"Game of Thrones" - HBO vs. George RR Martin...frustrating & unsatisfying battle for Westeros

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Whom do I blame for all this? HBO for opting for the spectacle over content or Martin for writing at an elderly snail pace? Last night’s episode was visually and emotionally exhausting. I never knew what NOT breathing for 82 minutes felt like but here we are.

THOUSANDS of years coming…ended up with the youngest Stark ending the Night King and with him, his entire cohort of generals and zombie humans bent on wiping sentient life off the planet. Thousands of years of anticipation, build up and conflict ended in mere seconds because Weiss & Benioff wanted something “unpredictable and fun.”

It also ended the long-awaited and theorized Azor Ahai prophesy, something late Rhaegar Targaryen put in motion when he abandoned and annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and her two children, to marry and father a third son with Lyana Stark. “The Dragon has three heads” Rhaegar dreamt.

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Rhaegar Targaryen

He dreamt of the Long Night. And only “The Prince Who was Promised” would end it…possibly his son Aegon Targaryen. Some theorize its Daenerys because Prince is genderless in old Valyria and the Prince “Shall wake dragons from the stone”

There are so many theories…so many prophecies. I’ve personally rambled about it for years. Husband and I have countless conversations about it.

The world of Game of Thrones is filled with rich content, nuance, and intricacies...and the HBO guys literally went “fuck it”…we’ll have Arya do it because its unexpected.

As thrilling as that scene was…it's incredibly anti-climactic.

It abandons Martins’ books. It ignores the history that it was built on. The books are leading to the Long Night…HBO decided Cersei is more important. HBO decided that the “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Jon & Dany per Martin himself) are bullshit.

So now, we are here. And I hate to be this person…but as a book reader, I am unsatisfied, mad and forever left longing for more.

To understand my frustrations, you have to understand the world Martin built. It’s complicated and nuanced. It’s filled with complex characters that are always skirting in the shades of gray. Humans are not necessarily all good or all evil. He understands that. No character is safe. He demonstrated this when he chopped off Ned Stark’s head at the end of book 1.

Legendary warrior Azor Ahai plunging the Lightbringer into his beloved wife (Nyssa, Nyssa) heart to end The Long Night.

Legendary warrior Azor Ahai plunging the Lightbringer into his beloved wife (Nyssa, Nyssa) heart to end The Long Night.

“The show is not the books”

Well, you can just f*ck off because I’m aware of that. Then call it something else. Don’t f*cking call it Game of Thrones. Call it “Martin wrote some cool stuff and here’s our take on it” and call it a day.

Azor Ahai prophesy is the BACKBONE of the story and they lazily rewrote it.

I love Arya as much as the next person, but this is a massive joke. She has never met the Red Woman. She is not the blood of Aerys and Rhaella. There is no build up or suggestion that she is the Prince that was Promised. “But Jovana here are the links to episodes that bring her to the Night Knight”

I don’t give a shit. None of that stuff is in the actual story.

A thousand eyes, a hundred skins, wisdom deep as the roots of ancient trees. Greenseers.  —the three-eyed crow to Bran Stark

A thousand eyes, a hundred skins, wisdom deep as the roots of ancient trees. Greenseers.

—the three-eyed crow to Bran Stark

And I fear if HBO decides to capitalize on other content from the books, as in, create series based on the histories dating back to the First Men or even when the Wall was built, they’ve opened themselves up to massive plotholes and they will have to completely reinvent and re-write the history of the Westeros because they opted for a crowd-pleasing moment instead of sticking with in-story mythology.

“Well Jovana, in season 3, Melisandre spoke and prophesized about Arya.”

Benioff and Weiss said they planned for Arya to kill the Night King since season 5. These fuckers retconned they're own made up shit story.

I sound bitter, sure. I also understand that the show has surpassed the books in every way shape and form. And it wouldn’t bother me so much if the last 4 seasons of the show were actually, you know, good.

But let's keep on pretending that it took Unsullied days to get from Dragonstone to Casterly Rock. That the level of detail Martin writes his books would allow for that.

Cool.

Catelyn Stark reanimated as Lady Stoneheart after Beric Dondarrion resurrects her with the help of Rhllor (God of Fire) by giving her the kiss of life, and thus he dies permanently. She goes on a revenge rampage after The Red Wedding.

Catelyn Stark reanimated as Lady Stoneheart after Beric Dondarrion resurrects her with the help of Rhllor (God of Fire) by giving her the kiss of life, and thus he dies permanently. She goes on a revenge rampage after The Red Wedding.

Don’t even get me started on the show’s treatment of Bran Stark, the dragon riding scene and the House of Undying. That part ALONE could have been a season. And where the hell is Lady Stoneheart?

Also, f*ck you Martin for writing so slow and letting HBO butcher your magnum opus.

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Nike Shoes & Dead Soldiers

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Yesterday I posted on my Facebook about Colin Kaepernick, Nike and social injustice. Per usual, I have a hard time engaging any of my friends or visitors into the conversation because I have an extremely aggressive approach to things. I am not denying my crudeness and crass and 9/10 times, my posts end up absolute garbage and deleted in the end. I am ok with that. My posts are my truth and I will not dilute myself to make others feel at ease. Or no one simply gives a shit and that is that.

I do want to have a healthy discussion about this because I feel it is important.

FIRST: SPORTS Company put a FOOTBALL PLAYER in their ad campaign - right-wingers, and racists LOST THEIR MIND and are literally burning shoes they already spent their money on, instead of giving them out to homeless, but whatevz. Pennsylvania’s Catholic establishment outed as one of the largest harbors of pedophiles, and not a single right-winger is burning or boycotting a thing but I digress. Intelligence, complex and cognitive thought is not for a conservative mind.

SECOND: I see this “sacrificed everything” notion floating around to discredit Colin Kaepernick plights (which again, IS RACIAL INJUSTICE AND NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FLAG ITSELF OR THE VETERANS & SOLDIERS. I feel like a crazed parrot repeating this, but right-wingers wants to rewrite someone else’s narrative to suit their narrow, false, and let’s face it VERY racist agenda.) Colin Kaepernick & LeBron James are told to shup up and play ball, they have no place in political discourse....and I have yet to see a single right-winger telling Kanye West to "stick to music." 

In right-winger’s mind, the only way to prove your love for America, to be worthy of anything….is to die. Yep, I said it. Want to be celebrated? Pick up a gun, camo and DIE. I am worthless and unpatriotic in their eyes because I refuse to sign up for war. Because Colin Kaepernick made different type of sacrifice (his career, reputation and way of life, he is worthless and his plight is worthless.) Colin Kaepernick is not a dead solider and he does not know war, therefore, his struggle and worldview is worthless.

I am a child of war, I KNOW war. I have seen war. War is SHIT and your little false “patriotism” narrative does not change the fact that WAR IS EVIL. Especially American Wars for PROFIT. I am the VICTIM of such wars. War has killed and misplaced millions. If the immigrants are taking over the world and changing the demographics, is because we fucking bombed them out of existence & livelihoods in their OWN countries. However, that is a completely different discussion topic.

THIRD: Think of it this way: If there is a surge of violence against Serbians specifically in this country, better BELIEVE that millions of Serbs in America (including myself) would do what Colin is doing: PROTESTING. Colin as a black man sees injustice against black people and white people absolutely HAVE no place to tell him how to feel and how to view the world. IT IS NOT OUR LANE. Straight, white men in this country need to STOP telling women, people of color and gays HOW TO FEEL about things and how those things (whatever they might be) affect them. IT IS NOT YOUR LANE.

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FOURTH: Let us talk about Pat Tillman for a moment, an atheist (*right-winger brains exploding*), an American soldier and a hero is being used AGAIN to shift the narrative and false compare what “sacrifice” means. He is also a DEAD soldier. Right-wingers love DEAD SOLDIERS. Pat Tillman once said of Iraq War and this is an exact quote:  “SO FUCKING ILLEGAL” and in close correspondence to Noam Chomsky (right-winger’s nightmare in human flesh.) If he didn’t get killed BY HIS OWN GUYS, which military tried to cover up for years, right-wingers would hate Pat’s guts today. Therefore, the fact that they are using this poor, DEAD SOLDIER for rightwing agenda, AGAINST HIS OWN DETAILED DEMANDS, is sickening. It dishonors Pat Tillman’s legacy. However, it is easier to pick any dead soldier as a pawn and use his legacy for false narratives.

If I were to guess, Pat Tillman was exactly the kind of hero who would kneel right there with Colin.

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FIFTH: if right-wingers cared as much about soldiers and veterans as they HATE Colin Kaepernick, we would not have HOMELESS veterans. We would not have soldiers with PTSD so bad; the entire culture is experiencing a severe rise in suicides. Nevertheless, the only good soldier is a DEAD soldier, am I right? I can use a dead soldier to discredit ANYONE who dares to speak against the system. DEAD SOLDIER cannot speak for himself. Let me speak for him. And dishonor him in the process.

SIXTH: Do NOT let the right-winger narrate you another man’s plight. This is not even about Colin Kaepernick necessarily. I don’t know Colin Kaepernick. He can be a piece of shit person for all we know. It does NOT matter. However, I UNDERSTAND and VALIDATE his plight. I am giving him room to breathe by NOT stepping on his neck and narrating a story I have no place in. Living, breathing soldiers and veterans are standing by Colin, even advising him on more appropriate, politically correct ways to send a message, but because they are not DEAD soldiers, it does not matter.

This can be about anyone experiencing and seeing the struggle & injustice within their own race, gender, sexual orientation, religion. As I said, if my people (Serbians) are experiencing high volume of violence in USA, you better fucking believe that I would do ANYTHING to disrupt the system. People have different struggles and some are more serious (excessive violence & death) than others. Do not let some small-minded right-winger discredit these people, their stories, and their experiences. Whatever Colin Kaepernick sacrificed (or did not) is not up for debate. Who made you King of the World or God to define what “sacrifice” means for BILLIONS of living people on this planet? I mean, the audacity.

It is not up to YOU to define Colin Kaepernick plight, his life, his narrative. Sacrifice means different things. I do not need to be a DEAD SOLDIER to be considered valid. I do not need to be a DEAD SOLDIER for my life to have a meaning. That is the most ludicrous thing I have seen right-wingers trying to sell to their sheep these days. I say DEAD SOLDIER because we do not give a single fuck about the living ones. Only when it serves our agenda and purposes.

FINAL:

Do not let right-winger narrow view of the world skew the reality into realms that do not exist. White Utopia void of violence against people of color, gays and women does NOT exist. That is not the reality for majority of the people in this world. You can chose to live in that kind of “reality” if you want, but stay in your lane.

Yes, life is beautiful and there are so many good things in this world and life. However, there are bad things. They need to be recognized, understood and solved, and if you are not helping, get off people’s necks. Or go burn your (already paid for) Nike shoes and socks because that is what a simple, unbothered trash of the world, would exactly do.

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