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  2. The Young Maester

    Denethoring the Lannisters

    It seems that Martin isn’t very knowledgeable on both strategy and logistics or that he didn’t want to bother much into it. Maybe he knew that feeding an army of 90k would be a logistical nightmare and nearly impossible whilst on land. But decided to ignore it for story purposes. The battles Tolkien wrote are better than martins. So it might just be that Tolkien is the better author when writing Warfare (which involves the logistic side of it). I am re-reading the book trilogy since I haven’t red them in like a long time, so I might be wrong. Also the fact that Tolkien served in ww1 could’ve given him more insight in the horrors of war and maybe made him go more into detail when writing medieval warfare (like studying more about medieval history). Red Wedding was a masterpiece, Martin showed us that not all wars are ended by the sword.
  3. larrytheimp

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I *think* we remember
  4. Elegant Woes

    The Red Wedding Was Justified.

    Under no circumstances is the Red Wedding justified - no matter who is the perpetrator or the victim. Guest right is an ancient and sacred tradition in Westeros and by violating it Tywin committed a huge war crime. The modern day equivalent of that is someone violating the universal declaration of human rights.
  5. HelenaExMachina

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I actually think that's kind of sweet. The watching bit sounds a bit creepy but I think that is just the kind of things that sounds worse than it is - I mean we all people watch surely, and I guess that is what he does with his day. I suspect he is just a bit lonely and wants to make an acquaintance
  6. 867-5309

    Why couldn't Robb send a team to retrieve Sansa?

    The Starks do not have a Barristan Selmy who can enter a castle and retrieve his king. Besides, Sansa and Arya are nowhere near as valuable as King Aerys was. They were just children of a noble who is in rebellion.
  7. 867-5309

    What now?

    GRRM is very possessive of his story. I can see him choosing to let the story go unfinished rather than allowing another writer to finish the series from his notes.
  8. HelenaExMachina

    What are things you do for self-care?

    Polishing your stabbing armour polishes your mental armour, who knew (actually does sound really interesting though)
  9. Nagini's Neville

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Nah, it's not the Disney version, but have you seen La Belle et la Bete (1946) from Cocteau? It's exactly like that. (and also pretty close to the original fairytale from Gabrielle-Suzanne de Vielleneuve) I don't think I romanticize him. I think he was abusive towards Sansa and Ayra (but GRRM gives us reasons for that) and he is also not among my 9 favorite characters, but Sansa and Arya are and you just don't get around Sandor, if you reread their chapters a lot. So I think I'm able to be relatively objective, when I'm analyzing his character and I totally understand, why ppl wouldn't like him, I'm not upset about that or anything. George was surprised, that ppl thought he was hot because he is supposed to be the beast on the outside and also partly on the inside and the beast is not suppose to be hot, because he is a beast. There is the difference between the disney version and the og version. The og beast is not attractive (but downright ugly and repulsive), because he is a beast. Not being attractive, scary, creepy and violent is the point of his character. Google early images of the og fairytale la belle et la bete- they are scary But GRRM gave him too many likable and redeemable qualities, because, I guess, in the end he wants readers to be able to somehow forgive him (even though not everyone will be able to of course). And it doesn't help that this world is full of way worse monsters, than the Hound. But it's not just women romanticizing him, men do it just as much. A lot of ppl seeing him as an anti-hero, which i personally don't do at all. About the dying words... I'm sure you had debates about that already, I dunno? So now that you bring it up, I guess I'll give my analysis as well So here we have the quote: He made a queer sound, and it took her a moment to realize he was sobbing. “And the little bird, your pretty sister, I stood there in my white cloak and let them beat her. I took the bloody song, she never gave it. I meant to take her too. I should have. I should have fucked her bloody and ripped her heart out before leaving her for that dwarf.” Why do you think he wanted to rape her, but not to kill her? He says he should have ripped her heart out, too. (For some reason ppl always leave that out) Because it just doesn't makes any sense content- wise, does it? Why would he cry about "letting them beat her", why would that upset him so much, when he wanted to kill her? Also what would Tyrion do with a dead Sansa? Content-wise that doesn't make any sense at all. When he says "I meant to take her too. I should have" this could mean rape or he should have taken her with him out of the city. So when we look at the scene in question are there any clues about what he actually intended? He for sure acts very violently and he does assault her, he just doesn't sexually assault her. As much as ppl might feel like that's the case, at no point is there any evidence that he ever intended to rape her. There are however clues, that he wanted to take her with him out of the city. Going, yes.” “Where will you go?” “Away from here. Away from the fires. Go out the Iron Gate, I suppose. North somewhere, anywhere.” “I could keep you safe,” he rasped. “They’re all afraid of me. No one would hurt you again, or I’d kill them.” He can't keep her save, if she's not coming with him. So imo, when he says "I meant to take her too. I should have" he means with him out of the city. His initial intention was to take her out of the city and now he thinks he should have done that. So in the next sentence he says, what he should have done before leaving her there. He should have done the most horrible thing imaginable, that could ever happen to her in this world (the person, he was just crying about not being able to protect better) - meaning he should have never in a million years left her there. Of course he says all that in very violent and horrible way and I can totally understand, that readers are repulsed and upset about it. But violence is a big part of how he communicates. He is desensitized by violence and it is also the thing he understands best, what was done and taught to him the most, what he relates to the most. Does that mean he really always wants to inflict that violence, that he threatens on others? We have numerous examples that show us otherwise. So many times he threatens violence on Arya. Right before his "death", he tells her: “I’d skin you alive for a cup of wine, girl.” other examples: “But if you’re stupid enough to try again, I’ll hurt you.” “The next time you say that name I’ll beat you so bad you’ll wish I killed you.” When Sandor Clegane shouted at her to get back inside before he beat her bloody, “But I’ll beat you if you make me. If I had any sense I’d give you to the silent sisters. They cut the tongues out of girls who talk too much.” "Now be quiet, or I’ll cut your tongue out myself and save the silent sisters the bother." But he still never beats her, even though he is under a lot of pressure and Ayra is doing whatever she can to sabotage his plans. Yoren on the other hand does beat her. He threatens Sansa a lot as well. This is the way of communication he trusts. He doesn't trust people, but he knows, when he threatens them, they'll for sure do whatever he tells them to. This likely happens on a subconscious level. His behavior is of course abusive especially by our standards, but we have to remember that this is a guy, who has probably more than one psychological disorder caused by severe childhood trauma. He didn't physically hurt Sansa, even though he was drunk, drunk on battle and was experiencing an acute episode of PTSD. That actually says a lot and I think, Sansa, who understands the complexity of the Hound's character better then she is often given credit for, recognizes this afterwards as well. Now he is still abusive and Sansa and Arya shouldn't be exposed to that kind of behavior. That's why he has to "die" and get intensive therapy, for there to ever be the possibility for a positive, productive relationship between him and the Stark sisters.
  10. HelenaExMachina

    Sony's Marvel Universe (Spiderman+Venom+Morbius)

    He's, an ogre Spider, AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!
  11. The Marquis de Leech

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    All Blacks v. England is going to be fascinating.
  12. I think this is a good reading of it all. His long-term plans do not survive contact with the enemy, so he improvises and does everything he can to manage the transition as deliberately as he can. He strives to appear to be in control at all time, but he's clever enough to know that he's still dealing with people and that a network of control is hard to maintain.
  13. HelenaExMachina

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Watching The Laundromat. Big name cast and its holding my interest so far. Steep bringing her A game and not just phoning it in
  14. frenin

    What should Robert had done with Reach

    What Robert did was just fine, a war with the Reach only would be pointless and would fill the Reach with nostalgics, Robert had to win them over not attaint or killing them.
  15. Jeor

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Yes, these first two quarterfinals (especially Ireland vs ABs) have not been as close as I'd hoped. Wales/France could be a rout as well, although if France's best side turns up then they could make it a barnstorming match. South Africa should take care of Japan.
  16. honeyed chicken

    Pictionary 45: The Last Time I Went Camping

    I'll wait one more day then I'm calling a sub.
  17. Consigliere

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Disappointing effort from Ireland. This has turned into a rout.
  18. Travis

    Harrenhal's tourney, then what?

    I don't think we will get those details in Winds, but we will in F&B ll. Sort of in a "this source may or may not be reliable" kind of way.
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  20. Agreed. It changes his character quite a bit. All three boys are the same age and stage of life when they set out. Marriage changes your perspective in life. Having Perrin a young widower makes his journey one of grief and possibly revenge driven, not just fear, survival, and uncertainty. I try not to be judgey before seeing a single frame of the show, but I hope this is an unfounded rumor.
  21. Davrum

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    When the AB's have had some underwhelming performances in the last wee while there were whispers that was because Steve Hansen and the lads weren't letting it all go ... they were keeping their powder dry for when it really mattered. Starting to get real easy to believe that was the case all along.
  22. Davrum

    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    Oh heck yes. I meeeean, The Mandalorian. Kenobi. Cassian Andor. Etc. I'm doing my Clone Wars 1-episode-per-day re-watch using my brother's blu-rays though, it's not on Netflix anymore. In the past I've done multiple eps per day and it was fun in that pig-out kind of way, but what I've found so far on this 1-per-day mission is I get so much more out of each episode when I leave some breathing space between them, especially supplementing them with a good, thoughtful podcast, like Jaig Eyes and Jedis.
  23. Inkdaub

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    This guy with the note should have left out the part about 'watching you leave and come back' and all that. Maybe he's a harmless guy that wants to be neighborly but is socially awkward. I always feel a little odd about adults leaving notes, though. I've had a couple of crazy people leave me notes so maybe that's why. What sort of vibe do you get from this guy?
  24. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    The police have asked us to squish up a bit because we are blocking the roads -duh.
  25. Still missing a few, so I'm going to wait a few more hours until this evening. I'll start posting around 6pm BST. Applies to the bonus round as well, so I can post everything together. I just want to double check that no one is having trouble sending me PMs.
  26. Mindwalker

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Have a nice march! Am I the only one who's a bit skeptical about the UK enforcing EU customs?
  27. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Good half from New Zealand, they've taken their chances well and pretty much had the game won after about 30 minutes. On the other hand it's been an absolutely terrible performance from Ireland continuing their 2019 form. They've shown they can beat the All Blacks but to do they need to keep their error count low and squeeze them out of the game. They've done pretty much the opposite of that and the number of soft errors they're making is making it fairly easy for New Zealand. I think Ireland's performances at the World Cup are going to end up being a bit of a black mark on Schmidt's tenure as coach.
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