@theht: I'm not debating the concept of the Faith-Militant. I'm saying the writers have completely failed to build a narrative towards their end goal in regards to the Faith-Militant. It seems the whole plot line is full of "it's a given", in order for the story to make sense.
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The main issue with the high sparrow story line is that all of a sudden, every citizen in a city full of debauchery is apparently a fanatical follower of the faith. They failed to build up this idea of religious fervor, especially when the show focused on so many people denouncing the gods, or very blatantly swaying us towards the god of light.
Also somehow King's landing can no longer count on the surrounding houses, who perpetually devote themselves, for help. History is full of Kings killing holy men who overstepped their bounds. Yet no one thought fighting an army of trained Knights with hammers and daggers was a good idea.
Geoffrey started a war with the entire north without hesitation, Tyrion defended Kings Landing from siege, yet the Faith-Militant is untouchable. The Lanisters were portrayed to rule with fear and gold. The idea that they wouldn't simply pay-off 6 random dudes to beat the sparrow to death, or slaughter him and any citizen who supported him is hilarious. Or how about the fact that we've spent 2 seasons with Arya in a house of ASSASSINS, that a lowly actress can afford to hire. No wait, the House of Black and White has the franchise rights to all Assassination in the world, and they don't like the Lanisters.
Lastly the Tommen and Cersei relationship is laughable. She had almost complete control over Geoeffry, who was insane. Yet the child she had babied the most, and smothered the most, all of a sudden is the most independent child and completely ignores his mother. He accepts all advice at whim, except hers.
At this point it would be nice if the writers sat down and watched season 1-3 again. Cause it seems they can't remember what they wrote.
I find it weird that on a website about video games, wrestling, and a podcast that continuously talks about adoring stupidity for the sake of stupidity. People question why someone would continue to consume entertainment they find severely lacking in one way or another.
Saying things like, " This is the wrong series for you", or "Don't except a or b from this series, you should move on" are cheap outs. Are we suppose to surround ourselves in bubbles only consuming things we absolutely adore and find perfect?
Maybe Game of Thrones is interesting to some people because they deem it a mastery of visual storytelling . On the other side, maybe people enjoy Game of Thrones cause they find it to be an absolute train wreck in visual story telling.
Maybe I disliked this latest episode so much cause I got hooked by London Spy on Netflix at the start of the week and the comparison just wasn't fair. Although the ending for that show was rough, it was fascinating to watch, and hooked you in all kinds of ways. I'd probably say that 5 episode mini-series had more nuance and plot development then 55 episodes of Game of Thrones.
@yi_orange: The trailer spoils the fact that Arya doesn't commit, I think it was in the last 3 scenes or so.
- Sansa was found now is being left alone again.
- White walkers were advancing, now they stopped, again. So again nothing has changed.
- Arya's story is again repeating itself. So again nothing has changed.
- Ramsay's control of the North all of a sudden translates to 10 houses that he forgot about. So essentially nothing has changed.
- Danny keeps tripping into armies that want to serve her unquestioned. Yet everything is a convenient delay to stop her from crossing the water. So again nothing has changed.
- With all the episodes of Bran as a ward we've seen zero evidence of "teaching" just seems like a convenient mechanic for flashbacks. So Bran's power is to see a vision of John Snows mother screaming, and a vision of why Hodor keeps saying Hodor.
BTW the white walkers weakness is that they have bad knees and can't run after Bran. They can only walk menacingly for 30 seconds at a time before they need to take five. I guess it explains why winter just can't seem to arrive.
The show really shows that the convergence of all the plot lines after season 3 was really too much for GRRM, and HBO to process. If this show was called anything other then Game of Thrones, bad writing would be it's description. The Hype train is the only thing keeping this boat a float.
Holy shit probably worst episode of the series, whole Bran scene was awfully lazy writing. Felt like a generic action movie scene, with false suspense strewn about. Absolutely zero impact, couldn't stop laughing at how moronic the whole situation came to be. Hodor, Hodor, Hodor. Hothdor, Hothedor, Hodor, Hodor,Holdor, Hodor, Hodor, Hodoor, jesus christ it's a comedy now.
But hey we got to see barely legal boobs, and dick warts? What the hell has this show even become? It really has lost direction, it feels so aimless, and lost. Are we really gonna get four more episodes of random filler, till the season finale to get some kind of actual plot development.
So this morning I noticed the new Star Trek Series Teaser was released.
I'm a huge Star Trek fan, mainly TNG and DS9. I've probably watched each series 4 times at least. I hated the Star Trek movie reboots for really missing the point of what Star Trek had become in the 90's. But I don't want this reboot either, although It seems I'm in the minority. People are constantly craving reboots after reboots, stating all their wishes about characters, timelines, cameo's. Why do we consistently insist on reliving our fond memories of these franchises? Can we stop latching on to the smallest of crumbs in order to relive out "favorite" memories?
Leave these franchises in their respective era's, let them be part of that era's culture. Come up with new ideas, make a new sci-fi series for this generation, stop your nostalgia fetishism.
The real turning point for me was with the Star Wars Reboot, and X-files Reboot in 2015. Watching those stories, really made me realize that those franchises were finished a long time ago. And anything that followed was nothing more than nostalgia porn, trying to tickle the numerous fan favorite g-spots. There really were no more worthwhile stories to tell. Pretending the good old days were the best, nothing could ever surpass this franchise or that franchise.
Although Film as a medium is the worst offender. Game's are probably second, while books I would say are dead last. People don't ask for someone to reboot books (well maybe excluding the rabid Harry Potter cultists, or post-series preludes), you just appreciate the story for what is was, and once in a while come back to enjoy it in the exact same state.
If you grew up with Star Trek or Star Wars, don't try to relive your childhood. Use those past experiences to appreciate or create the next sci-fi/fantasy series to come. I say this knowing full well that we face a new Star Wars movie every year, a third Star Trek movie, a Ghostbusters reboot and the end of the current Marvel Movie Universe followed by it's inevitable reboot.
In terms of the Star Trek Series Reboot, It will most likely miss the point just like the latest movies.
If you let other people prepare your food, how can you not expect disgusting situations? You think restaurants or fast food joints are these bastions of cleanliness? How many times have I seen grown ass adults leave public bathrooms without washing their hands? How many times do you think some one has sneezed in the direction of your food while being prepared, or had dirty hands, or accidentally spat in your food, how many strangers hairs do you think you've eaten in your lifetime?
If you're so terrified of germs, make your own pizza at home. Cause I bet you've already eaten pizza that's been delivered/prepared/handed to you by someone who didn't wash their hands after scarping the shit off their ass. At least homemade pizza will only have bug shit on it.
You could also say you prepped a bubble bath for yourself and are going to eat the pizza while sitting in the bathtub. Should freak people out enough that they'll want to GTFO. Remember making people feel weird, uneasy, or awkward is the most powerful tool in your arsenal. Tell people you have some rare disease, that is passed on by fluid exchange. Only a mad man would stay.
In reality the only plot lines people care about at this point are Tyrion/Varys, Brienne, and Arya. Everything else has been so dragged out and one dimensional that really, if they cut everything else out I'd probably say this was a fantastic show. Even the Cersei situation has been so prolonged and needlessly time filler, that I no longer care. I though things were going to pick-up and Jaime and Cerise would start to turn the sinister gears behind the scenes. Nope, just more filler, and then; "Oh hey! You got an army right!".
The whole High Sparrow story line is just filler, and will conveniently end when Jon Snow takes back the north. Then we'll have (north vs south) vs white walkers. It's nice of the white walkers to have such a convenient schedule, and delay "Winter is Coming" till the humans finish their squabbles. At this point Daenerys will probably catch the flu and die on the boat to Westeros, only to be revived by Dragon blood. Then Daenerys will arrive, hold up a candle, and every other army will fall to it's knees begging for mercy.
The only way I'll ever forgive the awful filler that is Daenerys' story line, is if the white walkers pull out a white walker dragon that eats Daenerys. Then Bran has to try and control the three regular dragons to beat the ice dragon to finally justify why his story line wasn't ended 4 seasons ago.
The only other thing I'd say is that everything they're trying to do with Daenerys they've achieved better and with 1/10th the screen time with Yara Greyjoy. Daenerys in power looks like a lost child on the brink of tears at every turn, while Yara makes me think; "Shit man she'd wreck those dragons, and everyone else". Wish they would've given us more Iron Islands instead of watching a girl fall into convenient plot point after plot point. It's also neat how they made Yara look similar to her father in silhouette, maybe foreshadowing her rule. Unfortunately we'll probably be forced to watch a stupid scene where the whole Iron Islands story line boils down to Yara with Theone at her side, negotiating with John Snow for their help.