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Pestilentia

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  1. Pestilentia

    S02.E04: She Knows

    Celeste is too smart to behave this stupidly. You'd think an attorney would be better at looking out for herself. It's annoyingly unrealistic- she gets this clueless "Duh, wha?" look on her face when anything happens and it's driving me nuts. And why is everyone being so accommodating to the shit stirring she-devil? Heads up Monterey 5 ladies- have a meeting, come to a consensus on how to deal with/ignore her, and stick to it. They are ALL playing right into her hands. Sloppy writing.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    The big reveal of Jon's parentage was the hingepin upon which the entire show revolved. If they casually toss that aside as a "Never mind" it renders the entire series moot. What was the point? There have been wolf/dog hybrids available as animal actors for decades. That they chose not to utilize them is a mystery, but I can assure you that no "new species" is being created here. Sounds to me more as if they have contracted with a specific breeder and trainer to provide wolf dog hybrids who have been acclimated and trained to specific 'in world' requirements and standards. Something the current showrunners had plenty of time to do themselves had they cared enough to bother.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    She really is a victim of her upbringing. When you consider that she only had Viserys telling her stories of entitlement and how universally loved they were all her life it's no wonder she can't handle rejection. She is not equipped for anything besides vengeance, the acquisition of power, and everlasting adulation.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    IMO that's what she was doing during her week of seclusion/not eating- she was stewing over it. She had Tyrion on one shoulder urging her to show mercy and her inner tyrant on the other telling her "Fire and blood." She wasn't raging when she destroyed Kings' Landing- she had long since decided to do it.
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    S08.E05: The Bells

    So that incinerated corpse that Arya saw at the end there was the mom and child she tried to lead to safety? And that hand poking up that looked like the pommel of a charred Longclaw was just a hand and not a charred Longclaw? RIGHT? Am I the only one seeing these things?
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I keep going back to Arya's telling Ed Sheeran's band of bros "I'm going to kill the Queen." It just rang so true to me in a very prescient manner.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I think that at this point Bran is a meat hard drive and not much more. He may have a tiny spark of Stark left flickering but it is dwindling and will eventually go out. His time spent in the cave was analogous to a system upgrade where the new hard drive (Bran) was being formatted and the system switch taking place as the old hardware (Bloodraven) was retired. That's completed now and his job is to record. He is a repository. He is no longer an individual- he is a piece of hardware. He has no real agency aside from the odd cryptic comment to direct people in the direction they are destined to go anyway. And IMO this direction is 99.9% exposition anyway- to help us as viewers understand the pre-existing roles everyone is meant to play. Humanity means humanity as a whole, not this human and that human cherry picked by some metric as insignificant as family DNA. He is not here to influence events, he is here to record the events of the species as a whole. If that requires watching the deaths of the people in the family from which he came then so be it. Just because we don't know the reason doesn't mean there isn't one. He was recording. His warging is used only to enhance his view or his mobility to get to a better vantage point. He is not warging to go and do stuff, only to go and see stuff happen. I think expecting "Bran" (who no longer exists) to function in any sort of human capacity is missing the point of what the 3ER really is. He is not Bran any more. He is not going to be sitting on a council or being an advisor or doing anything to influence or change human events. His "bigger picture" is not Kingdoms or councils or family names- his big picture is seeing the events that comprise the Age of Man.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Not necessarily- could be she's upset over the compete and utter destruction of Winterfell. Her home is gone. Again, Winterfell will be essentially gone. There's no reason for her to stay and live among the rubble, at least not during what would be a very prolonged rebuilding effort. And leaving does not mean never returning. It just means that (as she told Lady Crane) she wants to see what is west of Westeros.
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    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    And all I could think of was The Battle of Helm's Deep.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Yes, but when Stannis captured Mance Jon's suggestion as to how to proceed was "Take him captive and question him" not kill him on the spot. It's not as if Jon kills as a knee jerk reaction and Dany does have a bit of tendency toward that reactive sort of retribution. It's the thin line between justice and revenge. I'm reminded of the old adage "When the only tool you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail," Our deep dislike about how Dany is judged is just a fundamental dissatisfaction with the world in which the events take place. Cry to heaven indeed, but life is not fair and while women are held to a different standard Dany does look to me like a bit of a hothead. We can't take the easy road of blaming misogyny when there is a true fundamental difference in how she handle situations. She's always needed a voice of reason standing beside her to help her pause and see the bigger picture. All the dead Baratheon bastards beg to disagree. Not in Jon's thoughts of course but he was a murderous man.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    The press acting as instigating drama lamas is no surprise because that's what the press does anymore- try to generate news by pot stirring. We have a show here where the women are stronger than the men- we have a woman ruling in King's Landing, one ruling Winterfell, one leading the Iron Born army, one yet a child leading House Mormont, one a strong picture of ethics swordswoman, one a sneaky get 'er done swordswoman, and one coming in with armies and dragons to conquer the whole shebang. Of course there is going to be conflict between women. That the press is pushing it so hard tells me that it will resolve easily and quickly and will turn out to be a non-issue in reality- all this Dany Sansa crap will dissipate early on.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Well, heck- given that we don't yet know the Night King's history or motivations Bran could even be speaking to him.
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    Jon Snow: He Knows Nothing

    Hence the bittersweet- final fade King Jon sitting on the Iron Throne and utterly heartbroken by the prospect of having to sit there for the rest of his life.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I doubt Cleganebowl will be "a small scene." More likely his memento is from a touching moment between Sandor and Arya or even Sansa. OR he was being super-facitious and the fight scene "a small scene" is huge 🙂
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    S02.E05: Saints of Imperfection

    So I'm really glad Hugh is back despite that horrid Neanderthal look he had going on while his spirit was manifesting as the Mycelial monster. But I am stupid levels of hung up about where the network got his DNA to replicate him. They made a huge point of needing extra human DNA which they found in the cocoon (why couldn't they have just nabbed some from, I don't know- one of the humans on the other side) but no source of Hugh DNA. If he was most sincerely dead presumably his body was disposed in whatever manner they utilize in space. It just bugs me because usually they toss me a bone so I can wank this sort of thing. Hopefully I have misunderstood and someone can correct me else I just have to make the leap and be happy he's back. Agree that I am loving how Pike operates- a couple of times there he was not entirely sure what was going on but trusted his officers enough to proceed with what they asked for anyway, and that's a great commander. Don't quite know why Ash was brought back just to have to sit around feeling useless but also agree that the hair looks good on him.
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