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    What are you least looking forward to?

    I fear it won't live up to the hype. It's the same concern I had about Half-Life 3. I think some fans tend to think that if an installment of the series takes longer to come out, then that means it's going to have had more care and effort put into it, creating an overall better work. This continues for years until some people have an unrealistic expectation of the work's greatness; even if the work itself is still great, the time it took for the work to come out fed into the hype, creating a perceived greatness that the work's actual greatness can never match. And creators understand this; the longer they wait, the more they realize fans are going to want a better work, which causes them to take even more time to perfect it, which just feeds back into the hype even more. I think that this can destroy a creator's desire to create, out of fear of disappointing their fans, but the longer these creators spend on the work, the more their fans become disappointed. Overall, the hype cycle is a kind of horrible self-fulfilling prophecy. Every second of waiting just adds more waiting on top of it, because creators are feeling the pressure to do better and better knowing that they've taken so long, and then when the work is eventually released, it can't help but disappoint the fans, because those fans waited so long and expected something so much better than what they got. I'm not saying this is necessarily what is going to happen when Winds is released. And I'm not blaming fans of creators; I don't think we can help but do this. But I fear that this might happen.
  2. Was it this, or did it represent their rejection of their Lannister identity? Cersei tried to be true (failing miserably, of course) to Tywin's vision and her hair remained gold (although darker), while Jaime and Tyrion became increasingly distant from the ideal of House Lannister and their hair darkened.
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    Worst Line Ever

    "She's the smartest person I've ever met." This is coming from someone who met Tywin Lannister.
  4. Even sillier is the fact that neither Dorne nor the Iron Islands made a claim for independence either, since both of those cultures have even more reason to secede than the north. The whole reason Yara supported Dany in the first place was because Dany promised to allow her to be queen of the Iron Islands, and I can't imagine the Dornish would want anything to do with this new elective monarchy, since the Dornish only joined the realm because of their relationship with the Targaryens. Giving the north independence while a Stark sat the throne and never specifying whether the Iron Islands and Dorne received the same just shows that northern independence was fanservice. It's not supposed to be important, it's just supposed to be "cool" and it ends up being dumb.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I think the fundamental problem with Objectivism is that human beings are not purely individual creatures. We can't thrive without others. We can't do great things without the foundation that our ancestors have laid for us. Most of us, save some rare exceptions, can't find lasting happiness without human interaction. An ideology which emphasizes the individual over all else is missing the forest for the trees. The individual can't be the foundation of society; the individual isn't self-sufficient. A much healthier version of individualism would argue that people should focus on developing their own unique talents, free from "red tape" and oppression, for the benefit of the community. That kind of individualism would both encourage individuality, creativity, and uniqueness while also remaining grounded in the community as central to a good life.
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    Why is Sam Grand Maester?

    Even though these families aren't shown as great military powers in the show, they're still very old and very proud. Even if neither of them have any desire to become Lord Paramount of the Reach, giving the position to some random sellsword with no background who only rose to prominence because he was useful for the Lannister brothers - two men widely hated throughout the realm - would probably infuriate them. And every House in the realm should be terrified of Bronn, since he's also the financial administrator for the entire realm - a man who confessed a few seasons ago that he didn't even understand the principle of borrowing money. Back to the topic at hand, Sam becoming Grand Maester is also ridiculous. Did he somehow forge every single link required to become a full-fledged maester, and also earn the respect of every other maester enough to be elected by the Conclave that quickly? It seems like overall D&D just wanted to put all the people who were formerly outcasts or underdogs, people with no power, into the highest positions of power, in some kind of attempt at seeming optimistic, but it all falls flat. Bran, Tyrion, Sam, Bronn, Davos, and Brienne were looked down by the traditional nobility for one reason or another, so replacing the nobility with the outcasts is supposed to be an "AWESOME!" moment when actually it's a "Wait, what?" moment.