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  1. Which, given the lack of clearly codified laws in Westeros, is kind of your only option.
  2. Gendry, actually. Especially the bit where he tells Jon that their fathers trusted each other, so they should too. Yeah, that's a nice sentiment man, but in reality your fathers weren't quite on the best of terms...
  3. Dany gave them a rather weak choice. Burning Randyll makes sense, burning Dickon alongside him was stupid, especially since Tyrion gave her a way out. And if you want to avoid looking like the Mad King, burning people alive with your dragon isn't exactly the best way to go on about it. I still liked the scene for its dramatic impact and the fact that we finally get a Dany moment that it's ''rah rah Khaleesi rah''.
  4. The duel bit didn't bother me too much. Arya has learned how to fight an armored opponent, her training clearly made her extremely agile, and Brienne was holding back. I was more annoyed at Brienne basically just showing up to tell us Arya was a badass, but no big deal. Ugh, you can already feel that they're setting up Jon x Dany. At this point it's more or less inevitable, but the cringe will be real. Not looking forward to this. I did like the world building in the cave and the symbols. All the reunions! The Theon and Jon one was a bit underwhelming, but I liked the Starks a lot. Sansa continues growing on me, so does Arya. Bran's a bit annoying now with the emotionless routine but it does fit his character. Poor Meera, she goes through absolute hell for him and barely gets a thank you. And of course, dat battle. Definitely one of the show's best, hell I'd rate it only below Blackwater and Hardhome, and not far below either. Loved it in its entirely.
  5. I rated it 7 but I think I was being a bit harsh. 8 is more fitting. Liked; -Euron, actually. His actor seems to have stepped it up somewhat, he was more charismatic and had some of the creepy factor in his eyes that I expect of Euron. He still needs an eyepatch however. -The Hound, all of it. I wasn't sure how they would keep the character relevant, but if we keep having great scenes like that, I say keep Sandor coming. I want more of this. -Ed and his song. I was afraid Arya would go full murder mode yet again as chance meetings always end in violence in GoT. Nice to see I was wrong. -Cercei and Jaime finally having the dynamic they should have on screen. Hopefully they develop on that rather than forgetting it yet again. -I am a simple man. I see undead giants, I like. -Nice arrival scene in Dragonstone, good atmosphere and awesome art direction with the fortress. Keeping Dany silent is always a plus too. -Jorah hype! Did not like; -Arya massacring the Freys was cringeworthy and a big reason why I didn't rate it higher. If she can perfectly emulate a 90 years old codger, how can you even stop this girl? She could literally murder anyone. Killing Walder satisfied my primal revenge boner, that was just gross overkill. -Echoing Brienne: what the hell is Littlefinger even doing now? What's his purpose apart from giving Sansa creepy looks? -Did we really need to see Sam emptying chamber pots? His side-quest is tedious enough as it is. -Sansa questioning Jon in front of his bannermen, and Jon deciding to arm even the women. I'm sorry, this is fantasy and all, but that's not how feudal societies work.
  6. That's my view too. Jon's parentage changes things because it makes him fit into the whole mythological arc of the series, rather than ''just'' being Ned's bastard. What does Tyrion being Aerys's son brings? In terms of drama, almost nothing since Tyrion already killed Tywin believing he was his father. In terms of plot importance, nothing changes unless Tyrion then goes on to do something derpy like become a master dragonrider overnight because muh magic blood. And pretty much nobody alive could ever know nor care about this, unless GRRM pulls out a true Deus Ex Machine and has Barristan somehow know this secret of the Lannisters or makes Gerion come back from the dead just to inform us. I don't know, it just doesn't seem like a plotline worth pursuing, just to give us a mirror Jon. There are enough Targaryens, secret or otherwise, as it is in this story, and Tyrion's character arc is perfectly served by him being a Lannister. We really don't need one of the few remaining non-Targaryen or Stark important characters to also be a Targ just so GRRM can fill his secret parentage quota.
  7. Yeah, I'm really not sold on such a plan either. These two cordially loathed each other, and while I could see Tywin looking past that in the name of realpolitik, Aerys was too far gone to hatch such complicated schemes and overlook his intense hatred and jealousy of Tywin, he certainly wouldn't trust him as the linchpin of his entire strategy of war. Plus how would this make Aerys believe that Tywin's there to save him in this scenario? If the plan was for him to fall upon a tired rebel army with 24k, why is suddenly knocking at the doors of King's Landing with 12k? There's no need to add complexity to the situation. Tywin was bidding his time until he could join the winning side, which after the Trident was clearly the rebels. It worked well for him.
  8. A lot of your positions hinge on the fact that the Watch will support the guy who just shanked the Lord Commander, which I can't see happening regardless of Jon's faults. Maybe he wasn't very popular, but he wasn't so unpopular that there was open dissent within the rank and file that I remember. If Marsh enjoyed such broad support, why didn't he confront and remove Jon from power (avoiding much potential chaos in the process) rather than go through the highly risky plan of having him and a few friends shank the guy in a crowd next to a raging giant? This image doesn't reconcile with the idea that this was a highly organized coup to me. Marsh is not Littlefinger, he's a glorified copper counter who hastily decided to take matters into his own hands, not a master planner who has everything figured out before he unleashes his coup de grace. Given that we have no hints that Marsh's men are in control of the hostages, it's also hard for me to assume the Wildlings will just stand down. Them behaving is a combination of the hostage and good will towards Jon. Marsh literally stabbed that goodwill to death, I wouldn't be surprised if the Wildings use the chaos to take back their hostage by force, or at least try. And if that happens, they can very easily overwhelm Castle Black with their superior numbers. There aren't many named characters loyal to Jon, but that doesn't mean the rank-and-file are disloyal or will side with Marsh immediately. They dislike the Wildlings for sure, but again some will be survivors of the Fist and know there's bigger threats out there, that's partly why they voted for Jon in the first place. They may not be the realm's best and brightest, but there's clearly some respect for authority left in the Watch. Shanking the Lord Commander will trigger a response, and possibly a mini civil war within the Watch as outlying outposts inevitably hear the news. And from a Doylist viewpoint, there's very little chances that Marsh's plan succeeds. For the purposes of the story, Jon is the main character at the Wall. He's not going to stay dead, if only because leaving only Mel as a point of view at the crucial location of the Wall is not going to happen for a very long time. At best Marsh gets some very shaky control over Castle Black, then Jon gets rezzed and all hell breaks loose for him. But I doubt the conspirators even survive that long.
  9. This all assumes that Marsh planned his coup way ahead. Given the hurried circumstances in which they happen, I think that's doubtful at best. It is not indicated that Marsh-loyal men control the hostages, and indeed if Jon has a minimum of judgment (which he has even if he does make mistakes) the guys in charge of this are loyal to him in fact. One also has to remember that Jon still enjoyed the loyalty of a fair portion of the Watchmen, who will be most displeased when their Lord Commander gets shanked regardless of whenever he deserved it or not. I suspect a lot of that is because there were other survivors from the Fist of the First Men, they have seen the Wights and know the Others are the real enemy. Preventing news from spreading about a giant commotion at Castle Black and the Lord Commander getting shanked? On top of all the troubles that will ensue afterwards? Also seems like a pretty monumental task for a group of people who are currently in a big, potentially hostile crowd which includes a pissed off giant. An agreement with Tormund also seems pretty much impossible to me. Jon was the one Crow he had a measure of respect for, and Marsh stabbed the fuck outta him. I'd count Bowen lucky if Tormund doesn't attempt to rip his head off with his bare (bear?) hands as soon as he can. Selyse will also at best stay neutral in this affair, and at worst for Marsh her knights will side against the guy who needs to ship her off to the Boltons in order to placate them. They will surely defend her if Marsh presses the issue. I see little ways for Marsh and his conspirators to survive this, unless the coup is very well planned and he enjoys a very significant support among the Watchmen, both of which are unlikely to me.
  10. -snipped for brevity's sake- That is the heart of the issue. Marsh didn't stab Jon out of some principle of what the Watch should do or not or because he disapproved of his mission on moral grounds. It was politics. Bowen believes the Watch must have the support of the ruling authorities, first the IT and now the Boltons. Jon threatens this first by being chosen instead of the IT's patsy, and second by openly defying the Boltons. Marsh then acts so that the Watch stays with the winning side. He doesn't give a fuck about the Watch's neutrality, which is impossible to maintain at this point anyway. He chooses to side with the IT rather than with Jon and the Wildlings. I'm not sure how he and his conspirators expect to survive. Perhaps they simply don't. The Wildlings are numerous enough to be able to kill everyone else in Castle Black now that the one dude that champions their cause gets cowardly stabbed, assuming Wun Wun doesn't turn the conspirators into paste first. I think Marsh acted in panic, which is why his plan isn't very well thought out. But to him, it's the last resort, so it makes sense that his ideas weren't very elaborate.
  11. I don't dislike them per se, but do dislike how much focus is put on the Targaryens, at the expense of IMO more interesting families and region's histories and characters.
  12. The problem with rationalizing the gangrape of a star-struck 13 years old guy's wife, is that it then becomes very easily to rationalize said guy murdering the one that did this to him in the heat of the moment.
  13. The Common Tongue makes little sense. A continent the size of South America, with very varied regions in terms of history and culture, having one monolithic language? So much so that a Wildling raider, a Dornish noble, a Vale tradesman and an Ironborn sailor could all understand each other perfectly and even use some of the same idioms? I understand that GRRM did it for the sake of convenience. But it makes absolutely no logical sense whatsoever. It's one area where Essos is actually more believable than Westeros, different peoples have different languages.
  14. Right then, let's assume this is actually what happened. Still doesn't tell me why it's a good plan or how Rhaegar is supposed to drum up the overwhelming support he needs to force an abdication on the reigning King when few Lords have any interest in seeing Aerys forcibly removed (quite the contrary).
  15. He wouldn't be as bad as we saw him, but I doubt he would have been that much better. On this Lyanna was right, Robert is too dominated by his passions. He loved the idea of Lyanna, but the actual person would have stood up to him and either bored or infuriated him in the end. The relationship wouldn't have been as hilariously toxic as his marriage with Cercei, but I don't think Robert was ever going to be happy with one woman. He wants to be an eternal teen/young adult, fighting all day long, drinking all evening long and fucking all night long. That's not the life of a responsible adult. As for the comparison with Rhaegar, that's hard to say since we never actually see the guy. Second-hand accounts paint him as one of the best persons ever, but his actual actions, well that's another story. Surely he was a more sensitive and learned man than Robert, that much we can say. But that's not a very high a bar, is it?