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  1. Wow, I never noticed that v.15

    I'm not sure if this was intentional on Martin's part, but I thought the above line was amusing given that Egg will later become known as Aegon the Unlikely.
  2. "Then or now"

    Sure thing.
  3. "Then or now"

    The phrase “Then or now” only appears three times in the main series, spoken by three characters: Arthur Dayne, during Ned’s ToJ dream: Meera Reed: and Quaithe of the Shadow: Arthur and Ned were both at the ToJ, and knew what was going on there. Meera is the daughter of Howland Reed, who was also at the ToJ (and mentioned in the second quote), and he could have told her something about it. Meera and Jojen’s oath to Bran includes the phrase “ice and fire”: Immediately after Meera tells Bran about the KOTLT (a story that Howland evidently told his children about -- unlike Ned, which surprised Jojen) she says this: And according to the following SSM, GRRM straight up said Meera and Jojen might know something about the ToJ: That leaves Quaithe. Could the fact that she also uses the phrase “Then or now” be a literary hint on Martin’s part that she too knows something about the ToJ? Would this not support the theory that Quaithe is Ashara Dayne, who is not unlikely to have been involved in that whole plot through her brother Arthur? Now, there is actually another occurrence of “then or now” outside of the main series, in the history novella The Rogue Prince: But as you can see, unlike all the other examples, this isn’t a piece of dialogue which stands alone as a sentence, so the pattern I’m suggesting could still hold. What do you think?
  4. Play-by-play Reread

    It reminds me of the True Tongue, the language of the COTF:
  5. Wow, I never noticed that v.15

    There's a theory that one of the reasons GRRM started giving titles to chapters rather than names (e.g. "The Captain of Guards" instead of "Areo") is because he's setting up for having chapters titled "The Prince That Was Promised" and/or "Azor Ahai Reborn" in the future. Well, I recently realized that parts of these phrases have already appeared in some of the chapter titles so far: The Princess in the Tower The Prince of Winterfell The Griffin Reborn If GRRM is planning on doing this, I think it would be just like him to hint at it by slipping these words into chapter titles beforehand, hidden in plain sight. Also, the very first epithet chapter title that GRRM used in the books was "The Prophet" -- perhaps a clue that there will be more prophecy-related chapter titles later on.
  6. Tyrion will go to Braavos

  7. Wow, I never noticed that v.15

    The best explanation I've seen is that the Sack of Winterfell echoes the events at the Tower of Joy (where people suspect a metaphorical dragon was born) and the ritual at MMD's tent (which led to literal dragons being born), so Summer was seeing the magical echo of the birth of a dragon. From @Kingmonkey's The Puppets of Ice and Fire thread:
  8. Wow, I never noticed that v.15

    Stannis raising Davos to Hand with "Lightbringer": Arthur knighting Jaime with Dawn: I thought this contrast was interesting in light of the theory that Dawn is, or was, Lightbringer.
  9. Thoughts on the second Dance and the point of the whole thing

    @Lost Melnibonean: I think this is what @Lord Varys is referring to:
  10. R+L=J v.163

    A nifty little parallel I saw pointed out elsewhere: Aegon Targaryen killed Qhorin Volmark with his Valyrian steel blade, Blackfyre. Jon Snow killed Qhorin Halfhand with his Valyrian steel blade, Longclaw.
  11. Small Questions v. 10105

    He considered it. From this interview: I am reminded that @UnmaskedLurker was also looking for a source for this statement in his Theory – There Must Be Another Hidden Targ thread he made a couple years ago, so I have tagged him here in case he's still interested.
  12. Tyrion's Condition

    People have already mentioned the Great Spring Sickness, but for a more relevant example, Maegelle Targaryen, daughter of King Jaehaerys I and Queen Alysanne, is said to have specifically contracted greyscale: Nevertheless, I wouldn't rule out Tyrion apparently not contracting greyscale as a literary, rather than in-world, hint that he is a dragon:
  13. R+L=J v.163

    I made a compilation of every time Jon's mother is mentioned in his chapters (link to the reddit post, if anyone wants to read through those), and while I was collecting the quotes, I noticed a couple of details that I haven't seen mentioned before. Donal Noye is asking this rhetorically, but for the reader this can be intended as a genuine question to ponder. "His honor did not prevent him from fathering a bastard. Did it?" The first and so far only time Rhaegar is mentioned in Jon's chapters happens not that long after we learn about Jon's possibly prophetic dreams of his beautiful, highborn mother. It's not much, but I just noticed that Pyp's question, while true for Ned, could not be further from the truth for Rhaegar.