Dark Rider, on 08 March 2012 - 10:18 PM, said:
The best way to unite a nation divided would be for a foreign invasion to take place.
I remember a good TNT TV series on the Civil War and there was a part where a Southern General Warned a British Soldier Observer that any British military action would quicky unite the States as a warning not to think that it was possible to conquer us while divided.
Aegon and the Gold Company might have claims of Westeros heritage, but their very much foreigners to the houses and even common people of Westeros. So a GREAT deal depends on the type of campaign that Aegon and later Dany wage. Dany has won the support of slaves in Essos as she's conquered she's been a "liberator." If Dany comes to Westeros with the same mentality of lifting up the common people as her children she may win incredible popular support, which to my mind is of even greater value than the support of the Lords. I don't see Aegon waging such a "hearts and minds" campaign with the Gold Company. I don't see Aegon being this "Man of the People" as he wages war that Varys has tried to raise him into being. To me he's in danger of becoming a self-entitled prick.
I like how you see things, only I think that Daenerys or YG, makes no difference in this case. They both (probably?) arrive with an army of foreigners conquering Westeros (I mean, she hasn't arrived yet, but unless Drogon carries her alone to Westeros, which would be a fairly stupid move, she arrives with unsullied and possibly dothraki - can't expect that to be well-received by all those lords). Not to mention that there's still the third, most dangerous enemy: the Others and wights. With all these possibilities, it's really complicated to imagine the outcome of the war - the only thing I'm certain of is that none of the current contenders will get the Iron Throne (and the whole of Westeros) at the end.
Lord Damian, on 09 March 2012 - 09:18 AM, said:
A fair point, when reading Connington's last pov, after they land, they speak of two potential allies, Dorne, which they will get and the Vale. The Vale has been sitting around for 5 of 7 books and have lost only one knight in the duel with Bronn. I think, Littlefinger will see this as an opportunity to bring Sansa out of hiding and offer her as the true heir of Winterfell and the North, first cousin to the lord of the Vale to Aegon. With Dany not in Westeros, Aegon and Connington would be fools to reject. Aegon will have KL caught in a pincer. Some of the Reach bannermen migh break for Aegon, since he will be generally accepted as Aegon. Also, the assasinations of Pycell and Kevan, let alone the trials will almost certainly destroy the Lannister/Tyrell alliance. Has anyone thought, if Margeary loses her trial, the Tyrells lose offical power and standing in KL, leaving more uncertanty for "The People"
Would they?, I wonder. I don't think Littlefinger will offer her to YG - he knows nothing about the boy, he can't play him, it would be risking too much to take his side. And I have the feeling Harry the Heir will yet be significant somehow. Besides, even if Connington and Littlefinger wanted that marriage, who's to say Aegon would accept it? The boy is impetuous, he has rejected Connington's advices before, and I think he'd rather wait for his auntie and her precious dragons - though, of course, it isn't impossible that he ends up marrying someone before that, only I doubt he'll make the wisest choice in marriage. But how exactly will they cancel Sansa's marriage to Tyrion anyway? Use a septon to prove that the marriage wasn't consummated?
And well, the way things look now, I doubt Margaery will lose her trial. Whatever she's done to remain (or appear to be) a virgin has worked, and I have a feeling she might still marry a few other times. Though I could be wrong, of course - three is a magic number, what if the third marriage truly is the final? lol