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Apr
20
comment Can the King release a man of the Night's Watch from their vows?
AFAIK, the Night's Watch doesn't answer to the King of Westeros, as it's existence predates the unification of the Seven Kingdoms by thousands of years, and the land they own is not part of any kingdom that swore fealty to the Targaryan invaders.
Apr
20
comment Can the King release a man of the Night's Watch from their vows?
although he doesn't specify who the appropriate authority is... the Great Council was willing to let Aemon take the throne despite his maester's oath, but I doubt they, specifically, have the authority to release someone from the Night's Watch. But his response implies that such an authority does exist...
Apr
20
comment Can the King release a man of the Night's Watch from their vows?
it was definitely Tommen in the novels, but the acceleracted the whole Ramsey storyline in the show, so I'm not sure.
Apr
20
comment Can the King release a man of the Night's Watch from their vows?
was Ramsey legitimized by Joffrey, or Tommen, in the show? I don't remember anything about the scene except Ramsey's reaction, which was directed towards Roose...
Apr
14
comment Why did Varys support the plot to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen?
from what I recall, the spoiler comes out of nowhere in the novels as well; right up through the end of Feast for Crows there's not even a hint. And Tyrion does end up with Dany in the novels, and I believe Viserys sends him there? As I said, if they're going to pull out that particular plot twist, it will be sometime soon.
Apr
14
comment Why did Varys support the plot to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen?
it's probably the biggest spoiler of the whole series, so yeah, I'd skip it. :)
Apr
14
comment Why did Varys support the plot to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen?
that's fine; I think I'll write up an answer anyway that's specific to the TV Show. (but we are pretty good on SF&F at keeping the two universes apart...)
Apr
14
comment The Witch's Prophecy in S05E01
@Liesmith in the show, Cersei tells Catelyn that her firstborn survived childbirth, but died of a fever when it was young, but we have no idea how old it was when that happened...
Apr
14
comment Why did Varys support the plot to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen?
Your main question is answered here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/37908/… and here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/63885/… (this one also includes a major plot point from A Dance With Dragons that hasn't made it on-screen yet, but potentially will this season.)
Feb
20
comment Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?
@JamesRyan its possible for a character to be protected by both; see: ivanhoffman.com/characters.html, especially the court's findings in the Gaiman v McFarlane "Spawn" case...
Jan
25
comment How did the machine work before this realisation?
I haven't seen the movie myself yet, but one on the key things Turning machine did was exploit the famous flaw in the Engima machines to quickly reject possible settings for the decoder for that day. This is where the "known words" came into play -- we knew that Engima never encoded a letter to itself so if we knew a word probably existed near the start of the message we could find it by eliminating places where it would require a letter to encode itself. Because of how the enigma code worked this could eliminate thousands of cipher settings at a time.
Jan
18
comment What's the name of the trope where a character answers the phone expecting someone and it's someone else?
oddly enough, I cannot find a TV Tropes entry for the sit-com variant of this, where a person answers the phone and starts cursing at the caller (assuming it is the previous caller, whom they are angry with, calling back) and it turns out to be their grandmother.
Jan
18
comment Explanation for all beings to be able to speak English?
it will be interesting to see when the inevitable Guardians/Avengers crossover happens, how humans on Earth interact with the four non-English-speaking Guardians.
Nov
23
comment Why does Sin call Roy as Abercombie?
on a side note: the chose of "Abercombie" as opposed to it's rivals like "Aeropostal" might have been a meta-reference to Colton Hayes's A&F modelling, but if so, it was a very distant secondary meaning.
Nov
19
comment What was the Yellow-Eyed Demon's Plan?
My impression was always that Azazel knew there was a vessel for Lucifer out there somewhere and vaguely how to identify him, but not specifically who. e.g. he knew they had to be descended from Cain and Abel, but he could only trace the bloodlines so far back. So, he found as many as he could and just assumed the "right one" would end up winning his Highlander competition when the time was right.
Oct
16
comment Why are the Latest Episodes of South Park not in 3D animation?
note that they have done highly advanced 3-d style animation in brief spurts in the middle of episodes, largely for the humor value (e.g. mocking action movies or similar gags.)
Oct
5
comment Is it possible to produce a continuous Game of Thrones?
In theory, there are enough geographically separate storylines that you might have time for, e.g., setting up Arya's sets and those actors learning their lines while filming Sansa's scenes at the Eyrie. You'd have to drawn out the storylines in an almost "big brother after dark" level of tedium, though.
Sep
7
comment What does it mean for TV shows to be ordered?
@MattD not really... a network would not "order" episodes of a program they were producing in-house, they would "produce" them. They "order" episodes of programs from other production houses -- the network has to agree ahead of time to purchase x number of episodes so the production company is assured their effort won't go to waste.
Sep
4
comment How were the others able to handle the power of the stone?
@Oliver_C my suspicion is that anyone would have problems controlling a stone directly for very long (even, possibly, a titan like Thanos); Quill was just "better" able to handle it than most people.
Sep
4
comment Why do some closing credits show the character name of only one actor?
The rules for TV are slightly different (though closely related) to the rules for movies, but it rarely has anything to do with the character. Ultimately, it all comes down the actor, their agent, and studio.