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  1. Isn't that what these are? The moon was fat and full. Summer prowled through the silent woods, a long grey shadow that grew more gaunt with every hunt, for living game could not be found. The ward upon the cave mouth still held; the dead men could not enter. The snows had buried most of them again, but they were still there, hidden, frozen, waiting. Other dead things came to join them, things that had once been men and women, even children. Dead ravens sat on bare brown branches, wings crusted with ice. A snow bear crashed through the brush, huge and skeletal, half its head sloughed away to reveal the skull beneath. Summer and his pack fell upon it and tore it into pieces. Afterward they gorged, though the meat was rotted and half-frozen, and moved even as they ate it. (Bran III, ADWD)
  2. It is fan art (post from the redditor who made it), but GRRM did say last year that it's the real cover "for the moment":
  3. From the old EEsite forum: @Ran's response when I posted this to the R+L=J thread a while back:
  4. In a recent interview with Time magazine, GRRM described Beric Dondarrion as follows: "His memories are fading, he’s got all these scars, he’s becoming more and more physically hideous, because he’s not a living human being anymore. His heart isn’t beating, his blood isn’t flowing in his veins, he’s a wight, but a wight animated by fire instead of by ice, now we’re getting back to the whole fire and ice thing." People are assuming Jon will be brought back in the exact same way as Beric, and therefore also be a fire wight, but of course that isn't necessarily the case. For one, if Jon's body were to die, his consciousness should go into Ghost for a second life just as Varamyr's consciousness went into One Eye, which wouldn't have happened with Beric. That alone could mean that Jon wouldn't be a fire wight even if Melisandre resurrected his body with the last kiss just like Thoros did to Beric (Jon's consciousness somehow being returned to his body during/after the process). But there are lots of possibilities here. For additional context, here is some more of the interview, which I will put behind a spoiler because it also contains talk about the show:
  5. A little while ago, I took the previous two posts I made on these threads about Jon's true name (Post 1, Post 2) and wrote up a much more detailed analysis on the theory that Jon's birth name is Aemon Targaryen, which I posted to Reddit. Here's the link if anyone is interested: There's talk about the show at the very end and in the comments, so if you're avoiding that then just stop reading once you reach "The Show" header. Everything before that is strictly about the books.
  6. I believe the only thing GRRM has said about Tyrion and Daenerys meeting is the following: “Well, Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they’re still apart,” he says. “They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn’t entirely sure of during the last book, and he’s now working toward that end—if he can survive the battle that’s breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they’re both coming home.” Take that how you will.
  7. What do you think of Bloodraven's statement that Bran's blood makes him a greenseer?
  8. There's some interesting framing in the final shot of S7E1: The pillars in the background form three archways. Daenerys occupies the center space, and Tyrion the right, but the left side is noticeably blank, as if a third person is needed to complete the trio ... Jon Snow and the three heads of the dragon, anyone? That is, after all, the same room where Aegon and his sisters planned their conquest of Westeros. Credit to /u/Free_Apples for the observation:
  9. Also, the subtitles say it's Jorah:
  10. GRRM said we'd likely learn more about this in future books:
  11. 2. Is Varys truly a eunuch, or is it just another of his many disguises? Guess we won't know till someone takes a peek inside his breeches. -So Spake Martin
  12. One idea I had is that in a Barristan chapter during the battle, he would see Tyrion riding a dragon and have some cryptic thought like "It's true." And then, like you say, he would approach Tyrion after the battle and explicitly draw the connection to Aerys and Joanna.
  13. Mance Rayder shares a number of similarities with both Bael the Bard and Rhaegar Targaryen. Bael died in battle at the Frozen Ford, Rhaegar died in battle at the Ruby Ford, so will Mance also die in battle at a ford? Fighting against the Others/wights, perhaps?
  14. Is there any known instance in the books of someone adopting a regnal name different from their own upon ascending to a throne or similar position? The closest I can think of are the High Septons, who renounce their given names once they are elevated to the position, but they don't take new ones.
  15. That occurred in 263 AC. Cersei and Jaime weren't born until 3 years later, in 266 AC.