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  1. Tom Brady does a number of things well, but his greatest strength is how quickly he gets rid of the bal (measured from the time the ball is snapped until the time the ball leaves his hand). He's able to do that because of a number of other things he does well. I've read entire articles about Brady's release time, and the numbers are absolutely stunning. As a side benefit, it allows him to greatly minimize sacks and hits he takes, which is what has allowed him to stretch out his career the way he has. It's also what makes Brady the best NFL QB of all time, and the same thing is what made Dan Marino the best NFL QB to never win a championship (Marino was far better than nearly every other QB who ever won a championship. In fact, if I could choose any QB from NFL history for my team, Brady would be #1, and Marino would probably be #2.) When a QB gets rid of the ball so quickly and commits so few turnovers, it takes enormous pressure off of everyone else around him.
  2. Ahsoka and Anakin are my two favorite characters from Clone Wars, so I'll gladly take whatever episodes I can get with one or both of them in it. Can't wait to see Ahsoka in live action on the big screen (movie theaters), and I'm sure it will happen eventually. She's an absolutely critical character in Star Wars canon (much more important than many other characters who are far more well known), so I think it's inevitable. Regarding the most recent episode: My understanding is that that was just the first episode of a 3 or 4 episode story arc for Ahsoka, so even though it may have felt like filler, I'm optimistic that the story will build in "meaningfulness" until we (hopefully) get a big payoff. Gotta have patience, and see where this leads.
  3. Seems to me you're trying to match up hypothetical future forces (including some not even formed and trained yet, and nearly all of whom were VERY far away except for the what was left of the Unsullied and Dothraki, which I'll address below) against Sansa's actual army, which was right there, at King's Landing, fully formed, organized, mobilized, and comprised of hardened veterans of the 3 wars you mentioned. In my opinion, there is no conceivable way such hypothetical future forces could have prevented Sansa from taking King's Landing; in fact her forces (along with what was left of the Unsullied and Dothraki) already did. Regarding whatever was left of the Dothraki and Unsullied: Their actual strength is highly speculative. They took massive losses in Episode 803 (The Long Night), and cannot bring up reinforcements (because other Unsullied are across the Narrow Sea and not loyal to Grey Worm anyway, and the Dothraki, as i understand it, ,pretty much all followed Dany to Westeros already). But can the North bring up reinforcements? Oh yeah, big time. They don't have to cross the Narrow Sea, and the North is huge, larger than all 6 of the other kingdoms combined. (Remember, the GoT series covers quite a few years. During that time, many young boys grew to fighting age in the North, I have no doubt.) Plus, of course, Grey Worm had no interest in more fighting in Westeros, he wanted to leave, and what did he care about whether the North belonged to the Starks or not??? It is unimaginable to me that he would care if the Starks held the North. And who is the "leader" of whatever was left of the Dothraki?? Nobody, far as I know, and I can't imagine why the Dothraki would care if Sansa is Queen of the North, either.. Plus of course, all the members of the council at the end agreed Bran would be best anyway, for a variety of different reasons. As such, these are basically the reasons I thought it was entirely plausible that the Starks got the North in the end, and it's not even just a matter of "might makes right," because as I've also mentioned above, I believe the Starks deserved the North and rightly won their independence, too.
  4. Regarding the request for elaboration: Sure, no problem. Under Bran's guidance, the NIght King was defeated. Pretty easy to forget about or overlook because so many fans thought it was anti-climactic, but ACTUALLY, the fate of the entire planet was at stake. Clearly victory over the Night King was a highly desirable outcome, for all of Westeros and Essos, and I hold the belief that Bran gave highly specific instructions for how the last battle between the Army of the Dead and the Army of the Living MUST be fought (beyond the limited information the show gave us, which was Bran telling them that he himself HAD to be used as bait in the Godwood, contrary to all the rest of their beliefs about what should be done). This would also explain MANY things we saw that otherwise seem to be strategic and tactical blunders that many fans have complained about in that episode (803). (Indeed, a re-watch of Season 8 will show that there are other clues that Bran was very closely and carefully manipulating events. Examples would include him giving the dagger to Arya, and not telling the others what Jaime had done to him, thereby ensuring that Jaime would be present, as needed.) So, what information were we given? Well, we already knew that Bran can see the future, so as long as we believe he's benevolent, it's a good idea to do what he says, even if it seems to make absolutely no sense, because Bran, so far as we know, cannot be wrong. He KNOWS, plain and simple. (Of course, all this presupposes that Bran actually IS benevolent. But as I have written about at length elsewhere, I am going to believe he is benevolent unless we are given contrary information, which I don't think we yet have. Are there theories that he has been corrupted somehow? Sure, but I think they are just theories, at least at this point.) I could write more about the above issues, but I think that's enough for now (I don't want to be a boor), and I'll try to briefly address another issue you raise, which is whether Bran "let" the massacre at King's Landing happen so that he would become king. There are many possibilities about this besides a theory that Bran has become corrupted and let hundreds of thousands of people get crossed off just so he could become king, even though he could have easily prevented it. Oee possibility is that Bran knew it was going to happen (indeed, we have strong reason to believe he DID know, based on the glimpses we saw him have of Drogon over King's Landing), but it is possible that he ALSO knew that in order for the Night King to be defeated, other things HAD to happen, too. How could that be possible? Well, I've already talked about my belief that Bran knew EXACTLY what needed to be done to defeat the Night King, and he did it, but perhaps he also knew that doing so would leave the "pieces on the chessboard" (my expression) in such a way that what happened at King's Landing COULD NOT be prevented, because there simply wasn't enough time, forces were already in motion and could not be stopped at that point. (Let's say you are Bran, and your powers tell you that you only have two choices: (1) The Night King wins, or (2) the Night King CAN be defeated, but the only path that leads to that ALSO has Dany doing what she did at King's Landing. Which would you choose?) Of course, it's also possible that there was NOTHING Bran could have done anyway, and Bran never had any choice at all (even the one I speculated about above). We have been told that "the ink is dry" (that's a quote, I 'm pretty sure Bran's predecessor 3ER told Bran that) on the past. Perhaps "the ink is dry" on the future, too, and if so that would mean that even if Bran knew what was going to happen, and that it would lead to him being king, then he also knew it couldn't be stopped and was GOING to all occur no matter WHAT he did. Here's another possibility: Bran can see multiple futures, and knows that all other alternatives are even worse than what actually did happen. For example, maybe Bran could have made changes to what was occurring even after the Night King was defeated, but knew that all alternate futures were even WORSE than Dany doing what she did. Are you familiar with "The Butterfly Effect"? It's possible that Bran knew that Dany COULD be stopped, but if he did it, then all possible alternative futures were even worse. A final note to anyone reading this: Yes, I'm well aware that some of the above theories and ideas are contradictory to each other. That's because I don't claim to know the truth for sure, because, as has been mentioned, we have been given SO little information about what is going on in Bran's head since he became the 3 Eyed Raven, and I 'm not a show runner or GRRM.
  5. I agree it would have been great to see all that stuff. Many people have complained that Season 8 was "rushed." But ultimately, I think this is what that really means: Lots of people (including me) wish we had gotten even more Game of Thrones than we did. Ideally, it would go on and on and on, with tremendous details, filling in all the blanks spaces along the way. Yeah, that would be cool, no doubt, but at some point the production meets "reality," and ends What they DID manage to give us, though (overall, over 8 seasons), was incredible, best t.v. show I've ever seen, so I try to stay focused on that, and give D&D credit for what they DID accomplish, which was nothing short of a worldwide entertainment and cultural phenomenon.
  6. It's not just Bran's knowledge of the past that is important (although that IS incredibly important). He also has knowledge of the present (or, if you like, at a bare minimum, the "very near past," so near that they are effectively current events) AND the future (which was absolutely vital to winning the war against the Night King Also, of course, Bran's lack of ambition and desire (as Bran said, he "doesn't want anymore") also make him singularly and ideally well suited to rule. This is theme we have been given multiple times in the series, especially in the Jon Snow storyline, but of course this is amped up even more dramatically in the case of Bran (since he "doesn't want, anymore") As a result, as long as he is benevolent, in my opinion Bran is by far the best choice to rule, with no one else even remotely close. (Regarding whether he is benevolent: There are theories that he has somehow been corrupted, but I don't believe the evidence is there to support that. Sure, he became mysterious and opaque after becoming the 3 Eyed Raven, but those mere facts do not necessarily make him evil. Also, don't forget, we have Bran's internal monologue (POV) from the books, where he is clearly fundamentally good, and we have been told that Bran becoming king is canon from GRRM.)
  7. To me, there are 3 reasons the North rightly ended up independent: (1) Bran approved it, and so far as we know Bran is by far the most qualified judge of what is best for Westeros. (I understand that is a most unsatisfying answer to a lot of people, but I still believe it to be true. That is the information we have been given, in my opinion) (2) The Starks sacrificed more and contributed more to the wars against the Night King and Dany than any other House, BY FAR. Therefore they get the biggest reward, and rightly so. (I could go on and on and on about the sacrifices and contributions by the Starks over the 8 seasons, with the biggest contribution of all being the combined efforts of Jon, Sansa, Bran and Arya in crossing off the Night King. That was quite a favor they did for Westeros. OH yeah, quite a big favor indeed. Dany contributed a lot too, but of course she had other issues, and her story ended much differently). (3) In the end, who had the power to stop Sansa?? By all means, let me know. At the end, Westeros was like Europe at the end of WW2, decimation of armies and populace all over the place, especially at the seat of power, King's Landing. The Northmen helped capture King's Landing and were right there during the aftermath (indeed, as I recall, Sansa made this very point at the council where power was divided), and the only other force that even might have challenged Sansa in battle at that point was what was left of Dany's army, which was about to depart with Grey Worm. In light of all of that, I found it very plausible and satisfying that the North ended up independent.
  8. Lotta stuff there, and I did read every word, even though I won't be able to conveniently reply to every word. I'll say this, though: My understanding is that we have no reason to believe Bran is bad. Yes, there's speculation about it, and there are theories about it, but there was also rampant speculation for years that Bran was the Night King himself, and now it looks like all of those theories were flat out wrong (although I do admit it's still possible Bran was/is the NIght King, it now seems extremely unlikely to me) The issues you raise about free will, fate, pre-determination, etc., are very complex (and would require a LOT of writing by me to respond to it all line by line), but I've not seen anything so far that would lead me to believe that Bran has had less tragic options available for him to consider yet chose a path that led to hundreds of thousands of innocent people being crossed off just because he wanted to be king. To my knowledge, we have NOT been given such information, and because all of the information we HAVE been given about Bran is that he is fundamentally good (both in his POV chapters in the books, where we actually get into his head, and in the show, based on his words and deeds), and so long as that is true I'm inclined to give him the benefit of any doubt rather than speculating that "well, maybe he's actually a bad guy," and then just assuming that is true. Regarding the Children of the Forest creating both the Night King and the 3ER: I'm not positive they created the 3ER (sounded to me like you're not positive about that either), but even if the DID create both, my understanding is that the Children of the Forest later regretted creating the NIght King and took steps to try to rectify that, AND note that ultimately the Night King and the 3ER (Bran) WERE opposed to each other, and Bran WON. Having said all that, I am not claiming it's impossible for Bran to be bad, just that I believe it's not consistent with information we've been given so far. Still, however, this is Game of Thrones, and I admit that nearly anything is possible. If a sequel is made and it turns out Bran has been corrupted, then I will accept that, and it may even turn out to be good story-telling (just as I accept Dany's turn to the dark side, or Anakin Skywalker's turn to the dark side, and consider all of that good story-telling even though it hurts to watch and I"m always still rooting for the "good guys," such as they are in Game of Thrones)
  9. Well, personally I would rather live in a Westeros ruled by Bran than any other character available for the job right now. He is extremely powerful, presumably beyond corruption (because he does not "want" anymore), and we have NO reason to believe he is anything but benevolent and good. I've heard theories that he has been tainted by his predecessor 3ER, but unless and until that is shown to be true, I'm going to assume he is good, because I think that is consistent with all other information we have been given.
  10. I don't believe Bran changed the past regarding Hodor. We have never been given a version of Hodor that does not include him being accidentally brain damaged by Bran. And yes, I agree, if anyone could warg a dragon I would think it would be Bran, but we've just not been given information that that is within even his powers. Personally, I like the fact that so much about Bran is still mysterious, and I'm very much looking forward to more about him being revealed in the sequel, when it is eventually made (and yes, I said "sequel," and "when" it is eventually made. Even though only prequels are in various stages of production, I consider it absolutely inevitable that a sequel will eventually be made, and that Arya, Brand and Sansa will all play huge roles. Probably Jon and Dany, too, for that matter, as I believe Dany WILL be resurrected.)
  11. Yes, and my understanding is that Bran's limitations involve the intelligence of the creature (including possibly humans) that he is trying to warg. Even relatively unintelligent humans are extremely difficult (and dangerous) to warg, which is why, so far as I know, Bran is the only Greenseer to ever achieve it, even with a relatively simple mind like Hodor's. Further, as I mentioned above, as I recall dragons in ASOIAF are NOT at a level of intelligence like other ordinary animals (such was wolves, birds, dogs, cats, whatever). My understanding is that dragons are of much higher intelligence than such animals, possibly even more intelligent than humans.
  12. Please see my Reply to Mystical, above, for some of the issues you raise. Regarding warging Drogon: My understanding it that it is extremely difficult to do that with a creature of higher intelligence (such as another human), and my understanding is that dragons in ASOIAF are of much higher intelligence than other animals, possibly even including humans.
  13. My strong assumption is that either: (1) Bran's ability to change the future using his knowledge of future events is very limited, if it exists at all, or (2) Bran has seen many possible futures, and knows that all other options would have turned out even worse. It's difficult to know for sure about stuff like this, though, because Bran is such a mystery, because we are given SO little information about his powers and what is going on in his head after he becomes the 3ER. However, I saw nothing in the show that would lead me to believe that he was a bad guy who would allow perhaps a million people to get crossed off just so he could become king, whereas we WERE giving information that he knows certain things MUST be acertain way (for example, when he said their plan against the Night King had to include Bran himself being used as bait in the Godswood. Superficially, that made no sense, but Bran knew it HAD to be that way, and sure enough, we have confirmation that he was right, because the Night King was in fact defeated.)
  14. Those are interesting comments, but Bran is not "all-powerful." That would mean he is omniscient AND omnipotent, but actually Bran is neither, much less both. Still, I think I understand your concern about the fact that Bran IS very powerful, no doubt. Westeros seems to still have a system of monarchy, though, so that's the framework I'm operating under when I form my opinion that Bran is the best choice. I'm not saying that King Bran is the best of all possible governments, just that I think he's the best of all possible monarchs (among characters we know about) in the system Westeros still seems to have, which is...monarchy. Under that system, and out of known characters, who do you think would have been a better choice than Bran?,
  15. Not necessarily in super-specific detail, but here's my understanding of it: (1) He can see anything he WANTS to see in the present or past, but he is not omniscient. If he was omniscient, he would automatically know everything already, but he doesn't, he has to LOOK (in the present or past). (2) Regarding the future: He definitely has information from the future (this, I believe, cannot be rationally disputed, based on a number of incidents which prove he had information from the future), but the details of how this works are much less clear than regarding information he can get from the present or past. Far as I know, Bran's information from the future has previously consisted of metaphors (such as when he foresaw "the ocean" coming to Winterfell, which turned out to be the Iron Islanders; as I recall, in the books, Jojen had this vision, but in the show it was Bran), but we know for a fact that this information from the future can be much more specific, such as when he twice saw Drogon over King's Landing. Further adding to the uncertainty about his powers is that we have been given even LESS details about his powers since he became the 3 Eyed Raven. In my mind, though, it is reasonable to assume that since becoming the 3ER, he is more powerful than he was before, possibly FAR more powerful, but we just don't know for sure. (Since becoming the 3ER, some things have happened from which we can reasonably infer Bran has specific information from the future, but it has not been expressly confirmed. Examples of this would be his knowledge that he himself had to be used as bait for the Night King, and his words to Theon right before Theon got crossed off. I infer from stuff like this that he now has VERY specific information from the future, but he has been an enigma since becoming the 3ER, and I don't think this has been explicitly confirmed.) If someone else can add to this (or subtract from it, I suppose), though, I'd be grateful, and very interested to hear about it.
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