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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: Today at 01:13:39 PM »
Leaving aside the larger question of whether that would have been good for anyone(which would probably lead me to start talking about Brexit), most of the people in charge of those Kingdoms are either Bran's relatives(Tobias Menzies, the weird breastfeeding kid), new rulers without much credibility in their new Kingdoms(Bronn, Gendry) or Tyrion.

Fair enough. The two kingdoms I was initially thinking about aside from the North were the Iron Islands and Dorne, both of which seem separate enough from Westeros already that they could be fine independently. And I mean Yara had a deal with Dany for their independence which she weirdly never brought up again.

I was mostly just a little surprised they even named a new king, especially after Drogon went through the trouble of destroying the iron throne because of all the terrible things it symbolized. Sure, Bran's a weirdo who doesn't care about power (or anything) but good luck finding someone like him when he needs to be replaced.

He seems to me to be more of a head of state than anything.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:21:01 PM »
Just watching HBO's Chernobyl miniseries. Jesus it's powerful. Maybe it's the fact that there is a grounding in reality here or that something like that could still happen today, but I binged the available episodes today and I'm dying to see the last two when they come out.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: Yesterday at 12:53:48 PM »
Well, I kind of liked the finale.

I dunno. I kind of found it unsatisfying. Not bad, just unsatisfying. Even though all the characters seemed to end up with logical, reasonable endings, it felt like it was missing something - I just canít put my finger on what.
The ending felt so Disney-esque. I mean the dragon melting the throne and grabbing Dany and flying home? The Democracy bit, Arya deciding she's Christopher Columbus all of a sudden. And John having to be beat over the head before he understood what was right? Shouldn't he get it by now? And he's right back to where he started.

Anyway, it wasn't completely awful but it was ham fisted.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:33:41 AM »
Going through this one slowly so far, but Dead to Me has been hilariously twisted. The initial draw was definitely Kelly Bundy and Lindsay Weir being buddies.

Ya, my wife and I started watching this a few days ago. I love the range of emotions it conveys. Applegate is fantastic.

I've had a crush on Linda Cardellini since I saw her in Freaks and Geeks  ;D

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Babcock will be back next season
« on: May 15, 2019, 08:51:09 AM »
I think it's going to take getting to conference finals to keep Babcock in his job. Keefe is standing by to take over if he doesn't. I believe this is the plan.

Is there any evidence for this, or is it an extrapolation of the scapegoating thatís been going on since before the playoffs even started?

I think anointing an AHL coach the solution in Toronto would be great theatre in the media, not sure it would be great for the Leafs themselves.

Maybe, maybe not. He's followed Dubas everywhere. I don't know if Dubas envisioned Keefe being stuck in the A forever once he became GM.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:33:33 PM »
I get that and I kind of don't. Too tired to try and explain but I guess I just never felt she was truly a benevolent ruler. Absolute power corrupts absolutely yadda yadda.

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Not only are Zaitsev and Marleau's contracts bad just in terms of dollars and length, but they're both so poorly structured. What the heck was Lou thinking.

That Dubas was taking his job pretty soon and he'd be off elsewhere?

 Exactly what I was thinking. A little goodbye gift.


I mean both contracts were signed about a year before Dubas was promoted so I doubt that was it.

Lou: Masterful negotiator, puts fear of God into all that cross his path
Dubas: Greenhorn that gets taken for a ride by players/agents

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:24:19 PM »
I don't really get why, if it were so easy to just torch Cersei's armies so easily, they didn't do it when they met with Cersei the first time. I mean Cersei was weaker then than now and her army got obliterated fairly easily, which makes me feel like everything subsequent was done in the name of convoluted plot.

Well, the short answer there I think is it weren't so easy. Remember, the current narrative is that prior to last night Danerys' plans were to siege King's Landing rather than toast it because of the civilian losses that would occur even if the dragon was just focused on Cersei's forces. Remember all of the hand to hand fighting in the streets between Jon and Grey Worm's guys and the Lannister army? Couldn't do that with a dragon and not kill thousands of civilians.

But last night Danerys "went crazy"(or embraced the true character of her privileged class as per 100% correct late night Marxist critiques of fantasy nonsense) and was willing to kill innocent people in her destruction of the city. That's the whole shift that has people so upset.

What was done initially seemed in line with what people were expecting, which could've been done way back in episode 1 (or whatever it was). It was only once the battle was lost by Cersei did she really cross the line.

And this also goes back to when she ran into Euron initially. She has the best aerial view of anyone ever and gets ambushed by a giant fleet? And she couldn't toast them at the time? I mean, that truly did seem easy after making it seem like they were a competent fleet.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:02:02 PM »
Also is Euron now officially the most useless character is television history?

Yes. Yes he is.

Impressive about that part was the two 12 inch deep stabs Jaime took to the sides which had him on the brink of death, and then he's able to muster the courage and walk down a million stairs with his sis.

Very heroic.

We have to gloss over stuff that didn't make any sense, like Jamie not getting through that initial gate, yet somehow meanders his way all the way to Cersei through the hidden tunnels while the entire city is being destroyed.

I dunno, I have to agree that this season seems rushed, if they had a few more episodes showing the build up to Dany going off the deep end maybe it could have worked better.  The whole Bran story is another problem, most of the time he's chilling in his wheelchair seemingly listening to music in his own head while stuff is going on around him.  Was that him as the pale horse leading Arya back?  Who the hell knows?  Jamie was on the road to redemption, falls for Brienne and then in one episode decides he's no good and has to go and be by Cersei's side again...I mean lots of things didn't add up for me.

He literally showed up at random as a BS plot device to fill the void of another common enemy. So idiotic. I really thought Yara was going to finally get a chance to take on Euron as well but no. All these threads were basically meaningless, and maybe that's what they're trying to say because "story realism" where not everything gets resolved but I mean you don't put in starting threads and just let them dangle for no reason and then say not resolving them or resolving them badly is good storytelling.

I laughed so hard when I saw the steed. I'm like "Is this another Unicorn/Blade Runner deal and this symbolizes Arya's death?" And then I thought "No, this show's not smart enough for something like that anymore."

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:58:33 AM »
Right but just about everything that's happened since the battle of Winterfell has made Danerys think that if she takes the throne without being feared then people will eventually conspire against her in order to supplant her with Jon. A thought that, while maybe farfetched, is at least somewhat helped along by us getting to see Varys, one of her trusted advisors, do that exact thing.

Danerys thinking that her grip on the throne is tenuous absent all the murder may be wrong but as someone was saying last week about Danerys and her Dragons getting ambushed, Kings and Queens throughout history have made bad, self-defeating decisions on hundreds of occasions. Again, this is one of the inherent flaws of the dictatorial monarchy based on in-breeding.

Well I'd say having a giant dragon that showed it's capable of pretty much destroying an entire army and defensive strongholds of Kings Landing at the ready is something that would incite enough fear to keep the common folk loyal to you. She could have also later made a big public show about using Drogon to burn Cersei and other lords loyal to her like she did with the Tarly's.

Like I said I get that it's pretty clear the show was building to Dany going mad, particularly all this season, I just think they pulled the trigger in a really lazy and rushed way (something you could say about a lot of things in the show the past 2 or 3 seasons).

I don't really get why, if it were so easy to just torch Cersei's armies so easily, they didn't do it when they met with Cersei the first time. I mean Cersei was weaker then than now and her army got obliterated fairly easily, which makes me feel like everything subsequent was done in the name of convoluted plot.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:56:51 AM »
Also Cleganebowl was beautifully shot and all but it also seemed hell'a forced. I wish they figured out a different way to make it happen. It made it seem like this was the ONLY thing either participant wanted in their lives... but if that's the case why didn't they just fight when they met at the dragon pit in season 7? At the very least it could have been done somehow around Sandor having to save Arya from the Mountain and then them fighting.

This i agree with. Whatever they were going with with turning the Mountain into Frankenstein's Monster didn't work for me all series and especially not last night.

I literally said out loud "What is this, Resident Evil?"

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 13, 2019, 11:50:25 AM »
Also Cleganebowl was beautifully shot and all but it also seemed hell'a forced. I wish they figured out a different way to make it happen. It made it seem like this was the ONLY thing either participant wanted in their lives... but if that's the case why didn't they just fight when they met at the dragon pit in season 7? At the very least it could have been done somehow around Sandor having to save Arya from the Mountain and then them fighting.

I laughed so hard at how insane it seemed to me that Cersei just walked by like nothing was happening and Sandor didn't just take a swipe at her.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S8)
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:52:37 PM »
What in the hell did I just watch??
A steaming pile of crap. And I'm not talking about Kings Landing!

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The B's are really crushing Carolina right now.  Guess the questionably high SV% couldn't last forever.

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I don't see the need to go out and get a high D man.  We have some pretty good talent pooling up down on the farm.
We can expect Rosen to make the jump, there is a lot of buzz on Borgman again for the sandpaper he brings, Sandin may need some more time in the AHL but maybe not. Lilepad is ready to jump.

The unknown is what Lindgren and Kivihalme bring to the table. I like the Athletic's take on Kivihalme.

Or how long Hollowell and Duzak will need to make the jump. Pretty sure the last two could use a year on the farm.

Other than maybe Samson and Liljagren, none of the guys you mention are likely to be more than 3rd pairing types - especially in the near term. So, yeah, there very much is a need to bring in top 4 - and especially potential top pairing - guys.
I didn't realize we had a player that got better the longer his hair grew [emoji23]

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