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  1. It was really dumb. Bronn has done nothing to deserve Highgarden aside from threatening a dwarf and a cripple. He always was a very skilled officer and bodyguard but he was hardly the leading Lannister general, their chief tactician or providing coin and soldiers for their cause. He's just a fan favorite with a lot of screentime.
  2. Stannis is long dead in the show but it seems the writers couldn't resist giving him one last kick when he's down. The newest lore video on the Greyoy rebellion yanks his glory away by having Euron claim he easily saw through Stannis strategy and that his trap was ''unsubtle'', but that he chose to give Stannis the victory anyway since his heart wasn't in his brothers war. Now the lore videos always have an unreliable narrator telling them but given how the show used Euron as an instant win button for Cersei multiple times and how they claim they don't like Stannis I'd say its probably meant to be true.
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    Why didn’t anyone train Sansa?

    Some people just aren't made for fighting. Sansa just happens to be one of them. Ladies also aren't traditionally trained even in the north. Arya's desire to be trained is deemed to be weird even by her own supportive father and Brienne is kinda seen like a complete freak.
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    A list of historical parallels

    I think that Joffrey and Tommen might be based on the Severan boy emperors from Roman history. They carry some similarities with emperors Elagabalus and Alexander Severus. They are child rulers manipulated by their ambitious mother but especially by their ambitious grandparent. One of the child rulers is insane which gets him assassinated while the other is naive and timid which turns him into a puppet ruler. In this comparison Joffrey is naturally Elagabalus though without the later's weird six drive while Tommen is Alexander Severus. Cersei plays the role of their mother while Tywin is comparable to their grandmother who was the true power behind the Severan throne. Stannis is pretty obviously inspired by emperor Tiberius. The bitter ruler who finds himself exiled on a small island and who sees people who slighted him in every corner. I think Martin is even on record as stating Tiberious was his inspiration for Stannis.
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    House Lannister is doomed.

    This could mean Reginald survived. All hail lord Reginald Lannister! Warden of the West, Lord Paramount of the Westerland and lord of Casterley Rock! In fact Reginald was probably brilliant enough to forsee everything. He MANIPULATED Tywin into sending him back home so he could watch the rest of the family fall from the safety of his Lannisport. Now all Reginald needs to do is deal with Tyrion and he'll be set for life. In fact he might even be setting himself up to succeed Bran when the nobles next decide on a king. All hail lord Reginald Lannister! Warden of the West, Lord Paramount of the Westerland and lord of Casterley Rock! All hail KING Reginald Lannister, lord of the six kingdoms, king of the Andals and the first men, and protector of the realm. Long may he reign!
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    ....

    My popular decision would be that I'm completely fine with Jon not becoming king. In fact I say its a rare good decision from the season 8 writing. Aside from Jon being the main character there's nothing to indicate he'd be a good king. If anything he's a collection of all the attributes that were previously shown as not to work. Jon's reluctance in accepting leadership roles was shown to backfire in Robert, Jon being rigid was shown not to work in Stannis and Jon heavily placing morality over practicality was shown not to work with Ned Stark, Jon disregarding any advice and sticking to his guts was shown not to work with Robb. Not to mention that Jon seemed completely incapable of keeping his vassals in line and content during his rule as king in the north. My other unpopular opinion is that I don't really agree with the popular notion that the Starks are simply too pure for this sinful Westeros. They are just ineffective leaders who put their own desire to protect their honor above the common good.
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    House of the Dragon Series Order Announced

    Uuuum.....like, I get it. I have the username but I don't recall ever roleplaying AS Daemon. Daemon and Daeron are also a little different. Daemon is a very villainous character and is often openly vile and malicious. Neither the narrative nor Daemon pretend he's a good guy. But Daeron its the plot and the boy's general reputation both signaling him to be very noble and his actions saying different. Daemon acts exactly like his poor reputation says he should and that's why I like him. Daeron acts opposite to his noble reputation and that's why I think he's a little weirdly written.
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    House of the Dragon Series Order Announced

    That struck me too while reading Fire and Blood. The narration keeps saying Daeron is the most noble of the Hightower princes and that he's a good boy but he doesn't really act like it. He's modest and seems a bit soft but as far as morality is concerned we know he has some involvement in at least two sackings and he gave his seal of approval to an assassination. Daeron really is the most noble of Alicent's children but considering Aegon II and Aemond are expies of Joffrey that doesn't exactly mean much. But out of all the characters I am really curious how a Targaryan show would portray Daeron. Its possible his role ends up getting scrapped altogether to streamline the cast. I recall Daeron being completely absent in a lore video that Game of Thrones did about the Dance of Dragons. If Daeron does make it in then its likely he'll be aged up. Like Jon and Robb he'll likely be turned from 15-16 to somewhere in his early twenties. Its old enough to make impressive feats of arms believable while still young enough to be described as a ''boy'' by the older characters.
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    Best quotes of Game of Thrones

    ''To be honest I never particularly cared for them. Innocent or otherwise'' The memes. So many memes.
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    Who got the most screwed over

    Easily Varys. Other characters have been handled controversially but at least there was a certain method or logic behind it. Making Stannis more of a villain wasn't a very good decision but there were at least reason why D&D would decide on it. There have always been certain unpleasant traits of Stannis that can be exaggerated into villainy. He does have his brother killed, he does have a witch burning people at his side and his rigid nature can easily be seen as ruthless. Daenary's descent into madness wasn't particularly well executed but the traits required for Dany's fall were always there. Its the execution and not the idea that was the mistake. But with Varys its different. Rather than a deliberate decision to take his character in a certain direction Varys suffered from the writers just scrapping the point behind his character and genuinely being at a loss on what to do with him and very clumsily keep him around to lose his importance and competency. With Young Griff being absence Varys has no real master plan anymore and the writers don't really replace Griff with anything. Instead Varys master plan is just repeatedly shifting kings until he finally gets the right one. And this trait isn't even consistent since he honestly thought Visarys would be the correct choice despite him wanting a king ''for the people''. After the point where it becomes obvious Griff is scrapped Varys role just....stops. It completely stops. He doesn't do anything meaningfully for the rest of the series, doesn't use his spy network for anything and then gets killed for betraying Dany in the most clumsy way possible. The earlier seasons do set Varys up as a man with a plan and great ambition but because young Griff is scrapped this plan of Varys never emerges. He's being set up as a mastermind but the plot simply forgets about it. And the purge of Kings Landing, easily book Varys' most iconic moment is taken away from him and given to two less competent characters.
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    Why didn't Jon simply refuse to accept banishment?

    Because Jon genuinely thinks he has committed an act he deserves to be punished for. Why would honorable Jon Snow refuse to accept punishment for a crime he deeply feels is punishable. It would be out of character for him to try and worm his way out of this.
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    I hate the Starks, should I keep reading?

    For what its worth I'm not particularly fond of the Starks either. A lot of people think their mistakes are just being ''too food for this sinful Westeros'' but I just find them poor leaders who find their own personal desires and sense of honor more important than the people they are leading. Ned had it all. A golden ticket to win the game of thrones, to prevent a war and take power or at least establish order so he could return home to Winterfel. And whether Robb married Jeyne to protect her honor in the book or married Talisa for that sweet Volentine ass he knew it would have a detrimental effect on the war, just as he knew he had the option to take Karstark hostage rather than kill him and lose his troops. When starting at the books I was a bit shocked how unlikable Ned turned out to be. I already didn't fully agree with his sense of morality since he felt preventing a war was less important than the ''honorable'' course but in the books he also very clearly and openly contentious of Baelish who as far as Ned knows hasn't dome anything to deserve it yet and who isn't as openly corrupt as he's in the show. His treatment of Jaime also rubs me the wrong way. ''You served him when serving was safe'' he sneers at Jaime in the show despite probably realizing fully well that serving the mad king was never safe. And in the books his treatment of Jaime still stems from a massive amount of hypocrisy. To Ned Jaime deserves to lose his honor because he's a kingslayer who broke his vows. But what exactly was Ned planning to do when he set out for Kings Landing? Kindly ask King Aerys for a cup of tea? Just pat him on the back for a war well fought? Offer exile? Probably not. Would Ned find himself a horrible kingslayer if the Lannisters hadn't beaten him to the capitol? And why is Jaime reprehensible for breaking his vows to the king but not Ned himself, his pall Robert and Papa Jon Arryn? He tells Robert that unlike Jaime they weren't Kingsguard but that excuse rings very hollow. I don't really begrudge the Stark's main status and screentime though. It really does make sense to pick the moral team and make them the main characters and the situations the Starks find themselves in are often fairly interesting.
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    Who was the Biggest Villain of the Dance?

    I never saw Otto as that bad of a guy. He definitely played a very big role due to him scheming to increase the power of house Hightower. However he lacks a lot of traits that turn him into an actually malicious man. Maybe its the lack of screentime but he's never depicted as particularly cruel or vindictive. If anything his words imply he's driven to such lengths because he fears Daemon is the vindictive one and will kill him if he becomes king. The scheming definitely came to bring ruin on Westeros but that's hardly intentional and he doesn't really show any petty desires to actively bring down anyone with plots, except maybe Daemon. Otto seems a clear expy of Tywin but lacks both Tywin's ruthlessness and his immense stature. He plots and he schemes but gets demoted as Hand before really being able to show his mettle. Arranging an alliance with the Triarchy does imply competence but that's all he manages to do before Aegon fires him and Rheanya beheads him
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    Lord Paramount Bronn

    Out of all characters Bronn seems to have been given one of the finer endings. From common sellsword to the richest lord in the realm. With Casterly Rock running dry the Reach must surely possess more wealth then the Westerlands and the biggest population in the seven kingdoms. With this Bronn likely surpassed the Aryans, the Tullies, the Martels and even the Lannisters in power when all was said and done. And if not he's still one of the seven most powerful men on the continent. But....what exactly did Bronn do to deserve this happy ending? He was always going to get some reward and since he's a fan favorite it would definitely be a fine one. But why was the reward Highgarden and the Reach? What in Bronn's career justified this immense advancement? Bronn's service to the Lannisters was no doubt important but he always remained a grunt at best. He provided no great troops nor did he personally lead forces into battle. -Bronn served as Tyrion's bodyguard for a bit and saved the life of the ''lowest of the Lannisters'' -He briefly commanded the city watch which Tyrion probably didn't have the authority to arrange since Tywin removed him the moment he got back -Bronn served very well at the battle of the Blackwater -Bronn served some time as Jaime's bodyguard and was present in the sieges of Riverrun and Highgarden, however neither castle's capture was even remotely due to bronn. None of these tasks were particularly vital to the Lannister war effort. Bronn's effort surely helped them but he was hardly their ace in the hole. So in the end what could have justified Bronn being given Highgarden aside from him threatening a cripple and a dwarf?
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    Who was the Biggest Villain of the Dance?

    Easily Christon Cole. Some characters killed for their ambition, others for their family and others for their personal safety. But not Cole. Cole lacked all these things and seemed to have been driven purely by Rhaenyra rejecting him. Even if it was a more noble reasoning like looking down on Rhaneyra's lifestyle then it still wasn't his place to deny her the throne based on those objections. Cole seems like a pretty vile man while lacking any motive that might justify his actions.
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