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  1. This is really and truly nit picking here, and I truly didn't write this as a criticism of what you wrote! Only a small thing it is, really, but your question just reminded me of the "Warg and Skinchanger" thing that gets a lot of words in book 5....A "Warg" (noun) is a person who can enter the skin of just wolves. No other creatures, just wolves. The act of doing that seems to also be a verb: "Warging" "warged" - that is the sum of what we're told. Not sure why there should even be any distinction. Why not call them all "Skinchangers" instead of muddying the issue by mentioning "Wargs". All 3 of the "skinchangers" we've met (Orell and his eagles, Varamyr six-skins, and Bran) can go into multiple creatures, not just wolves. So far the distinction of "warg" vs "Skinchanger" seems to be irrelevant. Every "warg" we have seen can enter and become, more then one creature.
  2. *YES SPOILERS SEASON 4*BOOK 5 The books have a very important plot point that intersects with your question, but that the show never mentions. Nor does the book for that matter. And by the time you get to Jon's murder in book 5 you still wonder what part this plot element played. The important thing that occurs is, Cersei has sent 100 of her killers to the Wall, with the mission of murdering Jon. Cersei is told that Jon Snow is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch - and that he is helping King Stannis. This vexes her to no end since he is Jon Stark's bastard as well and you know how they feel about "traitors blood" - so she sends a contingent of 100 men to the Wall including Kettleblack, as "new recruits for the Watch" - to make sure Jon is killed. HOW do we know that Cersei's killers are not at the root of it all? Why they left that part out of the show is puzzling, Why have this passage in the book to establish it, then never mention any of the 100 hired killers again? So because of that, let's assume Cersei's killers did make it to the Wall and most or all of them are at Castle Black in time to murder Jon. In the show they could have established it in a 15 second scene. With Pycelle or Qyburn telling Cersei about Jon, then her reaction and so on. Then Cersei tells one of the Kingsguard, as in the book. Then the guy shows up at the Wall along with the fake NW recruits, and he's the first knife that gets Jon. Instead, we have a completely different story twist, Roose sends Locke the Footman to the Wall to kidnap Bran. I thought that the original Footman from the books, Vargo Hoat ("KINGTHLAYER! YOU ARE MY CAPTITH!") would have been a lot more amusing. Alas, we get this Locke guy instead. Then Hodor twisting Locke's head off, the end. And Jon just gets killed later on, because the NW is mad about the Wildlings coming through. If they were that mad about the Wildlings, WHY not kill him BEFORE he opens the gate? And WHY the plot twist with Locke instead of the Cersei/Jon conspiracy? Not to mention, in the books they do NOT kill Jon because he let the Wildlings through, they kill him because he is calling for volunteers to go and recapture Winterfell, (thus violating one of their fundamental vows - "The Nights Watch takes no part in the wars of the realm") and fight Ramsey Bolton (after Jon reads Ramsey's "pink letter). This is an important distinction that the show producers chose to skip over completely.
  3. The puzzling part is, in the books, Cersei sent the Martells the Mountain's skull (or so the Lannisters claimed). If that huge skull was not Gregors, whose skull was it? Is it possible that "Strong" is not the Mountain after all?
  4. To me there's not been much said about this topic. We know two things for certain - the dragons went extinct over a hundred years ago (until Dany birthed three of course). And we know the maesters of the Citadel are strongly opposed to magic, sorcery and dragons. In fact it's worth a novice's life to speak too much, too seriously or too often about such matters. COULD the citadel have had more to do with the dragons going away then appears? And how might they react to Dany's living dragons? Send a Faceless man after her or some such?
  5. i'm glad someone is sure about this. I thought we'd already seen, and read the limits of the reanimation though! You can "good" reanimate like Beric Dondarrian, who of course did it 6 times and the nfought with the Brotherhood doing mostly niceness except for the killing part - or BAD reanimate like Stoneheart and come back with a big ol literal chip on her shoulder hell bent on hanging every Frey! How do we know when Jon comes back he wont try to drink an ale then get ticked off when it pours into his lap, my bad....OK bad joke but, is reanimatin something you can really stall?! For the fans if nothing else, would be like "Oh, ok, Jon came back from the dead after all!" Just because we know, pretty much, that nobody burned Jon's body and he'd be preserved in the ice cells, what's to prevent him from coming back as the Night's King? !
  6. Well Arya can't be a "volonquar"...I thought this is Valyrian for "little brother". So that would mean either Tyrion or Jaime (towards Cersei).
  7. Ilyrio could possibly be seen as hedging his bets on Dany and Viserys. Certainly Ilyrio knew Viserys was a hot-headed fool - they had both lived in his house for 6 months after all. But he did have some regard for Viserys - Ilyrio had urged Viserys to stay behind in his manse after all. This is not the action of somebody that would sooner see Viserys dead. But Viserys was a grown man after all, so its not like Ilyrio would find it easy to stop him on his fool's errand. Why did he give Danyraes the dragon eggs? Considering no one, not even a Targaryen, had been able to hatch a dragon egg for over a hundred years, we can probably assume that Ilyrio was just tossing the dice. Because if anybody on the planet could figure out how to hatch a dragon egg, one of the two (three?) remaining Targaryens could. That was just dumb luck on Ilyrio's part, that she did hatch them. Some have also guessed that Aegon Targaryen (the living one, the one raised by Jon Conningten per book 5) might actually be Ilyrio's son. Notice that when Tyrion is staying at Ilyrio's, he is brought children's clothes to wear. Also Ilyrio expresses concern about Aegon, described as almost sentimental, again in book 5. We know enough about Ilyrio to know, he does nothing that might not turn him a profit - now or someday later. The only reason he'd express real concern about Aegon, or the 2 remaining Targaryens - sentiment.
  8. This is probably old news...but probably in an effort NOT to let "thrones" fans down too awful much, and with mere weeks to go before S6, I read that HBO is repeating/reiterating - that Jon Snow is "really, really" dead. All this talk, and hope (mine among them) that JS is getting reanimated by the Red Woman (he thought comfortably as he read and re-read all the books for kicks). Meanwhile HBO, in their probably, unprecedented move about any character any time, to restate that even Kit Harrington is saying "Yep he is dead." (Implying no reanimation, now or later). What a let-down! Meanwhile, Hollywood Reporter came out with their list of those "most likely to die in S6". WHO CARES? The list includes: Brienne, Balon Greyjoy, Mel, and a bunch more...did GRR really mean for Jon Snow's death to make the death of any, if not almost every, other character anti-climactic? The only more story-killing death that would be worse would be Danyraes. With the Red Wedding killing off damn near all our favorite characters (Catelyn and Robb and the GreatJon Umber for instance) They could have literally killed off ANY one else besides Jon Snow. The point is, anybody that dies now that Jon Snow is going to be meaningless. Why would GRR do this, and worse, the show agreed with him and did it too? (Not to mention, this screws up "Winds of Winter" since it's not likely GRR is going to contradict the show and bring him back either.) Some body who is a literature major out there, can anybody give me a decent explanation of what classic story/plot device would make them NOT choose to reanimate Lord Snow?
  9. Most readers sympathize with Arya as she has been running the entire series - and she's just a little child at that. But she has to face adult situations involving horrifying violence, torture and death constantly. But the fact is, if you read her chapters, Arya is a stone cold killer at heart. In book 3 before Gendry goes and gets caught by the Mountain's thugs, she thinks to herself "I should kill Gendry to make him shut up...but he's bigger then me so I am not sure i can do it." Whatever she is feeling it is killer thought. The only way she has survived is to become what she is, but it really wasn't a long journey from what was inside her already. She shows sociopathic thinking and has a minimal conscience, she does feel guilt at many of the things she's done, and she is very angry that others have died because of her mistakes - from Myka the butchers boy all forward. Even so she has no trouble with killing, even to the extent of saying the names of the people she wants dead over and over to herself before she goes to sleep at night. Arya's is a very sad story, and tragic, and the only way it can conclude is when she dies - as this is the story arc she is living, and unfortunately this will happen before the story is done.
  10. i will take a guess at this as it does not take a professor to figure out.They are essential plot elements, actually key, the entire series begins with the Others taking Ser Royce and the other night's watch man, then cut to Ned having to go behead the deserter that was so upset by this encounter he deserts. And adding "the Others" really is what sets GRR's novels apart from similar kings and medieval stories, as no matter what the people do on the two continents, the white walkers are always waiting in the background of the plot. The only reason they were introduced as story elements is to be USED. The only reason the Wall was added is for it to COME DOWN. So you can bet both those things will happen. I'm sure there are many people that have figured out how it will end, GRR admits as much, when he's not playing in his pool and so forth. But it will be hugely dramatic when both those things happen and the Wights are advancing on King's Landing - this has already been foreshadowed during Danyraes' visit to the Warlock's tower. In the show (not the book of course) Danyraes walks through the throne room in the Red Keep and its been devastated by - something - and there is snow on the ground around her. Maybe the white walkers are actually a form of divine justice for this mostly evil bunch of rulers, the Lannisters. OK, now flame away.
  11. also in book 3, they explain why Castle black has no defenses - stakes, fences, walls, moats, or anything. This was done deliberately so that Castle Black is less indefensible from an attack from the SOUTH. The reason is so no Lord Commander can create his own fiefdom independent of the realm (not for long anyway). When/If the Nights Watch ever gets out of line (remember the ancient tales of the Lord commander that actually BEDDED a female wight, also the traitors of the watch that were buried up to their necks in ice...) then the Warden of the North, or any other Lord, can more easily attack Castle Black and restore the balance of power. No defenses from the south is meant as "encouragement" because of course,"the nights watch takes no part in wars of the realm". So in book 3 when the wildlings launch their attacks from north, AND the one by the Therns, from south of the wall, jon Snow has piled up barrels, old wagons and crates of grain etc. thrown up as a hasty defensive line in front of Castle Black, just to slow them down. Recall the wildlings make it to the stairs on the wall, but Snow sets the stairs on fire and burns a lot of them and Snow and his men halt the attack, fr the night...
  12. yes insofar as it seems like the TV show combined the Edric Storm character and Gendry into one character, Gendry. By having Gendry take off in the row boat, whereas in the book it's Edric who gets rescued by Davos. If GRR doesn't make something happen with Gendry in "Winds of Winter" we might never know, because for a throw-away character he is in a lot of episodes, almost as many as Robb Stark is. He might just have disappeared and opened his own smithy shop in the free cities or some crap like that and no violence whatsoever. Which would be most unlike GRR at all.
  13. yes all of them. please tell me what i missed. Yes but why spend so much book and TV time on this one character just to have him fade away like Hot Pie? That crossed my mind too, he could be the surprise Azor Ahai. Being a Barratheon he has Targaryen blood, we don't know how he was born at all, or where, or who the mother was even...and no hint either except "she was blond and used to sing to me".
  14. Notice the last time we saw Gendry, (Robert Barratheon's bastard son) he was put in the rowboat by Davos because Mellisandre wanted to burn him. Davos was brave since he knew that defying the Red Woman, was the same thing as defying Stannnis - (but Davos is the only one in Stannis' bunch that had any moral compass at all, and the only reason Gendry is still alive). Anyway, what might Gendry's role be in the whole plot? Here are the things we know about Gendry: -The most important thing about him is he has royal blood, -He doesn't seem to even know that he is important, or why. -He knows Arya very well as they escaped Harrenhal together (along with Hot Pie) and they have a friendship of sorts. -He would like Arya to be "his lady" (and when he tells her that in the caves of the BWOB she looks very dismayed at the whole idea) -Varys the Spider, knows who he is, CARED who he is, and is presumably the one who paid for his blacksmith apprenticeship. -With Stannis and Shireen dead, he is now the last living Barratheon in Westeros. The point is he is known to many of the main characters of ASOIAF already, there has been a lot of book/TV time spent on his character, and so he must obviously pop up later in some way. And we know he is still alive through "Winds of Winter" will Gendry just be a minor character that disappears, like Hot Pie seemed to (hard to believe given all the chapters/TV time with him in them), or will he pop up big-time later?