Alia of the knife

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    "Mother, its Paul, he has taken the Water of Life."

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  1. I just got an email notification! Is it fixed?
  2. While aspects of melancholy can be attributed to the Starks, I think the term "stoicism," is more applicable. Melancholy the way we are led to understand it as a link between Jon and Rhaegar and the rest of the Targaryens, I think is a nod to the legendary madness and other issues of the mind that the family is known for.
  3. While from a mechanical standpoint, the meta is well written, I think Rhaegar is dead. Historically speaking, any man taking a throne from another would make sure that his opponent was actually the real deal and was dead, right down to stripping the body and putting it on display for all to see, so as not to leave any doubt. Ned, Robert, but especially Tywin would make CERTAIN Rhaegar was Rhaegar and was dead, especially since they also purged the rest of House Targaryen.
  4. Love this analogy, and spot on. (Obi Wan forever.......)
  5. I hope so. And if this is how it plays out, I'll be a happy woman.
  6. Yeah, I think it's "over-the-topness" is it's charm. It's a mix of "Mad Max," "Kung Fu," and "Conan the Barbarian" all rolled into one, (the movies did not have stellar reviews when they first came out, but such was the charm of the 70's/80's as opposed to now). Now if they only remake "Zanadu"
  7. Going out on a limb here given the Negan/Rick dynamic, (as well as Carl), in the comic, (and I believe Kirkman is about 50 issues ahead of where they are now), I could envision JDM taking over Ricks role at some point. Yes, onscreen he needs a LOT of redemption, (or as it passes in this world), to step in to that role, especially if Maggie would ever want to deal with him, but I think it's feasible that Lincoln will want to move on at some point. Lincoln has been with it awhile now, and given that his character in the comic is so beat up, and now makes Shane look like a boy scout, I'm not sure there is any room in this world for moral posturing, even on Maggie's part,(anyone surviving at this point has done questionable things), so seeing Negan evolve and be the one to take everyone into some "promised land," is not outside the realm of possibility, IMHO. They're not above flirting with such themes as "the dark ages," or "the holy land" of a new civilization. But, even though Lincoln totally embraces the role and the show, enjoying it, he is going to want to move on at some point if the show continues, and JDM, (right now), is the only one with the charisma to possibly shoulder that transition. Even Lauren Cohen I think is in doubt to stick around, as well as Danai Gurira who could take it on.
  8. Soooooo, where are they still getting fresh cigarettes?
  9. "I also hope we get to the part in the story where we get order from chaos. When David Milch made "Deadwood" that was his theme a show about bad people actually creating order because once you are at the top life is easier to go legit and society can be a weird by product of that." And this is why I make the analogy of the ZA being a metaphor for our own Dark Ages. I think that when you watch the process of rebuilding and the various people involved, you see this order out chaos emerging, and though Negan is brutal, "civilization" seems to be his endgame. I think it was said of Ghengis Khan that he admired knowledge and took those learned members of the cultures he conquered to bring knowledge to his own people, kind of the way Negan is doing with Eugene. And you also see the same thing with the other groups in that each one tries bring about some kind of "civilization." For me? The group that Daryl fell in with briefly, the "Claimers?" were the worst. Maybe it was the horrific prospect of Carl almost getting raped, but even their thing was having "a code" of honesty, or never lying.
  10. What I think is interesting about these themes, (our own Dark Ages), is that it seems to take people who under the guise of "civilization" might be only ordinary, (Glen working for the family "biz)," Negan as a used-car salesman/jym teacher, Daryl, a dreg of society, and a thug, Shane, who very likely would have probably ended up on the "dirty cop" side of his profession at some point, become movers and shakers post-apocalypse. It's almost as if the apocalypse brings out the best or the worst in people, and at this point of the apocalypse, almost EVERY ONE is on par with one another as the baddest of the bad.
  11. Going way back when I was a little girl, I used to watch re-runs of Johnny Sokko, and the other night as I was up late, I saw it again on LAFF, and sadly, it just.........didn't.
  12. I think for me, the whole Floki thing seemed contrived. I get that many converted to whatever belief systems of their adopted homelands. The historical Rollo did convert to Christianity, BUT, he allegedly was still conflicted all of his life between his old life, and his new life. I mean, if Floki actually had been somewhat moderate on his own beliefs, the transition might seem more natural, but because he is such an "old gods" zealot, it didn't feel right. Ragnar had always been questioning and curious, so his fascination with Christianity seemed a bit more consistent.
  13. I think it's pretty clear that Rhaegar is Jon's father. And if I'm following the current conversation correctly as I haven't been on in awhile, I take it there is some new information regarding this particular symbolism around the blue rose? In terms of blue roses as a sign of "treachery," I think it's more along the lines that the blue roses signify or symbolizes certain things outside the norm, and it has more to do with flying in the face of the social norms of that particular society, violation of guest rights, (a BIG no no in medieval society), as might be applied to Bael the Bard, and loosely, applied to Rhaegar defying the existing norms of the tourney, as well as what the North seems to exemplify to the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. Though it was the largest kingdom pre-Aegon, to the rest of the kingdoms, they are as mysterious and "foreign," as Dorne. Dangerous with the forests full of "wolves." "The blue rose does not occur in nature, at least not the absolute blue rose. Blue roses were at first created by dyeing white roses. Some people mistake lavender roses for blue ones. So, the closest we can get to blue roses are the lilac to almost black category. Roses lack the pigment that produces blue color. The blue rose has been painstakingly created and imbued with a special meaning. Much like its mysterious origin, the blue rose means mystery. An appreciation for the enigmatic, the inexplicable is expressed by the blue rose. A tantalizing vision that cannot be totally pinned down, a mystery that cannot be fully unraveled is the blue rose. A person who receives the blue rose is the subject of much speculation and thought. A complex personality that does not allow easy interpretation is what the blue rose indicates. Another meaning of the blue rose is that it symbolizes the impossible, or the unattainable. Since the blue rose itself is a rarity in nature, it stands for something that is hardly within one's grasp, an object that seems too difficult to be achieved. Thus the blue rose is admired and revered as an unachievable dream. The blue rose being in itself something very extraordinary expresses that very same feeling. "You are extraordinarily wonderful", the blue rose exclaims. A truly wonderful personality, almost chimera-like is what the blue rose says about the receiver. A flight of fancy, an irrepressible imagination is what the blue rose is all about. Blue and its deeper shade purple have for long symbolized mystery and ambiguity. Again, the fact that the blue rose is a flower that has been fabricated increases this sense of surrealism. The meaning of the blue rose in this sense is an appreciation for something that cannot be grasped in full measure. The lighter shade of the blue rose, which is almost akin to lilac, expresses the first flush of love. Enchantment, a feeling of being completely bowled over in the very first instance is another delightful meaning of the blue rose. Lavender and lilac have both been associated with romance since time immemorial. The blue rose is also used as a symbol of caution. It expresses a need to be discrete. Again, there is a whiff of secrecy and mystery as expressed by the blue color. New opportunities and new possibilities are also some other meanings of the blue rose. The blue rose denotes the excitement and the possibilities that new ventures bring. The mysterious beginnings of new things and the excitement therein are very nicely expressed by this flower. The blue rose is a flower that seeks to convey a message of mystery, enchantment and a sense of the impossible. One should never forget that as a flower that is not found freely in nature, the blue rose has a certain charm and unique mystery that does not reveal itself freely. Fantasy and impossibility. Hoping for a miracle and new possibilities. Many people have a quest or a fascination for blue roses. I have a book by Ibn al Awam, which was written in the twelfth century, translated into French by J. J. Clement entitled Le livre de l'agriculture. the book speaks of azure blue roses that were known to the orient. These blue roses were attained by placing a blue die into the bark of the roots. This process is explained in the book and has been proven to work by Joret, a very knowledgeable french scientist. The unattainable, the impossible."
  14. So, Negan is under the impression that Maggie is dead. When he finds out otherwise, why does it matter? Has he a thing for the widows of the men he bludgeoned to death? Does he need to cozen them while in shock to see things his way, because if he doesn't, they become war machines when left to think on things on their own? I know the Negan/Maggie dynamic is not in the graphic novel, so I wonder how Ricks lie will figure into this and why it matters.