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    Meteorology, alcohol, geology, hillwalking, photography, alcohol, folklore & mythology, history, alcohol ....
  1. So that 21 wickets fallen in little more than one day's play .....
  2. Exactly I'm not a very prolific poster, but I have said this (or similar) before. ASOIAF isn't (IMO) a story about the fulilment of an ancient prophecy - the standard fantasy trope - rather, it's about what happens when various characters believe in, and try themselves to fulfill, an (possibly quite irrelevant*) ancient prophecy. And the tragic consequences thereof. Whilst it's fun to discuss what a prophecy may mean and how it might be fulfilled, we have to be wary of falling into the very trap that has already caught Rhaegar, Cersei, Mel and others, with disastrous effects. If Rhaegar had never heard of tPtwP, would any of the events of ASOIAF have ever even occurred? * what made Rhaegar and Mel so sure that this 1,000 year+ prophesy was due to be fulfilled now? I don;t think that's ever been explained? Maybe it was actually fulfilled hundreds of years ago ..... ? eta: actually, I suppose it was the Wood's Witch saying tPtwP would be born of Aerys and Rhaella's line? In which case of course, it could be in another thousand years time? Or maybe she was just saying something she thought they wanted to hear? Doesn't explain why Mel is so certain now is the time for AA to be reborn though.
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    Greatest Band Ever?

    Never heard of them. Are they a Justin Bieber tribute band? Greatest band in the world ever were The Rutles.
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    Top 10

    Okay, probably A Storm of Swords then
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    Top 10

    Slightly cheating because somet of these are series (but that at least allows me to pick 10 different authors!): Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adam Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien The Stonor Eagles - William Horwood Excession - Iain M Banks A Song of Ice & Fire - George RR Martin The Jacobite Trilogy - DK Broster The Brentwood Trilogy - Robert Rankin Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven Three Men and a Boat - Jerome K Jerome And any one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels cos I really couldn't pick the best!
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    What was the purpose of Jon Snow?

    His point - in the TV show - was simply to do all the things you mentioned, leading up to the most important of all, breaking the wheel by killing Dany and ending the Game of Thrones. Though maybe it wasn't all that clear. In the books, of course, it may be different!
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    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    And, that many readers think that if there is an ancient prophecy then a) the ancient prophecy must be fulfilled and b) fulfillment of the ancient prophecy will be the climax (and indeed the whole purpose) of the story. ie common or garden, standard fantasy trope. Rather than that the story is about people who (perhaps misguidedly) believe in a ancient prophecy, sometimes in different ways, and the far-reaching consequences of their subsequent actions. Had Rhaegar not foolishly believed in the stupid PTWP prophecy, none of this would have ever happened ......
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    Are the starks finished?

    Fine, for now. But there will never be another Stark. The name ends with the current generation. Interestingly, the Lannisters may well survive. Even if the sole surviving male did nothing of interest or note in recent years.
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    Are the starks finished?

    I think one of the points of the story is that, come the end, none of the "great houses" that were playing the "Games of Thrones" will be left .... I am hoping no-one sits on the iron throne and that, inadvertanly perhaps, Dany has finally broken the wheel
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    The seeds for this have been sown a long time back in the books. And the change makes perfect sense in the context of George's writing. That fact that some really believed it was a fairy tale with handsome boy falls for lovely princess and every lives happily ever after just shows, as Ramsey Bolton said "you haven't been paying attention". Not yet sure what Arya's destiny is. Nor who will end ruling Westeros - though maybe it won;t be anyone? 7 Kingdoms again?
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    Possible explanation to "Dany gate"

    I like the Dresden analogy. But I don't think ASOIAF is a false history, intended to portray Dany in a bad light to help legitimise someone else's claim to the throne. I think it's very much "real". Only in fairy stories are there good guys who defeat the bad guys and everyone lives happily ever after. In the real world - as Dresden showed - the good guys can be just as evil as the bad guys. The world is grey, not black and white. And whilst the last dominoes fell rather quickly, Dany's descent has been foreshadowed for a long time. She was never a "nice" person
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    [SPOILERS] Rhaegal

    Exactly. I think the events will play out similarly in the books with Euron killing Rhaegal. But instead of using a magical laser guided heat seeking bolt, he will use a much more logical magic horn.
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    Why the Pyres?

    They could have reused the wood from the trebuchets for the pyres ? With the ground being frozen, burying bodies would simply not have been possible. So on that score at least, the show writers were displaying realism.
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    Heresy 220 and the nature of magic

    I think it's more a case that hitting a flying dragon with a bolt from a moving, boat-mounted, scorpion, without the use of laser sights/heat-seeking guided bolts, is very very very very difficult. That Euron did it with such apparent ease suggests maybe a touch of magic? Now, anyone seen a dragon-binding horn lying around anywhere?
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    The books are not going to end like this

    That all depends on whether you think one of the main themes of the story is ancient prophecies being fulfilled, or whether it is characters believing that ancient prophecies would be fulfilled, and acting accordingly (not always to good effect). In the former case, Arya killing the NK makes no sense, but in the later it makes perfect sense. In the books, of course, it may well be a moot point since - so far - there is no character equivalent to the NK for anyone to kill ....