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    It is not a pale horse

    "And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder One of the four beasts saying, 'Come and see.' and I saw, and behold a white horse" There's a man goin' 'round takin' names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won't be treated all the same There'll be a golden ladder reachin' down When the man comes around" Let's retain two points here: Johnny Cash mentions a "white" horse. And D&D like that song ("chaos is a golden ladder"). If you want to discuss this seriously, please keep in mind that Benioff and Weiss are Jewish and thus for them the Book of Revelations is not canon.
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    What was the plan before Mel showed up?

    The plan was as it always should be in case of a zombie invasion, i.e. to "go to the 'Winchester' and wait for all this to blow over."
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    Can we talk about why everything is so dark...

    Because "equality": Dark screens matter...
  4. There has been a leak that correctly predicted Arya stabbing the NK. The further developments according to this source do contain a twist.
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    The books are not going to end like this

    The third might then be that certain event that will happen according to certain leaks...
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    The books are not going to end like this

    I posted this on reddit yesterday (not getting much reaction ) and it somehow fits here. The point is what GRRM plans for the wights. In my opinion, a zombie apocalypse doesn't leave much room for a long night and a bittersweet ending... The NK and his army were made too powerful and too weak at the same time: there was no way out, and it will be difficult for GRRM to do any better. The previous "long night" is supposed to have lasted "for one generation", and this was what many of us were hoping for: a serious threat, but also a part of the circle of life, the pendulum swinging to the other side. Fire and ice, life and death. The NK not just a Bond villain/video game boss but a necessity. But seeing just how powerful the show-WW were, this would not have been possible: they were too strong, had they won that battle, all Westeros would have been killed within weeks. Maybe even GRRM did not think that part through: Zombies/wights mean strength in numbers, they quickly become ever more powerful - contrary to individual monsters, i.e. WW roaming the icy lands and killing the population over a long period of time. So in the end they needed to become too weak all of a sudden, and to get killed by surprise in a ridiculous turn of events. Whether it's Arya, Jon, Sam, or that Mormont brat holding the dagger was not even important, it would all have been the same: The zombie problem had to be solved immediately and every immediate solution would have been equally unsatisfactory and unbelievable. Yet a long night and thus a more meaningful, intelligent and bittersweet conclusion to the series was made impossible by the sheer strength of the NK and his army. ...And yet, thinking about it, it is still possible to imagine better endings, even without a long night. It would have been great had Arya not showed up, had almost everyone died, and only Dany and Jon flown away with some of their best friends (Sam, Tyrion, Arya, Misandei, Bran - maybe the hound for Cleganebowl's sake.) Then doing more research and finding a magical solution. Or realizing that a sacrifice of Bran is actually the best solution, a solution which could have spared everybody elses's life in the first place... Give Bran to the NK and trust the Citadel with keeping the records of humanity. Problem solved, immediately but bittersweet.
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    What would your role be in GoT?

    The guy who takes over Littlefinger's (let's observe a moment of silence for the great man here!) business operations. First getting familiar with the company, in particular taking care of Quality Control. Then facing the challenges that are raised by a fundamental change in the customer base (and overall demographics). I would need to establish a new product line to meet the demands of these new customers. Which, obviously, can only be done once these demands have been fully understood: Will the gentleman White Walker prefer corpses or snowwomen? Either way, there should be no shortage of ressources. This way I will soon make myself indispensable to Westeros' new icy overlords.
  8. Answer ”B” would be a little harsh... Let’s just say, The Map Guy doesn’t seem to suffer from an inferiority complex... quite on the contrary. One serious advice: It is possible to get carried away by one’s thoughts, and then find confirmation for a theory in everything. If we had a believer in numerology here, I’m sure he could easily prove - by indisputable, “logical”, mathematical operations, that Hodor is Azor Ahai (if this is your secret revelation, too, I’m sorry for spoiling it - but remember: I’m GRRM, as I told you in this other thread:
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    Summer eating wights

    But won't he get food poisoning? The best before date has long passed... Or would the ice magic work like a freezer?
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    Poll: Did Summer See a Dragon?

    I think seeing through the wolf's eyes is meant to convey that what someone sees and describes is not always what was actually there. To the wolf, swords are man-claws and armor is hardskin and castles are great piles of man-rock. He interprets what he sees to the best of his ability, constrained by his understanding of the world. Thus, to a primitive human a laser rifle might be a storm god's thunderbolt, and advanced light-bending camouflage armor might be magical ice armor, advanced blue duralloy swords are magical spacerock swords, and plastic might be greasy black stone, and dragon-shaped spaceships might be dragons, and waking a dragon from stone might be activating a derelict spaceship. Sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic. I think Summer saw a dragon, but it wasn't a dragon. Why should a direwolf not know smoke and fire, and thus be forced to interpret it as something else, namely a winged snake? Summer knows what a fire looks like - sees it every night when men prepare their dinner (and probably keeps close around to get a treat), and where there is fire, there is smoke, which he thus knows also. And still, he doesn't think he's seeing a fire at Winterfell, he does not liken the smoking castle to a giant "man feeding dish", although his first association to fire and smoke should be food. He does not simply see familiar smoke, but something else. For the poll: I am unsure, could be a) a true dragon; b) a time anomaly/shadow of the past c) GRRM not watching his metaphors and, being the dragon lover he is, writing without thinking of his over-zealous fandom...
  11. Hey, you know so much, you understand every hint so well, it's uncanny; one could almost assume... But let's get over with this first: I am GRRM. So very nice to meet you, Mr. Map Guy! You're absolutely right, it makes me uncomfortable, and I cannot imagine how you found out, but yes, that one night back in 1990, we were driving home from a Christmas party in a Nissan Micra. It was the night of the summer solstice, and I was dressed up as a nisse from Danish folkore, with a conical red hat, long white beard, and so on. My companions were German twins, acting students going by the names of Nina and Sabrina, and... well, let's just say, their eyes were not on the road, couldn't possible be given the position of their heads, if you know what I mean. Now suddenly I had to sneeze, then heard a double, mumbled, "Gesuundhait" from below, and tried to remember the German word they had taught me earlier. The moment, I lifted my eyes to the road again, three things happened: I realised, that word, the translation of "to sneeze", was "niesen", pronounced "nissahn". In the corner of my eye, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. And we were colliding with another Nissan Micra, driven by George Lucas. You can surely imagine my surprise when waking up in a private hospital on Skywalker Ranch, then - and this even you have not yet figured out, so watch out: "spoiler alert" ha ha...: - being told by George Lucas the story of our mother. Indeed: our mother! If you now think, we were twins, George and I, you're wrong. You forget about Roseanne. - We're triplets, and all three of us have regularly placed hints to be deciphered only by the most devoted fans of our work! You remember that one episode of Roseanne, when Dan's mother is scratching her nose three times? If you zoom in close enough, you can discover three nasal hairs, pointing (savour this: pointing!) at an ashtray with a burned out match inside and, prolonging the line: the fridge; a grease stain on the carpet (sort of politically incorrect, but well, those were the days!); and a sock hanging out from a drawer that is formed like a T-Bone steak (ha! T-Bone steak, who would not immediately think of a Tie Fighter? Sometimes I wonder, how dumb people are, I mean come on, it's so obvious!). But back to you. Please, would you mind telling me about your "mother"? When you were born, or rather: what they have been telling you about your birth and your parents? How well you know to read my mind, our almost telepathic connection... there must be something behind this surely! Please answer to this private message and - wait, this is not a private message? Oh, crap. Guess, I need to change my plans again. Sorry, but with all this information out in the open, I have to start WoW from scratch again. And possibly retract AFfC. And ADwD. They can no longer be considered canonical, really not. And please, should I decide to change it all now, and none of your insights will appear in the final version of the books - don't pick on me. It's not my fault, nor yours, we understand each other, we belong together, eternally, just let the others read the altered, dumbed down, version, they don't deserve any better!
  12. (already answered but my post seems to have vanished?!) That's actually an episode of South Park: "The Simpsons already did it", about plot ideas made impossible by the fact that the Simpsons already did it... Had to think about that when reading how GRRM supposedly changed his plans for similar topics being treated by Star Wars.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    Just imagine the TV series' last scene being a montage to this...: WW getting roasted by dragons, Jon melting away as Dany's winking at him, everybody dancing. What an awesome, bittersweet, ending that would be!