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  1. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    I'm not talking personal preference, I'm saying that it feels out of place within the story as written. There are many theories I don't personally believe, but I can see how they come about. It's because there is suggestions and seemingly throw-away lines in the text. I think it's a given that the CotF or BR is manipulating small things with dreams, weirwoods and skinchanging. The amount of manipulation that you are suggesting they did to create the string of events as they happened is simply, in my opinion, not supported. Sure, it's not refuted, but it's not supported. There is a difference that you seem to gloss over.
  2. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    What are the growth rates of weirwoods? How long does it take for a tree to gain a girth of 8 ft.? We don't know. You have no problem inserting other things we don't know about the story into your theory, but your weirwood evidence is rock-solid? This is what I mean about making assumption to fit your theory. You have zero problem adding in things without textual evidence like 'the assassin had an accomplice' or 'the CotF didn't fight back sooner because they didn't have time-travel yet', but you go straight to the books for a point you think you can back up. You say you are approaching this like a reasonable person, but this is not reasonable behavior. I think you have a theory that came to you half-formed that you really, really like and are not looking at it critically. (I'm not calling you unreasonable, just saying that in this instance, you're having a hard time being critical about your baby) I think a good portion of the people think that there is more going on with the CotF than meets the eye. They have their own agenda and are not the resevoir of goodness and salvation a lesser story might feed us. The Others have their own agenda as well and AA isn't the magical savior everyone wants him to be. There are going to be some dark surprises in store for us, and it's fun to speculate. However, I also don't think any surprises we get are going to be totally out of the blue or deus ex machina. The time-traveling, puppet-master CotF would be so out of the blue and it would feel out of place in this story. The things that have been revealed so far have been surprises, but surprises that we all facepalm for not seeing beforehand. It fits in the story and hold up under re-reads.
  3. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    You're assuming a lot of things here. If having ancient trees North of the Wall happened to fit your theory, I bet you could come up with a vague but plausible reason whey they do exist.
  4. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Didn't Jon (or someone) see one at Whitetree north of the wall that was humongous?
  5. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    So go back to a period of time where you think it's safe to say they do have this power. What would they do with this power if they had it? Would they be more aggressive towards current man, or would they try to manipulate them with dreams to work towards a goal of the Childrens' chosing? Why are we seeing them making moves now, and not earlier? If they have been making moves earlier and we're just not picking up on them, what examples do you see in the text of that? I think this is a pretty big question not to have worked out. If your answer is 'it hasn't been revealed yet', that's fair, but I do expect to see some hints of it from Martin at this point. Some things can be hand-waved because it needed to happen because of plot, but something as big and far-reaching like you're suggesting can't come out of no-where. I'm not trying to break your balls, and I do love hearing new or different theories, but this one I don't see any solid base for right now.
  6. I know it's not part of the comics (at least as far as I've gotten), but the show did include a brief stop with the CDC guy. I can't even remember what he told him - maybe just that they were all infected? The show has veered off comic script before, so hoping it would in this way is not completely out of the realm of possibility. I don't expect Rick's group to do anything about it, but someone, somewhere might. And it would be really cool for Rick's group to interact with that group, even if only for a little bit. Anyway, my point was that if this was the kind of show that actually addressed how it got this way or try to solve the zombie problem instead of dealing with them individually, I'd be more interested, but it's not, so I'm not. I liked the man v man nature of it for a while, but it's too much for me now. Their forward progression is waaay too little in relation to their brutal set-backs for my tastes.
  7. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Another thought - if the CotF can time travel and do so until it gets things right, why didn't they do that when the first encountered the First Men? Do it Groundhog's Day style. "OK guys, so the pit trap didn't work, but I have an idea how to modify it ..." "Well, the falling rocks into the pit didn't work either. How about we put shadowcats at the bottom of the pit?" "Herding shadowcats is harder than it looks. Sorry about your leg, but we can fix that next time" ... "Finally! So sending dreams to their war-leader suggesting he try and gain the jump on us by leading the men into a narrow choke point flooded with ice and hiding a pit trap filled with shadowcats and pointy sticks coated with poison and then dropping rocks on them while we point and laugh at them worked. We won!"
  8. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Which is why I said you'd be better off trying to argue the Time Travel theory in the first place, because that's what this really revolves around. If creating one shadow baby sucks a significant amount of life force from a person, I'd hate to know what the cost of unlimited time travel is. That's far more powerful than a mere shadow baby.
  9. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    So you're basically saying time travel is an "I WIN" button. You've set up a situation in which no one can disprove or cast doubts on your theory because ... time travel (and time travel that works in a specific way, mind you). You would have been better off trying to start your argument out with that, because without it it falls apart. I think that's going to be be a really, really tough sell.
  10. How did the giants lose against the First Men?

    One on one a primitive man couldn't take on a mammoth, but men in packs hunted and killed them regularly. I am not sure that the giants were less intelligent, but I'm pretty certain that the men were more numerous and had better weapons.
  11. I figure it will just be shitty people after shitty people until they figure the cow has run dry. I expect a pretty shallow arc in the very last season that ends on an upswing. I guess I'm not the perfect target audience for this show because I'd rather explore the rebuilding and mystery of how things happened then just jump from one danger to the next. This was why I couldn't care less about Fear the Walking Dead. I know it's been discussed to death, but they had that chance to explore the fall of civilization and they did it with a time gap. Fuck them.
  12. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Small nitpick, but Bran would have never failed that test if I understood you right. The CotF ALWAYS send him dreams to study because it is important, so there is no timeline that exists that flows like this: Bran fails --> CotF decide to send dreams. You've spent a lot of time arguing to prove that the dagger was Littlefinger's, but didn't address a question of mine. If Bran's assassination was suppose to fail, how did they control the tricky timing of it? Summer wasn't in the room when Bran was attacked. Cat was the one who gave him time to reach the room and save the day. Cat was in a severely weakened state at that time - she could have failed to notice in time, to fight so strongly, etc. If Bran is so important, why set it up in just that way?
  13. To be honest, I had to remind myself how last season ended before watching this one. I wasn't expecting two deaths, but those are the two who were expected. I like the idea posted upthread from that article - kill Abraham last season, then Glenn in this one. This episode was good. Uncomfortable as hell, but the tension was there. Not a fan of the excess gore, but then again this is one of the show's hallmarks, so meh. Andrew Lincoln was great, I thought. I don't even know what kind of sounds he was making at the end there, he just didn't even sound human. So yeah, good job on that. This is about where I dropped out of the comics, so I know a little (Ezekiel and his tiger) but not much more than that. Can't say I'm all that interested. It's something to watch at this point when I have time. It's certainly not something I look forward to. Is it too much to hope for that after they take care of Negan (I assume they do), they find other, bigger, more caring communities and start to actually make a world worth living in again? Maybe some people who know something about the god-damned virus? Maybe a secret underground lab working on curing the damn thing? Just something other than unending bleakness please and thank you. Why do I watch this again?
  14. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Actually, it's not that hard if you know the basics. I have done some dagger and axe throwing before. Sure, it's easier if you're familiar with the knife, but I only take it as evidence that Petyr has thrown a few daggers in his life, not as evidence that this one was his. I'm mixing up books and show now, but doesn't he only say it's his once Varys says he doesn't know who it belonged to? Sure, Petyr could have been wary of a trap from Varys, but he could also gamble and seize his opportunity to strengthen Cat's suspicion of the Lannisters by lying.
  15. The COTF Master Plan: Part 1

    Another obvious answer was that it wasn't planned very well, by either the assassin of the one who hired him. It's just as valid as the conclusion that it was supposed to fail. And it depends on some pretty slick timing. The CotF knew Cat would be able to slow down the assassin long enough for Summer to reach the tower to save Bran? Of course Cat would fight like hell to save Bran, but she hadn't slept or eaten for days. I think the timing is pretty dicey to pin all your hopes on a weakened woman to give Summer those precious moments. And why do you think the CotF knew about Lysa's letter and what it had in it? I highly doubt Cat and Ned would discuss this openly in the Godswood. Is this the same way the CotF can control weather and could then possibly control the travel times of Cat and Tyrion to arrange their meeting? And btw, there are so many ways that their meeting could have gone down that just their meeting guarantees nothing. It might have ended up speeding up their journey to make sure they get him safe to Winterfell. Unless you're saying that the CotF can influence the decisions of anybody at any time, I don't see how this holds together. And if they can, then why do they even need Bran?