You're probably right on both points
Originally Posted by boost
LOL. Why won't Rickon just stay inside the house?!
I think you're wrong. What timescale are we using? From the show itself we know that a slow moving caravan of mostly young boys and a prison cart had expectations to do a 30mi march in one day. Unless we know fairly precise distances and a pretty accurate timeline, I don't think we can really say that this is unrealistic. I know TWD is off air, and you have excess nittery building up in your brain, but I think you're reaching here.
On a more serious note, nothing about the Greyjoy story makes a whole lot of sense. I think it's a great idea, but the logistics of pirates who live by the iron price being big enough and skilled enough to be a reasonable threat to the Starks is just lol. At best, the Greyjoys would be unruly bandits that are just hard to catch, but when caught, the actual army would wipe the floor with them. I guess you *might* be able to say that they're able to support a large population on the Iron Islands due to immense fisheries, but they simply don't have the tools to engage an inland campaign. They don't even have their own horses. Even if you assume that they all somehow spend lots of time off the Iron Islands handling horses (because they most certainly can't support them on the islands), they simply can't be that effective without their own stock. So they basically raided Tully's (Tommen's? Tories?) Square on foot, won, then stole the horses of those they raided, beat up a bunch of actual land warriors with better equipment, and made the trek up to Winterfell
The Greyjoys could not be as efficient in both travel and fighting on land as non-pirates. They just couldn't. Now, that doesn't mean that this part of the story couldn't happen, weirder stuff happens, but the whole idea pirates being more than bandits is something out of fantasy. But it is a fantasy, so I guess. Ultimately, this isn't what matters. What matters is how they tell the story, not that they stick rigidly to non-fiction standards
I could see that happening, but for some reason, no other party feels like the "rulers" more than the Lannisters. It would be a pretty huge shift in the story to take them out. There appears to be four main stories from the very beginning; Stark, Lannister, Dany and her dragons, and Winter is Coming/The Wall
I think this could be interesting, but I don't see it happening. I think by the end of the season...
1) Tywin is dead
2) Lannisters are fucked, they lose KL
3) Tyrion has the wildfire made for and transported up to the wall before everything goes to complete shit for him and his in Kings Landing. Possibly Tyrion goes to the wall himself in exile.
The only real problem with this is how Tyrion and Jamie are handled. Less so Jamie, but still, losing both those characters would be a huge loss to the show.
I want to see some crazy stuff north of the wall. If you think my nitting on the Greyjoys is bad, my nitting on wildlings/Mance Rayder forces would be waaaaaaaaaay worse. They're basically living in eskimo territory, yet there's over a hundred thousand gathered in army? lolwut?
Ya, a twist on how we have been taught to think of the wildlings would be interesting. More than likely though I have a feeling that Snow and the girl will encounter White Walkers, and be forced to fight together to survive. Either way, there has to be some way that the girl stops being such a liability to Snow's life, because she doesn't seem to be a throw away character.
I feel like there needs to be some serious mysticism in the north. Things like them coming across enormous oasis-like caves with tons of hot springs and growing vegetation. I doubt they're gonna do that, and the story is *cooler* without that, but it's not realistic at all. But if they did, they could then go deeper into some serious lore of why the north is so damn important, why Walkers exist, perhaps those old "crueler" gods are really the only true gods...
Besides, I think I'm on team Mansraedar (much cooler name than that dumb Mance Rayder George Lucas ejaculate) simply because I love that wildling ginger. Is it a personal problem that I like aggressive, manipulative chicks?
*edit: supporting the Tywin dying predictions, he is an awesome character who can't die without us getting to know him. Well, here we are, hearing him talk about his childhood and his relationship with his father... he may as well be munching on a nice juicy apple.