But there is another character who seems to represent blue winter roses, and that is the Stark maiden Bael the Bard ran off with. Bael asked the Lord of Winterfell for the most beautiful flower blooming in the Winterfell gardens as a reward. The Lord of Winterfell believed he meant the blue winter rose. But the next day, Bael ran off with Stark's only daughter.
I believe the 'blue winter rose' does not exclusively mean Lyanna, it means the most beautiful Stark maiden from Winterfell. And blue-eyed beautiful Sansa Stark seems like the current 'blue winter rose' of Winterfell.
One of the most discussed quote pertaining to the blue rose is the one related to Dany in the House of the Undying;
Her silver was trotting through the grass, to a darkling stream beneath a sea of stars. A corpse stood at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, grey lips smiling sadly. A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness. . . . mother of dragons, bride of fire.
I think majority of the readers believe the 'blue flower' represents Jon Snow at the Wall who will play some role in Dany's life. Some even believe this quote has to do with Dany's three (past, future) husbands (Drogo, a Greyjoy, and Jon Snow) because of the last line 'bride of fire'. But I don't think this is related to love or marriage.
The 'blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice' could also represent Sansa Stark growing up. When Ned was beheaded using his own sword 'Ice', it represented a turning point in the life of Sansa Stark. She grew up from a child with illusions of the world, into a young maiden. I think Sansa will play some role in Dany's story, and it probably won't end well.
I also feel the 'chink in a wall of ice' represents how Sansa was the chink in Winterfell's armor. She was the vulnerability of Ned Stark that unintentionally caused Ned Stark to get beheaded, resulting in the eventual fall of Winterfell.
Updated: Another similarity between Sansa and the Undying quote
"Soft-spoken sweet-smelling Sansa, who loved silks, songs, chivalry and tall gallant knights with handsome faces".
- Tyrion Lannister, contemplating his soon-to-be-bride Sansa Stark
A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness. . . .
Dany sees a blue flower growing from a ‘chink in a wall of ice’. The ‘chink in the wall of ice’ phrase can be compared to ‘chink in the armor’. The armor is courtesy. And the first time Tyrion reflects how Sansa’s courtesy is like a castle wall. The second time, Tyrion reflects how Sansa’s courtesy is like the Wall of Ice. This is a kind of syllogism, where courtesy is compared to a lady’s armor. And courtesy is also compared to the Wall of Ice. Hence, the armor is like a Wall of Ice.
Tyrion comparing Sansa’s courtesy to a castle wall,
That seemed to anger him. “You hide behind courtesy as if it were a castle wall.”
“Courtesy is a lady’s armor,” Sansa said. Her septa had always told her that.
Tyrion comparing Sansa’s wall of courtesy to the Wall of Ice,
Tyrion reclined on an elbow while Sansa sat staring at her hands. She is just as comely as the Tyrell girl. Her hair was a rich autumn auburn, her eyes a deep Tully blue. Grief had given her a haunted, vulnerable look; if anything, it had only made her more beautiful. He wanted to reach her, to break through the armor of her courtesy.
He had always had a yen to see the Titan of Braavos. Perhaps that would please Sansa. Gently, he spoke of Braavos, and met a wall of sullen courtesy as icy and unyielding as the Wall he had walked once in the north. It made him weary. Then and now.
Breaking down the syllogism,
Courtesy is a lady’s armor. (major premise)
Sansa’s wall of sullen courtesy is as icy and unyielding as the Wall. (minor premise)
Sansa’s armor is the Wall of Ice.
Now ‘chink in the armor’ is akin to the ‘chink in the Wall of Ice’.
Edited by Minerva of Alamut, 22 July 2013 - 05:23 AM.