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  2. Id presume most civil law is religious law and inherited from religious laws.
  3. Oi! The Conan films are awesome! In a super cheesy and hilarious way, but still... GoT wishes it could lick the soles of Conan’s boots.
  4. Raksha 2014

    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Given who attended the Dragonpit meeting (mostly Starks, Stark friends, relatives, allies) and what they decided, and why anyone other than Sansa listened to Tyrion, much less voted in his choice for king (To the rest of Westeros, Tyrion is the Kin-slaying regicide Imp), I'm sure that the writers didn't put much thought into the scene.
  5. We know that Gilly was probably a rape survivor; since I doubt she willingly slept with her father; and she managed to survive and eventually find love and happiness with another, kinder, man. I've always thought that Sandor's saying that he "should have fucked her bloody" were more to goad Arya into mercy-killing him than a true desire to physically damage Sansa. Did TV-Sandor sexually desire Sansa? Probably; but he did not attempt to rape her and might well have been willing to wait for sexual intercourse until she reciprocated his desire, or not tried to seduce her at all (since he might have tried to take her back to her mother and brother as a maiden). (I'm convinced that book-Sandor did have sex on his mind when he came to Sansa's room during the Battle of the Blackwater, whether or not Sansa was willing; but Sansa persuaded him not to hurt her, reaching whatever decency was within him) I hope that Sansa is able to find a husband she can respect, if not love; and enjoy being a mother of the next generation of Starks. Hopefully she will have a long and ultimately prosperous reign.
  6. That’s exactly right. Calling someone “Abe” became sort of a pvt joke to describe someone who might not be all there. I love Mel Brooks, and Young Frankenstein is absolutely brilliant, Monty Python level of brilliant! ETA: and that photo... turns out it illustrates so well what’s happened to the show, don’t you think? Even each actor’s face matches up perfectly. So Mel Brooks is even brilliant in unwittingly helping to poke fun at GoT!
  7. Nictarion

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Getting Sneaky

    Yeah, I watched it last night as well, and also found it pretty mediocre. The director (David Gordon Green) has mostly done comedies with Danny McBride, but he also did a drama with Nicholas Cage called Joe that I really liked, so I had high hopes for this, but it was pretty meh overall.
  8. R2D

    Your biggest what if?

    What if Renly had backed Stannis?
  9. The Anti-Targ

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Noob mistake, I thought Divinity: Original Sin was the first.
  10. Count Balerion

    Calling all Picts! : Pictionary 44 : A Nightmare of Spring

    @Jez Bell, please respond!
  11. The Anti-Targ

    U.S. Politics: You Didn't Think It Would Be So Easy, Did You?

    This is exactly why it's not a priority, for those who believe. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket irrespective of what puny little humans try to do. It's when Jesus comes again that there will be a big reset button pushed somewhere and the faithful few will find themselves back in the garden of Eden in blissful paradise, free from war, hunger, pollution and disease. So it's not a case of not believing in climate change, for some, climate change being real or not is not important to the fate of humanity. Of course politically you can't say climate change is irrelevant because Jesus will save the true believers, so the political rhetoric kind of has to be that climate change is a hoax, or if real is not man-made, in order to provide a non-batshit crazy rationale for opposing action. Instead rejecting science is just plain old crazy, and politically plain old crazy can work.
  12. The Winged Shadow

    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    All these washout matches don't bode well. How shit is the weather around this time at UK? What are the likelihood of lots of cancelled matches?
  13. Jaime Lannister. Although I'm not sure if the 999th or the 1000th is a more important number.
  14. The Anti-Targ

    U.S. Politics: You Didn't Think It Would Be So Easy, Did You?

    So, lead the world by example into safety, and help others to make the change. Or follow the world over the climate catastrophe cliff. If policy is going to be formulated on how much other countries are going to enrich themselves at the expense of the USA in the decades before everyone is screwed. Then we're already screwed. Theoretically the Paris climate accords were meant to hold everyone to the same expectations to do their fair share to minimize climate change. Talking about the GND as if it exists in a vacuum where no one else is obligated to do anything is just a lie.
  15. The Bard of Banefort

    GRRM on Successors

    I realize that no one wants George to extend another series, but I think the second volume of Fire and Blood could easily cover Aegon III through Daeron II and still be hundreds of pages long. Then we would be able to read more Westerosi history without spoiling Dunk and Egg. I don't expect that to happen, but I would love it if it did.
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  17. It appears to me that posters on this thread are talking about a few different things. If I understand you correctly, you don't disagree with people like darmody concerning some big problems with the writing in GoT: I maintain that this is important and fundamentally sound criticism. Some people, in this thread and elsewhere, are severely critical of D&D's efforts, finding their writing to be often poor and sometimes shoddy. Others are critical, but less severe. I belong to the former group. I believe, for example, that the ascension of Cersei Lannister to the throne and her continued hold on power is flat out ridiculous. It would almost certainly not happen in a quasi medieval world like Westeros, and certainly not in the way D&D portray it. One does not need to explain how magic works to validate this position. Another, more general, issue, is your assertion that "You cannot have sociologically driven drama in a fantasy world if the fantastic is not consistently defined." I'm not convinced of this. There are different approaches to magic in fantasy literature. Briefly, we can look at two basic ones (noting that there may be other approaches and various combinations of approaches). Magic could be a sort of alternate science, something that is part of the structure of a created world. This is true in the work of one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin. It's true in those worlds where you have colleges and academies of magic (e.g. Harry Potter). Another approach is for magic to be a wild element, something hard to explain, perhaps inexplicable. In this case, it might be something on the fringes, something out there in the mysterious east and/or the frozen north. This, I believe, is the way it's presented in GoT. Magic comes and goes in the world, or at least the world of the Seven Kingdoms. It intrudes and disrupts. This can mean different things, and matters can be handled in different ways, both by authors and by the characters they create. I'd say that your assertion is true in the former case but false in the latter.
  18. Lord Varys

    Star Trek: Picard

    I really want to see Patrick Stewart in that role again. Can't help myself. Looking really forward to this! Hope they rectify that Romulus nonsense - one can make something out of that nonsense. And Romulus is most definitely not the Romulan Empire. But the really pointless nonsense was indeed the destruction of Vulcan. I could still strangle those morons for that. One hopes they also don't ruin all the DS9 aftermath stuff. The Dominion is something one could still use, even if has been ignored for twenty years or so.
  19. Ran

    Small Questions v. 10106

    @Corvo the Crow How do you mean, vassal structure?
  20. CCRArabians

    How would you have ended it?

    I'd combine this with this youtube alt ending. NK should be the last, most important battle. And if she takes King's Landing first, it gives time to show increasing friction with 'the north', and time to show increasingly unbalanced reactions and punishments from Danaerys. And maybe even allow Bran to show some redeeming qualities or powers.
  21. Skahaz mo Kandaq

    Population of planetos after the events of ASOIAF

    It's unlikely for the Others to make it to Essos. The continent of Westeros will take the biggest loss from the Others. Most of the people will die. The deaths in Essos will come about because the slaves will fight for freedom while the masters will fight to keep them enslaved. Most of the deaths will be the masters and those who support them. Thousands of mercenaries will die.
  22. Corvinus

    Babylon 5

    Finally managed to finish the show. Season 5 was slow at first, and the emo telepath plot wasn't that interesting, especially since it pretty much fizzled out after Byron. The season got going with the Centauri/Drakh plot, and had a nice bittersweet ending. It was sad to see Londo head towards his prophesied destiny, though it was disappointing that the show's end skipped over that. I haven't seen any of the films, I wonder if any of those cover that, and also what happened to G'Kar.
  23. Lord Stackspear

    Samwell as Grand Maester

    Just another example of D&D not giving a s*** about the story any more. The only explanation is that King Bran commanded it so it is so. Yeah, that’s always the best way to kick off your reign - making exceptions to long enduring customs and rules that govern one of the oldest institutions in your kingdom all so you can have your own hand picked GM because, well, you’re king and you get what you want.
  24. Brandon was witnessed in the act of threatening to harm the Targaryens. That is a crime punishable by death. Obviously, Rickard was lured to KL because the king believed he was plotting. That is all the evidence needed for the time.
  25. Lord Varys

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    I honestly think we have to wait for TWoW to even try to guess how things are going to go down. I mean, we have no idea what Cersei/Jaime are going to do in the books. If Cersei's plot is mostly derived from Aegon's plot then what the hell is Cersei's plot going to be in the books? We have no idea. Are Cersei/Euron going to hook up in the books? I think so, in fact that was my idea for a very long time, but what is that going to accomplish? What will they do? We have no idea. The scenario at the ending makes no sense in any context (and I'm not talking about Dany being dead or Jon not becoming king, merely about the resolution in that nonsense 'council'). - Bran is going to stay in the cave - but even if he left he is not going to become 'king'. He is going to become a god among men, meaning that 'counting coppers' is not going to be something that's going to interest him. - The North's independence makes only sense if at least the Iron Islands and Dorne get their independence, too - and if that was the case, why not everybody else, too? Especially if the Iron Throne - and thus the symbol of power and unity - was destroyed? - Gendry is never going to become Lord of Storm's End. Edric Storm could, perhaps, if he returns into the story. - Arya has no reason/motivation to become a sea captain sailing west. If she leaves Westeros in the end I could see going back to Braavos - a place she seems to grow fond of in AFfC. - Sansa could end up with Winterfell, sure, but I see her more somewhere in the south (I still hope George is not going to kill Rickon). - I don't see Tyrion surviving the series or ruling as Hand in the end. He is too dark a character, and he has to pay for too many black deeds. In fact, if there is a character I expect to snap and run amok it is Tyrion. He has severe issues with himself, his family, and - very likely in the future - with a Daenerys who is not going to love him the way he loves her. The guy is jealousy incarnate - remember how he reacted to Shae so much as talking to other men... - I also have difficulty to see Jon surviving the Others thing. His return from the death will come at a price, and he will come back for a reason - and that reason won't be to become some mundane king. - I also doubt that we'll get a mundane war/burning of KL as the grand finale in the books. They might have to resolve some minor issues to deal then, but I don't see a war of conquest there. Because whoever will defeat the Others will stand united against whoever failed to support them during this enterprise. If Bran is not the king then I could see somebody who doesn't exist in the show to fill the role - a child of Aegon and Arianne, perhaps, or Aegon and Sansa (if she ended up marrying him, too), or the child of Dany and Jon (if they get a child). Could even be Aegon himself if he actually survives the series... Since I don't buy for a moment that they will end up giving up the hereditary monarchy thing, I could actually see Edric Storm as the new king. He is the most eligible scion from the Targaryen-Baratheon branch, and if the Targaryens are all dead/unwilling/whatever then the Baratheons would be the next in line. I mean, you have to keep in mind that the final council nonsense in the show was completely dependent on the characters they (still) had in the show. Nonsense like Grand Maester Sam, Lord Bronn of Highgarden the Master of Coin, etc. are consequences of their writing decisions - they didn't really have other characters to fill such roles, so we got that travesty. George has a much greater ensemble of characters, many of which might be actually competent. And how this Second Dance scenario is going to go is rather unclear anyway. It seems very likely that Aegon is going to topple the Lannisters in KL, but does this then mean Euron (and Cersei?) are going to topple Aegon in turn, causing Dany to mainly fight against these two later on? Because what we know right now makes it more likely that Euron will sit the Iron Throne than Aegon. But if Aegon never sits the throne he won't be much of threat to anyone. Without the symbol of Targaryen power the boy would be pretty much nothing. Or is Euron only going to seize the throne while everybody else fights the Others? We really have no idea.
  26. I doubt very much that Lyanna would go out of her way to abort all of Robert's sons and daughters while trying to pass bastards as legit heirs and jeopardize the whole sucession crises and starting a civil war. Robert being miserable was the least problem with the Cersei's issue.
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