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  1. Lady Stoneheart is like an artificial intelligence who was programmed to do one thing. She will carry out that program until she finally dies. That programming imprinted the last desire she had before her first death. She will go on killing Freys and Lannisters until she dies. This is the clue as to what Jon will become when he comes back. He will be just like her. It is a tragedy in the making. He will become an Undead with a single mission to carry out with his remaining time. Jon will kill the men of the Night's Watch. He will become the ghost of Castle Black and haunt the Wall.
  2. The Martells would have the most to gain. It's interesting. The ship was so close to the safety of home. And then the storm came on and broke the ship within sight of land. It's almost as if the assassin waited until the last moment to do the job. Why? So he can make it to shore. It wasn't a suicide mission. Patchface can't be the saboteur though. He was brought along by Ser Steffon on a spur of the moment decision.
  3. Another attempt by Alyn to smear a loved character. This will only result in retaliation from those of us who love Dany. I am tempted to respond in kind but time is short.
  4. So many people think his huh. That's very subjective. I don't think that. Jon and the other Starks will die. Become direwolves in their second lives. Val is not a warg. She just fades away after she dies.
  5. I think the problem is, you are not a lord commander. Jon cannot make that same choice. And it is very stupid to endanger the wall just to save a sister or a brother. They're dead anyway if the watch fails to do its job. A dock worker can be forgiven for endangering his place of work, the docks, in order to get his sister away from a bad marriage. A lord commander, king, general, empress, emperor cannot be forgiven for making such an irresponsible choice.
  6. He had his suspicions but lacked solid proof. The book of Baratheon family history is not proof. It is evidence.
  7. A city as large as Asshai built as a campus for magic! The population in Essos must have been very large to support that. Something happened to force the numbers down.
  8. I am asking myself what is considered well-written characters. What makes a character 3 dimensional? A character must be fleshed out to be in consideration. They cannot be included simply because they are interesting. You are not asking for Most Interesting. Those conditions would leave out interesting but hollow characters like Drogo, Roose, Oberyn, Bronn, Skahaz, and Hizdahr. We know next to nothing about their past. A solid character has a past and a future. This person is someone who we get to know. We know what they want. Lastly, the character is someone who provokes deep feelings in the readers. I think these would meet my criteria. Theon is a loser and we know why. We know what he's yearning for and how it led him to Ramsay's kennels. How much torture can a man take and still be a man. Jorah the finest example of what a gray character is. When he loves, he loves deeply and completely. Barristan is a man with a lot of regrets. He gets his chance to set things right with Dany. Daenerys is a wonderful character. We know not only her backstory but her family's. She is going through an amazing journey. This is what fantasy is all about. Daenerys is the antidote to the boredom from the too common boy heroes of lesser novels. Jon is the angry boy with a chip on his shoulders. Remember what I said about provoking strong feelings. I don't like Jon. That is saying it politely. But the fact that he annoys the hell out of me means he meets the criteria. Walder is the way he is because his father almost lost the family fortune. He is careful because his father's recklessness almost lost them the bridge. Any fair reader can understand and sympathize with him for being mad at the Starks. What he did may be terrible but we know why he did it. I want to have more pages of Walder material in the last two volumes.
  9. The sons of the harpy will not all be killed but they will be greatly reduced in population, their wealth reduced, and will be suppressed. The slaves will be free and they will become the majority. The Free People of Meereen will get to decide on how to govern themselves. They will stumble along the way like every people had to. But the important thing is they are free. It is no small accomplishment to free a half-million slaves. Anybody who does that has done a great service to humanity and should rightly be considered a heroine in Dany's case. Dany the Moses could choose to march the ones who want to leave out of Meereen and build a new city. Like the biblical exodus. The ones who stay behind can enforce the law against slavery. Making slaves free gives them an opportunity. It does not mean the liberator has to hand feed them and solve all of their problems. The people will have to make their own choices. Some of those choices will be terrible. That is part of growing pains. They will pay for the consequences of those bad decisions and will hopefully learn over the years.
  10. How do you think the Great Lords gained dominance over their mini-kingdoms? By conquest. By brute force and murder. The Starks slaughtered the warg king's family and forced his daughters to marry theirs. That is not different at all. And the Starks would have used the strongest and most brutal of weapons at their disposal to defeat the other lords in the north.
  11. Rhaegar was never, not at any time, a king. Daenerys is the direct heir of King Aerys II and King Viserys III. Rhaegar has been kicked out of the picture. She does not have to claim a Rhaegar anything. Rhaegar does not count towards anything that she will need.
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