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    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    I missed that. So with the Others gone, the planet gets regular old winters like any dull old dirtball? Damn the Children of the Forest messed up in more ways than one.
  2. The buddy-backing and nepotism is strong in Neusteros.
  3. Not really. I might still have some quibbles about the coming books, but the show is the show and the books are the books.
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    The Six Kingdoms

    Roman democracy was essentially an oligarchy, even at its best times. Elective kingship has tended to go hand in hand with weak kingship, barring the occasional king that manages to maneuvre actual power out of a position that a lot of the nobles that elect him would prefer to have as little power over them as possible. It can be relatively stable, as things go - at least if the "constitutional" base for it is widely accepted - but also quite inefficient. The medievalesque technological development of Westeros doesn't really make it possible to have actual democracy. The continent is simply too large. Universal suffrage tended to be constrained by property or wealth qualifications even in the early-to-mid 19th century, and even those voters, with vastly more pocket money for travel (and pocket money for paying someone to run their farms for them) would often be hindered from attending elections by weather, flooding, accidents, et cetera. At the "moment" Westeros is rather tired of war, so perhaps Bran can establish some sort of order early, especially as he has his own creature at the top in the Reach (and the Stormlands?) and the support of the now-not-a-subsidiary-kingdom North through sis. But in the future, it seems likely that the electoral kingship will remain rather inefficient as the great lords and ladies elect the least threatening kings they can get their hands on. This will likely mean more internal strife, especially between hereditary enemies such as the Reach, Stormlands and Dorne, piratical ambitions from the Iron Isles, and eventually (either through an alliance of great houses or a strong king that can wrangle power out of his position) attempts to reconquer the North.
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    Game of Thrones legacy

    We'll see, but I am guessing they will fail or succeed on their own merit. Entirely, since they do not have the books to build on. Unless they do relatively recent events the world is open enough for the writers to have quite a bit of wiggle room, as GRRM does not seem like he enjoys constraining writers too much, the usual problem with "owned-world literature".
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    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    Previous attempts at exploring the Sunset Sea have probably failed because of their lack of face-changing assassins. I wish her luck. Those krakens won't know what stabbed them in the ink sack.
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    A time for wolves

    Summer king Bran and mythic warrior queen Arya I can't really see, no But I will give you Ghost John and Lady Sansa.
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    Discussion of the real world history behing ASOIAF

    Since it got necroed... If you read "The Accursed Kings" books by french novelist and Academy (francaise) member Maurice Druon, you'll find a lot of not only Westeros, but a variation of the character gallery in there. And Martin has stated flat-out that he loves Druon (he got the final books of the AK translated, so I finally could read the damn things without a thesaurus and my atrocious french). Even the layout of the Who's Who sections of ASoIaF closely resembles that of the AK series.
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    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    I have always felt most stories are about the journey
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    Have people given up all hope?

    She's way ahead of daddy in the personal grooming department, though:
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    So what happens to Drogon?

    That was the implication, but when random dockside prostitute's daughter or blacksmith's bastard can be a dragonseed, the net seems to be pretty big
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    So what happens to Drogon?

    It happened during the Dance of the Dragons (Targaryen Civil War). The faction holding Dragonstone had too few riders and more or less held a dragontamer contest. With a high rate of attrition. And mixed final results, but they found riders even for the wild dragons.
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    Imagine Cersei winning

    I'm in.
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    Thank you for this journey

    This is a bit like those 5-star reviews on goodreads that appear weeks before the book is actually released, but I had a lot of fun with the first 4-5 seasons and it is not like I dislike absolutely everything about season 6-8.
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    Great battle plan! Dubious tactics discussion.

    With that analogue, have to remember that the 1916 wave attacks were not the ideal plan. When the war started, the generals aimed for a more mobile form of warfare, and indeed, the germans achieved this, for a while, to the extent that the taxis of Paris were pressed into service to ferry troops to the front. It was only when the trenches eventually froze all along the border, after endless attempts at flanking, that they had to adapt to the new situation. Their solutions did not work, but they were born of a desire to attempt to break the deadlock. Most of the suggestions people here make for a more intelligent battle plan are based in exisiting tactics and strategies that would be the go-to solution for a high to late medieval commander, which after all is what Westerosi warfare is based on.