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06-20-2016 12:20 PM
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Battle Of The Bastards...WOAH!

One of the G.O.A.T battle scenes.

Ramsey got served and then served up.

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Game of Thrones: "Battle of the Bastards" Review

True North.


Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

At this point, it seems like the pattern when it comes to the ninth episode of a given season of Game of Thrones is tragic death, amazing battle, tragic death, amazing battle, and so on. And this being Season 6, it was time to land on a phenomenal clash of swords and shields - and “Battle of the Bastards” certainly delivered. On more than one front actually, since the opening ten minutes were devoted to Daenerys absolutely laying waste to the Masters’ fleet with Drogon and the recently unchained Rhaegal and Viserion in a badass sequence that featured some of the grandest special effects the show has ever produced. And all of it featuring a somewhat unhinged Deanerys who was brutal, but also ever watchful that she not become too much like her mad father.

The truce she brokered later on with Theon and Yara -- who now take the absolute prize this year for longest distance traveled in shortest amount of time (that old Ice and Fire bullet train’s been working over time, and even crossing seas) -- felt a bit rushed, but some of that just might be because of the miles the two Ironborn magically jumped as they were the last people I thought I’d see in Dany’s pyramid this episode.

I do like that, despite her returning to find Meereen under siege, Daenerys is still willing to listen to Tyrion and rely on him for advice, because she did return at the absolute worst time. Well, worst for him, but best for the crisis at large, since she was able to end it with a simple “Dracarys!”

But let’s shift away from the dragonfire spectacle that was the Meereen battle and over to the North, where things were a lot more gritty and grimy, centered on a hard-hitting, massive battle sequence, featuring an impressive amount of stunt work, choreography and storytelling. There was even a fun tracking shot right in the thick of it, as Jon plowed his way through enemy forces, occasionally getting saved by good fortune. This battle was a massive undertaking and one that overflowed with drama. Would our heroes win? This season has been really big on payoffs and satisfying wins, so there was almost an expectation here for a swerve - for this year’s big tragedy. But it didn’t come and the Starks took back their home.

And it was for the best, really, since I don’t think, especially this close to the end of the series, that we could have taken another cold, harsh loss. It’s funny, Game of Thrones viewers are so used to having the rug pulled out from under us that sometimes we don’t know when to ease up and enjoy a solid victory. It’s almost like we don’t trust it. But this one felt super-earned given the long journey of the Starks. It even felt earned just based on this season alone, in fact.

One of the dynamics I loved here, as the armies prepared for battle, was the differences between Jon and Sansa stepping forward in big ways. The two of them even argued the night before about tactics, with Jon being very Ned-like and Sansa, fittingly, coming from a much more detached, Littlefinger-type stance. Hell, she was cold and logical enough to firmly realize that Rickon was a goner, no matter what, when Jon wasn’t willing to accept it. She knew they needed greater numbers but Jon was stubbornly going forward with an assault anyway.

And then, the very next morning, on the precipice of battle, Jon got manipulated into mounting a full-fledged assault because he was overcome with emotion over Rickon’s death - which was an expertly crafted bit of theater totally conceived by Ramsay in order to pull Jon’s entire army out into the open. I know a lot of viewers have had their fill of Ramsay being terrible, since there’s been so much of it, but this really was a horrible and evil ploy. As for poor Rickon, well, I don’t think many expected much from him character-wise regardless, so he died in service of the battle and as part of Ramsay’s final attempt to rule the North.

There were so many great, ferocious moments here, from Jon facing down Ramsay’s arrows with his a shield at the end, to Tormund killing SmallJon Umber in a fittingly intense manner, to the giant Wun Wun using his last breaths to break down the Winterfell gate. And yes, there even was a point when it looked like Jon might be a goner, as he started to get trampled and suffocated within one of the giant mounds of bodies. It was sort of a slight scare though, since we knew that Melisandre was still around to bring him back from the dead if need be, whether he wanted her to or not. Still, the stakes here were Winterfell, not Jon’s life. Jon’s army couldn’t fail. Not now, not this time.

The arrival of the soldiers from the Vale may not have been a huge surprise since, many guessed that’s who Sansa had written a letter to, but it was still a very crowd-pleasing moment given just how crushed and defeated Jon and his men were. It also somewhat mirrored Jon getting saved by Stannis’ forces back at the end of Season 4 (an event referenced in this episode).

Even though Season 6’s bounty and splendor of payoffs can sometimes feel very un-Game of Thrones, who couldn’t love Sansa exacting sweet revenge on Ramsay? And with his own dogs too? That was so satisfying. And yes, it had to be her who did it. Even Jon knew that much as he stopped himself from killing Ramsay with his bare hands so that he could be at Sansa’s mercy -or lack thereof.

The Verdict

Game of Thrones did not disappoint when it came to this season’s great northern battle, as Jon and Sansa’s differences were spectacularly highlighted in a savagely strong war chapter that saw House Stark overcome huge odds to reclaim their home. Plus, Daenerys got to soar, as her dragons quickly stopped a violent siege with fury and fire.


Masterpiece
In an marvelously epic battle episode, Jon and Sansa attempt to reclaim Winterfell for House Stark.



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Northern battle
Sansa’s revenge
Rickon’s fate
Differences between Jon and Sansa
Daenerys’ dragon attack



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06-21-2016 09:14 AM
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The most cinematic, epic, hour of television ever.

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06-21-2016 10:46 AM
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Many fans say they were breathing heavy etc when Snow was gasping for air...grabbing the audience by the throat, awesome.

''Rickon!!''

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06-28-2016 11:22 AM
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Stupendously satisfying finale. Probably the best they've done.

I was hoping for some kind of Night King update at the end, but thats ok.

I loved the score in this episode too. Really great stuff.

Lady Mormont is the highlight of season 6, for me. God damn, when she rallied behind Jon and the other houses joined in... so fucking satisfying. We've had so much heartache when it comes to the Starks. To get this much revenge porn in one episode was overwhelming. My room got real dusty.

Also, anything with Tyrion and Danny was solid fucking gold.
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06-28-2016 09:18 PM
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Intro and score was grand.


Lady Mormont set tripped momma Stark style (Catelyn calling arms house against Tyrion in the the pub/tavern).
In episode 9 'LM' was supposed to ride into the 'BOTB' battle on the back of a bear, but that was cut along with the wolf rampage for budget reasons...they put the money soley on Wun Wun tearing it up.


Loadsa payback, that nasty Frey pie, sick!
Arya the faceless killer going through her list...about time too.
Necromancer/alchemist's lil birds shanked the old codger!
Septa's Unella fate, fans are delighted.

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Last two episodes redeemed the show.

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06-29-2016 04:36 PM
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12-06-2016 04:13 PM
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R.I.P. Grouty



Quote: Peter Vaughan, star of Porridge and Game of Thrones, dies aged 93

Actor best known for playing Grouty in 1970s prison sitcom won fresh admirers as Maester Aemon in HBO fantasy show


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The character actor Peter Vaughan, known for his role as Grouty in the TV sitcom Porridge and more recently as Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93.

His agent, Sally Long-Innes, said he “died peacefully with his family around him” on Tuesday morning.


Vaughan was a familiar face on British TV, with roles in the comedy Citizen Smith and the drama Our Friends in the North. But he was best known performing alongside Ronnie Barker in the prison sitcom Porridge, playing Harry Grout, the head of HMP Slade’s protection racket.

He only appeared in three episodes of the 1970s comedy but is still remembered for a menacing performance as the prison kingpin running operations from his luxuriously appointed cell, complete with a budgerigar.

“I still get people saying: ‘Let you out, have they, Grouty?’” Vaughan told an interviewer this year.

More recently he won over a new generation of global admirers in the hit HBO fantasy show Game of Thrones, playing the elderly blind character Maester Aemon.
Vaughan in Game of Thrones.


“People talk about Grouty but, good heavens, the fan mail I get from all over the world because of Game of Thrones is enormous,” he told the Sunday Post. “It’s just grown and grown and once you’re hooked, that’s it.”

Brenock O’Connor, the 16-year-old actor who played Olly in the Game of Thrones, paid tribute to Vaughan as a “kind and talented man”.

Brenock O'Connor (@Brenock_OConnor)

Deeply saddened to hear that Peter Vaughan has passed away at 93. A kind and talented man. His watch is ended x pic.twitter.com/jOnusxuZ3N
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Vaughan’s 75-year acting career included roles in the films Straw Dogs, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Remains of the Day.

He also appeared alongside the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in the Ken Russell film Valentino.

Vaughan was born Peter Olm in 1923 in Shropshire, the son of a bank clerk and a nurse. His early acting career at the Wolverhampton Repertory Theatre was interrupted by the war. After serving as an officer in Normandy and Singapore, he returned to acting in London.


He married his first wife, the actor Billie Whitelaw, in 1952. As she rose to prominence with celebrated parts in Samuel Beckett plays, Vaughan continued to play small parts in minor theatre. She claimed he resented her success. After the couple separated in the early 1960s Vaughan earned more prominent roles. He went on to marry the actor Lilias Walker.

In October, Vaughan told BBC London Radio his favourite role was playing Ed in original cast of Joe Orton’s 1964 play Entertaining Mr Sloane.

“For about two years it was an absolute sensation. Judy Garland came to see it three times. It was a magical time.”

Asked to explain the secret of his long career, he said: “Luck, good wine and beer. I just had a damn good time.”
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03-14-2017 10:32 AM
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Quote:POTENTIAL SPOILERS!!!
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
STAY OUT!!!

There has been a lot of speculation going on in regards to GoT S7, mostly due to set-pic leaks. No certainty right now of course, but apparently, these rumors are coming from a reddit that got most of S6 right, and they are partially verified through set-photos. I've read through them and to be frank, I don't know what to think right now (In regards to whether or not these are true, no judgement on the actual plotting/characterization until later under spoiler-warning).

This is a topic to discuss those spoilers as well as others! If you don't want to know them please leave right now! Final Warning!


POTENTIAL SPOILERS beyond this point :


Spoiler:
MAJOR SPOILERS: The Entire Plot of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 May Have Been Leaked on Reddit

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By William Hicks | 6:57 pm, October 22, 2016

WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers from season 7 of Game of Thrones

For all you spoiler-heads out there who don’t mind ruining an entire season of Game of Thrones months before it even airs, you’ll love this one.

A brave Redditor named awayforthelads dumped what appears to be the entire plot of Season 7 onto the Freefolk subreddit. The subreddit has a long history of being the go-to place for Thrones leaks and last season was incredibly reliable at thoroughly spoiling almost every detail of Season 6.

As further proof of authenticity, awayforthelads has deleted his account, presumably to evade the wrath of HBO.

And actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Daenerys Targaryen’s beautiful handmaiden Missandei, may have confirmed the authenticity of the leak on Twitter or could just be referring to leaked photos from the set.

https://twitter.com/missnemmanuel/status...wsrc%5Etfw

Another Redditor faithfully compiled awayforthelads’ leaks and attempted to put them in chronological order. S/he also added annotations of leaks from the set which seemed to add evidence to the leaks’ authenticity.

Here are the plot details in approximate order below (with set leaks as evidence) compiled from Reddit:



Epidsode 1.

The White Walkers are marching south on the Wall. Bran crosses the Wall back into Westeros and meets with Dolorous Edd the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

(Bran scene filming at Castle Black set.)

Sansa and Jon have an argument about what to do with the Northern houses who betrayed them by fighting with the Boltons. Sansa and Lyanna Mormont wants to give their lands to loyal supporters but Jon refuses to hold the Karstark and Umber children responsible. Jon does it his way and basically tells the other to deal with it because he’s not going to rule the North the way it’s always been.

(Jon, Sansa and Lyanna have been spotted on Winterfell set)

At the end of the episode Danaerys and co. arrive at Dragonstone (Stannis’ old seat and an island near King’s Landing). She goes into the old war room with the table map of Westeros and turns to Tyrion and says “Shall we begin?”

(“Team Dany” has been filming in Bilbao; a widely believed set for Dragonstone.)



By William Hicks | 6:57 pm, October 22, 2016

WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers from season 7 of Game of Thrones

For all you spoiler-heads out there who don’t mind ruining an entire season of Game of Thrones months before it even airs, you’ll love this one.

A brave Redditor named awayforthelads dumped what appears to be the entire plot of Season 7 onto the Freefolk subreddit. The subreddit has a long history of being the go-to place for Thrones leaks and last season was incredibly reliable at thoroughly spoiling almost every detail of Season 6.

As further proof of authenticity, awayforthelads has deleted his account, presumably to evade the wrath of HBO.

And actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Daenerys Targaryen’s beautiful handmaiden Missandei, may have confirmed the authenticity of the leak on Twitter or could just be referring to leaked photos from the set.

https://twitter.com/missnemmanuel/status...wsrc%5Etfw

Another Redditor faithfully compiled awayforthelads’ leaks and attempted to put them in chronological order. S/he also added annotations of leaks from the set which seemed to add evidence to the leaks’ authenticity.

Here are the plot details in approximate order below (with set leaks as evidence) compiled from Reddit:



Epidsode 1.

The White Walkers are marching south on the Wall. Bran crosses the Wall back into Westeros and meets with Dolorous Edd the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

(Bran scene filming at Castle Black set.)

Sansa and Jon have an argument about what to do with the Northern houses who betrayed them by fighting with the Boltons. Sansa and Lyanna Mormont wants to give their lands to loyal supporters but Jon refuses to hold the Karstark and Umber children responsible. Jon does it his way and basically tells the other to deal with it because he’s not going to rule the North the way it’s always been.

(Jon, Sansa and Lyanna have been spotted on Winterfell set)

At the end of the episode Danaerys and co. arrive at Dragonstone (Stannis’ old seat and an island near King’s Landing). She goes into the old war room with the table map of Westeros and turns to Tyrion and says “Shall we begin?”

(“Team Dany” has been filming in Bilbao; a widely believed set for Dragonstone.)


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Episode 2

Jon gets a raven from Danaerys telling all the Northern lords to meet her on Dragonstone to parlay. Jon and Davos decide to go to ask for some of the dragonglass stockpiled on Dragonstone.

Sansa is left in charge of Winterfell and leaves Ghost behind too.

Dorne and Highgarden get sacked by the Lannisters early in the season. Jaime confronts Olena Tyrell at Highgaren. She tells Jaime everything about how she and Littlefinger poisoned Joffrey. Jaime allows her to drink poison and kill herself before being captured.

Euron’s Fleet destroy’s Yara Greyjoy’s and takes her prisoner. Theon escapes by jumping overboard and is rescued by other Iron Born.

Euron Greyjoy attacks Dorne as well, killing two Sand Snakes and capturing Ellaria.





Episode 3

Jon and Davos arrive on Dragonstone and meet Tyrion on the beach.

(Jon, Davos, Tyrion, Missandei have all been filming together in Bilbao, Spain — widely believed to be the set of Dragonstone.)

Tyrion brings them to meet Danaerys. Dany demands Jon bend the knee, which he refuses. Jon instead tells her about the White Walker threat but she doesn’t believe him. Davos tries to tell her about Jon’s resurrection, but Jon dismisses it. Tyrion steps in to say Jon’s a good guy and definitely not insane.

Dany respects Jon immediately, although Jon doesn’t return the sentiment.

Jon meets Theon who presumably meets with Theon and promises to spare his life for what he did helping Sansa escape.

(Set photos of Jon meeting Theon in Spain)

Arya encounters her old direwolf Nymeria on the way to Winterfell.

Jorah and Sam meet in Old Town and finds a cure for greyscale.

Bran arrives at Winterfell and Meera returns home to the Neck.



Episode 4

Arya arives at Winterfell

(Arya has been spotted on set with other “Team Starks”)

Dany torches a few Westerosi lords with her dragons which include Sam Tarley’s father and brother.

Tyrion dissuades Dany from attacking King’s Landing directly with dragons for fear of killing lots of civilians.

Jaime and Bronn and the Lannister army are ambushed (probably mid season) by Dany/Dothraki/dragons while marching back from Highgarden. They Lannister army is defeated and Jaime is almost killed by dragons, only to be saved by Bronn.

Jon realizes the only way to get Westeros to work together to fight the White Walkers is to get a live specimen of a zombie to show everyone.



Episode 5

Sam leaves Oldtown for Winterfell with Gilly and the baby.

Jorah reunites with Dany at Dragonstone after apparently healing his greyscale in Oldtown, at some point earlier in the season.

Jon receives a raven letting him know that Bran and Arya are at Winterfell.

Jon, Jorah and Gendry (not sure how he gets in the mix) set sail to the Wall. They are looking to capture a white (the White Walker’s mindless zombies) in order to prove to the other lords of Westeros and Dany they exist and to gain support in fighting them.

(Jorah, Gendry and Jon spotted on set leaving Bilbao set on a boat. This is probably the most compelling evidence for the leaks veracity, as they are such an odd pairing of characters to be mentioned so specifically in the leaks.)

Jamie and Bronn secretly meet with Tyrion and Davos. Tyrion tries to persuade Jamie to get Cersei to surrender to Dany. Jamie ignores it.



Episode 6

Jon arrives at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea (the easternmost Night’s Watch castle). Apparently Tormund had the Brotherhood without Banners member locked in the jail. The Bwbs were on a mission from the Lord of Light to fight the White Walkers.

Jon leads a small force which includes Beric, Thoros, Tormund, Jorah and Gendry. The team is attacked by the Night Kings army including a zombie polar bear which kills Thoros.

They get surrounded on a frozen lake, nearly about to be defeated when Dany arrives with her dragons. She flies most of the team back to safety but leaves Jon behind. Apparently the Night’s King is able to kill her dragon Viserion and ressurect it as his own zombie dragon mount.

Jon is almost killed by the encroaching hoards but then Benjen swoops in to save him. He sends the wounded Jon off on his horse before being Benjen is swarmed and presumably killed by the wights.

At some point in the episode Jon promises to Dany to lay down his title as King in the North if Dany helps them against the White Walkers.



Episode 7

Sansa sentences Littlefinger to death, which Arya carries out. Sometime earlier in the season Littlefinger attempted to pit Arya and Sansa against each other by using an old letter Sansa wrote under duress by the Lannisters to Robb Stark. Bran helps Sansa see through Littlefinger’s ploy.

Cersei wakes up in a bed soaked with blood, presumably from a miscarriage. At some point earlier in the season there is a plot thread where Cersei finds out she is pregnant with Jaime’s child.

Sam and Bran somehow figure out Jon’s parentage, that he is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. His real name is “Aegon” and he was legitimized at birth (not a bastard).

Jon and Dany have sex on a boat headed North.

The Wall falls at the end of the episode.. The Night King attacks the wall with zombie Viserion and is able to knock it down.







Dragon Pit Scene (unsure of chronology)

Later in the season there will be a scene at a dragon pit with almost the entire cast of the show. There will be a parlay between Cersei and Dany, allowing them all to meet at said dragon pit.

Jon brings the wight he captured in order to show all the lords of the danger facing Westeros.

Cersei orders the Mountain to kill the wight which he cannot even after cutting it to bits. Jon explains only dragonglass can kill these zombies.

Cersei responds that she will certainly send help to Jon, but later in private she tells Jamie she was lying. She explains she welcomes the coming of the zombie horde so they can take out her enemies. Jamie is disgusted by this and leaves her to ride north.

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Update: Fan art is already being created around the leaks.


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