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  1. Perhaps. Ned was going to execute Jorah for slaving and we have no idea who provided the evidence against him. Bottom line, the Boltons are a stronger house than the Mormonts and Ned would wisely wish to avoid a costly battle. But you see, Roose is also smart. I think Roose would give up Ramsay to Ned instead of risking war to protect a bastard son. Ramsay's crimes against his hunt partners may not cost him his head, but his crimes against a fellow noble could. If Ramsay was taken to justice it will be because of what he did to Hornwood. What he did to his hunting playmates is not going to earn a noble man from a powerful house a trip to the chopping block.
  2. We should all be mindful that this is an international fan site. Many of our friends here are not from English-speaking countries. I have noticed over the years that the membership has gotten broader, in terms of diversity. For the good, I might add. In any case, it seems to me that Robby fell for Jeyne Westerling. Does that mean he took advantage of her? Not necessarily. Does that mean he was pushy and aggressive by our modern standards of behavior? Probably. I don't think it matters in the end, because Robby lost his head over a woman. What really matters is what it says about Robb. He broke his oath to the Freys and proved to them, and to us, that he lacked self-discipline.
  3. Those should never be in a position to rule.
  4. People who give in to their passions instead of doing what is right are severely punished. Love doesn't always lead to good. Best to think with your head instead of your heart. We have talked endlessly on this forum about the need for a potential ruler to be somewhat detached and not too attached with a particular family that they rule over. It makes sense.
  5. Correct, and it had to happen right about the time when the red comet was in the sky. The requirements are very specific and Dany fulfilled them. Hence, she is Azor Ahai.
  6. Well, there is a huge difference between a dragon tolerating his presence and a dragon doing his bidding. They tolerated his presence because they saw him with their mother previously. But it is a whole other ballgame to actually bond and ride with a dragon. Quentyn was tolerated but it is not clear whether he could have done any more than what he was doing. Mess with dragons at your own peril. #3. Marwyn is the one who will be successful. He's bringing something important to the dance.
  7. Hizdahr is most probable but I also think the Green Grace is possible. Could be this, but it is difficult to say until we know the cause of the quarrel between the houses. I think this guy and his family has thrown in with the Dragon Queen and embraced the new way, a way without slavery. He and his clan are now bound to Daenerys, regardless of what his original reasons might have been. While I am not sold on the "Meereenese Knot" theory proposed on the linked blog above, what I can say is that the Mo Kandags stand to gain by supporting Daenerys. It elevates them because they become the valued advisors to the new ruler of their city. I don't think they are necessarily trying to take power for themselves with the intent to rule the city but in serving Daenerys they have found a way to become as powerful as the Zo Loraqs. He reminds me of LF, except the Shavepate seems to be truly loyal and committed to his new Queen. It may as simple as somebody adapting to the winds of change and instead of fighting change, he embraced it. It's better to bend with the wind rather than attempt to fight it and get broken. In other words, he's like a tree that's bending to the Storm instead of fighting it and breaking.
  8. It all comes down to how strong the claimants are. Even a dwarf can become king if he had enough power to bend the nobles to his will. A female ruler can do this more easily, especially if they have the right legacy and she is backed by a powerful army.
  9. Listen, USD, most expensive to build (which means most difficult) does not equal most valuable. I am referring specifically to a comparison between The Twins and Winterfell. Yes, because of its difficult terrain, Winterfell may have been more costly to build. But The Twins sit on more valuable real estate. If I had to take a gamble, I would bet on The Twins having vastly more economic value than Winterfell, and the comparison will not even be close. The Twins is worth much more than Winterfell.
  10. The Freys built a bridge that people have to pay to use. The bridge is in a strategically important area of commerce. Going around the bridge is not easy and the lack of modern methods to preserve food means time is important because many trade goods are perishable. So yeah, ofcourse the bridge is a gold mine. House Frey is one of the richest families in Westeros because of the bridge, their fertile lands, and good business skills from Lord Walder.
  11. Jon betrayed the watch. The Arya Extraction Operation (AEO) was kept in secret because it was wrong and it violated the rules of the NW. That's betrayal. And that's before taking into consideration the fact that Jon gave Mance Rayder a pass because he needed the man to run an illegal errand. Right after he executed a sworn brother for a much, much lesser offense. The mission to get and hide Arya is illegal. Allowing Mance to walk is a perversion of justice. Jon knew it was wrong. Jon even admits to himself that if one of the brothers faced the same situation with a sister, he would tell him it was no longer his concern. There is no way around the fact that Jon knowingly chose to do something that went against the rules of the watch and a rule that he himself would have enforced. Was Jon purposely trying to undermine the watch? No, he was not. But he was willing to risk the safety of the watch and everybody in it in order to get his sister away from the Boltons. Look, Jon is not the smartest of individuals, but even he had to know that taking the wife of a nobleman is an act of war. It is sufficient provocation for anybody to take action against him. Jon dragged the NW into a feud with Ramsay and he had no cause to do that.
  12. What are the odds that dragons will hatch from petrified stone eggs? Thin. Thinner than the wedding soup at Edmure and Roslyn's wedding. But when the chosen person comes along anything is possible. Dany hatched the dragon eggs. The reincarnation of Brandon the Builder can rebuild the wall if need be and he might be Bran.
  13. Are you saying Jon simply meant to take his sister back to the wall, and then send a raven to let her husband know where to find her, give her back, and Jon had no intentions of hiding her away from her husband? Because if that is the case, then perhaps you can give him a little bit of an excuse for sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. But you and I know that is not what Jon intended. He meant to take his sister away from Ramsay and keep her away from him. That is meddling in the affairs of House Bolton. That is behaving in a way that is very partial and very prejudice. Not to mention that it is an act of war and any house will take that as an attack on their family. There is no excuse for Jon. George wrote those chapters in such a way that Jon definitely is guilty of betraying the watch for the sake of helping his sister. Bowen had no choice but to stick him with the pointy end to keep him from escalating the situation and making it worse. It's not hating on Jon to point out that he committed treason against the watch, the night's watch brothers, and Westeros. You may be right about your last sentence. I do feel like many of Jon's critics already didn't like him before A Dance with Dragons. I'm one of those critics. And that's fine. We all have our favorites among the characters and there are some characters we don't like. Criticizing the character and his actions is not hating on him for the sake of hating. It's a discussion. I'm not sure how much a priority it is to Jon to have Winterfell now. I think he started out green with envy. Of Robb. He was bitter and sore about his lot in life. He grew up too busy resenting his second-class treatment at Winterfell and he was blind to how the non-nobles lived. He came to the wall and got his attitude adjusted by Donal Noye and Alliser Thorne. He came to the conclusion that he had it pretty darn good compared to the other boys at the watch. It's at that point that he gradually stopped feeling sorry for himself. There is a slim probability that he ends up ruling over the north and becoming the lord of Winterfell. If you were to really think about it, Jon is more of a Stark than Robb and Sansa. He has the look of the north and he has quiet, but prickly demeanor. Like Ned in other words. Because you see, Ned has come to symbolize to many readers what the Stark model is. I have a feeling Ned is a one-off and not the typical Stark though. But the perception among the readers hold. In his mind at least, Jon and Arya are much like how THEY SEE their father. Jon is very attached to the Starks and he will betray the world to save the Starks. Maybe he can do a good job as the next Stark family patriarch because he prioritizes their needs above anything. He would make a terrible king because of his very strong partiality towards the Starks and the Baratheons. Jon will have a difficult time handing out justice and making decisions because he's always looking out for the Starks. That same defect that make him unsuited to rule anybody outside of the north makes him a strong advocate for Stark interest. I would not want him to govern anything or anybody outside the north because he's too biased. But confined to the north and only the north he could be alright.
  14. Rhaegar's children, present and future, got disinherited when King Aerys II chose to make Prince Viserys his heir. Prince Viserys became King Viserys III when his mother, Queen Rhaella, crowned him on Dragonstone. Rhaegar's children are entitled to nothing. Some of the Targaryen kings of Westeros had Valyrian Steel swords but they never glowed. They never gave off heat. The OP's interpretation of that vision in the House of the Undying is correct. Those men were not the Targaryen kings of Westeros. They were each the Azor Ahai of his time period. Dany is the resurrection of Azor Ahai in this cycle and the fact that she is the first female AA could be the difference in finally resetting the erratic weather patterns on Planetos. I really liked the theory posited above in regards to the great lion of the night, the maiden of the light, and the Amethyst Empress. Should the reincarnation of the Amethyst Empress locate the reincarnation of her brother, the red emperor and kill him, the parents might be satisfied and their anger abated enough to return the weather pattern back to normal.
  15. There is a black sheep within every family. That one dude in a different page from the rest of the family. Sansa is that person for the Starks. She's not one of the pack. Jon may turn to the Others and if he does, Arya will follow. That is one way I can think of that could make the Starks turn to the dark side. Better yet, Arya could turn to the dark side and Jon will follow. Mind you, the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire and we may get a conflict between the two.