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    ^I was just gonna say the same thing. The Walking Dead may be the most frustrating show to watch, but there is no denying that they have the best makeup fx. couldn’t they get some real people to play the part of those zombies? that last scene was a joke.

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    Excellent finale. Not on the level of Blackwater, but still excellent all the same. In only a few scenes, Tyrion and Shae broke my heart, and Peter Dinklage and Sibel Kekilli played the hell out of them. Boy does the former deserve another Emmy. And, after being sidelined for most of the season, Dany’s storyline kicks into high gear. She recovers her dragons, kills the Undying Priest, traps XXX and Doreah in the empty vault for possibly eternity, and prepares to take back the throne with Jorah, her Khalasar, and all the wealth of Qarth. Emilia Clarke delivered her best work of the season, and the best single episode performance since Fire and Blood. Both of the season finales have been good to Clarke, and this would be a good tape for her, which makes it more disappointing she wasn’t used better this year. Hopefully, that’s recitified next year. The rest of the many subplots were good, with the collapse of Winterfell being sobering and Theon knocked out being delightful. And Brienne owning the Northern soldiers was a joy to behold. Overall, this has been a great season, and Season 3 cannot come soon enough. 

    Grade: A-
    MVP’s: Dinklage, Clarke, and Kekilli
    Season Grade: A-
    Season MVP: Dinklage 

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    Oh, good.  It was The Walking Dead in medival fantasy times.

    The episode was actually excellent.  Probably the best of the season until that stupid final scene with the zombies.

    ^I was just gonna say the same thing. The Walking Dead may be the most frustrating show to watch, but there is no denying that they have the best makeup fx. couldn’t they get some real people to play the part of those zombies? that last scene was a joke.

    who
    said it wasn’t real people?? and the one riding on the horse is not
    human, he is the leader and I’m not gonna explain go fucking read the
    books if you wanna know before talk shit about it, that’s a complete
    different thing from TWD.

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    ^I was just gonna say the same thing. The Walking Dead may be the most frustrating show to watch, but there is no denying that they have the best makeup fx. couldn’t they get some real people to play the part of those zombies? that last scene was a joke.

    They looked like real people to me. And they looked great.

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    Okay, I’ll go back and rewatch but first viewing it looked like cgi. Geez Denis calm down I still love the show just didn’t like that ending, reading the books wouldn’t change my opinion either. It wasn’t the concept it was the way that scene looked that threw me off. Like I said though, maybe on second viewing my opinion will change. I will make this clear, I really like GOT.

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    This was a good season finale not a great one. It seemed that they were just trying to give every character at least one line of dialogue without giving them substance to the dialogue. Robb’s scenes were completely a waste of time — does anyone even care about that set of characters anymore?

    I’m glad Emilia Clarke was given material to work with after a season of nothing but she does not deserve an Emmy nomination for this season. Out of the women Headey is the one who deserves a nomination (plus, she has multiple tapes to choose from).

    I understand why they ended on the scene they did but it wasn’t as powerful as it could have been.

    Most underrated acting on this show is by Natalia Tena (Osha). Her scenes were very moving.

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    It was a good finale, but it’s not going to top “Blackwater” for me as the best of the season. Not everything made sense at times, like whatever was going on at the end with Sam and the wildlings, or what happened to Winterfell. But just in a “checking in” sort of sense, I liked the new direction they seem to be going with most of the characters for next season. Robb getting married and breaking that pact, Daenerys being more badass than I’ve ever seen her before (and thankfully, she got her precious dragons back; keep better track of them next time! it was a treat getting Jason Momoa back too for that reunion scene at the House of the Undying), Bran and co. on the run from Winterfell, Jon making inroads with the wildlings, Arya escaping Harrenhal and Jaqen changing identities (awesome), Joffrey engaged to the Tyrell girl and leaving Sansa behind (god knows what he has in store for her as his mistress), Varys making the pact with Baelish’s head whore, Theon’s regret, Littlefinger’s offer to smuggle Sansa out of King’s Landing, and most promising, Tyrion being on the outs with the Lannister after providing the strategy and resolve that kept King’s Landing afloat against Stannis before Tywin rode in to hog the glory. There’s been some clear highs throughout the season culminating with last week’s episode, but the season as a whole did have a clearly disjointed feel with having to keep track of so many characters and missing the boat on a couple of them (too little Daenerys and Jon for starters, and I’d forget about Stannis and Melisandre being a part of the show at all at times). The tape system is going to hurt them in drama series against shows like “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” and “Breaking Bad,” but techs wise, they could sweep the field this year similar to how “Boardwalk Empire” did at the Creative Arts Emmys last year before falling short on the main broadcast. Peter Dinklage was the true star of this season, and surprisingly, Lena Headey was right there with him turning a character I thought was fairly one-note in the beginning of the series into someone far more complex and interesting than I gave her (and her acting abilities) credit for. I’d love to see her land a nod in supporting actress this year. Very much looking forward to next season. It’ll be a long wait, but hopefully worth it, since most say that these next two seasons are going to be the show’s defining moments (to date).

    Grade for “Valar Morghulis”: B+
    Season Average: B+

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    No, fuck that.  I shouldn’t have to go read the books in order to know that what I saw with my very two eyes looked like fucking zombies, including a zombie horse.  That was a full season with no hint or inkling of what that was supposed to be.  I understand some of you enjoy feeling special because you’ve already read the source material but it just makes you insufferable and a lot harder for us to enjoy THE SERIES ON A TV MESSAGE BOARD.  You wanna talk about the books go to another forum that isn’t about the primetime Emmy’s.  You aren’t smarter or have better insight to an episode because you read the books.  If they thought everyone had read the books and already knew most of what was going to happen there would be no point in making the series.  Therefor, they looked like zombies so I called them zombies and should not have to read however many of pages of genre fiction I don’t typically care for to understand that they are not.

    I haven’t posted here for a long time but I *have* to answer this. The “zombies” and the creatures at the end of this season was mentioned, seen and hinted althroughout the first two seasons. THE VERY FIRST scene in the pilot, you’ve already seen those creatures, a race called THE WHITE WALKERS. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhonEowCBUw) There’s a scene in the third or fourth episode of an old lady telling a bed-ridden Bran a story about WHITE WALKERS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvObuhT7Kpw). There’s an episode where a dead man comes back to life and attacks Mormont at the Wall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2TlSM-2SyI). – THIS IS ALL DURING THE FIRST SEASON. This is not like a procedural where the first season events don’t matter.

    In the second season: The Wildings and the Men of the Night’s Watch have always talked about the White Walkers. We saw a glimpse of a White Walker taking Craster’s baby. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1z3gCvI0Ms) Ygritte, I believe, mentioned about dead bodies coming back to life if you don’t burn it or decapitate it. You need not have read the books to know about these things. YOU JUST HAD TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE SHOW. Those CREEPY GLOWING BLUE EYES were a hint. It was seen at least two or three times. It is only now we got a clear look at what the White Walkers look like! THESE CREATURES ARE THE REASON WHY JON SNOW AND COMPANY JOURNEYED OUT OF THE WALL IN THE FIRST PLACE! The last scene in the finale didn’t come out of nowhere. You either were not paying attention closely enough or you’re just looking for an excuse to nitpick and bash the show.

    I’ve said my piece. Good day.

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    Despite this season seeming a bit less cohesive than last, just because there are SO many darn storylines to juggle, I thought it was a great end to the season.  They managed to address all of the many storylines satisfactorily, and it was very entertaining for me because I must’ve said “WTF?????” at least 6 times.  I mean that as a compliment, because there was a LOT that I never saw coming.  Awesome!! 

    I know that I was one of several people saying that Emilia Clarke doesn’t really deserve a nomination this year, because she didn’t have as much to do as last year, and what she did have to do, prior to last night, was a lot of posturing and strutting about, acting important.  But she was fantastic last night, and even though I still don’t foresee her getting into the nominations, this episode elevates her performance this season significantly.

    Curious about one thing, as someone who hasn’t read the books– assuming Jaqen, or whatever they’re calling him now, is seen again in the future, does this mean that he’ll be played by a different actor(s)?  I was really loving this guy.

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    No, fuck that.  I shouldn’t have to go read the books in order to know that what I saw with my very two eyes looked like fucking zombies, including a zombie horse.  That was a full season with no hint or inkling of what that was supposed to be.  I understand some of you enjoy feeling special because you’ve already read the source material but it just makes you insufferable and a lot harder for us to enjoy THE SERIES ON A TV MESSAGE BOARD.  You wanna talk about the books go to another forum that isn’t about the primetime Emmy’s.  You aren’t smarter or have better insight to an episode because you read the books.  If they thought everyone had read the books and already knew most of what was going to happen there would be no point in making the series.  Therefor, they looked like zombies so I called them zombies and should not have to read however many of pages of genre fiction I don’t typically care for to understand that they are not.

    go fuck yourself, douchebag.

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    I enjoyed the finale and where i found it a great episode it was lacking many thing that hopefully come next season. I have read the books and was dissapointed in how some story lines were adapted but I found the final episode great and wont hold the adaptation of the book against it. I loved the house of the undying it was completely different from the book but it was amazing imo, emily clark was incredible, standing next to the iron throne and not seating on it and meeting drogo and rhaego, her son and leaving them. I can see there were mix results to the final scene and i agree that the wights and white waker looked a little corny, i had imagine the white wakers much more creepy like albino uruk hai from LOTR and the wights who really are like zombies look a little lacking. I would rate this season a B+ because whereas the season was a little disjointed they went through a big challenging book with a lot of charaters and story lines. Now as mention before yes the next couple of season are going to really define show because the material in the next book is amazing and how they adapted will make the difference between a great show and an epic one. i cant wait and yeah it gets that good. As far as this final episode i wish they would have remove the scenes with brienne and jaime for next season and spend more time in the house of the undying and jon snow and halfhand story unless the writers wanted to leave some ambiguity about jon motive of joining the wildings. I also wish they would have left tyron on the verge of dying kind of a clifhanger but since he didnt get as hurt as in the book, i guess they had to show him alive (in the book he took an arrow below his arm and lost his noise and part of his lip and was close to dying at the end of the second book). The scene with sansa and little finger was ok, it could have had a better dialogue as in the book (joeffry can still have you, but now instead of princes he will give you bastards). Arya and Jaqen was great i just wish Jaqen transformation was more dramatic his hair falling and all. Rob getting marry was ok it had to happen but i felt they could also leave it for next season to save time for other parts. Finally theon speech was bad not dramatic nor funny and very ambiguous to those who have not read the books to know what happen. Overall i found this two last episode great but not as good as baylor and fire and blood. As far as the emmys i hope the voters realize what a challenging and hard show to bring to life Game of Thrones is and dont hold against it when it come to the fantasy side of it. Also, i am hoping Lena Headey and Maisie Williams (i know wishful thinking) can get nominations along with Peter Dinklage. Also, i hope blackwater can get a writing and directing nomination along with a series nom.

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    Glad that I gave this series a chance, b/c I really got into what was going on. Still was lost on some of the characters, since I didn’t watch the first season and most of this season had so many characters, I did love the performances from the ensemble. Think this will do like it did last yr. w/nominations. I think they’ll be the frontrunners for the Creative Arts races.

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