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  2. Finished off four episodes so far, and yup, they've done it again. Ilus is working much better on screen than it did in the books.
  3. Werthead

    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Dark Alliance is making a comeback, albeit via the worst video game trailer I've seen in many years.
  4. Curled Finger

    Table Setting - Jamie's First Dream

    Ah Mithras, what a pleasure to have you here. I was reading your posts even when I went dark--always interesting. You've been around long enough for me to lay it out in my stumbling way without you thinking I'm bashing your ideas. I'm not. Just trying to get down to the whole thing. I think WE are missing something and know I am missing something. Now then, upfront, I've always thought this was just a really sick and traumatized Jamie on the precipice of change dreaming those weird dreams that happen when life gets to this point. Not like we haven't all had 1 or 2. Jamie is the oddball Lannister inasmuch as he can be permitted. He doesn't want to be the lord or king or anything but a knight. His greatest until recently untold act of chivalry is also his greatest shame and he's lived a long time with that misunderstanding. As you say, the dark space is his subconscious. It's not like he actually needs people or ghosts to convict him of anything. For the most part I agree with your initial statements the only argument I even see is that of your assessment of Jamie's assessment of Ned. If I was Jamie I would think Ned was a punk, too, by the simple fact that Ned got a great deal of glory in the Rebellion without being a knight. In Jamie's world I don't think he cares much about anyone who isn't a knight. The Great Ned Stark could have asked what was going on instead of making an instant accusation against Jamie. At this point Jamie has bonded with and left Brienne to her fate. I think he misses her company. He likes who he is with her and digs her world view. So yah, I see where the oaths they've both sworn bear heavily in this dream. I admit I did not see how the sword lights going out connected to Jamie returning to Harrenhal, but damn I do now. Nice. Thanks for that. The end is open to interpretation and I haven't got one to offer, but I sure appreciate your take on this. I'm not sure this is all guilt or prophecy or what. I'm wondering why Jamie would even be given a weirwood dream, if it is prophetic, and who would send a message to him and why. That I do have some ideas about, but nothing I'm willing to stand on. Rhaegar's changing colors haven't been addressed yet. Do you think it means anything at all?
  5. Rhom

    NFL 2019 4th Quarter: Die Like an Eagle

    I always suspected you of being a closet shimmery vampire romance fan.
  6. LadyBlackwater

    Septa Lemore

    See this is what I’m saying! It’s like a Russian nesting doll of mystery!!
  7. Hopefully the artist, plus whatever other people made money off of related fees, will spend the money better than the buyer ever could have.
  8. kinda derivative of prior self-abnegatory art objects? rauschenberg erased de kooning in 1953. cage's 4'33" is 1952. duchamp's fountain by r. mutt is during WWI.
  9. Werthead

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    The Momentum movement has brought hundreds of thousands of new members to the Labour Party, so they effectively have a democratic lock on the party. What happens next - Momentum continuing to dominate proceedings or a move back to the centre - will be interesting to see. I think that was a very different situation. Howard was parachuted in as a caretaker leader after Iain Duncan Smith's leadership collapsed into chaos and it was well-understood that a Conservative victory in 2005 was improbable, with the Tories not expected to win or even mount a serious challenge (the fact they actually did "as well as they did" - about the same as Labour yesterday - was a bit of a surprise), so him staying on for a further interim period was expected beforehand.
  10. Alexis-something-Rose

    Why isn’t House Hightower more important?

    Jeor Mormont named Lord Commander of the NW in 288 AC The tourney at Lannisport was held in 289 AC --> We are told he was there by Jorah. He came with Lynesse to see his sons jousting. Longest summer in living memory lasted 10 years, 2 months and 16 days --> 288 to 289 AC Those born and raised in Oldtown could tell the time of day by where the shadow fell. Some claimed a man could see all the way to the Wall from the top. Perhaps that was why Lord Leyton had not made the the descent in more than a decade, preferring to rule his city from the clouds. (Prologue, AFfC) So the last time he was out of his tower was early summer. I'm not sure any of this is such a coincidence. I think the marriage is more important than it seems because of the two other Hightowers (Maester Walys and Ser Gerold) who were involved with the Starks. Lynesse's marriage brings her north. Maester Walys was allegedly part of the Rickard Stark's southron ambition, which I personally don't buy into at all. Gerold Hightower was there when both Brandon and Rickard were executed and he was later at the ToJ with Lyanna. That's not even mentioned that he would have been well aware of the PtwP prophecy and he would have been a Kingsguard when Summerhall burned down. I don't think it's a coincidence that the Wall is mentioned as a place that someone can see from the Hightower. Their House words are We Light the Way and their Valyrian steel sword is named Vigilance and they are said to have dabbled in alchemy and necromancy, and they have spell books since Leyton Hightower is consulting allegedly consulting those with the Mad Maid (why is she called Mad?). I think the reason they didn't really bother all that much is because none of this is all that important. Leyton Hightower is Margaery's grandfather and he didn't even bother attending her wedding. Neither did any of his sons and daughters. If there ever was an occasion for one of them to get an early entrance into the story, it was then. But now Sam has turned up in Oldtown, with his stories of what happened at the Wall and he could easily gain access to the Hightower because his aunt is married to Leyton Hightower and his uncle has sought refuge there. And that's the other interesting thing. Leyton Hightower gave refuge to his brother-in-law after House Florent was attainted when Alester Florent joined Stannis. So he is essentially protecting a man whose castle is besieged by Garlan who is Leyton's grandson. Go figure.
  11. Nice to see them using the novella material for Bobbie’s story in the first couple of episodes.
  12. Maltaran

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Patience, Scot, it’s only been a day. A leadership challenge needs a fifth of the Labour parliamentary party to back it, my guess is that if Corbyn hasn’t set a date for his leaving in a month or so we’ll see movement among them to force him out. It’s worth noting that Michael Howard remained Tory leader for six months after losing the 2005 election, so it’s not unprecedented for Corbyn to stay on for a short while.
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  14. dog-days

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Point of view from someone who joined the Labour Party back in 2015 to vote Corbyn in (#marxistinfiltrator @dog-days), and continued a member until the local elections of May this year. I've never written or spoken much to anyone about my Labour party membership, and this thread at this time is as fitting a place as anywhere for a kind of obituary. My primary motive in joining and voting for Jeremy Corbyn was because he had opposed the Iraq War consistently. The first election I was eligible to vote in was in 2005, and was pretty scarring in some ways as it sunk in quite how little the British electorate cared about what its government got up to abroad. I'd somehow previously had the notion that the UK had moved away from its colonial mentality - in my adult life, I've seen plenty of reasons to suggest that it ain't necessarily so. Despite my lefty politics, I hadn't felt able to vote for Labour in 2005, 2010 or 2015; in my eyes it was still poisoned by the events of 2003. It was a relief to me to have a Labour leader stand up in the dispatch box following the Chilcot report and say that his party had been wrong. No weaselly, "with the benefit of hindsight...", "had we but known" etc. Even so, after agonizing a lot during Owen Smith's leadership challenge, I voted for Smith not Corbyn. I didn't like Smith - to me he seemed rather oily and untrustworthy (but then, so do the majority of politicians elected to high office ), but at least he was from Ponty, and seemed more likely to win a general election for Labour than Corbyn, whom I still liked more. However, with homeless people increasing on the streets, and elderly people needing help, and many other issues, I started to feel that the most important thing was to get a government in power who wouldn't just hand-out tax cuts to their mates and stoke up xenophobia and fear in general to hide what they were doing. I wasn't inclined to blame Corbyn for the results of the Brexit referendum - whatever stupid piece of nepotism put Jack Straw's son in charge of the Remain campaign gets the overall prize. But the unclear position afterwards, and the hopeless way allegations of antisemitism were handled, and the increasing feeling that Corbyn was locked up in his inner circle and unable to engage with what was actually happening, pushed me further and further away. I voted Lib Dem in the local elections this year. When Alastair Campbell got himself kicked out of the party, I decided I might as well go too - my money could be more usefully spent on a charity. I received a long and pompous copy-and-paste email from the head of my constituency association, which I didn't bother to reply to. And that was that.
  15. still didn't even attempt to answer the question. Need I repeat it?
  16. Maithanet

    NFL 2019 4th Quarter: Die Like an Eagle

    I really hope that Mahomes looks like himself come playoff time. He was definitely not right in that game vs the Pats, although still good enough to win it in the end.
  17. Ser Scot A Ellison

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Why is the wider Labour Party allowing the “Momentum Group” to continue to hold control when they just suffered the worst defeat they’ve had since 1983? What leverage does this group now have to hold on to their control?
  18. Jaime L

    NFL 2019 4th Quarter: Die Like an Eagle

    Twilight works for me. Brees/Rodgers are still around and good, but no longer clearly the elites. And Brady looks somewhere halfway between 2018 Brady and 2015 PFM. Would much rather have L-Jax/Mahomes/Wilson as my QB in the playoffs at this point over any of them. At least when healthy those are the 3 most unstoppable players in football easily. Dak/Watson have better stats but I'd take Brees/Rodgers and probably even Brady over them based on playoff savvy.
  19. Tyrion1991

    Why isn’t House Hightower more important?

    Yeah but that closeness and how much George has been pushing Euron as this big arch villain. I can’t see him losing against the Hightowers and the narrative requires him to have that win. Plus, he seems to be killing all the male Lords he finds and sacrificing the women. So if Oldtown falls I don’t see it going too well for Hightower. Is it going to be a siege where we have to wait for Dany or even Aegon to show up? Maybe. It’s not impossible but it feels like Euron is on the cusp of having his big win to establish him as an end game threat. George could be playing with the idea that while Lord Leyton has been distracted by the high level magic and prophecy he’s ignored the very material threat on his doorstep. Think Ogra from the Dark Crystal and her Orrery. I am not sure this is George subtly introducing this major faction that knows what’s going on and is going to be a swing state. It the theory that Lord Leyton is Doran Martel but actually good and has magic.
  20. The Mother of The Others

    NFL 2019 4th Quarter: Die Like an Eagle

    Twas yet another Saints loss to a last play of the game anti-miracle. Yet one of the best games I've ever seen, so it's largely forgiven. And the main question remaining is will the Ravens QB sustain his career altering injury before or after winning this year's bowl?
  21. Platypus Rex

    Will some POV Characters stop being POV?

    Theon is not dead yet. I'm not sure what exactly we will need to see, in his location, before other POVs find out. But whatever it is, Theon can see it. But again, I'm not ruling out Asha. I just don't know enough to know she is essential, and I think neither do you. Are not Arya and Tyrion and Dany going to be returning to Westeros at any point? If we need a POV in Dorne, why cannot one of these 3 provide one? And if not them maybe Barristan (if he does not die) can be sent on a Dorne mission. But why do we need more Dorne POV? The purpose of Hotah is to give us a few vague clues as to what Doran is planning (and perhaps some other things) without actually telling us what Doran is planning. Maybe GRRM thinks he has now given us enough clues. Maybe we will not get more clues until Doran springs his suprises upon the world. We will find out when Cersei and Dany, and maybe certain other people interested in Westerosi politics find out. When the shit hits the fan, and Dany and Cersei find out about the surprises Doran has sprung upon the world, Hotah's chapters will have already done their job, by showing that GRRM has been building up to these things and not just pulling them out of his backside at the last minute. So far, that is exactly what she has done. GRRM has some hidden clue he wanted to give us, and used Mel's POV to give it to us. Does he need her for more stuff? I don't know. But his original plan was not to use her at all. He may be done already with her for all I know. I'm unconvinced. If the threads of the story are really going to start coming together, then GRRM can have fewer POVs and still have lots of characters. Believe it or not, some authors have managed to write entire complex multi-character novels from a single POV.
  22. Tyrion1991

    Why isn’t House Hightower more important?

    He went back into his tower when the Long Summer began? So the Long Summer began with the Tourney of Lanniport? Odd coincidence. Did he leave his tower much before then? Seems kind of odd. Why would him marrying Lynesse to Jorah be important? I get his father is at the NW but there are other Houses which could afford similar proximity/access and greater influence at the wall. Not to mention the NW would take any soy he sent to them.
  23. CJ McLannister

    Why isn’t House Hightower more important?

    Yes... They have power. And every lord in the realm should be wary of any sign of their influence on either of those supposedly neutral institutions. But they also have a responsibility to defend them.
  24. A wilding

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Interesting question. The answer is open to argument, but here is my opinion. Firstly UK politics has tended to rely on an "unwritten constitution" that has few teeth and relies on politicians voluntarily following it. However the last few years have seen the unwritten constitution flouted repeatedly. This is just one more example of how UK politics has changed. Secondly Corbyn, and the Momentum group that surrounds and supports him, consider completing their takeover of the Labour party to be vital. (Far more vital than beating Johnson in yesterday's election.) This makes them willing to bend the rules to ensure Corbyn's departure does not weaken their grip. Thirdly the wider Labour party, which would generally be handing Corbyn the cup of hemlock at this point, has already made multiple attempts to remove him and failed, thus weakening their position. Though I would not be at all surprised to see them mounting another formal challenge to unseat him if he lingers too long.
  25. Alyn Oakenfist

    A list of historical parallels

    That's a very interesting idea especially seeing as Richard was vilified by the Tudors and his supporters (especially Shakespeare) when in real life though probably very ruthless he was not nearly the monster he is depicted (there are strong doubts that he did actually murder his nephews, Henry Tudor would be just as likely). So yeah I can see a Lannister victory resulting in Ned being portrayed as some kind of Richard III.
  26. He has insecurities as any 2nd son might have, me personally being a 2nd son can relate much with him, what Ned says is in no way him having insecurities as Lord, the man excelled at that, just that even having been more succesful than both his father and brother he still considered that Brandon was the man as Asha puts it "a little brother might live to be a hundred and he'd still be the little brother", unlike Stannis, Ned ever let those thoughts to cloud his judgment and that's why he's a pretty damn good Lord.
  27. Zorral

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Is it really the case, that all this time there was not a single person in all the UK competent enough, energetic enough, intelligent enough, leadership capacity enough, to get her / him self as a replacement for Corbyn?
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