Exactly this. I don’t begrudge anyone doing a fun mental exercise around the line of succession, but people keep acting like the Targaryens had some divine right to rule. No: they had dragons.
I very much think the show wanted viewers to believe that there were stakes (and, in fiction, there certainly were). But you can’t have your “this is an existential threat to humanity!” cake and eat “none of the characters who have narrative significance die” too. The showrunners clearly wanted it both ways.
At it’s most populous, House Mormont boasted maybe 4 named members (can you remember the previous Lady of Bear Island’s name without checking? I couldn’t). And two of those are technically not even House Mormont since Jeor took the black and Jorah was exiled.
That’s definitely fair. I just struggle because, for me, Game of Thrones (or really more the books but that’s a whole separate rabbit hole...) is the thing I am more invested in. I mean, I can rattle off tertiary GoT characters’ backstories but I forgot who got Thanos’d in Infinity War. And yet, Endgame impacted me… Read more
Every time Tormund was on screen I had to sternly remind him “Tormund, we talked about this. You’re not allowed to die. You have to survive to form a loving polyamorous triad with Brienne and Jamie.”
What do you mean? Are you saying you didn’t enjoy “dark shapes running into each other with a snow filter over it” or “groups of shapes running across the screen at other groups of shapes with flames behind them”?
Through the power of Confusion: we have no idea how much time passed between Arya running off from Melisandre and her attacking the Night King or where she was in the godswood before she attacked. Maybe she used her ill-defined magic assassin powers, maybe she was hiding in a tree and got lucky, maybe she uh... uh...… Read more
I was expecting a lot more death as well and honestly none of the deaths we had mattered that much to me. All secondary or tertiary characters, many of whom couldn’t have telegraphed their deaths any harder if they’d said “I’m going to die” straight to camera. The only death I wasn’t expecting was Melisandre and… Read more
It’s really great hearing other people’s reactions. I saw it with a group of kids in front of me who lost their minds a bunch of times and someone behind me who, apparently, had seen none of the Marvel movies before.
I fully understand that people connect with media differently, but I honestly don’t understand finding Game of Thrones last night more epic than Endgame. Absolutely nothing in this entire didn’t-need-to-be-90-minutes episode had one tenth of the impact, for me, of T’Challa walking through that portal and shouting “yiba… Read more
Ghost is in the preview for the next episode so he lives to not be seen another day, at least.
Being a protagonist is not the same as being a “good guy”.
I don’t know that I like the idea of the Hound specifically killing Cersei, but I love the idea of the prophesied “little brother” being someone other than Cersei’s little brothers.
I feel like “who’s the heir” is going to be a sort of moot point when it comes to who actually ends up sitting on the throne. After all, it doesn’t really matter how strong your claim is if you’ve got the strongest (military) backing. Read more
(star for atlatl)
Tyrion does refer to Sansa as his wife (hard to explain his wife running off in the aftermath of Joffrey’s death) but I don’t thunk that’s conclusive. Neither of them wanted to be married in the first place, they both know that, so why bring it up?
Jon and Dany are nephew and aunt; Jon and Sansa are cousins.
My dad has done this and I believe my brother has as well. They’re both anosmic (can’t smell) and claim that raw potatoes, apples, and onions all taste the same. Perhaps that camp counselor also had anosmia?