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  1. Who is the best actor on the series?

    Pretty sure that was actually -40°F, which is much more impressive.
  2. why was Ladystoneheart cut out

    No, and I frankly don't know why anyone would think a dodgy Blair Witch Project clip could really be her. Simply bizarre.
  3. And of all generations past and future.
  4. HBO Episode Teaser - I am so sorry

    I suspect that Bran told a younger Benjen to come save him from the future. I also suspect that Bran has to hurry back to Winterfell because it's missing a Stark right now and therefore no protection against the northern encroachment. That really puts the threat behind the Stark words “Winter is coming” so that they are just as threatening as everybody else’s.
  5. The wall, Brans mark, & the Night King

    The very reason that there must always be a Stark in Winterfell is because of the blood link that Bran the Builder built into the Wall and which he grounded in Winterfell to withstand the Others. So long as there’s a Stark there, the Wall is safe.
  6. "Blood Of My Blood"

    If the only thing required for the Others to render the Wall useless were for them to play tag with someone with Stark blood, then no Stark would ever be allowed beyond the Wall. Unless, perhaps, this is why “there must always be a Stark in Winterfell”: to counter that possibility! It could be like having a circuit with a third "earth" wire (marked "ground" in America), so a sort of safeguard set up by Brandon the Builder when he built the Wall and Winterfell. This actually makes a lot of sense the more I think about it.
  7. [Spoiler] "Burn them all"

    Is that really the right numbers of greats? Brynden is Maester Aemon’s great half-uncle, and his brother Aegon was Aerys’s grandfather. So the Mad King should be Bloodraven’s great great great half-nephew. (I believe the show trimmed a generation because they were afraid people couldn’t count.) That also makes Bran Bloodraven’s great great great great great half-nephew Jon’s alleged half-brother but actual cousin on the unrelated side. I haven’t traced the Whent and Blackwood side to find a blood relation that direction, but I’ll bet you anything that it’s there at least once and probably several times over.
  8. The Theatre Troupe

    No, that was one of the Sorrowful Men from Qarth.
  9. Bran & Meera on their way to Greywater Watch.

    I expect it to take Meera just as long to get back home to Greywater Watch as it took her to get to the cave. That puts her back home again anywhere between seasons 10 and 13.
  10. Heresy Branch Office E05

    Maester Luwin’s sacrifice to the great weirwood at Winterfell was clearly a mystic event that ties into ancient mysteries. You can be sure that its roots drank his blood, its face smacked its lips cackling some in-universe variant of “For well I devoured even the flesh of the innocent man, well can I drink even the blood of the man who is free from crime.” —Final words spoken to Kullervo as the magical blacksword drank its master’s sacrificed blood. “Yea, I will drink thy blood, that may I forget the blood of Beleg my master, and the blood of Brandir slain unjustly. I will slay thee swiftly.” —Gurthang’s final words to Túrin Turambar as the magical blacksword drank its master’s sacrificed blood. “Farewell, friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!” —Stormbringer’s final words to Elric of Melniboné as the magical blacksword drank its sacrificed master's blood. “Pssssssssssssssssssshhfffffffftp!” –Lightbringer’s final words to Nissa Nissa as the magical lightsword frank its master’s wife’s sacrificial blood to complete the rite of its forging. Luwin’s sacrifice to the heart tree has magical effects that we are still unclear on. As you can see from the quotes above, Martin is plucking ancient tropes from fantasy literature here. And with this, I predict D&D’s third of their three WTF moments they learned from Martin, the one at the very end: Don’t be surprised if the sword Blackfyre actually magically speaks in much the same way at the very end of the saga as its then-owner, the hero of the story, commits suicide by falling upon it in grief — possibly because of discovering they’ve committed incest, possibly because of the death of a spouse, possibly because of the blood of innocents. And possibly all of these. But I would also half-expect Martin to break that trope in some unexpected way.
  11. An Old Foe Makes a Comeback

    Westeros has many old foes: The Faith Militant Internecine squabbles The Others Greyscale Winter, especially that of the Long Night Children of the Forest Dragons Oily black stones (heliotrope) Sunspears (more heliotrope) Valyrians (still more heliotrope)
  12. HBO Episode Teaser - I am so sorry

    While I agree that it will be interesting to see what if anything the show says about this, just as it will be likewise interesting to see what if anything the book may someday say about it, I disagree that one’s personal satisfaction with whatever reason gets provided in the future in any way justifies such crude invective at so early a stage in our saga. That song is not yet ended. Whether you prefer the ancients' refrain of Call no man happy till he's dead or the moderns' It ain't over till the fat lady sings, it boils down to the same thing, for the proof of the pudding is in the eating and so you should defer judgement till all is said and done, and only then reconsider whether to regale us with plates of crunchy crudités served up with wild abandon and tasty dill dip.
  13. HBO Episode Teaser - I am so sorry

    Why would they have to? George has his reasons, and sometimes those reasons are that we will never know for sure. For example, we may never understand how resurrection works at all, let alone why Beric and Catelyn and Jon were all brought back without turning them into zombies. This could well be another one of those times. We just accept it and move on. Maybe it won't be fifty years till at last somebody will figure it out, especially if knowing that answer isn't critical to the plot.
  14. CotF and the White Walkers

    The warriors of the children were called wood dancers. From the world book: The hunters among the children—their wood dancers— became their warriors as well, but for all their secret arts of tree and leaf, they could only slow the First Men in their advance. The greenseers employed their arts, and tales say that they could call the beasts of marsh, forest, and air to fight on their behalf: direwolves and monstrous snowbears, cave lions and eagles, mammoths and serpents, and more. But the First Men proved too powerful, and the children are said to have been driven to a desperate act. It is possible that they may still be found on the Isle of Faces: Asha mentions hearing a legend about “when the greenseers turned the trees to warriors”: The woods were on the move, creeping toward the castle like a slow green tide. She thought back to a tale she had heard as a child, about the children of the forest and their battles with the First Men, when the greenseers turned the trees to warriors. That's pretty stunning, but who knows what it means. I doubt that we have ents or huorns on the march here, but the trees did seem to bend to protect Bran near the entrance to Bloodraven’s cave.
  15. [Spoilers] EP605

    I suspect that the showrunners may not have been pleased when Uncle Orson scathingly wrote: But wouldn't it have been nice if HBO had presented an adult version of this masterpiece of fantasy literature, instead of giving us the lonely-14-year-old-boy's version. This has been reasonably theorized to be a dig at Card’s genocide in Ender’s Game of the “buggers”, an insectoid, beetle-like race of space-faring extraterrestrials. Understand that Card quite likes A Song of Ice and Fire: notice he calls it “a masterpiece of fantasy literature”. But the show gratuitous nudity, perhaps amongst other things, seems to have rubbed him quite the wrong way. Then again, he's hardly alone in this regard.