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  2. I was happy Riz Ahmed won for The Night Of. I loved both The Night Of and Big Little Lies, so am happy with either of them winning limited series. Happy for Julia Louis Dreyfus also. Most of these shows I haven't watched, so difficult to form an opinion either way. I was honestly happy GOT was ineligible.
  3. I could do that so long as I get a couple glasses of scotch and a pack of smokes for each show. Not surprised at all that WJ is a lawyer, but Jaime being an accountant is a world class upset.
  4. @Let's Get Kraken, I think he demonstrates the human condition quite well, in that we have to fight internal and externally on a daily basis. His are, well, more extreme and I just thought it was done very well. Will always be one of my favorite characters of anything I've read. I'll say this, I haven't come across another Cnauir in any book that I've read. Very unique.
  5. Nah, can't say I have. Jon and Sansas reunion was very sweet and emotional, especially given that they didn't really get along when they were younger. Aryas and Sansas reunion was probably as good as it could've been, given that the sisters more or less hated each other the last time they saw each other. Bran's reunion with his sisters should be awkward due to his new persona, and it was. The best reunion (Jon and Arya) is yet to come though. I'm fine with them not bringing up Rickons death on-screen and making a big deal out of it: Arya thought that all of her siblings where dead (except maybe Jon), so she was already accustomed to the notion that Rickon was dead. Sansa and Jon were there when Rickon died, they have mourned him. They've both seen so much death that him dying won't prevent them from moving on. Bran is Bran, I'm not even sure if he can cry at this stage.
  6. It kills me that the Rays and O's can't or won't play spoiler.
  7. @TheThreeEyedCow I agree on all points, just wanted to highlight that Varys's use of perfume is intentionally conspicuous.
  8. I suspect some in the group (e.g. Tormund and the Hound) would care little for respect in the face of certain death if someone else wielding the sword them a better chance. And I doubt Jon would object.
  9. Why? Its a valid point. The timing of the matter doesn't really work out, and the reliability of the attempt doesn't really hold up, either. This particular assassination plot really has too many moving parts that are out of Cersei's (or Tywin's, if you're in the camp that he was involved) control. It could be that she was just constantly doing her best to nudge Robert into situations that had a reasonable likelihood of killing him, which sounds reasonable enough (consider the melee at the tourney), but the problem with that is that its very fortunate for Cersei that she lucks out that the literal last possible attempt happens right before Ned can tell Robert about her kids. Cersei's best weapon in the early books is sheer unadulterated luck.
  10. It would have been nice if they meet Benjen on the way to get the wright. Jon loved Benjen but that's what we got. Maybe we will get a scene when they talk about Rickon, Robb, Ned, Cat and Benjen. Their family has been decimated and Bran is about to rock their world some more.
  11. Aye, season 7 was the season of Stark-infighting. By the end of season 7, it is resolved and the pack (including Jon) is united. It would be strange (and stupid) if they started fighting again in season 8. There will probably be some verbal tension between some Stark-siblings and Daenerys, but it won't escalate to outright scheming and threats of killing.
  12. Not really. Cersei hasn't pulled her forces back to the capital. Just because Dany has presence there doesn't mean that Cersei has been pushed back there. In that case Dany would literally have control of the whole continent other than the North and the Vale. But take a historical example: Imperial Rome did not pull its legions back from its imperial territories even when Hannibal was at the gates of the city. Or a more recent example, The British Empire did not pull its forces back from its empire even when the Nazis were bombing the crap out of the mainland. Dany has forces in the Crownlands (the Dothraki after the 7x04 battle). If Cersei is really restricted to just KL is she really even worth bothering with so much right now? One city wouldn't give her the importance they seem to be giving her.
  13. :pokes head in: Are there any women in here? Oh hi, Zabz. Let me get caught up and I'll dive in too.
  14. Highly speculative. Because they are not zombies, wights are corpses reanimated by ice magic.Wights don't "see" things; they are very likely controlled by WW. They aren't decomposing because magic. Also, the wights are in a frozen wasteland where the decomposition process is slowed and there are no flies or rodents in temperatures that low. The Others are not human and we don't know what rules apply to them to say that they aren't playing by any. GRRM is not giving WW too much power. They were definitely defeated once so obviously humans do have some power. We don't know if the Others have absolute command over magic. We don't even know how they do magic. You are jumping into a lot of premature conclusions about the Others and the power balance here. The Others have ice magic, the humans have fire magic. It seems like the Others are powerful because most humans have forgotten their history and all the stuff about fire magic. But with Dany and her dragons it's returning. We'll see how that works in the major battles to come. You are also forgetting that corpses can be reanimated with fire magic too.
  15. I assume your initial sentence meant to refer to cavalry, not infantry. Regardless, you say that heavy cavalry only wins when light cavalry makes mistakes, and then use examples of light cavalry winning when the heavy cavalry makes mistakes.
  16. A Stark reunion that lasted all of five seconds, stretched plausibility, and was only SATISFYINGâ„¢ in the bare basic 'a Stark met another Stark' way. Speaking of which, have you guys noticed how freaking hollow the Stark reunions have been? It's not helped by the fact nobody brings up Rickon's death. Like, at all. It makes the family dynamics feel as hollow as D & D's skulls.
  17. Are you sure about that? I just re-watched the scene and he doesn't seem to be breathing after Theon get's up (and he certainly ain't moving), and the rest of the ironborn go to their boats and prepare to leave and seem intent on leaving him where he lies. The last punch Theon threw seemed aimed to kill, since the guy was already knocked out. I might be wrong though, we'll find out next season.
  18. They did release the letter where Jon calls himself Warden of the North. Sansa didn't bring up to the lords at least on screen. And Arya and Sansa were in friendly terms so I don't think Sansa is planning a coup against Jon. Arya would kill her if she went against Jon. He's part of the pack. I think the Stark family will stick together and eventually accept Dany because she is Jon's aunt (future wife?)
  19. I know Braavos is well ahead of anywhere in Westeros. They are still 5000 miles away, have to ship the wood in from central Essos, and don't have an unlimited supply of money and men. A few ships might travel together but coordinating huge fleets is damn near impossible. Both the IB and Volantis fleets get completely scattered by one storm, and they both end up at half strength with piecemeal strength elsewhere. If Braavos could dominate the seas thousands of miles from home, they'd have done it already. And you're still ignoring how many ships just straight up disappear when sailing around the continents. I don't know how to put it any more bluntly, but the logistics are damn near impossible to achieve AND the south part of Dorne lets the Westerosi defend straits and narrow portions of the sea. Raiding the eastern part of Westeros, yes the Braavosi and FCs could easily do a lot of damage. I don't see them easily burning the White Harbor, KL, or others. Too easy for the military forces of Westeros to hold high walls and supply the cities from inland while denying it to the Essosi military forces.
  20. Agreed, it does look like his backing of Aegon will turn out to be Varys's blunder, but it's at least a blunder that is plausible for a smart person to make; he assumes Daenerys will be swamped unto perpetuity in Slaver's Bay and need Aegon's help. Then this plan backfires. That's actually plausible for the fall of a smart character. Not 'he abandons his spy network of fucking children, leaving a random disgraced Citadel student to bribe them with candied plums and then passively wondering why he's not receiving spy mail'.
  21. A lawyer correcting an accountant's math. I'm concerned.
  22. That just shows Jon is selfless. And the group respects him enough not ask for his sword. Plus we really needed another Stark reunion so Jon had to stay on the ground.
  23. Perhaps.... But you must understand my incredulous position that strong perfume = a different gender? Perfume does tell us something about Varys. He's hiding his true smell. We know almost for sure that Varys has various identities which would most likely leave him smelling like whatever he just did. Ever been camping and lit a bon fire? Even standing too close to a cheap BBQ will leave you wreaking of smoke. Covering his smell is essentially covering his tracks. If anything, it's a basic piece of information that disables the readers abilities to suss out Varys' movements. And, for me, that's a very satisfying explanation. For clarity, Varys is suspected of also being the gaoler in the black cells. Can you even imagine the smell? It's a dark, windowless place of suffering and to top it off this gaoler named Rugen sleeps on hay covered in mildew and next to an overflowing chamber pot! Perfume is a textbook move here.
  24. There are a few Meereenese Knots in the series where several arcs get really bogged down for a while. The story seemed to get away from Jordan a bit towards the end(the same complaints lodged at GRRM with AFFC and ADWD) and, sadly, he died prior to finishing the last three novels and story. Sanderson was both a blessing and a curse. He breathed fresh air into the series and got the arcs moving again, but he never captured the magic of the series, so to speak, in regards to characterization and the world. I was happy he took up the task of finishing the series for Jordan, but I can't help to think, what if Jordan had been able to finish his work. Characterization was my main complaint with his handling of the end of the series.
  25. Quotes from this include: "God damn it, we want that freakin' wight polar bear." "At some point, you've got to start wondering... what the hell is this plot?" "Creatively it made sense, because we wanted it to happen." Then there's David Benioff's response to criticism that they're drifting from the themes of the novels with "Themes are for eighth-grade book reports." And this is a man who has an MA in creative writing. No wonder the world over looks down on the American education system outside of Harvard
  26. FAKE NEWS! RIGGED SYSTEM! CROOKED COMMISSIONER! IRREGULARITIES, ON MANY SIDES! LIES!
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