Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Sansa IV, ASOS

They have made me a Lannister, Sansa thought bitterly.

Synopsis: Sansa and Tyrion attend Joffrey’s wedding breakfast and everything goes smoothly.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks! Now that Tyrion VII is done and Sansa IV is coming up on the horizon, it’s high time we had a Tumblr Roundup, because we’ve got some good stuff on the docket.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • What is the most mundane detail that writers usually get wrong in their worldbuilding? Economic, military, social, whatever–just which detail is usually wrong?”
    • That’s a tricky question. It’s probably something like sanitation or travel speeds or something like that.
  • “How do you think fAegon is going to get a dragon, so we can get Dance of Dragons Mk II over King’s Landing in The Winds of Winter?”
    • I think Dany will invite him to ride a dragon, thinking he’ll end up like Quentyn because he’s not a real Targaryen, only to find that it doesn’t work and he rides the dragon just fine. This will be the straw that gets her to launch into her dragon duel above the city.
  • Will King’s Landing still be the capital of Westeros at the end of this, or will it basically be a charred ruin?
    • Probably both.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion VII

“I survived the Green Fork and the Blackwater, I can bloody well survive King Joffrey’s wedding.”

Synopsis: Tyrion gets ready for a wedding with a bit of early morning delight.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks, now that Dany V is done it’s time to burn off some built-up stuff on the tumblrs so that we’re current. So here goes!

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • “Do you have any ideas on how to build an economy where a sixth of the population can make plants grow with magic and another sixth can ‘plant’ metal in depleted mines and form new veins? I keep trying and I mentally freeze up every time I try.”
    • So what you’re dealing with is a scenario in which there is limited scarcity in agriculture and mining, but not no scarcity because labor still has to go into harvesting and mining, and then processing and manufacturing. So start with lower prices for food and metal ores and work from there – does this mean real wages are higher, because food is cheaper? Are farm incomes lower, because supply is less constrained? Are manufactured goods cheaper and more abundant because their raw materials inputs are cheaper?
  • “I recently sprung for the X of Swords hardcover. What should I read before cracking it open?”
    • The main thing you need to read for the X of Swords event is the Tini Howard/Marcus Toh Excalibur run, which does a lot o work setting up the X of Swords event. Other than Excalibur, you don’t really need much since you’re already pretty caught up on Dawn of X.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Daenerys V, ASOS

I will have this city, Dany pledged to herself once more.

Synopsis: Dany wrestles with strategic and personnel dilemmas during the siege of Meereen.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Bran IV, ASOS

“It is only another empty castle,” Meera Reed said as she gazed across the desolation of rubble, ruins, and weeds.No, thought Bran, it is the Nightfort, and this is the end of the world.

Synopsis: Bran tells some stories, and then becomes one.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

By Popular Demand: Machiavellianism for a Purpose

550 Years Since Niccolo Machiavelli Was Born—How to Check How Machiavellian  You Are

Introduction:

“In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.” – much of the fandom seems to internalize the cynical logic that ruthlessness is the prime determinant of success. We can see this most vividly in the “Stupid Ned” meme, where the doomed protagonist of the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) is mocked for his hapless naiveté in the midst of King’s Landing’s “nest of vipers.”

But is it accurate that ruthlessness, pure and simple, is the key to victory and survival in Westeros? The thesis of this essay is, in so far as we can take success or failure in the narrative of ASOIAF as a hint to George R.R Martin’s own political theorizing, that this is not the case. An idealistic attachment to codes of honorable behavior can trip up politicians who fail to guard themselves from the unethical, but it’s also the case that those who embrace Machiavellianism for Machiavellianism’ sake ultimately find their achievements last no longer than their ability to inspire fear. More lasting success ultimately comes from those who can marry pragmatism in their methods to an overarching purpose that can inspire the hearts and minds of Westerosi.

After all, if brutality was the only measure of a prince, why is it that the blood-soaked Maegor the Cruel reigned for only six years, failed to sire an heir, and ended up murdered on his own throne, while the peaceful Jaehaerys the Conciliator ruled for over fifty years, sired the Targaryen dynasty, and is remembered three hundred years later as the best of kings?

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup, Part II

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Ok, time to finish off the Tumblr backlog before diving into the Nightfort!

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • 1. Since the next Daenerys-Chapter is coming up, I wanted to ask, if the “White Saviour”-Dilemma in the Slavers-Bay-Storyline is not perhaps a bit of a Catch-22? I mean, if it is wrong for Dany to participate in slavery (or at least commit the sin of omission by tolerating it), but also wrong to act against slavery, then what possible choice is left? 2. A Non-ASOIF-Question: Your thoughts on Wandavision?
    • 1. Well, arguably the answer is to support existing indigenous voices for change, but that’s not really possible in the setup GRRM went with, so Dany really did have to make use of her privilege as a force for good.
    • 2. Wrote about it here.
  • What does the structure of the existing novels, especially the first three, suggest to you about the remaining story? If ASOIAF is following a rough three-act structure, where do you think we are at the end of ADWD and how much is left? (To me, Books 1 – 3 read as Act 1, but I don’t think we’ll reach the end of Act 2 until the Battles of Ice and Fire and maybe the second Dance of the Dragons are done. This says to me there has to be at least an eighth book and maybe even a ninth. I suspect Winds is taking so long because George knows this too and is fighting it.)
    • I don’t think 1-3 are Act 1. If anything, I think they’re Acts 1-3. With 4+5 acting as a very long Act 4, with the last two books being a very long Act 5.
  • What’s your favorite Historical Economic Event and what happened?

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