Ser Knute

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  1. No, I don't agree. You seem to look at this as if Theon was wronged by Ned and that's the premise you begin from, when in actuality Theon was wronged by his own father. Ned didn't make Balon rebel, Ned didn't shape the Iron Born as raiders and pirates stealing and pillaging from other kingdoms within the Crown's domains... Balon fostered that tradition and chose to take his shot and failed, thus dooming his own son's future. The blame lies with him. Are we to presume Balon was unaware of what happens when you lose a rebellion? Is he oblivious to the notion that hostages will be taken as a means to prevent future acts against the crown? I don't believe for one minute Balon wasn't aware, he just didn't give a damn. He didn't think of the consequences or think on them enough to stay his hand for his children's sake. No he had glory in mind... glory for himself first, then maybe some for 'his people'. Theon was treated fairly by Ned and it could even be said better than what could be expected. He was a hostage, beyond being given the basics Theon was owed nothing by Ned and in fact was owed a lot by Balon for putting him in that position. Does Balon lament his part in Theon's upbringing as a ward at Winterfell? Not once to my recollection. Instead he laments that Theon shows some Northern traits, which he despises. Let's flip the equation and ask, would Balon have treated any other mainlander highborn hostage similarly to how Theon was treated? I don't believe that for a minute either. Balon knew the potential risks or should have and he chose as he did anyway. He risked the future's of his children and his people. Robert could have had them all executed and it would've been no big deal. Instead he only took one hostage, the one that would most likely be the next possible Balon in the future in Theon. Lest we forget too that when Theon does go back to the II's, he immediately tries to gain acceptance by parroting the Ironborn way of life, even though he realizes deep down that it's dishonorable. Now I don't necessarily blame Theon, he wanted to relate to his kin, especially so considering his being a hostage wasn't of his own making or doing. However, he too had the same notions as Balon, glory. He doesn't think, what's going to be best for the future generations of IB, he thinks of and for himself first. I'd also posit that Balon naming Asha as his heir was not because he was progressive but quite simply because it was his only way of continuity of Greyjoy rule, his way. He most likely hated Euron and since he was MIA, he's out... Victarion seems able enough so what's the difference between him and Asha? She's his offspring and not his brother. Balon was a selfish ass who led his people into poverty instead of using what they had to strengthen their position within the Kingdom. So no... Ned isn't to blame for Theon, that rests on Balon's shoulders and maybe the practice of taking hostages, whomever started that 'tradition'. Could've been a lot worse, Theon could've lost his head for his father's actions, instead he was just taken as hostage and treated as one if the family... yet when he returns to the II's his father rebuffs him as if it was his fault for being a hostage or that he should've stayed a true-blue Iron Islander like his father... and just look at what that got Balon? Talk about visions if granduer...
  2. It does have some resemblance to Syrio's profile... I'd have no problem if he returned but not counting on it. Does the Waif's clothing resemble the outfit Arya's been wearing a lot? Sure seems like it... Is that also a dagger in her right hand?
  3. Some version of this is likely. Whatever occurs to spark Lancel's line, Tell your man to stand aside or there will be violence, precipitates Cersei's unleashing Gregor. Lancel is likely killed along with many sparrows. Then comes the scene with Cersei entering the throne room... probably Tommen summoning her and telling her that her attack on the faith is an attack on the Crown, the same auspices used to remove Jaime from the KG. Cersei freaks... not sure from there but perhaps Gregor moves to defend Cersei as Tommen's KG come forth to take her into custody and in the chaos he kills Tommen too... oh that'd be so ironic. Kevan will probably be killed for political reasons... he's behind Tommen as his Hand and is separating Tommen from Cersei. Whether Qyburn does it on his own or through Cersei doesn't really matter. Pycelle is probably in this mix too as this would remove everyone except for Mace on the small council, and remember that in previous seasons Cersei has lamented that she'd rather have no small council because they're not in lock-step with her machinations. I don't believe the Faith will kill Loras. Without him they have no leverage on the Tyrells. As well if they kill him before TWoW is released it might be a major plot hole for the show to deal with. Loras isn't expendable just yet. I've heard some theories that Tommen will throw himself out a window, ala Ashara Dayne. I think that's be a cheesy way for him to die but it might work if say Marg was killed. Tommen probably has to live a bit longer because the show is unlikely to introduce Aegon/Young Griff... and it's my guess that Aegon takes the I.T. from the Lannisters before Daenerys arrives. I do expect Cersei to make an attempt at the Wildfyre massacre, but maybe not just yet... too soon.
  4. Quite possible but that would seem forced. Hell as far as I know the Sand Snakes sailed into Blackwater Bay, did Trystane and sailed home... surely the show isn't so absent minded as to leave that ship in the Harbor unmolested for all this time? There has been no appearance by anyone from Dorne on the Small Council, seems they said fuck that and went home!
  5. Right on, but what precipitates Lancel giving that command? Stand aside for what or why? Is she trying to go somewhere she's not allowed? Is she being informed that Gregory can't stand as her Champion? The show hasn't really developed the rules of trials by combat like the books, but in that canon she can only be championed by a KG since she's a royal. Any chance that issue is raised about Gregor? Perhaps the HS tries to wrangle some way to insist on a trial by septons and not a combat? Would seem out of place but something happens that leads to this confrontation.
  6. F.U.C.K. Cersei. No matter how it turns out, it's all of her own making. Sure it's going to be violence and chaos and that'll be some good action/drama, but Cersei deserves anything she gets and probably even then, some more. There's an issue that hasn't been addressed yet: Ser Strong. Recall that it was Cersei/Qyburn that raised Ser Strong to the KG... but he wasn't among the KG that followed Tommen out of the Sept with their seven-pointed star armor. Cersei will go to the trial thinking she's got things well in hand as always but then her plans go awry. Perhaps Tommen will declare Ser Strong unfit to serve as KG, either because he knows or was told by the HS that he's an abomination... remember Pycelle was counseling Tommen. That could and would likely lead to her being cornered and defiant as always and bring about her 'I choose violence' line. I have a sneaking suspicion that there wont be a trial by combat, already been done on the show several times. The only one with any shot is Ser Loras, the rest would be mincemeat. So perhaps that's a possible avenue for a real conflict with Margaery and Tommen. Loras atones by being the Champion for the Faith, but that seems unlikely as there's too little setup and would seem odd. If no trial by combat then there has to be some occurrence that leads to her line about choosing violence. As a result, either the HS is killed or the people grow even more fanatic at the brutality inflicted on the sparrows and this will lead to Kevan taking measures, which will get him killed. I think it's a touch too soon for KL to burn... Dany would get wind of that news before sailing... no, KL has to stay intact until Daenerys is on her way (Drogon isn't flying over a burnt husk of what used to be KL in Bran's vision). I also don't believe Margaery is going to make herself a martyr. She may well die, but no way in hell did she do her scheming to pull the wool over the HS's eyes only to sacrifice herself willingly. That's absurd... Loras is still in the wind and the two of them represent the future of House Tyrell... she's ambitious, remember, she wants to be THE Queen. While there's no need for the show to follow/mirror the books, the Tyrell's future is still up in the air, hell they may even jump ship a third time to a new ally... if they're wiped out before TWoW is released, Dumb & Dumberer might be in a bit of a pickle depending on what transpires. Funny though that some of you cheer for Cersei to wipe out sparrows when she armed them in the first place and allowed them to gain any power whatsoever. They're fanatics to be sure, but their cause is actually quite just... the Lannister rule has been a freaking travesty to anyone but them. Indeed they're barely acting better than the Lannisters with some of their tactics but the smallfolk have been what on plenty... no one cares for the smallfolk? Kind of have to wonder too if Joffrey's murder ever comes to light... maybe that's how Loras atones... by implicating his own family's involvement along with Baelish...
  7. Agree totally. While there have been some decent moments, the season so far has been a lot of very little. Almost every arc altered just enough to probably not be the same as the books so book readers aren't spoiled much if at all. If we're down to roughly 10-11 episodes, a lot of material was wasted... and there seems to be even fewer reasons to have diverged from a lot of these plots that they have. Dorne could not exist at all excepting for killing Myrcella. The Sons of the Harpy are supposed to be filling me with terror at who they'll kill next... but no, they're content for now. It won't even surprise me if the show just leaves Missandei or some unnamed advisor in Meereen while Dany takes her Khalasar west finally... they've got a 7 year deal with the slaver's, why should the show even bother with the knot? Same with the North. Of course they're having difficulty rallying the North to the Stark cause, if they all said yes too quickly there'd be very little drama. All of Lady Olenna's appearances this season, pointless. She came, made a crack about how she can smell the shit 5 miles away from KL and that was about as good as it got. Acting as if Tommen didn't follow the Faith so he can be 'converted' then become the HS's pawn-king... that may happen in the books in some fashion, but it seems clear as a book reader this whole arc was/is filler, what was wrong with the faith withholding their blessing like the books? A show of force by the Tyrells/Lannisters just nullifies any judgment Margaery had coming... all pretty easy changes that alter how the book's chapters will compare... but what are they waiting for? Apparently they know the ending so why the stalling, unless to give time for TWoW to be out by next year's season start... I do like many aspects of the show but some of the choices they make are baffling. If we're down to two seasons, shortened ones at that, they seem to be wasting time and material... but as long as we see a brothel and some tits, we'll forget all that might have been!
  8. Could be that the HS targets The Mountain. If he's not deemed worthy of Tommen's 7 (KG), Cersei would be forced to choose a different Champion. She chooses violence via Gregor rather than have another champion forced on her. Though the show hasn't really developed the rules of trials by combat that specifically...
  9. Yeah, I've seen the interview and believe it's likely that the HS gets his own comeuppance... just curious if it'll be this soon. Such a buildup with no actual teeth from the FM, other than ransacking Petyr's brothel... etc. They need to be a bit more capable or it'll feel awfully long and drawn out for no actual payoff. Maybe the show can just wrapup that storyline with this impending confrontation, but then what purpose does Elder Brother have? Just to reintroduce Sandor? I wouldn't put it past the show but there should be more of the sparrow/broken men arc. We've seen very little of the smallfolk suffrage, except for the HS speaking on their supposed behalf. Is the show going to stay away from a clash of UnGregor with Loras and not have a trial by combat? UnGregor needs to do more than mash some non-warrior's head into a wall. It was a powerful scene/display, but I want to see him fight! Could the show give us a rematch of Gregory/Loras? Yes, and that probably won't happen in the books. While some things have been spoiled, the show has done a good job of altering some major arcs and plotpoints so that the books will remain a bit different. This would/could be another example...
  10. I suspect that when the time comes for the KG to play more of a role, we'll be acquainted with who they currently are. They may not need them much at all in the grand scheme from this point on... we'll see. Just like Yara was doing nothing for a season... just like Gendry still rowing and the BWB still doing their thing in the Riverlands. While it may happen slightly different in the books, the show seems to be painting the scenario as Cersei employing a Tyrell weakness against them. We don't know what the HS told Tommen and in turn don't know what he told Cersei. It's clear the HS is manipulating Tommen to spark more conflict, even violence so that he can spring his trump card. In turn, Cersei is using the idea/threat that Margaery will have to atone in the same manner as she did. Olenna IMMEDIATELY says, "that cannot happen...will not." Cersei has now seen Olenna's weakness, her pride and the pride of her House. So, if the Tyrells use force or the threat of force while the Gold Cloaks and KG stand down... it's going to reflect on the Tyrells. No matter what happens then, Cersei is the short term winner. I expect a misdirect... if there's a clash of Sparrows and Tyrells, the Tyrells should have the advantage... but if the HS dies as a result of this clash, then who would hold Cersei's trial? It's got to drag on a little longer. Sure it could be that the Tyrells win and the Faith Militant aren't exterminated, but it seems as though we've yet to hear Cersei's 'I choose violence' speech, nor have we seen Elder Brother Ian McShane. Anywho... Cersei thinks she's positioned herself to weaken both the Tyrells and the Faith Militant, by what Tommen told her the HS said and by Olenna's reaction to an atonement. I don't expect the HS was ignorant enough to tell Tommen anything that would ultimately be bad for him, it's a setup and Tommen and Cersei both fell for it. Don't expect to see things exactly as they've been framed!
  11. Very interesting thread, lots of good theories and ideas! What happens to Wyllis is tragic... I think it shows Bran how interference in these threads or roots of time can impact the future, the negative is highlighted in this case sadly. Bran learns that when he Wargs Wyllas/Hodor in the present while in a vision of the past it has some transference effect where Bran sees via the vision what his current/future act did to Wyllas and that it impacts Wyllas in the past, even though he warged him with good intentions. It allows him to see the perils on a personal level, which is good if he learns from the experience, but is the sort of thing that will haunt Bran no matter what good deeds he goes on to do... he sacrificed a good man for the cause, his cause, though indirectly or inadvertently, it stings all the same. Fabulous scene and episode in general, a few quibbles aside and even whether or not I've interpretated it correctly!
  12. Oh the length is not a problem at all... I prefer them especially when the length isn't just filled with fluff. I just had to be somewhere so I was forced to break away. They are like mini rereads but that makes them even more enjoyable because you frame things enough that I don't have to go... what was that chapter's theme... or, what symbologies were in that, etc. No worries on this end, keep it up!!
  13. I only got through half of the essay or so before I had to giddy up, but I'll be reading the rest later. Just wanted to say fantastic work again (as usual)! I like that you try to stay grounded in the symbolism and parallels moreso than just predicting, although I'm sure you could do so even if as you say, only predict a range of possibilities. It still leaves a lot to chew on and sort of branch off with for other perspectives within that range. It's a lot to digest but I'll have several meals if need be!
  14. Well to be fair the issue could come up in a couple of ways. If Aegon is believed legit then his supporters will back his claim while those that reject or doubt his legitimacy might in turn back Dany's claim, and it'll be rather hard to deny she's the blood of the dragon. Secondly... if in some weird twist there isn't initially a dance 2.0 due to the realm being so devastated from the WotFK and the onset of Winter there's a small chance that a council could be called if the IT is sort of vacant. Of course this is presuming a lot... possibly Cersei destroying the Red Keep and/or KL via the wildfyre caches... or possibly overrun by Others. Slim chance but possible.
  15. Thanks for the correction! I only meant in general towards successions that males have been favored and typically are in most of the 7k. I don't forsee this coming down to a succession issue anyway, this'll be pure conquest.