Great start to GOT.....the final season

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Apr 15, 2019, 04:41

It's a long time since I read my first GOT book....amazing how this series has captured the public. The Final Season commenced tonight.....and it didn't disappoint.

Apr 15, 2019, 12:51

I’ve never watched an episode of GOT now I wish I had but I’m going to watch the final season just because of Jason Momoa :)

Apr 15, 2019, 12:59

Are you sure he won't be dead by the second episode, Cloudy?

Apr 15, 2019, 13:12

I thought he died in season 1 already? Spoilers???

Apr 15, 2019, 14:00

Must have been season 7? I’m still watching the first episode of the final series and so far he hasn’t appeared. I was too busy watching The Walking Dead I should have paid more attention to what everyone was saying about GOT, my bad. So you can tell me what happened to him :)

Apr 15, 2019, 14:03

Oh man!!! It was season 1......sheesh. I’ll have to watch Aquaman again haha

Apr 15, 2019, 15:43

He might come back in the final never know with GOT.:D

Apr 15, 2019, 16:22

Reincarnated as Aquaman maybe. I wait in anticipation draad :)

I’m such a dummy, I mean who else watches the last series of any show duh

They actually ran the whole thing from series 1-7 over the weekend on cable but I just couldn’t stay with it although I did watch 3 series of TWD over a couple of days once.

Apr 16, 2019, 09:00

Oh common, Lara ... how can you watch the final season without having watched the first 7 ... ??

It's easy enough to download ... and besides that .. watching your favourite characters to hate, get theirs is very satisfying.

Don't do it.

It's a fantastic series ... best I've ever seen ... get the first season and start from scratch. You won't regret it.

I have 3 more episodes to go in season 7 ... my 5th viewing ... and then it's onto season 8.

Apr 17, 2019, 14:00

I know CC who does that right?? Watching bits of it has been very confusing so many characters, so many plots, sub-plots, if I had the stamina I could have watched the whole lot from 1-7 over the weekend. Anyway I’m sure it will be like Mash with re-runs for the next decade :)

Apr 17, 2019, 16:16

@Cloudy. Even if you watch the whole series from season 1 episode 1 in sequence, you will have to keep your ducks in a row to follow everything. I never watched it. I said it was a bunch of fantasy crap. 

My eldest son that told me that he thought the same but he was curious to know what the fuss was about. So he got started watching it. He got hooked and got the books as well. 

I then decided to see what it was that would get him hooked, and then started watching it. That was the end of me. I started watching it towards the time when season 6 was about halfway through on TV. I binged and caught up with the TV with two episodes to spare. :D

Apr 17, 2019, 16:24

Ceradyne.....I know I’m kicking myself. Like you I wondered what the fuss was about, after watching the pilot I figured it wasn’t for me so I didn’t watch after that. But over the weekend I started watching a few more episodes, it was too much of a marathon so I’ll just do what CC said and download them from scratch. With all these popular series they’ll bring them out on DVD and make a killing.

Apr 17, 2019, 18:14

No need to download them. You should be able to watch the box sets on demand. 

Or you could watch it here:

Apr 18, 2019, 05:26

Thanks Ceradyne.....the link is a little wonky maybe it’s my device but other things keep popping up and when I actually do get on the site I have to register. Did you watch the series using this link?

Apr 18, 2019, 09:46

Don’t register for anything Cloudy. I usually watch it on my laptop but have just tried it on my iPhone for the first time. I clicked on the first episode and immediately closed the pop up and clicked the link again and it worked perfectly.

Apr 18, 2019, 11:59

Ok I’ve managed to start the first episode Winter is Coming but that was after deleting about 4 porn sites lol

Apr 18, 2019, 13:30

Have you checked that the pop up blocker on your browser is enabled?

Apr 18, 2019, 13:34


I have forgotten about this one which has much less ads and pop ups:

Apr 18, 2019, 14:59

Yep the popup blocker is enabled. Not having much luck it did start playing but had to leave it for a bit and when I came back it was going to other sites even saying I had to download VPN in order to watch it.

I’ll try the other link. Thank you :)

Apr 18, 2019, 15:03

No luck with the second link....access denied by the Federal Court in Aust.... plonkers!!

Apr 18, 2019, 15:04

That’s ok ceradyne I think one of my brothers taped the whole series 1-7 over the weekend. Appreciate the help though :)

Apr 19, 2019, 13:22

Nah man ... it's kind of Ceradyne to help ... BUT ... it's far easier to just download the entire season one at a time from ...

I'm glad you've decided to watch the entire series from scratch, Lara.

It IS going to knock your socks off. You hubby better get used to making his own supper, cause you'll be indisposed.


Apr 19, 2019, 13:58

@CC. Pirate bay has been banned in the UK for probably the last seven years or longer. They and Limewire were among the very first to be banned.

Apr 19, 2019, 15:39



I still have access to it and all it's footage ... movies, series, music ...

Apr 19, 2019, 16:25

The only way that you can view it over here is by using a VPN which hides your actual IP address. 

Check this link. Blocked sites.

Scroll down and check the UK. Pirate Bay was actually the very first one blocked in 2012. IIRC, the case was against them and the others were just added to the list, based on the court ruling against Pirate Bay. 

Apr 19, 2019, 17:49

CC....I make supper for my dad these days and he’s not much of a GOT fan just likes the rugby :)

Thank you I’ll have a look at that site ...pirate you say?? Wish me luck lol

Apr 20, 2019, 06:33


Ok ... well you'll convert him into an avid fan before long.

Good luck!!

Apr 20, 2019, 08:47

That pirate link was also a dud. All good I’ve got the series just have to watch them now :)

Apr 30, 2019, 17:30

Winterfell United 1 (Stark 90+5) White Walker Wanderers 0

Not since Manchester United's dramatic comeback against Bayern in the 1999 Champions League final has a game of this magnitude been turned on its head at the very death, with United wonderkid Arya Stark pouncing on some sloppy defending by the White Walker rearguard late on to fire a winner into the despairing Wanderers captain and talisman, the Night King.

Questions will now be asked of this White Walker side who, like PSG, have failed to live up to expectations once again despite astronomical investment in the playing squad.

It's all well and good dominating the farmers beyond the wall week in week out but when push comes to shove and you're playing the very best Westeros has to offer away at Winterfell, you expect more mental fortitude to be shown from the big money signings such as zombie Wun Wun and the ice dragon. Yet another huge recruitment effort will be needed in the summer if they are to challenge for the title next season but it appears unlikely.

Despite less than ideal playing conditions, including heavy spells of dragon fire coming down from the sky and generally poor visibility which made the contest difficult to follow at times for those in attendance, Winterfell United held firm under immense pressure for what felt like the full 90 minutes before Stark struck late to put them through to the final, where they will face Cersei Lannister's dangerous King's Landing side.

Here's how the players performed.

Winterfell United

Ser Jorah Mormont -

The 44-year-old veteran journeyman opened the game with a promising-looking attack down the middle but it was quickly swallowed up by the White Walker backline. Appeared to lose himself a bit physically and mentally during the contest and was probably fortunate not to be substituted but did manage to gather himself in time for a heroic final 10. Showed his experience and class when it was needed most, despite his body failing him. 7.

Jon Snow (c) -

Questions will be asked of the Winterfell captain's temperament and decision-making after he almost cost his team in a big game, and not for the first time. When these sides met in the reverse fixture he was fortunate to stay on the field and had to be bailed out by Winterfell legend Benjen Stark. Yet again his selfish desire to try and be the hero, rather than play in other better-positioned members of his attack, is hindering the team. It is clear he has a very poor tactical understanding of the game and has it all to prove going into the final. Literally tried to roar at a dragon. 1.

Grey Worm -

One of the most consistent performers over the last few seasons, Grey Worm had a solid if unspectacular game but was clearly hindered by Winterfell's defensive approach. The Summer Isles native was often left isolated on his own and, starved of service, there was only so much he could do. Even so, a few nice touches and some link-up play helped bring the Red Priestess Melisandre into the action as well as silence the commentators who rather embarrassingly insisted his game was just all about pace and power. 6.

The Hound -

Like Ser Jorah, it was clear the big target man fell victim to the occasion and nerves got the better of him for a large portion of the contest. However, he did manage to snap out of it and was crucial in the build-up to Arya Stark's late goal, rekindling the 'big man/little man' forward partnership chemistry they've developed over the years like a Winterfell Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. Used his body well to create the space for Stark's all-important strike. 7.

Arya Stark -

Man of the match. A breakout performance by the diminutive frontwoman who appears to thrive playing on the counter. Always a threat offensively, Stark did it all for her team last night, including some stellar defensive work on the walls and a great solo run past some extremely static defending in the library. Never afraid of the ball and showed up when her other more experienced teammates were flailing.

Has responded superbly to the initial doubts about her talent when she returned to the club after a prolific loan spell in the Essos second tier - not a league known for producing quality players. There are no question marks now. Took the biggest chance of her career to date in a difficult one on one with the Night King but finished with aplomb. 10.

Melisandre -

The Red Priestess has endured heaps of criticism since her controversial free transfer move to Winterfell but was absolutely decisive in this victory after producing a couple of moments of magic that swung the game for United. She has had a more controversial career than most (gave birth to a shadow demon and burned a small child at the stake, but particularly after attempting to seduce teammate Jon Snow during preseason - something to which fans have attributed his poor run of form) but never gave up and her composure proved vital.

Shocked the crowd by retiring immediately after the game rather than play on to the final but given her age, you can't blame her. A fitting send-off for the flamboyant sorceress. 8.

Lyanna Mormont -

Called up due to an injury crisis, the academy prospect appeared to be hopelessly out of her depth but did well to halt a midfield surge from zombie Wun Wun just when he looked like he might break through the Winterfell backline. Regardless, it was a poor decision from the manager to rush her into the starting lineup as she struggled to cope with the immense physicality of the league. Winterfell have now lost her for the rest of the season, and also forever. She is dead, but her tenacity can't be faulted. 7.

Beric Dondarrion -

Not the most glamorous player in a starting lineup of household names, Beric nonetheless proved why he was there with a gritty display at the heart of the Winterfell midfield. Kept his head despite the relentless White Walker pressure and his lung-busting sacrificial run, which drew several defenders away and left Arya unmarked to score the winner, should not be overlooked. 8.

Daenerys Targaryen -

Typically the danger-woman in the Winterfell side, 'Dany' struggled to make any kind of significant breakthrough and was pinned back by the furious press of the White Walker attacking unit that didn't allow her to operate with her usual creative freedom. There was good work on the dragon early on but not enough of it to really trouble the Night King. Took a knock and was quite clearly struggling towards the end. 6.

Samwell Tarly -

A complete passenger and defensive liability for his side. Has had his moments this season but simply could not get to grips with the intensity the White Walkers played at and was found hopelessly out of position time and time again. Questions about weight and conditioning remain. 2.

Theon Greyjoy -

A brave performance from a player who has long been written off by supporters and teammates alike. Clearly had something to prove to his coach, Bran Stark, who had nothing but praise for Greyjoy's work rate in the post-match presser. Kept his side in the game with a few wonderful saves before Arya's winner. 8.

Did not play long enough to earn a rating: Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Tormund Giantsbane

Unused substitutes: Tyrion Lannister

White Walker Wanderers

The Night King -

Must wonder what more he can do for his side as he was yet again let down by the poor finishing of his teammates. Was dominant in his usual role of sweeper and back-pocketed both of Winterfell's biggest threats - Jon Snow and Daenerys. As ever led the White Walker gegenpress well but switched off at the crucial moment, as did the entire Walker backline, when Arya arrived unmarked at the back post to send Winterfell through. That's what happens when you play a zonal rather than man-marking system and he is the only player willing to take responsibility of picking up players.

Likely his last game for the club and a bitterly disappointing end to an otherwise glittering career. 9.

Zombie Wun Wun -

Put in some heavy challenges and looked set to be the man to break the deadlock before losing an embarrassing 50/50 to the much smaller Lyanna Mormont that, just like Paul Pogba's dismal aerial duel with Raheem Sterling during last week's Manchester Derby, has since been ridiculed by the tabloids, who are now also attacking his body language and most recent haircuts.

Was billed as the player to tip the White Walkers over the edge when they signed him but flattered to deceive on the big occasion. 5.

Everyone else -

Inconsistent energy levels and a lack of desire let down the rest of the White Walkers despite an initially spirited performance. Hassled and harried from the opening whistle but struggled to make a decisive breakthrough despite big chances falling to the likes of zombie Wun Wun, the ice dragon and even the Night King himself, who seemed to hesitate at the vital moment instead of pulling the trigger. It is difficult, however, to criticise their star man too much as he shoulders so much of their defensive burden and it was, ultimately, the lack of a clinical forward line that stopped them progressing to the final. 4.

The Officiating

As ever, the work rate of this Wanderers team dropped off dramatically at extremely convenient moments and the sceptics amongst us will be quick to point to the impact of the inconsistent officiating of the referee David Benioff and his assistant D.B. Weiss, who frequently like to stop play in favour of Winterfell, as a key factor in the result.

For the most part, they did manage to let an extremely physical, niggly game go but doubts about their impartiality remain after Stark's winner, which looked onside from the camera angle we were given but has since come under scrutiny through replays shown after the game and has been called 'complete and utter fucking bullshit' by some lads on Reddit.

The officials chose not to review the decision as VAR has yet to be introduced in the Westerosi Champions League. Winterfell United are through to the final with it all still to play for.

May 01, 2019, 16:30

Nice one Ceradunce. That had me chuckling several times.

Excellent ratings! I agree 100% with the ratings for Jon Snow and Arya Stark.

May 01, 2019, 16:43

Funny how easily the standard soccer boilerplate fits.....delightful piece!

May 02, 2019, 06:55

Got it from my son on WhatsApp. Don’t know where he got it.

May 02, 2019, 06:59

Good one Cera! I assume you copied that from somewhere and didn't write it yourself? Not because you are not capable, but because of GOT being likened to football and not rugby. 

Just on the actual 3rd episode. Well nobody saw that coming. Great credit to the writers for keeping us all guessing...even when we were expecting the unexpected. There were a few times during the series when I felt it was just meandering along, like any other series, but just like Breaking Bad, they pull out a monster curve ball when it is least expected, and completely reignite the interest and fascination with the series. I predict that they will hold back a bit on episode 4 keeping things focused on background stories and so on, building up to the final two episodes. Akin to allowing everyone to catch their breath.

When there is as much hype about something as there was in the build up to the start of this final season, the actual event is almost always a huge let down. So far though, not only have they lived up to the hype, they have actually managed to exceed it. I hope they can maintain the intensity and originality until the final cut. 

May 02, 2019, 09:45

@Bluebok. Watch this clip about the producing of episode 3. It is quite long but it puts the episode in perspective. It is virtually down to the art of keeping a night long battle interesting enough to stretch it into an hour+ “movie”. 

May 13, 2019, 15:40

Ohhh my gosh!!  How good was GOT this week??!!!


May 13, 2019, 15:47

... and last week ... and the week before ... and last season ... and the season before that ... and the season before that ... all the way to season 1 episode 1.

You should have started from scratch Lara. 

May 13, 2019, 16:05

Fabulous last season.....Wagnerian

May 13, 2019, 16:07

Lol I know....Lara wouldn’t have done that but Cloudy is late for everything even Rankers ho hum!!

BUT....I’m going to watch them again .....and again......and again.....

FINAL episode next week what then??

May 13, 2019, 16:16 would you capture all that in a book? Did you enjoy the books? I think the books would have confused me.

May 13, 2019, 16:30

Cloudy the first couple of books were stunningly fresh and cool. I remember the shock when Ned Stark was killed. What author kills off his central character?

As the years went by the books became rather trite as Martin apparently developed writer's block. The screen writers did a great job of pulling together all the threads into what has been an epic conclusion.

May 13, 2019, 19:42

“What author kills off his central character?”

........ and still keep him relevant right up to the very last.

If you think about it. The only reason why Jon Snow only found out now that he was a Targaryen is because Joffrey chopped off Ned’s head in season 1.

Before leaving for Kings Landing, Ned promised Jon that when he came back, he and Jon would talk about Jon’s mother. That would obviously mean that he intended to disclose Jon’s lineage to him as well.

May 13, 2019, 20:45

It's true, as another example the build up for Arya Stark killing the Night King goes way back to the roots of the story.

May 14, 2019, 08:39

Explain, Mozart.

May 14, 2019, 08:47

Ned Stark supported Stannis Baratheon as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, after Robert died ... not Jon Snow ... nor any other Targaryen.


May 14, 2019, 10:12

Cloudy it might be your browser blocking em websites, I use Firefox.

May 14, 2019, 10:47

Firefox on your iPad blobbok?  I have Chrome but that didn’t work either it goes to the site but just keeps redirecting.  I’ll d/l Firefox and try that with the link ceradyne put up because he said that one works.

May 14, 2019, 11:13

Mozart.....I agree they have done an amazing job transferring the books to the screen. I tried to read the LOTR books but gave up and just watched the movies. Much easier and I’m not the type to compare books to movies or vice versa, if it’s good then happy days, if not then money wasted lol

May 16, 2019, 01:07

Alternate GOT review  episode 5

  • Raven On Recap: GoT S8E5 "The Bells"

May 23, 2019, 10:56

The finale was a bit of a let down. Last weeks episode was more exciting.

May 23, 2019, 11:13

I was a bit disappointed with the ending as well but the more I think about it the more I accept that they got it right. Initially I was asking myself what leadership qualities Bran Stark had ever shown to be made ruler at the end, but on reflection, he's not really the king, Tyrion is the king. We saw how little Bran cared about making decisions in the last scene so it's safe to say he's going to leave everything up to his new hand and . . . I don't know about the rest of you . . . I always expected Jon or Daenerys to end up as ruler but always felt Tyrion would make the best king . . . and in the end he pretty much got the job.

I have another theory when it comes to GoT.

We all know George Martin wrote three-quarters of the story and then allegedly got "writers block" and never finished it. I think there's a very good reason why he didn't finish the stories and it has nothing to do with "writers block". I mean get real . . . he's a prolific author who has completed countless novels, trilogies and series . . . why would he suddenly be unable to complete his biggest and most famous work? I suspect the real reason is because the TV producers asked him not to. Martin himself would have seen how the TV series overtook his books in terms of popularity and commercial success and one of the best things about the TV series was the fact that no-one knew how it would finish. 

I think Martin and the TV producers struck a deal that they'd consult him on how it would end but he'd hold off on publishing the last book(s) until the TV series ended, thus not giving anything away to the vast majority of people who know the story through the TV series rather than the books.

If I'm right, I reckon we'll see the publication of the final Song of Ice and Fire book(s) within a few months.

Whatever else, Game of Thrones was one of the greatest TV series of all time with truly amazing levels of production, a great storyline and excellent acting.

May 23, 2019, 11:21

Yes ... things were leading up to an exciting finish ... and then they fluffed it.

Bran with his mind control ability could have neutralized Drogon ... or at least taken charge of the Winter King's dragon ... instead he just sat there ... like a cripple ... useless. I expected much more from him.

Arya the faceless woman should have had her way with Cersie ... instead the evil queen bows out with a few bricks on the head. I was hoping for something brutal ... like murdering Jamie and taking his face as a disguise.

They messed the end up badly.

May 23, 2019, 12:24

Bran did what he was supposed to do.:D I liked the ending...and no-one saw it coming, not Bran and not the way John did what he did in the end. Everyone knew he had to do it, but the way he did surprised me.

The actual finish was in the previous episode. The last episode was only an epilogue of sorts....and opening possibilities for this space.. 

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