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  1. WhitewolfStark

    The Ultimate Winds of Winter Resource

    It's the trap that every "successful" artist gets put into if they find financial success during their lifetime. It's a rather common theme--that the thing they get popular for is the thing that the crowd demands more and more of, restricting them to that one expression if the artist wants to continue to be successful. Long Day's Journey into Night is a semi-fictionalized account of Eugene O'Neill's family drama. The stand-in for Eugene O'Neill's father is a popular actor who made a particular character popular on the stage and found financial success repeating it to the point where he can no longer play any role outside of that character as an actor, and as a career. Further the dread of being "typecast" and a known "character actor" for a certain role is a further expounding of this phenomenon from an actor's POV. Shakespeare fell into that lull himself when he had to churn out comedy after comedy after comedy--turning them into rather formulaic affairs. I think that benefitted him overall in the end though, as it gave him the opportunity to learn the formulae so well that he was able to toy with it in later comedies to the benefit of the theater. So, while it is a trap a lot of artists can fall into, if they choose to, they can use that trap as a way to climb out of it if they so choose and fight for it.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 604?

    Not really how George works as a writer. Typically he has the message that one has to marry someone completely outside of one's own tribe to earn points in his greater writing universe. He has a lot of characters in his writing career who are frequently having sex with a woman or a man who looks exactly like them (only of the opposite gender), and it's typically a sign that the characters are stunted as individuals, narcissistic, and selfish. The critique being that they're so absorbed with themselves, that they like to have sex with a mirror image of themselves, essentially. It's a critique of all the old pairings of "boy/girl meets his/her exact match in the opposite gender and marries her or likes her upon first sight". You know like how Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse or Donald Duck and Daisy Duck are essentially the same characters, the only distinction between them being their genders. It's a trope that was very very popular in cartoons, but also our live action entertainment (I seem to recall every "chunky" or "overweight" couple find an equally "chunky" or "overweight" person to match off with (the second stepsister in the film Ever After, and her new beaux who's the Prince's Captain of the Guards fall into this category easily--the film going out of their way to hammer the point home by having the two dress up for the ball both in horse costumes and grazing over the banquet table each when meeting). GRRM in his writing frequently writes about how people need to move beyond finding such pairings, as "pairing off" in that manner only encourages the "us vs them" mentality he rails against if one only intermarries within one's own tribe, and one's own likeness. His argument being if we as a people only marry and interact with "people like us" how else are we ever going to understand "people not like us". And if we don't understand "people not like us", what's to stop us from seeing them with hostility, and eventually wage war against them? Nothing, is what GRRM typically answers, as societies that don't intermarry with outsiders are typically portrayed as backwards and dying cultures that are locked in a constant struggle against an "other" that they don't understand, and need to desperately learn this lesson if there's any hope for survival. That they don't learn the lesson typically means death, tragedy and destruction sooner or later in GRRM's universe. That the original plan was for a trilogy of books to have it start by a character (Ned) discovering and opposing an incestuous relationship between two individuals who are more typical of his greater ouvre (Cersei and Jaime), and have "corrupted the Kingdom" by planting their own children instead of the King's--only to originally intend to end said trilogy with a similar such relationship blossoming among his own "children" (one natural and one adopted) tells me everything that I need to know about the original idea of Jon and Arya--even if they are cousins, it's George's way of saying not much has changed over the course of the novels, beyond the people who sit on the throne. A rather depressing ending, truth be told. Personally, I'd prefer if Jon were to remain unattached at the end of the novels, or if he HAS to be with someone, put him with Val.
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    How would you rate episode 601?

    4. It could have been worse. Show!Dorne is at this point not worth watching.
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    The Black Dog at the Purple Wedding

    I think it's a rather blatant nod to Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings) by Maurice Druon. King Louis is killed by poison much like Joffrey, and upon his deathbed a dog gets into his bed chambers--licks the kings soiled undergarments, and then dies not long thereafter of much similar symptoms to the King--letting everyone know it was poison that truly killed the King. GRRM is giving the nod here without completely copying from Druon.
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    Hardest city/castle to conquer?

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Sunspear with its maze of gates and switchbacks through the Shadow City. Casterly Rock would be difficult, but not impossible to take. Essentially, I'd find some way to take the inner harbor underneath the Rock and then take the remnants of the Lannister fleet, and burn it, starting a fire and fill the rock with smoke. I would have to find a way of continuing the fire for a few days to be sure, but if the Lannisters are going to hole up in it like ferrets, then the best way to get them out is to smoke them out. I'd put a bunch of forces at the Lion's Mouth and prepare for desperate people to come hurrying out and trying to cut a way through my forces out. The hardest part of such a plan would be taking that inner harbor, defeating the Lannister navy, and keeping that fire going for days on end. To achieve this, using Wildfire would most likely be the best thing rather than normal fire. There's problems with such a plan, and it would be difficult, but I wouldn't say that it isn't impossible.
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    Would you prefer if Rhaegar won?

    Okay, I think one has to look a bit to the history that could have been by looking for potential sources of inspiration from the English, French and Scottish histories that GRRM has admitted to being inspired by. A lot of the issues that surround Robert's Rebellion have parallels to the Barons Wars which led to the signing of the Magna Carta and the establishment of Parliament--especially with the rumored "Southron Ambitions" alliance between Hoster, Jon and Rickard. Additionally you have a call to French history with Aerys playing the role of Charles VI, but a far more dangerous kind of "mad" than Charles ever posed (though Charles VI did try to kill his brother, Louis of Orleans). That puts Rhaegar into the position of Charles' Dauphin, the future Charles VII, who essentially was forced into an inactive role while the English overran the country (until of course Jeanne D'Arc appears). The English in this case being an equivalents for the rebel lords. And Jeanne D'Arc the "Visenya" that Rhaegar apparently wanted desperately. Rhaegar, however also has a touch of King John, who put aside his first wife (John though had no children by her) and interferes with two of his powerful bannermen from forming an alliance through marriage by abducting the teenage girl meant to be married, Isabella of Angoulême. This of course led to a split between John and his liege (in France), King Phillip. Which likely would have gone a similar route had Aerys not gotten distracted by Brandon's words. Viserys likely pops up in the manner of Arthur of Brittany to Rhaegar's King John at some point, spurred by rumors of the declaration that Aerys makes of wanting Viserys to rule after him, not Rhaegar, and likely finding allies among the disaffected rebels he gives false "sympathy" for. So there's a lot of ways, given the potential historical inspirations and blending going between French and English history predominantly that there are many different outcomes for Westeros. Everything from Westeros forming a permanent "Great Council" with Harrenhal as its meeting spot (establishing a pseudo early Parliament scenario) to Rhaegar finding the mother to his war-like "Visenya" in the oddest of places (common origin) who appears at the right time to re-inspire the loyalists in Rhaegar's defense (Jeanne D'Arc scenario), to Rhaegar being forced to deal with his brother harshly and with news of that getting out, his loyalists turn on him (Arthur of Brittany scenario). A whole world of potential. Though given the historical inspirations that I managed to tease out (and do so off the cuff--I'm sure I'd find more if I gave a more thorough examination), only making him Charles VII does Rhaegar really turn out well. The others continue the decline of power and prestige of House Targaryen has been in since Aegon III, if not accelerating it to some degree.
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    What is Jon Snow's real name?

    Jon wasn't named Jon by Rhaegar or Lyanna. Look through the SSM:  
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 509?

    Season Three, Mel and Stannis have a disagreement on how to sacrifice Gendry. Stannis says to just do it and be done with it (no need to torture the boy by dressing him up and lying to him). Mel says that if the "lamb" sees the knife and knows it's about to be killed, fear settles into its bones and it's a tainted sacrifice. And that she has done many sacrifices and the lamb has never seen the knife coming. It shows that Stannis is taking Mel's way--and I thought Stephen Dillane did a great job at depicting how it was killing him--though I think with another episode or so they could have expanded just how desperate their situation was to better develop this. And I think they could have had a better father-daughter relationship before this season, doing it now just feels like catch up.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 507?

    I do like how in this episode they did attempt to bring in some parallels (Tommen and Myrcella both proclaim to a parent that they love someone and have blind faith and innocence for instance, and a parent realizes that they've spent so much time trying to protect their child that they never had the chance to know them; Sansa and Cersei actually had a parallel where they both learned that their abilities at manipulation are hitting brick walls and they are not so skilled at such things concerning people they think they know what buttons to push when really that person holds all the cards--Ramsay and the High Sparrow equally). It doesn't substitute for the themes the book touches on, but seeing ironic reflections (Margaery is playing Tommen to secure power for herself--though she might think him a sweet boy nonetheless vs Trystane actually passionately loves Myrcella; Sansa is a rank beginner in manipulation vs Cersei who thinks she's a pro) sorta makes up for it, but not really. I'm not liking the Calvinistic turn they're bringing to the High Septon but it fits in with the rest of their bringing modern day commentary as part of the society-wide social backlash against the 35 year rule of the Moral Majority/Religious Right in the United States that's going on right now. I still think it's blatantly out of place, but I'll accept that the show has an agenda to push and roll my eyes. If this were the actual Reformation though, I would expect that King's Landing would turn into the Muenster Commune at this point, which would actually be in LF's favor considering what the Muenster Commune ended up turning into. If you're confused about what I mean when I say the Muenster Commune and want a quick overview, click the spoiler button, if you don't want it, read on. The larger point is though, that Calvinism hadn't yet taken over the Reformation ideals, and that the early Reformation idea of getting back to the "primitive church" was very different from the kind of organization we see the Sparrows create in the show and the books. The show Sparrows are most definitely making a commentary on today and thus the Sparrows have a definite Religious Right/Moral Majority undertone to them (and a few latter-day Reformation (aka post-Calvinistic) beliefs that would be anachronistic otherwise sneaked in there, as well as the emphasis on the modern issue of homosexuality that the RR/MM has struggled with since the 1980s). The Sparrows of the books are much more like the Medieval attempts at getting back to basic beliefs (in the tradition of the St. Francis or St. Benedict, mixed with a bit of the Cistercians) and is much more believably Medieval in tone. They're just the new kid in a long line of monastic orders (we can assume exist) in the books--and not a Reformation or complete splinter in faith. And as a last note I could have done without the glorifying of the whorehouse (I feel like this entire season they've been trying to make me feel bad about the end of the whorehouse depravities--when actually that I was cheering on as I'm sick and tired of sexposition and nudity for nudity's sake), that I really felt like laughing about. Great "tragedy" that it's gone indeed. :rolleyes: Though I am surprised that LF himself hasn't been arrested for owning the whorehouses in the first place, yet. Episode 9, perhaps? Well it was good to see that the audition piece for Tyene actually got in to the show... other than that I feel like the Dorne prison scene was pointless as it essentially kept the status quo where it was, when there could have been consequences... but we gotta keep Bronn alive because he's a show favorite. Ahh well.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP502 Discussion

    Really excited by all the possibility of this episode! :)
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    [Book Spoilers] EP501 Discussion

    It looks to me like if we are being set up to eventually see Sweetrobin again. He'll come back having taken a level in badass from Lord Royce's School for Knights and Squires it seems--confirming my suspicions that they're just going to merge Sweetrobin and Harry the Heir into one person in a later season (if either has a greater role to play). That's of course, if he comes back... but I get the feeling we wouldn't have seen him at all this season if he wasn't going to possibly come back as a character. I should note he was left on a laughable but memory stand out moment. I feel if that was going to be the very last we see of the character, it would have been more likely that we wouldn't have seen him at all. So, that's my prediction, Sweetrobin returns in a later season (probably Season 7 for a "grand showdown", or maybe halfway through Season 6 at earliest) having taken a level in badass (and likely recast).
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    How would you rate episode 501?

    A solid six. The weak spots that I thought were going to be weak were played off for badly done comedy (Vale characters--Sansa, Littlefinger, Robin) and too intense despair (Brienne, and Pod)--not that Brienne wouldn't react that way after that, but I think they chose a bad take of the scene. Not really a fan of the Varys change, but I can understand why they did it. Conleth and Dinklage do amazing jobs as always. Issue with that scene is more the script change than anything else. Dany was good until she did the whole "Viseryon, Rhaegal... come out come out wherever you are" scene--would have been better if she hadn't said a word at all during the sequence--calling out their names ruined it. Daario was nicely handled, as was Mance--but then I like the actor as an actor (though I do agree he was miscast). Jon/Mance scene was mehh... could have been better, could have been worse--most of it up to the less than stellar dialog, though both actors do try and work around it with good visual acting cues, so that's something. Dang are they doing the bad exposition drop with Kevan Lannister's explanation of the Sparrows (as subtle as a Looney Tunes anvil), though Lancel was appropriately creepy in the fanaticism for his scenes. The obvious set up for Loras still hanging around while fanatics cluster at the edges, shows he's getting reckless or too comfortable (a common theme throughout the episode). Forgettable scenes were the Grey Worm and Missandei dialog, though I guess now Missandei is going to put herself in danger finding out why Unsullied would visit a brothel. The best scene IMO was where the Unsullied actually visits a brothel for just a hug and then gets killed by the Son of the Harpy. Well done, well done indeed. It worked on the source material well, but also felt somewhat fresh all the same.
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    Rhaegar Targaryen

    Young!Jonathan Rhys Meyers, most definitely. But the guy's put on a bit too much testosterone since then.
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    Rhaegar Targaryen

    Too square jawed, but much closer, I'd say.