Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – 7.01 – Dragonstone

Game of Thrones – 7.01 – Dragonstone

Welcome back! And Welcome to this year’s new players!


Touch the ground with gravitas: you are finally home.
Home at The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – Season 7.

It’s great to be back in the unpredictable world of Westeros where anything might be round the corner, from wight giants to bed pans to Ed Sheeran. I’m excited to see that the Narrow Sea is no longer a part of the opening credits and we are pulling this sprawling story back to a tighter show.

A massive onslaught of points for this episode, with only one unfortunate player not getting double figures. Part of this can be chalked up to seven of the players getting bonus points for handing their teams in before the first trailer aired, but this was a points heavy episode in general, one I hope sets the standard for the season. No one had any points taken away from them for this episode. Let’s hope things stay that way.

Possible points of contention

While the map in the Red Keep doesn’t feature any armies on it, the Lannister twins survey the map in terms of Westeros’ armies, gaining them both points.

I’m giving Arya false name points as she is masquerading as Walder Frey.

Sansa does not gain inspirational speech points for calling Jon out, despite the few cheers her announcement receives from people at Winterfell, as I don’t feel her dialogue counts fairly as being a speech.

Sandor gets communicates with deity points twice, first for receiving a vision in the flames from R’hllor and second for the brief prayer he attempts at the Seven Gods when burying the skeletons. As the vision in the flames doesn’t appear on screen, he does not get vision points.

Euron’s hair is so different from when last we saw him, he gains haircut points, despite the cutting not being witnessed in show.

Bran and Meera don’t receive points for crossing the Wall as they’re currently at the Wall and we have yet to see them come out the other side. They will inevitably receive points for this the next time we see them.

As Jorah is now in Westeros, he gets points for crossing the Narrow Sea.

Character Scores
Here is a full list of the characters and their awarded points. If one of your characters does not appear in the following lists, this is due to their absence from the episode, for which you shall be deducted five points per character:

Group A – Main Characters
Arya Stark – 175 points: appears (+5), first person on screen (+30), first line of premiere (+20), appears pre credits (+15), uses false name (+10), monologues for over three minutes (+30), makes inspiring speech (+20), turns down wine (+10), drinks wine (+8), eats (+7), kills x 2 (-10), comments on state of winter (+20), rides horse (+10)
Bran Stark – 45 points: appears (+5), has vision (+40)
Cersei Lannister – 38 points: appears (+5), grimly surveys map of armies (+15), says C word (+10), drinks wine (+8)
Daenerys Targaryen – 150 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50), travels by boat (+15), visits Dragonstone (+15), grimly surveys map of armies (+15), last line (+20), last on screen (+30)
Jaime Lannister – 50 points: appears (+5), grimly surveys map of armies (+15), says name of episode (+10), comments on state of winter (+20)
Jon Snow – 55 points: appears (+5), mentions dragonglass (+10), makes inspiring speech (+20), comments on state of winter (+20)
Sansa Stark – 5 points: appears (+5)
Tyrion Lannister – 130 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50), travels by boat (+15), visits Dragonstone (+15), grimly surveys map of armies (+15), last on screen (+30)

Group B – Supporting Mains
Brienne of Tarth – 0 points: appears (+5), inflicts harm (-5)
Petyr Baelish – 5 points: appears (+5)
Samwell Tarly – 38 points: appears (+5), studies a book (+13), mentions dragonglass (+10), says ep title (+10)
Ser Davos Seaworth – 5 points: appears (+5)
Varys – 85 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15), crosses Narrow Sea (+50), visits Dragonstone (+15)

Group C – Rest of the Mains
Gilly – 28 points: appears (+5), studies a book (+13), mentions dragonglass (+10)
Missandei – 85 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50), travels by boat (+15), visits Dragonstone (+15)
Sandor Clegane – 77 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+15), 2 x C word (+10), eats (+7), 2 x communicates with deity (+15)
Tormund Giantsbane – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group D – Side Characters
Beric Dondarrion – 20 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+15)
Dolorus Edd – 5 points: appears (+5)
Grey Worm – 85 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50), travels by boat (+15), visits Dragonstone (+15)
Meera Reed – 5 points: appears (+5)
Podrick Payne – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group E – Side Characters to the Side Characters
Euron Greyjoy – 40 points: appears (+5), visits KL (+15), has haircut (+20)
Lyanna Mormont – 5 points: appears (+5)
Robett Glover – 5 points: appears (+5)
Thoros of Myr – 35 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+15), communicates with deity (+15)
Yohn Royce – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group F – Weirdos
Qyburn – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Gregor Clegane – 5 points: appears (+5)
The Night King – 60 points: appears (+5), appears in vision (+40), rides horse (+15)

Group G – Animals
Drogon – 55 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50)
Rhaegal – 55 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50)
Viserion – 55 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50)

Group H – Gone but might return
As expected, no one from this group appeared in the episode

Group I – Are these fuckers coming back?
Ser Jorah Mormont – 55 points: appears (+5), crosses Narrow Sea (+50)

The Leaderboard

Players can see their scores by consulting their initials in the table below. Congratulations to ST for flying away with the points for this episode!



Check back next week for “7.02 – Stormborn”, an episode that I think will make quite a few of the players pleased they picked Daenerys!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League - Congratulations Carly!

Massive congratulations to Carly, the winner of last years fantasy league, seen here posing with her prizes.

Carly seen here with her victorious team

Seen with her DVD, coaster and keyring

The pot may be different for winners of Season 7's fantasy league.

Make sure you get your teams into me soon. Players who entered their teams before the Season 7 trailer was dropped have received a bonus. If a second trailer gets released, late admissions after will be penalised.

Send them now!


Good luck!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The GAME OF THRONES Fantasy League 2017

It’s time to send in your teams for The Game of Thrones Fantasy League 2017!

This is a game that requires nearly no input: you select characters from each group and make a team. When certain things happen to those characters you win or lose points. The full list of characters and available points are listed below. At the end of the season, the person with the team that has scored the most points is declared the winner. There will be prizes!

Some of you will have played this last year – while things are essentially the same, there have been a few changes:

The Points System has been updated. There are now more ways to gain points. Look over them with consideration and carry that with you when choosing your team.
Now you can select TWO characters from Group A. Originally you could only choose one character from each group – but now you can have TWO Main Characters on your team. You can only choose ONE character from each other Group.
Choose a number between 2 and 6. Due to the shortened season, there is now a new and exciting opportunity to win more points! The number you choose will correspond to the episode of the season. For this episode, your characters will receive DOUBLE points. Think of this like a Joker round at a pub quiz. For this, we are excluding the first and last episode of the season.

So your submissions will be slightly different this year. Here is an example of a team submission:
“Hi, this is my team:
Group A – Cersei & Sansa
Group B – Sam
Group C – Bronn
Group D – Grey Worm
Group E – Lyanna
Group F – Qyburn
Group G – Ghost
Group H – Syrio Forel
Group I – Daario
Episode – 5”

Here is the full list of available points:




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Important things to keep in mind:

There will be a capping system in place in the event your character kills more than two people in a single episode. A character like Bronn who killed thousands of people with a single arrow in the episode 'Blackwater' would never be able to gain those points back if not for a capping system in place, so you would never lose more than 20 points if your character killed over two people in a single episode.

All events must be seen on screen, but I reserve the right to be flexible on this matter.

Now that is out of the way, on to the Character Groups!

The Characters are sorted into nine groups:

Group A – Main Characters
These are the characters who anchor the show, whose arc is why there even is a show. These characters are in the show the most and therefore tend to score the most points, so the two characters you choose here will make or break your team.



Group B – Supporting Mains
These are characters who have enough screen presence that they can carry storylines and scenes on their own, but are not key points of view in the song of Ice and Fire.



Group C – Rest of the mains
These are all the other living characters whose actors have their names in the opening credits as of season 6.



Group D – Side Characters
These are important characters but not important enough to have their actors’ names in the opening credits.



Group E – Sides to the sides
These are significant characters that aren't important enough to carry their own scenes.



Group F – Weirdos
These are mysterious characters with supernatural characteristics.



Group G – Animals
You’ve got to have an animal on your team, if anything just as a mascot.



Group H – Gone but might return
These are characters who are dead but there is a chance they may return in flashbacks or visions



Group I – Are these fuckers coming back?
These are characters who were important and have seemingly left the story but have yet to have a death scene.


Game of Thrones returns July 16th. Please send me your submissions long before then! Blog posts about the results for the episode tend to be up by the Tuesday of that week, so stay tuned...and good luck!

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – 6.10 – The Winds of Winter

Game of Thrones – 6.10 – The Winds of Winter


Holy shit.

What an outstanding season. This show continues to top itself each year, this was perhaps the best finale they’ve done: spectacle, suspense, surprise, revelation, gore, murder and a total overpowering of the patriarchy. This episode contained a number of extraordinary and satisfying moments and managed to make us hunger for season seven without having to leave us dangling off any cliff-hangers like last year. This was a finale that served as a perfect closing chapter to a brilliant season and I can’t wait for the next one.

The soundtrack surpassed itself, the opening sonata in King’s Landing is just absolutely phenomenal and has been heavily rotating at my home since the episode. They definitely need to get Miguel Sapochnik directing for every season. That entire sequence was brilliantly tense and a dynamite way to open a finale. It is up there with Hold the Door as my favourite moment of the season. In one fell swoop, so many characters just got eliminated from Season 7! Tommen’s suicide was beautiful and artful. Pycelle’s version of “For The Watch” seemed a little unnecessary. I appreciated that it was a nod to the book but I don’t know why he was not made to blow up in the Sept with everyone else: the Grand Maester didn’t appear to do anything particularly reprehensible to Cersei to warrant this separate punishment so I’m not sure why that’s there really other than to reference a moment from the books (that actually happens to one of the characters IN the explosion). God knows what’s happening to Septa Unella but I think I don’t need to add her to next year’s league. I’m so pleased that this year I got to bust out the points behemoth “is officially declared ruler of Westeros”, I wasn’t expecting any character to gain it, but I’m pleased to bestow it on Cersei. Long may she reign.

Arya said she was going to Winterfell, but has instead stopped at the Twins to exact revenge on Walder Frey. I am glad that she was the one to kill him as he deprived her (and us) of reuniting with her mother and brother but I REALLY hope she finds out that Jon and Sansa are at Winterfell and gets her arse back there instead of being consumed by revenge. If she is heading north, it’s possible that she might cross paths with the Brotherhood Without Banners and have a reunion with the Hound.

I also think that the Brotherhood may run into Melisandre now that she has been banished south. With nowhere else to go, it makes sense that she would look to finding another priest of R’hllor. Melisandre did say back in season 3 that she and Arya will meet again - and The Red Woman was on Arya’s list. Perhaps all three will clash at the same time and Arya will kill Melisandre for abducting Gendry.

Jon’s exile of Melisandre was a good call, honourable and decent: what you want in a leader. I am hoping that Sansa can be as humble as Theon to stand aside and let the right person be in charge but it doesn’t look like it. Littlefinger has sowed seeds of dissent and her jealousy at not being given credit for rallying the Knights of the Vale could break up this once happy pairing. And, er, you know, you’d probably get more credit for getting the Vale Knights to turn up if you’d, you know, actually told someone that they were coming, but whatever, Sansa.

And yet this whole power struggle for Lord/Lady of Winterfell might just be moot as Bran has now made it to the Wall and is heading south. He is the rightful heir of Winterfell so hopefully in season seven he will claim his title and keep us in visions! There IS a weirwood tree in the castle grounds, as we were reminded this episode, so hopefully that will come into play next year. I thought the transition from Lyanna’s baby to Kit Harington’s dark brown eyes was an exceptionally beautiful moment, although predictable for most of us. While we know now for certain who his mother is, what was missing from this revelation was the impact it has on Bran. I’m not sure why the sound is muted when Lyanna is telling Ned what to call her baby, whether it was to keep the identity a secret until the visual cut to Jon or that his name might not actually be Jon. I hope the former as the latter’s stupid. What will happen with this revelation next year? Perhaps Bran returns to Winterfell and tells Jon about his mother, leading him on a quest to find out who his father was, if not Ned...though at this point a large percentage of the audience has already figured this out!

There is a theory that if the magic that stopped the wights and White Walkers from entering the Three Eyed Raven’s cave is the same as what prevents them from passing the Wall, Bran’s mark from The Night King may result in those enchantments not working. However, we’ve already seen those enchantments fail when Jon, Ghost and Jeor Mormont had a wight fight in season one at Castle Black. For safety’s sake, Bran should probably just have gone by boat around Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. In fact, I’m not sure why no one has suggested this before: Bran’s arms work, it’s not like he can’t row!

Filming restrictions at the Alcazar of Seville means that Dorne scenes are always hurried with little time for pause. The new alliance between the Martells and the Tyrells (well, Tyrell) should mean that the Sands will be travelling out of Sunspear, allowing for some fleshed out scenes in the future.

The scene between Daenerys and Tyrion was emotionally resonant and one of the finest in the series. They make terrific scene partners, Clarke and Dinklage are at their best when they are together and I’m encouraged at their alliance, crossing the Narrow Sea into Westeros with a massive fleet, an army of Unsullied and Dothraki and three bigass dragons.

I can’t wait to see Cersei’s face when Tyrion turns up in King’s Landing with the posse. Ha!

But presumably, the Targaryen fleet will get into an over water battle with Euron Greyjoy and his war machine before that moment, with perhaps one of the dragons getting quite badly injured or dying, so that the eventual fight against Cersei’s forces won’t be too one-sided.

So, onto the scores for the finale: Despite EIGHT fantasy league characters dying in this episode, this was the second highest scoring episode of the season, behind The Door. You will learn who the Season Six champion is after some final points on how some debatable scores were permitted.

Possible points of contention:
Arya should have received Witnesses Magic points for the Waif’s facial transformation back in episode seven. That has been amended to her score for that episode.

Grand Maester Pycelle and Ser Loras both get points for having the first line. Loras makes the first noise, Pycelle is the first fantasy league character to speak a line of dialogue.

Kevan and Lancel gain points for encountering each other for the first time this season, as do Mace Tyrell and Ser Loras.

Arya gets haircut points for her transformation before killing Walder Frey. She only gets minus points for killing Frey, not his sons, as that occurs off screen.

There is sufficient walking and plotting in the Winterfell gardens for Littlefinger to gain points for walking around a garden plotting. However Sansa does no plotting so she does not get points.

There is no walking in the Water Gardens of Dorne so none of the Sandsnakes or Olenna can gain plotting points.

Sansa, Jon, Tormund and Davos gain points for eating but not for drinking wine as its unclear what drink they have in front of them.

Varys gets points for crossing the Narrow Sea twice as he arrives in Dorne from Meereen then inexplicably is back in Meereen in time for the end of the episode.

Grey Worm, Missandei and Tyrion get points for encountering only Viserion and Rhaegal as they have recently had a scene with Drogon. Varys, Yara and Theon get points for encountering all three dragons.

The last spoken dialogue from a fantasy league character is Qyburn crowning Cersei, but the last noise is from one of the dragons and it is difficult to identify which. As such, Qyburn and all three dragons gain points for having the last line of the episode.

Everyone in the final scene gets points for being the last on screen as the final shot is a giant wide of the entire area, so all arguably were the last on screen.


Character Scores
Here is a full list of the characters and their awarded points. If one of your characters does not appear in the following lists, this is due to their absence from the episode, for which you shall be deducted five points per character:

Group A – Main Characters
Arya Stark – 65 points: appears (+5), crosses the Narrow sea (+50), has a haircut (+20), kills someone (-10)
Bran Stark – 145 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), has vision (+40), 3 X reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Cersei Lannister – 153 points: appears (+5), first on screen (+15), drinks wine (+8), inflicts harm (-5), is officially declared ruler of Westeros (+100), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Daenerys Targaryen – 58 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30)
Jaime Lannister – 60 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), visits King’s Landing (+15), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Sansa Stark – 27 points: appears (+5), has kiss (+15), eats (+7)
Tyrion Lannister – 98 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30) 2 X encounters dragon (+20)

Group B – Supporting Mains
Margaery Tyrell – -25 points: appears (+5), dies (-30)
Melisandre – 15 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10)
Petyr Baelish – 35 points: appears (+5), walks around a garden plotting (+15), mentions Iron Throne (+15)
Samwell Tarly – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Davos Seaworth – 23 points: appears (+5), unsheafs sword (+10), eats (+7)
Theon Greyjoy – 110 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30), 3 X encounters dragon (+20)
Varys – 210 points: appears (+5), 2 X crosses the Narrow Sea (+50) travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30), 3 X encounters dragon (+20)

Group C – Rest of the Mains
Daario Naharis – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)
Ellaria Sand – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)
Gilly – 5 points: appears (+5)
Missandei – 90 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30) 2 X encounters dragon (+20)
Ser Bronn – 55 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8), eats (+7), says C word (+10), rides horse (+10), visits King’s Landing (+15)
Tommen Baratheon – -25 points: appears (+5), dies (-30)
Tormund Giantsbane – 12 points: appears (+5), eats (+7)

Group D – Side Characters
Grand Maester Pycelle – -15 points: appears (+5), first line (+10), dies (-30)
Grey Worm – 90 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30) 2 X encounters dragon (+20)
High Sparrow – -25 points: appears (+5), dies (-30)
Meera Reed – 35 points: appears (+5), witnesses magic (+30)
Obara Sand – 5 points: appears (+5)
Olenna Tyrell – 5 points: appears (+5)
Tyene Sand – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group E – Side Characters to the Side Characters
Kevan Lannister – 5 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), dies (-30)
Lancel Lannister – 0 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), gets injured (-5), dies (-30)
Mace Tyrell – 5 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), dies (-30)
Nymeria Sand – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Loras Tyrell – 10 points: appears (+5), first line (+10), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), gets injured (-5), dies (-30)

Group F – Weirdos
Qyburn – 25 points: appears (+5), last line (+20)
Ser Robert Strong – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group G – Animals
Drogon – 55 points: appears (+5), last line (+20), last on screen (+30)
Rhaegal – 55 points: appears (+5), last line (+20), last on screen (+30)
Viserion – 55 points: appears (+5), last line (+20), last on screen (+30)

Group H – Definitely Dead?
Benjen Stark – 15 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10)
Jon Snow – 67 points: appears (+5), has kiss (+15), appears in vision (+40), eats (+7)

Group I – Where are these fuckers?
Yara Greyjoy – 110 points: appears (+5), travels by boat (+15), last on screen (+30), 3 X encounters dragon (+20)

The Leaderboard            
Players can see their scores by consulting their initials in the table below. This week’s points champion is AA who managed to claw her way into the top five with this episode’s highest score of 493!

I would also like to give praise to RCB, HC, DT, AA, SR, YD, MS, LH, AB and NA for managing to avoid getting a negative score for any episode this season!

This year’s wooden spoon goes to JM whose poor team made him score negative points for all but three episodes, leaving him stranded on minus points until finally the finale which brought him to an overall total of 99 points.

…and the winner of the Game of Thrones Fantasy League Season Six is…CH! After blazing ahead with gaining nearly 900 points for episode five, it remained all but impossible to catch up with her for the rest of the season. This was an outstanding achievement, considering that she was one of the few players to have not picked Jon Snow for her team. Had she done so, she would have had even more of an unbeatable lead. Absolutely well done, CH, I will be in touch about your prizes very soon!


In the following few weeks you can expect some tips on how to win the league next time and I’ll rearrange the groupings for season 7 to include new characters and switch up some of the placements!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – 6.09 – Battle of the Bastards

Game of Thrones – 6.09 – Battle of the Bastards




Nooooo, the season is nearly over! It’s been getting so good! This season has truly shaped up to be one of the best. I am deeply saddened to hear that the makers would like to reduce the order of episodes next year as I am quite happy to spend time in Westeros and Essos every week. This was an extraordinarily epic episode with fantastic scenes standing out, my favourites including Rickon’s charge, the Bolton shield offensive, and Jon halting arrows with his shield (that’s going to be added to the list of possible points to gain next year!). I’m also pleased that despite last week’s glaring, Dany didn’t give Tyrion a hard time about the Masters attacking because, seriously, what would you expect Meereen to be like after the state she left it in? In spite of only 19 fantasy league characters being featured in the episode, we’ve had a rise in points awarded, with 422 for the episode overall. This was due to lots of horseriding, family reunions and leading armies into battle. There have been some changes up and down the leaderboard but all will be decided next week. I can’t wait to get there but I’m so sad that this is going to be the end for 2016!

The scores for the penultimate episode of Season 6 shall be given after a few ruling details.

Possible points of contention:
The dragons gain points for both encountering previously lost blood relatives and encountering dragons. Viserion and Rhaegal get points for encountering one dragon/relative, whereas Drogon gets points for encountering two dragons/relatives.

Daario probably killed more than one Harpy but as we only see him kill one, he’s deducted points for just the one death.

Sansa and Jon gain points for reuniting with Rickon and vice versa.

Jon gets crowdsurfing points for getting swept up above the army near the end of the skirmish.

Sansa and Littlefinger gain points for leading the Vale army into battle. Tormund gains points for leading the wildling army into battle, as does Davos for the archers.

Sansa does not get points for killing Ramsay as he is technically killed by his dogs.

Ramsay gets points with Sansa for being last on screen as you can see him squirming in the backgound. I have also chosen to award him death points this episode (unlike Hodor) as it is fairly implicit we shan’t see him again.

Character Scores
Here is a full list of the characters and their awarded points. If one of your characters does not appear in the following lists, this is due to their absence from the episode, for which you shall be deducted five points per character:

Group A – Main Characters
Daenerys Targaryen – 60 points: appears (+5), first on screen (+15), 2 X encounters dragon (+20)
Sansa Stark – 92 points: appears (+5), 2 X rides horse (+10), leads army into battle (+22), encounters previously lost blood relative (+30), last on screen (+15)
Tyrion Lannister – 35 points: appears (+5), first line (+10), encounters dragon (+20)

Group B – Supporting Mains
Melisandre – 5 points: appears (+5)
Petyr Baelish – 37 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), leads army into battle (+22)
Ramsay Bolton – 17 points: appears (+5), 2 X rides horse (+10), 2 X kills (-10), leads army into battle (+22), gets injured (-5), dies (-30), last line (+10), last on screen (+15)
Ser Davos Seaworth – 57 points: appears (+5), 2 X rides horse (+10), leads army into battle (+22), unsheafs sword (+10)
Theon Greyjoy – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group C – Rest of the Mains
Daario Naharis – 27 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), leads an army into battle (+22), kills (-10)
Missandei – 25 points: appears (+5), encounters dragon (+20)
Tormund Giantsbane – 22 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), mentions C word (+10), leads army into battle (+22), 2 X kills (-10), gets injured (-5)

Group D – Side Characters
Grey Worm – 5 points: appears (+5), encounters dragon (+20), 2 X kills someone (-10)

Group E – Side Characters to the Side Characters
Another episode this year devoid of side characters’s side characters.

Group F – Weirdos
I feel that I should have thought to include Wun Wun in this category when I was making the league last year. Shame I can’t add him for season seven's lineup any more.

Group G – Animals
Drogon – 85 points: appears (+5), 2 X encounters dragon (+20), 2 X kills (-10), 2 X reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Rhaegal – 35 points: appears (+5), encounters dragon (+20), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), 2 X kills (-10)
Shaggydog – 5 points: appears (+5)
Viserion – 35 points: appears (+5), encounters dragon (+20), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30), 2 X kills (-10)

Group H – Definitely Dead?
Jon Snow – 105 points: appears (+5), 2 X rides horse (+10), drinks wine (+8), encounters previously lost blood relative (+30), leads army into battle (+22), unsheafs sword (+10), 2 X kills (-10), gets injured (-5), inflicts harm (-5), crowdsurfs (+40)

Group I – Where are these fuckers?
Rickon Stark – 35 points: appears (+5), 2 X encounters previously lost blood relative (+30), dies (-30)
Yara Greyjoy – 5 points: appears (+5)

The Leaderboard                                          
Players can see their scores by consulting their initials in the table below. Congratulations to CH for maintaining first place for five consecutive episodes! I’m amazed: she is the one to beat! And well done to KC for being this week’s points queen! She gained the most points for episode 9 and knocked her husband out of the top 5. Congrats!



See you next week to announce the scores for episode 10, The Winds of Winter, and to announce this year’s champion!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Game of Thrones Fantasy League – 6.08 – No One

Game of Thrones – 6.08 – No One


This episode was another season low for points, taking 132 overall. In spite of that, I really enjoyed it. The reintroduction of Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr makes me feel that the ending of A Storm of Swords could actually get realised on screen. It also gives me a lot of amusement that every single character in my Where Are These Fuckers group has returned to the show during Season Six with one rather large exception – GENDRY! A third of the players in the league chose him as their Group I champion, he’s really letting them down. Could he turn up in the last two episodes, kill a white walker and get declared official ruler of Westeros in time for Season Seven, making a huge reversal in fantasy league fortunes? It’s really not likely, but perhaps he might turn up in Oldtown to greet Sam to the Citadel, or maybe he’s still rowing and might bump bows with the ship Arya is presumably going to take for her passage to Westeros? I’m very intrigued to see what Cersei is going to do now her trump card has been discarded. The deck is stacked against her, maybe she really should have fled like Olenna suggested. There’s been a common theme of people stubbornly staying in locations this season but certain characters, like Arya and Jon, and even to some extent Edmure have come to realise when they should admit defeat and do something different. I’ll be interested to see how the final two episodes comment on this theme.

Here are my reasons for some debatable scores in the eighth episode of Season 6.

Possible points of contention:
Jaime is seen riding his horse on three separate occasions, granting him Rides Horse points thrice.

Cersei and Lancel gain points for reuniting with each other as this is the first time they’ve been together since Cersei’s imprisonment.

On initial viewing, Grey Worm and Missandei seemed a lock for gaining both Drinks Wine and Turns Down Wine but on closer inspection, they don’t turn the wine down, they just hold the glass.

We can assume the liquid that The Hound is drinking from Thoros’ skein is wine as he is known to moan if it’s any other liquid. The lack of griping suggests it is wine, thus they both gain points.

Qyburn says that Tommen is currently praying, which is enough to gain Tommen points for communicating with deity.

Arya drinks the soup but as soup is a food, she may have points for eating.

Arya does NOT get minus points for killing the Waif, and that’s due to one line of dialogue in the episode. Arya says that the Waif is a girl with no name, therefore she is no one. Specifically you lose points if you kill SOMEONE. Killing no one doesn’t count as killing someone and so with that in mind, technically Arya cannot lose ten points for killing the Waif.

Character Scores
Here is a full list of the characters and their awarded points. If one of your characters does not appear in the following lists, this is due to their absence from the episode, for which you shall be deducted five points per character:

Group A – Main Characters
Arya Stark – 62 points: appears (+5), first line (+10), first on screen (+15), takes milk of the poppy (+5), eats (+7), gets injured (-5), last line (+10), last on screen (+15)
Cersei Lannister – 43 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Daenerys Targaryen – 5 points: appears (+5)
Jaime Lannister – 35 points: appears (+5), 3 X rides horse (+10)
Tyrion Lannister – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)

Group B – Supporting Mains
Brienne of Tarth – 30 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10) travels by boat (+15)
Varys – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group C – Rest of the Mains
Jaqen H'ghar – 30 points: appears (+5), says episode title (+10), last on screen (+15)
Missandei – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)
Ser Bronn – 20 points: appears (+5), says C word (+15)
Tommen Baratheon – 20 points: appears (+5), communicates with deity (+15)

Group D – Side Characters
Grand Maester Pycelle – 5 points: appears (+5)
Grey Worm – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)
Podrick Payne – 30 points: appears (+5), rides horse (+10), travels by boat (+15)

Group E – Side Characters to the Side Characters
Kevan Lannister – 5 points: appears (+5)
Lancel Lannister – 35 points: appears (+5), reunites with previously lost blood relative (+30)
Mace Tyrell – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group F – Weirdos
Qyburn – 5 points: appears (+5)
Ser Robert Strong – -5 points: appears (+5), kills someone (-10)

Group G – Animals
Drogon – 5 points: appears (+5)

Group H – Definitely Dead?
Sandor Clegane – 0 points: appears (+5), 2 X kills (-10), eats (+7), drinks wine (+8)

Group I – Where are these fuckers?
Beric Dondarrion – -5 points: appears (+5), kills someone (-10)
Thoros of Myr – 13 points: appears (+5), drinks wine (+8)

The Leaderboard
Players can see their scores by consulting their initials in the table below. Well done CH for a practically unbeatable team, somehow managing to stay on top despite her Group A character being absent for two straight episodes. Special congratulations must be given to RCB for being the player to earn the most points this week! Well done, darling.



This is so close to ending, what will happen to the leaderboard over the next two weeks? I cannot wait for episode nine: The Battle of the Bastards!