Ohio State won but that doesn’t mean Michigan is a bad team

My last post might give the impression I don’t respect Michigan’s accomplishments this season. That is not the case. I admit that Michigan is a good team in a top conference and elite division of that conference. I would and should have said that before the game, either way it is true. My point was and is, they just are not good enough to beat Ohio State this year.

This is not a “hot sports take”. No team has been able to beat Ohio State. Only one team has been within 20 points of the Buckeyes. That is Penn State, one of my favorite teams so yeah I am biased. But it is also a fact. The Buckeyes have just outpaced everyone this season.

There are few flaws with this Ohio State team. Even when they make mistakes; they have both poise and athletics to fight through it. This is rare to see in a college team. And it may make a big difference down the line.

Still make no mistake though; Michigan has a lot of talent. There are a few players that have a good shot at making NFL rosters. I have only seen them play 3 times this year however I can see the talent is there.

Hassan Haskins had a very good day running the ball. I don’t remember him being a big part of the offense when they played either of my teams in Army or Penn State. But he had a very productive day versus a top defense. He should have at least another season to show everyone how good he is.

The freshman Zach Charbonnet has been a featured running back all season. He got fewer looks against the Buckeyes but was impressive when he got the ball. He will have lots of time to make Michigan fans proud before making some cash in the NFL.

Sean McKeon snagged a few balls early as big target tight end. But QB Shea Patterson seemed to forget about him for long portions of the game. The senior is likely already on draft boards.

Donovan Peoples-Jones had a few good games at wide out. He looks like a complete wideout. Not only adept at catching, but also ready to lay down blocks for the entire offense. Along with Ronnie Bell, the receivers are solid.

Last mentionable was QB Shea Patterson. The senior transfer will get a look from some NFL squads. Maybe not drafted but I suspect he will be in a camp. Will he make a team? Not sure. But he is not to be overlooked. He has the skills to make a decent player.

The defense played well. They need a lot of help in the secondary. Their line was solid but J.K. Dobbins was more solid. No one really stood out for them. Still I have seen a lot worse this season.

The Wolverines will likely still be in the top 25. They got third in the Big Ten East behind 2 top 10 teams in Ohio State and Penn State. This was a respectable season.

Jim Harbaugh didn’t really have any recommendations for getting better in this video. Not sure I do either. I do believe Michigan should retain Harbaugh though. They have talented players. But they might need some new assistant coaches. But I can’t think of anyone who will work harder at succeeding. He has 9 wins or more in all five seasons and all had a bowl appearance. More successful than other place he has coached. All that is missing is a win over Ohio State, which I am sure will make him burn to win even more.

In the end; Michigan has had a decent season. They will be playing in a bowl, likely between Christmas and New Years. And then get ready for the 2020 campaign.

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Michigan vs. Ohio State football game predictions

Watching the ESPN morning show Get Up on Thursday 28 November 2019; Mike Greenberg made a prediction that Michigan would beat Ohio State in their upcoming game on Saturday 30 November 2019. As seen on this video. I can’t see how any serious sports fan can back up this sports “take”.

I can see how Michigan fans will back their team. I would expect that. As well from Michigan alums like Desmond Howard. Michigan fans are vocal about their desire for their team’s continued excellence. Go Blue is one of the most recognizable slogans in support of any Power 5 program. They have a rich history. But this year; they are not living up to the hype.

I understand their passion and in fact, I am the same way. I backed Penn State last Saturday when they went up against Ohio State. The odds weren’t good but as a lifelong Penn State fan, I held out hope. Sadly the Nittany Lions have already lost a game to Minnesota. Against the Buckeyes, Penn State was overmatched during the game. But not by much thanks to a second half comeback . They did not get blown out like many of the Buckeyes opponents. But the Nittany Lions are a much better team than many as well. That is why they beat the Wolverines on 19 October 2019.

But somehow people are still propagating the “take” that Michigan can win this weekend. They play a lot of sports well so, they will likely have many wins this weekend. But in football; I believe they are going to lose.

I have, in my “take, accounted for the fact that the game will be played at the University of Michigan aka “The Big House”. However outside the Buckeyes being the visitors; I can’t think of one disadvantage they have. In the main aspects of the game; they are superior. I don’t see a match up where the Wolverines are better.

The Buckeyes have 3 of the best players in the country. Much has been made of Chase Young this season. The defensive end Young has been spectacular this season. If not for missing 2 games for taking money, he might be the only player talked about. Still his impact on the field has affected all the offenses that have faced him.

Justin Fields has been fantastic in his first season as a Buckeye. His output has outshined both Jake Fromm who he sat behind last season. Also, Fields could have been behind Jacob Eason who himself moved to Washington. He has outshone both. Taking snaps for one of the best statistical offenses this season.

The third standout player is J.K. Dobbins. Back when Heisman voters still respected running back, this is the type of back people looked for. Along with Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin and Najee Harris of Alabama; Dobbins has speed, strength and great hands out of the backfield. He has 15 rushing TDs and 2 receiving TDs and getting close to 2000 yards all-purpose. Very impressive resume.

Not sure how big the Heisman list going to the Downtown Athletic Club will be this year; but these 3 will likely be in the top 10 of voting. They are joined by a team of Buckeyes who are talented as well. With that being said; how is Michigan going to win?

Michigan has lost to Wisconsin and Penn State already this year. Wisconsin beat them 35-14 and still have a chance to represent the Big Ten West. Penn State’s win was closer at 28-21. But there is one game that should be a bellwether for where Michigan is.

Also the “Big House” is the same place that Army took the Wolverines to overtime on 7 September 2019. A triple option, run early and often offense was able to push one of the “big boys” into overtime.

[Full disclosure- Army is my alma mater. I am biased towards them. But I am also honest enough to say that this season has been a rough one for the Black Knights. Losing close games and possibly not being bowl eligible. This pains me to say but all Army really has to do is
BEAT NAVY!]

I am not sure what in the resume makes Michigan look like they can keep pace with Ohio State. Michigan has won impressively in their other games they have won. But none of those teams are Ohio State. There are no significant injuries on the Ohio State side. Plus this is a rivalry game for both. Does that throw away logic?

I have consistently railed on rankings. I still do just not so vociferously on here. I am not going to use rankings to make my point. I will although add, Michigan with 2 losses is somehow outranking 4 one loss teams. Why? The committee unfairly discriminates against non-Power 5 conferences, sometimes referred to as Group of 5 (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, and the Sun Belt Conference). I admitted my biases about Penn State being my lifelong team and Army my alma mater. Neither of which affects my ability to talk about either.

But there shouldn’t be biases involved in rankings or championships. Just standings should be used to determine who is the best. Ten conferences have devised a plan for crowning a champion without any rankings involved.
And Michigan is tied for second in the Big Ten East with no hope for a spot in the championship. Ohio State is the only team that will represent the East. While the winner of Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend will represent the West. Wins and losses on the field; that is the way to determine champions.

So the Wolverines and Buckeyes will determine this on the field. My “take” won’t determine it. Neither will anyone else’s. A bunch of older teenagers or just in their twenties guys on the field will. I wish these guys good luck. I hope that it is a good game.

OK, that is my main point. But that video inspired another thought. So one more thing.

In the video, Paul Finebaum talks about the Iron Bowl where Auburn will host Alabama on Saturday is the greatest rivalry in football. Finebaum says it is the biggest game and laughs off calling it “war with bullets” in contrast to Desmond Howard’s characterization of Michigan vs. Ohio State as “war without bullets”.

I know he meant it as an in the moment hyperbolic contrast to Desmond’s prudent description. But as a veteran, it was dismissive. But it explains more why the SEC mindset exists. I need more time to type out what I fully mean by SEC mindset but an analogy is a rising tide lifts all boats. Which in this case, I disagree with. In fact, only rising rankings disregarding standings raises all SEC non-champions.

What? It isn’t the oldest, that is Yale vs. Princeton. It isn’t the first one with a nickname, that is Harvard vs Yale aka “The Game”. It isn’t the most prestigious, that is Army vs. Navy which has had four Heisman winners and a few Presidents either involved or attending. I know there will be some future NFLers in the Iron Bowl but it is of little consequence. Or at least it should be.

In fact, it doesn’t determine anything real. Neither team can get to the SEC Championship. More to the point, either team will be a champion without someone else’s help. They will not be a Power Five champion. They won’t even be a Group of Five champion. Neither can be. Not this year. How is that a big game?

Moreover, how could either be considered for the National Championship over any of the 10 conference champions?
Change is hard but it is necessary. Time for play on the field to be the biggest determiner of a champion. Only champions should play for championships. Save the “match ups” for bowl games.

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I Hope Tagiolova Gets Better

Disclaimer: I never want anyone to get hurt playing sports. It sucks whenever anyone gets hurt. It is never my intent to see any player of any sport get hurt. : Disclaimer

Nick Saban gave an interview going into halftime. Indicating that he as the head coach decided to keep Tagovailoa in to run the 2 minute drill. Indicated at 1:12 on this video & here in print.

Tagovailoa is in his 2nd year as a starter. He has played in 2 National Championship games with 1 win. He is one of the most celebrated junior quarterbacks in college right now and most are predicting he will enter the NFL draft at the end of this season. He was second in the Heisman voting last season and won a few player of the year awards and first team accolades as well. Seems like he is pretty good.

So if he still needs practice on the 2 minute drill, maybe he shouldn’t be your starter?

Now I know Nick Saban is not a sooth-sayer. No way Saban could have known that Tagovailoa was going to get hurt. Saban also wouldn’t want Tagovailoa to be hurt. There is no indication that would lead him to think he would get hurt in his hip or any other body part. I am not accusing him of that. And some (like here) don’t think he is to blame at all.

I disagree.

Alabama has plenty of options at quarterback. There are six other quarterbacks on the Alabama roster https://www.espn.com/college-football/team/roster/_/id/333/alabama-crimson-tide . Point of fact, Tua (short for Tuanigamanuolepola) is not even the only Tagovailoa on the roster. His brother Taulia (not sure if that is a full first name or not) is a freshman on the team.

Also, none of those other options have even a scintilla as much experience. Mac Jones has the most as a starter a few weeks ago, fill in on a few games and only other upperclassmen. Particularly running a 2 minute drill.

I assume getting game time experience while your team is up 35 – 7, probably would be useful. Particularly for the 5 other quarterbacks who are all freshmen. Only one of the freshman has even taken a snap during a game, guess which one.

But Saban and his staff weren’t sure of Tua? Really !?!

Saban knows the value of getting experience for young quarterbacks, not just implicitly but explicitly. Tua having some experience during his freshman year had to be integral to him being able to replace Jalen Hurts during the 2017-2018 National Championship game leading to victory. Which to be certain was really just the SEC Championship game with different competitors. But that is a subject for my continuing displeasure with the committee and system (mentioned many times on this blog) so I digress.

I am sure plenty of people will argue that Saban is infinitely more qualified to make these decisions. But how? I am using only logic. I am not blaming Saban for the injury. I am saying that when up by 28 and you aren’t playing him in the second half anyway, now (with over 3 minutes left in the first half) is the time to get his other quarterbacks playing time.

The reality is, Alabama has to stay competitive. I know all is not lost for this team. LSU could easily collapse in their, at the time, last three games. And The Tide could be the west division representatives to the SEC Championship as LSU is the only team in their way. That is why the games are played. And The Tide only scored 3 more points in the game versus “powerhouse” Mississippi State after Tua’s injury.

But Alabama’s schedule has not been very difficult to this point. Some might say it is because they are so talented. Not sure the committee will see it the same. Particularly with a game vs another “powerhouse” in Western Carolina at home. And a finale at Jordan Hare vs Auburn, which The Tide would have had their hands full even with Tua.

I don’t see many former Saban athletes who talk about his compassion. Still Saban has won a ton of games. I have to ask, at what cost? I have never been a fan of Alabama football. And admittedly, they had some down years before Saban. But is that worth dealing with him and his judgment and his revolving door of coordinators?

I do hope Tua gets better. I don’t think he will be in an Alabama uniform ever again. He has shown he is a competitor. I think he will be on an NFL roster soon after the draft. I think it will be much better for his health. Maybe he should advise his brother to make a change too.

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The ShoutDown Review of the book The Farm by Joanne Ramos *SPOILER ALERT*

* Spoilers will be in this review. I will be talking about the main characters and their plotlines. I will be talking about specific plot points. Pivotally, I will be talking about the resolution of the characters. I will discuss the aftermath of the main character as it is a source of contention for me. So if you do not want spoilers for The Farm by Joanne Ramos, please stop reading now. *
I read the description of The Farm in a round-up of new releases for summer 2019, I thought the concept sounded interesting. This is Ms. Ramos’ first novel but it reads more like a first draft than an edited release in hardback by Random House Books.
If it were my call, I wouldn’t have gambled on a print release. Opting for an ebook first with a threshold for print of this version. I am making an assumption book companies do something like that, I could be wrong. I am not in the publishing industry and never have been.
One thing I want to address early is, this is not a dystopian story, in my opinion. This article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/12/the-farm-joanne-ramos-review asserts it is. In fact to me, it isn’t really akin to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale which is reliant on the unexplained war that changed America forming Gilead. There are no hallmarks of a dystopian story like a major event, war, disease, famine, tragedy or anything that indicates it is anything other than modern day United States with a flashback to the Philippines when one character is younger. In that respect, I agree with this review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ay5hJFjySM from about 1:00 to 2:10. I believe this story happens in modern day America, as is.
Instead this is a treatise on how the ultra-rich handle most things, they outsource to someone of lesser means. Usually we see this in the form of cleaning, driving or other menial tasks. In this case, the subject matter is breeding. One indicator is the addition of a fictional magazine mentioned on page 55 “How To Spend It”. The poor people in this story have nothing to spend so this is obviously aimed at the rich. The Author’s note at the end of the talks about Ms. Ramos motivations to write the book and I think they are valid. But it falls short of truly proposing a solution to the problems mentioned. Resulting in the same economic inequities from start to finish.
Well enough bloviating, let’s get to the story review.
There should only be 2 point of view (POV) characters, Jane and Mae. This would make for an ironic juxtaposition for the 2 Asian American women, one Filipina the other Chinese both American. Edifying the deep fissures that can arise from differences in upbringing. Pushing to forefront the amount of hope each possesses to progress in society. That along with economic opportunities that can be the difference in people’s lives, in my opinion.
Jane Reyes is the main character. I would normally say protagonist however the antagonist is really just the economic system and its treatment of woman, not an actual character. Jane is the embodiment of not being to get ahead. I disagree with many reviews I have read, Jane does not have a happy ending. Through it all, Jane has to care for her daughter all alone, although no reason is given why that is.
Jane is the daughter of an American male servicemember and a teenage Phillipine woman. There is no indication whether her father knew he was leaving her mother pregnant or not. But we know her mother left Jane with her grandmother to raise. When the grandmother dies, Jane comes to stay with her mother in America, more on that in a minute. Jane leaves with her eventual husband Billy, almost nothing more on that in the book, ending up in New York City.
With regards to Jane’s mother, she could have gotten to the U.S. a tiny bit easier with Jane in tow. Jane is a U.S. Citizen since her father is. It would not have made either one’s life easier to be together in these circumstances with few prospects. But would have been easier to explain. As is, I can’t see how either woman got to the U.S. and it is not addressed as a potential problem.
The other main character, Mae Yu comes from a loving though slightly controlling two parent household. Through struggles and tough times, they all persevere to maintain an upper middle class lifestyle. And Mae is an archetype for the strong modern woman.
Mae is the main character with a decent life. She could be the antagonist but I really don’t think she is as written. She is Holloway Club’s & Corporate America’s embodiment. Mae engineers the expansion of the ultra-rich baby making enterprise. Still I am not sure she is against Jane per se. They do happen to be on opposite sides. And in the end, that is more evident than ever but I will get to that.
Evelyn “Ate” Arroyo is the third POV character but she should not be. Ate is Jane’s cousin who is much older. Though not explicitly stated, I believe Ate’s children are older than Jane. Only one thing of consequence happens to her in the story that is when she gets sick and can’t care for Amalia, Jane’s daughter. But that could have all happened from Jane’s point of view. And point of fact, we only find out from Jane so, why is Ate a POV character?
As a reader, I am really only in vested in the impact to Jane directly and Mae indirectly. I am unsure why Ate has been given a POV for this story. I believe it is to talk about her children left back in the Philippines which have almost no significance to the main story. Her sidekick Angel is equally unimportant to the actual story as a story filled with Filipino women who are only pawns for the rich. None actually get ahead including Ate’s one daughter who is a medical professional (which kind I am not sure though and not re-reading to figure it out either).
It really paints life in the Philippines in a terrible light. Only one of her four children is a decent human being. And there seem to be no good fathers in the author’s birthplace. Life their is depicted as bleak in every sense. With an economic sector dependent on the salaries of ex-pats. Leaving a precarious child rearing system.
In the end, the way to tell Ate is not a main character, there is no disposition of her character by the end of the story. Is she sick and alive? Is she dead? Not sure When Jane leaves her in the hospital, her story is left as well. Mae and Jane mention what will happen if she dies but don’t actually mention if that has occurred.
Same can be said about the significance of Reagan McCarthy the fourth and last POV character. Her “voice” is unnecessary. It does not add to the narrative in a substantive way. She is a fleshed out character, more so than the equally uninteresting Lisa. Though we know what happens to Reagan in the end, is it really interesting? I don’t think so. Nothing happens to her that couldn’t be talked about from either Mae or Jane’s perspective.
One thing that stood out to me is the treatment of men in this book. In contrast to most stories, the men are only there to window dress the women. Trophies. Few actually move the story along in any measurable way. They have very few speaking roles and only to further the women stories.
The book would not pass a “male- version” of the Bechdel-Wallace test. I can’t think of another book I read that would fail this particular way. Plenty fail the actual Bechdel-Wallace test where females are the trophies. It is interesting to see on the other side. Particularly when men set up the systems that ensure the women in these stories don’t get ahead. I am not sure if this is intentional or not; it is unique to my recollection. Possibly this is the reason the project was green-lit to begin with.
Male characters are named though, unlike failures of the Bechdel-Wallace test. First names only it seems. I can’t remember an instance of a Male having a last name. Two can be intuitively guessed which are Mae’s and Reagan’s fathers but we don’t get their first names. The men we meet are:
Billy- Jane’s husband (ex by the end of the book) and Amalias father. Total deadbeat.
Leon- Mae’s boss at Hollaway. Possibly the only true antagonist as the male embodiment of economic ultra greed as Holloway’s CEO.
Ethan- Mae’s boyfriend turned husband. He is the only male depicted as actually decent. He is an actually loving partner to Mae. Probably the best representative for the male of the species.
Troy- Lisa’s artist boyfriend and sexual release. Does one thing that is problematic and another that is helpful.
Julio- Lisa’s partner in crime and other sexual release.
Fatherhood really takes a beating in this story. Jane’s father leaves, possibly ignorant, though that does not assuage his fault and guilt. Jane’s husband Billy is wholly absent. Ate’s husband Miguel leaves unexplained. Reagan’s father is controlling and somewhat concerned. At least he advocates financial independence while keeping Reagan’s mother as a liberal trophy wife. Mae’s father goes against type of the scheming Asian, instead capitulating to his social climbing American wife.
Ethan, Mae’s fiancee then husband, seems like a good dude. Seems like he is an attentive father though just fine with having a nanny. Same might be said of the unnamed father of Lisa’s 3 surrogate babies. The later libertarian is reasonable when Lisa is caught in a compromising position with Julio. So there are at least 2 decent guys in the story.
There are lots of ironic things that happen. Like when Ate falls ill, she is not fit enough to care for The Carters baby Henry. But she is “sick” enough to watch Amalia. This is a true inequality highlighted by the economic realities of the parents. It is simply what the market demands.
And because Ate’s fate was left unresolved, why not kill her? Because no rational person thinks keeping Amalia from Jane is a good plan. What if instead Ate makes a plan for someone to take over and that person loses Jane’s contact information? That seems plausible.
Instead, Angel takes over for Ate. Angel knows Jane. Moreover she knows what Amalia means to Jane. And Angel keeps Ate’s illness from Jane. But the reader is supposed to believe it when on page 291 Angel explains everything to Mae, a stranger, what happened to Ate. But Angel and Ate left Jane in the dark for a week or more? That does not even remotely make sense.
It is the first of many things that don’t track. One thing I won’t fully spoil but was fishy to start is Reagan’s client Callie. Callie is a black woman who pays a premium price for a white host? This was fishy as soon as I heard it on page 181.
Same with the WellBands at Golden Oaks. They are like a Fitbit with the convenience of Disney MagicBands in the park. Same catch as with Disney, the wearer is giving away information whether knowingly or not. From the start, the WellBands are used as a control measure. A shackle even if it looks nicer. Along with the limited access to the outside world, the bands make it much more like a prison than a privilege to help other people with fertility issues.
Same with the fact that Reagan gets her bonus but Jane doesn’t. Why? There is no reason for it as both were a part of the “plan” for Jane to sneak to NYC. Along with Lisa too. And just as a business point, there is no way they did not charge the same for both babies, both of whom were born healthy. And the withholding of Jane’s bonus is punitive only to her. Since news isn’t used to keep the other hosts in line. Probably.
But one circumstance where the bonus does matter, Jane is still in dire straits financially. Mae, if she took the money and withheld it from Jane a fellow Asian American and not Reagan a white American, it is nefarious enough. Mae than uses that to leverage Jane into being a personal host for her and Ethan’s baby. Further into being Victor’s baby-nurse. Controlling Jane in a way if it was intentional does make Mae the true antagonist. But it might simply be circumstantial.
Still Mae has to understand the undo influence she has on Jane’s life. Moreover on Amalia’s who Mae seems to be encouraging to do what Mae says not Jane. But I wonder how Henry will treat Amalia when they get older. Will Mae encourage Amalia’s self-reliant streak then? There is your sequel right there.
Before moving on though, another good storyline that was ignored; I would like to have seen what happens if Jane does get the money. What than? She has no real plans for the windfall. She likely does not know what to do with it. There was never going to be a happy ending for Jane.
Don’t believe me. Let’s look at Jane’s fate without the money. She is somewhat stable by the end but not at all ahead. Still working for a living. Divorced but somehow doesn’t have to share custody, money she made during the marriage nor does it appear she gets any child support for Amalia. She has the same skills but no degree. And ultimately at Mae’s whim. So much so that Jane gets recycled into being a host back-to-back for Mae. Coming out of the experience with 2 more sets of stretch marks and not much more in the way of economic stability or resources.
There are no classes on economics at Golden Oaks for anyone. No career management assistance for the hosts. No real help for the hosts after the birth and recovery. Mae talks about having hosts return multiple times which is all Holloway cares about.
So are the women getting ahead by being hosts? The true measure is the fact that Lisa is having her third baby. Why? Isn’t she supposedly getting a hefty sum from her libertarian, Ivy league clients? Lisa is obviously not altruistic or philanthropic. But even if she is not premium (my guess), as a white female can’t she charge more? At least enough to not have to do it 3 times? Seems no is the answer.
In fact Reagan, a Duke graduate, does not know what to do with her bonus either. Reagan gets her MFA in photography, like Mae directs her to implicitly. Still Reagan insists on living an “authentic” life over a prosperous one. Instead of making money to full her passions, she dedicates her time to publishing the inequity of life. Kind of like the author. Ate is either near death or dead. And Reagan could be dependent on her father soon enough.
No one ever talks about how much money anyone is actually getting. We are told it is a lot. But a lot is relative but so is the concept of enough. Jane’s enough would be very different from Lisa’s or Reagan’s. None of them seem to be comfortable after being hosts. Most of the reviews I have YouTubed or read don’t truly question why none of them are comfortable by the end.
Mae’s story is just the rich getting richer. Seems like she is gunning for her boss’ job. About half way through the book, we find out Mae’s own employee Becca is aiming for Mae’s job as well. Same with the Dr Wilde and Geri, but neither is truly talented. But is Mae’s job stable? The story shows the many crises that can arise from this form of captive surrogacy which the company is expanding in the epilogue. It is a dog eat dog world that is not much more stable for Mae, a new mother. At least she has Ethan who seems to be somewhat stable.
Would have been more interesting if there was some adversity. One of the babies has a trisomy, a potential birth defect, and is aborted. That could make for a twist. Or bring in hosts from another country and make them actually rich when they return. Something to really move the needle.
But so much is thrown away. The baby with trisomy is aborted. Mentions of Macy, Reagan’s roommate, are complete by about page 200. Julio after his transgression which makes him much more likely to break his confidentiality. And even Ate’s fate is unknown, a POV character. I don’t appreciate this as the reader.
Also I wonder if there is any significance to the character names. Jane Reyes initial JR just like the authors. And Reagan McCarthy I wonder if there is a link to Ronald Reagan and Joseph McCarthy or just a coincidence? Angel saves Amalia at her time of need. Not sure if any of this is intentional or not.
Honestly the intentions of the author are hard to determine. I tend to think some of the things I pointed out are circumstantial. It would be a better story if they were intentional. I would appreciate if these situation led the characters to a bigger purpose.
While not dystopia, this is a bleak story. With many of our characters in much the same position as when they start the story. So it really only serves as a testament to the power of the ultra-rich to manipulate the lower classes. Which is why I am baffled by how many reviews are positive about the novel. Reviews like:
1. Caffeinated Bookworm : mentioned above.
2. Acacia Ives: She calls it dystopian, multiple times I believe, which it isn’t. And she talks about Golden Oaks being for wealthy white couples when Jane’s baby is for a nonwhite couple along with 7 other hosts.
3. Mspeace23: decent analysis.
4. Read Remark: gets a bit more in depth on the economics.
5. Zews Reading Corner a little too cheery for my taste.
In the end, the story was a 2.5 out of 5 stars. For everything I grumble about with the characters, structure and story are not terrible. In fact, the subject matter is fresh. I was educated about the plight of Filipina immigrants to this country. I feel it could have been more polished. There really isn’t any twist or tragedy for the story to pivot on. Having Mae continuing to gain steam as a new mom and Jane still in ever-present dire straits but holding stable is blaise. There are some close calls (the tick, cancer, the escape) but not many meaningful changes happen in the story to our two main characters. Would be a much better story if something did occur to change the paradigm. Maybe in the sequel?
I would like to see a sequel where Jane tries to break out of her economic situation. Mae tries to hold on to her own. Maybe they end up working together? Possibly told through the eyes of their kids who are at private school together? Second hand seeing each struggle. Would be interesting that way. But probably easier to write it straight up with Jane and Mae instead of Amalia and Victor.
Shall see what happens.

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The ShoutDown: Game of Thrones What I would like to see happen, not predictions though.

Disclaimer: This post will discuss both the TV show Game of Thrones (GoT) and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF). Be warned, I will be discussing topics that reveal what has happened on the show for the past 7 seasons and 5 episodes of season 8 and written series for the past 5 books. I will discuss characters that are in the books and not the show and vice versa. This discussion will include all storylines. It is riddled with information from both sources.

These are not predictions. These are what I would like to happen. Fan fiction of a show that is itself fan fiction of a book series ASOIAF. I will give a bit of narrative as well. Just some fun things to think about prior to the series finale.

Daenerys Targaryen: She has to go. I realize she feels alone and entitled. But she can not feel empowered by her possession of a dragon=Westerosi version of a weapon of mass destruction. Her abject violence which resulted in the slaughter of not just soldiers but also innocents is reprehensible. There must be a reckoning for her unhinged behavior.
I believe her first move will be to request the remaining High Lords and Ladies come to King’s Landing to swear fealty. There would be a group, including Sansa Stark-Lannister, who would demand Jon Snow be crowned Aegon VI Targaryen. And in response, Daenerys would say “Dracarys” and Drogon would burn them.
This would prompt Jon to attempt to arrest Daenerys, who is being guarded by Grey Worm. In their battle, Grey Worm would end up missing Jon and killing Daenerys.
Though Jon was attempting to arrest her seconds before, he would try to comfort her as she dies. They would profess their love for one another. So she would die engulfed in love.

Tyrion Lannister: I assume Tyrion can no longer support Daenerys Targaryen. Her abject violence should no longer be supported. He must walk away. I believe that Tyrion has enough integrity to know when the Targaryen has turned.
I believe he will leave King’s Landing. Intending on going to his boyhood home, Casterly Rock. With Jaime Lannister dead, Tyrion is the heir to the Westerland’s paramount lordship. Tyrion is the Warden of the West.
But before he can get to either his boyhood home of Casterly Rock or his wife’s home of Winterfell; he will be captured by Bronn. Properly arrested.
Bronn will bring him before Daenerys; along with the other High Lords and Ladies. Daenerys will punish Tyrion and he will die.
I really do want Tyrion to live. But he is the last of the “old guard”. Just about everyone of his generation is dead. Davos Seaworthy is also there. But Tyrion has been a more constant character. Someone that has been rooted for. I believe that Tyrion must go now.

Jon Snow: He is going to go through some things. He can’t really trust much of anyone. Daenerys is his aunt and he can’t be supportive with what she is doing. When Daenerys holds others to task, including his cousin Sansa, Jon will snap.
He will attempt to arrest. Not sure he will even use any form of authority. He will simply try. And as described above, he will fail.
He will be inconsolable after that. He will not take the throne. Some will encourage him to take it. He won’t.
Jon will leave. He will head north. Find Tormund. Find Ghost. Maybe even take Nymeria’s pack with him. Becoming a leader in the untamed North.
King of The North?

Arya Stark: I would hope the horrors of King’s Landing, both times she was there, would convince her to lay down the sword. In my fan fiction, she leaves King’s Landing and goes to Storm’s End. She would become Gendry’s wife and the Lady of Storm’s End. Joining Houses Baratheon and Stark, finally.
Gendry would be summoned to King’s Landing. He would support Daenerys and bend the knee. Something he forgot to do in episode 4. But he (the writers) also forgot bastards born in King’s Landing are called Waters not Rivers. So he is a forgetful person.
Back to Arya, if she goes with him everyone will think she will kill Daenerys for the death of her sister. I feel the Unsullied would surround her and she would not be able close that set of green eyes.
There were a few scenes with her practicing shooting arrows. She had to practically apply this skill during the Battle of Winterfell against the army of the dead. But she continued shooting after the battle too, in episode 4. Why? More on that later.
I doubt it is to go west of Westeros. I can’t see her being a traveler. Nor going back to Braavos to rejoin the Faceless Men at the House of Black and White. I would rather see her create a family of some sort or another.
In the end, she would flourish as The Lady Storm. Running the Storm Lands in an efficient manner.

Bran Stark: Of the main characters, I am the least clear on what or where Bran should be. He does not fit anywhere.
Bran is important. He was one of George’s five characters that will survive until the end of the books. https://watchersonthewall.com/george-r-r-martins-original-plan-game-thrones/ . He knows much more than anyone in Westeros.
I am hoping Bran shared some of his knowledge with Tyrion. And hopefully Tyrion spreads that knowledge as well. But we can’t tell. There have been so many conversations that have started on camera and ended off. Tyrion had two of those with Bran this season. One in episode 2 and another in episode 4. What was said? Will we know? Who can tell?
But I don’t have the slightest clue where he is going. But the only diservice will be if they don’t talk about Bran at all. More of a disservice if he does not impart his knowledge as well. He needs to start talking. Someone needs to write it down. So it doesn’t happen again.
His direwolf Summer died in the North. It was still in a summer season when that occurred so I am not sure if there is any significance there. But possibly because it was a magical place, Bran may need to also go to a magical place. Maybe the Isle of Faces where his magic should be strongest. Maybe future leaders will come there to consult with him? Maybe he needs to die there mirroring his direwolf’s death in a magical place? I have lots of questions and very few answers.
The future is unclear for this one.

Sansa Stark-Lannister: Sansa will be burned. She will try to outwit and outmaneuver Daenerys. She will ally with a few of the other great houses.
Then Daenerys will burn them all.
Many of the Stark children have followed their direwolves into the afterlife. Lady, Sansa’s direwolf, was the first to die and still Sansa persists. Not sure how much longer Sansa can fight that fate though.
I would prefer things to be different. Sansa is the mirror of Elizabeth of York https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_of_York. Others have noted this resemblence in the storyline as well https://www.quora.com/Is-Sansa-Stark-inspired-by-Elizabeth-of-York. I am not sure who her Tudor king would be though. Some speculate it could Gendry. He is a legitimized heir of the Baratheon line now. I don’t think this will happen though as I am shipper of GendArya. Although this would similarly fulfill the joining of the Stark and Baratheon houses. So I am saying there is a chance.

Drogon: With the destruction of ice made flesh of The Night King in episode 3, I believe the last bit of fire made flesh will also be eradicated. The nice way would be Drogon flying away to Valyria. Maybe to lay eggs? Maybe to get eggs that were already laid in a time he left Daenerys?
The un-nice way will be Drogon getting shot and killed. There is some speculation that an arrow made from the wood of a Weirwood tree could kill a dragon.
Who might take that shot? Although I did not mention this explicitly above I alluded to the potential archer, Arya. This could be a pay off to Arya’s archery training.
Dragons can have more than one rider. There is a slight chance that Jon uses Drogon to fly north. But the dragons did not like it up north. So he may drop off his Uber ride and then go off to Valyria.

Grey Worm: I mentioned above what I think he will do. Being the blade that strikes his own queen’s heart. This will break him.
This free man and leader will wander away. Leave Westeros, a foreign land that will not accept him. Going to the Summer Isles just as he had planned with his beloved Missandei.
This is the type of sad ending a warrior gets. Grey Worm will leave a broken man. But he will be a free man. Maybe a farmer?

Bronn of the Blackwater: I described above what will happen with him and Tyrion. After Tyrion is dead, Daenerys will confer lands and titles on Bronn. Maybe even Casterly Rock? At that time as Daenerys announces his house; he will say either Reyne or Tarbeck. The two families that attempted to take over the Lannisters in the past. Both are thought to be extinguished. The Reynes are the subjects of the Rains of Castamere. To me that would be a great twist.

Davos Seaworthy: Along with Tyrion, Davos is the last of the last generation. But unlike Tyrion, I think Davos will survive. There are 2 paths that seem clear.
Most likely, he will go back to his own keep. One he has been away from for years. The wife and kids he left there. And resume his life as a Lord.
Or Davos may become a castlen or advisor for Gendry Baratheon the new Storm Lord. Two poor boys from Flea Bottom ruling one of the seven kingdoms. It would be a good story.

Ser Brienne of Tarth: She goes up north, finds Tormund and has close-to-giant babies.
Seriously though, I think she will be part of someone’s Queen’ or King’s Guard. In a self imposed celibacy.
I have heard theories that she is pregnant from her nights with Jaime. But I can’t see that being true. Her being pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. That would be unusual.
I would enjoy seeing Brienne having a happier end. I can’t even see her more than being a sworn sword in the end.

Podrick Payne: He puts away his sword. But his “sword” gets plenty of use as he travels the seven kingdoms singing with a troupe of performers. All Pod the sex god of tits and wine.

Gendry Baratheon: He will be among the High Lords who are summoned by Daenerys. No matter what happens with Arya, Gendry will back Daenerys. He will bend the knee. Even if that is not a virtuous side to be on. Gendry will be beside Jon Snow in their support of the dragon queen, prior to Daenerys burning the opposition.
Gendry will survive though. He will rule the Storm Lands. I hope he has a lady who can help him. I would like to see him and Sansa most because that is a power couple. Next Arya. Last would be just some girl who wants to be a lady and is a good person. I think his fate will be mostly happy even if he isn’t with Arya who he wants first.

Yara Greyjoy: She will be called. Will she come? I don’t know. She sat out the end of the war. She may just stay Iron and stay away.
Best ending for her would be her directing the helm of a ship to distant lands.

Samwell Tarly: Also among the High Lords summoned to King’s Landing. He would side with Sansa. Which means, he might burn. Like his father.
Randyll Tarly sent Sam to the wall due to a lack of respect. But Sam has done so many heroic acts. Battling Wildings. Battling White Walkers. Being the most learned man he could become. Randyll made a huge error.
But in the end, Sam stands with honor. Making the same decision his father made. Even though they are dramatically different.
Most speculation includes Sam being the author of A Song of Ice and Fire. Maybe he works with Bran to write it? Reading stories to little Sam. That might happen. I would like to see something different though.

Gilly: She will live. Go down to either Horn Hill or HighGarden. Raise Little Sam the new baby. Maybe she will be at Horn Hill and Sam’s Mother Melessa and Sister Talla will go to High Garden to be the Ladies Paramount? Not too much needs to be explained about her. She will live a good life but very little will be shown about her and the kids.

Edmure Tully: Summoned too as the Lord Paramount of the Riverlands. He would likely side with his niece Sansa. Which means he is toast.

Tycho Nestoris, Representative of the Iron Bank: I believe he will arrive to get the Iron Bank’s due. And Daenerys will pay him, in fire. I believe there will be a speech by Daenerys about arming her enemies. A well deserved speech. But it will be followed by fire. And for the first time, the Iron Bank will decidedly not get its due from House Targaryen.

Robin Arryn: He will ally with his cousin Sansa. Not a good idea.

Yohn Royce: I doubt we will see him. He will likely go back to his keep. But afterward, there is no heir to the Vale of Arryn. In the books, there is a male heir with a few drops of Arryn blood left. But in the show, Yohn might be the one helping pick up the pieces for the Vale. And his son got “Molly-whopped” in the first episode. So it would be good to have a Royce in the finale as well.

Unnamed Prince of Dorne: I really can’t tell. Probably not going to make it through this series. If he sides with anti-Daenerys crowd, he will be toast. First appearance = Last appearance.

Daario Naharis: His story is done. Won’t see him again. Neither of his two actors. And won’t get to see a blue haired, golden mustachioed leader of a mercenary company (books Stormcrows/show Second Sons).

Ghost: He will, Finally, get a good boy pat by Jon. Enjoying the North. Creating a pack of his own.

Nymeria: She will go with Ghost up North. Her pack will be sung about by the Wildlings for generations.

I think those are the main characters left as well a few minor ones. Hopefully I am not missing anyone. I don’t think this is how it would happen. Just some elements of what I would enjoy seeing.

Now I am not part of the crowd that is “demanding” a different season 8. If you are inclined to think that way, do two things. First, stop petitioning and pay for a new season. Second, convince George R.R. Martin that you should adapt his story. Simple right. I am sure you are the first to try that.

I acknowledge that the last four seasons have problems. But I am also an adult. I can choose to watch or choose to change the channel. This repeated gripping about the quality of the story is easily remedied. Turn off the show. In fact, vote with your wallet and stop paying for HBO. That might have the impact you are looking for. But the constant whinging is unbecoming.

Follow the lead of Elio Garcia. He is one of the co-authors of The World of Ice and Fire. Another co-author was some guy named George. Anyway, after season 5; Elio decided he was done with the show GoT. He says so here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzmpxuDqt9A&list=PLjmq3-40drsdBRDao3W7zvIPev3h0Lm76&index=14&t=0s. As best I can tell, he has held up to that. I believe that is the correct way to handle the disgust for the show. Either way, please just stop.

If you are waiting for the books, you watch continues.

For reference, I used this list: https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/game-of-thrones-finale-every-character-still-alive/2900-2649/34/ to get a complete list of remaining character. The content within the characters remaining arcs are my own thoughts.

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The ShoutDown: Halfway through Season 8 of Game of Thrones; how are my hypotheses doing?

Disclaimer: This post will discuss both the TV show Game of Thrones and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Be warned, I will be discussing topics that reveal what has happened on the show for the past 7 seasons and first three episodes of season 8 and written series for the past 5 books. I will discuss characters that are in the books and not the show and vice versa. This discussion will include all storylines. It is riddled with information from both sources.

I made some predictions about Game of Thrones Season 8. Three episodes have been broadcasted of the final season of Game of Thrones and a lot has been revealed. With only three episodes left before the show is finished. Honestly that makes me sad. There are only about 4 hours left with show. Even sadder is there are still lots of issues to resolve with this series.

Honestly, I thought more would have happened by now. My guess to the question why more has not happened (read: more main characters being killed) is hopefully much more is on the way and those characters are needed. The fight against the (Undead-Others) + (dead-wights) enemy is complete and the living won. Now a new war will be fought to determine what life is going to be like going forward.

I have made errors in my predictions in the past. I own them. But for Season 8, I made some way-out there guesses. A bunch of them were for fun, even if I didn’t believe they would actually happen. Still my track record is none too pretty indeed. Some could still happen, even if it is very unlikely. Some are blown out of the water.

Format will be: A quick synopsis of my hypotheses was- followed by an answer.

1. Five year jump- Did not happen. Although at the end; there could be one. Maybe between episodes 5 & 6? Maybe during episode 6. Kind of a VH1 Behind the Music: Where are they now? type presentation. That could be fun. Not looking good for this one.
2. Dornish plot- No real hypothesis here. More just ranting. But the Dornish plot was trash. Can’t state that enough. Some might assume I am only talking about the show but can anyone tell me how it made the books any better? Waiting a decade to set up marriages? Not helping the people who are the real catch. Just a bunch of words that would have been relevant if there were any real machinations going on. It is an afterthought with some cool characters involved.
3. House Dayne’s demise from the plot- House Dayne is still not involved in the show. I can’t see where they will be moving forward. I would be surprised if any mention of Dorne will happen going forward. RIP House Dayne.
Beric Dondarrion’s “last kiss” to Tormund Giantsbane- Nope. In fact there was no “last kiss”. At All?!? Only a last heroic deed to allow Arya accomplish her mission.
4. “Fake Aegon”- Could still happen. But I expected a reveal along with some war elephants in episode 1. I expected Aegon to be a shining knight beside Captain-General Harry Strickland when they had audience with Queen Cersei and Iron Born King Euron. We didn’t get Aegon or the elephants either. Unless Euron is going to have a big reveal later. Not sure we will get that reveal nor the Golden Prince. Would be a fun political intrigue move though.
5. Bronn secretly freed Tyene and Ellaria Sand- Can’t imagine this being true. It is an out there hypothesis to begin with more for fun. Something that might give him more allies. But seeing how Cersei reacted about the elephants; she would truly lose it if she lost her Dornish “toys”.
6. Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark will not tell Jon Snow about his parents- Boy was I wrong on this one. Jon probably does not want the crown or the throne. There are still a few things that can happen here.
Jon may abdicate? If he does, we will see more of Sam played by Jon Bradley who is killing it this season. From his telling Jon about his true biological parentage to his nerves during the battle, Sam/Jon Bradley is great this season.
7. Jon may marry Daenerys? There is no time for this. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, But it has to be low on the list.
Maybe Jon will be a surprise combatant in episode 5? The director of all the great battles of the show (Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards, Battle of Winterfell) Miguel Sapochnik will be back to direct episode 5. Although Miguel also directed the season 6 finale Winds of Winter; his primary duty has been the great battles of GoT.
Jon might take the throne himself? I see this as the least likely. He just doesn’t want it. I don’t see him getting power hungry now. They have tried to break sci-fi/fantasy tropes. This would be feeding into one.
8. Jon Snow needed to persuade Daenerys not Cersei about the White Walkers and he knew that- No signs of this being true. Rough sailing ahead for Jon and Dany to come. I can’t see this being another wave on that rocky ride.
9. Daenerys would not spare Jaime Lannister after the Field of Fire battle in Season 7 Episode 4- Wrong again. Though at that point, only Tyrion would have been there to protest. Still Dany would have use flames to show Jaime proper revenge. Though not justice considering what King Aerys was going to do almost a reverse of justice. But Daenerys Anti-Jaime stance in the beginning of Season 8 Episode 2 shows she still has a grudge. Wonder what it will be like moving forward. Will she send the Lannister brothers to broker peace?
10. Littlefinger is going to come back to life as a wight- I did not see him. And Aiden Gillen is not listed on his IMDb.com.
11. Cersei Lannister will not die- Still to be seen. This could be a big twist. HUGE. I believe George R.R. Martin asked Dan and Dave to change certain elements of the story to make the books different from the show. Was the Valonqar one of those things? If so, this speaks to the unreliability of prophecy. Especially because of its unspoken nature. Had she shared more with Jaime events could have been different. On the converse, Melisandre shared and was wrong plenty too. Either way; prophecy can be tricky(Hier that was promised, Azor Ahai, Last Hero as examples). Will Cersei allow herself to be captured? Would Daenerys or Jon kill her(since Cersei is the real enemy)?
12. Bran won’t quote just Jaime but others as well- Did not happen. He specifically only quoted Jaime. The one phrase that bears a personal significance to them both. Causing Jaime to apologize for this when he would not for other transgressions.
13. Ghost and Nymeria will both be in Season 8- Half right. We all saw Ghost, before the battle. He is in the trailer for episode 4. No Nymeria yet. Will she come in episode 5? Possibly so only half credit here.
14. Night King has a mission beyond Winterfell and Castle Black- Half wrong and half right. The Army of the Dead skipped Castle Black. It was not in their path and held no significance to them. But I was wrong about Winterfell. However it led to figuring out that the Night King’s mission was killing the current Three Eyed Raven. Why? Good question. I still don’t buy Bran’s explanation, at least not all of it.
15. Oldtown will be burned or destroyed- Not yet. I thought maybe the Night King would attempt to get rid of any and all knowledge in the world. Oldtown and specifically the Citadel is resident to the most knowledge in Westeros. Didn’t happen.
16. All Valyrian episode- Not at all likely. This was something I thought of and wanted to “put on paper”. I didn’t truly think it would happen it is just a fun thought. Not enough characters know Valyrian for it to happen. Still would have been interesting.
17. Season 8 premiere on 1 January 2019- Not even close. I mean I got the year correct. But we had 595 days between seasons. The premiere date seems to be driven more by finishing before Memorial Day weekend than anything.

It is always difficult to try to predict anything in Game of Thrones. I was sure that either Grey Worm or Missandei would die in Episode 3 because they were foolish enough to make plans for after the war in Episode 2. But they will both be in Episode 4. Though I still don’t know if they will both make it to the end.

It is even trickier to hope for anything. One thing I am hoping for, an epic dialogue between Cersei and Tyrion. It might include Jaime as well but maybe he comes in to save Tyrion? But Tyrion questioning big sis’ about her not coming to help with the White Walkers will be interesting. Their dialogues in the past have been so tense. It is so weird that in real life they are good friends. Likely Lena Headey knew about the gig because Peter Dinklage was the first choice for Tyrion.

There are still a lot of issues have been left up in the air. There may be a good reason. I can think of two, even they are currently unsatisfying. First reason might be George R.R. Martin (G.R.R.M.) has said he wants to describe certain events, origins or issues in the books only. For instance G.R.R.M. may want the only explanation for the motivation of Night King & The Others (aka the White Walkers or Craster’s Sons but not the mindless wights) to come from his books not the show. He may want only one canon source for that.

I don’t think this is probable. Mostly because there are book plots G.R.R.M. has said he wanted to see in the TV show. This does not seem like G.R.R.M.’s modus operandi. Plus all acknowledge the books have an immense amount of detail that would be costly to film. So much so that even the record breaking amount they spent on this last season would not be enough to film his full story. Which he wrote to be unadaptable.

The second reason might be G.R.R.M. does not intend on addressing the issue either. There is a general thought that the scariest explanation is none at all. Most people look for a reason behind anything occurring, whether it is good or bad. Especially in horror and suspense movies; having an undefined force that can wipe out thousands of people is terrifying. Maybe that is what G.R.R.M. wants?

There are plenty of events in the books that could use additional explanation. One big event that could use more clarity is the Tourney at Harrenhal. Who was the Knight of the Laughing Tree? What really happened with Ashara Dayne? What was Elia Martell doing during the tourney? So much could be filled in. It sucks that we don’t know more about this pivotal event. But there is a precedence for events left un

And G.R.R.M. has stated he won’t approve a series about it either. I have thought about how you could do one. But it would be limited. Maybe 15 episodes at most? The rebellion is separate really. Although if shot together; that would get to 30 episodes. Though it would be difficult to plan out all the sites. Heck it would be worthwhile to work it all out prior to shooting any of it. And that is not how shows are planned or paid for.

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The ShoutDown: Why does everyone think that the Lannisters are not married?

Disclaimer: This post will discuss both the TV show Game of Thrones and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Be warned, I will be discussing topics that reveal what has happened on the show for the past 7 seasons and first two episodes of season 8 and written series for the past 5 books. I will discuss characters that are in the books and not the show and vice versa. This discussion will include all storylines. It is riddled with information from both sources.

Tyrion and Sansa were married. This occured in book 3 A Storm of Swords and on the show in Season 3 Episode 8. It did happen. They did not consummate the marriage but that does not matter. That is a made up convention that is not encoded in law or tenet of the faith of the seven. There were married. Point of fact; they ARE Married!

There was coercion but it was subtle. There was no swords or knives involved. They were both present. They both said their vows in front of a Septon and the King’s Landing elite. What about that isn’t a marriage?

That I know of, there are three ways to dissolve a marriage in Westeros. They include:

Death. If one of the spouses die; the surviving spouse is no longer married.
I think we can all agree that Tyrion and Sansa are in fact still alive. So far, four more episodes left. Valar Morghulis.

Annulment. At least one spouse must be a part of any annulment. As well as a Septon, possibly even only the High Septon though I am not for certain about that. But definitely a Septon since they were wed in the Faith of the Seven. Also the ruling monarch may have to get involved. Which I don’t believe Joffrey, Tommen or Cersei have made any decree in regards to this union.
Neither of them applied for it. Neither of them met with a Septon, let alone the High Septon. And no decree from a ruling monarch.

Divorce. Same as above applies. One spouse has to apply. A member of the faith needs to be involved. As well as a ruler.
Same answer applies as well. Neither of them applied for it. Neither of them met with a Septon, let alone the High Septon. And no decree from a ruling monarch.

I watch a bunch of YouTubers. I have named quite a few in other posts so just peruse that list. They are in overdrive creating content as the final season is in full swing. They only have a month left before they need to switch to other subjects; George R.R. Martin books, other Sci-Fi topics, whatever they want to do. New Game of Thrones will not be on the agenda in just four short weeks.

Many if not all of them do not acknowledge the Lannister couple of Tyrion and Sansa. I am not sure why this is? It is a fact that is glossed over quickly. As if something had happened to make them not married. But nothing has been done to set aside the marriage; no death, annulment or divorce. And in my opinion, something that these creators are incorrect about. I can’t remember one that acknowledges that Tyrion and Sansa are still married.

Tywin’s dream of Tyrion being the Lord of Winterfell if not also Warden of the North should be realized. Sansa is being referred to as the Lady of Winterfell. Still the show is referring to Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen VI as the Warden of the North.

Sansa confirms that Tyrion treated her well. She should understand the good qualities Tyrion has. And they should be a couple in earnest. Living a blissful married life. Well after dealing with that pesky Army of the Dead.

So let us all raise a glass of the Arbor’s finest to the best couple of Casterly Rock; Lord Tyrion and Lady Sansa of House Lannister. Long may they reign ?!

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