The Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes of Westeros!

So, having re-watched all of Game of Thrones over the past months, I’ve now finished it again (for the fourth time? wow I’m such a dork). And thought it would be fun to do a rundown of Game of Thrones most eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes!

But before we get to our single and unmarried contestants, let’s look at the two couples that have declared their love and more or less seem to be a done deal.

I’m not including the Mother of Dragon / Jon Snow here, because despite boat sex they have alot of issues to work through before I’d say they’re off the market and ready to ride off into the susent (just to start with being aunt/ newphew, him being the “real” heir, her burning his BFF’s family to death, the north’s reaction to him bending the knee, the north not trusting Tagaryens etc. That’s without the fact that their “romance” is the most lackluster and unbelivable one GoT have produced in all it’s 7 seasons.)

So, anyways, GoT established cannon ships:

Missandei + Grey Worm

Sam + Gilley

Whether these couples will live to the end of the series is debatable (my bet is either Grey Worm or Missandei will meet their maker before the end of season 8 BUT that both Sam and Gilly and Little Sam will survive) but I count these characters as done deals and off the market.

Now let’s start with a list of Westeros most eligible bachelors

Jon Snow

Look at that cutie pie! No wonder all the ladies want him. Not only is he handsome, brooding and know “how to do that thing with his tongue” but also the real heir to the Iron Throne. Formerly King in the North and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Slightly obsessed with fighting the Night King and saving the world, but hey, everyone gotta have a hobby.

Jamie Lannister

Formerly of the King’s Guard, this hunky military man with a hand of gold is all about getting the job done and getting back to his BAE.  Once threw a child out a window, been hot and heavy with his sister for the past two or so decades but is newly single and born to one richest and most well-known families of Westeros. Since he’s finally determined to be on the side of good and now some might call him a real catch.

 Ser Jorah Mormont

This knight might be getting a bit old but he still got plenty of fight left him in. Sure, back in the days he sold some slaves, attempted to poison his Queen and just recently recovered from grayscale, but he’s loyal despite constantly being friend-zoned. Very much team!dragon this one.

Gendry (Baratheon)

This charming smith might have been born in the gutter but he’s got some powerful friends these days. Also kind of the heir to the Stormlands (if bastards counted…or someone legitimized him.) Good with a hammer, fantastic abs and those baby blues aren’t half bad either. One hell of a rower.

Euron Greyjoy

Perhaps calling this “King” an eligible bachelor is a bit of stretch but he sure is looking for a lady love. Somewhat crazy with a real passion for killing and maiming and one heck of a fleet (mysteriously built by people living on Islands free of trees) makes him a real catch for the right type of lady.

Tyrion Lannister

This smirking slightly vertically challenged rebel (who until this last year was one of the best military and political minds around) has a real knack for surviving even against impossible odds. Likes his wine but knows things so that makes it okay. Saved all of King’s Landing by blowing the bay up with Wildfire and strangled his ex and killed his dad but other than that he’s pretty much kept his nose clean. On team!dragon… right?

Bronn

Knighted, is owed a castle (or is it two?) by the Lannisters (and they always pay their debts, right?) and one heck of a fighter, A true friend to the highest bidder, saving you from Dragonfire and other dangers only found in Westeros, Bronn could possibly make some lady really (un)happy given the chance.

Tormund

This Wilding is a real man’s man. With his rugged red beard and rumbling accent, he’s sure to turn heads at parties. Not very interested in politics, but do enjoy killing people. May or may not have shagged a bear.

Podrick

Loyal, sweet and in possession of a magic cock. In training to become a knight. Almost adorable enough to rival a puppy. What more could a girl want?

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*Note: Theon not make the list, on the account of him lacking certain bits. And because he’s going to be too busy rescuing his sister and getting revenge on Euron to shack up with anyone. The Hound also didn’t make it on here too because I don’t think he’s really on the market.

Now on to the ladies

Sansa Stark

This tall redhead is the current Lady of Winterfell, preparing it and the North for the wars to come. Has had a bit of a rough go at it, spending most of her life surrounded by her enemies being betrothed and married off with more frequency than anyone else. Fed her ex-husband to his dogs and arranged a sham trial (and sentenced to death) her somewhat pedophilic super shady mentor but generally prefers lemon cakes and sewing to violence.

Brienne of Tarth

She might be able to kill you and have no interest in being called Lady, but if you’re looking for someone with a heart of gold and more honor than anyone – look no further than this built lady.

 Daenerys Targaryen

(First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons)

A silver-haired beauty (with too many names) has two terrifying (and beautiful?) dragons that she occasionally uses to burn people. Dreams of creating a better world once she’s taken the Iron Throne but has so far been a little iffy on her execution of both maintaining law and order in the places she’s conquered and waging war. Really hot. Impervious to fire. Good at making rousing speeches.

Arya Stark

So far has been very focused on killing the people on her list, but with her growing up, might she find time for some love? One never knows. As a member of House Stark and a formidable fighter, this little (possibly slightly sociopathic) firecracker might just be some guy’s dream!

Cersei Lannister

Last but not least, the current Queen of Westeros. A fan of blowing things up with Wildfire, fucking her relatives and making clever plans that tend to backfire on her. Pregnant with her brother’s fourth child and seems to favor the color black rather than the Lannister reds these days. Selfish and power hungry but did really love her children (before she got them all killed.)

* Note: I have no included the Red Woman in this nor Yara. The Red Woman because she’s actually old and kind of weird and scary and Yara because she’s more focused on taking back the Iron Island than shacking up with anyone.

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Who’s your favorite? Who marries who? (Does anyone marry anyone?) Who lives? Who dies? Did I forget any “eligible” characters? Who do you ship? Is there even a point in shipping anyone on GoT?

The Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes of Westeros!

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My Timeless Season 2 Finale Wish List

So, I told myself I was going to post something about my book coming out a few weeks back. I really did not mean to post two Timeless posts back to back. Because this is not a blog about Timeless or even TV-shows, it’s about books…and writing tips…well, it’s supposed to be anyways.

But with only one week to go until Timeless is over for this year (because I refuse to accept the possibility of Timeless being canceled!) I had to write and post this little “wish list” for my hopes and dreams and expectations of Timeless’ season 2’s finale!

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Things I want in 2×09 + 2×10! 

Obviously SPOILERS for 2×08 – The Day Reagan Was Shot

Also this promo

With no further ado, here is a list of questions I want answered, characters I want more of and all around stuff that I think would be awesome to see in season 2’s finale (and/or season 3).

1. Jessica explained

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So even before the OMG WHAT? ending of 2×08, I think most of us were kind of freaked about Jessica and wondering WTF she was doing and how she was alive along with a number of other things.

Is she Rittenhouse? (At this point most signs point to Yes, right?)

How is she alive? How did Rittenhouse manage it? Did they time travel back and pick her up and save her that way (and maybe she was always alive and that’s why Wyatt going back to save her didn’t work)?

Or did they go back and recruit her long before that night she was meant to die?

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Most important – why did they save her? I doubt it was to make Wyatt feel less guilty…

Was it Carol Preston’s last attempt to get Lucy to join Rittenhouse/ come back to her? How did they even know Lucy/Wyatt was a thing (maybe it was as obvious to them as to the rest of us)?

Was it just to mess up the team dynamic?

Did they hope to change things so Wyatt never was on the time team (he only remembered Jessica being dead because they were in Hollywood when Rittenhouse ‘went back’ and saved her – if they had been in present – the time team’s memory would have just changed too, right?) and if Jessica hadn’t died, Wyatt’s life might have looked very different (even if it does seem like he ended up on the Time Team anyways.)

Clearly, something shady is going on with her and the mysterious alive brother – which parallels the two brothers on tonight’s episode – and the “pregnancy” which feels very much like a way to distract the hell out of Wyatt and stop him from asking questions. (Fangirlish awesome review of the ep. points out the different possible pregnancy scenarios.) Frankly out of the ladies in the Bunker isn’t Lucy the most likely to be the one with a “bun in the oven” after that spontaneous night in 1941? (I mean I hope not, due to large amounts of vodka she’s consumed since, but would still make more sense than Jessica.)

On to the next question is, if she’s Rittenhouse, even as a ‘sleeper’ then why hasn’t she DONE anything (other than make all Lyatt fans hate her)?

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Rittenhouse wants Lucy dead (and the rest of the gang too) and they want the time machine, either for themselves or destroyed. Why not just blow the bunker to hell as soon as Jessica called in and told them where she was (and don’t pretend Rittenhouse wouldn’t kill one of their ‘own’). Or does she not know where the bunker is? She seems to have access to the internet so getting a message to RH wouldn’t be that hard, would it?

So what if she not Rittenhouse? Or is she part of some sub-group of Rittenhouse with a different plan than the Carol/Emma/Nicholas fraction? Something else entirely?

I really hope we get answers to most of these questions and then I figure Jessica will die (or maybe they could stand her in the past.) She’s just not interesting enough and once Wyatt realizes he loves Lucy and Jessica is revealed as Rittenhouse I’m not sure she has a future.

2. The Journal Explained

We got a hint of this at the end – five years from now (or so) – Lucy will go back in time to give Flynn the journal. For some reason. I mean obvs, he needs it since it’s the catalyst for everything.

One of my theories is that the journal is from a totally different timeline entirely – like maybe one where Lucy is actually part of Rittenhouse?

And in that alternate reality, things played out very differently? Because clearly, Lucy knew who killed Flynn’s family when writing (will know when she writes it? time travel. confusing.) the journal and who a lot of people in RH were (and that for example, her mother was Rittenhouse) but she didn’t put those things in the journal. Why would she not put those bits of crucial information in the journal?

Maybe she would join/ be recruited into RH not knowing what it was really about? Maybe she was approached by her bio dad after her mother died in the original timeline? Then much later figured out their plans?

Maybe there are different ‘fractions’ of Rittenhouse? How else could Ethan Cahill have gathered all that info that they used to take down RH but a large chunk of the organization survived? Why else would Lucy’s mom say everyone was ‘so proud’ of her. Maybe they used her to take down another fraction of their organization, leaving only their (more zealous) group?

So maybe the journal is from a totally different timeline we’ve already completely diverged from? Or is it all a loop? Will the series end (in five years :D) with Lucy going back to give Flynn the journal that starts everything?

I don’t think we’ll touch much more on the journal in this season, but I really would love to know more about it and where it is RIGHT NOW! What happened to it? Lucy had it when her mom kidnapped her, right? Does Rittenhouse have it now? And if so, is that why Lucy didn’t put everything in it? Did she know it would end up in enemy hands? Did something in the journal make them bring back Jessica? Because she wrote Wyatt was obsessed with her death? Did she write stuff in there to throw RH off? Hey, that’s actually a fun theory!

3. Lyatt

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So if we don’t get some of the Lyatt angst resolved in the finale I’m going be seriously pissed. Most important of all I’d really like to see Wyatt pick Lucy before Jessica is revealed to be Rittenhouse.

With the whole pregnancy thing, I’m not sure we’ll be getting that.

But so far the writers have not led us wrong, so I’m hoping they’ll do this part right too. Okay, there was the bathroom joke. And Wyatt acting kind of like an idiot after seeing Lucy with Flynn… and the bringing Jessica to the Bunker bit might have been better handled a little differently. Okay, so there is some stuff but I’m hopeful things will turn out okay.

I did hear that season 2 was planned with a season 3 in mind and so we won’t be getting a lyatt reunion, but I’m hoping that’s bull. We have something that looks like it could be a Lyatt kiss about to happen in the season finale promo so I’m thinking we’ll at least get a little bit of it. Everything might not have been worked out, but I’m hopeful. Last years finale managed to get a whole lot of stuff packed into it and it was only one ep!

To be honest, though, I would be fine with a somewhat ambiguous ending for Lyatt this season as long as I knew we were absolutely 100% getting season 3. Because a lot of stuff have gone down between them and now we got a (pregnant?) Jessica thrown in the mix. That’s a lot to sort through in just two episodes.

Thought I would love Wyatt saying something along the line of this…

 

(possibly when talking to Carol. See nr. 8.)

 

4. More Flynn (and Emma)

I really enjoyed the Flynn/ Rufus team up last week. Even if pretty much Flynn with anyone is a really fun dynamic, Flynn and Rufus are just super-duper amazing together and I want more of it. In fact, I’m thinking “Flynn and Rufus” could be the next Mulder and Scully! The Amazing Time Traveling Dicks!

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Flynn it up!

 

Also while we’re at it: more Flynn / Emma would be fantastic. I always found Emma kind of interesting, even when she was a bad guy without much backstory, but with the few scenes we got with her in 2×07 I now absolutely need more of her. Especially her and Flynn arguing and giving each other looks. But all around I’d like more of Emma. Like just her dealing with Nicholas and being bad ass for Rittenhouse all while wearing her smirky face!

5. Destiny /Fate/Visions/Free Will /Choices /Changing the Future (Rufus Not Dying)

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This is something the show has been teasing since season 1 – what is meant to be? What’s destiny? Is Lucy’s sister supposed to live and Jessica supposed to die? Can Jiya see the future? Is the future set in stone? Did Lucy have that drink because she wanted to or because she was meant to? Was JFK always meant to be assassinated?

I know we can’t get any real true answers to any of this, but they’ve been talking a lot about destiny and Jiya’s visions and choices and stuff this season, especially focusing on Riya.

And while it’s all very fascinating and I’d love more talk about it (like could we have a whole episode in the bunker where the whole gang just sits around talking time travel problems and choices and butterfly effects and the grandfather paradox?) There is one very important thing about the whole destiny thing and Jiya’s visions, that needs to be proven wrong.

It’s a pretty obvious one.

Rufus needs to not die.

Unless they’re going to use him dying to somehow propel them into trying to go back to their own timeline and create lots of interesting time travel loop/ paradoxes/ wonky stuff. Which leads to him not dying. That’s the only way I would be okay with him dying – if it was for time travel awesome mindblowing stuff to happen. And he came back (never really died?)

6. Something Actually Having Changed BIG Time When They Get Back From The Past

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So far, even big things, like the Hindenburg not crashing and a rocket not going off (saving thousands of people) in Europe during WW2 seems to have changed surprisingly few things. I mean sure, for Lucy personally, the loss of her sister and return of her mother changed things. Jessica coming back changed Bunker life. But mostly, things have stayed the same in the world.

I think having something HUGE change would be really interesting. Perhaps after a mission that doesn’t seem that important. Just because there is such great stuff that could happen. Lots of alternate reality possibilities to explore. Rittenhouse sleepers don’t always need to be the focus…

There are some hints of something going down differently with the civil war in the latest promo and having the time team fail and come back to a totally different world would be really refreshing.

In fact, I’d love for this season to end with them coming back and thinking they’ve maybe fixed things, only to have the TV show then some huge war or like the Hunger Game only real (okay a long shot, but something else horrible). Returning to a very Rittenhouse-ish world, maybe not quite a Handmaid’s Tale, but something serious wack would be one heck of an ending.

And it would be a great jumping off point for season 3. Then next year it would be about actually changing the world back to normal again rather than just stopping Rittenhouse, which I think would be awesome and force the team to ask a lot of questions and interpret actions and reaction and how thing ‘reverberate’ through time/butterfly effect stuff.

7. What Happened During the Missing Six Weeks

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So just what happened to Lucy during the six weeks she with Rittenhouse was never actually explained much. Wyatt tried asking her about it and in episode 2+3 there were some small references to it, but since Jessica came back Lyatt heart-to-hearts have been focused on other stuff. Which I’m cool with and everything…

But seriously, Lucy has been through a lot. So even if she was just locked up in a room and had Rittenhouse propaganda thrown at her for a month and a half – that is still something she needs to actually deal with, talk about. Maybe she did talk to Flynn about if off screen 2×05? Or maybe that’s why she’s sleeping with a bottle of Vodka under her bed (is she still doing that five years from now when she writes the journal? That’s a terrifying idea.) Some mention of it could have been made in last weeks episode (I don’t think there was but correct me if I was wrong) with Alice in jail and Lucy maybe mentioning a little offhanded how she knows how it feels? Too late now though.

I’d just like a little bit more of this, maybe a little hint to what actually went down, the next time Lucy meets back up with her mother.

8. Carol / Wyatt Meeting Again

This is something I’d just love to see. Wyatt did spare her/ couldn’t shoot Carol, and it would be interesting to see if this makes her possibly do the same for him. Or at least maybe treat him a bit nicer if Wyatt ended up somehow captured by RH. Or they could have a chat if they captured her. I’m not picky.

Maybe she’d even listen to him about how much she’s messed Lucy up and that might help turn Carol around to their side…which sort of brings me to this next one.

9. For Lucy To Get Amy Back and Carol (To Have) Die(d) of Cancer

This is a bit of a wishful thinking thing, but I’d love to see Lucy actually have something good happen to her. Maybe it’s more of a show ending / fanfic thing than a wish for seaosn 2, but I really would like Lucy’s sister coming back and Carol having died from cancer to happen.

I think the cancer thing would be a pretty “good” way for her to go. Partly because it would be heartbreaking for Lucy to have to kill her mom. And if someone else on the team killing her did that would mess with her relationship with them. We already know  Wyatt can’t/won’t do it, but Flynn or Agent Christopher shooting her would still be hard for Lucy. And at this point, I just want thing not to be so DAMMED HARD for her. It’s like come on! Give the poor woman a break for F’s sake.

I mean sure, there is Rittenhouse killing Carol. But that would be really sucky of them (unless she totally betrays them and decides to be on the Time Team’s side, which we’ll see about) and even then it would be a bit sloppy storytelling. Which is not Timeless

But if Carol does change her mind and teams up with Lucy and co, I think a good ending would be Carol agreeing to help Lucy get Amy back even knowing she will die in the process. That would really be the best for Carol to really make a menz. In fact it’s the only way for her to even sort of make up for doing this to Lucy.

 

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This breaks my heart every time…

 

6 Reasons (Besides The Obvious Ones) Why Timeless Is Awesome

So for those of you who don’t know (and quite possibly) have been living under a rock, Timeless is this super cool time travel show that got un-canceled because the fans loves it so much!

Me included!

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Besides the great premise which is both fun and somewhat educational, we got interesting characters (both in the “good” and “bad” guy camps) and enough of a mystery with first Flynn and then Rittenhouse to keep the suspense up. Plus every week a new set of era-appropriate costumes!

While those bits are all great, part of why I love this show is all the small details that just make you either laugh, go ‘awww’ or ‘hum, I wonder how that might affect the timeline’.  There is also the whole time travel bit that I’m still not hundred 100% about how it works, but that makes me want to watch more to understand things better.

Awesome thing 1 – Their “Fake” Identities 

From Lucy’s “This is Doctor Dre and I’m Nurse Jackie, we’re from General Hospital” to “Juliet Shakes-man” to “I’m Dr. Quin and I’m a medicine woman” or even her using their normal names and being all “You never heard of Wyatt and Lucy?” when talking to Bonnie & Clyde, whenever Lucy is picking their names it’s sure to be something that makes you crack up a little (at least I do).

The rest of the gang have clearly picked up on this too, Wyatt’s fake FIB badge names him as Agent Mulder and one of Rufus’s driver’s licences says Wesley Snipes and he calls himself Denzel Washington and Kanye (which elicits the hilarious response ‘whoever heard of a name like Kanye, sounds made up to me‘).

These are just some extra little fun touches but they add so much. It’s a ‘hey, this is serious but we’re still normal people’ vibe to the show. And let’s be honest, it would be really easy to just use TV and movie characters (and actor names) when pretending to be someone else in the past. It’s fun, easy to remember and takes the edge off the seriousness of the situation a little.

The “Ma’am” Thing

So Wyatt and Lucy’s first meeting goes something like

Lucy: Are you asleep?

Wyatt: No, ma’am.

Lucy: Oh, okay…Do you know why we’re here?

Wyatt: No idea, ma’am.

Lucy: You know, we’re pretty much the same age, you can just stop calling me ma’am.

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So yeah, I think this was pretty much when the shipping for these two began (for me at least). But it could have been in the Lifeboat (the name of the time machine) when he once again calls her “Ma’am” and she tells him not to.

Then we have him calling her ‘ma’am’ after helping her by talking about finding a reason to fight and after she thanks him he says “Sure thing, ma’am” and they’re looking at each other all adorably. Now the ma’am has gone from something he did to annoy her to something else.

The next ma’am moment is when he tells her he’s stealing the lifeboat and going to get his wife back. Which is an all-around heartbreaking scene, made even more so by the conversation Lucy has with Jiya about it later (“Wyatt told me.”), but anyways. He calls her ma’am and by this point it just makes you go ‘aaahww so cute’. At least I did.

So with Wyatt stealing the time machine and all he gets shipped off to a black site and Lucy and Rufus get stuck with another soldier. A buddy of Wyatt’s actually. Only when Fake!Wyatt goes all ‘ma’am’ on Lucy, she’s like “Lucy is fine” and you can just see it’s totally making her think about Wyatt.

Last one his the funniest one, when yet another soldier) – this one, one of the bad guys – calls her ma’am, she’s all “Don’t you ma’am me!”efbfecc9b968dea4adca4fc5f15282a4

Okay, I’m not sure if I explained that but just go watch the show and listen for the ma’ams and you’ll see how the ma’am thing is just a nice little touch that adds a lot.

The Gang Feels

So starting out neither Lucy, Rufus or Wyatt know each other. We already got the (sort of) meet-cute between Wyatt / Lucy and the time travel reveal (Rufus already knew about it since he’s working on the project.)

The gang goes on their very first mission and by the end of it they’ve been arrested, escaped from prison, stopped a bomb from going off and grounded an airship by pretending to be terrorists, watched a woman die in front of them. Pretty intense first few hours of knowing each other. And by the end of it (and through the following episodes), they kind of bond.

Trouble is Lucy has some secret conversations with the bad guy and Rufus is recording them for the other bad guys. Which is really sucky for Wyatt who is all “I don’t trust either one of you”. But it makes them saving, helping and re-learning to trust each other even more awesome.

The banter about stealing cars and who is better at hotwiring them is fun. Chocodiles. Lucy being kidnapped and the guys going to save her (and ending up needing to be saved by her) is so sweet. Wyatt asking Rufus to go with him to save his wife in the past, him telling Lucy because he trusts her and just the all-around team feels throughout.

29e59a734f535590663a043a4dd06cfd.jpgPoint is, the team is great especially when they’re saving each other or just completing the mission or do something funny or awkward or future-related together. They’re like the Scooby Gang (only grown up and with time travel instead of vampires) or at least giving me similar feels. Which is great because Buffy was the first TV-show I fell in love with.

Lyatt (Lucy / Wyatt)

If you read my post about my favorite love stories, you know I’m a big fan of action/ adventure with a romantic sub-plot. Timeless has that in both Lucy / Wyatt and Rufus / Jiya, even though my shipper heart beats extra strong for Lyatt because of the potential for angst with them. You know with the whole he has a dead wife that could possibly come back (because of drama, probably right when Lucy / Wyatt get together) to life/ never have died.

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Things to come…

Also, I like that there hasn’t been a huge focus on the possible Lyatt romance, instead letting season 1 kind of lay the groundwork for things to come. Sure, we did get that  Bonnie & Clyde ep where they were pretending to be a couple which was kind of fun (and awkward). But what really makes me ship these are the small things like Wyatt helping Lucy with her seatbelt in the Lifeboat, how they just look at each other and help each other deal with the trauma of being time travelers (and other stuff). I love organic relationships a lot more than the ‘omg we met two minutes ago, let’s get married’ ones and I feel like Lucy and Wyatt got something that’s grown pretty naturally.

Number 5 &6 on the awesome list are Amy + Changed Timeline (Need More Of It)

So Lucy’s sister Amy going missing (or well being erased from history) and Lucy trying to get her back is just a really cool touch. Plus even though we didn’t get to see much of them together, I really liked what we got from the sisters, it was sweet and nice.

And while I really hope Lucy gets her sister back I love that they did change things big time for Lucy in the Pilot and kind of wished more things they did in the past would alter the future/ present somehow during the season. Like them actually coming back to a different world because the screwed up somehow. I get that there was so much going on in season 1, they didn’t have time for that, but part of why time travel timeless season 2is so interesting is the possible ways the world could change. Is it a butterfly effect (one small thing become a huge one) or more of a fate one (smaller changes will correct themselves) and even though the show has touched on fate/destiny / free will, I’d love to get more of it.

In fact, I want a lot more time machine stuff and questions answered in general.

Like, it would be good to know just how it would work if one of the team members accidentally erased themselves in a Grandfather paradox kind of way. Like how Flynn suggested Lucy might not exist after he took out Rittenhouse. Would they come back and just not have ever existed and kind of slowly begin to fade (Back to the Future style), leaving the rest of the gang to try to go back to fix things? Get arrested because no one remembers them going in the time machine?

Or are the protected in the lifeboat? Amy’s picture stayed safe in there and then remained afterward (could have disappeared once they got back to the present/ out of the Lifeboat) as did Lucy’s memories of her.

Does that mean the time machine exists outside of space-time? Agent Christopher wanting to keep her USB stick of her family in there seems to imply that is how it is. Do Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus exist outside of time too now? Does Jiya with her weird flashback?

Then if Flynn managed to destroy Rittenhouse and they went to a future without Rittenhouse (who paid for the building of the machine) would the Lifeboat remain because once built, it is outside of the time-space stream? Or would the machine blink out from existence since it wouldn’t exist in the new present?

And, a question I’ve been wondering about since day one…

How does the time machine teleport?

HOW?

Is it a Tardis? If so, where is the Doctor?

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Once Upon a Time + Lucifer and not much else

So usually in the fall sometime I tend to write up a little collection of reviews of all the shows I’ve just started watching and some of the oldie good ones I’m coming back too.

This year there really haven’t been many new shows I’ve been interested in. I’ve half halfheartedly started watching The Good Doctor which is interesting but I’m not super duper hooked. I have some hopes for Fox’s Ghosted but haven’t gotten around to checking the first few episodes out – but it looks pretty funny, right?

There are a few other new shows I’m mildly interested in, but so far I’m not super excited about any of them. Maybe 2017 is a bad TV year for me or perhaps I’m growing up and getting too busy to nerding out (naaww, you never get too old for nerding).

Also I’m not sure if if the “new” Once Upon a Time should be considered a new show or an old one. All but four characters/ three actors are gone, totally new setting, and while the premises is the same as season 1 of OUAT it’s also different somehow.  After three episodes I’m kind of liking it enough to keep watching even though I was kind of prepared to not like it at all. I think a lot of why I like it is because in episode 2 (SPOILER) we did learn that Emma/RealHook along with all our other favorites in Storybrooke are living happily ever after. So that whole story haven’t been erased and re-set, which I knew wasn’t going to happen but I was still worried. And hopefully we’ll have Captain Swan’s kid meet Lucy (who thanks to the weirdness of the OUAT timeline will be about the same age as her). Can’t say that’s not a big part why I kind of want to keep watching!

So the gang in Seattle we got Regina who deserves a happy ending, AlterHook who is looking for his daughter and Henry just trying to figure out his place in the world/ hook up with Cinderella (the new version) from the Storybrook cast. These three I understand why no one is missing (especially since we learned that they teamed up to go look for Ella in ep. 2).

But what about Rumple? Didn’t he and Belle get their evil kid returned to baby shape and were off to live happily ever after?

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Did this new curse make Belle and everyone else forget about Rumple in Storybrooke? Or is CopRumple a dubble of Rumple just like Hook? I’m thinking/hoping we’re going to get the answers before soon.

Also Fiona from Burn Notice is the bad guy! (gal)! I loved Burn Notice and it’s so fun too see a familiar face. OUAT have a pretty decent record of making their villans have decent motives and backstory and redeeming them (occasionally) and I hope we get something more Regina like from Lady Tremaine(?spelling?). I mean dead kid is a pretty good excuse to go a little evil, right? Almost better than dead stable boy BF!

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I do feel motives are a bit fussy, which might just be me, but normally I know what’s going on with everyone. We got Hook/ Henry / Regina plotting against Evil!Fiona because…because? I get they each had some little motive but I’m not sure. Same with Rumple – is he on GoodTeam or BadTeam (or TeamRumple as always) – does her remember?

I Regina totally awesome as a bartender?

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The answer is so totally and completely YES! And the scene with her and Henry meeting and the whole ‘imagine if I walked in here and told you I was your kid’! Totally awesomesoup!

Anyways, OUAT without Emma and the Charmings feels a little weird but at the same time their stories are over. This season is something totally new, which I’m just going to attempt to enjoy. But I will admit part of why I’m watching is just because of the familiar faces and the hope of re-visiting Storybrooke to see how everyone’s happy endings turned out!

Now on to another favorite of mine – I was going to say old time favorite because it feels like I’ve been fan girling over Lucifer for years and years but this is only the shows third season 😛

Not much to say on Lucifer other than Clark Kent has joined the police department. He’s also gotten kind of old…which is weird. I hope we get more Maze – she was gone the first few eps and I was worried she was leaving the show – but it seems like she’s back now! Also more of the cute kid! Love her!

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Other than that, I really like that Lucifer was going to tell Chloe he was the Devil and show her his evil face and everything and I think that would have been really interesting and taken the show in a more magical direction, but I also get why they didn’t do that.

Arrow I didn’t watch last season (and barely the season before that) but I did check out this season premier and it seems maybe worth giving it anther go. I’m also way behind on Flash, which I keep intending to watch I just get so like confused and annoyed when I do with all the timeline shifts. Blindspot I kind of watched even though it was only really good for the first 10-15 episodes and the ending last season was really weird so I’m going to have to tune in for season 3.

Another show which started airing last year (I think) is The Good Place with Kristen Bell. That one had such an awesome season 1 and killer twist that I just don’t know how season 2 can hope to measure up. I checked out the first ep, but felt like with the secret out it wasn’t the same. But if you haven’t watched the first season yet GO DO THAT! It’s so fantastic!

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Did I forget / miss some good shows? New or old? What you think about the new OUAT season? Did The Good Place’s reveal surprise you or not? Do you think Arrow will be worth getting back into this season?

More Game of Thrones – Season 7 Ending Thoughts!

Okay so second GoT post in a row. Still kind of obsessing over it and need to vent a little about the end of season 7 and everything that’s been going down and change some predictions.

I’m still pretty sure about Jon staying alive but with all the talk of Dany not being able to have babies (which means she can) I’m starting to worry Game of Thrones is going to turn into Babies Ever After.  Okay, that probably won’t happen since it is GoT after all, but it does seem like the chances of Dany having a bun in the oven from the boat sex is likely.

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So I feel like I should correct my earlier ‘no-no that’s not going to happen’ thing. I guess something like it is going to happen. In the show. I really hope/ don’t think it will in the books. But what do I know! Anyway, a possibly Jon-Dany pregnancy is going to cause quite a bit of trouble (if there is enough time to have actual thoughts about it. It might end up being a ‘I’m knocked up-oh no- I’m dead‘ situation).

We have a few issues and depending on what order the character get the info it will change how they handle it.

Let’s say Jon and Dany learn about Jon being the ‘true’ (at this point does it even matter whose the throne is by inheritance?) heir to the Iron Throne before Dany learns she’s up the duff.  Her reaction might range from murderous to miffed to Dany suggesting they marry to strengthen both their claims (she thought she’d marry her brother for most of her life so she won’t have a problem with the incest) or Jon might denounce his ‘claim’ and that will be end of it. Or she could be all super hormonal pissed about it. But it seems they’re making Dany more heroic and stuff, so she’ll probably be okay with it.

If Dany tells him she’s pregnant, even before any of that Jon will probably insist they marry because of his whole bastard issue and they’ll probably be happy about it. (Until Jon learns she’s his aunt, but then it will be too late and he’ll be like ‘whatever’ after a minute).

Their marriage, from either baby-issues or Tag Iron Throne claim, might fuck things up even more with the northers for Jon (more bending the knee) or not. They might be all, right, we have a northern as King of all of the seven kingdoms Go Team! They seem pretty fickle, first not following Jon, then following him, then wanting to make Sansa their Queen.

Sansa (and Arya?) will probably not like the Jon/Dany thing, no matter what form it takes. She was all annoyed about him bending the knee, actually putting a ring on it might really piss her off. At this point maybe Arya and Sansa are on the same “team” and along with the rest of the north will be Anti-Dany, which along with the Targaryen revelation might put some distance between them and Jon. They won’t like being expected to ‘kneel’ to the south again, now that they have reclaimed their home and the north and killed off Little Finger. Not sure. With the NK coming and stuff though, they might get with the program and be all “go dragons” though.

Overall though I liked 7×07. It was a lot more enjoyable than episode 6, which made no sense time-wise or motivation-wise. It was just for the Dany saving them/ Jon being stupidly heroic thing + so the WW would get a dragon. 7×06 was my least favorite episode of the WHOLE series. Seriously I’d rather do the Red Wedding again. All of season 7 and some of 6 have been a bit less awesome though, probably because that’s where the source material ends and GRRM haven’t been involved.

Anyways ep. 7 had lots of things happen and it felt like we made some progress. Dany showed off her dragon. Cerci was being her Cerci self – saying one thing and doing another and always having a devious plan. The Starks took down Little Finger, in a rather unsatisfying way, but whatever. Jon got to be honorable which fucked things up. As Always.

 

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Starks and their honor

I got a little bit of a ‘aww cute’ for the Dany/ Jon moment at the dragon pit but I’m still not feeling the pairing. It’s like when you have those two friends you thought would be great together and you set them up and they’re like “okay we’re supposed to like each other, we’re both hot and stuff so let’s sleep together” because people expect it. That’s where I’m at with the Dany/Jon thing right now. For me it’s more of a “we’re both pretty and young and have power so lets hook up” than true love vibe going on.

Despite it being a little convenient I liked how we got Bran and Sam figuring out Jon’s parentage parallel to him and Dany sleeping together. Thumbs up for that. I’m just not really sure what they’re going to do with Jon being the true heir, the Dany relationship or the Great War. Is Dany going to be the “Princess that was Promised” via her and Jons baby and die (along with her dragons) in season 8 while defeating the WW and the “Final Battle” will then be Jon leading her armies to destroy Cerci?

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Is Jon vs. Cerci going to be the last war? Jon + Dany vs. Cerci + Euron?

I still refuse to believe the war with the WWs is the final battle. But maybe it will be. It won’t in the books but in the show it might…still I hope it will be something else and I really would have liked a Jon vs Dany conflict. I feel like that would really fit in with the whole show. Having the story’s two “heroes” got to war against each other for reasons we understand and agree with (on both sides) and us not knowing not quite who to root for.

Not sure, but for now I’m going to (try to) put Game Of Thrones out of my mind since it’s going to be more than a year (some say spring 19) until we get the last season. It’s going to be really interesting to see how D&D will wrap everything up and I really hope it’s at least going to be moderately satisfying.

I do wish they’d throw in a little more politics and shades of gray but with most power-hungry families blown up (or poisoned or set on fire and) Little Finger gone and pretty much everyone but Cerci and Euron on the same team it’s beginning to look like ‘white-ish team’ (Dany & Jon), ‘dark-gray’ (Cerci & Euron) and ‘black’ team (the White Walkers) instead of lots of shades of gray.

Speaking of gray, right now Jamie really is the most interesting of the bunch (he’s always been).  By their relationship to him Brienne, Cerci, Brom and Tyrion are also interesting. Jamie got his past, his present with Cerci and their possible baby as well as what his conscious, honor and heart tells him.  He is also the one character I don’t feel like I got pegged right now. Is he off to join the Starks/ Dany – how will that go? Or what? What’s his plan? What’s his next step? Will he find redemption? Will he return to Cerci? Will he actually fight against her?

He’s the wild card while the rest of the cast… I feel I got pretty well pegged.

Team Dany + Jon are planning to fight the WW. They will be joining up with Team Stark at Winterfell. They’ll fight the walkers and (at some point) win but with lots of casualties.

Maybe Dany and Jon will get married, maybe Jon will denounce his claim to the throne and end things because Dany is his aunt, but then with her probably ending up preggers change his mind? Whatever personal drama, I can’t really invest since I’m pretty sure she will die (she is a tragic hero to me, and doomed to fail) and I don’t feel like Jon knows/ loves her enough for her death to be emotionally devastating. It’s also like on one hand – zombies are coming to kill everyone and then other hand these people just hooked up and might be into each other. I mean you don’t watch Game of Thrones for the romance. So it’s like whatever. I’m more interested in how the Starks / Jon dynamic will be affected by his Dany relationship.

Team Cerci will be all ‘power, power, me want’ and she might go, full Mad Queen, if/when she loses her baby (and hears Jamie is dead). I’m thinking things will end tragically, but Cerci as Queen and actually ruling and commanding armies isn’t as interesting as it was when there was actual political maneuvering. And her costumes suck these days. And why isn’t her hair growing?

Those are our two teams. Jon and Dany will be off defeating the WW. Cerci will be conquering the seven kingdoms. I feel like that’s all rather predictable (but with GoT something totally unexpected could happen, but as of last few seasons it’s been pretty lacking in the OMG I didn’t see that coming department). At least one more dragon + ice dragon will probably die. I’m thinking Dany and Jamie too. After that it will finish off with some sort of big battle between actual human armies. Because the show is called the Game of Thrones not The Wall Comes Down or Team Jon vs Winter.

Whether it ends up being Cerci vs. the Starks/ Tag (which seems more likely than my original Targaryen vs. Targaryen theory), or something else remains to be seen. Maybe Dany will go Mad Queen instead of Cerci. Maybe Jon’s death causes it (even though I still don’t think he’ll die, but it would be interesting if he did). Or Dany will lose another baby but live herself and that will cause some Mad Queen stuff. Maybe we’ll have two pregnant Queens fighting the last battle and it will end up being called the ‘Battle of the Bellies’ like some funny person suggested (that’d be awesome)!

As for the absolute end predictions, I’m still thinking Sansa (possibly Jon) in Winterfell years after the end of the show (once it’s been rebuilt). The Iron Throne either melted to nothing or a bunch of new families struggling to get power. Dany + the dragons dead, but maybe she will get to sit on the throne first. I don’t think Jon will take the Iron Throne, but with how they’re playing things it seems more and more possible. Before I didn’t think Jon on the throne was possible, but now with him legit, I’m upgrading it to a possibly-maybe. Just because this for reals would be awesome!

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My death predictions are quite similar to my previous post. I still think Jon will live. Even if the whole The Lone Wolf Dies Sansa speech (lone-wolf has been Jon/ Arya for most of the show and now Arya is home but Jon is not) but then again he’s not a Stark. But he is, because he said Ned was Theon’s dad no matter what, which clearly applies to him. And him dying might be a trigger for Dany somehow. So not as 100% sure he’ll survive but still pretty sure.

I’m still thinking Dany is the one who will die. Ghost and Sansa will live, Arya and Cerci will die (or Arya will go discover what’s west of Westeros). Tyrion will live (DxD love him too much). Brom too. The thing I really changed my mind about is I now believe Jamie will die for a Stark, completing his redemption arc. Maybe Bran. Or Sansa, since she has a connection with the tower Bran, was pushed out from; it was where she lit a light for help when escaping from Ramsey. (Brienne would remember and maybe they’d use the system again? And if she and Jamie meet up, he’d go with her and they’d save Sansa together and Jamie would die – I’m just not sure from what since there aren’t a whole lot enemies left in Winterfell with LF gone.) I also think Brienne will live which I was a little iffy on in my first post.

As predicted/spoiled Little Finger died in episode 7, in a quite unsatisfying way. I mean all the Starks did was throw some accusations out there and execute him on the spot. Not cool. Balish not having a clue or a trick up his sleeve + him begging for his life felt kind of out of character.

It seems Tormund died at the Wall (maybe?). We didn’t get a hound/ mountain showdown which I thought was going to happen so that was a little disappointing. And it seems Gendry has been put back on a boat – maybe he died as the Wall fell too? We didn’t see him so let’s hope not. Maybe he’s just been hiding on Dany’s boat, chilling out. I really hope so because I want a Arya / Gendry reunion. Not sure what I’d want (I don’t ship them as a couple) from their meet but I do know I want them to reunite. Same for Arya and Sansa both meeting the Hound again.

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I guess we’ll see how it all turns out in 2019!

Game of Thrones – Why Jon Won’t Die and Other Predictions!

So I’ve recently become an obsessive Game of Thrones fan. I mean I usually marathon-ed each season after it was done airing, hating to wait between each ep, but last year I was just like ‘mmm no, I don’t have time and I just get annoyed because there is still so long until the end’ so I skipped it. So instead I watched some of season 5 and all of season 6 right before the start of season 7. And now I can’t stop obsessing over it. It’s really very annoying.

Anyway, on to my whole “Jon Snow Won’t Die” theory. Martin has said the ending will be bittersweet (or as Ramsey put it “if you thought this had a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”). Lots of people think that means Jon will die or the Starks will die or Jon and Dany will hook up and fall in love and then one of them will die and leave the other with their magic perfect Stark/ Targaryen baby to rule the seven kingdoms with Tyrion as his hand.

Um. No. Sorry to break it to you. That’s not going to happen. Nuhu. No. Nope. Not a chance.

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Best ending ever: All the characters die along with the WW. Pod will get the Iron Throne and together with all the whores in Kings Landing repopulate the world. LOL. No. Let’s be serious.

Sure, people will die. They’ll be dropping like flies this season most likely and in season 8 even more people will bite the dust. Before the end Little Finger, Cerci, possibly Arya and most definitively Dany will be gone (along with lots of other minor characters).

But Jon Snow (Targaryen) will not die.

The reasons why: he has already died once, he asked the Red Lady not to bring him back if he died again and finally because we kind of expect it.

A) Having him die once and then die again… I’m not sure if that makes sense. Especially since he died to bring the Free Folk and NW men together. I think Jon is going to somehow broker a peace between the WW and the Seven Kingdoms in season 8, and having him die for the ‘same’ reason (ie bringing two peoples peace) is not good storytelling. I don’t think so anyway.

B) He asked the Red Woman not to bring him back if he died during the Battle of Bastards, meaning he was sort of ready to die. I mean he was in a pretty bad head space at that point but still. I think Jon has always been ready to sacrifice himself, and it’s almost something he wants. I’m not saying he’s suicidal, just that he’s ready and willing to die for the right cause/ the people he loves. So he won’t. Simple Martin/ GoT logic 😛

C) Because we’ve been told the ending is bittersweet, it’s easy to think that means Jon dying for the “cause”  remembered by all as a hero. But I for one don’t buy that. I don’t even buy the whole final battle between the “dead and living” that’s too simple, too predictable. I don’t think it will go down like that at all (more on that in the Season 8 prediction section).

The bittersweet ending will probably be Lord of the Ring-ish, with Frodo never being the same but still alive. GRR Martain has said he was inspired by this when he first started the series, but we’ll see if D&D does something else. But this show has killed off so many characters so we’ve come to expect it almost. So they won’t do that with Jon.

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Cheer up Jon! You might not know anything, but you’ll live!

So, those are my reason to why I think Jon will live. I also think, that in a twist that gives him both what he wants and not, I think he’ll become Lord of Winterfell and possibly end up marrying his half-sister/ cousin Sansa. Even if that’s a bit icky and with the incest parallels with Jamie/Cercsie might not go down.

Still, if Jon is ending up with anyone, Sansa makes a weird sort of sense, even more so in the books. Sure there is the incest-factor or the “we were siblings growing up and are now cousins.” But come on. This is Westeros. Marrying your cousin was totally normal, DanyxJon is happening in season 7 (and nephew/ aunt is about the same as cousin/cousin). Sansa and Jon never spent much time together as kids when they meet at Castle Black they’re pretty much strangers (especially since they hadn’t seen each other in like 5 years).

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Best reunion ever!

So other than the related bit it makes sense. Sansa has been engaged and married to a bunch of total assholes (mostly Joffery and Ramsey, but the Tyrell guy (gay) and Tyrion (a middle-aged Lannister dwarf) weren’t exactly awesome matches either). There is also the Egg and Dunk Ashford tournament theory with the five suitors matching Sansas “suitors” and the last one is a Targaryen…and right now in the show the only male Targaryen around is Jon.

Anyway Sansa has had it pretty rough since day one (Lady, her direwolf was put to death, she was engaged to Joffery the cunt, had to watch her father be beheaded, was tormented at court, married off to Tyrion, had to escape after Joffrey’s death and then she ended up married to Ramsey an even bigger cunt. All while LF has been creeping around her being, well, creepy) and her story focus have always been who she should marry. Since day 1 she’s wanted to marry a prince and have babies. So either she’ll die or marry someone “…brave, gentle and strong…(That boy (Joffery) is no Prince Aemon, you must believe me.”) (book) like her father promised. Jon is a brave, gentle and strong + a Targaryen prince…or well king…both King in the North and the heir to the Iron Throne. He’s exactly what she wants…except she grew up being an ass to him, thinking of him as a bastard (mostly due to her mother hating him) so getting him would fulfill her dreams but in a totally weird way. Very Martin.

Same with Jon. He clearly wants to be a Stark, in the books he dreams of a family of his own, of being Lord of Winterfell and I think that kind of comes through a bit in the show too. He wants to not be a bastard and he wants to marry and have a family. He just gave that up to join the NW because he thought he never could have it. He always put everyone else first, always thinking he’s not really worthy because he is a Bastard. In the show Sansa has already made him feel more like a Stark than anyone (giving him a cloak like their fathers, saying he is a Stark to her etc) And we know he likes red-heads 😛

Them shacking up might make sense politically too, if it became known Jon was a Targaryen. Marrying the Lady of Winterfell would show he is still committed to the north. It might be something like that at first, just like with Cat and Ned, even though there are  some kind of interesting vibes between Jon and Sansa already (“Where will you go?” “Where will we go.” // The cloak / dress scene // Fight + the candle lights + “I won’t ever let him touch you again” // beating the crap out of Ramsey //bedroom conversation + forehead kiss// sitting together at the head of the table when Jon was named king // arguing like an old married couple // the whole “touch my sister and I will kill you myself” and slamming LF against the wall just like Ned back in season 1 for Cat. Of course, all those could just be explained as brotherly love and Jon wanting to protect the only family he has left. IDK).

I’m not sure if I ship them, but they do make sense in a GoT type of way, if they do decide to marry people off in the end. The only other possible match I see for Sansa is Gendry, if he’s legitimized, and to make the whole thing come full circle (with Ned and Rob B “joining” their house together like they wanted back in season 1). I kind of like that idea, because it would add some to the Sansa/Genry/Arya conflict.

But other than Gendry, Jon is the only guy left who makes sense for Sansa. But the show probably won’t go with Jonsa way because of possible backlash with the sibling thing and they’re doing the Jon/Dany thing (or so it seems). But it is still an interesting match. Sophie and Kit have good chemistry even if there is still a bit of incest ick. There are some people shipping it (here) but I expect that with the recent first meet of Dany and Jon there will be plenty of folks shipping the two Targaryens.

For me Dany and Jon… I just don’t see that. I mean, sure they’ll probably rip each other’s clothes off and fuck because…fanservice? but long term Dany and Jon wouldn’t work. She’d get bored, he’d feel weird about her sometimes “let’s kill/burn some people” vibes and he doesn’t want to be king and all she wants is be Queen and sit on the world’s most uncomfortable chair. And they’re both pretty suck-y leaders (Dany more than Jon) so them ruling Westeros together would blow the whole world up or something. But mostly because their stories don’t match.

Sure, they both had their first love die. Kind of because of them. And they’ve both risen to power. They have the whole fire and ice thing (even if Jon is both Ice and Fire, I think it’s fair to say Jon has more of a connection to ice at this point and Dany to fire). But Jon has struggled, building himself up from nothing and never asking for power. He’s looking out for everyone and it got him KILLED. Dany has always been about herself. She takes and been given things because of her name, her dragons and her beauty, not because she is a leader or is working for the good of everyone. People die FOR her, she doesn’t die for THEM.

I mean Dany is hot and seem awesome. Girl power right? But looking closer it’s pretty clear she’s not a very good ruler. She never had any training in how to rule and is very young (but she and Jon are almost the exact same age, both born at the end of the war. Not that Jon is super leader either…but better than her.) She’s selfish, untrustworthy and shortsighted not to mention violent.

She threatened burnt down a city if she wasn’t let in, she broke her promise to trade Drogon for the slave army, crucified all the slavers, put to death a slave that killed a slaver in custody, she wants to “break the wheel” and bring about her new world (which sounds nice and all because Westeros is kind of crappy, but still Adolf Hitler said something pretty danged similar and we all know how that turned out).

She let her dragons burn and eat a man because he was (possibly) in league with her enemies with no trial and killed all the Dothraki Khals and gave a rousing speech about killing people and tearing down the stone houses in Westeros. I’m not saying she has done something worse than any other character, but if she wasn’t a beautiful girl would we love her so much? I mean, what if she was a middle-aged man claiming she had the right to rule the world and stuff? Would she still be as sympathetic? Maybe. Maybe not.

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I mean, she’s a cool character and would/will be an awesome “villain” (GoT doesn’t really have straight up villains but you know what I mean). She started off like a pretty innocent character, we felt sympathy for her as she was “sold” and raped, when she lost her baby and Khal Drogo died. Then things start to get a little iffy. Season 2&3 she was mostly confused, trying to survive in any way she could while slowly getting some power. She isn’t evil-evil like Joffery or Ramsey or anything.  She’s a sort of tragic hero, almost godlike figure, fighting her own hubris as much as the cities she burns/ conquers/frees. She has good intentions. She just sucks at implementing them and actually ruling. And that is possibly more dangerous.

She thinks she’s right and good.

She (and lots of other people) thinks she deserves to rule/ sit on the Iron Throne and that her way is THE way. And she has dragons, which means once she gets tired of the whole taking the Seven Kingdoms without too much bloodshed, she can always just get on a dragon and be Queen of the Ashes. I mean seriously, her family motto is “Blood and Fire”. That’s not very encouraging but at the same time, Dany gets things done. Sometimes that is really freaking useful but still. Martin is not a fan of war and Dany “is a conqueror”, just like Daario (and Tyrion?) said back in season 5/6.

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Warrior Queen if I ever saw one…

So I don’t see a HEA for Dany and I think Jon will get some sort of OK ending so they can’t match them up. Jon’s ending won’t be ideal but I do think he will be Lord of Winterfell, he will know he’s not a Bastard but a prince/ king. But he will turn the Iron Throne down (if there is one at the end of the series), because all he ever wanted was to be part of a happy normal family. To not be a bastard, to be part of something (like the brotherhood that makes up the NW, which failed big time with them killing him and all).

Or he’ll just live while all other Starks die, Winterfell and Kings Landing might be destroyed and he’ll decide to go traveling off to some distant land (Frodo style). Or he’ll be the new Night King or something like that. Maybe that’s what the “prince that was promised” means, maybe they need a new king every few thousand years. Okay, I don’t really believe that but anything is possible in GoT.

Anyway, that’s my cup of tea. Maybe I’m just desperate for Jon not to die because he’s one of my favorite characters but I think the signs do point to him being alive at the end of season 8.

Now on to some other Game of Thrones stuff. Last year apparently some scripts for season 7 were leaked. Since I’ve been obsessing about the show and needing to know what was going to happen…well I kind of couldn’t help myself.

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LEAKED PLOTS FOR SEASON 7 AHEAD!! BE AWARE

I know. I know. Part of the fun is not knowing. But It’s just so hard to wait. So I checked out the leaked scrips/ summaries for season 7. I didn’t really mean to read them all, just the 07×4 one. I only wanted to know when Jon would be reunited with Sansa, Arya and Bran and learn he’s actually a Targaryen. But once I got started I couldn’t stop.

Basically it seems like the season will go something like (from 7×04); Dany getting her burning people freak on (Feild of Fire), Jon deciding he needs to capture a wight and goes north to do so, LF playing mind games with Arya and Sansa but them killing him by the end of the season. While beyond the wall Jon will call upon Dany to come help him and his gang, she will bring her dragons, one of them will die and be turned into an ice dragon. She will be pissed, promise to help Jon stop the WW, he will offer to bend the knee if she promises that and they’ll sleep together. Bran and Sam will find proof that Jon is actually a Targaryen (legitimate) and the heir to the iron throne. Cerci will become pregnant but lose the baby. Sansa and Brienne will leave for Kings Landing to see the wight which the others are bringing to the capitol by boat. The wall will fall and the WW will come streaming into Westeros.

Hew.

Lots of stuff going down, not sure if it’s all going to come true but the first few eps have apparently been pretty accurate. I hope some of it is wrong but I’m going to assume it’s basically right and make some guesses for season 8 based on that.

PREDICTIONS FOR SEASON 8 FACTORING IN THE LEAKED PLOTS

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If all of the leaked stuff turns out to be true, I figure season 8 will open with the north gang + Dany somehow either getting Cerci to work with them or her going Mad Queen and blowing shit up after losing her baby (and possibly Jamie killing her).

Or Dany will just burn it all herself… which might make Jon a tad bit less eager to keep on banging her and might make him change his mind about bending the knee. At this point Arya will arrive, possibly with the documents proving Jon is the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne. This will not make Dany happy, she will have spent 6.5 seasons declaring herself the one and only rightful queen.

But I imagine they wouldn’t tell her having realized she really-really wants to be queen and Jon has no real interest in the throne. But Jon would probably stop having sex with her which would confuse and piss the heck out of her (since guys always fall all over themselves to be with her). Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part, I mean the incest thing isn’t the same in Westeros as it is for us. Sinc Jon would keep his legacy a secret, the whole of the seven kingdoms would have to accept Dany as their queen and turn their armies north. Plus the gang have brought a wight so people will hopefully be taking the WW threat seriously. Even if they didn’t get an army together Jon will going back north once he learned that the Wall had fallen to try to protect his home and stop the army of the dead. (Arya might stay to try to strike Cerci off her list.)

Back home at Winterfell (Sansa still in charge), Bran manages to communicate with the WW, maybe sending himself back in time and seeing/creating the original peace treaty and becoming Bran the builder?  The wall has fallen and the WW are moving closer to them every day. Jon returns, the deal between the WW and the humans are possibly brokered by him and Bran, resulting in the ‘final battle’ not having to happen. (Something like the WW promise not to come south of the wall and the humans must remain on their side and probably some kind of yearly sacrifice like Kraster(? the yucky guy with his daughter-wives or the dragons being killed or sent away).

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BUT Dany would refuse this peace treaty.

She does not make peace, she conquers and destroys the way of the peoples she takes over completely. She did it in the slave cities (sure stopping slavery is a noble goal, but it was the way of that city for centuries! Some sort of slow political reform would have been much better and probably caused a whole lot less death and social/ cultural issues) and in a sense with the Dothraki, her trying to change them (stop them from raping and pillaging) was what lead to the death of her husband and child back in season 1. Plus, with the WW killing one of her dragons, one of her children, she would want them ALL dead. Burn them all style. (In that way she and Cerci are quite similar.)

Jon cares more about the people, as we have seen time and time again, with him bringing the Free Folk through the Wall, wanting to save everyone and is big into self-sacrificing, like when he offered to fight Rasmey rather than have thousands of men fight their battles for them. Generally, he isn’t into vengeance (possibly with the exception of Ramsey who ‘stole’ his childhood home, beat and raped his sister/cousin and killed his little cousin/brother right in front of him #shouldazigzagged). That kind of pissed him off. But even there he stopped himself from killing Ramsey.

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This!

So Jon would rally the north and possibly reveal his Targaryen heritage as the true heir, to try to get Dany’s followers on his side (or not, he might be able to claim the Stark name via Lyanna too). He might marry Sansa here to secure the north. Or not, the north might follow him despite learning he’s actually Targaryen (if Lyanna Mormont has anything to say about it they will).  Or Jon could make Gendry a Baratheon if Sansa would agree to marry him and they could claim the Iron Throne that way (but if Dany took the throne back Robber’s claim might be totally nullified, then again Cersie has no true claim to the throne either. Not sure how it all would work.)

The Night King would hand over to the ice dragon to Jon / or ride it himself into battle against Dany’s forces and this might turn out to be the final battle.

Jon (Jaeharys) Targaryen vs. Daenerys Targaryen.

Jon will have the alliance with the WW, which will guarantee that the world lives on once Dany agrees to leave Westeros with her dragons – and when she won’t even to save everyone – when her army / her dragons have been defeated. Dany will have a huge army and dragons and the belief that the WW are totally evil, Jon has betrayed her and only by killing them all (and Jon) will she and her dragon babies be safe, even if losing means absolutely everyone in the world dying.

Even if the reason for the war is something else, or the battle with the WW ends and it becomes known Jon has a claim to the throne (and maybe wins the Battle for the Dawn making people go all “we want Jon to be our king, go back to Meereen Dany”). Whatever it is I really think it will be between Jon and Dany. It’s simply the thing that will have the most impact on us all. This will pit everyone against each other.

Dany will be totally upset since she might have fallen for Jon and can’t understand his desire for making peace with monsters (ironic since her dragons are pretty monstrous) and will feel he has betrayed her, Brienne and Jamie (unless he kills Cerci and joins Jon, which seems unlikely) will be on opposite sides, the Mountain and the Hound (unless this happens earlier) will fight it out, Bron and Tyrion (possibly Jamie / Tyrion if Tyrion changes side to Jon) and probably more I can’t think of. Over all, this Dany vs Jon scenario, (not everyone teaming up to fight the WW) would create more emotional stakes and truly make this war a “A villain is a hero of the other side” kind of conflict.

In the end I think the dragons will all be killed (Bran might Warg one, which would be cool, or not since he’s being all ‘I’m the three-eyed raven’ wacky). Dany will also die, probably by ser friend zone or Jon’s hand or the Ice Dragon. Magic might somehow be destroyed again, just like it was 8,000 years ago when the WW disappeared. Kings Landing is destroyed. Westeros is split into seven different self-governing kingdoms, probably with Jon being King in the North, ruling from Winterfell. Or Kings Landing stands and another war about who will be king (once Jon decides he doesn’t want the Iron Throne) will start. The Game of Thrones will have no ending, showing the way that power struggles are eternal and no one ever wins…

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Final Fate Character Predictions 

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Sansa – Alive, living at Winterfell / Queen in the North. Possibly married to someone because else there will be no more Starks unless she has a kid.

Arya – will be dead at the end of the series, possibly making heroic sacrifice. Or she’ll dying because she can’t let go of her kill list/ revenge. She’s simply to damaged to survive and I think despite her claiming it, she can never really be Arya Stark of Winterfell again. If she could warg, I would say living her life in Nymeria would be her best bet, which I think will be how the book ends.

Brandon – alive, but still the Three Eyed Raven and being all freaky.

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Cerci – dead, there really is no way she lives through this after everything she’s done.

Jamie – too soon to tell. possibly alive and going off to start a new life ‘Frodo’ style. Possibly dying while / soon after killing Cerci.

Tyrion – Alive. Just because D&D loves him and so do most fans.

TARGARYEN

Jon – alive. Possibly at Winterfell/ King in the North or doing a ‘Frodo’ like Jamie.

Dany – dead.

OTHERS

Little Finger – dead. Hopefully Sansa kills him but spoilers claim Arya. We’ll see…

Ghost – I really hope he lives through it all!

Gendry – could go either way, if he survives season 7, I think he might make it out alive. I think he’ll have a reunion with Arya but be shocked by how different she is.

Yara & Euron –  her capture by Euron will end with one of them dead and the boss of the Iron Islands. I’m hoping for Yara but I’m not sure. Could go either way in GoT.

Theon – I think he might mount rescue giving Yara the chance to kill Euron, but end up dying in the attempt but redeeming himself to his sis.

Sam, Gilly, Little Sam – I think the show will make Sam be the one who has been writing “A Song of Ice and Fire” all along. Sam and his little family will be the only ones to really live happily ever after because I think the tone of how he told it would be different if either Gilly or Little Sam was dead. Even if they don’t end up making Sam some sort of weird ‘narrator’ I really hope the Sam clan will get a good ending.

Ser Davos – I really hope he lives! He’s pretty good at staying alive by not being a hero. So either he’ll keep on doing that or he’ll be a hero one time a be dead forever…

Brienne – I think she might die but I really hope she gets to either hook up with Jamie or Tormund first. I mean she seriously deserve some happiness, but with GoT that’s unlikely. I did hear a interesting theory where she is the younger and more beautiful (she has a lot of inner beauty) prophesied Queen that will finally topple Cerci. It would love that but I don’t believe it will happen.

Tormund – if he lives through the WW capture mission he might be okay… which I really hope for because I want more Brienne/ Tormund.

Ser Friend Zoned – will die. Either on the mission to capture the WW or in some sort of final battle. I really hope Dany is there when he does die and actually one time tells him she actually loves him (in whatever way, daughterly, friendly or in love-love. I mean seriously, their send offs / reunions are the only times Dany seem to have emotions these days…)

 

What makes a good love story?

 

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John & Aeryn

 

Prompted by a cold and a rewatch of the 90s show Farscape, I’ve been thinking a lot of my favorite love stories and why I love them so much. I’ve shipped a lot of couples over the years; both in books and TV. Most of them have a few things in common, but it’s maybe not the things you would think.

They have a mission

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Abby & Connor

Saving the world from an alien invasion, finding murderers, escaping evil overlords or military vampires in bondage clothes, sending dinosaurs through time portals, going home, starting a PI business, stopping a plague, getting their jobs back or saving the city – most of my favorite characters have a lot of stuff going on outside their relationship with one another. They want stuff. Sometimes the same stuff and sometimes not. The mission comes first – at least at the start of the series – and it drives the story. It puts characters in situations where they need to act, choose and fight for (and occasionally with) each other.

Whether they are doing this in a living space ship, a crime lab or while saving history from a time traveling terrorist doesn’t really matter. The big thing here is that mission brings them together and along the way they fall in love.

Point: Your characters needs to have a strong want, desire, goal that at brings him in contact with the future love interest.  

They are part of a team

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Team Arrow

Because three is better than two. And five is better than three. After that it’s debatable. But most characters are part of a group that want something. The dynamic of the group is almost as important as the budding love story. Friends and family, allies and enemies, they all change our relationship, influence them.

Here the classic three people is fairly common – it’s Harry, Ron and Hermione. It’s Michael, Fiona and Sam. It’s Chuck, Sarah and Casey. It’s Percy, Annabeth and Grover. It’s Buffy, Willow and Xander (and Giles so I guess that’s four). It’s Nikita, Michael and Birkhoff. It’s the amazing power trio!

There is also the 4+ group; Stargate SG-1, Team Castle, the Farscape gang, Leverage, Arrow (post season 1) and Bones lab. 

However many they are, the team works as a second (or sometimes primary) family for our couple (to be). They’re all on the same side most of the time (but argue and disagree frequently), stick together through thick and thin, never leave each other behind. They’re willing to die for one another. They have each other’s back, but also provide drama and increased tension. Also the team can poke fun at each other. And we all know a little humor can go along way…

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I feel for you Johnny

Point: The team makes for more cozyness, drama and raises the stakes while also giving your characters people with different skill sets to help them and fight along side. Plus we all love people who are part of a ‘tribe’ that will do anything for each other, making the team more than the sum of their parts.

Their stories are not love stories

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Elfen Lied

This might be the most important bit of why I love the love stories I love. The story isn’t a love story. Not in a traditional way (as in on page 1: boy meets girl and the story is about boy-girl falls in love, losing each other and then finding one another again). The love story is second to the main plot. Nikita isn’t about Nikita shacking up with Michael. Vampire Academy isn’t about Rose finding true love. Stargate isn’t about Sam/Jack. Mercy Thompson isn’t about Mercy finding true love and eternal bliss and happiness with her super hunky werewolf hubby Adam (but that bit is important too). Their primary focus are other things.

This ties in with the whole they have a mission, but is also a stand alone point. Because a “normal” love story has a pattern, one most of us know. It’s the boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl trope. Which most of us are pretty tired of. At least because in stories where the focus is the romance, the thing that drives boy-girl apart often feel unrealistic or lame or just plain old stupid. It’s the misunderstanding, the accidental kiss with a drunk ex, the reveal that it was all a bet or wrong choice for no reason.

While in a show where the love story is an element of the plot, rather than the focus, the reasons for being torn apart make more sense. It’s about more than getting the girl. It’s about saving the world and getting the girl. It’s about finding the killer and getting the guy. It’s about bringing down the evil organization and making sure your one true love isn’t caught while spying on said organisation. It’s about vengeance and maybe getting the boy. It’s about nearly blowing up a galaxy (including yourself, your wife and newborn kid) to get everyone to stop killing each other and agree to peaceful negotiations.

Point: When the story is not a ‘normal’ love story and the drama is caused by a bigger storyline rather than something to do with a conflict between the boy-girl, it makes the story feel more believable and enjoyable.

They took their sweet time getting together

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It took Bones/ Booth like what? 5-6 seasons to get together. Castle / Beckett four. Mercy and Adam don’t seriously get together until book 3. Fiona and Michael have a one-off thing but don’t really commit for a long time. Percy and Annabeth don’t hook up until the end (granted they were kids in the beginning). Ron / Hermione took what? Seven books? Chuck and Sara? Well they fake dated but after that it took a while. Sam and Jack (Stargate SG-1) never ‘officially’ even got together. Eragon and Arya didn’t even get a proper kiss. Rose and Dimitri spend three books falling in love and then just as they get together he gets turned into a Strigoi. Heck it even took Katniss and Peeta ages to get together (I don’t really care about them but it’s still a good example).

But here is the important bit: even though the characters aren’t officially a couple, my fave ships are kind of together. They spend all their time around each other, saving each other’s lives, helping with each others problems. They trust each other. They’re just in denial about their feelings, don’t want to risk being hurt, their is bad timing. Point is, they’re a couple before becoming a real couple-couple. Sometimes they’re even together but haven’t quite worked out the kinks and end up breaking up but still beeing together-but-not-together.  Anyway, we know they love each other and are meant to be before they do, we feel and see the things they miss. 

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This I think is a key point in writing romance, and something that seems to be skipped over a lot. You have your characters, you have your love story thought out, you have the conflict and the thing that forces them to resolve it, the ‘boy loses girl’ and the reunion all thought out. The problem is, a lot of the time, authors / creators just tend to skip over the bit where we learn why the characters are perfect for each other. The actual falling in love. The good times when they’re actually working together and are talking (having lots and lots of sex do not count as falling in love, something lots of modern ‘romance’ novelist seems to have forgotten. Falling in lust is not falling in love).

It truly baffles me sometimes. Mostly when reading romance, where the characters just suddenly love each other. After seeing someone in class and speaking to them twice, they’re meant to be soulmates? That makes no sense. Same with some TV shows. Like why does Cat like Vincent so much in Beauty and the Beast? Willing to risk it all for him after five minutes? Why did Oliver pine so much for Laurel when they don’t match at all? Even when she hated him? Makes no sense! Clare in the Mortal Instrument and her love interest Jace have zero chemistry and he’s kind of an ass half the time (granted I only watched like five eps of this show) so why are they so into one another? Without the author they’d just leave another alone and get on with their lives.

Even some of my fave books are guilty. Like why would Harry suddenly like Ginny, his BFF’s little annoying sister? (I mean did anyone ship Ginny/ Harry? I mean I know he needed a baby mama to have the kids they were going to name all the dead people after but why not Luna who was so much more awesome as a character?) Sydney in Bloodlines go from slow burn sweet high school-ish love with Adrian to giving up her freedom to save him to married with children in two books. Kind of weird because two books ago she was kind freaked out by vampires. I still like her and Adrian but sometimes love is just rushed at that makes me annoyed. 

So while love at first sight might sound romantic, and maybe in real life it is, in fiction, suddenly meeting a guy and then being in love with him three hours later, willing to die, give up your goal, dreams and lifestyle makes no sense. Bella has known Edward for what? Four months and she wants to be with him forever and become a vampire (okay I would too, but not because I wanted to be with him forever (can you say boring) but rather because being immortal and having super speed and strength and lots of money seems like a sweet deal.) Every Cinderella story ever written is this: the girl spends a few hours with a guy and WHAM they’re soulmates.

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I mean, I can buy it in animated Disney movies (even though they do love better these days with both Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn and Frozen’s Anna and Kristoff spend most of the movie together before actually realizing they are perfect for one another and Frozen actually subverting this trope with the love at first sight with Hans) but live action TV and novels?

Seriously, to make a love story feel real, your characters need to experience some stuff together. Talk. Maybe have mad passionate monkey sex. Maybe not. Just don’t let the relationship just poof into being.

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It only took them 4 years…to kiss

I mean it took Castle and Beckett four years to even make out (well there was the parking lot). Jack and Emily take until the last episodes to finally hook up and get married. TVD’s Caroline/ Stefan were friends for like six seasons before they got their first kiss. I’m not saying either Castle, TVD or Revenge handled their ships perfectly but they worked a heck of alot better for me than the hello! I love you! scenarios you see sometimes.

Point: Just like real relationships, fictional ones take time to develop. Don’t rush into it. If you’re writing a series, let the romance go slow. If you’re doing something stand alone, don’t try to do too much and make sure to develop the love and not force it, before you have the couple actually get together.

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This was my thoughts on relationships based on some of my favorite shows and books. It’s not the ultimate truth or the perfect way to write a love story. It’s what I think works, what I personally enjoy. What I think makes for epic love stories. I like the slow burn, the mission, the action, the life and death and saving each other. And the world. Don’t forget saving the world. Unless your too busy blowing it up to save it.

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