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    Betty? Veronica? Hot Dog? Spoilers and Spoiled Speculation

    I hope that Fred's death (if that's what they're doing) is a total departure from the typical Riverdale serial killers, shootings, fights, and gruesome murders. It would be refreshing if they took a page from "Buffy's" infamous "The Body" episode, where Buffy's mom died of natural causes, and thus quietly and differently from the regular vampires-and-monsters killings. Or maybe they'll go the Glee route and not even mention how or why Fred died, but focus instead on his life. Anyway, I'm glad they didn't rush into it with 3 episodes to spare and have had months to think it through. I'm confident they'll do right by LP.
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    S07.E01: The Further Adventures

    Ha! Can't believe I forgot that connection! That was a pretty good PBS mini. JLM was Mr. Knightley.
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    S07.E01: The Further Adventures

    I was hoping that Burrows and Summers would have a scene together, because it was Summers' BL character who outed Burrows as an Englishwoman. I had a hard time buying Joan's belief that the DCI didn't like her simply because of the "Doc" thing. But it might just be that I loved "Beverly" and have a hard time seeing Greig as unlikeable!
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    S07.E01: The Further Adventures

    I totally squee'd over the guest cast for this episode! Love Tamsin Greig - I still remember her from a short-lived British show called "Love Soup," and of course, Episodes. Saffron Burrows and Ophelia Lovibond, AND Tara Summers - who had ONE scene?! I totally thought she was the killer because I thought, certainly they didn't hire Tara Summers for a one-scene nurse role? Really odd. (She did at least 2 seasons as a regular on Boston Legal, also PBS's Mercy Street, Ringer, and Dietland last year.) And I didn't even know the doctor like all of you. Props to whoever is doing casting! But ugh....the blonde hair. Just no, Lucy. ETA: Also Jamie Thomas King, who played the paparazzi suspect, has a long list of credits including Mad Men ("the lawnmower guy who'll never golf again") and the Tudors.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Right, that's the lesson - but why even have this ability in the story at all? Bran and the 3ER's ability to see history serves a purpose, for Bran to better understand his family, history, Jon's lineage, etc. and pass along that knowledge. But their ability to AFFECT history serves no purpose in the story. Bran's connection to Hodor only affected Hodor. We haven't seen him be tempted to use this ability to affect the larger story (or, more importantly, actually use it while knowing the risk BECAUSE of the Hodor experience). If we had, then the "Hodor lesson" would have meant something. As it is, it just stands alone as some random thing Bran can do that has no connection to anything. (And I really wish autocorrect would stop changing "Hodor" to "Honor"!)
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    It was definitely a brilliant move for those reasons - but I'm guessing that Dany will not be seen as brilliant. And, she could have pulled that same brilliant move - lucidly, with her whole team - at the beginning of season 7. Her plan to fly the 3 dragons to the Red Keep and just annihilate Cersei and the castle actually sounds pretty good, in retrospect. And because I feel like griping: What was the point of Bran being able to alter history? Why the heck was it important that he affected Hodor? Why couldn't Hodor just be slow, full stop? Unless there's some twist in the last episode, and we find out that Bran masterminded some past event to make the whole GOT story happen, I just don't understand why this was even a plot point. This is starting to remind me more and more of Lost, where at the end, you're saying "but what about THAT? And THAT? They never explained THAT!"
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Yeah - I was spoiled by the basic story points before seeing this episode, and I have to say, I have no idea why she took that turn and just started blasting all the people in KL. She easily could have just flown to the Red Keep and annihilated it (and I did quite enjoy that part). Was she just "Targ" nuts? Had she reached her breaking point after the dragon deaths, Jorah, Missandei, and all the betrayals and possible betrayals she saw coming? Was she heartbroken about Jon? I really hope that if the books are ever written, Dany's specific motivation there is easier to understand. She has been ruthless in the past, but turning on average people was never her thing - even if she believed the population didn't care for her, it's hard to understand why she would willfully kill so many innocent people.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I could not agree more with this. I have been watching GOT reruns and marathons for years. I love it because of the characters and the periodic moments of triumph, like the dragons' birth, Dany outhinking the warlocks, Dany conning the Astapor masters (basically most annual Dany triumphs), Jon's resurrection, Brienne saving Sansa, the reclaiming of Winterfell, Jorah being forgiven by Dany, Tyrion shooting Tywin, etc. The show was always good about balancing terrible tragedies with wins for its main characters. But I don't see any wins coming in these last 2 episodes, and I would guess the audience doesn't either. I will have a very hard time rewatching this show, or even reading the books-to-come, knowing the depressing ending. Yes, maybe in life the good guys die before the story ends. But that doesn't a beloved series make. I actually dread watching the last two episodes. I was so excited to watch this season (for years! like so many people!), and now I find myself pausing the live shows and doing housework in between, just because it's so stressful and unpleasant. "Bittersweet" is not Frodo and Sam dying on Mount Doom. Bittersweet is most characters surviving, but characters having to live with their histories and consequences.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Finally a spoiler I am excited about. And if the leaks are true that Drogon annihilates KL (with the help of the wildfire, which I totally buy, because Cersei), it only makes sense that he is armored in a way that subverts the scorpion arrows. Please, please let them show a scene where everyone tries to put the armor on Drogon!
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Me too. As well as the fact that the two women who have dared throughout the show to question the system and fight for power for themselves (Dany and Cersei) will apparently both be killed because they're "crazy." Heck, I don't like Cersei at all but it's hard to not have a grudging respect for her. (I'll always be grateful to her for blowing up the sept and putting an end to the endless High Sparrow storyline.) When season 7 started, I marveled that the show focused on so many strong female characters, most of whom either ruled/semi-ruled their respective kingdoms (Dany, Cersei, Oleanna, Yara, Sansa, the Sand Snakes) or badass female warriors (Brienne, Arya, also Yara and the Snakes). To have this show conclude with a ruling council of men is beyond depressing. And if the leaks are correct, the ending IS flat-out depressing, not bittersweet. Most protagonists die? One goes into exile in depression? The dragons all die? At this point, the only thing I'm happy about is that Ghost will apparently be safe. The more I read this forum, the less I want to watch till the end.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    It looks like you are correct: Iain Glen confirms he filmed the funeral pyre scene: https://ew.com/tv/2019/04/30/game-of-thrones-ser-jorah-battle-interview/
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    If Jon dies - which I think seems likely - it will be similar to Beric. He will die in a way that directly achieves a very important goal. Obviously the Lord of Light did not bring him back to stop the NK - there is a different reason. Who knows, maybe it is just to knock up Dany with the PtwP.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I doubt that any of that will happen overnight. There won't be a democracy or anything like that. But adding layers of representation as opposed to one single monarch would be progress for Westeros.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I think I put two and two together (apologies if someone already figured this out). First, from Friki's Q&A from a few pages back (sorry, it won't let me quote): Q:Hey friki do you think Dany will become queen? A:I think there will be a royal council. Q2:A council that has like a prime minister from each kingdom? A:Something similar And from James Hibberd in EW last fall: "I look around at a meticulously constructed set that I've never seen on the show before. Several actors are performing and I'm stunned. There are characters in the finale that I did not expect. I gradually begin to piece together what has happened in Westeros over the previous five episodes and try not to look like I'm freaking out." Hibberd saw the council, IMO. New set. I would bet characters like Robin Arryn and Edmure are in this scene, reps for their regions - probably the characters Hibberd did not expect to see. Also Yara and Sansa (maybe in the mystery dress mentioned above). Maybe Gendry, for the Stormlands. Maybe Sam, for the Reach. IDK who I'd put for Dorne (who's left?) or the West, given that it's possible/likely both Lannister brothers will die. His "piecing together" and "freaking out," I think, refers to his likely conclusion that both Jon and Dany have died (or left), since there is apparently no one on the Iron Throne. And maybe what he saw even confirms that King's Landing no longer exists. I have been very troubled by the idea that Dany will die while Jon gets to rule. But if they both die - and both their purposes was to bring about democratic change in Westeros (at least partially) - I could get behind that. A number of the actors, especially Emilia, have mentioned that "power" is a central idea in this last season, and the idea of spreading out power rather than concentrating it in one ineffective ruler might be where this ends. (Dany doesn't realize that would truly "break the wheel.") Also, I keep feeling that Jon is doomed too, that that's part of the resurrection deal - he was allowed to come back, but only to complete a special purpose. It seems unlikely he will simply achieve the Iron Throne, rule, have a happy life, etc. That said, if the show (and book series) kill off the two main protagonists, that goes way beyond the often-quoted description of the conclusion as "bittersweet." That's more akin to Frodo and Sam both dying at Mount Doom after throwing in the ring.
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    A Discovery Of Witches

    Maybe a contrary opinion, but Episode 3 is where they hooked me. I have had the first book for ages, but never really read it. I think this series suffers from its episode count. The books (from what I have flipped through) are very dense with detail. Very different from Twilight, although I agree, the basic story beats are scary similar (I hope we don't get a werewolf love triangle though!) The books are largely told from Diana's POV, and I think that really helps the character. Here, we just know what we observe, and we are tainted by the actress's performance. I LOVE Matthew Goode. I may or may not have rewatched Chasing Liberty a number of times, years ago. 🙂 So I was all in on this, even though I agree, he doesn't exactly resemble the description of Matthew in the book. (I am picturing someone taller and broader, more like Christopher Reeve.) Teresa Palmer's line delivery, however, reminds me (unfavorably) of Sophie Skelton (Bree) on Outlander. So I think that maybe, for some actors, the need to focus on the accent gets the better of their acting. Palmer's nonverbal moments, as mentioned above, are pretty good. But that Episode 1 scene where she gave a lecture? OMG. No gravitas whatsoever. This is a top-notch professor? I just don't buy it - and unfortunately, I think it's the line delivery. I know a little more about Outlander, so I know that they had a hard time finding a) an actress who resembled the leads, and b) a UK actress because of their budget. What was the constraint here? Why couldn't they hire an American to play Diana? I mean, heck, they didn't even hire a Brit! But just like I was initially in on Twilight many years ago (don't judge - it was before the Eclipse book even came out!), I'm sold on this now. Can't explain it. Definitely reading the books though. I have too many questions - like what is the deal with the young couple and his mom? (Again, longer episodes would help.)
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