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[TWOW Spoilers] NEW Chapter Discussion - "Mercy"


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#1 TeamMartell

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:26 PM

A new chapter from The Winds of Winter is finally here!

 

The chapter title is called: "Mercy".

 

www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts?


Edited by TeamMartell, 26 March 2014 - 04:26 PM.


#2 ReekReekItRhymesWithLeek

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:37 PM

Why is she practicing to be a mummer



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:37 PM

Mercy, me! That was FABULOUS!



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:37 PM

As I said back in the chapter name thread, Harys Swyft is in Braavos here, clearly placing this after Kevan's epilogue chronologically.

 

I'm not clear what to make of that.  Was Kevan's chapter not supposed to be the epilogue originally?  It'd be weird to just drop in a single-chapter POV like that right at the end of the book.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:38 PM

When I read 'Arya', wow :)

 

Mischievous mood GRRM indeed!



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:38 PM

I wonder how accurately Arya portrays her sister on stage :D

 

So the play is actually pretty new, so Syrio might've had a brother or something.

 

And no fruit trees in Braavos...


Edited by C0bR, 26 March 2014 - 03:41 PM.


#7 ReekReekItRhymesWithLeek

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:41 PM

The last two paragraphs are confusing the second to last makes it seem as if she is finished being Mercy and leaving and the last paragraph makes it seem as though she is going back to the play. Which is it



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:41 PM

She's going back to the play to say her lines and then move on to her next identity.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:41 PM

As I said back in the chapter name thread, Harys Swyft is in Braavos here, clearly placing this after Kevan's epilogue chronologically.

 

I'm not clear what to make of that.  Was Kevan's chapter not supposed to be the epilogue originally?  It'd be weird to just drop in a single-chapter POV like that right at the end of the book.

 

I think he writes one character at a time out to a certain point and then goes back. He could have written Arya out to this point, and then realized that he'd pushed her out of the timeline of ADWD here.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

Loved the use of The Bloody Hand, so was Mercy playing Sansa's role in the play?

 

Because of the changes in the TV series, I'd forgotten it was Raff who killed Lommy Greenhands so when he said the line, I got genuine chills.

 

I hope this is only 1 of many Arya chapters we'll get in WoW



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

The queen will have his head suggests Cersei is back in power which sounds ominous.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

That was amazing.  So happy to read "Arya" toward the end there.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

Seems that Cersei has won her trial and regained power...

 



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

 

“I would like to see a dragon,” Mercy said wistfully.

 

Oh yeah, she's definitely running into Dany. 



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

Brilliant stuff, i think my favourite chapter of the series so far.
A few thoughts; a Forel, perhaps a relation of Syrio. I imagine due to the nature of the play he has written, those who believe that Syrio is alive will be stirred up somewhat.
Who is Arya playing in the play? Clearly, the play is supposed to show the death of King Robert and the aftermath. Who could Arya be, that is raped and then murdered? My only thoughts were Elia (a different war) and Lollys (not murdered).
Ser Harys Swyft and his guards: they mention the Queen. They were obviously in the Red Keep when Kevan died, so things didnt completely deteriorate. Cersei is obviously still in some sort of power; unless the "queen" is Marg, but that doesnt seem to fit what Rafford says.
Arya truly is becoming a young Lyanna...and seemingly will be exceptionally beautiful!
Daena; sounds Valyrian.
The Black Pearl rears her head again!
The Sealord must have some connection to the Iron Bank; that was why the Westerosi were going to Braavos in the first place.
Harys Swyft's wife: do we know who she is? I dont recall her being mentioned before now, but it appears she is at King's Landing.
Who was the old guard with Raff? Anyone know?
And finally....Arya is ticking of her list! :commie: :commie: :commie:
Wonderful George. Truly wonderful :bowdown:

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:44 PM

I got the reference to Harys Swyft while I was reading it but who was the Black Pearl?



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:44 PM

I wonder how accurately Arya portrays her sister on stage :D

Yeah, I didn't get that at first, but that's clearly the implication.

 

Who is Arya playing in the play? Clearly, the play is supposed to show the death of King Robert and the aftermath. Who could Arya be, that is raped and then murdered? My only thoughts were Elia (a different war) and Lollys (not murdered).

She's playing Sansa, supposedly raped by Tyrion, as far as most people know.


Edited by Colonel Green, 26 March 2014 - 03:47 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

Aryaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Off to read. 



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

So Arya's committing unsanctioned hits again, and is apparently ditching her training assignment after the show. I wonder if this means she's abandoning the Faceless Men...



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

I got the reference to Harys Swyft while I was reading it but who was the Black Pearl?

A Braavosi courtesan Arta meets during Dance. Or possibly Feast. She is said to be descended from a Dragon Prince who took one of her ancestors as a lover