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  1. Awesome Icon. Artest is the best. :D

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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    You have a bear! Down with Ran, Jaime L is the rightful King o' the Board! But seriously, I agree exactly with the sentiment that it somehow seemed more silly on screen than in print. That's why I'm glad the Greatjon got a few more lines at the end of the episode--it made him less the character who ends up laughing about losing half his hand.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    LOL. Loving the section titles. But how bout this as an ad hoc justification: The Greatjon is clearly fairly uppity. First he's telling Robb that he'll take his ball and go home if they don't play by his rules, then he's shooing all the other lords out of Robb's tent, and telling Robb what to do with the scout. So, it actually makes sense that he's talking about Ned in a disrespectful way. Most of the bannerment would call Ned "Lord Stark", but the Greatjon, with his exaggerated sense of his own importance won't stoop to such pleasantries. Basically, Ned's mistake was that he didn't have a direwolf to teach the Greatjon manners the first time he sauntered into Winterfell and was all "what's up, Ned?".
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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    I agree, a Lannister soldier saying "there is your Father's camp, Lord Tyrion" at the beginning of the scene might have made things clearer. But it didn't distract me at the time, and it's perfectly possible that Tyrion ran into the Lannister outriders and sent them on ahead to announce his arrival. Tywin and Kevan certainly seem to be expecting him when he enters the tent.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Yeah, I'm betting they aren't going to bother trying to hide it from the audience. Dany won't know who he is, but we will. It will be a nice teaser/cliffhanger for the end of season 2: why is Barristan there, when/how will Dany find out who he really is, and what will she do about it? Maybe you should direct him to the HBO viewers' guide. I had a friend in a similar situation, and he seemed to find it helpful.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Also very possible. I've seen people do something similar when estimating crowd sizes at events.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP108 Discussion Part 2

    Also, he may have been trying to keep track of multiple things (number of foot, horse, lords, siege engines, baggage carts, etc.). That could get tricky fast. And we don't know it was using his fingers that gave him away, right? He could have been making marks in a stick to pass on to a courier, or they could have just assumed he was counting because why else would he be hanging around the camp. Re. the question of how they'll market the show next year, I don't think a big name "star" is nearly as important for the 2nd season as it was for the 1st. By now, people have a good idea of what the show is all about. If you like quasi-medieval political dramas, you're probably going to watch anyway. If you don't you aren't. The existing cast are recognizable enough now to use in ads reminding HBO's target demographic that the show is coming back. And, short of doing something crazy like casting Jay Z as Stannis and Beyonce as Mel, they're probably not going to expand the audience much beyond that target demographic regardless of who they cast.
  8. Hmm, this was an odd one for me. I liked all the individual scenes, but I felt they didn't fit together into a whole, and the episode as a whole left me fairly cold. IMO, all the previous episodes packed a serious emotional punch because the various storylines complemented each other so well. I didn't get that here. Each bit was good, but they didn't seem to build on each other. Other than a slight thematic connection between Bran and Sam's stories, I didn't feel like the various scenes commented on each other in the way that Dany's marriage reflected on Cersei's in ep 1, or Ned/Arya reflected on Cersei/Joffrey in ep. 3. Overall, though, it was engrossing and they did a good job of setting future action up, while still keeping things interesting in this episode. So I'm giving it a 7. My rankings for the season are now: 7/8/8/7 Edit: Interesting, I seem to be decidedly in the minority, comparing the poll results from last week to this week.
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    [NO SPOILERS] Orientation

    I was confused by that too, and someone here pointed out that if you look at the men surrounding Robert and Ned when they have lunch in ep. 2, you'll see that those guys have stag flags. So, it seems like Cersei travels with her own Lannister guards, as well as Robert's Baratheon troops. BTW, the Baratheon troops also can be identified by their Norman-style teardrop shields, IIRC.
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    Poll: How would you rate Episode 103?

    Gave it an 8. To me, it was about the same as episode 2. Episode 1 still had the most drama, and felt most like a mini-story, but these were more engrossing and had better character development (and they didn't have the ghastly Dothraki wedding or soft-core porn feel, which were minuses in my book). So I'm at 7/8/8 for the season. I'd be interesting in knowing how other people ranked the other episodes too.
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    [NO SPOILERS] Orientation

    Got it. Thanks.
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    [NO SPOILERS] Orientation

    Thanks for this thread, Ran! Ok, why do the Targaryens have white-blond hair? Is this just a family characteristic, or does it have some significance? What's the normal level of magic in the setting? I vaguely remember from reading the books once that magic starts to get stronger over the course of the series, but what's the normal level? Is it pretty much non-existent at the start? Also how long has it been that way?