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  1. aromaticanalysis

    George Martin and idea of kingship

    Well, just because Trump happens to be a singularly terrible president doesn't mean 'bad' people can't make 'good' leaders in general. There are plenty of examples from history, and not just from the medieval era - Thomas Jefferson is actually the first person who comes to mind for me.
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    George Martin and idea of kingship

    Err ... I don't quite follow? Though there's a GRRM quote to the effect that Trump is neither a good ruler nor a good person.
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    George Martin and idea of kingship

    Tbf it's pretty true to life. A lot (even most) of the great rulers/conquerors/generals etc of history were not fabulous people, morally speaking.
  4. 1) Dragons do not even come close to having the destructive potential of nuclear weapons. 2) Even if they did, there is a serious argument to be made in IR that nuclear weapons have actually made the world safer. Certainly, disastrous great power conflicts have declined to 0 since their introduction.
  5. Feel like they're coming out with this now because of all the bad press GoT has been receiving in the past few days.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    ? I meant it was potentially good (depending on what you see as good) in the sense that it signifies that she could be a player. Sansa's manipulation of her memories is quite similar to what LF does. Neither of them are psychopaths. Psychopaths have no ability to feel empathy at all, which is clearly not true of Jaime or Sandor. The indisputable psychopaths of ASOIAF are Gregor, Ramsay, Roose, etc tier characters. You don't need to be a psychopath to be a bad person. And yes, both of them are bad people, but so what? You think GRRM would build up these complex, morally grey characters and then not have them interact with the "good guys" at all, because some "Sansa stans" don't trust them to protect Sansa (as if that's the point of the story)? Where's the dramatic tension in that? He "lost that chance?" Obviously I can't say until the books come out, but I would be willing to bet money that Sansa and Sandor meet again. This is a relationship that was introduced in Sansa's very first chapter. I'm of the opinion that all relationships set up in book one will have some sort of payoff (that includes not only Sansa-Sandor, but also Jon-Arya, Jon-Tyrion, Sansa-Cersei, Jaime-Cersei, etc) because that's how good stories work, and unlike D&D George is a good writer. You build something up, you have to pay it off. As it happens, I think the logical conclusion to his arc is that he ends up as Sansa's "dog" in the same way he was Joffrey's dog (so in a platonic way). That was set up with the "get her a dog" thing from Robert. I thought the general consensus was that Stannis would reclaim Winterfell in TWOW. Sansa still has a lot of stuff to do in the Vale, plus there's the whole fAegon situation throwing a wrench into LF's plans (full disclosure: I think Sansa will at least temporarily marry fAegon). Sansa's whole arc has been building towards her being a player in the "game of thrones," and the game has never been more complicated than it is at the end of ADWD. Why would George catapult her out of that situation now? Ok, I'm gonna stop you right there. Foreshadowing what now?? Again, all of this sounds like a huge reach. Waymar Royce as a stand-in for Jon? Want to point that GRRM quote out to me, because to me Waymar's description reads like the standard "Northern look" (plus, if you want to go that far with grey eyes, Sandor also has grey eyes lol). The "Sansa's heroes" things is even more ridiculous. If you go by that logic, then Sansa calling out for Florian the Fool means that she secretly wanted to bang Robb. And just because they both want children, doesn't mean they will have them with each other! You mentioned the trajectory of the show earlier. If this 'fated' sibling romance was meant to happen, then why was it never even hinted at in the show? What the show actually suggests will happen is Jon/Dany. We already know that Jon will not become king, so that foreshadowing is bunk right off the top. D&D would never miss the chance to include more sibling incest. They apparently loved Jaime and Cersei so much that they changed Jaime's story completely to portray the twincest in a romantic light. If Sansa and Jon were meant to end the story as king and queen of Westeros the D-boys would've jumped at the chance.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Personally I always interpreted the un-kiss as a parallel to Petyr thinking that he f*cked Cat (when really it was Lysa). He seems to genuinely believe it happened, or at least wants to believe it happened so badly that he concocts a false memory. Same with Sansa. Yeah, she has a history of romanticizing things, but I don't see how adding a kiss to this scene shows that there is "good in the world." Logically, if Sandor had actually kissed her at the Blackwater wouldn't that have made it worse? His actions are already assault, adding a kiss just bumps it up to sexual assault. I don't think it's as simple as a coping mechanism; just like Petyr, she embellishes her memory to match her fantasy world. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It shows that Sansa has the potential to reach LF levels as a player in the game - the best liars believe in their own lies, etc.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Lolwut. How is Sandor a "serial killer type?" Serial killer types in ASOIAF are like Ramsay Bolton or Gregor Clegane. Total psychos who kill for the hell of it. Sandor is like Jaime, in that he enjoys killing people in the context of war/battles. Is it a great quality to have, in a modern context definitely not, but it makes sense for a warrior in a martial society.
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    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Uh... no.
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    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Probably Lib+NDP government, or maybe even Lib+NDP+Green. Best case scenario so I'm satisfied. Also, Justin should send a bouquet of flowers to Dougie lmao.
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    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Lots of channels calling a Liberal win.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Uh, I think you're painting the Hound as much blacker than he actually is here. He commits terrible acts on orders from his employers but he doesn't "rape and kill" just for the hell of it - that describes his brother, not him. Jaime actually doubts that Sandor committed the acts attributed to him in the Riverlands, because, in his words, "Gregor is the real monster in House Clegane, not Sandor." And Jaime probably knows him really well, considering how much time they spent together in King's Landing. With Darkstar, I think the problem is less that he doesn't have a backstory and more the fact that he comes off as really lame and hammy, like a villain from Pokemon or something lol. Dude is a walking meme, not a character. Do you really think GRRM is going to write the rest of the series solely focused on "Sansa's well being and happiness and no one else's"??? Of course it wouldn't be a straight romance, it's fucked up! But the man loves his dramatic and fucked up romances. If the TV show can be taken as a guide, pretty much all relationships except for Sam & Gilly end in disaster. I doubt the character who wanted a fairytale romance more than any other will actually receive it in the way that she dreamed of.
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    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    Just voted. Would've preferred to vote NDP but meh, they have no chance in my riding. It was an unexciting election overall but I prefer that to the existential elections in other countries lol.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Duh, because Dontos is already dead and Sandor is still alive lol. As for "bad boys," well once again I think GRRM was being cheeky in saying he doesn't understand the appeal of characters like Jaime, Sandor, Theon, etc. They were clearly written to be sympathized with to some extent. He himself says that Daemon is his favourite Targ, and he can easily be lumped in with those guys in terms of moral unscrupulousness. Daemon is also established in-universe to be a womanizer so I think he understands the appeal of such men to (some) women perfectly fine. As for Darkstar, well he doesn't get half the attention because he is just not written as well.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Yeah, Meribald had no idea who the Hound is. Broken man was GRRM making a point about the nature of war. He said recently that it was the thing he was most proud of writing, which I don't think he would say if it was just a monologue about a specific character.
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