RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! Now that the behemoth that was Catelyn II is out of the way, the next project is Politics of the Reach, Part IV, which is already up to 2500 words. But in the meantime, we’ve got a LOT of stuff of the Tumblrs for you to enjoy:

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21 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

  1. Steven Xue says:

    I know Talisa was meant to be this ‘sacrificial lamb’ for Benioff and Weiss to make the Red Wedding tragic and all, but they could have still fleshed her story out a little more even after she had served her purpose. I kept expecting that after season three there maybe some callbacks to her at least concerning her family, especially in season 5 when Volantis was being featured. Maybe her family could have hired people to capture Tyrion instead of Jorah and he would then have to use that silver tongue of his to escape their wrath over what his father did to their daughter. I mean why even bother making her Volanteen if there wasn’t going to be any payoff from it?

    • Tywin of the Hill says:

      They made her Volantene because they wanted an “exotic” love interest, and Volantis is the go-to Essosi city for them.

    • fjallstrom says:

      They could have, but their changes does not appear to change anything in the next season, or even the one they are working with sometimes. I have recently read through turtle-paced fine comb re-watches of the series, and I think their writing process shows, and it appears to be rather haphazard. Setting things up, and not going through with them, that sort of thing.

    • Brett says:

      That really was a squandered opportunity. They did hint a bit at Volantis with her, but they could have done so much more to set it up in case Daenerys pays a visit later on in the show.

      The whole Talisa thing is just so strange to me. Why not just do Jeyne as she was? It still would have worked with the show. It’s not like it would have required them to add any new sets or scenery. It makes me wonder if Tywin of the Hill is right above in his response, and they just wanted to make her more “exotic” for extra sexiness.

      • Murc says:

        If you approach D&Ds writing style from a standpoint of “assume that being sexy in a way that titillates mostly white dudes is considered to be a goal in and of itself and needs no further justification” then suddenly a lot of their decisions make MUCH more sense.

    • It speaks to a very short-term, instrumental kind of storytelling.

  2. Tywin of the Hill says:

    I agree with you regarding Marvel’s Netflix shows. 2 or 3 episodes less would make them so much better, and maybe that way they could afford a decent dragon for Iron Fist.
    I’m feeling quite optimistic towards The Defenders and its 8 episode first season.

    SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    The second act is a little “meh”, but the ending is quite powerful, and the villain is better than usual in MCU movies.

    • Murc says:

      I can’t believe we live in a world where Ego, the Living Planet, features prominently in a major, big-budget motion picture. Like, played completely straight, not a joke.

      What a time to be alive.

      • The only problem with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is it’s made me kind of bummed about Avengers: Infinity War in retrospect. Because (and this didn’t really bother me until Guardians 2 really portrayed it so well) the only two characters who actually have meaningful conflict with Thanos are Nebula and Gamora. Cap, Tony, Thor, none of these people have any conflict with Thanos other than the fact that he’s a bad guy. And in this incredibly overstuffed movie there is almost no way that Gamora and Nebula’s actual relationship with their father is going to be given the space it deserves.

        I’d rather see Thanos in Guardians 3.

        • David Hunt says:

          Well, most of them will have reasons to hate Thanos when they see whatever state the Vision is in after Thanos rips the Mind Gem off his forehead. I also expect that he’ll have trounced them thoroughly to get it. Plus, Ragnarok may change matters dramatically in Asgard, but as matters stand right now, Thanos will have to cause some major damage to get at the Space Gem/Tesseract. Thor’s not going to be thanking him for that.

          But I get your point. At present, the only characters with any type of grudge against Thanos are Gamora, Nebula, and Drax. Loki had some kind of relationship with him in Avengers, but I don’t know the dynamics of that relationship.

          • I admit, I hadn’t really considered that Thanos would probably piss off most of the Avengers by the time the first film is over, and that is almost certainly true. And I suppose that none of them had a grudge with Loki when the Avengers started, and it all worked out okay.

            I still think that the number of characters means that some of them are going to get short-changed, however, and I am worried that Gamora and Nebula will be amongst them. Which is a little ironic, because in a lot of ways Gamora and Nebula are the only Guardians characters who I can really see fitting in amongst the darker and more serious tone of the Avengers.

        • As David points out, the Vision’s mind gem is a major connection.

          And Thor has a significant connection with the Space Gem and the Reality Gem.

          But there’s something more obvious we’re missing: Thanos was behind the attack on New York, the event that brought the Avengers together in the first place. I imagine that would be a rather strong motivator.

      • Brett says:

        Isn’t it great? It’s a testament to the MCU movie machine right there. And if they can weave it altogether in the next Avengers movie and stick the landing, the sky is the limit on what they could make movies out of it simply building out of that.

        Maybe we could have a major MCU movie every month! . . . Okay, that might be a bit much, but I wouldn’t say no to more of them.

        Meanwhile, the League of Justice in the DC Movie Universe is apparently going through a ton more re-shoots (most movies have some, in all fairness).

      • I mean, Kurt Russell playing Ego gives it a somewhat different, slightly satirical 80s vibe, but it was pretty awesome to see the face on the planet.

    • Well, too many episodes wasn’t Iron Fist’s biggest problem, but yeah…

      Not sure what part of the movie you consider the second act, but I didn’t feel any slowdowns.

  3. Brett says:

    The land post is very interesting. It ties into an earlier question you answered about what Littlefinger is doing with all of his money, and why he wasn’t using it to buy land – he simply can’t, at least not directly. He’d have to do it the sub-infeudation route, AKA bribe a lord to give him a land grant , possibly under quit-rent terms (or go for the full land and title like he did in the books, by making himself useful along with his money).

    I really want to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II again, but haven’t had the time yet to do it. I enjoyed it a ton on the first going, but I’ve heard that it gets even better on the second watch-through.

    • Yep. Also, acquiring land is way more obvious a power grab – nobles will notice that and be much more on their guard than they would about his financial shenanigans.

      • Brett says:

        And he already has a ton of money. Getting a land grant without title (even assuming he could do it) would just give him more money, whereas getting an actual title tied to a valuable domain would give him power.

  4. fjallstrom says:

    Regarding the question of the rank of a Prince with low ranking noblewoman as mother, versus the rank of a child of two lord paramount families, I think the asker might have missed that this is a patriarchal society. The rank of the children comes from the father. The mother at most a plus or minus in the margins, as long as she is not so low that the children are disinherited.

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