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Game of Thrones Final Season Episode One: Review and Predictions

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Game of Thrones Final Season Episode One Review and Predictions

If you have not seen the episode read this later. For those of us who have seen the episode, let’s proceed. HBO broke the Iron Bank spending upwards of $90 million on this final season, so how did the first episode turn out? Season seven of Game of Thrones was perhaps the worst in the show’s run, only possibly second to season five. The renowned wit of the first four seasons was dumbed down and replaced with nostalgia. Every character fast travels except the Others. What really made the last season worse was that the show fell into the standard good vs evil dichotomy which goes against the very spirit of the show. All the heroes and all the villains seemed to be on their respective sides, which is not how Game of Thrones is supposed to work. For all it’s flaws the seventh season was a masterpiece from a production standpoint.

Verdict: Episode one breaks free from the good vs evil but is undermined from excessive nostalgia.

A few positives are worth mentioning before we delve into the main takeaways. First, the Theon “rescue mission” was ended quickly. This was a bad story arc, simply due to lack of realism. However the show wrote ended it so swiftly before it wasted more screen time. Second, the new theme song which expanded upon the remaining locations where the show takes place. It’s worth noting that the Wall and Essos plotlines are indefinitely suspended. A few negatives. The show insisting that Raeghar Targaryen named both of his sons Aegon. Highly unrealistic, and possibly a ploy to work in the possible Targaryen, or Blackfyre, claimant in the books who arrives in the Stormlands with the Golden Company. The overbearing nostalgia was simply fan service and nothing more. The episodes best moments were when it was building to a future event instead of focusing on how great the past was. Is it just me or did Jon’s sword shrink? It’s a bastard sword which is fitting for his status, but it didn’t appear as such when Arya held it.

Northern Politics

One of the best written plot points from this episode was the politics of the North. The North remember. They remember the Kings of Winter and the Stark Kings in the North. They remember the King Torrhen Stark as the King-Who-Bent-The-Knee and Robb Stark as the King-Who-Lost-The-North. Most applicably, they remember what the Targaryens did to the Starks. With all this, it is unsurprising that the North rejects its new Queen. More interestingly, the North feels abandoned by Jon Snow. The situation is confusing. The nobles reject Daenerys but they do not know who is actually in charge. After all, they chose Jon Snow, not Sansa or the Targaryen claimant. Jon Snow’s position is ambiguous, as is his place in the new regime. Jon Snow serves a single cause, while everyone else looks beyond. the Northern plot intensified with House Glover abandoning the Starks to fight on their own. There’s a clear lack of leadership in Winterfell and perhaps it’s because Jon Snow is blinded by love. Or perhaps it’s because Sansa Stark is a pitiful wartime leader.

Logistics of War

Jon Snow has chosen to consolidate the forces of the North and Targaryens at Winterfell and make a first final stand against the Others. The little Lord of Last Hearth was sent to bring the remaining strength of House Umber to Winterfell. As the battle of the Bastards depicted battle most accurately in the show’s run, season eight depicts the logistics of war more accurately than any other. Winterfell has the largest army since those who fell in the Field of Fire, maybe larger. However, it is winter; the North is depleted from the first and second phases of the War of Five Kings. They do not have the means to put up a protracted siege. They must fight or die. The North cannot feed the dragons, though one wonders how it an keep the Unsullied or the shirtless Dothraki hordes warm. This seems reminiscent of Alexander the Great marching his great host across the desert from India at great costs. This was a high point for the show’s writing.

Southron Politics

Cersei predictably uses her cooch to maintain the alliance with the Ironborn. Euron Greyjoy reveals how uninterested he is in the politics of the realm, wanting sex and little more. Yara seeks to retake the Iron Isles. The Golden Company contracts with the Iron Throne. However the show, once again ignores the backstory of the Golden Company. They are exiles who have a long history of being on the losing side of Targaryen civil wars. The Reach, Stormlands, and Dorne are all irrelevant. An emotional moment occurred when Daenerys confronts Samwell Tarly, firstborn son of Randall Tarly who she controversially executed by dragon fire. The distraught Sam is then encouraged by Bran to tell Jon Snow.

Wars to Come

The highest point of excitement came when the expedition to Last Hearth found Lord Umber displayed in an murder tableau resembling the first scene in the first episode. This was the least annoying nostalgic moment in the episode.

Predictions

Game of Thrones has finally painted Daenerys as a flawed ruler, selfish and unworthy of rule. In the books, she is whimsically incompetent, as evident in Mereen. The show shields her from these struggles, mostly having Tyrion bare the responsibility for setbacks. Daenerys also cannot bare a child meaning her reign would have no closure. But perhaps closure will not exist. The Seven Kingdoms could very easily slip back into their autonomous rule. The Ironborn seem to anticipate such as Yara heads back to Pyke. The North relishes the opportunity to do it right this time. But should the Seven Kingdoms unite, as most kingdoms are too depleted to muster an army Daenerys seems unlikely to come out on top. She is owed three betrayals. The last one being for love. Initially, Tyrion seemed the most likely candidate, as Daenerys was warned against trusting lions. But Jon Snow betraying Daenerys is the first set up for this final betrayal the show has undergone. Another interesting tidbit is the Azor Azai story of the man stabbing his lover to forge the perfect sword. Jon Snow has a worthy sword and a love for the realm that could exceed his love for Daenerys if he were to stop thinking with his appendage. But this author is on Team Lannister backing the rightful Lord of the Rock, Tyrion Lannister, and whatever schemes he conjures to usurp the Throne.

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Jessica Biel goes anti-vaxxer and Twitter goes nuts

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If you want to get scorn from both sides of the political aisle, come out against vaccines. Progressives, conservatives, and everyone in between seems to have a majority of people in favor of laws that would force parents to get their children vaccinated.

California is currently debating legislation that would eliminate many of the exemptions currently used by parents to prevent their children from being vaccinated. Actress Jessica Biel met with lawmaker to discuss it, and suddenly Twitter is loaded with hate for the Total Recall reboot star.

When it comes to healthcare issues, the debate normally rests around costs. Healthcare rights of parents are ignored, pushed into the trash bin of “settled science” that makes many go completely unhinged when skeptics voice their concerns. Google has gone so far as to “educate” the population; you won’t find videos attacking vaccines without a clear warning by YouTube attempting to debunk their concerns.

For some reason, it’s been turned into a conspiracy theory when in reality it comes down to the rights of parents. But don’t call it that in the wrong crowd. You’ll be labeled an anti-vaxxer like Jessica Biel.

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It’s time for conservatives to boycott Hollywood

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The rest of my family went to see Avengers: Endgame last night. I had gone to an early screening and couldn’t take everyone, so the rest of the crew left me with the baby for four hours while they enjoyed Hollywood’s biggest movie (well, biggest once it passes Avatar). While they were gone, the baby and I discussed politics and how it is driven in many ways by Hollywood.

Americans are addicted to entertainment. We’re a pleasure-seeking society and one of the biggest draws every weekend is the local movie theater. But in the Trump era, Hollywood has revealed its true colors. We’ve always known they were progressives. Now, we’re realizing that many in Hollywood, from writers and directors to actors themselves, are absolutely unhinged in their hatred for anything conservative.

Most conservatives agree this has always been the case. Hollywood’s “progressive actorvists” have been at the forefront of groups directly opposed to the pro-life movement, gun owners’ rights, and even the capitalism that has helped them achieve their fame and fortune. They’ve promoted LGBTQ superior rights, anti-Trump protesters, and open borders policies.

What’s worse is a chunk of every single dollar we fork over to them goes directly to electing Democrats. Actors are prime candidates for holding big-donor fundraisers in their swanky Malibu mansions for whichever Democrat they believe can win elections around the country. One can make a very valid argument that the biggest reason Beto O’Rourke came so close to unseating Ted Cruz in Texas is because Hollywood dollars and endorsements got behind the former punk rocker as if he was the latest iteration of Robert Kennedy.

In fact, some even compared him to the late Senator.

This must be understood, so I’ll say it again. Every time you buy a movie ticket or pay your subscription fee to Netflix, part of your money is going to Democrats. It’s being given to radical pro-abortion groups like NARAL. It’s funding Everytown for Gun Safety. It’s helping criminal illegal immigrants evade capture.

It’s giving power to these people:

Few in Hollywood have actual policy ideas. Their influence over American politics is manufactured by their popularity, a popularity given to them by everyone who supports them by watching them. That means me. That means you.

I’m done. I’ve already canceled Netflix over their proposed Georgia boycott. My family went to see Avengers: Endgame, the last movie they’ll see until Hollywood stops being so radically leftist. That means we’ll only see a handful of movies every year, movies that are unambiguously right-leaning and not made by progressives who inadvertently told a patriotic tale. I thought Zero Dark Thirty was a great movie that gave an honest glimpse into the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It was so honest that many in Hollywood actively petitioned for it to not win the Best Picture Oscar it deserved. But the people who made it and starred in it were progressive activists, so even going to see that movie was counterproductive to the conservative movement.

Boycotting Hollywood will be difficult. It’s a serious change; we love movies. But I refuse to be an active participant in funding the people who hate my perspectives with a passion.

It isn’t just conservatives and President Trump that they oppose. Many of them are against the Christian faith and the values taught in the Bible. Even without the financial implications of funding progressivism, Christians should be appalled by the culture of anti-Biblical teachings permeating through so many Hollywood productions.

Some would argue that there are great right-leaning movies out there. I don’t disagree. I can see making exceptions for Christian movies like Unplanned or patriotic and informative movies like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Those who feel like discerning can do so. I learned a lot from both movies. And when movies that echo my values are made be people who don’t hate America, I’ll consider seeing those. But it has to be clear. My entertainment dollars will not be redirected to getting Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren elected.

I am asking others to make the same pledge. Let’s boycott Hollywood.

Every time you go to the movies, your money is going towards ending conservatism in American and electing Democrats. Trump and his supporters took on the NFL. They take on the media. It’s time to take on Hollywood.

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Randy Quaid reading Trump quotes is the best thing I discovered on Twitter today

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Okay, so I may be behind on the times. Maybe the masses all knew actor Randy Quaid has been doing dramatic readings of many of President Trump’s Tweets for months. But I didn’t. I had to read a Tweet from a colleague to become aware of this awesomeness.

Call him what you will. A conspiracy theorist? Yes. A mentally unstable man? Perhaps. But what few can deny is that he’s all in for making America great again. He may even give the President a run for his money in how much he hates the fake news media. Reading through his non-performance Tweets, it’s clear he despises mainstream media and wants legal repercussions to be easier to attain, much like the President.

We can debate the implications to the 1st Amendment and a free press at a different time. For now, I’m just excited to have found and followed this amazing Twitter account.

Randy Quaid is many things to many people. He’s also very little to most people. But he’s pretty darn great when it comes to reading the President’s Tweets aloud, so there’s that.

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