They’re not even trying to be subtle.

Hi there fellow Throners, I just rewatched some parts of the Season 6 finale. In the exchange between Jaime and Bronn at the Twins, they just happen to make time for yet another conversation about Jaime’s appeal to the ladies, as if there wasn’t enough happening in the episode already and as if we hadn’t already seen Bronn tell Podrick how exhausted he was from seeing the girls coo over Jaime.

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Deleted scene from Season 5: Jaime and Bronn in ship’s hold

There are four deleted scenes in the Season 5 DVD set. Two of them, one between Missandei and Grey Worm and one between Tormund Giantsbane and Alliser Thorne, are basically just telegraphing what’ll happen later. One, between Daario and Grey Worm, is just Daario being a pig. I can see why that one was cut. Then there’s the one with Jaime and Bronn in Episode 4, as they’re sailing to Dorne, which gives us a little bit that didn’t show up in the televised version.

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Game of Spoilers: “…with a trebuchet.”

There are some important differences between the Riverrun sub-plot in A Feast for Crows, and what they appear to be filming at Riverrun in S6. The most obvious difference is context: the Riverlands events taking place on the show are happening after certain events in King’s Landing, not before. Ergo, some characters will have different preoccupations than they had in the books. The real departure we’re seeing so far, however…

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Game of Spoilers: It’s All Happening in the Riverlands!

Oh, dear. I was just complaining that I might have time to make my own stuff since I was hearing so little about Game of Thrones filming in Northern Ireland, and now suddenly I’m up to my eyebrows in filming news. Oh yes. Oh fucking yes. Both Winter and Watchers are on the case, with shiny new SPOILERS courtesy of Los Siete Reinos! Riverrun is the place to be. YOU FUCKING KNOW IT.

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Early Winter in the Riverlands, Part 4: the Warrior Maid

Continuing the theme of obsessing over the Riverlands in S6, I had to get to Brienne eventually. We don’t really know what she’s doing next year, but she’s as good a candidate as any for the Riverlands, so why not?

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“You’re a man of action, aren’t you?”

Remember how I wrote that ridiculously long and detailed piece to make a fairly basic prediction for Team Sansa?

Now I’ve done something similar with Jaime, and it’s not so simple. Working just with material from S5, it feels like wrestling an octopus.

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ASoIaF vs. GoT, Ninth: How Jaime would choose to die.

Now we’ve seen Game of Thrones S5:E4, which means those of us taking the season one episode at a time on HBO Now are caught up with those who snatched up the chance to watch the first four episodes when they were leaked. Yeah, I saw what happened in Meereen. Benioff and Weiss are a pair of filthy bastards. But I’m not here to talk about Dany and her peeps! (Except for one thing: Dany says she can defend herself against Hizdahr zo Loraq. She shouldn’t be so quick to underestimate him.) I’m still all wrapped up in my Lannisters and their associates.

This episode showed us the first stage of Jaime and Bronn’s trip to Dorne to retrieve Myrcella. The trip is such a vast divergence from the books that I won’t even go into what the show is doing differently with Myrcella. At least until we see her up close! It’s too early to do a compare & contrast on the plotlines surrounding Myrcella and the Martells, but suffice it to say that in the books, Jaime has gone nowhere near Dorne and is not drafting Bronn into his adventures.

Here there be Citations!

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ASoIaF vs. GoT, Seventh: Ser Bronn and Lollys Stokeworth

I am enjoying this entirely too much. Quick, let me write this here post before HBO releases the third episode and I get some other shiny thing to chase!

S5:E2 gives us our first glimpse of Bronn’s wife-to-be, Lollys Stokeworth. Tyrion had called her “dim-witted,” and she appears to be unsophisticated, but Bronn likes unsophisticated just fine. Especially if it comes with lands and titles.

The Stokeworths are a minor family in the Crownlands, regularly seen at court. There’s an elderly mother, Lady Tanda, with two grown daughters: the older one, Falyse, who is 40 and has no children to show for 10 years of marriage, her husband Balman, and the younger one, Lollys, who is 34, still maiden, and is known as “Lollys Lackwit” for a reason. When we see Lollys in the books, she’s not just a silly girl who prattles on about wedding plans. She appears to have the cognitive capacities of a small child. I’d put her mental age in the 3-5 range. Lady Tanda tried to get Tyrion to marry Lollys at one point. Tyrion wasn’t having it.

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