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Queen Elizabeth Is Apparently a ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan
WBCO ^ | 6/24

Posted on 06/24/2014 8:14:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

It seems everyone loves the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” – even real-life royalty.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth toured the show’s sets during a three-day trip to Belfast, Ireland.

The 88-year-old monarch met many of the show’s stars on Tuesday, including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne. No word on how it compared to the one at her house.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Local News; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: royals

1 posted on 06/24/2014 8:14:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Joke I read in an email today:

At Heathrow Airport in England, a 300-foot red carpet was stretched out to Air Force One and President Bush strode to a warm but dignified handshake from Queen Elizabeth II.

They rode in a silver 1934 Bentley to the edge of central London where they boarded an open 17th century coach hitched to six magnificent white horses.
As they rode toward Buckingham Palace, each looking to their side and waving to the thousands of cheering Britons lining the streets, all was going well. This was indeed a glorious display of pageantry and dignity.

Suddenly the scene was shattered when the right rear horse let rip the most horrendous, earth-shattering, eye-smarting blast of flatulence, and the coach immediately filled with noxious fumes.

Uncomfortable, but maintaining control, the two dignitaries did their best to ignore the whole incident, but then the Queen decided that was a ridiculous manner with which to handle a most embarrassing situation.

She turned to Mr. Bush and explained, “Mr. President, please accept my regrets. I’m sure you understand that there are some things even a Queen cannot control.”

George W., ever the Texas gentleman, replied, “Your Majesty, please don’t give the matter another thought. You know, if you hadn’t said something I would have assumed it was one of the horses.”


2 posted on 06/24/2014 8:20:14 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: nickcarraway

She lives in the ultimate fantasy world, why would enjoying a fantasy world TV program surprise anyone?


3 posted on 06/24/2014 8:26:04 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: nickcarraway; Tax-chick

4 posted on 06/24/2014 8:27:48 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t have cable.

What’s it about?


5 posted on 06/24/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: nickcarraway

She is a fan of the shows economic impact on Northern Ireland’s economy.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 8:29:02 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: nickcarraway

I understand she’s especially enchanted by the scenes in Littlefinger’s establishment.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 8:31:30 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Murder, rape, & debauchery. And some incest. I never saw it, but that’s what all the reviews say.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 8:36:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: doc1019; Reaganez

Her predecessors are the template.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 8:38:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

But not her German ancestors.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Reaganez

Aren’t all her ancestors German? (Not I said predecessors) But I am sure those Hanovers got in on it too.


11 posted on 06/24/2014 8:47:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: FlyingEagle

Something similar occurred with R Reagan and the Queen. I don’t remember the details.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 8:51:30 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 8:57:20 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: FlyingEagle

Best laugh all day, thanks!


14 posted on 06/24/2014 9:15:36 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: FredZarguna

Hehe I can just imagine a seemingly prim and proper Queen’s reaction at those particular scenes.

Then again, the UK IS known for being pretty open to nudity on TV, even more than the US or so I’ve heard.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 10:35:13 PM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It’s about seven Kingdoms with Kings and Lords in a fictional world with some fantasy/magic like dragons, resurrections, a boy who can zap into another man’s body and control it, zombie-type dudes. Be-headings and betrayals abound. The politics are engaging and the sets are authentic looking. Fantastic acting by Sean Bean (what little he had) Peter Dinklage, Rory Mcann (sp) etc.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 10:41:12 PM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: kelly4c

I thought it was great but the porn pushed me away. It was pointless and gratuitous.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Yes, I’ll admit I’m what most would call a “prude” and I would love it if they’d had an edited version of the program. Most of it was absolutely gratuitous. I waited till Monday morning and watched it On Demand so I could fast-forward through some of that.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 11:08:25 PM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: kelly4c

Rory McCann was excellent. I hear his voice as he was dying, “Kill me!”

He portrayed his character unforgettably.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 12:16:48 AM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: kelly4c

I miss The Hound.

:’(

Not really looking forward to the next season, now he’s gone.


20 posted on 06/25/2014 12:17:59 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

Me too and I don’t like how they had Arya act in that scene. It was obvious that they had somewhat bonded and everyone could tell he grew protective of her, yet she couldn’t show him mercy and not only that, simply stared into space before stealing his coin without so much as a word.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 12:33:12 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: lulu16

Yep and so authentic and nuanced a performance that he made a foul-mouthed “bad” guy an endearing character everyone wanted to root for.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 12:39:19 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: kelly4c

That’s how it played in the book.

I don’t think she took his coin.

The coin you may refer to was one the one that Jaqen H’ghar gave to her before he left, with the instructions that she give to any man from Braavos, saying “ Valar Morghulis”, which she did, to the ship’s captain.

She is headed to Braavos to become one of The Faceless Men, a guild of assassins.

Kid’s gone cold but I can’t say I really blame her.

Her adventures with The Hound were what I looked forward to every week.

[and Joffrey’s agonizingly humiliating death]

:)


23 posted on 06/25/2014 12:44:14 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: kelly4c

He was a mistreated dog who found himself a little mistress to care for and protect.

A cold blooded little mistress.


24 posted on 06/25/2014 12:57:55 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

Oh okay I thought she stole whatever money he had on him when she took something out of his pocket before leaving. Guess it doesn’t matter if he’s going to be dead anyways. Speaking of which, how did he die in the books? I’ve never read any of them.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 1:26:39 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: kelly4c

I have not read them either but I check against online synopses.

Really no time to read them though I will, someday.

It’s not clear if he dies or not, from what I gather.

I do know that the fight between him and Brienne is not in the books.

Instead, the infected wound weakens him and he falls from his horse.

That is when she abandons him.

Maybe it’s left open-ended for some miraculous return.

[I hope!]

http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Sandor_Clegane


26 posted on 06/25/2014 1:39:19 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander

Hmm so the show had to up the drama and have him fight a woman warrior to his death. (possibly death I guess now?) This makes us dislike Arya even more because the reason he fought Brienne was to keep her from forcing Arya to go with her. Those guys really enjoy playing with our emotions eh? Either that or they just thought it would be cool to have these two great fighters face off:) Man I did wince when he was brutally beating a lady upon the face and other areas:(


27 posted on 06/25/2014 2:28:27 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Salamander

It’s been my understanding that you can’t count out any character unless you’ve specifically seen them die. And even then, you still can’t (Beric Dondarrion, Lady Stoneheart.)

I’m still speculating that Syrio didn’t die. Apart from being a first sword of Braavos, I think he was also one of the faceless men - later showing himself to Arya as Jaquen.

Wishful thinking maybe, because he was one of my favorite characters.

Season 5 should be spectacular, as this is the point where the stories shift to include more of the fantasy elements.

Hodor.


28 posted on 06/25/2014 5:00:26 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: kelly4c

And he loved him some chicken...hahahaha


29 posted on 06/25/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: nickcarraway
Murder, rape, & debauchery. And some incest. I never saw it, but that’s what all the reviews say.

That's not what it's about, that's just the setting. ;)

30 posted on 06/25/2014 5:02:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kelly4c

You missed the whole point. He helped her stop being a little girl and transformed her into a cold-blooded killer. He never stopped being a name on her “list”, but ironically, like all the others on the “list” who’ve died, she hasn’t had to do any of the killing herself.

I loved Arya in that scene. Just staring him down, despite his obvious attempts to anger her and provoke her into stabbing him, she just... watched. And left him to die.

Taking the money pouch was both practical and a last dig at him for the money he stole from the farmer he robbed a few episodes back.


31 posted on 06/25/2014 5:07:03 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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...but ironically, like all the others on the “list” who’ve died, she hasn’t had to do any of the killing herself.

She did stick that one guy a few episodes back--and she cut the throat of the guy at the campfire.

32 posted on 06/25/2014 5:11:20 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

Lady Starke is apparently returning as a “zombie”.

[seriously]

At least The Mountain was posthumously laid low by the Red Viper.

Hodor!


33 posted on 06/25/2014 5:13:18 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: ShadowAce

Yes, but I don’t think either of them were on her “list”. Not by name, at least.


34 posted on 06/25/2014 5:15:09 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kelly4c

The author is a sadist, IMO.

He says he was inspired to write the books by watching his pet turtles die.

Rather than seek veterinary advice, he fantasized that they were waging some kind of Turtle War of Supremacy.

The dude is waaaaay weird, beyond a doubt.


35 posted on 06/25/2014 5:15:43 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: Salamander
Lady Starke is apparently returning as a “zombie”.

I was actually hoping that would be a big "reveal" at the end of the season, but it's going to wind up happening soon into the next, I suppose.

36 posted on 06/25/2014 5:17:01 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

I’m still just trying to wrap my head around the mammoth.

;D

I guess career-victim Sansa’s gonna freak out when she finally sees Mummy again.


37 posted on 06/25/2014 5:24:41 AM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: GeronL

“I thought it was great but the porn pushed me away. It was pointless and gratuitous.”

Watch it online. You can skip all that crap and the garden scenes.


38 posted on 06/25/2014 6:16:49 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

“I’m still speculating that Syrio didn’t die. Apart from being a first sword of Braavos, I think he was also one of the faceless men - later showing himself to Arya as Jaquen.”

Outstanding speculation that would explain Jaquen’s concern for Arya.


39 posted on 06/25/2014 6:25:22 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Salamander

>>career-victim Sansa<<

HAHAHAHA - the most apt title for her I’ve ever seen!


40 posted on 06/25/2014 9:08:56 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Rebelbase

Yep - I just thought it was too coincidental that a Faceless Man would be in the back of a prisoner cart from the King’s Landing dungeons, shortly after Syrio fought the guards. Yoren was collecting criminals from the dungeon’s to bring to the wall...I can’t imagine Jaquen would have ever been stupid enough to be taken prisoner in the first place.


41 posted on 06/25/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Rebelbase

“garden scenes”.. lol


42 posted on 06/25/2014 10:52:31 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: kelly4c

I did not notice that the Hound was foul mouth. I only know he acted heroically with Sansa in two different occasions. And with Arya, he treated her with affection and caring. He was naturally a protective man and that appealed to me and despite his rough edges and that he wanted Arya,so he could get a reward, he was one of the few characters in GoT that when he died, I wished the story could have changed.

What a great actor to boot! I hope he gets more roles in the future that showcase his talent.


43 posted on 06/25/2014 12:01:55 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

Her habitually blank, befuddled bewilderment annoys me no end.

I have no problem if she’s the next ‘shocking death’.

Even her plotline is mind-numbingly dull.

Every other woman on the show either has or is in the process of seizing her own innate power and strength, spurred on by relentless adversities.

Sansa is carried along limply on the tides of outrageous fortune, much like a an empty candy wrapper in a storm drain.

Even her “rage” at the brutal deaths of 96% of her family has failed to light a righteously vocal fire under her insipid arse.

She is content to demurely, *inwardly* seethe.

I find her tedious.

I also have a horrible feeling that, somehow, she’s going to wind up the last one standing.
[in her intended endearing yet enfeebled manner]

:-\

/Team Daenerys


44 posted on 06/25/2014 11:06:29 PM PDT by Salamander (He ain't heavy, he's my Boa.)
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To: lulu16

LOL he said the C word a couple times, the F word a couple times, called Brienne the B word. Anyways, I also loved how he acted chivalrous towards Sansa and also how he cared for Arya but didn’t like to let it show. Since the show writers aren’t sticking conclusively with the book material who knows? Maybe there WAS a maester hiding behind one of the bushes and Hound returns wounded, but alive next season:)


45 posted on 06/26/2014 12:33:15 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Salamander

LOL...I agree 100%. She’s simply vapid.

All her life, she just wanted to be a storybook princess, which is why she never did more than cry at her family members’ deaths. Her loyalty was divided between her family and wanting to live ‘happily ever after’ with her sweet Prince Joffrey.


46 posted on 06/26/2014 4:30:41 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: kelly4c

I watch Korean dramas and when the writers change the ending because they become attached to a character, they call that “fan service.”

I say The Hound is given Harrenhal (without checking, isn’t that in the possession of the creepy Boltons?) because of his valor and fealty to the Stark girls. ( Assuming that the Stark’s gain the Iron Throne and, that is if Jon is found to be both a Targaryen and a trueborn Stark.)

“You remember where the heart is?”


47 posted on 06/26/2014 10:37:54 AM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: kelly4c

Way too late now, but just came across your comment in this thread.

Arya did take the Hound’s money from him as he lay ‘dying’, indeed. The whole point of this was that she’s learnt from him, and to an extent, has become what he taught her to be. In a previous episode in the series, when she berates him for stealing silver from an old farmer who had fed them and taken them in, he turns to her and says: ‘he’s old, he’s weak, he won’t survive the winter. Dead men don’t need silver.’

That ‘dead men don’t need silver’ comment is precisely the point Arya is making when she takes his purse and leaves him to die.


48 posted on 10/26/2014 4:37:38 PM PDT by Zajko (Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig likes it.)
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