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The Marquis de Leech

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  1. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    "Hold Riverrun, and guard the rear." Which he did. Your notion of "direct order" seems to involve adding stuff that wasn't there, then blaming the junior commander for not being a mind-reader.
  2. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Good thing Robb didn't give any such order.
  3. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    And while we're at it, Robb has a seriously bad habit of blaming others for his own mistakes. Him yelling at Theon for saving Bran's life was appalling.
  4. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Holding Riverrun means holding Riverrun. Which Edmure did. Honestly, he should have pointed at the banners and said "do those look like Lannister lions to you?" Having a chain of command doesn't obligate Edmure to be a mind-reader.
  5. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Because Bran is a great fighter? If all the council cared about was fighting, they ought to have given the crown to Brienne.
  6. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    He said "hold Riverrun." Edmure held Riverrun.
  7. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Edmure held the castle.. and won the skirmish. It was Robb's own fault for not being specific. Oh, and Edmure agreed to take a Frey wife to cover up Robb's subsequent and fatal screw-up.
  8. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    So... the evidence for Edmure's incompetence thus far: Screwing up a plan that Robb didn't tell him about (Robb asked him to hold Riverrun. He did that. Robb did not say to let Tywin pass). Oh, and bonus points for Edmure winning the actual skirmish in question. Not shooting a flaming arrow into his father's boat. Because shooting an arrow is relevant to Kingship how? Being "owned by his niece in public." Of course. He's a punching bag for bad writing - and, again, Sansa had no business treating him like that.
  9. The Marquis de Leech

    Happy Metric Day!

    You mean we're taking the French out of the metric system? Shameful.
  10. The Marquis de Leech

    Loose ends

    Not exactly an important plot point, but I find it hilarious that Sweetrobin Arryn is still ruling the Vale.
  11. The Marquis de Leech

    Edmure Should Have Got It

    Sansa had no business treating her uncle in that manner. The guy had genuinely suffered, presiding over the part of the realm that was most screwed by the War of the Five Kings. He'd have made a decent King himself, having the maturity, experience, and compassion to actually do the job. Bonus political points for the fact that he's not an alien kid who worships trees, but a conventional follower of the Seven, with capacity to produce children. The treatment of Edmure on the show has always been criminal, and bringing him back just to abuse him (again) was appalling.
  12. There are, of course, two elective monarchies still in existence. The Papacy, and Andorra (one of Andorra's Co-Princes is the elected President of France). But that's nitpicky. The problem with elective monarchies generally is that they encourage one of two things - either very weak Kings (elected by a nobility that want to ensure no check on their powers) or Kings who creatively ensure hereditary succession de facto. Westeros will choose a non-Stark after Bran dies (they're a separate kingdom. Bran's magic powers make him a special case, but that's it), and from that point on, you'll see the push to restore de facto hereditary rule.
  13. The Marquis de Leech

    The Ending Was very conventional

    As any Marxist could tell you, a society's superstructure is shaped by its base. Unless you're overhauling the system of production, your ability to change the political structure is limited. Honestly, your best shot at social change in-setting would have been the High Sparrow turning the place into a theocracy. Or, failing that, the Night King putting everyone out of their misery.
  14. I've just finished a lengthy musing on the series as a whole. In summary, the problems with the Season: Misunderstanding of themes Inconsistent characterisation Action with no build-up Build-up with no pay-off Inconsistent setting So yeah... I think you could put the problems down to the Execution, rather than the Story. Problem is, the Story by the finale became so incoherent, it was unclear which was which.
  15. The Marquis de Leech

    Who was Daenerys turned into?

    Executing Varys was Robespierre. Massacring King's Landing was not. Robespierre - who was always first amongst equals anyway, and who wielded a mere fraction of Daenerys' power - went after people as individuals. He never tried to burn down Paris.