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  1. Jarl Halstein

    What happens to Meereen?

    I always thought it would be a good ending for Dany to realize that toppling the usurpers and take the throne would be enough, but then she'd realize that Essos is her home, where she has lived all her life and where she knows the people. She'd leave her fellow Targaryen Jon on the Iron Throne to fulfill her oath of taking it back for the Targaryens. Because Meereen needs her. It hadn't even been under the new stewardship for what, even a year? The slavers' fleet was burned but fleets can be rebuilt - instantly, if you ask Euron Greyjoy. And there are sellsword companies for them to hire. Within Meereen, the two sides among the people aren't exactly happy with each other, and it is doubtful how much trade they can get with other cities. Dany could have gone back there to rule - give it AT LEAST ten years under dragon and Unsullied protection until the city is stable enough to defend itself with a newly trained army. It would also make sense for the Unsullied to protect a city of fellow freed slaves, rather than invade Westeros. We saw the greenfire here and there in the burning King's Landing. I'm still holding out hope that this is how the city will burn in the novels - dragon fire used mostly wisely but igniting the greenfire Cersei has stashed, causing a disaster. Dany wins the city but realizes the people now hate her, and it's not her city anyway, and she loves her freed folk in the east. The Breaker of Necks could go back to being the Breaker of Chains. Now? Now even the Unsullied want to go back and protect Meereen even when they have the chance. They go to collect butterflies in Naath instead. So much for serving your queen, guys.
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    Arya the Explorer

    Did Amundsen go blindly in a direction where no one in several millennia had found land? Not even the people who for many generations had dragons to fly with? It would have made far more sense that she'd go back to Essos, where she had spent time. But apparently no one wants to go back to Essos, not even the Essosians.
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    Two Questions about this Episode

    Absolutely. I don't know why people don't realize this. If he had deserted there would be symbolism to show that. He'd drop his black cape - so easy. Of course the producers would think of that. But the end is to show us that he does have something else to do in his life than just sit at the castle. He can be in the wild, he can sleep with women there, etc. Jon Snow knows the Wildlings, he knows Tormund. It is natural he'd follow them to see where they settle. THIS IS WHAT THE NIGHT'S WATCH DOES. It keeps tabs on undead and Wildlings. Who better to do that than Jon? Again, I don't know why people don't understand this. It would be professional misconduct to not have someone follow the Wildlings to see where they go.
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    Two Questions about this Episode

    The independent North doesn't have to pay taxes to the now deeply indebted King's Landing anymore. They don't get anything back from that. The only reason for the Seven Kingdoms to be one nation is to prevent the constant wars they waged against each other before that, and to defend against foreign invasion. But the North can be independent - it won't invade the South, a war they couldn't win anyway. And there won't be a foreign invasion, because there are no more Targaryens with dragons. Plus they and the South would probably help each other against a foreign invader anyway. So, a benefit and no downside. Also, the North are the First Men, who were there before the Andal invasion of the South. They defeated the Andal attempt to take the North. They remained independent until the Targaryens came with their dragons. Now there are no more Targaryens or dragons, and the South is too weak to stop their independence. It was natural they'd break free. They have their own customs, they are a separate people, albeit influenced by the South. They also retain the ancient religion, worshiping the Old Gods, though they also have the new religion. One of the first things Sansa could do is to emphasize the Old Gods (as we see her do beneath the Weirwood tree) to emphasize their separate culture.
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    Robert Baratheon - Not so bad after all

    Didn't he waste all the realm's money? It got to the point where they didn't know how to pay back the Iron Bank. Which is a very powerful institution that WILL get to you if you don't pay. And now there's been a civil war, destroying the economy. And the Breaker of Necks burning the capital, center of trade both foreign and domestic. And the devastated North is independent, so no more tax money from them. They simply can't pay it back. But they have to. Why isn't the Council SCREAMING with rage at Baratheon in the end? Him and the Lannisters and Dany, of course. And how could they give Storm's End to Robert's bastard son? Serious problems here people, stop talking about penis jokes and brothels for a while!
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    What was the point of r+l=j

    I clicked on the link to say exactly this, but I see others beat me to it: It is important in the novels. Not so much in the show. Though it's a nice twist in the show as well. Now another question: Who is to say he doesn't just go to his family home Winterfell and stay there for a while? Or for the rest of his life if he wants to? Who'd stop him, the Night's Watch? King's Landing, capital in another country? Frankly, they could change the Night's Watch a bit. Make it so that at least those who sign up voluntarily can have families. They could have plots of land in the area just south of the Wall, which is depopulated. Even more so now that the undead have walked all over it. Populating that area could be a decent task for the NW, now that they don't have to look for the undead threat anymore.
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    Destiny of Jon Snow

    Jon didn't throw away his black cape, and he didn't throw away his chain - as I recall the master of the Night's Watch had one. If he had left permanently there would be symbolism to show it. That he would go with the Wildlings to see where they settle is pretty much one of his main duties in this new situation. Especially since he has the best relation to them. Someone needs to go with them and see where they can be found, and it would make no sense for Jon Snow to send anyone other than himself, considering how close he is to Tormund. Then he can go back to the fortress again. He can go back and forth. Why not live in a warm fortress if you can? I have lived out in the wild, and after a while you really long back to a place that is warm. It's only fun when you romanticize it. Need I point out that YEARS OF WINTER are coming? He'll want brick walls and a brick fireplace. And he'll want to stay in touch with his family. And the North. There's no reason for him to go live in the forest permanently when he can go back and forth. There's only so much you can do among the trees.
  8. Absolutely. There is no way a future king won't say, my son will be the ruler, anyone have a problem with that? The Roman Republic was fiercely anti-monarchy after the seven kings of the earlier Roman Kingdom, overthrown in a rebellion led by the Junii, who Brutus came from. (Brutus, who in this show is Lord of Riverrun! While Caesar led the wildlings and died in fire up North.) Everything the Senate did suffused with the desire to prevent another monarch from coming to power. That is why they had two Consuls for example, and several Tribunes of the Plebeians with veto power. BUT, Caesar and Octavian ended all that, and Rome turned into an empire for many, many centuries. The Puritan overthrow of democracy in Britain didn't last long either - the executed king's son soon came to power. The extremely anti-monarch French Revolution ended with an emperor taking the throne, in an imitation of the king-Senate-emperor story of Rome, but in a shorter time span. After him they got another king, then an emperor again, then another king. But because this was past the Middle Ages, they eventually became a republic again. Even so, that took some effort. So, that's what's going to happen with the Six Kingdoms. (Has no one thought of naming the Iron Islands the seventh kingdom now? Seven Kingdoms sounds much better.) They've been a Medieval monarchy their entire history, they'll be so again. But not with a king who can do whatever he wants, mind. It was rare that kings could rule without caring what the big houses thought - regardless of what people believe about the Middle Ages. In a place like Westeros, wide and decentralized with local cultures, there will always be a lot of autonomy. But the Houses will agree to have a king to avoid the wars of the past. It doesn't really cost them that much extra, unless the king is Robert.
  9. She had a freakin' dragon watching the door. It only let Jon through because it was Jon, the queen's beau and fellow Targaryen rider of dragons.
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    Destiny of Jon Snow

    The one thing the Night's Watch has left to watch now is the wildlings, who could still go by boat to raid south of the Wall like they have done through the centuries. Keeping good relations with them should be step one, if it can be done. It just so happens that Jon is good friends with the wildlings' leader, or the closest thing they have to a leader. Obviously he would go with them to see where they set up camp, and to go hunting with them a little, help build a hut, that sort of thing, before going back to the Watch. Like soldiers do to win the hearts and minds of the locals. Then he goes back to the Night's Watch to do his duty there. Not that there is much need for a Night's Watch really, raiders or not, but still. He can go back and forth. This would be a good solution for all the Night's Watchmen; spend some time with the wildlings now and then, now that you finally have better relations with them than ever.
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    Why was Bran looking for Drogon?

    Maybe Drogon went back to Valyria, where all the dragons come from. To bring the Targaryen queen to her family's home so long ago. And to brood alone, without humans nearby.
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    Why was Bran looking for Drogon?

    Then explain. A dragon killed a Targaryen in that story? Was it maybe ordered to? Doesn't mean that all dragons would. It seems logical that Drogon would not want to kill Jon because he has Targaryen blood. Also, Jon had been flying on its brother, and Drogon saw that he had kissed Daenerys. He didn't see Jon killing Daenerys. He did see Jon caring for Daenerys after she was dead.
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    Bronn - Highgarden and Master of Coin? Really?

    "Hey, Faceless Men, send someone over here. The Reach has a job for you." "A man is pleased to be of assistance. Valar morghulis."
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    Bronn - Highgarden and Master of Coin? Really?

    Littlefinger was poor but he was an educated nobleman. He could read and count. People just don't understand how little the commoners knew in Medieval times. In shows and movies they are always plucky main characters, but A Song of Ice and Fire was different in making clear that yes, the Middle Ages was run by nobility, and the large conflicts were between nobility. No boy with a Great Destiny coming in from nowhere like every fantasy story ever since Lord of the Rings. The commoners lived in constant fear of the supernatural creatures they thought were lurking behind every tree, and that is how they explained the world. The noblemen in the negotiations were right to laugh at Samwell's suggestion that "The People" get to vote for a leader. They'd have no idea who to vote for. There were no media with which to learn about the world, they didn't even have a map of their own province, and almost no one ventured more than a few miles away from home in their whole lives. It was this way in Britain in the 19th century, the most advanced country in the world. A sellsword like Bronn wouldn't even be allowed in the same room as a gathering of nobles, and if he was there he wouldn't know what to do.
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    Mourning Dany

    Posting a link is never an argument. Now, I actually read the link. It says Dany realizes war is tough. Okay. How does that translate to personally burning thousands of innocent people to death, instead of moving on to the Red Keep to kill her enemy? How does it translate to making her life-long goal of winning Westeros far more difficult? And try as the blogger might, by picking bits from the book here and there, he can't get rid of the fact that Daenerys is a deeply moral person. She realizes that in a world of war, she has to wage war. She is still extremely moral. In the TV show, she turns down the offer of free ships for travel to Westeros, because she wants to stay and defend the former slaves against the approaching slaver army. Even though she has no control over the dragons, no Dothraki army, a small chance of winning. She sacrifices her own life-long dream for the people. How do you claim that she was a person who would always walk all over the people to get what she wants, after she did the exact opposite?
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