Conquering Personal Demons (Patreon Content)

People die only once.

But the ones who battle depression and anxiety, experience little death each moment.

It feels as if I am standing alone late at night on a lonely platform with a ticket and a luggage in my hand to board the only train which just left me.

I stand there in the cold night, feeling lonely and hollow inside with despair.

I prepare myself to board the next train, and it arrives soon.

But that feeling of hollowness stays somewhere within, which I never want to relive ever in my life.

(To be continued……)

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MBTI Type Of Elliot From Mr. Robot

I finished binge-watching Mr.Robot on Amazon Prime all the way from season 1 through season 4 just in a matter of a week. It is a pretty good show, I must say. But one question which got in my mind is what MBTI type Elliot Alderson is? Well, even though I have written MBTI in the title, I would actually elaborate more in terms of Jungian Cognitive Functions on this post.

So spoiler alert (!), as I am about to give away some key points from the storyline. So if you have not watched the show all seasons already, do so before you read this post. So run!

And without any further ado, here we go-

Some people on Quora labeled Elliot as an INTJ.

Both INTJs and INTPs dominate the technical fields and both types are mostly lone wolves. Some of them can have social anxiety. But Cognitive Functions wise, they are vastly different people.

If you wish to learn about Jungian Cognitive Functions, check this answer I wrote on Quora or read my other answers about Jungian Types. You can also ask me questions there.

But let’s get back to the topic.

Well, first of all, he has a Dissociative identity (aka multiple personalities) disorder. So he is perhaps unable to fully utilize his dominant four functions. So even if he is an INTJ, he is not normal.

Out of his two distinctive personalities which co-exist the majority of the time- Elliot (himself) and his ideal parent figure Mr. Robot are INTP and ENTJ respectively. That is the only combo that makes sense to me in terms of cognitive functions. Let me explain to you elaborately:

INTP’s cognitive functions: Ti>Ne>Si>Fe

ENTJ’s cognitive functions: Te>Ni>Se>Fi

So as you can see, ENTJs and INTPs are opposite of each other in terms of cognitive function stacks.

To me, it seems clearly visible that, while his parent figures the imaginary Mr. Robot is the commander in chief, a true competitive go-getter just like an ENTJ should be, Elliot as a child is still quite analytical, hence he is an INTP.

The imaginary Mr. Robot always lectures Elliot about what is practical, at times treats him quite aggressively and even makes important decisions for him or carries out actions (even in his absence of mind). I am not saying that all ENTJs are aggressive like Mr. Robot. But Mr. Robot is too action-oriented to be any other type.

Most INTPs I know are gifted in cybersecurity and computer programming, etc. INTJs are great too, but not in the same way as INTPs are.

INTP’s first two functions are Ti and Ne which enable them to make, break or troubleshoot complex computer security systems.

Also, some fans in Quora and Reddit are saying how he uses Ni, he is a visionary, etc. But what he is using at least as Elliot is Ti. His inner dialogue with himself is Ti focused while what Mr. Robot suggests to him are basically Te (effective actions) out loud.

What this imaginary father-son duo is really good at is deciding what to do and using hacking as a means to get it done, not really at the vision. Because their collective vision as we can learn at different times seems to be proven flawed. Why and how? You have to really watch the show. If I tell you exactly at what point Elliot/Mr. Robots plans/visions seemed flawed and were later tweaked/corrected, then there is no point in watching the show at all. I cannot spoil it that much for you.

Is an INTJ’s vision ever flawed? INTJ’s are Ni- driven. Just like an INTP’s Ti, ENTJ’s Te is on point, an INTJ’s strategic vision is on point too.

Now, towards the end of the show, Krista tells her in his dream that how the mastermind self of Elliot has put the true Elliot in a loop.

Maybe if Elliot’s true self is an INTJ, because of his mental disorder, it has created many different shadow personalities like different windows, which is why his strategy had weaknesses since he even loses memory sometimes.

I know some of you might be thinking that a counter-argument to this is that Elliot is a mentally ill INTJ and his imaginary Mr. Robot is in fact an ENTP (just by going my yin yang father-son duo personality pair logic above). Yes, that is a possibility. But Mr. Robot doesn’t seem very ENTPish, in fact, I thought he is driven for accomplishing goals just like Tyrell Wellick is. Some might label Tyrell as an ENTJ as well, while others as an ISTJ (either way Tyrell is a Te focused achievement-oriented individual).

I read in another blog post that Elliot is an INTJ because of how he tries to discipline himself by putting himself into jail and creating an imaginary facade for a while to get rid of his imaginary Mr. Robot’s personality. But this process at the end doesn’t work! It is the same as if an INTP momentarily tries to frame himself in structure to accomplish something, but in the long run s/he cannot keep up with it since that is not who s/he is ( i.e not a judging type). The only habit which Elliot has autopiloted himself through is hacking almost everyone he comes into contact with to learn their secrets. This part seems like an INTJ thing (since INTJs have a tendency to autopilot through tasks which they believe work for them) but can also be viewed as an INTP Ti-Ne analysis process. Either way, this is a form of defense mechanism for Elliot! Why? Again, TMI. Go watch the show till the end.

If he is an INTJ then his INTJ self might be divided into many different subconscious levels because of his mental health issue.

Do you think an INTJ with ADHD is able to perform at his peak level? Then why would an INTJ with multiple personality disorder be their true INTJ self? Usually, Ne function users are prone to ADHD or multiple personality disorders because Ne function is responsible for the knack of mental exploration. Ne diverges from one point to many possibilities, while Ni converges from many perspectives to one point or a single goal. So while Ne users are prone to ADHD, Ni users (especially INTJ/INFJ) can develop OCD which is quite the opposite of ADHD.

So for now, I would go with “true” Elliot typed as an INTP, and not INTJ.

If you understand Jungian Cognitive Functions- just try to pair the true Elliot and his imaginary guide Mr. Robot as other opposite types which have not been discussed in this blog post.

For example- try to imagine Mr. Robot as an INTJ and Elliot as an ENTP or even ENFP. It doesn’t make sense. You might type Mr. Robot the dad as either INTJ/ENTJ since both are basically intro/extroverted version of each other in terms of cognitive functions, but it doesn’t make sense that Elliot is peppy and spunky like an ENTP/ENFP.

You might say that Elliot might be an INFP (a lost puppy child). INFP is the opposite of ENTJ in terms of letters. But even for a lost puppy child, he seemed pretty on point in terms of logic and skills.

I constantly see him using the Ti function and thinking through everything. So Elliot for me is an INTP. You are welcome to present your argument against mine in the comment section of this post.

Now, who is an INTJ in the show? I think FBI Agent Dipirro is a good example of a female INTJ. She could be an INFJ too, but unlikely. But she is Ni-dominant for sure. The first scene of her breaks out like how she is a lone wolf and secondly, she already connects the dots intuitively ten steps ahead in Romero’s murder scene. She has been correct with her hunches all along. She is alert, honest, driven, and investigative- most of these qualities are INTJ qualities. She also seemed to figure out the entire chain of people behind the five/nine attack and other ongoing E Corp targeted massacre.

If Agent Dipirro or Sherlock Holmes were in Elliot’s place and imagine they had normal mental functions, did they actually have to hack each individual to see what is in their personal records? Or would they already intuitively sense a lot of things about some people?

I am not saying that INTPs have the need to hack someone but INTJs don’t. Both Elliot and Dipirro have problems socializing. But they are dealing with the problems differently using their respective cognitive skills. Over time what worked for Elliot is hacking each person that he comes in contact with because he is not naturally hunch driven. He needs to analyze everything with his Ti. He is mostly lost in his mind due to his disorder. So he auto-piloted himself into certain types of things he normally does, hacking people and when almost getting caught burning any evidence.

If he really is an INTJ though he must have been using his shadow stacks all along since his Ni no longer works well. Since Ni comes with Se in a functional stack. For Ni to work properly one needs to be mindful. So an unhealthy INTJ can be just like him (a confused NT type).

Even the show narrated in a very ADHD (but albeit in a creative) way. The author, as I have read somewhere loosely based on Elliot’s character on his own.

He tied all the loose ends drawing a very detailed picture of the entire narrative. But his writing approach is very similar to how I once learned art in a fine art class. I used to have this hobby sketch/painting class, where the teacher taught me that if I struggle at one point drawing a picture, I should momentarily leave it and come back for it later. And at later attempts, it seemed easier as by now I had gained other perspectives by drawing other parts.

Even if Elliot himself is not an INTJ, the show writer might be a Fi developed INTJ who I am not sure if have had his own personal struggle of mental health issues. Regardless, he did a great job very carefully weaving and crafting the whole story of the show called Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime.

I think the real mastermind here is the show author Sam Esmail. He might be an INTJ, but not Elliot Alderson the protagonist.

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Thanks for reading. If you want me to review other shows/movies/videos or type some other characters, feel free to recommend me in the comment section. Also, read some other reviews I had done in the past like GoT.

Image Courtesy: Mr. Robot

Is COVID-19 a Bio attack? And Who is Dr. Shi Zhengli?

This post has hyperlinked references. You must click and read them to fully understand. This post will be updated accordingly with new information.

TL;DR

Today is 4/9/2020 11:30 in eastern time in the US, as I am writing this. I don’t think I have to describe it to you, what has been happening right now to this world, especially in the US.

As of right now according to this Bing COVID-19 Tracker there are 1,600,427 cases worldwide with 95699 deaths and in the US alone there are 468,703 cases with 16,679 deaths. So it is pretty darn terrible!

One of the most on going pressing questions that are making rounds on the internet, is whether this COVID-19 aka Coronavirus is a bioattack? Now China blames the US and the US blames China. But even it was a bio-attack hypothetically, everyone knows by now this is worse than suicide bombing because it not only can destroy your enemy, it can destroy your own people, economy, reputation, it can cripple the entire human civilization.

So today I have decided to delve deeper into this question to find an answer. Because I am tired and fed up with reading only conspiracy theories as an answer to this query (whether COVID-19 is a bioattack or not).

Take for example this question on Quora, Is it possible that the recent China coronavirus outbreak is a bio-attack? has 100+ answers and still counting. I can already save you some time categorizing the tone of those answers: denial of such claim (that whether it is a bioattack) with/without any factual basis, conspiracy theories and hidden gems with some key reference.

One of the Anonymous answers is this in the hyperlink touches most of the basis of conspiracy theories which other answers include. So I don’t wish to repeat them. But what is interesting is that a hypothetical timeline starts forming in front of your eyes. Obviously, that also fuels more speculations, but I will add the facts into that timeline also.

The above anonymous answer claims that China took inspiration of a possible bioweapon-attack from already existing novels, movies, and even public speeches. Chinese can also claim the same BTW that the US did it.

But out of all the piles of horse shit, one answer that caught my eyes is this one, which does not talk about any conspiracy theories but builds a very logical hypothesis on already existing facts. This answer also brought my attention to Wuhan Lab’s Chinese Virologist Dr. Shi Zhengli‘s research activities which I am going to elaborate about in a bit.

How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

But first, let’s look at the fact and fiction timeline:

Fiction: The Eyes of Darkness – a fictional novel released in 1981 talks about this virus named Wuhan-400. Even though the symptoms are different, the city’s name Wuhan is there as that anonymous answer pointed out.

Fact: Between 2002-2004 SARS CoV outbreak happened in China.

Fact: Wuhan Institute of Virology started its operation since 2005. Ever since then Dr. Shi and her team have been investigating bat originated SARs virus and continued to have published papers till now.

Fiction: Sylvia Browne’s prediction about a pneumonia-like virus in the year 2020 in her book named Prophecy published in 2008. You must have seen or heard about this book by now many times. I myself bought a copy from Amazon to check out that page. But while most of her predictions are just some made up bat shit, this one perhaps was purely coincidental. It is still pretty vague though, considering China already had SARs virus outbreak back in 2003 and a few other viruses broke before or during the time of this book’s publication. It is not hard to make this up. It can be common sense or a mere gut feeling.

Fiction: The movie Contagion(2011). Read the plot or watch it.

Fact/Warning: Bill Gates’ warning about a potential epi/pandemic back in 2015.

2019: COVID-19 started from Wuhan China and the virus was quickly identified and named after COVID-19 or Coronavirus because of Dr. Shi and her team’s research work. And why not? She has been working hard to identify/test SARs virus in bats.

So seeing all these you can decide whether you wanna conclude if something smells fishy, although some experts have already concluded that Coronavirus is completely naturally mutated. Actually, every other year there are some types of viruses spreading like Swine Flu, Ebola, .etc. But because none of those became global pandemic it did not catch our attention like the current COVID-19. It is true that viruses mutate all the time.

So, thanks to Dr. Shi Zhengli and many virologists like her around the world who have been working hard in such research which we never thought could be important. Because of people like her, we might have got to know what has been happening to us sooner.

But wait, as I have mentioned before one of the Quora answers pointed out that, Dr. Shi also conducted researches where the possible mixing of HIV with SARs CoV was mentioned (take a look at the following paper):

Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) proteins of different bat species confer variable susceptibility to SARS-CoV

The above paper was published in 2010. Even before in 2008, she published the following paper where this concept is mentioned.

Difference in Receptor Usage between Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus and SARS-Like Coronavirus of Bat Origin

And take a look at these posts:

HIV & Ebola-Like Mutations Suggest Coronavirus Leaked From a Lab

Coronavirus far more likely than Sars to bond to human cells due to HIV-like mutation, scientists say

Coronavirus ‘is like a combination of SARS and AIDS’, doctors say

There is a difference between an intentional bio-attack or one “mad” scientist’s lab experiment gone bad (read leaked). However, it is not clear how can a level -4 Virology  Lab like the one in Wuhan have experimental leaks.

As one of the Quora answers (mentioned above) concluded, “I would say it is unlikely a bio-weapon, but possibly some mad scientists’ crazy dream coming true – helping bat virus directly attack human being”.

I don’t know if we will ever get to the bottom of this, or we would ever know who was the patient zero or how s/he got the virus. There are many conflicting views about the patient zero. You will also find many fake YouTube videos that claim to be filmed in Wuhan Seafood Market where allegedly the virus started, but it is filmed elsewhere. Bats still remain the food delicacy in many parts of the world.

But until I find any further update on this issue, it seems like a leaked experiment (unintentional or not) which perhaps infected a human and/or a bat directly and naturally kept mutating till now, that’s why scientists who claim that Coronavirus came out through the natural process of sequencing are right as well. Although Dr. Shi herself completely denied such allegations of experimental leaks, her or the Wuhan’s lab’s involvement in this virus spread. She thinks this is nature’s punishment to mankind for having unhealthy habits.

We are not sure if Dr. Shi is a psychopath (since a lot of gifted people especially scientists can be), neither we know if someone else used her published papers as some recipe book of mass-distraction to teach mankind a lesson, or was it purely coincidentally spread from bat/wild animals-human direct contact which has similarities with HIV virus too and RaTG13. But until further updates let’s trust scientists’ claims that Coronavirus started spreading naturally.

Update: Read the following article which was published on April 14, 2020:

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-officials-raised-alarms-about-safety-issues-in-wuhan-lab-report-2020-4?amp=

Check out this video and you decide the conclusion:

What “Bran The Broken” Can and Cannot Do.

In my last blog I spinned some crazy fan theory towards the end accusing Bran of conspiracy against Dany.  I did not even research this fiction topic before writing that piece because I was overwhelmed by how the show ended, and I am seeing some conflicting views about what Bran Stark, currently known as the King of the Six Kingdom in GoT show after the season finale, is capable of doing as a Three-Eyed Raven. So I am pulling all the things together here which I found online plus my own deduction. Some spoilers ahead.

These are speculations and no one knows for sure since the show did not go over much on what Bran did or did not.

Bran refers to himself as the “memory” although per the definition of Greensight he is, in fact, able to foresee some future “glimpse” through prophetic visions/dreams since he is the Three-Eyed Raven. Getting some cryptic clues about the future is not quite the same as foreseeing the future clearly. Because what you do in the present can change the parallels of what you foresaw as a vision of a future, the only catch is that you need to decipher it in order to be able to warn others to change the outcome. But over time, if you become good at understanding the clues in your visions, you become more and more of an intuitive expert. And it is possible for you to influence things the way you want. That is what I am assuming happened in Bran’s case.

Even before he became the Three-Eyed Raven he sensed all the present and near-future events correctly in his dreams (like his father Ned Stark’s execution around the time when it happened). But the problem with that he did not know why he saw his father in the crypts of Winterfell where all the statues of the past deceased Stark members were there. Even if he knew that his father was being executed, he did not have the means to stop, since it is a distant event.

Plus as the TER he can warg into animals and per the link below he warged into young Hodor’s mind going back in time, hmm.. quite some superpower!

Also read: Game of Thrones: Here’s What Bran Can and Can’t Do With His Three-Eyed Raven Powers

An Investigation Into Whether Bran Stark Knew His Game of Thrones Fate All Along

(Note: I have included hyperlinks, so you can read from where I am taking my assumptions).

I would believe that through experience Bran has become good at deciphering future clues. From another perspective of timelessness, perhaps there is no difference in past, present, and future since they all already have happened. So trying to change the future timeline could as well change the overall harmony of the timeline. BTW Bran warged into young Hodor’s mind as I said before, observing him going mentally unstable over the future event when Hodor dies “trying to hold the door”! I am not sure if, as a TER in the making, whether Bran had the choice not to go into Hodor’s mind back in time, then what would happen to the present Hodor at that moment? Then he had to be a normal person which would destroy the past-present harmony. Quite a paradox!

Plus Bran also calls his father in the vision going back in time to see Jon’s birth, where Ned Stark looks back at hearing a voice. If the past cannot be changed and the “ink is dry” then at that present moment Bran did not have any choice but to call his dad because it was tied to the past event.

In the final episode, when Bran said to Tyrion after being nominated as the King of the six kingdoms, he said, “Why do you think I came all this way?” It is an implication that he knew he was being crowned as the king, plus Brienne as his new head of the king’s guard was wearing raven sigil in her outfit. So he came prepared.

Bottom line, as  TER he has the ability to time travel through perception, but either intentionally or due to some limitation to TER’s ability, he let things take its course. He does not wish to mess with the timeline. So it will remain as a debate about whether he let Dany go mad following her fate or if he had a direct part in it.

So reading all this, what part do you think he plaid influencing the course of events in the season finale? What is your opinion on this? Write below in the comment section.

Here is my own take:

Did Bran Influence Dany’s demise?

 

 

Game Of Throne Season Finale Honest Review- (SPOILER ALERT!!)

SPOILER ALERT!! If you did not watch GoT Season Finale or anything at all then STOP reading and go watch them before you proceed.

I planned to write episode by episode review for GoT Season 8. But just as the plot development of this season was so rushed, my review is crammed up and rushed too, because “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

This GIF is basically what the summary of my review, but if you still wish to continue reading then go on. Although I am rambling and venting here there are some good points ahead. Check the highlighted lines at least. You can skip through by episodes but I am talking about things that are related but beyond each episode. So it might be worth the long read.

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GoT Season 8, episode 1 & 2. What were they BTW? Oh, Dany felt entitled and Sansa didn’t like her from the beginning. Also, Dany didn’t care about Jon being her nephew, she was more worried about his claim to the  (ugly) iron throne, blah blah, etc. But episode 3 and 5 were complete shockers. And I also read the leak of final episode 6 before it was aired.

So I would talk about episode 3 onward. So without any further ado.

Episode 3: I asked this important question in my previous blog post (link below) already. How TF Arya just jumped out of nowhere at the Night King? I thought there was some hidden theory behind this, but just as the show proceeded afterward, it seems like we had to take things as they were without expecting logic. After all, the showrunners D&D might at one moment thought about bending the law of Physics or expected common logic because it is a fantasy show, but when we could use a few ideal closures from a fantasy series (like the king and queen happy endings), they decided to keep it real instead! I will elaborate more in the next points. But nonetheless, The Battle of Winterfell was beautiful and captivating. Arya is my favorite character and I loved her killing the Night King. But the plot was not well-written, and Jon/Dany seemed kind of useless despite putting their fair share of efforts.

Game Of Thrones- Season 8, Episode 3, and Avengers: End Game- What’s the catch!? SPOILER ALERT!!

Episode 4: There is a very practical conversation between Lord Varys and Tyrion Lannister about the rightful owner of the Iron Thrones, and how men usually have better claims to kingdoms just because they are men claimed by Varys. This argument is fair, although termed by many as sexist, matches the real world scenario. There are many strong female protagonists and as the show ended, you would have noticed that it did not benefit who it was supposed to. So calling the show sexist is at least pointless even though there are many plotholes.

What else?

Cercei chops off Missandei’s head and ticks of Queen Dany really bad. And why not? ‘Cause Cercei is a b*tch. But some of us still took the mother of Dragon’s mercy and kindness for granted a little bit even though Missandei’s last word “Drakarys” was a good hint towards what Dany was about to do.

Episode 5: I was so shocked that I vented right after watching the show on Quora:

What is your review of Game Of Thrones S8E5?

I personally always thought Daenerys Targaryen’s character was slightly over-rated. She put on a philanthropic benevolent mask to get to the point of conquering King’s Landing which she always thought of as the ultimate destiny, but deep down she was really hungry for power. She has Targaryen blood (her daddy was the mad king after all) in her and her previous dialogue from past season about “I will take what is mine with fire and blood” should’ve been a strong cursor. But still, it was just too much to bear just in one episode. Most viewers said they didn’t mind Dany turning into evil showing her true colors, but her “mad queen” character arc in season 8 was very drastic and that is where the main issue lies. Like, I do understand that up to episode 3 or 4, she came out to be too entitled, and always demanding others blind obedience. She turned out to be quite annoying but I already had a sense since season 6 or 7 that for her it was more like a journey than the ultimate destination (i.e ruling the seven kingdoms). But on a scale of 1 through 100% on negativity, if she was 20-30% bad in first three episodes of the season finale, in 4, she became maybe 40% bad and you cannot blame her for that as I am about to describe why, but from 5 she is like 150% rotten evil. Like WTF! Did someone do some magic to her? 

Dany sacrificed too much, she had lost half of her armies in the battle of Winterfell, two dragons, close loyal friends like Jora and later Misseandei because of Cercei and she was turning more and more people into enemies as some people by default disliked her including Sansa. Some people put her on a pedestal as well like Jon and Tyrion because of her display of (albeit tactical and fake) benevolence. And then his lover Jon appeared to be his nephew plus a legitimate claimer of the iron throne. Still, ultimately, she burned down an entire city for no apparent reason, even after clearly winning. This part I cannot accept. She already executed Varys for treason and it was vicious enough. But after the battle was won and when the bell rang, she could’ve taken her Drogon straight in front of Cercei and burn her down. I know the show plotted and hinted everything up to this point that she might snap at the last moment. But it was too much to bear.

I read the article where the show makers saying that Dany felt empty at that point when the bell rang! WoW! What logic! She had been feeling empty for quite some time now and her atrocities could have continued well after the battle was won. But she went full-on displaying her pilot skills and 1 dragon army power burning innocents who were not necessarily disloyal to her and they hated Cercei too.  Cercei already planted wildfire as backup plans, in case Dany’s army broke into the Red Keep. She already thought about killing her innocent civilians while burning the enemy soldiers. But she underestimated that Dany could do far worse.

And yet again Cercei dies a romantic death in her brother-com-lover’s arms. I read that the show makers thought since they came together in this world as twins, they are leaving the world together as well. WoW! Sounds beautiful! But my complaint from GoT from the beginning is- when innocent and great heroic characters die barbaric death, somehow the evil characters die some lame (not so satisfying) death. Like why Joeffrey died by poison!? Her mama Cercei the b*tch, who is one of the nastiest characters could have died being barbecued by Dany’s dragon. But no! Killing Cercei alone is justified since Cercei tested Dany’s patience and executed Missaendei.

There were a few other things in the show like the CleaganeBowl but they were nothing of my interest. And also the appearance of the white horse at the end to take Arya. Who knows perhaps it was Bran trying to help her sister via that horse. I am just disappointed that Dany who had so many accomplishments under her belt had to sabotage her success because she lost her patience at the last moment. Because showrunners remember she is the mad king’s daughter (so she must be mad) and blood speaks louder than the personal character as they didn’t find any other reason why Dany could be denied the seven kingdoms besides just being a female contender (oh wait, that would be typical and sexist). Her father Aerys did not become crazy overnight. A lot of things lead to that point, plus his family’s long lineage of incestual DNA could make him crazy. He became a fan of burning people and things. It seems like Dany just got started with that hobby by burning disloyal Lord Varys alive and on the next, she went down burning millions. BTW completely off-topic, Aerys had similar planning like Cercei with wildfire (read the link).

I thought Dany came out of fire intact with her Dragon babies in the previous season. At that point, she was a superhuman, who should not have been painted as a mere mortal mad evil at the last moment. 

Also, I do understand not all prophecies can come true and some partly come true. But the showrunners threw out most of the prophecies previously depicted in the show from the book out of the window.

Episode 6 (The last one): Probably because I already read the leaks online, this episode seems kinda fair and logical. Which makes sense why some people took episode 5 pretty normally since they knew the entire season 8 plot leaks from the beginning. As if the writers of GoT tried to tie the loose ends for good or bad in this episode. Tyrion gets caught for treason. He indirectly manipulates Jon to kill Dany, and so does Arya warn him because otherwise he would be killed by Dany as a throne contender. And just when poor Dany is about to sit on her coveted throne, she gets into a lovey-dovey conversation with Jon and gets stabbed in the heart. Her Drogon melts the iron throne with fire in grief as if-if his mother cannot keep it, no one can! Fair enough! I thought it was quite intelligent for a dragon! I wish the dragon could use his common sense to not burn so many innocent people in Kings Landing but that would’ve been disloyal to his mother which could cause him death penalty as well.

But Jon just didn’t kill Dany, he verified her twisted sense of fairness before doing so. She is talking about freeing people, yet still, seems dead set on demanding loyalty. Then how is she freeing everybody from the wheel/chain? When she was asked why she burned the entire city, her logic was Cercei underestimated her. Her friend was killed! Sounds legit! She could’ve burned Cercei alone as I said before. But then she added something important, “the world we need won’t be built by men loyal to the world we have”. At this point, it is quite clear that she has been heartless all along and she went too big picture in her head. She didn’t want to verify which civilians were still loyal to Lanisters and which were not. She straight-up burned everything so she can build things from the ground up. Causing massacre is no big deal for her if she has to, even though she freed thousands albeit, in exchange for loyalty, she never flinched to kill anyone who she thought were deserving.

But again Cercei’s wildfire would’ve killed most people if soldiers tried to enter the Red Keep, so if she didn’t do it, Cercei’s planning would do it. Dany is getting all the bad names. But anyway at this point, the show writers tried to make it clear why she must be murdered.

”Bran The Broken” gets to be the king of six kingdoms because The North stays independent and rightfully under queen Sansa’s command. Fair enough even though it made a lot of fans dissatisfied. But even though he is surrounded by advisers/whisperers, he can fact check for himself with his Three-Eyed-Raven superpower vision, plus he is not entitled to the throne and he does not need to. Arya could be a good choice but her hands are tainted with blood. Show writers do not want any kind of murders or wrongdoers in the realm as I suppose because people have had too much of it, although Dany, Arya, Jon all of them were favorite potent contenders. I like how it went down to a Stark kid and coincidentally someone who was pushed out of the window by Jamie. Basically, Bran won the throne doing nothing and sitting on his chair. Bran cannot father an heir as well as pointed out in the show by Sansa and Jon was sent to the wall to be the nights keep even though he seems to leave beyond the wall with wildings and I thought the wall melted down by the frozen dragon. I like how they are trying to keep it as a democracy and diminishing all possibility of an heir from any of the eligible males whether it is Bran or Jon. Even though Jon turned out okay, thanks to his Stark blood, he still has Targaryen blood from dad’s side which can bring more mad off-springs. The showrunners don’t want any of those possibilities at this point. Otherwise, Dany could’ve been killed by Arya using her faceless skills. She wouldn’t get caught and still could escape to the west which she did anyway and Jon could’ve been the king just fine. But the writers don’t want to hurt Arya & Tyrion’s future as both remain intact and get a second (or I forgot to count how many) chance(es). And as I explained, Jon has partial Targaryen blood. At this point any Targaryen means proven madness, no more cities/civilizations need to be burned. Even if he is a good man, his next generation can turn crazy. Jon was not a result of incest as Dany, her brothers and their father Aerys were, even Joeffrey is one such example even though he was a Lannister. I think the book and the show hint towards the abnormalities among children from incestual relationships. Since Dany was dead, Jon at this point didn’t have any chance of having an affair with another Targaryen family member. But what if the Targaryen bloodline itself carries some abnormal genes due to being a unique family tree? If the show makers decide to somehow make another surprise season later, we might see Jon’s bustard popping in the future to claim the heir, even though he is not supposed to father children. But well, you know he is going to have fun with the wildings.

Sansa is the only person I truly am happy for (and I am happy for Ghost reuniting with Jon Snow). I read an article where they were comparing car models with GoT characters. Very funny! And they mentioned Sansa as Tesla model 3- went through production hell and difficulties but still is a fine car and keeps getting better and smarter as it acquires more experience(could not be apter). So Sansa with her regal and fashionable gown looks splendid as a queen in the north. She does look like an updated smarter queen.

After the last episode, I see what the show writers wanted GoT to be. Game of Thrones-where no one ultimately gets the thrones, those who tried very hard hurt themselves. And those who didn’t care, plus a handful of the show writer D&D’s personal favorites are still lives.

Moral of the story: Keep it real and keep your feet on the ground. Don’t act all kind and merciful if you are not and don’t feel entitled to your dreams/positions/power (hinting towards Dany).

Oh! Don’t work hard, work smart! Or do nothing at all (talking about Bran Stark)!

Or maybe the plot twist is Bran went into people’s head and did all these messes so that he gets to be the king. Doesn’t he say he was waiting for this all along or something? Because of the way the Night King was lured towards him and killed suddenly by Arya and how Dany went completely cray-cray without notice burning everything to a crisp- is the only “plausible” explanation in this hurried season that Bran connected with the Night King and possibly went into even Dany’s head. If he can warg into animals, because he is the Three-Eyed Raven now, can he not warg into people? Or maybe he is the one who controlled Drogon burning King’s Landing civilians, otherwise, why did he not warn anyone about this event? Since he can see the future. Now he is about to warg into Dragon’s mind to find out where he is at.

Read it here: Why didn’t Bran warn about Dany?

Bonus: The number of blunders observed- coffee cups, Jaime’s grown hand and plastic bottle underneath Samuel Tarly’s chair. Well, he invented plastic because he was stopped from almost inventing democracy. Just kidding!

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Game Of Thrones- Season 8, Episode 3, and Avengers: End Game- What’s the catch!? SPOILER ALERT!!

Disclaimer: If you did not watch any of the aforementioned show/movies in the title, please go ahead and watch them. Because I am about to spill major spoilers ahead!

TL;DR

Grab a drink or some popcorns.

Okay, so I watched GoT Season 8, Episode 3 last Sunday and today (Wednesday) I watched the Endgame in the theater. First of all, I don’t like crowded places. So I always wait until Avengers/Marvel Movies or any good movies stay in the theater for a while. But even on a humpday (in the middle of a week), it was pretty crowded.

I wanted to write a separate series of articles just on GoT season 8. But today I cannot contain myself and I cannot wait until the next Sunday for another GoT episode or for season 8 to be over altogether. By then perhaps a lot of my question will be answered. But, I can update this post then and write other posts.

I am so glad I didn’t watch GoT season 1 through 7 on TV, trying to patiently wait for each Sunday. Instead in 2017, I literally binge-watched GoT all seasons and episodes except season 8 of course (which is airing right now). Hardly anything gets me very excited and gets all my hair raised these days. And thanks to the GoT author, casts, and crews- I had plenty of those goosebumps experience.

But this last Sunday when Season 8 Episode 3 happened, I lost all my words. Battle of Winterfell is the most well-done and beautiful battle I have seen in Game of Thrones. From the very beginning, I was completely glued.

But I just need to point out that Avengers: End Game has been released on April 22, 2019. And Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 aired on April 28, 2019. I have not read GRRM’s Song Of Ice And Fire, upon which the show is inspired. But how likely it is that the screenwriters of GoT made last minute changes to the script? Maybe not. But is it possible that they somehow knew or had access to End Game’s storyline? Or maybe it is the other way around?

A number of fans are asking where was that “Azor Ahai” reference in the battle of Winterfell as the red witch aka Melisandre referred before. And some are pointing out how it was not Jon Snow, or Dany or anybody else but Arya Stark was being prepared for this very noble cause of killing the Night King in the show.

Probably in the next few episodes, more doubts about this will be cleared. For now, I can’t help but draw some parallels on the key point of both Avenger’s Endgame and GoT, SE08EP3.

First of all in EndGame, when Tony Stark aka Iron man gets a hold of the infinity gunlet and he destroys Thanos and his armies into ashes. The real question is how did he do that when it was clearly in Thanos’ possession? It almost seems like the movie might deliberately didn’t elaborate on this part. But just when Tony gets the emulated gunlet, he looks at Dr. Strange who points his index finger. What does that even mean? I think he helped Iron man in some way. But I did not understand how exactly. And then the movie goes on to a bit of unnecessary drag with other parts, especially with Captain America at the end. I am familiar with this type of storylines after watching many series on Netflix and everywhere. This usually means that there are more to it and will be perhaps cleared in the next installments of Avengers. Because we need to understand exactly what was Dr. Strange doing in that battle scene, or why did he even give the green stone to Thanos in the first place, when he is referred as the best among the Avengers by the Ancient One (his mentor-that bald lady)? There are already several fan theories online stating how he purposely did it because he anticipated there has to be a full-fledged battle against Thanos uniting all the Avengers. Did he also anticipate that they would have to go back in time? Alright! Enough of me spilling all the beans. But you should’ve stopped reading at the beginning if you didn’t watch End Game. Sorry!

Now can we draw a parallel between this and the GoT scene where the Night King is assassinated by Arya? The lady of light aka Melisandre-the red witch seemed to play a pivotal part in that episode. Even though she did a lot of wrongdoing in the past and was rightfully in Arya Stark’s hit list, she did her part to repent in this episode before she died. She helped the Dothraki solders by lighting up their swords with flames which helped kill a lot of white walkers, she also fired up the walls of that Winterfell fortress which created a shield against those deads for a while, and last but not the least she inspired Arya with some wise words which perhaps lead Arya to run where Bran was waiting for the Night King under the red tree.

But the real question here is, out of all the white walkers standing behind the Night King where did Arya come from? It seemed like she jumped out of nowhere. Did she climb up the red tree and was hiding in the branches? Was the Night King exactly under the red-leaved weirwood tree? I didn’t pay attention to it. Someone, please comment. Some people claimed online, Arya could be blending among the white walkers, wearing one of their faces after killing one of them since she is trained as “no one”- which sounds very unlikely. Because I am not sure you can blend among the white walkers being alive, ripping apart and wearing one of their faces. She almost dropped the dagger from one hand and caught coincidentally by another hand before stabbing Night King.

This spoiler showed that she actually did not jump from the tree above but from behind:

You can also read this well-written post, on how sudden this Arya Stark plot twist part was, it also talks about other loopholes in that episode:

Where did Arya jump from? The Game of Thrones battle was riddled with problems

Keep reading till the end for another of my twisting theory.

So the Night King who I assume was made out of ice could not be burned (since Dany could not burn him with dragon fire) but could be punctured and cracked with a pointy Valyrian dagger which is not even a dragon glass? I thought everybody was prepared with dragon glasses, but all it took was just stabbing the Night King with a dagger which not only killed him but took the lives out of all the white walkers at once.

But the parallel I am trying to draw here between the two franchise episodes is basically on a few points.

  1. Tony Stark vs Arya Stark? Same last names? Coincident much? I know it seems lame.
  2. Unclear assassination process both in the End Game and in Got SE8EP03. As if both of these characters were destined to kill the main villain, especially Arya Stark seemed to be chosen by the writers laters. Who read the real book by JRRM- The Song of Ice and Fire? Can anyone tell me, how did the Night King die in the actual novel? How did Tony Stark get a hold of the gunlet when Thanos was still holding it? How did Arya Stark appear in front of the white walkers behind the Night King?
  3. Was Dr. Strange the same to Tony Stark (Iron Man) as what the red witch aka Melisandre was to Arya Stark before they killed their respective villains- which is an influencer? Dr. Strange is a master sorcerer and so is the red witch.
  4. Thanos’ lifeline is connected to his entire army. Similarly, Night King’s lifeline is connected to his entire army of white walkers. Killing them kills their entire teams along with them. Isn’t it too coincidental that two of these major stream of fantasy series almost followed the same idea? Night-King burst into pieces of Ice when stabbed by Arya, along with his white walkers being collapsed simultaneously. Thanos powdered into ashes along with his entire army, when the Iron Man wore the gunlet.

Are you going lunatic by now reading my post? I am sorry if I am bringing too many cross-references. And I also apologize if I am misinformed about certain details or brought some wrong terms. Please provide your opinions, ideas and correct me in the comment section.

*Peace*

EDIT: I finished watching episode 4 of Got Season 8. I think the next episode will be about the war against Cercei, so the show might won’t have much time to go into detail about how Arya did it. But I will still keep you guys posted if there is anything new related to this.

So here we come about the last theory. I don’t know if you guys remember anything from Season 5 where Arya Stark was being trained as an assassin in the city of Bravos. There was the last scene (I forgot the episode) where Arya was just about to be killed in the dark cave where the light goes off. But instead in the next few episodes, we see Arya survived, meaning she was able to kill that girl. Is it possible that Arya is not the real Arya Stark but that other girl from that Bravos Training camp, posing as Arya wearing Arya’s mask who possesses supernatural skills of going invisible or appearing in places out of nowhere? Her only purpose is to fulfill Arya’s mission to avenge the people who did wrong to her/her families. Or did Arya learn a lot more than just killing and face shifting people in that weird place of Bravos defying the laws of physics?

Check this link from the past written around the time when this episode from season 5 aired:

I HAVE A CRAZY GAME OF THRONES THEORY—AND I’LL BET IT’S RIGHT

EDIT: No that theory is not right actually. You got what you saw. At least this is how it went for the last few episodes. You can read this:

Game Of Throne Season Finale Honest Review- (SPOILER ALERT!!)