Harry the Heir

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  1. GRRM considering big twist for a major character

    HBO doesn't care if Jon dies in the books but lives on the show. HBO cares if GoT attracts new subscribers and retains old subscribers. If aDoS comes out several years after the final season of the show airs with a different ending from the show, that's not going to affect HBO's subscriber base.
  2. GRRM considering big twist for a major character

    Why? How would that hurt the show, or HBO?
  3. GRRM considering big twist for a major character

    I don't understand this analogy at all. Neither the HBO show nor the books are supplemental to the other. You can enjoy one without the other. So it doesn't affect the quality (or the ratings) of one to make changes to another.
  4. GRRM considering big twist for a major character

    As much as he cares to, I would imagine. The TV series has its own audience, for whom it works on its own terms. If the book series ends differently, that won't hurt the show at all.
  5. GRRM considering big twist for a major character

    Where did he say that? ETA: Never mind. 'This twist' doesn't refer to A+J=T, right?
  6. Dragon sighting at Winterfell?!?

    The big problems with the Winterfell dragon theory has always been threefold: 1) Bran doesn't remember seeing a dragon, and never once thinks back on that strange dragon-like vision, which suggests that this "winged serpent" didn't register as anything noteworthy. 2) There's no reason to associate dragons with Winterfell. No Valyrian magic was used in its construction, and theories about Bran the Builder's power over dragons have been purely speculative. 3) There's no evidence, in three subsequent books since the dragon supposedly awoke, that a dragon is living in the north. Nobody's seen it, and nobody's seen strange occurrences that could be associated with a dragon living in the north. What makes (3) particularly damning is that in A Dance With Dragons we spend a lot of time with people who were actually at the sacking of Winterfell. Ramsay and his goons were there. Theon was there. Wex was hanging on to a heart tree most of the night. You'd think that Wex would tell Manderly if he saw a dragon waking from Winterfell, when he told Manderly so much else. Dragons have been to the north before. (That's why Queenscrown received its name, for one.) And dragons will no doubt be involved in the war against the Others in upcoming books. There's no reason to think that this means that there was a dragon under Winterfell.
  7. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    Sure. But the Valyrians did it for a very long time. Presumably they wouldn't have fostered dragonriding if cities were always been destroyed by accident.
  8. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    Fires will certainly break out, I'm sure. But enough to destroy the city? That's a little hard for me to imagine. Again, the dragons are already free, and they haven't come close to burning down the city yet. Why would they be a bigger danger once they've been placed under human control and sent outside of the city?
  9. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    That's an assertion, not an argument. Yes, dragonfire is an imprecise weapon, but Victarion's enemies are outside the city of Meereen, not within it. Surely if anything Victarion could direct the dragons to attack the organized forces beyond the walls; if he can't do that, then he doesn't have control over the dragons in any real sense. (The big problem, perhaps, would be if Barristan's forces didn't retreat in time, but that's very different.) Regarding your earlier post, the fact that Victarion doesn't care much about Meereen in the first place is a good reason why he wouldn't care enough to destroy it, especially when it could potentially alienate 'his queen'. And once Victarion has chased off the Yunkish forces, he's going to need a base of operations to seek out Daenerys, so he would have no reason to burn Meereen at that time. And then once he finds Daenerys, his business is concluded and he might as well GTFO. At that point he would have no reason to burn Meereen, which is unlikely to pose a threat to his rule in Westeros and may well be controlled by allies. At no point would it be in Victarion's interests to burn down the city. Dumb compared to Euron? Sure. But people exaggerate his lack of intelligence. He's been leading men for a long time. If he was as stupid as some people think, he wouldn't still be in charge of the Iron Fleet. Balon would have replaced him a long time ago.
  10. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    "Going to be ugly" is not the same thing as "will burn a major city to the ground."
  11. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    I think that's silly. Victarion can tell the difference between burning a rival army and burning the city that he's supposedly fighting for. He's not the most clever person in the series, but he's not some drooling moron.
  12. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    Wait... if the dragonhorn isn't a 'remote control' for the dragons, in what sense does it control dragons?
  13. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    Why would the dragons burn down Meereen? Left to themselves they don't seem interested in doing so--they want to snack on passing Meereenese, perhaps, but they don't have an interest in destroying the city as such. (It's made of brick, too, so it's not as flammable as all that either.) And Victarion or Euron would have no reason to want Meereen destroyed, because they wouldn't want to alienate Daenerys, and because they don't ultimately give a shit about Meereen either way. That sounds like a contrivance to fix a perceived problem: that Meereen is boring, and Dany in Meereen is boring, so might as well burn the place down. But that doesn't make it a plausible direction for the story.
  14. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    Under whose command, though? Victarion is certainly under the impression that he's figured out the horn, but he's got Moqorro as his only help there and Moqorro's behavior has to be informed by his ominous kraken vision from mid-ADWD. If he's wrong, then he's going to summon the dragons under the command of the man who claimed the horn, i.e., Euron. Which could be interesting.
  15. [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    You know, it occurs to me that Quentyn's coterie would know a lot about what happened in Westeros up until the end of ASOS or so, so it's a little strange that Barristan hasn't gotten information from them. (Daenerys didn't seem much interested either, but she was a little checked out in those days.) Then again, he does have more pressing matters, so perhaps he intends to return to that subject later.