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    The Comics: Same, Yet Different

    Good on Kirkland. He told the story he wanted to tell, and he knew when to say the end. I stopped reading the series after the prison fell, but I'd check into the wiki now and then to see how things were moving along. But all that aside, I'm going to miss it, miss knowing that that world was still out there where Carl was the future.
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    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    I'm OK with it. Drogon broke my heart more than anyone else on the show. But then Jon reuniting with Ghost mended it again. Apparently I'm primarily here for the CGI animals. Seriously, I'm good with how all of it turned out, but I did notice how D&D just skipped right by the moment when Grey Worm discovered that Jon had killed Dany. How on earth did GW not skewer Jon on the spot? I mean I'm glad that he didn't, but still. Many beautiful shots in this one. Drogon rising from the ashes was spectacular. Sam became a Maester, right? My friends, we were here for the unveiling of the Reform Maester denomination: Sam got to marry and have a child. Good for him. Glad that Jon decided to head north with the Wildings. I like that future for him. Thrilled for Arya heading off to explore on her very own Stark Ship. I'm surprised that Sansa was made queen; I took her stance about the northmen not bending a knee ever again to mean she was aiming more for an autonomous collective, but hey - everyone seemed keen on the coronation, and she did look lovely in that crown. Glad to see all my faves now a part of the Small Council. It's where I'd choose to hang out if I could. Am I right in thinking that Brienne is now Captain of the King's Guard? I'm OK, too, with Jaime getting the hero treatment from her in his biography, because that's what he was to her. Honestly, I'd be happy to see the further adventures of Jon and Arya and the world rebuilding of the Six Kingdoms. I assume I'm in the minority on that one :)
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    There is also cold rage; the kind that banks internally until it builds to violent, sometimes deadly, reprisals. I won't speak for anyone else here, but I doubt I'm the only one who's seen that irl. It's not a switch - it's a fuse. I honestly had no trouble believing that Dany would just burn it all down for all of the reasons some of us have already pointed out about her Targaryen genes and her past first impulses. I thought EC did an impressive job of acting showing Dany's growing despair and anger. My biggest objection to some of the takes on Dany's (and Grey Worm's) attack on the city and the civilians is that it was a war crime, and that Dany even understood that term. There were no war crimes; there was just war, and it was brutal, and the civilians (another modern thought) were at the mercy of whatever armed group came through. That was a recurring theme of GRRM's stories. According to current thought, ASOIAF was teeming with war criminals. Even in the show we can count Robert Baratheon, Tywin Lannister, Tyrion using wildfire during the Battle of Blackwater Bay, Walder Frey, all of the fucking Ramseys just to start the list. Dany would have committed multiple war crimes: crucifying the slave owners; incinerating all of the soldiers and animals in the supply train; incinerating the Tarleys for not bending the knee. I just don't see it as useful or relevant term to apply to Game of Thrones. What Dany did was wrong, hateful, immoral, if you like. It was made more horrifying by using her dragons as weapons. If everyone had dragons? I believe it would have been more like an established tactic.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    You know, no one knows that Jaime and Cersei are dead. Their bodies are never going to be found under all of that rubble. All that's evident is that Tyrion set Jaime free and he and Cersei can't be found. Well "evident" assuming the tent where he was being held is still in one piece complete with empty shackles. I wonder what Dany's reaction to that is going to be? JK, I think we all know. Dany was motivated by one major thing in both book and show: The Iron Throne is her destiny. How she was going to deal with all of that power was up for debate during the previous seasons, but nothing and no one was going to keep her from her destiny. And a belief in one's destiny becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Anything goes when you destiny is calling, and all of your actions are rationalized away because . . . destiny. I liked Dany, but I never had a lot of faith in her. How does Arya not kill Dany? BTW, Maisie owned every single scene she was in. So many wonderful actors in this show. Were we supposed to recognize that tall guy who was trying to rape one of the KL women? The guy that Jon killed? He was wearing a lot of armor,and he was a big guy; I assume he was one of the army of the North.
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    I think Dany has most usually been shown to be a flawed hero. How many times did she have to be talked down from an extreme stance when it came to her enemies? Not always one for nuance, especially on her early road. I can't remember the season - maybe 3? - when Tyrion trotted out what was taken to be a truism about the vagaries of the Targaryen bloodline: They say that when a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin. That always stuck with me, and it always seemed to me an important part of watching Dany's character arc.
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    Sansa only told Tyrion after she realized that he was a bit fearful of Dany.
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    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    I don't have a problem with Sansa telling Tyrion the truth about Jon. That's vital information that all of the major players should have. And you'll notice that Tyrion didn't waste any time telling Varys - for the same reason. I suppose Davos will be next on the list, as he should be. I liked Varys's line that now so many know, it's no longer a secret, it's information. So is this it for Brienne? She's sworn to protect Sansa; I don't see her breaking her oath to take off after Jaime to help keep him safe. I'll be sad if that's it for Ser Brienne, as I'm sad that Tormund is heading back to what's left of the Wall. And Ghost! FFS Jon, he's your bonded direwolf; he would have died for you. He's standing there covered in blood, and you can't even pat his head in good-bye? Forget anything else in your past: This is the karma that's going to come back and bite you in the ass. Pun intended. I was very sorry to see Missandei die. She was brave and loyal and just about the most beautiful human being I've ever seen.
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    S08.E03: The Long Night

    To make it worse, I heard someone trapped outside actually calling to her by name twice. Right before everything went quiet. That just added to the horror of that sequence. As to Sansa and Tyrion hiding, what actual help could either of them have been? It would have been a suicidal gesture. Which, nonetheless, it appears that they were going to make right before Arya took out NK and all the wights shattered.
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    S08.E03: The Long Night

    I don't really understand why some posters feel that it was easy to kill the NK. Thousands of people died in that battle. Winterfell was destroyed. The plan to destroy him with dragon fire failed. There was nothing easy about trying to kill him. He was always going to be taken out by either dragon fire, dragon glass, or Valyrian steel. And it was one of those that finally did kill him. I'm thrilled that it was Arya who did it, too. God, there was some beautiful cinematography in this episode, as well as some astounding battle sequences. The story ripped my heart several times. I'm glad that this part of the story is over, to be honest. Time to kill Cersei, people.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Sapochnik is out with an interview about 8.3, and the big news for me is that he says to consider episodes three, four, and five all of a piece; he says he'd wished he could have directed them all. Also 8.5 has another big battle, so I guess the speculation here that the NK is going to move against KL sounds pretty likely. The other good news is that he studied Peter Jackson's Battle of Helms Deep for the Winterfell battle. Well, it's good news for me because that's one of my favorite filmed battles.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    He's been traveling around with Beric and his magical flaming sword; he didn't seem put off by the little Lord Umber flambé as much as by the horror of the situation. I think that attitude is going to carry over to fighting the AOTD. If fire is a good weapon, I believe he'll buck up and deal with it. I guess we'll see.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    I believe that wights have to have been killed by other wights or those under command of the NK. Normally I'd agree, but their title is just about perfect.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    She's the head of House Karstark now.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    This was the best episode of the entire season. I didn't realize I wanted every single scene to happen until it unfolded in front of my eyes; now it seems as if the whole series led seamlessly to this point. Brilliant.
  15. Right? My main thought coming out of that trailer is "Are you putting a kitty in danger? Are you SERIOUSLY putting a little orange tabby in danger? Because if you kill that cat I will not take a backward glance as I leave."
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