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  1. 4 points
    Pacing was the huge problem with seasons 7 and 8. I really don't know why they felt the need to compress the story's endgame into 13 episodes. I think this could have been 20 episodes for sure. The character development would have been more methodical, and the payoffs would have been more satisfying. Though you'd probably have to add some plotlines (something needs to be going on in King's Landing while we're gearing up for battle in Winterfell), Martin's outlines should have enough of that. There were things I liked about the finale, but overall I feel disappointed.
  2. 3 points
    The acting was still very on point, I think this was Dany's strongest season yet. Problem was the actors had to do the best they could with a terrible script. From season 5 I was watching more for the spectacle than the writing, but eventually it got to a point where I was just mad that I was so committed to it. The cinematography was typically on point (episode 3 of this season being a huge and jarring exception), it just felt like most of the characters had nothing to do in the last season because all of the subplots and intrigue peppered into this season just didn't end up mattering in a meaningful way. Ramin Djiwadi killed it though, get that man another Emmy.
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  5. 3 points
    The plot this season was very questionable lol. Oh well. Still one of my all-time favorite shows and I'll miss it.
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    43. Matt Hasselbeck (Green Bay Packers 1998-2000, Seattle Seahawks 2001-2010, Tennessee Titans 2011-2012, Indianapolis Colts 2013-2015) 2nd Place Seahawks QB and 3rd Place Oilers/Titans QB Career Record 91-78-0 (53.85%) 46th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 72-14-0 (83.72%) 25th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 19-64-0 (22.89%) 77th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 86/169 (50.89%) 58th out of 102 (+15) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.719) Some quarterbacks are blessed with incredible skills, amazing coaching, or incredible defenses... Matt Hasselbeck has been struck by lightning twice and survived. That's all the luck this poor bastard has ever had in his life. Matt Hasselbeck has a name you will constantly spell wrong unless you train yourself to spell it right, and it's a real hassel to do this write up right. Puns and trivia aside, let's get to the meat of this quarterback, who cut his teeth as a member of the Seattle Seahawks at the turn of the century. Matt was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round. There was never any intention for him to start behind Favre, they just need another capable mind in the QB room to bounce ideas off of. After spending the 98' season as a practice squad member, Hasselbeck was bumped into the backup role for 99' and 2000. He didn't play much, mostly coming in to kneel the ball to end games. When Mike Holmgren moved to Seattle he knew that he needed a QB, so he made a trade with the Packers, dropping a few spots in the first round and giving up a third rounder to acquire Hasselbeck from them. It was a match made in heaven, though it took a while for the wheels to get turning, as Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer battled for playing time. Matt finished the 2002 strong, with the offense scoring 30+ points in four of their last six games and riding out his arm to three straight wins to end the season. By 2003, he had cemented himself as the Seahawks QB, and he took off running with that vote of confidence from him coach. Along with the emerging Shaun Alexander, and a powerful offensive line lead by hall of famer Walter Jones and eventual hall of famer Steve Hutchinson, the Seahawks offense tore the NFC West apart. Well, it's more like he threw for 3800 yards and led a couple of fourth quarter comebacks in a 10-6 season, the Seahawks first double digit winning season since 1986. This got them a shot at a wild card game, and Matt Hasselbeck did what most quarterbacks do in their first playoff appearance. Lose in embarrassing fashion. He took on his former team in the snow and kept the game even at the end of the 4th. The seahawks won the coin toss and Matt proudly said "We want the ball, and we're going to score." Well they traded possessions doing nothing, and 4 in game minutes later, Hasselbeck threw a routine out pass... right into Al Harris' mitts who took it back all the way for a pick 6. I guess that counts as throwing a touchdown pass? In any case, the Seahawks and their high flying offense were hungry after that, and despite losing one more game in 2004, the Seahawks won the division thanks to the rapid regression of their rival St. Louis Rams. However, that regression wasn't enough to stop the Rams from beating the Seahawks thanks to a comeback led by Marc Bulger. When the offense needed to make something happen at the end of the 4th, the Seahawks couldn't do it. 2005 was the year it was all supposed to change. Hasselbeck had his most efficient year yet, completing 65.5% of his passes, throwing 24 TD's to only 9 INT's, and bringing up his YPA to a career best 7.7. He also had the help of Shaun Alexander who had put in 1880 yards and 27 TD's on the ground, most of those TD's he probably wasn't even touched on. The Seahawks went 13-3, good for the top seed in the NFC and poised to make a real playoff run. They pulverized the Redskins and the Panthers on their way through the NFC, but Matthew Hasselbeck is a cursed soul, who is in-laws with Elizabeth Hasselbeck, so there can be no justice for this man. Super Bowl 40 saw him face to face with the daunting Steelers defense, and 7 assholes in zebra cosplay. Needless to say, no team can win against two teams at the same time. The Seahawks lost 21-10 thanks to some controversial calls, and the Seahawks blew their best chance with Hasselbeck at the helm. Still, the Seahawks continued to compete, as even though Hasslebeck struggled with leg and finger injuries through most of 2006, the NFC West had no talent to overthrow their division crown. After a miracle victory over the Cowboys in the wild card round, the Seahawks found themselves locked in a tight matchup with the Bears that went to overtime. The seahawks had first ball, but could not get themselves in the range of their kicker and chose to punt from the Bears 38 instead of trying for a field goal or a first down conversion. The Sex Cannon struck to get the Bears in field goal range, and Robbie "good as" Gould kicked the Seahawks dreams away. Hasselbeck had another good year in him in 2007, making his third pro bowl with a 3900 yard season with 28 TDs and 12 picks. By this point Shaun Alexander had fallen off a cliff in terms of talent, and Steve Hutchinson had left for purpler pastures. The Seahawks won the NFC West once again, and defeated the Redskins handily in the wild card round. However, they once again were set to head to Green Bay, where the chilly Lambeau air took the wind out of their sails, and the Seahawks were crushed 42-20. 2008 started the third act of Hasselbeck's career, the inevitable decline. He injured a nerve in his back during the preseason, which weakened the rest of his body. He went 1-6, only throwing 5 touchdowns before a concussion ended his season prematurely. This 4-12 season got Mike Holmgren fired, and the Seahawks started to spin their wheels with Jim Mora Jr. named as the head coach. They went 5-11 in 09 as Hasselbeck struggled with rib injuries, and Mora found himself retreating to the college ranks after just one season in Seattle. 2010 brought another college coach in, the esteemed Pete Caroll of USC fame. The Seahawks started the season out strong, going 4-2, and Matt looking every bit the pro bowler he once was... however that did not last, as Hasslebeck's health declined. However, in a rare twist of fate, 7-9 was enough to win the NFC West that season, and the Seahawks, despite their losing record found themselves with a home game against the 11-5 New Orleans Saints. Hasselbeck and Brees met each other stride for stride in a high octane shootout, but the game wasn't decided by either QB, but instead by a new addition to the Seahawks backfield. One Marshawn Lynch, aka Beast Mode. With the rage and ferocity of a stampeding elephant, he drove through the entirety of the Saints Defense and taunted them into the endzone on the game winning touchdown, a moment in history so loud that it registered on the Richter scale. That would be the last highlight of Hasslebeck's Seahawk career, as the Bears dispatched them in the divisional round 35-24, a score that looks much closer than it actually was. A combination of issues led to the Seahawks sudden breakup with Hasslebeck. A breakdown in negotiations brought about by money concerns, an impending lockout, and the Tennessee Titans courting the 36 year old quarterback. The Seahawks decided to move on, and the Titans picked him up to be their starter in 2011, while they developed the rookie Jake Locker behind him. The Titans had an alright season with Hass, going 9-7, having him throw for 3800 yards and actually finishing out the season, but 9-7 wasn't enough to get a playoff spot in the AFC that year, and 2012 saw a lot of pressure put on the rookie to start. Hasslebeck played a few games while Locker recovered from a shoulder injury, but the Titans finished 6-10, and the contract he was on had run out. The Indianapolis Colts came calling for a backup for their young QB Andrew Luck, and Hasslebeck responded. He didn't play much in 2013 and 2014, relishing in his backup duties, but in 2015 after Luck suffered some injuries, Hasselbeck did a remarkable job in relief, despite being 40 years old. He wasn't asked to throw much, but his awareness and pocket presence never really faded, even as he got older. The Colts missed the playoffs in 2015, but Hasslebeck finished 5-3 as the starter and decided to hang up the cleats soon after the season was done. Hasslebeck's Seahawks were a very inconsistent bunch on defense, and that trend followed him to Tennessee and Indianapolis. Which is why at the end of the day, he ends up being right around 50% for good defensive games and bad defensive games. His splits show that he performed a fair bit above average when his defense was playing well, and when his defense didn't, he wasn't an active detriment nor was he an elite winner in those situations. Hasslebeck was a player who maximized what he had, and when his teams were good, he got his teams far into the postseason chase. However despite his passing prowess, he never had a guy you would consider an elite receiver. Hasslebeck made his bread throwing to guys like Bobby Engram, Nate Burleson, Darrell Jackson, and a past his prime Deion Branch. He never had the luxury of a Terrell Owens, a Larry Fitzgerald, or a Torry Holt, all guys who played in his division during his time in Seattle. His weapons in Tennessee weren't anymore impressive. However he has always been blessed by pretty strong running games, getting Shaun Alexander in his prime for most of his time in Seattle, getting Marshawn Lynch for his last season in Seattle, and having Chris Johnson just before his wheels fell off for good. People forget how good he was for the Seahawks, and I'd like to this ranking reflects on just how valuable he really was for that team.
  8. 2 points
    Thinking about the impact coaching has is starting to make me think Dick Vermeil is underrated. I think if he didn't need to take breaks from coaching just to be able to cope with the enormous stress of being a professional football coach, that he would have multiple rings. Everywhere he went he turned things around in really short order and everywhere he went he's had a top offense. Look at what he did with QB's that were heralded by really nobody, he turned them into pro bowlers. He turned Warner into a hall of famer. One of the great offensive coaches, gotta be top 5 right?
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  10. 2 points
    Trump is invoking emergency powers to bypass Congress and sell $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Holy fuck. This might just be the worst thing he's done to date. He needs to get his ass out of office pronto.
  11. 2 points
    There was an interesting analysis done that compared the final seasons of shows with the rest of their seasons. Only one TV season *ever* that has lasted 3+ seasons has had a larger discrepancy between its final season and the average of the rest than Game of Thrones- House of Cards, which has a darn good reason for its last season being dogshit since they had to fire the main actor due to sexual assault allegations. Game of Thrones was a great show, I don't like this excuse that it failed because its expectations were so high. I don't think that's it at all. That would explain a slight drop, nothing like this freefall.
  12. 2 points
    Idk. I could see him being a good king. I could also see him going full on Minority Report here, (going out and arresting people for crimes before they are committed). We almost have this contrast being "love being the death of duty" and now we have Bran, who has zero emotions at all and is simply cold hard reason and logic. You need both to be a good ruler, IMO. Sheer reason doesn't give you enough empathy dealing with people. Bran being the king is one of the fan theories, and Martin said someone had guessed it. There's a lot of parallels with Bran the blessed or Bran the Fisher King in british folklore. Just like you said, it came 100% out of nowhere in the tv series. There are two problems with Varys telling Tyrion the best king would be someone who doesn't want it. The first is- he says this is exactly Robert's problem. He doesn't want to be king, so he is a terrible one, so he's done a complete 180 with no reasoning. The second problem has to do with Rodger's last point I quoted. His last point is absolutely valid, I've seen it brought up a bit. But if Bran does in fact see everything he wants to, and his comment to Tyrion implies he came to KL because he knew what was going to happen, doesn't he share the blame for orchestrating the whole mess that sent Dany into murder-rage mode in the first place? And thus, he does in fact want the throne, since he orchestrated events to that endpoint? A lot of my issue with it is just its way too condensed. Someone said in here they didn't have enough material for more episodes. That's bullshit times 1000. They absolutely had more material they could use, D&D wanted Star Wars instead. I mean just stuff like no one, not even the Stark sisters, bring up the fact that Jon is in fact Aegon Targaryen? What was the whole point of him being a Targaryen in the first place? Why was Jon even brought back to life? And since when has killing a king somehow disqualified you from becoming king? Jon is the heir to the throne. Or Gendry. Tyrion making one speech somehow convinces them all to give up the entire system? It's just all insanely rushed and it comes off horribly. Still had fun, its still a great show, the first six seasons are the best six years of any show I've ever seen. 7 is good, and 8 is extremely meh with an awful ending. Endings need to at least be satisfactory. That one was very much... not.
  13. 2 points
    Yeah, I mean I get both. My gut tells me it doesn't make a ton of sense for the Three Eyed Raven to become the king... At the same time though, Tyrion is right. I think he will be a good king. Also, it makes sense considering Varys telling Tyrion that the best king would be someone who doesn't want it... We were all thinking about Jon, but the same applied to Bran. I thin this is Martin's ending, though. Big difference is that Bran is way more impactful in the books, so we will get even MORE on him and this rise to protector of the realm. And that's saying something considering we will get more on all of these stories -- I just think Bran alone will require beyond that. He's always had a ton of POV chapters before anyway. EDIT: I watched his interview at his locker talkign about that, he was very impassioned. lol. I don't think Dany should've sat on the throne though long term. Considering her descent to madness and all of her visions coming true -- it just wasn't meant to happen. I understand why people would want her to be on the throne though. But yeah, I think the rest just details what you said and what us other non-ragers (Kappa) like Stevo and I have been saying for like 8 pages of this thread. The detail and condensed nature of the main plot just doesn't take you to a place where you want Bran on the throne or to even really understand it that well. It was just kind of outta nowhere.
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    49. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles 1999-2009, Washington Redskins 2010, Minnesota Vikings 2011) 4th Place Eagles QB Career Record 105-67-1 (60.98%) 22nd out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 88-27-1 (76.29%) 53rd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 17-40-0 (29.82%) 38th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 116/173 (67.05%) 5th out of 102 (-44) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.591) Let's take a trip down memory lane, the year is 1999, and the Eagles are the worst team in football. They just fired their head coach, and burned everything to the ground. They're sitting pretty at second overall because the Cleveland Browns came back into the league. Andy Reid, a young, trim and fresh faced offensive guru famous for working with Brett Favre really liked what he saw out of Donovan McNabb, and convinced ownership to make the move for the Syracuse product. In hindsight, this decision was brilliant and led to years of Eagles success. At the time, Donovan McNabb instantly became more hated than Santa Claus, Michael Irvin and Ivan Drago combined in the city of Philadelphia. That reputation, despite McNabb's best efforts would never leave him. When you talk about the McNabb era all Philly fans can do is sigh and wonder what if. You look at the record above and you see that it's sterling, winning over 60% of your games in the NFL is a hard task. Then you look at those defenses and you wonder how the hell did these guys only ever make the super bowl one time, and lose at that. The eyes go straight to the head coach, and the quarterback of that coach. McNabb wasn't asked to start right away, taking time to develop his game while the Eagles started to rebuild their team. He'd get some action in the 4th quarter early on because the Eagles were often out of games by then and it didn't matter what mistakes the rookie was going to make. He started 6 of the last 7 games of the season and steadily got better as he took his lumps and the Eagles finished out the season 5-11. Apparently that was just the thing he needed because McNabb broke out in his sophomore season as the undisputed starter of the Eagles. Combining his running and passing ability, McNabb led the team to an 11-5 record, running and passing for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TDs, and ended up finishing second in the MVP voting to Marshall Faulk. He won his first playoff game against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but fell short in the divisional round to the Giants and their stout defense. McNabb threw a pick 6 and was sacked 6 times in the loss, but the optimism was sky high in Philly. McNabb would again take the Eagles to an 11-5 record, throw and run for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TD's, and make the playoffs. They beat Tampa in the wild card round again, and they won in the divisional round against the Chicago Bears. However they came up against the Greatest Show on Turf in 2001, and couldn't match blows with them, falling 29-24. It was another step forward for a gritty Eagles squad who felt like they were just one step away. 2002 was looking like the year of the Eagles, they went 7-3 thanks to McNabb's prowess and Jim Johnson's stifling defense, but McNabb suffered a leg injury that would keep him out for the regular season. his backups were able to hold the fort down the stretch, but the Eagles defense did the heavy lifting taking the Eagles to a 12-4 record and Home Field Advantage. Wanting to play in the postseason, McNabb rushed his recovery in time for the divisional round and was able to throw effectively against the Falcons in a win. However the Bucs defense was just too much to handle for a McNabb without all of his tools, and a pick 6 sealed the NFC Championship for the upstart Buccaneers. The team started off slowly in 2003, losing their first two games (against the Bucs and Patriots), but after being called out by some white asshole McNabb caught on fire down the stretch winning 10 of the last 11 games of the season, leading the league in passer rating for the second half of the season and putting the Eagles back into the postseason once again as the big favorites. However, the Packers had them down 17-14 in the divisional round, on 4th and 26 from their own 26 yard line. It was looking like another disappointing season for the Eagles until McNabb makes a perfect pass to some guy nobody had ever heard of (as was often the case in philly) 28 yards down the field and kept the drive alive. That pass killed the Packers. McNabb continued the drive, got into field goal range to force overtime, and Brett Favre did the rest throwing a interception under duress to put the Eagles in range for an easy field goal. They felt like a team of destiny, but they were proven wrong. The Carolina Panthers came to town for the conference championship and McNabb fell flat against the smothering Carolina defense, once again losing 14-3. McNabb had made his reputation as a choker in the biggest games, and the doubters just kept getting louder. They knew they needed to make a change, and they needed to get Donovan a legitimate wide receiver. Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, Freddie Mitchell... none of those guys will be remembered for anything other than being the guys McNabb was forced to throw to during his title runs. So McNabb found a player who would be inexplicably tied to him for the rest of their days. The bombastic, showboating, physical freak known only as T.O. Terrell Owens gave the Eagles that last offensive piece, the guy who would drive the offense and take them past all of the smothering defenses that killed their title runs before. 2004 was their greatest shot at glory yet, and they ran with it. McNabb put up nearly 4000 yards and 31 TD's in the air alone, with Terrell being a large recipient of those increased numbers. The Eagles flew out to a 13-1 start, only losing the last two games of the season because they decided to rest their starters for the postseason. And why not, they had everything locked up by then and they weren't playing for a perfect season. Unfortunately, they had lost Owens to an ankle injury thanks to a dirty tackle by the Cowboys, so they had to win a few playoff games without Owens. They did, first handling the Vikings and fellow 1999 QB Daunte Culpepper and then taking out the Atlanta Falcons led by phenom Michael Vick. Both wins were in dominating fashion and the Eagles found themselves in the super bowl. Problem was, the Patriots were on the other side of the bracket, and they were going for 3 in 4 years. Conspiracy theorists believe the Patriots poisoned McNabb and that's why he was handled by them. Other believe spygate was the cause of their super bowl loss. I like to be realistic and notice trends. Donovan McNabb doesn't beat good defenses in the playoffs. And though the offensive output was magnified thanks to Terrell Owens' recovery from injury and amazing performance (I'd have voted him MVP even though the Eagles did lose), the Eagles fell short to the dynasty, and never got a chance to establish their own. The Eagles never reached that pinnacle again under McNabb. And while they would get their revenge against the Patriots, it wouldn't be in McNabb's time. the beautiful marriage of McNabb and Owens broke apart, and the dream died soon after that. McNabb suffered a hernia in 2005 putting him out for the season, and the Eagles with a losing record for the first time since his rookie season. In 2006 he tore his ACL, but Jeff Garcia was able to step up for the Eagles and take them to the playoffs after going on a bit of a run. McNabb was streaky and inconsistent in 2007, combining games with perfect passer ratings with games where he got sacked 12 times or connected with the receivers ankles more often than their hands. The Eagles went 8-8 and it felt like it was it for McNabb in Philly. However, 2008 gave him one more chance to shine, and despite streaky play, and being benched due to poor play for the first time in his career, he still put up 3900 yards, 25 TDs and snuck the Eagles into a wild card berth at 9-6-1. McNabb wasn't the same guy he was in the early 2000's, but that defense was still elite as they handled the Vikings and the Giants on the way to another NFC Championship. And McNabb stepped it up for this game, he probably had the best performance of his playoff career against the Cardinals. The Eagles were down 24-6 at halftime, but McNabb took the team on his back and got them right back into the game, up 25-24 with 11 minutes to go. The problem was, nobody had an answer for Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald that year. They drove down the field, got the game winning touchdown, and McNabb just could not connect with DeSean Jackson or Hank Baskett in the last minutes of the game. The Eagles lost another NFC Championship with McNabb, but this time it'd be hard pressed to put the blame solely on him. The Eagles made the playoffs one more time in 2009 with McNabb at the helm but two straight blowout losses to Dallas (week 16 and the wild card round) marked the last time McNabb would suit up for the Eagles. They would move on with Michael Vick, as McNabb was traded within the division to the Washington Redskins. McNabb's game fell off a cliff in a new environment, as he threw for more INT's than TD's in the first time in his career and ended up demoted to the third string for Rex freaking Grossman. He moved to Minnesota in 2011 as coach Frazier thought he still had some tread on the tires, but was benched for rookie Christian Ponder after a 1-5 start. Seeing the writing on the wall, after no one was willing to sign him, he officially retired in 2013. McNabb got to play under a legendary defensive coordinator. Jim Johnson's time as a defensive coordinator may have been short, but those defenses kept the Eagles in a lot of games, and a true great would have taken advantage of those moments far more often than McNabb did. That's not to say he wasn't an incredible player, but his consistency or lack there of always doomed the Eagles when it mattered the most. Sure, there were some unfortunate circumstances surrounding McNabb, getting sick for the super bowl, having his vaunted defense fold against Kurt Warner in a couple of NFC Championships, only having an elite level wide receiver for a single season, but the margin between great and elite is razor thin, and McNabb never crossed that line. He was a winner, he was a fighter, and he was able to adjust his game after blowing out his ACL, but on the biggest stages, against the absolute best, he would always fall short. And to think, the Eagles could have had Ricky Williams.
  16. 2 points
    I still have my beefs with the final season. I still think they made Jon into a massive pussy to make Sansa's character look good which wasn't even necessary and I still think Jaime and Cersei's end sucked ass but idk at least this last episode made sense. I like the way Jon ended up going with the wildlings and ghost beyond the wall. Sansa got what she wanted the whole time (lol bitch) and so did Arya. Tyrion is back with his homies in Kings Landing and is basically king now. What I probably liked most about the episode was that it seemed like Drogon knew what happened and he wasn't mad at Jon for doing what he did. He was mad at what the pursuit of the iron throne did to her. That was pretty dope. He just understood and took her back home where she belonged. Where he belonged too. I guess at the end of the day I end up agreeing with Stevo on this. I don't mind the ending, I just hate how we got there in this last season and I feel they butchered some of the characters along the way. I feel like what started as such a well thought out and detail oriented show devolved into something that was entertaining but just was not on the same level of excellence that we got for so many seasons. I think this show had the potential to be the greatest TV show of all time but just lost it's way. If somebody puts this on the same level as Breaking Bad I might have to smack them lol.
  17. 2 points
    Damn near perfection. Amazing. Brilliant. Job well done.
  18. 1 point
    Kawhi has been breakin his back, carrying the Raptors don’t know why he can’t do it against the Warriors. And they’ve got home court. If NBA teams were planeteers, the Raptors would have the power of heart.
  19. 1 point
    Fiance? Holy shit kid, when did that happen? Congrats.
  20. 1 point
    Not really. I loved the finale. The endings to all the characters... didn’t have a problem with them at all. I understand the frustration with Bran. Doesn’t mean I hate it or don’t like it. The thing I hated most was a 60 second throwaway scene lol. Plus it’s really easy to agree with people when they are saying what I’ve been saying since very early in the season. Lol. You’re gonna bitch at me either way. I could argue and pick fights and you’ll make fun of me for defending the show. I can agree with people and you still moan about like a bitch in heat. GTFO lol.
  21. 1 point
    Yeah, his biggest weaknesses will also be his biggest strengths. For example, I could totally see him going full MR like you mention. But he can also see into the future, so I hope he does that and realize what route that leads down which then in turn lets him find a quasi-balance. I also think he surrounded himself with good people / advisers. He's really set up for success. And idk when, why, or how... Maybe just because he's gotten more experience as the Raven, but it seems like he's gained a little of that humanity back already. He was cracking jokes at the end there. It was kinda weird, actually... lol. Ya, he does have to take responsibility for the series of events that led to all this happening. I don't know for sure... but I'd like to think that it wasn't motivated by his yearning or a desire to be King though. Think back to when Jon revealed his heritage (or allowed Bran to, lol). He at that point knew how things would end, in my mind, but he did seemingly give Jon the choice to reveal it or not. If he chooses not to, does Bran influence events to ensure the same ending happens? I mean, I don't know... I'd like to think not. Catch-22 of that though, he probably gives Jon that 'choice' knowing what he will do. Just the paradox of having characters that are full blown time wizards, though. lol. And, again just speculation but perhaps Bran was being honest about not wanting the throne. But at some point he sees the future(s) and realizes he actually is the best option. The council didn't exactly have a ton of options to put forth. Jon probably wasn't an option due to uhh... regicide rofl. Not to mention he didn't want it. Edmure uh... LOL. Yes, they could've pulled a name out of the hate or ceremoniously given it to some other of our main characters but... I don't think that would have worked well either. Also, worst writing of the entire series.... Sam pulling out the actual Song of Ice & Fire and going full Tolkien. That was the dumbest shit ever.
  22. 1 point
    Basically D&D were given the answers out of the textbook, but when asked to show their work we got.... uh.... this.
  23. 1 point
    Ain't nobody listening to nothing.
  24. 1 point
    Not really sure how you can blame Obama for Obamacare premiums hiking when it was the GOP who knocked out the pillars he had said was necessary to support it. He is, as per usual, 100% spot on with his assessment. Clinton ran a godawful campaign, ignored where the danger was, and I really don't see how any logical reasoning assigns blame to Barack. His approval was high, we just didn't like Hillary enough to win the electoral college.
  25. 1 point
    Just realized I hadn't told ya'll (sorry for the delay) but I got engaged last week, now I'm elbow deep in wedding planning