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  1. Hana Chan

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    Going strictly by birth order in a gender-neutral manner, yes. Dany was Rhaegar's youngest sibling and in the normal order of succession, she would be behind Rheagar and Viserys. Once Rhaegar had any children, his siblings would drop in the order of succession behind the children. That's why you get the "heir and the spare" adage. Viserys and Dany were the spares in case Rhaegar died before he had children to continue the linage. Of course, many royal houses did give a clear preference to male heirs over girls and some have outright prohibitions against women ascending the throne (such as the Japanese royal family - the current crown prince has no sons and the title of Emperor will pass down to his younger brother's son after his death because his daughter cannot be Empress). When I reviewed the Targaryen family tree, there were no queens that ruled in a superior position over their husbands (as far as I can tell - please correct me if I'm wrong), so there there is a preference for male heirs the odds are that Dany would never be considered as a potential heir for the throne unless she was the absolute last option.
  2. Hana Chan

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    If Dany is serious about her claims to the throne, then protecting her kingdom and its people is her primary responsibility as ruler. This isn't "Jon's" war, as she phrased it to Sansa. This is a war for the survival of everyone in Westeros. If she's only interested in conquering and not actually doing the job of Queen (which means doing inconvenient things, like protecting your citizens from certain death and zombiefication), then she'd best step aside and let those who really take the job seriously do it.
  3. Hana Chan

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    But this is incorrect. Jon's claim doesn't supersede hers because he's male. It's because he's the last surviving child of the crown prince. If Jon was a woman and Dany a man, Jon still would have a greater claim based on the hierarchy of succession. Dany was only the primary heir when it seemed that all of Rheagar's children were dead. Dany is Prince Harry here. Harry may be Will's brother, but Will and all of Will's children are ahead of Harry in the line of succession. Gender has nothing to do with Dany's situation now.
  4. Hana Chan

    S08.E02: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    This was a perfect build up to a battle that we know is going to be devastating. I very much appreciated these quiet moments between characters, which for some of them is going to be a lovely send off when we lose them next week. This was the calm before the coming storm. The confrontation with Jamie at the very begining was good, but it could have gone deeper as to why he broke his oath and killed Dany's father (because he had a damn justifiable reason). But between Brianne standing up for Jamie, supported by Sansa, there wasn't much that Dany could do about it. Not without looking unreasonable and vengeful in front of people that haven't accepted her as ruler just yet. The scenes with Jamie and Tyrion were some of my favorites, because I've always loved their relationship. The love between them was clear - they both acknowledge how flawed they are but understand that much of their frailties are born out of their love for their families and one another. Love can be destructive (which was displayed when Jamie pushed Bran from the window), but it could also be nurturing and sustaining (displayed by the bond between Jamie and Tyrion). And I loved the scene between Jamie and Bran in the Godswood. The apology to Bran for harming him was sincere, and it's obvious that Bran is so in tune with his position as TER that he sees what Jamie did as part of the necessary process that he had to undergo in order to reach this point. And Bran being the ultimate target of the Night King... not exactly unexpected but still pretty mind blowing. The coversation between Sansa and Dany was great and it makes sense for Dany to make overtures to try to win Sansa over. But the independence of the north is still a sticking point and the fact that Dany refused to discuss what happens when the battle is over doesn't bode well for Dany's breaking the wheel plan. Not going to lie... I'm all for Arya taking control and deciding that the best way to spend the night before a battle where they might all die is getting banged by the hot blacksmith. Because that's what I would want to do. She's not a child anymore, chronologically and certainly not emotionally and seeing this cold assassin indulging in the easy affection she'd always shared with Gendry was pretty satisfying. A girl is going to get her freak on. And seriously... everyone in Winterfell should be getting laid before the big battle. I'm surprised that we didn't have a full on Winterfell orgy. And while we're at it... they need to start making some babies, because we're going to need to seriously repopulate the north when this is over. Was so happy to see Theon's arrival and the warm welcome from Sansa. Those two have been through a lot and while I don't have high hope for Theon's long-term survival, they probably would make a good couple. And the drinking party and Brianne's knighting... sigh... absolutely perfect. And now the big conversation down in the crypts. It was something that probably needed to happen sooner rather than later, but ouch! Dany did not take it at all well. One would think that she would be happy to find out that she wasn't the last Targaryen, but it all boils down for her that she's got competition for the throne that she's laid claim to. And Jon has a greater legitimate claim than she does, which is going to make things very uncomfortable between them for a bit. Could have done without the hole "last male Targaryen heir" because gender is not the reason that his claim supersedes her. Jon would have greater claim even if he was a woman and Dany was a male because Jon is the trueborn child of the crown prince. Dany's place in the hierarchy would always be after Rheagar's children and any children they have. She's going to have to wrap her mind around the fact that not only is she not the only one with claim to the IT based on bloodline, but she doesn't even have the best claim. And Jon would certainly have an easier time getting the support of the North and their allies. Not sure how i'm going to survive waiting for the big battle and worrying about who we're going to lose.
  5. Hana Chan

    Season 8: Speculation and Spoilers Discussion

    I think that the confrontation with Jamie is going to be interesting because a lot of uncomfortable truths are going to come out. This will be of real interest to Dany, because I don't believe that she's really accepting that her father was the kind of monster that he was. She's been told that he committed atrocities, but she also grew up on the stories told by her brother that they were unjustly deposed and driven from their rightful positions of power. She sincerely believes that she is the only one who should be ruling Westeros, not just because she believes that she will be a just ruler, but by right as the last (as far as she knows) Targaryen. Having Jamie reveal that he only killed Aerys in order to prevent him from destroying all of Kings Landing and killing hundreds of thousands of people is going to be a hard truth for Dany to swallow. That Westeros has very good reason to be suspicious, if not hostile to the idea of a Targaryen restoration. That just because what happened after Robert's Rebellion was bad doesn't necessarily mean that what was before was wonderful and didn't need to be removed. And given that we just had Dany's execution of the Tarlys painted so negatively, the comparisons between Dany and her father are going to be unavoidable. This is going to put those who had supported Dany (Tyrion and Varys most prominently, but Jon as well) in a very difficult spot. If the rationale for supporting Dany was that she would be a better and different kind of ruler, this would throw a lot of that into serious question. All of Dany's past actions and conquests would be raised and it might become clear that she will never rule Westeros in the way that she ultimately would want to. We talk a lot about how GRRM likes to subvert fantasy genre tropes and this would be a big one - the silver haired girl with magical creatures from a royal bloodline fighting to regain the throne of her people. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she doesn't get it because she proves unworthy of the position in the end.
  6. Hana Chan

    S07.E16 Lashanta's Story

    I had to go to bed halfway through and woke up to catch up on the end. Not a surprise that she failed so totally at Dr. Now's plan. Disappointing because I really do hope for all these people, but still unsurprising. Lashanta takes responsibility for nothing and has zero motivation. She's still in that bed and she's going to die in that bed at this rate.
  7. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Not a surprise that the chubby chaser takes off at the first sign of a diet.
  8. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Whenever I hear of someone converting to Eastern Orthodox, I keep picturing that scene from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with the baptism in the inflatable kiddie pool.
  9. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Oh Gods... did she just squee?
  10. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    She seems sweet but totally detached from reality. Dr. Now has his work cut out for him.
  11. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    On the way to a weight loss surgeon.... but first, break out the fast food coupons. Fries and mashed potatoes. Dr. Now would not approve.
  12. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Prayer circle for the EMTs and that poor stretcher.
  13. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    I really don't want to start thinking about how they can manage having sex on that bed in the middle of the living room. Not to mention how they hell he'd ever find her vagina. I'm sure that she hasn't seen it for long enough for her hooha to be declared legally dead. At least she does her makeup nice.
  14. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Oh, I can't wait for Dr. Now to get involved. This one is a real prize.
  15. Hana Chan

    S07.E16: Lashanta's Story LIVE CHAT

    Hell, did this woman ever hear of birth control? She makes it sound like the babies just happened to her. There is such a thing as taking responsibility for your own actions.
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