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  2. Rose of Red Lake

    Why Did the Show Turn on Jon?

    "You have to be smarter than Father. You need to be smarter than Robb.” wow I cant wait to read about another Stark making the same mistakes all over again
  3. The Baelish Mockingbird

    Rank the seasons!

    The Bran storyline was a huge improvement on series 3. Series 3 Bran was painful to sit through. Sure, Leaf and Bloodraven were pretty underwhelming but it's somewhat better now that season 6 retroactively fixed it. You could say it ruined Jaime's arc but I enjoyed his time with Tyrion in King's Landing helping Tyrion through his ordeal. The rape was a misfire but that's the only Jaime misfire I can think off in the season.The Arya and Sansa story as well was pretty fun. It was a semi-pointless piece of filler but The Hound is an incredibly entertaining character and elevates any scene he is in. I didn't mind the Sansa being at the Eyrie plot. It made for a refreshing break from seeing her in constant misery at King's Landing. The whole Shae situation was pretty weird, I can't degend that. Dany's storyline I actually enjoyed more in season 4, it might even be my favourite Dany storyline. Also Olly wasn't even really that bad in this season. He doesn't really become grating until season 5. Season 4 Olly is just kind of there. He's taken in by the Night's Watch and kills Ygritte. About it really. And I don't mind the Karl Tanner subplot. At least it's better than Jon sitting around in Castle Black waiting to be stabbed to death.
  4. Martell Spy

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

    I've had similar thoughts. You kind of know our country has ended once Trump puts someone in prison. The problem is it is already too late by that point. It is difficult to separate the faux authoritarian Trump bullshit from the serious threats to our democracy. There are all sorts of concerning things going on. Which one will end us? Or will it be the John Roberts court assault on voting rights that instead ends us in ten to 20 years? I am obviously hoping for the latter, so at least I have some years left. Some things going on under Trump's watch: *He is sending 1500 troops to the Middle East to face off against Iran. *He is pressing the armed forces to use a ND private contractor company to build the wall, which is owned by a prominent Republican donor with ties to various Trump allies. *He is using emergency powers to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Why not just have Trump use emergency powers for everything, and we can get rid of Congress completely? Why not just give any member of the Trump family the ability to kill anyone or seize the wealth of any American they want to? You know they want it.
  5. Crows are all liars! Old Nan knows her stuff.
  6. I assumed he just went out to walk the dog.
  7. House Cambodia

    Where to start....

    If you haven't read them yet, you could quickly read the Dunc & Egg books for a bit of light fun, then Fire and Blood for a deeper look at that period. But really, clear your schedules to read the 5 volumes from the start before tWOW is out (so you've got more than a year!) The thing is, there are so many layers of symbolism and subtle connections that a re-read will uncover so much that you never caught first time. However, before you get stuck in, I'd recommend thoroughly studying the background in A World of Ice & Fire.
  8. When Bran mentions the 3EC to BR he does not respond as if that is him or that BR even knows what Bran is talking about. Him and then Bran being the 3EC is from the abomination at this point. This could have just been D&D combining characters like they did for others characters. True, but there is nothing written that states BR is the 3EC. The 3EC could very well be someone else. I think we all are, but again I am not sure there is anything in the text. I forgot about a thousand eyes and one. So I agree he was warging. It has been a while since I have done a complete reread as well. Waiting for GRRM to announce he is done with Winds and then I will start at the beginning and read them all in order to be fresh for Winds. Thanks for your response.
  9. CrypticWeirwood

    Why Did the Show Turn on Jon?

    If we're going to be keeping score, then remember that the city rulers also killed Jon’s half-sister and half-brother. But I have to ask, which grandfather of Jon’s are you referring to? Jon lost both his grandfathers to that city! Then again, so did Joffrey and Tommen.
  10. Triskele

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    This I agree with. It's people saying that GS would be underdogs without KD that I am taking issue with. Part of why KD going to GS in the first place was so controversial was because they were already the best team. And they have the same exact core but a little wiser and more mentally tough and more experienced and Dray in better condition than he used to be.
  11. sologdin

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    or he's odyssean in narrating his past. gump goes to hogwarts &c.
  12. House Cambodia

    The Pact of Versailles

    Take your pick https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSM I agree with the OP although I liken the scenario to The Gaia Hypothesis (that DOES have a clear wiki entry). The Treaty of Versailles analogy sees it in a very modern and political sense whereas Gaia Theory is looking at it from the perspective of millions of years. The Children - and other species mentioned in that speech by Leaf lived very long but bred very slowly to reflect the rhythms of deep nature. Human activity has thrown out the balance so severely that Planetos' existence is under threat - hence the Others are not 'evil' but the impersonal forces of nature restoring the planet's balance by wiping out its main threat. Without humans, the CotF, weirwood trees and other species can recover slowly, at a pace consummate with Planetos' post-human recovery. That's why, I kid you not, I'm on the side of the Others in this story!
  13. teej6

    Why Did the Show Turn on Jon?

    Realism really?? Did you see the Great Council (or whatever garbage that collection of random nobles and non-nobles was) scene? Is that really realism for you? In a real setting, Tyrion would have been executed by the unsullied a thousand times over (and so would Jon). He would be looked upon as pariah by most of the other Lords and Ladies of Westeros. Instead he gets to choose the next King and becomes his hand all in 5 mins. All he had to do was convince them that Bran had the best story. Yeah real believable and realistic. Ugh! As to Jon not getting what he deserved, most people on this forum is not criticizing the Jon storyline and/ or the entire show for that matter because Jon doesn’t get what he deserved, but because his character and storyline defies all logic and is beyond belief. If you’ve read the books you’ll know why a lot of book readers are upset that D&D totally destroyed a central character in the story that was well-written and fleshed out by the author.
  14. DMC

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Toughen up Robin how? The boy needs a staff to get him out of bed.
  15. On a more serious note, one of my darkest thoughts since Trump was that Trump would one day put Obama in prison just cause. Or Clinton, or someone. I told myself that I was probably being too alarmist, but is something like that not so unimaginable now? Trump sure doesn't seem like the type that wouldn't want to go after his political enemies. If your name is Comey or McCabe how afraid are you right now?
  16. NonoNono

    Aegon VI

    I don't think Arianne is going to live, GRRM made her a quite determined character, and such characters usually end up suffering the consequences of trying to take their fate in their own hands pretty significantly.
  17. Right on. I agree that is what that implies.
  18. Jabar of House Titan

    Aegon VI

    She's the slayer of lies. Slayer has a bloodier, more hands-on, more personal and -- dare I say -- more heroic connotation than destroyer. That's super lame. At least Quentyn had a point and still effects the current storyline But it will sUbVeRt OuR eXPeCTaTiOnS though, no doubt about that.
  19. LOL That one made me literally LAUGH OUT LOUD!! Plus, it does get nostalgia points as well.
  20. Jabar of House Titan

    Aegon VI

    You're right. My bad. But you know what we really could use right about now? A Cersei sample chapter. Because there's so much juicy interesting stuff occurring in King's Landing right now that'll be happening "onscreen" and "offscreen" that it'll be funny to see Cersei struggle to wade her way through it. I don't expect Myrcella to show up in the first Cersei chapter but the second one makes sense. The Stormlands isn't that big of an province. I would be absolutely shocked and maybe a bit irritated for Myrcella and Nymeria to just be chilling in Storm's End. It doesn't make sense. It's a massive continuity error because if Myrcella wasn't anywhere near King's Landing, was still stuck at Storm's End or had gone missing, Kevan and Cersei both would be flipping out in the epilogue chapter.
  21. House Cambodia

    GRRM on Successors

    That's right, so I don't blame him at all. However, having read Fire & Blood when it came out, I got the distinct feeling that that is where his current passion lies and that he gets more inspired and excited over F&B than getting on with tWOW even though F&B didn't get great reviews and tWOW is what we're all waiting for. Remember there's a second volume of F&B due out in November - is he still writing that? So in terms of TV shows, I wouldn't be surprised if, alongside this 'Bloodmoon' (i.e. The Long Night), GRRM is pushing for a series on the Targaryan period in F&B.
  22. NonoNono

    Aegon VI

    If Aegon has to marry Arianne at Storm's End because he is unable to take KL as early as he would like too, there is a possibility of Storm's End being somehow attacked and Arianne dying saving Aegon like in the legend of Durran Godsgrief. Dany is called the destroyer of lies at some point right? I seem to recall that. Maybe Dany hears that Aegon is supposedly an impostor, and it connects to her trying to take him out.
  23. CrypticWeirwood

    [Poll] How would you rate episode 806?

    Do you have a link to them doing or saying this?
  24. It_spelt_Magalhaes

    Why Did the Show Turn on Jon?

    Didn't even think about this. What was he going to do, kill all of the Northern soldiers who failed to hold? But he might consider he was honorbound to? I know we are repeatedly told the North Remembers. Do the soldiers truly distinguish individuals from the people that stood to watch Ned be executed? And bland!Jon would be just the type to ignore duty and even allegiance for the ideal of the 'right thing'. I hope the character never becomes this one dimensional idiot we saw on the show.
  25. HeadlessHenchman

    People's reaction to Dany turning Mad Queen says something about us as humans

    100% It's clearly not how D&D wanted us to interpret Dany's motives and it's a thematically tough theme to sell even without a rushed season. So I think they shot themselves in the foot by hinting at this somewhat redeeming motive and then still erased her earned legacy. Best example I can think of is s8 e6 when Grey Worm tells Jon that the Lannister men are free and chose to fight for Cersei. So they deserve to die. If you buy that they did indeed choose it (and to an extent they did) then yes, warring without dire consequences is not going to stop people from warring - if they can choose not to. Jon argues for mercy because form his POV they are not really free men. They are bound to the Lannister line. Had Grey Worm acted and reasoned the same way had the lion commander had a simple coat and a chain around his neck? This conversation serves a purpose even if what I suggest is nonsense but I like to think that perhaps it is residue from George's likely far more multifaceted ending. It helps me cope :-)
  26. Jabar of House Titan

    Rank the seasons!

    Mmkay
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