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  1. Enuma Elish

    End game predictions for all the characters?

    There aren't predictions. I'm reading a wish list from a lot of you guys. I'm tempted to put down my wish list too but then it would not be prediction.
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    Biggest Mistake Made by Robb

    Robb executing Karstark was a very bad political move. Here is a man who followed him to war and his sons died for the Stark cause. Sometimes you let things go. And this is one of those times. It is hypocrite to make a big deal out of the killings of two POWs when they kill so many on the battlefields. No king should be scared of his vassals but then a king should keep his oaths to his vassal. He should never have lain with Jeyne in the first place. Damage control after the deed should have been to marry the Frey girl and keep financially supporting Jeyne and their bastard.
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    Why did Jorah push Dany to go to Asshai?

    Things were looking badly for them at the time. Khal Drogo expired and the Dothraki wanted to take Daenerys Targaryen to Vaes Dothrak, per their custom. That would take away all of her chances to take back her lands from the usurper. It would also take her away from him forever. Selling those eggs and going far to escape the Dosh Khaleen was actually not a bad option. Those eggs were worth a fortune. They could live like royalty for the rest of their lives. I assume here that Jorah intended to marry Daenerys. Jorah basically gets everything he wants. The girl and a kingly lifestyle.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    You take your pick. The Starks were cutting people's throats to nourish their tree. The Umbers and the north continued to practice the lord's right to the first night. Brandon deflowered a maiden and left her in tears. Is Roose that much worse? I will take back what I said in a previous post. I don't think George is willing to overlook gross injustice but he is a realists and I believe if the situation calls for harsh he will support harsh over weakness any day.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    If George is as politically informed as many of you claim. What does he think of Rodrigo Duterte? The man is brutal but he has cleaned up a lot of corruption in his own country. He's brutal with drub addicts and drug pushers. The EU has been very critical of his methods.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    Raping his queen was bad. Very bad. No excuse. I am only suggesting that we put it in context with the other nobleman and men of his time. I would put a wager that a lot of women and wives suffered the same kind of horrific abuse from the men in their lives. Aerys was not alone in that. As disgusting at it was, it cannot be labeled aberrant behavior for the period. And the wildlings that many in the reader community sympathize with treat their women worse than any of the Targaryen kings treated theirs. There are also hints that women in the north are treated less nicely than in the south. So he strangled Brandon and cooked Rickard Stark. I find it hard to sympathize with the Starks because I am a fan who bought into southron ambitions being a plot to take down the Targaryens. Aerys definitely had a right to protect his person and his reign. Damn that Stannis Baratheon probably cooked more people than Aerys ever did in his time. And the Starks, how many people did they kill to fertilize their tree over a span of thousands of years! All in all, Robert and the Starks did more harm to Westeros when they won the rebellion. Westeros has never been in this bad of a shape. We can thank the Starks, Lannisters, and the Baratheons for driving the realm into ruin. They thought they could do better than the Targaryens. Well, they can't and it's been proven.
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    Tywin and The Small Council.

    The hand of the king doesn't need the approval of the council as long as he has the king's confidence. I am not sure where Tywin is coming from.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    All good comments. In my opinion, George Martin is faulting Carter for his indecisiveness. Paralysis due to over analysis. Carter was an intellectual whose patience may not be an asset for a man in his position. The public liked the cowboy types. The shoot 'em up kind of leader who can make the nation feel good about itself and its place in the world. Carter just did not have the swagger that Reagan did. Reagan brought about the fall of communism but he nearly destroyed our economy too. Reaganomics and trickle down economics that favored the rich. His increased defense spending was not supported by increased taxation. The national debt rose as a consequence. But the price was worth it to those who felt communism was the greatest evil in the world. The Carter administration was not a failure. It just did not accomplish all it set out to do. But what administration did? Martin is a democrat. Is he saying Carter didn't go far enough? Clinton is a moderate and so was Obama. I wonder what Martin thought of these presidents? Martin gave an interview in which he said one of the roles of a leader is the creation of a system where the people can prosper. In that same interview, he also said being a good person doesn't have anything to do with leadership at all. So if that is the case then it probably doesn't even matter how the king is getting the job done as long he is getting the job done. A quiet land. A quiet people. With that in mind, Aerys was getting the job done because Westeros was prosperous under his rule. True, his appointees were responsible for the success but he was smart enough to pick capable advisers. Despite his brutality, men like Roose Bolton can be good leaders. George is willing to overlook injustice as long as peace is kept and prosperity is taking place.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    You're partly correct. The extent to which you will lean one way or the other should be determined by your role. A leader will have different compromises compared to the average person who has very little responsibility outside of the family. A leader like Robb should put the welfare of his followers ahead of his romantic interests. Maintaining the Frey alliance increases their chances of surviving the war. Breaking the alliance lowers their chances of survival. I cannot believe the Greatjon and the Blackfish didn't clap Robb on the back of his head for doing something this dumb.
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    Dragons and one lion

    "Someone told me that the night is dark and full of terrors. What do you see in those flames?" "Dragons," Moqorro said in the Common Tongue of Westeros. He spoke it very well, with hardly a trace of an accent. No doubt that was the reason the high priest Benerro had chosen him to bring the faith of R'hllor to Daenerys Targaryen. "Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of all." "Snarling? An amiable fellow like me?" Tyrion was almost flattered. And no doubt that is just what he intends. Every fool loves to hear that he's important. "Perhaps it was Penny you saw. We're almost of a size." "No, my friend." (page 436, A Dance With Dragons) So Tyrion is not a Targaryen because he is clearly identified as a snarling creature amidst the dragons. The Targaryens being the dragons. A lion snarling amidst the dragons. It looks to me like a bunch of Targaryens (the dragons) gagging up on one Lannister (the lion). The Dragons Old Dragons - Brynden Rivers and Aemon Targaryen Young Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen and Aegon Blackfyre Targaryen True Dragons - Aemon Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen, Brynden Rivers, and Aegon Blackfyre Targaryen. Look at it this way. If Brynden Rivers is considered a Targaryen then it only makes sense for Aegon Blackfyre to be considered a Targaryen too. False Dragon - Jon Snow. Aegon Blackfyre cannot be a False Dragon if he is also a True Dragon. Those two are mutually exclusive. Bright Dragons - It can mean hair color but I believe it means the ones true to fire. This would be Daenerys, Aemon, and Aegon. Dark Dragon - Brynden Rivers Mother of Dragons, Slayer of Lies Glowing like sunset, a red sword was raised in the hand of a blue-eyed king who cast no shadow. A cloth dragon swayed on poles amidst a cheering crowd. From a smoking tower, a great stone beast took wing, breathing shadow fire. The Lies Stannis claiming to be Azor Ahai. Daenerys woke dragons from stone and thus proved she is Azor Ahai. Aegon Blackfyre claiming to be Prince Aegon Targaryen. A cloth dragon is still a dragon. Just not a specific dragon. Jon Snow born in the Tower of Joy and will be put forth as a false Targaryen. The selection of words matter here. Why was "beast" chosen instead of "dragon?" Because this creature is not a dragon. Shadow is a lie. This creature is not a fire-breathing dragon. Fire is light. Mother of Dragons, Bride of Fire Her silver was trotting through the grass, to a darkling stream beneath a sea of stars. A corpse stood at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, grey lips smiling sadly. A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness. The Fires The memory of their first ride was with her when she led him out into the darkness, for the Dothraki believed that all things of importance in a man's life must be done beneath the open sky. She told herself that there were powers stronger than hatred, and spells older and truer than any the maegi had learned in Asshai. The night was black and moonless, but overhead a million stars burned bright. She took that for an omen. Drogo is the first of the three lovers. He was killed by Mirri Maaz Duur. A corpse doesn't have shining eyes. They don't smile. Unless they are wights. Victarion is a wight created by fire spell. He was cured ( or cursed) by Moquorro. The blue flower is a Stark. I believe this is Jon Snow, though there is a slim chance it's Craster's son if he is related to the Starks. The age is not right though. I believe this is referring to Jon. Mellissandre will put forth the lie that Jon is a Targaryen. Stone is being used here to mean a Stark. Like the stone chains (being a Stark) holding the winged wolf firmly grounded. The fires are the acts of miracle and procreation. It is a wedding and an offering. The first offering involved Drogo, Mirri, and the Stallion. The second will be Victarion, Moquorro, and his boat. This for death and it may be needed to bring Aemon back to life. His preserved body is on its way to Slaver's Bay. The third offering will be Jon, Mellissandre, and Ghost. This is to love for the love of life. Their burning will end winter. Let's examine the pattern. Drogo, Victarion, and Jon are basically all comatose, I do believe Victarion will end up comatose and so will Jon from his injuries. Mel will revive Jon Snow with magic but he won't be completely alive. At least not as a human. Moquorro used his magic to send Vic into a walking dead state in order to keep him animated long enough to get him to Meereen. Mirri put Drogo into a vegetable state to keep him alive and make him suffer for the wrongs he did to her village. All three are given to the flames as an act of mercy. Aemon will come back to life. Aemon, Daenerys, Tyrion, Brynden Rivers, Aegon Blackfyre, and Jon Snow will be together for a time at the wall. All of these dragons will have a reason to want Jaime dead. Aemon, because Jaime betrayed Aerys. Daenerys, for the same reason. Aegon because he believed Jaime killed his mom and sister. Brynden Rivers because Jaime is a Targaryen enemy. Jon, because Jaime crippled his little brother. Tyrion loves Jaime. I think the little man will attempt to fight the dragons to protect his beloved brother. Who, in truth, deserved whatever punishment the dragons want to do to him.
  11. Those are not proof of Rhaegar plotting to kill his father. Rhaegar is not the best person when it comes to strategy. It can simply mean he trusted Tywin's opinion.
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    ASOIAF Book Awards

  13. The tournament was a sham. Rhaegar fixed it. I can buy that. A skilled jouster disguised as Rhaegar? Why not. It's not like you need an illusion. Maybe the point of the knight of the laughing tree is the effectiveness of disguise. The knight could even be a woman. Who can tell with all of that armor? It's not out of the realm of possibility for a skilled jouster to put on Rhaegar's armor and fooled everyone into thinking he's Rhaegar.
  14. Rhaegar had disagreements with his father but killing his father is way beyond that. Killing your king is a blight that people would never accept. He would never put his yellow rump on the throne if he killed his father. Too many people supported Aerys and they would not abide letting Rhaegar rule over them if he killed his own father. I can't blame them. Rhaegar has no justifiable cause to usurp his father. The realm was stable. A revolution is called for when the economy is bad. That was not the case here.
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