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  2. I almost forgot. Peter Dinklage. A fantastic actor. For eight seasons, he helped bring Tyrion Lannister to life and helped make this show what it is. Eight seasons ... and his last line is, "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel." That is what they give him to go out on. I never thought I'd see a writer/director as self-destructive to himself and a franchise as Rian Johnson. I didn't realize that Benioff & Weiss took that as a personal challenge.
  3. Ep. 6 - This should be quick and easy. Despite it's length, there's not much talking. Most of the episode is spent staring quietly at things. - Tyrion goes to find Jaime. He makes his way down to the room w/ the dragon skulls which doesn't take him very long. Mind you, we saw this room completely collapse and cave in last episode. It's underground, they literally had a castle and millions of pounds of dirt fall on them. Now, the room is completely intact, with piles of bricks laying about. He finds Jaime very easily and, somehow, both he and Cersei aren't crushed and mangled to a pulp. Quite the opposite, he only has to move a couple bricks to uncover them and they look perfectly fine, aside from being a bit dirty and dusty. Apparently, they would have lived if they just moved 15 feet to the left or right. - Jon and Davos find Grey Worm, who is executing Lannister soldiers. Davos tells Jon to find Dany and talk to her. Jon goes through the city, walks through all of the Dothraki and Unsullied and at the top of the stairs waiting for him is ... Grey Worm. Did Jon get lost? Did he stop for lunch? I guess Grey Worm just has a better teleporter. - What follows is a scene where Dany announces Grey Worm is now her Master of War and basically tells her forces that they're going to rape and pillage the world. What's funny is that Jon is standing behind her looking very distressed ... but he doesn't actually speak the language she's speaking in this scene, so he has no idea what she's saying. - It's now snowing heavily in King's Landing. It was snowing at the end of Season 7, spring/summer time in a desert last episode and now it's the dead of winter. It's snowing so hard that Jon almost walks past Drogon without seeing him because he's covered in it. Later this episode, a few weeks have passed and it looks like spring/summer time again. - Jon meets w/ Dany and, of course, she sounds like a crazy person. Like Darth Vader, she's totally cool w/ killing the younglings. Jon kills her, Drogon melts the Iron Throne, takes her body and flies off over the ocean. I'm sure there's supposed to be some kind of emotional weight to this scene, but it's not there. Kind of hard to feel bad for Emperor Palpatine. This is also a very convenient way to get rid of the dragon. No more "nuclear weapon" to worry about in Westeros. The next scene skips ahead a few weeks and everyone knows that Jon killed Dany. I have no idea why because the only evidence literally flies out the window, never to be seen again. Yeah, there's blood on the floor, but this is taking place directly after last episode where we watched almost half a million people die. When we first see Dany, it looks like it's the first time she's been in this room ... meaning, NO ONE ELSE has been in here. The only way for anyone to know what happened to Dany is if Jon told them. - Skip ahead and Tyrion is being called in front of a council of what looks like the heads of the remaining noble houses. We're left to assume that because they never bother telling us who they are or what this group is. There's multiple randoms who never get a name, have no speaking lines and who basically do nothing. On top of that, it seems like there's too many people; there's at least 15. Bronn is also missing from this scene. Right after this, we find out he's Warden of the Reach (because, of course he is). How is he not at something this important? - They literally brought the actor who played Edmure Tully back just to make him look like a jack@ss one more time. What a waste of a character. - The entire point of this scene is to decide what to do w/ Tyrion. That doesn't even last 5 seconds and immediately turns into, "We should vote on a new king." Because that's totally how monarchies. Not just now, but for every king ... voting. Yup, definitely how monarchies work. -Tyrion, yes the prisoner whose here to be punished, nominates Bran Stark. Everyone votes for him except Sansa, who declares that the North will remain independent. In true Season 8 fashion, Tyrion labels him Bran the Broken ... get it? Because he's crippled and can't walk. Nothing says respect like making fun of a cripple. - At this point, everyone forgets why they're there, so Bran names Tyrion Hand of the King. The only one who protests in Grey Worm, but he's ignored because everyone wants to go to lunch. - Tyrion tells Jon that, as punishment, he is being sent to rejoin the Nights Watch. The same Nights Watch where everyone is pretty much dead or gone. The same N.W. that guards a magical wall that no longer serves a purpose. The Wall which is meant to keep out the wildlings and the undead. The undead, who are now gone, and the Wildlings, who are now friendly to the people of the south. The same N.W. that's in the NORTH, which is now an independent country, ruled by Queen Sansa. - Jon says his final goodbye's to his siblings and Arya says that she's not returning to the North. She's going "west of Westeros" ... which, I'm pretty sure, is just Essos. Apparently, she's a ship captain now, with her own Mayflower-sized ship that's fully manned w/ a crew. It never explains how she can afford this, but whatever. Nothing matters. - Grey Worm, who had complete military control of King's Landing, decides the Unsullied are all leaving and going to the Isle of Naath. I guess this isle is big enough to accommodate 8,000 respawnable soldiers. We see a couple Dothraki around the docks, but there's no mention of what they're going to do. I guess the 50,000 thieves, rapists and murderers that are left are staying in Westeros. That's good to know. - We have a meeting of the new Small Council in the Tower of the Hand. Tyrion looks nervous, as if this is his first meeting. This is literally his third turn as Hand for a monarch. Here we meet the new small council: Davos is Master of Ships, Bronn is Master of Coin and Warden of the Reach while Samwise Gamgee is now a Grand Maester. Yes, the same Sam that was at the Citadel for all of a week and never finished his training ... he's a Grand Maester now, because nothing matters. Mind you, he was also at the council meeting to judge over Tyrion. He wasn't dressed as a Maester there, he was dressed like a nobleman, so I assumed he was representing House Tarly and the Reach. Nope. - King Bran is also here. I guess the Red Keep and all of it's insanely tall towers are now handicap accessible. Bran mentions that they still don't have a Master of Whisperers, Master of Laws and a Master of War ... but, don't worry. This doesn't go anywhere. He then asks if anyone has seen Drogon. Yes, the man who can literally see and know anything doesn't know where the dragon is. I also found it funny that he mentioned not having a Master of Whisperer's. Why would the guy who knows everyone/everything need a Master of Whisperers? - Brienne and Podrick are now Kingsguard. Yes, Pod. Pod the Rod ... Kingsguard. Also, I thought Brienne was sworn to Sansa, who is now Queen of the North, but I guess that doesn't matter, either. - Last scene is of Jon returning to Castle Black, where the Wildlings are all waiting for him. I guess he's Lord Commander again? It definitely looks like it from this scene. It ends w/ Jon petting Ghost and leading the Wildlings north of the Wall. I'm pretty sure the scene of Jon petting the dog was the most expensive scene of the season. As upset as this season has made me, I'm glad this is finally done. The pain is finally over.
  4. Ynoa is bad. BAAAAAD. So what? Do we have anybody on this team who isn’t? We got him for nothing, And remember good teams don’t give up good players unless their general manager has an exceptionally unwise moment. The Ynoa Acquisition was not the result of an unwise moment. I just can’t understand why Brandon doesn’t leave him in? “You’re terrible. Go out there and be terrible, but be terrible for the rest of the game.” At least that way he would eat some innings.
  5. His minor league stats did not suggest he would be much of a hitter.
  6. I was never much of a Davis fan, I would prefer he would at least be replacement level but I don’t think his few game of hitting better means anything His average on the season is in the shouldn’t be in the big leagues range and he never got it into a major league batter range. As the way the team is being run I don’t think it matters what happens to Davis.
  7. Dwight Smith JR last year was 25 in triple A and had .771 OPS. This year DJ Stewart 25 in triple A has .985 OPS. Similar scenarios when they were 23 in AA. Man your guys live in some alternate reality universe.
  8. The Nationals did the Astros strategy and had the same success rate we just had. The Astros plan has no guarantees and we didn’t get the Astros GM. Also I don’t believe the strategy to be the worst should be rewarded. MLB should institute a draft lottery like the NBA uses.
  9. Looked pretty doing it, too--athleticism.
  10. And Brach and Britton, too--both former All-Stars. I'm impressed that nonetheless the team has a better winning percentage than last year's.
  11. This a bratty, myopic take. I can only imagine what you’d come up with when you find out Dwight Smith has a longer career than DJ Stewart.
  12. They lost Manny, Schoop, Jones, and Gausman, getting practically nothing immediately useful back. It would be a surprise if they were better than last year.
  13. Well, one could argue that Davis should be given credit for maintaining his groove despite not starting four of those 19 games. Goes without saying that it's a common worry that a hot player will go cold on the bench. The Statcast figures were climbing in the games before he ended the hitless streak. It was also a positive sign that Hyde feels Davis is still good enough defensively to deploy in the late innings of a game. And who knows, he may have also been exploring the idea that Davis can develop late-career skills as a pinchhitter a la Smokey Burgess 😁. It's been pointed out many times that Davis was very run- and power-productive during that period--a welcome change. No one thought that he was going to stay hot forever. The mlb.com article about how he could become an All-Star was pure fantasy, but well-written, an enjoyable gedanken-erfahrung thought-experiment. I would hope that even you were glad for the guy that he broke out of the hitless stretch with a strong few weeks, not few days. Or maybe you are too stressed by the idea that unless Davis completely fails, the O's will keep him on the 25-man roster. Out of the same aspect of compassion, I alternatively suspect that it will be easier for the O's to cut him between seasons if he reaches a certain level of competence and can leave on a high note (relatively speaking) instead of utter humiliation. That is, considering how much media attention there's been, the Orioles and Davis are facing a unique human relations problem. Oh and you seem to imply that there's a certain predictable timing to when Davis raises the hopes of some hypothetically stupid fan that I'm sure doesn't exist among those who post to the OH. The career monthly figures, at least, don't show that to be the case. I still hope April 13-May 12, 2019 was just one of several good periods he has in the remaining part of the season. But I'm not putting any money down on it, that's for sure.
  14. I do not think they are worse than last year. It can be painful to watch at times, but they have glimmers of decency occasionally and you can see they hate to lose. Just a very young team, short on pitching talent. The defense is actually much improved.
  15. Better save up for playoff tickets then.
  16. Between 1998-2011 the Orioles lost 90+ games nine times. If Elias gets it right, the Orioles are turned around in five years. That is a hell of a lot better than going 14 seasons with a losing record. Also I don't care about winning 75 games, I want the Orioles to win a world series. Elias is going to run his version of what the Astros did and that doesn't involve overpaying players to look "respectable". I don't get this obsession with living in the now and hoping to eek out a .500 season. Have a long term vision and take the medicine that is losing this year and for the next few years.
  17. Basically this is what I expected but I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel
  18. Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman in Space. This is Public Service Broadcasting's driving force, J. Willgoose Esq, visiting The Royal Society. Look up Royal Society if you don't know what it is.
  19. If someone wants to switch allegiances more power to them. 1998 to 2011 was a lot better than this. We have next to no talent on this team. Who is our best position player? Mancini? A guy who is the worst regular outfield the team has ever put out there? what was the worst team in the 14 losing seasons? The 2010 team? That team had Wieters, Jones, Markakis Brian Roberts and Luke Scott. This year we have a whole lot of nothing.
  20. The O's are already in the middle of nowhere. Just ask anyone in DC or Philly.
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