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  1. Artimicia

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    And to think reaity rality already does that... reality already does that.... All this time and energy to achieve what time could of done all on it's own... nice waste of time and space there.
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    GRRM speaks. Rolling Stone Interview 2014

    GRRM is an unreliable narrator himself, that's really all there is to say.
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    Greatest battle commanders at the start of ASoIaF

    None a single Roam Roman soldier from a middle era even could easily have taken any Westerosi character by and alrge large... The collapse ofRome is due almost entirely to fringe entities like the others etc that possibly number in the 100s even today if you were to analyze their historical real life counterparts and take that analogy forward to now. Westeros is the story of everyone else... and it's really just a random collection of folk of the street.
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    What is your theory on The Others?

    No theory there just vikings, very simple. Well I mean historically, dressed up in 21st and 20th century horror tropes basically.
  5. Dual monarchy? Like Sparta?
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    Why did George give daenerys everything

    I think to be more concrete... I think this GoT issue in general has gotten sensitive, will GRRM finish the series and all of that. Anyway I'm a semi seasoned reader and can remember this with Robert Jordan and others... Honestly the man is getting really distracted, he's distracted by a crush on Daenaerys and the women of the story. ASOIAF F is fundamentally about the men in the books, even the older men, it's a series that is defined by Tywin Lannister and Ned Stark, period, it's defined by the rural rustic north and the slightly more cosmopolitan but still ruthless south, period. Now we have all this crap about Age of Heroes and Dunk and Egg and spin offs and stuff no one cares about and where he really has no idea where he's going. He's talking about Bran the builder and all sorts of peripheral side stuff, instead of trying to be so encompassing here, get the nuts and bolts right, get Lannisters and Starks right and end the series where it began, with a resolution involving them, and that's that. And the show will ideally try to reach something around those points also, although who knows if they really can manage that at this point. These things don't have to not end, they can totally end, its not this weird taught thing out there, but you shouldn't be distracted with all this excess stuff, then, it definitely won't get there. Scrap chosen one destiny nonsense about Jon and fire and dragons, make it about people make it about relations and realistic relations at that, simple, pure, and can get this thing to a finish line.
  7. Ahem to make this quick because for some reason this doesn't feel particularly desired... America's own involvement and experience and knowledge of Australian and New Zealander politics is profoundly limited, mostly to the effect of, as I was saying somewhere else, Crocodile Dundee and it's just a movie and in no way intended to time capsulize Australia in a single place and time for all time. There's also a few other famous immigrants such as Mel Gibson who may or may not be representative of anything but who have often found a sort of home I think at times in the American sphere. Ahem ahem speeding to the point anyway I'm believer in sort of international sovereignty and territory, so more or less what Australia or some other place does culturally within their own naturally defined borders (i.e. the big island of Australia) is more or less their own business and how it goes over will be up to them. Like the aftermath of WW2 left a bitter taste in that it altogether failed for just about everyone but essentially poisoned discussions about race and nationalism and cultural identities for everyone else. I'm not saying America is behind the idea of white nationalism , however, or white supremacy, in fact, that's why recent events have been so convulsive is very much a minority supports this melting-pot hypothesis on some level, Trump was an attempt to steer that otherwise but he's been narrowly defeated more or less. However they decidedly exist, so if you want to go and more overt directions the better place for that is the true British empire, and even that minority in America wouldn't really complain honestly because they aren't going to go about crusading to try and change people's opinions to conform to their own, since that's more or less at direct cross purposes with the ideology. I mean the point is obviously Australia and other predominantly white nations are desperate to recover parts of their historical heritage, and with the exception of the Aborigines there is no reason that can't basically just happen in Australia or perhaps even in Ireland and Scotland to an extent. Personally I would make Tasmania off limits to that sort of thing since the native habitants are far older and it's much more vital to their identity that they continue in the place that they are continuing... I'm not really dancing around this, I think, in effectively saying that a heavily modified form of Nazism, that's basically benevolent and tolerant, and that basically reflects the values of a group of people, can and or should be implemented in these places in Oceania and elsewhere because it's fundamentally the wish of those people here. One of the reasons I can say that is because America already tolerates a heavily washed out proto-form of Nazism in the form of the southern states in America, which are often separated from the main American body politic for various reasons and that will become more true going forward... The true reason why Nazism was rejected and the basic idea of the confederacy was not in many ways and why Australia can potentially go in it's own directions is the concept of self-governance and stability. Will these ideas and implementation be able to stand on their own or will they spiral out of control (as happened in the case of the Nazis) and require massive intervention from other parties who want nothing to do with it all. Oh and I also forgot Mexico, America has let Mexico run the gamut even though it's just race supremacy with a Latin twist. Personally I think Oceania carving a path to independence has actually been good for the American minority, because the pure Trumpian empire sees the necessity of defining America on it's own terms, and not merely being a replica of old world societies.
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    Why did George give daenerys everything

    Yeah like I was sorta of just saying elsewhere, the series would of been a lot more interesting if they had focused on the evolution of the Stark/Lannister thing all on it's own. But Dragons and dragon blood and all of that mystically became important when their role in the series fluctuates violently. I think that's why people enjoy often the beginning of the series but not the later books, because they are so narrowly focused on those realistic paradigms. Like if the whole thing begins with Starks and Lannisters, then it should definitely end with them, one way or another. About them, around them, all the prepositions that can be mustered. I think the basic tragedy inherent within ASOIAF is that they have more, much more in common with each other than with other houses/groups, and certainly anything across the narrow sea, but because they also hate each other their legacy ends up becoming passed around and the province of the Dothraki, random mysterious groups like the Lord of Light, trader groups from Volantis, banks like the Iron Bank, and even organizations that are directly supposed to have NO autonomy whatsoever like the Kingsguard everything becomes a thing and dilutes the primary factors acting in creating a unique ASOIAF universe. In short, they illustrate the real reason why so often the outsider groups gain an advantage on insider culture, and that's because the people who have the domain to begin with disagree and fall out and that gives everyone on the outside the way in. Why does King's Landing Fall in the beginning? Starks and Lannisters, and that's why suddenly it's everyone's game but their own. It's kind of like how historically Scotland and others would constantly have to rely on France and other's who may not share their values, because there was always basically a rivalry going on of one sort or another. The most compelling way for GoT to end, isn't mystical dragon savior nonsense, but the millennia old rivalry between the houses that basically agree with each other but continue to fight over pride, finally come together and manage to acknowledge each other's strength and relevance, creating a sufficiently powerful bulwark to realize the dreams there always fraustrated by, destroy the white walkers or whatever other groups and reclaim it all in the name of their heritage. Ok it's slightly cheesy, but still. Jon Snow should of just been the ultimate side character, a kind of slight distant person that's popular with some but far away from the primary focus of the series, let alone the one that should be destined for the whole dynastic throne and all of that.
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    Hardhome theories?

    I doubt Hardhome was anything of importance, perhaps one of the most isolated/irrelevant places until it's role in the series.
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    Why do people love Dany?

    I don't, she's basically my least favorite character. As well as all the other Targaryens. ASOIAF to me is really the story of Starks and Lannisters, it's much more narrow because in principle the series goes to all these other exotic locales, but those are really the parts that seem done properly or well to me.
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    All of this speculation and such on America and it's political situation and I can tell you, living in America or perhaps being present in America right this second, it's not like fascism has poured over the borders and into everyones life. First of all, the geography of America more or less precludes most totalitarian states because it's like half the size of Russia and even if you dig deep into one area or another usually the other places more or less aren't a part of it. Secondly, the nature of the government itself was designed entirely and for no other reason than to preclude the creation of a totalitarian state, and so there are a number of factors there. It really just boils down to there's probably no harder place to create a kind of totalitarian autocracy, that's not the problem in the America, the problem is all the random people everywhere who aren't part of the government, who aren't part of a collective, but are malicious anyway... It's basically all the biker gangs and crazy New Mexico compounds or Waco that have been the real threat, and they've spiked in a kind of incredible way in the past 10 years, leading to all the overt unrest that people are seeing.. I think basically it boils down to America to Texas, Texas is a vast network and vast landscape of people who don't trust the government entirely and often live by their own rules, that's an advantage if the government is totalitarian, but it's also problematic because you are trusting these people who may or may not have values that you agree with, and yet they also are kind of anti-bad government, and it's been that way since they joined America give or take. But that's a symptom of a problem and it really can't lead to the kinds of problems people are fretting about. What people should be worrying about are the systems where that actually literally can, or even in fact, has partially already happened, such as Australia New Zealand Ireland etc More or less the countries that are the subject of the Game of Thrones, because while they do not have political systems like those found on the continent, they can definitely be shaped into ones like those found and that is more or less the most significant experience that's occurred in recent times in my opinion. In fact, to me, Game of Thrones quite simply is the story of Ireland and Scotland, and of people who were once present in continental Europe but who then moved to New Zealand and Australia. I must confess, my reference for Australia has been Crocodile Dundee and I mean I thought it was charming, but reading more on the internet it seems a lot of Australian people are very angry about their representations and perceptions and I suppose a series like Game of Thrones can make people understand why.. white culture in Europe was never limited to the continental strain which is altogether different and seeing the relative uniqueness of this newer type of culture probably is important for kind of international relations as a whole.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    Taking itself too seriously... the show was a silly idea with a mish mash of historical misinterpretations and wish fulfillment, jammed into stellar set production and casting... And that's all it ever was, and will be... people that have tried to make it into something more, mostly the people who made it and so on, forgot this fact... at one point or another. Like the very idea that this represents "Western Europe" or some such... it's more like Western Europe as imagined through "alt history" and such, taking it that the "conventional history" is missing some big mighty piece of Dragon and so on... In my opinion, the show is simply the final expression of "Geek" and "nerd" culture (as defined by American norms) starting in 1968 and all that with Dungeons and Dragons/Gary Gygax, going through comic con and comics, finding some of it's way into video games, and finally into Game of Thrones... I'd actually say it is more of a deeper reflection of Southern politics since 1945... a mixmash of competing elements and traditions, derived from many different sources, such as the odd conjunction of these "nerdy" things in the middle of formerly arch-conservative places like Indiana, Illinois (outside of Chicago), Texas, Arizona, Florida etc... If I was being critical, I would actually compare Game of Thrones the TV show as being a vehicle for "Alt South" ethics.. a vague combination of Nordicism.. white supremacy, an interpretation of old/ancient european supposed values (but which are truly never really at the heart of the show, almost merely just to move the action along and espouse white values), and which mostly corresponds exactly with the "alt right" as you have people like Haspel from Eastern Kentucky and Pompeo from Orange County (and incidentally Pompeo being an Ancient Roman name) When all is said and done.. the atmosphere is simply too jumbled and mixed to be comprehensible, and as the show goes on, that becomes more and more obvious... this was unplanned... an act of desperation by dying cultures (Confederate and otherwise) combined with radical re-invention and an influx of "new values" to supposedly counteract the waste, but which in reality are expediting the decline and no doubt will be one of the reasons the show will simply be forgotten by most in the few years time... For people who are instrinsically linked to and a major part of that culture, then I suppose this show is simply the beginning. For those of us outside of it or observing, it's been a very mixed affair.. and people will mostly be happy to be done with it... Alt-South ethics persevered at all simply because the North was just essentially nothing or completely moribund, with the Trump election and some idea of commitment to change or progress, in their area of the globe, it renders the alt-south moot.
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