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5 minutes ago, Enuff said:

S7: E5: Eastwatch

was awesome!!

If they keep it up, this year's finale will have to be spectacular to top the current episodes...

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4 arrested in India after Game of Thrones leak

NEW DELHI - Indian police have arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired episode of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones", police in the city of Mumbai said on Tuesday.
The wildly popular fantasy drama is already the most pirated show on television and has been bedevilled by repeated leaks of episodes before they air.
According to police, three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee.
The leaking of the episode on August 4, titled "The Spoils of War," was separate from a recent hack on HBO. That hack included the theft of proprietary information, such as programming.
"We received a complaint from Prime Focus Technologies regarding the leaking of episode 4, series 7," Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police in the Mumbai cyber crime unit, told Reuters.
"In the investigation it was revealed that four persons were involved."
The four have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offences. They appeared in court and were remanded until August 21.
Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones, which has a huge following in South Asia, is distributed in India by Star India, a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. 

http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/08/15/17/4-arrested-in-india-after-game-of-thrones-leak

 

 

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1 hour ago, Salty Dog said:

 

I think that is the one I downloaded...lol

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There sure are some strange alliances happening.
I hope Little Finger gets the "needle"...lol... it is long over due...

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For those who may have missed this fine point:

In the last season it was revealed that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned Stark took him in and passed him as his bastard son in order to protect his identity from Robert Baratheon who was in love with Lyanna. In the last episode, it was discovered that Jon's parents were actually married at the time of his birth, making him a legitimate Targaryen. Since Jon is Targaryen and the only surviving son of the crown prince of the Targaryen dynasty, that makes him the legitimate heir to the 7 kingdoms. This secret is not known by any of the main characters except for Bran Stark.

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3 minutes ago, rep1 said:

How did they get it before official release? Hacked again?

must be...

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

It's really good...

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1 hour ago, Richard K said:

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

It's really good...

Enuff tried that one last week...:huh:

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My daughter told me there was going to a couple of spin-offs. One was "Children of the Forest"
I know there are a couple of George R. R. Martin books that are pre "A Song of Fire and Ice" time line that GOT is based on.
One is "A Hedge Knight"... and another is "Sworn Sword" ..both are about King Aerys II Targaryen..the Mad King when he was a boy, nicknamed "Egg" by his brother.. who took the Black and was the meister on the Wall  ..he died at sea with young Tarley on the way to the citadel. 

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‘Game of Thrones’ has always promised an explosive ending, and now the White Walkers appear equipped to bring enough firepower to make things interesting.

After seasons of promising that “winter is coming” and playing up the White Walker threat, Game of Thrones needed to make that danger real. So the show staged an epic battle — a massacre, really — that would show the strength of the Night King’s forces. That didn’t happen on Sunday night; that was two seasons ago, when Jon fought the army of the dead at Hardhome in one of the most astounding, visceral set pieces the show had aired to date. The moment when the Night King raised his hands, the music cut out, and the dead unceremoniously rose, with their eyes glazed over, was chilling. The White Walkers were real. It seemed that winter was, finally, here. In the 18 episodes since that series-defining battle, the White Walkers have been roaming the lands north of the Wall, in no hurry to do … whatever it is they’re doing up there. There are no wildlings left to help build the army of the dead, and no explanation for why the White Walkers have putzed around for so long. Besides an attack on the Three-Eyed Raven’s hangout in Season 6, the Others have gone back to their usual role on the show: Thrones’ ultimate MacGuffin. They drive the plot, but only from the shadows.

That détente ended Sunday night, though not because the White Walkers finally invaded, as the show has been hinting at since the first scene of the series. Instead, Jon and the rest of Snowcean’s 7 pursue a bizarre and surely doomed plan in which they travel beyond the Wall (?) in the hopes of capturing a wight (??) so they can convince persuade to join their side (???). They ultimately succeed, if you can call it that, but only at the cost of a Thoros, a Benjen, and a dragon. (Trade grade: F.)

But while the plan didn’t make sense (why didn’t they ride horses? Can anything sway Cersei?), it did provide some narrative payoff. The battle introduced the conflict this story has been building to since the beginning: dragons vs. zombies. The two were always destined to be pitted against each other, and now we’ve finally seen it happen. Massacring wildlings at Hardhome was one thing, but the White Walkers’ real job was always to take down dragons. Similarly, burning Lannisters may make for great battle sequences, but the real fight for the dragons has always been in the North. Winter has been “here” for a while, but now it’s here here. And with just seven episodes left, Game of Thrones has truly entered its endgame.

One of the quirks of the inevitable Thrones conflict — dragons vs. zombies — is that it seems remarkably one-sided. The army of the dead are formidable, as seen at Hardhome, but lack the look of a classic Final Boss, especially when it always seemed that the dragons could just … I don’t know … burn them? This runs counter to so many other stories. In Star Wars, the Empire has the Death Star while the rebels are just a ragtag group of idealists. In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron’s armies easily outnumber those of men, especially with elves leaving Middle-earth. You get the idea. Normally, the good guys are also the little guys, and they have to use ingenuity and a little luck to win. But in Thrones, the good guys were poised to hold the upper hand. The Night King might have a bunch of skeletons and even a few giants, but it’s the heroes who have the dragons. Or, had them.

Take notes, Qyburn — this is how you kill (and then later un-kill) a dragon. A low-key fact about the Night King: Before this moment, he’d never been seen in on-screen combat. He marched menacingly at the Children of the Forest last season, but even at Hardhome, he made his appearance only after the fight was wrapping up. This was the first glimpse of what he can do in action, and it’s far more terrifying than anything we’ve seen from the dead so far. Wights are so dumb they’ll run right into a lake if they aren’t told to stop, and we’ve already seen Jon kill two White Walkers with one slash of his Valyrian steel blade. But the Night King is a different beast entirely. If he can launch a spear with the force to take out a dragon in one hit, who knows what other tricks he has?

Most intimidating about the way the Night King kills Viserion is how cavalier he is about the whole thing. Sometime after Season 5, Thrones changed the Night King’s actor and makeup. That’s Season 5 on the left, and Season 6 on the right. A lot of fans think he looks less menacing now, but I think he’s much scarier. Before, the Night King looked like a comic book character, with too much hate in his eyes, but the new one’s indifference projects a soul that is as cold as ice. He can slaughter a dragon and not even blink.

This skirmish still left plenty of questions unanswered. Chief among them: Can dragonfire hurt White Walkers? They seem to be impervious to regular fire, having casually walked through it on several occasions before. But Dany didn’t attack the White Walkers directly, so that answer will have to wait for a subsequent battle. If it really is only dragonglass and Valyrian steel that can kill these guys, the citizens of Westeros are in big trouble.

There will be plenty more battles with the Night King, and with just seven episodes left, this fight marks a turning point: The entire series will reorient around him. Presumably Jon and Dany will head to King’s Landing to get stabbed in the back by Cersei, but the Iron Throne doesn’t matter much now. Even Dany, who has talked almost exclusively about wearing the crown for seven-odd seasons, knows that. “If we hadn’t gone I wouldn’t have seen. You have to see it to know. Now I know,” she tells Jon before swearing to destroy the Night King.

What she doesn’t know is that the Night King is no longer just an icy old dude with a bunch of skeletons doing his handiwork. Turning Viserion into a wight is the final upgrade the Night King needs to turn his sights south of the Wall. This is his final form — don’t expect him to continue to be so quiet for the end of this series. Westeros’s big bad — not a pretender, its real big bad — has finally become a player in the game. And he’s bringing something better than zombies to fight dragons: another dragon.

https://www.theringer.com/game-of-thrones/2017/8/20/16171886/night-king-final-boss-beyond-the-wall

 

 

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