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  1. So in 1946, the US should have demanded that Britain submit to annexation? France also? Belgium? The Netherlands? Denmark? I'd ask the same about the Soviet Union and nations like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland (its eastern half, pre-War), among others, but the Soviet Union did just as you say.
  2. You do realize that that would paint Dany in quite a bad light? Willing to allow a million people (the whole North) to die if they won't bend the knee. Wow. What a tyrant. That's in the territory of (in modern times) Stalin. Definitely in the territory of Cersei, who did just that. Dany agreed to help w/o asking the North bend the knee. Then she expects the North to do just that. Dany apparently lacks the ability to understand the viewpoint of those who disagree with her and also the ability to compromise. Bad things to lack in a ruler.
  3. That isn't conveniently ignored. The North thanks Dany and is grateful to her. But they still want their independence and won't willingly kneel to her. Similar to the Free Folk. They were saved too, but didn't bend the knee. I don't understand what you mean by your last sentence. The North did not view her as their ruler. With the lone exception of Jon.
  4. Bingo. And Sansa's sparring with Dany wasn't treason. It was just politics. Politics between 2 people with conflicting agendas.
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    Great battle plan! Dubious tactics discussion.

    You know what? I'll buy this. It makes the most sense, to me. Provoke the attack, see how it goes, then fall back. I'd also like to mention that show!Dothraki seemed to use more of a frontal charge tactic as opposed to using their bows and feinting tactics. So a charges is what they were going to do, if used to provoke a battle.
  6. Sansa did not view Dany as her queen, so to Sansa it was not treason. Sansa was defending the North and it's hard-won independence. Sansa is not Littlefinger, even if she has learned things from him.
  7. Dany went into that meeting (for lack of better words) with the intention of doing what she did. She was offered the Dosh Khaleen, but refused. She was going to burn down that structure. The Khals would be killed, yes. So would anybody else inside. It just so happened that there were no 'innocents' harmed. A counter point re. careful to not target innocents is her initial Plan when she gets back to Meereen. The Plan includes returning 3 (maybe 4) cities to the dirt. Men, women, children, old, and young. Master and slaves. If Tyrion wasn't there to talk her out of it, that's what she would have done.
  8. I disagree. Viserys had threatened her (unborn) son. So (from her perspective), he had to die. She was not in shock. We see it again and again - Dany reacts violently when one of her children are harmed or threatened with harm. I'll have to reread those chapters, now. I don't remember how she reacted in the books.
  9. I wouldn't say it came down to that. It's more : Ice bad, fire bad. Fire is needed to defeat Ice, but then Fire has to go as well. Just like after the first Long Night, the wolves gets to rebuild. Brandon the Builder did found House Stark, among his other alleged accomplishments. True. Very true. They certainly are.
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Gotcha. I guess that is was charcoal grey, which I misinterpreted as black.
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    I wouldn't have minded seeing Ebrose again. But I doubt he wanted to leave the Citadel (he's the epitome of a Professor in his/her Ivory Tower). So, unless the King specifically requested him, he would make sure the Citadel did not choose him as GM.
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    'Insult' is a tad extreme, isn't it? I'll admit to being surprised that Sam was GM, but I just 'went with it'. Others I was watching with (who are not book readers) were happy for Sam. Edit: I did expect Sam to end up as Lord of Horn Hill.
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    The Perils of a Reluctant King

    Cersei and Robert's marriage was arranged by Jon Arryn (I think) in an effort to bring the Lannisters firmly into supporting the new regime. The Lannisters were the richest family in Westeros, and could help with funding. With the Lannisters, the new regime has the backing of the North, the Vale, the Riverlands, the Stormlands, and the Westerlands. Part of the debt, and maybe a large part, was due to Littlefinger's embezzlement and constant borrowing to cover it. Littlefinger's embezzlement would only be uncovered, if it ever really was, after Tyrion took over as Master of Coin.
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Pycelle book spoiler Re. another GM not being appointed, I took that to indicate that Cersei did not want the position filled. Especially because the Citadel could send her someone who was not 100% loyal to her. Cersei's 'Small Council' was down to the ever-loyal Qyburn, and she was just fine with that. In essence, she had what she wanted - personal rule. Bran wants a fully staffed Small Council, so he requests a new GM. I suppose asking for Sam.
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Quibble. It looked like Sam did have a forged link on his chain. Maybe 2. Why is Sam wearing a white robe, when other Maesters (outside the Citadel) wear black? Pycelle, Luwin, and Wolkan all wore black. A case could be made that Sam has learned the historical and medical knowledge required for the GM position. But has he? I guess this would depend on the situations of the ruler and Citadel when such requests are made. It's a bit of the reality not matching the ideal, perhaps. True. We have to wonder if he Citadel changed its traditions. And if they did change, then why? We have seen some changes to the Old Order. A Queen in the North. A female Lord Commander of the Kingsgaurd. A woman even in the Kingsguard. Great Councils at the death of each King, to choose a successor. That or fill in the missing pieces with our own head-canon while we wait for WoW and DoS.