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  1. There's no overlying thematic narrative that keeps the plot together. There's three mini stories that will merge into one. Its like this. If you ever read the Stand or IT you had all these different POV chapters. But ultimately they all were focused around and supported an overarching narrative. Jon's story has nothing to do with Dany's as of this current moment in the books. Dany's story has nothing to do with the conflict that has been plaguing the Iron Throne, she would be her own individual conflict, not one spawned from the actions of Ned Stark in the first book. They are now intersecting and will meet and add up at the end. But really the plot to this point has just been set pieces to get everyone in position. Which is probably the greatest critique you could make. It's a series that's really all set up and prologue. The first book was a glorified prologue. And a lot of the events people loved like the Red Wedding were just a clever trick of GRRM making a war which didn't matter as long as the pieces lined up the right way at the end into a huge focus of the story. It's actually a simple story. It's just blown up to the point where he could use the set up to be more compelling
  2. The murder of the Starks never happens if Rheagar and Lyanna never go off together. If the Starks aren't murdered, Aery's likely doesn't call for Ned and Robert's heads. Basically the entire catalyst for the war was the instance of Rheagar allegedly kidnapping Lyanna. It brought the Starks in conflict with the Targaryens which led to their unlawful murder. The base cause of conflict was that. Several other things need to happen to get to full scale war. But the earliest event that you could remove from the timeline to avoid the war was that.
  3. They were the best defense in the league last year and they had a solid offense. The Texans problem was always who their QB was. If Watson keeps playing good they are a great team. Very few teams can make the playoff with the utter trash the Texans have fielded at QB.
  4. I mean Kraft wrote a letter condemning Trump today (and keep in mind Kraft is on record saying he supports Trump because Trump called him every day after his wife died for a year, so that's a pretty significant turn around, more so than anybody else in the league) and half the players on the Pats kneeled and the rest including Brady joined arms. Also the Patriots play in probably the most liberal state in the country next to California. So it's not really like most of the fanbase is inclined to vote Trump. Maybe some of the hicks in Northern NE or the yuppies on the cape. But that's about it.
  5. The Jaguars just routed the Ravens 44-7 and the 7 was in absolute garbage time while the 44 was all before the 4th quarter. And the only team the Jaguars lost to was a Titans team that just beat the Seahawks. Also in week one the Texans weren't starting their QB who is currently playing who is the future of the team. So it's really not an apt comparison.
  6. There are several reasons to attack Casterly Rock. One it is seen as the Lannister base of power and could significantly kill moral if it is lost. It's a strategically advantageous location as keep that is difficult to siege and it's a spot where with the right number of troops and a steady stream of supplies it could be a region where Dany could hold it for a long time without too much trouble, especially if the idea is that Lannister's would dedicate a tremendous amount of resources to reclaim it. It's like Storms End in Robert's Rebellion. The army of the Reach which was massive spent almost the entire war stuck trying to claim it and it tied up considerable Targaryen banners that could have been used elsewhere. Having the Westerlands, DragonStone, Reach, and Dorne strategically make Cersei's job a lot harder. Even if you grant Cersei Storms End, it's basically the Stormlands/Crownlands/Riverlands (the latter of which is a complete disaster) all locked on one side against the Westerlands and Reach to the West, DragonStone to the East, Dorne to the South. Then to the North the Northerners and the Vale pretty much create a box to attack Cersei. From there it would be very easy to take the Riverlands and cost the Lannisters all the forces it took too hold Riverrun. Now Cersei only has King's Landing and if you grant it Storms End to defend. Which means you are pretty much forcing Euron's Iron Fleet to defend King's Landing from Blackwater Bay, boxing them in even more (or Shipbreaker Bay, which could end up being more trouble than it's worth). Also the other advantage is the idea that you cut off the Lannister's from their gold supply. However, the only counter is what Jamie did. Flagarantly abandon Casterly Rock so there is no moral loss over ceding it. Use the Iron Fleet to trap a good portion of Dany's troops in a now useless area, go over to the Reach with your trump card in Tarly and whichever banners follow him, take that and have a huge resource of supplies and land. From there you have all of central Westeros and you trapped Dany in two strongholds on the other side of the continent where she would have to risk it. Also losing Dorne makes that more appealing because a southern assault is taken off the table.
  7. Several things, but first and foremost a prequel from Cogman would have the benefit of being a rough outline of a sequence of events. Game of Thrones started on a very specific narrative path predetermined by the books. Small deviations had major consequences later down the line. The less clarity they had the more general the plot became and it showed in that the story became more about playing to set pieces as opposed to plot moments. He would have more creative freedom to carve out a storyline the way he wanted and fill in gaps as opposed to figure out what the next instructions in the manual would be. Also Game of Thrones is a massive show even compared to some pretty big shows on television. It's too much to ask that many actors and key figures to wait around while they figure out how to proceed. A lot of fans don't appreciate how many moving pieces go into this. This isn't the Sopranos or Breaking Bad where you are filming in the same location and have a core group of actors generate most of the significant screen time and everyone else can be flown out for a single day of shooting. If nothing else, it's the most ambitious show that's ever been shot and by a significantly greater scale than probably any show ever created. It's not like the Wire where you could wait and get the same several actors to shoot scenes in Baltimore and fly people in out when you needed them. I hate to keep harping on this but I don't think anybody would have done much better aside from GRRM who at least could apply his dialogue and a clearer idea of his vision to it, but even that's debateable. One of the last episodes he wrote was one of the worst in the series up to that point. The show started having quality issues in season 5, and they adapted the two books which is where quality issues also arose. The author himself wanted those two books to be one book. Again it's harder to split those books into two seasons. It would not have worked to split the cast up regionally like the books did for season 5 and season 6. And quite frankly, the plot just doesn't advance enough for each character to draw two seasons out of it. They could do it with ASOS because that book goes at a lightning fast pace and so much is accomplished from the start of the book to the end of it. That's not true of AFFC and ADWD. Name a POV character, less probably happens to them in those two books combined than ASOS. And I don't think I'm being controversial saying that the latter two books are largely considered to be of inferior quality to the former three. So it's not merely a D&D issue, it's a GRRM one too. He struggled there, he had two books that struggled to push the plot along that took him forever to figure out, and were largely less well received than the rest of the series. It's not really a surprise that the adaption of it had many of the same issues. Nobody had much of an issue with the first 4 seasons. So when the quality and story was there D&D were fine. So it's hard for me to put it entirely on them. I don't think anybody realized in 2011 when the first season was being finished that 4 years would pass and nothing would be added to the plot and they'd have to schedule a meeting so GRRM could tell them what they had left. I'd love to see Peter Jackson adapt Lord of the Rings with the caveat that he could do the Fellowship and Towers, but then for the finale he has to act like he never read Return of the King and just go off a cliffnotes summary of the ending. And that story as big as it is, is more linear.
  8. I think a lot of it's wishful thinking Stannis' death along with Jon's death is the perfect low point for the Northern arc before the turnaround and things start going in the right direction. The twist with the pink letter is very GRRM.
  9. Ghost is like the least important absence in the whole show. Only one Stark can warg and it's not Jon, so Ghost is just a sidekick that sometimes helps Jon. He's not a plot device like the dragons.
  10. You do know it's very different taking your own vision and making a story out it from the bottom up, than it is to take someone else's vision and adapt it for television, then asked to finish the story when it's done, right? Like nobody signed up for this.
  11. People complained when Stoneheart got cut. They complained when Jamie didn't tell the truth about Tyrion's wife. They screamed bloody murder when Sansa's time in the Vale was compressed to set up the Winterfell plot going faster. And even if you cut all that, other plots timing wouldn't have been better. We just would have more Bran in season 5 issues with characters being ignored for entire seasons.
  12. It's less a writing thing and more a "how much time you have left", thing. If you are limiting it to 7 episodes, there isn't much more room in there. If you add another writer, they are just going to suggest something and there ilwont be time for it. In season 1 or 2 that quest to find a wight could have been 3-5 episodes. Now it has to be one. They are already condensing too much.
  13. Not really. He already did that. He joined the Night's Watch, he became Lord Commander, he saved the Wildlings, he retook Winterfell, he became King of the North, he is in a relationship with a Queen vying for the Iton Throne and likely impregnated her meaning his heir is a potential heir to the IT if Dany wins. At this point, he's already proven himself. It doesn't matter if he gains the other half of the country because of birthright. The story is Jon Snow's parents love set off a chain reaction that led to a two massive wars in Westeros and ultimately he rose up to be the savior of the continent and king.
  14. Does Sam count as a main character? Let's assume he does. He's the only main character who you could put near Jon in terms of any type of ranking
  15. Robert would have never rebelled. Yes Lyanna was bethrothed to Robert, but Aery's was king and Rheagar was the crown prince. Robert and Ned still didn't rebel until after there was nothing left to lose because they were marked for death.