Ten years later and Criston Cole is still employed and still a whiny, masogynistic bitch and petty Queen Alicent is only too willing to fuel his insecurities as he fuels hers. And because this is Westeros and we can’t have nice things for very long, we lose the woman who tamed both Daemon and Vhagar — the biggest, oldest living dragon who helped conquer Westeros — Laena Targaryen-Valeryon and Ser Harwin Strong. Oh, and the only Hand worth a damn, Lyonel Strong. On the bright side, the new Black Maester seems to have King Viserys on a steady diet of ginger ale and lying down so he’s still around. Most of him.
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