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  1. Margaery and the Trial

    Starting trial in absentia does not mean participation is not mandatory without dire consequences. One of the consequences would be for example the harshest possible sentence according to the Seven.
  2. Will Jon be known by any other name?

    Jumping in a bit late, but... I can imagine him going by the moniker "Jon the Bastard". After all if he would start to use it, he takes it away as an insult And there were a few rulers in the history of Earth who bore the same moniker and were so badass they did not mind (for example certain William the Bastard... Well, he changed it to Conqueror down the road, but still ;))
  3. Is there a military solution to the WW doom?

    Alternatively... The host of the undead draws in front of the Wall, the Night's King rides forth and shouts... "Gentlemen, this is a terrible misunderstanding, I just want back the lawnmower I lent to Tormund! And while we are at it, can he be less loud on Friday evenings?" In any case the most likely solution will be magic, not military. Military showdown will be there jsut to drive home the hopelessness, like the final battle in LoTR. Unles... Unless someone can talk sense into the Night's King. "Those were your creators, these are your roots. You have destroyed one already, are you to exterminate the others too?"
  4. Is there a military solution to the WW doom?

    Given the ineptness of NW in past centuries, there is little military solution available if the Wall's magic ghost fence fails. Lord Commander who got the New Gift from Targeryens failed miserably to use it to boost NW status and readiness. The wights are not really concern. One strafing run by flying zippos would take care of a lot of them - they are incapable of anything once set on fire ever so slightly. Bolster the lizards by some nice jars of wildfire and you can have them coming up at the Wall all day long. What to do with Others? That is a more icky topic. Dragonglass is not really that plentiful that you can just make huge buckshots of it. Still... if you take care of wights, you have far less targets for the dragonglass. Problem is, however, the simple sheer size of qwall and lack of resurces to garrison it. Winter is come: Too late to build up logistics that you would need to support full garrison of each castle.
  5. We all agree that Jon IS going to be resurrected right?

    Not resurrected, as he ain't dead. He's just restin'. Pinin' for the fjords. Now seriously, he is not dead, but in coma and he needs to have his body healed before he can be called back from Ghost. Just hope Val keeps Mel off him.
  6. When did Stannis Baratheon become your favourite character?

    When he first ground his teeth :P Seriously, when he elevated Davos of house Seaworth to Lord Hand. Yes, Stannis ain't personally too likeable, but he is pretty sensible. Quite often, leaders who were liked brought ruin (in Westeros, Robert... On Earth, lots of examples), while stern strict weirdos often proved their worth (unless they went too far, but Stannis knows how to - grinding his teeth - compromise).
  7. The Winds of Winter , return of Benjen Stark ?

    He will come in as a human guide to Other host, sent out by Great Others to deal with the necromancer rebel Others. :P
  8. Jaime Lannister's death

    He will be the "unlikely" person sitting on IT at the end - in the same manner as it all begun - with bloody sword in his hand and body of another King at his feet, and with Northern host entering the city :)
  9. Jaime Lannister's death

    He won't be killed by UnCat probably, he might be used by her, though. Who is better suited to be let in Twins or Riverrun by Freys? Or to know the schedule of Edmure Tully... I am more worried about Brienne.
  10. Aurane Waters..

    I guess his Stannis allegiance may come into play. Along with Loras Tyrrel's suspicious injury. Maybe Loras struck a deal with Stannis' garrison of Dragonstone and Aurane...
  11. Dragon sighting at Winterfell?!?

    Interesting catch in this thread... Now I am intrigued :) And I have to admit I completely missed the winged snake before - I guess for the same reason Bran didn't notice it to the others: there were more immediate concerns (where is Ramsay, who is dead, who is alive, how will they get out, where will they go...) As for witnesses... There is only one, dying maester Luwin, who would see it. He might have told Osha, he wouldn't tell to the boys. And after the dragon is flown, it can fly to the Gift. Nobody lives there and area is big enough not to be seen from either Wall or normal Northern territory. So yes, it would be possible. Plausible? Not sure, we shall see.
  12. Missandei is a Faceless Man/Woman perhaps Izembaro

    Missandei may not be directly set on Dany from the beginning, if she is FM - maybe she's just "Resident agent" for the Slaver's Bay? FM seem to operate worldwide and esp. in Essos - it would make sense to have key locations covered. Adn masquerading as slave girl is logical - they come and go, appear and disappear and noone cares much. In such case, she attached herself to Dany because she might have been alerted to her arrival and anyway she would recognize her as high-value target - whether for intel, for assassination or for protection.
  13. Randyll Tarly is an terrible commander

    Exactly, good commander would know when to call off his troops to re-form for their primary mission of being a vanguard. Actually this is somethign many commanders had problem with. Especially cavalry often tended to charge too far and spread too thin in pursuit, it was a common illness of British cavalry in the Napoleonics ofr example.
  14. Randyll Tarly is an terrible commander

    Tarly is hard, competent commander. Maybe not best tactical genius, but still "good enough", and with good grasp on operational and strategic aspects. He keeps lines of communications, maintains hold on strategic places... As the saying goes, "Excellent strategy and poor tactics is the slowest, most painful way to victory. Excellent tactics and poor strategy is a lot of noise before defeat."
  15. Jamie's reaction to Aegon

    Dany is but a young girl who doesn't understand the wilfdire... ;)