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  1. Charles Dance was absolutely brilliant in The Crown's Season 3 and should have been Emmy/BAFTA-nominated. Menzies did a great job as Prince Phillip, too.
  2. Not to mention that there were two Tyrells who weren't included in the show at all: Willas and Garlan. And didn't Margaery have several girl cousins with her at court in the books, some of whom are Tyrells and who have fathers and/or brothers? I guess all of them were chucked so Bronn could become Lord of Highgarden and the Reach (one of the dumbest things in the last episode, not to mention giving Bronn access to the royal treasury as well as the wealth of the Reach).
  3. House Martell, apparently obliterated with no consequences (i.e. their Dornish vassals ousting the bastard Ellaria and her accomplices in the murders of a reigning prince and his only heir - tolerating bastards is one thing, allowing three of them to murder a prince and his son is another). And what happened to Oberyn's younger daughters (in the show, as in the books, he has eight daughters); did they disappear? Unless the unnamed Dornish guy who turns up at the council in King's Landing in the last episode is a distant Martell cousin; but they don't even say who he is.
  4. Once the Reynes and all their surviving people went into the mines, Tywin could have had the water be send down at a much slower rate, so the Reynes would have to come out; or he could have sent a message down telling them that the place would be flooded in 12 hours and that he would spare the women and children if they came out. Yes, Theon could be a kinslayer. But Theon hated being embarrassed or hypothetically mocked, so he killed kids and let their mother be murdered too. I don't think Theon can really be redeemed for that; he's earned a quick death as far as I'm concerned. (especially since he doesn't seem to regret their deaths in the same way he regrets turning on the Starks)
  5. In no particular order: 1. Tywin's slaughter of all the Reynes of Castamere, including, as I recall/infer, servants, women, most of whom had no input on the decision to rebel against House Lannister. 2. Tywin's ordering the murders of Rhaegar's young children and (in my opinion, though he denied it in the books) their mother. Just because the slaughter of the babies was expedient does not make it right. Also, I believe that Tywin ordered all three murders not out of political expediency but to further his own agenda and to avenge (in his mind) an indirect insult to House Lannister: Tywin wanted his daughter to become queen and a Lannister grandson to eventually sit on the Iron Throne; slaughtering a Targaryen baby and toddler who had a greater claim to the throne than Tywin's prospective future son-in-law and presenting their bodies wrapped in Lannister red cloaks to the man he wanted as Cersei's bridegroom was a sweetener on the 'deal' of the marriage alliance. As for Elia...Tywin had originally planned for the young Cersei to marry Rhaegar; and denied, insultingly, by King Aerys, who said he would not have his servant's daughter marry his son. Aerys chose Elia instead; and I believe that Tywin took insult and 'repaid' that insult eventually by ordering the murder of Rhaegar's innocent widow. 3. Tywin's ordering Jaime to tell Tyrion that his commoner wife, the young and innocent girl Tysha, was a gold-digging whore who Jaime had found for him, and then having Tysha raped by 100 Lannister guards in front of Tyrion with Tyrion being the final rapist. He contributed to Tyrion's becoming emotionally messed up when it comes to women; it's a terrible thing to do to one's own son, and what he had done to Tysha was unforgivable. Since Tywin had the marriage annulled, he could have found a decent husband for Tysha among the smallfolk in either the Westerlands or somewhere farther away from Casterly Rock. 4. The Freys' receiving the Stark/Tully forces into the Twins as guests and then murdering most of them at the Red Wedding. Not only is murdering the sister and troops of one's liege-lord dishonorable; the betrayal of guest-right is a sin against the social and moral codes of all Westeros. A horrible thing to do, and unjustifiable even after Robb's insult of breaking his promise to marry a Frey daughter (especially since he did make amends by giving a Frey daughter a bridegroom who no Frey could normally hope to wed). 5. Practically everything that Euron Greyjoy does. Kills his brother, probably sexually abused his younger brothers; and generally behaves like the Westerosi incarnation of Genghis Khan or worse during the sample chapter from The Winds of Winter. Somebody kill him, please. 6. Ramsay's torture of Theon (why not just execute him) and his hunting/flaying/killing of servant girls, plus his treatment of Jeyne/fake Arya. Another one I want to see die ASAP. 7. The Great Masters of Meereen's crucifixion/murders of 160 slave children. Awful. 8. Craster's incest with his daughters and giving the male newborns to the Others. 9. Theon's murdering two little boys and allowing their mother to be murdered as well; because he's embarrassed by Rickon and Bran's escape and wants the world to believe that he killed them. There are probably other actions, but it's too depressing to remember them all.
  6. Roose Bolton is a rapist and a traitor. Can't wait until he dies, hopefully by Ramsay's hand; unless he kills Ramsay first (which would be fine with me).
  7. Ooh, I'd have loved to see Mortensen play Duke Leto. Oscar Isaac is a pretty good choice though. I hope they don't muck it up; Dune is a hard choice to translate from book to movie. (I didn't care for the original movie; the only thing worthwhile was the casting of Jurgen Prochnow as Duke Leto).
  8. I think the role of Geralt is a good one for Henry Cavill - he doesn't talk too much, he looks good half-naked, and he's a physical enough actor to do well with the fighting scenes (which I'll admit to not watching very closely). I don't particularly like Yennefer as a character, but she seems to have evolved to become a better person by the end of Season 1. I'm in it mostly to watch Ciri's journey. I like her; I think the actress playing her does a good job. I'm not sure how old the TV character is supposed to be - fourteen or fifteen? I liked the young Elf who was helping her; and hope they meet again. I would have liked to see a lot more of Calanthe. She was a powerful and interesting character; and I liked how Jodhi May played her.
  9. I had trouble with TV-Littlefinger from the moment, in Season 1, when he revealed his motivations to two of his sex workers (Ros and another woman) while they were 'practicing'. No way would Littlefinger discuss any personal feelings with the hired help. Equally silly and unbefitting of Book-Littlefinger: TV-Littlefinger throwing his prize pawn away by marrying Sansa into the Bolton family - the North is far away and Littlefinger wields no influence there, and has no plan to extract Sansa if things don't go as he'd planned (whatever that was, it's hard to tell; since all Roose Bolton required from Sansa was a son or two before he or Ramsay could have her killed, thus giving Ramsay an heir of Stark blood and making him eligible for future matches with other lords' daughters.)
  10. I think a case can be made that Tyrion was not necessarily in his right mind, and was temporarily insane, when he murdered Shae and then his father. It goes back to his experience with Tysha and (and Tywin's horrible ending of that experience). It's more Tyrion's actions and attitude afterward that bother me - the increased drinking, raping the prostitute, vowing to rape and kill Cersei...
  11. Jeyne Westerling is alive and (presumably) well; Jeyne Poole went through horrors barely imaginable due to her affiliation with the Starks.
  12. My ten favorite characters in ASoIaF, in order: 1. Ned Stark - I will always gravitate towards characters who are strong and compassionate as well as honorable. I loved Ned and was saddened by his death (me and the Starks and most of the North)... 2. Sansa Stark - I strongly identify with Sansa - much of my childhood had similarities with hers - spoiled and loved and very naive as a preteen and early teen. I also trusted an authority figure in my parents' absence, and was betrayed by her (I was ten) and suffered for it, though on a much smaller and more petty scale than Sansa did (and no animals were threatened or harmed!). Sansa is far from perfect; but I find her observations interesting, enjoy watching her learn more and more of the cruel world she lives in and try to navigate her way through it. One thing I like about her is that Sansa does not lose her capacity for empathy, despite her fear and suffering. When we last saw her in A Feast For Crows, Sansa was facing a moral crossroads; but it is unsure whether she has yet crossed that line as far as actively and knowingly aiding Littlefinger in his plans to kill her annoying cousin Robin. (Sansa is between a rock and a hard place here. Littlefinger is almost certainly her only protection against Cersei and a death sentence; and if Sansa crosses him in the matter of his plans for Robin, she could find herself blamed for Robin's poisoning herself. But if she passively goes along with Littlefinger in implementing a slow death for Robin, rather than trying to delay it, or at least objecting to Littlefinger himself, that would be a step toward the dark side for Sansa). 3. Oberyn Martell - I like both book and show versions of this very charismatic characters; but in the book, I wanted desperately for him to live and accomplish at least some of his goals. Oberyn's a deadly fighter and a Renaissance man; and wants all his daughters to be able to do what they want to do in life, not just catch politically advantageous husbands. He's the snake and Doran's the grass; and Dorne is much poorer without him... 4. Davos Seaworth - Davos is a man who manages to be honorable, compassionate, and practical; which is an amazing feat in Westeros. I hope he continues to survive and can eventually go home to his wife and their remaining children. 5. Sandor Clegane - a trainwreck of a character, but extremely well written. I'm pretty sure that Sandor has survived, though "the Hound" may not have done so. Sandor is extremely conflicted, there is good in him, but it's buried under years of bitterness and self-loathing. He would need to grow up a lot before he could undertake a path to redemption; and I'm not sure he wants to be redeemed. I hope we see him again; I think he will encounter (A) Sansa, (B) Gregor or whatever he is now, in the future. 6. Olenna Tyrell - Charter member of the Planetos Tough Old Broads Club. She's a very strong woman who can be ruthless in the defense and advancement of her family. And of course she has some great lines. 7. Genna Lannister - another member of the Tough Old Broads Club, though Genna is far from as old as Olenna. She was married against her will into the weaselly Frey clan, yet remains a Lannister and one who speaks her mind, at least to other Lannisters, and is an intelligent, forceful woman. I wish we could see more of her. 8. Barristan Selmy - He put the "H" in Honorable and the "K" in "Knight". He's one of the greatest knights (and fighters) in the history of Westeros, and is also intelligent and (when he can be) compassionate. Joffrey's loss is Daenerys' gain. 9. Brynden Tully - another tough old Knight. He's a great fighter and the strongest man in House Tully. Let's hope he survives to see his House return and reclaim Riverrun. 10. Dolorous Edd - who wouldn't adore this melancholy Crow? I love his sense of humor and I pray that he survives the wars to come, though the TV show doesn't give me much hope...
  13. Tyrion and Sansa's wedding night, while brilliantly written, was horrific to read. Tyrion is emotionally and sexually attracted to his 12-year-old hostage bride; and he doesn't understand that Sansa is absolutely unready to reciprocate, especially when he makes her undress and exposes his own body. Tyrion wants Sansa to be his Tysha do-over; Sansa is a helpless maiden who he can save from danger and marry and have sex with - especially since, unlike Tysha, she is socially acceptable as the last (known) Stark, descendant of a high House of the First Men and also the key to Winterfell. What I don't understand is why Tyrion insisted on groping naked Sansa and exposing himself to her so soon. His best chance of getting Sansa to accept him as a sexual partner and have the son that Tywin demanded was a slow seduction, beginning with a quiet and comforting (no sex) wedding night and offering Sansa comfort and waiting until she was 14 or more before he began to broach the idea of a sexual relationship with some gentle touches at night, in bed, in the dark. Which is still creepy, but considering that Tywin was fully capable of coercing another Lannister (Lancel) to rape Sansa to produce the desired child, Tyrion successfully but slowly succeeding in having sex with a not unwilling Sansa would have been less traumatic for her. But Tyrion was self-aware enough to realize that a young highborn girl might be repulsed by the sight of her dwarf bridegroom's naked body, especially if the young girl was his family's captive. The worst part of the wedding night is when Tyrion looks at Sansa's naked body and says (approximate quote) "you're a child but I desire you". Total ICK factor going on there!
  14. Well, it's nice to see that Ivar can enjoy an activity that doesn't involve slaughtering people.
  15. In the books, Jon doesn't seem to have any bad memories of Sansa. He does remember her giving him some tips on how to romance a girl he was interested in - that's not the act of a girl who hates her half-brother. And Jon was probably "half-brother" and "a bastard" to Sansa because she felt caught between her mother's hatred of the boy and her parents and father's embrace of Jon; and Sansa was very close to her mother. I didn't hate Sansa; I felt she was immature and needed to grow up. I don't think that Sansa's mocking/bullying of Arya was unusual; though it should have been stopped long ago by her parents. Sansa identified with her mother and felt she was a delicate Southern maiden stuck in the cold, unrefined North. Her brothers and sisters embrace their father's Northern values; Sansa probably felt left out. Arya is adored by their father; she's the perfect daughter for him; Sansa may resent that as Arya resents Sansa's being perfect at embroidery and manners. Septa Mordane, who should have seen that this was happening and tried to defuse the tension between the sisters, just intensified it by constantly favoring Sansa and emphasizing Arya's faults. Ned should have stepped in and insisted that the girls' talents and preferences should be taken into account; since Sansa was being reared as a Southern maiden, Arya could be reared as a Northern maiden - i.e. she should learn basic sewing so she could patch up a sock or sew on a button, but she didn't have to master embroidery. In any case, Sansa was still a child, 11 years old, in the books and 13 in the TV series, on the journey to King's Landing. She wasn't an irredeemable Mean Girl (and in the books she never was rude and mean to her Septa as she was in the TV show).
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