Yucca wrote:I don't know why everyone seems so certain that GK will lose this. Janis, in perfect prophet form, said that after the battle there will be "disarray", and Parson should be encouraged to step up.
Losing a battle is a setback, losing an army is a setback. This would throw the entire side into disarray. Losing a Wanda would suck, so would losing Jack. But while I can see this making Stanley very angry, I don't think he would panic. Nor would a situation with Wanda under the command of Jillian be sufficient. (which is completely unlikely anyway, Wanda is not going to submit to Jillian).
It's still early enough in the book that a giant out-of-left-field event could occur and be called a "plot development" rather than a "deus-ex". It might be something mundane that happens, but I'm looking for something big.
I will say this : Its not so much that I think GK will "lose" per se. Indeed, if Wanda, Jack or Ansom were croaked (in Jack's case, permanently) it would leave a LOT of unresolved stuff on the table. Let's face it; when Bogroll and Webinar croaked, they had both lived out their stories. Nothing much left to offer the story. These others do. (Lady Sylvia/Scarlett, however... I will bet you a schmucker she's not long for this world)
No, its rather I don't think GK will win. As you said, I think something has to happen where Parson will wind up in control, and that HAS to be drastic. Losing a bunch of Dwagons wouldn't do it. Stanley REALLY doesn't want to do it.
Here's an idea : Wanda loses the pliers. She gets away, but Jetstone or Jillian (or Charlie!) get ahold of the pliers. That would throw a wrench in everything.