Lady Olenna is not one of the good guys.

Winter quotes an interview with Diana Rigg, in which she talks about playing Olenna. One of the things she says about her character is that she’s “pretty evil.” Dan Selcke responds:

Rigg may have been speaking with her tongue planted in her cheek, but that’s one way to read Olenna’s actions. She did commit regicide, albeit against someone few would miss. But generally speaking, Olenna’s motives are sympathetic, even if she’s done some questionable things in the name of her family’s well-being.

I don’t think Rigg was speaking tongue-in-cheek at all. Lady Olenna is at best a deeply, morally ambiguous character. We like her because it’s so much fun to watch her rip into Cersei and say horrible things about her male family members, but still, we’re talking about someone who’s been in cahoots with Littlefinger.

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Of course it’s not too early to speculate about Season 7

Why do I keep typing “Season” as “Seasion”? Like…muh?

Anyway. My idea of spending more time on the new novel is going pretty well. I said I would invest less time this year in following filming leaks, and I mean it. That said? I actually AM quite interested in news about filming locations. Since Dany & Co. are coming to Westeros, that narrows down the range of possible settings on the show, and I’m interested in what those settings may look like.

Per several posts at Watchers, we have some nice concrete news about various places, outside of Northern Ireland, where Season 7 will be filmed. The filming season will be a bit later in the year than previously, partly because they want to film in actual winter. That means we’ll also have to wait longer for the season to air. It’ll be a short season; HBO confirms seven episodes this year, so I need to speculate with a short-ish season in mind. For getting actual winter, the production is returning to Iceland in January, and the rumor is that “six major characters” will be involved in the Icelandic scenes.

Meanwhile, they’re also lining up a number of interesting Spanish locations, including Sevilla, Almodovar del Rio, Zumaia, Santiponce, Caceres, and Bermeo.

For some of these locations, we can first assume they’ll be doing Dorne scenes here, which I suppose will be more engaging now that the Sand Sucks are part of a group that includes Dany & Tyrion, Olenna Tyrell and the Greyjoy sibs. Some of the Spanish locations, however, look better for more northern areas of Westeros.

For Sevilla, they’re going back to the Real Alcazar to film more Water Gardens scenes. Hopefully not trying to do any more action scenes there. It’s a gorgeous location, but it’s better for showing everyone just sitting around drinking wine.

For Almodovar del Rio, they’re shooting at the castle, which looks like this:

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Jaime will not stay in King’s Landing

Since I made a few thousand words happen for my novel today, I think it’s okay to write this now.

Of all the places Jaime Lannister has gone and things he’s done so far on Game of Thrones, Season 4 is the only season he’s spent entirely in King’s Landing.

Have seen Season 6, I think 4 will be the last season he spends entirely in King’s Landing.

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They’re not even trying to be subtle.

Hi there fellow Throners, I just rewatched some parts of the Season 6 finale. In the exchange between Jaime and Bronn at the Twins, they just happen to make time for yet another conversation about Jaime’s appeal to the ladies, as if there wasn’t enough happening in the episode already and as if we hadn’t already seen Bronn tell Podrick how exhausted he was from seeing the girls coo over Jaime.

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Maybe if I put it in public, I’ll make it happen.

Now we’re finished with Season 6, and we’re already getting filming news about Season 7.

For the next year, I’m really, really, hoping, actually, to spend less time on Game of Thrones and more time on just about everything else, especially my novel.

I’ll still be writing about GoT in the off-season, but for this year my goal is to focus less on filming leaks and more on foreshadowing. Not that my foreshadowing-based speculation is always right, but with the amount of time I spent obsessing over every post at Watchers, relative to how much that information told us about what was actually happening in Season 6, I think I’ll get a better bang for my buck from looking at events from previous seasons. Also, there were some filming leaks that turned out to be outright wrong. I’d rather be wrong based on what I tell myself than on what someone else tells us.

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In which we can’t always get what we want.

So, I think last night was the first time I watched a new episode of Game of Thrones while sober and healthy, and the result was that I could not sleep last night. Really could not sleep. May have lost consciousness for an hour and a half, but that’s a generous estimate. I’m now working, still in the middle of my first cup of coffee, and I may not be entirely coherent.

First off: everything that happened at Winterfell was fabulous.

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In which I am pre-emptively salty

Less than an hour to go until the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale!

In light of this season having surprised me with alarming frequency, I am trying very hard to put all my expectations on hold. I assume the finale will shock us all in many ways. And I have a sneaking suspicion that some fan theories will be debunked in this episode. With that in mind:

I’ll try my best not to be one of those fans.

 

In which the foreshadowing piles up.

Last night I watched Game of Thrones—the latest Episode 9!!!!—while sober and sick with a cold. I found the experience is basically the same as watching while drunk. Our peeps across the pond should be watching it, just about…now.

I think you’ll find it’s not a great episode, but it is an excellent Episode 9. I did an analysis of the Episode 9 events and their consequences for FanSided earlier this year, and there’s a definite formula that goes with the Nines. It’s not just “big scary stuff happens,” it’s about power shifts and victories with complications. This one fits into that tradition. We can criticize the storytelling choices, but as far as Nines go, this one gets the job done.

But I want to talk about what I think will happen next week.

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