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    A Song of Ice and Fire, Dunk & Egg, pretty much that entire world. Favorite characters are Dolorous Edd, Jon, Donal Noye, and Arya but a case can be made for Stannis and Davos.

    outside ASOIAF: books, comic books, running

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  1. It is a theory--I don't know who started it--that Nestor Royse found Sansa's shoe that fell our of the moon door when Lysa was trying to push her. Somehow it tipped him off to her identity or/and role in Lysa's death. Anyone who is a fan of the theory might be able to explain it better.
  2. Did Myrcella or Rosamund get their ear chopped off? Myrcella, but I find the Rosamund theory interest and fun to think about Will Euron take old town or high garden? I kind of think that Oldtown will be his target, but I don't know if he will "take" it. I can see his plan backfiring in a way like the kraken or whatever he awakens can't be controlled. All speculation from the new Aeron WoW chap. Will theon be sacrificed or called to a kings moot? I think he will still be alive and his bastard son from the captain's daughter (his ACOK journey to Pike) might be a contender. He did have talk with her about being his salt wife, I think. Probably wrong, though. How will Mel resurrect Jon? Will the wildings take castle black when they find out that their boy Jon is "dead"? Will the wildings fear Mel. I do think Jon will spend some time in Ghost's body, but maybe he will be resurrected when Mel tries to burn the body (king's blood, yo). From there I don't have much more speculation than a sacrifice on Ghost's part, I guess. The Free Folk would need to have a leader band them together before they attack as a group. Who wrote the Pink Letter? Ramsey. There are so many other twists and mysteries in this series that I am inclined to think a cigar is sometimes just a cigar. Whose side is Barbrey Dustin on? Barbrey Dustin is all about Barbrey Dustin and what can benefit her family the most. She probably does have a little hate for the Starks, but might only be putting on a front to survive. I don't know if she has a grand plan other than survival. Will littlefinger be killed off? I think Nestor Royce found Sansas shoe Littlefinger will survive. He is good at that, plus he is so subtle and the nobles don't even think he has the capacity for grand schemes. He also has a good read on the other characters--too much like plot armor the way his plans fall into place, but that is for a different forum thread. Tycho Bravossi guy, what in the heck is he gonna do next? Going back to the Iron Bank. Maybe enjoy the fine fare at Eastwatch, but most likely back to the life of a banker. Will Tyrion like Dany? Will Dany like Tyrion if so to what degree 1-10? 1 is dragon food 10 being hand of the queen I think they will see the mutual benefit in an alliance.This is one I can't predict at all since Dany still has a lot of prejudice against the people who overthrew her family and she is constantly underestimated by the people surrounding her. Tyrion has a penchant for mansplaining, too. It will be interesting to say the least. What will Sam do at old town (he doesn't have time to become a maester imo) He will probably be critical in providing information against Euron's attack and maybe finding key info about the Others to send to the Wall. He could be the rare case that only takes a year to get his chain. Speaking of old town what is faceless pate trying to get his hands on. This is a curious plotline because I don't know if we've seen the Faceless Men do spy work like gathering intel since we've seen their assassin work. BUT Arya did have that assignment to bring back 3 new things she learned each day, so this plotline is up in the air to me. I do really look forward to it. Will the sand snakes in KL make it out alive (I'm worried about ms tyene lady nim should do very well.) Also who from Dorne make it all the way alive? The predicament of the Dornish plotline is that Doran waits too long to execute his plans while the SS jump right in. I can't predict if any or all will make it out alive, but I don't know how relevant Doran's current plan will be if a big powerplay by another character is made. Who will Faegon marry? Who will Sansa marry? I don't know if there will be time for that. Weddings are not fun events in the seven kingdoms from the ones we've seen. Aegon or Faegon I am inclined to think he is fake, but that it is ultimately irrelevant and won't be revealed. He can still play his thematic purpose and foil to Dany without confirmation one way or another. Who is riding the other 2 dragons I actually haven't given too much thought to this. It is something I would be happy with a variety of different characters. I know it is Tyrion's dream to ride one so I might root for this. Otherwise, I always saw the other riders as a small part to the characters' overall role in the war for the dawn. Which Valyrian weapons end up in different hands? (Caggo? I think, the corpse killer will not have that VS arakh by the end of the series) This is a tough one. I think Dawn will be in different hands, though I don't know whose.
  3. I am only halfway through my copy of the script, but the best I can say is that it is another way to be a part of the universe that really started my love of reading. Other than that, did anyone else notice that Ron seems very out of character? It's like they wanted to compensate for the lack of Weasley twins. He acted more like George than Ron. Yeah, Ron is silly from time to time, but it seems even more off than normal for him to be playing all of these jokes. Ron always wanted to stand out from his brothers not be exactly like them. He always had an identity conflict, and I'm not saying that couldn't be resolved, but this just seems so different from the Ron of The Deathly Hallows.
  4. I am so glad I found this thread. I think you and I were trying to make these points in the Dany thread, which made me sad that some of the illogical points of the show are brushed aside. Even my unsullied boyfriend said at the end of the episode that he thought adding Drogon to the scene would've made it better and made more sense with her whole Mother of Dragons and "Unburnt" identity deriving from dragons. It seems like D&D are actively championing her but these parallels to Aerys you bring up seem more damaging to her identity that they are perpetuating. In the books, discovering her she is and the reluctance to believe her father's reputation shape a lot of her arc. She doesn't just burn people and conquer them. She is much more complex.
  5. That is one of the reasons I found the scene odd and unnecessary. I have no problem with dialogue-heavy scenes. That is why I loved reading ASoIaF and many other series, but the dialogue has to further the plot or character development in some way. Just creating a scene to have two characters interact does not always move things along or shed necessary information. Jonathan Price and Natalie Dormer acted their faces off in these scenes (truly fantastic actors on this show, no argument there), but even superb acting can't cover up that many of the dialogue scenes in the show are repetitive now. This scene was a longer version of when the High Sparrow spoke to Marg in her cell.
  6. Exactly. At this point, most of the book fans have resigned themselves to the show being a different entity. Without discussing book to show differences, there are critiques that should be made about Game of Thrones. That doesn't mean people can't like it, but it is not perfect. I look at the show as its own thing and when I am dumbfounded by something illogical that happened it has nothing to do with the books 98% of the time. There will always be fans who prefer those types of adaptations, but not every book-minded fan is that way. In terms of lighting, it is very dark on the show. I have a hard time seeing the screen in a lot of scenes. I have to watch it in the dark to have the best view, unfortunately. Often the writers pace the scenes where some are redundant like the High Sparrow and Marg chatting in two episodes when we only needed one of those chats to move things along. Sometimes the writers assume that it is okay to just leave things as off-screen, which does not always work.
  7. Using Drogon would also further her Mother of Dragons persona. It doesn't take away from Dany at all if they do it well. She can still be The Unburnt and the Mother of Dragons. Those are two achievements that shape her character. Drogon helping her burn up the khals keeps her independence since we saw that she was the one who came up with this plan and he would add another level of godliness to Dany walking out of the fire. It is a win win that they didn't do bc of the budget.
  8. Honestly, I think this scene has a decent idea of where Dany's character arc is going from the books--at least in terms of embracing her dragon nature. It is not a perfect scene with many questions like the khals not really trying to escape or break one of the wooden panels, but it gets the main point across. Dany can rescue herself and is done compromising her identity as a Targ. I would've liked to see Drogon aid in lighting up the building to show how crucial the actual dragons are to her nature and also add another parallel to the season one finale with the birth of the dragons. This time Dany on Drogon's shoulders or something. But out of everything that has been illogical (without drawing book plot into it) with the show writing and dialogue, this is definitely less problematic than other scenes. *waiting for the virtual tomatoes to be thrown at me*
  9. Giving the LSH role to someone else = "creatively it made sense to us..."
  10. Worst job in Westeros goes to Pate the whipping boy. 

  11. Yea, we are never conclusively given reason to believe that Viserys was jealous of Rhaegar. It is possible, though. I think he might've been intimidated by Rhaegar's legacy or had conflicting opinions from Aerys, who was suspicious about Rhaegar. Though, I do see these similarities between Stannis and Viserys, I hesitate to call them parallels--at least in the sense of narrative arcs. Viserys was conditioned from early on to believe that he is the rightful heir to the IT, yet his ambition, impatience, stubbornness, and privilege lead to his downfall. Whereas, I see Stannis as more of a reluctant hero. True, he has grudges and thinks he was slighted, but until we learn that Robert did not have legitimate children with Cersei, Stannis is not under the impression that he will get the throne. It was Storm's End he wanted, and only after Mel started convincing him that he was a reborn hero and learned of the Lannister twincest he believes he is the rightful heir. Where Viserys's arc is a cautionary tale about ambition and privilege, Stannis's arc is about a reluctant (and some might say doomed) hero who steps ups to the challenge. Part of me believes that the perfect parallel arc to Viserys would be Joffrey. But it is fun to point out character similarities in a mostly hated character (Viserys) and a fairly well-liked character (Stannis).
  12. I have to agree. If a sample chapter does come out I would love for it to be Davos. I don't think his first chapter of WoW would spoil everything. It will probably be half flashback to his trip to Skagos and the other half his "politicking" to stay alive and find Rickon. Or I could be completely wrong and his first chapter is fast forwarded to a later time.
  13. agreed. I reread or relisten to ASOIAF books more than any other books. So much in them that something new pops out each time.
  14. As much anticipation as I have for the next book, I am glad nothing is being rushed. I think the reason this series is so engrossing and enjoyable is because it is well-written and well-edited (a few errors but not much). When writers rush the books to the publisher, readers can often tell so I will just look forward to a complete WoW whenever it gets done. Also, I recommend a WoW Google alert because they are hilarious click bait posts and GRRM is right to despise them. They are worth the laugh when it comes to their realization of long-running theories, though.
  15. When I read "The Mystery Knight" for the first time, I thought that John the Fiddler was acting strange around Dunk, but I didn't catch on that he was hitting on him. I don't think I'm the first to have this happen, but I completely rushed through all of those signs in my quest to reach the ending. Also, I really love the Varys is a merling theory and have it as my own head canon.