The Bard of Banefort

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  1. I don't necessarily think that Jon will be devoid of feelings, just that I find it kind of a cop-out for him to be resurrected, become King in the North, and then have a passionate relationship with a dragon queen. Of course, I expect GRRM's take on all of this to be vastly different than how it was presented on the show. I usually try to cut GRRM some slack when it comes to finishing the series, but this is one of those times when I really wish he had published the next book already. On the topic of Tyrion being in love with Dany, I'm not really sure what Peter was going off of here, because he doesn't seem to be in love with her to me. Most of the things GOT actors and actresses say seem to be an exaggeration (although they may also be under directions from the producers to mislead fans). Some actors, such as Lena Headey and NCW, usually give fairly insightful interviews, but most of the actors on this show seem to just be throwing stuff out there.
  2. I suppose so, but in his Time interview, George really seemed to be emphasizing how resurrection comes at a high price. I'm no Freudian expert, but the contrast of Eros and Thanatos seems to be at play here. For Jon to be able to have a passionate romance after being brought back from the dead is just hard for me to wrap my head around. There's also a matter of the timeline, but at this point, I have no clue how George is going to be able to resolve the series in only two more books, so it's only a small part of a larger conundrum in that case.
  3. I was referring to any of the noble Houses, not the Greyjoys specifically. You are correct that they, like the Starks, have likely never had a matriarch. I think we may have been misunderstanding each other. I realize that George doesn't really write about the smallfolk, but I don't think it's too much to hope to see a few more Ironborn noblewomen outside of Asha thrown in here and there. The reason why I mentioned salt wives is because, according to the text, they are still considered the legal wives of a lord, so even if they themselves aren't highborn, they are in one sense members of a noble family.
  4. I was actually wondering if the whole "I hate gingers" thing was just D&D trying to flip the bird at book fans.
  5. We're given an insight into the lives of women in almost every other region of Westeros, but for the Iron Islands, all we have is Asha. Regardless of how much political power they wielded, it takes a certain mettle to survive in such a harsh environment, especially when you're a member of the "second sex." My point about Theon mentioning that daughters can inherit if there are no other sons is that, in order for this to be standard procedure, it must of happened at one point or another -- meaning that there have been Ironborn noblewomen who have presided over their Houses in the past. And a lord's wife does often influence his decisions, whether he admits it or not, as anyone from Eleana Targaryen to Serala of Myr can attest. To write off an entire culture of women as little more than obedient shrinking violets is mind-boggling to me, not to mention simplifying. . . . okay? I'm not sure what personal preference has to do with what the author eventually decides to publish. I wasn't personally interested in reading about Yi Ti or Tyrosh, but that doesn't mean George shouldn't have written about it. As for the salt wives, resistance and survival narratives play a huge role in this series (Dany in AGOT, Sansa and Arya in ACOK, Theon in ADWD, etc). Call me crazy for thinking George would be able to do an excellent job of writing what it means to survive on the Iron Islands.
  6. The ways Sansa's character has been maligned on the show has been pretty well-established for years now, but I think this season shows that they really messed up Arya's character, as well. Show-Arya hasn't experienced any character development: she's still written like an angry twelve-year-old girl, only with less compassion than when the series started. Much like how Tyrion Lannister became St. Tyrion after he got a huge following for being a "good guy," I think D&D are still trying to write Arya as the "feisty little girl" that gained a huge fan base rather than an adult character who has been drastically changed by her experiences.
  7. That's a good point. The Spoilers and Speculation thread had over 4,000 posts before it got deleted. I'm also thinking that a lot of people have resigned themselves to being disappointed with the show now. And despite the high ratings, it seems pretty uncommon for any show that goes past four or five seasons to garner huge consideration anymore. HBO marketing is a well-oiled machine, and there's no denying that bloggers and tweeters are consistently churning out GOT material, but I don't think casual show-watchers are quite as interested in talking about the show at length anymore. The extended period between seasons probably doesn't help much, either.
  8. Theon mentions in ACOK that it was not unheard of for women to captain their own ships on the Iron Islands, so I highly doubt Asha is the first prominent woman to do so (he also tells us that daughters inherit before uncles on the Iron Islands). When you consider how much time Ironborn men spend reaving in Essos or trading along the coast, it doesn't seem that peculiar for wives, daughters, and sisters to serve as castellans, either. And it isn't like George hasn't written about interesting women living in a patriarchal societies before: King's Landing is as patriarchal as they come, especially when one considers how, thanks to good ol' Jaehaerys, daughters aren't eligible for royal succession, and yet we still are given insight into the lives of important women there. I'm also interested in the relationship among women on the Iron Islands. With the men being gone for months at a time and salt wives being brought in from various lands, I'm curious to see what the kinship among Ironborn women was like. We probably won't get any of that in Fire and Blood, but one would think that the circumstances of this society would make it more sensible to befriend other women rather than ignore one another. George has never been great at writing female friendships, but he's been improving a little bit with each book.
  9. I'm having a hard time equivocating Jon and Dany's future book relationship, as implied by the director, with George's comments about Jon being a "fire wight" that isn't really fully human any more. Maybe their convergence will be played completely differently in the books, but right now it seems rather paradoxical to me.
  10. Well, we know that Sansa isn't planning on usurping Jon because when she brings her concerns to Littlefinger, she talks about how the lords are so fickle that Jon will lose his army should Sansa no longer be able to influence them; she doesn't seem to care so much about what they think of her, but rather how it will effect her family. We also know she doesn't trust Littlefinger and that she doesn't want Arya dead, since after he suggested having Brienne kill Arya, she instead sent Brienne away.
  11. I think Bran will end up warging the wight dragon next season.
  12. This is really the first time this season that the teleportation has bothered me. I don't mind them skipping the travel montages; what I do mind is Gendry being able to run back to Eastwatch, send a raven all the way to Dragonstone, and have Dany fly up to beyond the Wall in a matter of a few hours. Why not just have Dany leave on her own shortly after the men do? It doesn't take much thought to realize that having three fire-breathing dragons around would be a great asset beyond the Wall. And of course, there's the Winterfell plot. Ugh.
  13. I mentioned in a post last week that Arya is being written like she's still twelve, and now along with that she's being completely stripped of compassion as well. The fact that she doesn't even inquire as to what Sansa's referring to when she mentions how she suffered is a prime example of this. I do think Maisie and Sophie did a good job with this scene, however. There were two spots in the argument where you could actually she Arya's resolve falter just a bit: when Sansa pointed out that Arya was present for Ned's death and yet didn't do any more than Sansa did to stop it, and when she was forced to realize that, for all her training, Arya didn't do anything to help recapture Winterfell (it also knocked her idolized perception of Jon down a peg when Sansa revealed that he wouldn't have won the battle without the Vale). Unfortunately, show-Arya is incapable of acting rationally at this point, so she just continues to angrily steamroll forward. It's even more mind-numbing when you consider that Sansa's letter didn't have much of an effect on anything: Robb ignored it, and Ned was still beheaded. We're reminded once again that Sansa isn't trying to usurp Jon when she tells Littlefinger that she's afraid the northern lords will abandon Jon should they discover her letter, since their loyalty to her is the only thing keeping the fickle lords from abandoning Winterfell. The fact that she dismisses Brienne after LF hints at having Brienne kill Arya for her also indicates that she hasn't suddenly started trusting LF and that she doesn't want her sister killed. Unless it's revealed that Arya was listening just outside the door for all of this, then I honestly don't know why she hands Sansa the dagger, aside from being a way for the show to build suspense. Did she want to see if Sansa would try to stab her with it? Unfortunately, I don't think they're playing LF, at least not yet. Much like with the Talisa-spy theory, I think this is simply a nonsensical plot that doesn't have a clever explanation.
  14. I wouldn't worry about that too much. The season eight spoilers are likely all fake, mainly because it doesn't seem like anyone in the cast has received them yet.
  15. What does the spoiler say?