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  1. No, but Stannis has a duplicitous fire witch who loves to push him to the brink. Ramsay is probably wondering himself how that went off so smoothly.
  2. Yeah, they could have spelled it out more clearly, but i think strategically he had no choice. If he retreats to the wall he wont have a second shot till spring, and with provisions running out at the wall this means losing all sellswords. Not to mention the WW advancing. Only by going to winterfell does he have a chance of getting back momentum, gathering northern forces, and then striking at the WW. At the wall he is a joke. It is not about starvation, it is about realizing the last chance to, in his mind, save the whole realm. If you want to blame anyone, blame Mance for not joining in with Stannis, or Jon for being too honor bound (curse of the Starks).
  3. Is this a crackpot idea?: Mel knew the attack by Ramsay was coming and she not only did not prevent it, but helped either by some nifty guard glamoring, or fire accelleration. That would explain why it was such a rapid and effective attack. It would suit her, as she can use the dire situation to push Stannis over the edge. She forces a sacrifice, to prove to herself as much as others that her prophecies are true. And after the sacrifice Stannis is all-in. No way back. He is now hers.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP507 Discussion

    I like how the show drew a parallel between Roose and Stannis when they showed both 'validating' their imperfect children (diseased/illegitimate) in very similar scenes (you are MY daughter/son!). I think it is not impossible that in the end Stannis might end up being revealed a greater monster than Roose, though for seemingly 'higher' reasons. And already, is it really that much better to burn people alive to supplicate a god, than to flay people to keep the peace? If I just go by show story, I could imagien that in the end it will be Stannis who without too much prodding from Mel sacrifices his daughter, while Roose turns out to be god knows what, something OTHER, that while cold and alien, is not fantatical in its violence.
  5.    Watching the show, I assumed that the men in masks who ambushed the unsullied were not your ordinary Harpy members, but perhaps skilled pit fighters, paid off or otherwise coerced by the wealthy and still influential Harpy organisation. The show mentioned the pit fighters often enough to clue viewers in. Why would the noble men do the dirty work themselves? It is not like they ever had before. The masks don't just serve to provide anonymity, they also mystify, make them look amorphous and uniform, so that the skills of a few hired pit-fighters can imbue the whole Harpy organization with the reputation of deadly effectiveness. Which is essential as their first goal is terror, rather than a direct threat to the power. They want to give the impression of a formidable and ruthless enemy hiding behind every corner and ready to strike at anyone. As to the man hiding in the wall - it seemed to me just a little too convenient. Daario discovering seemingly intuitively, the guy being decked out in Harpy gear so as to leave no doubt to his involvement, Daario being the (only) one to question him, the guy pleading guilty. I felt like it was set up by Daario for reasons yet to be unveiled. He (or the rest of the Harpy) could have easily coerced some poor schmuck who for whatever reason fell out of favor (let yourself be found, pleas guilty, or your family buys it) However, I have not read the books and only watched the show once, so feel free to disregard my observations.
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