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  1. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    The prequel Bloodmoon set 5,500 years prior to GOT started filming today in Belfast. Curious If Season 8’s reputation will turn people away from any spinoffs or if the show has created enough of a following to keep up the momentum
  2. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Okay well never mind on that one. Then the ending was just a cool scene. But man she got beat up
  3. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Where are you seeing that? In a preview?
  4. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Iffy writing but amazing screen play. Just rewatched. Guys. I think Arya may actually be dead. That scene was beautiful but so out of place and very dream-like. And then the white horse. Jon needs something besides “you went CrZy” to just kill Dany. If he finds aryas body ...
  5. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    And this is how fan theories start. But seriously. He's 3rd in line and has Baratheon and Targaryen blood and wants to marry the most badass of the Starks. If we had 3 episodes left I'd say it was a likely conclusion. Don't think it could get wrapped up like that in one episode where Dany needs to be eliminated and Jon needs to properly abdicate before it could happen.
  6. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    That would be quite the twist, with him taking Arya Stark as his Queen. Which would be hilarious, if Arya ends up as the Lady of the 7 Kingdoms after how the story started with her as a Tomboy and Sansa being all doe-eyed for Joffrey in Season 1. Arya as the Lady of the 7 Kingdoms and Sansa as the Lady of the North would be a funny and ironic ending. I still think Jon abdicates for some form of council rule, or democracy or representative democracy from the 7 kingdoms. Now I'm kind of rooting for a Gendry + Arya rule but I know we won't get it. It isn't explained at all in the show, but Robert Baratheon does claim the throne through his grandmother, who was a Targaryen princess. So technically Gendry would have some Targaeryen blood, but they never go there on the show. And I referenced the Fire and Blood book that came out from GRRM and the early years of the Targaryen rein, and there are plenty of isntances where the dynasty moves through some 3rd princess or 5th son ... Okay so now I've talked myself into it. Dany dies, Jon abdicates. The next in line technically IS Gendry ... as the last remaining son of Robert Baratheon and 1/8 Targaryen. So whether they follow the Baratheon line OR the Targaryen line, Gendry would be #3 behind Jon and Dany. The show doesn't go into Robert's Targaryen lineage though, so I don't know if the show can go there and have it deliver that way.
  7. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Ultimately I think GRRM told the show writers and HBO how the story would end on Sunday. He probably stated that he planned to get ertain characters together, but otherwise the show took liberties on everything else. Hiding the book stuff in case soem people don't want that spoiled and want to explore them once the show wraps.
  8. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    I totally agree. And I guess my point in all of this is me having a self-realization that my assumption that the TV Show GoT was going to carry the mantel for ASOIAF and be a slam dunk visual on screen conclusion to what the books had built was wrong. And I got lost in the show. But now I am realizing that the show did what it had to do to tell the story visually, and took liberties to do so. And maybe the themes are all the same, they just get there in different ways and with different pairings. But, and it's a big BUT, if GRRM ends up getting around to finishing the books, it really is an entirely different story and will likely go a very different route to get to where the show is ending things up. In a way that will feel more deserved and less rushed. Anyway, you're right. The on-screen chemistries certainly could have forced the story to change and adapt in many ways. Arya/Hound was great in the books, as was Brienne/Jaime. While they diverged in the books, I think where the show ended up with those relationships is likely to happen in the books too. What I think will differ the most is how GRRM uses the very important/interesting characters and plot lines that the show dropped altoghether (for good reasons) but were fascinating in the books, and will likely enhance the story if it can ever get wrapped up.
  9. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    I thought so too. As GoT the show wrapped up, I assumed they'd stick fairly closely to what the books would do once it departed. But going back and remembering where things were when the last book ended, and not having touched the books since Season 2 began ... I kind of forgot how after the Red Wedding the show dropped a lot of the story-lines and just stuck with the characters that existed at that point. Lady Stoneheart, the Connington/Aegon piece, Euron sailing to Mereen ... Jaime in the Riverlands. Arian of Dorne, who I was absolutely loving as a character (and that the show totally dismissed by emphasizing the SandSnake) ... So many stories I was invested in but then just dismissed once the show didn't introduce them. And while the show may be getting to the same endpoint, the books are such a deeper, more complex story ... despite knowing how the story will end after Sunday, if GRRM ever finishes the books, the story I loved after Dance would be a completely different experience. And I will say the way the books are telling the stories fit the world of Westeros and the lore of ASOIAF that many are now invested in thanks to the show. The book does a much better job of world-building. The show did a great job matching it in Seasons 1-3 ... but less so in 4 and 5 ... and really dropped it after Season 6 ... the show is it's own creation now, and is really a completely different story than what the books had been telling. That may not have been fully grasped up until now, but with this rushed ending on the TV screen, I think it is making that all the more obvious. I just hadn't realized it because it's been 8 years since I read the books and I've been so immersed in what the show has become over the last 6-7 years.
  10. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Just went back and read a recap of where things stand at the end of Book 5. I really hope GRRM finishes the story. So many different storylines that the show glossed over and/or eliminated due to the immense depth of the stories. I like how the show handled most of them, but it is very clear that the book story must take many different turns to get us to the same finale, and I doubt it includes much of what the show has spun out TBH. I can also now fully understand how, if the show spells out at least some of the pairings/interactions/developments in this story, how GRRM is struggling mightily to get us there given where various characters are at this point in the books.
  11. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Well, if it ends the way I think it will, with the liberation of the Seven Kingdoms in some capacity ... Gendry may not have a castle to attend anyway, so it would be a fitting end if he says he would rather spend the rest of his life with Arya than to claim a seat that may not even exist.
  12. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Touche. Touche. But it's really insane that he hasn't published a book in 9 years, when it was crazy at the time Dance came out that he hadn't written one in 7 years.
  13. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    @Lombardi's_kid_brother A lot of what I am explaining out is inspired by the twitter thread someone linked to on here the other day. Forget who it was that linked it but it was great. Basically, GRRM's story is character-driven. He just writes, and as his characters get more complex, and he adds more characters to the story, it makes it harder and harder to move the plot along. This is how you get Dany in Mereen and Qarth and taking seemingly forever to do anything. In the books this also comes across as slow AF, but you do get a ton of insight into who she is becoming. The same can be said for Jon and his experiences at and North of the wall. The reason the flip of GOT is so jarring to fans, is that as soon as the show moved away from the books ... and had an end-game in sight (8 seasons, and the final two being just 13 episodes), they were forced to flip from character driven to plot driven story. You spend an entire season with Arya traveling on the King's Road, but then in the final 2 seasons, characters are traveling thousands of miles in half-episodes. But the show had to do that to get these stories tied up in a quicker fashion. And this is a big reason why GRRM has been unable to write much after Book 3. I think he wrote Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings and Storm of Swords (basically Seasons 1-3) in 5 years. He then planned to skip 5 years and come back to the characters later down the line in the story. I guess this was to allow him to get characters moved around without having to tell the story of how they got there ... but he ended up bailing on that idea, and split the 4th book into Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. And the stories he built up in those 2 books have him stuck, because he didn't skip those 5 years, and he's had a hard time getting Dany, Jon, Arya, etc. all in line to get to a finality. But anyway, the bottom line is GRRM's story is character drive, not plot drive, and that's what got things hung up ... but also what got you such great dialogue, cahracter building, and interactions on the screen. But switching then to a plot driven story in Seasons 6-8 gives you a LOT more action and chaos and amazing battles, but makes it feel rushed, and makes it seem like characters aren't acting like they did in Season 1-5, and that's not factoring in the whole traveling/teleporting issues that are now just swept under the rug. Kings Landing to WInterfell took 6 weeks (slow procession but still) in S1 E1 ... Winterfell to Kings Landing takes an episode or less in Season 8. And that can be a bit jarring. Fire and Blood came out last summer. I loved it. Highly recommend. I don't know when the 2nd part is coming out, but I was really disappointed when I realized it only covered the first half of the Targaryen dynasty, mainly because I'm fearful that he will never come out with Part 2 haha
  14. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    I think you'd really enjoy Fire and Blood. Covers Aegon's conquering through I think 152 or so. Forget which one it ended on. I loved Jaeharys, who ruled from something like 40 AC to 102 or something like that. The Old King. Anyway, if you've already built the world of ASOIAF, Fire and Blood is a great, immersive piece that tells the story of the early days of the Targ rule, and the stories are told in a way that makes you really connect with the characters. And it's just as complex (characer and name wise) as the books. And it really builds an interplay of how the various families within the 7 Kingdoms interacted with the Targs in the early days, and sets the historical stage for everything we were given in ASOIAF. I would love a spinoff on the early days of Jaeharys ... or covering the Civil War that wiped out the dragons. It's all pretty darn interesting and impressive. The world Martin has built. And the fact that Jon/Dany's line of Targaryen's are often sprouted from 4th or 5th in line ... the family tree is complex AF. If he can keep spinning out content like Fire and Blood and The World of Ice and Fire ... I would be okay with him letting HBO finish the series. But something tells me that the fan reactions to the HBO finale may motivate him to put the pen to paper and tell his damn story, seeing how the "rushed" finish is playing out on TV. Maybe he realizes to tell the story properly, he just needs to let it run it's course, even if that means 4 more books. I think he's tried to limit the story to a certain number of books, and that has handicapped him. Also somewhat random, but having the Fire and Blood historical context, the flip a coin rule is pretty spot on. There are some pretty terrible Targaryens. Most of them, however, are either overthrown, die young by doing something stupid. But occasionally one sits for a period of time and wreaks havoc. And that actually helps me understand Dany's turn a bit more. But of course, if your only knowledge of this world is through the GoT show, that turn isn't as earned for the viewer.
  15. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    I have too. I def. transitioned from what @Lombardi's_kid_brother came to hate to a more show fan. Which is easy to do when you go 8 years without reading material. My show viewing very much mimicks LKB's thoughts now too. I generally like this season. It's been entertaining. BUT, I do think it could have been done better, but i blame it on the fact that HBO and D&D did their best to close out a series that the author himself has been unable to do (1 book in 15 years?). I am hoping after the dust settles this summer that GRRM announces WoW is done. I think once he gets one book out, it would move the rest of the story forward. But you're probably right. He's living in the world of Westeros now. I thoroughly enjoyed Fire and Blood and look froward to the second installment. And if that's the type of thing we get from GRRM from now on, I guess I'm fine with that too.