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  1. Cersei is an evil person and deserves to die, but I agree that Jaime murdering her wouldn't make him a better person. Murdering Tywin only made Tyrion a worse person in every way, so I don't want Jaime to go through the same thing.
  2. Yes, and it is. But the author can at the very least not make only one character extremely OP. Dany is already OP and has already achieved a lot of impressive things, and she'll probably do more with her invasion of Westeros. That's more than enough for one character. Share some of the glory around with others. I agree. Just edit together all of Dany's POV chapters, and you have a whole book. There isn't much else that would be added by her having her own series. Martin put all the important things in her POV chapters.
  3. That would be pretty cool. The maesters definitely have an enormous amount of influence on how history is written and remembered, being practically the only well educated people on the continent. Similar to the situation in the early medieval era in Europe with the clergy being the only educated people, but magnified even more so, since Westeros doesn't seem to have any extant writings from previous eras unlike with the Greeks and Romans in Europe. Sam's POV chapters have the potential to be among the most important and fascinating in Winds.
  4. Yet another problem of Martin deciding to stretch the history of Westeros too far. He says thousands of years, but from a practical storytelling perspective he probably should have kept it at like four or five hundred years or so. I don't think Martin fully appreciates just how bloody long thousands of years are.
  5. It would be both too obvious, and also pretty boring. She's already the mother of dragons, a fearsome conqueror and a great liberator - does she really have to also be the saviour of humanity? It seems a bit much for one character. If Dany was the only important character in the whole series, Martin would have just written the books from her PoV, and not bothered with anyone else, especially not Jon.
  6. Yeah, we've yet to see Dany defeat an enemy that's not cartoonishly evil and mustache-twirling. It'll be interesting to see how it's portrayed when she eventually starts fighting Westerosi defending their lands from a foreign invader.
  7. I agree that she's a good person, and certainly tries to be a good ruler, although some of her decisions have had bad consequences that she didn't foresee. I also agree that she isn't Azor Azhai, although since I really couldn't care less about any of the prophecies in the series, that isn't something that interests me either way. No, there's simply far too much evidence to support R+L=J, and Martin has all but admitted that the theory is true. Also all but confirmed to not be the case. Then who is it? There's more evidence for Jon to be the saviour than anyone else in the series. Well, you already know how much I disagree with this, based on the other thread. I won't repeat myself here. I agree. It's interesting seeing new perspectives on these peripheral regions. I especially like Dorne, mostly because of the environment and Doran, although I wasn't a big fan of any of the PoVs characters Martin chose. Eh, I don't think so. They'll be important minor PoV characters, but they'll never be major ones. The major ones are characters like Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime, and the Starks. Also agreed. I don't think it's too much of an unpopular opinion on here though. This site tends to be more positive towards those books than anywhere else I've seen. I don't think this is an unpopular opinion, it's an objective fact. Also not that unpopular, despite a vocal minority of Stark haters on this site. From Jaime and Brienne's perspective, certainly. But not from others'. If Martin is working on both Winds and Spring at the same time, I agree. But if he isn't, then I don't think Spring will ever be published. It's still fun to discuss what's already been released. Nonsense. No one hates Martin. Criticising him for taking an insanely long time to release a book isn't the same as hating him. I very strongly disagree, but to each their own. I can understand why people wouldn't like him. He's an acquired taste. Agreed. It annoys me when people keep insisting that the Starks are the most important characters. They haven't been since the end of Thrones.
  8. The Reynes were killed because Tywin had a large army and defeated them. Completely different situation.
  9. The problem is you keep saying so casually "poison this person" or "kill that person", as if it's really easy and won't have any consequences. That has never, even been the case with Cersei.
  10. From a pragmatic perspective it was indeed awe-inspiringly stupid, but Ned was still so traumatised by the deaths of Rhaegar's children that he refused to allow anything like that to happen again, even if it meant he would be putting his own life at risk. That's the thing about honour: it usually isn't easy or convenient to keep it.
  11. How exactly would this happen? Tommen was already betrothed to Margaery. Are you suggesting she should have broken that betrothal? You think that's a good idea to do to the daughter of the most powerful lord in Westeros? This would have resulted in retribution so massive and devastating that it'd make the Red Wedding look peaceful. How is she going to do this, exactly? Not only are all of these characters in different places, but Cersei has no allies in Dorne except for the two Kingsguard that go there, but even they aren't in the position to poison anyone. If the entire Martell family except Trystanne were all suddenly killed by poison, it'd be the most obvious assassination plot in history, and every single person in Dorne would rightly suspect Cersei Lannister of being behind it, and they'd rebel. Dorne was on the brink of rebelling when Oberyn Martell was killed because of his own stupidity in a fight that he wanted - what do you imagine the Dornish will do when most of the royal family is murdered? Every single man, woman and child would pick up their weapons and march into the Reach, and when Aegon and Connington land in the stormlands, they'd give them the full support of the Dornish lords. The Targaryens couldn't do this with dragons. How could Cersei do it without even an army? "After she found Sansa". You make it sound like this wouldn't be difficult. Even the great lords around her in the Vale don't even know that Alayne is Sansa Stark. How is someone as stupid as Cersei going to find out? How? She has no army, and the Boltons are thousands of kilometres away. She can't marry Sansa to anyone, since Sansa's marriage to Tyrion is still valid, and it can't be annulled without the approval of the High Septon who for obvious reasons will not do Cersei that favour. You know, because of the whole incest and adultery thing? How? How? Cersei has open contempt for the smallfolk, though. She doesn't care about whether they like her or not, just like Tywin didn't. How would she take Highgarden, or any part of the Reach? Not only does she not have an army, but even if she had every single westerlands lord and soldier at her command, it still wouldn't be nearly enough to defeat the Tyrells. Also, Cersei doesn't even believe the rumours about Daenerys and the dragons, so why would she waste all of that wealth on a Faceless Man? The things you suggest she should have done are all impossible. It isn't her fault for not magically conquering every single part of Westeros despite having no army.
  12. Her internal monologue in Feast is possibly the most entertaining of all the PoVs in the series; imagining ridiculous and far-fetched conspiracies every few minutes, constantly fantasising about assaulting and killing people around her, repeatedly telling herself that she's the greatest ruler Westeros has ever had, etc. The fact that so many of her interactions boil down to something like this is truly hilarious: Person: "Hi Cersei, I hope you have a great day!" Cersei: "Haha thanks, you too." I will make sure you die screaming, you whore! How dare you talk to me like that.
  13. Yes, she really is. The entire point of her Feast storyline is how much of a disaster she is. Littlefinger even admits to Sansa that he's surprised at how quickly Cersei has destabilised the kingdom, that he thought it'd take a bit longer at least. And Varys kills Kevan and Pycelle at the end of Dance specifically because they were doing too good a job at fixing Cersei's mistakes, and he wanted Cersei back in power to keep destabilising Westeros. Better, yes, but that's not saying much. Dany's rule isn't all that impressive either. She made the mistake of trying to play the middle ground and satisfy all parties, which just ended up pissing off all parties. She needed to choose one side and stick with it; either the ancien regime politicians, or the new freedmen. Her marriage to Hizdahr was her biggest mistake. Dany needed to be way more ruthless and purge everyone even loosely connected to the old regime and old order. She wanted to act like a Ned-esque ruler, all just and moderate and honourable, but in this case she really did need to act like a Tywin-esque ruler, iron-fisted and ruthless to anyone that poses even a slight danger to her rule. Her unwillingness to be ruthless was just as big a mistake as Cersei's over-enthusiasm to be ruthless and deceptive. Not necessarily. Qyburn is more knowledgeable in certain fields, but those are bad fields and not ones that Cersei should be exploring. Pycelle may be old, but he's not stupid, despite what Cersei thinks. He became Grand Maester for a reason. Completely different jobs, though. Kingsguard is just being a bodyguard. Warden of the East is a mostly ceremonial title except in wartime, and even then it mostly just involves leading armies, see: Ser Devan Lannister being made Warden of the West in Feast, and all he does is command the siege at Riverrun. Neither of these roles are even remotely similar to Hand of the King, which is the de facto prime minister who manages the day-to-day affairs of the kingdom. They need to be wise, patient and diligent. Jaime believed that he did not possess these traits, and he also just didn't want to do the job. It's always a bad idea to force someone to do an important job that they really don't want to do. That's just common sense. How? Literally everyone that doesn't sycophantically flatter her is deemed "too ambitious" by Cersei's delusional standards. Margaery behaved exactly as the daughter of the most powerful lord in Westeros, and the person betrothed to the king, would be expected to behave. It's Cersei's extreme paranoia that makes her believe Margaery's behaviour is suspicious, when in reality tit isn't. True, but she still trusts her enough to confide in her a lot of things that she shouldn't have. Tywin would not have approved at all.
  14. I can't see that happening until she beats Aegon. He seems to be better positioned to gathering Westerosi support; he got there first, and he has a better claim. Dany will need to unleash some fire and blood on him first, but that might make her lose potential supporters. An interesting dilemma.
  15. Frankly, I think Martin went too far in making the Dothraki so primitive. Even their historical inspirations - the nomadic Turks and the Mongols - used shields, armour and sophisticated tactics because of their proximity to more developed civilisations (e.g. China, Persia). That's how they were able to eventually beat them. They took things from their enemies and adapted them into new and innovative variations. The Dothraki adapt nothing and learn nothing. The history buff inside me desperately wants them to cross the Narrow Sea and be effortlessly exterminated in a single battle by a Westerosi army that actually wears armour and uses spears and shields.
  16. I would say this a very popular opinion. I'd be very surprised if there were more than a small handful of readers that are more interested in the magical aspects of the story compared to the grounded political ones. I think part of the reason why Winds is taking so long is because Martin is struggling with making the magical side of the story - which is sure to be more prominent in the final few books - as interesting as the non-magical things. The guy clearly loves medieval history and has spent an ungodly amount of time describing countless feudal families, but his inspiration for actual hard fantasy seems a bit lacking in comparison. Martin is unparelleled when it comes to medieval/historical-inspired worldbuilding, but if one were to remove all of that and focus just on the fantasy, he wouldn't even get into the top twenty fantasy writers.
  17. My unpopular opinion: I despise Arya as a character and her chapters are among my least favourite in the whole series. I prefer practically every other PoV characters' chapters over hers. The fact that Martin gave her an absurd amount of chapters in books 2 and 3 seems completely unjustified based on just how little her storyline is relevant for the plot. The whole idea of showing how bad the war has affected the countryside was handled better in three or four Brienne chapters in Feast than it was in two dozen Arya chapters in Clash and Storm. Arya is too young for most of her story to be even slightly believable, and her whole shtick of "Don't mess with me, I'M A KILLER!" gets lame really fast.
  18. I think it both is and isn't. It depends entirely on which PoV one's talking about. Catelyn's Storm storyline, Jaime and Brienne's Feast storylines and Theon's Dance storyline easily classify as "serious literature" in my opinion. But the more standard fantasy-esque characters like Jon, Daenerys and Arya are definitely pulpy and shouldn't be taken too seriously.
  19. In this case, the opposite is true - Stoneheart exists only to wreak vengeance on those she thinks wronged her and her family, and this will make her jump to the conclusion that Jeyne was involved with the conspiracy, based purely on the fact that she's the daughter of the woman who was confirmed to be plotting with Tywin.
  20. Jeyne's mother, Sybell Spicer, was conspiring with Tywin Lannister. She engineered Robb and Jeyne's meeting. It would be fairly logical - though incorrect - for Stoneheart to conclude that Jeyne was also part of the conspiracy.
  21. You keep saying this but there's no evidence.
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