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Val Kilmer cancelled an event in Tampa. So, he's probably dying.

Dad died on Memorial Day. If I also lose Val Kilmer, then my shit is going to stink.
Jul 25, 2017 2:14 PM
E_A, I believe there's a great possibility Jon Snow takes over as the next Nights King due to parallels between him and the Night Watch's 13th Lord Commander who became the Night's King. And, there exist even stronger parallels between Melisandre and the Night's Queen. Worth checking out.

EDIT: Much more plausible book theory, of course.
Jul 25, 2017 3:27 AM
Infinitus Corsair
Moses
Zuben
MosesI've always had a problem with GRRM's logic pertaining to the Greyjoys. There's simply no way the rest of Westeros would ever put up with their nonsense. I mean...their house motto is "We do not sow."

They would have been dealt with before all of this, but somehow they survive to openly rebel against Robert's Iron Throne, and he sends an army to Pyke to end it. The only real loss to the Greyjoys is Balon having to bend the knee, the death of most of his sons, and Theon is then given over as a hostage to the Starks. This after Euron and Victarion set fire to the Lannister's navy at Lannisport. Say what? Tywin just lets that slide? This is the same guy that ended the Reyne's entire line and was the most powerful person in all of Westeros. This has never made sense to me.

Haven't many of the houses been ruled by the same families for like thousands of years? That kind of stability of succession makes no sense either, so maybe it's just part of his general conceptualization of how entrenched certain norms are.?

That's actually fairly rare as the Great Houses often have changed over the centuries. Starks and Lannisters have always been the paramount houses of their region, but most other houses have jostled for position due to things like money, favor, and especially choosing sides in a rebellion. And in this case and considering they struck their first blow against Tywin Lannister, it makes zero sense to me that the Greyjoys survived while maintaining their power.

Devil's advocating--maybe Robert felt that it was better to leave the islands under a cowed House Greyjoy than to uncork the bottle on an archipelago full of wanton reavers.

Here's one that always bothers me--it doesn't make sense that there was no great city in Westeros on the narrow sea before Aegon. The most logical place in Westeros for a large settlement is at the mouth of either of the Blackwater or the Trident (or both) given the size of the territories drained by those rivers and the proximity of the mouths to most of the Free Cities.

The Trident's mouth's main city is Saltpans? Yeah, that's some bullshit.
Jul 25, 2017 2:05 AM
Zuben
MosesI've always had a problem with GRRM's logic pertaining to the Greyjoys. There's simply no way the rest of Westeros would ever put up with their nonsense. I mean...their house motto is "We do not sow."

They would have been dealt with before all of this, but somehow they survive to openly rebel against Robert's Iron Throne, and he sends an army to Pyke to end it. The only real loss to the Greyjoys is Balon having to bend the knee, the death of most of his sons, and Theon is then given over as a hostage to the Starks. This after Euron and Victarion set fire to the Lannister's navy at Lannisport. Say what? Tywin just lets that slide? This is the same guy that ended the Reyne's entire line and was the most powerful person in all of Westeros. This has never made sense to me.

Haven't many of the houses been ruled by the same families for like thousands of years? That kind of stability of succession makes no sense either, so maybe it's just part of his general conceptualization of how entrenched certain norms are.?

That's actually fairly rare as the Great Houses often have changed over the centuries. Starks and Lannisters have always been the paramount houses of their region, but most other houses have jostled for position due to things like money, favor, and especially choosing sides in a rebellion. And in this case and considering they struck their first blow against Tywin Lannister, it makes zero sense to me that the Greyjoys survived while maintaining their power.
Jul 25, 2017 12:44 AM
wirthlingIt'll be hilarious if the white walker army just walks around the Wall. For a thousand years, the Wall has been a Maginot Line, turns out.

I think it'll be an undead commando raid of sorts if only because the spectacle of The Wall falling down is too hard to pass up.
Jul 24, 2017 11:13 PM
Esoteric Allusion
Moses
wirthlingI was kind of underwhelmed by Qyburn's dragon-killing solution -- a big ballista! I mean, it's fine from a practical perspective, but when Qyburn says he has been working on a solution to the dragon problem you expect him to produce some sort of evil science-magic thing. It's like if Elon Musk says, Here is the future! and then introduces a solar-powered can opener.

I was also underwhelmed, but Qyburn is likely going to kill one with a ballista. Were I betting, I'd say that dragon eventually is resurrected by the Night King to be his mount.

Either the Night King has his own ice dragon in waiting we don't know about or they are resurrecting one of Dany's. That seems very likely. But I don't see how the ballista gets that far north or the Walkers get that far south to set that up.

I think eventually Dany goes up north to burn them to the ground and it doesn't go as planned. At least in the show. The novels are playing with tropes, so the possibilities seem more open to me.

If the Walkers don't make it as far South to even King's Landing, then consider me unimpressed with them as a threat. We're going to be seeing an enormous exodus after the Wall comes down with people unwilling to fight an undead hoard. The living are going to flee off continent and to major cities. I'm betting even Winterfell is a lost cause, and Jon,Sansa, Bran, or Arya has to make the decision to burn the bodies in the crypt.

It's going to get ugly, E_A, and it's going to be "Children of the Forest breaking off the Arm of Dorne"-type in its size and scope.

EDIT: I could see the Westerosi making a stand at the Neck, but if the show's White Walkers can just freeze water so the wights can walk on he ice, then it wouldn't be much of a defensive play.

Jul 24, 2017 7:15 PM
wirthling
Moses
I was also underwhelmed, but Qyburn is likely going to kill one with a ballista.

Well of course. Chekhov's ballista and all.

Well, they're certainly going to hit one. Whether or not it takes one out is another matter.
Jul 24, 2017 2:19 PM
wirthlingI was kind of underwhelmed by Qyburn's dragon-killing solution -- a big ballista! I mean, it's fine from a practical perspective, but when Qyburn says he has been working on a solution to the dragon problem you expect him to produce some sort of evil science-magic thing. It's like if Elon Musk says, Here is the future! and then introduces a solar-powered can opener.

I was also underwhelmed, but Qyburn is likely going to kill one with a ballista. Were I betting, I'd say that dragon eventually is resurrected by the Night King to be his mount.
Jul 24, 2017 1:59 PM
wirthling
Infinitus CorsairAlso, is Asha dead? I was thinking not because why wouldn't they show Euron kill her but then someone pointed out that Euron had sworn to kill her and Theon, there's no particular reason to keep her alive, and there was that whole thing where they also didn't show Brienne actually striking Stannis.

I think Euron wants to keep as many valuable hostages alive as possible so that he can give Cersei the additional gift of being able to kill and/or torture them herself. Also, Ellaria and Yara/Asha can provide useful intel to Team Cersei on Team Dany's resources and war plans.

Bit surprised D&D missed the opportunity to show Ellaria and the cute Sand Snake being raped.
Jul 24, 2017 1:48 PM
I've always had a problem with GRRM's logic pertaining to the Greyjoys. There's simply no way the rest of Westeros would ever put up with their nonsense. I mean...their house motto is "We do not sow."

They would have been dealt with before all of this, but somehow they survive to openly rebel against Robert's Iron Throne, and he sends an army to Pyke to end it. The only real loss to the Greyjoys is Balon having to bend the knee, the death of most of his sons, and Theon is then given over as a hostage to the Starks. This after Euron and Victarion set fire to the Lannister's navy at Lannisport. Say what? Tywin just lets that slide? This is the same guy that ended the Reyne's entire line and was the most powerful person in all of Westeros. This has never made sense to me.
Jul 24, 2017 1:46 PM
Neum, Missandei is the best-looking lady on that show.
Jul 24, 2017 11:22 AM
It's obvious that George R.R. Martin has big plans for Euron and his character will almost assuredly suffer from the shortening of the show and probably Game of Thrones' success. The show has become more accessible over its run, and that appeal to a larger market means that we're getting more obvious comically evil villains than what we have in the books. Martin introduces Euron a bit through Damphair and mostly through Victarion, and in turn we get a look at what truly despicable people the Greyjoys are. But it's Victarion that's the better insight into the larger world of Westeros, and the show not going for a portrayal his character hurts the storytelling but makes the show more palatable to the average viewer. Book Euron is going to be a flashy, stylized big bad, no doubt, and the show is going for that too, but there's no Victarion to put him into context, so we're just likely going to get a rehash of Ramsay Snow who was never as interesting or as fun as Joffrey.

I cannot imagine the show even trying to do Victarion because most viewers wouldn't have any patience for him. He's dull, humorless, brutish, and he's truly the most contemptible of all of Martin's characters. He's also the best commentary on Westeros as a whole as he's the banality of evil we have to have for there to be the Dark Ages that Westeros has lived in for 10,000 years. Victarion's "dumb evil" might not come across well on this show, but it would make that world richer.
Jul 24, 2017 11:21 AM
whathaveicreatedLI just followed me on twitter.

Was I not supposed to tell her?
Jul 22, 2017 9:11 PM
wirthlingP.S. If you have ever wanted to cruise for middle-aged brown sugar, go to a theater in the Baltimore area showing Girls Trip.

Buddy, middle-aged brown sugar cruises for me.
Jul 22, 2017 9:08 PM
Detrimental
ZubenSo, the hordes of RT/OT posters from back in the day have moved onto some other platform or something, right? Like Reddit or something? Or did they, like, fall in love and discover that RT was just a cover for a loneliness they no longer experience?

Sick Droogy got married.

Has a kid due, too.
Jul 22, 2017 5:11 AM
Infinitus CorsairGuys, John McCain has brain cancer.

I hope after he immediately retires...like fucking right now...he enjoys a wonderful, fulfilling 20 more years. Just as long as he retires right fucking now.
Jul 20, 2017 12:22 AM
Infinitus Corsair
Moses
Infinitus Corsair
Meow
Infinitus CorsairI hate the year 1999 because it's such an aesthetically ugly number.

2000 irks me for the same reason but I know most people will disagree with me. It just looks dumb.

It's not a great-looking year like 2008 or 1995 or 1972 but that's still a nice, big, round number. 1999 is just begging to be rounded up.

I'm a big fan of 1986.

Can't argue with that one. Slick-looking year.

Oh yeah. Really though, it's a good time to be alive. We've had more than our fair share of great-looking years.

EDIT: I've figured out why 1986 is so handsome. It's a great Jenga year. If you were to tilt that 90 degrees to the left with the "1" on the bottom, you're in absolute perfect balance. Gorgeous.
Jul 20, 2017 12:09 AM
Infinitus Corsair
Meow
Infinitus CorsairI hate the year 1999 because it's such an aesthetically ugly number.

2000 irks me for the same reason but I know most people will disagree with me. It just looks dumb.

It's not a great-looking year like 2008 or 1995 or 1972 but that's still a nice, big, round number. 1999 is just begging to be rounded up.

I'm a big fan of 1986.
Jul 20, 2017 12:05 AM
Guys, we've lost Elvis handler, Road House and Goodbye Solo actor Red West.

One hell of a Wikipedia page here.
Jul 19, 2017 11:56 PM