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  1. I remember Jordan comparing their speech (often described by the main characters as a "drawl") to a Texan drawl. Beyond how he imagined their speech I don't think there are any cultural similarities.
  2. This is a world of magic, and Rand is not dealing with a normal mental illness but one caused by magical corruption. In fact, we see what must be a magical protection for him later when Nynaeve looks at the way the taint has settled on his mind.
  3. The westlands is Europe, north Africa, and west Asia, which places Dragonmount in eastern Europe/western Asia. Look at the world map. You can see practically all of Asia to the east, and even the worn down Himalayas above the Termool. My old thoughts on this. There was another topic I went into my analysis, but I can't find it right now. I always meant to revisit Seanchan. The southern portion is northern South America and then some. I also meant to take a real globe and modify it to Randland, but ah well...
  4. In the Two Rivers, the prefix "al" is like how in Ireland and Scotland you have family names starting with O, Mc, and Mac. It just means "son of". Or among the Danish ending a name with "son". At some point it just became a family name instead of actually being about that person's actual father. I believe the prefix "ay" is actually "daughter of." You see this particularly when Moiraine's talking about old Manetheren king's and queens. Interestingly, and it may be nothing as the name just may be common, one of the old Manetheren king's names was Thorin.
  5. I will be thinking of specifics more, but I'm okay with significant condensing, so long as the tone and character development is on point. I can imagine season two ending in the Stone of Tear, for example. I was fine with what was originally proposed for the Dornish plot in A Game of Thrones, for example, but felt that what we got was just terrible television and didn't feel remotely correct.
  6. I do love Sanderson's original works, and I'm very happy that he was able to step in and dedicate so much time and effort into wrapping up the series for Jordan, going well-beyond what was originally agreed to in order to do it. And certainly stepping into someone else's massive epic fantasy and having to tie it up is no easy task, and near impossible and one I imagine most authors would balk at, and one that absolutely no one could do perfectly. And, for whatever reason, I think there were problems in the editing (and I do not pin the blame on any one person), particularly with Towers of Midnight. Still, I definitely enjoyed reading the ending. It was not a bad experience. In fact, it was wonderful. You can tell that Sanderson did love the series. So, with all that said... I would have preferred that Jordan got to finish the series. Jordan's prose is stronger, Jordan's dialogue is stronger, Jordan's handling of multiple plot lines (particularly since they were his own) is more adept. Knife of Dreams proved that Jordan still had it in him, and I was never as bogged down by PoD or CoT the way others were, nor did I think they went off track. I think the closing would have been better under Jordan, if only because it would be more true to rest of the series. I mean no disrespect towards Sanderson, and I truly appreciate that he made his contribution. I'm a big fan of Elantris, Warbreaker, Mistborn, and Stormlight Archives. He is incredibly creative and unique in his works and magical systems and world building. In fact, his writing style very much fits with the way I think when writing (not that I could write as well as him). I'd probably have even more experience with his other works if I still read as much fantasy as I used to (though I am still following Mistborn and Stormlight Archives).
  7. I have not re-read the series since my early twenties, and I would very much like to do so again at some point. I never got that impression from the women. I always kind of saw it as "female bias" and "female privilege" in their world, to put it in modern day terms I wouldn't have thought of a few years ago. It's even more than that, though, it's a bit of a photo negative of the way "patriarchal men" have thought of women in the real world for thousands of years. It's not a direct one-to-one comparison, mind, and Jordan really emphasized a tension between the sexes as being a constant motif throughout the series. Putting aside their backwards attitudes towards the sexes and just looking at the politicking... is it really much different than the way men politic? The way men don't trust each other? The way men think they've known best throughout history? Or do we just see it as worse because women are doing it? The way a man expressing certain traits is seen as a great leader, but if a women expresses those same traits she's "bossy" or "****y"? How many male characters have I seen brush off things the way Siuan did Min's prophecy? And certainly I've seen people roll their eyes and beat their fists when a man is shown as doing this, not necessarily in dislike of the character, but just wanting to grab them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them and relieve the "omg we're building towards something bad" tension, but I've never seen it attributed to it being a poor portrayal of the male sex. Perhaps the portrayal is really way off. As stated, it's been some years since I've picked up the series. I always saw the tension played up for humor, though... a bit tongue in cheek. And to add, I've seen other readers who get all mad at Egwene, Elayne, or Nynaeve for behaving the way they do. Like... legitimately mad and frustrated and calling them idiots or worse for the way they think about others. I don't know... I never did. I always liked their characters.
  8. Dany hadn't planned on banishing Jorah in the books. It was the way the convo went in the books set her mind.
  9. The Hound is most likely the gravedigger on the Quiet Isle. His horse is there, and his horse won't let anyone else handle him. Plus the gravedigger is huge, larger than Brienne, and he keeps his hood up. The monk there says he's making penance for all the evils he's done in the past. When he talks to Brienne, he's very careful in saying that the Hound is dead, he specifically doesn't use the name "Sandor Clegane." When they took Sandor for healing, they left the helmet, and that was picked up by Rorge or Biter or whoever it was.
  10. She explicitly stated she poisoned Jon Arryn and sent the letter to her sister when Littlefinger first arrived and they met in the Great Hall a few episodes ago.
  11. I enjoyed the episode. Lysa does fly in A Storm for Swords, though, Red.
  12. I'm so not pleased with Jamie and Cersei's scene.
  13. Yes, Payne's actor is indisposed. Using Bronn allows them to keep the actor on screen instead of only getting namedropped. I bet Bronn will travel with Jamie in Payne's place.
  14. Roose is the same actor. I'm pretty sure Dontos gave Sansa the hairnet in the books, too. Littlefinger was in on the plot.
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