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Colonel Green

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  1. This is considerably more complex and nuanced than the source material, where every Green character is a cackling villain.
  2. The Twins are 600 years old, they absolutely existed during the Dance.
  3. That would be absolutely glacial pacing.
  4. The scene where Daemon immediately kneels to Rhaenyra at her impromptu coronation amused me since Matt Smith's Prince Philip in The Crown has an episode-length snit about being asked to do this.
  5. Why? Everybody there has already made up their minds.
  6. That's very in keeping with the themes of ASOIAF, where showing mercy to your enemies always leads to the recipients doing horrible things to you later.
  7. Why would any investors care about that? The Game of Thrones brand is strong. All a show needs is to be connected to that, it's thoroughly irrelevant whether the links to the ASOIAF narrative made it into the first show or not.
  8. Vaemond was trying to override Corlys' wishes when the man was on his deathbed; I'm not sure how sentimental Corlys will be about him once he recovers.
  9. He killed them so that Otto could be Hand again. That was pretty explicitly stated in the show.
  10. What you’re describing is them outright abducting Daemon’s children. Viserys would never agree to betrothals under those circumstances, nor do I imagine would the girls themselves.
  11. Even if they thought Daemon murdered him (evidently they didn’t), they can’t betroth the girls to Aemond and Daeron because they are Daemon’s children and live with Daemon.
  12. In the books it was, in the show it isn't. Nobody in the scene acts as if Rhaenyra has just demanded that he be tortured.
  13. Rhaenyra didn't ask for that in the show. Being questioned "sharply" is implicitly what Viserys did afterward, by speaking strictly; nobody reacts like she was asking for him to be tortured.
  14. A dragon went looking for its master. That's far from establishing it as a universal constant.
  15. It's designed to mislead the audience. Did you not see Laenor getting into the boat at the end?
  16. He didn't forget he has a dragon, he left his dragon behind, because obviously he can't take Seasmoke with him. No he didn't. He enlisted Ser Qarl to fake Laenor's death with him.
  17. Whatever Condal said in the interviews, I feel like the decision to have Daemon murder Rhea was basically a redistribution of his much, much more probable murder of Laenor (which I understand wanting to avoid the optics of yet another dead queer character, particularly once they made him a queer black man).
  18. The issue isn't that they don't look like their mother, it's that they look absolutely nothing like either of their supposed parents or any of their grandparents (that we know of).
  19. Ned does not "figure out the genetics of hair colour". He figures out how they work in Westeros, which has very little to do with real world genetics, as GRRM has said. Alicent's children are all blonde because the magical Targaryen look prevails in these instances, but not when dealing with the Strongs. House Targaryen would later intermarry with the Martells and the Blackwoods and this left no discernible influence in the line in terms of hair or skin colour.
  20. All the important issues in Slaver’s Bay, most obviously Daenerys dealing with the practical difficulties of trying to abolish slavery, predate the Iraq War by several years.
  21. No, it doesn’t. That is not how succession works in Westeros, we see innumerable examples of this. Jaehaerys would never have passed a law that put daughters ahead of their brothers. The king could legitimize them. But he has not. He is pretending the crime was not committed. Lots of people in Westeros care about bastardy. It’s kind of a big theme in the ASOIAF books.
  22. Rhaenyra was not disinherited, she naturally (per ordinary events) fell behind her half-brothers in the ordering. The Widow’s Law does not purport to place all children of a first wife ahead of all children of a second wife in succession. Moreover, the letter of the law I was referring to is that (as Lord Strong states in this episode) legally what Rhaenyra is doing with her children is a crime. While women can hold vassal lordships in Westeros, it is pretty clear custom that women do not inherit paramount lordships or the crown — otherwise 8000 years of history (outside Dorne) would feature lots more such women other than an unnamed Gardener and Jeyne Arryn (whose accession triggered a coup attempt based on her gender).
  23. Feudalism was inherently an intrinsic series of power relations and contracts between lords and vassals. Westeros has already seen lords proclaim kings — and in the case of the Great Council, they weren’t even asked to do that, they were invited by the king to vote on a question that he put to them. Plenty of smart medieval monarches understood that mobilizing a consensus among nobles was a good political strategy. Especially so when the certain outcome of the Council will be to endorse the position that the king wants anyway and help settle the matter within his own family. He did not want Rhaenys as heir, he wanted Baelon/Viserys.
  24. Yes, it is. Bastards are considered inherently sinful and lesser in the culture of Westeros, as are the women who bear them. Beyond that it does concern Alicent because it is her children who are being deprived of their birthright, as tradition and the letter of the law would have it. We the audience don’t share these ideals, but it’s an entirely plausible mindset in-universe. It’s just that with Alicent, unlike Eddard Stark, GRRM didn’t stack the deck in her favour by making Jacaerys a complete psychopath.
  25. There really is not any mystery about the boys’ paternity in the book. GRRM is very unsubtle with regard to physical appearance, in addition to the relationship between Rhaenyra and Laenor.
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