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  1. I give you, 'Margaret Atwood, The Testaments' - sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. The TV show's first series covered the original book. We're now into series 3 and the book sequel is out later this year.
  2. Certainly not splitting hairs - we're exploring different nuances of the same hypothetical situation. For what it's worth, my speculative suspicion is a third possibility: Martin could be sent back to his draft neither due to the ending being 'spoilt' or D&D ruining the quality, but something else. I'm thinking what if GRRM, in watching the series 8 realises that some of the things D&D have been slammed for are things that he himself told them. For example, maybe Martin had The Others defeated too abruptly in his plan and only in seeing episode 3 realises that it doesn't come across well and needs more work, or asking himself, 'Why have I sent Jon beyond the Wall whilst taking the Black - what was I thinking?'. I'm mean it's unlikely, but possible.
  3. I agree with your post and am also very worried that D&D's inept handling of his baby has traumatised him and sent him back to the drawing board. But whatever his situation is, I think his stature is so great that there's not a publisher in the world that can kick his ass and demand he meet a deadline. It's purely down to GRRM and his self-discipline and what's left of his inspiration.
  4. No, seriously, I'm writing a novel myself at the moment. That's not how it works. GRRM will have written the tWOW from beginning to end long ago. He'll be redrafting and redrafting, still not satisfied with certain elements. Even if the publishers rushed him to submit a version he's not 100% happy with, it will still be 1000% better than the dross D&D came up with.
  5. Somehow, it seems to me that taking eight-plus years to write the damn thing, there's little chance of the last 50 pages being rushed off in a taxi on the way to the publisher!
  6. Tell you what, I've just watched the new Godzilla movie and realised GoT under D&D could be a lot worse! Same issues - big budget, fancy CGI, utterly ruined by unfeasibly bad writing. You've got script-by-algorithm: ethnics tick, strong females tick, English panto villain tick. And our best buddies, plot armour, teleportation, illogical motivations, characters who can't create any feelings we care about. I'm reading a lot of reviews on IMdB saying 10/10 whizz-bang, monsters, perfect! Sorry, if you can't construct a reasonable plot, believable characters and a sense of internal logic, you don't get a pass.
  7. I suspect they cut the scene where Bran asked Jon "'Ow much dough you got? None? Off to the Wall with you!". "Tyrion, the price for not executing you is 3 million dragons. Congratulations, you get a promotion."
  8. To be fair, she used the proceeds from Casterly Rock to pay the IB in full, so the only debt was hiring the Golden Company. All in all, the Crown debt is probably not that large.
  9. In Naath - no, that's a real thing. The indigenous population has genetic immunity but any outsider is likely to die. This, by the way, is scientifically perfectly credible. For millennia the border between India and Nepal was virtually impenetrable to humans due to the forest being thickly populated by the anaphalous (?) mosquito. The tribe that lived there were immune, however. It wasn't until the 1950s and the use of DDT that outsiders could have a chance of surviving.
  10. Certainly, and bear in mind Bronn is a very peripheral character in the book. This part of the literary ending ought to be so much better.
  11. They made Bronn Master of Coin because as Lord of The Reach, he holds the most valuable agricultural land. So he's expected to dip in and fund the Crown like Tywin did before. So the kingdom will be good for boats and brothels. Beyond that, it'll be the same as before - going cap-in-hand to the Iron Bank. They will be happy to lend since with peace throughout the continent they can expect a secure return on their investments.
  12. I think he was just walking his dog. He's the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and has to supervise his two (count 'em) subordinates. He's gotta keep the kingdom safe from .....from ...... well there's a lot of maintenance to be done.
  13. The very last shot of the last episode showed Jon riding beyond the Wall - the horse clippity-clopped past a green shoot, illustrating the Dream of Spring after the Winds of Winter. After warnings of 8000 years that "Winter is Coming", it came and went in the space of a bog-standard winter! Have you forgotten who else dwells in Braavos?!!!
  14. Not necessarily. I've been saying in other threads that I can see the intention behind D&D's conclusion; it's just that they wrote it so badly. I'd say the final outcome is the ideal situation for the IB. Yes, they have to write off their losses for the hire of the Golden Company as well as to Stannis, but they can look forward with great optimism. Bronn was made Master of Coin because he's been given lordship of The Reach and so has the best agricultural assets in the land, but it's going to take some time to recover productivity and decent taxable returns. In the meantime, the continent requires large-scale infrastructural and construction recovery - going a little further than boats and brothels of course. So Bronn/Tyrion/Bran - and Sansa have little choice but to go cap in hand to the IB, and they, in turn, can be confident that with peace established and winter over (already!), they will get a good return on their investments. And as mentioned, the lucrative slave trade will be restored in Essos, so they're laughing all the way to ...
  15. The Bronn situation is kind of the same - I can see the intension, which again is a million miles from the realistic situation that you outline. All D&D have thought through is that with The Reach under his control he has the richest lands in the realm hence he can fund the whole kingdom from his pockets. We must also assume a considerable part of the Tyrell army survived to enforce peace and that all his bannermen are perfectly happy with the arrangement. When Fairy Tales end with 'Happy Ever After', you're not supposed to ask what 'after'? They take us for fools, they really do.
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