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a few thoughts about Game of Thrones S05 E08 (“Hardhome”) and open thread

I’m not gonna have time to blog in-depth about the new series of Game of Thrones, but I’m posting a few thoughts after each new episode. Please feel free to talk among yourselves about whatever is happening. (And of course I’ll jump into the comments as much as I’m able.)

Until I say otherwise, take it as a given that I love this show for its complex story and its fascinating characters. That’s the baseline that I’m working from.

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I was all like, Hey, look what happens when you can bend and be flexible, learn to compromise, here’s Tyrion and Dany getting along so well, and Jon and the Wildlings coming to a truce, if an uneasy one, contrast that with Cersei who uses people instead of working with them and look how that gets her thrown in a cell and sucking spilt water off the stone floor, and then it all goes to hell.

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Like Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse type of hell.

Seriously? A sudden avalanche and now your entire little town is zombies? What kind of crazy world is this?

And this guy?!

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People of Westeros and everywhere else, listen. You need to learn how to get off this planet. It’s a lost cause.


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  • MisterBongwater

    Apologies for a Buzzfeed link, but dammit Game of Thrones. Now you give us a cool character and she can’t even make it through an episode. Here’s to Karsi. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/karsi-4eva#.cbB3R6PRn

  • She was fantastic. And how awesome to see a woman leader in a culture that appears, at first glance, to be very patriarchal. All those badass men, and they had no problem heeding her authority.

    Note that Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is the best thing in Pitch Perfect 2, also.

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