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** A medieval society cannot predict the weather; Tywin and Euron are forced to abandon all semblance of strategy in their skirmishes against each other because the raiding parties that were attacking each other were forced to change course and they met in the middle of the ocean.

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** A medieval society cannot predict the weather; Tywin and Euron are forced to abandon all semblance of strategy in their skirmishes against each other because the raiding parties that were attacking each other were forced to change course because of an unexpected storm and they met in the middle of the ocean.

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** A medieval society cannot predict the weather; Tywin and Euron are forced to abandon all semblance of strategy in their skirmishes against each other because the raiding parties that were attacking each other were forced to change course and they met in the middle of the ocean.


** Jaime begins the story as Kingslayer, then [[becomes Crowslayer after killing Euron Greyjoy. After killing the Night King, he’s once again called Kingslayer, only now it’s no longer an insult.]]

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** Jaime begins the story as Kingslayer, then [[becomes [[spoiler:becomes Crowslayer after killing Euron Greyjoy. After killing the Night King, he’s once again called Kingslayer, only now it’s no longer an insult.]]

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* PragmaticVillainy: The Tyrells prefer the slower approach to obtaining power because it's the most comfortable and because treating people like pawns turns them into [[PowerOfHate enemies]], including [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal family]].


* ChainmailBikini: Parodied when Tyrion starts making his own storybooks and bases one of the main characters on Brienne. The earlier drafts of the illustrations have that character only wearing three triangles of chainmail over the key bits. It's implied Tyrion did this just to {{troll}} her.

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* ChainmailBikini: Parodied when Tyrion starts making his own storybooks and bases one of the main characters on Brienne. The earlier drafts of the illustrations have that character only wearing three triangles of chainmail over the key bits. It's implied Tyrion did this just to {{troll}} her. Bronn then gets in on it by seriously listing benefits to the idea, even saying that he would do it too if he could.



** In a more low key one, [[spoiler:Mace Tyrell's response to an imminent death by dragonfire is to throw his sword into Drogon's face, causing him to be remembered with honor despite the side he fought on.]]

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** In a more low key one, [[spoiler:Mace Tyrell's response to an imminent death by dragonfire is to throw his sword into Drogon's face, causing him to be remembered with honor by the Dornish and Dothraki despite the side he fought on.]]



* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler: As Robert details in the afterlife, he may have been a BloodKnight but he wasn’t an idiot. He knew how terrible wars were, and states that even though he wanted one to fight when he was King, he refused to cause one for no reason.]]



* MasterPoisoner: As per canon, Olenna Tyrell. [[spoiler:She kills Littlefinger by exposing him to the second half of a binary poison via poisoned candles. The first half of the poison, by the way, entered his organism via the expensive Highgarden ''soaps'' he washed himself with.]]

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* MasterPoisoner: As per canon, Olenna Tyrell. [[spoiler:She kills Littlefinger by exposing him to the second half of a binary poison via poisoned candles. The first half of the poison, by the way, entered his organism via the expensive Highgarden ''soaps'' he washed himself with.]] This gets lampshaded: Tywin calls poison a woman’s weapon and, as an aside comment, the narration remarks that Olenna smirks when she hears that]]


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** [[spoiler: The death of the Night King doesn’t kill all of the White Walkers like the show, but the army is still weakened to the point of no return; with no one leading or controlling them, the army is reduced to animals who, among other things, attack each other and flee the battle.]]


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** Jaime begins the story as Kingslayer, then [[becomes Crowslayer after killing Euron Greyjoy. After killing the Night King, he’s once again called Kingslayer, only now it’s no longer an insult.]]


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* ThanatosGambit:
** [[spoiler: Oberyn devises one for the fate of Dorne: take control from his brother then ship him off to Braavos until the battle with Cersei is over. Regardless of who wins or if Oberyn lives or dies, the Iron Throne won’t hurt them and Dorne keeps its leader.]]
** [[spoiler: Tywin knows he won’t survive his duel with Oberyn. In fact, he throws the duel; Oberyn gets his revenge, Tyrion won’t become a Kinslayer, and Tywin can die knowing that the Westerlands are in capable hands. Olenna even remarks that even when Tywin lost, he still won everything.]]

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* GoodCopBadCop: Tywin and Olenna share this dynamic within their alliance: Tywin has no ability for “soft diplomacy” and knows it, so Olenna handles that aspect while Tywin uses brute force.


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** In that same battle, Frey loses track of Jaime and forces his soldiers to look for him. [[spoiler: He’s never found... because no one thought to check ''his bedroom''.]]

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* AfterlifeWelcome: [[spoiler:Littlefinger]] is greeted after death by [[spoiler:his]] victims and told that they will torture [[spoiler:him]] until it triggers a HeelRealization.

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** [[spoiler:Tywin lets himself get killed in a duel so that Tyrion doesn't have to be a Kinslayer.]]

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* DeadManWriting: Before going off to face his death, [[spoiler: Tywin]] prepares letters for [[spoiler: Tyrion and Arya]] which are delivered afterwards.

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* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[spoiler:Tywin]]’s farewell letter to [[spoiler:Tyrion]] starts with a long and detailed one.


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* WeWillMeetAgain: In his farewell letter to [[spoiler:Arya]], [[spoiler:Tywin]] promises they’ll have their planned fight in the afterlife.


* FaceDeathWithDignity: Aemon allows Stannis to burn him in Shireen's place for his king's blood, having taken a ton of milk of the poppy beforehand so he goes without a sound.

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Aemon allows Stannis to burn him in Shireen's place for his king's blood, having taken a ton of milk of the poppy beforehand so he goes without a sound.


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** [[spoiler:Tywin]] makes sure to die "a magnificent death", [[spoiler:staying calm in front of Daenerys and her dragons, fighting a much younger Oberyn, and [[GoOutWithASmile smiling triumphantly before dying]]]]. Several characters comment how he manages to win despite getting killed.


* HumiliationConga: Ramsay's InvisibleVillain nature from the show seems to be played straight at first, but takes some big hits. [[spoiler:The Boltons lose Winterfell when Roose is killed by an insane Selyse, who then sends Ramsay running even as she's dying herself. He's imprisoned by the Umbers but escapes and makes it onto a ship for Essos. Then the ship goes down in a storm and he gets out in a rowboat, which proves to be leaky itself. He barely makes it to land, but then it turns out he's beyond the Wall and his fire attracts the attention of a White Walker. And finally, after being turned to a Wight he gets to march on Winterfell with the rest of them, only to be blown up at the very start of the battle.]]

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* HumiliationConga: Ramsay's InvisibleVillain InvincibleVillain nature from the show seems to be played straight at first, but takes some big hits. [[spoiler:The Boltons lose Winterfell when Roose is killed by an insane Selyse, who then sends Ramsay running even as she's dying herself. He's imprisoned by the Umbers but escapes and makes it onto a ship for Essos. Then the ship goes down in a storm and he gets out in a rowboat, which proves to be leaky itself. He barely makes it to land, but then it turns out he's beyond the Wall and his fire attracts the attention of a White Walker. And finally, after being turned to a Wight he gets to march on Winterfell with the rest of them, only to be blown up at the very start of the battle.]]


* HumiliationConga: Ramsay's VillainSue nature from the show seems to be played straight at first, but takes some big hits. [[spoiler:The Boltons lose Winterfell when Roose is killed by an insane Selyse, who then sends Ramsay running even as she's dying herself. He's imprisoned by the Umbers but escapes and makes it onto a ship for Essos. Then the ship goes down in a storm and he gets out in a rowboat, which proves to be leaky itself. He barely makes it to land, but then it turns out he's beyond the Wall and his fire attracts the attention of a White Walker. And finally, after being turned to a Wight he gets to march on Winterfell with the rest of them, only to be blown up at the very start of the battle.]]

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* HumiliationConga: Ramsay's VillainSue InvisibleVillain nature from the show seems to be played straight at first, but takes some big hits. [[spoiler:The Boltons lose Winterfell when Roose is killed by an insane Selyse, who then sends Ramsay running even as she's dying herself. He's imprisoned by the Umbers but escapes and makes it onto a ship for Essos. Then the ship goes down in a storm and he gets out in a rowboat, which proves to be leaky itself. He barely makes it to land, but then it turns out he's beyond the Wall and his fire attracts the attention of a White Walker. And finally, after being turned to a Wight he gets to march on Winterfell with the rest of them, only to be blown up at the very start of the battle.]]

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Cersei, languishing in her personal Hell, is informed by Robert that one of the very few luxuries they're allowed is to go and try to help the souls of loved ones move on themselves, and tells her he's been trying to help Joffrey. After a moment's hesitation, she pulls herself together and goes off to join him.]]


* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Mace Tyrell faces Drogon by throwing his sword at him. It does precisely zilch, but this leads to him being spoken of with honor.]]



* EdibleBludgeon: Tyrion's shield in Chapter 1.

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* EdibleBludgeon: Tyrion's shield in Chapter 1. He doesn't use it as one, though.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Aemon is willingly burned in Shireen's place for his king's blood, having taken a ton of milk of the poppy beforehand so he goes without a sound.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Aemon is willingly burned allows Stannis to burn him in Shireen's place for his king's blood, having taken a ton of milk of the poppy beforehand so he goes without a sound.


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** [[spoiler:Mace Tyrell's DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]

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