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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    Yes, that's the point. They're stuck in the past, because they had their lands (the Riverlands) taken from them by Aegon. The way they got those lands? By acting like they're trying to act now. It's a normal thing to cling to the past when the present sucks. We don't know everything about Euron yet, but it seems to me that there's a lot of 'cautionary tales' about the use of Magic in ASOIAF. Euron has been corrupted by magic, (I think it will turn out that it's been happening since he was very young, but that's all speculation). Much of the villainy in this story - the worst of the worst - are about corruption by power or magic (or both, as they seem linked). Take Ramsay - he's a genuine psychopath, and if he wasn't such a useful tool for Roose, would not have any power. But, he is, and he does, so we get to see a genuinely psychotic human being in power because his father's need for power is so great. Who is the true villain - the man who hunts women and skins men alive, or the leader who lets him? That's why the Ramsay story is intriguing. Well that statement makes it seem as though you know what the Others are even doing. Are you assuming that they're just making their way to the wall? You don't know that. You don't know what they're doing and why. to say they're moving slowly is ludicrous because you don't know the end goal. Remember that this is a universe where the predominant (only?) magical power is the ability to control things with your mind. It's completely consistent that there should seem to be not just one external control on people but many. In ASOIAF there are no gods. There's just people with an ability to control the actions (thoughts) of others. It's literally the whole point. Has everything gone Littlefinger's way? Of course not. If it had, he wouldn't be sitting having to appease the Lords Declarant, literally gambling with his life, right now.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    The bolded is absolutely not true. Not all Ironborn are raiders. That's like saying all Northerners marched South with Robb. And anyway, raiding is the only form of resource gathering available to them after being beaten back from the Riverland strongholds after crossing Aegon. They had lands before, and many want lands again (think of Asha's idea for peace and wanting Sea Dragon Point.) They're also not all bloody minded (think of the Harlaws). (In fact It would be correct to think of the Ironborn more like Scandinavians, and their army like Vikings. ) And if anything, AFFC introduces complexity to their society, because before that, all we saw was Balon Greyjoy's need for the 'Old Way', which is really just a rallying cry of those disillusioned by the way they had power removed from them 3 centuries earlier.
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    Cricket: ODIs Are Proper Cricket Edition

    ABD has never looked better, to be honest. I feel for him though - he makes such a killing at the IPL, wants to win a world cup, and is also his country's best Test batter at a time when the batting is looking pretty frail. Where does he cut down on his workload? Hopefully the sabbatical took care of those feelings but it's clear that test cricket is always going to be the first to go for him.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    It felt a bit arrogant, like they weren't taking it seriously.No way they don't learn from this. This really sets up the Aus series though - a fit-again Steyn doesn't necessarily have a guaranteed spot in this team.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    What was particularly satisfying is that we won on a pitch that wasn't a tailored, green, fast bowlers paradise.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    to be fair, it was more 'Wow India', that was great bowling. This is going to be a thrilling finish; you're never in on this wicket.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    I'm pretty sure it will be an alrounder, most likely Morris on his home ground.
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    Renly self insert

    I'd be sure to steer clear of Loras, he seems the jealous type.
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    When Ned confronted Cersei...

    Sisters feel that way about brothers though, especially twins. There's still a bridge to cross to get to incest. Ned got there very quickly, didn't even consider other suitors. Went' straight to incest. It's interesting, probably just a logic flaw from GRRM, but if it's not, I have to wonder why?
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    When Ned confronted Cersei...

    A more interesting question: why did Eddard jump straight to Jaime as the father?
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    High VS Low Litterature

    Will you be citing the forum when you hand in your assignment?
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    Who was the rightful king in the TWoFK?

    Agree 100%.
  13. The problem with this argument is that it assumes there are men out there who will only give unwanted attention if the clothing/lack thereof the woman is wearing falls under some threshold. As in "I won't grab a butt in jeans but I will if it's in a mini skirt." That argument doesn't hold up to scrutiny. It's also, still, very subtly, turning the blame on the victim.
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    Who was the rightful king in the TWoFK?

    This has always felt like a misconception to me. The monarchy was deposed, but Robert was chosen as king because he had Targaryen blood, not because he won.
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    Shouldn’t it be the War of the Six Kings?

    5 Kings were fighting each other. 2 were in rebellion against the crown, with 3 claiming the crown. The 2 in rebellion were actively at war as well. None were allied with the other. The War of 5 Kings. QED.
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