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  1. Sure those "great" houses were in power for a long time. And wars were constant during that time. Those houses were small time compared to the Targaryens. They were petty. While there were conflicts during the Targaryen years, peace was the dominant status. You can't say that for the preconquest period. The post Targaryen period is nothing but conflict. The Targaryens were good rulers overall. That's a fair criticism. Although Craster, who is a Stark, tossing his babies to the white walkers is worse. Stannis killing his brother with a shadow baby is awful too. He might just send his own daughter to the flames but we will see.
  2. Ummm, well Black Harren enslaved the people of the Riverlands. The Starks were butchering people to pamper their trees. The Targaryens were a definite improvement over Harren and the Starks. At least they tried to put the brakes on the north's horrific practice of the lord's right to the first night.
  3. Three hundred years is not a short amount of time. The Targaryens brought order to an unruly Westeros. They even tried to end the horrific northern practice of the lord's right to the first night. The Baratheons were in power for about fifteen years and two wars broke out. The Greyjoy Rebellion happened on their watch. The worst conflict in Westeros to have ever happened, the War of the Five Kings, started during their watch. Stannis and Renly were part of that war. So the Targaryens have the clear advantage over the Baratheons when it comes to ruling over a peaceful kingdom.
  4. Sam is a coward. It's not hating on him to say so. He is also a nice guy with a good mind. It was satisfactory. He handled Leo fine on that first meeting.
  5. Divine retribution would mean gods exists. They don't. What happened to the rebels is due to cause and effect. Robert and his friends lacked the competence to properly run Westeros. Take the Starks. They were capable local powers in their corner of the world. Put them in a bigger pond and their competence is taxed. What the Targaryens held for hundreds of years fell apart within fifteen years of Baratheon rule. The Anti Targaryens can make all of the excuses they want but that is fact. The Baratheons could not hold Westeros together for even twenty years. The killing and exiling of children is not rare in Westeros. The popular youtube commentator, Preston Jacobs, has a good theory on what the north was doing with their bastard babies. I hate what happened to Rhaegar's family. I hate even more what happened to Queen Rhaella and her children. But cruelty like that happens in Westeros. Tywin murdered families in his day. War killed children by the thousands. The gods would not frown even if they existed. Southron Ambitions is a nice theory. We may get proof in the Winds of Winter. The houses who rebelled would deserve condemnation if the conspiracy existed. But we need to take a deep breath and remember a line from Ellaria Sand. All of the people involved in the SA conspiracy as well as Aerys are all dead. Revenge is not needed. We can discuss and debate. As always we will root for our favorite houses and wish hell and damnation on those we don't for the sake of talking.
  6. I don't like it. Bran has not taken enough risk to serve the people. He made the journey to the north for his own benefit. It's like saying Sansa should rule. She doesn't deserve it. It doesn't sound good to me. I don't like Jon but at least he has done some good for others besides himself. He has some basis to earn the right to lead. I don't think it will happen because he is the lone wolf. His brothers at the Wall 86ed him. The people of the north will be pissed with him for arranging the marriage of lady Karstark to Sigorn. They will see this as an example of Jon attacking the Karstarks for leaving Robb. Jon will be persona non grata in the north. However, Jon could end up leading the Wildlings. He can become the king in the North in a roundabout way. For example, the Boltons and Stannis could cancel each other out. The power vacuum in the north will be filled by the Wildlings. Jon could lord over Winterfell and the north if this should occur.
  7. I don't have a problem with it; as long as it's only Stark boys being sacrificed. They can keep the north. It's not a valuable expanse of land.
  8. The peasants play dumb to keep from offending their lords and ladies.
  9. This adds to Marwyn's mystery and charisma. I am among those who believe Marwyn is Martin within the pages of the books. He is the one who knows all. It is fitting for him to have been the one to deliver baby Daenerys.
  10. Good point. This conflict will come to its conclusion and it looks like the Starks will get the last laugh. And last it should be for both these two families. Arya will go down with hundreds of thousands of people in a blaze of sick glory. Arya will light the wildfire and send thousands of souls to the many faced god that she worships. The sweet taste of revenge will be hers but also the bitter taste of her own death.
  11. Green seers of the past must have broken a lot of minds. Playing with minds is like playing with porcelain.
  12. Mance Rayder and his Wildlings were sent by Lord Commander Jon Snow to bring his married sister to the wall. Abel and the women entered Winterfell and murdered Bolton household staff. That is a violation of guest rights. Mance is a man sworn to the Night's Watch. He is under Jon's command. It was Jon who ordered him to get Arya and set him loose on the north. Jon even ordered Dolorous Edd to find the women and bring them to the wall in order to complete Mance's disguise. Mance and his crew sheltered with the Boltons and ate food from their table. They killed Bolton soldiers. Therefore, Mance, Jon, and the wildling women are all guilty of violating the sacred laws of guest rights.
  13. Egg and his underlings did everything right but Dany is Azor Ahai. Egg and Rhaegar are both guilty of thinking themselves important. They were just regular guys. Dany is the person mentioned in the eastern prophecies who would bring back the dragons. The Prince Who Was Promised needed to have quite pure blood and Egg was part Dayne. Both of the parent have to be Targaryen in order to possess the magic needed to bring the dragons back.
  14. The one thing they have in common was having a wacko superior that had to be stopped. Bowen's pinky finger has more character than Jaime's soul.
  15. Didn't George Martin said he regretted making a big deal of eye color? I think he did. Eye color is not going to prove anything. Planetos has many humanoid life forms. The Targaryens are the descendants of the demigods who were the builders and rulers of the first empire to rise. All the other humanoids were subjects of this ruling dynasty. The first men were the first of the humans. That explains their primitive facial features. This is the coarse look of the north. The blood betrayal is very similar to the story of Cain and Abel. The descendants of the red emperor are destined to carry the punishment for his sins. We will need access to history and see if any particular family in Old Valyria had particularly bad luck. The Targaryens are the most fortunate of all families from Old Valyria.
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