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  1. The point I was making was not that he wouldn't kill off Hodor. The point was that TWOW hasn't been published yet, so if he wanted to delay Hodor's death it wouldn't be a problem. It is only a problem if the death is in material that has already been published.
  2. Hodor isn't dead in the books published so far. If he dies in TWOW, then GRRM can reverse it without any problem.
  3. I have wondered if it is Pycelle. If Aegon is fake, then there would need to be a way to prove that he is fake (it is not GRRM's style to leave such a huge question ambiguous). Although, with what we have been told, Pycelle would not have had the knowledge to know if the baby brought from Dragonstone was actually Aegon, this deficiency could be easily remedied. As it is, the only two other people who would be in a position to know (Illyrio and Varys) would have no reason to reveal that. On the other hand, there are people who could potentially reveal Aegon is genuine. ETA: Actually, I was really surprised that Pycelle was killed at all. Although some people doubt it, Pycelle was a Varys/Littlefinger level of plotter. And it didn't seem to me that all of his perfidy had been revealed.
  4. First, your idea about the Valyrian steel armor is great. I wouldn't be surprised if some version of your idea wasn't correct. I don't know if Euron ends up on the IT before Aegon, but I wouldn't object. Of course, I'm someone who thinks Aegon is the one who will end up on the IT in the end. I wouldn't be surprised if greyscale did end up as part of the whole mess. However, I think it will be on the other side of the equation. I think wights with greyscale will make it harder to kill them.
  5. These ships are most certainly the ships from Cersei. Exactly what is going on with them is hard to say. On the surface it would appear to be Aurane taking up piracy with them in the Stepstones. I think somehow it is actually Saan.
  6. The comparisons being made to Melisandre are not misguided. However, Melisandre has two qualities that are not often enough considered separately. Melisandre is a red priest and she is a shadow binder. If the characteristic being displayed is one of the red priests', than we should consider other red priests. However, if the characteristic derives from her being a shadow binder, then we should consider the shadow binders we know. This is why I think Quaithe.
  7. Or maybe the horn has already been blown for Euron. Maybe whatever magic is in the horn has already done its work. If that is the case it doesn't matter where the horn is or who has it. He didn't accompany Vic because he manipulated Vic into going. By giving Vic the horn and the illusion of being in charge, Euron manipulated Vic into doing what he wanted him to. Really, the textual clues suggest Euron is going to Meereen. The only things being offered against this are rationalizations for things people don't want to happen story wise.
  8. No, what we have to ask ourselves is, is there anything in the story that indicates that Euron has changed his mind in the least? GRRM has established in story that Euron wishes to go to Meereen and marry Dany. I have provided textual evidence that Euron wishes to go to Meereen. Can you or anyone else provide evidence to the contrary? Indeed, the evidence is that Euron intended to destroy the Redwyne fleet before heading east even under Plan A. Notice this exchange from Chapter 29-AFFC: It seems that Euron was planning on the battle with the Redwyne fleet even before the Ironborn said they wouldn't go to Meereen. This means the delay to fight the Redwyne fleet is not something that occurs because of the change of plans. The reason for destroying Redwyne's fleet before heading east is because of what the Reader said. The Iron Fleet, traveling half across the world in autumn would take a terrible beating by the time it returns to Westeros. By destroying the only remaining fleet in Westeros (known to Euron), Euron makes the return to Westeros much easier. Something else he can offer to Dany. The only thing that changes in Euron's plan is that instead of trying to take all the uncontrollable Ironborn, Euron sends Victarion ahead with the only Ironborn that have been taught to obey orders. He leaves Victarion in charge because they obey Vic and Euron can't be sure they'd continue to obey without him. The point in Euron and his crew showing up later is that they will be a surprise. GRRM doesn't like to do surprises without leaving breadcrumbs saying he's going to do it, but it seems pretty obvious from Chapter 29-(The Reaver)-AFFC and this sample chapter-The Forsaken-TWOW, that GRRM intends for Euron to show up unexpectedly in Meereen. ETA: I am going to answer your question about why not send Euron directly to Dany. The reason is because Euron=Daario. Not in the way the proponents of that silly theory think, but because both Euron and Daario can offer something to Dany (Daario about 500 mercenaries and Euron about 5 ships of pirates), but neither can offer Dany enough to make them marriage material. That is why Euron bothers to return to the Iron Islands and become king. He needs to have a title and enough resources to make him a suitable marriage partner for Dany. Otherwise, he is just another Daario and Euron is smart enough to know that isn't enough.
  9. I don't know why I didn't notice this until your post, but you're right. It could be him. If he was heading into Astapor while Dany was there he may have seen the dragons flying in the sky. But if he came in after she left he would have noticed the devastation she left behind. I'm sure that got Euron's complete attention. I don't think he would have since he really had nothing to offer her and he wasn't powerful enough to take Dany and her entourage. I think this is why he returned to the Iron Islands so that he would have something to offer her. As Lord Varys has been pointing out, even if Euron could take anywhere in Westeros, he couldn't keep it if it was too far from the sea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Which brings me to the reading I've been doing and I am positive that after Euron takes out the Redwyne and Hightower fleets he is heading to Meereen not Oldtown. To understand why this is so we need to answer the question, "Why did Euron send Vic to Dany?" The answer to this is that Euron's Plan A fell through and sending Vic was Plan B. This is made quite clear in Chapter 29-AFFC. First lets look at what Plan A was: So Euron's Plan A was to go to Meereen and get Dany. He has no interest in Oldtown or any other place except as places to reave and get any needed supplies. Euron's first plan was to take all of the Iron Born and go get Dany. Euron has no plans to try to take Westeros without Dany and the dragons. The reason they didn't go east is because the Iron Born told Euron flat out no. Rodrik the Reader spoke, but everyone besides Euron's own men were in agreement. We have heard so much about Iron Born independence and we see here that even Euron is unable to control them. So the fleet that Euron was planning to offer to Dany as a potential partner didn't cooperate. As Euron told Vic, “I had forgotten what a small and noisy folk they are, my ironborn. I would bring them dragons, and they shout for grapes.”Euron needed a Plan B: So Euron never had any intention of attacking anywhere in Westeros. His intention all along was to take all of the IB and pledge them to Dany. Since that didn't work out, he had Vic deliver the Iron Fleet to Dany. He takes the time to wipe out the Hightower and Redwyne fleets, but then plans to follow Vic to Meereen. Euron is completely aware that he can't advance his plans in Westeros without Dany. Since he has no plans that don't include Dany and the dragons, the woman in the vision can only be Dany or Quaithe. It is definitely not Cersei. So in summary, Euron isn't going to Oldtown or anywhere in Westeros. He is following Vic to Meereen.
  10. The one thing for certain that the Qartheen warlocks tells us is that Euron was indeed in the area of the world he claimed to be. Supposedly Euron came upon the warlocks on their way to Slaver's Bay. This means he had to have caught them somewhere between Qarth and Slaver's Bay. The only three things of interest in that area are Qarth, Slaver's Bay, and the Smoking Sea (Valyria). So Euron was in that area of the world at the same time as Dany and her dragons. Hell, Euron may have already seen the dragons. The question is why has he returned to Westeros? What is it that he needs from the Iron Islands? Answer, the Iron Fleet. All the stuff is he doing in Westeros at this point is just distraction. He can't really do anything until he has Dany and those dragons. I think there is a good chance that Euron was actually in Qarth when Dany arrived from the red waste. I'm re-reading pertinent chapters to get a better feel for what Euron actually knows.
  11. Sure. I can understand making a prediction. I do that myself. However, both D&D and GRRM have said that the books and show will deviate more and more from this point out. I see no reason to doubt any of them.
  12. I wouldn't count on the TV show for anything as far as the books.
  13. This is one interpretation that I could support. Another possibility is the small council as they have a pair of Valyrian sphinxes outside their door. I do favor the Citadel myself though.
  14. I gave it an 8. I found the northern lords change of heart contrived. The High Sparrow not allowing people to leave the sept was contrived. After all, why would he not allow the spectators to leave if they wanted to? The sept blowing up was spectacular though. I suppose Cersei could crown herself, however it is a mystery where she gets her power from. I like Sam and Gilly at the Citadel. I didn't like the Frey pie. Why would Arya take the time to do that? Didn't mind that she killed Walder. I didn't mind Varys going back and forth. I just accept time passed. And you could see Tyrell, Martell, Greyjoy and Targaryen sails. It was obvious he had kind of a direct ride back to Meereen. I suppose the mop up in Meereen was okay. I guess leaving Daario was enough. Some have said this was about fan service and I agree. Really, none of these events were particularly surprising as they have been discussed around the fandom for years. Just about the only sub-fandom that didn't get what it wanted was Sansa's.
  15. Well what do you know? I'm a pretty typical reviewer around here. It does seem that people who think the books are very flawed like the show better. As long as everyone understands this makes other people's criticisms (using this definition of criticism: the analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work) of the show no less valid. ----------------------------------------------------------- As to my rating of this episode. 7/10. I know many people will think this too low, but the show regularly gets a 5 from me based on technical excellence alone. Therefore, any additional points must come from the storyline and writing. I think D & D are very good producers. However, they suck as writers. It makes me think of the Peter Principle, which is basically the idea that people rise to the level of their own incompetence.
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