edit: oops, I don't know where that "where" came from... I can't edit the title
Do you believe it's possible there's some historical "karma" going on? A recurring story of Houses forsaking their past and having to remember it to reforge their power?
I haven't really thought this through, but I guess the irony involved in this mostly works. I'm not saying it's a rule, just a theme that's present in the books.
I see this mostly with Starks. IMO they are essentially doomed because Rickard decides to go South. The whole "southern ambitions" stuff. Eventually because of that Ned becomes hand and Kingslanding is clearly not his place. So even when Robb becomes "King in the North", he has to keep the Riverlands, which arguably made a Northern Kingdom harder to keep. Starks recovery will likely go through a renovation of their northern preoccupation with Winter/Others etc.
Lannisters not paying debts to the Iron Bank is likely to doom them too. Some Greyjoys seem to believe they have to go back to the "old ways" (in one way or another).
Bob becomes tame, loses his fury and well... Maybe Targs forgetting their Valyrian roots, but that's less clear I suppose.
On the other hand, I don't really see it applying to Tullys. Except for the Blackfish not wanting to have his family, LOL.
I'm curious about the Martells. They are Rhoynar, and being allied to Valyrians (Targs) caused them trouble, at least for Elia. But it's not that clear. I wonder if they will be the ones to destroy the last Valyrian Dragonlords and avenge Mother Rhoyne, though.
Edited by Ser Greg of House House, 26 May 2014 - 05:24 PM.