the Night's Watch. Knowing that the Unsullied would not be versed enough in Westeros law to realize that the Night's Watch was effectively disbanded and had no reason to exist. Now it continues to exist to prove that it wasn't just some selfish attempt to save Jon's life.
  15. hallam

    The heartless subtext thread...

    It seems that the title Grandmaester is effectively in the hands of the King. It is traditional for it to go to a highly accomplished Maester of the citadel but he can nominate anyone he chooses. Since Bran knows everything in time... his need of an actual maester is somewhat different.
  16. C.T. Phipps

    The Ending Was very conventional

    You can't be racist against orcs. You can't be racist against fictional characters. You can only comment on bad storytelling. Basically, Bran was a poor choice in my view and it was a cheap, safe, and boring ending to the series about challenging the assumptions of Medieval politics. If it wasn't about that, it could have been and I felt that was a better ending. You can disagree if you want but it's a matter over a story and its presentation. Edit: I also felt this was interesting as well. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/game-thrones-season-8-finale-bran-daenerys-cersei-jon-snow-zizek-revolution-a8923371.html?fbclid=IwAR1DK2ybDCFr53AH-0QYev851k4onURMT7p098dhzuFqpWmx5o8GrxoCXm4
  17. 1) Jarah most certainly did say that, explicitly! I must’ve watched a dubbed scene then, this one right here at the 2:03 mark: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi4pEMoJ1kE 2) No, that’s not how I interpreted it whatsoever. Please reread my comment, unless you’re intentionally trying to create a straw argument. I clearly stated that some one those people she executed for “representing the enemy” could’ve actually had good within him and thus deserved mercy, just as Jorah EXPLICITLY told her of how Ned showed him mercy. 3) Ugh, there’s a huge difference between killing people in battle and mercilessly slaughtering people after the fact. Ned, Rob, Jon, Tyrion etc didn’t herd people into pens and slaughter them like beasts. 4) Now you’re stooping low enough in your defense of Mad Dany to suggest that it’s ok to BBQ a little girl so long as you’re not a human? I tend to think you’re the mad one now.
  18. Altherion

    NHL: 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Interestingly enough, the Bruins sweeping them is exactly what happened the last time the Blues made it to the Stanley Cup finals... in 1970. To be fair though, that was a weird situation in which an expansion team was guaranteed to make it to the finals to play against the best of the Original Six (the latter won every time this playoff format was used). The teams are a lot more even this time around.
  19. Bran the Shipper

    The Book of The Kingsguard - Help Me Decide

    I thought Brienne writing his entry in the book was well done and in truth more touching and meaningful because he had failed. Jaime wanted to be remembered as something more than the Kingslayer, he wanted to be someone on par with the heroes like Arthur Dayne and Barristan Selmy. But ultimately he was too weak to rid himself of Cersei's influence. But Brienne had seen the good side of him, she knew that he deserved redemption despite not obtaining it. And so she redeemed him, just like how he had helped her obtain her goal (though she was definitely worthy of becoming a knight). It speaks to the love they shared, more so than any roll in the hay ever could.
  20. Figdoni

    Two Questions about this Episode

    1. They didn't have to. But they wanted to. And allowing them to do so means a fresh start rather than starting from a place of conflict and turmoil where not everyone wants to be there. They have a longer history as an independent North than as part of the 7 Kingdoms and have different customs, ways, concerns, predominant religion etc so its the choice that suits them best ... and this is the perfect time for them to choose to split, since there is no standing/inheriting monarch to have their nose out of joint about "losing" a bit of their kingdom. 2. I don't think it is necessary. Other than Tyrions description: "The world will always need a home for bastards and broken men" It's a place to get away to... to find exile... an edge of the world for people who need a remote place to piss off. It certainly no longer has a function as protection for the realm. I definitely don't feel its a place for 'criminals/undesirables' as expressed above, they've got plenty of prisons for that... but more of a place for those who need to leave regular society (or who don't fit in, in some way) and forge a new home of sorts amongst others like them.
  21. The Baelish Mockingbird

    The Book of The Kingsguard - Help Me Decide

    He does know she is pregnant with his child when he goes North to fight against the dead but in doing so he is both honouring his promise as well as helping to protect the future. That is his clear motivation at this point. With inevitable death out of the way, it leaves Jaime time to sit and consider what he wants to do next. You have to remember that when he slept with Brienne, he was incredibly drunk and had just survived against impossible odds. There are many real world examples of people being in somewhat abusive relationships, supposedly moving on just to find themselves yearning for what they once had. He might have slept with Brienne and that might be a conventional story technique to say that Jaime is over Cersei but Game of Thrones isn't about conventional story telling (aside from many elements in series 8, this not being one of them). He lusted for Brienne because of his admiration of her but he yearned for a life he could never have with the woman he truly loved. Again it's really not as simple as him deciding after this life threatening battle that his next step is to go back and save Cersei. It's far more complicated than that for Jaime. He didn't come to the decision over night like you may have been expected but he took his time and realised he couldn't just sit around and wait for the news to reach him that Cersei and his child were both dead. It's an incredibly human reaction.
  22. King Jon Snow Stark

    The "council" was simply a rubber stamp

    They also believed he was resurrected.
  23. Lord Lyman

    Now that is Over - Let's rank best and worst!

    I'm curious to know how many different openings they ended up using on the show, just from all of the location changes. I know Season 8 had a unique opening for each episode.
  24. King Jon Snow Stark

    Destiny of Jon Snow

    Same reason they had to negotiate Jon's release. There are thousands of Unsullied. It would be a 3rd war within months of two others. No one wanted that. Plus the army that was surrounding King's Landing was Sansa's now.
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