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  2. SansaJonRule

    WHEEL OF TIME tv show: Go on,tug my braid!

    That could be, but it would be hilarious if they came to this site for WoT commentary. I meant that tongue-in-cheek (forgot emoticon), since opinions are all over the place it would be hard to get a good feel of the pulse of the WoT community. On the other hand , I've seen some very good suggestions that I would love to send to them! Surprisingly, the WoT tv show thread on this forum is more active than it's sister on the DM forum. Yes, I'm on both now. (not obsessed) I love GoT, but not as much as WoT.
  3. Jabar of House Titan

    Anyone else not interested in Jon's chapters?

    Really? I thought his chapters in A Game of Thrones were the most boring and the least interesting out of all the Jon chapters. Outside of the first two and the last two chapters, Jon doesn't do much at all.
  4. Harrenhal makes sense in the books. In the TV show? It's gotta be King's Landing.
  5. Argonath Diver

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Boy was that fun or what? I'm so glad I had zero idea about anything. Aa usual, time travel movies never ever make any damn sense but at least they made fun of that. Agreed that we'll see in Far From Home how they handle it, the 5 year thing really seems like a big confusion. All further movies take place 5 years of dystopia later? Hmm.
  6. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    I can sort of see that. It's also a fascinating narrative meditation on how toxic behaviour begets toxic behaviour. Vicious cycles.
  7. IlyaP

    Coins, Daggers, and re-reads.

    They're not faults really! I just happen to *really* love that quadrilogy, and on my end was comically saying "no no no no! You're doing the words wrong!"
  8. Hippocras

    Giants’ bane and other fun predictions

    Maybe we will see Hot Pie!
  9. Wilbur

    Favorite and least favorite Anime and Cartoon openings?

    Thundarr was the Vancian Dying Earth we all wished we could see, but with He-man carrying a lightsabre instead of Cugel.
  10. Free Northman Reborn

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    What? You miss the entire point George so painstakingly laid out. The technicality is everything. Your sworn enemy is safe the moment he becomes your guest. And he is fair game again the moment he ceases being your guest.
  11. Jabar of House Titan

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    The show lost its way because the showrunners bit off more than what they could chew and insisted on swallowing it whole. I learned a long time ago that how something ends is much more important than how it begins. So, let's hope they don't choke to death.
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  13. Ran

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    Folks, this is a thread for discussing the latest episode of the TV show. Stay on topic.
  14. karaddin

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Yeah I thought she was going to play a more pivotal role and how little screen time she had was one of my disappointments. They did handle her power scaling quite nicely though - they mostly avoided giving clear answers on it by having her fighting at a pretty even level with Thanos until he used the power stone to punt her away and that was the relevant part, he didn't need to kill her he just needed to open up an opening to use the gauntlet and he succeeds at that with respect to her...then someone else jumps in. It certainly didn't seem like anyone else was remotely the threat to his ship that she was - it spots her in orbit and immediately abandons shooting at the ground to try and shoot her down and she just plows straight through it.
  15. Ramsay B.

    NFL Offseason 2019: Gettleman Browns all over the Giants

    I figured not even they could fuck this up. Take an edge rusher first, then Haskins, Lock or Jones at 17(in that order). Like how fucking hard is this? But to have Allen be available at 6 and then Sweat at 17... and we pass on both of them!?! Then Washington gets Sweat for the cherry on top. Skins did what I wanted my team to do... that’s how bad it has gotten for NY.
  16. The Marquis de Leech

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Kay, for me, is one of those strange authors whom you end up reading even though his work doesn't gel with your tastes. I have somehow managed to read The Fionavar Tapestry, The Last Light of the Sun, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al Rassan, Tigana, Ysabel, and Sailing to Sarantium, without actually liking any of them - there are some nice bits to Fionavar and Tigana, but otherwise my response ranges from "average melodrama" to "I hate this" (A Song for Arbonne being my low point). Different tastes, I suppose - though Kay must be doing something right in that I continue to read him.
  17. kissdbyfire

    Who is Jon Snow?

    You speak as if Rhaegar had two sons named Aegon in the books.
  18. kissdbyfire

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    @Lord Varys, why is it so hard for you to just admit you were wrong and let it go? That’s exactly what one is supposed to understand from the text. “It was not for murder that the gods cursed him” - there was only one murder, that of the king’s son. And yet, that isn’t the reason for the gods to curse the Rat Cook. “nor for serving the Andal king his son in a pie. A man has a right to vengeance.” “But he slew a guest beneath his roof, and that the gods cannot forgive”. Now you’re even creating a little side story... who said anything about a child? For all we know, the Andal king could have been an old man, with a middle-aged son. And at any rate, your interpretation is wrong. The text does address it, even if by omission, because it makes perfectly clear why the Rat Cook is cursed: for slewing a guest beneath his roof.
  19. red snow

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    I think the emotional weight of the film is kicking in for me Now after a few hours sleep. I'm definitely going to be seeing this one again. I think "tony could do anything" (eg return thanos to his original timeline with no recollection) mixed with some meticulous fixing by cap squares most things for me. I also like the implication stark doesn't fix all the wrinkles precisely because he wants Cap to have the opportunity to be with carter. The weird 5 year gap for half the planet will depend on how spidey and continuing films choose to deal with it. I hope most people's pets dusted with their owners. Someone upthread reminded me of another beautiful moment - thor realising he's still worthy. Other than playing him for laughs a lot i felt Thor's depression was done really well in the sense there was ample justification for him to go through what he went through (not that you need to justify depression but it certainly helps to be able to pinpoint where your personal coping mechanisms can go awry). Likewise Stark's initial anger and hitting out at everyone rang true with his character dealing with loss. He was lucky in that he still had pepper. The there is Cap who has already had to deal with losing his entire world once. The writers actually did some really nice work regarding how different characters dealt with such trauma. I really want another dr strange movie now! I think his teo avengers appearances and the previous sorcerer supreme bigging him up has made me appreciate him a lot more than his own film did.
  20. NonoNono

    Who is Jon Snow?

    There is two Aegons in the show too, one is just known as having died. So in the show Rhaegar named both sons Aegon (or Lyanna did in Jon’s case). Could be he knew one would die. Could be that Summerhall’s burning had been someone trying to prevent a prophecy from happening, so this time the first Aegon was a decoy.
  21. I think somebody speculated that in the books, the stand will take place at Harrenhal and not Winterfell, it’s big enough to store a huge human army, and close to the isle of faces where the COTF can come in to save the day.
  22. Jabar of House Titan

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    Even though I disagree with your version of where the story will go, I still got a nasty chill reading this. If GRRM pulls this off, Euron is going to be the most frightening thing in the entire story. Someone said in another thread that Euron Greyjoy is what happens when horror invades the fantasy genre. I think between Euron, Qyburn, the Others, a ruthless Daenerys unleashing her monstrosities, Jojenpaste and all of the other freaky not-so-crackpot theories in the Heresy threads, A Dream of Spring is going to be an apocalyptic nightmare. When what's left of the protagonists get their hands on him, all bets are off. They may have been lucky or skilled enough to survive the Second Dance and the Second Long Night Others...but surviving Euron? God knows that the third time is a charm; if what I think Euron will be is true, I can only imagine only three or four characters surviving this dream and none (apart from Bran) surviving to actually see spring. And judging from how D&D are treating Bran, Bran surviving is laughable because he won't be Bran by the end of it.
  23. Lord Varys

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    That is not exactly what can be drawn from that. When we are precise then the text does not qualify whether the feeding a son to a guest was also a breach of guest right. It merely says that feeding sons to father as means of vengeance is okay in comparison to slaying a guest under your roof. This does not address what feeding a dead child to a father who happens to be your guest mean insofar as guest right is concerned. One assumes it might be okay if everybody knows that it is tasty son meat and everybody once a bite, but this was apparently not the case in the Rat Cook story, was it? There is a double betrayal there, both the murder of the son who was apparently a guest, too, and then the feeding of said son to his father who also happened to be a guest. Also, one has to keep in mind that the Rat Cook most definitely didn't have a right to vengeance considering that he seems to have been a man of the Watch and should thus guard the realms or men and not feed the sons of the kings men to their fathers... But that's another question entirely. And I would maintain that guest right does not just refer to killings but also to otherwise harm your guest/host. The point of such a custom is that people who are in this relationship can expect that nobody stabs the other party in the back while they are host/guest. Feeding your a son to his father does count as such a breach in my book, and we really don't need the fairy-tale for that (after all, nobody believes the Rat Cook ever became a rat nor that the gods truly give a damn who kills who in what context, do we?). I'd also say that Manderly's slaying of the Freys was also only technically no breaking of guest right. I mean, sure he made a point of ending their status as guests, etc. but killing a man at your door who was your guest is nearly as worse as killing a guest in the house. After all, if you are a guest/host then you basically are not enemies - and even if you were when this relationship started, honestly dictates that you announce that you are now enemies again and do not basically just murder people when they set a foot out the door. And regardless how deplorable those Freys were, they apparently had no clue that Manderly was going to kill them.
  24. A king's reign accounts for the years he actually reigns. if you are summing the lifespans of every king you are counting years twice. for example, if king A reigns for 20 years, and then his son ascends the throne for another 15 years, that's 35 years together. it doesn't matter what age the king and his son were. their combined reign lasted 35 years. I found what you were referencing with your 38 number: The era of the driftwood kings was before the dynastic reign of the Greyirons which was supposed to have lasted 1000 years. Before that, each High King was chosen by kingsmoot. That there were at least 38, and that's twice as many as any other house, means that House Hoare could have had about 19 as could House Blacktyde. There were many other houses that had members chosen to wear the driftwood crown as well, so certainly more than 57 although these numbers refer to High Kings before the rule of the Greyiron dynasty. So the Andals arrive about 1000 years after landing on the Fingers. Soon after the rule of the Greyirons ends and their house is destroyed. House Hoare then rules as King of the Iron Islands, which brings us up to the time of Aegon's Conquest. The question about how long ago the Andals arrived is really about how long the Hoare dynasty ruled the Iron Islands. All the other figurings about the Ironborn have to do with the time before the arrival of the Andals.
  25. Jabar of House Titan

    Heresy 220 and the nature of magic

    I love these Heresy threads. The best thing about these forums. I have a question though. Do you guys foresee Melisandre coming face-to-face with the Great Other? And what was the meaning of that one dream in Bran IV from A Game of Thrones. The one where Bran is climbing, encounters several great stone beasts (!!!) who have figuratively taken flight and frantically repeats that he didn't hear.
  26. polishgenius

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    I understand why they did it and ultimately they did it well enough, I just felt the use of her didn't tally with the buildup they gave her. Ultimately it's not a big thing but (like with the time travel ambiguities) in a universe that's been this meticulously built it was sorta notable to me. Anyway I don't wanna moan all the time. It was a cracking movie overall. To offer a counter to the above, when Scarlet Witch lit Thanos up that was so fricking satisfying.
  27. Eh, I caught the end of the fourth game where they won. They didn't use that strategy, they were 90 degrees to his left instead of being 180 behind him. Anyway, while the first two games were blowouts, they won the fourth and were down one in the last minute in the fifth. I don't think its too much of a stretch to say that it became more competitive because they adjusted their strategy. Maybe this was a step too far, but I wouldn't call it ridiculous. You deny the three and let Gobert contest the two. The alternative being let Harden shoot his step back three and hope he misses. It seems reasonable on paper at least. Edit - I just checked and they made the Rockets score ~15 points less in their last three games than the first two games. They just didn't manage to score enough to take advantage.
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