Hodor's Dragon

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  1. Arya's whole plotline has been about learning to kill people. She's not going to suddenly take up knitting in the last books.
  2. None of which she knows about, and very little that she ever says about him to boot, so what's your point?
  3. When you self-identified as a Dany-hater, I expected, frankly, the kind of stupid, adolescent drivel you see too much of on this site. But you surprised me pleasantly, first by correctly identifying some of the bits in the show and books that make it unlikely that she will ultimately be seen as a villain, and secondly by creating a scenario that recognizes that and yet still involves an "evil Queen Daenerys" ending. The ending you describe wouldn't be a bad ending at all: a real tear-jerker, as you say. That said, it's imaginative and logical and all, so kudos, but I've seen no evidence at all to make me think it's likely.
  4. Do you know how to not be a jackass when you post? Whatever you said to some other poster who said 16-18 was too old to marry in medieval Euruope, it was MY post you "call[ed] bullshit" on, and if you go back and look at my post (http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/148469-weis-and-benioff-are-missing-the-point-of-roberts-rebellion/&do=findComment&comment=8035418) you will see that it was explicitly about people who were referring to the Dany/Drogo marriage as "pedophilia." Happy to hear your point of view, just knock the aggression down a few notches if you would.
  5. After their brief, cordial interaction in the last episode, I started thinking about Brienne/Sandor. They have a LOT in common, personality-wise.
  6. Find me one single source where marriage during medieval times with a girl age 12 or older was considered pedophilia. Just one. I'll wait. You're right that life expectancy was lowered by high child and infant mortality. But if you're claiming that marriage of 13-, 14- or 15-year-old girls was anything but perfectly normal, you're not. Reality was just like ASOIAF: a menstruating girl was marriageable.
  7. As late as the 18th century, average life expectancy at birth for a Prussian male was 25 years, for English 34 years, for French or Spanish in between. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy#Variation_over_time Bear that in mind when you're talking about marriage of teen-agers as "pedophilia." Our idea of coddling people as "juveniles" until they are in their 20s was completely foreign in the 13th-century world GOT is modeled on. A young woman expected to be marriageable at age 13, and if she married then, that was generally speaking a success of which her family would be proud. By 16 she was a bit past her prime, and by 18 she would be a spinster and unlikely to ever marry. After all, her lifespan, if average, was already more than half over. Generally, once you were old enough to biologically have children, it was high time to get on with it while you still had the chance; there were economic reasons for that, as well. Calling Drogo a "pedophile" for having consensual sex with his 13-year-old wife is either a complete refusal or a complete inability to understand that other people in other places and other times could look at things differently than we do.
  8. He just found out that Jon was legitimate. Jon's parentage wasn't legally significant if he was a bastard. It's brand new info to Bran that Jon is the rightful King. It's not for Bran to weigh this, that and the other reason for why it may or may not be beneficial for Jon to know.* Jon's birthright is Jon's business, and he deserves to know about it. There may be a legit question as to why he hasn't told him what he knows previously, but that's probably just because it wasn't that important and Bran is pre-occupied. But there really isn't any question as to whether he should tell Jon now. Of course he should. *Plus there are plenty of reasons to weigh on the other side, starting with the fact that folks are about to go to war to fight for their future, and should know what it is they are fighting for.
  9. No, Brienne will not be looking to marry the first man she meets, but between now and the end--at least on the show--there is every indication that she and Sandor will be fighting alongside each other, and I dare say they will make a great combo. Sharing a stressful experience is a primo way to forge a strong emotional bond. I wouldn't bet on it happening with even odds, but I think it's a fairly strong possibility.
  10. I have a brand new theory, and even though it was born from the very slender support of a brief, friendly conversation between Sandor and Brienne in 7-10, I think it's fairly solid. They "met cute." GRRM has a show biz background, and in the movies they make a big deal out of having couples meet in a memorable way. Well . . . not only did S&B meet in a memorable way, it was in a way that says just about all you need to know about EITHER of their personalities. Second, they have a tremendous amount in common. Physically, they're two of the finest swords[persons] in the realm, and they will make humongous babies. Psychologically, they both have a powerful sense of duty, they both tend to hang out on the side and not say much, they're both pretty gruff when they do speak, they have shared memories of being disliked for their looks, and they're both on the same political team now and will be pretty sure to be fighting alongside each other to give love a chance to blossom. Don't know how this never occurred to me before, but I think it makes a LOT of sense. In fact, I'd say without a 2nd thought there's a better chance she ends up with the Hound than with Jaime. After all, do you really think Jaime is going to survive Season 8? I've got a bridge to sell you if you do. Having said all that, I wouldn't rule out San-San.
  11. Let's differentiate the books from the show here. Martin portrays Tyrion as brilliant. He has most of the best lines, talks his way out of death time after time after time, and did a great job as Hand even though Cersei was working against him at every turn. But for some reason the show-runners--ever since the show passed the books--have indeed pretty much made Tyrion the smartypants who is always wrong. If Tyrion thinks one thing and Missandei or Grey Worm think something else (not to mention Daenerys), then you can take it to the bank: Tyrion is wrong and they are right. Tyrion and Daenerys are my 2 favorite characters in the books, but they are both really screwed up in the show. Show Daenerys has lost all her humanity, and show Tyrion has lost all his smarts.
  12. I think Emilia Clarke is excellent, but I'm very disappointed in the showmakers' conception of Daenerys. There's not even an attempt to find a way to achieve the richness of character that is attained through all her internal dialogue in the books. Book Dany is very conflicted about many of her actions, questions herself incessantly, and is insecure about how the people around her perceive her in the way that characterizes teen-agers everywhere, yet always without fail manages to do the right thing in any leadership situation. I think she's a fascinating character. Show Dany is pretty much a bad-ass queen. And that's about it. And no, I don't blame it on Emilia Clarke at all, that is just how the character is written in the show.
  13. I would not bet money on any individual, but Jon is clearly the guy with the best odds. Unless Nobody has the best odds. One of those two, anyway. Any other individual is a longshot, but with so many longshot candidates, it could definitely wind up being one of them.
  14. No, it's doable, or at least it was doable once that method of attaching springs to anchors was invented. I have no idea who came up with anchor springs and when, but in Nelson's day they would anchor their ships nearly touching and use anchor springs to turn. But I certainly saw no sign that the Masters were anchored, much less had springs. I'm non siege weapon expert, but I'm not sure it's possible to adjust the arc of a trebuchet, and if it's possible, I don't think it's easy. A dragon flying overhead would be in its deadzone, I'm almost sure.
  15. Mispost, please ignore.