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Thwarting you has never been my primary ambition, I promise you…although who doesn’t like to see their friends fail now and then?

You’re so right. For instance, when I thwarted your plan to give Sansa Stark to the Tyrells. If I’m going to be honest, I did feel an unmistakable sense of enjoyment. But your confidant, the one who fed you information about my plans, the one you swore to protect…you didn’t bring her any enjoyment. And she didn’t bring me any enjoyment. She was a bad investment on my part. Luckily, I have a friend who wants to try something new…something daring…and he was so grateful to me for providing this “fresh experience”

I did what I did for the good of the realm—

The “realm”? Do you know what the “realm” is? It’s the thousand blades of Aegon’s enemies: a story we agreed to tell each other over and over till we forget that it’s a lie.

What do we have left once we’ve abandoned the lie? Chaos, a gaping pit waiting to swallow us all?