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  1. Create your Westerosi house

    LOL! These all are great, but this is my favorite. What I want to know, is what happened to Timmet? Was there a Romulus-Remus moment during the founding of the great mountain clan dynasty?
  2. Awesome Icon. Artest is the best. :D

  3. POV: 1. Jon 2. Tyrion 3. Dany 4. Sansa 5. Arya 6. Sam 7. Arianne Non-POV: 8. Rickon 9. Gendry 10. Bronn extra: Sandor (the hound is dead, but he lives on as the gravedigger) If I had to do it will all POVs: 8. Bran 9. Brienne 10. Theon
  4. The Mad Genius Of Petyr Baelish

    Holy crap that's long. Can we get an executive summary of the points you want to discuss?
  5. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    You have a bear! Down with Ran, Jaime L is the rightful King o' the Board! But seriously, I agree exactly with the sentiment that it somehow seemed more silly on screen than in print. That's why I'm glad the Greatjon got a few more lines at the end of the episode--it made him less the character who ends up laughing about losing half his hand.
  6. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    LOL. Loving the section titles. But how bout this as an ad hoc justification: The Greatjon is clearly fairly uppity. First he's telling Robb that he'll take his ball and go home if they don't play by his rules, then he's shooing all the other lords out of Robb's tent, and telling Robb what to do with the scout. So, it actually makes sense that he's talking about Ned in a disrespectful way. Most of the bannerment would call Ned "Lord Stark", but the Greatjon, with his exaggerated sense of his own importance won't stoop to such pleasantries. Basically, Ned's mistake was that he didn't have a direwolf to teach the Greatjon manners the first time he sauntered into Winterfell and was all "what's up, Ned?".
  7. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    I agree, a Lannister soldier saying "there is your Father's camp, Lord Tyrion" at the beginning of the scene might have made things clearer. But it didn't distract me at the time, and it's perfectly possible that Tyrion ran into the Lannister outriders and sent them on ahead to announce his arrival. Tywin and Kevan certainly seem to be expecting him when he enters the tent.
  8. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Maybe you should direct him to the HBO viewers' guide. I had a friend in a similar situation, and he seemed to find it helpful.
  9. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Also very possible. I've seen people do something similar when estimating crowd sizes at events.
  10. [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Also, he may have been trying to keep track of multiple things (number of foot, horse, lords, siege engines, baggage carts, etc.). That could get tricky fast. And we don't know it was using his fingers that gave him away, right? He could have been making marks in a stick to pass on to a courier, or they could have just assumed he was counting because why else would he be hanging around the camp. Re. the question of how they'll market the show next year, I don't think a big name "star" is nearly as important for the 2nd season as it was for the 1st. By now, people have a good idea of what the show is all about. If you like quasi-medieval political dramas, you're probably going to watch anyway. If you don't you aren't. The existing cast are recognizable enough now to use in ads reminding HBO's target demographic that the show is coming back. And, short of doing something crazy like casting Jay Z as Stannis and Beyonce as Mel, they're probably not going to expand the audience much beyond that target demographic regardless of who they cast.
  11. Stannis is a righteous man according to GRRM

    Killing Renly is probably the biggest problem for the view that Stannis follows an objective moral code. Kinslaying seems to be a major taboo in Westeros trumping almost everything else. Now, Stannis may not have "killed" him in the ordinary sense of the word, and Renly's treason (from Stannis's POV) may excuse it, but it's still a big problem.
  12. Most Powerful Lesser Houses

    Yeah, as far as I can tell there is no Royal Demesne at all under the Baratheon kings. The Targaryens had Dragonstone, but Robert gave that to Stannis. It makes sense though: taxes are mentioned a few times, so the Crown doesn't need a demesne to support itself. The Targaryens just put themselves on top of the pre-existing feudal structure, so the better equivalent to RL royal demesnes are the holdings of the great houses.
  13. Stannis is a righteous man according to GRRM

    Maybe. But he does seem to be pretty well persuaded by her (edit: and Davos, as other have pointed out) and what he sees at the wall. It's not a Saul/Paul road to Damascus moment, but Stannis does appear to have some sort of realization of how dangerous the Others are, and he seems a somewhat changed man as a result, IMO.
  14. Stannis is a righteous man according to GRRM

    Doesn't he sort of admit he was wrong about this when he arrives at the wall? I remember him saying something about how he had put his right before his duty, but now he would earn the throne by proving worthy of it. In any event Stannis may want the throne for himself, but the fact that he recognizes that the king has an extremely important duty to protect the realm against the others puts him in an entirely different category from all the other claimants, IMO. Everyone else is concerned with their own good or their family's honor. Stannis sees clearly that all this pales in comparison to the existential threat to all of Westeros which is growing beyond the wall.
  15. Most Powerful Lesser Houses

    I don't think the geography around the neck holds up to much logical scrutiny (impassible rivers rising in swamps next to the sea then traveling across the entire continent, etc.). And, I agree, what makes Seaguard important? It's the main port for reaching the Iron Islands, IIRC, but there's not much trader there.