The White Bull was never Dayne's equal as far as we can tell and he was old so there's no way he could take three. Perhaps in his prime. On the poison: Howland could have shot them full of poison arrows the second the fight begins. Even if the poison doesn't do the trick, having arrows in you is a disadvantage to anyone. Or he could just throw a big net above Dayne while he's facing Ned.
Read my full post "I read them AFFC > ADWD on the first go..." I'd advise you to read them simultaneously according to the list I posted. I didn't bother with the skipped chapters (There are around two) of the list but they do give you minor spoilers so if you don't like that you might want to do it like the list says.
It was meant to be one enormous book (Around 2600 pages total counting the beginning of book 6 which was also was meant to be included in it) but it was too long (Just a bit) to be published in one book so they split it geographically. I read it AFFC > ADWD on the first go and simultaneously on the second. IMO it's far better to read them simultaneously. You won't miss half the POVs when you do it like that.
The list I used for the chapter order can be found here (I'm not certain but I think it's the same one. It's been two years since I read AFFC and ADWD last).
Damn, you were faster than me Took me 79 days to read WoT and New Spring.
Episodes are around 50 minutes each I think on average, not quite a full 60.
On what corresponds with what if you want to read and watch simultaneously:
Book 1 = Season 1
Book 2 = Season 2
Book 3, 1st half = Season 3
Book 3, 2nd half = Season 4
Book 4 and 5 = Season 5
Season 5 is VERY different from the books. Some plot lines were completely cut though it is rumored that some of the cut plot lines will be in Season 6. Essentially, the further along in the series you go, the less clear it is which season corresponds to which book.
I'm throwing a wild guess and say that you have read Malazan If I'm right, and you had no problems with remembering the names in Malazan, you should do quite well with ASOIAF. There's more characters in ASOIAF (2303 according to some Redditor, but this includes the world book and all the prequels etc.) but far less POVs (Only 32, 24 of which are real POVs compared to Malazan's around 200 (I tried to count them once )).
Read the books first. Reading books takes a lot of time. If you already knows how it's going to happen it'll eat away you motivation to read and it'll truly take VERY long to read through the series (It is 5890 pages long at the moment). TV and movies on the other hand are quickly watched through and you won't get bored of them just because you already know what's going to happen. You might be annoyed at some of the changes they make, but I've eventually come to like the changes as it makes the TV show less predictable to a me as a book reader. If you want to stay absolutely free of spoilers I'd recommend reading well ahead in the books as the TV series throws stuff around occasionally. Also, be sure to read all the books before watching season 5, as it contains stuff from books 4 and 5 both.
That's what I've been saying for years and people have been telling me that just because it's not clear what the system is, does not mean there isn't one. Well. What can I say? HA!
Why have I been talking about this for years? The lack of any consistency or system in the magic is my biggest complaint in the series. I like magic with rules whether it be mystical and rare or well known and common. I hate (HATE!!!) it when magic has no rules and is essentially a "I wrote myself into a corner, lets make something magical happen to topple one of the walls" element in the story, which I personally think it is in ASOIAF.
On OP's post:
"I know who will be sitting on the Iron Throne". This is not necessarily a confirmation it'll be there in the end. "No one" (Not "No One") could well be the answer Martin has in mind.
You sure? I have never met anyone who has read the books who thought him dead for good. Show watchers may not remember all the resurrection stuff from earlier books (And don't know the parts that were omitted from the show), nor do they have some of the prophecy stuff to give them hints so I understand if they think him dead.
It'd be better yes, however, I'd rather follow characters I like while they do nothing important, than follow characters I don't like while they do something that's going to be important in the long run. As of now the only Dornish character I've ended up liking is Darkstar. His attitude towards pretty much everything is just hilarious. I tend to like characters who are either funny, arrogant or both. Darkstar fits the both category pretty well in my opinion.