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  1. Stella

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    What I don't get is why many people are so invested in the awesomeness of this possible child and essentially believe it's a done deal in the show? When in fact it is in no way certain. And even if she gets pregnant it is likely she would miscarry since that is in line with the book. Also, Jon & Dany are not just like any old random Aunt and nephew having a kid(!) they are very heavily genetically similar. Magic sperm and infertility issues aside. It's not a good thing! Targaryen restoration is such a weird obsession in the fandom. Like why would anyone think this is where GRRM is going with the story? There has got to be a better outcome than rewarding the family that practiced their belief in their blood purity through intense levels of incest and has WMD to enforce and hold their power. Just thinking about GRRM's worldview makes a Targaryen restoration seem ludicrous to me.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I actually agree. The series they are promoting - Euphoria & Watchmen - are both 10 episodes. That doesn't fit into GOT starting in April since they would both run into May. We already know BLL is in June. There is a mini-series - Catherine The Great - which is 4 episodes. That could slot in after True Detective and give us the 4/7 start for GOT. Or they could show movies, specials what have you for 4 weeks. I think the earlier date is looking realistic.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Certainly true. And I am pretty damn sure that if SanSan was happening in the books then they would have cast a "younger, hotter actor" who was more in line with the actual age of book Sandor. This could easily have been done. GRRM was involved with the casting, commented positively on the Stark girl castings, etc. He clearly would have told the D's that it was important to his story for the actor who plays Sandor be in his mid 20's to 30. (Just like the book character.) To me the fact that they cast Rory McCann, a man well into his 40's is clear proof that SanSan was never happening and never meant to happen. Sansa like many abused children rewrites memories, suppresses memories etc. as a means of coping with the abuse. It is disgusting that people want to romanticize this child abuse. Amen.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Yes. No one is going to OK with their parent and brother being burned alive. Even if they were awful. The show has been pretty clear in establishing burning deaths as the worst. I remember when Jon Snow put an arrow through Mance's heart to spare him the horrific death of fire. A what even was the point of the scene if it has no bearing on further developments? The entire loot train sequence was about 10 minutes long and then the next episode has another lengthy sequence that ends with Dany burning the Tarleys. Then further discourse between Tyrion and Varys where they discuss how to deal with Dany's behavior and actions. This is a huge amount of screen time spent that will have significance next season. And why have Archmaester Ebrose explicitly state they hadn't told Sam about the killing of his family? Because the reveal is coming when it will do the most damage. I would hardly expect John Bradley to give an interview that reveals an important plot point for next season so of course he blew off that question with a glib answer.
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    Blind Items: Daredevil In The Media

    Really disappointed also. Do you know what the issues might be? I thought Daredevil could easily continue. The other shows I don't really care about, including Jessica Jones.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    And with good reason. Imagine if Dany had bothered to use her head and keep the Tarley's alive as hostages. She possibly could have gotten Yara in an exchange. She's myopic.
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    The Last Kingdom

    I agree that there is some redundancy in the storylines but I do feel like the third season is quite good. I've watched 7 episodes now and by far the 6th was my favorite for the emotional punch it packed. I really appreciated the focus on Uhtred and Brida. It seems pretty clear that if the series continues Alfred is not going to be there which will bring some much needed new dynamics and relationships. (I mean maybe Alfred will live for further seasons but up to the end of episode 7 they are strongly suggesting he's too sick now to live much longer.) And that will be good for the story even though Alfred is a central character and the actor is excellent. And 7 episodes in I'm definitely in the Skade is horrible camp but it's not just that the actress is weak. I think it's more that the character is so ridiculous and the drama around her is somewhat undermining the season.
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    The Last Kingdom

    I thought the second episode was quite good. I found the conversation between Uhtred and Brida truly moving. I'm looking forward to more of them together. I'm not ready to call out Skade's actress yet. But I definitely see the concern. I think the character is little too predictable or something. I guess Uhtred has to get new love interests/sex partners every other season or something? I don't see the need for this not surprised at all.
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    Sansa Stark: A Direwolf In Sheep's Clothing?

    Most Sansa fans and most ASOIF fans acknowledge that all characters in the series have flaws. Thinking otherwise is missing a fundamental premise of GRRM's beliefs. But in Season 7 Sansa never tried to undermine Jon. Bryan Cogman (defender of the ASIOAF lore for the show) (writer & director) talks at length in the video about Sansa and her relationship with Jon. Around the 7 minute point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyHHg-V6FVk&t=66s It's funny to me that you think "Stark honor and loyalty" is a blind spot making Stark fans unable to see any flaws or think Starks won't do something dark or do any game playing. I am firmly in the camp that believes the surviving Starks are playing the game, including Jon Snow. So sure, Sansa has some flaws and is very internal and she and Jon have some challenges. But she wants him home. Several times she is talking about how she misses him and can't wait for his return. She mentions how happy he will be to see Arya. Sansa also immediately was trying to give up her title of Lady of Winterfell to Bran upon his return. She specifically says "you are Lord of Winterfell now". She understands perfectly the Westerosi hierarchy. She does not encourage the fickle men who suggest they may have made the wrong choice with Jon as their king. She spends most of the season preparing Winterfell for Winter, as Jon would want. She is doing her due diligence with the food stores etc. She does want Jon to hear her. That is not a flaw IMO. She is the Lady of Winterfell. The North has a rather open forum of discussion. The setup of the great room is very much referencing the parliamentary style of early Britain. Jon sits on level equal with his people (no thrones) and he listens to his men/women. Sansa as Lady of Winterfell is a very important person in the North. Should they have had private convos beforehand? Yes. Jon should have told her his plans. But this is a small thing in context. They are learning to navigate their relationship. But Jon did leave the North to her when he departed. I think they left on good terms. They both certainly looked sad when Jon turned to look at her when he was leaving and they shared a wave goodbye gesture. Also: not really here on this forum. She has few advocates but I've seen way more revilers than defenders.
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    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Elio Garcia: https://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/152580-grrm-speculation-that-aegon-the-conqueror-knew-about-the-others/&tab=comments#comment-8264583
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    Babylon Berlin

    Fascinating essay entitled "The Truth About Babylon Berlin" written by artist/writer Mark Vallen that goes into great depth and detail about the show, the arts and politics of the Weimar era. Extremely interesting but quite long so get a cup of tea! http://art-for-a-change.com/blog/2018/04/the-truth-about-babylon-berlin.html
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    Babylon Berlin

    Nice!
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    Babylon Berlin

    Sounds great. Are they or will they be filming soon, do you know? Or are you just being facetious? ?
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    Sansa Stark: A Direwolf In Sheep's Clothing?

    I suppose there are multiple reasons why some hate on Sansa and one of them is simply that she quite possibly stands in the way of some preferred endings. When I read GOT I thought Martin's characterizations of the two sisters brilliant. Firstly they are very different girls and that comes across clearly. Secondly our first pictures of Sansa are coming from Arya! Not an unbiased source. POV trap is real. These girls are close in age and still quite young. You can also see a birth order thing going on with the older, obedient daughter vs. the younger rebellious one. I mean Ned totally missed the boat by ignoring his elder daughter. I can imagine he viewed her as the one he didn't have to worry about because she was the perfect young lady. He does a lot to support Arya's dreams. He leaves Sansa to the Septa. Bad decision Ned. They both still have at least one foot in dreamy childhood. Their dreams are just different but very representative of this aspect of childhood development. We also get that Bran and Jon have a lot of dreams as well. (I'm talking about fantasy of the mind, not dreams in sleep here.) Sansa's a child with a child's dream of being a princess. We see this stuff all the time, even now. And as to her betrayal she really did not have a good choice. If she told the truth it would surely have come out even worse for Arya because no way was Joff going to pay for his actions. To continue hating on this character is a loss for the viewer/reader because IMO her inner complexity and grit are truly fascinating.
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    Bodyguard

    And another article that describes the filming of the four most intense scenes. http://www.vulture.com/2018/11/bodyguard-jed-mercurio-shocking-twists.html
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