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  1. Was it you who deleted all my posts in the Bechdel test thread?  If so, could you please explain why?

    Thank you.

    1. ChillyPolly


      Okay.  Don't explain.  I'll just draw my own conclusions.  You're an almight Mod, and I'm a peon.  Just treat me like the scum you clearly think I am. 

      I'll continue to post a while, if you don't mind, and watch and see which posts get deleted.  Inevitably, if it continues, I'll get tired of that and stop posting.  And perhaps I shall conclude that was precisely your intent.

  2. So you agree with me that they are setup chapters. I never said it was a "bad thing". That was entirely your invention. You are in full agreement with what I actually said. Yes?
  3. Actually, I just said "setup". You seem to agree with me.
  4. There is a possible aspect to this that I have not seen mentioned. It's not merely that LF understands the law of supply and demand and nobody else does. It's not merely that LF realizes that winter is coming and nobody else does. I presume there are plenty of other merchants in the Vale who realize and understand these things. I think LF may realize that more war and destruction are coming. Hence, he anticipates reduced supply beyond that which other merchants anticipate.
  5. I think that's mostly just me arguing for UnBrienne. Her shouting "sword" cuts both ways. Your theory is that it sets up her getting cut down and surviving. My theory is that it sets up yet another subplot about the Red God's revenants being driven by their oaths. The reasons for her looking like shit can cut both ways as well, obviously. Your theory is that her oath to kill Jaime is making her miserable; my theory is that her loss of humanity make her apparent intentions more plausible. But it does not much matter for our purposes. Alive or undead, we have this whole unresolved subplot about her hunt for Sansa, nothing stops her from appearing at Sansa's tournament in a guise we won't necessarily recognize. Nothing stops her from appearing in the guise of a man. Very little prevents her from appearing in the guise of "the Hound". She was last seen in the vicinity of Sandor's old helm, and then using false tales of Sandor to deceive Jaime.
  6. I think a lot of people underestimate the skill required to take on multiple opponents at a time and win. That really is a remarkable achievement, even when the opponents are significantly inferior in skill.
  7. I think you're wrong about the "taller" part. Brienne is about 6'8" or 6'9" (4" taller than Renly who in turn is nearly as tall as Robert who is 6'6"). Unless I missed something, I don't think we have any indication that Rorge is nearly that tall.
  8. No. I'm not interested in a "who is better" argument. Sorry. I merely said that Brienne was a top-tier fighter ... one who could show up at a tournament and plausibly make a good showing. Yes, I know you REALLY REALLY want to think that your man Jaime is better, but I don't care if he is or not, and I don't think the books resolve the issue. Brienne is VERY VERY good. She is good enough to be accepted into Renly's kingsguard despite her sex. She is someone who can plausibly go toe-to-toe with other top-tier fighters, and possibly even beat them. Whether she defeats them or not will depend on circumstances (whether "unfair" or not), and the circumstances are up to GRRM. Brienne never fought Sandor at all. The only "Hound" she ever fought was Rorge. You are confusing the books with the show.
  9. (1) This is fantasy. Jaime may get himself a new hand. This has already been set up with: the healing of his hand by the occultist Qyburn; him receiving hand made of gold (but not animated ... yet); his rejection of the Faith of the Seven because they would not give him a new hand; the prophesy of the valonqar strangling Cersei with its HANDS; Bonifers warning to Jaime about revenants; and his rendezvous with the forces of darkness in the form of the revenant UnBrienne. (2) Brienne is obviously a top tier fighter. I don't see the point of quibbling about how many other top-tier fighters we have observed her defeat first hand. One (Loras) is enough to prove this. And when she fought Jaime they were BOTH at a disadvantage, seeing as she was trying NOT to kill him. (3) Right. Sandor hasn't been mentioned since he was last mentioned .... yet. I don't think this means his arc is over. (4) No, we don't know that Brienne is "alive" in the full and proper sense. I think she is now a revenant and a monster. But that won't necessarily prevent her from showing up at a tournament.
  10. LS did use the term "kingslayer". The word Brienne shouted ("sword") represented the oath LS demanded of her ("take the sword and kill the kingslayer"). And yes, this does echo her earlier oath to take a different sword (Renly's) and kill a different kingslayer (Stannis).
  11. I not sure why we should assume the dagger detail will be significant. I mean, if Harry is going to die, how do you know he will not be strangled to death with Myrrish lace?
  12. You're getting too far ahead of me. I'm willing to consider the possibility that Harry may die at the tournament ... but anything beyond that - such as the weapon used and who-if-anyone gets framed for the killing - is just too much speculation. Unless you know something I don't.
  13. My suspicion is that Loras and his magician relatives are involved in a scheme to wake stone dragons (ie. cure dragons preserved in a state of advanced greyscale) with the aid of blood magic and human sacrifice. But I expect they will have nothing to do with the Vale for a while. But that's just a theory. Since I really have no idea what Loras is up to, and since I think he is probably up to something, I really cannot rule out the possibility that he will turn up in the Vale.
  14. Dunno what you mean by "fall guy". But all the recently-introduced minor characters currently being set up as favorites (Lyn Corbray, et al) are probably going to go down in flames before it is all done.
  15. I have no idea what you are talking about. Brienne and Jaime are not currenly with the BWB. The last we saw of them, they were together, in the Riverlands. Perhaps it is you who missed a chapter. Yes, I know LS leads the BWB. But the last we saw of Brienne and Jaime, they were not with LS either. Brienne (whether alive or undead) has obviously either escaped from the BWB/LS, or been released by the BWB/LS, or been sent on a mission from the BWB/LS. We do not know because GRRM has DELIBERATELY failed to tell us what happened in the interim. Other than "take the sword and kill the kingslayer", we do not know what that mission is or was. Even if there is a mission other than "kill Jaime", there is no reason for her to return to BWB/LS prior to the accomplishment of that mission, or even after its accomplishment. Hence, she (whether alive or Undead) may be in the Vale, either on a mission from the BWB/LS, or in an attempt to escape the BWB/LS, or doing her own thing. The Elder Brother's reasons for healing Sandor are obvious. His reasons for hiding Sandor are equally obvious. Anyone who failed to pick up on these reasons, has no particular reason to believe Sandor alive, since it is not something we are directly told. I never said I knew exactly what Sandor is going to do next, or what his long-term purpose in the story will be.
  16. It would be closer to the truth to say she has already killed too many Freys. I don't agree that Stoneheart's purpose in the plot is to kill exactly the right number of Freys or to kill Freys alone. She has become a monster. And though it's possible, it would be odd if she left the story without any of the 6 main characters (Arya Sansa Dany Bran Jon Tyrion) meeting her. I see no reason to accept this. I know of no indication that there will be an encounter between Jaime, Brienne and the BWB. Assuming one does occur, I see no basis for the assumption that it will occur BEFORE Brienne or Jaime do other things (like attend the Vale tournament). Assuming even this, I see no reason why we cannot find out about these things when one or other of the 6 main characters (Arya Sansa Dany Bran Jon Tyrion) get filled in. Huh? I thought the Elder Brother explained the situation well enough. What would you have done, if you were the Elder Brother?
  17. Turning to the Blackfish - if he showed up at the Tournament, would Sansa know him well enough to recognize him? Jaime did make a comment implying the Blackfish is an excellent swordsman.
  18. Well, I'm sure people will be disappointed, whatever happens. You're definitely not alone. I've heard the same idea from many people. I'm not sure I understand it myself, because I ask myself - if a reader had something against stories featuring zombie plagues, why would they read past the prologue?
  19. Thoros tells us he knew no magic. He performed a ritual, and became an instrument of forces he could not control and did not understand.
  20. Why would one assume that a single example establishes a universal rule? We have six examples of giving the kiss of fire and not dying; and one of giving it and dying. It is you who decided that this depends on whether the one giving the kiss is already a zombie, but GRRM never said so. Maybe it depends on whether the one to be raised has been dead for three days. Or perhaps it depends on the will of Rh'llor. Or ... anything else.
  21. How? Presumably by giving the kiss and not dying. It's happened before, as you admit. Obviously, Thoros is living proof that one does not necessarily die, and we don't know what the rules are. If Fire Priests can be instruments of the Red God, then why cannot Fire Zombies also be such instruments? Perhaps the Red God released UnBeric because he had no further use for him, with UnCat available as a "grimmer" replacement.
  22. Why? There are 64 people in the jousting, and the melee is open to all present, including retainers. All the mystery knight need do is get himself/herself hired before the tournament, which might not be difficult for a skilled fighter.
  23. Catelyn already gave Brienne two missions. The first was find Sansa, the second take the sword and kill the kingslayer. There is no reason to expect Catelyn to give Brienne any more missions.
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