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  1. TheThreeEyedCow

    Is House Martell underestimated?

    Yes, Dorne has all of those things. But not to the same Degree as The Reach or Westerlands or Riverlands. Comparatively speaking, Dorne comes up short. Geroge gave the Dornish stealth and cunning and a nice cluster of mountains to aid in defending their borders. And there's nothing to really take from them, other than these lemons and oranges you speak of... I can't see any of the other kingdoms going to war over fruit when their coin will suffice. Doran plays his hand they way he does because he can't field and supply an invasion. He has to use subterfuge. He even has to lie to his own family to protect the one weapon he has: secrecy. Elsewise, he would of sprung his forces during the chaos of tWoFK.
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    Which book has the best final chapter?

    I completely agree with the OP. ACOK has the strongest ending IMO and it never fails to inspire hope and sadness all at once.
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    Stygai , city of the Night

    It's a far flung destination shrouded in mystery, It's name is more of a homage than anything. But it's nice to have these places exist in the world. Even if we'll never explore them. I think the author has the intention of letting the reader believe whatever they like to believe as it's of no consequence what so ever. My opinion is that the fabled city has experienced some runaway effect with magic. Reckless practices, or even sabotage has rendered the place inhabitable, and I think it's part of a sequence of 'dooms' that befell Planetos. I think it all equates to 'stuff we don't want to happen to Westeros'. It's the fear factor; The knowledge that other and arguably greater kingdoms and cities fell, makes the demise of Westeros a very real threat.
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    Does Asoiaf Have a True Protagonist? *SPOILERS*

    No. There is no one true protagonist or hero. Even the most benevolent of characters are driven towards questionable decisions. It's why the story is so much fun.
  5. Jon. But seriously, Quentyn. I would of liked more of his story. His travelogue across Essos was an interesting one and I'd have him painfully trek back towards Dorne, observing the chaos as he goes. Maybe he's just badly burned, like the Hound. I think George could of cooked something up with those ingredients.
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    What is worse?

    If the Starks lured people into their castle and murdered them, the fandom would have to question whom they were rooting for. Absolutely. I'm feeling very confident that this is what is transpiring right now with Un-Cat and her BWB. And I think it'll grow. Frey pie was fricking glorious, but it's only the beginning. So I wonder if people will still 'like' the Northerners by story's end.
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    The Stannis Plan and why he wrote the Pink Letter.

    Oh, I absolutely agree. Looking ahead, this skirmish in the snow is my main focus. But I'm ashamed to say that I don't really have anything to add. Stannis has the measure of Jon. And he know's Jon to be stubborn with honour just as his father was. Stannis tried to play on Jon's vanity by offering WF. There are few who'd reject the offer. Most would of eagerly accepted. But Jon refused to break his vows. Then, Val is paraded around. But Jon isn't ruled by his penis. So it doesn't tempt him. I think it makes excellent sense that Stannis, equally stubborn, knows Jon is the answer to the North's (and his) problem(s). And so he's using that same stubborn honour against Jon. He's not changing his target, only his approach. He's a tactician. The 'hawk' analogy is very prominent in Stannis' arc. I keep thinking back to that scene where Stannis gives Jon a nod of approval for beheading Slynt. For the longest time, I thought of it as a small savoury detail to garnish the scene. But now, it seems as if Stannis finally saw a chink in the armour. Jon's sense of justice. Or maybe it was pride? That pink letter was full of cruelty and malice and taunts. I think it's very safe to say that anyone who knows Jon, would know that it would rile him to the point of chucking his vows away. It's just like all those years ago, in the training yard of CB. When the other recruits try to bully him, he lashes out. When Alliser taunted him about Ned, Jon attempted to attack him. It's not too difficult to manipulate Jon. You just need to know which buttons to press, it would seem.
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    The Stannis Plan and why he wrote the Pink Letter.

    Yep, I really like this. Theon's comments to Stannis in twow lining up with the language in the pink letter is very provocative. Overall it makes sense that Stannis would change his tactics with Jon. Nice job.
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    ned starks words to bran will be referenced in the future

    I like it. I have to ask. Why would they switch to beheading? The BoB have a penchant for hanging people. Would it make more sense if they were being hanged from a Heart Tree? I'm trying to think why they would make an exception for Jaime; Why chop his head off but hang the Freys?
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    Poll: Did Summer See a Dragon?

    Creative writing on the authors part, I believe.
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    Will the Wall Come Down?

    A mutiny would be the perfect precursor to The Wall/NW falling.... I'm not convinced. Not yet anyway. Great walls throughout history have been rendered useless by opponents who were entirely mortal. A race of magical ice beings with an un-dead army at their disposal prompts me to believe that they won't need The Wall to literally fall down. Just the men who hold it. Besides, if The Wall did literally come down, the result would be an almost equally impassible mess. I think the Others are merely biding their time. And the Wall is bound to fail, considering the fact that I very much doubt our author would put faith in such things. All walls fail, ultimately. As did those of Winterfell and Storm's End.
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    Did the Red Comet _____ ?

    So much this. Its there. And the people who witness it will ascribe it to their culture.
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    most tragic character

    Oooh, I've never considered her just remotely operating Nymeria whilst she herself remained out of the way in Braavos. During her wolf-dreams, I always saw Arya as a backseat driver, so-to-speak. ............... Maybe it's not the most tragic. But I remember feeling quite sad for Aerys Oakheart. He was an ok guy who made some shitty choices. But tried to die with honour all the same. But it wasn't the sort of honour that the realm or maybe even Arianne would recognise. It was a personal honour that he rationalised to himself just before he died.
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