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Old 08-23-17, 11:14 AM
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by chowderhead View Post
now we know that Ned didn't tell Benjen about Jon's parents. Only the midwife, Howland Reed and Bran know currently.
And BBC/PBS already has the market cornered on one of them.

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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by creekdipper View Post
Benjen, we hardly knew ye.
But he's been in 7 episodes! 7!
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Now as far as him saving the day this past weekend -- I don't care if it came off as contrived or whatever -- it was entertaining as hell. Of course they have to fast forward the show -- they're running out of time.
I see it as they used it as an opportunity to close out the Uncle Benjen character, a character that has been around since the second episode of the series. At least there won't be any "what happened to the Russian guy" questions about him. Sure it was a little contrived, but without him showing up there would have just been a different contrivance.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
His character has been in 7 episodes -- flashbacks/non-flashbacks, and most currently last season's big reveal as to what happened to him.
When that character has been in 7 episodes -- those are various appearances throughout.
OK man, whatever you say. Two brief appearances in the past year or so with nothing before that since May of 2011 is "various appearances throughout". You win.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by Osiris3657 View Post
So you're telling me that you like these later seasons more despite plot holes the size of craters and stupid decisions by characters (because the showrunners don't have anymore book material to go off of and are inferior writers compared to GRRM), but when the show was at its peak (seasons 1-4) and was almost word for word based on the books, you liked it less and it was just OK?



Perfect opportunity to use one of my favorite gifs

Yes.... and if that offends you, gfy.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by creekdipper View Post
Personally, I think that losing a favorite character such as Tormund or Bronn heightens the involvement even if it doesn't have quite the impact of losing a Jaime, Jon, Arya, etc.

It would have been fitting for Bronn, the ultimate mercenary, to escape so many close calls in the battle but then be killed sacrificing himself for Jaime.

I wish they'd kept Benjen around a while to help with the final battle against the Night King. He was an interesting character with a lot of potential (I'd swap Benjen for Beric in a heartbeat).

Benjen, we hardly knew ye.

Well, since the show's writing is so shitty i have no reason to believe Benjen is actually gone. Doo Ex-Bad/Lazy Writing will save him.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
If you're referring to what I wrote, I said "gone for multiple seasons appearing out of the blue as a deus ex machina to save characters" in reference to his re-appearance last season to save Bran, not this last episode. I don't think i've seen any posts that completely forgot that he appeared.

Then again, I know your typical retort is to just call everyone who seems to think differently (or more critically) about something then you do mouth breathers

I have not called anyone a mouth breather in a long time.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

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Yes.... and if that offends you, gfy.
well if anyone is offended, it's clearly you with abbreviation. You're one of the people I was referring to in the post below.

Originally Posted by Osiris3657 View Post
Didn't realize how many Transformers fans watch GoT. "Who cares if the plot that makes sense?!? Durr action seens r wat mater! Oooo dragons, FIRE swordz, [email protected]!"

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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by DaveyJoe View Post
What did you think about The Battle of the Bastards? That was the least ASOIAF the show has ever felt in my opinion, but it felt like people ignored all of the flaws of that episode because it ended with Jon punching Ramsay. That was when I decided that if I was going to continue to watch the show, I'd have to severely lower my bar, which is why I've mostly enjoyed this season. I had plenty of time to brace myself for the writing issues we'd have with a shorter season.
I think that episode was poorly written as well, but mostly let it slide. I agree that the impact of Jon and Ramsay meeting at the end did not have the emotional impact I was hoping, due to what had played out earlier that episode.

I should have taken the same approach as you, but I guess I was hoping that D&D would take these final episodes seriously and make sure everything fit together in a sensible way.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Is it possible to disagree without insulting each other?
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Is it possible to disagree without insulting each other?
That's only possible in the Politics & Religion Forum.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Well, since the show's writing is so shitty i have no reason to believe Benjen is actually gone. Doo Ex-Bad/Lazy Writing will save him.
Hmmm....

Thanks. Hadn't considered that.

Dogpile Escape worked for Glen.

(Not ultimately, of course, but just sayin' there's certainly a precedent with other top-rated shows.).

Maybe he can come back as Unca Stoneheart.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

My wife literally said "I wonder if Benjen will show up?" and he did. It wasn't like Varys rode in to rescue them. It was a character we already know is in the North and probably keeping tabs on the white walker army.

Why's it so weird that he showed up?
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

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well if anyone is offended, it's clearly you with abbreviation. You're one of the people I was referring to in the post below.



lol... it's dragons and zombie snowmen vs medieval soldiers... and you're worried about the writing. People take less shit for liking Two Broke Girls than those of us who watch GoT to be entertained for an hour. Not everything needs to be Citizen fucking Kane. You've become the Dragon Tattoo of GoT threads.
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Is it possible to disagree without insulting each other?
No! Piss off!

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No! Piss off!

Edit: Dumbass!
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by creekdipper View Post
You've read Feast and Dance multiple times???
Like Draven, I have. I re-read all the books in a series when a new one comes out. An exception: When the final Fitz & Fool Robin Hobb book came out, I only re-read the most recent 6 books. I didn't have the energy for 14 or whatever again, since I'd just done it a couple of years prior.

I started late with Martin, since I thought it was going to be overhyped garbage (how I feel about Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time). Turned into my second favorite series, if he ever finishes it.

So I read storm in the early-2000s, and then re-read them before Feast came out, and then re-read them again when Dance came out. It helps I read pretty fast.

Frankly I'm not onboard with the general opinions of them. Yes, Storm was the best, but I don't feel like there was a huge drop in quality. The only problem with Feast and Dance is that they were spliced up badly between POVs (Feast not having much of the main "heroes" hurt it, it helps to mix up some Jon and Tyrion, etc into the painfully assholish mix of Jaime and Cersei, etc).


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Anyway, as far as this episode, it wasn't handled well, but it's not the first time the show has bungled something that should be not too hard to do.

Bring a crow along, have Bran do something useful by seeing them in danger. Bran sends the crow to Dany, maybe. Or have everyone running behind Gendry, ala season 1's Fist of the First Men sequence, but then they are forced to divert to more defensible ground when the army of the dead catches up with them. Plenty of ways to handle it that made more sense than Gendry runs really fast one way, and they run into the middle of a lake the other way. Meanwhile raven flies halfway across the continent, and Dany does the same. It would be 3,4,5 days.

If nothing else, you'd expect them to send the dead in small handfuls to wear them down.

Other complaints are a bit silly though. Yes Dany would be cold, but Dragons are surely very warm. But she should have some sort of saddle or something to hold her on the damn dragon anyway, as would anyone atop something that flies like that. Bitch about that if you want, but the cold? Pfft.

Ditto for the Night King aiming at the dragon on the ground.

How is the dragon evac-ing some stupid humans on the ground a threat to his army? I'm not sure he sees any individual humans as a real threat. He'll kill them eventually. Obviously if he's willing to camp his army around the lake for a few days to wait them out, he's not in a hurry to kill them. It's not like he *knows* John is the hero of the story or whatever.

However, the dragon in the air, breathing fire on his troops? Immediate threat that needs to be neutralized, first!

Yes the dragon on the ground is an easier target, but obviously he's an awfully good shot with his ice javelin.

Coldhands as a deus ex machina was a bit weak, some foreshadowing would have been cool, but the show has gotten a bit hurried in its execution.

The problem is, that no one is paying the price for boneheaded decisions any more, and that's because they don't have Martin's writing to lean on. Earlier in the show/books, when someone did something boneheaded, they paid the price (Robb, Ned, Stannis's fleet attack on King's Landing, Sansa, even Jon). The plot armor has gotten a bit thick, but it's definitely TV show plot armor and flaws, without the books as a base. Battle of the bastards, the ice lake, Arya being stabbed repeatedly, etc.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

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Is it possible to disagree without insulting each other?
Seems like a trend. I know I laughed at Osiris' Transformers comment earlier, but the generalizations of people that have issues and those that don't is getting really annoying. As well as my personal annoyance of people calling out those that are just voicing their complaints.

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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Benjen had to go. He could answer too many questions that Bran finds too hard to explain.
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The problem is, that no one is paying the price for boneheaded decisions any more, and that's because they don't have Martin's writing to lean on. Earlier in the show/books, when someone did something boneheaded, they paid the price (Robb, Ned, Stannis's fleet attack on King's Landing, Sansa, even Jon). The plot armor has gotten a bit thick, but it's definitely TV show plot armor and flaws, without the books as a base. Battle of the bastards, the ice lake, Arya being stabbed repeatedly, etc.
This is what I hated about the trend that started last year, specifically with the Battle of the Bastards. The suspense of the show hinges on the fact that anybody could die and when protagonists make bad decisions, they aren't protected by plot armor. It really bothered me with every thing Jon did during the battle at Winterfell, after this week's episode I can only assume that Jon is the Prince that was Promised and is literally being protected by a divine presence.

That doesn't excuse Jaime and Bronn's miraculous survival of The Spoils of War. Hell, I even thought more than just Thoros would die this week, the stakes are supposedly higher than ever, but nobody seems like they're in much danger anymore. Of course we may be sorry for what we wished for after the finale.
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lol... it's dragons and zombie snowmen vs medieval soldiers... and you're worried about the writing.
Yes, of course we are. This dismissive concept that the genre somehow alleviates the need for good writing is just bizarre.
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Anyway, as far as this episode, it wasn't handled well, but it's not the first time the show has bungled something that should be not too hard to do.

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Great post. I don't think I can disagree with any of this.
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Re: Game of Thrones (S7E06) -- "Beyond the Wall" -- 8/20/17 -- 75 min episode

Originally Posted by DaveyJoe View Post
This is what I hated about the trend that started last year, specifically with the Battle of the Bastards. The suspense of the show hinges on the fact that anybody could die and when protagonists make bad decisions, they aren't protected by plot armor. It really bothered me with every thing Jon did during the battle at Winterfell, after this week's episode I can only assume that Jon is the Prince that was Promised and is literally being protected by a divine presence.

That doesn't excuse Jaime and Bronn's miraculous survival of The Spoils of War. Hell, I even thought more than just Thoros would die this week, the stakes are supposedly higher than ever, but nobody seems like they're in much danger anymore. Of course we may be sorry for what we wished for after the finale.
They're kind of up against a wall now.

They've killed off most of the strong, brave, heroic, or smart characters, and they haven't been replaced by anyone.

Ned, dead. Robb, dead. Oberyn, dead. Stannis, dead. Tywin, dead. Selmy, dead.

And we're left with people like Cersei, the world's greatest swordsman who lost his hand, the crippled kid, the undead bastard, the dwarf who lost his mojo, teenaged girls, and people like Theon who have somehow managed to survive seven years of conflict despite being worthless.

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