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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    Face value for me at the very moment I watched: "Ah..; of course the Night King know the dragons are coming soon. That is why he is waiting. He wants to kill a dragon." Then he caught one instead, and his plan made even more sense to me. The whole fight therefore made perfect sense to me: why the wights waited, why they did not quickly overwhelm the adventuring party, why the Night King had chains and magical javelins ready, et cetera. Nit pickers just pick at tasty nits instead of stopping to think why.
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    Did the Night King Spring a Dragon Trap?

    Face value for me at the very moment I watched: "Ah..; of course the Night King know the dragons are coming soon. That is why he is waiting. He wants to kill a dragon." Then he caught one instead, and his plan made even more sense to me. The whole fight therefore made perfect sense to me: why the wights waited, why they did not quickly overwhelm the adventuring party, why the Night King had chains and magical javelins ready, et cetera. Nit pickers just pick at tasty nits instead of stopping to think why.
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    Breaking the Wheel

    I think that although "breaking the wheel" means democracy, equality and freedom to be a pervert to our modern ears; "breaking the wheel" means doing away with the arbitrary local power and petty squabbling of feudal lords in favour of an enlightened monarchy such as Frederick the Great, Peter the Great or Louis XVI. Not something we would like, but an appropriate and feasible step for Planetos in its stage of historical evolution. Since this is fantasy, we can anachronistically include the abolition of slavery in this: perhaps the actual historical parallel is the abolition of serfdom by the autocratic monarchy of czarist Russia.
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    Did the Night King Spring a Dragon Trap?

    Definitely a trap by the Night King. As such it makes sense that Gendry could run and get the message via ravens to Daenerys who could then fly back: because the Others were waiting for her. The Night King was able to interact with Bran in his vision in Season 6: he has magical sight.
  5. On Youtube, the two sites "History of Westeros" and "Mythical Astronomy of Ice and Fire" posted a discussion which speculated that the symbols were related to an eclipse and a meteor striking the moon and causing a rain of celestial debris and thus the Long Night. My summary sounds trite: the discussion covered much more and involved a cornucopia of proof texts from various sources written by Martin as well as mythologies from our world.
  6. Is male primogeniture is a fixed thing among the Targaryens (who originated in Essos)? Could the sister of the late heir apparent Rhaegar, and thus Jon's elder, also be considered the senior heir? Much as for example Saudi kings are chosen from the late king's brothers, not his sons?
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    Aegon's absence is really noticeable now

    Aegon reminds me of Perkin Warbeck and other false pretenders in the time of Henry VII after the Wars of the Roses. Therefore he is historically interesting. However, as a character in the books, he is completely uninteresting to read and an annoying distraction from the many other stories and characters in which I am already invested as a reader.
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    Aegon's absence is really noticeable now

    I think Aegon was added by Martin because of his fascination with history. In the Middle Ages there were numerous young pretenders (such as Percy Warbeck) with very thin claims and slight support. Daenerys is more like Henry Bolingbroke or William III, having latent support in Westeros and very strong foreign allies; Aegon is an example of an historical curiosity. Likewise, Quentyn.
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    How would you rate episode 410?

    9/10 for great television. My favourite parts were the Child of the Forest and the skeletal Others because I always enjoy the fantastic and the fey; Brienne's fight with the Hound because it was tense and exciting sicne its outcome was unknown and not in the books; Arya's boat ride to swelling choral accompaniment because there has to be some joy even in the grimmest life. The grief of the father of the child burned by Drogon was moving. I can patiently wait for the undead Stoneheart. I do not mind Tysha being combined with Shae on television. I do wish that the knights in this show looked more traditionally knightly, that is to say, I wish they wore heraldric surcoats and colours. Stannis's knights looked very drab and dull. I much prefer a more mediaeval appearance for a knightly charge.
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