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  1. Here's the Ilyn Payne actor, Wilko Johnson in the Christmas University Challenge of this year:
  2. I don't think his narrative purpose is a giant red herring, particularly given the pervasivesness of the Greyjoys in almost every plot-line in the books, sort of like extending tentacles.
  3. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TOzYKnHHFS87I2B1Mx1xaF0zoR5pjdl5bLh9Fzi6Dts/edit?pref=2&pli=1 This one has been transcribed by Emmett Booth. It's a tiny bit better.
  4. Is this legit? https://angrygotfan.com/2016/05/29/the-winds-of-winter-the-forsaken/
  5. A 5/10 and I'm being generous because I was laughing and giggling most of the time. As a parody that contained most of what book snobs predicted would happen, happened it was really entertaining. When Jon said Olly's name or when the slayers' crowd parted to allow Olly the All-Important to come forward to give the unkindest cut of all... roflmao.
  6. A hideous thought just occurred. They've gone to the trouble of casting Lollys Stokeworth. Will Cersei give her to Qyburn for experimentation? Maybe it won't be so bad. At least Cersei will do something extremely horrible and mad for once and own it.
  7. Possible explanations: 1. he drowned on the way to Dorne 2. he's in a pub 3. he's in bed with Arianne 4. he's been eaten by a Sand Snake 5. he's training to be a maester in Oldtown 6. Cersei sent him with a Rosencrantz-Guildenstern letter which explains why she's forgotten him
  8. I don't think the show is really that big on consistency. They rely on their faulty memory of past seasons (witness the three children for Cersei debacle) and whatever they remember from the books being blurred into a whole that seemingly makes sense at the time of writing. Why they don't just get a book/show expert consultant to keep them straight on continuity instead of giving writers the end result of each plot in each episode without strict guidelines on how to get there to ensure consistency in characterization at least, I have no idea. Outlander seems to have hired the author as consultant with really good results.
  9. So they cast all the Freys and Tullys and BWB and then ignore them in favour of sexposition and supposedly stereotypical revenge-filled, unsubtle Dornish plot? No wonder unsullied show watchers frequently ask, "who's that?" The Freys have done something extremely horrific. Bran even recounts the tale of the Rat Cook in the show to highlight this point. The Blackfish has escaped from the carnage at the Red Wedding and he's been set up as a badass. Even if they've cut Stoneheart and the BWB, why not just get him and Nymeria cutting down Freys? Why is the viewer not given even some slight satisfaction of Stark and Tully vengeance? Why leave everything to Arya? Because she needs to be even more badass? I have a feeling Ellaria is going to get into bed with whoever looks at her sexily ('cos apparently that's what the Dornish do) and replace the sun with several slightly interesting candles. (Something that Cersei frequently does in the books but since that would paint her as a devious, self-centered user which was really bad writing by GRRM so lets dispense with it, say D&D.) Dorne isn't supposed to be different because they have more sex and scantily clad females. It's different because their conception of women derives from the legacy of Queen Nymeria. Woman as warrior, as ruler, as equal which does not negate woman as mother, as lover, as septa and scholar even. All roles have equal respect. I agree that D&D don't really get Dorne. Otherwise, why misread the whole Princess of Dorne thing with Doran's mother and daughter. They dispensed easily with it not willing to let the viewer get a taste of the true 'otherness' of Dorne. Instead they are doing exactly what Edward Said accused western scholarship and literature of doing to foster the image of an exotic, pleasure-loving, non-intellectual, misogynistic east.
  10. I agree because for a successful assassination with fewer consequences it'll have to be a trap laid just for Meryn with a witness to say that he probably brought it upon himself. Mace's murder as well would be an international incident.
  11. Sorry if I'm discussing something already talked of. It occurred to me when watching the Small Council scene that the writers had a specific reason for sending Meryn Trant to Braavos given Arya's mention of him on her list. Does this have anything to do with "Mercy" do you think?
  12. I don't think it's been discussed on these forums but there is a small theory about who Sansa's fifth suitor will be. It's based on the five champions of Lady Ashford's tourney from The Hedge Knight. The fifth suitor whose last name was Targaryen. http://www.reddit.com/r/asoiaf/comments/1vsuxb/spoilers_all_the_tourney_at_ashford_and_sansas/
  13. I hated it. I'm still fuming. No one seemed to be in character. Changes are all well and good but Mel in the Riverlands was dumb. The Osha and Meera storyline boring, overall I think Bran and Sansa have suffered the most this season in terms of complexity and structure. And what is with all the Tyrion whitewashing? I love him gray, thank-you-very-much! The Wall-climbing was the best part. I also loved the interaction between Cersei and Tyrion because it actually made sense. But Tyrion telling Sansa beforehand ruins the impact of the next part of the Tyrion-Sansa plot. I'd rate it 5/10 and that's for Dinklage, Heady, Dance and the Jon Snow plot. The Jaime and Robb scenes were also better but too short. I even liked the short but awkward conversation between Loras and Sansa. But I nearly cried at the Mel and marriage reveal scenes. I have the feeling that D&D secretly blame the entire war on Sansa and Catelyn and go to great lengths to punish their characterization.
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