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  1. So far, there's just "A Game of Thrones", but they're working on "A Clash of Kings" (which I see you're already reading! I'm clearly running late again). I found the artwork very good, and the (rather compressed) storyline to be well done. Daniel Abraham (sf author and half of "James S.A. Corey") did the script work. Nice additional material at the end of each summary hardback with notes on the production process.
  2. It would make a nice gift to Dowager Queen Cersei, if Euron is interested in romancing her. And we know he's been around.
  3. Well, who has been or might be going to the ruins of Valeryia? Euron Crow's Eye has bragged about it. Valyria is between Slaver's Bay and Westeros, so if Daenerys EVER sets sail to the 7 Kingdoms, she'd at least pass by. Might she stop in the ancestral homeland? Or might Drogon decide he wanted to visit and just happen to carry her there, possibly on an unrelated trip? Of equal importance, who might even recognize it? Probably no one who wasn't from Westeros. That would include Euron of course, who has undoubtedly had a hand in plundering Lannisters over the years. Also Tyrion Lannister - if he ever gets hooked up with Daenerys. Or Barristan Selmy. Or Jorah Mormont, if he ever returns to her good graces. And thirdly, don't the Lannisters come up with dopey names for their blades? "Brightroar"? Is that some kind of joke? Or "Widow's Wail"? "Lion's Tooth"? We're assuming the Lannister fool who traveled to Valyria to find more swords and never returned actually made it there and lost his sword somewhere on land. His ship could have sunk, and the sword lost in the sea. He could have been taken by pirates, and some sellsword is proudly flashing his Valyrian sword with all the lion decor on it. In which case, it could be anywhere in the known world - which, oddly, increases the chance of the thing turning up. My guess it, since it (I can't bring myself to repeat its dorky name) was mentioned, it'll return somehow ("Chekhov's sword"). Let's just guess that Magister Illyrio bought it some time back and has it in his collection. Maybe he'll be giving it to Young Griff/Aegon Targaryon VI as a coronation gift.
  4. That makes sense to me. Plus, it seems there may be a lot of Westerosi who don't much love him. Indeed. Tyrion seemed to have much the same plan, except he didn't seem to care much about the physical resemblance of his 'hos. This is what men did before psychoactive drugs were available. Progress!
  5. Well, Jorah did have his pardon from King Robert, for whatever that's worth now in Westeros. (Around King's Landing, "words are wind" is the popular saying, and under Cersei's rule/regency, written documents that have been signed and witnessed are just kindling.) But Jorah sure didn't seem to be heading back towards Westeros to take advantage of the pardon, nonetheless. There might have been plenty of work for a man like him as a sellsword, given the continuing wars. I agree - he was probably planless, until he saw Tyrion Lanni$ter.
  6. Gregor must go through a LOT of horses. The many different descriptions of his mounts ("the biggest horse Tyrion had ever seen", "his desdrier seemed a pony", etc) would seem to confirm this.
  7. Could you provide a citation, please? I don't recall having seen this. If this were the case, whose "souls" have Osha, Meera, Hodor, and Jojen carried off? So the whole idea that Jon was Lyanna's son is total bunk? That, maybe, Jon really is the offspring of commoner Wylla and Lord Eddard? Really nice of Ned to provide the support and protection that he did. Funny that Ned always thought of Jon when he remembered his sister. On the other hand, we know Brandon the Builder was a Stark; it is written. And "Azor Ahai" was some dude from Ashai'i who killed his wife and then fled north. Or was it south? Ashai'i looks like it could be at, or south of, the equator.
  8. Well, I see that you understand when Tyrion says "others come in their place", he's referring to "other smallfolk", not the inhuman semi-mythical monsters from north of the Wall. That said, the Tyrion/Bronn exchange is out of place and kinda weird. My opinion. Could fire harm The Others (what the show calls "White Walkers")? Well, if cold is their weapon and their swords are so cold that they cause normal steel to shatter, and if severe, sub-freezing cold comes with them whenever they approach, it would seem like any significant warmth would have serious effects on them. Of greater concern - does the presence of the Others have a damping effect on fire. If so, then simply burning out their wights ( the "Wight Walkers", har!) might not even work. And dragons would fall from the sky.
  9. I'm sorry. Now, what's the answer?
  10. I know this isn't what you wanted, and I just have two separate 2011 Bantam paperback editions. That said, if there was anything between "Jory brought him Ice" and "When it was over", I'm glad it was removed. Nothing more needed to be said, and the idea that "this was the hardest thing to do in Ned's life" would be absolutely laughable. The man fought in at least one war. He's guided Winterfell and its smallfolk through several winters. He had to kill some of his best friends. His father and elder brother were tortured to death. He watched his beloved sister die and took on a promise to her that despoiled his honor and basic decency as a man, and created a rift between him and his wife that would never heal. He had to raise his sister's son Jon all unaware of who he was, and under the impression he was a disgraceful byblow, a bastard with no true family or future, and a mother surrogate who never hesitated to let him know he wasn't wanted. Killing a big puppy would be as nothing compared to Ned's earlier life. Why do you ask?
  11. Great question! I'm looking forward to seeing what people think. Okay, take what follows with a grain of salt, as I misread the question... My guess is yes, she's that stupid. But also, Lysa wrote (at Littlefinger's instigation) the secret Cat-code letter which implicated "the Lannisters" as having killed her husband Jon Arryn (which she had actually done herself at Littlefinger's instigation.) What better way to keep the ruse going than to order the killing of a conveniently at-hand Lannister (who had been implicated by -- guess who??) -- as being behind the attack on little Bran. If I recall correctly, Lysa was for immediate execution of Tyrion, but he demanded a trial.
  12. Also, you're going by Robert Baratheon's story. The war hammer guy could never admit to anyone, least of all to himself, that a woman might dread marrying him so much, she'd rather elope with a more desireable man. "Rape" by Rhaegar was never a part of it.
  13. Well, that's what Robert said. But consider his bias. It would have been too much like an admission of inadequacy for him to even consider that Lyanna had eloped with Rhaegar to avoid having to marry him. Hey, all the other (mainly lowborn) girls LOVED Robert, Lord of the Stormlands and later King of Westeros - at least for the one night he enjoyed them.
  14. Is there a question? A hypothesis? Something you wanted to, y'know, discuss?
  15. Thanks for the reminder of Cersei's dream! I'd forgotten that passage. Wasn't the vision in the House of the Undying meant to represent Westeros and the War of the 5 Kings?