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This Season was a huge letdown to the point where I had to stop watching because I didn't have the energy to rage week in and week out (I'm slowing down in my old age), but at one point when the showrunners revealed a bunch of people would be dying who aren't dead in the books, I made a prediction somewhere as to who was going to eat shit (Ser Barristan, Myrcella, Mance, close calls on Grey Worm, Jorah, and Bronn). I wish I knew exactly where I posted that, so for the upcoming season, I'm doing that here.
Again, I think the show has become a shell of its former self and won't be watching unless things improve dramatically. I don't really have any interest in debating the merits of show vs. book, just testing my own ability to read storytelling patterns I guess.
SPOILERS to follow.
Jon - stays dead. For a while. Gets resurrected near the end of the season or in Season 7 after the Wall falls.
Tyrion - the Siege of Mereen gets to happen after all, he takes Barristan's place as the one defending it. I actually don't hate this.
Dany - captive for basically the whole season, a blight on how far she's come as a character. Luckily big symbolic Drogon will come in to save her again and empower her to lead her new Khalasar back to Mereen to save the day.
Stannis - not dead, courtesy of Brienne being a better person than him and still having some twisted sense of duty to the Baratheons.
Brienne - helps Stannis regroup, in spite of his general awfulness. Joins up with the Brotherhood without Banners (finally), now lead by Blackfish Tully, and exacting revenge on those goddamn Frey bastards. This is as hopelessly optimistic as my predictions get.
Cersei - dies. Cleganebowl confirmed.
Tommen - dies. See above.
Jaime - keeps bickering with the Dornish. Anything that keeps him from being at King's Landing and developing a sense of duty as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Dornish et al - bicker with Jaime. Continue doing nothing of consequence. Maybe arrange Tommen's death.
Sansa - with Theon's knowledge that Bran and Rickon are alive, off to find the latter.
Theon - does basically nothing until Yara/Asha dies to give him some purpose and lead the Iron Islands.
Yara/Asha - fridged. Euron's doing.
Euron - big new scary evil guy who could be a serious threat to Dany and all of Wester- oh he sailed to Mereen and got roasted by a dragon. Nevermind. Hey Dany has ships now!
Arya - wanders around Braavos blind. Gets to have her fun run-in's with Sam and Gilly, probably Gendry as well. Learns to warg into cats. Eventually sails back to Westeros with Mace Tyrell. Kills Cersei? Like Tyrion's arc, I don't hate this, mostly because it still sticks to the source material.
Davos - decides enough is enough and abandons Stannis over Shireen. Maybe stays at the Wall so there's someone to root for there, witnesses it falling. Gets pulled to Braavos over money. Definitely not off to find Rickon and Osha.
Rickon and Osha - found by Sansa and Theon. Killed off probably.
Bran, Hodor, Meera - never seen again. Ever.
Sam and Gilly - never make it to the Citadel. Get caught up with Euron as he sails east. There's basically no way they find time for the Alleras, Pate/FM, glass candle subplot. Joins with Dany/Tyrion to tell them all about the white walker threat.
Tyrells - no one cares. Probably all die.
Littlefinger - see above.
All in all, a set-up for the climatic Season 7/movie finale that will give people the dragons vs. white walker battle they want so badly. Ten years later, GRRM finishes book eight in even more epic and sprawling fashion and we all wonder if we can get a do over on everything past Season 4. HBO starts planning the reboot/spin-off.
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Hulk really is going to get blasted off into space. Ultron won't have an answer to his strength so he'll have a shitload of drones latch onto him and drag him off the planet.
In the mid-credits stinger as he's floating across the solar system near death, Ms. Marvel will make her debut/cameo and save him in a reversal of him saving Tony in Avengers. From there if he doesn't make it to a Planet Hulk-inspired solo movie (all the pieces are there for that environmental message Ruffalo wants), he'll at least play a supporting role in hers. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy didn't expand the universe just to be the only ones playing in it.
And here's my prediction for filling out the long movie slate
May 1 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17 - Ant-Man
May 6 - Captain America 3
July 8 - Doctor Strange*
May 5 - Ms Marvel**
July 28 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
November 3 - Avengers Academy***
May 4 - Planet Hulk
July 6 - Black Widow/Hawkeye prequel**
November 2 - Thor 3****
May 3 - Avengers 3
*no-brainer, already has a director and currently casting
**the oft-rumored female-lead Marvel movies, interchangeable years depending on what Scarlett Johansson's schedule allows for
***gotta keep the peripherals in play (War Machine, Maximoff Twins, Vision, Fury, Hill, etc.)
****Hemsworth says he has a long break coming, filming in late 2016/early 2017 sets up this date nicely. And if the Infinite Gauntlet is still in Asgard's treasury, Thanos will be coming for it and with him Ragnarok
Whether any of this interplays with the Netflix series' or Agents of SHIELD or Agent Carter, I have no clue. What I do know is it's a good time to be a Marvel fan.
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Here's the outline I just came up with for what X-men: Days of Future Past and X-men: Apocalypse would look like if I had my way.
Days of Future Past will run it's course, not really taking much from the comics except the time travel (maybe Storm getting cooked by a Sentinel for good measure). The climatic battle in the Past pits Young Charles and Erik working together once more to protect the President from malfunctioning Sentinels. Meanwhile in the Future, the Old X-men defend Old Wolverine's body from a Sentinel assault in hopes he can right the Past in time to save them. They have a contingency plan, however, to utilize Blink's mutant powers to time travel themselves to an alternate universe where they can try again. The battle in the Past reaches a fever pitch and.... Young Charles dies.
The President dies. Their mission fails. The Future is utterly destroyed. As Blink and the last contingency of X-men reach for Old Charles, he vanishes before their eyes, having never existed. They're devastated but know they have to run or die. So they run. Bolivar Trask convinces the world into thinking mutants assassinated the President, not his machines. The impact is immediate and Young Magneto takes the surviving members of the X-men into hiding. The world is no longer safe for mutants as Sentinel production pushes ahead at full speed. Trask becomes President, promising to wipe out the mutant threat in the name of all mankind.
Days of Future Past ends on a bleak note, but a whole new outlook on the franchise. How will the X-men look with Magneto at the helm? How will mutants survive in an openly hostile world? What will become of the time-displaced X-men of the erased Future? The film ends with Young Magneto looking through Professor X's journals. He reads a note about a recent discovery -- before Charles died, he thought he had discovered the world's first mutant, one of immense power. Could this be the ally he needs to throw back the Sentinel threat and make a home for mutantkind?
And so we go into X-men: Apocalypse.
The film opens in Egypt. A Pharaoh of old wages war on one of the last of the wild clans. It's less of a battle and more of a slaughter. Men, women, and children alike are cut down without mercy. All but one. An undersized child with pale gray skin sits among the chaos. A soldier approaches him and lifts his sword. The child grabs him and drains his life force. He walks down the Pharaoh, killing soldier after defending soldier until he reaches him and grabs him by the head. As the Pharaoh's soul is ripped from his body, the child begins to take on his characteristics, color filling his pale skin. He is the Pharaoh now. But the army will not accept it. They trap him and bury him alive deep within one of the pyramids, never to be found.
Present day. Mystique and Beast are on a supply run. The city is ramshackle, a byproduct of mutants fighting back to the bitter end before they're executed. They have to dodge patrolling Sentinels. All goes well until they discover a young mutant girl about to be gunned down by a Sentinel. Beast leaps into action and disables it, much to Mystique's chagrin. He thinks he's saved the girl, until a squad of Sentinels surrounds them. It looks like the end. But the pair aren't alone. The X-men leap to their rescue, lead by Magneto. He chastises them for being reckless, but Beast insists they did the right thing: "It's what Charles would have done."
President Trask receives news of the X-men's continued activity, but is unconcerned. He knows it's only a matter of time before the tiny group of rebels is caught. He has bigger fish to fry, namely delivering Sentinels to countries around the globe in their war on mutants. Beast catches wind of this plan and knows it will cripple the mutant resistance, but Magneto refuses to act. He has his own plan to seek a potential ally who could change the balance of power. Beast calls for a group to attack in spite of his orders and Magneto assures him they will not come to their rescue this time.
Beast and his splinter group infiltrate the Sentinel dispatch center only to find there are thousands more than they originally thought. A nuclear-powered Master Mold has been producing them faster than ever. They know it must be destroyed, but barely damage it and at a heavy cost. Only Beast escapes with his life and the fleets of Sentinels launch anyway.
The Sentinels arrive in their respective countries and immediately begin killing mutants by the dozens. There is a collective outcry around the world as thousands, even millions of mutant voices are stifled. Deep within the confines of an ancient sarcophagus.... their prayers are heard.
En Sabah Nuhr bursts from the pyramid, empowered by the millennia of imprisonment and the need of his people. Hundreds of Sentinels respond to the power spike, but their weapons are useless against him. He crushes the opposition much like the scene from his past. Cameras capture the image and in an instant, he becomes a beacon of hope for all mutantkind.
Magneto knows his chance has come. He prepares his X-men to meet with this mutant savior as Beast stumbles in. Magneto doesn't take news of the Master Mold or the splinter group's deaths well. If Beast had followed his lead, they would all still be alive and on their way to a new world for mutants. Beast can't argue. The X-men fly off in the long-dormant Blackbird to join with En Sabah Nuhr.
President Trask goes into lockdown mode, withdrawing American Sentinels from across the country into defensive position around him. He sends Master Mold into overdrive, building his robotic army as fast as possible. Rebel mutant groups begin to gather across America. His leadership is starting to come into question.
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2 years ago
Hey friends. Not sure how many of you can actually see this since it's my first time posting a journal with this weird layout, but I'll give it a try anyway.
After spending time envying (and occasionally being one of the stops on) the Family-excursions, I'm finally getting ready to go on one of my own. Granted, the main reason I'm taking this trip is to move to a new state, but since I'm not in a rush I figured I could make a few stops along the way.
Sometime between now and early November (I'm exact like that) I'll be moving from north Texas to southern California, so if you reside somewhere vaguely between those two points and you have any interest in hanging out, grabbing a drink, or just making fun of me to my face, let me know.
A couch on which to potentially crash isn't necessary but is appreciated depending on the timing of the whole thing. I'm also planning on visiting a few of my non-CBM friends on my way out there, so if I can't make it over to you, please don't be offended. It's not that I don't like you, I just like them more. And there's at least a 2% chance of soliciting heterosexual intercourse (specified for Poet).
So yeah, there's that.
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