SIONR: Stop Complaining About How Short Season Seven of Game of Thrones Is

One of the biggest complaints I am seeing all over the Internet is as follows – “why is this season of Game of Thrones so short?!  Everything is so rushed!  Why can’t they take more time and get to know the characters more?  I mean, all Sam does is move the plot forward!  It’s boring!”  That may be a bit longer than I had thought, but I wanted to basically encapsulate all the complaints that I’m hearing in the same space.  Generally speaking, anyway.  And it’s frustrating.  Because it’s like people haven’t really been paying attention.

Here’s the thing – Game of Thrones is the most ambitious television series ever produced.  There isn’t a single comparison to be made, anywhere.  This series has done with no others have even attempted to do.  Because of that, they have had to make a lot of sacrifices.  There are a TON of plotlines from the books that are either distorted or outright gone.  Why?  Because they don’t have the time, or another crucial element that everyone who is bitching seems to forget about – money.  This series’ price tag has gotten astronomically-large.  A lot of critics have wondered if the series has gotten to the point that it’s too expensive to keep making.  A valid question.  So, when the lead writers said that they only have 13 episodes worth of plot, any normal person would wonder – why not have some filler stuff.  Little things where we take a break and get to know the characters more.  That’s smart.  The simple reality is that doing that takes more time and budget to shoot longer.

I understand how some people are a little annoyed.  Yeah, it’s weird how characters are able to traverse great distances in ye olde times with great speed.  But you know what I do?  I do that thing called critical thinking.  It’s a lost art in the age of conservative and liberal hand-wringing that eschews nuance completely.  How many episodes would they have needed to realistically have Greyworm get the Unsullied to Casterly Rock?  At least two or three.  They have to speed things up.  There isn’t enough plot left to fill in that kind of time.  So yes, Jon Snow made it from Winterfell to White Harbor and then to Dragonstone in the span of a single episode.  Hell, not even that.  The series has at least attempted to make the audience understand that there are weeks going between episodes, but that part has been admittedly clumsy.

And sure, there is a ton of stuff that I’d like to see.  Like, why didn’t Ghost go with Jon?  What a way to have them get to know each other.  Him being the father of a dire wolf with the mother of dragons?  That seems like a good way for them to bond.  I’ve missed Ghost.  He has barely been in the series since the very beginning of last season.  But then I remember – dire wolves have to be animated.  And that takes money.  Money that HBO unfortunately can’t spare.  We may never see Ghost again.  That will suck.  I hope he survives until the end.  There’s only one other dire wolf left.  Thankfully we did get to see that Nymeria is okay.  I’m really glad about that.  Not glad that Arya went back to Winterfell.  I thought her deal with seeing Nymeria and saying she doesn’t belong there anymore took it to mean that she doesn’t belong in Winterfell, so she was going to go south and finish her mission.  But nope.  Kinda disappointed with that.  Not gonna lie.

The point of all this rambling nonsense is that HBO has to do the best it can with what they’ve got.  They are out of plot and the budget just keeps growing.  They’re too invested in this to stop now, but the studio can’t let this series bankrupt them.  From a financial standpoint I understand their problems.  For all of us, it means that we get less show to watch.  But if what we see was like last night, with Drogon setting an entire army on fire, then yes, please, more of that.  I love the political stuff in the series the most, but I got a raging nerd hard-on for how cool that is.  Let’s enjoy how great this series is for as long as we can’t.  One more season, and that’s it.

Until next time, a quote,

“You can’t always get what you want.  But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” – Lyrics by The Rolling Stones

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s First Take: Westworld Season 2: Comic-Con Trailer

My friend Maddie got me into this show just recently.  I got HBO Now on my phone because I refuse to miss the latest season of Game of Thrones.  I figure paying $15 for a month is worth it.  I will be paying $15 again when I reactivate it for this.  Westworld is awesome.  Such a compelling narrative, dark science fiction, a world that is both intriguing and horrifying.  And there are so many unanswered questions about the nature of the universe that series takes place in.  Like, where is this park located?  They talk about orbital launches in the series, so is this in some kind of space station?  I refuse to believe that they were able to clear out some massive part of the midwest in America for this astronomically-huge park.  Or if they did, I want to know how.  With all the unanswered questions at the end of the first season, as well as a climax that took me completely by surprise, it’s time to go back in to see what happens next.  And it just so happens that HBO gave me a lot to think about with their latest trailer.

Just so you know, I am going to go into MAJOR spoilers for the last season, so if you haven’t seen it, I cannot stress enough – stop reading here!  Go watch it, then come back.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

We begin with the iconic piano of the series.  But now the paper that made the music play has blood all over it.  It cuts to Bernard, standing by a river looking down at something.  It has the stripes of a tiger, but maybe I’m just seeing things but it looks like it has the face of a bear.  What is up with that?  A strange shot to include in the trailer.  Perhaps a sign of things getting out that they were experimenting on?  I have some thoughts about that, but let’s keep going.

Next there’s some dude hanging by his feet from a tree, swinging back and forth desperately trying to reach a gun on the ground.  Is that one of the guests from the end of last season?  I’m assuming so, as the entire robot staff had been brought back to life to exact some truly psychotic revenge on them.

Then it cuts to a shot of the facility’s control center.  It seems that absolutely everyone is dead here.  We see the pussy-ass British guy and my least-favorite character, Maeve, going through the mess.  Is the implication that she is the one who killed everyone?  That’s weird.  The only two Hosts who were free in here were dead by the end of the last season.  But since it’s been established that they have Hosts working in there, perhaps they decided to rebel with the rest.

Back to the world of the park, we see some of the Guests from the end of the last season on the run, with some of the Hosts running them down and killing them.  Evan Rachel Wood is back in her Wyatt persona, seeming to take great delight in making short work of the Guests.  More carnage inside the saloon at Pariah.

The last thing we see, though, is what really interests me.  A couple of vehicles dispatched by what I am assuming is security for the park, with Bernard driving with them!  So, is he siding with the Guests in this conflict?  That genuinely interests me, considering he had as much reason to hate them as any of the other Hosts.  That one shot has gotten me hooked more than anything, and I cannot wait to see the answers to what will happen next.

Lastly, a shock-moment – Ed Harris’ character is still alive!  HOW?!  I would have thought that Dolores/Wyatt would have ripped him to pieces for what he did.  How many Hosts are there that have been itching to have a piece of him?  Despite being a twisted fuck underneath it all, I did kind of like this character, once his motivations are fully explored.  Seeing him still breathing just amazes me.  He’s covered in blood, but alive.  Man am I stoked!  At the end he even appears to be starting to smile.  Whatever is pleasing this twisted bastard must be amazing.

What are your thoughts?

Initial Verdict
8 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Game of Thrones: Season Seven Predictions

Tonight, this sixth season has come to an end.  While most people are in love with the last episode, and it was awesome, this was the episode that I liked most this season.  The level of payoff here was just phenomenal.  I like good payoff.  I’m even able to overlook minor plot holes for the sake of good payoff.  Like why Sansa didn’t tell Jon about her allegiance with the knights of the Vale.  It would have made the battle SO much easier.  This episode at least did acknowledge that her hiding that from him was really stupid.  However, it was awesome payoff, so it was fine.  The last episode was fantastic.  But this episode was better, in my opinion.  The big battles of the series are good, but the thing that I love most about the series is the fact that it has all the political intrigue.  That’s what made this show great, and it’s at its best when we have that.

Which brings me to what I predict will happen next season.  I hope it goes without saying that if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode, there will be spoilers out the ass.  For real, you should have known that.  If you have no seen the episode go watch it legally (or pirate it) and then come back.  I could predict that the next season will be shorter, but we already know that.  I think they said that they have around 13 episodes of plot remaining in the series.  I figure that will get a little stretched out, but not much.  It’s clear that the budget for this show is about to explode, and the show-runners don’t want this series to die before it gets to the end they want.  My unofficial prediction is that the next season will be between six to eight episodes long.  So long as it’s good, that’s fine by me.  This series is riding a high note.  Let’s keep going on that.  Here are my predictions to the next season.

10. The Hound Allies With House Stark
When we see the Hound again, it’s clear that he is looking for some redemption for the things he’s done.  He does not like the person he has become, and he wants to atone for his crimes.  We know that the Brotherhood Without Banners is headed north to help in the War for the Dawn.  I think that he is going to see the Starks on the throne at Winterfell and decide that he can atone by serving them.  He’s a warrior, and now he will have a chance to not just be a dog for someone, but to serve a ruler who is worthy of the name.  I like his arc of redemption, and it would make for a good way for things to go, moving forward.

9. Bronn and Tyrion are Reunited
One of the things that never went away from previous seasons is the fact that Cersei put out a hit on Tyrion.  She offered a mountain of gold to whoever brought her his head.  Now that he is going to be in Westeros again, odds are that she’ll find out that he’s the hand of Daenerys.  So, given that she’s off the deep end now, Cersei is going to try and have that hit completed.  Who would the crown send?  Why, their in-house killer.  But here’s the thing – Bronn is a sellsword first.  He is too smart to cross the Dragon Queen, knowing that killing Tyrion would paint a giant target on his back.  As he said, “no sellsword ever ran from the winning side.”  What I think will happen is that he will see the Lannisters as a bad investment, and go back to someone who he knew made good on his promises to repay his debts.  I am certain that Bronn is going to survive the game of thrones.  Hopefully we’ll get to see why soon enough.

8. Samwell or Gilly Meets Daenerys
The series is known for not just foisting things out of nowhere.  They have build-up, then payoff.  I think that there will be someone who is going to pass the word to Daenerys about what is happening up in the North.  It will lay the seeds for what will happen in the season to come.  Since the Reach is declaring itself for her, along with Dorne, I figure that Dany’s army is going to come that way.  Way I see it, either Sam or Gilly is going to meet her, and they will let slip that the army of the dead is marching south, and that if they get past the Wall, there will be hell to pay.  I kind of hope that it’s Gilly.  Given that Dany seems to want the common people on her side, it would be refreshing if Gilly is the one who makes nice with her.

7. Arya Kills Melisandre and Ser Illyn Paine
We got to see that Arya is back in Westeros.  But she isn’t going home.  She’s headed to get revenge.  The girl is out for blood, and that’s what she will find.  Most of the names on her kill list are gone, but I figure that she’s going to head south.  There’s one destination – King’s Landing.  She wants to get revenge on the people who destroyed her family.  But wouldn’t it be interesting if she runs into Melisandre by sheer chance, and sees a perfect opportunity to get revenge for what she believes happened to Gendry.  The alternative is that she will talk to Melisandre and learn that he’s alive, so she’ll spare her.  But Illyn Paine, on the other hand, is going to go.  I think that his death will tell Jaime that something off.  Word will reach King’s Landing about the death of Walder Frey.  The Twins will be up for grabs, since Arya not only killed him, but killed his sons.  There is no one to take the throne, save Edmure of House Tully.  Not only is he married to a Frey, but he’s the only chance to carry on the line.  Illyn Paine was the one to swing the axe that killed her father.  So he’s going to go.  When Jaime finds out that more people are dying in a way where their throats are being cut, but it’s like no one was there, he will sense that something’s wrong.

6. Bran Expands His Vision Powers
I suppose this is a given, but hear me out.  We discovered that Bran is able to communicate with people through the visions.  That can only mean that he is going to find a way to reach out to people in the world today.  He needs a force to take on the army of the dead.  Who better than a woman who has dragons?  This ties in to another prediction, but I think that Bran is going to find a way to reach out to people with his visions, and that is going to be important.

5. Arya’s Direwolf Returns
In the books, Arya’s Direwolf has started a pack down in the Riverlands.  It is the largest wolf pack ever seen.  It is causing untold hell to the people there, as the wolves are hungry and there isn’t enough to eat.  I think that it will come back in the series.  Maybe she will find Arya, or what I think is more likely – Bran will reach out to it.  Using his Green Seer powers, he will find a way to get word to it and have the wolves head north to fight for House Stark against the army of the dead.  A pack of wolves, several dozen strong, ready for battle.  That would be pretty awesome.

4. Word Reaches Winterfell about Daenerys
This could also be a given, but I think this is important.  Jon Snow told Sansa that now they have a multitude of enemies that are coming for them. Jon has been crowed the King in the North.  That’s important, when it comes to Daenerys.  After all, she is going to be asking for allies to fight against the Lannisters.  I think Jon is going to see a chance to save the North.  He figures that he will pledge the North to Dany, if she comes and helps him in his fight against the dead.  After all, she has dragons now.  Three dragons is one hell of an ally against an undead army, don’t ya think?

3. Bran Finds a Way to Reach Daenerys
Way I see it, this will be right towards the end of the season.  Maybe in the very last episode.  Dany will be asleep or something, and she’ll see a vision.  Maybe something telling her to go to the Isle of Faces, so she is near where Bran is at his most powerful.  There, he will reach out to her and show her the truth about what is coming in the North.  I don’t think that she is going to go all the way to King’s Landing.  I think that she’s going to halt her course when she learns this and then head north to join the fight there.  This ties directly into the top prediction, but I think it will be Bran that makes her chance her mind about where to go.  It will be an awesome scene.

2. Arya or Jaime Kills Cersei
Obviously, she is going to die this coming season.  We all can feel it.  She’s gone from ruthless bitch to Mad Queen.  She used Wildfire to kill tons of innocent people.  Now, it’s going to come to the point that something has to be done about her.  The series has a thing about history repeating itself.  Way I see it, Cersei will be crazy enough to believe that she can fight Daenerys, and when the girl is destroying her armies left and right, that’s when Jaime will realize that something has to be done.  Meanwhile, Arya is working her way closer and closer.  She’ll get into the castle, and learn about her prey.  We’ll get a few episodes where she is studying Cersei.  Maybe a repeat of how she was a servant of Tywin.  Only difference is that this time, she’ll be preparing to kill Cersei.  Now we come to how she does it.  The Mountain guards her night and day.  When would she do it?  I think that it isn’t going to be Dany who heads to King’s Landing.  It will be Euron.  He will be sacking the city, and that’s when Arya will make her move.  And I also think Jaime will be making his move.  What I’d like to see is the two meeting.  Like they are headed to kill her, and both run into each other.  They have a brief confrontation, and Jaime tells her that he will finish this.  She’ll protest, but he’ll assure her that this is something that he needs to do.  Either that, or she’ll be sneaky and during the attack, will kill her.  Then, like the Faceless Man she has learned to be, she will disappear.  Jaime will find Cersei and that’s the moment when his failure as a knight will be complete.  Grim, but hey, it might not work out that way.

And the biggest prediction that I have for the next season will be…

1. The Wall Comes Down
It would be the perfect way to close out the season.  This season will be about the war Daenerys is waging to conquer Westeros.  The final season will be all about the War for the Dawn.  Since winter has finally come, now we will see the army of the dead reach the Wall.  But rather than try to climb up or anything else, the Night’s King will want to make his statement clear about how powerful he has become.  So, he will us ancient magic in order to bust the wall open.  I don’t figure he will destroy all of it.  For one, HBO doesn’t have that kind of budget.  He’ll just blast open part of it, and the army of the dead will seep through.  This will be how the season closes out.  It will be really on, and all the forces of Westeros will be heading to meet them, for the last great war of the Seven Kingdoms.

So, what do you think will happen?  Think my predictions are good?  I will say that of the predictions that I made for this season (linked here), most of them came true.  So it seems that I have a knack for this.  Here’s hoping I’m on the money again.

Until next time, a quote,

“My name is Arya Stark.  I want you to know that.  The last thing you’ll see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.”  – Arya Stark, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Game of Thrones (Season Six) Predictions

*Warning: I am going to spoil the living shit out of season five of Game of Thrones.  If you haven’t seen it, stop reading now!*

I am sitting here with the fifth season of this amazing series, I am thinking about what’s to come.  It’ll be another month before we get to see what happens next.  Still, I have been pondering what is coming for some time.  It’s hard to see where the series is going to go.  The show-runners are swearing that they are going to make sure this series goes to eight seasons.  I think that’s good.  Part of the problem of season five has been the fact that too much plot was crammed into too few episodes.  They need to space it out more.  It’s clear that they are setting up the final players of this grand game, now that it’s pretty clear that the Long Night is making a comeback.  For those who are hoping that I will comment on the thing that is on everybody’s mind, let me head that expectation off.  Someone on the Internet already spoiled it for me.  I do believe that Jon Snow is dead.  But it’s been made clear that he is coming back to life.  Somebody on the Internet decided to go through the newest trailer with a fine-toothed comb and showed him in a scene riding a horse.  So whatever happens next, he isn’t out of the series.  Moving on, here are my top 10 predictions about what I think will happen this season.

10. The truth about Jon Snow’s lineage will be revealed
I think this will happen right at the very beginning of the season.  There’s a reason.  As I said, I have already had the fate of Snow revealed spoiled by the Internet.  Gotta love insane fandom culture.  But, with that said, there has been a scene in the trailer showing some unknown soldiers fighting it out with soldiers with Targeryan crests on their armor.  I would bet a pretty penny that that is the flashback scene that they have said is coming.  At this point, the truth about Jon Snow’s lineage has been all but figured out by the Internet.  It’s been hinted a ton of times in the series.  Now I think we’ll get a definitive picture.  That’s another hint, by the way.  The fact is that when you have this mystery about Snow’s parentage being so up in the air for so long means that it’s important.  Now we will get to find out what it is.  That’s a great thing.  I bet it will be epic, too.  Seeing what happened in the Tower of Joy.

9. Jon Snow becomes leader of the wildlings
A scene in the trailer showed the wildlings fighting in a battle.  Now that there are thousands of them below the Wall, it’s clear that they are going to have to deal with the free folk now that they are settling down.  When Jon went to meet with the remaining wildlings, they called him “King Crow.”  If that isn’t foreshadowing, I don’t know what is.  These people respect him.  He came and gave them peace when they thought that it was all over.  He even fought beside them, to save them.  However he comes back (I do think he is dead.  But he will be coming back), it’s clear that he is going to leave the Night’s Watch.  Way I see it, he will be going back to them.  He found kinship among their people, and now has earned their respect.  One way or another, he will become a leader among them.  Maybe not the head honcho of the bunch, but still a respected leader behind Tormund

8. Tyrion befriends a dragon
One of the big things about the dragons in Mereen is the fact that they are there and not much is going on with them.  They can’t just leave the series.  Drogon will be dealing with what’s happening to the mother of the bunch and the dothraki.  I have a feeling that that dragon will bond with Jorah.  But I think that Tyrion is going to have some bonding time with the dragons there.  He has been going from strength to strength as the series has gone on.  The previous season had him staring at a dragon in awe and wonder.  That also is foreshadowing if I have ever seen it.  I get the feeling that he will be paying the dragons down in the dungeons a visit, and will make nice with them.  I suppose this is just wishful thinking, but it would still be awesome all the same.

7. Theon/Reek gets his honor back
One of the things that has been such a weird turnaround for this character has been his growth from a friend, to a cowardly traitor, to a broken slave.  Now, he has been given a chance to redeem himself when he saved Sansa.  I think that we’re going to start to like this character more when he is regaining is trying to protect her.  I think that we’re going to see him become more than he has been, and finally regain some of his honor.

6. The Hound returns
As I said, a character isn’t dead until you see their dead body.  When we last saw the Hound, he was being left for dead by Arya.  It was pretty understood that his chances for survival were something between nil and nada.  But we didn’t see him die, so he isn’t.  Given that his brother has been turned into a zombie, it only seems fitting that he is going to be the one who finally puts an end to that monster.  I get the feeling that in the months since we last saw him, he’s got himself some religion.  The fight between the two will be interesting.  You know, because the brother’s a zombie.

5. Sansa takes the throne at Winterfell, and gives Jon Snow his name
Last we saw of the forces loyal to the north, Sansa’s brother was declared the King in the North.  The people who followed him would hold to that.  Sansa will be looking to go to where the people are loyal to her.  She already knows that there are loyal forces in hiding.  If she finds them (and I’m convinced she does), they will see her as the next in the line of succession.  A king can give a person a bastard their name.  I think that Jon Snow is going to get the name he has always wanted from her.  Or, at the very least, the two will be reunited.  About time she had herself some good luck, eh?

4. Arya stays blind
One of the biggest upsets in the last season at the end was Arya losing her sight.  She had this amazing revenge moment.  It was something out of a slasher movie.  But her need for vengeance came at a cost.  Now she is going to have to learn to survive without her eyes.  I think that this is going to be a good thing.  She has become too consumed by her need for revenge.  Now she is going to be able to focus on other things.  Like becoming one of the Faceless Men.  I look forward to seeing how her story pans out.  She’s having a bad day, but it might be better for her in the long run.

3. Daenerys gets a valyrian blade
One of the things that has made each of the great Targeryan leaders what they are is the wielding over valyrian blades while they rode their dragons into battle.  Daenerys has been my least-favorite character throughout the series.  Her vanity bugs me.  She’s so damn smug.  Whenever her ability to lead is challenged by very rational problems, she falls back on the whole “mother of dragons” bullshit.  It’s frustrating.  I don’t get why she’s so popular.  She’s like a millennial.  All smug without having earned it.  It’s time for her to learn some humility.  I daresay, she’s in a situation where she might.  She’s going to FINALLY have to have her skills tested.  I think that her test will end with her wielding a blade that is to her namesake, with drogon being the champion she rides with.

2. War consumes King’s Landing
I think we all knew that this was coming.  The Faith Militant has been reinstated, and they are gaining ground.  We have already seen soldiers from Highgarden squaring off against them.  Lady Olena means business.  I kind of love her character.  She’s the most badass character in the whole series, and she’s old as fuck.  Her grandchildren mean everything to her, and she will do anything to protect them.  Meanwhile, Cersei is on the war-path with her enemies.  With another of her children dead (Maggy the Frog was a prophet!), she is going to be even more filled with unpleasant emotions.  Margery is in the Black Cells, and things are heating up worse and worse.  By the time this season is done, things are going to get ugly as it gets in King’s Landing.  Way I figure it, the place is going to be burning by the time this season is over.

And the biggest thing I think will happen this season is…

1. The Wall is coming down
We all know that it’s going to happen.  The only question is when.  What a perfect way to close out the season.  Everything is looking a little grim.  Things in the north are starting to settle when the Boltons are skinned in the same way as their banners.  Everything looks to be getting to a fever pitch.  Then, the army of the dead arrives at the Wall.  The Night’s Watch is fucked.  Especially now that Jon will be gone.  The Night’s King will do some kind of crazy magic shit, and the entire Wall is going to be coming down.  It would make for a spectacular way to close out the season,  It would set the stage for the War for the Dawn.  Way I figure it, it will either be this season or the next one, but a season is going to end with the Wall coming down.

So, what do you think is going to happen in the season to come?  Let me know down in the comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“You’re in the great game now.  And the great game is terrifying.”  -Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick

RAB: HBO’s Spawn and Noah’s Ark Fossils?

Two things.  I’ve been having an utterly fantastic laugh over the last few minutes.  No joke, I feel like I’m going to die.  I haven’t been able to stop.  It’s possessed me.  I haven’t talked about religion in a LONG time on this site.  Not hard to see why.  There’s only so much one can say.  There comes a point where you just realize that you’ve said all that can be said about religion.  The apologist arguments never change.  I’ve had a back-and-forth comment battled with a woman named Janina Balabat, who wrote an insane book about religion that I happened upon back when I worked at the Library.  Trying to reason with her was like fighting it out with a brick wall.  There was no winning.

But before we get into that, I want to talk about an animated series by HBO.  It was something I never expected to see.  An animated series about the Spawn comic.  One that was produced and have REALLY stupid intro segments by the comic’s author himself.  Still, isn’t it weird that this was made by HBO?  I mean, since when do they do animated work?  The series varied in quality.  Some episodes were fantastic.  Some were boring as fuck.  But it was still quite something.  When I was watching Nostalgia Critic’s review of that god-awful movie, I thought back to this series.  Three seasons, each about six episodes long.  If only this series had had more of a budget.  See, the animation had some amazing moments.  The problem was that they had clear limitations that kept them from doing something absolutely exceptional.  Still, impressive.  The thing that set it apart was the amazing voice-work of the titular character by Keith David.  That voice is sexy as fuck.  Even now, it’s still awesome.  Kills me that I know that one of these years, he will be another truly fantastic actor to pass on.  It’s fucking depressing.

I hear that they’re making a new Spawn film.  It’ll be another CG mess.  I miss the days of 2D animation.  There are some things that CG just can’t recreate.  A pity that we’ll never get to see how the story of Spawn never ended in this animated series.

Anyway, to the star of this random tangent.  See, I couldn’t make a whole post dedicated to this topic.  There just isn’t that much to say.  I can’t find an embed link anywhere, so you’re just going to have to watch it at this link.  It’s a story about a man who says that he found fossils from the Noah’s Ark flood.  How does he know this?  Well, a “self-proclaimed fossil expert” says so!  It’s too dumb to be real, but it is.  A real person in the real world actually believes that he found fossils that are dated at the time of Noah’s flood.  When I watched the news piece in the link, I nearly died.  I couldn’t breathe.  My stomach hurts.  It was too fucking funny.  How on Earth did a news outlet take this seriously?!  Hell, they have a disclaimer in the article saying that they are in no way experts.  Are you kidding me?!  You pretty much admit that you have no idea if this is right or not.  Did you just print this to have a laugh?

This is like that news story on Drunken Peasants where you have a man who is nearly naked being interviewed by a female reporter.  They just wanted to give a crazy person a platform.  But they say that it is something that we might not believe.  No shit, Sherlock!  It’s a person who says that he found fossils of Noah’s Ark!  What sane, rational person believes that?!  There’s no proof of Noah’s flood outside of the Bib-le.  None.  Absolute zero.  But this sad, pathetic individjual (situation) thinks that he found fossils from it.  And he got some other loony tune to confirm this.

Honestly, there’s nothing more I can say about this.  Random as this is, hopefully you all can join me in a laugh.  I think I’ll let the Joker play this one out.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s a funny world we live in.”  – Joker, The Dark Knight

Peace out,

Maverick

RAB: Obsessive Internet Culture

*Note: this post is going to contain some extreme spoilers about the end of season 5 of Game of Thrones.  If you do not want to hear it, please stop reading now*

A new trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones dropped (linked here).  I was going to do a First Take post, but then I came across something on my Facebook feed the other day.  It was a post on some geeky page that I follow, where a person decided to post something that basically spoils the fuck out of the biggest question that has been getting on fans of this series nerves since the end of the last season.  I’ll give you five guess as to what.  It was right in the headline!  No click-bait bullshit to compel me.  That I could stay away from.  It was right in the friggin’ title!  So I knew what the post was trying to say the moment it appeared.  It was so frustrating!

I mean, it’s not like I didn’t figure this would happen.  I knew that after Jon Snow was stabbed to shit in the last season that he wouldn’t die.  There’s kind of a reason that you know a character isn’t dead until it’s official.  Plus, were you all watching the scene where Snow and the Night’s King were staring each other down?  That might as well have had a big neon sign saying, “This character is important!”  You had the Night’s King looking at Jon like he found his newest playmate.  Of course I knew that he wouldn’t be dead.  But when you have a post on a site where some obsessive person who has no ability to get outside goes through the trailer with a fine-toothed comb and spoils the answer, then it takes away all the build-up.  It would have been one of those things where viewers would be waiting on baited breath to see what happens to one of their favorite characters.  At least he’s one of mine.  I don’t know about the rest of you.  His character has gotten better and better as the years go by.  It’s pretty awesome.

Which makes me think about how obsessive Internet culture is.  Part of the huge ocean of YouTube stank is videos where people obsessively talk about and deconstruct stuff.  Makes one wonder if sunlight is a thing that people on the Internet know about.  Maybe it’s like the Yeti.  They’ve heard about it, but until they see it, it doesn’t exist.  It really is amazing.  How do people have so much time?  It’s like everyone is now so obsessed with the stuff they love that they have to make sure the every person out there knows how much they obsess over it all the time.

Granted, sometimes it is funny.  I’ll admit that I watch some channels for the express purpose of seeing them dissect stuff.  Until my new job starts, I have to have something to occupy my time.  But these people take it to the extreme!  There’s a fine line between the pretentious overanalyzing that I do and making it abundantly clear that the idea of you touching a sexual organ is an life-long ambition.

Don’t really have anything more to say about that.  It’s just really annoying.  Yeah, this was a random assortment of bullshit, wasn’t it?

Until next time, a quote,

“And now, here’s something you’ll really like!”  -Rocky, Rocky and Bullwinkle

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Game of Thrones Season 5 Predictions

Game of Thrones Season 5A little late to the party, I know.  I’ve been keeping up with the current season of Game of Thrones.  This season is the best one yet.  Everything that is happening tells me that this is going to be the most explosive season, and have the most crazy twists.  I am going to warn all of you – the predictions I am about to make are based on what I have already seen of this season.  So yeah, spoilers ahoy!  Let’s get talking about the latest season to come.  What do I think will happen?  Let’s start the speculation.

10. Arya is going to leave the House of Black and White
Currently, Arya is at the House of Black and White.  She wants to learn the ways of the Faceless Men, to help her get her revenge.  However, that doesn’t jive with her goals.  When she chose to hide Needle, instead of getting rid of it, that seemed like a prelude of the events to come.  I don’t know what will get here there, but eventually, she will have gotten all she wants from the Faceless Men, and she will leave.  I suspect that will be an ugly departure. I wonder what would make her go…

9. Jamie Lannister is going to die
Jamie has left to go get Marcella back from Dorne.  However, I think this is going to be a one-way trip.  He has gone to Dorne, alone.  With the Sand Snakes mobilizing their forces, and him only having Bronn for protection, part of me thinks that Cersei agreed to his mission as a way to punish him for letting Tyrion go.  A suicide mission, as it were.  Either way, whether it be Jamie or Bronn, one or both of them is going to die.

8. Jon Snow will convince the free-folk to fight for Stannis
Jon Snow is now the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.  He turned down Stannis’ offer to give him his name, Stark.  That was a pretty powerful moment.  You could tell how much it was weighing on him.  Still, he turned him down.  Davos, however, basically told him that he needs to get off his ass and do something.  He kills Janos Slynt, and gave his worst enemy command of the Rangers.  His rule over the Night’s Watch is stable.  But, the fact is that Winter is Coming. In fact, it’s almost there.  When it arrives, it won’t be alone.  An army of the living dead, countless in number, is coming.  How will the Night’s Watch defend against that?  He is going to go to where the free-folk have holed up and convince them to fight for Stannis.

7. The Hound isn’t dead
There is a simple rule when watching Game of Thrones – if you didn’t see them die, then they aren’t dead.  You see that the Hound is injured beyond the pale, but he is still alive when Arya leaves him.  To me, that says one thing – he is going to come back.  To be honest, I like that.  The Hound showed a very human side to him, when he confronted Brienne.  He finally leveled with the fact that he was going to have to take care of Arya, and he made peace with it.  In that last scene, he found his humanity again.  He truly was a good man, who worked for horrible people.  If he is alive, then there is a lot of potential for neat things.

6. Tommen is killed by the High Sparrow
The High Sparrow is an awesome new character.  The Faith Militant has been reformed, and they are now starting to go after the sins they see in King’s Landing.  The next episode has hints that they are going to be going after Loras.  So yeah, that’s probably the end of him.  They kill him, then Margery is going to get Tommen to go after the Sparrows.  A sectarian conflict is brewing in King’s Landing, and all because Cersei doesn’t like Margery.  This move of hers is not smart, and I think that, by the end of the season, it will end with Tommen getting killed.  At the beginning of the season, you hear that all of Cersei’s children will have gold crowns, and gold shrouds.  Foreshadowing, much?

5. Reek reclaims his identity as Theon Greyjoy
Something neat has happened – Sansa has returned to Winterfell.  The Boltons now control the city, and have stewardship over the North.  The evil fuck Ramsay is living there, with his little slave, Reek.  Reek has been remembering things, since he returned to Winterfell.  Indeed, he hasn’t been able to look Sansa in the face, doing everything he can to avoid her.  I get the feeling that he will reclaim his memory, and that will tie in to something on the top of the list.

4. Jorah gets killed
As we saw in the last episode, Jorah has kidnapped Tyrion.  He knows that he is heading to Mereen, to try and offer his services to Daenarys.  By kidnapping Tyrion and bringing him to Mereen, he is going to try and curry favor with her.  It’s a daring plan, but I have a feeling that it will backfire.  In the preview for the season, you see a scene with Jorah in the Fighting Pits, engaged in battle.  I think that she is going to throw his act in his face, and then put him in the Pits to watch him die.  It is there where the major battle with the Sons of the Harpy is going to happen, so this can only get more interesting.  For him, however, I think that it will end in death.  A bitter end, to a life devoted to the love of his queen.

3. Tyrion becomes Daenarys’ closest advisor
The Sons of the Harpy are going to make their move in the next episode.  Shit is about to get real.  I get a sneaking suspicion that Daenarys’ council is about to get a lot smaller, and she is going to become a lot more vulnerable.  The sad reality is that she can’t play the game.  She can free slaves, but she can’t keep her rule over one city.  Tyrion is a master of the Game.  In just a few months time, he had his run of King’s Landing, and was even able to lead an army into battle.  This man can teach her, and she will know that.  Accepting his help is going to be with a grudge, in the extreme, but she is no fool.  That whole deal with the wheel that she is going to break, I think that’s her talking to him.  And I get the feeling that drunken and unbelievably-bitter Tyrion is going to school her something fierce.  I can’t wait to see that.

2. Sansa kills the Boltons at her weddng
For the longest time, Sansa has been used as a pawn by various people.  Finally, after years of being used, she is playing the game.  What’s more, she now has been given a piece to play.  In the latest episode, she was told by a servant woman “the North remembers.”  To me, that says one thing – the allies of House Stark will come, when she calls.  I think that she is going to use this to her advantage.  I believe that she is going to get her revenge, at long last, in a brutal massacre.  It might be the plan of Lord Baelish.  It would immediately gain him the North’s respect, and get him the army he is looking for, to ride with him and the Knights of the Vale to King’s Landing, to take the city.  I do know that something is going to go down at the wedding.  Just not sure what.  A violent massacre would be fitting revenge.

1. Stannis gets killed
One of the major highlights of the season is going to be the Battle of Winterfell.  Stannis and his army are going to arrive at the city, with the intent of killing the Boltons and then uniting the bannermen of the Starks.  This is a man who leads from the front.  Daring, but risky.  Especially since Sansa has been followed, as she returns to Winterfell.  Brienne of Tarth wasn’t far behind.  In her mission, to protect the last child of Catlin Stark, she will stay in the shadows and wait.  When she sees Stannis at the gates of Winterfell, I think that she is going to make her move.  At the beginning of the season, she said that she was gunning for Stannis.  When is on the battlefield, I get the feeling that she is going to show up and finally take her revenge, ending his problems, once and for all.  To be honest, that would be pretty fucking awesome.  Watching the look on Melisandre’s face, as her little toy is killed by Renley’s most loyal knight, now that is fitting as fuck.

So, what do you all think is going to happen in the weeks to come?  Let me know down in the comments section.

Until next time, a quote,

“I believe that men of talent have a part to play in the war to come.”  – Lord Varys, Game of Thrones

Peace out,

Maverick