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  1. I believe she would have. One of the reasons why Rhaegar is so alluring to Cersei is precisely because she could never have him. Much like with Robert and Lyanna, Cersei has an idealized vision of Rhaegar that's based purely on his physical beauty. Had Cersei actually married Rhaegar, she would have quickly learned that he was a brooding conspiracy theorist who was more interested in his harp than in her. Part of the reason why Cersei was satisfied with Jaime was because, aside from their physical resemblance to one another, Jaime was completely devoted to her. Cersei wanted devotion and adoration, so once she realized that she wasn't going to get that from Rhaegar, she would have reverted back to Jaime.
  2. This site is generally pretty pro-Rhaenyra, and while I certainly prefer her to Aegon, she does have some less-than-noble qualities. She arranged those betrothals because she didn't think out how it could negatively impact their futures. Rhaenyra was proud and short-sighted, so she betrothed her sons to the closest thing there was to the Valyrian royalty of her family--the Velaryons--without considering that she would need more than the Velaryons' support to claim the Iron Throne. As others have mentioned, it would also add legitimacy to her clearly illegitimate children, who were another product of Rhaenyra's short-sightedness and vanity.
  3. Tywin was given two options, one simpler and one more difficult, and he chose the easier of the two options. He could have given Rhaenys to the Faith and sent baby Aegon to the Wall as early as he was allowed to, but then he would have had to worry about houses staying loyal to the Targaryens out of principle, or possibly kidnapping one of the children and using them to stage a revolt. By killing the children, he was able to avoid that, while also committing a heinous crime. The irony is that if he had left Aegon alive, Varys and Illyrio's plan would never have taken off. I also believe that Tywin ordered the rape and murder of Elia. Maybe not specifically, but he probably told Gregor he could "do with her how he wished," knowing that the result would be brutal. It does introduce a new layer of psychology as well, since Tywin is weirdly adamant about Tyrion believing that he hadn't been behind it. Despite his clear disdain for his youngest son, Tywin cares what Tyrion thinks about him, which undoubtedly adds even more unconscious frustration to their relationship.
  4. This is one of those topics like Lemongate, where I've seen people get weirdly enraged by some of the theories and I simply can't wrap my head around why that is. The Mad Maid can't be Septa Lemore because Lemore has stretch marks and Malora's been a recluse for ten years! There's no way a highborn girl could give birth to a secret child while locked in a tower! Oh. Right.
  5. Was that line, "What's west of Westeros?" in relation to Arya, on the show, or is that just something that people kept saying afterwards? I genuinely cannot remember. Our fandom has a peculiar fixation with the possibility of Sansa's death--not only here, but on many other online platforms as well. I'm not sure what that reveals about us. The possibility of Tyrion betraying Dany is one I find quite intriguing. Over on the book forums, the possibility of Tyrion and Jaime "switching places" from where they first started, with Tyrion now being the villainous one, has come up a number of times, so this would be very fitting in that sense.
  6. When I re-read the books last year, I surprised to see that Arya wasn't anti-woman. I guess her onscreen portrayal ("most girls are idiots") had colored my memory. I think the biggest problem with how D&D portray women is that violence is always equated with empowerment. Dany and Cersei kill innocent people and burn holy temples, and that shows that they're legitimate rulers. Sansa feeds Ramsay to the dogs, which means that she's finally a Strong Woman. Brienne's worth is measured solely by her ability to win a fight. Arya prefers to kill strangers rather than sew, which makes her smarter than all those dumb girls who don't know how to use a sword. Game of Thrones will always be remembered as a pop culture phenomenon, and probably for it's scale and cinematography as well, but aspects such as this are going to be pretty embarrassing when people look back on the show thirty years from now.
  7. I suppose it's possible that they had something bigger planned but decided to scrap that later on. I'm pretty Jorah is around for the same reason Beric and Grey Worm are around: they need warriors for when they film the final battle.
  8. Something I find very curious about the Targaryen family (and other Westerosi families in general) is that, with the exception of Rhaenyra's stillborn child, no one that we know of was named after the original Visenya. She certainly did have a dark side, as we see during Aenys and Maegor's reigns, but in the main series, she's lauded as one of the conquerors of Westeros, and is never really portrayed in a negative light. Several Targaryens were named after Rhaenys, so why not Visenya as well?
  9. The Iron Islands would be a good deal happier, I would imagine. Fewer dead sons and fathers, fewer widows and orphans. If they continued to prosper, that may have been attributed to Quellon's tenure, further enforcing the New Way. Assuming the Reader's sons took after their father, that would have also paved the way for a revitalized Iron Islands. Asha wouldn't have been raised as Balon's heir, but she probably would have still become a captain. Theon mentioned in ACOK that it wasn't unheard of for an Ironborn woman to do so. If I remember correctly, Aeron was "reborn" during the Greyjoy Rebellion, so he would still have been Theon's fun, drunk uncle.
  10. I'm so disappointed by this. I don't think D&D are good storytellers, and this article states that they'll be working on movies (plural), not just an anthology film. What are all these upcoming Star Wars movies about anyway? Rian Johnson has a trilogy and now these two have a saga, but what are they actually making? I don't see the point in promoting a project without actually revealing what that project is.
  11. I think Arya was the first sign that George has trouble killing his darlings. Right from AGOT, we got pages and pages of her wandering the streets, crawling through the tunnels, and looking for cats. Then came AFFC/ADWD and suddenly half the characters were spending half their time wandering around Planetos. The editing definitely could have been cleaner.
  12. I hadn't realized that Dany was written like George's dream girl until I came to this site. Her chapters feel much more uncomfortable now lol.
  13. Lemongate is still the most mystifying thing to me. This is the fandom that invented D+D=T and Varys the Merman, yet the idea that the house with the red door may not have been in Braavos is what causes people to lose their minds. I just don't get it.
  14. The ironic thing about Tywin both wanting to acquire Winterfell and not wanting Tyrion to inherit the Rock is that he could have accomplished both by marrying Sansa himself and having a son with her. All he would have to do after that is find a way to get rid of Tyrion, which probably wouldn't be too hard. However, Tywin, like his daughter, wouldn't have wanted any children who weren't 100% Lannister (which is what he had by marrying his cousin, Joanna), so he would not have considered that. Tyrion, unlike Tommen, was old enough to consummate a marriage, so a Stark-Lannister heir could be secured much sooner than if Sansa married Tommem. If Tywin truly did want to find Tyrion a wife, it was also one way he could do so without the match being rejected; Sansa was their hostage, giving her no choice in the matter.
  15. After finally getting around to reading The Sons of the Dragon, I can say that I liked it, but I also think it is a step down in quality from The Rogue Prince and The Princess and the Queen. My biggest disappointment was that we didn't get to learn more about Maegor's six wives as individuals.With the exception of Tyanna, I finished the story feeling like I knew very little about any of them.