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  • 205 - "Rebecca"

    I am going to guess:

    The brothers' dad knew where the $14k went and couldn't tell Chuck, wasn't quite the saint Chuck makes him out to be, and Jimmy knows the real story but has kept his pact with his dead father.
  • 803 - “The Long Night”

    At this point it doesn't seem worth fighting over the minutiae of the episode.  Seems like most people have acknowledged the episode is fairly cheesy in places, with various justifications.  One camp feels like it breaks the episode and it really doesn't bother the other camp, therefore there seems little chance of one side convincing the other on these issues. 
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  • Goddammit, Louis.

  • 804 - The Last of the Starks

    Dude, they have zombies and dragons and shadow babies....
    Just chill on your military tactics and "realism"


    I think the way they showed the scorpions on the ship was pretty believable. He had multiple men helping to quickly move him and reload. All the ships and the ones on the wall of King's Landing seemed to have the same setup as well.
    My biggest issue is that scorpions are an established and known weapon in Westeros, since before Aegon the conqueror. Yet only 1 dragon has ever been killed by one (2 after tonight) and it was just a lucky shot that killed Meraxes, and they only now started using them this heavily?

    Aegon would have never conquered the Seven Kingdoms if the scorpions were that effective against the fast and high flying dragons.

    Even forgetting dragons, those scorpions things took out an entire fleet long range and were even more effective than cannon technology that I'm certain they dont have. Why would every fleet and every castle wall not have these things?

  • 806 - The Iron Throne

    I doubt the show would have generated nearly the audience and critical acclaim it had had it started off with the quality of the last few seasons. Disappointing people is a tough thing, the D&D’s cut short the end on purpose. I don’t know why they apparently don’t have the sense of ownership for Game of Thrones that the Villigang have for the Breaking Bad world.   I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think you could’ve found people to do the last few seasons better. 

    Dividing the blame between GRRM and he D&Ds is purely academic. It’s the end product that matters. 

    Have you considered the idea that the fandom is actually honest? That there’s actually a significant quality drop off that people are legitimately complaining about?  Look at Mr. Robot for example, the 2nd season was crapped on but I’m pretty sure the overwhelming majority of fans have climbed back on board after Season 3. The opposite has been happening with GoT 
    Mthomp32 said:
    A ron sounds so sad/angry in this final episode. I genuinely feel bummed listening to it. 

    I’ve noticed those who are really invested in the series (a lot of podcasters and journalists who comment and critique on the show) are totally outside of themselves. Everyone I’ve spoken to about this season (IRL) loves it and felt the conclusion was pretty fitting given that there is absolutely zero source material - meaning the story is inevitably less complex and truncated. But those people don’t geek out as much as me and listen to podcasts etc. I think the a rons and Dave Chen’s and Mallory rubins of the world have lost sight of two things:

    1) it’s not you’re show. Might sound harsh but this show doesn’t belong to the fans. All of the creative decisions that you’re all lambasting were made with the intention to create the best thing they could (Also *they have no books*). Every critique I’ve heard is essentially around how said commentator would have set it up better...than the Sophie turner said in her ET interview this week: that is disrespectful (and honestly kind of delusional).  

    2) you - the thought leaders in this community - have an outsized impact on the general conversation online. So it’s a bit of a viscous cycle. Joanna Robinson writes 6 articles that come out 30 seconds after the show ends about how the show runners fucked up and then records 3 podcasts about how everyone thinks they fucked up? That’s a bit crazy making as a listened.  

    Ultimately, it used to be really fun to hear you all dissect and critique the show (talk about what you liked and didn’t like) but it’s become suuuuper depressing since the show ran past the books. 

    I want to state that this ending is pretty gorgeous IMO and the breaks in logic and storytelling are easy to forgive for me because (as George stated last week) the creators are missing approximately 3,000 pages of story. 

  • 806 - The Iron Throne

    If they had more time they should have shown Dany only destroying the Red Keep in the battle for King's Landing, on the throne actually helping small folk but summarily cleansing King's Landing of those who were "loyal to the old world" and slaughtering swathes of the kingdoms that weren't sufficiently subdued to her taste for her revolution to spread. That would have had more nuance than her rapid fall. The problem with that is that Tyrion would be long dead, so who would goad Jon Snow into being the assassin?  It would probably have have to be someone else.... 
  • 806 - The Iron Throne

    They might have worked "so hard on it", but I'm not sure some of the the most important people were giving it 100% anymore.  

    cdrive said:

    Right before I started the podcast I read on twitter about Sophie Turner saying:

    "All of these petitions and things like that — I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season," she said. "Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it's not what they want to see is just disrespectful."

    Then I went into the podcast thinking 'oh great watch how me reading that right before jumping in is going to shade my enjoyment of the podcast.'  

  • Defense of Game of Thrones' Legacy

  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    “Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base.“