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  1. Zumbs

    Will Dany Resurrect?

    The alternative to Drogon flying away with Dany's corpse would be for Drogon to burn Jon.
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    Red Flags: Dany = Meereen Nobles

    Your analogy is flawed. A more fitting analogy would be that the US Congress decided to crucify a bunch of children. Some members of Congress spoke and voted against, but ultimately decided to accept the decision. An invading power arrests all members of Congress and decides to punish them for their evil ways by crucifying the most powerful of them. Regardless of how they voted. But not anyone in their employ, nor anyone who had voted for them. As an aside, as far as I remember, we only have Hizdahr's word that his father spoke out. And I do not remember anyone reporting that Hizdahr's father took any actual action. Even though he was one of the most powerful nobles in the city, and an atrocity was being carried out.
  3. On a more positive side, I haven't heard anyone putting down the production itself. I found it to be very impressive. Most people are disgruntled with writing, e.g. character arcs, teleporters and battle tactics. Indeed. D&D for all their faults were very good at adapting the work of GRRM to TV. If GRRM had promised to finish the books before the series got to it, and he failed to deliver, I could see how they would be frustrated. They must be aware that the writing took a nose dive from season 6 and onwards.
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    What was the purpose of Jon Snow?

    Be happy? It is my impression that he was always felt more at home with Thormund, Ygritte and the rest of the free folk than he did with most others, including his family. In the Watch, he connected with commoners and Sam, who is quite odd for a high ranking noble. In many ways, I think exile North of the Wall is his happy ending.
  5. I had not seen it before your post. Thanks! It was well worth the time, and I tend to agree with most of the comments so far. It was a surprise to me that they had shot so much during the night. I had assumed that they had shot most of it indoors.
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    Tyrion and Sansa...

    If Sansa marries, it is quite likely that her husband will expect to become king and ruler of the North, and she will have to take his name, effectively killing House Stark. And it is likely that he will be supported by the lords of the North. Unless she finds a man that will allow her to dominate, but I suspect that will make him (and her, by extension) the bunt of many a joke in the North as well as the Six Kingdoms. She can, however, take a royal consort and legitimize any bastards from the union, as they will quite obviously be her children.
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    Bran the Bad Choice

    Interesting and insightful article. One point that I have been considering myself is the fundamental failure of how Varys thinks: While the ruler certainly has a great deal of influence in how the people living the realm fares, the ruler rules under circumstances given by the organization and culture of the society. If the society is robust and healthy, even a mad ruler will find it hard to seriously mess things up, whereas a fragile and sick society (e.g. the 6/7 kingdoms) will easily break, regardless of the disposition of the ruler.
  8. Maybe in 500-1000 years?
  9. I really don't see any scenario where Daario does not get bored with Mereen and decides to go on a more exiting caper. No. They form a khallesar and roam around the flat areas in southern Westeros (Dorne, the Reach, the Riverlands) pillaging, murdering, raping and taking slaves. Eventually they force Westeros to form an actual centralized government with an army to crush them.
  10. The wheel is definitely not broken. Using a Council of the Realm, consisting of the most powerful men in the realm, to elect the next king was quite common in Europe (and probably other places as well). It neither prevented nasty oppression of common people, nor did it prevent various alliances of rulers to fight long and nasty civil wars to determine succession.
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    Castrating Jon (Literally)

    I'm surprised that Gray Worm didn't just kill Jon outright. But I suppose he is like the scorpions: Badass in one episode, useless in the next.
  12. I suspect that the scorpions took the role of the horn, that is, resulted in the loss of one dragon in order to bring the horn down.
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    It just occurred to me that by legitimizing Gendry as the son of Robert Baratheon, Daenerys has not only created a lord of Storm's End. As Robert was the grandson of Rhaelle Targaryen, Gendry is now the next in line to the Iron Throne after her. Yes, Jon has a better claim, if the flimsy evidence is accepted by whoever has a say when the dust is settling, and Gendrys claim rests on an acceptance of Daenerys' right to legitimize him. What do you think? Are we going to see King Gendry, or are the show runners going for a full I, Claudius with king Tyrion
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    Sam found the diary of the high septon (IIRC) that married his parents. That counts as proof, but it is flimsy, given that there are no living witnesses, and it needs to be proven that the diary itself is actually written by the high septon.
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    Anyone else think Cersei is still alive?

    Oh, I can already see it: Out from the still smoking ruins of Kings Landing steps a dark figure. Everything goes quiet as Dany and Jon turns. But before anyone can react, the dark figure cuts both of them down with his sword. Then he throws back his cloak, revealing the face of Stannis, and yells: Hail to the king, baby!
  16. Good finds :-) Didn't she scold Jorah with Illyrios words in the second season, though? Implying that she had grown beyond it? Naturally, as you note, the experience of liberating Meeren could have gotten her hopes up. And even though she did save Westeros, it quickly became abundantly clear that no one was going to cheer her. Still, burning an entire city to the ground because its people aren't cheering the conquering army is crazy in a way that I don't find to be consistent with her character as we have seen it develop.
  17. From a character arc point-of-view it could have made sense, if Kings Landing wasn't surrendering to her. If the civilians had been attacking her forces or Cersei had used the bells as a part of a wild-fire trap against Daenerys' armies or something like that. But she was winning. For once, her advisors had actually made a successful plan. The Iron Throne was within her grasp.
  18. Thank you for sharing! Even though I am a bit more with Kit here, assuming that the season so far is any indication: Q: Describe the season finale in one word. A: (Sighs) Disappointing. Epic.
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    Bran seen it all?

    The show hints that he can see possible futures, e.g. he tells Arya that he is happy that she came North rather that going South to kill Cersei. By nudging here and there, he can make some futures more or less likely. ... and I think it is reasonable to guess that he had seen this particular future and nudged to that end. Which implies that he has a motivation. But if he is no longer Bran, does he have any allegiance to house Stark? Is his design to get a Stark on the Iron Throne, or to crush the Iron Throne once and for all, ensuring that the Seven Kingdoms is never united again? Or something even more sinister, given that he sacrificed the people of Kings Landing for his grand scheme?
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    What will Jon do?

    I think Dany will be killed by Jon (most likely) or Arya (less likely, she already has so many kills to her name). He may be able to control Drogon, whispering to it, like Tyr of the Nordic Mythos managed to chain the Fenris wolf? I like the thought of Jon going North afterwards, to live with the wildlings. He always did seem more at home with them than with the Starks or the feudal lords. Which is probably why that is not going to happen. I do not see him going back to Winterfell after Sansa's betrayl, either. That would leave ... Tyrion as king of Westeros, who will appoint Bronn the new lord of Highgarden. Arya (after the stern talking to from the Hound) could go South and marry Gendry. Ok, this last part is just a joke. I think. More likely, Tyrion will guilt-trip Jon into assuming power. And so, the wheel keeps turning.
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    Tyrion's Face was Priceless

    Yes, she would go North. Just like Stannis, she actually took her role as ruler to imply protector as well. And she was ready to risk her two remaining dragons against a foe that had already killed one.
  22. I was also surprised that Arya and the Hound didn't get to Kings Landing well before the army. In times of peace with well maintained roads, it is a one month march from Winterfell to Kings Landing, but armies does not march fast. Nowhere near as fast as two people on horseback. Given that Arya and The Hound actually knows the Red Keep, and Arya can change faces, it should have been fairly easy for them to sneak in and get close to Cersei.
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    Tyrion's Face was Priceless

    How so? Daenerys was sitting in Dragonstone with three dragons for months, even before Jon Snow came to visit. She could have destroyed the Red Keep in an afternoon.
  24. Do you remember Littlefingers game? The one about considering the motivations of others and making up theories to make them fit? If Tyrions plan was to stop the threat of the White Walkers AND keep Cersei on the Iron Throne, it would fit very well. Except we can all read his face well enough to see that he is pained by his failures. I was expecting his plan to backfire along the lines of Cersei feigning a surrender. But rather than surrendering, she had mined the area around the gates with wild fire and crushed most of Daenerys' army when it tried to march into the city.
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    Tyrion's Face was Priceless

    Indeed. The three dragons could have smashed the Red Keep with minimal civilian losses. Cersei would probably either have died or been forced to surrender.