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  1. I'm the SharePoint Guy at work and have to create the sites for various projects. They always want a pretty graphic up top, but rarely have one of their own, so they get a temp with the direwolf and "A Project Logo is Coming" (except said logos are not as likely to arrive as winter).
  2. In that case, yikes to the proofreading. :/
  3. I have noticed there tend to be a lot of typos in e-books in general, and the RN for M thing happens so often that I wonder if e-pub conversion isn't basically just OCR.
  4. I think this was a view into both what kind of man Sandor really is, and also into Ned's ability to see that he is very different from his brother. Sandor may have been gruff and mean and even threatened to kill Sansa in the previous chapter, but here he is, reacting instinctively the way one of Sansa's True Knights would: Loras, in the present circumstances, is as defenseless as any damsel in distress, and while everyone else is probably staring in horror, Sandor jumps in immediately to protect him. I'm sure it didn't hurt that he hates Gregor and would be happy enough to thwart him, and also he's probably the only one there who isn't terrified of him (anymore) on general principle, but the main thing is that the weak needed protecting, and there he was (Loras may be a brilliant fighter, but caught off guard in a situation he clearly did not expect to escalate the way it did, he was The Weak in that situation). As far as him never aiming for Gregor's head, I think that was a lot more to do with Sandor being unwilling to take unfair advantage (which is also something you would attribute to chivalric codes) than not wanting to kill his brother. It's a point made repeatedly about Sandor as the story continues that he basically only engages in fair fights*. Gregor had no helm and he did, so Sandor would not swing at his head. This was also hardly the time or place for a duel to the death, which clearly does not concern Gregor a bit, who doesn't even respond to Robert's command for them to stop. And we see Ned recognizing that the two Cleganes are very different sorts of men in their reactions to Loras and each other. I think what we learn there about Ned is probably as important as what we learn about Sandor.
  5. Brienne, I think, starts out believing that moral purity is actually possible, and has it herself because she was not confronted with any decisions that lacked, for her, an obvious right course of action. As a result, she's pretty quick to judge others for their "betrayals," and to believe that a bad act means a bad person. We see many, if not most, of the major characters struggling with some variation on the theme of what is the most right thing to do in a given situation; we see Brienne struggling to learn that this is the case for pretty much everyone, and her turn is happening right where we left her, since she has to make a choice between betraying the oath she made to Cat Stark, even though she knows that unCat is very obviously demanding something totally unfair based on a.completely false premise, leading Jaime to a punishment she knows he doesn't deserve, or allowing Pod and Ser Hyle, who are innocent, to die along with her if she refuses to choose. Basically, she's got her own scaled-down version of Jaime's situation with Aerys. i wouldn't call her morally grey, but up till her road trip with Jaime, I would say she suffered from an over abundance of righteous idealism (it has been said that genuine saints are difficult people to be near), but she's coming around and learning for herself that when it really counts, the choice tends to be which kind of wrong is the least bad. In her case, she needs a few specks of grey (and I submit that she will never have more than the absolute minimum of non-white) to grow.
  6. Also the bit where Tyrion did, after all murder Tywin's beloved wife. Nothing like a matricidal newborn ingrate... I'm kind of surprised that anyone who isn't Cersei or Tywin would actually ascribe Joanna's death to Tyrion like he executed it with malice aforethought.
  7. I've always thought so, too. I hesitate because it seems like such an obvious parallel, but then I don't quite expect Theon to gnaw a finger off Bran to hold the power of the Great Other for one joyous moment before falling into the Cracks of Doom and taking the Long Night with him, so yes.
  8. More or less in order, though really it's that the first half are favorites, the second half are next favorites. Arya Jon Davos Ned Sandor Jaime Meera Jeor Mormont Dolorous Edd/Tormund (yep, both) Varys @ellstaysia Looks like I'm pretty invested in the North, too.
  9. From SoS, Bran IV: Mad Axe had once walked these yards and climbed these towers [at the Nightfort], butchering his brothers in the dark. ... He remembered what Old Nan had said of Mad Axe, how he took his boots off and prowled the castle halls barefoot in the dark, with never a sound to tell you where he was except for the drops of blood that fell from his axe and his elbows and the end of his wet red beard.
  10. I think it's more because inside her POV is such an dreadful place to be. I had some sympathy for her until I had to get into her head and it turns out she's even worse than most of the other POVs think she is. Also, aside from thinking that she's even better at being Tywin than Tywin was, from being exactly like everything she hated about Robert, from being horrid, manipulative, nasty, and petty to Jaime and Tommen (not to mention terrifyingly abusive to her second son), from all the lives she ruined or ended because the people they belonged to annoyed her (Melara, Falyse, Senelle, the Blue Bard, all the dwarves that weren't Tyrion, Robert's bastard twin babies and their mother...), aside from all of the spite and vitriol and goading and general meanness that makes the other POVs think she is awful, every single time she got played by another character, she thought she was screwing someone else and loving it. That's why I don't like her, anyway.
  11. I think I might have a winner: Lyanna Mormont will kill the Night King Forget about prophecy. Lyanna Mormont is so badass that GRRM will rewrite the entire story to make her the savior of humankind. Because you never know where the Little Bear’s powers end. Maybe she’s capable of shattering the boundary between fiction and reality and confronting GRRM for not giving her a sufficiently important role. GRRM just wants to be left in peace so that he can finish A Dream of Spring by 2027.
  12. Best quote ever. I curtsey to you, GGG. I will also be heartbroken if the George murders Davos.
  13. Probably depends on the son. If Sam, give him the choice of the Wall or being hunted like a pig and exile the girl, if Dickon, smack him in the head and send the girl to the Silent Sisters.
  14. I've got the impression it's more that he's not really able to speak (intelligibly, at least) anymore, than that he's compelled not to -- it seems like his size would be way more of a giveaway than his voice (especially as I don't recall his voice ever being described in any way to distinguish it). I think there are some theories that he doesn't even have a head on under his visor, which would definitely limit his conversational skills, but I'm pretty sure the Dornish were sent a not-Tyrion dwarf skull, and unGregor still has his attached. But anyway, say the Tyrellified Small Council a.) presumes Jaime dead or b.) terminates his employment with the King's Guard, I think they would appoint Loras LC, even if he is dying on Dragonstone (and I'm not at all convinced he is).