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What was the most unexpected/shocking moment in the series?


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#1 nillingar

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:55 AM

Which scene really just stunned you?
Honestly, for me it was when Robb brought back Jeyne and we learn that he married her. After I read that I literally just put my book down and rethink my life choices.

#2 Morienthar

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:00 AM

Shocking-RW
Unexpected-Ceasering of Jon.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:00 AM

Well, my first reading of ASOS the Red Wedding melted my mind but looking back it was obvious it was coming. Ned's beheading prolly, I mean I thought he was going to die until it looked like they were going to let him take the black. Boy was I wrong.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:01 AM

That bit when Jon was filled with holes.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:02 AM

Gregor killing Oberyn. Such a rollercoaster.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:03 AM

Lysa being the triggerwoman in Jon Arryn's death at Baelish's behest. I firmly maintain that it is the closest thing the series has to a genuine "twist," and even it did have some clues.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:06 AM

Ned being killed, after that I realized these books aren't fucking around.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:43 AM

Ned's death for me, too. I'm used to fantasy where the good guys if not prevail, then at least survive somewhat unscathed, so I absolutely did not see it coming.

Also, the RW. I'm awful at picking up on foreshadowing (and it didn't help that the first time I read the books, I did it a breakneck speed), so there I was happily reading along, thinking all would be well... and then Dacey Mormont got an axe in the belly. /eek.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':eek:' /> I was so shocked when I had finished the chapter, I swear I wouldn't have noticed it if aliens had landed in my living room.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:47 AM

Ned's death. Red Wedding. Jon being stuck with the point end many times. Oberyn's death.
I didn't expect any of them!

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:56 AM

def ned getting beheaded. here i am reading his POV a few chapters earlier thinking he's the main character and he will somehow get out of his situation and then bang he's dead.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:01 AM

The first? I go w/ Jaime killing all of the Ned's men. Did not see it coming, that quick or hard.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:01 AM

Pretty much all the stuff above - Ned's death, RW or Jon getting shanked prison style!

Also I didn't expect Drogon to swoop down into the fighting pits like a bird of prey ready to feast!

Oh yeah Oberyn losing the trial by combat threw me for a loop!

Edited by KingofSothoryos, 01 September 2013 - 02:02 AM.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:07 AM

Lysa getting pushed to her death, Oberyn loosing the duel, and Jon getting stabbed

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:32 AM

I don't understand why the RW shocked so many people it was clearly telegraphed ever since the chapter of Dany in the HOTU in book two and in ASOS the tension was building to that moment almost from the moment of the news of Robb marriage with Jayne W.

For me the biggest shockers were: Ned's death, Viserys and Khal Drogo's death and the stabbing of Jon.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:02 AM

I don't understand why the RW shocked so many people it was clearly telegraphed1 ever since the chapter of Dany in the HOTU in book two and in ASOS the tension was building to that moment almost from the moment of the news of Robb marriage with Jayne W.

For me the biggest shockers were: Ned's death, Viserys and Khal Drogo's2 death and the stabbing of Jon.

1. I wouldn't say telegraphed, but you knew it was going to be bad, before they even got there. 2. I was going to say Drogo, but thinking back, we/you knew he wouldn't last thru out.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:28 AM

I don't understand why the RW shocked so many people it was clearly telegraphed ever since the chapter of Dany in the HOTU in book two and in ASOS the tension was building to that moment almost from the moment of the news of Robb marriage with Jayne W.


In hindsight, there was a lot of foreshadowing but I don't buy that you weren't surprised. There was a sense of dread during the build-up but the brutality was still shocking, in itself.

Edited by Ramsay Blow, 01 September 2013 - 04:28 AM.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:35 AM

The Red Wedding
Ned's death
Jon's assassination
Oberyn losing to The Mountain


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:41 AM

Apart from the obvious (Ned, RW), I was pretty mad and surprised when Arya woke up blind. And it took more than half a book to realise she's alright once again.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:50 AM

I won't claim I predicted the RW beforehand, but I knew something was up. When the fighting started it was like "oh no! I never saw this coming!" It was more like "no... no... noooo... noooo... noooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" /bawl.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':bawl:' />
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There were three biggest twists that were completely unexpected for me:

3. Arya leaving to Braavos via ship and coin at the end of aSoS. I should've seen it coming, but I really thought she would get to the Wall.
2. Reveal of reanimated Catelyn at the end of aSoS. If you were really paying attention you might have caught the prediction, but my eyelids got hernias because of how fast my eyes went wide.
1. Agreeing with Apple, the Lysa Arryn-killed-Jon Arryn twist. Completely shocked and unexpected, my mouth and eyes flew open and at that point I stopped disliking Lysa to hating her, to feeling sorry for her (slightly) with LF's short, sharp shove.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:53 AM

Lysa Arryn twist.