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  1. They've got an even better imagination than GRRM, then! Maybe they could finish Winds for him...
  2. How do they go about trying to use science to explain how it isn't fantasy? I'm not trying to be smart, by the way. I am genuinely interested to know.
  3. Southampton have bid £15m for Lazio centre back Wesley Hoedt. Maybe if they get another centre back in, there will be more chance of them selling VvD. At the moment, though, their stance seems firm. Could come right down to deadline day for him.
  4. Sky sports claiming that Man City are interested in signing Jonny Evans from WBA. Slightly out of the blue, but Evans is one of the more consistent defenders in the league. Man City would certainly look more assured with Evans at the back than Stones or Otamendi and especially Mangala.
  5. What is the point in discussing it, if it hasn't been brought up in the show? If something hasn't been made clear, all we can do is speculate. This debate started because you claimed it didn't make sense that Jon didn't propose a marriage agreement with Daenerys, something neither of the two of them or any of the other characters suggested. You mentioning it at all was bringing up something that wasn't in the show at all. My only replies to you could be purely based on speculation, as there are no facts to go by, as it hasn't been suggested at all. You saying that me speculating the reasons makes no sense because nobody in the show is even thinking about it also applies to you bringing it up. I was merely politely replying to your suggestion. I agree that it makes no sense. The North hating the South, the North hating the Targaryen princess ties in with real life bigotry. Hating something that is foreign to you. She is foreigner landing in Westeros trying to take it over, I am sure a few hate her for that. Randyll Tarly didn't seem to like the idea of it and Tarly's were once Targaryen loyalists. There would be no point bringing together House Targaryen and House Stark unless it was to unite the power of the North with Daenerys' army. I am only speculating again, but I can't imagine Jon wanting to do it unless he felt his bannermen would agree to that union. He also said in the previous episode, when Davos pointed out he had been staring at Daenerys' good heart, that he had 'no time for that'. Maybe his true reason for not offering a marriage to Daenerys is he simply his nothing but the Night King and his army of the dead on his mind. I don't recall him saying that he is trying to save humanity, but as the army of the dead are a threat to all of humanity, he would, indeed, end up saving all of humanity if he was to defeat them. Yes, but he declared war on Ramsey due to Ramsey sending him the Bastard Letter and holding Winterfell. In the letter, Ramsey agreed to not trouble Jon or his crows unless Jon provided Ramsey with all his requests, which Jon was never going to agree to. One way or another, they were going to have to fight. The last thing Jon would have needed were the Others and the army of the dead coming at him from the North and the Boltons from the South. He needed to deal with one of them. And the Boltons sure as hell weren't going to come to his aid.
  6. One week in and already an injury to one of my players, Zaha. Not that he got me any points this week, anyway.
  7. True, but Jeyne wasn't some foreign invader that claims to be Queen. Nor was Jeyne the daughter of the Mad King. Then again, Robb's marriage got him murdered, after all. I agree that all of this makes far more sense than what Jon actually chose to do. Combining the power of their houses together would have gone a long way to securing an far greater army for when the army of the dead finally come. Jon, though, seems to realise that there are already seeds of doubt in the minds of his men, especially when after he decided to go to Dragonstone in the first place. He didn't want to bend the knee so he could keep his men sweet and despite it being a lame reason, it is probably the reason he didn't want to marry Daenerys, either. She is not Aerys, but her father killed his uncle and grandfather. The North remembers, they say. Jon already lost the support of his men at the Wall, who ended up murdering him, it now seems like Jon is trying to do all he can to make sure he doesn't lose his men again. The point seems to be that despite the threat of the Others and the wights, unless someone has actually seen them, they are still likely to put their silly political squabbles ahead of the threat of the army of the dead. Despite the oncoming assault of the army of the dead, Jon knows his men would still get hung up on something like the idea of him marrying Daenerys. And what would be the point in he and Daenerys marrying if not to bring their forces together? He couldn't assure her that he could do that unless his men were 100% behind the decision. Jon's plan to take on the Night King and his army of the dead, it isn't just to save himself and his own people; he is doing it to save humanity, and Daenerys and her people are part of humanity that he is trying to save.
  8. The Lannister family is one of the families that have actually got a correlation between the accents. Tywin, Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion and Kevan all speak with RP, which suits nature of Lannisters, given they are an extremely wealthy, highborn family. This is more impressive considering the actors that play Jaime and Tyrion are Danish and American respectively. This makes it more baffling that British actors and actresses couldn't bend their accents slightly to fit with where they are from. Sam, Sansa, Arya and Bran being examples of cast members ignoring accent. Bronn's accent is, indeed, Northern English, Jerome Flynn that plays him is actually from Kent, southern England.
  9. I think at a very basic story writing level, the idea that Jon, the boy who lived his life as bastard before being revealed to be a legitimate child, who may have the best claim to the Iron Throne out of anyone sets him up to be the typical 'secret prince'. I really don't think GRRM will actually go along with the secret prince getting to the Iron Throne, because it would be that every predictable point in Jon's story came true. He is more than Ned's bastard > He ends up being a legitimate Targaryen child, potential heir to the Seven Kingdoms. He is killed by his black brothers > He comes back to life. He doesn't 'want' to rule > He ends up sitting on the Iron Throne. No one wants Jon's story to turn out to be the most predictable and most clichéd of the whole saga, and I think that is why Jon never becoming King will be the best thing for him. Dying as a hero, making the ultimate sacrifice to let someone with a lesser claim than he has - potentially Daenerys, who could also be his lover by then - would, in my opinion, be the best possible end for him. I think he has been killed once so that he can be killed again. I think book Jon will look at himself as dead already when he is resurrected, so he will be willing to die again. Show Jon is a different matter and it is much harder to call. The fact he is wight has hardly been touched on since he came back from the dead. With the mass amount of fans that would love to see him sit the Iron Throne, the writers may be tempted to go along with it, even for a short spell.
  10. Perhaps the idea is that because Jon refused to bend the knee knowing that his bannermen didn't even like the idea of him visiting the Queen at Dragonstone, it would be an even further stretch for his bannermen to accept that he has decided to marry a Targaryen Queen. I think it would be landing a bit of a surprise on the North that a trip to Dragonstone to treat with Daenerys over the possibility of mining some dragon glass that they didn't agree with Jon on ended up with proposing to Daenerys.
  11. Again, I am not arguing the point here that ASOIAF shouldn't sit in the fantasy section of a bookstore because there is literally next to no magic in the damn thing - sure, it may as well just be a fifteenth century England period drama. No one is saying that, not even the OP. What you mention about 'magic has consequences' is probably along the lines of what the OP meant. There are dangers with magic, it's not some kind of prize, like being handed a wand and sent to Hogwarts. Magic is much more complex and often sinister in ASOIAF, which, somehow, makes it seem more realistic becomes it can often come at a price or it, as you say, can have 'consequences'.
  12. Sigurdsson is a great buy for them. In terms of set piece deliveries from corners and free kicks, he is as good as any in the league. Would be perfect if they had been able to get someone like Giroud in, who is a dominant forward in the air and would revel in playing with Sigurdsson. Barkley is a strange one. For me, he is no better now than he was three seasons ago. If they are asking £50m for him, I can't see anyone paying up. Maybe Tottenham will sneak in near the deadline with a bid around half of that price to test Everton's resolve. But Erikson and Alli are a different calibre of player to Barkley, so he could turn out like Sissoko if he went there. Everton is his level, I think. Staying there and being a part of their exciting new team would be my advice to him.
  13. And in between those two points there is Jon Snow killing a wight to save Jeor Mormont, amongst other things. No one here is denying the fantasy elements, or trying to play it down, as if is something to be ashamed of. If you don't like fantasy at all, it would be impossible to like ASOIAF given how important the fantasy elements are to the story. I have never seen anyone complain about there being too much or too little magic in ASOIAF, so, to me, it suggests it is well balanced. But going by the OP's point No. 6, where he is clearly comparing ASOIAF to LOTR, we can assume that he is also comparing his point No. 4 'Low magic' to a series like LOTR, where it would be hard to argue against LOTR being more entrenched in fantasy than ASOIAF is.
  14. I agree. It was his stern attitude that got him killed by his black brothers.
  15. When you lay out every element of magic within the story, of course it is going to sound like ASOIAF is riddled with magic. But I think what the OP is referring to is the integration of magic to the story being subtle and progressive. It never truly feels like magic is lumped on us all at once. There are many epic fantasy novels that the fantasy element is right at the forefront, but so far, fantasy has filtered in and out of the story, progressively building as time passes. As you say, though, it is only likely to increase in the future books, but the pace that it has been implemented into the story is what a lot of people that wouldn't typically follow fantasy find appealing about ASOIAF.