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  1. goldenmaps

    Cersei versus Daenerys

    I think Dany and Cersei have a lot of similarities. Except Dany is a better person than Cersei. Dany's good intentions in Essos can be just as destructive as Cersei's actions in Westeros. (I am in the mind that you can't just end slavery forever so easily) I also think that Dany's intentions of winning the Iron Throne are selfish. Dany wants to claim her birthright except her family was deposed for good reason. There was three generations of Targs who acted selfishly (Dany's grandparents and their siblings, Aerys and Rhaegar) and Targs lost support from the people they were ruling. And I doubt Dany is going to win back that support. I don't know what Dany has to offer to Westerosi. She is not offering smallfolk reforms (which is the only thing that I can think of that will gain wide support from the Faith and the people). She is just having vague promises of breaking the wheel. I think Dany is a good person overall and believes that she should use her power for good, but she's not a good ruler. But I also believe Essos will be in chaos for some time since Dany disrupted the social and economic structure in Essos without providing a good alternative (and not understanding that it is her armies and dragons is what made it possible for slavery to end in the first place. And that by removing said armies and dragons when she went to Westeros she doomed any progress she made in Essos.)
  2. I agree. Sansa, Tyrion and Jaime have suffered more in Cersei's hands than Arya. One of them should have a hand in her death (my money is on Tyrion)
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    Yoren's death.

    Varys didn't even need Gendry to prove that Cersei's kids weren't Roberts. They already had a perfectly good acknowledged highborn bastard in Edric Storm who was already living in the Stormlands. And I doubt Gendry will prove useful to any of Varys's schemes when he is at the Wall considering the Wall is mostly isolated and few people go there.
  4. The smallfolk getting screwed.
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    Cersei versus Daenerys

    I consider Jon and Dany good people, but not particularly good rulers. Going by season 7, Jon hasn't communicated effectively with his bannermen. He rarely writes home or tells Sansa what is going on at Dragonstone. How is she suppose to deal with things at home if she doesn't know what is going on. He also effectively gave away the North's sovereignty to Dany unilaterally. He probably should write home or get some input from the people he is ruling before bending the knee. The reason he bent the knee is because Dany is a good person, but how is anybody suppose to know that without meeting her first. For Dany, I think she underestimates her appeal to Westerosi. People view her as a foreigner and few people care about her claim to the throne. Also she overestimates her ability to control the dragons which can bite her later on. And Dany should also recognize that the tactics that worked for her in Essos won't work in Westeros since she is not freeing slaves. She is just prolonging war for the smallfolk in Westeros based on her name alone. Both Jon and Dany should also recognize that politics and PR play some role in ruling. They are not everything but you have to be at least aware of it. I think that Jon and Dany don't know anything about the smallfolk in Westeros. Jon spent all his time ruling at the Wall and Dany spent all her time ruling in Essos. I do agree that Arya will be the best Queen for the smallfolk.
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    What is the role of Gendry?

    I have a tinfoil hat theory on Gendry's mother. All we know about her is that she died when he was young, she worked in a tavern, sang to him and has yellow hair. And I'm not going with Cersei being his mother because Gendry's claim to the throne is through Robert. And Robert's claim to the throne is through his grandmother who was a Targ. And both Jon and Dany have a stronger blood claim to the throne even if Gendry is trueborn. But what if Gendry has a stronger claim to the throne through his mother. I've been wondering lately why Varys saved him in the first place. He didn't need him anymore in his schemes. He served his purpose in showing that Cersei's children were not Robert's children. And Varys was deeply involved in getting Gendry his apprenticeship in the first place and he did it in disguise and not as a representative of the crown. It's been speculated before that Varys is a Blackfyre. And it's been speculated before that Aegon in the books is also a Blackfyre. What if Gendry's mother is a Blackfyre. Varys and Illyrio it seems planned to put Aegon on the throne. At the time Gendry was conceived Westeros has been through a civil war with Robert on the throne. And it's been known that Robert will sleep with almost anyone. And it would be easy to get a Blackfyre in Robert's bed especially if he didn't know that she is a Blackfyre. And the plan was probably for Gendry to be a girl and to marry Aegon when they were both older and once Aegon secured the throne. The Blackfyre than would have the King and Queen be Blackfyres with Aegon supposedly being the son of the popular Rhaegar and Gendry being the daughter of the rebels. It would have seemed easy because the only other claimant to the throne would be Viserys who is the son of the Mad King. Except i think this plan failed because Gendry turned out to be a boy and Dany was conceived. So Varys and Illyrio turned their attentions to Dany. Also, Gendry would still be family to Varys and Varys would want to make sure that he will be ok. And he could still be useful to Varys and his schemes especially if Aegon did not work out. If Gendry is descended from the Blackfyres that would mean his blood claim to the throne would also be stronger and will also make him more of a contender for the Iron Throne. Of course this is all pure supposition and Gendry's mother could just be somebody who just worked in a tavern. But, wouldn't it be cool if Gendry has more royal blood. It also seems also Henry Tudor-ish in a way because Henry Tudor had a stronger claim to the throne through his mother who was descended from the Beauforts who were a bastard line of the Lancastrian dynasty. I still don't think that Gendry will be king, but it will be interesting if he has more royal blood than he previously thought. And if Varys is a relative to Gendry he can learn more about his mother which would be nice. I still think that Gendry and Arya will be good rulers. They both lived as smallfolk and probably are the most sympathetic to the needs.
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    How is Edric Storm being looked after?

    I doubt Varys had anything to do with Edric's escape but he could find him useful now that he is in Essos. I still don't know why he specifically saved Gendry. That makes no sense.
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    Rethinking Romance: Love Stories of ASOIAF, Part 2

    I consider this a bit of foreshadowing. People thought it was fine that fake Arya (Poor Jeyne Poole) is married to a bastard in the books. Maybe real Arya will be married to her bastard Gendry.
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    Ned wasn’t a true Stark

    I actually think that Lady Dustin wanted to have the powerful position of being the Lady of Winterfell and she didn't get it. And maybe her family was grasping for power. It seemed that Lady Dustin was pulling a Jeyne Westerling on Brandon except Brandon honored the marriage alliance with the Tullys. And she expected to be married to Ned except Ned kept the same arrangement with the Tullys. I don't think that Rickard had southron ambitions. Considering that Winter can be harshest in the North maybe making friends with the west of the seven Kingdoms is not a bad idea. If the North made some sort of alliance or friendship with the Reach that might help with food in the Wintertime. I see Lady Dustin as being bitter about not getting the handsome, powerful lord as her husband. Rickard could have made a northern marriage for Brandon but it could be from another Northern house and she will probably still be bitter.
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    Why do people hate Sansa?

    Which almighty sadistic prick are you talking about - Joffrey or Cersei.
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    Danys campaign

    All wars are devastating. Smallfolk always pay the price for the wars.
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    Season 8 Predictions?

    The predictable ending is that Jon and Dany rule Westeros with their children as heirs. Put on my tinfoil hat. A more interesting ending will be no Targ restoration. I think that Jon and Dany's kid is the Prince that is Promised and that this kid will be the sacrifice needed to be made to defeat the Night King. I think that Melisandre's visions were somewhat correct except that it didn't pertain to Stannis but pertained to Jon and Dany. Jon and Dany will need to sacrifice their heir to end the Long Night. I think that was why she went to Dany in season 7 and had her meet Jon. I also think that King's Landing will burn down and that there would not be a ruler of a unified Westeros. I think each region will rule itself. I think that some god has been guiding the Targ dynasty so that they can end the Long Night. They escaped the Doom of Valyria because of this destiny. Dany can birth dragons because of it. Jon has been resurrected because of it.
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    House Targaryen, the First Family of ASOIAF

    i agree. If she takes Westeros it will be as a conqueror. I think the Westerosi perception of her won't be good no matter what her intentions are. If one Dothraki steals or rapes someone there is no good way in spinning that in her favor.
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    Danys campaign

    I agree. Having the Dothraki as part of her army will NOT help her. Her opponents will use them against her.
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    House Targaryen, the First Family of ASOIAF

    I actually do think that the Targs are important to the series but I also think that the main Targ line won't survive the series. I think that the only reason that the Targs survived the Doom of Valyria is to fight the Night King. I also think that the Prince that was Promised will be Dany or Dany's child. But I also think that the Prince that was Promised will be the sacrifice needed to end the Long Night. And i can't see Dany ruling Westeros. i don't think that the Westerosi people would be all that accepting about the dragons and the Dothraki and Unsullied armies. The Westerosi might see her as a foreigner coming with her foreign army. And we have seen the Dothraki army rape and pillage. They don't have good PR which will reflect on her. I actually think that Illyrio brokered the marriage between Dany and Drogo because of the bad reputation the Dothraki have. And the dragons are magnificent but they might not be controllable. Or they can be a perception that they are not controllable. Dragons can cause a lot of damage and I think that many people would always fear them. If Winter is Coming and food is scarce i doubt that the Westerosi would want to feed dragons and a foreign army. I doubt that the Westerosi cares about Dany freeing Essosi slaves especially if they are cold and starving. I doubt that many Westerosi care about her birthright. Dany doesn't have much support in Westeros. There were valid reasons on why the Targ dynasty was deposed in the first place. And Dany's ruthless actions while valid can be used against her. I think it will be easy for the Lannisters or the Tyrells to paint her as a Mad Queen especially if the dragons hurt anybody (accidentally or not). The Lannisters and the Tyrells would want to keep the power that they have since the Targ dynasty was deposed. The Tyrells also have the added benefit of giving food to the smallfolk. And her killing the slave masters while I think was valid won't help her cause and it can be turned against her. I like Dany and she really does want to help people. And I like her belief in herself. She does need to take into account that the Westerosi people might not want her as a ruler. She can't brush aside what their perceptions might be. She will be seen as a foreign conqueror not as somebody fighting for her birthright. If she uses her dragons or the Dothraki in battle, that might not get people on her side and might even backfire on her.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Whatever the faceless men are doing will be intriguing.
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    Bran is the Night King

    If King's Landing does burn, and if a dragon is to do it, I want that decision to be Jon's and not Bran's. Isn't ruling and making the hard decisions part of Jon's arc. Didn't Jon get the same lessons in ruling as Bran does. If this scenario happens, Bran can still warg into people's minds and hear their last thoughts, but the decision to have King's Landing burn should be made by either Jon or Dany if that decision is to be made. To me its a cop out that if the decision to sacrifice the inhabitants of King's Landing is not being made by Jon or Dany. If either of them is to rule, they have to make the hard decisions.
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    Varys has no purpose

    Varys might have a purpose that is related to the endgame or to some sort of magic or to some knowledge that he possesses or all three. I think his purpose is more end game related than season 7 related.
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    Future of the Riverlands? Is it game over?

    Tinfoil hat theory. One of the Starks will rule the Riverlands. Most likely Arya. Or at least that is what I would like to happen.
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    Bran is the Night King

    I don't know how accurate this is, I found this on another forum and think its interesting in what role Bran has to play. https://www.google.com/amp/s/weirwoodleviathan.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/bran-them-all-the-fate-of-kings-landing/amp/
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    winter will not come in 2018

    He never finished any of his grand series. That is depressing. We might get Winds, but we will probably never get A Dream of Spring or an ending. Bummer.
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    Who will get to rule Dorne and the Reach in the end?

    Why would it be bad if Jon is king.
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    FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1

    Agree. Hope that it happens, but doubt that it will happen. If GRMM finishes before 2020 will be a miracle. Agree. I actually like the worldbuilding. But I want GRMM to finish the novels and develop the other houses of Westeros. If we get an answer on the Doom of Valyria than I would be ok with it. Agree. And also would like another Dunk & Egg book. If only to learn more about the Starks. That is also how I go to sleep at night too. Agree. I'm not trying to hurry him along, but he should finish the books while the publicity for the tv show is still going. After the show gives us an ending, some people won't be as interested anymore. Strike while the iron is hot.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    i agree. Good catches. Just wondering what the relationship between the two kingdoms were after Aegon's conquest.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    I was wondering after aegons conquest if there was still enmity. Both Tully and baratheon fought on the same side during Roberts rebellion and both had betrothals to Starks before Roberts rebellion. Robert and catelyn were OK with Tully and baratheon blood being joined in marriage through sansa and joffrey. I understand why the riverlords did not like the storm kings before aegons conquest. I just haven't heard of a rivalry between the two after aegons conquest.