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  1. rozen

    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    Exactly this. The pacing was all wrong, bc they needed to keep Dany reasonable enough to not make Jon look bad for following her around like a puppy. But they also needed her to go over the top tyrant immediately so Jon looks good for promptly murdering her. The producer's obsession with making Jon into naive boy scout who means no wrong really screwed up the plot. I literally started laughing at the sudden desaturation and staging to make Dany look like every Sith/Nazi stereotype while she gave her "conquer the world" speech. And the fact that everyone and their mother apparently knows Tyrion & Jon are traitors yet they are allowed to wander to and fro however they wish. Grey Worm and the Unsullied should have closed ranks on Jon immediately when he tried to go after Dany. Kylo Ren, I mean Dany, offering to rule the multiverse together with Jon was so cheesy and makes no sense as Jon couldn't even fake getting it up just last episode. They truly made her into an unhinged marionette, making nonsensical and out-of-character decisions left and right. Wow, they really picked the most useless person in Westeros to make king. They'll be conquered in under a century, while pop pop Bran uselessly watches his time traveling showtunes. Also wtf happened to Meera Reed? She drug his ass across the entire North and she got...an awkward sendoff and probable death to white walkers? At this point I assume Bran is actually Emperor Palpatine.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    Agreed, this felt like Dany unshackled. The two people that constantly urged her to make concessions, at the cost of her own progress, are also the two people who betrayed her most deeply. She has no reason to take their wishes into consideration anymore. Instead, she prioritized her and Grey Worm's rage and dedication to executing Missandei's last words. Was it awful and bloody and terrible? Yes. All wars of conquest have been.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    Pretty much. They took an ounce of flesh, she demanded a pound in return. Ringing some bells after roasting a few crossbows was never going to be enough. Not for Dany, not for Grey Worm, and not even, apparently, for Drogon. His animation was *salty* when he swaggered forward to roast Varys. This is literally a case of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Everyone was so worried about Dany maybe going crazy that they actively went out of their way to undermine her, playing right into her paranoia. Jon is apparently the only person on earth that realized what she needed were people who loved and respected her. Tyrion & Varys are like the wire moms researchers put baby monkeys with to see if nature or nurture were more important. Dany literally had no chance to thrive under these two idiots' care, because she was never either's first priority. All the people who prioritized her have sacrificed themselves for her cause, the rest sat back, drank wine, and were like "yea, but maybe, eventually, she'll be crazy. I dunno man, you know how women are."
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    Wouldn't work. Dany feels like she's put more skin in the game to claim the throne in the first place and Jon always feel justified making unilateral decisions. After the honeymoon lovebug period wears off they would be at loggerheads with one another. Honestly, I think that's what they both want, deep down. They fear her because if she wins she'll have too much firepower and too much willpower to be easily manipulated. Varys especially doesn't want a great ruler, he wants a non-psychopath that is malleable and easily manipulated. Hence his immediate switch to Team Jon.
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    Agreed. If there is one thing Team Stark excels at, it's Pyrrhic vengeance. And how did *no one* notice or inform the approaching army that there were an awful lot of anti-dragon crossbow things surrounding home base? The (lack of) military strategy in this season makes literally no sense.
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    S08.E03: The Long Night

    Agreed. Imo, this only tolerable if it's set up to explain why A Man allowed Arya to go on this vengeance spree instead of turning her into a face on the wall. She must be on track to be the greatest Faceless (Wo)Man the world has ever seen if she's reached the level of taking out the freaking Night King. Otherwise A Man and a cart full of gold could have solved this whole mess eons ago.
  7. rozen

    S08.E03: The Long Night

    This was great and all...but what the hell was Bran's plan? Seriously? He sat there warging into some ravens watching w/ surround sound as the Night King came to murder him? I honestly expected the Night King to strut up and suddenly bend the knee to our new Sith Lord Bran. I know the plot demands Dany take enormous losses to make her battle for the throne harder, but wtf was sending the Dothraki to their doom with no support? Literally why? I love how Clegane was ready to let all these suckers die until he saw his baby Arya was in danger. He snatched her up like a unruly kitten and booked it!
  8. Ok, so this was a 100% set up/wish fulfillment episode, fine. I'm ready for epic battles now, thanks. Sansa and Jon being conveniently dumb for the plot again. Yes, we should definitely ask the woman who dropped her claim to rush up here with her dragons and armies to save the North's ass if she promises to gtfo immediately afterwards. Now, girl? Really? And immediately afterwards Jon decides be all like 'hahaha, I'm actually the true heir, gotcha!' Everyone already knows each other except Dany. For all she knows this was an elaborate trap to get her killed fighting the Night King and have the Surprise! Targaryen! pop out of his kinderegg and take over everything. Now, dude? Really? Theon getting a warm welcome home from Sansa punched me straight in the feels. Though, realistically, dude should have been hiding out a dung heap somewhere waiting for her to walk by. No way he wouldn't have been immediately gutted by the people who remember what he did during the first sacking of Winterfell. Nevermind bringing fresh from the swamp Ironborn in with him.
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    S08.E01: Winterfell

    Agreed, it's not their thing. But I am not surprised Sansa is raging that one of the last members of her family is determined to do the same shit that got most of the family killed in the first place. She's paid a higher price than most for the North's insolence, and no one seems to appreciate it except Brianne. Sansa being snitty to Dany is a lazy writing decision, imo. One of many shortcuts they've used to build friction rather than letting it bubble up organically. You're right, all historical data suggests Sansa would never say something so stupid so publicly. It's just convenient for the "girl fight" angle the producers are pushing.
  10. rozen

    S08.E01: Winterfell

    I think all the players in this episode have reasonable points & disadvantages, and hopefully will balance each other out. Jon is "righteous" and honorable, yes. But he has a pathological refusal to take the time to coax people to see the same big picture he does. Additionally, he refuses to take the input of outside advisors, or make them feel included in the process of coming to the decisions he does. Of all the players who exhibits innate entitlement to do wtf he wants bc he's king, it's Jon. I've said it before, but he died to humans because he didn't understand them, he's won against the dead. If he marches on the way he is now, everyone loses. Sansa loves her brother, but she has acquired hard-earned political acumen that Jon lacks. I don't see her as not trusting Jon, I see it as her being increasingly exasperated that he refuses to learn one iota of the "game" because he disdains it, despite the fact it is having immediate and serious consequences for everyone. Showing up having thrown away his crown and expecting everyone to be chill about it is dumb. Bringing enormous armies with no warning and no plan to feed them is a serious goddamn problem. Dismissing people's concerns about his decisions as inconsequential is why some Northmen have decided to screw it and stay home. Sansa could be a good balancing force for Jon, but he refuses to listen (e.g. his sneering at Arya for even standing up for her). He expects her to deal with the small potatoes while he wages his great war, but doesn't keep her up to date on any of his thinking*. Dany has been taught through her entire lifetime of experience is that the only way to save herself is through strength & fear. Every faction she's encountered has tried to murder her and steal everything she's every earned for herself. Expecting her to have any soft skills at this stage of the game is a little silly. However, imo, she has a big step up on many other players in that she has excellent advisors, and she actually listens to them. Do they have argue from one end of westeros to the other to change her mind? Yes. But she hears what they're saying most of the time, even if she decides to go another direction. Dany's bottom line is being acknowledged as queen because that's the only way she could find value for herself. I think the day she realizes the title means nothing because she is inherently powerful & worthy is the day she blossoms into being a true queen. Sam gets to be mad in the immediate aftermath of learning his family is dead...but c'mon. I see the theme is going to be to build a foil between Dany & John based on this incident, but I'm not buying it. Sam *knows* his father was a hateful and stubborn asshole. If he'd been in the Nights Watch, he absolutely would have lead the line to stab Jon to death, and yes Jon would execute someone like Samwell's father. The story also conveniently lacks any context, Dany executed the 2 most recalcitrant rebels in a terrifying manner and cowed everyone else into submission. Rather than cutting them down to the last man, which I swear appears to be the more "honorable" option in this multiverse. Basically everyone needs to stfu and work together, because together they form one fully functioning imperial structure. Any of them alone is fairly unqualified, to me. * edit: Also, I am not shocked Sansa is snitty right now. Jon's rolled up with the spawn of genocidal despots who's way stronger than any of them, and has immediately given her more trust than he's ever shown Sansa.
  11. rozen

    S16.E05: Restaurant Wars Part 2

    I think that's why Kelsey was annoyed. All three kitchens were laid out literally side by side, you can see it in the wide field shots. Sara's servers were chatting off to the side instead of heading back out on the floor and I think that's who Kelsey was telling to shut up.
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    S16.E05: Restaurant Wars Part 2

    I might not have seen it right, but it looked like Kelsey was talking to a bunch of servers that had a Sara intervention on how to deliver their orders. It looked like a group just kind of milled around chatting instead of heading back out on the floor and Kelsey wanted them out and away from the cooking area.
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    S16.E05: Restaurant Wars Part 2

    All three restaurants had terrible servers, the difference was that Northeast and Thistle immediately intervened to do on the spot training. Adrienne made them take back the orders and write them properly, Sara pulled aside several servers to go over how to write a ticket again and again. Brian and Sara were also constantly shown interacting with the staff to make sure things were on track. Nini kind of threw her hands in the air and tried to put out all the fires herself. I'm sure her emotional state wasn't improved by coming back to see that none of her three teammates honestly gave a shit about the fact they just screwed her over on her dessert. Justin and Nini were both at fault for not dropping everything to pull all the staff over and go over table numbers and ticket writing. If someone is sitting so long that they start eating a banana instead, you might as well just call a time out and stop firing and instead go over stuff. I am not impressed with Justin just running around and fuming while things went to shit, really poor leadership. He's lucky that Pablo somehow put out two terrible and mediocre dishes, otherwise he should have gotten the boot too. Brandon was quite lovely and filled in gaps and helped others out admirably. He dealt with Pablo's delusions about needing help plating in the nicest way, just like 'well, I've got nothing to do and I've already picked things up, so I might as well help?' Sara just gives me the creeps, and I literally don't know why because she seems like a perfectly nice person?
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    S16.E04: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars

    I always assume the pay for these things is crap, if they pay at all. I assume it's the same for the designers they choose, who probably are getting pennies on the dollar in exchange for "exposure". If they hired people who specialized in executing these pop-up style venues it wouldn't be such a shitshow and even Nini would have had time to figure out how to organize her servers. Like, c'mon the tables should one of the first things that get set up, and none of those painfully enthusiastic party planners were around to even tell them where they eventually would be? Justin was justified (teehee) in raging that not only was Nini not done with her own dish, but also kept flitting away to do...whatever while Kelsey was trying to do her job and train the servers. But, I think it's going to come back to haunt Nini that she acquiesced to Justin's demand to spin her ice cream already. They've already established there's not a lot of room in the freezers, and they weren't cold enough to freeze the ice cream in the first place. Her dish will have melted by the time the guests work through the first few courses. Wow, is Adrienne cracking the whip for that team or what? It's good she's there, because Brian seems to not comprehend the level of wait staff he's working with. Writing a service manual probably makes sense when everyone is coming in with years of waitstaff experience and you're trying to add that extra flourish that makes it a high-end dining experience. These servers didn't even know what to do after introducing themselves to guests, that's way too much information overload. Good on that one woman for gamely trying to read through that thesis on her own.
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    S03.E10: Karen

    Right? Or if there happened to be another excellent sniper with psychopathic tendencies and an obsession with protecting Karen...
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