I think Dany might spark upheaval in any number of places, including Yunkai, Pentos and Volantis. But given her experience in Meereen, I doubt that she herself will rule any of those places: she could just as easily throw her support behind the Tattered Prince and Benerro to seize power for themselves. (This would also make the events take up less space in the books--the fall of Pentos could take place entirely offscreen.)
mixmastered, on 25 October 2012 - 05:50 AM, said:
Incidently, the fact we aren't even 2/3 through Martin's original plan is the reason I'm convinced there'll be at LEAST three more books.
I think that's suspect reasoning. While I'm sure that GRRM still intends to hit all the major plot points that were in his original plan--and I think the foreshadowing of unGregor and Quentyn's fall in A Game of Thrones bears this out--there's no reason to believe that all of those events will still happen in the same order that GRRM planned back then.
In fact, that's antithetical to how GRRM says that he writes the series. He keeps insisting that he knows where he's going, but not all the stops that he's going to make along the way. While he was writing A Dance With Dragons, he mentioned in a blog post that he had shuffled the events of the novel dozens of times to see what works best. It seems reasonable to believe that he's similarly shuffled the order of events in the series as a whole. GRRM is not an author who rigidly sticks to a plan.
And there are a number of ways in which he might have done so. For example, in the original outline Aegon and Daenerys might have invaded Westeros together. Having Aegon go alone will lead to many of the early events of "Dany's conquest" to take place without Dany herself being there. Similarly, events in the North, in Braavos, and in the Vale might have been moved forward to before Dany's landing. I'm just speculating, because nobody's seen GRRM's original outline, but I think there's much more reason to think that the plan was revised substantially to keep Dany overseas longer than to think that there's still three-plus more books to come.
Edited by Harry the Heir, 20 November 2012 - 01:48 PM.