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Bael's Bastard

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  1. Nah, the origin of their feud is that the first Bracken and Blackwood were actually twins, Bracken came out first but Blackwood claimed the milk sources first and established an exorbitant tax for use.
  2. I didn't mind Daemon's ridiculous scene too much. It is completely in line with his showing at the tourney and in the standoff with Otto. He has all the confidence and arrogance of a man boy prince with a dragon that knows he is worth more alive than dead, whether to pirates or to the Triarchy. Now, maybe they would have had no trouble killing him, but I think this ridiculous show of arrogance is in line with the character they established.
  3. At face value it shows Jaehaerys being descended from Aenys, but not necessarily from Alyssa.
  4. Not talking about killing interest, just wondering how much it will succeed in generating as people actually watch over the weeks.
  5. Of course there's interest, the question is how many of those were convinced to come back next week.
  6. I think we should be cautious not to take for granted that there was no way to save Aemma, as we have no way of knowing if they considered trying to save the life of the mother at the expense of the life of the child an option.
  7. You are confusing ASOIAF and the HBO universe. The HBO universe never established that Valyrians or dragonriders are exclusively pale white people. It wasn't relevant in GOT. They didn't even bother to establish purple eyes. So no need to adhere to that notion here. It doesn't affect anything. It doesn't matter because the Velaryons weren't a dragonriding family in the first place. It also doesn't matter because even in TWOIAF it is made clear that Valyrian dragonriding families preferred incest over marrying with one another. So if they really wanted to go deeper into Valyria there's no HBO universe reason there couldn't be black Valyrians and black dragonriding families. Being white is something Targaryens share with most of Westeros, so no biggie creating Valyrians who actually do look different than Westerosi.
  8. I have a feeling HOTD is going to be our best chance to see pre-GOT history depicted in any way.
  9. I don't understand this comparison. The stories of DnE take place during a span of fifty years that we have some idea about, multiple generations of interesting characters and places. You can do a lot with that even aside from the stories already completed. The Hobbit is one 300 page children's book.
  10. A report that a Jon Snow series is in the works does not in any way, shape, or form market a Dance of the Dragons series. Step away from the computer for a bit. These are not rational responses to the report.
  11. Jon spent almost the entire original series in the snow at, around, beyond the Wall, so what would be the point of this show?
  12. It's important to remember that there isn't a single POV for any Dance of the Dragons characters. We don't know how they really thought of themselves or what they were really thinking about many things. We just have various sources. So the notion that anyone has these characters totally figured out is just nonsense. We won't know the routes HBO takes with these characters until we see it, but if they are well written and internally consistent it should work fine.
  13. Black Valyrians probably isn't going to register as a problem for most viewers. If anything, they will be closer to the uniquely beautiful and different reputation Targaryens had, which GOT made no real attempt to do. The funny thing about GRRM considering making the Targs black is that if GOT had been made in 2022, making the Targs black would probably be the best way to adapt them.
  14. If Laenor had no legitimate or illegitimate children running around, I'm more inclined to think he wasn't able to have children than that he refused to. It just makes no sense in this world for the heir to Driftmark and future king consort to flat out refuse to even try to do one of his most basic duties, no matter their sexual orientation. But if he is incapable, he will never produce an heir for any seat no matter how hard he tries, and Corlys will have no grandson through him on any throne. The interesting question would then be if the Velaryons knew and withheld that information until after the wedding night.
  15. I'm actually interested to check the show out. A lot more room to maneuver, I think, even though they will likely have to make choices about which accounts of certain events were true. I take it the release of the one book is an indication that we shouldn't expect any other books this year?
  16. House Targaryen with no dragons is more vulnerable than House Targaryen with dragons. A stable Targaryen king that doesn't ride a dragon but essentially has all the world's dragonriders at his command is not a vulnerable king.
  17. Many important characters and scenes were gutted and could have used the expansion afforded by a season. The weight of Dune as a season (or two) might have had a chance of equaling the weight of GOT seasons 1 and 3. As it is, even as someone very invested in the characters and story and is a big fan of Isaac and his casting, the death of Leto had almost no impact. Never mind characters like Yueh, Gurney, and Liet. It actually could have benefitted from an expansion of the story to include things that must have occurred but were not witnessed (like Duncan's time among the Fremen). I like it for what it was able to accomplish, but I have no question it does not live up to what it could be with a series.
  18. I love movies, but it is kind of absurd to prefer characters in an epic series to go through their entire journeys in 2-3 hours. Technology has changed and it's no longer necessary to gut a story for lack of time.
  19. I like this version of Dune for what it is. If they pull off the second just as well we will at least have a Dune that isn't embarrassing. But this version reminds me of statements by or reports of George saying that some had pitched films focusing on Jon and/or Dany and cutting out/down much of the rest. Paul is the main character of the first two books, but it's an ensemble cast, and the supporting characters were not given their necessary time, and couldn't have been in this format. A 10-13 episode series remains the only way to adapt Dune and do the important characters and concepts justice.
  20. The minis did a great job story wise and definitely show Paul ruling over a genocidal empire and eventually becoming the prophet preaching against Muad'Dib, etc.
  21. Just no. As usual, you are too deep into your own fan fiction.
  22. Agreed. All dragonriders were his kin and sworn to him. It might be interesting to discuss why he did not take another dragon, but it is not interesting to discuss it as a flaw in the story, because it isn't.
  23. As someone that liked the movie, my biggest issue was along these lines. I was able to feel the connections because I have read the book, but I think the meaningfulness of a lot of characters suffered from cramming half the book into less than 3 hours. The death of Leto, even though we are openly shown the Baron plotting it from the beginning of the book, should feel like the death of Ned Stark. The death of Liet after he finally buys into Paul is a huge blow. Duncan they did pretty well with, but Yueh and Gurney suffered big time in this one. I don't think any of that could have been solved by doing the movie differently. The choice to stick with big screen film sealed that.
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