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  1. darmody

    Varys' Letters

    Please tell me the Spider got word out to Lords Tully and Arryn, and that Sweet Robin is coming to "make the Mad Queen fly" by knocking Danny off her dragon.
  2. Why do you imagine it's not Night's Watch law for a Lord Commander to sentence disobedient underlings to death? The Night's Watch is basically always at war.
  3. We don't know the exact laws of Meereen and the Night's Watch, but in the former case Dany I think was clearly in the wrong when she carried out random reprisals for Harpy terrorism and burning surrendering commanders alive. Jon, on the other hand, I think was perfectly justified killing a subordinate who disobeyed direct orders and the mutineers who murdered him.
  4. Naming Sansa Queen back in season Six would have actually made sense. She was the Lady of Winterfell and Bran had not been discovered to have survived yet. Acclaiming a bastard who recently abandoned the Night's Watch for mysterious reasons was unbelievable. Now, however, things are different. The North seceding right after they rejoined the kingdoms and a Northern Lord became king makes zero sense
  5. If the show went full Aerys with Danny in the sense of murdering innocents, I wouldn't mind. Because there has been build-up. However, if they do it in the sense of actual mental illness, no. There were plenty of opportunities to demonstrate she possesses Viserys-like defects. None were taken. I hope it's temporary rage that compels her toward unnecessary violence, if that's where the show is headed. Because that is always a danger with her. And you may compare her to her father in that limited sense.
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    Ned/Jon

    The dramatic pivot point, in an episode with remarkably little drama, was when Jon was apparently swayed toward killing Dany by Tyrion's appeal to the safety of Sansa and Arya. Which is exactly how the Spider swayed Ned to confess his fake crimes to Joffrey. Same two people, who happened to be in King's Landing at the time.
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    Nativity

    Why in this show about houses and lineage and family are none of the main cast members interested in marrying or making babies? I have no idea whether the Targaryens, Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, Arryns, Tarlys, Grejoys, Reeds, Umbers, and so forth will perpetuate. Martel, Tyrell, Bolton, Frey, and Mormont appear dead already. Edmure Tully's wife and son theoretically may be alive. Remember how happy Robb was to hear about Little Ned? Don't any of the other Starks (or half-Starks) possess the same sentiment? Arya could be pregnant, but I'm guessing she'll be dead soon. Anyway, she's not coming back. Sansa isn't approached by Random Dornish Prince or Gendry or anyone. No one wants to breed with the Queen of the North? Sansa isn't concerned about holding onto independent Winterfell? Is Jon going to find another Wildling girl? He foresook all titles and property and freedom to father heirs. Is he even a Targaryen? Does he care about that House's existence? No one is interested in marrying Yara. Gendry is single. Sweetrobin I assume is single. Tyrion is single. Hand of the King is presented as some kind of punishment, but you know they didn't strip him of title and land. He is Lord of Casterly Rock. Shortly before the death of his brother and sister he showed interest in his niece or nephew, but nothing about children of his own. Has he even had sex since Shae? Jaime abandoned a pregnant Cersei. Cersei showed no evidence of caring about her child's future this season, until two seconds before her death. Brienne is apparently not pregnant. Aside from Dany and Jon, for whom marriage wasn't a discussion before they even knew about their kinship FOR NO REASON, the other love story this season was Greyworm and his sundae. Who of course couldn't reproduce. Okay, Sam presumably had a kid. But he didn't marry Gilly and the kid must be a bastard, because now he's a Grand Maester. I guess that means his sister is Lady of Horn Hill. Is she going to marry? No idea. This is such a basic part of human existence, and it comes up plenty in previous seasons. Why was the show suddenly uninterested?
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    Ned/Jon

    They now rule Westeros through King Robot.
  9. He's paid for his cute puppydog face and flowing hair (when it's down), as well as to dance around with a sword.
  10. Well, the wheel metaphor was about ruling houses and she was jumping in front of Jon to take control of their house, so I guess it's...grrl power?
  11. How was that the main point of her character? I would put it no higher than fifth on her list. And why "suddenly?" Even the Mad King devolved gradually. I don't see why that's pertinent or how the Iron Throne is mysterious. Aside from who would end up being king or queen. But Bran would have been a surprise had Dany died in season One. HOwever, assuming her destiny had to be held out for as long as possible, you do realize going mad is not her destiny. Jon stabbing her is. And there's no reason that had to be motivated by SUDDEN turn to madness like a half-hour of show time before she dies.
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    All who were vying for the Throne died

    You mean like Aegon the Conqueror who won the game with Terrible Thunder Lizards?
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    All who were vying for the Throne died

    Pfft. If I can read (and I can), howcome I don't know the entire Bible word-for-word? We know Bran can see the past, but it's obvious he doesn't know everything about the past. When Sam informs him Rhaegar and Lyanna were legally wed, he has to go look up a vision of their wedding. I'm thinking looking for Drogon or seeing the future is a similar process.
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    All who were vying for the Throne died

    Egregiously untrue. Bran: intervenes to have Littlefinger killed provides the Allies the correct strategy for defeating the Night King has Sam tell Jon about his parentage directly before the battle for no obvious reason. rolls on down to King's Landing even though there should always be a Stark at Winterfell These are all things that happened in the show.
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    All who were vying for the Throne died

    Yeahbutt he won. So apparently he was in the race.
  16. It's okay in modern-day U.S. some places, too. Or legal, anyway. But the fact that they grew up in the same house and thought they were half-siblings most of their lives makes it grosser than his relationship with Dany, which blood-wise was more incestuous.
  17. Couldn't she just say, "I'm the Queen, eff off," after the battle? They let her kill Varys, and no one likes Cersei.
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    Nativity

    It's not very yucky to sleep with someone who happens to share grandparents with your cousin. That's well within contemporary standards for consanguinity.
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    Nativity

    Gendry's character since being reintroduced on the show is pretty basic: prideful blacksmith swings hammer and fights with Ned Stark's nephew, like father is attracted to Arya wants adventure That's about it. You could say he wanted to be lord simply because it would allow him to marry Arya, be like his father, and never have to go back to Flea Bottom. I'd accept it. The kid on the road with Arya, he was almost a different character. I don't bother comparing.
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    Ned/Jon

    This is asinine. It requires absolutely zero insight into the mind of Ramsay Bolton to know better than to snap at such bait. Especially when Jon's strategy relies on Ramsay being the one to take the bait. Which makes Jon an idiot, but we already knew that. I cannot for the life of me understand why people keep insisting Jon didn't listen to Sansa. He deliberately drops everything and says point blank I'm all ears, she has the floor and out comes, "...I dunno. Something!" Okay, Sansa . Very helpful. The whole thing is about the Vale army. Sansa keeps it secret for no good reason, Rickon dies, and Jon/Sansa's army is nearly wiped out.
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    Ned/Jon

    The "20 good men" thing became a meme for a reason It was some kind of clever trick. It was simply piling more onto the already overburdened Stannis. Yeah, Ramsay had cunning and he did trap some people. But if you look at his track record, mostly it's just him going back on his word or unprovoked violence. He tells the Ironborn to give him Theon in exchange for safe passage, then kills them. He has Theon promise the Ironborn holding Moat Cailin they won't be harmed if they give up, then he harms them. He up and stabs his father when he doesn't expect it. And so on. None of which in the real world would give you a reputation for cunning. You'd just be a liar and murderer. The North knew him as a terrorist. He didn't actively form alliances with other houses. The Karstarks and Umbers fell into his lap. Sansa spent most of her time locked up in her room. She might have picked things up at dinner or briefly while walking around or from Reek or deduced through Ramsay's sexual technique. But it's not even like with Little Finger, where he gave her lessons.
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    Ned/Jon

    Except that he wasn't. You don't just give up your brother/king as dead because a bad guy has them hostage. That's treason to your kingdom and your family. And who says Sansa knew Ramsay like no one else? In the bedroom, maybe, if all his other victims were dead. But not concerning high-stakes politics. I mean, Ramsay never killed Reek, did he?
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    Nativity

    The story is full of semi-realistic characters, isn't it? Even if it's ABOUT something else, it would be weird if by coincidence all these characters just so happened not to be interested in families. Like if George Martin wanted to write a book promoting vegetarianism and the dangers of eating red meat, and had all the characters near the end spontaneously have no interest in meat. "But that's the THEME" wouldn't explain it.
  24. Okay, they gave the Night King kill to Arya because they wuv kick-ass ninja turtle girl and all the build-up between Jon and Ice Satan led people to believe they would clash. Because not to do so would be teasing. But expectations had to be subverted. What does Jon do instead? Nothing, until he stabs his lady love at the end. In the meantime he's inert. He 's allowed two lines of dialogue ("Ah dun wannitt," "you ah mah queen), and struggles between desire and ickiness as regards Dany I guess. Then, when he does get to be heoric or tragic or something, first he has to try and rationalize motiveless mass murder of perhaps a million people. Then there's an awkward scene and...that's it. We don't see what happens next, and are left to guess he walked up to an Unsullied, tapped him on the shoulder, and said, "[clears throat] Terribly sorry, but I just assassinated your queen." This is aggravating, because it sets up the farcical, drama-free remainder of the episode. Jon doesn't get a fight. We don't get any payoff for the growing tension between Greyworm and he. (Jon hasn't dueled since the Battle of the Bastards, wtf?) Jon had no escape plan, though escape seemed easy given Drogon makes an incredible ruckus without arousing immediate suspicion. Even if the Unsullied were to show up the moment we cut away, Jon had plenty of time to flee. Upshot is Jon is captured. Dany wasn't ever really queen, so he's a hostage of the Unsullied and at most guilty of kinslaying. A council is convened, and the great lords of Westeros plus a bunch of interlopers (Brienne, Sam, Arya, Bran, Davos) are awaiting...what? Tyrion is brought out...why? Jon is still alive...why? Jon is not present...why? This entire scene is so fanfic-y that I can't analyze it in earnest. Not to get too bogged down, essentially we are: deciding Tyrion/Jon's fates and picking a new king. Right off the bat, this council is stacked with people related to Jon by blood, extended family, indirect oath, and/or alliance. We have his former best friend, his second-in-command, his cousins, Edmure Tully and Sweet Robin who are closely tied to the Starks through the Tully sisters, and a newly-minted knight in the service of his cousin. No one, not a single person, brings up the fact that he has a claim to the throne. Nor that he is either the King in the North or at least the Lord of Winterfell. Because the Northmen acclaimed him. What the hell? Why? Because he happens to be in Unsullied custody? Yet the traitorous patricidal convicted regicide Tyrion gets reinstated in a place of honor? More than that, he frickin picks the king! Not that Jon's punishment is all that bad. The Night's Watch doesn't exist anymore. There's no great danger up there. He's with his buddies and his dog. Yet he looks miserable. And isn't he over worrying about fathering children now? Doesn't he want a family? In any case, it's a ridiculous set-up. If the North is independent how does the crown control the Night's Watch? What would prevent Jon from leaving the second Unsullied and Dothraki were gone? Nothing. But they need those shots of him being perma-grumpy, living in a tundra for no reason. Because why? He loved Dany allegedly and since bells made her lose her mind he must suffer for the rest of his life?
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    Nativity

    So that his children might be royalty? You must think like a feudal lord.
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