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    Greatest battle commanders at the start of ASoIaF

    I would agree if the question had not confined us to the start of the first book. But you are completely correct by the middle of the third book. She has risen to the occasion and learned the Art of War. Sun-Tzu would be proud. Tywin and Aegon the Conqueror would be proud to be her father.
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    Last One Standing

    Samwell is the one most like the author. Samwell.
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    House of the Undying. The Three Mounts

    The horse opened the hearts of the Dothraki to Daenerys. Victarion will open the hearts of the Ironborn to her. The blue rose will open the hearts of the northmen to Daenerys. Drogo died. Victarion and Jon will also die.
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    What do you think is going on?

    History was edited to favor the victor. So Old Nan is more than likely correct about the Night's King being a Stark. Craster is also more than likely a Stark and a descendant of the Night's King and his pale bride. That is what made his children special to the WW.
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    Prosperity without good intentions?

    What author meant was good intentions are not enough. Being a good person with a good heart and the right ideas are not enough. Case in point are the Baratheons and their dogs. Robert and Ned thought they could improve justice but they failed. Robert sent an assassin after an innocent girl. Stannis regularly burns people to death. If the realm had a misery index to measure the state of Westeros, it surely went bad during the Baratheon reign. Good intentions should be the motivation to rule. That is where it starts. But it is not enough by itself. It takes a team effort to manage a country. Aerys was a bad man but he just happened to have a knack for putting the right people in his small council and KG. Robert was a more moral man but his administration was too political. Politics put the wrong people on the council and the KG. That was mostly the fault of Jon Arryn but the buck stops with Robert.
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    Prosperity without good intentions?

    The Greyjoys rebelled under his watch. He bankrupted the realm.
  7. Daenerys seems to have this talent as well. I'm guessing the dreaming talent is very rare.
  8. I believe so. Aenar sold his property and bought Dragonstone.
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    House of the Undying. The Three Mounts

    He might get turned to wight by the Others and then he will have to be burned. Jon is already guilty of treason. He doesn't have to be Targaryen to get the flame broiled funeral.
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    GRRM speaks. Rolling Stone Interview 2014

    I opined on George Martin's idea of heroes in a recent thread and thought he is being cynical. It seems I may have assumed a little too much. Thank you for sharing his thoughts. He's not cynical and nihilistic. He has a story he wants to tell and he wants to be original. Nothing wrong in that. He likes grey characters and builds a system within the story whereby the fallen can redeem themselves.
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    Shade of the evening.

    The Shade trees and the Weir trees have symbiotics relationships with the Warlocks and the Greenseers. The blood indirectly feeds the Warlocks and the Greenseers. The two become linked. Feeding a tree anywhere feeds the trees everywhere.
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    Poll: Is Quentyn, Called 'Frog', Still Alive?

    Quentyn died. We have his own pov. He got flamed for attempted robbery.
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    George hates hero worship

    Arya is black. A child of that age who murders people without remorse nor feelings of guilt is black. The old man at the bar in Braavos and Dareon were not self-defense.
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    Quaithe Farman?

    There is a lot more to see than Asshai. Dany has a curious nature and exploration is not a bad calling for someone who has three dragons.
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    Top 5. Who will die in The Winds of Winter

    Victarion. That arm doesn't look healed to me. Hizdahr. The Shavepate will take advantage of the chaos of war and assassinate the Loraq. Samwell. He's not a healthy lad. A few more ounces and Samwell will have enough mass to generate his own gravity. Penny. She's helpless and unprotected around a company of sellswords. That's asking for something bad to happen. Illyrio. The Lannisters will know who finances Aegon and go after the money man. That's one angle to use against the enemy.