We’re glad you found us.
This one’s name is @OzofThrones and on behalf of the crew, a man would like to welcome you home to the Wall where we are ruled only by our own thoughts and fragments of essential professionalism.
Changes sometime breed confusion and many of you have only just found us. Judging by messages we have received, explanations on the relocation may be appropriate before we get to Episode 3.
Oh wait… some of you have already seen Episode 3? We opened this can yesterday, but a man had already authored this…
Welcome to in-season Looking Forward, where Unsullied rule is invoked. (No Spoilers!)
In case you missed it, Episode 501’s Unsullied recap turned into a White Rat Commemorative Love Fest in the comment section. Go figure. Something about the name “White Rat” makes me think of 80’s hair bands and missed opportunities.
Side Note: I think Axechucker used to be in a hair band. He just strikes me as a guy who used to go everywhere with his Slayer t-shirt on full display. And look at that hair… can you imagine it all teased up and held together with a film of aqua-net? Eeeessshhh.
But enough of the digressions. We need to talk.
Regarding Relocation: Let’s insert a disclaimer here.
**Disclaimer: The purpose of this rehash and/or beating of the dead horse is NOT meant to incite riot in the streets of Internet Blvd. It is merely to inform those who have found this lovely but cold location over the past few weeks an explanation as to why we jumped ship from the old apartment.
Most of you are already well aware. But many have rediscovered us only recently with the start of the new season, and solid communities are built on trust and disclosure.
So if you are late to the party and your inquiring mind wants to know how this shit of a storm of swords happened to land us here with the unsettled weather and breathtaking views, here is the story with a few of the gory details:
If you are already aware of the details surrounding the split, then good. Feel free to move on to the next section.
REEMPHASIS: Again, no one is attempting to pour gas on the fire. This is purely informational. As far as I’m concerned, this fire went out a long time ago. They are their own entity with their own business model and their own procedures. So are we.
They will undeniably make more money with theirs. And I will fault no one for wanting to make some extra dough, so long as it does not come at the expense of plagiarizing another’s work.
And although there may be similarities, the two march to the beat of a different drummer. I won’t encourage you to go over there, but I won’t discourage it either. Thus is the beauty of the freedom of the internet.
Freedom is often times worth more than the almighty coin.
Speaking of the internet…
Regarding Leakage: **Disclaimer #2: This was written before Nate’s piece yesterday and is not meant to rehash what many have already discussed. Nate made some excellent points and should be given some credit for the balls to put his thoughts out there. Good job, Newbie.
For the most part, a man has kept his nose out of this situation due to the fact that it really doesn’t concern me one way or another.
On second thought, well, maybe it does.
We don’t condone it. We don’t advertise it. We’re not going to discuss the content of it. And we’re definitely not going to link to it. Sorry for the inconvenience. And if you don’t understand why, then think about it for minute.
However, the methods people use to obtain access and view, for lack of a better phrase, is really none of my damn business. The internet has brought about freedoms that many never thought would exist. The media and entertainment conglomerates have attempted to make adjustments accordingly. But it goes without saying that their execution remains a work in progress.
In my mind (which is admittedly somewhat distorted), it equates to the early internet issue with Napster in this regard: If you want to come after me for finding a song I want and can easily attain simply by clicking on a “download” button, then knock yourself out. It doesn’t abolish the fact that the download is still there for millions of other users to do the same thing if they are so inclined.
The problem now is torrents, and although I realize they are a different animal than P2P, the general concept to the average user is the same.
But regardless, it didn’t make it any less wrong then, and it still doesn’t now.
The difference then was more an issue with availability. There were files on Parker and Fanning’s site you simply couldn’t find anywhere else.
And this is where it ties in…
In the HBO/GoT case, the draw of the availability of all four episodes at once is understandably hard to resist. And I don’t hold it against anyone that folded, especially when considering the Netflix world that we live in where entire seasons are released at one time.
Personally, I am choosing to wait (which I will wear no crowns or win no glory for doing).
But if you care enough about the show to go find it, download it, fangirl or boy over it, dissect it, link it and send it out to your compadres, then you should also be able to fork out what amounts to the cost of a couple of beers or a decent lunch at a shitty chain restaurant. With a budget of roughly $8 mil an ep, it’s fair to say that HBO probably deserves my lunch money for a day.
The flip side is this: If you are still one of the many who has no way of accessing the show, or resides in an area that delays the initial airing for hours or days, or can’t get HBO without buying an entire package of crap, then all bets are off. This lands primarily on the shoulders of HBO for whatever reason, and only they can attempt to fix it.
As an example, if the show airs at 9 p.m. EST Sunday night in the States which equates to 4:00 a.m. Monday morning elsewhere, you should be able to set your clock for 3:45 to pop up with some Pop Tarts and watch it. HBO has made concessions to be able to support such a demand, but if you are still unable to get it when everyone else does, then pirate away on that episode I suppose.
It doesn’t take away from the fact that you should still offer to give HBO some coin, assuming of course the show is accessible to you at one point or another. And if not, buy a mug.
The Fallout: We can argue the objective of screeners until we are blue in the face. And I’m game if you are.
Once again, Game of Thrones will likely become the undesired trendsetter in yet another category. Other networks will recognize the risk and will likely reevaluate the pros and cons as it pertains to advanced screeners.
Who will this hurt more than anyone?
We don’t know for sure as we’ve never seen this type of issue on this grand of a scale.
But most likely, it will be the small guys… the ones with the most loyal fan base and that are arguably more deserving of preseason thoughts and reviews than anyone else. Places like Watchers on the Wall.
And all of it because some kid thought it would be cool to upload almost half the season to a torrent… a feat in which he/she will wear no crowns and win no glory but will most definitely be sought after by the legal division.
If HBO is sending emails to downloaders, you can bet Olyvar’s ass cheeks they are doing their best to find him/her and the original source.
I hope it was worth it.
Now, Regarding the show: As the rambling in this post has reached a fever pitch, I’m not going to dissect everything I might be looking forward to in 503.
However, if the episode were promised as only a depiction of Winterfell and seeing McElhatton again, my ass would still be planted on the couch with an adult beverage in one hand and a pencil in the other. And James Bond Bolton is in the preview.
But this isn’t about morals and ethics anymore (not that it ever was). It’s about survival. And the man seems to know the cost of doing business in Westeros.
I don’t know who Roose, Ramsay and Walda are receiving up there (although I have a pretty good idea), but I’m willing to bet the House it is someone who Roose plans on conspiring with to hold his ground in the North, if not gain a little more.
The other notable who has opened a can worms herself is Dany… I presently find myself more interested in her story arc now than ever before. In contrast, Ozzette is completely over the meandering in Meereen and I’ve seen many commenters who have said their Unsullied counterparts share that view.
I’d like to know how you guys feel about it. So, speak up.
That’s it for me guys and gals! Thank you for visiting this week’s installment of “Unsullied Know Nothing.” See you all Monday morning for the 503 recap.
Until next week, adopt an Unsullied and tell them about WotW, stay thirsty, and may there always be peace in your realm. –Oz
“Unbowed. Unbent. Unsullied”
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