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    Small Questions v. 10105

    We don't have the relevant information to determine this afaik. Could just as well be that married men are not allowed to join the NW as long as their wives are alive. Or their wives can't remarry and just have a tough lot handed to them.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    Except that Mors hates Mance Rayder. He wouldn't cooperate with him.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    I'm wondering how much of the stupid stuff in the last seasons is due to the show runners having to include plot points they are not comfortable with. I mean, they are not completely free to end the series in the way they want. They have to include the things GRRM told them were important. That could be worse than having no source material at all. If the rumours are true that GRRM is not happy with what D&D have done lately, the bitter feelings could well be mutual. Nobody will say anything in public until GoT is TV history, though. There's too much money at stake.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    I just googled that quote about gardeners and architects from GRRM. Interesting take on it. The plot in the books started moving sideways instead of ahead after book 3 is my opinion. I'd say GRRM forgot that pruning is an important part of gardening and he's still struggling with it.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    I actually like that detail quite a bit. She had to ask the Maester for Sansa's name and still got it wrong. The kid had her priorities straight.
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    [SPOILERS thru S7] Where did the show go wrong?

    That's a very good point to bear in mind when it comes to Sansa's decision to marry Ramsay Bolton. Which is horribly naive and stupid on her part. Even if Ramsay had treated her just fine, it's political suicide. Think about it: she married into the family who betrayed her own family and thus legitimised their claim on the North. There's no way around it: she is a traitor. Imo, the show didn't do enough to show the consequences of this act. It was only once pointed out to her when she went to the Northern lords with Jon. And only once did she admit herself that her position is precarious because she was married to two enemies of the North. It wasn't made clear enough that it's probably the reason Jon was acclaimed King in the North, not her, the legitimate heir. Arya's suspicions of her are completely understandable because of that marriage and her continuing reliance on the person who brokered it. That should have been the bone of contention between them, not the letter she wrote in the hope of saving their father's life. The marriage itself makes some sense in LF's schemes. If Sansa had started rallying the Northern lord to her instead of marrying Ramsay, then allied herself with Stannis, she would have been in a much stronger position, not dependant on LF. LF weakened her claim on purpose so he could ride in as the Knight in shining armor. It didn't quite work because of Jon. Which was probably unexpected. It gave the Northern lords an alternative to Sansa - and they took it. That the Boltons took the chance to be alienated from the Crown is not that surprising. They needed the marriage to legitimize their claim on Winterfell in the eyes of the Northerners. Cersei is far away and was unlikely to send help in case the lords rebelled against them - which was probably just a question of time. I suppose Roose intended to hand Sansa over once she had given Ramsay enough children to continue his family's claim on the North. And I suppose it was the reason he allowed Ramsay to treat her so horribly. Cersei would have liked that and it would have gone a long way in his favor when he would have gone to ask forgiveness instead of permission.
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    Little Questions That Don't Fit Anywhere Else Part 3

    Because the Iron Bank are hypocrites? They might not invest directly in the slave trade but they could have invested in businesses that work because of slave labor.
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    sansa, arya, and dany

    Doesn't anyone see Sam as the one who drops the bomb? He will have heard by then that Dany roasted his father and brother alive. He might not be very sad about his father, but his brother? He would be tempted to throw it in her face that her claim to the Iron Throne isn't even justified. Or it might not even come to a confrontation if Dany and Jon arrive on two dragons and save the day when Winterfell is about to be overwhelmed by the AotD. Nobody will have issues with them then.