Lion of the Blogosphere

Game of Thrones, penultimate episode!

OK, here’s my review:

In this episode, we see that Tyrion, who was supposed to be smart, continues to be wrong about everything. Varys picked the right side, and got killed for it. Tyrion was also wrong about freeing his brother because he could reason with Cersei. Cersei was never going to admit defeat until everything was destroyed. As happened. How can Tyrion be so stupid?

So now we see that Daenerys has gone crazy with power and her thirst for revenge. I presume that next episode, Tyrion will finally come around to that and help Snow become King. Where is Sansa? (Maybe Varys was able to send her a letter by pigeon before he died?) Does Arya have any remaining role in this story? What happened to her “faceless man” superpowers? Her role in this episode was merely as a vantage point to see a lot of destruction.

The previous episode set us up to believe that the last dragon was useless because of Cersei’s anti-dragon defenses, but apparently that was a massive fake. They also set us up to believe that the “Golden Company” was this powerful and fearsome fighting force, but that was also a fake.

They sure killed off a lot of people:

Varys (Who hasn’t done much for quite a while, but it was sad to see him executed)
The Hound
The Mountain (Although he was not really a person anymore)
Euron Greyjoy (In retrospect, what was the point of his character besides comic relief?)
Jaime Lannister (I think he deserved it)
Cersei (And we all enjoyed finally seeing her die, didn’t we? But her death was too easy, she deserved to be tortured for a long time before she died.)

Did I miss any important deaths? I don’t think that Qyburn was an important death.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 12, 2019 at 8:36 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. A special video for Mother’s Day: two ultra-fit MILF’s exercising on the beach.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    May 12, 2019 at 9:07 PM

  2. I’m starting to like this series.

    Comic Book Nerd

    May 13, 2019 at 4:13 AM

  3. Well this sets up Daenerys as the villain that has to be taken down. She’s gone cray cray.

    Mike Street Station

    May 13, 2019 at 6:08 AM

    • And speaking of a would be ruler gone crazy…

      Mike Street Station

      May 13, 2019 at 10:47 AM

      • That is fantastic!! 😂

        toomanymice

        May 13, 2019 at 11:46 AM

      • Cersei looking for the exit – and one presumes a large goblet of wine – while the maniac wheelbreaker burns her castle down on her was the best Hillary/2016 metaphor yet.

        Paul Rise

        May 13, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    • She had a bad period.

      gothamette

      May 15, 2019 at 9:58 PM

  4. Will Game of Thrones be the final television series to both have a broadbased audience and be a culturally significant phenomenon?

    The last series before Game of Thrones to be so was what…Breaking Bad, Mad Men?

    Oswald Spengler

    May 13, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    • Maybe.

    • GOT’s ratings are pitiful by old broadcast network standards, and most Americans (including myself) have never watched it. However, cultural elites and aspiring cultural elites love it, and that means a lot of media is created about it on platforms those people create.

      Since the people who made Thrones big aren’t going away, I see no reason why the phenomenon won’t be replicated for some other show.

      Richard

      May 13, 2019 at 10:47 AM

      • Its not just cultural elites. Its the most popular show in the world, and HBO’s most popular show ever. And most viewers actually pirate it and don’t show up on the ratings.

        Alex

        May 13, 2019 at 11:43 AM

      • I said that cultural elites drove the phenomenon, not that it was limited to them.

        Richard

        May 13, 2019 at 12:44 PM

      • Alex is right. GOT is a global phenomenon. In the old days highly rated US shows were highly rated in the US, but no one in Germany, Russia, Brazil or Australia knew or cared. GOT is popular with cultural elites and regular middle class people all over the globe (far more so than Mad Men or Breaking Bad. Maybe Sopranos had this kind of reach?).

        Peter Akuleyev

        May 13, 2019 at 1:27 PM

      • If this show had premiered on SYFY, it would have been canceled after one season and would have attracted no buzz from media elites. Being on HBO serves as a gatekeeper since most Americans don’t have HBO.

        Mike Street Station

        May 13, 2019 at 1:48 PM

      • I really don’t think cultural elites drove this. I think they latched on. For the most part cultural elites hate the fantasy genre.

        Alex

        May 13, 2019 at 4:58 PM

      • Fantasy (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars) became cool and respectable in the 21st century, for whatever reason.

        Richard

        May 13, 2019 at 5:51 PM

      • @Richard the death of being biblically literate is a huge part of it. As seen in Western fine arts history, the Bible was a huge reservoir of imagination, and not just because there was nothing else to read.

        A Dilettante

        May 14, 2019 at 11:05 AM

  5. A new one to add to the list: didn’t get laid by jon snow rage.

    toomanymice

    May 13, 2019 at 10:14 AM

  6. Haven’t watched this for a few years, but I will offer a few predictions to see if I have the gift of prophecy: Daenerys and the last dragon die in the last episode. Its the end of all magical things. Jon Snow and Sansa are the new King and Queen of Westeros, they are only 2nd or 3rd cousins I think … Sam is the new Grand Maester of the realm …Tyrion and Arya survive.

    • Sansa and Jon Snow are first cousins. Jon’s mother is Sansa’s Aunt.

      ibejeph

      May 13, 2019 at 8:03 PM

  7. The set up was clumsy. A word on tactics: diving with the sun at your back was a good development. But it almost obvious. Birds do it. It might be something that flyers just intuitively learn. Surely the dragons noticed that goats tended to stand still for longer and hence be easier to BBQ and eat when they dove out of the sun?

    That the first dive would be successful was plausible but that all the catapults would miss from the on was lame. All the catapults should have been pre-aimed into the sun. There should have been hidden rooftop catapults and even dummy catapults batteries. It’s your city. You have a basically unlimited labor force. A more plausible scenario would have been a one good stranding run to open a breach in the wall followed by a high altitude bombing campaign (drop rocks).

    Continuous perfectly successful staffing runs at will over a densely populated and reasonably fortified city was ridiculous.

    Kings Landing might be Constantinople getting sacked by crusaders or jihad, or both. But it’s hard not to see a September 11th terrorist super-weapon atrocity type thing going on too. Or even a similarity to a Kurt Vonnegut type view on the allies bombing of Dresden and resulting firestorm.

    Finally, Daenerys is profoundly lonely and heartbroken. She put herself out there for Jon Snow and he rejected her. Mormont is dead. Who else in the Seven Kingdoms might she marry? And gave up so much for power. And she can’t have children. Having dragons then, could be comparable to a sterilizing STD. Beating all the boys to the top of her field can be processed through theories on hypergamy. She might be more of a comment on a current phenomenon than will be generally discussed.

    And her wrath against Kings Landing is like JFK’s line about a type of war where ‘even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth.’

    CMC

    May 13, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    • “She put herself out there for Jon Snow and he rejected her.”

      He was grossed out by the idea of being sexually intimate with his aunt. Not his fault.

      • That reminds me, if he hadn’t “been sexually intimate with her” as it happened but had insisted on getting married first, wouldn’t the maesters and such researched his and her family histories —because it would have been a union with serious state implications? And then, wouldn’t it have been likely that the gross idea would have come to light —maybe not on the front page of the Kings Landing Post, but at least discretely in the council? Then they could have either gotten a state maester dispensation or gone their separate ways. Either way, a lot less I’ll feeling, perhaps?

        CMC

        May 13, 2019 at 1:36 PM

      • Qyburn was probably the most significant scientific mind that Westeros had ever seen. He literally figured out how to bring back the dead (without resorting to magic or the Gods like the Red Woman and Beric) and was the inventor of a medieval rail gun that can pulverize ships and shoot down aircraft. Had he lived a few years long her probably would have brought them in to the steam age. Imagine if Dany had him advising her instead of the insufferable Tyrion. I noticed the actor who played Varys went on record today noting how stupid and character had been for the past two seasons. As the backlash against how god awful this ending is shaping up to be, I wonder if more of the actors are going to throw D&D under the bus.

        PerezHBD

        May 13, 2019 at 2:33 PM

      • “I noticed the actor who played Varys went on record today noting how stupid and character had been for the past two seasons.”

        Tyrion became stupid, Varys became useless.

    • ” All the catapults should have been pre-aimed into the sun.”

      Give them a break. They are brand new to air defense, just as Dany was new to the effective use of air power. They are gradually figuring it out.

      Mike Street Station

      May 13, 2019 at 1:51 PM

      • No.

        The last dragon is the only thing Danny has that Cersei doesn’t. Without the dragon it’s just another siege. And the Red Keep has _never_ been breached.

        And Cersei is no idiot. Episodes ago —basically instantly, she’d realized the significance of the dragons and went hard on anti-dragon R&D. Research. Production. Field testing. She could have and would have delegated the basic stuff to what’s his name and she would have been all about air defense.

        Then, as another commenter noted, she had that way out of the box disgraced hacker maester guy to brainstorm the situation.

        And yet another thing, she had green fire or whatever it’s called. It’s in the episode. Obviously she had stores of if throughout the city. What, you can’t put a bottle of it on the big arrows? Bottle breaks on the dragon. Follow up shots with burning arrows and viola. Or maybe the dragon’s skin doesn’t burn.

        Anyway, a possibly apocryphal story about Richard Nixon comes to mind. During the Iran Hostage Crisis of ‘79 or whatever, after the rescue mission failed, some reporter had the good sense to ask Nixon about it. Now Nixon had been disgraced and booted out and hated. But by ‘79 that had been about five years before, and even his enemies could begrudge him some strategic hardness. So, as the story I read goes, the reporter explains that 10 or a dozen or whatever number of helicopters went in and crashed or whatever happened.

        And Nixon said, “Ten? Why not a thousand?”

        There should have been a catapult on every roof of King’s Landing. The fleet should have been under the walls —because why else would they be way out in the bay if there’s no competing navy?

        The Red Keep —it’s walls should have been invisible due to all the scaffolding holding up all the catapults.

        (That would have been cool. The Red Keep burns and collapses because the scaffolding and platforms catch fire due to a suicide kamikaze run or whatever. Like, ha ha, Cersei _overdid_ the defenses! Jon and all the men fighting in the streets just stop fighting as they realize their respective queen tyrants are dead. Jon, Ned’s ostensible son, is hailed as undisputed King of the Seven Kingdoms as the only non-lunatic non-horrible candidate. Reverse Catch-22: He’s sane enough to be King because he doens’t want to be king.)

        CMC

        May 13, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    • It’s funny. Heading into last night, it seemed to me like a lot of the feminist media types writing on GoT saw themselves in Daenyrs – a no nonsense, stick it to the patriarchy, girl power women.

      They may be correct in seeing the reflection, but it might be a different reflection than they expected with Daenyrs being shown as a lonely, bitter lunatic that gave up everything for her “career”.

      jilla

      May 13, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    • “There should have been hidden rooftop catapults and even dummy catapults batteries.”

      I thought so, too. Especially after she was firebombing the city. If they’d only hidden a couple then they could have easily picked her off later on. Better yet, hidden a couple on the side of the mountain overlooking the bay. And waited for a clean shot from an angle she wasn’t expecting.

      I also remembered all the people fighting to get in before they closed the gates. Well, they got roasted. Of course, all the people who couldn’t get in got slaughtered, too. Does it never occur to people to pack their bags and leave? Walk away and come back a few days later when it’s over.

      destructure

      May 13, 2019 at 3:14 PM

      • Then you are at the mercy of brigands and the elements. I assume that Westeros is like medieval Europe in that commoners usually couldn’t by law carry arms, not that owning a sword was even something many could afford.

        Paul Rise

        May 13, 2019 at 5:31 PM

  8. Melisande said Varys had a role to play. So ha would probably have sent letters to Sansa explaining the situation. The 3 starks (Jon being a Stark by education) may kill or die by Daenerys.

    This episode was entirely predictable.

    Bruno

    May 13, 2019 at 1:16 PM

  9. The mess of this final season tells us a lot about why George Martin has never finished the series. There probably is no elegant way to wrap things up neatly from the point the books end. Killing everyone seems to be as good a solution as any.

    Peter Akuleyev

    May 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

  10. “Varys picked the right side, and got killed for it.”

    If he picked the right side it was only because he was a bleeding heart who cared more for Kings Landing than the queen he was supposed to be advising. There was nothing up to that point to suggest Danny was going to turn bunny boiler. But she lost two of her dragon “children”, Ser Jorah Mormont, Misonday, Jon Snow spurned her, Varys betrayed her and Tyrion kept giving her bad advice and nagging her about going soft on Kings Landing. Not to mention, everyone told her to trust Jaime who got caught trying to sneak back. That’s an awful lot in a short time. Even her unsullied general lost his sh*t. They were both taking their grief and anguish out on the city and people. It was uncool but those things happen.

    “Tyrion was also wrong about freeing his brother because he could reason with Cersei.”

    Yeah. Tyrion gets played a lot. I miss the old Tyrion who shot his dad in the toilet while he was doing the king’s business.

    “Does Arya have any remaining role in this story? What happened to her “faceless man” superpowers?

    I suspect she may use her “faceless man” powers to kill Danny in the final episode. But it’s hard to say. I guarantee the finale will contain unforeseen twists that were impossible to predict. You never know who’s going to die. But I guarantee there’s more killing.

    destructure

    May 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    • Yes, if Varys had simply told Jon to get over himself and marry Dany the whole thing gets resolved. Instead he invents this absurd idea that the North wouldn’t “accept” a marriage between Nephew and Aunt despite the fact the North was perfectly fine being ruled by married full siblings for nearly three centuries. And what makes it worse is that anybody who did for some reason have a problem with it could easily brush it off by assuming Jon and Dany made up his fanciful birth origin story to further legitimize their rule. I mean, most people are going to assume that anyway.

      PerezHBD

      May 14, 2019 at 2:46 AM

  11. I don’t know anything about game of thrones, I’m late to everything. I really should catch up. But it strikes me that after the Harry Potter hysteria waned they needed a new money maker to take its place. Hence game of thrones.

    gothamette

    May 15, 2019 at 10:00 PM

  12. They fucked up the Mad Queen arc, and contrary to apologists for poor writing, no, foreshadowing does not equal character development. Heretofore she just does not have a history of slaughtering innocent peasants en masse. She’s been brutal and more than entitled — Messianic — but what they had her do is completely out of character, and not understandably triggered in any way. Her hang up has always been people bending the knee, which the city did when it rang the precious bells.

    They made her cartoonishly villainous, so we know who the bad guy will be next week with Cersei gone.

    Vince

    May 16, 2019 at 3:00 AM


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