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    Betty Cracker says:

    Oysters, clams and cockles!

    NOTE: You will probably have to refresh the page before your comment appears. We’re kinda subverting the back-end of the blog to access this hidden thread, so it doesn’t work the same way as the main blog.

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    Kristine says:

    I understand folks’ complaints about the episode, but I still enjoyed it. I needed a break from the utterly relentless grim–as opposed to regular everyday grim–and it gave it to me.

    I’m seeing Endgame tomorrow morning. Not sure I’ll get more of the same, but friends have loved it so I will take what I get.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Kristine: Agreed! I was expecting a giant bloodbath and relieved they didn’t kill everyone off. My only real complaint about the episode was that it was too dark to figure out what was happening about half the time. I loved that Arya got to dispatch the Night King — who better? And I imagine there will be twists and turns enough for everyone in the last three episodes.

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    R-Jud says:

    I’m stoked that she did it using a move she tried out on Brienne during their sparring match last year. I feel like with all the mystical stuff out of the way (unless you believe the “Bran is the Night King via time travel” theories), we’ve cleared the decks for Tyrion to become smart again in the final half of the series.

    Shame about all the Dothraki and Unsullied, tho. Valar morghulis, valar dohaeris, valar my ragtime gal, guys.

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    Cermet says:

    OK, a “secret thread” – very glad the writers of GoT decided not to use the standard hero kills the bad guy; besides the fact that time and again John Snow really does not know anything and proves it with his terrible battle plan and awful use of his dragon, the killing of the Night King by the secondary character was the proper way to go. John Snow was absolutely terrible as a over all war leader – besides getting the army destroyed with that terrible plan, his inability to use knowledge of the Night King’s real power (i.e. he raises snow storms, remember?) that completely renders John’s plan useless, just proves he really lives up to his title of not knowing anything …lol.

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    squid696 says:

    Was not expecting her to be the one to kill the Night King, but very happy to see it when it happened. I kept expecting Bran to have some insight or warg into something that would affect the outcome, but it did not happen. What the hell was he doing the whole time? I hate the use of poor strategy to support the plot. Having the Dothraki charge blind into the dark was just stupid. Loved the episode anyway. Cersei has green eyes, just saying.

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    Mike in DC says:

    Well, Cersei can’t win the Game, because she’d have to kill off pretty much everybody, including Jaime. But it does look like a falling-out between Team Stark and Khaleesi is coming.

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    MelissaM says:

    EPIC! My prediction is Bronn meets up with Tyrion and Jaime, hands over the crossbow, grabs some gold and bails outta there. Cersei has feared Tyrion, but I think Jaime gets her with the Lannister crossbow.

    Arya Stark 2020!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Did Jon’s dragon even survive? That was one of the things that was unclear to me, but I assume it did, ditto Ghost. Also, did anyone catch Jorah’s last words to Dany? I replayed it like half a dozen times and couldn’t make it out.

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Oh yay! I’ve been hoping for a spot to discuss last night’s episode without spoiling my friends.
    ARYA! STARK! You go kill that zombie Night King. *happy sigh*
    I was so glad it wasn’t Jon Snow. He just keeps failing, and getting bailed out by his nacho sisters.

    The thing I was wondering is why Arya didn’t assume a zombie identity to get close? That would have made a lot more sense, imo.
    AND it would have been a nice callback to her slayage of the entire house of Frey.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @MelissaM: I’ve been wondering what they’d do with Bronn. I have a feeling “a Lannister always pays his debts” will come into play big time — perhaps also Tyrion’s promise to double the price of whatever anyone else is paying Bronn to stay on his side — maybe as you suggested.

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    R-Jud says:

    @Betty Cracker: 1) I spotted Ghost and Rhaegal in the preview for episode 4; 2) I think Jorah tried to say “Blood of my blood.”

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Ugh my comment disappeared?
    1) ARYA! STARK! I’m glad it was her. Thrilled it wasn’t that fail-n-survive artist Jon Snow. His nacho sisters bail him out every time.
    2) But why didn’t Arya borrow a zombie face to get up close? That would have made more sense to me.
    3) RIP Jorah, you creepy Danerys STAN. You had a worthy death.
    4) Rather disappointed the show has gone somewhat soft on killing main players.

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    donnah says:

    My stomach was in knots at the outset and I was literally shaking through the first half. Because some of the scenes were ambiguous, I couldn’t tell if Brienne or Jamie or half the other favorites were actually killed, so at some point, when the Night King was absolutely dominating everything, I just gave up. I figured they were going to kill off half the key players and I just let it go.

    So I was very surprised to see most of them survived. I know that the final battle remains, and I doubt those favorites will all survive that one. I guess I’ll just be a nervous wreck until the bitter end.

    I loved it, just got a lot of stress from it.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @R-Jud: “Blood of my blood” would totally make sense — thank you!

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    trollhattan says:

    Ooh, feels like I’m finally made it into the kewl kids’ club. Or is it kewl nerds’ club?

    Deux ex Arya seemed a little contrived after the hourlong Omaha Beach-in-the-dark battle sequence, but I woo-hoo’d anyway. Also not settled on the heavy use of Character(s) of interest surrounded and doomed, cut to another scene, Character(s) revealed as still alive in later scene. Put another way, I should not have bet the over on how many get snuffed in the Big Battle.

    So is the fight with Cersei the Actual Big Battle, and this was an amuse bouche? It’s not like humanity is threatened, just the possibility of having her rule for forty really shitty years. Still think it’s Jamie who takes her out.

    Sucks to be a Dothraki horseman. “Alright you lot, just ride out there with your flaming swords and…whatevs. The aerial shot of their charge from the mountaintop was a damn fine visual.

    Sansa and Tyrion, sittin’ in a tree….

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    trollhattan says:

    Anybody know what’s the dragon count? I felt like we ended with just one but not sure she doesn’t still have two. Shaking off the zombies like a dog getting out of a pond was a damn fine visual.

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    trollhattan says:

    “You know nothing, Jon Snow” still seems apt.

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    JR says:

    Since when in the history of conflict do you send your cavalry ahead in a straight charge without infantry and/or artillery support

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    Hermann Fegelein says:

    @Cermet: You can’t take the night King from in front. In air combat, most kills are made by an attacker that is never seen by the opponent. Arya trained as an assassin. Who else was it going to be?

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    ulib says:

    speechless. incredible episode

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    Ferdinand says:

    Girls getting shit done. Well, Dany getting lost in the snow wasn’t part of the plan, but I have a tough time on the road in whiteout conditions and can understand. And least she learned along the way to stick ’em with the pointy end.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @trollhattan: Yeah, what a waste of handsome and capable Dothrakis that was! I was okay with Deux ex Arya — it makes total sense to me that she’d be best suited for that role given her entire story arc.

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    Ferdinand says:

    Some great Maise Williams quotes about the episode are out from EW:

    “It was so unbelievably exciting. But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn’t deserve it. The hardest thing is in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them. It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn’t it?’”

    “When we did the whole bit with Melisandre, I realized the whole scene with [the Red Woman] brings it back to everything I’ve been working for over these past 6 seasons — 4 if you think about it since [Arya] got to the House of Black and White,” Williams says. “It all comes down to this one very moment. It’s also unexpected and that’s what this show does. So then I was like, ‘F—k you Jon, I get it.’”

    They follow with a funny quote from Kit Harrington / Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryean:

    “I was surprised, I thought it was gonna be me!” Harington says. “But I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal. It’s much better how she does it the way she does it. I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens — that’s kind of Thrones. But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect. The young lady sticks it to the man.”

    http://collider.com/game-of-th.....explained/

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    Mary G says:

    I loved some of the little moments, like when Melisandre rode past Grey Wind and said “Valar morgulis” and he said “Valar doharis” back. Also when Drogon curled up around Dany and Jorah’s body.

    Overall, though, I agree that it was too dark to see much and it just isn’t consistent that so many survived. Plus I thought this should’ve been saved for the last episode.

    But I’m looking forward to seeing the last three, because I do love the show. I will miss it.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @donnah: You and I had a similar viewing experience; I was sick with worry the whole time, LOL! Worse, my husband fell asleep right at the beginning (he had to get up at 4 AM yesterday morning), so I had no one with whom to share my anxiety, and I sure wasn’t taking my eyes off the spectacle to go on Twitter.

    ETA: I’ll get to actual enjoy watching that episode tonight with the mister. He’ll be all nervous, and I’ll be chill. ;-)

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    Citizen_X says:

    Yeah, the Dothraki are basically that world’s Mongols, and like all marauding horsemen from the steppes, are going to be outstanding at cavalry tactics. They would never just dumbly go along with a frontal charge against numerically superior foe.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mary G: I do wonder how the hell they’ll top that episode. Probably by killing off everyone we love, damn it!

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    lurker dean says:

    is this the spoiler thread?!?

    they totally snookered me with arya running around scared. i was sure she was going to buy the farm.

    how come some of the zombies are like usain bolt (running around bran), and some are like sloths (attacking snow after the night king did his thing?

    i need to rewatch with all the lights off. i appreciate wanting to set a mood, but the lighting was way too dark.

    also, based on the number of main characters that survived, this clearly was not written by GRRM!

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    Citizen_X says:

    Also, too: Theon, who practically holds a clinic on How To Kill A Lot Of Troops With A Spear, then opts for charging the Night King from a hundred feet away?

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    MelissaM says:

    @Betty Cracker: re. Jorah, I don’t think he was able to say anyting, even Khaleesi. Sad, but what better fate for him?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    It was fitting for her to be The One and who doesn’t love them some Arya? But I’m scratching my head how she got from the library extended jump-scare scene, out of the keep and through vast writhing hoards of zombies, out to that damn tree? If she’s so ninja-stealthy why the cowering back Winterfell?

    And what was Bran doing with his inconvenient battle-time raven tourism? How does he fit into the plot going forward? All he did last night was chum the zombie waters for the Night King.

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    trollhattan says:

    @MelissaM:
    I had subtitles on and they didn’t show any final worthy words. Not saying there were none but I didn’t pick it up if there were. A better death than by greyscale.

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    MelissaM says:

    @Citizen_X: Yes! That bugged me, too! He didn’t stand a chance, but could have done better? Ah, well, he redeemed himself then acted like the old, stupid Theon and charged.

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    SFAW says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Also, did anyone catch Jorah’s last words to Dany? I replayed it like half a dozen times and couldn’t make it out.

    “Rosebud.” Then when he dropped the Snow Globe, the Night King’s powers vanished.

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    Ferdinand says:

    Couple of fun geeky observations:

    They definitely had me sold at several points that even more terrible things were going to happen at any point. It really felt like all the characters, at some point, were about to get their last send-off: Grey Worm protecting the retreat, Missandie or Varys or even Tyrion in the tombs, Dany even when she fell off the dragon. It felt like anyone could die, because we wouldn’t necessarily lose the character/actor – they might come back as undead. I was ready for zombie Dany, or zombie Hound to finally face off with zombie Mountain. They teased it with zombie Edd and zombie Lyanna Mormont, briefly.

    Dany needs to use her peripheral vision more. Just like at the loot train battle and the frozen lake, she got stuck on the ground and surrounded.

    I do love the symmetry of all the “prophetic” moments or “Lord’s will” coincidences of the series (Berric’s resurrections, Melissandre’s return, Theon’s journey, etc.) are basically explained by Melissandre and Bran as having had to happen in order to bring all of the right pieces together at the final moment. Theon pulling a Boromir’s last stand at the tree, Berric saving Arya, Bran giving Arya the dagger, Melissandre’s big final role being not to bring an army of red priestesses or even with fire magic but by being there to give a key motivational speech to Arya as only she could, recalling the words of the beloved departed Dancing Master of Braavos.

    What the hell was Bran up to when he warged out? Distracting the Night King with raven fly bys, I guess?

    Two tastefully done but very on the nose uses of Christian death iconography. Berric holding the doorway (Hodor!) against the rushing zombie hoard with arms spread out like a crucifixion. And Theon’s dying with his side pierced by a spear.

    Team King’s Landing looks tanned, rested, and ready. And Team North Team Dragon has a long march. Maybe Dany and Jon should just fly to King’s Landing now and roast Cersei.

    Worried about the implications of the Night King grabbing Arya before he dies. Any mystic mojo passed on their?

    HBO was playing Mean Girls yesterday before GOT. I think it was deliberate. They’re teasing that Dany wins the Iron Throne, like Lindsay Lohan wins Prom Queen, but then in the ultimate Oprah moment breaks the crown in to pieces and gives one to everyone. “You get a throne, and you get a throne, and you get a throne!” Westeros splits back up in to seven independent kingdoms.

    It’s rather GOT to play with the conventions and have the big mystical enemy defeated first and then fall back in to the more petty and sordid world of power and politics. Yet, it’s what we really care about. Let’s see. Sansa and Tyrion marry and rule the North. Arya and Gendry marry and rule wherever it is (Storm’s End?) that the Baratheons rule. Brienne and Jamie marry and rule Casterly Rock. Yara marries a nice Ironborn woman and rules the Iron Islands. Sam and Gilly are given Highgarden (the Tarleys used to serve the now gone Tyrells in that kingdom). No one cares about Dorne, but Bronn wants a castle and will deserve one after sparing Jamie and Tyrion.

    I’m figuring a lot of the resolution to the Night King and the mystical aspects of the show will get saved for the prequel series they’re working on.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    IIRC all the previous Big Battles have been that season’s penultimate episode, with drinking, reminiscing and future plot development reserved for the last. This time we have two wrapup installments and the very inconvenient Cersei and her paid army and navy to deal with. Isn’t she also preggers?

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    trollhattan says:

    @MelissaM:
    They extended it so long he reminded me of Sir Lancelot. Who was rather more successful.

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    MelissaM says:

    @trollhattan: I’m thinking Cersei isn’t wombful anymore. She was drinking wine after congress with Urine Greybore. And when he said he’d put a prince in her belly, she didn’t look smug, as if one was already there. She looked decidedly unhappy, but maybe that was just due to time spent with Urine.

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    Ferdinand says:

    I’m writing off some of the poor decisions made – Theon’s last charge, Jon’s slow realization that he wasn’t going to reach the Night King before the dead were raised, to shear exhaustion and terror. It made them seem more human, like the Hound’s battle fright did.
    I love that Jamie and Brienne were defending Winterfell with Valyrian swords both made from the melted-down Ice, Ned Starks’ sword for protecting Winterfell.
    If Gendry hadn’t been getting some with Arya maybe he could’ve smithed a few extra dragonglass weapons for them to keep with the women and children in the crypts. Just saying.
    Really thought the body count would be higher than Jorah, Berric, Mellisandre, Edd, Theon, and the Night King. Power of the plot protects! But, it still feels intense and powerful because the survivors were put through such an unbelievable horror, and so many – yes, unnamed, but still – people were slaughtered. All but a handful of the Dothraki, most of the Unsullied, most of the remaining Wildlings, probably all the remaining Night’s Watch, all of House Mormont, probably most of the Knights of the Vale. It took the whole series to assemble that coalition, and one night to lay it to waste.

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Valar Morghulis!

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    trollhattan says:

    @MelissaM:
    Somehow am reminded of pregnant Betty Draper sitting in the kitchen smoking and drinking her wine, which made everyone squirm. Prenatal care also not a big concept in Westeros.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Ferdinand:

    I’m figuring a lot of the resolution to the Night King and the mystical aspects of the show will get saved for the prequel series they’re working on.

    Makes sense.

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    trollhattan says:

    One of the most compelling sequences–Zombies crowd the flaming ditch and we’re waiting for either dawn or the fire to go out. Night King raises finger. Zombies shamble into the fire in key spots until their zombie bodies fill the ditch, providing literal zombie bridge for other zombies to cross. They handled that brilliantly.

    Kept waiting for them to pour flaming oil onto wall-climbing zombies. Did these people never watch castle siege movies? Sheesh! Tyrion should have been on that.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Did anyone catch what happened to the fierce little Shireen Baratheon lookalike who told Ser Davos and Gilly she would defend the crypts?

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    Pengie says:

    I guess it worked, but I don’t see any comments.

    I can’t believe the Night King turned out to be Jon Snow’s real mom!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    testing…

    ETA: had to post that to see the comments

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    trollhattan says:

    Testing

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    dp says:

    @Betty Cracker: The preview scene for next week had a shot with two dragons flying, so Rhaegal must have made it.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Great question. Don’t introduce a character then forget she exists. Connects with Davos before the end?

    BTW, good thing Davos didn’t skewer Melisandre at the top of the episode.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @trollhattan: Sheesh! Tyrion should have been on that.

    Like he said to Varys in the crypt, we might see things others miss up there

    @Ferdinand: Really thought the body count would be higher than Jorah, Berric, Mellisandre, Edd, Theon, and the Night King. Power of the plot protects!

    yeah, it felt a little fan-servicey, but I don’t know which character I would have killed off. Theon and Jorah were pretty significant characters. And Lyanna Mormont was a big presence whenever she showed up. Is Samwell still alive? Gilly? Will I start a fight if I say they’re expendable?

    Like a lot of people in the tubes, I had a hard time watching because of the lighting, but I watched on a fairly old TV.

    I saw at Buzzfeed that both dragons are still alive, and Ghost, too. I never could tell which dragon was which, I could only spot Zombie Dragon if the Night King was riding him, or he was breathing blue fire.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @MelissaM: I’m thinking Cersei isn’t wombful anymore. She was drinking wine after congress with Urine Greybore. And when he said he’d put a prince in her belly, she didn’t look smug, as if one was already there.

    My take was she can claim Jamie’s baby is Euron’s

    @trollhattan: I thought Mellisandre’s death should have been more dramatic. Maybe they were out of special effect money.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Who ends up with her magical youth-preserving necklace thingie? The stone faded while the shot lingered but can a new owner reanimate it? Nobody give it to Cersei, are we agreed?

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Ferdinand: a girl deserves a new beau.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I think I saw Samwell RR Tarly and Gilly post-Night King coup de grâce, so I’m fairly confident they made it. That one scene where Jon is trying to get to Bran and sees Samwell being set upon by an insurmountable horde of zombies and then just keeps strolling really underscored how important it was to protect Bran! I definitely thought Samwell was a goner then, but someone saved him? Not sure who. I’ll get to watch again tonight when my husband is ready to see it; I suspect I’ll catch all sorts of things I missed last night.

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    VeniceRiley says:

    Arya has to wear somebody’s face in upcoming episodes since she did not do it here. Whomever they show killing Cersei will, I hope, actually be her. Or maybe she’ll get to kill smug AF uncle ironborn. I’m all about Arya and her list. As for the throne …. Break the wheel, I say.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Bobby Thomson: Haha, well played! ;-)

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    tobie says:

    For those who can’t get enough GoT, I found this video of a young Russian guitarist named Alexander Misko playing the show’s theme song on a solo instrument. His deal is making a single guitar sound like a symphony, and while his GoT rendition is good, his version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean is absolutely brilliant.

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    oldgold says:

    The Dothraki charge, while a military blunder, was brilliant visually and as their flaming swords were extinguished pushed up the tension level to 10+.

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    oldgold says:

    In season one Syrio Forel asked Arya, “What do you say to the God of Death?” ” Not today.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Betty Cracker: That one scene where Jon is trying to get to Bran and sees Samwell being set upon by an insurmountable horde of zombies and then just keeps strolling really underscored how important it was to protect Bran! I definitely thought Samwell was a goner then

    My thoughts exactly, Jon Snow or Egret Targaryean or whatever the hell his name is sacrificed his best friend, but I guess not.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @oldgold: True! It gave me chills, seeing those lights blink out one by one.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Ferdinand: there’s a debate going on in twitter about whether or not Arya is a “Mary Sue”, which I gather means her badassery is unearned. Anyone who thinks that hasn’t been watching the show. At all. Fercrissake.

    Anyone else feel kind of cheated of more of an explanation of the Night King’s origins? Someone up thread said they’re saving it for a prequel that I will probably be all in for when it comes

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Debates like that make me as stabby as Arya at a House Frey family reunion!

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    dp says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It’s known that he was created by the Children of the Forest to help them fend off the First Men. The interesting question is, who was he before he became the Night King.

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    @R-Jud: With Dany’s army gone, her struggle for the throne could get more interesting.

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    @Betty Cracker: There’s a glimpse of Ghost in the Episode 4 preview.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Leaf already explained. The Night King was one of the First Men. To kill the First Men and protect the trees that were being cut down, the Children of the Forest made him into a monster by stabbing him in the chest with dragon glass while performing a spell. So he’s been alive since before any of the houses were formed and his story has nothing to do with them.

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    @Major Major Major Major: I love the geekiness of that.

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    SFAW says:

    @trollhattan:

    Did these people never watch castle siege movies? Sheesh!

    They spent 1000 generations (or something like that) without developing any technology more advanced than steel swords, and maybe trebuchets, so movies might have to wait a little longer.

    Yeah, I know you were joking, but that whole “yeah. we’re still just a little past the Bronze Age, what of it?” vibe annoyed me.

    I just wish they’d all get offa my lawn!

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    SFAW says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Debates like that make me as stabby as Arya at a House Frey family reunion!

    Wouldn’t that be “poison-y,” except for killing Filch?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Heh. Adam’s gonna love this line.

    The council of war agrees that this is the best option; it’s the only way to lure the Night King out from behind his forces. Plus, it falls into the hallowed military tradition of throwing the intelligence officer under the proverbial bus.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @SFAW: They spent 1000 generations (or something like that) without developing any technology more advanced than steel swords, and maybe trebuchets, so movies might have to wait a little longer.

    and one big ass crossbow, and one big ass library

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @SFAW: I believe she sliced the Frey sons up and served them in pie, IIRC.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Someone up thread said they’re saving it for a prequel that I will probably be all in for when it comes

    Can HBO stay in bidnez that long?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Yep, plus Jon Snow’s superior claim, which he might be willing to keep quiet about but which Samwell and Bran also know. Maybe they decide to chuck the monarchy in favor of an autonomous collective — problem solved!

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    lee says:

    proves it with his terrible battle plan and awful use of his dragon

    He had Tyrion and Jamie in the room. The battle plan should not have been that bad.

    If that is the best they got, Cersi is going to slaughter them.

    @VeniceRiley: #2 IIRC, In the past when killed with Dragon glass or V. Steel they usually fell apart. Didn’t hold true to this battle.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Also, too, twenty Quatloos for the D-Day invasion stripes reference.

    Both Daenerys and Jon Snow fly initial sorties over allied lines, but neither attempts to conduct reconnaissance of enemy lines. Nor do they attempt to initiate first strike capabilities against the forces of the Night King. Both loiter over the area for far too long before becoming directly engaged. Soon enough, the White Walkers initiate a whiteout, forcing both dragons to disengage. Failure to properly establish friendly dragon-marking measures almost causes a green-on-green incident. Perhaps painting alternating white and black stripes on the wings—as the Allies did before D-Day in WWII—would have mitigated this confusion.

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    donnah says:

    Anyone who watched Arya from the beginning of the series ought to realize her honor was hard-earned and well deserved. She lived through torture and humiliations galore and she developed and evolved as much as if not more than any other character.

    Arya is the heroine and I’m so glad she was the one who ended the Night King.

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    remima says:

    @Betty Cracker: According to the Vox recap, she survived.

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    Turgidson says:

    @JR:

    And why not soften up the area you think the wights are waiting with the trebuchets for at least a couple minutes first? May not have mattered, but worth trying I’d think.

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    Sasha says:

    Starks earning the MVP award seems to have been a reoccurring theme this past weekend.

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    Kristine says:

    @Betty Cracker: I wondered how they would work out the ‘little brother’ prophecy if both Tyrion and Jaime were killed. And I was worried about the dragons. Found mention of the theory that the Night King was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, Jon’s dad, which would explain why he wouldn’t burn and why he could ride a dragon. Guess those points don’t matter anymore.

    And yea, I can see the comments now!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @donnah: Me too, but now I’m afraid they’ll feel obligated to kill her off before the series ends. I have a special reason for loving that character — she looks a lot like my daughter! My kiddo doesn’t even watch GoT, but she’s always getting comments about her resemblance to Arya. She was working at Best Buy a couple of summers ago, and some guy with the local RenFest offered to pay her to dress like Arya and walk around the festival! (She didn’t do it.)

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    donnah says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Cool! I think Arya is beautiful.

    I don’t know what to expect in the final episodes. I know I’ll be hugging the crap out of a couch pillow when they air. I have read some remarks critical of the episode because more of the popular characters didn’t get killed off. I say Stuff It. We haven’t seen the end and we don’t know how many of the main characters will be wiped out. I know that from the start that no one is safe from the writer’s pen, but haven’t these characters weathered enough to hang around?

    I hope Arya survives. I wish they all could, but I believe more of the favorites will fall. I’m keeping my tissue box handy for the rest of the story.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @donnah: We truly are having the same viewing experience — I was hugging the crap out of the throw pillows too!

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    VeniceRiley says:

    And here, just for calling Lyanna Mormont “Scrappy Doo” which about made me fall over laughing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/29/top-that-game-of-thrones-pulls-off-the-biggest-spectacle-in-tv-history

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    trollhattan says:

    Turns out Arya’s dagger that killed death is the one Littlefinger gave to Bran, who gave it to her.

    She’s had so many weapons I can’t keep track.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @trollhattan: The weapon she had Gendry make was certainly used to good effect last night, but I since I had theorized all week that it was an ice dragon-killing harpoon, I was a tad disappointed when it was used for able staff work. I wonder if we’ll get a full explanation of how she charged the Night King in stealth mode. The only clue that she was coming was a wisp of stringy White Walker hair moving in the breeze she created. But Bran must’ve seen her coming.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Could she have worn somebody’s face and walked there unchallenged? A {duh-duh-da} dead person’s face? And what happened to Night King’s spidey sense?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @trollhattan: I wondered that too — whether she’d plonked on a zombie face! We’ll almost certainly get some huge surprise twist with face-swapping during one of the remaining episodes. I just hope they don’t kill Arya off in a case of mistaken identity! Like, say, she wears semi-zombie Ser Gregor’s face on her way to off Cersei and is killed by the Hound. That would make the Hound so sad!

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @Betty Cracker: According to my Closed Captioning the last thing Jorah said was “I’m hurt”, to which I automatically responded “No shit, Sherlock”.

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    NeenerNeener says:

    @Betty Cracker: According to my Closed Captioning, Jorah’s last words were “I’m hurt”, to which I responded (automatically) “No shit, Sherlock”.

    With The North being rather low on military power right now, it seems like this would be a good time for Cersei to send the Golden Company north to deal with the Starks, unless the amount of snow on the route would make that impractical. I hope she doesn’t, just because I would like to see the next battle fought in daylight.

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    Tim says:

    @Citizen_X: He ran out of arrows right before then

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @NeenerNeener: Yes, daylight would be nice! I have a reasonably HD TV and dimmed the lights but still had trouble following the action from time to time!

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    Kristine says:

    Now I wish I could watch a GoT edit that just showed Arya’s journey. I especially liked the episodes where she served as Tywin Lannister’s servant, even though I kept waiting for the moment when someone who recognized her (like Littlefinger) gave her away.

    I hope Arya survives. Also kinda wishing to see Sansa take the Iron Throne and send Jon back to serve as King of the North…though I have a feeling that if they both live it will be the other way ’round. I’m also sensing something between her and Tyrion, though it may simply be profound mutual respect…which in the Seven Kingdoms is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

    Not a Dany fan, though she’d definitely be better than Jon.

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    DonL140 says:

    I guess I’m the only one who thought it went too long. I got battle fatigue.

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