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Sansa Stark must have been reading my blog (GoT S08E01)

At the end of last season, I wrote:

This is the season in which Tyrion became stupid.

In previous seasons, the idea was presented that Tyrion was actually the smartest and most capable of the Lannister siblings, and if only old-man Tywin wasn’t so prejudiced against Tyrion’s physical disability, his family would have greatly benefited.

But in this season, all of Tyrion’s advice was bad advice. Being the smart guy, and supposedly knowing his sister Cersei better than anyone else, he should have been the one who played her, and not the other way around.

It was Tyrion’s idea to attack Casterly Rock, but Cersei and Jaime tricked him by pulling out their army. Only after that, when Daenerys ignored Tyrion’s advice and rode her dragons into battle, did she win a decisive victory against Cersei.

But then Daenerys threw everything away with the foolish expedition to capture the undead. Which Tyrion supported. If, as a viewer, it was ridiculously obvious that Cersei would only join a truce or alliance or whatever with the intent to double-cross, why wasn’t it obvious to Tyrion, Cersei’s own brother, the guy who is supposed to be smarter than her?

In tonight’s episode, upon hearing from Tyrion that Cersei is going to “help” them defeat the undead, Sansa Stark disdainfully says, “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.”

I guess they can get away with all of the raunchy trigger-warning-inducing locker-room talk between the male characters by showing that the men are stupid compared to the women.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 14, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

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  1. I think you’re being a bit unfair to Tyrion here. He’s compromised because he cares about his family too much, not because he’s dumb.


    April 14, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Yeah but his job is to be an adviser because he “knows things.” Instead he’s totally bought in to Daenerys’ “break the wheel” idealism and it’s ruined his ability to give good advice. Instead he’s simply trying to check her worst impulses.

      Mike Street Station

      April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  2. I thought the Atlantic’s summary of the show’s more recent failings was pretty good for a mainstream leftist publication:

    Though I think a lot more criticism could be heaped on this show, or at least its latter seasons.

    George RR Martin is a man who has some understanding, or at least intellectual curiosity concerning the mentality and values of a feudal society, and what the schemes of true masters of realpolitik might look like.

    The HBO show runners, on the other hand, are complete hacks, incurious natives of the Current Year, who have basically just been spinning a brain-dead Jerry Bruckheimer sort of tale (but with 50% more Girl Power) since they moved away from the source material.


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

    • Exactly. Show is no longer being written by the author.


      April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  3. Nice self deprecation humour. Very Anglo-Saxon.


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  4. About media, I ve watched for the first time two full SNL shows. It’s the most desgusting and brutal anti-white program I have ever seen. All jokes are intended to mock and demonize white people.

    In France, we are still in the phase where race is
    Taboo and you speak of race only to denounce racism. Else it’s not present in the conversation yet.
    Been positive discrimination is still a touchy subject and it’s pretended to be more on Zip-code than race.

    But the attack that you read in NYT and WaPo are magnified on SNL.

    I think the first thing people should know is where does it comes from because it the source of all other problems (even the paralysis to deal with migration) .


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  5. Nice sum up on causes and consequences of dysgenic fertility.

    “I’ll summarize it by noting that the solutions provided are not easy choices, and unlikely to be implemented in any democracy.  I.Q. drop is caused by our society and values, and won’t be undone by a society with our values.”


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

    • Idiocracy was a horrible movie, even if the first 2 minutes intro explained dysgenic fertility really well.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  6. Unfortunately, the primary strength of GoT was the shows ability to smooth over GRRM’s flaw of getting lost in the weeds of his story. With the strong story minus all of the superfluous crap a bunch of characters did in the books, we got 5 or so seasons of first rate entertainment. Once the show passed the end of the source material, the quality dropped off a cliff


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  7. If Tyrion were smart he would have whacked Cersei a long time ago.


    April 15, 2019 at EDT am

  8. The dialogs and plot devices in seasons 6-8 are like of a stupid soap opera. Now it’s a just a fan fiction with
    a feminist/SWJ agenda .


    April 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  9. I enjoyed the episode. There’s always been a girl power theme going on but hopefully they don’t carry it to excess (sansa the smartest woman ever?? please). My 17 year old and I really hope daenerys turns into a zombie. As far as Tyrion he’s always been tragi comic. He could have done more to protect sansa so I don’t blame her for being kind of po’ed at him.


    April 17, 2019 at EDT pm

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