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  1. Raksha 2014

    George hates hero worship

    Jon tolerated Slynt as a member of the Night's Watch until Slynt refused to obey the Lord Commander (Jon)'s direct order. Even then, Jon repeated the order, in effect a second chance; and Slynt still refused. The Night's Watch is a military organization and a Commander whose orders are not obeyed will not be able to command, and the structure of the organization could unravel. Jon was fully justified in taking Slynt's head.
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    The Tyrion of Fevre Dream (spoiler)

    The unifying factor between Tyrion and Abner is that they are both self-inserts for GRRM; especially Abner (physically, he is a not particularly handsome, and heavyset, man). Tyrion has GRRM's thirst for knowledge; Abner is a working man who can appreciate the finer things - poetry, beauty. I have always considered Fevre Dream the best vampire story I've ever read. I also think it is better written than ASoIaF; just a personal opinion.
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    I guess the Starks will just die out?

    I don't think it's written in stone anywhere that the Starks will die out. Arya didn't say that she would never return, just that she wasn't going North, the implication being that she wasn't returning North at this time. There's no reason to think that Arya couldn't go exploring for two, three, four or eight years and then return to see how her family is doing. Sansa has enough political awareness to understand the importance of producing an heir to House Stark. Since she is the first Queen in the North, and has considerable support, she can probably pick a spouse who will content to be her consort rather than a ruling King. Book-Sansa will almost certainly never be Ramsay's bride and torture-toy; so she will hopefully never be sexually brutalized and not be traumatized by the notion of having sex. Sansa might even remember Cersei's words that "you will love your children". I could see Sansa making a cold-blooded decision to choose a husband for political experience rather than passion; and, though she may never feel the tenderness and love her parents shared, she may have a marriage with herself and her husband share mutual respect and fondness for their kids. I don't see Sophie Turner's words about the character she plays as having anything to do with how GRRM will write that character. I could, of course, be wrong. But if GRRM does decide that House Stark dynastically withers away, that's his right, though it will annoy me a lot.
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    What was the purpose of Jon Snow?

    Viserys had bullied and abused Daenerys for years. She tried to help him earn the Dothraki's respect; he refused to even respect their ways. And then he points a dagger (or sword, I can't remember) at Daenerys' pregnant belly and threatens to cut the unborn child out of her. If I had been Daenerys, that would have been the point of no return; Viserys had become too much of a threat to her and her child. I doubt that Khal Drogo would have altered his decision to kill Viserys even if Daenerys had begged for her brother's life; he would have lost face before all the assembled Dothraki had he allowed the man who openly threatened his wife and unborn child to live. Daenerys might have been somewhat in shock when she said "He was not a dragon"; or it's an indication of emotional stability. Either way, I don't blame her at all for not trying to help Viserys at that point.
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    Did the writers confirm Jon’s ending?

    Another, equally valid interpretation: Sansa has a smug look of contentment when the Vale smashes into the Bolton forces, because Sansa's pleased to see Ramsay's defeat, especially if they killed (as she might assume) Jon as well as Rickon. Her look of disbelief might be because she thought that Jon might be dead, not that she's unhappy that he's alive. There's absolutely no proof in Sansa's words or actions that she would have been pleased by the deaths of Rickon and Jon. Sansa could also have decided to tell Tyrion about Jon's heritage to make Jon a valid alternative to Daenerys as Queen; and out of fear that Daenerys would burn Winterfell eventually if she succeeded in becoming Queen of Westeros (and probably end up burning Jon and the other Starks as well). I think Sansa hoped that Tyrion and Varys would rally other lords to Jon's cause - and it could have worked if Varys had not attempted to poison Daenerys. I think Sansa erred in breaking her promise to Jon not to tell, though...
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Unfortunately, Sam's appointment as Grand Maester is a (presumably) royal kick in the face to the Citadel and its traditions. Maesters are physicians, scientists, and historians; and their training takes years. Sam wasn't qualified to be a Maester, let alone a Grand Maester. When a king appoints a Citadel dropout to be Grand Maester, that appointment invalidates the authority and validity of the Maester title. And it establishes Sam as a young man who is incapable of taking on a vocation or position and keeping it: he failed as his father's heir (for which I'll give him a pass; because he never chose that role), he was sent by the Night's Watch to Oldtown to become a Maester and he became impatient with that in a few months. Now Sam is a Grand Maester on the King's Council due to his qualifications of being the King's brother's friend and having a girlfriend who found out the secret royal origin of that friend - how long until Sam becomes tired or bored with playing politics and leaves the Council as well? Sam's arc in the books, incomplete as it is (so far); makes more sense. But that could be said for most of the characters.
  7. I don't think that Daenerys' only motivation to burn King's Landing and all its people came from her insecurity over Jon's claim to the throne: She had seen Missandei, who was one of the two or three people in the world she trusted (and had lost another, Jorah, to the wights), murdered by Cersei's order; she had lost faith in the judgment of her Hand; and she had executed a key advisor (Varys) for treachery. I'm not sure Bran sees all of the past and present and especially in the future, in any kind of linear, recognizable, order. I think he has visions of the future without seeing the whole picture, like snapshots rather than a coherent documentary. And he has to know what to look for in the past and present, I think...
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    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Given who attended the Dragonpit meeting (mostly Starks, Stark friends, relatives, allies) and what they decided, and why anyone other than Sansa listened to Tyrion, much less voted in his choice for king (To the rest of Westeros, Tyrion is the Kin-slaying regicide Imp), I'm sure that the writers didn't put much thought into the scene.
  9. We know that Gilly was probably a rape survivor; since I doubt she willingly slept with her father; and she managed to survive and eventually find love and happiness with another, kinder, man. I've always thought that Sandor's saying that he "should have fucked her bloody" were more to goad Arya into mercy-killing him than a true desire to physically damage Sansa. Did TV-Sandor sexually desire Sansa? Probably; but he did not attempt to rape her and might well have been willing to wait for sexual intercourse until she reciprocated his desire, or not tried to seduce her at all (since he might have tried to take her back to her mother and brother as a maiden). (I'm convinced that book-Sandor did have sex on his mind when he came to Sansa's room during the Battle of the Blackwater, whether or not Sansa was willing; but Sansa persuaded him not to hurt her, reaching whatever decency was within him) I hope that Sansa is able to find a husband she can respect, if not love; and enjoy being a mother of the next generation of Starks. Hopefully she will have a long and ultimately prosperous reign.
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    How would you have ended it?

    I thought that GRRM called the LOTR ending 'bittersweet' not due to the Aragorn/Arwen marriage, but due to the occupation of the Shire, the hobbits taking back the Shire and rebuilding, and Frodo's having emotional and physical wounds that don't heal and his having saved the Shire but having to leave it (and Middle-earth) in order to live. Also, many of the Elves leave Middle-earth; the Fourth Age is the Age of Men.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 806?

    The episode gets a 7 from me. It was probably my favorite of this season, which isn't saying all that much; since the season as a whole disappointed me. I loved the cinematography and the performances of Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, and Kit Harington. Drogon didn't die; and Jon was reunited with Ghost and embraced both his wolf and the North. Arya pursues the adventures she's always craved, under a Stark-bannered ship. Sansa will rule an independent North. Bran says a few words; and I'm glad Tyrion isn't dead. Pod and Brienne survived. But there are sooo many plotholes! The Council/Kingsmoot was a joke. Since it's implied that at least a few weeks have passed since Daenerys' death, there was surely time to summon more lords to the table. There still should be some more noble houses left standing. A Council consisting of: Bran Stark the weird teenaged wizard, Arya Stark, his Night King-slaying sister, Sansa Stark, Lady of Winterfell, Robin Arryn who is Sansa's first cousin and Robin's minder Regent Whasisname Royce, Gendry the upjumped Bastard of Flea Bottom new Lord Baratheon who is definitely a Stark loyalist, Edmure Tully who's finally been released from a Frey or Lannister dungeon and who is the young Starks' uncle, plus a quiet Dornish prince, Yara Greyjoy and Tyrion Lannister who's just been let out of jail - this Council is mostly composed of Starks and their friends and relatives, with Yara the only dissenting voice. I don't count Grey Worm as a member of the Council; he's a foreign invader there by virtue of his army and the fact that he apparently has the key to Jon Snow's cell. How is this Council's ruling, that a crippled teenaged wizard who hardly ever talks would make a suitable King of Westeros, going to stand? What armies are going to enforce it when various nobles start to rebel? Grey Worm is taking the Unsullied to Naath; there are no more Lannister or Highgarden troops of which we know. Is Robin Arryn going to hang around King's Landing with the Vale-Knights for awhile and help out Cousin Bran? Where did the Dothraki go? Are they merrily pillaging other parts of Westeros, or have they shipped out back to Essos? As for the rule of the Six Kingdoms: How is this new ruling Council going to fund their projects, especially, I assume, the rebuilding of King's Landing? There's no more Lannister Gold, the Crown was in debt to the Iron Bank, Didn't the Lannisters take all of Highgarden's wealth/supplies? Is it still Winter in the South of Westeros at the end? And who's ruling the Twins? Why would any remaining nobles in the Six Kingdoms trust Tyrion, the Kinslaying Imp who was convicted of his nephew's murder and who returned to Westeros with the invading Dragon Queen, to be the Hand of this weird Stark boy? And the ambiguity of the final scene was odd - is Jon Snow condemned to the Night's Watch or is he 'paroled' to the Free Folk as the Night's Watch's representative? Are there more than two other guys in the Night's Watch now? Presumably, the books' ending (if it is ever published) will flesh out these details a bit more. I personally think that with over a year to prepare for this last season, and HBO's apparent go-ahead on more episodes, we could have had a bit more texture and less sloppy-shocky plotting in both Season 8 and the series' final episode.
  12. If you take the perspective of a commoner being brutalized by Ser Gregor in the Riverlands, or a commoner in King's Landing being brutalized by Tywin's troops during the sack of King's Landing, or a commoner who served the Reynes of Castamere, Tywin was not a "good" alternative. I don't see Cersei as Gollum either. But I don't agree that her main drive is to protect her children. Cersei endangered her children by conceiving three out of four (on the show) of them by her brother. The kids were in enough danger being the supposed heirs of Robert Baratheon; Cersei planted targets on their backs by choosing the wrong man to be their father. She had to know how the children of incest were regarded (as abominations). Also, Cersei's judgment in the raising of Joffrey was appalling. She took no steps to discipline him, to surround him with other boys of his own age (which might have done him some good); instead, she validated and supported his cruelty and lies, bringing out the worst of him instead of trying to bring out the best.
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    Moral of each characters story?

    I'm not sure that Arya would have been able to bring Walder Frey to face justice and be judged by trial. I also don't think that Walder Frey necessarily deserved either; after orchestrating the murder of almost all of his guests. I don't think that Arya killed any of the Frey women and children; with the possible exception of the woman whose face she wore to serve in the hall. I agree that Arya has been psychologically damaged by her traumas and subsequent journey. But I think that the last two episodes of Season 8 offer hope that Arya can recover, at least to some extent. Sandor's last words to her seem to have had a strong effect on Arya - instead of continuing her mission to kill Cersei (and probably dying in the attempt), Arya tries to save some of the panicked residents of King's Landing. She sees, as she did during and after the Battle of Winterfell, death on a grand and horrible scale; and essentially rejects it and chooses life instead (harkening back to Syrio's words: "What do we say to the God of Death? Not today"). I think Arya's decision to sail for parts unknown is both a return to her childhood love of adventure and perhaps a recognition that Winterfell, beloved as it is, is too small for her now. She has saved what's left of her family, but they and she are grown up now and have different directions to travel.
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    Tyrion and Sansa...

    I'm not sure that the Lords of the North would accept a marriage of their Queen to a Lannister; nor to a dwarf, since they value a sound body as well as a sound mind (they would have been more likely to accept Bran as a king; since he was Ned Stark's son, and his incapacity was the result of a fall, not congenital); and there is a huge prejudice against dwarves in both Westeros and Essos. I think Sansa would do best, in terms of marriage, to either Robin Arryn (if she must make a Southern marriage, or owes favors to the Vale) or into one of the Houses of the Stark bannermen.
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    Daenerys should have supported Jon’s claim

    How much Rhaegar loved Jon? Rhaegar never knew Jon, died before he was born; and probably expected him to be a girl, since he had a daughter and son already (at the time Jon was conceived, I believe) and wanted a girl so he'd have three heads of the dragon, which is a comparison to Aegon the Conqueror and his two sisters Rhaenys and Visenya (Rhaegar named his children by Elia Rhaenys and Aegon, so Lyanna's child was expected to be Visenya). Also, neither Viserys or Daenerys ever knew that Rhaegar and Lyanna had a child. Now, if GRRM had written all the scripts for the show; we might have had a Daenerys who in the final season would have initially welcomed a long-lost nephew, but not necessarily a lover who suddenly revealed that he just happened to be that long-lost nephew - the timing might have made her suspicious and ignited paranoia in her. All that Jon has ever heard about Rhaegar Targaryen was that he abducted Jon's supposed aunt (really his mom) and thus caused the deaths of Jon's supposed uncle Brandon and actual grandfather Rickard, not to mention the deaths of thousands of people...Even if Jon were to find out that Lyanna consented to the elopement and was in love with Rhaegar; I doubt that would give Jon warm and filial feelings towards Rhaegar Targaryen; Jon will always be Ned Stark's son.