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  1. Orphalesion

    Season 8 Official Trailer Released

    Yeop at least it will be an ending at all. I wasn't a fan of the last 2-3 seasons, but I gotta admit the trailer made look forward to the conclusion of the show. It looks like an epic last stand against the oncoming darkness, and well, I like story lines like that. If the last books are released I'm hoping for something similar (if more complicated) to happen there as well. I'm intrigued especially by the scene of Cersei crying alone in the throne room. It looks like she's wearing one of her wrap dresses from the earlier seasons...would be interesting if that is the case and whether it means something. I disliked the way the show portrayed Cersei's rise and reign, but maybe they can at least pull a decent payoff to the whole piece of reeking dung that was her storyline last season... There are many good endings in all kinds of fiction that are "climactic" so....false.
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    The Long Night Casts Two Leads

    I'm very unenthusiastic about the Long Night. Imho, this along with a story set in pre-Fall Valyria has waaaaaay too little to do with the Book storyline to be really interesting. Either it would have to be so different that you gotta ask why this is even related to GoT or (and that's the way it unfortunately looks) it will be so similar that you gotta wonder what people even did in the thousands of years between this and the main story. Though tbh I'm also kinda worried that this will basically be Vikings set in the Song of Ice and Fire universe and I'm not that interested in watching yet another smelly, growly, uber-macho culture. I'm not a fan of Valyria, but I'd take Valyria over the North. That being said Vikings is actually a good example of how a socialite might still exist in primitive society. Socially speaking Viking-era Scandinavia still resembled a Bronze age culture and even there you have socially minded, powerful and ambitious women like Aslaug and Siggy (god that was a stupid name for a Viking woman) that could be likened to socialites. And even so, remember that the Minoan civilization and early Egypt were Bronze Age cultures, and had a high level of sophistication. So yes it's possible that a the wife/favored concubine of a chieftain or petty king in a prosperous part of Westeros would live in relative luxury and high society. Even if those luxuries should, realistically, consist of a couple of ornamental armlets, a shadowcat pelt and a white linen robe.
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    Do Targaryen names mean anything in Valyrian?

    So what does the name Jon mean in the ASOIaF universe? Remember on Planetos there exists no language called Hebrew, so it can't be a corruption of Yehohanan and the 2-3 in-between languages needed in order to transform Yehoanan into Jon don't exist either. Likewise the meaning of "Yahweh is Gracious" would be nonsensical on Planetos, since there is no religion dedicated to the Abarahamic God in existence there. Following the same thought process, there is no Latin, Old French or US American spelling variations of French names in Westeros in order to produce Margaret and then transform it into Marjorie and finally Margaery. So it can't mean pearl in Westeros. And there's no Germanic languages either that could provide Robert with it's real-world meaning of "bright fame". So please, enlighten us, what do Jon, Margaery or Robert mean in Westerosi or the Old Tongue "if you go back far enough"? And what is the meaning of completely made up names like Loras or ? Unlike Tolkien, GRRM just doesn't provide a meaning for the vast majority of the names, nor any dictionaries for the source languages those names must be derived from. Mostly because the language of the people in Westeros and Essos idn't a focus in the story, unlike Middle Earth that arose mostly so that Tolkien could have a world for his languages. So until GRRM provides meanings, every name in ASOIAF is just a name without meaning that quite often resembles a real world name.
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    Little Questions That Don't Fit Anywhere Else Part 3

    Yeah I know we didn't see her training, just wanted to point out that oversight. And well, I don't think the bulk of 12 year olds, boy or girl, are the "fighting kind" either and it didn't sound like they'd get a choice....
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    The execution of Janos Slynt was personal and it was not justice.

    *Comes back after months of absence, because there was nothing to talk about* Hey everybody so what are ya.... *Sees yet another "Jon Snuuu is EBILLLLL!!!!!!!" thread* ....never mind. See you when Season 8 of GoT hits. *Leaves again*
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    Secret Targ - possibly crackpot

    You also gonna ask that in the next thread that's proposing an alternate parentage for Dany (i.e. anything but her actual parents, Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen) or an alternate parentage for Jon (again, anything but his actual parents, Rhaegar and Lyanna)? Or the next thread that proposes Daario is Euron is Mance Rayder is Rhaegar is Quaithe? Because this joke thread is a lot more entertaining than those joke threads.
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    Details on Prequel Pilot Revealed

    Ugh.... Personally I'm really worried that it will take all the myths like a first hand account that is 100% true (so no ambiguity about what is real or exaggerated) and show a Planetos were ridiculously little has changed (like perhaps Winterfel looking just like it did on the current series and things like that)
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    Incest Deficiencies, or lack thereof

    First of all I wasn't the one who brought up the issue, that was the person whom I quoted, so I'm not sure why you are lecturing me about it. And something doesn't have to be constantly condemned, nor do the victims have to be blamed to be portrayed in a negative light. Gilly doesn't have to be called an abomination and Ned doesn't have to call for the heads of Cersei's children. Ned has a lot of compassion and he still is haunted by the dead Targaryen children, so of course his first impulse would be to ensure the safety of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella. And he still isn't "Oh yay! Incest! Good for you!" he just understands that condemning them now won't help anybody or undo the mess they have created. I can't remember him condemning them for high treason either, he just wants those kids to get somewhere safe. But I'm sure you noticed that within the narrative both the relationship Craster has to his daughter, nor the relationship Cersei and Jaime is portrayed as anything but horrible and wrong for the weaker party involved. Craster rapes his daughters and takes away their children, while Cersei and Jaime feed each others' worst impulses. Same with Gilly, Stannis (who's opinions don't count anyway) aside, nobody condemns her because she's the victim, but the perpetrator, Craster, is consistently portrayed in a negative light and seen as creepy and undesirable by pretty much everyone. So yes, incest does get condemned. And the thing about incest taboos in our world being "about superstition and nonsense" is completely wrong. You are doing our ancestors a great disservice by acting like they were too stupid to recognize that "laying with your sister" leads to a higher possibilities of unhealthy children. They were not morons only because they didn't have genetic studies yet. The incest taboos come originally from a sensible and rational angle, it was just later married with a religious taboo because back then that was the easiest way to get people to do (or refrain form doing) something. Most of those religious taboos originally came from a reason that made sense for the time and the culture(s) involved, they didn't just sit around in a circle and thought of things to ban or condemn for the heck of it. Really, that's like saying ancient peoples could have never built Stonehenge/the Pyramids because they didn't have precision tools and machinery yet.
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    Incest Deficiencies, or lack thereof

    What? There are people who think GRRM is pro-incest? Do they somehow miss or willfully ignore how every example of Incestuous relationships is either portrayed as very, very psychologically messed up (or outright rape in cases like Craster and his daughter-wives) or having bad consequences (or both)?
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    Identity of Quaithe

    Nah He was too busy warging Edmure, Daario and a random pheasant at the time.
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    Identity of Quaithe

    I noticed you feel attacked quite easily and seem to think in absolutes. I'm not talking about people who quote passages complete passages for clarity (to follow up on the other post that upset you so much) or notice some symbols that are definitely there. I'm talking about the more far-out cases that really quote whole chapters or who insist that every single thing in there series is a symbol (Sansa did something at the hur of the Bat -> it's because of her Whent heritage!!!11!!!!, some random black alley cat was described as a black bastard ->It's warged by Bloodraven!!!!!) Look up the Old Varys is a Merman crackpot to understand the levels I'm talking about. But if you choose to feel attacked, despite it not being my intention, there's not really anything I can do about it. I would like to say that I'm sorry, but I am not, so that would be lying.
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    Identity of Quaithe

    Thank you! I wish I could like your post just for that. The fandom has taken those things to ridiculous levels. Sadly i don't get the reference, but in my defense I'm quite sleep deprived and will go to bed after this message. Silly me! Character with Q.... OMG, she was Quinn Morgendorffer from Daria????
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    Things you found oddly amusing

    I can only say again that I laughed out loud when the training method of the Unsullied was described. Such ridiculous, over-the-top villainy And I found a lot of what we saw of Ramsay very entertaining, he's just so happy about being a ridiculous cartoon bad guy.
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    The Three-Eyed-Crow is Old Nan, not Bloodraven

    So...another joke thread, only this time it makes up a ridiculous theory for comedic effect rather than turning a simple fact into a theory?
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    Secret Targ - possibly crackpot

    ^What he said. Also; is this even a theory if it doesn't quote entire chapters et verbatim, highlighting random words using HTML colours?
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    Identity of Quaithe

    Quaithe is the mother and daughter of Mellisandre. No but seriously, I'd say Quaithe of Asshai is Quaithe of Asshai and nobody else.
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    Secret Targ - possibly crackpot

    What? Nah....! Next you're gonna tell us that the Mountain and the Hound are brothers (anybody remember that thread? ) Still I like this thread better than 95% of other crackpot threads.
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    Forest guy who only blames human beings

    Yup definitely doesn't sound like Elves. No George, I believe you, the CotF aren't your version of Elves. No. Not at all. No. It's just a coincidence that they are long-lived, magical, close to nature and are past their prime and fading in the "world of men".
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Again. Even if that were the case. So. Freaking. What? What do you want now? Do you want us all to swear an oath how "nasty ebil and possibly smelly as well" Jon Snow is? Because I'd have to decline that, on account of multiple reasons. Yeah sucked to be those serving men I guess, but such is Westeros, it's a brutal, primitive society where people were in much higher risk of being killed than today. Nobody's gonna avenge the Boltons. Nobody. Anywhere. Ever. So Mance, and Jon, would still be safe. The Seven simply don't exist and the Old Gods are the uploaded minds of the Children of the Forest, who right now only care about how to deal with the Others. So there wouldn't be any divine retribution either. And this is a series where most heroic characters frequently do shady or downright repulsive things. This leads to the question....so what? To which nobody has given an answer yet.
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Or removing a problematic Warden of the north that caused strive and disunity throughout the region would have helped uniting the North against the Others... And sorry, I cannot take anybody seriously who calls Marsh "Poor Bowen Marsh" in a way that's not meant to be irronic. "Awww poor widdle Mawshy..." "Go 'way ebil Jon Snu, only wan be a gud Watch!" This is basically what I've been trying to explain for the last few days, thanks for listing it up like that again
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Oh man "for teh Watchz!!!!!!!!" eh? Sure thing Yes i fault Bowen. If Jon's death would stick, he would have killed one of the few people who actually recognize the actual threat the Others pose and is willing to do the dirty work that's needed to survive them. Yes, rules are important. But sometimes rules ought to be broken. Jon broke the rules by having Wildlings and Stannis at the wall, but well, it's the Apocalypse and old rules ought to be broken if anything in Westeros is supposed to survive. Blindly following rules isn't going to help anybody. And no I won't fault Jon for undertaking a covert operation to liberate his sister and then refusing the demands of a sadist to hand over civilians that are under his protection (remember the letter asks for Shireen, Mellisandre and Selyse as well) But then again the way you fault Jon, you probably also fault Jaime for preventing Aeries from blowing up King's Landing, eh? And still nobody has given me a good reason why I should care about whether what Mance did was "against the guest rights" in a series where the heroes of the story frequently act immoral. Either you guys really hate Jon and just want an echo chamber of that sentiment, or you guys really, really like Ramsay and want to defend your sweet little sadist. Or where those nameless serving men your favourite characters? You guys are really just blaming Mance for being smart about the whole thing. Also I just poked around google a bit, there's nothing that explicitly says that the Wildlings even hold the guest right that highly, recognize it by the same categories or indeed whether they have it at all... ^This.
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Aside form all the flaws of an idea like that: But that's the problem, the moment we accept the theory that the Seven work through human proxies, then we can't be sure anymore which actions are taken in their service and which are not. The Maiden is associated with virgins and singers. Maybe she sent Mance, a singer, to avenge and save Jeyne Pool (who until recently was a maiden) And actions in service of the gods couldn't be sins,now could they? So using that argument to expect divine wrath to rain down upon Mance/Jon/Mel for breaking the guest rights agains those "poor innocent widdle Boltons" (even if they had broken it) is basically useless. The Guest Right isn't so highly regarded because "the gods say so", but because it was an important custom that allowed violent societies (such as the Westerosi one) to function (and it was still broken often enough). And since society in the North and the Riverlands has all but collapsed anyway, well...
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    Who is the rightful Baratheon heir?

    Oh defenitely. And if there's a point when the Westerosi might accept the replacement of a Great House would be the return of the Targaryens and the War for the Dawn, definitely is it.
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    Who is the rightful Baratheon heir?

    I don't think a new house will be picked, unless Daenerys remains so pissed at the Baratheons that she personally makes sure that the name and colours never rise again. Consider that in the vale they are just preparing to turn Harry Hardying into Harry Arryn just so they can keep the ruling name and banner, I'm sure they can find some vaguely-Baratheon related person to become the next Lord Baratheon. Westeros likes continuity.
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    And did you just miss how the story frequently points out that there might be some errors with that line of thinking? And was it the gods coming down from above or out of the weirwood trees to smite them with their righteous power? Or were they killed by people? Because in the version I read Vrgo was killed by Gregor and Gregor by Oberyn, not by the Warriors sword or the Father's stern gaze. And why would the gods take so many years to punish them? They're bloody gods they can do things whenever they want. And if you claim they act through people, then show me the evidence that the liberation of Jeyne Pool by Mance wasn't the "gods" punishing Ramsay, who's a murderer, rapist, oath breaker, kinslayer...