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  1. I have read Annalee's article on why she believe all of the main characters will die and decided to write my own thoughts on the topic. In my opinion, people get killed when they go beyond the limits of their environment. Call it the breaking point, tipping point, point of no return, boundaries, tolerance. I think it is when these people go beyond that tolerance that they get killed. 1. King Viserys - The Dothraki tolerated him because he was the brother of their new khaleesi but he went beyond what their customs could tolerate when he threatened Dany and the Stallion within the boundaries of Vaes Dothrak. 2. King Aerys II - He pushed too far with Jon Arryn and it led to the rebellion. He should have stopped at the execution of Brandon and Rickard. Eddard and Robert should have been taken care of discreetly. 3. Robb - He alienated a key ally in Karstark. He might have survived this but he also betrayed his most powerful supporter. 4. Jon - He was pushing his NW brothers to accept a new way of dealing with the wildlings and he would have been fine had he stopped there. His efforts to steal Arya away from Ramsay was too much and it got him executed. The limit is different for everyone. King Aerys had the widest tolerance of any of the examples. Let us use the analogy of a boat to represent the environment. Aerys had three centuries of family dynasty, he was a king in every way that is legal, the realm was in a state of prosperity, he surrounded himself with capable and loyal people. His boat was solid, his crew was loyal, and the other passengers don't want to rock the boat when the times are good and plenty. Contrast this to Robb who was already skating on thin ice when he rebelled against the crown. Dumping on two important crew got Robb thrown off the boat and fed to the sharks. That escalating bad decisions that increasingly rock the boat is what get people killed. Petyr Baelish has so far known how to stay within the limits. It will be interesting to see if the Freys and the Boltons have exceeded the tolerance of their environment and what consequences may result to them. I don't think all of the main characters will die but we can get a clue as to which ones will die based on how much or how little they start to rock the boat in Winds. Just remember that some can rock their boat a lot and get away with it because each boat and crew are different. Perhaps it is knowing how much you can rock your boat that is the mark of intelligence.
  2. Craster is a Stark. His son's blood may have magic.
  3. Your favorite characters and what that means: Alright, I'll list mine. Daenerys Targaryen. Because I believe she is the best ruler for Westeros, Essos, the Dothraki, and the Ghiscari. She is strong and very smart. She brought freedom to the many millions of enslaved men, women, and children. She is working very hard to end the business and the practice of slavery. Dany is not only the leading protagonists in the story but she is also the most interesting to me. Barristan Selmy. He's the greatest living knight today. I am expecting to see him develop further in the next book. I like the man. I fear for his safety in Meereen and I desperately hope he makes it back to Westeros to command Dany's forces. Missandei. She's mentally sharp and her talent for languages is amazing. Drogon. What can I say, I just love the dragons. Rhaegal and Viserion. Tied for fifth place. Lord Walder Frey. Sure, he broke guest rights. He's the funniest, wittiest person in the story. Very sharp contrast and a breath of fresh air in dull Catelyn's chapters.
  4. There is a reason why the show brought back a blacksmith. Arya is a good candidate for his Nissa Nissa. I can't say it would bother me. The girl who collects the faces of her victims is some kind of messed up. It would be totally unrealistic for Arya to come close to even normal within a lifetime, she's so messed up. Don't misunderstand, the show might do it just out of fan service to her fans but that would be stupid storytelling. It won't even deserve the label of plot hole, it'll just be extremely stupid writing on the show's part to even try to portray Arya as a decent person. Arya dying to forge a sword is fair atonement for her many sins.
  5. I know we all like to think there is redemption for everyone but that is not realistic. Assuming the show wants to take a realistic arc for some of the characters like Theon, Arya, and Jaime. Theon of those three has the best chances of finding redemption. Just like I think Victarion will find redemption in the novels by serving Daenerys Targaryen. Theon already pledged his support to Daenerys and that brought him halfway to his redemption. He will be a hero in my eyes if the op's scenario comes true. Say he takes down Euron and rescues Yara/Asha. He becomes a hero instantly.
  6. Dany has a good record when it comes to helping people. Destroying the slave trade was an epic achievement. I trust whatever plans she has for Westeros. Slavery is the single greatest sin of man. In our world and theirs. Think of it as you would think of cancer. What would you do if you had cancer? You would treat it and do everything you can to get rid of it. You may even try risky experimental treatments until you find one that worked. But waiting around until a new treatment might come along is not the answer. Not in slavery anyway. That system was grounding people down and caused thousands to suffer abuse, torture, unjust punishment, and cruelty in the hands of their "masters". I would disagree with those who would even counsel making moral concessions. The master classes who resisted Dany's reforms do not deserve consideration. Dany has a lot of work to do. I expect her to carry out her plans to break the wheel and change the system. Her system won't be perfect but then again, even our current system in the real world (U.S.) is also imperfect. We may not see the breaking of the wheel on the show but I am certain that we will see those changes slowly taking place in the books after the Others are pushed back. Note that I am one of those who believe the show and the books will not come to the same ending. The show will end as soon as the battle is done. The books will go into detail as the reconstruction of Westeros begins and the new system is slowly and methodically put in place. I find Dany a most interesting character and I can see her having a future long after the Others are pushed back. She is very young in the books and I think she will actually outlive most of the other characters because she still has a mission. She may even manage to find more dragon eggs. More of those can help pass the changes that she wants to put in place.
  7. It's obvious at this point that Jon is not a good battle field commander. Let's take a look at his record. Castle Black. Jon lost that battle. Mance Rayder was about to win until Stannis Baratheon came along and pulled Jon's bacon out of the fire. Winterfell. Jon lost this battle to Ramsay. Ramsay was proven the better battle commander. He bested Jon on the battlefield. Littlefinger came to his rescue and bailed him out. It's thanks to Littleinger that Jon still has his skin. Beyond the Wall. Jon was losing the battle against the wights. Dany and Her dragons came to the rescue and got them out. Jon is not good at anything except swinging a sword. I don't see a place for Jon after the war with the Night's King is won. Dany is much better at ruling and at leading than Jon. She should have the iron throne. A heroic death while taking down the Night's King would be a fitting way for Jon to die.
  8. Correct. Jon in the books can only come back as a wight or he can live on within his dog.
  9. Why and Where does the Dany/Jon love theory com from? From the overactive imaginations of Jon's fans.
  10. It is known
  11. Correct.
  12. That was a setback and only represented a small part of the Targaryen Fleet. Tyrion and Yara must take part of the blame for that poor strategy. Lady O was right, Dany should take a more aggressive approach. Okay, let's look at the so-called king-in-the-north. Jon bungled every battle he's ever been in. Stannis had to bail his ass out during the battle for the Wall. Petyr Baelish and Robin Arryn had to bail his impulsive ass during the battle of the bastards. Dany should lead Westeros if they are to survive through the long night.
  13. Night's King Euron Randyll Tarly Cersei Littlefinger Sansa Yohn Royce Gregor Qyburn Jaime Bron
  14. I loved Dany's scenes on Dragonstone.
  15. There is no telling where the show might take that story. They set aside logic for the sake of fan service. That said, I don't think Jon and Sansa will end up together.