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  1. Since you guys mention it, the character I immediately think of is Petyr Baelish, who might be in part an homage to Eddison's Lord Gro. It's been years since I read it, but he is a character who tries to play multiple parties against each other; it culminates in him striking down both friend and foe on a battlefield, and saying it is all the same anyway. He also is desperately in love with a woman, which influences his strategies, and makes him into a tragic figure, although like Baelish, his expedient worldview makes him impossible to really like (at least for me). Especially in contrast to the characters around both of them who make great sacrifices in order to honor their commitments. Another more broad comparison is the sense of scale in both stories, both in time (many ages of history) and in the grandeur of the great houses. Big castles, big parties, prehistoric rivalries. There are also war atrocities that are shocking to read, against civilians. Not that that's rare in fantasy, but the way it's presented as a normal part of their wars, not an aberration, is a similarity between the two. The idea behind Gorice's cyclical existence might be compared to the Others, since he's always coming back, and always malevolent. I really love 'Ouroboros', and I enjoy working to decode the language as I go, it's kind of fun and not unlike the extra effort that goes into Shakespeare. I've just started Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' and I can see it's going to be a similar experience.
  2. It would be an awful lot to ask of the Northern lords to accept Tyrion Lannister as the Lord of Winterfell at this stage of the game. If Bran were able to fill that role, Sansa could conceivably remarry/be married to Tyrion, but on the show that's pretty much ruled out. This is putting aside whether either of them would want that anyway. I don't think Sansa is his type, neither show nor book. As for her tastes, he's only her type on the show, since show Sansa has probably come to appreciate strength of character over beauty, and show Tyrion is a saint as we know.
  3. Weird how that happened - I couldn't find an explicit naming of Viserion either. I didn't watch the behind the scenes clip yet, about the ice battle - maybe someone said its name then? Seems like a strange omission for Dany not to say anything, and stranger if everyone assumed it was Viserion without evidence.
  4. If Bronn can swim to the bottom of that lake, remove all Jaime's armor, his sword, and his gold hand, bring him to the surface, revive him if need be, and still sneak them away without being seen by a thousand or so people who saw them go down in the first place, then I will be... watching Game of Thrones, I guess.
  5. Jaime really showed what he was made of, there. He knew it was a long shot, but he had to take that shot, because of his sense of duty. I don't think that he had a death wish or anything like that. He's the guy who puts himself on the line for his people. So it's a good sign that they are back on track with his redemption arc.
  6. I agree - if Tyrion frees Jaime, he'd better plan to make a run for it himself. I also agree, wholeheartedly, that the show has been wasting Jaime terribly. What I'm wondering is what this might tell us about the books. If Jaime is in fact drowned (nobody thinks this is likely, I don't either, but it's possible) then what does it mean for Jaime and Brienne's Stoneheart situation? I'm hoping against hope that they both survive that encounter, because of Jaime's prophetic dream about Brienne way back. If he's drowned, though, maybe that means he also dies in the books well before endgame.
  7. Jaime needs a pardon for killing her father - she could summarily execute him for it if she felt like it. She probably won't because he's a good hostage and it would alienate Tyrion, but it wouldn't be regarded as illegal by the general population. After all, he broke his Kingsguard vows, and just because Robert pardoned him doesn't mean Dany has to - her claim is that Robert was a usurper anyway. What I'm hoping is she sees this as an opportunity. Offering to clear his name would be huge for him. Back in the early seasons they regularly reminded us how much he resented the label Kingslayer, and the books never stopped reminding us. She would make herself look magnanimous, and willing to make a clean break from her father's nasty ways. As for the battle, there is no question he had a right to try to kill her, it's the rules of war universally acknowledged. It's like Vegas - what happens on the battlefield stays on the battlefield. She would look nuts to persecute him for that.
  8. This could be a great scene, I think - if Dany means it when she acknowledges her father's evil and insanity, and given that she has Tyrion's account of why Jaime killed Aerys, then she could tell Jaime that he was justified in his Kingslaying. It would blow his mind, I think! Especially after he tried to kill her (she was totally fair game, though, as a combatant on the field, I hope she'll acknowledge that too). She could offer to clear his name when she takes the throne. But would he then admit to Tywin's involvement in the murder of Aerys's other children? So much to work with, and all of it earned - let's hope they don't blow it. They'll probably focus on Tyrion/Jaime, however. And hey, Jaime might just be drowned! Hope not.
  9. Good stuff LV! You should get a writing gig. I can imagine a non flying dragon wight wreaking havoc on a battlefield- that would be real Robert E Howard quality stuff. oh well time for work, thanks for your thoughts!!!
  10. My favorite part: Dany: We all enjoy what we're good at. Jon: I don't. Dany: [hard look]
  11. If your spoiler proves true, This is just wild speculation on my part, though. Tyrion suffers far more in the books than in the show, in general, and he is MUCH more bitter. Imagine Varys riding a dragon! Imagine him and a dragon having a casual conversation about the weather when no one is looking.
  12. That makes me think that the show might have one injured, not killed, by the ballista, and Tyrion might bond with that dragon by nursing it to health again. It seems like a real possibility in the books, after reading the WoW Tyrion II chapter.
  13. Yeah, Euron's a clownish shadow of his book self. And losing a dragon to a glorified arrow... but it's just a show; I should probably just relax! I think you're right about timing - once they've got another dragon rider, it's back to the low-stakes game, and all the good work they've done to make Dany less invincible is out the window. In the books, though, I totally hope Tyrion at least has a meaningful interaction with (perhaps a wounded) Viserion during the Battle of Fire events. But then I'm nearly convinced of A+J=T, so that's possibly my confirmation bias at play. I think a major enough event on the show would be Jon riding a dragon to break a siege of Winterfell by the army of the dead, probably just in the nick of time, and that's definitely a season 8 moment if it comes. Also, Dany had a vision of the Red Keep as a smoking ruin - she'll probably be riding the dragon that does that, but Tyrion would certainly pull a move like that, and it would be cathartic for his story. Also wouldn't happen until the last season. Saving Dany from a jam feels like a possible scenario for the show. But the most likely reason for another rider would be the final showdown with the Others, as you say.
  14. Yes, well, I've certainly gotten used to disappointment with the show writers! Just last night they had a Braavosi complaining about downturn in the slave trade. In the books I've come to expect logic. In the show, it's the MST3K mantra whenever possible. I like the show, I don't want to bash it too much, but it's true. Now that they have seen Dany ride, the show characters at least have an example to follow. If Dany gets into trouble, or if the Others pass the wall, it will be heightened enough dramatically to justify radical occurrence by show standards. They could find out about possible Targ connections later - has the show ever even asserted that only Valyrians can ride?
  15. That may be true - but the show has not really established what it takes to ride. Dany has an ill-defined psychic connection, and mounted Drogon in a moment of need. And she speaks Valyrian. By the loose rules they've established, they could stick either Jon or Tyrion on a dragon; Jon is a Targ without doubt, and Tyrion has already hung out with the dragons successfully. They might not have total control like she does, but they still might achieve some key goal in a moment of need. My instinct is that they want that moment to happen. Just a feeling I have.
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