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    Language used to give orders to dragons

    I think it's definitely possible that the Valyrians during the peak of the Freehold and the Targaryens before Aegon I used different commands than Daenaerys does. I think since she's the last Targaryen (besides Jon) that she uses dracarys because that's what she knows, and there isn't dragonlore readily available for her to learn from. If you subscribe to the idea that the first dragonlords were from the Great Empire of the Dawn (like I do), then maybe they used a language to command dragons that wasn't Valyrian and taught this language to the Valyrians when they began to rise.
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    Abilities of mages

    Agreed and it doesn't always work out like you intend it to, like when Daenaery's asked MMD to bring Drogo back etc.. who knows? Maybe when the Valyrians practiced blood sorcery it helped cause their doom? Basically, in GRRM's universe, magic is dangerous, unpredictable and supernatural and comes at great personal cost
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    "Cursed" Targaryen Names

    Yeah I don't disagree, GRRM wrote the story and made the rules. All I am saying is that just because a certain Targ like Aerion Brightflame was a horrible person doesn't make the name Aerion cursed forever after automatically, you know? My bad if I articulated that poorly
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    Is body swapping possible?

    Hmm that's a good point about dragons, but maybe there weren't enough during the war between the First Men and Children to warg them for battle? Plus, it seems like the Valyrians and the GEOTD were the dragon riding civilizations, not the First Men so there probably wouldn't have been many around unless there were a lot of wild dragons in Westeros at the time. In regards to Bran warging a corpse, that does seem like what Others do with the wights, but I am not sure it provides much use or utility for Bran to warg one.
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    Is body swapping possible?

    Yes I think it is possible given the examples of Bran and Varamyr (and Roose Bolton if you subscribe to the Bolt-On theory), though both Bran and the wildling had varying degrees of success. I think it depends on the strength of will of the warg and their skill, and the strength of mind of the entity they are trying to swap bodies with. I think as a rule, warging a beast may be easier than trying to warg a person, but it depends, like for example, I think warging a dragon would certainly not be easy.
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    "Cursed" Targaryen Names

    I think there were certainly some Targaryens who ruled well, and so their names couldn't be considered cursed, namely Jaehaerys 1 (though Jaehaerys II wasn't nearly as good a ruler) Aegon the Conqueror shared his name with some good and bad Targaryen kings (and potentially the current Young Griff, if you believe he's truly Rhaegar's son), and Aemon seems to have been the name of quite a few accomplished Targs. Even bad Targaryens like Aerion Brightflame don't have curses with their names. You have to judge each person on their own individual merits and traits, rather than on the legacy of those who shared their names. For instance, Aerion was also the name of Aegon the Conqueror's dad who ruled as Lord of Dragonstone, and though we don't know much about him or the other Lords of Dragonstone before Aegon (I hope we learn more in the future), I don't think he was nearly so bad as the later Aerion Brightflame.
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    Exploring the Shadow Lands Beyond Asshai

    I'd love to know more about Asshai, specifically because of the theories linking it to dragons and the Great Empire of the Dawn. I'd love even a brief glimpse of it. More detail on Sothoryos and Ulthos would also be dope. GRRM has created a truly fascinating literary world
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    So where would you live ?

    If I could live anywhere in the ASOIAF world, I'd have to say Braavos, seems like a cool place no slavery there, people are generally nice. If I were to live in Westeros, I'd say I'd live at Starfall or in the Westerlands, both seem like places with good climates and good quality of life.
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    Golden Company Exiles

    I think JC will prove important to legitimizing Aegon to the lords of the realm, and die after ensuring he is entrenched in Westeros before Daenaerys arrives with fire and blood. In addition, I feel as though Aegon will definitely be important to the story, especially the determination of whether he is legit or not, as that will have a significant impact on Daenaerys's plotline.
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    Uses of dragons

    So, do you think civilizations with potentially large numbers of dragon riders (The Valyrian Freehold for example and possibly the Great Empire of the Dawn also if you subscribe to the theory that they were the first dragon lords, as I do) would designate certain dragon-riding members of their army as outriders and scouts, given that the dragons are sufficiently trained and the rider is proven capable?
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    Aegon Targaryen as a ruler - case of Matthias Corvinus

    I think he could prove a competent and capable ruler, especially if he has seasoned, respected counselors and advisors. He has the potential to be a good ruler, imo, if he tempers his youth with caution and tactfulness.
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    Targaryen Illness

    I think it was more likely an exaggeration or embellishment to sustain the belief that the members of House Targaryen were apart from other men and women. I asked the same question on the subreddit for ASOIAF, and was told that it reveals that Targaryens are no less likely to become ill than other individuals, it may just be a statement to maintain their aura and mystique without anything credible behind it. For example, Targaryens perished in the Great Spring Sickness I believe, so they aren't immune to illness.
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    A Bittersweet ending?

    I agree with other posters before me, I think bittersweet is subjective and is open to interpretation. My idea of a "bittersweet" ending would be, as others have said, ultimately a triumph of the forces of good over the forces of evil, but at great cost. In other words, there may be a lasting peace, but the world will have to be rebuilt from the ashes of conflict. I have a suspicion that the series marks magic's crescendo before it ultimately goes out of the world. I hope the dragons survive, and at least 1 Targaryen also (I suspect Jon), but I feel as though the children, giants, direwolves etc will have one last go-round before fading into the annals of history, along with magic and legends. It will be bittersweet in that at last things are brought into balance, but that means removing the mythical and fantastical supernatural forces (Others, COTF, ice magic dragons etc) once and for all, not to mention the lives that will be lost for that balance to be restored.
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    A Bittersweet ending?

    I just want one dragon at least to survive or at least that eggs hatch, so that I have the knowledge that their race doesn't go exist... then I'd be at peace with the ending
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    Uses of dragons

    This is a very interesting point, imho. In that case, a dragon never loses its ability to be used in battle due to age (unless it is very old like Balerion was) but rather mainly due to accumulation of injury or potentially illness, though I have never heard of dragons becoming ill in ASOIAF. This means that as Jaak says, it's up to the health and skill of the rider to make the most of the dragon's abilities. This is fascinating to me, because I feel as though conventional thinking would be that a dragon does all the work in battle and the rider simply moves it where it needs to go. This speaks more so to the idea that the rider must be competent and capable in battle with their dragons, or else things can go wrong