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  1. https://slate.com/business/2013/06/game-of-thrones-economics-red-wedding-robb-stark-and-breach-of-trust-in-marriage-alliances.html It's a matter of peace and harmony. People can't live together in peace without formal agreements. Enforced oaths and vows are needed to hold people accountable. You cannot have order if people did as they wished.
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    The Others emerging from the weirwoods

    I don't know about the Others coming out of the trees. What stands out to me is the possible misinformation about them. Like they want to kill the living. They've not done that to Craster. The Night's King and the crows weren't murdered. Sacrifice and worship is the key. Feeding the trees human blood accomplished the same thing. A Stark must always be in Winterfell to be sacrificed.
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    About the Trident

    Honsetly, I don't think Martin has put this much technical thought into that battle. Robert was pissed off at the Targaryens. Can you see him calling out to Rhaegar to face him? I can. Rhaegar took the bait. Robert had better luck than Brandon.
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    About the Trident

    "To lead" yes. Not necessarily engage in single combat. I don't have the exact quote but Jorah said to Daenerys: Rhaegar fought valiantly. Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died. All that honor meant nothing in the end. She chose to set the tactics and stayed in her tent after ordering her Unsullied to attack the drunken Second Sons. That's how to win.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    It's not a perfect comparison but not at all inappropriate. The people in the story are human beings and they have that in common with real life. So for example, it is not unwise to compare what the Yellow Vests in France are doing to what the mob did at KL. Angry masses who want to fight the governing body, Macron and Joffrey respectively. Yellow jackets are less violent because the France of today is less so than the KL mob of the story. Some presidents didn't get second terms because the voters wanted change. We hold elections. Westeros assassinates their leaders if they want change. Joffrey was incompetent and the people below killed him. Jon was incompetent and unfit to lead so the crows killed him. Different methods but accomplish the same thing. Our system can impeach if it should become needed. Westeros has to result to war and assassination to remove an unwanted leader.
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    Does GRRM hate heroism or avoid it? (Jon and Quentyn comparison)

    Sure. Anybody can die. Dying or surviving has nothing to do with heroism or the lack thereof. Cause leading to an effect that makes sense is a better story. A coward may live but that coward is not going to get ahead in life. Martin would know this. He took risks to become the successful writer of books that he is. Another person might take a different path and choose to have financial certainty and avoid the career risk. That person could end up with a regular paycheck writing for his local newspaper. This is why I laugh whenever I read people betting on Sansa becoming queen. She hasn't done anything to elevate herself to such a lofty position. I just don't see that happening. Marrying a landed knight is more fitting for Sansa.
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    Does GRRM hate heroism or avoid it? (Jon and Quentyn comparison)

    You're allowing the show to color your opinion of the character. Book Ramsay is a cunning operator. He has his perversions that can ruin him in the end but he knows his boundaries. The only time he crossed that line is the starving of Hornwood.
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    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    Visenya, Rhaenys, and Aegon doesn't have desert warfare experience. They actually had very little experience in big-scale war campaigns. Daenerys has desert experience. She will have had experience dealing with guerrilla resistance by the time she lands on Westeros. Dorne will fall and it will fall hard if Arrianne is stupid enough to sway Aegon to oppose Daenerys.
  9. This is true unless those three houses are already on the road of betrayal. That is, they were already planning to ousts the Targaryens. I refer you to the following GM interview. At the 27.50 mark, he starts to say something that I find is strong evidence that those families were planning to remove the Targaryens from power. My belief that the Starks and the Baratheons were disloyal to the Targaryens from the beginning is why I strongly dislike those families. Like what others have said and been written before my posts here. What Rickard was doing is not how a loyal lord would act. His marriage plans is nothing innocent. He wanted to challenge Aerys. Trying to make himself more militarily powerful than his king is disloyalty. I believe the clues strongly point to their guilt. Those bungholes. Brandon deserved to get strangled. Rickard, that was a bad way to die. But if he was disloyal to the Targaryens and he was planning to overthrow them, it was deserved. It was just desserts.
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    Kraznys mo Naklos - Charming Villain

    I'm following this discussion. I like the characters in Essos. Martin created some of his most memorable characters there. Kraznys is funny. So are Belwas, the Handmaidens, and ofcourse, Daario.
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    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I don't want to commit a guess but I will give an opinion. The number of chapters is not indicative of the spot where the person stands in character rankings. George saves Daenerys for his most dramatic chapters. What we would call the pivotal chapters in the novels. He is not about to give her the most chapters. He saves his brightest star for when a big moment is called for in the story. I do not think she will have the most chapters. George doesn't want to reveal too much and he wants to keep us hungering for her chapters. He will fill the books with the Cersei's, the Sansa's, and the like. The plot would move, or crawl, from their pov. Jon, I guess, is not going to have a pov chapter. He will either die for good or come back in wolf form. Bran will get a lot of chapters and might have the most, actually. It's not enough, actually. I believe what happens in Slaver's Bay and how quickly the slavers are defeated will determine what happens to the north. Three of the main characters are already in Essos: Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, and Tyrion Lannister. The story has been steadily moving to the east.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    But he is not alone in this. Doran Martell and Ned Stark.
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    The Carter Presidency And The Game Of Thrones

    I can agree with that. Lack of consistency means a lack of justice.
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    Why do we not hear of Targyen parents marrying their offspring?

    Sure there were. However more were done out of the necessity to keep the dragon bond. They believed a savior would one day come who will bring back the dragons. And she did. They kept the faith even during the miserable dragonless years.
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    Summer vs. Jaime Lannister

    There's little drama in that. I'm leaning towards Bran choosing revenge.