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  1. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Sorry to be a few weeks behind this post, but I highly recommend both. World focuses on the entirety of the universe the book is built around, including geographic depictions of every aspect of the known world, as well as the histories of each civilized part of said world. I'm just guessing off the top of my head, but the Targaryan family history in Westeros probably lasts like 40-50 pages in World ... Fire and Blood took those 40 pages and did a 400 page version of the first half (so 20 pages) of what was in World of Ice and Fire. World of Ice and Fire dedicated about 1.5 - 3 pages to each Targaryan ruler (including pictures) ... Fire and Blood dedicated about 50-75 pages for every ruler through about 150 AD, or halfway through the Targaryan rule and gets into extensive detail about how Westeros was ruled, the personalities that helped rule the kingdom, and the inter-family dynamics and order of rule among the Targaryans. Very compelling, if you're a nerd like me.
  2. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    The Last Watch was awesome for anyone who is boycotting all things GOT and might reconsider. It’s pretty crazy to see how much goes into the Production. All hail Andy McClay!
  3. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2019/05/20/an-ending/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter The way this reads he seems pretty noncommittal on whether this ends the same way as the show. Have assumed the ending was his told to D&D. But maybe he just laid out the ending. But there’s a damn good chance Martin gets us there in a much more satisfying way. More Bran context (as we had gotten in the books from his chapters), Jon making his own decision to go north. Dany’s path making a lot more sense. I mean I think it’s pretty clear at the end of Book 5 that Greyworm is dead. That right there changes the entirety of the way this can / should end. GRRM is very complementary of everyone involved but sounds like he’s interested in hammering this story home the way it was intended
  4. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    I wonder if the reaction to the ending has Martin reconsider his ending at all or inspire him to get it done because the fans would find satisfaction in it at least being his true ending
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. JamesMadisonSkins

    Game of Thrones Season 8

    Where are you seeing that? In a preview?
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.