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  1. You have many examples of where Sansa gives a little grudging credit to Tyrion, and thanks! However, you've missed the critical part: she never ACTS on them. She always concludes she needs to treat him coldly, because he's "a Lannister." First, that shows she's still a poor judge of character. Second, and more importantly, it emphasizes her lack of empathy. By the time Sansa is freed from her engagement to Joffrey (yippee!), Tyrion has been lying near death, with sweet Cersei trying to push him the rest of the way in. Sansa merely sees him as "even uglier." The little guy took an arrow through the chest, and moves even more painfully than before. He's got a big, unhealed slash across his face. His nose has been cut off, and is still healing (badly). But there's no thought from Sansa about how hurt he must have been, just his increased ugliness. She helped another Lannister by having servingmen take him to the maester - but then, Lancel was pretty enough for Cersei to f*ck, so I guess that was different for her. We've run down the litany of the ways Tyrion has tried to make amends to Sansa and keep the unwanted marriage from being as awful as ... well, marriage to Joffrey would have been. All she does is make her pouty face at him. And then, she shows off as the social butterfly in public, charming and schmoozing everybody in sight - except for the ugly little guy she's married to. Not even basic politeness there. Total lack of empathy, as has been noted. Can empathy be learned, or is it innate? We know it can at least be faked, and Sansa needs to figure that out at some point. Also, a little more about how to judge character. But to do either, she needs to learn to "see with her eyes, hear with her ears." That's the "cognitive dissonance" angle.
  2. The origin of the dragon eggs has been one of the great mysteries. We know young Targaryens, at least until "recently", were given dragon eggs at birth. Even after the eggs stopped hatching, they'd be passed along. Did Viserys at one time have one (or any?) and had to sell it? (Probably not; no mention of this, ever) Did Aerys have a family cache? Were Illyrio's eggs bought from some Blackfyres who fled to Essos? Or might they have come from mysterious Assha'i, and have no Targaryen connection? Or could they be from elsewhere? Did a secret expedition make it to Lost Valyria and managed to return? For that matter, what's the history of that infamous dragonbone/Valyrian steel dagger that was used on Lady Catelyn? I'm one of those curmudgeons who is quietly annoyed every time George RR announces a new book - and it isn't "The Winds of Winter." Not that I'd ever say so.
  3. You make it difficult! I think part of your point is that Sansa, unlike Arya, refuses to "see with her eyes, hear with her ears." Things are not only filtered through her wishful thinking, they're interpreted by it and suppressed if necessary. This seems similar to Cersei's approach to life, although being older, Cersei is much better at it, to the point of being delusional. I see Sansa as well along on this path. Another thing Sansa has going against her is the way she defines her self-image by what others say. At Winterfell, she's Homecoming Barbie, then literally Queen (to be) Barbie. She feels and acts like the Queen Bee, and treats her underlings (everyone else) accordingly. Later, when Cersei turns on her and calls her a "stupid little girl", she believes that. Ditto Joffrey. Later, Littlefinger (and through him, Dontos) works hard to flatter her on how "clever" she is, and bingo! Now she thinks she's clever. But as readers, we can see her lines of thought and realize she's not as smart as she thinks - like Cersei, she tends to grab on one little interpretation and stops her analysis there, thinking she understands it all. Great observation! And we can find a long list of examples of that. I'm particularly distressed by Sansa, having heard the Hound's sad tale, seems to forget about it thereafter, until AFTER the battle on the Blackwater. But no point in elaborating; it's all been said before. Cognitive dissonance. Lack of empathy. Letting others define how she thinks about herself. That's no way to go through life, girl.
  4. Well, I've made a fresh greens salad with pecans. Tried my hand at "three-finger Hobb's three-meat stew" (needs some work!). I've considered and rejected the idea of buying a cookbook of the alleged recipes. All a person needs to do is read the description and take it from there. But I draw the line at the prince & bacon pie.
  5. It's even funnier when George RR does it at a reading!
  6. Okay. It reminded me of Kubla Khan:
  7. Very observant! Thanks!
  8. Could you point me to where this "fact" is documented? All I recall is that Ramsey "took the women" and killed all the men. I didn't see any indication of names, and Nan was old as Maester Aemon, thus less likely to survive the trip. Probably didn't provide much sport for Ramsey's "girls", either.
  9. What, after squiring for Dunc for many years and traveling from one end of Westeros to the other with him? Aegon would probably laugh. Har! So Sandor Clegane would not have been the first member of the Kings Guard who wasn't a knighted knight!
  10. Instinct. Something pre-human. As Maester Aemon noted "We were made for love." The desire to bond with and cling to other people, to nurture children. If it were a logical, transactional desire, then ... well, it would be logical. Risk and loss would be minimized. Failures would just be shrugged off. Folks wouldn't stay up late pining or mooning. They'd use a spreadsheet, or at least a ranked list of pros and cons. There wouldn't be any great stories or songs about it, but lots of textbooks.
  11. I like this theory, too. (One day, we shall see if that's what George RR has planned, also.)
  12. Good point! It could be Roose Bolton on top, or Littlefinger, or the Others. I strongly doubt that Cersei will hold power much longer.
  13. In all honesty, I don't see why Daenerys Targaryen (or even Young Griff Targaryen/Blackfyre) would have any interest in rewarding the Baratheon usurper family. Sure, they were loyal Targaryen supporters back in the day - but that was three centuries back. Robert (the Slothful) ruined all that. I see Storm's End going to a new, more loyal supporter, maybe someone from Essos.
  14. I'd just like to observe that these have been some great, informative responses and I've learned a fair amount from them. Why Lord Steffon went to Volantis in the first place hadn't been a big concern of mine, but given this background, it makes perfect sense, and is a reminder of how intricately crafted this whole story is. And, sadly, why it's taking so long to wrap up...
  15. Bran forgets that the Children of the Forest have been fighting since the First Men arrived on Westeros - well over 8,000 years. Could men fight on that long, and make such little headway, their numbers constantly declining, without eventually resigning themselves to defeat? Why would the Children give a rat's scuzzy arse about "the fate of effin' humanity", given that Men have been trying to destroy them for well over 8,000 years? Like I noted, the Children have fought Men for literally millennia. Now it's Men's turn to fight their own battles against the Others. Seems like karma, and how do like them apples? We have no indication that the Children particularly care about Joffery's childish squabble at the Ruby Ford, nor the intra-Men slaughter at the Wall. Men will kill anything, right? If there's no external enemy, they turn on one another. Tough. And as for Rickon returning "riding a unicorn" - when did he become a maiden fair? The kid is 5 or 6 years old. He'd be more likely to ride his direwolf, like Princess Mononoke. And "all but gone" is a way of saying "they're not gone yet."