Byfort of Corfe

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  1. Well, if the Jon that I have seen is the best than the quality of swordsmanship has pretty much hit rock bottom. Jon had better hope that Daario doesn't show up to challenge him for Dany's hand. How about Brienne or maybe even Arya? Both are living in Westeros and both could probably slice and dice "the best swordsman who ever lived".
  2. Just my opinion but based on what I have seen (and realizing that Jon is as good as the writers need him to be) he definitely could not have won against pre-amputee Jaime. He would have also lost to the Clegane Boys, Sylvio would have sliced and diced him. I don't think that he would have stood a chance against Sir Arthur Dane and probably would have lost to Barristan Selmy in his prime. He might not even have been as good as Eddard Stark. To take it outside of Westeros and ASOIAF I think that you would have had to go deep into the Round Table before you found someone he could actually beat. Of course any of Dumas' Four Musketeers would have easily taken Jon's Lunch Money, as would Rochfort. (I include Dumas because that is essentially the fencing that Silvio is teaching Arya). A Japanese samurai would also probably have won. Frankly I was surprised at what Ramsay said about Jon's skill as nothing that I have seen so far in the series has shown Jon to be particularly outstanding. He always seems to win by luck, he is always rescued at the last second.
  3. To be fair it isn't up to anyone to prove that it isn't, rather it is up to you to prove hat he is. Eye color and height, that alone will be pretty hard to get around.
  4. You left out people like Mance and Tormund, as well as Tyrion's Barbarians.
  5. I have to say that this "prequel" whatever it is, will have to grab me on its own merits. I won't automatically watch it.
  6. I used to be on "Team Sansa" but even when I was I never expected that she would be Queen. All of the Baratheon/Lannister line would have to die, as well as Dany and whatever Targs might be around, as well as the fact that she would have to take on and kill Jon. Even then she isn't a legitimate heir, she would just be the last one standing. I not only don't think it could happen I also don't want it to happen. The only way that I see it happening is if the Night King kills her, marries her, and then she plunges an obsidian dagger into him.
  7. Better edited than the books. Look at books 4+5, pretty much just a colossal waste of time, they could have easily been condensed, with good editing, down to one book. And lets see, the series has Dany done with the East which was always a side story and moving to the west, the series has the rise of the Others for what is supposed to be the great showdown, where are they in the books? You claim that the last two seasons were all about the rise and fall of Ramsay, here I'll use your words, "laughable". Did you even watch the last two seasons? Oh and what is going on in book 5+6? The rise and probably subsequent fall of Euron and company, evidently with a ton of child abuse of various forms thrown in as backstory. Oh and chapter after chapter based on Sansa, excuse me "ALAYNE" and some bravo sierra with "Harry the Heir". Gee, isn't that intriguing? Here's the reality, the series is pushing to the end, GRRM isn't even close, in fact he's moving in the opposite direction.. Which is something he no doubt realizes and which is why I doubt he will ever write book 7 and I'm not sure that he finishes book 6.
  8. And maybe he's just sick of these characters and truly wants to move on to something he enjoys. Do you actually though expect him to come out and say it? As for me I'm okay with where it stands, nothing that I have seen from the advanced chapters of book 6 makes me want to read it.
  9. To me the major piece of news is that we may not see the finale of the series until 2019 or later. That's a long time to wait for 6 episodes.
  10. But do most show fans really have any idea who these people actually are? I still think that GRRM is sick and tired of ASOIAF and Dany and Sansa and Jon and LF and all the rest. He wants to, IMO, get as far away from them as possible. It's why I think we will never see book 7. And I'm okay with that.
  11. If you're looking for a major character I would bet on Sansa. My guess is based on the fact that while shooting went on for quite a while, Sophie Turner was photographed over and over in NYC and LA and London.
  12. Or the show is actually a tighter, better edited narrative. Simply put, whether there is a "second dance of dragons" or not it doesn't affect the end of the book or show, which is to finally tell us who wins "The Game of Thrones. And good lord, assuming GRRM actually will write 2 more books, which I really doubt, when is he going to put in two more wars? And if you want to talk about a mess of a story look at the books. Books 1-3, a logical progression of the story, then books 4+5, pretty much a waste of time, story lines that go nowhere, useless characters dropped into the story for no logical reason, just to leave a few chapters later, just as illogically.
  13. Mark Twain blamed the Civil War on the fact that too many Southerners were hooked on Sir Walter Scott's fiction, it's why the burning steamboat in Huckleberry Finn is named the Sir Walter Scott. Of course he was speaking about the "romantic notion of war" a notion that would lead to the deaths of some (this is the current estimate, higher than before) 750,000 soldiers.
  14. And while the South had success on Eastern Battlefields a quick look at the west shows the depths of Confederate Military disaster, a list of important battles from 1861-62 reveals: Wilson's Creek, Aug 1861- Confederate Victory Ft Henry Feb1862-Union Victory Ft Donelson Feb 1862- Union Victory Valverde Feb 1862- Confederate Victory Glorietta Pass Mar 1862-Confederate Tactical/Union Strategic Victory Pea Ridge Mar 1862-Union Victory Shiloh Apr 1862-Union Victory Corinth Apr-May 1862-Union Victory Island #10 Apr 1862-Union Victory Iuka Sept 1862-Union Victory Corinth Oct 1862-Union Victory Perryville Oct 1862-Confederate Tactical/Union Strategic Victory Stones River Dec 1862-Union Victory This is not a comprehensive list of all engagements fought but it is representative of the fighting. Note that the is almost constantly pushing deeper and deeper south. Many people have an "Eastern-centric" notion of the Civil War. There is also a line of thought, equally incorrect that the North only won because the weight of it's population and industrial might eventually crushed the South after the South had "taken " all the early battles. Now I have also limited it to 1861 and 62 on purpose, rather than going through the Tullahoma and Vicksburg Campaigns and beyond. There are almost no similarities between Robb's Rebellion, fought because of what the Lannisters had done to the Stark Family, and the American Civil War. Rather I believe that we should take GRRM at his word and accept what he has said that the inspiration for the Dynastic Struggles in Westeros is drawn primarily from the Wars of the Roses and other, similar Dynastic Wars in Medieval Europe.
  15. This, in the books the matter is open to debate, in the series it is quite obvious that BenJen is "playing the part" of Cold Hands. And I look for him to play a bigger part in the war with the others, as we now know that he was transformed by the Children of the Forest.