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  1. shireenbamfatheon

    S03.E08: Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

    I loved this season and I've already watched it twice. It might even be my favorite season of this show. That said, I'm seriously baffled by the lack of attention given to Max's home life. In season two we saw Billy get slapped by his dad with his stepmom present which clearly telegraphed this was par for the course in their house. But it was still ambiguous whether he physically abused Max or her mom which still allowed the audience to shrug it off because Billy was written so stereotypically. Then in this season, we saw him being abusive to both Billy's mom and kid Billy, showing that he's been a POS for a long time and that he clearly doesn't have any misgivings about hurting women or children. So what does that mean for Max and her mom? Was he only a dick to Billy? And even so, Billy clearly modeled his misogynistic, homophobic and racist behavior after his father. So Max has just been living in this household for years, watching her stepdad beat up his son whom she was terrified of last season? And has she spent the past year sneaking around with Lucas out of fear that her dad will find out she's dating someone who's black? Does Billy no longer care? How does Lucas feel about that? And how did they manage to keep it secret from Mr. Hargrove in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business? This is the problem with making the stereotypical Stephen King bully a family member to one of the (now) main kids. The Duffer brothers said Billy was added to have a human villain in the story, but that doesn't work when you have a bigger monster in Billy's dad, who's also stepdad to a core member of the group who's best friends with a super-powered girl who's the daughter of the chief of police. And they must have realized that with the way they retconned Billy and Max's dynamic. The writing for Billy is just all over the place. They should have either written him more sympathetically last season and made his dad the true villain, or at least have Hopper actually intervene in some way and ensure that Max wasn't being abused. Because watching El, a kid who was abused for most of her life, have a sleepover at Max's, knowing as a viewer that Max too is living in an abusive household made me very uncomfortable. And I have a very hard time believing Hopper is oblivious to what goes on in that house.
  2. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E05: The Bells

    All I wanted was a whole season of this: Literally the thing I'd been looking forward to the most. Just make the Long Night last at least a year and show the psychological toll something this horrifying would have on people. Have the NK and his army make it past Winterfell and have WF as some safe haven since it was built with the same magic as the Wall. Just make the show full-out apocalyptic instead of what we got. Then they could split the final season between Cersei and Dany's reign. They had all the resources at their disposal. HBO was willing to give them more money, time and seasons. They could have hired more writers and directors, and if they were exhausted and wanted to be done with it, they could have someone else replace them as showrunners.
  3. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E05: The Bells

    Replying to comments several pages back now: Dany is called a White Savior by some because her story in Essos is the most blatantly offensive orientalist adventure I can recall in modern pop culture. The story of the benevolent Westerner taming the brutal brown savages to teach them the ways of civilization because their culture is inferior in every way imaginable, and saving the infantilized masses who play no part in creating change because they fully rely on the Westerner to oversee it, is a classic orientalist trope, and one that has been, and still is, peddled to wage war in the real world. Just consider for a moment that Dany spent two seasons in Meereen and didn't think to create a Meereenese council until after she decided to ditch the city. Or that legit old brown people heralded this young white teenager as their mother. Or that the only two Meereenese that were allowed any voice for two and a half seasons were Mossador, who was executed early, and Hizdahr, who was mocked at every turn. The books bear a lot of responsibility for this as well, though at least according to some there's a case to be made that Dany's POV restricts us from seeing some of the less abhorrent aspects of Meereenese culture. No excuse can be made on the show. In the five seasons she spent in Essos, every single person except Mirri and Hizdahr was either a hapless, passive slave or a brutal, sniveling barbarian. And the show still treats Mirri as some evil cackling witch. Even where Missandei and Grey Worm are concerned, 99% of their hopes, dreams, motivations, priorities, and personalities have revolved around their loyalty to Daenerys. It wasn't until 8x02 that they were shown to have separate dreams from those of Daenerys. Having the super disciplined Grey Worm and the Unsullied deliberately partake in the slaughter of innocents given everything they've been through was just one big insult and destroyed any sympathy I had for them. Either they have free will and went "fuck these innocent people", or they've replaced Mhysa as their master and can't envision not following her orders regardless of how monstrous the command. I don't know which is better for the characters. The closest the Starks came to a similar situation was Jon's time with the wildlings, a foreign people with different cultures than the established ones, and who were considered savages. Except the wildlings were multidimensional characters with sympathetic motives, their cultures weren't one-dimensionally evil, they were willing to accept change in the way they went against tradition to choose Mance as their king, and they were willing to change their ways and refrained from rape, pillage and murder once they joined the NK. And all this without Jon ever civilizing them or being worshipped by them. Even after he died for letting them through the Wall, they still weren't on board with going to war with him against Ramsay until Tormund and Wun Wun convinced them. The Starks have never been White Saviors on this show, unless someone takes that to mean saviors who happen to be white.
  4. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E05: The Bells

    Also Dany who invaded a foreign country where she wasn't wanted because of some Manifest Destiny BS and who constantly needed to be talked down from committing atrocities. Who burned a slave alive for killing her slaver husband and called Drogo a hero as late as season seven. Who always picked the most cruel and inhumane executions when presented with alternatives. Who abandoned Meereen and let Daario "Fuck Meereen and its people" Naharis in charge of it. Whose dragon killed a child and then she later complained that the Targaryens were wrong to not let their dragons roam around King's Landing. Who brags about being the Breaker of Chains but refuses to grant the North its independence because she knows what people want better than they do.
  5. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E05: The Bells

    Oh look, a woman who's threatened to burn cities to the ground pretty much every season actually burning a city to the ground. What a surprise.
  6. shireenbamfatheon

    S06.E01: Sanctum

    Except Clarke's actions put Madi at risk whereas Bellamy's plan would have spared them all bloodshed given how the Grounders immediately turned on Bloodreina or whatever she likes to be called when they found out about Madi being a Nightblood. Madi was Clarke's tether to sanity in a world with only the two as inhabitants, and so she robbed her of free will and any chance of living a fulfilling life because she'd rather them be the only two people on earth than put Madi in a dangerous position... Except that's exactly what she did when she sided with a psychopath. That's how delusional and abusive she was. This show doesn't depict rape but Clarke and Madi as the only two women along with a group of high-profile male criminals. I don't need to explain what would've happened. Whereas others tried to find alternatives to war and killing, Clarke never saw any such options. In the very first episode she killed a man who tried to save Madi. Bloodshed and deception have been Clarke's answers to pretty much any problem post-season two. And then she cries and whines about having no choice, but she always goes back to those two options. Watch her do the exact same thing this season.
  7. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    That's because Sansa actually cares about the wellbeing of her people. She pledged her men to Dany's cause in 8x02 and she promised her once again that they'd march for her, but she was right to want more time for them to recuperate. These people just survived an apocalyptic event and Dany's already marching them to another war because of her own ambition. Ironic that Dany said no one would ever feel fear again under her rule when her own Hand and council is terrified of her. Sansa was right when she said that men do stupid things for the women they love. Jon is in serious denial mode and overcompensated to placate Daenerys. I wish Jon had gained the ability to lie last season when he stood in front of Cersei. But I guess honor suddenly doesn't matter when he can bang his aunt instead. He's suddenly ok with letting the realm believe his father was a rapist.
  8. shireenbamfatheon

    S08.E04: The Last of the Starks

    In 8x02 Tyrion told Jaime that he always knew what Cersei was but he loved her anyway. Tyrion is doing the exact same thing with Daenerys. Sansa, Tyrion, Varys, Arya, Bran, Sam and even Jon to some degree can all see it, but Tyrion and Jon are closing their eyes to the truth. And thousands of innocent people will suffer for it.
  9. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Yeah, it really is a silly excuse for haters to criticize her for wanting Jon to continue living a lie so she herself can live a lie in order to sit a throne that isn't even rightfully hers according to the inheritance law she's basing her claim on despite her hatred for Robert the Usurper. Silly me for bringing it up. It's not like being a bastard has affected Jon his entire life or anything. Or that the Starks kids care about their father cheating on their mother, which impacted them to such a degree that book!Robb married a woman because he didn't want to dishonor a woman and father a bastard like his father did. Or that people Jon has spent all this time believing he wasn't the product of love but just some fling at best. Because he now has to let everyone believe that his true parents were a rapist and his victim. That should be fun for him. But really, the Starks are the assholes for not considering Dany one of them when Dany is willing to screw their brother over and to let her own brother be remembered as a rapist. What a wonderful sister, aunt and lover she turned out to be.
  10. shireenbamfatheon

    S06.E01: Sanctum

    Clarke has often saved people but she's also screwed her "friends" over pretty much every single season. Given that they knew her for circa six months before they were separated for six years, and then were sold out by her and left to be tortured and murdered as soon as they reunited again, I'm surprised no one's shanked her yet. These people spent six years in space together; they're family at this point. And Clarke tried to get them killed twice last season and let Raven witness Shaw's torture because of Madi, another person she tortured, because she was willing to let every single person burn if it meant the two of them could live on a planet inhabited by a convicted murderer and his band of merry space pirates. Two women alone on the planet with those men. Good luck. So yeah, I'm enjoying all the shade they're throwing her way.
  11. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    According to the leaks, Dany doesn't even want Jon to tell his siblings the truth about his parentage. If it was up to Daenerys, the Starks would never know that their father wasn't unfaithful and that he was, in fact, a hero who sacrificed his own honor to protect the life of an innocent child. Moreover, if it was up to her, Jon would continue to live as a bastard with no proper surname and pretend to be Ned Stark's only act of dishonor, while letting the realm believe that his biological father was a rapist rather than just a lovesick moron. But screw Jon and what it'd do to him, right? Not to mention how people view Ned and Dany's own brother. As long as she gets to pretend that she has the best claim. But hey, the Starks are the assholes.
  12. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Right? The whole crowdsurfing on brown people crying for "mother" thing should have given it away. Or the brown Dothrakis being hypersexual rapists who value their horses more than they do women and don't have a word for "thank you." Speaking of the Dothraki, good thing they're dead it the leaks about Dany unleashing her forces on the commonfolk are true.
  13. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    They probably wouldn't if they didn't have the Mad King's daughter on their doorstep. Dany really is the best thing that happened to Cersei.
  14. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    There is this one spoiler that goes "Jon finally sees Arya" in episode 5 or 6 which sounds a bit strange. But according to the episode summary, Arya will infiltrate the city and be among the civilians crammed into the Red Keep to prevent Dany from burning it to the ground. But if she goes through with it anyway, which the leaks and leaked set pics indicate she does, then Jon might believe she's burned his sister alive as well until he later "sees her". He is not going to take that well.
  15. shireenbamfatheon

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Explains why he's no longer riding Rhaegal.
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