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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  4. Anyone else buying these? These are the larger, non articulated figures that come with a base. They've released Jon, Dany, Drogo, Ned, Tyrion, Robb, Arya, and next week, Cersei, Jaime and a White Walker/Other. Next March they are releasing Tywin Lannister, which looks pretty amazing. And though I never saw an announcement on it, Dark Horse's website shows that in April they are releasing Joffrey Baratheon! I know a lot of you are getting the Funko Legacy figure line; I thought long and hard about it before committing to one line over the other. To me, articulation isn't a concern for me as I'm more about asthetics over points of articulation. These are larger and much better sculpted so I committed to this line and have never regretted it. My only concern was that I didn't want one line to put the other out of business and get several figures in and the line end. That doesn't appear to be the case as both lines will go on while the show is still hot. Anyway, the actual point of this post, other than to give the Dark Horse GOT line a thread instead of posting in the Funko/Legacy threads, was to let you guys that ARE buying it know that Joffrey is coming in April after Tywin.
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    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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    Yeah, no Theon. No Robert. No Cat, Davos, Samwell or Ramsey. But we DID get Greyworm AND a Son of the Harpy. Figures nobody asked for!
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    The Ultimate Winds of Winter Resource

    Maybe when he gets these things done, he can START writing Winds. I'm starting to think he never made it past the excess material from Dance.
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    Dark Horse looks to be pretty much winding down with this line as the show prepares to wrap up. At Toy Fair 2018 last weekend, the Dark Horse booth only showcased ONE upcoming figure for 2018. And that was Dany 2.0, not even the other figures they previously announced at LAST year's cons. No prototype of Jon 2.0, Tyrion 2.0, Arya 2.0. Not even Tormund. Even Melisandre who was supposed to be out a year ago had no mention. Not good. http://news.toyark.com/2018/02/18/toy-fair-2018-gallery-dark-horse-game-thrones-witcher-289298
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    The Ultimate Winds of Winter Resource

    Which will likely come true because TWOW will never see the light of day. Much less ADOS.
  15. My current guess is that stopping the Night's King is destroying the ring of power in Mt Doom, and finishing off Cersei will be their Scouring of the Shire.
  16. But he has those puppy dog eyes!
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    Wun Wun will be a statue. It LOOKS like it might be the right scale, but you'll pay through the nose to get it because it will be porcelain and not plastic. Might be better to wait and see if they later do a figure in that mold. Ghost in the mystery box thing will be easier to get on ebay as people will break those sets up and try to sell them individually.
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    Publishing lead time

    That's kind of what I was getting at. That he hasn't been writing it and it's just the material left over from Dance that's been sitting there collecting dust for years.
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    What will happen to Stannis in TWOW?

    I think Stannis may end up victorious in the upcoming battle, but some weird twist of fate will happen to take him out. Martin loves to play things out like that where a plan falls apart because of unforseen circumstances that complicate things. Either way, I don't see Stannis making it out of the north, or TWOW alive. But I don't expect his downfall to be anything like it played out in the show. Shireen being burned alive will likely happen, but without Stannis beimg present. I don't think he will make it back to the wall.
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    So I did some searching and found on amazon that she never was released, and just kept getting pushed back. Now she is listed for August, behind all of the re-do figures. Here's the updated list: 25 Son Of The Harpy (out) 26 Stannis (out) 27 Dany 2.0 (march 14th) 28 Tyrion 2.0 (july 25th) 29 Jon 2.0 (august 15th) 30 Melisandre (august 31st) 31 Tormund (tba) 32 Arya 2.0 (tba)
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    Dark Horse GOT figurines

    Did Melisandre ever even come out? I never saw her and cant find her anywhere. Dark Horses website doesn't list her and I can't find her on ebay. As far as I know, the Son Of the Harpy and Stannis were the last two figurines released, and that was forever ago. Did any of you ever get Melisandre?
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    Publishing lead time

    So they need at least a few months of lead time from when they get the final version out of GRRM's clutches, to when they can release the final product to stores and into customer's hands. What is that, 3-4 months? Roughly? This week, the big rumor was that the publishing date might have accidentally slip and it was a September date. I have real doubts that was real and could have been for the first half of the two Taryaryen history books instead. My fear is that Martin has emotionally moved on from ASOIAF and will continue to make pitches for other tv shows, and sprinkle more satelite ASOIAF projects like the short stories he has done in recent years. That somewhere in his house under a pile of clutter lies his abandoned work on Winds, and he never made it past 200-300 pages.
  23. That's definitely true. They had the added wrinkle of not carrying the Targaryen name in addition to probably not being fathered by Velaryon. That made it even more interesting to me on my initial reading of that story.
  24. I kind of get a kick when I read the Targaryen short stories, because Martin likes to pepper the Targ family tree with instances where bullets are dodged for messing up the continuity of the Targ dynasty. He set up those three sons who were obviously bastards to mirror Cersei's three children, with the danger of losing the Targaryen name if any of them made it to the throne. Conveniently Martin killed them all off in the story so it wouldn't happen. It's also why I have trouble buying into tinfoil hat theories about any past Targ legitimacy that would indirectly lead to Dany or Jon NOT being a direct descendant of Aegon I. Anyhoo, bullet dodged on the Velaryon thing, because they surely would have lead to a new house of Velaryon on the throne.
  25. I think one of the best decisions the show runners made that different from the books was an overall one to not get mired down in new book subplots after the Red Wedding. The show obviously screwed the pooch on things like the Dornish plot, but overall, they chose wisely discarding things that they knew weren't going to matter when it came to the end game itself. Will UnCat matter in the end? No? Gone. Will FAegon or Jon Connnington matter in the end? No? Gone. The Sand Snakes infiltrating the Maester's Citadel and King's Landing going to matter in the end? No? Gone. Martin is still mired down in new narrative debts that need to be paid with no end in sight, while the show is going to finish on schedule. I'll take the books over the show any day, but you can't deny the showrunners are far better prepared than Martin.
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