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  1. The Emberheart

    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    If Sam reaches Old Town, given how the Sand Sisters still play a role, we can bet on meeting Sarella/Alleras there.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP508 Discussion

    I like to think that the NK is a Stark also. I could put on my tinfoil hat and say that maybe every few hundred years, a Stark must take the black and offer himself as a new Night's King while getting 'lost' during a ranging. Winter is Coming, a good house motto to not forget what happens if you don't stick to your end of the bargain.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP508 Discussion

    So what does one do after breaking the wheel? Reinventing the wheel. And if Dany won't, her successor someday will, be it sooner or much later depending on for how long she'll reign. And a new number of houses will grow from the ground like mushrooms in a damp cellar, each and everyone of those mushrooms no less rotten than the previous batch.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP508 Discussion

    Perhaps someone said it already. I couldn't help but notice in that one scene that there were four white walkers on top of that cliff, four horsemen. It's a nice throw at the story of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP507 Discussion

    What if Stannis casts Melisandre out of his circle, believing he will defeat the Boltons on his own terms after Davos reminds him how she did not win him the war thus far, then ends up captured and caged, filling Mance's book role? Davos may hear that Rickon and Bran are not dead through Theon, directly or indirectly and goes on a quest north of the wall to retrieve them after a daring escape. And Melisandre instead seeks out Jon Snow.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP507 Discussion

    A sudden appearance of Aegon would confuse the unsullied viewer far too much, also I don't think they can squeeze that into two more seasons, don't forget that both Westeros will likely get a ruler AND the white walkers will be fought. They can't spare airing time for an Aegon plot, the same as they wouldn't for Stoneheart.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP507 Discussion

    That she might pull a wildfire plot. Those pyromancers were making wildfire before the battle of the blackwater. What would have kept them from replenishing their stocks after it? No, regardless of whether or not she'd be Targ in the books (a theory which I think is sketchy at best), the TV series will never go there, it'd confuse the casual, unsullied viewer far too much.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP507 Discussion

    Cersei's speech to Tommen of "I'll burn cities to the ground" made me swallow. I'm starting to think that GRRM has D&D put a few foreshadowings of the books in each season to tease the readers as well.
  9. People here seem to think more in black and white, than the house of black and white. :P
  10. I think these episodes cannot be rated quite yet. They work in conjunction with the upcoming episodes, where the build up of events in the last two episodes start to gain value and meaning. These are the kind of episodes which in hindsight make you think "oh, clever!". Season 5 (this seems to often be the case for any series with 7 seasons) gains value as a whole. It's one of those seasons which was always somewhat boring to watch initially, yet when you buy the DVD box once the series is done it becomes appreciated as one of the best seasons because of the fallout during seasons 6 and 7 afterwards stemming from this season.
  11. The Emberheart

    [Spoilers] EP505 Discussion

    When Dany had one of the family heads burned and eaten by dragons, I closely watched her mouth, for if she were to show the slightest of smirks it'd (to me) be the significance of sharing the madness of her father, the Mad King. Then I saw that she kept a straight face, either feeling justified or doing what is necessary, for me confirming that up until now she's not another chip off the old Aerys II block.
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    The future of Jaime and Brienne?

    Or one can question in the case of Brienne, what is loyalty and what is betrayal? Is serving the demands of Lady Stoneheart truly loyalty and is breaking the oath she had once sworn to Catelyn Stark actually betrayal? Or is Lady Stoneheart as she has become, now, so different from how Catelyn used to be, that the actions of one Stoneheart are a betrayal of the very core principles of a once much more kind Catelyn? Perhaps the death of a certain young Payne would testify to how serving Cat could also mean betraying Cat, by asking if Stoneheart is still Cat in spirit, or if what defines Catelyn Stark is dead in meaning and spirit already. And then a bitter parallel with a certain Lannister, also upon one time forced to choose between two wrongs, reveals itself. Brienne might realize that doing the honorable thing isn't always the same as serve unconditionally and that honoring your oaths sometimes involves questioning to whom you have actually sworn this oath - or that keeping a knightly oath means to protect the virtues of that one person you once upon better times had granted your sword to - even if it means protecting that person from themselves when their virtues have changed - by chance striking down a monster with the face of that person when this abomination pisses on those very virtues that define the person you have sworn to serve? ;)