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  1. Analysis of Bran V, ACOK – The first steps to the truth A Introduction Hey guys, This is very long promised analysis of Bran’s fifth chapter in A Clash of Kings. Just like the other chapters of Bran, we are here not dealing with old gods standing in the background but rather with an ‘old god’ or a prophet of the old gods discovering his own magical powers. This chapter is actually a very important one in Bran’s discovery of his powers. After being quite resistant in accepting the truth about his own identity as a warg and the existence of magic, Bran finally accepts in this chapter he is a warg, magic is real and even that Jojen has prophetic dreams. Like other times, I will first give a synopsis of the chapter, I will quote then some important sentences, phrases, … which refer to the old gods, direwolves, Bran’s powers … and give my own remarks and speculations on them. Some author notes: During my text I sometimes underline some words. This only means that in the books the words are cursive, because they are parts of the story that are the thoughts of the POV Character. I also refer here just to the "Old Gods". This can of course how being interpreted according to your opinion: Bloodraven, seers of the Children, ...). And maybe in order so you could put my remarks and speculation in perspective, I personally don’t think “Bran is going to fly” means literally is going to fly, and it certainly doesn’t mean Bran is going to fly on a dragon or whatever. In my eyes, it means he is going on a path to discover long secret truths. And this road is the flight he is going to take. The main issue is actually Bran, young as he is, does take it literal and believes it means he is literally going to fly. But he keeps getting disappointed because that is actually not what the crow means. I hope you enjoy it. And to make up for the waiting for the analysis and the new thread, I will post in very short time another essay on Bran (it is already written so it would not take very long). B Synopsis The chapter begins with Bran, Rickon and the little Freys learning some news: Robb won a great victory and the little Frey's uncle Stevron lost his live at the battlefield. Osha brings Bran then back from Maester Luwin's turret to his bedchamber while they talk about what things live in the north. Due this talk with Osha he realizes finally Jojen is telling the truth about his dreams. Not long after he returns to his bedchamber, Jojen and Meera enter his room and talk with him about Jojen's prophecies, his dreams, his powers, … The chapter ends with Bran trying to convince everyone including Ser Rodrik and Maester Luwin that the sea is coming for Winterfell. C Meaning of his dreams (version 3°) 1 Finally realizing the truth QUOTES DISCUSSION In last chapter, Bran IV ACOK , Bran tried to find with the aid of his three mentors (Jojen, Luwin and Meera) the truth of the meaning behind his dreams. The chapter ended with Meera giving Bran the possibility to investigate if Jojen really is able to dream the future and to proof the existence of his and Jojen's powers by telling him one of Jojen's prophecies. "You were sitting at supper, but instead of a servant, Maester Luwin brought you your food. He served you the king's cut off the roast, the meat rare and bloody, but with a savory smell that made everyone's mouth water. The meat he served the Freys was old and grey and dead. Yet they liked their supper better than you liked yours." (Bran IV, ACOK) Because Bran was believed this prophecy never came true, Bran became convinced of the fact Jojen wasn't able to dream the future and magic didn't exist. Due some events in this current chapter Bran started to reconsider this opinion. When Maester Luwin tells Bran and Rickon of Robb's victory and the Little Freys of their uncle's death, Bran realizes the Little Freys are actually happier with this sad news than he is with his joyful news ("Bran was glad for Robb's victory, but disquited as well"). He starts to realize Jojen's prophecy of last chapter might actually be a real prophecy: "They like the taste of this dish better than I do." When Osha brings Bran back to his tower, he asks Osha about things Maester Luwin taught him. Maester Luwin told him: "The dragons are no more, the giants are dead, the children of the forest forgotten with all their lore" (Bran IV, ACOK). Osha however tells him giants are actually alive and she did hear of the children ("The giant's I've seen, the children I've heard tell of (…)"). This makes Bran realize further his Maester Luwin might not always be right and there might be more to the world than his Maester knows. And Bran starts to really believe in Jojen's and even his dreams. Conclusion: Bran realized, due an empirical testing of Jojen's prophecy, those dreams tell the truth ("It wasn't supper like you said. It was a letter from Robb and we didn't eat it, but-", and he starts to believe in Jojen's words ("Does my prince believe me now. Will he trust my words, no matter how queer they sound in his ears? Bran nodded). At this moment Bran finally starts to realize his own dreams are special and he promises Jojen and Meera to believe in what they are saying. 2 Becoming a warg QUOTES DISCUSSION This part of the chapter starts with Bran telling to Jojen and Meera the content of his dreams: "There"s the wolf dreams, those aren't so bad as the others, I run and hunt and kill squirrels. And there's dreams where the crow comes and tells me to fly. Sometimes the tree is in those dreams too, calling my name. That frightens me. But the worst dreams are when I fall. (…) While Bran actually describes a lot of different dreams (wolf dreams, dreams with the crow, tree dreams and the dreams where he falls), Jojen only starts to explain what Bran's wolf dreams mean. This chapter is only not important because Bran finally realizes his dreams are special. It is also important because it is the first time someone calls Bran a "warg". This is a significant moment of Bran's path to discover his identity. I personally find it a very exciting moment We did wait a long time to hear finally what his dreams mean, or at least the meaning of his wolf dreams. In this chapter, he says the following about Bran's third eye: "The wolf dreams are no true dreams. You have your eye closed tight whenever you're awake, but as you drift off it flutters open and your soul seeks out its other half." Last chapter we learned that a part of him is Summer and a part of Summer is him. Skinchanging lead to the fact Bran and Summer are becoming more and more intertwined ("Part of you is Summer, and part of Summer is you"). I do wonder if we have to interpret "your soul seeks out its other half" as if Bran and Summer are becoming one soul or if Bran is searching for the part of his soul which is becoming intertwined with Summer and resides in Summer? (Not sure if there is much difference between those two things.) Last chapter Jojen also told us Bran was the winged wolf "who was bound to the earth with grey stone chains", the Winged Wolf whose chains Jojen and Meera were sent to break. The chains will only be broken and Bran the Winged Wolf will only be able to "fly" if he opens his third eye (You are the winged wolf, but you will never fly. Jojen got up and walked to the window. "Unless you open your eye). According to Jojen he can only do that by "searching with his hearth". The usage of ‘flutter’ is also very interesting. One of the description of ‘flutter’ in the dictionary is “to flap the wings rapidly, fly with flapping movements”. When Bran’s third eye is fluttering, you could actually say that Bran is almost “flying”. Just like Bran took the prophecy with Luwin offering supper literal, he also takes Jojen's explanation literal: "When he was alone, Bran tried to open his third eye, but he didn't know how. No matter how he wrinkled his forehead and poked at it, he couldn't see any different than he'd done before." And he isn't still be able to watch consciously through his third eye (but in near future he be able to do this). Last time we learned Bran would be able to see the past and the future, the entire world and the heart of people hidden by their faces when he finally opens his third eye. After Jojen asks if Bran is afraid of his dreams, he says Bran's dreams tell "The past. The future. The truth". 3 The prophetic greenseer QUOTES DISCUSSION While Bran doesn't understand how he can use his third eye, we do see him again taking a part of his role up as a greenseer, just like he did for example in ACOK, Bran I. In the books, several characters got warning of the old gods or greenseers: the dreams of the Old Bear, the Ghost of the High Heart*, Jojen's green dreams, Bran and Jojen being visited by the third-eyed crow, Jon being visited by Bran, … * Was it already actually mentioned in the reread the hill is named High Heart? A sacred hill with weirwood trees. The most important trees in a godswood is the heart tree. In this chapter Bran is actually starting to warn people about the future, about Jojen's dreams: "In the days that followed, he tried to warn others about what Jojen had seen, but it didn't go as wanted"; "The sea is coming here," Bran said. "Jojen saw it in a green dream. Alebelly is going to drown". But sadly, Bran isn't able to convince people of the dangers in the future. The main difficulty is that Bran is still taking the prophecies too literal. He believes the sea will drown people. It is interesting however to see Luwin actually almost understand the prophecy: Luwin brings the prophecy in connection with the shenanigans of the Ironborn. Let's hope people will believe Bran’s warnings in the future. Bran's identity as a greenseer isn’t hinted in this chapter only through his "prophetic actions". It is first emphasized Bran remembers in contract to his little brother who forgets: "Though he knew Lord Eddard was dead, sometimes Rickon forget … willfully Bran suspected. (…) Bran was glad for Robb's victory, but disquited as well. He remembered what Osha had said the day that his brother had led his army out of Winterfell. He's marching the wrong way, the wildling woman had insisted. (…)" The interesting thing is here however that Rickon is here being, what I call, a complete Stark. Several of those Starks are good in (wilfully) forgetting awful and painful truths. Rickon is willfully forgetting here his father's death, Robb replaces his brothers with the Westeling family (" Rollam has taken Bran's place, and Raynald is part Theon and part Jon Snow. Only with the Westerlings did she see Robb smile, or hear him laugh like the boy he was. To the others he was always the King in the North, head bowed beneath the weight of the crown even when his brows were bare."), Ned (not really) dealing with the death of sister, … Even Bran is trying to forget awful truths. Only in Bran IV, ACOK we can already read this: "The falling, Bran thought, and the gold man, the queen’s brother, he scares me too, but mostly the falling. He did not say it, though. How could he? He had not been able to tell Ser Rodrik or maester Luwin, and he could not tell the Reeds either. If he didn’t talk about it, maybe he would forget. He had never wanted to remember. It might not even be a true remembering." Later he actually knows Robb died but he also tries to forget this. So there are several instances found in the books where our current Starks ignore the (painful) truth in one way or the other, just like how "the truths the First Men knew" are "forgotten in Winterfell". Just like Bran will probably due his powers as greenseer will remember those truth, Bran now remembers the warning said by Osha in front of a heart tree. Speaking of heart trees, there are several allusions to heart trees and references to hearts in this chapter: "We're very sad." They weren't, thought Bran." - This part made me remember of the following old saying in the North: "My lord father believed no man could tell a lie in front of a heart tree. The old gods know when men are lying" (ACOK, Jon II). The Freys could not tell a lie in front of Bran (heart tree). He (an old god) knew they were lying. "It seemed only a few heartbeats after she took her leave that the door opened again, and Jojen Reed entered unbidden, with his sister behind him”. - Martin uses her especially "heart"beats, while Bran, Meera and Jojen are all now standing inside Bran's tower, the place from where Bran watch through the window just like how the old gods watch through the eyes of the heart trees to watch the world. "You will never find the eye with your fingers, Bran. You must search with your heart.”- Jojen tells her Bran should find his third eye by searching with his own heart. It is with Bran's heart Bran will find out the truth. “He made her say the vows before both septon and heart tree (…) "Vows made at a sword point are not valid, the maester argued.” - In this chapter Martin reminds us of the fact oaths sworn before a heart tree cannot be broken. Bran himself also made an oath in this chapter an oath before a tree (or rather his tower/Winterfell), an oath which cannot be broken (he had sworn to trust them, and a Stark of Winterfell keeps his sworn word). "It heartened Bran to hear that.” 4 Changing the Future? QUOTES DISCUSSION Last chapter we had already seen a little discussion between Meera and Jojen about the fact if his dreams can or cannot be changed: “He dreams things that haven’t happened, but sometimes they do.” “There is no sometimes, Meera.” A look passed between them; him sad, her defiant.” (ACOK, Bran IV). This discussion is repeated at the end of this chapter. Meera believes the dreams can be changed and you should fight against the future seen in the dreams ("Alebelly "should fight, and Bran should too."). Jojen however believes they cannot be changed and that "green dreams do not lie". And while we learned a lot in this chapter and some old questions were finally answered, at the end of this chapter a new question arises: "Why would the gods sent a warning if we can't heed it and change what's to come?" What is the use of knowing the future if we cannot change it? D Bran V and the allegory of the cave Earlier in this reread, I already referred to the fact there are several references to Plato’s allegory of the cave in (especially) Bran’s chapters. This is also apparent in this chapter. First, it is possible to say they have a similar theme. Both Plato’s allegory and Bran’s chapter (or even storyline) is about the way to search the truth (through an ascension). Bran is searching (again) in this chapter for the truth behind the meaning of his dreams, something he finally learns in this chapter. We even learn that Bran in his dreams will learn "The Truth". Just like the prisoners in the allegory Bran is still chained and isn't able to ascend or fly (You are the winged wolf, but you will never fly. Jojen got up and walked to the window. Unless you open your eye - When he was alone, Bran tried to open his third eye, but he didn't know how. No matter how he wrinkled his forehead and poked at it, he couldn't see any different than he'd done before.) In this chapter, we do have however one ascension. Osha carries Bran up to his tower ("She backed through a door and started up the winding steps"). Just like Osha helps Bran to ascend the wind-ing stairs, she is helping Bran to find out the truth about the existence of magic. Due their chains the prisoners in the allegory aren't able to see the reality but only shadows of object of real things. The truth of Jojen's green dreams (objects) are also sometimes very difficult to understand due the fact they take sometimes strange shapes (shadows). It is also interesting skinchangers are called sometimes 'shape-changers'. The object of those real things is carried by some other people in the cave. Due an echo in this cave the prisoners believe the voices of those carriers are coming from the shadows. In Bran I Bran describes the voices' of the wolves in the following way: "Ser Rodrik had confined the wolves to the godswood after Shaggydog bit Little Walder, but the stones of Winterfell played queer tricks with sound, and sometimes it sounded as if they were in the yard right below Bran's window. Other times he would have sworn they were up on the curtain walls, loping round like sentries. He wished that he could see them." In this chapter Jojen's voice is also described as queer: "Will he trust my words, no matter how queer they sound in his ears?" After the prisoners is freed and ascended to go out the cave, he finally sees there the real things. The light outside hurts and blinds however the prisoner. In his dreams, Bran will see "The Past. The Future. The Truth." Jojen says he should actually be afraid of these dreams and Bran is later afraid of the future Jojen has seen in his dreams ("Bran felt suddenly afraid. "What should I fight. Am I going to drown too?") Afterwards in the allegory the prisoner descends and tries to free the other prisoners. After Bran learns about the truth of his and Jojen's dreams, he also tries to warn everyone. But just like the prisoners didn't believe the man who went outside the cave so doesn't believe anyone in Winterfell Bran's warning ("In the days that followed, he tried to warn others about what Jojen had seen, but it didn't go as wanted). One of those prisoners is of course Maester Luwin. However, at one point he is starting to consider there might something to be true to Jojen's prophecy. At one moment, he "tugged at his chain collar." He is starting to free himself from his chains. At the end of the allegory it is said that the other prisoners might kill the freed prisoner when he tries to drag them out of the cave. Jojen says in this chapter that if people would know that Bran was a warg they would kill him (Your own folk. In fear. Some will hate you if they know what you are. Some will even try to kill you.) E Varia 'Rickon tugged at the maester's robe. "Is Robb coming?" - Rickon is here tugging at Luwin's robe just like the wind sometimes tugs at people cloak's, … The monster had tied us a thorny knot," the old knight told Maester Luwin? "Like it or no, Lady Hornwood was his wife. He made her say the vows before both septon and heart tree, and bedded her that very night before witnesses. She signed will naming him as heir and fixed her seal to it." "Vows made at a sword point are not valid, the maester argued. - This is some really nice word play of Martin here. To tie a knot means to marry someone; a knot can be part of tree; thorny can be something with thorns and can also mean something full of difficulties; the marriage was with Lady Hornwood; the marriage entangled the Starks in a net/knot which is difficult to get out; the marriage happened in front of a tree; … It is also about words sworn at a sword point. Jojen studied Bran's face with those strange green eyes - Jojen's eyes are here described again as very weird. Last chapter Bran said about Jojen's eyes that it looks like Jojen is able to see something else, something more than everyone else sees Martin is playing here again with the window symbolism: Osha kicked open the door to his bedchamber and set him in his window seat, where he could watch the yard below.' Meera came to the window seat, and put a hand on his shoulder. "They will not believe, Bran. No more than you did." ' Jojen got up and walked to the window. "Unless you open your eye." He put two fingers together and poked Bran in the forehead, hard. Your own folk. In fear. Some will hate you if they know what you are. Some will even try to kill you; Old Nan told scary stories of beastlings and shapechangers sometimes. In stories they were always evil - This is a reference about the theme of the "Other", people are afraid of what they don't know. This returns with in the arc of many characters like Jon, Theon, … It is however very interesting that later in the same book it is Bran showing Jon the wildlings are not what is told in the stories.
  2. The truth that lies beneath the world (and the word) - Bran's growing powers revisited "The greenseers were more than that. They were wargs as well, as you are, and the greatest of them could wear the skins of any beast that flies or swims or crawls, and could look through the eyes of the weirwoods as well, and see the truth that lies beneath the world." (Bran I, ASOS) Introduction Welcome everyone to the second version of the Bran's Growing Powers Thread. The first version (which can be find here) was created by the amazing @evita mgfs with the goal to find evidence of Bran's progression as a greenseer beyond his POV. To find this evidence, Evita and several other contributors started to research the text of the whole series to find clues how George R.R. Martin might imply the presence of the old gods or of a greenseer. This research lead to several essays wherein contributors analyzed the use of some words by Martin and their relation to the old gods over the whole series, the personification of wind, trees, ..., the references of the old gods in a specific chapter, the evolution of Bran as a greenseer, the hidden presence and interventions of Bran or Bloodraven in other POV's chapters, the mystical aspects in the books, ... Those essays lead to remarks of the other contributors and were used as the basis to brainstorm further about Bran's and the old god's powers. Firstly, I want to give the credit to Evita who started this project. She created with the idea to look in a very special way to text of GRRM by looking how he used specific words. To get a first look at the way how we are handling the text and how we are trying to find evidence, I strongly suggest to read the following posts by Evita: "Bran's Growing Powers after his Final POV in ADwD" - the use of "screaming" (x) Bran divinely inspiring Reek (x) and "Homeric Conventions: divine inspiration" - a comparison between the divine inspiration in Homeric works and ASOIAF (x) "Evidences and analysis: Bran's magic and the wind - THE WIND in Martin's ASoIaF: "Words are Wind" (x) "Martin's Meaning in his GREY MISTS/FOG MOTIF" (x) Another interesting read is certainly the theory/essay series "A Rustle of leaves. The Wind. And the Howl of Wolves" (intro) by @Wizz-The-Smith in the last pages of the first thread which are sort of a culmination of all that went before in the Bran's growing powers thread. They are very useful to get ready to enter the discussion without reading every essay or comment of the whole thread. The essays of Wizz are accompanied by supporting essays and notes by @ravenous reader. Part I - "Rustling leaves enabling a voice" by Wizz (x) with Ravenous Reader's accompanying essay (x) Part II - "The howling wind and the wolf connection" by Wizz (x) with Ravenous Reader's accompanying essay (x) An answer to the previous essays by @Tijgy: "Wood, Wind, Wolves and Winter(fell)" (x) Part III - "A presence in the wind" (x) with Ravenous Reader's accompanying essay (x) This project doesn't really have a structure. Everyone is free to contribute how they see fit with ideas/information in response to the OP. Some people do this by having their own project/essay of series, writings separate essays on several subjects, commenting and brainstorming on ideas earlier appeared in the thread. Every idea, comment and even (constructive) criticism is welcome. The contributors of this thread are writing on everything that encompasses Bran, Bloodraven or the old gods and would welcome you to join this discussion in whatever way you want. To get some structure in our very elaborated collection of essays, to make a selective reading possible and to aid people in their research, the following spoiler tags contain the list of all written essays of our reread project. The collection essays consists of contributions by @evita mgfs @Wizz-The-Smith, @ravenous reader, @bemused, @The Fattest Leech, @LongRider, @Lady Arya's Song and myself, @Tijgy. If I left out an essay, ... please let me now by PM ;-) (PS: I actually didn't manage to read the last post of the first thread due lack of time, so those post have to been included yet) Godly words The following essays/posts elaborate how George R.R. Martin uses some specific words to indicate the presence of the old gods or of a greenseer. The old gods, their powers and their interventions - theories The following essays theorizes if and how the old gods are intervening in the lives of our characters, how the powers of the old gods work, ... Brandon Stark - The Stark in Winterfell, A Warg, A Greenseer and an Old God The following essays consists analyses on Bran, his powers and his relationship to the old gods of the North Other characters, the old gods and their agents. The following essays consists analyses on other characters than Bran, their relationship with the old gods and the appearance of the old gods in the whole of Westeros Literary analyses The following essays consists analyses wherein the writer make comparisons with other literature, refer to existing religious practices, discuss the symbology of certain words, ... Chapter analyses In these essays/posts the writer searched for evidence of the presence of the old gods or of greenseers in a specific chapter by looking at the text and looking for words, like wind, mist, ... Between () I mentioned which sort of evidence was found in the chapters. Some other interesting threads In the reread thread there are also a lot of other interesting project where you can find research on Bran's chapters, the old gods, wargs, ... I especially want to refer to the " 'The Winged Wolf, A Bran Re-read project" (Part 1: AGOT&ACOK - Part 2: ASOS&ADWD) organized by @MoIaF in which several contributors analyzed Bran's chapters and to the Reread Projects on the direwolves, "Six Pups in the Snow (AGOT)" organized by @Harlaw's Book the Sequel which was succeeded by the "Direwolves don't cry" organized by @Seams. I also don't want to forget to refer to our sister-thread, "Bran's Growing Powers in S6" in the show forum started by @evita mgfs where we discuss the role of Bran and of his powers in the show. This thread is my eyes very special due it is one of the only threads in the show forum that focuses on Bran. A thanking word Personally I really want to start this thread with a special thanking to Evita who started this project and whose way of thinking is a really big source of inspiration for every contributor in this thread. Thank you, Evita! I also want to thank Wizz and Ravenous Reader in their support and aid to write this OP, Wizz for his already numberless contributions to this project and Ravenous Reader her amazing ideas and the most interesting and long digressions I ever read . Further I want to thank anyone else who contributed to this thread, like Longrider, the Fattest Leech, Bemused, Lady Barbrey, Lady Arya's Song, ... , if they now wrote essays, comments, ... Another person I want to thank is @Meera of Tarth, my Catalonian partner-in-crime. She ensures our sister-thread in the show forum is completely up-to-date with all the Bran Show News and I love our conversations in that thread about Bran, Meera and their role in the show. Finally, I also want to thank all the readers of our thread who are spending their time to read the ideas of our contributions. --- I hope you enjoy to read our essays and our posts in these threads and I sincerely invite you to contribute our discussion!
  3. An interview by the lovely Ellie Kendrick https://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2017/05/19/ellie-kendrick/#
  4. Some pictures with Bran and Meera! http://ew.com/tv/game-of-thrones-starks-photos/theories-abound-about-where-jon-snow-might-be-in-this-photo/
  5. In the 16th century the Low Countries (current Belgium and the Netherlands) went in uprising against their Spanish overlord, Philip II of Spain. One of the reasons was indeed religious differences. At the end of the war the Low Countries was split in two: the Dutch Republic (current Netherlands) and the Southern Netherlands (current Belgium). The Southern Netherlands were then under the rule of the Spanish and the Austrian (or rather the Habsburg family) until they were annexed by the French during the French revolution and the Napoleonic wars. In 1815 the Allies (meaning Britain, Russia, Prussia and Austria) decided to grant the Austrian/Southern Netherlands to William I of the Netherlands which led to the unification of the Low Countries. In 1830s the Dutch control over the provinces led to a revolution due indeed the differences in faith, imposing Dutch as the official language in the Flemish provinces, ... The most great European powers were reluctant to accept Belgian independence because they were afraid France would annex Belgium and they certainly would never accept Belgium becoming a part of France. Due the fact the higher class and the higher members of the Catholic Church were French-speaking and the Flemish speaking were mostly the lower class, I don' think they had that much say in if Flanders stayed a part of the Netherlands or became part of the newly formed Belgium.
  6. Just a question in general about the ACA and the deductibles, does it mean you have firstly pay the entire amount of deductibles before the insurance pays anything back? In my country every time you go the doctor you also need to pay a small amount (decided by the state) however the major part of the costs are payed back by the health insurance system (if you get payed back actually depends on the procedure, medicine, ... ) So for example a normal check-up you need to pay like € 5 out of your own pocket and the health insurance pays € 20.
  7. I wouldn't call myself really Dutch but only Flemish/Belgian (different country ) And my Dutch is actually not always that understandable to the people of the Netherlands. I think my classmates, when I was studying in the Netherlands, couldn't really understand me. They kept looking at me "what in godsname is she saying?" Actually, we live in the same province IIRC except if you moved recently? I live in the more beautiful second largest city of that province.
  8. Flanders; meaning I speak Dutch (or at least a variant from it ) O my... One of the greatest injustices to the books is the fact how they changed Ellaria's character.
  9. I actually want Trump out of my country; and it has only been two hours. My train was delayed thanks to him and my rest was ruined by the protesters against him (they made a lot of noise (yelling and singing).
  10. I do admit her performance was a little weak Confidence, my Dame Blanche, confidence! I do like the simplicity of the staging. While I might have fun with the craziness of Eurovision, I do prefer the more simple acts. Ik duim voor mijn geweldige noorderburen I really want a Low Countries Singing Battle this saturday
  11. Our Belgian Dame Blanche is in the final! And without the fact Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, ... were able to vote She still looks like a little deer being hunted though I hope she get over her nerves and gives a performance I know she is capable of (And she should certainly the Flemish newspapers, at least until after the finale. Typically we already criticizing her performance )
  12. Poor Meera. Uncle Ben isn't very nice (But I love to see them together!)
  13. He will be again the Prince of Winterfell at least And I want to see her again. My "his lady and her prince"