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  1. A_Cornered_Wolf

    Atwood's 'The Handmaid’s Tale' on Hulu

    While I've heard good things about this show, every time I go to watch it the premise is the sticking point keeping me from doing so. Do they ever explain how a country with actual constitutional provisions against becoming a Theocracy, and a large, religiously diverse military sworn to protect said constitution first and foremost, becomes the state of Gilead? Or do we just accept it at face value because Dystopia?
  2. A_Cornered_Wolf

    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    I know it is probably too soonTM for most of us, but... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZguKX7diEGY
  3. A_Cornered_Wolf

    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Its ambigious. I don't think we see Lancel and Cersei on screen together in a bedroom until after Robert's death. But some of the scenes between Lancel and Tyrion at least imply he was sleeping with her before Robert's death.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Agreed. It is almost a necessity in any system based on male primogeniture to minimize succession issues and the conflict that comes with it.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    While it may not have been explicitly stated in dialogue directly that,"A queen's adultery is treason," the actions of various characters treat it as so, from Jaime and Cersei themselves, to Ned and you can even see it in Robb's speech to Jamie at the beginning of season 2. Its one of those show don't tell things. Some while not explicitly stated as 'treason' it is clearly a crime with dire consequences. I also think you are bringing in modern concepts of separation of church and state which don't really apply to a culture based on feudal Europe. Remember that whole 'crime against an ordained King is a crime against God' concept?
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Stannis did tell her to do her 'duty'. Which should be the magic word to remind her she needs to help Sansa more than off Stannis. But who knows, maybe she'll get to have her cake and carve it too.
  7. A_Cornered_Wolf

    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    That was some fine Lannister-Bolton fan fiction I watched tonight.
  8. A_Cornered_Wolf

    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    We should trust you because you are into burning peasants, eh?
  9. A_Cornered_Wolf

    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    And an unbeliever with kingsblood that his Northern forces would probably cheer if she burned after what the Greyjoys did.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Okay. Ya got me with that ad hominem attack. Gratz.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Apparently it is: http://www.practicalsurvivor.com/basiccoldweathersurvival Those were experienced people using modern equipment that had issues getting a fire started in cold weather.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    It is not a minor point as it is the catalyst for Stannis's decision. Picking up fire on site, as you put it, requires time and interacting with Stannis's troops, who are likely to raise an alarm. Unless we think fires are going to be left unattended, in a snowstorm.... where people are going to be freezing. Any source of fire would probably be used to warm people and any decently disciplined force (which hasn't picked up new recruits for months now) isn't going to welcome new faces cause Ramsey.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    So 10 pair of two men in ten different places, all of which are critical to the encampment and should be well guarded, have the time to douse supplies in a liquid catalyst and start a fire in sub-zero temperature with snowfall without being noticed. Do we have 10 sets of sleeping guards. Did they carry the fire with them into the camp, because they don't have lighters or matches? No one would notice ten sets of guys wandering into the camp from the outer perimeter with torches? In a camp run by supposedly one of the most experienced and disciplined commanders in Westeros? Starting fires in cold, particularly on substances that have been seeped in snow or ice, is very hard. The physics don't support it. It is a glaring plot hole.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Stannis burning Shireen in the books is ludicrous. In order to do so has to win the Battle of Winterfell, and once he does his plan is to push South. I suppose something could force him to march back to Castle Black for the purpose of burning Shireen, but that would necessitate a threat at the Wall her burning would counteract. In which case Mel and Selyse would almost certainly do it before he gets there. Its logistically difficult if not impossible.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP509 Discussion

    Welp, I hate to admit it but D&D pretty much outed themselves as shock artists. I wasn't happy with Sansa taking on Jeyne Poole's role but there is a valid story economy argument there. There is none for having Stannis burn her instead of having Mel do it at the Wall. Hell, they even had Jon away from the Wall so he couldn't have stopped it.
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