So the count goes on. And on. And on. Finally, close to 11 p.m., Mr. Biden emerged. He did not deliver a victory speech, but came as close as he could, talking about what he intended to do as president while assuring Americans “your vote will be counted.” It was clear that Mr. Biden was getting as restless with the long, laborious count as much of the country.“It’s as slow as it goes,” Mr. Biden said, describing watching the numbers dribble in on television. “As slow as it goes it can be numbing.” Most elections come to an end when one candidate calls the other to concede. Mr. Trump may be trailing — with diminishing hopes of winning — but he’s not the kind of person who concedes. And it’s not in Mr. Biden’s political interest to unilaterally declare victory (as Mr. Trump has effectively done), and feed the conspiracy theory being pushed by the president and his supporters that Democrats are trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – The outdoor stage was all set in Wilmington, Del., for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to come out and address the nation — presumably in a victory speech as the president-elect.There were banners and spotlights and people in cars ready to honk their approval for the next president and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. But the hour grew late and the counting of votes kept going, and going with no sign of a winner in the contest between Mr. Biden and President Trump.- Advertisement – While all indications suggest that Mr. Biden has succeeded in defeating Mr. Trump, it’s still close enough in four states — Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia — that the contest remains unresolved.As the number of outstanding ballots slowly dwindled, Mr. Trump was left increasingly with only legal challenges to forestall defeat. He remained uncharacteristically out of sight on Friday.This postelection limbo was one more bit of evidence of what a strange election this has been. Ballot counters have been overwhelmed by the record number of early votes cast by mail because of the pandemic; hence the slow, meticulous counts taking place across the country.- Advertisement – It has now been four days since Election Day. As long as that might seem, it’s nowhere near the 36 days it took in 2000 before the Supreme Court ended the counting and effectively declared George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore.- Advertisement –
The first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones follows the first book of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series fairly closely, even if certain television adaptation choices had to be made. Now that the show has reached the sixth season without a sixth book, Game of Thrones has had to forge new ground for the characters on the show.This isn’t going over well with a certain sect of the fandom, who feel like the HBO portrayal of the characters from Dorne was less than successful at translating Martin’s intent for the characters. Martin might be a little dissatisfied himself, it turns out. It’s a small movement that is growing in popularity as season six progresses: the show messed up the Dorne story.On Game of Thrones, the Martell family debuted with Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) in season four. With his was his female companion, Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). They came to King’s Landing to take revenge on Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) and Ser Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). Before the events of season one, the Queen Elia Martell was the wife of Rhaegar Targaryen. When Jaime Lannister stabbed the Mad King Aerys in the back and the Lannisters sacked King’s Landing for Robert Baratheon, Tywin had the Mountain kill Elia and her children to end the Targaryen/Martell line. Remember Oberyn yelling while fighting the Mountain? And how uncomfortable Tywin looked?That didn’t end well for Oberyn, if you remember. His head got popped like a grape. Ellaria Sand saw it happen, but managed to escape King’s Landing and return to Dorne. Sunspear, Dorne’s capital, is where Jamie and Bronn travel in season five to rescue Jamie and Cersei’s incest daughter Myrcella. Myrcella didn’t want rescuing because she’d fallen in love with Prince Trystane (Tobey Sebastian) who she had been promised to by Tyrion to try and avoid war with house Martell.Jamie and Bronn also met Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) and the Sand Snakes, the three bastard children of Oberyn. The show isn’t concerned with them as individual characters, but one uses a spear, one a whip, and the other some poison daggers. Prince Doran prevents war in exchange for a place for Trystane on the small council of the king, but Ellaria is pissed no one is avenging Oberyn and Elia. Season five of the show ended with Ellaria poisoning Myrcella and season six opened with the Sand Snakes killing the two Martell royal boys, Prince Trystane and Prince Doran and Ellaria assuming control of Sunspear.RIP Prince Doran.For people that didn’t read the books, this was at best a passable storyline and at worst a boring waste of good show characters like Jamie and Bronn. For people familiar with the Martell family and the “Dornish plot” of the novels, this portrayal was akin to a slap in the face.In the books there are more Martells, for one. Game of Thrones has squished a female Martell named Arienne into Ellaria, just hastily. Princess Arianne Martell is the next in line to the rule Sunspear after Prince Doran (who isn’t dead in the books!). There’s a bit of drama when she finds out Doran intends to give Dorne to her younger brother Quentyn. Oh yeah, Quentyn Martell is another Prince the show didn’t introduce. Prince Doran (again, not dead in the books) has always had grand schemes for his family. Oberyn has negotiated a deal for Arianne to wed Viserys Targaryen (before Khal Drogo gave him the “crown of gold” he desired) and in the novels he sent Quentyn to try and marry Daenerys and then support her taking the Iron Throne, returning a Targaryen/Martell line to the throne.The show portrayed Prince Doran as a ruler whose subjects viewed him as so weak a bastard Sand could take the throne and rule Sunspear. Oh, and the show had Ellaria kill him without having him explain how he wasn’t ineffectual, just a master planner. People got pissed.The most pissed Dorne fans seem to be a group calling themselves “Fixing Dorne Productions.” These guys have launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for $20 million dollars to “fix” the Dorne plot from the television series. They want their final product to be the same quality as the show, so even though a single episode costs HBO less than they are asking for, they’re doing it on an independent budget. As the campaign page says: “Our plan is to create a “patch” for Game of Thrones season five’s Dorne storyline with our own fairly interesting and competently executed alternative plot.” FDP would complicate Bronn and Jamie’s mission to Dorne and – gasp! – fix the Sand Snakes: “Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand will be distinct characters.”That amount of money is a large order, so this Kickstarter is as much an act of protest as it is a legitimate attempt to produce over an hour of IP-infringing video. The author of the source text, however, might have logged a disguised form of protest of his own.George RR Martin recently posted a new excerpt from the upcoming sixth novel in the series, The Winds of Winter (read it here if you dare). He’s released excerpts before and has been known to read some upcoming material aloud at events, but this release and his last one seem to be partial reactions to when the show twists away from his original plotting.The last bit of Winds of Winter we saw focused on Sansa Stark being in the Vale, not being terrorized by Ramsay Snow in Winterfell, like she is on the show. Did Martin release this knowing that Game of Thrones fans were going to react poorly to Sansa and Ramsay’s wedding night? The new excerpt comes amidst a similar group of fans upset about how Dorne played out on the show and — by happenstance or because George wanted to troll the show a bit – is about the elder Martells.Dorne! (not that we’ve seen more than Sunspear on the show).Vanity Fair points out that the decision to release this particular Arianne chapter online at this moment might have been a coded message to sad fans of the Dornish plot: “Martin has been reading “Arianne II” aloud to fans at conventions since 2011. The chapter likely won’t be of much interest to show-only fans; it’s brimming with references to characters who have been cut from the show.”Maybe George RR Martin could put a few million dollars towards Fixing Dorne Productions? The campaign hasn’t breached half-a-million yet and could benefit from a boost.Or he could just finish Winds of Winter already.That second one. Let’s go with that.