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About scotcat

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  • Birthday 11/17/1981

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    reading, music, swimming, walking, attempting to cook things that won't end up burning to ash

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  1. Chalk it up to greed and prestige. Having their daughter be queen and sit at the right hand of the most powerful man in Westeros, with the chance to get your own blood in the mix was too good a chance to pass up for those not outright disgusted by both the polygamy and the incest.
  2. First of all, I have to say that I find the show to still be very enjoyable. However, there has been a drop in the quality of the show, beginning with season 5. Things that just plain don't make sense. Character development that's a bit sparse. Some of this has been brought on by the fact the final two books haven't yet been published, but some of it is just the choices made by D&D.
  3. Really? That's great. As long as the animals are well looked after in the pet stores then this could really help get rescue animals a home.
  4. My annoying thing for today? When you've just done a light (colour wise) load of laundry - and for once the Scottish weather is being co-operative enough to let me hang it on the line- and you find one black sock has got into the wash.
  5. ^^^^ This.
  6. This. Just because these are the central 5 that GRRM had in his outline as surviving the series doesn't mean that there aren't other - less central - characters that will also make it through to the end (more or less) intact. Plus, this was written over 20 years ago. What was at one time a 2 book cycle has expanded massively to a 7 book cycle - to say nothing of the changes to the cast of characters (and their fates) that the intervening time will have brought. I guess we'll all have to wait and see.
  7. Yep. He believed because he wanted to believe. If someone doesn't want to believe what you're telling them, you may never be able to convince them of it. But if they want desperately to believe a thing, it's far easier to convince them. Jon loved Rhaegar. Therefore, it was probably quite easy for Varys to convince him that this was Aegon.
  8. Yes. There's no question in my mind that Arya is damaged at this point in the story, but there's no reason to think she can't recover from this trauma. She's young, there are real world examples of children surviving and living - more or less - normal lives after serious emotional and/or physical trauma.
  9. This post obviously assumes that Jon will survive in the books. It's not a guarantee, after all. His feelings toward the Starks likely wouldn't change. Regardless of the fact Ned is his uncle, he is the man who raised him & the only father he ever knew. His feelings for Cat wouldn't change - she treated him terribly. As for Rhaegar & Lyanna - he'd probably admire the fact that Lyanna's final act in her life was an effort to keep him safe, Rhaegar would be harder to define. He grew up believing that the man abducted & raped Lyanna (whether this was actually the case or not).
  10. A spin off using known characters with original material is something completely different to a prequel - Surely you can see that? Its the difference between Joey and Friends, the vampire diaries and the originals & the Hobbit and LotR. The 1st two examples are spin offs the latter is not. We have a good deal of information on the Dance of Dragons or Dunk on Egg (which would constitute a prequel), but a spin off using Arya & Lyanna? I'd have no interest in that at all. A spin off like that could ruin GoT by association
  11. That was my thinking. It's great that GRRM incorporated this into his books - it invites questions, discussions & debates.
  12. I am not a Stannis fan. I don't hate him, but he's nowhere near my favourite character either. I have to say though, of the 2 versions of Stannis we have (and I do consider book and show Stannis to be separate entities), I prefer the book version to the one we got in the show. Not because Stephen Dillane is a bad actor, but because the show version - after a certain point just went downhill.
  13. This is very often the case with history (whether we're talking about real world history or the history of a fictional world), particularly the further back you go. Facts are noted down wrong, translations of texts can be inaccurate. Also, history tends to be written by the victors, so it is naturally skewed towards their viewpoint.
  14. The lousy weather. Looking out the window, the only way you can tell it's early August & not November is by how green and leafy it is outside. It's been a terrible summer here in Scotland this year.
  15. Currently reading Rise by Mira Grant. And with S2 of Poldark just around the corner, I'm having a reread at books 3 & 4 (Jeremy Poldark & Warleggan) prior to it starting up again at the beginning of September. Beyond that? Once I'm done with them - which won't be long - I'm looking at An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.