Watchers on the Wall Awards 2015 LIVE!

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Join us tonight at 8PM EDT as we announce the winners of the 2015 Watchers on the Wall Awards, celebrating the best of Game of Thrones Season 5!

We’ll be podcasting live with our friends from Game of Owns, sharing the awards results, our thoughts on the season, and best of all, giveaways for our readers.

The ceremony will be broadcast via YouTube and embedded here in this post so be sure to refresh around 8PM, and listen in as we get the festivities started.

Our very first giveaway of the evening starts right NOW! The first commenter on this post wins a special door prize.

We’ll be giving away more prizes throughout the show and choosing winners from the comments section of this post, so keep chatting and tune in to find out if you’re a winner!

We’re also giving away a prize package of the Game of Thrones Seasons 1 & 2 Steelbook Collector Sets. For this one, we’re accepting entries via comments on this post until 12PM EDT tomorrow.  See this post for more details.

If you’re unable to stay for the whole ceremony, we’ll be posting the results later. Thank you to everyone for joining us this evening!

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    1. Hopefully I’ll be able to survive for the awards, feeling a bit under the weather.

      Thanks to everyone who runs and posts on this great fan blog and of course a big huzzah to GoT!

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    2. Omg. I knew my F5-pressing skills would come in handy someday. (I’m sorry for being such a nerd.) But ahhhhhh how exciting, whatever it may be! 😀

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    3. I just received my WOTW t shirt in the mail today. Yay! I am glad that I ended up with a small instead of an x small. The xs would have been too tight. I will not put it in the dryer ever. I can’t wait to wear it out. 🙂

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    4. This is shaping up to be an amazing season, I want to thank watchers on the Wall for always feeding me Spoilers, making sure i’m nice and hyped for the new season.

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    5. Ah it’s BEAUTIFUL!! I adore Bran and Hodor! Thank you so much WOTW for the amazing giveaway. You’ve made this broke and exhausted grad student’s week/month/year. 😀

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    6. “I fookin’ ‘ate Thenns!” Go Karsi!!!

      I won’t be here to watch the streaming live. But I am glad to see the results tomorrow. Congratulations to all winners ahead and hey to the first prize of the night winner “thornofhighgarden”!!!

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    7. When you forget that the end of British Summer Time means you’re only 4 hrs ahead and not 5…. D’oh!

      Still, I do love steelbooks! 😉

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    8. Ah, so close ?.

      I’m pumped to see who the winners will be!! This will be my entertainment (savior, really) in between translating Old English passages.

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    9. This is fun.

      Season 5 was a problematic season and they really shouldn’t have condensed 2 books into one season like that – yes, some subplots were postponed entirely but not omitted, but even so, the North and Dorne storylines are generally agreed to have been problematic (“the North” isn’t the same as “the Wall” – as soon as the Wall storylines of Stannis and then Jon interesected with the North/Bolton storyline, they ran into problems; Stannis everything after he left the Wall, drastically condensed, and as for Jon, without the Pink Letter from Ramsay, the mutiny against him seems to be a plot hole (UNLESS next season they explain it was specifically motivated by the Boltons defeating Stannis). The others were heavily condensed from what was in the books, though they stand on their own viewed in isolation – though generally the argument is again “it would have been braver and wiser to just space this out across two seasons, damn the odds, you’re not in danger of cancellation at only seven seasons at this point”.

      Be that as it may, the announcement of eight seasons and apparently slowing down the pace of adaptation, won me back – seriously if they kept with that “we always said seven seasons” crap I may have left (no, you didn’t “always” say seven seasons – we have this thing called “the internet” where it takes five minutes to search your interviews from Season 1 and see you actually said “seven or eight” at the beginning).

      Anyway I’m very happy at how WOTW stepped up in this, its first TV season as a new site…and how quickly it has “grabbed the market share” as it were, from other sites.

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    10. 8 PM? In what timezone? I’m sitting in Auckland NZ waiting for this but I’d really like to know what time it starts in NZ ?

      EDIT NVM … I saw EDT just as I hit enter…. I guess that means about an hour from now?

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    11. So ahhh how is everybody doing?

      What? No, this isn’t an arbitrary comment to get me entered for prizes–that’s really hurtful, guys.

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    12. Wait, I can actually watch this? I remember it being undoable last year, or maybe I was just off in terms of timezoning.. Weird.. But if the gig starts in 45m that I’m staying up.

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    13. I have no Doubt hardhome will win best episode, such a breathtaking episode, filled with so many great moments, Tyrion and dany, cersei imprisoned, sam telling olly that jon always comes back, and HARDHOME! <3

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    14. Can’t wait!
      Unfortunately, I have to get up early tomorrow, so I’m off to bed. Will check the results in a few hours.
      Maybe I’ll win, eh? I’ve never won anything while asleep. 🙂

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    15. Making the 8,

      i’ll drink to that, such a great character, I was never bored when he appeared on screen. I really hope that make a Roberts rebellion Adaption at some point, that would be the great.

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    16. Sue the Fury,

      I just knew first post would get some kind of Hodor-Themed prize!
      That’s some bottom-supporting, Great and Powerful Sue

      Anyone else here remembers when we just shouted “FIRST”, before the shenanigans turned into a Hodorfest?

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    17. Making the 8,

      There is indeed a category for Best Visual Effects Scene. The nominees were:

      -Tyrion and Jorah spy a dragon as they sail through ruins of Valyria
      -Drogon attacks and Dany rides at Daznak’s Pit
      -A White Walker walks through flames, fights Jon and is shattered by Longclaw
      -Wights throw themselves off the cliffs at Hardhome
      -With Jon at sea, the Night’s King raises the dead of Hardhome

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    18. I believe everyone is cheering for Hardhome, is their a soul around who isn’t cheering for hardhome ? Well I did really love Mothers Mercy.

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    19. Matthew The Dragon knight,

      Judging from the comments section of the Best Episode post, Mother’s Mercy had a lot of support (I loved that episode as well – it was my second-favorite of the season after Hardhome). Furthermore, episodes like The Dance of Dragons, The Gift, and High Sparrow had many vocal supporters as well. I’m very confident that Hardhome will win, but I don’t believe it will be quite as much of a rout as some people think.

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    20. Matthew The Dragon knight,

      I voted for Mother’s Mercy. Hardhome was probably the “best episode of TV” of the season, in a way, but Mother’s Mercy was an even better Game of Thrones episode and finale. If I had to show a great episode to someone who doesn’t watch the show it would be Hardhome, certainly. But Mother’s Mercy is more… Game of Thrones.

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    21. Shame. Shame. Shame…on you if you don’t make Cersei win an award. It makes no matter if she’s real or faux; her reverse moonwalking the Walk of Shame should earn her all the awards in the world.

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    22. Good luck to everything Nominated, you are all winners in my heart!!! GAME OF THRONES for life.

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    23. Interesting idea, this supposed award show. I’ve tried a couple dozen ways to find out where you’ve hidden it. The Game of Owns link leads to a page with a computer illustration of a massive throne in which concert speakers have been mounted. Other links lead to nothing. So, interesting, but maybe not so well engineered, yes? I’d love to tune into this show. Maybe you could give some hints somewhere??

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    24. Jared:

      Judging from the comments section of the Best Episode post, Mother’s Mercy had a lot of support (I loved that episode as well – it was my second-favorite of the season after Hardhome). Furthermore, episodes like The Dance of Dragons, The Gift, and High Sparrow had many vocal supporters as well. I’m very confident that Hardhome will win, but I don’t believe it will be quite as much of a rout as some people think.

      Episodes 7-10, from Gift to Mother’s Mercy were all excellent, though this is nothing new for the show. I’d argue that every season save the second had great 3-5 episode-long runs to cap off their respective seasons.

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    25. Watchers on the Wall ‏@WatchersOTWall 4m4 minutes ago
      Sorry, folks, we’ll be up and running shortly- ran into a couple technical hiccups!

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    26. Watchers on the Wall has put out a casting notice for tech nerds. The role starts immediately. Send CV’s and headshots now. ?

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    27. Bogden:
      Whoops I’ve just listened to last year’s awards for 5 minutes before I noticed it said 2014!

      That’s what I did. The reason why I knew it was last year’s because they said Rose Leslie was in second place for an award for supporting actress. Her character is dead.

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    28. Do not click the link to their youtube page in that box in the upper right corner. It will immediately start playing last year’s podcast. It will give you the false sense that you have found the podcast.

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    29. My only fault with Mother’s Mercy is that it felt like a “tieing loose ends with cliffhangers”. Although this made me rethink my existamce as I would have to wait so long to figure out what happens next, much of it to fast paced and could’ve had more debth, like Sansa and Reek’s escape. Hardhome on the other hand dedicated a great sum of it’s broadcast focusing on one main event that had us on our heals from start to finish, and left us vowed by what the fact that a TV show feels like it was made to be one of the greates movies of all time.

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    30. “Okay, we’re almost there. I’ve got my Iron Throne Blonde Ale. Get ready, the Watchers on the Wall Awards are live in five!”

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    31. Angela: That’s terrible.

      Having watched the beautiful masterpiece that is Hannibal, I find that gruesome deaths of TV characters are actually quite uplifting in a disturbingly vomit-inducing sort of way. I am prepared and excited for a serving of Rickon with a side dish of Shaggydog.

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    32. Mr Fixit: Having watched the beautiful masterpiece that is Hannibal, I find that gruesome deaths of TV characters are actually quite uplifting in a disturbingly vomit-inducing sort of way.

      I know.

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    33. Can zak not do that stupid face or the soundeffects? And not talk about browsers? Or republican debate, or world series?

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    34. this are the times I hate living in Spain and the 5 hours that separate us from US. I’ts 1.35 AM for me so I really have to go to bed but I cannot miss the chance to win something 😛 I will check tomorrow but I can say without doubts: thanks all for the amzing work behind this awards and behind every post every day 🙂

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    35. Five years into this show and a dozen knock off beer flavors later, yet we STILL don’t have a brand of “Arbor Gold” or “Dornish Red” that you can buy.

      THIS WRITES ITSELF, PEOPLE!

      If you have a knockoff Harry Potter beer, you call it “butterbeer”!

      “A Tyrion flavored wine”…wha…what does that even MEAN?!

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    36. Settling in with my Fire and Blood beer and wearing my WoTW tee. Can see you peeps and you look fabulous! So excited

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    37. sent my friend to watch the stream (he’s also a big fan) but he’s one that hates any type of spoiler. He was pissed that he saw some of the recent posts xD

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    38. Alfie Allen for Best Supporting Actor!

      I voted for Iain Glen, but that is richly deserved. One of the very best actors on the show.

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    39. Alfie wins!
      And Sue doesn’t know how to pronounce Iwan Rheon! (Pretty much pronounced as I-wan hDray-on) 😉

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    40. Kerry Ingram for Best Supporting Actress!

      That was the win I was hoping for the most. She did so much with that role in her three seasons on the show. She will be terribly missed.

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    41. Kill the boy wins! Surprised Stannis’s speech to Shireen didn’t win… though maybe just because I voted for it 😛 I’m still quite happy.

      Hope Karsi’s “fuck ’em, they’re dead” wins funniest quote.

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    42. Maester Aemon takes Best All-Around Quote – “Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”

      I voted for Stannis, but I’m glad that Aemon won something. I was retroactively gutted that I didn’t wind up voting for him in any of the categories. Great, great character.

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    43. Funniest quote…! *DRUMS* Fewer!

      I voted for Karsi’s famous line, “fuck ’em, they’re dead.” Fewer was a good callback line, but I think others in the list were a bit more interesting.

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    44. Oh my goodness!!! The first thing I’ve ever won and the absolute best!!!!! Thank you so much WotW. That’s one less of your shirts I was going to gift myself for Christmas ?

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    45. Also might I add—sorry for not writing Hodor in the first post haha. I was not expecting to be first. Oh well. :3

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    46. I’m excited about Sapochnik.. My Hypeballs are tingling!

      Bit miffed like Sue that “Come at me, bro” won..

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    47. I didn’t have strong thoughts about the VFX category, really. Voted for the Night King’s “Come at me, bro”, but I didn’t really care about who won. Slightly surprised it won, still 🙂

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    48. While “Hardhome” was good, we know it was expanded in re-writes – part of me suspects that they focused on making Hardhome great, shoot the moon, to try to make up for other weaknesses in Season 5…..when you actually do that by making a balanced season!

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    49. Prizes for meeee!!!

      The connection is so slow I can’t understand a thing they say on youtube

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    50. HODOR.

      The Dragon Demands: we know it was expanded in re-writes

      You have an special ability to make stuff up based on incredibly vague comments; in this case, just one comment.

      Would you die if you complimented something about season five without also criticizing it?

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    51. Best Visual Effects Scene – The Night’s King raising the dead at Hardhome.

      Strong choice! I’ll echo Zack’s enthusiasm about Miguel Sapochnik returning for Season 6. After only two episodes, he’s already secured a place among the show’s best directors.

      I voted for Dany riding Drogon, BTW. I didn’t expect it to win, but that’s such an iconic scene, and I thought they pulled it off extremely well.

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    52. Best action scene! I voted for “Jon battles a White Walker one-on-one at Hardhome”. Glad —but not surprised— it won 🙂

      Jared: I voted for Dany riding Drogon, BTW. I didn’t expect it to win, but that’s such an iconic scene, and I thought they pulled it off extremely well.

      Conceptually, sure. But the finished effects were kinda iffy. Very iffy.

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    53. Best Action Scene – Jon kills the White Walker at Hardhome.

      That was my vote. A quintessential “Hell Yes!” moment. Valyrian Steel!

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    54. The Dragon Demands,

      Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was much better. Her role was much more interesting, though. Ned Williams was a great imitator of Lena Headey, I’ll grant you; if Karsi hadn’t been there, I’m sure she would’ve won.

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    55. The Dragon Demands:
      Karsi was written as a man

      I checked a transcript, her name wasn’t mentioned on-screen

      The character was originally written as a man… but that was changed. So, the final character was written as a woman.

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    56. Actually their stated reason for making her a woman is because “well, she’s killed by wights, and “women are nurturing”.

      …the director’s comments made it fairly clear the part was “written as a man. ”

      “She was a guy originally, and then somewhere in the process we thought it might be cool if she were a mother, and show her sending off her own kids to make that moment with the corpse children really resonate emotionally.”

      ***Though I really really like the actress.

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    57. Strong woman shouldn’t be able to die? There are plenty of strong women in the show.. Strong men get killed, so strong women can get killed as well.

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    58. Mr Fixit: Having watched the beautiful masterpiece that is Hannibal, I find that gruesome deaths of TV characters are actually quite uplifting in a disturbingly vomit-inducing sort of way. I am prepared and excited for a serving of Rickon with a side dish of Shaggydog.

      Omg, a Hannibal mention. Talk about Beautiful Deaths.

      Note: I’ve watched ‘Hardhome’ numerous times. They never said Karsi’s name. :shrugs:

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    59. @Eric, Hannah, Zack, Petra, Susan, Rex

      What are your personal reviews on how Jon Snow would remain Alive and kicking in the Show ?

      – Myr

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    60. In the Best Death category, I voted for Trant’s death, for being equal parts satisfying and creepy, which is how I think we should feel about Arya’s killings. Not surprised about the sacrifice of Shireen Baratheon winning, though. Quite happy about it, in fact. Such a well-written and well-acted scene.

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    61. Luka Nieto:
      In the Best Death category, I voted for Trant’s death, for being equal parts satisfying and creepy, which is how I think we should feel about Arya’s killings. Not surprised about the sacrifice of Shireen Baratheon winning, though. Quite happy about it, in fact. Such a well-written and well-acted scene.

      What does it say about me if I don’t remember almost anything about how I voted?

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    62. GeekFurious:
      Should the drunk person really be the one counting?

      Unless I win… obviously.

      That’s a precedent set by Battlestar Galactica. Their resident drunk Colonel Tigh was in charge of overseeing the voting in the presidential election. If it’s good for them, it’s good for us!

      (Of course, he did try to cheat, so maybe the comparison is not that apt. Ah well.)

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    63. Mr Fixit: That’s a precedent set by Battlestar Galactica. Their resident drunk Colonel Tigh was in charge of overseeing the voting in the presidential election. If it’s good for them, it’s good for us!

      It’s in the frakkin’ ship!

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    64. Best Death Scene – The sacrifice of Shireen Baratheon.

      This is where the definition of “Best” can be a bit confusing. I thought Shireen’s death was a superbly executed scene, but it was so viscerally upsetting that it seems odd to honor it with any kind of superlative (though I voted for it in the Best Dramatic scene category, for because it was so powerful).

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    65. Best guest actor… I voted for Reece Noi as Mossador, but not really excitedly. The role was great, but not mindblowing. I expected Hinds‘s win, and I was so close to vote for him… but, even though Hinds was great as Mance here (much better than he had ever been in the show), he was only seen briefly, and only in the first episode. Not surprised he won, though 😉

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    66. Ciarán Hinds for Best Guest Actor!

      Very happy with that one. I love Mance’s death scene, and his final conversation with Jon immediately beforehand. One of my very favorite sequences of the year.

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    67. “The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted.”

      Such a great line. Ciaran Hinds nailed it and it’s sad they ended Mance’s arc early in the show.

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    68. Best Comedic Scene! I voted for “Cersei and Margaery have a war of words after the new queen’s wedding night”. Verbal sparring truly is D&D’s speciality. Not surprised about “Fewer”, but kinda disappointed. It took over two whole categories.

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    69. Best Comedic Scene – Stannis corrects the grammar of the Night’s Watch

      So Stannis takes both comedic categories for the same scene. I’m not too surprised, though I agree that it stretches the definition of a “scene”. I voted for Margaery and Cersei’s exchange of insults here.

      EDIT: Thank you to Sue, Greatjon of Slumber, and everyone who put this event together! It’s been a blast so far (as it is every year). 🙂

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    70. I agree it was a great line for Stannis’ character. Which is why it’s in Best Quote.

      It’s just not representative of the whole scene.

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    71. GeekFurious:
      “I just cunt du it!”

      Where is Brienne from in his mind?

      Maybe she struck a friendship with Locke in their brief time together and decided to work on the way she speaks. You know, in order to be more memorable and stuff.

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    72. What does it say about me that when she said “there’s an extremely attractive man” I thought she was talking about me?

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    73. GeekFurious:
      What does it say about me that when she said “there’s an extremely attractive man” I thought she was talking about me?

      It’s OK. You’re hot as hell. Share it with the world, man!

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    74. Luka Nieto,

      Pretty much! 🙂 We disagreed on Best Guest Actor and Best Visual Effects (and I freely admit I was giving points for effort in voting for Dany). But we’ve agreed on everything else.

      You and I are generally of like mind when it comes to this show.

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    75. “What side are we on? We’re on the side of the demons, Chief. We’re evil men in the gardens of paradise sent my the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I’m surprised you didn’t know that.” — Colonel Tigh, BSG

      BEST LINE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    76. Best Dramatic Scene!

      **Incoming nonsensical TDD comment about Jon’s death being a plot hole**

      Voted for “The Night’s King raises the dead at Hardhome”. I’m not the only one, it seems 😛

      Good to see Shireen just behind that.

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    77. Best Dramatic Scene – The Night’s King raises the dead at Hardhome.

      I felt compelled to vote for Shireen’s death because of how deeply it affected me, but I’m glad the Night’s King won. That scene was instantly iconic.

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