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  1. Janos Slynt was Jon's direct underling. Not only was he insubordinate, but he was active fomenting dissent and insubordination amongst others. This is pretty different from the Tarlys who were not Danaerys' subjects, but subjects of her opponent. That's a pretty big false equivalence you're making.
  2. We'll just have to agree to disagree here You're right though that it's the manner that is most troubling to me, given the whole past about the Mad King and how important it is for her (and she knows it) to not come across as the Mad King's daughter. I also quite like Randyll Tarly from the book, and feel he deserved better than what the show gave him (complete asshole to his son, turn cloak against the Tyrells, and an inexplicable devotion to Lannister--none of which was in the book). Part of my irritation with this scene also comes from that.
  3. Teleportation devices south of the Wall. Reverse teleportation north of the Wall. Because magic... or something.
  4. Taken Randyll as a prisoner (well-treated) and hostage, release Dickon as Lord of Hornhill on condition of good behavior. Just a guess. I also doubt that Eddard Stark would have taken an army of Dothrakis across the Narrow Sea to start a foreign invasion just to claim something called "birthright". He's never seemed that keen about being Warden of the North, which in his mind belonged to his older brother Brandon, just as the Iron Throne, even by Targaryean loyalists, rightfully belonged to Danaerys' older brother Rhaegar. But that's neither here nor there.
  5. Nope. In the context of Westeros her actions were idiotic. "Hey, I'm not like the Mad King at all. I just like to burn people!" Especially considering that she was trying to earn the support of the North. Way to ingratiate yourself with the King of the North, but showing people you execute honorable men just as your father executed his grandfather. What she did seems like a perfect way to rouse resentment and give Cersei propaganda material. And no, Eddark Stark would not have acted this way. He and Jon are the sort to put Duty before Right, and he would not have seen it his Duty or Right to punish Tarly for not siding with him.
  6. Danaerys burning the Tarlys seems like the worst political move: just in case you forgot that I'm the Mad King's daughter, here's your proof for why you should never join my cause. One would think that the Hand of the Queen would have pointed that out. The idea of convincing Cersei--which cretin thought that one up? I did enjoy the Gendry/Jon bonding. And the boner pills.
  7. Daenerys' speech was all about her right and entitlement: born to rule, yada yada. Jon's speech was all about his responsibility: need to protect the realm, the people, yada yada. Jeez, I wonder whom I would choose as my leader...
  8. Hahaha, that link was better than this episode. This show doesn't have enough time to show how Highgarden, one of the most important cities in Westeros and seat of the richest house with the largest army at this time, but somehow has time to show torture porn.
  9. Gave it a 4/10. Very choppy and no rhythm, as mentioned by prior posters. Red Toast makes no sense (how did Arya make it work logistically?), but I will let that one slide. Cringe-worthy dialogue with Jon-Sansa and Cersei-Jaime. Cersei-Jaime is actually one of the deepest and best-written relationships in the book that D&D just butchers. Inexcusable. The Hound and BWB scene, heavy-handed but at least respectful. I also appreciate the gravedigger shoutout. The closing scene on Dragonstone is, well, what you'd expect with Emilia Perpetually-Constipated Clarke.
  10. You're not the only one. I miss him too, along with Nimble Dick and Septon Meribald. I also wish Randyll Tarly got more screentime and is shown to be more than a cranky dad. I can see how the AFFC Brienne storyline wouldn't translate well into TV, but it was amazing to read.
  11. I just read that chapter today and can't agree more. The key Lannister trait is narcissism: the belief that Lannisters are somehow superior to all other great families just by virtue of their name. The Twincest and its offsprings were nothing but an extreme manifestation of this narcissism, the desire to keep the Lannister bloodline absolutely pure. Jaime's turning his back on Cersei signifies his (much more mature and less sociopathic) understanding that the Lannister superiority complex is completely false. It is his coming to terms with his father's war crimes that will lead the Riverlands to starvation in the winter and his sister's complete self-absorbness and lack of any aspiration in life other than power for herself. The scene was beautifully understated and yet positive. There's hope for you yet, Kingslayer!
  12. Not sure if anyone has pointed this out before: Arya is Ned's Lyanna-look-alike daughter and Gendry is Robert's Robert-look-alike son. Heck, Gendry even wields an hammer like Robert. A match would be a nice circle for the Robert Baratheon arc. Robert wants a Stark-Baratheon match and starts off the story with a Sansa-Joffrey match--except Sansa is a living image of Tully and Joffrey a Lannister through and through. Would be fun if Arya and Gendry gets together instead. Also, Robert only sees Lyanna's beauty but not the steel underneath. Gendry sees no beauty in Arya (at least initially), but only steel and brains. Even their stay in the orphan inn vs House of Black and White (a spiritual orphanage of sorts) echo each other somewhat. I really like the two and hope they work out =)
  13. Great insights, I never thought about it this way before. It is quite telling that Jaime's first memorable line for us is "The things I do for love." The funny thing is the other Lannister kids all harp much more about love. Despite all Cersei's claim to love her children, she is so blinded by her own ego and self-interest that she actively puts them in harm's way. Her love for them is toxic and might as well not be there--the kids would probably fare better. As for Tyrion, his supposed lypure love for Tysha only turns him twisted and dysfunctional (not his fault, for sure, but he certainly does not channelize his trauma into a good course). Despite his supposed love towards Jaime, he certainly hasn't really proven it in action.
  14. Beautifully stated, and makes sense. I've always wondered why Tywin hated Tyrion so much, as the explanations in the book never seemed quite right. This is a great interpretation.
  15. Reading the chapter. Here's a passage (right after Tyrion's demand for trial by combat) that I find illustrative of Tywin's true feelings: His sweet sister could not have been more pleased. “He has that right, my lords,” she reminded the judges. “Let the gods judge. Ser Gregor Clegane will stand for Joffrey. He returned to the city the night before last, to put his sword at my service.” Lord Tywin’s face was so dark that for half a heartbeat Tyrion wondered if he’d drunk some poisoned wine as well. He slammed his fist down on the table, too angry to speak. The contrast between Cersei and Tywin's reaction here is telling. Neither knows that Oberyn has signed up to be Tyrion's champion, so from all perspectives this looks to be a suicide move. The fact that Tywin is unable to contain his rage (while he is usually stone-faced), to me, belies his true emotions: He has intended for Tyrion to confess and take up the black, but Tyrion has burnt that bridge.