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The 100: The Virtues of Patiently Shipping Bellarke

Writes of the Roundtable

Bellarke fans, I count myself among you in how much I love Bellamy Blake and Clarke Griffin’s story. However, the mood as of late around the fandom has left a bad taste in my mouth, where I feel compelled to get a few words out there.

To start, I’ll freely admit that I love and easily get attached to TV shows and their characters. That said, when I don’t like a specific direction that storytelling has taken, I either suffer through it, hoping for the best, or I quietly show myself out. We all have a choice of what to spend our time watching, as it’s not like there’s a lack of options in peak TV era.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Sansa II, ASOS

Race for the Iron Throne


She would wear her new gown for the ceremony at the Great Sept of Baelor…that must be why Cersei is having it made for me, so I will not look shabby at the wedding.

Synopsis: Sansa gets a new dress, goes hawking with Margaery, and has a conversation with Ser Dontos.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Email From Harrel regarding line of succession (TV Spoilers! You’ve Been Warned!)

That would be true on principle. However, you aren’t taking into account the following:
– According to king Tommen and previously king Joffrey, or rather queen Cersei and the rest of the Lannisters, Stannis is an attained traitor; therefore, his claim is presumably invalidated, and he is not considered Tommen’s and Myrcella’s heir. It’s likely that the claim of his daughter is also therefore invalidated.
– According to Dany and Aegon, Robert Baratheon was a usurper and traitor. Therefore, his claim and the claim of his brother Stannis (who also rose in arms against his ‘rightful king’ Aerys) would be invalidated, and he and probably his daughter as well would not be considered their heirs.

Podcast Winterfell

“Who’s” second in line? No, “What’s” second in line. “Who’s” third in line.

Last week, Mike Hall asked if Daenerys was the last Targaryen. Being that I’m a lawyer, I’m naturally obsessed with Westerosi succession laws. Moreover, as I have done a great deal of cases regarding inheritance and intestate succession (and the rules of royal succession follow a similar order), I’m somewhat an expert in this area. So, given that I don’t have anything to add to the chapters this week, I figure that this is a good place to recap where we are currently in regards to the lines of succession in Westeros.

I. Important Background (King Robert Targaryen):

Let’s begin with how Robert Baratheon became king. I know some folks have attempted to cite the conversation between Rob & Ned to argue that succession in Westeros is based simply on winning a war. Rob tells Ned he should…

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