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  1. If the city is destroyed or everyone in it dies, I find it very convenient that Dany was taken far away while this happens. Realize, whatever is happening in Meereen, it's happening WITHOUT Dany. She won't be responsible to the reader because she wasn't there to save the day. Martin removed her from the situation for a reason, not to have her quickly return and not miss anything. I think the point will be, however it's done, that there is nothing left to rule. Dany will be free to head to Westeros. And Martin can write it in a way that doesn't make her look like she is abandoning anyone.
  2. Same thing with other characters. Move the plot forward by crwating circumstances that push them along. Sansa thinks their plans are one thing, but Shadrich the Mad Mouse is going to do something that screws up the plan completely. Jaime and Brienne won't return to LS because some other event or people will intercept them and send them on another path. There are lots of ways to move the plot along without endless travelogues or chapters wallowing in the same location.
  3. I think the only way to get out of the Meereen plot and not waste more chapters there than needed is to cut the Gordian knot. Have Dany take command of the Dothraki and mount Drogon to go back, only to find that everybody in the city died from the bloody flux or some other plague. Basically give nobody to protect there anymore so she is no longer honor bound to stay. I might not even have her go back. Maybe have her surviving forces meet her and they continue west. Martin isn't big on having characters go back and forth in the series. Usually when someone leaves a locale, its a big deal and the story is taking them somewhere else for quite a while. Perhaps Martin doesn't intend for Dany to return to Meereen.
  4. 200,000 years? Nah. I just can't. I can go for it in sci fi with immortal guardians of the universe who oversee a corps of intergalactic police. But straight up humans following a linneage that far back? Pass. I find myself thinking, I wonder what House Kennedy and House Reagan were doing 10,000 years ago? And it falls apart. My head cannon is that Sam is the guy on the verge of blurting out the truth, but he keeps getting shut down mid sentence like C3P0. He's so close to figuring out the wall and the Watch are only several hundred years old and the lack of written records has helped shape their mythology and the ludicrous timeline that most people in Westeros blindly accept.
  5. I don't care at all for this setting to be several thousands of years ago. I don't want to see it legitimized by the new tv show. In the books at least I can pass this unreasonable amout of time off as human error because the people of Westeros simply don't have a good grasp on their own history. Imagine we in our own culture did a show on the misadventures of the West Wing of the White House. Then we decide to do a prequel to it set 10,000 years in the past. Now we have a show about Indians living in the woods of what will one day become North America and ancient Egyptians. But wait! We'll be reasonable and cut that in half! Well, 5,000 years ago is still something very similar. How are we expected to believe over a 5,000 year span that house names like Stark (and presumably others) will still exist and not be extinguished? Castles exist all that time? Is the armor, weapons and the technology in Westeros going to be the same? I would expect 5,000 years ago the best of mankind in Westeros was living in mud huts and/or living a nomadic life. I feel like setting these events any more than 800 years before ASOIAF will be a huge mistake.
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    Untangling Meereenese knots, Gordian style

    Dany needs to make her way to Westeros pronto. I would have Dany arrive back with her new Dothraki possie and Drogon to find after the battle of Slaver's Bay that the vast majority of the citizens have perished from the bloody flux. In effect, give her the same reason to leave for Westeros then that Luke Skywalker had to leave Tattooine when his aunt and uncle died; no reason to stay. If she comes back and there is nobody to rule or protect, she is off the hook for her responsibilities. This can happen at the beginning of Winds and have her arrive on the shores of Westeros at the end of the book. No character arc, just make her the dramatic entrance at the end. As much as I hate to admit it, Cersei needs to pull a Michael Corleone and wipe out her enemies in KL in one fell swoop. It doesn't have to be the same way things went in the show, but the effect NEEDS to be the same. Aegon needs to take out and end a few characters and then get snuffed out himself. Perhaps as he is ascending the steps to the Iron Throne itself. Perhaps his best use could be to eliminate other dangling plotlines.
  7. I do love me some Cersei being incompetent. I find it highly entertaining when she thinks she has her father's cunning and ends up making a mess of things. But I can't see her getting taken out and not being there for the end game. How satistfying will it be narratively if whoever saves the day at the end does so by facing off against a character who wasn't around in the first book? Dany and/or Jon vs Faegon in the final book? The Martels? Nah. She is going to hold onto power until the end. But I do agree about not making her too competent.. She can get rid of all these people and have it come back to haunt her politically which I would find interesting.
  8. As much as I think the writing on the show has suffered without Martin's books to guide them, the show HAS done some things right. Killing off characters to end their arcs has worked. I think in this area, Martin would be well served to have Cersei eliminate her enemies in one fell swoop in a Godfather sort of way. The Tyrell plot has to end. Get rid of all of them at once. The Faegon plot needs to merge with the Dornish plot...then suddenly end. Let Cersei take them all out too. The Euron plot can go on but needs to start to come together with fewer characters. Dany needs to get her posse together and gtfo of Dodge. Have her unite everyone from a position of strength at the beginning of the book and not appear again until she arrives on the shores of Westeros at the end of the book. Dont give her another arc until she arrives. Or...start to finally develop the Others and the threat from the north. If they made it past the wall all of these lingering plotlines could end as cannon fodder for the real threat. But that is asking too much.
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    Martins history or Tolkiens?

    I prefer GRRM's world to Tolkien's. For the reason that Martin's focuses more on the dynasties and family houses of the recent centuries, and treats older events like mythology that may or may not have happened. And THAT premise appeals to me in terms of storytelling. With Tolkien, as much as I love his work, a lot of characters in the recent history aren't well developed and many details not explored like Martin would have done. And I find the events of the distant past are far too reliable for my tastes. I don't like that I am supposed to trust that all these events thousands of years ago all happened as we are told they were, or that the characters think they happened. At least with Martin's world, there is a good suspicion going on that what the characters are told is their history stretching back 8,000 years or more may only be hundreds of years. And not reliable because there was no written record until a few centuries prior. Their own mythology if you will. Tolkien spends more time nailing down all that stuff thousands of years ago and I find it far less interesting.
  10. Big Daddy

    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    It looks great but not worth the money they are asking.
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    They also are offering for preorder Game of Thrones: Ice Dragon & The Night King Premier Statue $599.99
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    I just checked t out and they dramatically upped the price! All this time, the typical retail at comic stores has been $24.99. Now cutting out the middle man, instead of being cheaper DH s asking for $40 a pop!
  13. Agreed. These books are SO good, especially the first 3, and that's what makes the wait so painful. His gardening in the first 3 was amazingly creative that I still get satisfaction out of multiple rereads.
  14. I find it amusing that in story, Jon (both in books and show) keeps resisting or putting off opportunities to change his name to Stark. It was his most fond wish growing up, but he hasn't done it. Stannis gave him a chance and he did the "right" thing by staying a man of the Watch and a Snow. Then in the show he hasn't made time to legitimize himself as king. In a story telling sense, I chalk this up to "good things come to those who wait". When he and those around him learn he is a Targaryen is will be much more of an emotionally satisfying ending to have him crowned or take on the name Aegon VI, if that's indeed where the story is heading in the show and the books. It would make for a very Lion King epic type of moment after all he has gone through. To have him change his name to what we find out is the wrong name just BEFORE changing his name...that would suck a lot of the oomph out of the moment later on. In universe, the OP here has a great point. End of the world aside, it would take the stroke of a pen for him to legitimize himself as a Stark. What is his title? King Jon of the House of Snow? He needs a name, if not for himself then for any sons he plans on having. He needs to leave them a name. And I can't imagine him picking a different name like the cadet branch of Targaryens did with Blackfyre. It comes off odd, but we just have to suspend disbelief and ignore for a while longer that Jon hasn't shed the name of Snow yet. The writers of the show are kind of stuck there and have to keep it up for the same reasons GRRM is.
  15. I think Martin's "gardening" approach got the better of him on this series, especially as the tale grew in the telling. He expanded and created too many plots in Feast/Dance when he should have been structuring his endgame. At this point I am almost positive we will never see ADOS. And honestly I have serious doubts TWOW will ever see the light of day either. I have this suspicion that the only material he ever wrote for Winds is the material the got taken out of Dance and that we've already read most of that in the last 7 years. Gardening seems very creative and was probably very rewarding to him as he was writing along his way through the 1st 3 books, but we are seeing the effects of that now.