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  2. House Cambodia

    Mourning Dany

    I'd say Nagasaki is the better analogy - the point was made with Hiroshima; the second bomb seemed more gratuitous. I'm with you on 20th century analogies when people are proposing participatory democracy in a mediaeval universe, but as a dragon is effectively a WMD, I think the atomic comparison is reasonably apt.
  3. It started with her killing the NK which was Jon's story to fulfill not Arya's. I must have missed the part where she served at the Night's watch.
  4. Triskele

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Yep, at least makes it feel like there's a bit of an explanation for the disappearing act. The guys on ESPN are seriously obsessed with saying "they need KD to beat Milwaukee or Toronto." Is this a joke? I would heavily favor GS without KD over Toronto. And I think I'd favor them over Milwaukee and expect that Vegas would too. ETA: GS won the 2nd half 57-33, holy shit. 33 fucking points.
  5. Tywin Tytosson

    Welcome to war

    Not quite. The goal of aerial bombardment is to 1. destroy the enemies ability to conduct the war (destroy factories and infrastructure) and 2. to destroy the morale of the enemy population so that they force their government to surrender. Destroying the enemy population outright was never a goal. #2 was a common belief during WW2 that has been discredited since. Bombing creates a 'bunker mentality' that actually unites the enemy population through their shared horrors.
  6. So I assume that tonight we will see Daenerys with short, cut hair (no braids)? The show omitted the Dothraki bells, and Dany never had a crown from Qarth, and her show hairbraids became ever more intricate... so I predict NOW that show will actually use some book lore to retcon character details that should have been there all along? To be clear, I am not saying what they did to Dany was right and the books are handling things rather differently, I am just going to laugh me ass off if NOW they decide to add book lore to the story. All these details that hardcore showpoligists swore meant nothing and that is why the show left them out. And what made me think of this is remembering Emilia bleaching her hair blonde in real life a while back. Something she said she hated doing because it killed her hair.
  7. SeanF

    Do you see any way dany lives through all this?

    It would still be a better ending than the Iron Throne being awarded to a tree.
  8. It would be utterly stupid. So, exactly like the whole s8.
  9. Feather Crystal

    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    No one in power ever questioned the validity that Daenerys was Aerys and Rhaella’s child. If it became known that she was “conveniently” born nine months after Rhaella left Kings Landing, I think there’d be whispers. Plus, in medieval Westeros, a female typically isn’t an heir or threat to the Iron Throne, unless she marries someone powerful and births a son. When Daenerys was pregnant, it would have been an opening for people to question her validity, but they don’t. IMO there’s no reason to question that she is who everyone believes her to be. As for Young Griff - I’ve changed my mind. I thought he was Aegon, but after sorting through the parallels between Ashara and Sansa, I now believe Edric Dayne is Aegon. Young Griff is an imposter assembled by Varys, because he knew Aegon survived, and decided to create his idealistic vision of a good ruler.
  10. Rhom

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    At this point, I’d say it’s pretty obvious the Warriors are better without KD. Which is pretty amazing that you can say that about perhaps the best player in the NBA. I wonder if that will factor into his decision this summer? Will he feel the need to leave to prove that he can lead a team?
  11. Which wasn't her story so offing the NK was overkill for her character and killing Dany would be not only utterly stupid but would not be believable in the GOT universe because her character just isn't that powerful or bright to kill Dany. If D&D actually did that then the show is no longer GOT but OP plot armor Arya.
  12. Ghost+Nymeria4Eva

    The third twist

    I think book fans knew about it, but not the people who watched the show. It was only during like mid seasons that a lot of articles about it were published. When GRRM discussed plot points with D&D way back in Season 1 or so, it would still have been a big mystery, except for a handful of book fans. So it's one of the big twists (at least the one that goes with canon).
  13. Out of curiosity... what was the spoiler?
  14. Ser Lepus

    Do you see any way dany lives through all this?

    I used to wish for her to leave Westeros and return to rule Slaver's Bay, where she is loved by the freedmen... but after episode 5, I think she has to die... If she lives and keeps the Iron Throne... well, that sucks... that means that every other character, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Tyrion, Davos... etc., is screwed... she will go Mad Queen on their asses, then she will terrorize the rest of Westeros into abject submission while she brags about how she has freed them from tyrants, completely oblivious to her own tyranny... It would be an awful ending, the only ray of light being the knowledge that she will be dead before a century, so life may one day return to normal...
  15. Jessica Chastain on The Last of the Starks: Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone.#GameOfThronespic.twitter.com/TVIyt8LYxI — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 7, 2019
  16. Deminelle

    Final decision: Was Cersei pregnant?

    Do we know she's dead yet? If she is, the death was lame. She might still be alive – only to get a more gruesome ending. Maybe she will beg for mercy for her unborn child.
  17. BigFatCoward

    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Left over lamb shoulder, crisped up with honey, and served in wraps with halloumi, sriracha mayo, pickled red cabbage and red pepper hummus.
  18. Tywin Tytosson

    Tyrion's Face was Priceless

  19. KingMudd

    Time to rewatch from the beginning

    Sorry I couldn't finish your comment, I pretty much turn off when anyone who hasn't written a successful fiction series accuses the person who did of pacing problems and making them too long.
  20. Enjoyed all your new commentary (and, please, ramble on for pages!!!), but this is one of the main things I was gonna mention. Those flashbacks, particularly the latter two, are essentially bottle episodes. I've always thought Breaking Bad's "The Fly" is the greatest bottle episode ever, but I have changed my opinion. "Blades of Grass" is just such a fascinating episode to watch from so many perspectives. And not only does it advance the narrative, it is essential exposition to the narrative and serves as the (great) set up for the final stretch. The biggest plot reason I think I love this show is it's Vanessa fighting off not one but two "brothers of evil," with Lucifer and Dracula. That wasn't really clarified until the white room. And the way, well, all three interact with each other in that sequence..Man, I could watch a whole series based off the history of that. It's an insanely interesting concept to me to put the Dracula that has been popularized over the past century as the brother of the devil. One as the fallen angel of the profane, the other as the fallen angel of the sacred. Anyway, the other comments I had were largely thinking about what would have happened to all these surviving characters if Logan/Showtime/whomever decided to continue the show? Malcolm and Ethan are family now, so that was a nice endpoint for them. But who wouldn't love to see them get all bored and go on some adventures, right? And what about Kaetenay? Feel like the three of them could do some bad ass damage wherever they so chose. I love the scene where Lily convinces Victor not to "erase" her, and that story is so heartbreaking (and breathtakingly performed by Billie Piper) that anyone with still a semblance of a conscience would have to relent...But upon rewatching I do wonder - was that bunch of bullshit? I think it could be, and if so I'd absolutely love it as Lily is just sooo much smarter than her creator, and her reason for being, and her chosen lover. Which brings me to... They never closed out Dorian's arc. If I recall he does try to redeem himself at the end (and then that becomes a complication) in the original story, right? So I'm wondering what they'd do with him at this point. It seems with his final conversation with Lily they were angling for him to become more villainous/hedonistic, not less. So maybe they'd up him to a more of a big bad in a subsequent season, rather than the kind of bourgeoisie cherry-on-top his character was throughout the series? I'd like to see that - and I definitely would like to see his redemption arc. I suppose they do have that potential with the new one, but I don't expect it. Catriona Hertdegen was kinda thrown in there at the end, but she's got a pretty big role in the last two episodes. I thought her character was intriguing and the actress certainly..appealing. One thing I noticed in the finale is she jumps down ~15 feet in the slow motion way you don't get from regular people. I mean yeah, Ethan can take that punishment and Vanessa, well, obviously is special. But I don't the show ever depicted a regular person - like Malcolm, Victor, Sembene, or Dr. Seward - make that type of unrealistic physical feat. Makes me wonder what they might have had in mind for her... As for Dr. Seward, I appreciate the continuing references to Stoker's Dracula (Renfield!), and absolutely adore Patti Lupone, but I would suspect she's pretty much done as a character. She aided Ms. Ives at a crucial moment, but I'm not sure what else you could do with attempts to advance psychology as a discipline. Maybe get her involved with Victor and Henry's exploits? Watching the finale, I really do worry about Victor's future, as a fellow addict. I think Vanessa meant a lot to him in terms of keeping him away from the abyss. And while he does still have Malcolm and Ethan, Victor seems more like me - he'll descend into reclusiveness and depression when left alone with bad thoughts. What I do think is interesting is the show seemed to make a clear point that he was improving upon his creations for each three - John Clare to Proteus to Lily. Lily is very close to perfect resurrection, with immortality and seemingly something close to invulnerability to boot. Finally, I was never a big fan of their depiction of Dr. Jekyll/Lord Hyde. That's probably more an issue with too much stuff getting shoehorned to the final season, but regardless of the cause I don't have many thoughts on how his future would turn out. I assume not good. Postscript - if you noticed I did not mention Mr. Clare, it's because I do not believe his story is done.
  21. Sir Hedge of Hog

    The third twist

    I was kinda hoping that bran is not a force for good and has been playing them all - sending dany mad like aerys heard voices or it will be something to do with the ww/nk. May be dany raised as the night queen....but it might be something underwhelming for sure according to the spoilers ...was hoping jon and dany spending thier lives by the waterfall but that ain't gonna happen...
  22. Essan

    Are the starks finished?

    I think one of the points of the story is that, come the end, none of the "great houses" that were playing the "Games of Thrones" will be left .... I am hoping no-one sits on the iron throne and that, inadvertanly perhaps, Dany has finally broken the wheel
  23. Erkan12

    Final decision: Was Cersei pregnant?

    I think she was, there was no point on lying to Jaime in her final moments.
  24. Tywin Tytosson

    So how/will that go down in the books?

    One example: Season 6,ep 9 : "I will crucify the Masters, [snip], and return their cities to the dirt". 4 cities at least - Astapor, Yunkai, Volantis, and New Ghis. All of which must have children living in them. Tyrion reminds her of her father, but she refutes him at first "this is different". She really does want to burn these cities down. She is quite angry. But in the end, she listens to Tyrion. Edit: To answer your question - Yes, I do. I have seen the show and read the books.
  25. David Selig

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Dame apparently has been playing with an injury since midway Game 2.
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