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Game of Thrones The Last War Review and Analysis

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Game of Thrones The Last War Review and Analysis

Spoilers ahead, as always. Game of Thrones went into this week under a microscope of well deserved scrutiny for screwing up what had the potential to be the best show in television history. However tonight was not last week, the week before that, the week before that, or the week before that. Instead, while flawed The Last War was the best written episode since season four, which unfortunately doesn’t mean much. This episode was great because it was the climax of the series George RR Martin wrote and featured little of D&D’s bumbling to get there. Note: the show runners oversold the Night King. Little is known about the King of the Others in the books. But lets dive in to the critiques.

Verdict: Despite the unrealistic nature of the collateral damage within the Game of Thrones universe, the emergence of the Mad Queen made this perhaps the best episode since season 4.

Dumb Critiques

There are a lot of dumb people who watch Game of Thrones. They are the same fans who continued watching Arrow was good after season 2. Or they have been watching for two years, never read the books and think they know how a Game of Thrones story is supposed to work. The main dumbass critique is the show throwing away ten years of character development. Now there is an argument to make that the show made Daenerys overly perfect when the books portray her as whimsically incompetent, as every decision she makes under pressure is a bad one. But to deny the existence of the Mad Queen foreshadow is ridiculous. It was there the entire time, her nature and the family words of Fire and Blood. The show has been building it up for seasons, thinking back to when Randyl Tartly was roasted alive.

The people who wanted Daenerys to be the hero fundamentally fail to understand how Game of Thrones works. She was just another version of Cersei the entire time. She resembles Caligula far more than Julius Caesar (Jon Snow). These people want a hero’s journey story arc, but that’s not how Game of Thrones work. The Dornish plot in the books, which blows what the show did with Dorne out of the water gardens, systematically destroys this notion a a hero setting out on an important quest and overcoming obstacles to accomplish it. Brienne of Tarth’s journey, in the books starts off on what the reader knows to be an impossible quest. Every character in Game of Thrones is gray. And to people who are disappointed Daenerys turned into a villain, I respectfully say piss off.

Smart Critiques

The Last War featured a Man of Steel level of collateral damage. While I am not making friends with this article, let me just say that was the best Superman movie ever made. Back to the collateral damage with the abundance of crumbling buildings under dragon fire. That is not how dragon fire in Game of Thrones works. Harrenhal, the largest castle, was attacked via dragon fire. Everything that could burn was burned, but the stone was melted. The towers still stand to this day and the tallest on is called the Kingspyre. Dragon fire does not demolish stone. When Theon put Winterfell to torch, much of Winterfell was still in tact because the castle is made out of granite. Now perhaps the show runners took it for granted when the Night King’s dragon, which was not an ice dragon, it just breathed blue fire, somehow didn’t burn Winterfell down, when Daenerys made destroying stone castle look like knocking down children’s blocks. Literally children’s foam blocks when Sandor pushed Gregor through the stone. Therefore these special effects were unrealistic in The Last War.

I thought the Sandor versus Gregor showdown was fan service. However, I can be satisfied with a draw as the city was falling apart. But, being realistic, Gregor is no longer human, which was made readily obvious, so Sandor winning would have sucked.

Jaime is another area of worthy criticism in The Last War. The show disserviced his character by having him abandon Cersei but still return to her. This character development critique was merited, especially as in the books, Jaime tosses Cersei’s letter for help into the fire and is slowly thinking less of his whorish sister due to the exchange he had with Tyrion that left both characters equally scarred. However that scene between Tyrion and Jaime in the episode was solid, best Tyrion scene in four seasons, easily.

Total Depravity

King’s Landing wisely didn’t yield to a besieging army. The rules of warfare are that the city gets sacked for not yielding so that the next city yields. The city yielded, but the sacking that followed made Tywin Lannister look like Ned Stark. Daenerys snaps and the next villain in the situation was Grey Worm who tears down the thin veil of civility unleashing human nature. Jon Snow was too weak to stop it until the end when he was finally able to order a retreat, to Winterfell if he knows what’s best for him.

For three seasons, the characters, Tyrion and Daenerys specifically have believed that human nature is basically good and that they could build a better world. Varys wanted a better world but knew human nature was evil. But Tyrion and Daenerys believed they could build a better world and only made it worse. Meanwhile they thought little of Tywin Lannister (my man) who didn’t believe in the goodness of human nature and operated accordingly. The Last War was, probably inadvertently, similar to the buildup of World War 1. World War 1 was referred to as “the war to end all wars.” Except neither the Great War or the Destruction of King’s Landing went as flowery as planned, for mankind cannot escape its nature. This seems in the spirit of the source material which Game of Thrones is derived and the historical reference fits in perfectly with the naiveté of Daenerys and Tyrion. The Last War episode was a reminder that human nature is basically evil, an ode to the realism of Game of Thrones.

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Joy Villa on being called the ‘N-word’

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Joy Villa on being called the 'N-word'

“The only time I’ve ever been called the N-word derogatorily is from other people of color or White liberals.”

– Joy Villa

Joy Villa made a huge splash when she came out as a Trump supporter. She’s an African-America in the entertainment industry, making her a rare conservative demographically. As a result, she has been relentlessly attacked for her views by those who believe she’s not on the proper side of the race debate.

But even if she weren’t a conservative, being a pro-life woman who gave up a child to adoption a decade ago should be enough to eliminate her from being a Democrat. The pro-abortion party has had many in its ranks declare there is no room for pro-life people in the Democratic Party. Villa wouldn’t be welcomed even if she denounced President Trump based solely on her adherence to the belief living human beings have rights at all stages.

I admire Villa’s courage and willingness to speak out. On Twitter, she’s a rockstar.

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There are 24 candidates running for nomination. But in order for them to win, they first have to establish a base of support. Now, the Democrats can be broken down into three primary bases, with other secondary divisions. The largest, most competitive base is the Confused White Men Region featuring half of the field within the Democrat Primary. The other half of the field is divided between the Socialist Region and the Intersectional Region. The Confused White Men Region is so stacked it’s the only region with an extra play-in round. The other bases begin in the Divisional Round. Download and fill out your bracket here:

Next we have the Socialist Region. Competition is fierce here and there will be no distribution of the delegates to those whose campaigns do not get off the ground. (1) Bernie Sanders and (2) Elizabeth Warren get a bye to the Big Kid Table Round, signifying their likelihood in reaching the more scrutinized debate stages. Facing off in the Hipster Divisionals are new age cult leader, (6) Marianne Williamson, and the anti-war gun grabber (5) Tulsi Gabbard. Winner faces off against (1) Bernie Sanders. In the bottom half of these base is the #MeToo Conference, (4) Kirsten Gillibrand and (3) Amy Klobuchar face off in an effort to convince us that they are not the same person. Klobuchar has her comb ready and Gillibrand has whatever vegans eat with. The winner will have to decide whether to force (2) Elizabeth Warren into a reservation.

Last but not least, unless you are running the plantation, is the Intersectional Region. This consists of every candidate who has an intersectionality claim above being a woman. Despite championing diversity, only 6 candidates qualified for this region. Sorry, Bernie, Jews aren’t really victims in the party of Ilhan Omar. In the Black Divisionals, (1) Kamala Harris will  have a conversation with (6) Wayne Messam. Harris is upset that she did not get a bye. In the Still Better Than Whites Division, (5) Julian Castro faces off against dark horse (4) Andrew Yang. Intersectionality indicates that Hispanics are more victimized than Asians, but Castro is a US citizen, not an illegal alien making this anyone’s guess as to how it will go. In continuing with this migrant caravan of candidates the winners of these two divisions will face off against the winner of the Gay Divisionals. (2) Pete Buttigieg looks to claim this division against (3) Cory Booker. And while (3) Cory Booker has not officially come out of the closet, an unmarried fifty year old man with major beta male tendencies and an affinity for Spartacus is sure to set off some gaydars. Nonetheless, if he’s saving this card for a debate stage moment this might be the shrewdest coming out moment of all time. Winner faces off in the Base Championship.

Going back to the Confused White Men Region there are some interesting matchups to be had. A Massachusetts Congressman (8) Seth Moulton faces off against former Alaska Senator from decades ago (9) Mike Gravel for the honor of facing (1) Joe Biden in the Divisionals. Democrats really scraped the bottom of the barrel with Confused White Men in this one. Maryland congressman (5) John Delaney faces off against beloved NYC Mayor (12) Bill de Blasio. All for the honor of facing off (4) John Hickenlooper. In a tough northwest matchup, Montana Governor (11) Steve Bullock will face off against Washington Governor (6) Jay Inslee to see if they can stop the world from ending in twelve years. They get the pleasure of going against California’s (3) Eric Swalwell. I know you might be thinking (3) Eric Swalwell has no chance, why is he ranked so high? But he just has that John Kasich factor, an insufferable lasting power that might just see him to the Base Championship. In our last play-in, Nancy Pelosi’s challenger from the right (7) Tim Ryan faces off against the (10) Michael Bennet who is not a football player. The winner faces the Kennedy-esque (2) Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke looks to run over the competition and make them eat dirt.

Serious Note

Scoring is entirely subjective, since the object of this bracket is to visually present and satirize the Democrat Candidates in a way that best demonstrates their likelihood of building a base. Obviously many of these candidates won’t make it to Iowa, so many judgment calls will be made about matchup winners. Another important note is not every matchup will happen concurrently. Meaning, (1) Kamala Harris could win her base championship while (1) Bernie Sanders is embattled with hipsters. Thus, the challenge for a candidate is not simply defeating the candidate most closely aligned, but doing so more quickly than the competition. In theory, the Candidate who can win their Base Championship first has the strongest chance of winning the nomination.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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