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Paul Ell

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  1. Paul Ell

    My defense of Bran as King.

    Ending Game of Thrones with Bran as King makes a lot of sense if you consider the thematic message the story ended with. Bran being chosen King represented a break from the hereditary lineage system and the birth of a new way of selecting the King. It also represented the beginnings of a parliamentary system in which the King is more a figurehead rather than a ruler with absolute power. Bran says: “I can never be Lord of Winterfell,” he responds. “I can never be Lord of anything. I’m the Three-Eyed Raven.” He means that Bran Stark the eldest living son of Ned Stark and rightful heir to be King of the North can never be King. But Bran has ended his old identify as Bran Stark and with it his Stark lineage. He is now the Three-Eyed Raven. Tyrion's speech that got Bran chosen King never once mentioned Brans lineage as a reason Bran should be King. Bran is not using the Stark Wolf as his sigil. He is using a Raven sigil. This further illustrates Bran is not holding a hereditary family claim to power. Bran can't have children and they chose him anyway. This means the new non-lineage system of choosing King will continue after his death. The show ended with the wheel being broken and a parlimentary council choosing new Kings. Also Bran is setting a precedent by taking a hands off approach to governing and letting the council handle it. The beginnings of figurehead royalty. Brans name is now Bran The Broken. Maybe the name is more than Bran having a broken body but also that he broke the wheel.
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    Varys motives to return a Targarian to the Throne

    Ignoring the books and speaking strictly of the TV show. What to you think Viserys was up to and why?
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    Varys motives to return a Targarian to the Throne

    Seems the TV show did not provide a reason for Varys motives. Unlike the books which took Varys and the story in a different direction. I came up with my own explanation that fits the TV story. Illrio had his own selfish motives for putting Viserys on the Iron Throne. Viserys promised him wealth, status and power for his help. Illrio is the one who put things into motion on the ground. Arranging the marriage between Denarius and Khal Drogo and giving Dany the dragon eggs. But for Varys returning a Targarian to the Throne was a contingency plan, to have it as an option if things went to total shit in the 7 Kingdoms. It wasn't something he was actively striving to make happen during most of the show it was a backup plan and the more it looked like Joffrey would be a terrible King the more Varys chose to use the contingency plan.
  4. Why does Varys support returning a Targarian to the Throne? Varys has been secretly plotting with illyrio since before season 1 episode 1 to put Viserys Targarian on the Throne. My question is why? Varys motives seems to be shaped by "the good of the realm". What was so terrible about King Robert and the Barathian royal family that he would want to replace it by Dothraki invasion force to install a Tagarian on the throne? How would that be better for the realm? I'm talking about his original motives, before the show even started. So before the War of the 5 Kings started and before he met Daenerys.
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