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Daniel is a journalist.

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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Can I ask a question that involves spoilers from the second or third book?Report

  2. Avatar RTod says:

    This could be a very, very bad idea. But…

    Combining the two loves of this site, Fire & Ice and politics, I would be interested in seeing which political figures in real life folks hear would have “play” the majors in F&I while making there political science *and* literary cases.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      [Politician I don’t like] is obviously Joffry because [subjection rationale that ultimately boils down to my not liking him].

      [Politician I like who lost] is Ned Stark because [he or she] was too honorable for this country.

      [Incendiary media personality who says mean and incendiary things but who I inexplicably forgive] is Tyrion, because he’s just telling it like it is.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        [Politician I like who lost] is Ned Stark because [he or she] was too honorable for this country.

        No, he’s Ned Stark because he’s stupid.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        No way! [Politician you don’t like] is Cersei — cynical, calculating, and evil, but very competent, because [recital of embarassing misstep in politician’s career].

        [Politician I like and you don’t] is really Jon Snow, an outsider relegated to the margins where we all know [he or she] doesn’t have a chance at the big time, but who we also know is the one who really should have it all. After all, [rationale] showing both honor, justice, wisdom, and real human emotion.

        If anyone, [other incendiary media personality of no more substance or importance than the one you mentioned] is really Tyrion. I know you don’t want to like him, but what has he said or done that was wrong?Report

        • Avatar Daniel says:

          I mean arguably he wasn’t that great of a Hand was he? The smallfolk in King’s Landing don’t like him much.Report

          • Avatar Burt Likko says:

            The smallfolk in King’s Landing should have liked him.

            1. He saw to their defenses from the most credible threat where Cersei would have left their backsides open.

            2. He got them food, to the best of his ability.

            3. He restrained Cersei’s stewardship of the throne from descending into complete tyrrany, removing the most capricious of the first and most brutal of the Lannister lackeys from positions of power.

            Yes, each of these things had a political, pro-Lannister (and particularly pro-Tyrion) agenda behind them, but that’s more than either of his two predecessors could have said. At the end of the day he instituted policies aimed at the benefit of the smallfolk in a bid for their loyalty.

            It wasn’t his fault there was a war going on and it was hard to get food.Report

            • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

              I’m trying to think if any other character did something as unselfish as Tyrion’s designing the saddle for Bran, and I’m drawing a blank. And his thanks? After deciding that it’s probably not a death trap, Robb grudgingly says “OK, I guess you can stay here.”

              No wonder he thinks he has to pay people to like him.Report

              • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

                Tyrion is, in many respects, the most selfless character in the books, but he is also at war with that selflessness constantly. He is shamed by it, and never rewarded for it – and yet he persists.Report

            • Avatar Daniel says:

              And I think we have a winner. I think discussing Tyrion’s tenure as hand is a topic worthy of a blogpost!Report

    • Avatar Daniel says:

      My goal here was actually to focus just on the books. Crossovers would be hard and I don’t want to stray into real life politics (which, by the way, I spend a great deal of my time and energy on).Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    What the hell, why not? I’m less than halfway through the second book and I already found out from LOOG that Jaime loses his hand later on.

    Given where I’m at in the books, I’m thinking that it’s totally gonna come down to Ayra Stark going hermana-a-hermana with Daenerys Targaryen for all the marbles, I can just smell it coming.Report

  4. Avatar Maribou says:

    I find Brienne pretty fascinating – have you gotten to her yet?Report

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Politician who’s so devious he meets himself coming around corners is Littlefinger.Report

  6. Avatar Daniel says:

    Sounds like the people demand a post about Tyrion.Report