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  1. While I understand the multiple trips through the Riverlands so we get a timeline of the war and it's effect on both commoners and nobles, that type of detail maybe should be in a series focused on the Riverlands or something. When you have SO much ground to cover, retreading familiar material, even from new perspectives and new characters is...(I don't know a good word to put there, but it would be slightly negative). He's doing a world building Malazan style (from like covering the world), but this was supposed to be a trilogy. Was he delusional thinking this could ever be done in that time? It is quite clear reading Feast and Dance that they are meant to be read as one book in a varied chapter order, because there are soooo many parallels. Is he wanting to continue that but can't figure it out? In any case, he is a bit of a perfectionist, and that is necessarily arduous. That is the difficulty for us that makes me so ambivalent. Storm was so tight. I know he abandoned a 5 year gap, but the pacing slowed so much. I feel like when Martin lost it, was losing the gap, and instead of abandoning the space that would have taken, he is filling it in with narration we didn't previously get.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    The present High Septon would do it if she is still intact because he doesn't seem to like Cersei anyway and he's a wheeler and dealer. But he's probably going to get killed by a Sand Snake after she realized he's not a typical dude who can be manipulated by a pretty lady.
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    Satin

    It's a little too realistic that an organization that has almost certainly had it's share of gay activity vilifies the one who may or may not even be gay, just that he was raised as a whore. It's just the EEEEEEKKKK gay! that basically summarized our society's attitude towards the subject for the greater part of the modern era.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    Sansa has always had an openness, think of the number of times that got her in trouble with the Lannisters or she feared what she had said. That was early pre KL with Joffrey and later in King's Landing. Now, she has less fear, that's the only change as far as I can tell, which may have it's own issue. She hasn't really changed her personality very much, she's matured, is slightly wiser into the evils of men but otherwise plays the Lord's daughter perfectly, because she is, and more or less acts like Sansa, looks like Sansa, and the only difference is hair dye. And while the story is a fantasy, that shit would have to reapplied like once per week to keep any red from showing. We never spent much time with Sansa before KL, this is likely who she was.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    But the Tears are a slow poison, the only reason even a super old dude died was because his Maester was replaced by a Lannister Toady. I mean, I guess he might have died later, but it was implied that he might have lived had Pycelle not taken over.
  6. I want to reply to your post in the Two Books thread that is now closed.

    I agree with you. It would have required a chapter or two from Feast moved to Storm, like Arya arriving in Braavos, and Bran getting to the Cave (it was only two chapters really). My only problem with the 5 year gap is having the White Walkers just milling about as no significant action of that sort should happen off screen.

    But a a few paragraphs for each character to remember how hard training had been or whatever for Arya, how much vision gained for Bran and how much preparation each side had done for Jon, along with the weather getting continuously worse, and maybe the first hints of winter. The Boltons could have claimed Winterfell but faced continual insurrections and found the expense of maintaining both castles ruionous (the number one killer of businesses is expansion without sufficient planning).

    Ah well, the path not taken, now I don't think we'll ever see a written form of the end of this series.

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    So where would you live ?

    Starfall. Just hike and fish, read books, the life.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    I was just looking at the Which Realm/Castle thread over in the World of Ice and Fire sub forum, and realized what this chapter means for the Reach. Garlen will retake everything and Highgarden will be just as safe as anywhere else in the realm (I mean, Euron wants to burn everything, including the Reach), but Garlan and co are fine.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    The White Woman is probably Cat, heh, I will be right sooner or later and be able to laugh because ya, I thought of that.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    Arys was character development for Arianne. If one of Quentyn's companions becomes a meaningful POV I will revise my opinion, but neither of his surviving two were prominent in the way Arianne was in Arys' chapters, so I don't think it's likely or natural to do so.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    You don't need Quentyn to have Dorne v. Dany, you just need Arianne's unbridled wish to ascend a throne, she's the one in charge of Dorne's reaction right now, if she married Aegon, it would be Dorne v. Dany, just like that. You also didn't need him to release the Dragons, anyone of a number of people already in the story want them dead. Yes, he is the most useless character in fiction at this point.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    Didn't Oldtown surrender to the Targs because of a prophecy that if they fought the Targs their city would be burned to the ground or something? So, yep, I foresee Euron offering them Highgarden (which they have always though they should have received), and they will jump at the chance, and end up fighting Dany with Oldtown being burned to the ground by Drogon. Note, I am not in favour of this, I love the Reach.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    There's what? 40 ships, probably built specifically for fighting up North on the East coast for the Manderly's? Also, Braavos doesn't want this ass nugget in charge as he's less likely than anyone save Cersei to actually pay back the Iron Bank.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    Alayne's champion will kill or cripple Harry, breaking alliances LF has carefully cultivated in the Vale. He put something in her control, or rather its something he didn't think to control himself, and it will bite him hard in the ass, leading to split between him and Sansa.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    He doesn't like or trust LF, but Sansa is playing him masterfully.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    LF could die several way that would please me, but the main two are either Sansa manipulating someone to kill him that he didn't expect, ie. Lothor Brune, or someone like Lynn Corbray who he thinks is in his pocket just cuts his head off instead.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    I won't ask you to look at all my posts, suffice to say, I am not a Sansa fan...I have enjoyed her chapters since the Purple Wedding, but Sansa has not been clear on what she desires yet, and don't forget, she is mirroring Arya's chapters and Arya also doesn't know what she wants, we have had fun speculating on when she might find something that prompts her to move, and Alayne is in the same situation.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    Boy, people are being critical, Sansa doesn't know what she wants right now, so she's following LF's plan, which on paper puts her as Lady of the Vale, Queen of the North and probably the Riverlands as well.   What makes you think Sansa doesn't want that? I've read the same chapters you have, she doesn't want Robert to die, but in any case, it seems likely to happen, that's the only contrary thought she has.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    I kind of agree, but she did tell LF what Harry said to her and he basically gave her a variation of the speech that Tyrion gave Jon way, way, way back in Game of Thrones. I don't think anyone calling her bastard will bother her anymore. So, she's taking her lessons and much like Arya is not reporting everything to her present guardian.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    Well, I watch Elio and Linda's recaps of the show, but I don't watch the show. This is mostly because they talk about the books on the recaps and for some reason, seeing Linda get mad is really entertaining for me.   I just don't think because they decided to edit out the Vale story and catapult Sansa into Jeyne's place that that necessarily means that Sansa will lose her virginity in the books. They have changed so much I don't think other than the ultimate ending that the story will be much the same for these last two books.   See, George based a lot of the background for these books on the War of the Roses, which although much of the fighting ended before she ascended the throne, the instability didn't go away until Elizabeth was Queen. Her sister Mary might have been the figure that ended all the mistrust and vitriol except she went crazy on the Anglicans and threatened to set off a whole new civil war. Maybe Myrcella will go crazy after they kill her Mommy and with no real support other than from Dorne she goes on a witchhunt against the Faith. Then Alayne, pro Westerlands (Tyrion), pro Vale, pro Riverlands, pro North, pro Dorne (female inheritance) will ascend the throne and heal the realm.   I should note, I am not a Sansa fan, when I reread I don't read most of her chapters, but I am an Elizabeth I fan, mostly because I am reading history books instead of living under her rule, and she's well regarded by English historians.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    And we give a shit about the show because...?
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    Sansa is still a virgin, and will be the virgin queen, taking the place of Queen Elizabeth, that theory courtesy of the Game of Thrones Academy channel on youtube (spectacular channel).
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

      Yes, she needs to be able to be called a bastard without flinching like she did when Harry first arrived if she really wants to play the game, or the flinch has to be deliberate on her part, much like Arya has learned with the FM.   I didn't enjoy reading Sansa's chapters prior to her escaping KL, sometimes because she was being an idiot (like with Lady and running to Cersei), and others because Joffrey was in them, or others because she was sad, for good reason (married to Tyrion, etc...), I did like her chapter around the riot, but only because Sandor was awesome there.   I really enjoyed this chapter and she's one of the characters I am most looking forward to now. So, that just shows you shouldn't get stuck in one opinion.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    He has worked many lords onto his side, including a few influential ones and is worming away at the Lords Declarant. I don't see LF getting out of the Vale alive because I see at least one of his plans falling apart that ends with Sansa and Co turning against him. Yes, Harry is an asshole, but well, are you a woman or gay? Because you might be underestimating the allure of the sexy young woman Sansa portrayed in this chapter.
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    [TWOW Spoilers] Alayne I, v. 3

    He might be upjumped, but at this point Alayne is heir to Harrenhall, and there is no question that LF is quite rich, so in the end, every noble house starts somewhere.
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