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Drax the Legend

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Subj: ....early....
Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 at 11:37:51 am EDT (Viewed 198 times)
Reply Subj: Oberyn was introduced...
Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 at 05:23:44 pm EDT (Viewed 207 times)

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...and killed in just one season (if you count runtimes, I believe he had as much time in the spotlight as the new guy can potentially have in this season). He remains my favorite character of the entire show, proving that quality >>> quantity.

And Oberyn is not an outlier. There are a lot of other notable characters that did not last long and have been interesting, like Ned, Robert, Drogo, etc. Or even literal nobodies that have left me with lasting impressions, such as Dickon or the fookin' Legend of Gin Alley (for another scene of whose, zvelf, I'd sacrifice all of Olenna's \(fear\) )! And you can say that for all the seasons the NK has been a part of the show, he has been in precious few scenes and due to his nature is basically a non-character, yet I still am very interested in him because of his status and the menace he personifies. Heck, Arthur Dayne had just one friggin' flashback fight! Was it not better than a billion of the scenes the show's stars have been in and worthy of inclusion?

There absolutely is plenty of time to introduce new and interesting characters, be they major or minor. It's been done time and again. Not to mention, someone correct me if I'm wrong, didn't Davos point at the Golden Company as a possible mercenary army for Stannis way back? So they're not new guys, technically... \(teehee\)

Drax the Legend, Captain of the Fist, The Starwalker, The Jade Slayer

I do not believe they will introduce a game-changing character this late in the game. It will be too far out of left-field.

It's not about how long they last. It's about when they get introduced and how their actions impact others. All the characters you mentioned may have had little screen time. But they either appeared early or were mentioned early. Their actions had far-reaching impacts on multiple storylines that have played out over multiple years.

For example - Ned may have had little screen time when compared to the whole life of the series. But his death was the catalyst for Arya becoming who she is. It solidified the War of the 5 Kings. Which brought us to where we are now. Years later.

I can't imagine them bringing in a new character of that type of importance with 6 episodes left. We are in the climax of the series.

You and I might also be defining "important" differently. This might be a semantics issue.

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