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  1. How would you rate episode 601?

    I agree that the show could benefit from D&D being replaced after S6. Those past seasons the writing has been the weakest part of the show, and signs of fatigue are showing. It's very unlikely to happen, though, since the show is still a very successful hit.
  2. [Spoilers] EP601

    @ummester I mistyped the she/he. It clearly refers to Trystane. If you read the whole paragraph (see the link), I think it's clear that Trystane is intended to be in Myrcella's ship. ("Myrcella died on the voyage to KL" combined with "Trystane doesn't set foot on KL and remains in the ship".
  3. [Spoilers] EP601

    Tristane's entry at confirms that he was murdered in Myrcella's ship. "Unable to set foot in the capital, Trystane remainded on the ship - where he was ambushed and killed by the Sand Snakes." It's clear that this dumb development has been a combination of bad planning, reaction to the negative reception of the Dornish storyline, belief that the viewers pay no attention, and the thought that it would be cool to show too badass women killing Trystane in a badass way instead using of more credible ways to dispose of the character.
  4. How would you rate episode 601?

    Given that this is a poll from a forum of A Song of Ice and Fire fans, the results were never going to be "meaningful" to begin with. At least if by "meaningful" we understand an objective evaluation of the episode's merits on its own, as perceived by a representative sample of the average population. The results so far, though (So far, with 200 votes, I think it's breaking "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken"'s record as the show's new low), clearly indicate that to many people in this forum the episode has been far from satisfying, and a significant people of them are even very upset with it. And this, I think, reflects reality. It's not reasonable to dismiss the people who rate 1 as trolls when their vote is the mode, and the average borders 5.
  5. Regarding Melisandre, As far as I know, the only indication of the books that can be seen as hinting that Melisandre is very old is the line "Melisandre had practiced her art for years beyond count, and she had paid the price." It can be read just many ways, and it's true that after yesterday's episode the odds of Melisandre being an old woman in the books are higher. I'm not convinced, but it's possible. But the theory of her being Shiera makes no sense. Melisandre's original name was Melony, and she was a young girl when she was sold as a slave ("when she was still half a child, a slave girl bound for life to the great red temple"). Shiera was the daughter of a king and the mistress of the hand. It's also very hard to believe that a daughter of her and Bloodraven would end being sold as a slave. Maekar or Egg would never do that, and besides slavery is forbidden in Westeros. Regarding Dany, We have to keep in mind a couple of things: one is that when Dany is found by the Dothraki at the end of A Dance With Dragons she has Drogon with her, so Khal Jhaqo shouldn't be able to seize her. Another is that the action in Meereen is behind Dany's: Viserion and Rhaegal are still in the dungeons, no ironborn at sight, no battle to be seen,... If I were to bet, I'd say that bringing her to Kosh Daleen and everything that will happen with Dany this season (or at least in the first part) will be D&D's invention.
  6. Ellaria said to Have Takena An Empowering Move

    This article is sad to read, specially in a supposedly feminist magazine. It's a astounding nonsense saying that Doran allowed women to be "abused and raped by men without retribution". There was only one rape: precisely Doran's sister. And murdering two teenegers (one of them the nephew of the raped woman they claim to avenge) is not something that can be presented in any way, shape, or form as "empowering women".
  7. How would you rate episode 601?

    I gave it a 4. Some very good interpretations, and reasonably good focus. But I found the writing was sloppy. They spend a lot of time with reintroductions and (I agree) fixing last year's mistakes, but some of the flaws were uncalled for. The Dornish scenes where shameful to behold. That anyone among a khalasar suspects about Dany's identity seeing her distinct features and jewels with her house's arms is unbelievable. That a single speech from Thorne is enough to appease all the Watch and still put him in command was poor. I am amazed how anyone can think that it could be in character SANSA having to be reminded of etiquette by POD! And the scenes of Arya and Tyrion were completely unmemorable: you could cut them with no loss. But they still have great acting and production values, and that makes up for many of the shortcomings.
  8. Should Ned have arrested Cersei?

    @Ser Leftwich Regardless of the evidence available, the hand of the king can't just sentence to death the king's wife and children on his own, with the king at a three day's ride.
  9. The Starks and Queens?

    @Eden-Mackenzie You are right, my mistake. I was confusing the genealogies of houses Ryswell and Dustin.
  10. Should Ned have arrested Cersei?

    I don't think Ned would have explained everything to Robert. He could just say that he was investigating the kids parentage and once Cersei realized that he was on the right track (the bastards, the book,...), she fled. No one besides Cersei and Ned knew about that conversation at the godswood. I'm sure Robert would have brutally killed the three kids, so I sympathize a lot wit what Eddard did.
  11. Quick Question

    No. Because Targaryens only came to Westeros four hundred years ago, and since then they have priorized marriages within the family. The closest opportunity was during the Dance of Dragons. In exchange to supporting the black side, Lord Cregan Stark was promised a Targaryen princess to marry. But during the war he fell in love with Alysanne Blackwood, and he married her instead.
  12. The Starks and Queens?

    The lords that complained to Catelyn about Dacey could easily be Riverlords. After all, they would be the ones most likely to aproach to Catelyn about such matters. And in any case, the Weirwoods Eyes' points still stands: she had a much easier time than Brienne. @Eden-Mackenzie The Donella Hornwood situation can't really be compared with Lady Barbrey, or any other ruling lady. She was only the widow of the late lord, with no living progeny and no claim to the Hornwood lands on her own. She had never ruled, and she could not expect to do so, even in peaceful times. @Lord Varys I agree that the a ruling lady in the north is an exception to the rule. My only point is that it seems that in the North this exception is less "exceptional".
  13. The Starks and Queens?

    If I'm not missing anyone, the list of ruling ladies at the beginning of the series are: Dorne (3): Delonne Allyrion, Larra Blackmont, Nymella Toland North (3): Barbrey Dustin, Lyessa Flint, Maege Mormont Stormlands (2): Shyra Errol, Mary Mertyns Reach (2): Alysanne Bulwer, Arwyn Oakhart Crownlands (2): Tanda Stokeworth, Ermesande Hayford Vale (1): Anya Waynwood Riverlands (1): Shella Went The North is up there with Dorne, which I think is telling. [Btw, probably the Dornish figure is the most surprising. I only count 3 women among 14 ruling lords. It seems weird, as one would expect a 50-50 distribution in equal primogeniture] I agree with that. When I say that I see First Men culture as more favourable towards ruling women I was referring to the fact that in an Andal society there's only one way for a woman to inherit: having no brothers. In a First Men society, perhaps there's another option: being stronger than them.
  14. The Starks and Queens?

    There's also the She-wolves of Winterfell, that ruled North for some time in recent memory, and if the wildling's story of Bael the Bard is true, then all the Lords of Winterfell are descended to female line at least at one point. I agree that the First Men seem to be more tolerant towards women (or at least strong women) than the Andals.
  15. Stannis's role in the death of King Robert Baratheon

    Theon is precisely the opposite situation. Is only an hostage in name, as he's treated as a member of the family and given a lot of freedom. Eddard would need some kind of collaboration from the royal family. Cersei and her children would be expected at Joffrey's coronation, and other official acts. The only option would be to have them confined in their rooms as prisoners, but then Eddard would be seen acting as an usurper. Eddard's situation would be very precarious: Joffrey would be of age shortly, and if he was murdered the blame would go on him. Meanwhile Cersei can bribe men to help her and his children escape, she can denounce Robert's will as a forgery, or she can spread rumours that Robert has been murdered by Eddard. Raising an army is a matter of weeks, if not months, and Harrenhal is closer to King's Landing than Highgarden. I don't see why an army of twenty thousand can't take a city surmised in internal power struggles. And the capture of Jaime showed us that Tywin is not someone that can be stopped by holding hostages. He also knows that sooner or later Cersei and the kids are doomed if he leaves them in the hands of the likes of Renly or Littlefinger. So his best chances would be hurrying to besiege the Red Keep and offer the captors the possibility of taking the black in exchange of their lives. Joffrey could no longer be controlled by his mother or by Robert. What makes you thing that Eddard could make him behave? In a situation where Eddard imprisons Cersei and tries to limit Joffrey's desires of absolute power, there's no why he'd react cooperatively.