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  1. The 3 Smartest Characters, In Order, Are...

    One of the reasons for my low rating of Cersei's intelligence is that I put several of those people as not having been 'bested by Cersei' but 'shamefully betrayed by Cersei' or collateral damage from Cersei's actions, specifically Cersei taking out her own allies, which to me is rank madness, e.g. Pycelle - Cersei's loyal lieutenant. He ratted out Tyrion to Cersei. Cersei treated Pycelle like dirt from season #4 onwards without good reason (apparently she didn't like him being a dirty old man) and I was left scratching my head as why she had him killed. Loras - Again, shamefully betrayed by Cersei - they were engaged to be married. Tywin's death obviously meant that they were never going to be married but I couldn't understand why she would arrest him as his house was her house's ally. And unlike Pycelle there is no evidence that Loras ever wronged or challenged Cersei. This makes him 100% a victim. Kevan - this is arguably worse than any of them as it makes Cersei a kinslayer - another change from the books that I hate (as with Pycelle). I put it down as another example of Cersei shooting herself in the foot, by taking out useful, loyal family members that might have helped reverse the fortunes of House Lannister. And Kevan was amenable to Cersei's suggestion of sending armies to attack the Faith Militant when Margaery was about to do the Walk of Shame. Kevan (and Pycelle) only took over power after Cersei had been imprisoned by the Faith - it's not like they took power off Cersei. I find it hard to believe that Cersei deliberately killed him (if she did she's even stupider than I think) more that he was collateral damage like all the innocent people who were blown up so that Cersei could get rid of the sparrows and the Tyrells. She didn't even try to console Tommen, which led to his suicide. Granted, she did ultimately get the better of the others in the list, though she seemed to be incredibly lucky (it seemed very contrived by the writers actually) that (1) the faith didn't react after she chose violence and had Gregor kill a sparrow, (2) there was lots of wildfire conveniently stashed away that the faith didn't know about, and (3) when Cersei didn't show up to her trial there weren't more sparrows sent to find her. Otherwise there was a better chance of someone getting Cersei to the trial, or stopping the wildfire from blowing up (which Lancel almost did anyway).
  2. Speculations, news, theories for season 7. (includes leaks )

    This is true. Kevan says as much about her just being the Queen Mother. What I find a bit odd is how Cersei is at that point no longer Queen Regent. She seemed to hold that title until Joffrey's marriage, and then even after Joffrey is killed I cannot refer to her as being called Queen Regent again, even though Tommen - who can only be a maximum of 13 years in season 5, much younger than Joffrey - ought to have a regent and like Joffrey doesn't seem to be doing anything in the form of ruling and there is no other person who is being an obvious regent. I guess Kevan sort of takes up that role near the end of the season when he becomes protector of the realm, a title Tywin held until his death.
  3. Speculations, news, theories for season 7. (includes leaks )

    I also saw Cersei request the faith to arrest her fiancé who was also the heir to her allies (a WTF? action). And have other gay men murdered. And set up her daughter-in-law to be arrested. And appoint herself the head of the Small Council acting like a dictator, leading to her uncle's departure. And be extremely condescending towards Olenna. She also broke her deal with Bronn to marry Lollys.
  4. Speculations, news, theories for season 7. (includes leaks )

    Nearly everyone thought Cersei would die in season #7 - just about all the websites making predictions rated her chance of survival as next to nothing. They were using logic, which sadly seems to have largely gone out the window in the show in the last couple of seasons. What I really don't like is that we already had a whole season (season 5) of Cersei running the show and proving beyond all doubts that she is a terrible ruler, in complete contrast to her father and brother (the short one), whose own downfall is a direct result of her own actions. Now we're going to have another whole season of Cersei running the show? This feels like a broken record. Admittedly in the books it is also implied that Cersei will regain power following Varys' actions.
  5. The 3 Smartest Characters, In Order, Are...

    A case could be made for most of these, though I tend to think of Grey Worm and (in the show) Missandei as being on the simple side. Cersei I had fourth on the list of the stupidest people in the show (behind Joffrey, Gregor and Balon) and that was at the end of season #3... I'd probably put her #1 now after what I'd describe as further acts of stupidity (though she has some serious competition from Faullaria and the Sand Fakes) through recent seasons, like (1) being adamant that her own brother killed her son, which f***ed everything up for her family, (2) having her own fiancé and daughter-in law arrested, never mind that they were the Lannisters' allies, which backfired spectacularly and (3) sure she got rid of the High Sparrow and many of his followers, but in the process also destroyed her uncle, cousin, Lannister loyalist Pycelle and most of the house that was the Lannister's allies, and hundreds of innocent people. She got incredibly lucky here that this plan succeeded and also earlier that she was not killed or even exiled as a result of her incest, especially after Ned found out. As it is, I feel like Cersei has almost single-handedly caused the downfall of her own house. My impression was that Tyrion constantly got the better of her in season #2, the one time when he had real power (ratted out her informant Pycelle, got Lancel to turn informant, while Cersei thought she'd captured Tyrion's whore but hadn't).
  6. What would you change about the show?

    Agree with all that. I would add they ruined her even more in episode 9 of season 6 having turned her into the exact opposite of her book counterpart into a completely new character (Asnas?) who fed a restrained prisoner to his dogs and smiled about it. Gag. Sounds exactly like her sister Arya (who's supposed to be her opposite) and also exactly like Ramsay himself. I'm really disappointed because Sansa used to be one of my favourite characters. It's as if the show insists that all the female characters have to be badass (Arya, Brienne), sex sirens (Mel, Margaery) or a bit of both (Daenerys). Those who aren't tend to get killed off (Cat, Myrcella, Shireen). Also agree that Dorne is worst of all and the worst scenes from the entire series so far IMO are Faullaria and the Sand Fakes avenging the barbaric murder of members of the Dornish royal family by barbarically murdering the remainder of the Dornish royal family (also committing multiple kinslaying in the process) and the guards just standing there and letting them become the new rulers. From season #5 the #1 thing I would have changed about Dorne is to not have Myrcella die on the boat with Jaime. Let the viewers enjoy one nice scene in that finale, let one totally good female character live, and let Cersei see her daughter again. Myrcella didn't have to be killed off so soon. (This would have been far more logical - Faullaria only just swore allegiance to Doran, admitted to Jaime that Myrcella had nothing to with Oberyn's death, and gains absolutely nothing from murdering an innocent little girl.) This along with Doran's and Trystane's murder reflects a broader problem with the last two seasons that the writers are continually insistent on constant shock value regardless of how little sense the shocks actually make.
  7. The 3 Smartest Characters, In Order, Are...

    I did a list of the ten smartest characters at the end of season #3 and my top five were, in order: Varys, Littlefinger, Tyrion, Tywin and Olenna. The other five (cannot remember the exact order) included Arya, Dany, Roose, Jaime and I think Margaery. My current top five would not be a lot different. Littlefinger is the main candidate for a slide down the ranks after a lot of his scheming (and his failure to do any background checking of Ramsay) does not make a whole lot of sense in the last couple of seasons. The High Sparrow - also my favourite new character from the last two seasons - would be the most likely candidate to be added to the top five. He was freakishly unlucky (in fact it seemed very contrived) that Cersei blew him up (why didn't anything happen after she said "I choose violence" and got Gregor to kill a Sparrow in episode 8?). He didn't know about the wildfire and wasn't to know that Cersei would be so willing to murder masses of innocents, family members, allies and her own son's wife.
  8. Shireens murder.

    Agreed. I was a fan of Oberyn. Note that Oberyn as well as saying that Dorne doesn't hurt little girls also said, when explaining to Tywin that he didn't poison Joffrey, said that he doesn't hold children accountable for the action of their parents and grandparents. He comes across as honourable. Yet not only are the Sand Snakes and (in season 5 and beyond) Ellaria basically entirely the same in terms of personality and always agree about absolutely everything, but they also stand for (along with the rest of Dorne?) the exact opposite of what Oberyn did. They kill little girls (and boys), they blame children (both Myrcella and Trystane) on the actions of their ancestors (Doran, Tywin and maybe Cersei as well) and they have no problem whatsoever with kinslaying. Oh, and torturing/murdering people who actively help them out for that matter (the Merchant Captain who tipped them off to Jaime/Bronn's arrival).
  9. Shireens murder.

    That's why I said presumed dead - I meant, presumed dead by Dorne. Gregor came back to life as a mindless zombie in the TV version, but the Dornish are not aware of that, as far as I know. The last Ellaria saw of him he was severely wounded by a guy fighting with a poisoned spear.
  10. Shireens murder.

    Completely agree. All of Dorne supporting Ellaria is just so weird. They'd side with a bastard guilty of kinslaying and breaching guest right (involving the murder of a little girl) over the legitimate ruler? Another point that the whole of Dorne seems to have missed is that Oberyn and Elia and her children have already been avenged, with both guilty parties accounted for. Gregor who committed all the killings was severely wounded by Oberyn and due to the poison would be presumed dead. Tywin who gave the orders was murdered by his own son.
  11. Re Shireen getting burned, I was aware that this would also occur in the books, but under the impression that this was likely performed unilaterally by Mel, with Stannis not having any sort of role in it, given that Stannis is near Winterfell, while Mel, Selyse and Shireen are all at the Wall. Admittedly I have not listened to the after-episode comments.
  12. Thanks for the positive feedback :-) Aemon in the books died on an ocean voyage with Sam and Gilly as sea travel was too much for him at that age; Jon sent him and Mance's baby on it so that Mel couldn't burn them. I agree that the High Sparrow is not a good man. I included him because I found him to be entertaining and well-acted. Yep Stannis that was unbelievable I even mentioned in another post how he did a 180 re burning his heir between episode #7 and his next appearance in episode #9. It doesn't stop show apologists arguing with me trying to explain how that along with Faullaria murdering Myrcella and the rest of the Dornish royal family and getting to rule Dorne made any sense whatsoever. Stannis's storyline in season #5 was looking promising until then, he even seemed to be getting a lot more screen time than in previous seasons. It's as D&D suddenly decided, "we hate Stannis, let's assassinate his character in every possible way".
  13. Why is Stannis an Appealing Character?

    I see Stannis (in the books - don't get me started on the show) as a morally grey person in the 'neutral' category, but closer to 'evil' than 'good'. Interesting how one of his closest advisors is pure good and the other is pretty close to pure evil. He gets off to a shocking start in the books when he treats Maester Cressen like dirt, becoming more likeable when seen through Davos, whom he tends to treat well, sometimes too well. I don't like his double standards. For example, Davos despite planning to kill Melisandre is made hand of the king, whereas the opposite happens to his cell-mate, Lord Florent, who commits a lesser crime with good intentions of planning to offer to marry Shireen to Myrcella, gets burned to death. I've never forgiven Stannis for that one. That said I do find myself on his side at the latest point in book #5 as he helped the Night's Watch and I'd like to see him retake Winterfell.
  14. Very few things by season #5, and nothing in season #6, which admittedly has mostly surpassed the books. The few things I can think of that Iiked better in #5 were: No Penny An expanded role for Bronn Someone (Aemon) managed to die purely of old age Kindly Jaqen Stannis's early scene with Shireen when he had her greyscale cured. (Pity that was completely ruined/contradicted later.) High Sparrow