1. so-hard-to-leave-you-brienne:

    I’m surprised to see you here, Rory, given what happened. You were left on the mountainside. Yeah, I can’t believe I’m here. Things weren’t looking too good last time I saw myself. (x)

    I love how he said that♥

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  3. Maisie Williams and Rory McCann attend San Diego Comic-Con 2014. [ credit ]

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  5. dagsg said: Keeping in mind how the books handle fantasy tropes, I would be quite disappointed if Lightbringer ends up being just a sword (e.g. Dawn). Because against an army of Others one sword is still just one sword, not making very much difference (like 3 great warriors against 7 are just 3 guys against 7). Or it would need to be a real weapon of mass destruction which we already kinda have (dragons), and which I think would really feel out of place.

    Well, the myth is that just one sword somehow turned the tide in the past, hence Lightbringer being a big honking deal in the first place. In neither case is anyone suggesting that one sword can defeat an entire supernatural army, I don’t think. Obviously it’s gonna take much more than that.

     
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  7. sunspearunbowed said: Hey Sean, as a David Bowie fan, I was curious your thoughts on the Kia commercial that used Bowie's "Let's Dance" but the remixed version (can't do links, but it's on youtube). Fuck yeah or Fuck no?

    Is the question about the remix or the commercial? The remix is eh, and the commercial — well, Bowie’s commercialism ship sailed long, long ago. I’m not getting worked up about it. :)

     
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  9. somedeadman said: I've kind of come around to your viewpoint. D&D are being envisioned as some kind of boogeymen that have absolute control over the show. I'm sure they have a whole slew of notes that they have to slog through. They may not be blameless, but they probably deserve at least a little credit. Right?

    Well, yeah, for sure. That’s how it works for everyone except, as best I can tell, David Chase. But it’s not just that every aspect of the show with which readers and viewers disagree is personified in them, it’s that there’s a subsequent drive to characterize their supposed choices with minimum good faith, and attack them with maximum rhetorical force. And it’s not as if Benioff and Weiss are alone in being lambasted this way — I just saw a post with tags that referred to George R.R. Martin as “GERM” and called him “a moldy ball of oatmeal” for “cosigning” “D&D and their Sexy Violent White People Show.” (Sorry, Alexander Siddig!)

    Readers of this blog know how important I think it is to take art seriously, to treat it as capable of addressing major societal issues and to demand its treatment of those issues be commensurate with their importance. (There’s much more to great art than that, but that’s part of a lot of great art.) But didacticism that devolves into an attempt to divorce art from artist isn’t serious. When you get to that point, you’re demonizing creators and deifying characters, as if fandom for the latter could exist independent of the former. Of course, in some cases it does — more human beings know the name “Agent Coulson” than “Jack Kirby,” I guarantee you. When fandom becomes more about bending art to fit your headspace instead of meeting an artist and her artwork in that glorious, ineffable three-circle venn diagram that is Art, it’s not something I’m all that interested in anymore. 

     
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  11. thisfalconwhite said: Regarding Trystane being cast as Doran's "son and heir": I know you've mentioned that we need to be prepared for a lot of cuts for Feast/Dance. D&D know how it all ends, so they know what to cut. I love Arianne and Quentyn, but I honestly can't think of a reason that they are absolutely necessary to the overall story. I can't think of anything they've done that can't be shifted to another character on screen. It's been a while since I read Feast/Dance, so what are your thoughts on this?

    onionjulius:

    boiledleather:

    IDK man, IDK. I mean, with regards to Trystane being written up as Doran’s “son and heir” (of a shyness that is criminally vulgar), PR is not canon, so there’s that. And Arianne could still come later, so there’s that too — keep in mind Doran wasn’t listed on the original casting sheet either.

    So. I suppose you’re right that Arianne could be excised without doing much violence to the story, but I think that’s way less true of her than it is of Quentyn, the Vito Spatafore of Game of Thrones. If you cut Arianne you needs must make up a whole lot of Dornish stuff to replace it, presumably by beefing up Myrcella. As a substitution, that’s not exactly the disaster it’s being made out to be, I guess? I dunno, it’s a bummer, even though I think Arianne’s awesomeness has been greatly exaggerated in terms of presenting her as some kind of role model. Cool character, not so cool a role model. IDK, IDK.

    This is not, in any way, a way I like to interact with art, I can tell you that much. I want to talk about a show, not an idea of a show months before the show airs.

    Her being a role model is utterly immaterial. I would bet real money that pretty much nobody thinks very much in terms of how good a role model Jon Snow or Robb Stark are, people are allowed to find them strong, badass, awesome, admirable, etc, without vetting them for every possible angle of criticism first. Arianne is no political genius, but she’s confident, passionate, shows initiative, understands many flaws of Westerosi patriarchy and can criticise it without hating other women like Cersei does, and is also caring and capable of learning. Honestly that probably relates more to most audience members’ lives than whether or not she can successfully pull off political coups, something that has just about zero relevance to most people. She has flaws, sure, she’s rash and she is insecure and allows her insecurity to drive her to do rash things. She got in over her head, but she obviously has a good heart. People can find her awesome without having to justify it by proving she’s a role model. I don’t think we seriously have to be concerned that the female youth of America are recklessly endangering the lives of stupidly chivalrous guys and calling it Feminism. There’s plenty else, like her sex positivity, assertiveness, and sense of sisterhood.

    "People can find her awesome without having to justify it by proving she’s a role model." It seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle that that’s exactly the point I was making. 

     
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  13. Emilia Clarke in the Game of Thrones S4 bloopers

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  15. underscorex said: Only four shows on par with The Sopranos, eh? Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Deadwood, and The Wire, right? (I'd be mostly okay with that assessment as long as Twin Peaks gets an Honorable Mention)

    I was counting The Sopranos as one; the other three are Deadwood, Twin Peaks, and Mad Men.

     
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  17. thisfalconwhite said: Regarding Trystane being cast as Doran's "son and heir": I know you've mentioned that we need to be prepared for a lot of cuts for Feast/Dance. D&D know how it all ends, so they know what to cut. I love Arianne and Quentyn, but I honestly can't think of a reason that they are absolutely necessary to the overall story. I can't think of anything they've done that can't be shifted to another character on screen. It's been a while since I read Feast/Dance, so what are your thoughts on this?

    legally-bitchtastic:

    boiledleather:

    IDK man, IDK. I mean, with regards to Trystane being written up as Doran’s “son and heir” (of a shyness that is criminally vulgar), PR is not canon, so there’s that. And Arianne could still come later, so there’s that too — keep in mind Doran wasn’t listed on the original casting sheet either.

    So. I suppose you’re right that Arianne could be excised without doing much violence to the story, but I think that’s way less true of her than it is of Quentyn, the Vito Spatafore of Game of Thrones. If you cut Arianne you needs must make up a whole lot of Dornish stuff to replace it, presumably by beefing up Myrcella. As a substitution, that’s not exactly the disaster it’s being made out to be, I guess? I dunno, it’s a bummer, even though I think Arianne’s awesomeness has been greatly exaggerated in terms of presenting her as some kind of role model. Cool character, not so cool a role model. IDK, IDK.

    This is not, in any way, a way I like to interact with art, I can tell you that much. I want to talk about a show, not an idea of a show months before the show airs.

    If they cut out Arianne, I am done with this show. Arianne is my favorite character but well, she’s a strong female character so I guess it stands to reason that D&D will ruin her character.

    Arianne is a strong female character if you’re using “strong” synonymously with “interesting” or “compelling,” but not so much if you’re using it in the traditional sense of someone who’s fully actualized their potentiality or what have you. Arianne fucked a Kingsguard into betraying his vows in order to support her harebrained scheme to kidnap Myrcella Baratheon and crown her Queen of Westeros with the help of her posse of people she’d gone to third base with as a teenager, which got Myrcella maimed and the Kingsguard killed and damn near plunged Dorne into war. She reminds me a great deal of Bran or Sansa circa A Game of Thrones — she’s read about the kind of person she wants to be in storybooks, albeit racier ones than Bran’s adventures or Sansa’s romances, and is unprepared when life doesn’t turn out that way. Like them, she may recover, but that remains to be seen.

    Arianne’s a lot of fun to read about — to me, that’s enough, and there’s no need to make her into something she isn’t, and then ding “D&D,” those world-historical villains, for fucking up that nonexistent thing.

     
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  19. kallielef:

    swordinthedarkness:

    @gameofthrones cast on the #tvgmyacht @tvguidemagazine

    Perfection

     
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  21. actual-fake-bastard-alaynestark said: Fuck yeah Jonathan Pryce and Alexander Siddig!!!!!

    Amen to that. I mean, Siddig was straight-up fancasting, was he not? (That’s not a rhetorical question, I don’t follow fancasting, but when I saw he’d been cast it sure rang a bell.) And Pryce means we’re really going to dig into populist fundamentalism, which I’m not sure any of the big shows has done since Battlestar Galactica, I guess.

     
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  23. thisfalconwhite said: Regarding Trystane being cast as Doran's "son and heir": I know you've mentioned that we need to be prepared for a lot of cuts for Feast/Dance. D&D know how it all ends, so they know what to cut. I love Arianne and Quentyn, but I honestly can't think of a reason that they are absolutely necessary to the overall story. I can't think of anything they've done that can't be shifted to another character on screen. It's been a while since I read Feast/Dance, so what are your thoughts on this?

    IDK man, IDK. I mean, with regards to Trystane being written up as Doran’s “son and heir” (of a shyness that is criminally vulgar), PR is not canon, so there’s that. And Arianne could still come later, so there’s that too — keep in mind Doran wasn’t listed on the original casting sheet either.

    So. I suppose you’re right that Arianne could be excised without doing much violence to the story, but I think that’s way less true of her than it is of Quentyn, the Vito Spatafore of Game of Thrones. If you cut Arianne you needs must make up a whole lot of Dornish stuff to replace it, presumably by beefing up Myrcella. As a substitution, that’s not exactly the disaster it’s being made out to be, I guess? I dunno, it’s a bummer, even though I think Arianne’s awesomeness has been greatly exaggerated in terms of presenting her as some kind of role model. Cool character, not so cool a role model. IDK, IDK.

    This is not, in any way, a way I like to interact with art, I can tell you that much. I want to talk about a show, not an idea of a show months before the show airs.

     
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  25. neon-claws said: Would the Kingsguard have won at the Tower of Joy if Howland Reed didn't throw a net on them?

    Yes.

     
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  27. sciencevsromance said: Poor Aimee Richardson. Looks like she even had an aged-up Myrcella glamor shot on her IMDB page.

    I got the sense things were not going to work out for her when she started tweeting stuff like “Are you listening, HBO??” :(

     
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  29. Would it be too much to ask for someone to get Pedro Pascal and Jason Momoa together for a picture someplace?

     
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