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  1. Ser Uncle P

    Ramsay Bolton or Euron Greyjoy - Who is more morally just?

    Could argue that Euron has exposed himself to corrupting influences via his black magic dabbling, but Ramsey is a plain straight up sadist, so in a sense he is worse.
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    TWOW in July 2020 seems ever more likely

    Just a thought...the Covid 19 stoppage of public events means GRRM has no red carpet events pending to distract him...every cloud has a silver lining
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    TWOW in July 2020 seems ever more likely

    I've been saying for the past 2 years that Martin's best chance to give readers an ending is a faux history narrative like Fire and Blood. Could frame it as Archmaester Tarly continuing Gyldayn's work
  4. The things that made BR so feared and hated in the South (sorcery, ruthlessness, decisiveness) would have made him ideal for the NW. It's easy to imagine the officer upper class (bit like Mormont or Mallister in ASOIAF) picking him due to his status as the son of a King and a former Hand. Small folk and criminals would recognize his bastard status, and fearsome reputation in war. Bit like the way Sam pitched Jon's candidacy in different ways to both Mallister and Cotter in ASOS.
  5. In Fire and Blood, a Braavosi banker tells Septon Barth "Your Targaryen kings are Valyrian to the bone" (can't find my copy to quote it exact) For a Braavosi this meant the Targaryens are not to be trusted. I'd say the Rhoynish pedigree in Dorne's rulers would have concurred. Equally I'd say the Essosi who didn't have bad blood with the Freehold would have viewed the Targaryens with a degree of awe, especially when their dragons still lived.
  6. The Faith and the Citadel accept Aegon and the High Septon formally anoints him Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. So how does Dorne, which is still independent take this? Before Aegon Maesters and Septons were dispersed in all parts of the separate Kingdoms, obviously accepted by each separate sovereign ruler. I'd expect Dornish lords to be at least hostile to agents of bodies that recognised Aegon's claim. Especially Maesters and Septons sent to Dorne after both Faith and Citadel recognised Aegon's title as Lord of the Seven Kingdoms..
  7. Now that the sequel Trilogy is out its time to examine the question of legacy... Which trilogy does a better job of defecating all over the legacy of the original trilogy? I'd be inclined to give Disney a pass because of the Force awakens and Rogue One, but in many ways TLJ and TROS are worse than the prequels..at least they had foreshadowing and other basic devices of storytelling. So who takes a bigger dump on the originals, Mickey Mouse or Lucas??
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    Star wars...which befouls the OT legacy more...PT

    Indeed it is hyperbolic language on my behalf. A rhetorical flourish I enjoyed writing
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    Winds of Winter Plot Predictions

    Mereen/Dothraki sea We will get a pulsating 10 chapter arc describing the coital and culinary habits of the Mereenese during wartime. Dany will be carted off to the Dosh Kaleen so her POV will give us insight into Dothraki culture. The climax of her Arc will be when she hears rumours the Kingslayers brother has hooked up with Jorah back in the city she ruined, and she considers summoning Drogon to GTFO of Vaes Dothrak. Victarion is the only Eastern theater character capable of moving the narrative forward quickly. Expect him to die soon and his fleet desert him to become pimps in New Ghus The North 10 more chapters of build up with Stannis grinding his teeth and Roose speaking even lower to attract attention Stannis' army starves and all die. A description of the strained bowel movements of Stannis' army as they die in sub zero temperatures. The Wall and beyond Mel resurrects Jon only for Bowen and co to have him and Mel hanged. The Others finally make it to the Skirling pass, setting them up to hit the Wall in the final book. I expect an in depth description of Bowen Marsh counting the winter stores purchased from the IB loan. The Vale Littlefinger makes them wait out the storm, organising tourneys and lusting after Sansa. Faegon's Invasion/KL Stormlands and Dorne After Storm's End falls to Faegon we get 15 chapters of Doran procrastinating whether to support him or not, and Connington slowly turning to stone. Euron the only character left in Westeros capable of dragging the narrative by the scruff and moving it forward. He will die in first chapter and we will get 15 chapters describing the victory banquets in the Reach.
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    House of the Dragon Series Order Announced

    Daemon refers to Vhagar as a "hoary old bitch", which could hint at her being grey. Though hoary also means age...
  11. Damn right. I dont ever expect to see TWOW, let alone ADOS. I think FAB II will be next, then a similar style faux historical narrative (penned by Archmaester Samwell) being used to tie up the unfinished arcs of ASOIAF. And that'll have to do. Wont be the same as reading the ending in multi pov doorstop novel style, but it will still be a better ending than HBO shat out.
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    Dance of the Dragons Pilot Near Orders

    Will be interesting to see if House Velaryon is included. They were (understandably) omitted from GOT but as largest navy and de facto Dragonlord and cadet branch of the Targaryens...surely HBO can't omit them...history and lore animated synopsis of the Dance omitted them.
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    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    Liked them more when re reading using a suggested Feast/Dance sequence I came across on the Tower of the Hand page. Still though, not as well written as the first 3 books.
  14. Velaryons weren't originally a dragon lord house in Valyria but by the time of the Dance they had married into the Targaryens so many times that they were de facto dragonlords. No mention of this for the Celtigars.. Possibly the Velaryons had "blood of the dragon" from previous marriages, and thus were more attractive spouses for the exiled Targs than the Celtigar..
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    George and Maurice Druon

    Tywin certainly springs to mind when reading about Philip. Also Littlefinger can be traced to Guillaume de Nogaret..
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    The appearance of The Others

    From the way the characters mention them. E.G. Aemon on his deathbed to Sam "them how it is upon the Wall . . . the wights and the white walkers, the creeping cold" or Sam's first chapter in ASOS "The horn blew thrice long, three long blasts means Others. The white walkers of the wood, the cold shadows, the monsters of the tales that made him squeak and tremble as a boy, riding their giant ice-spiders, hungry for blood . . ." Making it clear that "Others" and "White Walkers" are synonymous
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    Is the show's version of Jenny's song canon?

    Thought we couldn't discuss the show in this section under pain of suspension??
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    The appearance of The Others

    It's clear that Others and WW are interchangeable terms, bit like Free Folk and Wildlings or Blood of the Dragon and Valyrian.
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    Good news? Bad news?

    I've said it before, the ONLY way Martin will give us the end of ASOIAF is in a Fire and Blood style faux history book. That's not a bad thing in itself, at least he will have given readers his ending without the pressure of turning out 2 doorstop multi POV novels on an antique PC!!
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    Titles of the person who sits on the Iron Throne

    Don't think the 3 fold Royal title is the 3 heads of the Dragon, but it's a neat parallel. I don't think a King could permanently renounce any of the titles as they carry huge significance. "Lord of the 7K" def is a law focus, and is a succint way of showing both the autonomy and unity of the 7 Kingdoms in the person of the king. The "Protector of the Realm" title can be outsourced to a Regent or a Hand if the king is underage, but it is definitley a martial title, like a modern ruler being titular head of the armed forces. Note that it's King of the "Andals Rhoyanar and First Men" even though the first such King was Valyrian to the bone and his supporters (Velaryon, Celtigar, Baratheon) were of same ethnicity. It implies a common ground with the 3 ethnicities of Westeros, sign of having nothing more to do with Essos.
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    Horns

    I don't think Mance is Jon's father...I said "on first read" ie nearly ten years ago when I first read the books, I thought Mance might be, based on the Bael story...I later re read AGOT and caught the Tower of Joy flashback properly the second time.
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    Horns

    The stories of Jon's parentage, e.g Ned Dayne telling Arya, Borrell to Davos, even the story of Bael the bard had me convinced on first read that Mance was Jon's father...
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    Horns

    Good question!! I just hope they aren't further examples of GRRM writing himself into a corner with his "gardening" approach and no clear way to resolve them in final books...
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    Horns

    Horn of Winter and Dragon Horns are (IMO) red herrings. FAB gives us detailed historical accounts of Targaryen and Velaryon dragon riders. Bugger all mention of using Horns to control or bond with a dragon, whether a hatchling or a full grown monster like Vhagar or Balerion. The Horn that Mance found in the Frostfangs was a total dud. Probably no real Horn of Winter either.
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    What was the plan if House Targaryen died out?

    If Morning was still alive, then whoever bonded with her could put it down to Targaryen blood and claim the Throne...
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