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  1. Nobody can see the future perfectly in the GOT universe. Everyone sees it imperfectly, including Bran. Bran doesn't need to see much to realize that he will become King. He also knows that what he has seen will be and cannot be unseen. The 3ER who teaches him knows that Bran will cause his death when they meet because he has seen it. There is nothing he can do to stop it. That is why Bran can't stop Danny torching KL: He has seen it already so it must happen.
  2. Bran can make his capital anywhere in the Six kingdoms. They all have godswoods except for Dragonstone.
  3. The ending is entirely consistent with the books. It was always very clear that Jon was likely to Nyssa-Nyssa Danny. Which meant that he would probably not be the one to kill the NK. It is also clear that Jamie is going to strangle Danny to fulfill the Valonquar prophecy which means that they probably die when the red keep is on fire and he is saving her from the flames.Which in turn means that it really has to be Arya who kills the NK because that is the only payoff available for all that ninja training and the mad queen plot doesn't work as well if Jon killed the NK as well as being the legitimate heir. The reason to read the books was never to find out the end. What is much more interesting is the beginning. We have not seen a third of the true backstory to Roberts rebellion for a start. Why did Aerys go mad? Why did Jamie sit on the Iron throne after killing him? What was the prophecy that drove Rheagar?
  4. Possible. But I rather get the feeling that Fake Aegon is a bit more important than just a shaggy dog story in the books.
  5. They might unfuck back again. And it makes no difference because Jon gives up his birthright as king when he joins the NW. Bran knows full well that he has in fact made Jon King beyond the wall. I thought the previous goodbye strongly suggested that it would not be the last. All the Starks got an opportunity for a spin off you mean. Yup. I have been predicting that for a while. The tell was 'why we don't know'. The gift is south of the wall and they are going north. Well there is the whole doom of valyria to sort out... Greyworm can't do anything without orders. There is no nights watch left. Jon is the only member. That is because it would be a spoiler for the book. Try Aegon Sand. Brandon Stark's son. A Dayne/Stark, not a Targarean at all.
  6. Christine Spinoff Show. This was the one ending I was certain of. HBO would insist no matter what GRRM wanted.
  7. Look what the US did in Iraq. A million people died because a group of politicians decided they wanted to perform a demonstration of US power. See 'shock and awe'. That is exactly what the books and the show are about. The planet is facing a global warming crisis and the likes of GWB and Saddam and Putin are playing petty power games. It is also what the Hunger Games are all about. Or did people miss the fact that General Coin was named after the COunter-INsurgency strategy?
  8. Myers-Briggs is no more grounded in science than the decisions made by the sorting hat. I did a different one when I was with DEC. Fact is that you can learn many of the traits. They are not innate, they are learned. The Chairman role is very much a learned skill which is what Sandringham and West Point are for. There is some value to knowing categories because it is useful when assembling teams. I am not a completer-finisher unless I need to be. But I can assign people who are. The idea of the tests is that teams are supposed to work best with a balance of the skill types. But it doesn't work like that in real life because the plant group really enjoy working with each other and most will kick down to their secondary skills as needed.
  9. The way that bullying works is that a person can raise their social status within certain social groups by being unpleasant or cruel to others. What I see a lot of in this group is people who want to raise their status by telling us what morons they think D&D are for producing the most successful television series in history. Insulting D&D and their supporters is their attempt to raise their social status by gaslighting everyone else into supporting their conclusion. It happens quite a lot in social media generally of course. This is a story about a boy and a girl, an army of zombies and three fire breathing dragons. Who on earth ever expected Checkoff or Shakespere? Come to that, Shakespere isn't exactly known for unimpeachable plot consistency or character motivations either. If you didn't spot the signs that Danny might turn out like Vicerion, you haven't been paying attention. just like people weren't paying attention when Shireen burned despite GRRM telling us it would happen in the very first chapter Shireen appears in. It is pretty obvious that there is a Night King in the books and that Arya kills him. Take careful note of the precise wording used in the reveal, 'we have known that Arya is going to be the one...'. Not 'we decided'. They didn't say GRRM told them but that means no more than they are not going to tread on the books if they don't need to. People could really do everyone a favor by not trying to make themselves look bigger by running down what is at the end of the day an entertainment.
  10. Astrology isn't even pseudo-science. Its pseudo-mysticism at best. The star charts they use haven't been updated for centuries.
  11. Danny could have let the civilians leave the city and take the golden company prisoner. She might need some more soldiers and they are sellswords after all. She didn't want the surrender, she wanted to burn the city. And as a result she is going to find the city impossible to govern. Only half? Is there anyone left alive at this point? Apart from Danny, there really isn't any villain left. Jon doesn't want the throne but is it now clear that he can't let Danny keep it. So Danny is going to die at either Jon's hand or Arya's. Of course the problem with Jon killing Danny is that he was only sent back by the Red God for a purpose and his time will be up once that purpose is complete. So Jon will die as soon as Danny is dead.
  12. Exactly. Danny knows Jon is the true king and she can only rule by fear. Dany needed to make a show of force. This is exactly what Rumsfeld did during the invasion of Iraq. Baghdad was bombed for several days in an operation he described as 'shock and awe'. There are many legal authorities who believe it amounted to a war crime. I am not sure if that is GRRM's point but he certainly set up the dragons as weapons of mass destruction.
  13. I worked with the remnants of Ithiel de Solar Pool's group at MIT. They did things like situate all the TV masts in West Germany so as to spread propaganda into the East. When we were working on the Web at CERN, we had 100 users. They started promoting it heavily inside the US government and within 6 months we had a million. Propaganda and disinformation is a field I have rather a lot of experience of. The show pretty much has it right. Cersei would have no problem keeping control but Danny will.
  14. Which pretty much describes Stalin after Hitler turned on him and invaded Russia. By several accounts, Stalin froze giving no orders for several days expecting to be deposed and executed for the failure. Didn't stop Stalin being lauded as a hero for years after and Putin is currently busy rehabilitating him.
  15. I think this is right. But the other dimension here is that Dany wants revenge on Cersei and the Lannisters and she knows she won't get it if they bend the knee to her. What Dany should have done at that point is turn Drogon round and let her armies evacuate the city round the Red keep. The Gold company would switch sides (having surrendered). The soldiers inside the red keep would probably open the gates and there would be no need even for a siege. Problem for Danny is that she doesn't get her revenge and she probably doesn't get the throne either because everyone knows Jon is the true heir and he will end up in charge sooner or later.
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