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  1. Smad

    Game Of Thrones In The Media

    It's hypocrisy. And I'm not a fan of hypocrites. The red flags concerning D&D have been there since the beginning. Their sexism/misogyny, racism, dudebro mentality, treatment of homosexuality etc.. The only reason why people overlooked those things is because as long as D&D were (badly) using the books, they could fake it enough to fool a lot of people. Even the later Seasons were defended by most people and everyone criticizing them was labeled 'book snob'. And as long as their fave characters still got their 'badass' moments, they didn't care. But then in S8 they are complaining because now even their fave characters are getting crapped on so suddenly this show and D&D suck.
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    Game Of Thrones In The Media

    Actually a lot of people where complaining since the early Seasons (and not just book snobs) but were drowned out by all the 'shut up this is awesome, you don't know good tv' crowd. The same people who used to be that way, telling complainers to shut it, are the same ones who now complain about S8. I do appreciate irony...
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    Game Of Thrones In The Media

    It was kind of weird that she neglected to mention Arya and Bran. She mentioned freaking Bronn who barely had any screen time. I wanted her take on those two characters too. I was also waiting the whole video for her to talk about the very ending of the show but she didn't (I really wanted her take on it).
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    But Sansa romanticizing the life she will lead didn't come from nowhere. It's similar to our modern age. It's fine to let your kid watch Disney movies but it's your job to prepare your child for the actual, real and sometimes ugly world out there. Because that's the reality your child will live in, not a Disney movie. So it's fine to let Sansa have her entertainment and fantasies as long as she is in an environment where that isn't a problem. Like living in the North in WF, protected among her family while still being really young. But once it was not only decided to betroth her so young but they were going south where a viper pit is, you'd think they would have at least tried to impart some harsh doses of reality. Because it was needed. Poor girl was not prepared for the 900 pedos each day that want her, killers everywhere and schemers and assholes en masse. Nevermind an asshole of a prince betrothed to her and a witch of a future step mother. I just can't hate a little girl for what she is considering it's her parents who so massively failed her. And I can't blame her for her actions either for the same reason, sucky parents.
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    Sansa Stark: A Direwolf In Sheep's Clothing?

    Not to mention that he dragged the Northern army into the massacre in KL. He made them complicit in the mass murder. For someone who said more than once that he does what he does because he loves the North and it's people and wants to save it/them, he sure has a weird way of showing it. Ironically an alliance is exactly what Dany ended up offering him at the end of 7x06. It still pisses me off that he wasn't man enough to make that known to the Lords/Ladies of the North. He let them all believe Dany wouldn't help unless he gave up his crown. What an ass. I mean I'm sure D&D simply forgot that happened. But it could also be that they knew they couldn't have told their story this way (which was all about the Lords/Ladies hating Dany for making Jon kneel and Dany's isolation) so they simply chose not to include it. But yes, Jon served his people precisely because of the way Jon was elected. The King/Queen title in this political system was always one that you came by via succession and inheritance. There are extreme cases where it's different but that's usually how it goes in Westeros. But Jon had no right to that title. He wasn't legitimized, the true born heir sat right there (not to mention that he knew Bran was alive), he was a Night's Watch deserter (he didn't want people to know he died and came back and who would believe that anyway), as a bastard he had no lands/title/castle from which to draw taxes, no army of his own, no power. The Lords/Ladies of the North decided to throw out feudal tradition, to dispense with the usual Stark monarch and instead vote for the new King/Queen. Which IMO means different rights as to what Jon can do. Since he was voted into office he was only King by the grace of the people. If they decide they aren't happy with him, they could simply replace him and vote for someone else (which they wanted to do in S7 by giving Sansa that title instead). So Jon had even more obligation to serve his peoples interest than a usual King would have in Westeros.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    It always depends on where you try to share your opinion. Most boards or reddits or whatever are biased towards certain characters so it's hard to make yourself heard without being bullied by the masses that tell you how wrong you are. People sometimes just see the surface of 'oh hey, good guy with honor' (see also show!Jon Snow) and that's enough for them. Despite the fact that they get thousands killed with their honor. Doesn't matter to the audience/reader, they can always blame someone else (usually a female character) that has nothing to do with it.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    If that really was GRRM's point with Jeyne's story then I don't know what to say. Except he would fit right in with the toxic fandom he supposedly hates, the ones who think Sansa's beatings in KL were deserved as well as all the creepy pedos she had to deal with all the time. Or those that think she deserved Ramsey and worse. Because the punishment does not even in the slightest fit the crime. Though I'm still unsure what either Jeyne's or Sansa's crimes even were. It would also fly in the face of a point GRRM is making, that it sucks for the smallfolk, big time. Is this what little girls deserve because they are mean to another girl which is freaking NORMAL? Then where the hell is Arya's punishment then? Girl gave as good as she got. The whole Septa system is creepy to no end. It's basically a woman hired for grooming/brainwashing. Isn't the Septa thing a Southern custom though (I don't remember right now)? Maybe Ned should have vetoed that. And that still doesn't answer my question really (not a question for you but the books/show) as to why Ned/Cat/Septa thought it was a good idea to let Sansa be raised so naively. They all know what it's like for a highborn woman in Westeros. They know the world is full of vile people. At the very least you'd expect them to give her a dose of reality when it was decided to betroth her, at freaking age 11 (or 13 in the show) and taking her to completely different culture with very different people. Cat herself knows what it's like both in regards to the South and what highborn women awaits.
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    Sansa Stark: A Direwolf In Sheep's Clothing?

    I actually thought that after yet another Tyrion disaster (Lannister army not coming), Dany would offer Sansa to be Hand of the Queen. But then I remembered that Dany had transformed into a simpleton when it comes to politics so that went nowhere. I thought that would have been a great story though.
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    S08.E06: The Iron Throne

    You can find plenty of excerpts online. Heck, Jon and Sansa have been memed to death already.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    But here is the thing a narcissist like Benioff doesn't understand. I don't have to know someone to feel empathy. I felt for Lollys in the books to the point that I wanted to punch Shae's face every time she complained about her because god forbid someone goes through that and has trauma because of it. Because I can empathize with Lollys. Same with Jeyne Poole. I've felt more sorry for Jeyne than 99.9999% of any of the other book characters. And I barely know her either. D&D can't seem to grasp that simple concept because they are literally incapable of it themselves. Also it's way more shocking to have it happen to a bigger character and shock gets them more attention. PS: Of course Jeyne's situation is way worse but again, you can't put that on screen in this day and age. Not in the West at least.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    Oh I know but it was about the pedophilia being dialed back in the show. I still don't get why they added that to happen to Sansa since it's not in the books. But it's probably for the same reason they replaced Jeyne with Sansa later on. It wouldn't be shocking and we wouldn't care to see it happening to someone we don't know.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    I have been deliberately avoiding thinking about that, much less writing about it. This sets my blood boiling like you wouldn't believe and it's summer here and it's hot and I'm sweating enough as it is.😜 It doesn't look like Ned had much of a relationship with his eldest daughter. He apparently doesn't seem to love her beyond the kind of love where you are obligated to have for family. He has a relationship with Arya, mostly just because she reminds him of Lyanna. Her he talks to, Sansa is not someone he seems to consider much. The show, due this being actual people rather than words, seemed to make that painfully clear, clearer than the books which lacks in pre-story House Stark family dynamics (other than Arya/Jon and Ned/Cat and maybe Cat/Jon and Cat/Sansa I have no idea how the individual relationships are like between the family members). But when Ned gives his daughter a doll and she tells him she hasn't played with dolls in the last 5 years...good grief man. When was the last time you even actually talked to your daughter? Did you ever? But what stayed the same was Ned keeping up the betrothal for his own selfish reasons which just infuriated me. You know this is a psycho family, from your abusive asshole of a friend to his mega-bitch wife to their psycho son and you don't get your daughter of that arrangement first thing? I have much less issues with Ned's political conduct (even though I want to facepalm every Ned chapter or TV episode) but with the way he puts his children, especially his eldest daughter, in the line of fire like that. Like I said before, he shows more concern for Cersei's inbred bastards by warning her beforehand than he does his own children when he doesn't get them out FIRST before even approaching Cersei. If Joff had the Baratheon look Ned would never have found out about the incest, since Joff's Lannister looks is what tipped him off (even though it makes no sense but hey they don't understand genetics) so who knows where the story would have gone. Nowhere good for Sansa, that's for sure. But it's not like the actual story got her anywhere good either. I don't understand how or why they kept that Septa for as long as they did. Why do you charge an alcoholic with watching your children? Someone who is constantly drunk and lets strange old dudes like LF feel up an 11 year old, basically the woman can't do her job. Why did they never get another? Why did none of them ever educate Sansa on the real world and what it's like for a woman in Westeros? They raised her in a bubble with nothing but Disney princess movies and then threw her to the lions. What kind of parent that actually loves their children would do that?
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    He might have prioritized world building over characters in the first book. When you have so many elements in your story, it's easy to lose track of certain things. It could also have been him trying to make it clear, via Ned, that what works in the North doesn't in the South. I think however that GRRM being a 'gardener' is both his curse and his blessing. It allowed him to change his story from the set goal he had, especially for characters. His story grew and changed. That IMO is a good thing. But all he did was keep planting seeds, widening the world and character pool to the point where there is too much to harvest now and he has no clue how to do it. And that's the main reason why he won't finish this series. He simply can't. He's old now, his memory isn't the best and he only has two more books to finish a story, which with all the characters and plots should realistically take way more than 2 books to wrap up. Too many POVs, too many plots, too many conflicts (several Targs conquering, The Others, every Kingdom has it's own plot). And lets not forget that he's been doing so much on the side that has nothing to do with finishing his main series. He wrote side stories (Dunk&Egg), involved with history books, Fire&Blood, GoT the TV show and prequels, video games and conventions. Eventually his reputation will probably be that of a writer who bit off more than he could chew. After all there are plenty of writers who had book series and they managed to finish them off. And he's had plenty of time to do so. Too bad his publisher didn't put more fire under his ass. I think my fave was the description of the Hound and Night's Watch. I think the rampant pedophilia that 90% of the men in his books seem to be inflicted with would not have been possible with the show being produced in the West due to our laws. In other parts of our world however, that part of the story probably could be adapted. They were pushing it with LF in S4 (they really dialed him down previously considering how much he touches Sansa all the way back to the tourney). They really lucked out with aging up the kids and they were lucky Sophie Turner was an early developer who looked older than her age. Not that it excuses anything D&D did, like adding an attempted gang rape during the King's Landing riots that wasn't in the books. I'm sure we all could. But the person touched most of the basics. Ned's children, Robert, Cersei, him being a judgemental ass. You could double that in words by just talking about Ned's 'political' conduct in KL. Personally I was done with Ned long before he even reached KL. The incident at the Tridant was my breaking point. Anyone who kills an innocent is not a person worthy of my support. Honor my ass. His utter failure to watch his children is what started everything. Arya shouldn't have been playing with Mycah. Why was no one watching her? Allowing Sansa to be alone without a few guards with a boy who is an ass (hello he could rape her or beat her) and get drunk. Dragging your drunk and tired 11 year old daughter before everyone to be questioned and ask her to either betray her future family by telling the truth (great way to start a future marriage with a known asshole and witch of a mother) or betray the family she was born into by lying. Then your fat, drunk, abusive douchbag of a 'best friend' can't be bothered with children drama and his wife's nagging so he tells you to kill an innocent just to get it over with. The innocent being in this case was his own daughter's pet who didn't do anything wrong. And he doesn't think that would traumatize his daughter? Jesus Christ man.
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    I'm not sure I would call him poorly written. I just think that people come in all forms, including their hangups and psychological problems. I think a character like Ned is infuriating and aggravating because he makes so many mistakes. Whether those are because of his rigid sense of honor, his loyalty to a 'best friend' who has long ceased to be the guy he knew, his own personal wants (investigating the death of his father figure), his inability to read people at all or expect them to act as honorably as he does. I really like this video which details 'political' Ned as far as the show is concerned at least. When you think about the fact that his rigid sense of honor caused the Wot5K and cost tens of thousands their life it's a mystery to me how this guy has so many fans/defenders. People rather blame an 11 year old girl. Btw I'm not sure if you have read this but you would probably get a kick out of it. It was an April's Fools post but really it isn't. But it sure is a fun read...
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    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    His freaking daughter, at age 11 I might add, noticed that LF's smile doesn't reach his eyes. I think that was during the tourney. Yet people blame her more than Ned, that's the problem for me. Ned had talked to Cersei days before and Sansa ran to Cersei the morning on the day when Jamie and Ned had it out (from what I remember). Ned said nothing to his daughters as to why they were leaving and Sansa's betrothal was canceled. He didn't tell them about his investigation either. Considering the grooming had worked well on Sansa, if Ned had told her that Joff is actually an inbred bastard, Sansa probably would have lost interest in Joff on the spot. Also who in their right mind doesn't get his children out of the line of fire FIRST before going up to Cersei to spill the beans? For a guy with a supposedly serious hangup about child murder, his disrespect, disregard and lack of concern for his own children is staggering. He showed more concern for Cersei's children, whom he knew Robert would kill, than his own daughters. That's what's so aggravating. Ned is the one the most responsible for what happened to him and his children in KL (and what his children had to endure as a result) yet everyone blames Sansa. And lets not forget that he was the stellar father who betrothed Sansa to that psycho family in the fist place. His fat, drunk and douchbag of a best friend wanted them to join the families together and you don't check out first what you betroth your child to? And you don't call it off when you see your best friend is ineffectual and a douchbag and his wife is a biatch who will have an innocent killed? That the son has already shown himself to be an ass. So much for Ned having hangups about bad things happening to children. I guess it doesn't extend to his own children.
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