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  1. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    like a lot of things in the books, some things could make him Benjen, but there wasn't anything definitive so people just had to guess... The editor thought they put two and two together too, and asked GRRM, to which the "No" was thought to have been applied. there's also things like this that make Euron and Daario Naharis the same person... I've even heard one theory that Benjen = Euron = Daario... lol... I mean, I can see how the show would do it and GRRM still wouldn't, so I guess it is cool.
  2. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    HOWEVER... GRRM is a damn sick writer... When Bran found out that Benjen went missing in A Game of Thrones, he already knew the Children would help him... A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24
  3. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    here you go pretty definitive NO from GRRM. However, I think I have a new theory. What if Benjen/Coldhands is a PLANT from the Night's King, and Bran just doesn't know it yet? Benjen, on the show, claims that the 3EC sent for him. He gives Bran rabbit's blood to drink (blood magic anyone?) and appears that he is going to help Bran get to the Wall. It is assumed that the Night's King is a warg, or at least has some powers similar to Bran's or the COTF's. What if the Night's King is using Benjen/Coldhands to actually get Bran back to the Wall so that his mark and blood magic will allow TNK to somehow break the wards that protect the Wall? IIRC, and I will have to look into it... In the books, Coldhands can't get into the 3EC's cave because of the wards keeping TNK out, so he just basically gets them to the gate. Maybe Coldhands in the book started setting the dominos up earlier than the show has? Getting Bran to the cave to ultimately know that TNK would be able to break the wards on the cave, and then Coldhands stepping in as a trusted rescuer that will also lead them to the wall and give Bran this blood magic stuff? lol I know it is far fetched, but I just don't see the purpose in it being Benjen on the show unless they want people to accept that Bran would trust him.
  4. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Tough situation all around. I don't necessarily agree with the concept of zoos in the first place, as sometimes animals don't get the best of care depending on the facility and staff. They are great learning institutions and, if run well, can be a safe haven for the animals there. I actually went to a smaller private zoo on Saturday. Even though it was a private entity, the animals seemed very healthy, secured, and happy. My oldest son decided it was a good idea to shake the fence outside of the wolves. Thankfully, this was a secondary, outer fence. The wolf decided it wasn't having any of that and charged towards my son. My son, before we could correct him, thought it would be funny to hit the fence again, and once again the wolf charged. Not only could he have gotten hurt, but the wolf could have hurt itself in the process of trying to get to my son. Thankfully, both were fine. I shared this to illustrate how kids do dumb things even with their parents standing right there. I was looking at the wolves too, in the 5 seconds it took me to realize what was happening. That's all it took for the wolf to charge twice. These are wild animals, not bred for captivity. If something goes wrong, they are going to do wild animal things. Kids are kids, and will do dumb poo without thinking sometimes. I'm not going to defend or criticize the killing of the gorilla (aside from telling you that I hate that it happened that way,) nor the lack of parenting the woman displayed. Then again, I'm not going to tell you how God made those fences strong, or how he used his invisible hands to shield my son from harm, either... so there's that.
  5. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    This week's show: I liked it, but it was a down episode... No Jon... No Tyrion... That'll happen... It looks like Bronn makes an appearance next week, though, so things are bound to pick up. Notice that Jaime trusted me and a bag of gold for some sellswords more than he did the Kingsguard and Tyrell army to handle business. Swag. I'm not sure what to think of the Benjen thing. Coldhands he is not. In fact, I am pretty sure GRRM stated as much in a past interview. Maybe the show just thought it would be cool to bring him back in that role? I dunno, but it is really convoluted as to how all of that is working. Did Bran contact him and just not know it? Did the previous 3EC do it before he was slaughtered? If so, how in the hell did Benjen just happen to show up at the right moment? I'm not sure how I feel about his magic weapon, nor this whole enchanted obsidian through the heart magic that supposedly took place. Hopefully we get some more clarity on that front, but Bran's stuff is becoming annoyingly poorly written tbqh. I liked the whole standoff thing on the steps of the sept. Tommen is annoying as hell though and I can't wait for him to die. I'm still annoyed with show Jaime still having a thing for Cersei. Book Jaime was more detached. The Frey stuff was okay. I wonder if Walder is indeed hearing laughter at night, and I wonder if it is Bran messing with him. They sure pulled Edmure out of their butts though, and we'll see the Blackfish again next week. Dany is getting annoying with her epic moments and speeches. At this point I am really hoping they are building her up to have her die and have another WTF moment. TBQH the pacing of this season has been super fast, and I think this episode suffered from it. We got a little filler and it makes it look bad. Still though, S6 is up there with the best, if not the best, seasons so far. I think Arya kills the waif and heads back to Westeros. I think she'll touch base with the acting troupe before she leaves, and the actress she saved will give her news (albeit dated) about what's going on back in Westeros... I think there is going to be a coming-together of Valyrian blades, by chance, but also by necessity, before winter comes. Jon's got Longclaw. Sam has Heart'sbane. Brienne's got Oathkeeper. Widow's Wail is somewhere since Joffrey's death I suppose. IIRC Littlefinger's dagger (that he lost to Robert in a bet and that Joffrey gave the assassin that tried to kill Bran) is back in Littlefinger's possession. There are others out there as well. As far as the books: I'm pretty sure GRRM has explicit instructions in his will that the series will go unfinished if he dies. Sure, someone could likely sue over it, but it may be a difficult thing to do. I think he'll finish the series, eventually. I am holding out hope that he's basically working on both books now, and will just end up dividing the manuscript and POVs up enough to have the last two books. He HAS to be close to TWOW, as some rumors have had it still out by the end of this year... But even if it is two years from now (highly doubt it) I think he can get the last one (if there is only one more) out by 2022. We'll see, I guess.
  6. WTH's going on on Bald Head Island?

    Unless you're a contractor and in need of regular vehicles, golf carts are the only mode of motorized transportation on the isle. I'm guessing that is why the 16 age restriction exists.

    No... This
  8. Carlina Daarios?

    Game of Thrones, while fantasy fiction, probably mimics real life more than any reality show or any other series... Basiclally, people are assholes. They fight over their own greed, and look out for themselves and those they love. They plot and play games in order to further themselves. Some people aren't as bad, and are victims of said assholes, but ultimately life sucks and then you die. Not only do they fight each other, but Mother Nature is always lurking at the ready to throw them a curveball and wipe out as many of them as possible. So, if you like good stories about people living in these types of situations, and overcoming and redeeming themselves only to be killed off because, in the end, nothing really matters because people are insignificant specks in the universe, then you should really check out the books and the show.
  9. WTH's going on on Bald Head Island?

    Oh, pardon me if I have little pity that their $1,000 a day vacation was interrupted because she was being irresponsible, hysterical, and drunk. "Dude... dude... dude... dude..." Were the cops likely too aggressive? Yes, because the sky is usually blue... but I am pretty sure neither side is being 100% truthful here...
  10. But but but this is fuggin' 'mericuh we are talking about here. Standards! As an aside, I absolutely love being able to use public transit for my commute. It keeps my road rage in check and saves me a poo ton of money. Plus I get to sit back in awe and let my nihilism and misanthropy grow as I, the casual observer, witnesses the devolution of human intelligence and decision making through their transparent car windows. Also, it is as if people don't realize they can be seen when in their vehicles. I didn't know it was physically possible to stick a finger so far up one's own nose as I have witnessed on numerous occasions. I mean, really people?
  11. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    So you're saying Rothfuss = Martin? I will admit to Martin being my gateway drug to both Rothfuss and Lynch, but I think they all bring things to the table that I really enjoy.
  12. Anybody wanna see me irl?

    The Jerky Boys have fallen so far...
  13. To be completely honest, people's fascination and total absorption with cell phones is pretty pathetic.
  14. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    but yeah, my recommendations above come with the warning that the series aren't finished yet... However, both of these are done in a way where you don't have too many unresolved questions at the end...