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  2. Tywin et al.

    U.S. Politics: Huff and Puff the Socialism away

    She's too young and is thus ineligible. Seriously though, can we stop crowning people with very little experience? We're seeing the ramifications of not doing so every damn day.
  3. Apoplexy

    Jaime is Destined to be Horribly Disfigured.

    I'm not saying it wasn't murder. I'm saying I don't blame Jaime for this particular murder. That's my point, aerys not have been treated even if Jaime didn't kill him. He would've been killed regardless, since people don't understand mental illness in that universe. So it didn't matter who did it.I Plus, I can't say he was mentally ill, since I cannot make that determination without examining him. Which is impossible. How can he leave the call to the children? Can they decide if Jaime tells them the truth about their heritage. If you are saying that Jaime has decided to make it public without asking the children, he hasnt. He has only decided to tell them. Your definition of love is irrelevant as well. There is no universal definition of love. Which is why I've said before, this is a subjective issue. I'm not saying jealous people cannot be in love. I'm talking about Jaime specifically. I'm saying he likely doesn't love Cersei after being betrayed by her. I'm clarifying now. I just didn't say it clear enough the last time. We don't know if he wanted to marry her then. But he definitely wanted her as a domestic partner. Only Cersei wanted to be queen, which Jaime couldn't make her. I base this on the fact that Cersei is selfish, and wants power, which Jaime couldn't give her. Feel free to disagree. There is no way to settle this since it didn't happen. I disagree because I don't believe cersei woulve married Jaime if she could. She wanted power, which Jaime could never give her. I'm not saying Cersei loved rhaegar. She just wanted to use him to get power and fame. And except Cersei didn't want to avoid marriage then. She wanted to marry to gain power.
  4. Tywin et al.

    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    Idk how anyone could have guessed that.
  5. Tywin et al.

    Laptop Advice

    So tis the season for shopping and I badly need a new laptop. I have a six year old HP i5 right now and it's nearing the end. I'm fairly tech savvy once I have the computer in front of me, but I'm not all that up to date on the specs I need to look for. I know I need to look for an i7, preferably with a larger screen that has as high a GB count as I can get , but after that I'm somewhat clueless. I know I don't want a 2 in 1. Most people I've spoken to say they rarely use the tablet feature. The main purposes I need it for are work and going back to grad/law school, but I also would like one that can run the occasional modern game. There are no cost limits, but I doubt I'm dropping $3,000 on the first Apple i9 options. Hivemind, I need your thoughts (but not your prayers).
  6. redriver

    Synonym for marksman or horseman that starts with 'm'

    Starts with an m. I have it! Peacekeepers.
  7. Yesterday
  8. If we do end on that moment then I think our view into it will be restricted to the perspective of Holden or similar, the other perspectives wouldn't come in until S5.
  9. I told you my theory. Every bad action Jaime takes, you excuse it because an oath Jaime didn't even care or put to action until it suited him or after one of his whims. Because he didn't, he wasn't sure, then tphe outright thinks Tyrion lied to him and only after Lancel comes clean he believes. He wanted to capture Blackfish, so his oath stopped mattering. A weird way of bluffing, when you totally mean your thoughts have Jaime. Jaime wouldn't have killed Arya because he wanted her dead, he would kill her because Cersei wanted her dead.
  10. Lord Varys

    On Janos Slynt

    I don't recall asking you about that, did I ;-)? Mance betrayed and turned his back on his friends long before he tried to save some new friends of his - and he never actually asked his old friends whether they would allow his new friends to pass through the Wall, did he? As I said, that turncloak scumbag actually sat in Winterfell with Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon - and did he tell him about the plight of his people? About the bad situation they were in? That they needed help against the enemies of mankind? No, he did not. I don't understand why he didn't do that but he did not. He also never made any attempts to tell Mormont or Qhorin or any of his other old friends what was going on. [And I'm aware that revealing himself at Winterfell may have meant his death but being there he could have taken some wildlings with him who were not turncloak scumbags and who could have approached Ned or Benjen or Robert. That he did not reflects very badly on him. The only sense I can make of that weirdo personal issues of his meant more to him than the safety of his people.] Attacking the Watch and depleting its strength and destroying the gates in the Wall itself all played in the hands of the Others. Regardless whether Mance knew it or not - he was the greatest ally of the Others which is likely also the reason why the Others allowed him to marshal his army in the first place. They only attacked the Watch at the Fist, they never made an attempt to take down Mance's host - likely because the Others knew their attack on the Wall would profit them, too.
  11. IlyaP

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I've been stuck on this for a year now. Am at the point in the book where Simon's found a rather famous "prisoner". Struggling to understand why the book isn't working for me. I suspect, probably, that it's the font, of all things, that's really causing me problems. The font is very blotchy, and thankfully serif-based, but I get *constant* eyestrain from reading it. (Daw edition with the green-tinted wrap-around cover.)
  12. Lord Varys

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Sure, there might also be a pandemic up at the Wall/in the North. And it might be the Others who unleash the plague/awaken it in Shireen. Perhaps Patches is going to do that somehow if he has been touched by evil forces. That sounds like show-based fan fiction. I don't buy for a moment that the Others are not the final climax of the book series. It is A Song of Ice and Fire not Game of Thrones. The ultimate theme is not mundane politics - it was in the show but it won't be in the books. In fact, GoT was conceived as a show adapting ASoIaF with downplaying/ignoring most magical/fantasy elements. I mean, just think how little the story moved in ADwD or ASoS. There is no chance at all that the Others are going to be defeated in passing in the middle of a book and we then get some other political plot line. There might be some sort of wrapping up after that, some sort of last betrayal, some sort of backstabbing, some sort of surprising vengeance, etc. but no new conflict. For that I see no indication. In fact, I think we'll get an explanation for the freak seasons and if they have anything to do with the Others they will revert back to normal, i.e. to how they are in our world. I expect them to get this far, too, but if they do they cannot advance this far just in two books (or rather: 1-1 1/2 books). At this point they haven't yet made an attempt on the Wall, and it is not very likely that they will just breach the Wall with no buildup - we do have the entire Stannis-Shireen plot, the Hardhome plot, the Nightfort plot, the Horn of Winter plot. All those have to play out at the Wall before the Others can make their final move. And they have no need to rush things. They will take their time. And once they have crossed the Wall they will also not just race down south for no reason. They are quite methodically and they are in no rush. They would spread out and first take over the entire North before they push through the Neck which is likely going to be major line of defense for the living after the Wall has fallen.
  13. Apoplexy

    Jaime is Destined to be Horribly Disfigured.

    If so, why try to sound like a misunderstood hero for her then? She wouldn't believe him. I don't know what you mean. Please elaborate. Yes, he believed tyrion's words. Why would he not? Explain this in context to the blackfish. I don't understand what your point is. Yes, he was bluffing. I don't think he would've killed arya. Because Jaime was never cruel for the sake of cruelty.
  14. The Marquis de Leech

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    The stuff on page 48: Get rid of Fixed Term Parliament Act. Update parliamentary boundaries to ensure votes count the same. Support First Past the Post. Voter ID. Voting age of 18. Not proceed with second stage of Leveson Inquiry. Look at relationship between Parliament and the courts. Update the Human Rights Act. The only truly disturbing element of that is (4), which is straight from the US Republican playbook. I disagree with (3) and (6), and I'm not sure how they manage (2) while still keeping the Isle of Wight, the Western Isles, and Orkney and Shetland as unique constituencies. (1) undoes constitutional vandalism, I agree with (5), and given the behaviour of the courts, I think (7) and (8) is warranted.
  15. norwaywolf123

    New POVS?

    Are there any characters that has not been given a POV, that you think will get a POV? If you could chose, which character POV interest you the most?
  16. I'm still feeling Andrew Yang, but the idea of a Sanders/Cortez ticket makes me salivate. I probably could have used less gross language to describe my feelings there...
  17. kissdbyfire

    On Janos Slynt

    If my so-called friends were a bunch of xenophobic bigoted arseholes who would deny me and thousands more passage into a safe[r] place, they probably wouldn’t be my friends in the first place. But I’ll answer your question, for argument’s sake: damn straight I would.
  18. Tywin et al.

    How did you pick your screen name?

    Now how you got hooked on snake venom makes all the sense in the world.
  19. Kalbear

    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    It's perfectly enjoyable, just like rebels is. But it's not much more than that. I'm very excited for expanse, I'm eagerly awaiting each ep of watchmen, but I won't be super sad when this stops showing. Its. Fine.
  20. Tywin et al.

    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    I'm surprised by all the hate. I found the first four episodes to be enjoyable. I guess that's what you get when you get between Star Wars fans and unrealistic expectations.
  21. Lord Varys

    Jaime is Destined to be Horribly Disfigured.

    This is no disagreement. It was murder, that's just a fact. He has some of those symptoms - even if he was suffering from some other fantasy mental illness he clearly was sick and should have been treated for that instead of being murdered. He thinks about how Myrcelle will feel in relation to decision he has already made. He does not intend to leave it to her and Tommen whether the world would learn the truth or not. That's his call. Your private definition of love is irrelevant to the topic at hand. We do have factual descriptions of the feelings of those people and they all prove they are in love. It is also completely wrong on your part to assume that people who are jealous (which Jaime clearly is in AFfC and ADwD) cannot also be in love. That's not what you said. You spoke about domestic life in general, not specifically with Cersei. We know he joined the KG for Cersei, but whether he had any intention of marrying her back then we don't know at that point. Might be that his desire to marry her came much later, after he returned lacking a hand. There is no indication he bothered Cersei with plans like that earlier. If he had been serious about any of that they could have run away together at the age of fifteen. There is no basis for this because there is no basis to properly assess Cersei's character in a scenario where she was married to Jaime happily and with the blessing of all of Westeros at the age of, say, fifteen. Sure, Cersei has her dark traits as does self-involved, narcissistic Jaime, but neither of them would have ruined the life or the other or been a miserable parent if they had gotten what they wanted all the time - which they would have if they ruled the West as Lord and Lady of Casterly Rock after Tywin's death. The idea to pretend the AFfC-Cersei (or even the AGoT-Cersei) would be the same as a Cersei who was happily married to Jaime for nearly twenty years makes no sense. Cersei is merely more dutiful than Jaime. She knows her role in the dynastic game and accepted that. Jaime did not. Both of them definitely are also jealous, but it is ridiculous to assume Cersei ever 'loved' Rhaegar. She barely met the man and was ten years old when the marriage fell through. She loved him as much as Sansa loved Loras or Joffrey, or as much as Jeyne loved Beric Dondarrion. Not to mention that this was at a time when she and Jaime didn't yet have a proper romantic or sexual relationship. It is also quite clear that the incest love thing would cause friction and jealousy if the lovers cannot possibly marry each other. Jaime had ways to avoid being forced into a marriage. Cersei did not. But that's not her fault.
  22. BlackLightning

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    It's also good to remember Shireen and Val's warning. Greyscale only sleeps and before long, it will awaken again. For all we know, greyscale might not become a problem until AFTER the Others are dealt with. The last quarter of A Dream of Spring could depict the (short, ill-fated) reign of Jon and Daenerys, the possible deterioration of their relationship and Bran's rise to preeminence against the backdrop of the greyscale epidemic. And to be honest, I don't think there is any indication that winter will end with the Others' defeat. Actually, I expect that the coming Long Night will be the last Long Night but that they will have to endure an millennial ice age. In other words, these next two books will have be huge. Especially A Dream of Spring which I suspect will be structured like A Storm of Swords. The true climax of A Storm of Swords occurs after the Red Wedding beginning with the Purple Wedding and ending with Lysa's death. I suspect the true climax of A Dream of Spring will also occur after the Others are defeated/routed/depowered. That said, the Others will likely make it to the Trident (or rather, Harrenhal) before they are put down.
  23. James Steller

    Can the Iron Bank be with financial problems?

    If Braavos is going to hypocritically turn its back on its legacy of abolishing slavery, then they deserve to fall.
  24. Tywin et al.

    Fantasy Football 2019

    Woe is me. Made the playoffs in three of my five leagues including the money league, but I am a noticeable underdog in all three games and my depth is completely shot. That's what I get for hunting for AB and Green in every league. Blah!
  25. Theda Baratheon

    How did you pick your screen name?

    I had a pic of Theda Bara and I think at one point was called Norma Bara after Norma Demond and Theda Bara and Bronn Stone offered “Theda Baratheon” as a play on Theda Bara and Baratheon and it was perfect and I loved it !! Never changed since
  26. Varysblackfyre321

    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    No offense dude, but I think you should probably read it yourself. From what I saw...yes quite frankly, with the promise of ”updating” how Parliament and the courts Interact with The government in some vague way, an implication to freeing up LE to better combat terrorism and Organized crime. it does seem to be recipe for disaster and something people are genuinely concerned with protecting Democracy and the will of the peoples should be disgusted by. You don't have to like the majority of political figures in Parliament to recognize it’s bad for the PM to just shut Parliament down by simple virtue of it not moving in a way he wants. It really shouldn't surprise anyone, however. Johnson is a guy who explicitly waxed nostalgically about British colonialism. Honestly expecting him to show any genuine respect towards Democracy is absurd.
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