Thursday, 16 May 2019

Is Westeros stagnant?

Stagnant society... 
Maybe not for long.

Many have asked why this world of Planetos is stuck in the Middle Ages. It must be mentioned that Westeros has already got the means to develop better technology but strife and many wars prevented that from going ahead. On our world, China created black powder in the 9th Century and from this, the fire lance was made, and soon other weapons had been invented, while the earliest types of guns appeared from the 15th Century. So in Westeros, and other places,  it isn't gunpowder they have but wildfire. So we can imagine that some bright spark will use the knowledge of wildfire to develop firearms in their future. That world has lost technologies such as Valyrian steel and glass candles. Why hasn't anyone considered making bikes or trains, because they do have wheelchairs for the disabled. It might be that they will, as anyone can guess, because in our own history, the Romans had the knowledge of steam engines but this technology didn't kick off until so many centuries later that started the Industrial Revolution. In our own society we had a stagnating period for thousands of years although the wisdom of high technology sat there in old books, just as it might in that world because the Citadel have a vast and private library.

Howls ^^

Monday, 13 May 2019

GOT Season 8 Episode 5: "The Bells"

This episode called "The Bells" was a total blast. SPOILERS ahead. Don't read if you haven't seen the episode and want to be surprised.
It began with the armies preparing for another war. Meanwhile, Daenerys is grieving the death of Missandei and refuses to eat. It's soon discovered that the "spider" Varys betrayed her, and was executed. Further on, she tries to rekindle any hope of love and desire with Jon Snow but he refuses, because she's his aunt. As soon as she's rejected, the fury inside her becomes increased. The war starts with Drogon setting fire to scorpion weapons, and the armies fight within the city. Tyrion tries to help his brother and sister, by rescuing a captured Jaime and telling him where to depart from the Red Keep. Jaime looks for Cersei. Daenerys uses her dragon to burn down the whole city, and kills anybody, even innocent people that are there. Jon Snow becomes extremely upset and tries to get his army to cease fighting. As dragon fire rages through the streets, Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark make it through and look for their targets. Overall the episode was mad. By the end of watching that, most fans of Daenerys Targaryen will be feeling sick and put off this dangerous character. 
Total feelings: The deaths of all those innocent people in Kings Landing was dreadful. Daenerys is more evil than Cersei.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Part 2 review "The Last of the Starks"

This is an actual review of the episode "The Last of the Starks." I previously mentioned Ghost in my last post "GOT Season 8 Episode 4" but didn't review the episode itself. This post will do just that. After the war, there is a funeral and all of the dead are burned, including those sadly missed. Then there is a feast in the hall, at Winterfell, and things get cosy with Brienne and Jaime, and people have too much to drink. Gendry is legitimised as a Baratheon and made lord of Storms End, which is fantastic but he's rejected by Arya when he proposes to her. She's not the kind of woman to settle down with a family. She heads off with the Hound, towards Kings Landing. Tragically, on the way to Dragonstone, a dragon is killed by a load of scorpion missiles from Euron Greyjoy, magically lurking at sea again as he did teleporting at sea in S7. After the loss of her friend Jorah, her dragon Rhaegal, a large number of her armies dead, she also loses her best friend Missandei. The end scene shows how evil Cersei really is.
Did I like this episode? No I didn't.
Sad howls ^^

Monday, 6 May 2019

GOT Season 8 Episode 4: "The Last of the Starks"

This isn't a typical review of an episode that I've been talking about before. On the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 4, called "The Last of the Starks", I want us all to look at Ghost. Because this episode is probably the most upsetting one, in fact so far since the past few years, because we witnessed a cold dumping of this spirit wolf by his owner, Jon Snow. In previous seasons, Ghost stayed beside Jon, defending him, sitting beside Jon's body after he got stabbed. He is part of Jon in the books in many ways that the same is for the wolves of each of the other Starks. Ghost even helped against the fight in the Great War against the White Walkers. It left Ghost with minor injuries as there is blood on his fur. Ghost never appeared in Season 7, which led to an outcry among fans. Ghost was always in the show before, with Jon, but had only a background appearance in Season 8 with nobody acknowledging him. When Jon discovered his true parentage, and that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen, he changed his feelings towards his family, Daenerys and Ghost. He just walked away from Ghost and told the wildling Tormund to take him. Jon said that Ghost is a direwolf who will never be at home in Winterfell, despite the fact the castle has stone wolves, statues of wolves in the crypts and a direwolf banner. Then a scene went to a sad whimpering Ghost. Jon is out of character now as he's become neglectful of Ghost. The series has become different since the showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, got rights to take the rest of the story ahead of the books, because the books are unfinished. The latest series features Ghost as an extra and Jon having no interest in him, not even a hug goodbye. This is a shame. It's shameful. Here's to Ghost! Three cheers to Ghost, the forgotten hero. 
Howls to Ghost!