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  1. Sansa was forceful these last few episodes and would not take any shiote...not from Dany, not from Jon. She simply wanted an independent North and did what was required. She also knew that Jon neither wanted to be king, nor would he be any good at it. She also knew that to have him hanging around would be a disaster waiting to happen. He was, after all, the last Targaryen and that's not something you want known. I thought she was the most regal of the sorry bunch.
  2. He was unaware of his heritage when he first rode Rhaegal. He did not want his heritage known to anyone bar his 'family'. He did not want the throne that came with it.
  3. Drogon knew exactly what he was doing and it was a fairly easy concept. His mother had been consumed by the need to sit this throne and it had taken her life, therefore it was the real killer. It's not a particularly nuanced concept to understand and given the emotional intelligence of the dragons, easy to see why Drogon did what he did. It seems to me (again) that the problem isn't with what was necessarily done but rather it's not what certain people's personal preference was. Having entirely rejected his heritage, why would Jon suddenly embrace it and start commanding dragons? That would surely be one of those 180 degree turns that apparently have been cropping up all over the place?
  4. Really? I think that Jon's storyline was about the most unfizzled-out in the whole show. It was him that finally 'broke the wheel'. It was his actions that led to the destruction of the cause of all of this...the Iron Throne. He was the hero because he had to do the unthinkable for all the right reasons...but even then, questioned whether he had been right to do so.
  5. Well, that was satisfying. Taken in isolation, the episode worked on many levels and (mainly) worked logically. The problem was the rush to finish that led us to what we had. What we had was satisfactorily concluded. I'd go so far as to say that this was one of the best episodes of this season in that it (mainly) all held together and we had a number of scenes that reminded us of how good the show used to be. Given what we might have ended up with, I'll take this.
  6. It was fourteen books in total and Brandon Sanderson wrote the final three from Jordan's notes. Books five through eleven were pretty dire but Sanderson didn't do too bad a job of wrapping it up.
  7. Nope. He remains too honourable. He might want to, but I bet he can't bring himself to do so. It's going to be Arya, I reckon
  8. But there is, in so many cases, one event that pushes somebody over the edge, leads them into brutality and unthinking violence. She was fighting against her genes for so very long...and slowly losing...and that one event was the loss of Missandei and the woman's final word.
  9. I really don't get the angst of Dany 'turning'. It has been on the cards now for three/four seasons and has simply built and built. She has been played as the epitome of the 'Don't you know who I am?' guy. Those who answered in the negative have usually met with a fiery death. She even exiled her most trusted companion, and most fervent defender, (Ser Jorah) because he had been employed as a spy before he even met her. Her list of titles was all she desired, her desperate need to be somebody and have her due. The build to her finally cracking was, IMHO, very well done. She came to Westeros thinking she would be hailed as a saviour...but everybody either feared her, distrusted her, or didn't know who she was. She came to reclaim what was rightfully hers...and then discovered that it wasn't. She came with a mighty army at her back...and then lost half of it. She had three dragons, her children...and she lost two of them. She found love again...and then it was taken from her. She was betrayed by everybody...Jon, Sansa, Tyrion, Varys. All the hints have been there for seasons, but they've been ramped up since the start of this season. Remember the scene with Jamie and the Starks when she gets in Jamie's face about what he did to her father? By then she knew exactly what her father had been, and what he intended, but it did not matter...what mattered was that Jamie had betrayed him. Finally, it was Missandei's words on the battlements that cracked her. 'Dracarys' she said, an perfect echo of the Mad King's 'burn them all'.
  10. Grey Worm's lack of emotion went by the wayside when Missandei came into his life. Watch his conduct at the Battle Of Winterfell...watch his expressions and his hesitations. That is a man for whom life now means something, who values more than just his position. To find it...and then have it taken from him...brought him full circle to humanity.
  11. That USA Today review? They haven't been watching the show. Just one of many stupid observations... 'In a far more flagrant breach of character than Dany's rushed madness, Grey Worm, the most restrained man in Essos or Westeros, kills unarmed men in a rage.' He may have been restrained, but that was before his entire world was stolen from him. As an Unsullied, he was previously an automatom but was given freedom by Dany and a reason to live by Missandei. He and Missandei have already concluded that there is nothing for them in Westeros, that they are viewed with distrust and hatred, and that they are going to leave. Kings Landing is where his life died, the soldiers of no consequence to him other than they serve the woman who slaughtered his love in cold blood. These characters are not supposed to be paragons of virtue...that's not GoT and never has been...so why are 'reviewers' shocked when they act on base instincts?
  12. I think there's disappointment with this episode (and this season) either because (a) it wasn't what the viewers wanted or (b) it's not what they imagined Martin would do. I can understand both, but I think it should be judged on its own internal consistency and in that regard, it 90% of the time works.
  13. Jamie's 'redemption' was never that. Even in episode 2 of this season, when stood before the Starks and Dany, he states that 'he would do it all again'. He 'fought for the living' because the living included him, Cersei and Tyrion. His whole world, however, always revolved around Cersei. He knew he was going to his death, but that's how he'd lived his life...at her side.
  14. This. And I would add a few things... She had been told season after season that the people of Westeros were awaiting her return, that in secret, they were praying for the salvation that she would deliver. The reality was very different and she finds herself a stranger in a strange land with an ever-dwindling company of supporters. She also agreed to fight Jon's war and consequently lost half of her Dothraki and Unsullied. She lost two dragons, the closest thing she had to a friend, and the man that she loved. For somebody already touched by madness, and with the word's of the Man King in her ears...'burn them all'...I thought her unfettered brutality realistic. As for Jamie and Cersei, I actually found their ending entirely satisfying and completely appropriate. To have them killed by Arya/Jon/the Hound/Bronn/whoever would have been pandering to the fan-base. To actually have their world (literally) coming down around their ears, with them the only two left in that world, was in keeping with what they had always meant to each other since the very first episode. It was in fact lovely that Jamie starts the whole thing rolling by throwing somebody off a tower for Cersei...and then they both die beneath towers that crash down on them. However, I do bemoan the early truncation of so many sub-plots...this really did need to be a ten episode series.
  15. It's how simplistic it would be that tells me there's more. I'm sure the siege of Kings Landing would be magnificent, but there's got to be huge twists and turns to make it a satisfying ending.