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  2. So was the Five Forts build to hold off the races that inhabited Eastern Essos, and they were somewhat summoned by the The Great Other(Lion of The Night as Essos saw him)to attack?
  3. Darth Richard II

    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    *throws rotten fruit and vegetables at @maarsen*
  4. Tywin Tytosson

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

    Those were not beheadings. Those were crucifixions. Those were not becuase the Masters were from a certain class. They were because those Great Masters crucified a slave at each mile on the road to Meereen so Dany would see them. 163 miles, so 163 crucified slaves. In Dany's mind, 163 innocents. In repayment, she crucified the same number of Masters.
  5. SeanF

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    If she were satisfied that the story was genuine, and still believed that she was barren, she could name him her heir, leaving him free to marry someone else to continue the line.
  6. Twinklingmoon

    Dany and jaime

    I don't think it's about trial. May be Cersei promised to send her army to Winter fell and she didn't. They are probably discussing this
  7. Tywin Tytosson

    Dorne? Highgarden? Riverlands?

    This could be true. However, to quote myself , "Freeing Edmure was not part of that mission and could have jeopardized it. At that point, Arya was all about vengeance and not much else." Arya was working on her kill list. Breaking into the prison block and freeing someone isn't part of that. Side question - does she even know who Edmure is? It is doubtful that she has ever even met him.
  8. lakin1013

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

  9. lakin1013

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

    163 Great Masters crucified during Mereen.
  10. Neddy's Girl

    Rant and Rave Thread

    I wonder if its actually any worse in itself than say True Blood or Lost were in later seasons. I saw both of those through to the bitter end, but I wasn't so attached to the source material (none for Lost I don't think) and people were nowhere near as OBSESSED as they are with this. Talking of Preston Jacobs: (of the North) "What do these people eat? Corpses, mud, and badly lit scenes?"
  11. Curled Finger

    Dany and jaime

    Dany is trying to establish her rule in the North--why else hold a trial in the midst of all the chaos? She's seen the threat but I'm not sure she believes what Jon knows. Dany sure has got an unexpected arc this season.
  12. Meh, I kinda disagree on that. Tyrion is a rapist, and murderer who’d tear an entire country apart to sate his own vegence. However from the Start of the series Tyrion is made to be sympathetic to the audience . His introduction has him giving a fair of helpful advice to the possible messiah. For most of AGOT he’s presented in a favorable light-slapping Joff , giving a schematics to help Bran ride again, playing with Tommen and Mycela. But overtime specifically in ACOK it’s revealed he really that better than his father of siblings. In some instances worse. Like take his journey to get aid Daenerys in taking the IT; the most surest outcome would be the death of his niece and nephew. It doesn’t seem to truly register as an issue for him. He is in fact sacrificing them and the rest of his kin. for his own political ambitions and want for revenge against Cersi-a woman who honestly he’s wronged more than actually wronged by( I mean he did kidnap one her sons,only really to spite her). Glocka is a monster in own right but at least he fully acknowledges all the people who will be destroyed by him rather than just the ones who has an issue with.
  13. Suzanna Stormborn

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I knew they wouldnt! been saying so the whole time.
  14. The thread dedicated to discussion of Sansa Stark, or at least, it's iteration in TV show. The episode will bring us the much-awaited conversation between Dany and Sansa, as well as Jaime's trial. Will the two women finally resolve their issues? As I understand, there is a leak of tonight's episode. Given the forum's policy about leaks and spoilers, I would ask everyone to refrain from sharing the spoilers until the episode is aired. Thanks.
  15. He does. And he's acknowledged that as well. I don't know if he'll be able to improve his finishing enough, or his anticipation in the box, but I am a bit heartened seeing as he has improved both phases of his play from last season. If he can continue to improve, he may yet become a good striker.
  16. Curled Finger

    Skinchanging a dead body

    I'm not so sure it would be easy to skinchange a dead person. That bit about the lack or resistance is a good point, but what about zero resistance or anything to "hold" a warg? There is no consciousness. Maybe that's exactly what the lumbering wights are--just skinchanged dead? My thoughts jumped to Coldhands when I read the OP. He's a mess, poor guy, but he is sentient. I don't think that's skinchanged--it's something else. Magic different than what animates the wights of the Others. Coldhands is dead though, we know "they killed him long ago". Summer's thoughts are not given human words--thinking that snake in the sky moment Bran experiences. Bran sort of hangs out in Summer, experiencing vicariously through Summer, where his experiences in Hodor seem to be much more Bran or at least human. Bran even thinks he could go into Hodor in order to comfort Meera, so yah, I think Bran has a lot more control over Hodor than Summer. Hodor has a consciousness that is obviously malleable. Does that consciousness or ability to accept another consciousness into your own make a difference in skinchanging?
  17. Yeah, Everton were great. One issue I think that needs to be addressed is up front though - there's an awful lot to like about DCL, and he's generally difficult to play against, but he really needs to score more.
  18. Euron III Greyjoy

    Dany and jaime

    It does seem kind of stupid, but I presume its because he didn't bring the Lannister army with him like was promised. If he had an army at his back he'd be in a position of power, without one he's just a single man who can barely even fight anymore.
  19. May I just chime in to say we looked good again today? Even when replacing Gomes with Schneiderlin, we were moving the ball well, pressing as a team and creating chances. Sure, United weren't really there, but four goals is still good. For next season, I would like to see Silva cutting shorter the periods when we're out of form. The stretch from after Liverpool 1 to Liverpool 2 was generally horrible. Before and after, we look good. Reducing that period is what I'd like to see.
  20. For Silva they have Foden, who is being groomed as his successor (at least that's what it looks like to me). It's somewhat similar to Kimmich at Bayern with Lahm on his way out.
  21. There are a ton of characters we are supposed to doubt--they are written specifically for that purpose. We are also dealing with a gardener type of author who changes his mind all the time about his characters. Maester Monthly put out a video detailing what they believe may have happened during that 5 year gap GRRM struggled with. They made some really nice connections between Pretty Maris and Brienne as well as Corpsekiller and Sandor Clegane. I'm not buying into the idea completely but it did open my eyes to the great burden of consistency Martin has to be under with a massive cast of characters. However, I don't believe Martin is hapless and may have allowed himself a loophole or 2 in the Riverlands for any characters MIA he may deem handy to hide in plain sight. The most obvious of these characters is pretty much any member of the Brotherhood Without Banners or on the Quiet Isle. Look how Elder Brother is written. We've got everything but his name. The Wall and sell sword companies are great places to spring missing characters from like a Targaryen who would have been king or maybe a few Blackfyres or exiled lords. I don't know that we will get ID reveals for Jyanna Reed or that Hooded Man, but Sarella Sand and Young Griff are looking pretty good for strong reveals. When you see what's happened with Lancel Lannister or Septon Meribald it's easy to see where some of Rhaegar's missing rubies may be...or not.
  22. The Coconut God

    Rant and Rave Thread

    One likely reason is that they're simply bad at what they do. GoT soared on the back of George's storytelling, continued to grow once it reached critical mass, and HBO had no reason to replace D&D because the show was more successful than they had expected even with bad writing. A kinder (and also quite logical) explanation is that they didn't have enough writers for a healthy script writing cycle. Especially in the later seasons, they used to write 70-80% of the scripts, which is an enormous amount of work for two people who are also the producers. Good shows tend to have more writers. They break the story for the whole season together, then each member of the team goes on to write the actual script for about two episodes, three at most... not six or seven. Then they go over the whole thing together and make changes if any are needed. D&D write most episodes together. That probably slows them down compared to two people writing half the episodes separately. They're probably in a hurry to finish everything in time for production. If they make mistakes, they can't afford to worry about them. If they don't do a proper season blocking in the beginning (which they may be inclined no to do, except for what happens in the 2 or 3 episodes written by other people, because "they're in charge anyway"), they may realize along the way that a plot line doesn't work (such as Dorne, or the Wight Hunt), but it won't matter because they won't have time to change it. When the alternative is delaying production, which would likely mean delaying the season for a year, they just have to brazen through and pretend it works. Having more writers would have helped them in two crucial ways: The blocking stage would have been pretty much necessary, so they would have had to do it right even if they consider themselves too cool for school. This stage would have also been implicitly better with more heads mulling over ideas, plot lines and character decisions. More writers would have meant more flexibility. Say they had 5 months between season end and production. Each writer would have had only 2, maximum 3 episodes to write in this interval. No need to rush, plenty of time left to polish the script, or even replace it if it was bad. With a team of two writing 7 episodes out of 10 together, they would have been constantly pressed for time. I have no idea how much money they saved by not having 2 or 3 more writers, or if it was an ego thing or an incompetence thing, but I'm sure it was a major contributing factor. Fewer writers probably worked when they could swipe lines from the books, but later on? Very bad idea.
  23. This is the reality for now. City have been financially doping for years and it has perhaps peaked now* to produce this (almost?) insurmountable opponent for the other challengers. Liverpool have terrible timing to coincide their best team in a decade with peak City. * Assuming Silva, Aguero and Fernandinho will be declining soon.
  24. That was the kind of game where we used to struggle: defensive opponent desperate for points, bombarding us at set pieces and having some tricky pace for the counter threat. Very capably handled, but please don’t waste so many shots next time. That’s a shockingly bad result for United today. Everton have been quite good, especially at home, but United were flailing today. The race for CL spots had produced some tight competition these past couple of months. But then an exhausted Spurs slumped at City, and neither Arsenal nor United could take advantage today.
  25. Tough to know for sure. And I think this is a rather bold claim. Liverpool have not dropped that many points. Yes, they gave away a few draws. I mean, pointwise you are suggesting that with Fekir or Ox being healthy, Liverpool would be 100 points+ team (that's what being ahaead of City in the table actually means). I mean this must be horribly depressing to watch for would be challengers for the next season(s). I vaguely recall you saying that City's 100 points last year was really them overperforming, and them not repeating it. Yet, it looks like this really is the new normal. To challenge City you need to produce a 100 point season (or at least be in that region, as Liverpool is showing this year). Pointwise, how many EPL teams were actually better than Liverpool this year. City last year, and presumably City this year.
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