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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 10, 2016, 06:19 AM »
I thought it was well established that Varys's little birds were street urchins.  It certainly seemed that way to me from reading the books.  They were all over Kings Landing, beneath the notice of most and in positions to overhear conversations.  And you can see them in the show as well.  Plus, when you take into account the scene from book 5 when Varys killed Kevan Lannister with the crossbow in an effort to further destabilize the Lannister hold on the Iron Throne.  Varys was surrounded by his "Little birds".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 9, 2016, 07:58 AM »
Another solid episode.  Jon seemed genuinely shocked, as did Melisandre.  Although since I saw this coming I don't know how shocked everyone in the audience might have been.  As for the events of last night? For a moment, I thought Jon was going to have some measure of mercy on the men that killed him. But that didn't happen at all.

The green sight scene of Bran travelling back to see the events at the Tower of Joy was definitely something to behold. Ser Arthur Dayne was a badass! And I thought Ned was in some serious trouble there. I did not see that engagement ending the way it did. But Ned clearly owed his life to Howland Reed, no matter how he took out Dayne. As for when they left that scene? It was telling that they want to stretch out Bran's visions. But the dialogue leading up to the fight between Ned and his men with the Targaryen Kings Guard was even more telling. When Ned said that the Mad King was dead, and Prince Rhaegar had died at the Trident, I'm pretty sure that I heard Arthur Dayne say something to the effect that they were there at the Tower of Joy to protect their prince. That lends a lot of weight to the whole R + L = J theory.

Arya seems like she's turned a corner with the Faceless Men. Especially with the Waif, who's just been merciless with her. Although the Waif did seem to have an odd level of fascination with Arya's death list. it seems very likely that she's also originally from Westeros, and may be of a similar mind to Arya.

And just when you thought that the Starks were becoming resurgent, what happens? Rickon Stark and Osha wind up in the hands of Ramsay Bolton. And that f***ing traitorous Lord Umber killed Shaggydog! The show has really been brutal towards the dire wolves. But you have to seriously fear for Rickon's safety.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: May 6, 2016, 08:11 AM »
It may now be official.  Check out this Nerdist article .  They're citing sources that indicate that an actor has officially been cast to play the young Han Solo in the upcoming anthology film, and the lead will in fact be Alden Ehrenreich.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: May 4, 2016, 10:56 PM »
The subscription aspect is probably more of a deterrent to me, too.  Unless CBS thinks that this show has the potential to be the centerpiece for this service. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: May 4, 2016, 04:50 PM »
Word has been circulating that CBS is developing a new Star Trek television series.  Today the news came out that the new Trek series will be on their streaming service, CBS All Access.  Episodes will be released on a weekly basis, and the CBS All Access service is reportedly priced at $6 per month.

I think it's probably going to happen in book 6.  As for the dead person on the show who still has a major role to play in the books?  I say GRRM is talking about Lady Stoneheart.

It's been priced at $98 and change for the past day or so.  If THAT price gets discounted by 40% it would be an amazing deal.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2016, 10:52 AM »
I think the Lannister sins all came from their cousin Cersi was riding while Jamie was otherwise occupied.  He seemed to rat them out...  Though why he had the sudden about-face never seemed to have an explanation that I recall.  I also forget his name, just remember he was a bit of a *****.

Lancel Lannister.  And in the words of Robert Baratheon, "What a stupid name!"  That guy really was a simp.  But now that he's a follower of the High Sparrow?  He seems much more of a pawn rather than any sort of a real player with legitimate ambition.  He seemed to be almost cowering during the Battle of the Blackwater.

I wouldn't put it past Littlefinger to use the High Sparrow and his followers as some sort of proxy to take down the Lannisters.  And he tried to make inroads with the North by marrying off Sansa to Ramsey Bolton.  I suspect that we're going to see Littlefinger at some point soon.  But I think things will have to play out in the North before he gets moved to some sort of action.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 06:39 PM »
Littlefinger is a master manipulator.  I could certainly see how he might have fed information about the Lannisters to the High Sparrow so that he had his devout followers would aid in taking down the Lannisters.  But I don't think he's working with the High Sparrow directly.  Especially since the followers of the High Sparrow wound up taking down some of Littlefinger's houses of ill repute in Kings Landing.  It may have just been some measure of token offering to the High Sparrow's followers.  A sacrifice perhaps, while Littlefinger consolidates his power in the Vale as Warden of the East.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Something tells me that Littlefinger may make a play for King's Landing at some point.  Especially in light of that speech.  He's been at odds with Cersei in the past.  And the Lannister hold on the Iron Throne seems to be growing more tenuous with each passing day.  Cersei's also afraid of the witch's prophecy coming true, and that her son Tommen may be fated to die as well.  If that comes to pass, I could certainly see the potential for Littlefinger to be involved.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 01:24 PM »
IIRC, that was Jeyne Poole.  The Boltons were trying to pass her off as Arya in order to lay some sort of legitimate claim to Winterfell.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 12:17 PM »
Ramsey Bolton has to be one of the most bloodthirsty and cruel characters ever on television, let alone Game of Thrones.  He makes Joffrey look like an amateur in comparison.  And the scene in the kennel was so brutal, even if we didn't see anything.  The thought of it alone was horrific.  And especially because you knew it was coming after he had killed his own father.

The whole recap before the episode was a little confusing when they added in that scene of Robb Stark and Lord Karstark.  At least until the scene were Ramsey killed Roose Bolton in plain view of the new Lord Karstark.  With that whole situation it looks like there may be a war coming between the houses of the North to retake Winterfell.

I'm also interested to see how thing proceed with Theon and the rest of the Ironborn.  I thought that the storyline involving Euron Greyjoy and the Iron Islanders was going to get tossed.  I was a little surprised to see that it got shelved until this season.  And now with the fleet in Mereen having been burned by the Sons of the Harpy, the storyline for the Ironborn is beginning to become a little bit more clear.

Yeah.  Zuvio only being 25% off is kind of a slap in the face since he turned into such a blink and you miss him sort of character.  I've only actually seen him in the film thanks to a screen cap.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 2, 2016, 10:10 PM »
I happened to stop by a PR company that's working for Hasbro today.  And they had LOADS of these swag packs for "MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU" lying around their office.  Funny though, it would be nice if they would actually, you know, let the public know about all of these promotions!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 1, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Wondering how tonight's episode will pan out.  The Melisandre reveal was a bit of a shock, despite the hints that have been made throughout the books at the show.  And what becomes of Davos, the loyal members of the Night's Watch, Ghost, and the body of Jon Snow?

And then there's the Khaleesi.  It didn't take long for the Dothraki who captured her to snap to and treat her with the respect befitting a Khaleesi.  But will they force her to stay in Vaes Dothrak, like the other widows of fallen Khals, and take her place among the Dosh Khaleen?  Danaerys managed to sway Drogo, but that seemed to be largely because they were married.  While I've suspected for some time that Danaerys might lead the Dothraki to Westeros, this situation is different.  And it leaves me wondering how she will be able to convince them to do that.

There's also the matter of a shot that was in one of the trailers for this season.  It showed a knight in what looked like Targaryen King's Guard armor fighting someone who looked like a Stark bannerman.  It looked a lot like a possible flashback to the Tower of Joy!

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