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  1. I like the parallel between with Dane Whitman/Black Knight. He wields the Ebony Blade, a magical sword made from black ore from a meteor. The Ebony Blade is passed through generations and at some point was waiting for another person worthy of withdrawing it. It also carries a Blood Curse that corrupts the wielders if they are not strong/worthy enough. Will the Sword of the Morning carry a similar curse as the Ebony Blade? Is this what happened to the Night's King and is this Jon's future?
  2. Thnaks for the link. I always thought there was a lot of Norse/Saxon mythology embedded in the books, but I never noticed that there was so much of Marvel's version.
  3. It doesn't seem to be just misinterpretation of visions; Melisandre talks about priests erring by "mistaking this must come for this may come". I take this as GRRM letting us know that not all visions are about fixed futures.
  4. I have another take on this. Jojen's vision was not wrong, but having knowledge of it allowed them to change their fates. The miller's boys died to restore balance. As Jaqen puts it:
  5. I assume that greenseer's powers are limited even for Bran. But I have to wonder if there are branches where Bran is killed by Reek as in Jojen's vision, Arya dies in Harrenhal, Jon never finds Mance in the Frostfangs or Mirri doesn't hear about the prophecy of the Stallion that Mounts the World and doesn't trick Dany.
  6. I think that is a matter of perspective. For normal people it is a closed loop, for some people with the ability of seeing possible futures they are branches that end collapsing into one reality: For beings existing across time like Bran, fate might be malleable.
  7. I found this quote in an interview with GRRM about Marvel's comics that supports the idea that they have influenced the Songs of Ice and Fire.
  8. The design has changed a lot since the 60s, but you can find some close resemblances in Ymir (ice god ancestor to all the giants in Marvel comics), the ice giants and the early frost giants. Loki being the son of Laufey (the king of the giants/frost giants) is also a Stan Lee's twist from the 60s. After killing Laufey, Odin proclaims Loki to be his son. If there is a parallel/inspiration there, did Ned kill Jon's father? A few images for reference: Image of Ymir from the 60s The second character in that image is Surtur/Surtr, a character and mythical fire giant that carries a flaming or bright sword called the Twilight Sword or the Sword of Doom and is a key player in Ragnarök. The weapon reminds me of Lightbringer and the Sword of the Morning. Ice Giants in the 60s Odin adopting Loki in the 60s
  9. Fate and time seems to be key elements in the story. The weirwoods have their own sense of time and GRRM choose to name them after the Wyrd/Weird, the anglosaxon concept of maleable fate that can be weaved by Norns (magical entities). Bran would not be time travelling, just weaving fate from outside time
  10. Probably a bit of both. GRRM seems have to have been a fan of Marvel comics in his youth and the designs of the White Walkers changed after the Thor film was released.
  11. BR helped put Aegon V in the throne and then willingly went to the Wall where he served for 19 years. Up until he dissapeared he seemed a loyal Targ; yet during his time as a greenseer capable of viewing across time, the Targs had the Tragedy at Summerhal caused by mistakes in the process of waking dragons, they suffered a Blackfyre rebellion and finally Robert's rebellion. He just doesn't seem to be a very powerful entity With regards to his relationships to the Starks; they also have Blackwood blood (from Rickard's granmother). The Targs descended from Aegon V are also part Blackwood
  12. Yes, I think Theon's conversation was somehow in real time. Bran is still developing the tree talking skills, so Theon only catches a couple of words. I am not sure if Bran was trying to help Theon or just insulting him :-). I think there is a chance that the 3EC is outside-of-time Bran trying to prevent a version of history in which things go a lot worst for the Starks.
  13. He also seems more willing to act: If Bran has opportunities to use any tools to help the Starks and the North, he will take them. For example, at first he takes control of Hodor for group preservation, but then he freely uses him for exploration.
  14. Another greenseer is a possibility, maybe from the nearby Isle of Faces; but Bloodraven seems to think the trees cannot pronounce words: Yet later we have a scene in what a tree is capable of speaking two words: I see this as hints that Bran will be a more powerful greenseer than Bloodraven, that joined the trees very late in his life.
  15. Arya was not dreaming at that point. She was praying to the Old Gods like Theon in ADWD.