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  1. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I don't know about that. Friki gave a description of how Tyrion looked at the trial, with longer hair, etc. down to the colour of his shirt, and he is certain his source is right. Reading between the lines, I'm guessing the source provided photos of Peter Dinklage in costume and that's why Friki is sure. And unless you think that HBO cunningly contrived to fake photographs of Peter Dinklage in costume for a trial, that sounds pretty definitive. Also, I've always thought Peter Dinklage teasing Tyrion's death in those interviews was just teasing, but now that I really think about Peter Dinklage's post-S8 press, I realize that he has only done press for his non-GOT projects. His NPR interview in the fall indicated that he only wanted to answer one question about GOT. He has described S8 as "complicated." So maybe he's teasing Tyrion's death because Tyrion really does commit treason, get condemned to death and get executed (probably by Jon) at the end of the story and he's pissed off about it and over GOT. Actors are professionals and all, but I have a lot of trouble believing Peter Dinklage would be okay with Tyrion's fate if that's what it is, even if it affords him the opportunity for a grand speech or two. I have no doubt the majority of show-only GOT fans (and therefore the majority of GOT fans) will be okay with Tyrion's fate, and they haven't been playing the character for the past eight years.
  2. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    A few questions for you: 1. Do you really think HBO cares all that much about premiere spoilers getting out compared to 8x03 or finale spoilers? 2. Is Friki publishing leaks out of the goodness of his heart, or to build his brand and increase traffic to his YouTube channel? 3. Did Friki have any idea that HBO could and would take down his videos across all his platforms and keep them down indefinitely, or at least long enough for the episodes being spoiled to air? 4. Why did HBO wait until Friki posted his first videos to act instead of warning him about their intentions and trying to intimidate him ahead of time? Letting Friki marinate in his belief that there was nothing HBO could do to him, then getting the 8x01 videos taken down across all his social media platforms is the perfect tactic. Now Friki is running scared, he has apparently realized that all his social media platforms are being monitored by a company he only recently learned was hired by HBO to fuck with him, he's written to YouTube to ask them for help, he's admitted on his last video that he is stressed out and worried despite putting on a big show of bravado, and he is realizing that he's not going to be able to post leaks on his YouTube channel to build his brand and increase his paying subscribers because HBO will sit on them. Friki also said in his most recent YouTube post that he wouldn't post spoiler videos if it wasn't worth the time and effort. He has been caught completely off guard. HBO's strategy as far as I can tell is not about the 8x01 spoilers getting out. It was never about the 8x01 spoilers getting out. It's about sending a message to Friki about what HBO can and will do, and it definitely worked. Luring Friki into a false sense of security and then scaring the living daylights out of him, and despite his shows of bravado on his most recent video and on Twitter he is definitely scared, was kind of genius. Friki had a whole plan for his videos, and HBO just blew it out of the water. It's only "weird" if you can't see the bigger picture. HBO probably figures 8x01 spoilers being made public are an acceptable loss if they can deter Friki from further leaks, and it sounds as if Friki won't bother doing further spoiler videos if there's nothing in it for him (i.e. more subscribers to his channel). However, he has teased the possibility of doing videos wearing his luchador mask in the persona of El Chamaco Volador to spread spoilers, which is what he did in Season 6. Of course, unless HBO can find and muzzle the leaker, even if they can get his videos taken down almost immediately, there's nothing to stop Friki from posting the leaks in text form to Twitter or Reddit, which he may ultimately do out of spite if he can't post anything to YouTube. HBO has hired a company to stop Friki from posting leaks on his social media platforms, though, and who knows what they will do if he persists? Taking down the videos was a warning shot, and in that regard it has been very effective, but I have to think that if there's a serious risk of 8x03 leaks getting out, we'll see some sort of escalation. We'll see what happens in the coming days. Friki seems to get his leaked episode summaries in weekly installments, not all at once, so I guess it will be a while until Round 2.
  3. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I agree. If GRRM at all cared about the plight of the smallfolk, he would have put them front and centre, and instead he's shoved them to the margins with the exception of Davos. ASOIAF really could be called Rich People Problems. Smallfolk are pretty much redshirts; even the lower-born characters (Jon, Littlefinger) are still very high status compared to the average peasant. I think "breaking the wheel" thing is such a vague phrase as to be almost meaningless, and I don't really understand how putting a Targaryen back in charge would be "breaking the wheel" if Tyrion is right when he says that Aegon the Conqueror built the wheel. Unless there is some sort of radical shift in government at the end, I don't think "breaking the wheel" will ever be really explained except as Dany's intention to be a better sort of Targaryen absolute ruler, which isn't all that reassuring given the Targaryens' track record. Also, there's this idea that Jon and Dany will rule in the same way as previous rulers but will melt down the Iron Throne, which is nice and all, but if you destroy the actual physical throne but retain all the powers associated with it, it's really only a meaningless symbolic gesture and not a statement of policy.
  4. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Iain Glen did a new interview where he revealed his storyboard gift: it's of Jorah's fighting at Daznak Pit.
  5. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    So based on what we now know about 8x01 and 8x03, we can assume the following scenes for 8x02: 1. Someone (Cersei? Euron?) decides to send troops north. Maybe Cersei miscarries and has a mental breakdown. Maybe Euron does it to mess with Cersei. 2. Theon arrives at Winterfell. 3. Jaime arrives at Winterfell (along with Bronn, maybe). Brienne/Jaime reunion scene? 4. Northern assembly with lots of yelling about Lannisters. Jaime reveals the truth about Cersei’s promise. Possible Jon parentage assembly drama as well. 5. Jon parentage and Jonerys drama. Scenes where various characters learn the truth...? 6. Several touching scenes involving characters who are going to die in 8x03: Pod banters with Bronn, Jorah reassures Dany about the Northerners warming to her, or similar. 7. Possibly a sex scene or two before shit hits the fan. 8. Another Arya/Gendry scene, maybe, especially if Gendry’s going to die in 8x03. 9. Winterfell gets wind of the coming attack by the AOTD and prepares. (I think the trailer shots of the army getting ready are from 8x02.) All in all, sounds like a pretty packed episode!
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    She has dragons and two armies that between them would make mincemeat out of anyone the Northerners could throw at them. I think she’s good. She also has plenty of experience with magic and sorcerers, and is not only magical herself but the mother of two magical creatures, so I doubt an oversized wolf or a face-changer would give her pause. I doubt much would impress someone with Dany’s CV. The Mother of Dragons is a tough cookie. And ultimately, that “queenly ginger who is completely unfazed” is an annoying little sister who’s desperately insecure and covers it up by acting bitchy, the “dead eyed assassin” is a little sister who worships her big brother and thinks dragons are the coolest shit of all time, and the “godlike seer” is a robot who’s above it all for the most part. If Dany sees anything in that bunch to intimidate her, I’d be surprised.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Update to Frikigate: So apparently, now that HBO has had the videos taken down, while Friki can appeal, it will be HBO reviewing his appeal, not Youtube, and they have a month to respond to his appeal, which as you know will go well past the premiere date. So it's not like 2016 where Youtube will review the videos and put them back up. HBO, not Youtube, has the final say in whether the videos go back up. Friki is now exploring other options. Maybe he'll just post his leaks on Reddit in text form and be done with it.
  8. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    The Dragonpit source is not the 8x01 source. It makes sense when you think about it: the Dragonpit source would have been someone in Seville who may have worked with the crew, who could see the scene being filmed (Friki previously described Tyrion’s appearance during the trial and gave a description today of what Tyrion supposedly looked like during his trial down to the colour of his shirt) but who was missing a lot of details about what was said and context. Someone who saw things being filmed (or wanted to persuade Friki of that), thus having details about the colours of actors’ costumes. The 8x01 source knows the dialogue of all scenes and the sequence, so they’d have access to the episodes themselves and would only have that access once the episodes were ready, shortly before airing. The source who provided accurate information about the trailer to Friki was not the Dragonpit source, either.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Remember that David Nutter said that the funniest GOT scene and the most emotional and compelling GOT scene he had ever directed for the show were in the S8 episodes he directed (8x01, 8x02 and 8x04). I’m not seeing any candidates for these among the scenes described in the leak, but apparently Jon and Arya’s reunion is supposed to be quite emotional, so who knows? ETA: Aaaaaaand Friki’s new video was sniped by HBO.
  10. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Friki’s spoilers are at the very least informed by his knowledge (or belief, for the skeptics) from his other source that Tyrion commits treason, is tried for it in the Dragonpit, and is executed, so all of his 8x01 leaks will be influenced by that knowledge or belief.From his comments, it sounds like all he has from this source so far is 8x01 leaks, with possible further 8x01 details to come soon. There are multiple (often conflicting) translations of the video floating around, but one version says that Tyrion and Sansa discuss their marriage and say that it was invalid for non-consummation (which is more or less what Roose said in S5).
  11. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Well, it wouldn't be episode 3, since that's going to be the nonstop action episode, but episode 2, quite possibly. From Friki's description--and to be fair, in between the Spanish and the translations, it's a bit like a game of Telephone at this point--it sounds like 8x01 took a sledgehammer to the main Sansa ships: Jon is gaga for Dany while asking for help from Arya on how to manage Sansa, SanSan don't even have any interactions, Gendry is flirting with Arya, and Sansa is (rightfully, from the sounds of it) suspicious of Tyrion. I guess there's always Sweetrobin, heh.
  12. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Claytoy's 8x01 info doesn't match Friki's on a number of points. Jaime doesn't appear in 8x01, for starters, and Claytoy claimed that he did. If they have a limited CGI budget, I'd rather they'd spend it on Ghost than elephants.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Yara apparently speaks in her conversation with Euron, so no tongue removal, thank God. Gemma was on maternity leave during at least some of filming of S8, and she was apparently working on at least one other project during the filming as well. It may be that Theon just leaves Yara with Ironborn who support her as their queen and that's the last we see of her until Tyrion's trial. It's too soon in my opinion to say that SanSan is dead, but it's not looking good. I'm 50/50 on whether Arya/Gendry is going to be an endgame thing or whether this is just to twist the knife assuming Gendry dies in 8x03.
  14. Eyes High

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Did you actually watch the video? Because if you had, you'd probably see that it was just info and speculation from other sources, not a complete episode summary from his source. And he's careful to point out that it came from somewhere other than his source ("Analisis de la informacion publicada," or "analysis of the published information"), meaning that he's just reproducing what was already posted elsewhere to avoid HBO's wrath. So sorry, that proves nothing and actually reinforces my point. I was around when all this happened in Season 6, and I remember very clearly Friki's complete leak summaries drying up early on. There were other spoilers for S6 from other sources (Truede, that extra who leaked the BOTB in its entirety), but Friki learned his lesson, at least for a while, and stopped posting those complete episode summaries before the episodes aired. Instead, you got videos like these, where he cobbles together speculation about information already published elsewhere, which he knew HBO could do nothing about, since speculation about information published elsewhere is covered by fair use.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    They succeeded for S6. He managed two (maybe three) episode summaries before HBO shut him down. Well, it should be of some consolation to them that her reunions with Tyrion and Jon are very frosty. The callback to Arya not killing Sandor in S4 (apparently, Sandor brings it up during that scene) seems like a hint that Arya will indeed kill Sandor this season. Sure sounds like Gendry/Arya may be happening, although I'm wondering if that's just to make Gendry being turned into a wight that much more tragic.
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