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  1. I say, if the narrative is fluid, then the narrative is fluid. I find it inconsistent to say Danny must travel to Westeros to firefight White Walkers just because that's how George saw the story 20 years ago. The story has grown, the author has grown (not a fat joke), and the story may pivot irrevocably from his original flow chart.
  2. Not to beat a dead horse, but having Aegon replace Danny in the Westeros plot - seeing as how he's already there and leaving Danny to play our her story in Essos - sure would cut a bunch of knots.
  3. Yup. End the first with The Reaver. Start the second book with Melisandre I (ADWD) and no one's really complaining.
  4. Sets precedent. We are not doing this for shits and grins. If you promise me a payment, a payment will be received.
  5. I think she's the only introduced character that would make sense, in that fashion. I think the white woman is either a metaphor, a character as yet un-met, or a nightmare vision of the MoD. *That's not to say I think Danny ends up with him, or even that they ever meet. This vision could easily be that movie-scifi trope of a character having a flash-forward nightmare of what would happen if the bad guy wins. So this would be Aeron's nightmare version of Euron conquering all with the demonic MoD queen by his side.
  6. Yep. It's too obvious for those of us spending a decade discussing every written line. Everything cannot be a misdirection. Prophecy is not legal jargon or tax code ripe for loopholes. It's about self-fulfilling actions, paranoia, and misinterpretation.
  7. Or ... Aeron has no knowledge of what Danny looks like, knows Euron plans on wedding her, and in his drug induced stupor imagines what the mother of dragons would look like.
  8. No. It will be one of her actual brothers, most likely Jaime.
  9. Canon in that he wrote it, not that it's factual. There are plenty of characters who have said things that are not true.
  10. The show becoming the canon because it's the only one with a finished narrative, a punch in the smalls that is. How sad it's going to be when we all "misremember"; and all the snipped plots in the story never happened.
  11. I'd mention that he pitched GOT to D&B in 2006. It began development in 2007, and didn't really get rolling until 2010-2011. That is to say, all of this happened before book 5 - Aegon's coming out party - was published. Also, as the cannon isn't written, nothing D&B do moving forward can be considered cannon compliant or a departure until the books confirm or deny certain parts. We don't know how much end-game input GRRM has had in the show. And we don't know how much the story has changed in his head over the years. The gaps in publishing could very well be attributed to large scale changes being made. Perhaps the internet furor has illuminated plot holes he's no longer comfortable moving forward with. That he has struggled so long trying to figure out the knot or the time-hop could easily point to him changing some big parts of the game. And also - he couldn't really have shared the answers to these problems or the fallouts thereafter with D&B as they were moving past the timeline before he figured it out himself. I say Aegon for the IT for two reasons. 1 - I see no maturity or value in Danny's storyline if she never matures past, usurper's dogs/smash the wheel/my kingdom by right and if she wins these battles and then leaves Mereen as poor as she left Astapor. So, if she has an epiphany and realized her "children" were her people, and her home is where the heart is and yada yada, you'd see growth. 2 - The IT battle, once the focal point of the book, rightfully places into the periphery when the battle for the dawn begins. One thing about the books I've enjoyed is how something seems so important, and then as more things are revealed and the stakes are raised, the original prize's value is muted. Jon may be battling for humanity, Danny for humans, and Aegon for an uncomfortable chair. It's the kind of background prize you can give a background character and let it live on happily ever after.
  12. There's too much if Danny returns to Westeros. If (f)Aegon has usurped her in GRRM's end-game as the 7K ruler it could still end in 2 books. Winds - Clear up the North (humans), Whittle IT claimants down to Aegon vs Euron, Danny realizes Westeros is not her home. Spring - Clear up the North (others), Aegon wins the IT, Danny breaks Volantis, is Queen of a slave-free Slaver's Bay. (dragons' bay?)
  13. I guess I'm assuming a major woodland is not needed for 100 trees. I'm not asking for a huge forest, and it's not as though the entire area South of MC is a paved metropolis. Most siege engines are built nearby with growth on hand. If I didn't have a plethora of trees available, I'm supplementing my supply using house materials, gates, fences, bricks, stones... heck give me enough dirt and I'll have a usable walkway until the next rainfall. The point is, I'm not marching single file down that murder path, and I'm not rolling siege engines into a swamp. My hypothetical assault would be widening the road via sinking heavy, sturdy, materials into the marsh beside the road. Good points though.
  14. I did a summer building houses. I recall how difficult it was at a particular site to move the heavy equipment because of rain making a muddy, mucky, mess of everything. We laid a bunch of scrap wood down in paths to create a floor outside. Made a little road for the wheels on the heavy equipment to roll and stay above the mud. So if I wanted to negate the marsh, and use a traditional siege tower approach, I expect I would cut down a hundred trees and start laying them 2-deep into the marsh on either side of the road. Turn that thin road into a 4 lane highway, and run your siege up the gut. Takes maybe a week to prep.
  15. Apologies, misread. And cool heads up on the defunct world book. Thank you. I read the series, but never got drawn into any of the internet chatter for Malazan.