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  1. Perhaps since they are his own children (was not the case with Jaehaerys) Viserys feels it's less controversial.
  2. Great episode. There is valid criticism but some folks are worse than Soviet Judges.
  3. It was inevitable that a lot was going to be cut, even with the canon here being a sliver of what D&D had.
  4. 9/10, loved it. There are flaws like anything else. But to those who keep citing Velayron being Black (since casting) or other changes so far - honestly not important and it really doesn't matter. Plus there is so little canon - one vague book covering some of the events here. Let them write.
  5. I don't buy the "dark Jon". I can see him having a darker side particularly if resurrected by the Lord of Light. But I think he will retain his memory and be more of a figure of justice and balance than evil or cruelty.
  6. In fairness, nobody "knew" of Joffrey as monstrous outside his inner circle because he had been the pampered, pompous, protected prince all of his life hidden behind Lannister Guardsmen. He did not have any authority, although the few instances where we see him give orders (to Sandor, to Mycah) it's clear who and what he is. Once he is crowned, he is still hiding in the Red Keep. The first time he leaves to see Myrcella off - we all know how that went. The incidents afterwards ie with the crossbow don't help. They do see him as a monster.
  7. Come the death of Robert, Renly on the throne was the best option for the longevity of the realm & most of our protagonists. It's amazing how many people are angered by this topic - a Renly lives scenario is quite fascinating.
  8. Of course. For better or worse, ASOIAF universe everything for me.
  9. I wish we had some concrete figures for demographics but, during the War of the Five Kings (pre-Aegon’s landing) -The Riverlands were devastated. Militarily high casualties, I would reckon civilians too (particularly given the Lannister tacticd). -The Crownlands see action too, but more civilians due to starvation and disease. -Westerlands suffer military casualties and I am sure some civilians. The Starks are noble but this is medieval warfare. -North is devastated in certain areas (Ironborn and possibly where Ramsay rampaged) but untouched civilian wise elsewhere (Barrowton, Last Hearth, White Harbor, the Rills…). Militarily massive casualties. Stormlands and Ironborn - some military from their respective battles. Reach - Bitterbridge brawl and some at Blackwater. Dorne and Vale - Vardis Egen, Oberyn, and the mountain clans.
  10. I always held the opinion that Tyrion was viewed as disposable asset (or to Tywin/Cersei, perceived/liability) who was a pawn to the real players. Even as he tries to prove them wrong, they still position him as such. Ex - for the Targaryens, he could be paraded as a gift to either hold hostage or execute (revenge) or to try to get rally support against his own family. For Baelish - scapegoat for his political scheming. For Varys - same as for the Targaryens, but also to cover his own behind with the incumbents. For Tywin - to stamp his name where useful, to stamp the blame for failures.
  11. I do not think he saw Cersei as an utter nut but viewed her the way most patriarchs viewed women in this period (with the added arrogance, mindset, and pride of good old Tywin). He saw her as a means of breeding the future for the crown (and thus a branch off of the Lannister bloodline). Not as one to hold meaningful political office. Nor would he let a male of another line take control of the Rock and the Westerlands. I think he was hoping for Jamie & would rather have one of Kevan’s kids (under his tutelage) if not Tyrek. Would not be as much of a win as his own bloodline but would be a male born from Tytos, like him.
  12. Oh as a general I agree 100 percent. I would not expect (nor want him to) lead his armies into battle. Kings in this world and ours were seldom good Kings and good generals as well. Robert was this and, briefly putting his reign aside, put himself at great risk in the battles he participated in. Thus he also put the kingdoms in political danger each time.
  13. Do you believe characters such as Cregan and his uncle serve a purpose for George in illustrating not only the different cultural of the North, but a “darker” and less Disney hero side than that which way Ned and Robb appear to be? Not saying that they are, but they can be seen in that light.
  14. I could say Blacks because I like the Starks and others backing the faction, but, for me it comes down to her being the designated heir. If Aegon II had been the designated heir, I would have backed the Greens.
  15. Yes, they will openly declare for Aegon. I believe all of the events in the Dornish saga have led to this. Dorne will play make up a significant portion of Aegon’s forces to go up against the Lannister Forces. Whether or not the Tyrells in King’s Landing and Tommen are still alive at that point.
  16. Yep, sucked for all. Well, Renly being shadowbabied was arguably bad for Westeros in my opinion.
  17. I try to be optimistic knowing that the night is dark and full of terrors.
  18. Fair points about the levies, but I would counter that would the Lannisters of Casterly Rock be able to furnish said army with war horses, equipment, and logistics in such massive supply and in short notice? Particularly the horses - they are not being raised in six months. And if one is familiar with war horses - they do take an extensive amount of time to train.
  19. True. But trained archers, the armor and arms, training for levies, war horses, heck horses used for logistical purposes…these aren’t assembled like dixie cups in a 21st century factory. These skills, pieces of equipment, animals bred for a purpose - this takes a long time. And Tywin is very much prepared for war, we have zero indication that this was some quick rally. Of course in the end the answer always comes down to George…
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