My connection with this show is the same as a psycho who fantasizes about murdering his ex-girlfriend while spending every day stalking her new boyfriends on Facebook and then crying himself to sleep softly whispering "Mary" (Mary is my mother's name, to add an extra layer of fucked-up-ness to the analogy). I hate it but I watch and I look shit up about it. I will pick one point of contention - I could pick a thousand. The Sam-Daenerys shit is retarded on so many levels. Contrived to the point that it is ridiculous - this is all the show is now, ridiculous contrivance on top of ridiculous contrivance. Sam's dad was a Targaryen loyalist. He betrayed his lord because a 'foreign whore' was invading, even though it was a fucking Targaryen that he fought for. Insane, unforgivable contrivance to start with. The show made a point of this being a feudal society where even knights stealing a ham means death. Sam's dad was literally a traitor on several levels and then a vanquished foe who refused to surrender. And his son with him. Of course they had to die. Which brings me to your point of liking Sam not pretending to like Daenerys. Sure that's logical. But the ridiculous part is the logic in the conversation with Jon Snow. At least the secretary writer was aware how of ridiculous it was, because they tried to explain away the insanity. "She killed my dad because he refused to obey" "I've killed people because they refuse to obey" "Yes, but here's a non-sequitor - you also didn't kill people in entirely different circumstances" "Good point" So fucking shit. It's honestly worse writing than you will find on most soap operas.