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  1. That, and being apparently dead at this point. Still, had Varys known who Jon was, he'd have never ended up at the Wall.
  2. If Varys knew "Jon Snow" was another Targaryen, Rhaegar's son, then he and Illyrio would have made use of Jon by now. They "helped" Daenerys and Viserys for some time, and had a much longer, more manipulative relationship with Young Griff, who could be Aegon Targaryen or maybe a Blackfyre or something. They've kept an eye on these young dragons almost since their births. If Varys and hence Illyrio knew about Jon Snow, he'd be part of their plot, and not allowed to take a vow of celibacy and non-interference at the Wall.
  3. Tyrion is well aware that Cersei has hated and resented him his entire life. Plus, she's much older - seven years or so - which adds to her feeling of superiority. Cersei holds him in contempt for innumerable reasons and in spite of your quotes, doesn't actually respect him. When you say she's being open and honest, I have strong doubts, because Cersei is good at feigning the nobler human emotions to get what she wants. And Tyrion knows this - he's observed her his entire life. For these reasons, Tyrion will not even consider trying to work together with Cersei, except when their goals incidentally coincide. You're vastly underestimating the level of built-up hatred between the two of them. Also, Cersei's methods and Tyrion's methods often conflict. Her "analysis" of situations is based on an instant gut reaction, uninformed by facts or understanding - just the opposite of how Tyrion works. To his credit, the little guy has some sense of justice; Cersei just wants what she wants. There can be no partnership between these two without major changes in their personalities.
  4. No - but Westeros sure seems to! Just trying to play by what seem to be the rules. I also challenge Melisandre's notion of "kingsblood" - I think it's all a part of her scam. But we will see! That's certainly true, and ASOIAF has had many examples of this, one of them being Jon Snow getting stabbed by his own men. Daenerys has, I have to admit, done quite a few herself. On the other hand, she does seem to be learning... Will it be fast enough, and the right lessons? Only George RR knows. At least, I hope he does.
  5. I always love a reference to the Classics!
  6. Well, a detailed reading of Targaryen history would bear this out. But Daenerys doesn't seem to realize this; she's still idealistic and well-intended. Those two characteristics, plus her ability to learn and inclination to listen to advisors before making her decision, give me hope. Daenerys is young and energetic and wants to do what's right. Total contrast with Robert, who just wanted to reap the bennies, and even complained about his Iron Throne not being comfy enough. On the rest, I don't go with your interpretation, but I know these things are religious beliefs and there's little point in belabored argument. Clearly, we need the rest of the series!
  7. I disagree with all of this. (1) Daenerys could "re-establish the Targaryen dynasty" by naming a successor; anyone, but likely she'd select someone who was a strong ally and of some Valyrian blood. The heir doesn't need to come out of her own body. So, no "succession crisis", either. (2) No greater good? She's stated a number of times that her goal is to free Westeros from the misrule of the Baratheons. We, the readers, know that Robert bankrupted the treasury and drove the realm deeply into debt. As his "descendants" and Cersei take over, this increasing deficit spending is compounded by foolish decisions to empower the Church of the Seven, the War of the Five Illegitimate Kings, famine, and destruction of infrastructure. Dany thinks she can restore normalcy, at the very least. Her goal is to rule as a good Queen/Khaleesi, and she's stayed in Meereen with the (apparently doomed) hope of learning the skills of ruling well. That she's made the effort means a lot. Bobbie Baratheon figured all he needed to do was kick back and let other people do the work. (2b&c) Jorah sold a few slaves and he's done with that. He's also been punished, and pardoned (let's not talk too much about that one). And you're also talking about a Kingsguard of Aerys II, Dany's father. Who also rescued her father from Duskendale, fought for him, and remained loyal to the end. What's the problem with Barristan again? (3) Less "revenge" than restoration of the rightful dynasty, who she believes has a better record of ruling than the clowncar of Baratheons and Baratheon pretenders that followed. Hard to argue with that one.
  8. Thanks for noticing this! I will grasp at any straw, at this point. Just a note in passing - Victor Milan, Albuquerque sf and fantasy writer, just died, and George RR wrote a fine memorium to his friend. I know it's selfish and loathesome, but it would be nice if this reminder of his own mortality caused GRRM to work a little faster on completing his most ambitious and popular series.
  9. We haven't yet seen Arya have any motivation to leave Essos at this point, which leaves her out of the whole Westerosi storyline with the Others, etc. However, at some point word will arrive that Lord Commander Snow has been killed by his own men. They, if identified, will be added to Arya's list - but, Jon being dead, may not provide enough incentive for her to leave Braavos. Suppose it does. Suppose Arya hops a ship to Eastwatch by the Sea and by foot to Castle Black, bent on revenge. Suppose Jon is running with the pack in Ghost. Ghost would remember Arya's scent and what's left of Jon would remember his little sister. They'd try to get together. This being George RR, the two would pass each other in the night, as it were, probably several times, and never manage to meet. Jon's consciousness would eventually fade to black. (heh) This leaves Arya haunting the north. At Castle Black, she'd soon learn that the assassins were ripped to shreds and/or hung minutes after killing Jon (remember, it was done in front of pretty much everyone in the garrison), so her work is already done. Might as well head south to Winterfell and go after the Boltons, right? But snow has been falling by the foot with freezing temperatures and wind. Arya would meet the fate that Jon japingly prophesied - freezing to death with Needle in her hand. Arya fades to black. We won't see her again until "A Dream of Spring", when a hungry stag digging for forage comes across her preserved corpse. Or, more disturbingly, Ghost and his pack dig her up during the long Winter and enjoy the meager feast her skinny body provides.
  10. I also recall Cersei remembering how she drew a picture of herself with Prince Rhaegar riding on a dragon. Some would insist that this indicates Cersei will be a dragonrider. Which will really tick off Tyrion. Thanks for all the quotes! I don't know if "silver strings" or "silver harp" ought to be taken literally. Many stronger metals look "silver", for example. These days, strings tend to be steel, often in the form of wrapped wires - and look "silvery." But that's technical enough that probably most people wouldn't know? Looking forward (stop laughing) to how George RR explains the logistics of the Return from the Tower of Joy, the Delivery of Dawn, the Journey to Winterfell - all with a squalling baby. Clearly, Lord Eddard Stark was some kind of saint.
  11. Hear, hear! My interpretation is that Ned dreamed of the crypt because that's where Lyanna's bones lay, and where her statue was, and basically was her final resting place. Not that it was some kind of family album, cache of secret goods. But who knows? Maybe there's a dozen dragon eggs in there. A cask of wildfire. A direwolf. A set of magical armor and laughing tree shield. A blue stained dress (sorry!) Good guess! It would be hard to give up "Lord Snow."
  12. Fine. Still doesn't explain why Ned planned to break into Lyanna's tomb - or expect Jon would, in his absence. Even if so, how would Ned prove ownership?
  13. Indeed. Rhaegar, reportedly, played the High Harp - the big one, not the small portable lyre-thing. I also agree - why would Eddard expect Jon to break open his aunt's tomb? Unlike many, I don't think there's a dragon in it. ;-) Jon DID do all those things personally. As a bastard. As someone whose whole upbringing emphasized his bastardy and unworthiness. So, he (may have) Targaryen blood? Big deal - that never opened any doors for Jon because nobody ever knew about it, including Jon. Nobody knows he's (theoretically) a prince, so everything Jon did was totally on his own, in spite of being despised as a bastard. Unless you think there's some kind of "magic" in inheritance that transcends appearance, behavior, upbringing, family name (or lack thereof) and all the rest. But I don't think even Melisandre believes that. Her "kingsblod" schtick is just to (1) fool the rubes and (2) get rid of powerful and potentially powerful people. There's a thread somewhere here where they're discussing "kingsblood" and its "magical" virtues - if any. Bless you, Ygrain for this classical reference! Makes me want to view the whole series again, if only it were available. Once again, ewwwwww. Plus, I thought we were talking Lannisters? Moreover, "a foolish symmetry is the hobgoblin of little minds."
  14. Sadly, true! At least we've got lots of drama. Indeed. George RR has made this point a few times. And he wants to tell it himself (at least the first time), rather than subcontracting it out to the teevie folks, who might kill for the privilege. I suspect we'll feel a little more pity for poor mad Aerys II by the time it's done - and probably more loathing at the same time. Funny how George can do that.
  15. Well, since learning just a little more about Daddy Aerys, Daenerys has been sanity-checking herself with every decision - is this a cuckoo-bananas action, or justified? This further argues that Dany will be looking for warning signs in herself and do what she can to prevent herself from taking crazy actions. This is the sign of a very sane woman, in my non-medically-trained opinion. In retrospect, it sure seems that rising up to overthrow the legitimate (although paranoid and delusional) king, when there was a perfectly excellent, well-loved heir available and trying to ease his father into retiring, was a suboptimal decision. In a sane world, the great lords and prince would have put their heads together and found a way to advance Rhaegar to the Iron Throne, and maybe give Aerys a nice, quiet retirement somewhere, like Dorne. Of course, this sensible solution was precluded by Robert Baratheon's cock.