Jerry Lundegaard

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  1. He was a slave who had his **** cut off and the only person he really loved got murdered in some white woman’s war. I get him. Well, yeah, of course. That’s the point. But ****, Sam brought up ******* democracy. Give it a few hundred years. Why the **** y’all think he had that weird smile on his face for the past two seasons. “No, no, I totally don’t care. *snicker* Like, none of this matters and I’m just livin in the past man. * greensight guffaw*”
  2. Can’t wait for GoT world at Disney. Every family gets a tour through wonderful Westeros, the kids get to climb The Mountain, there’s wine and fermented goats milk for the adults - and for the dads, a quick trip to the brothel before they’re beheaded on the way out.
  3. Apropos of everything, I also kind of love that Dany left control of Mereen to GoT's version of Blackwater mercenaries. I'm sure that went real smooth, no needless violence or rape or anything like that. I mean, I know Daario was upgraded to dreamy white guy after his first appearances, but he's still the guy who beheaded his leaders - his own ******* companions - just to prove his loyalty to Dany.
  4. Training montage in Rocky IV got me feeling a bit better.
  5. Cleveland: got it 3 times in 4 years, 4 times in 12 years. Philly: back-to-back years New Orleans: twice in 8 years. Atlanta: never Adam Silver: we want to reward teams that try to win. NBA: lol, jk, **** you hawks.
  6. I hate the ******* lottery. And the NBA. And sports. almost a worst case scenario.
  7. The Atlanta sports thing to do is to get your hopes up unreasonably high despite knowing that good things don't and won't happen to Atlanta sports fans (United excepted, praise AF89), then when your unreasonably high hopes are inevitably crushed at 8:36 P.M., swear that you will never get your hopes up again because Atlanta (though of course you will, lol).
  8. Who's ready to watch the not-Hawks win the NBA Lottery tonight! The anticipation of finally knowing which not-Atlanta undeserving **** hole wins is just killing me.
  9. I also like all the people who are like "Sure Dany has personally burned alive hundreds of people, sometimes watching it with joy and never with remorse, and ordered the deaths of thousands more, but I never thought she could be a sociopath!" The show would have sucked if we had two seasons of Dany slowly starting to like torture animals or killing a single innocent person here or there so she could earn her Mad Queen moniker. She's always enjoyed killing, and has wanted to kill innocent people before. That she's been talked out of it doesn't mean that inside, she's really just a sweet and loving person.
  10. An appendix: 7. I don’t think that we can forget that for the purposes of the show, Dany is not just a Targaryen dragon rider. She is The Dragon - a creature filled with and consumed by fire, a devastating primal predator who reigns fiery death from above, without concern for “innocence” or “justice.” It is a point made on the show a few times, and obviously they indicated it in the prelude with Viserys warning about waking The Dragon. At the moment of choice, she succumbed to The Dragon - after a lifetime of fear and abuse and isolation and anger - and whatever part of her that was merely human, that was genuinely concerned for the well-being of others, receded into the background. It’s why after she began her destruction, we never again saw her riding Drogon. It was just a single entity, one Dragon, doing what dragons do to lesser beings.
  11. The last thing I need is the realization that people on here care just as little about the real me as they do about the fake me. I have Facebook for that.
  12. It's not that she killed all the schemers. It's that she needed to let the ones left alive (Tyrion, Sansa, anyone in Dorne or the Riverlands or anywhere else) know what she was fully capable of, and kill all the ones she could inside the city (Cersei, Qyburn, any of their system of spies or loyal soldiers). Not just the keep (which would have likely killed plenty of innocent people in any event, and was no guarantee to kill Cersei as she wouldn't know where she was), but everywhere they might hide in the city. Mind you, everyone in Westeros probably knew about Cersei's take down of the Sept of Baelor, what she was capable of with her minions. Not saying it was a smart decision (that would have been to give up her claim and support Sansa/Jon/someone else), given that it's a good way to make enemies too, but it's more understandable reasoning.
  13. Some more overly-long thoughts on the show. First, I thought it was a ******* triumph as far as the show goes. Visually spectacular, superb acting, and some wonderful dialog (hey, nice to see you again!). As usual, the places of stupidity (oh, so Scorpions aren’t unstoppable dragon-killing machines) just don’t bother me at this point. As to Dany’s heel-turn as the Mad Queen, I disagree with many people that her turn was too abrupt, or that it did not make sense within her arc of development. 1. People seem to assume that if she was going to be the Mad Queen, her “madness” had to be the same as that of the Mad King. I.e., insanity and insatiable cruelty. But Dany’s madness is of a different sort; it is anger, indignation, vengeance, isolation, (justified) paranoia, and desperation built on top of a (justified) messiah complex and a years-long single-minded focus on (re)claiming the Iron Throne. 2. Just as importantly, all of those things have been either carefully foreshadowed or outright demonstrated over the preceding episodes/seasons. Say what you will about late-stage GoT writing, this was something long in the works. This character literally views herself, and only herself, as a savior. And why wouldn’t she? She, and she alone, gave birth to the first dragons in over a century, and did so by sitting in a ******* blaze until everything but her had burned to the ground. She, and she alone, was held aloft by the freed slaves her exalted her as Mhysa. She, and she alone, brought the entire Dothraki horde to heel. And without her (even with the terrible tactics), the Night King prevails. 3. Despite being a "messiah," she has burned many, many people. Even when it seemed on the surface to be just, it was not always. She burned all of the Dothraki leadership. She burned the Tarlys, and seemingly without any remorse. And she has conquered, and abandoned, so many people. She stopped asking people if they wanted to join her crusade, and started demanding that they do. And when presented the fact that what she had built her persona on – her right to reclaim the iron throne – was in fact invalid (as Jon had the superior claim), she did not offer to support his candidacy. She was the messiah, no one else, and it was no longer because she was the “rightful” heir to the throne (as if that ever really mattered in GoT or anywhere). 4. Moreover, she has lived a life of isolation, distrust, fear, and abuse. She managed to drag herself up from that, to literally be reborn by fire, but it is still there. Thus, when her support network – literally her only true friends in her life – began to die, she found herself yet again alone. She didn’t trust Tyrion, not fully, the way she did with Jorah. She no longer had Missandei as a confidante. And when Jon spurned her, as Drogo never would, and when she knew that the nation she saved didn’t trust her and that she had traitors within her inner circle looking to replace her, she realized all she had left was Drogon, Grey Worm, and whatever command she could muster through sheer force of will. 5. To that end, she made it as clear as possible to Jon what would happen. “Let it be fear.” How could it have been anything else? The Seven Kingdoms would never accept her rule like the Unsullied or slaves did. Not for her grace, nor her heroism, nor her (empty) words of breaking the wheel. No matter what Illryio said to Viserys, no one drank secret toasts to her health or cried out for their true queen. And they never would. No, she would only gain recognition of her right to rule the way the she did with the Dothraki: not by birthright or mercy, but by sheer, devastating conquest by fire. She had to make an example to all the Lords and Ladies of the Seven Kingdoms that they had **** well not support Jon, or Sansa, or any other usurper to her crown. In order to complete her self-created myth of wheel breaking, she had to break every **** spoke. 6. And when she finally lost it – atop the walls of King’s Landing, with the bells of surrender sounding – she really had no choice. Accept surrender and allow the schemers to keep scheming? Allow Cersei to lie in wait, or Qyburn to set a trap, or Sansa to rally the North? Or burn it to the ground: to reclaim what was never rightfully hers, to avenge the loss of everyone she has held dear, and to punish those who caused her isolation and fear in the first place? Given where the show had come from, it was the only logical choice she could make. Other assorted musings: 1. As I mentioned before, I liked Jaime and Cersei’s conclusion (Euron fight excepted). I might be the only one, given twitter rage, but I thought it fit. The idea of these redemptive character arcs is exactly the kind of trope GoT has long subverted, at all levels. Very few people are all bad or good, almost all are a complex mix of both, and no one exemplified that as well as Jaime. He’s done horrible things, he’s done noble things. But in life, almost no one gets full redemption. At the end of the day, Jaime couldn’t run from who he was, which was a man desperately in love with his awful twin sister – one that just happened to be carrying his child. So he returned to her, and repeated what he’d told her before. Nothing else matters. 2. Hi Qyburn! Bye Qyburn! I have never really cared much about whether Clegane bowl happened, but *******, it was ******* awesome. The setting of the crumbling Keep, the fire and chaos in the background, and one of the most-redeemed characters battling one of the most monstrous - brutally, without hope or honor. Just eye gouging, eye stabbing, and a beautiful fall into the surrounding madness. 3. The Battle of King’s Landing – like the Battle of Winterfell, the Battle of the ********, and those before them – had its own unique aesthetic, its own way of showing the madness of war, its own message to convey. Here were victorious troops – Northerners, Dothraki, and Unsullied alike – exacting brutal petty vengeance on the wrong people. The commoners. The ones who just want to eat and be with their families and don’t care who rules. It was terrifying and shocking – the first truly urban warfare shown on GoT – with buildings and fight-or-flight mobs all convening to crush anything in their paths. Arya running through the streets – faced covered in ash and blood, trying and failing to help anyone she could – will likely be one of the most lasting, viscerally impactful memories of the show to me. Jon looking stunned and, once again, worthless in the most important moments was more heartbreaking this time than any before. 4. Speaking of Jon, in a show that repeatedly squashes real redemptions, he really needs one. Like, he doesn’t want any of it, but everyone wants it for him, and they always put him in position to succeed heroically. But he continually fails. He needs saving, or he impacts nothing, every time. So clearly in the foreshadowing world, him taking down Dany as some sort of sad, final redemption makes sense. 5. Ramin Djawadi is (still) a god. The way he cycled through and mashed up all the various themes from the show – particularly the Light of the Seven with Rains of Castamere in multiple places – was just incredible. 6. Arya and the Pale Horse might be a bit on the nose, but also, who the **** cares. After watching the GoT equivalent of a nuclear bomb attack, it was so fitting. Now she is become Death, the destroyer of worlds. Arya helped, however reluctantly, give rise to Dany. Now she will have to help end her too. 7. Neereek, quit trying to advance spoil ****, man.