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Old 05-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #776
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One thing that surprised me in reading through various forums and message boards was the number of fans that Stannis won over to his side with this episode. Its seems that a lot of people were impressed with both his resolve and his determination to lead his men into battle. In direct contrast to Joffrey running to hide behind his mother's skirt, he was the fist man to the shore and the first man up the Ladders.

Stannis really does feel like a metaphor for Conservatives at times. He outwardly remains bound by his honor and loyal to his ideals of law and justice. But there is not room for pity or compassion in the man, and he allows his ideals to justify some pretty dishonorable and dark actions.

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His actions in Book 3 do make it a lot easier to envision him as an actual leader. And if you thought he was badd-ass in this episode with just a normal sword, he is pretty damn terrifying once they start figuring out how to forge 'Lightbringer'.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:11 PM   #777
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Next weeks the season finale?!!! That sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:48 PM   #778
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:51 AM   #779
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:33 AM   #782
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Felt this thread could use a bump in light of this past week's incredible episode, Blackwater.

As a fan of the novels, I had been looking forward to this episode all season long. Praying that HBO would give them the needed budget to realize it and that they could stick the landing on the adaptation front. I have to say, I was not disappointed. It looks like they may have spent 1/3 of their season 2 budget on this episode alone.

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I loved the pacing of this episode. The cuts from the frenetic action to the quiet moments were perfectly realized. Never causing you to loose momentum from the battle and allowing us to stay connected with the characters themselves. Its seems every actor and actress was bringing their A game tonight. Watching Cersei unravel in front of her ladies in waiting was a joy. Sandor Clegane in quite possibly the greatest job resignation speech of all time. Every ****ing scene with Bronn in it. Tyrion volunteering to lead the attack and not quite believing it himself.

As for the stuff, I didn't like, and these are mostly nitpicks. No chain. I know they had to scale down the battle from the books. And I know that rendering dozens of burning ships smashing themselves against the chain as they tried to escape a burning harbor probably just wasn't in the budget. So, I'm guessing in the series, Bronn's knight sigil of a burning chain will be replaced with a flaming arrow instead. I'm sorry we had to loose it, but I understand. Also, Tyrion still has his nose. I know that for the sanity of the actor and the make-up department, they were going to minimize his facial scaring. But, the scene in which Tyrion shouold have lost his nose just felt like the one mis-step in this otherwise superlative episode. It should have been a gory, ugly wound. Instead it ended up looking like a scene out of a JRPG cutscene where a main character receives strategically placed scars that magically avoid doing anything that would actually detract from his looks.

Like I said, small quibbles only. The final scene with the arrival of Tywin and Loras nailed the closing moments and running the credits to the tune of Rains of Castamere was flat out chilling. Perfect touch.



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I agree with your whole post. Thought it was a great compromise. My wife actually commented on Tyrion's scars saying she preferred the way the handled it on the show.... Guess they got the woman's perspective right on that one.
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I'm not going to go through all 30 plus pages because I just started watching the first season and don't want to ruin anything. I've only gotten four episodes in but I foresee a lot of stuff not getting done in the next few weeks because I'm catching up.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:25 AM   #784
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I'm not going to go through all 30 plus pages because I just started watching the first season and don't want to ruin anything. I've only gotten four episodes in but I foresee a lot of stuff not getting done in the next few weeks because I'm catching up.
try reading the books... lol
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:38 PM   #785
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #786
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:15 AM   #787
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And PS, im a third of the way through the second book right now. Mind, blown!
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:45 AM   #789
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I don't read the books, so won't be giving away spoilers, but I think the whitewalkers are gonna get to kings landing before Khaleesi fries their asses with her dragons. JMO, I don't know.

Hate the fact that I have to wait probably 9 1/2 months before the next episode. Wish the entire series already aired and I could just Netflix the whole damn thing and take a week's vacation.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:39 PM   #792
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I want a dragon.

And I really hate Theon Greyjoy.

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And I really hate Theon Greyjoy.

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Have no fear, the guy gets his due... and maybe even then some
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Is this thread full of book spoilers? I want to check before I start reading through.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:11 PM   #797
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:14 PM   #798
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I don't read the books, so won't be giving away spoilers, but I think the whitewalkers are gonna get to kings landing before Khaleesi fries their asses with her dragons. JMO, I don't know.

Hate the fact that I have to wait probably 9 1/2 months before the next episode. Wish the entire series already aired and I could just Netflix the whole damn thing and take a week's vacation.
I've really been liking Burn Notice, so there's about 6 seasons for ya. Lol
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:06 AM   #799
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I finished all the books, and am re-reading A Game of Thrones right now. I've discovered something in the text that leads me to question whether Jon Snow is actually Ned's son.

Speculative SPOILER: ( In the book, Ned and Robert are talking about Tywinn Lannister's treachery in taking the Red Castle, and as an off comment, it mentions that Ned had been living a lie the last 14 years -
"Treachery is a coin that the Tragaryen's knew well," Robert said. The anger was building in him again. "Lannister payed them back in kind. It was no less than they deserved. I shall not trouble my sleep over it!"

"You were not there," Ned said, bitterness in his voice. Troubled sleep was no stranger to him. He had lived his lies for fourteen years yet they still haunted him at night. "There was no honor in that conquest."
Whatever lie Eddard has been living for fourteen years, it has to do with a certain 14 year old boy (Jon Snow). What else happened 14 years ago? The death of Lyanna. I suspect that Lyanna is the true mother of Jon Snow, making him a bastard of Raegar Tygaryen, not Eddard.
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I don't read the books, so won't be giving away spoilers, but I think the whitewalkers are gonna get to kings landing before Khaleesi fries their asses with her dragons. JMO, I don't know.

Hate the fact that I have to wait probably 9 1/2 months before the next episode. Wish the entire series already aired and I could just Netflix the whole damn thing and take a week's vacation.
Yep that's the pisser part of waiting so long.. it will be at least 4 or 5 more years at this rate before its all said and done!
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