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  1. She was a good leader in ADWD, because she was accepting that in order to maintain peace, which is "the pearl beyond price", she had to make a bunch of sacrifices that she didn't want to make (opening the fighting pits, allowing slavery to go on outside of Meereen, marrying Hizdahr, etc.), and was at least set on a path of incremental, but sustainable change that would have brought more freedom. However, I believe that during her last chapter of ADWD, she grew so frustrated with what had happened that she will throw the peace away, and opt for a more Targaryen, conquering ruling method, which will undo everything and spark war.
  2. The chapter where Tyrion and fAegon play cyvasse, and Tyrion perfectly explains the situation in Westeros, what Daenerys is like, and what fAegon's next steps should be. Tyrion delivers it with such wit and humor, and with such skill in terms of persuasion. It also is the most descriptive passage we have of fAegon. Also the chapter where Tyrion sets up Pycelle, Varys and Littlefinger for his honeytrap, to see who is leaking information to Cersei. The Alayne chapter in AFFC where Littlefinger verbally spars with the lords declarant. I just like seeing Littlefinger in action. Ned confronting Cersei was also great (though it would've been greater from Cersei's pov, IMO). Does that count as a noteworthy chapter though? It was a big event even if it is mostly dialogue. Catelyn witnessing and assessing Renly as a king. "They are the knights of summer, and winter is coming". Catelyn speaking with Jaime in the dungeon of riverrun at the end of ACOK. Quentyn's descriptions of the armies of Yunkai were also a hoot to read, but it was more funny than noteworthy.
  3. According to the wiki, most of the coast relies on fishing (like the stony shore), especially during the winter. But it is weird that fishing isn't more of a major part of the economy. As for not being a naval power, supposedly King Brandon the Burner burnt the entire northern fleet because his father died at sea, but that does seem like a weird reason that the north hasn't built up their navy again to this day. I think there must be some mining and minerals in the north, considering that the Thenns (who don't have access to trade) have bronze weapons. But in order for a major industry like mining (at least one that isn't directly related to survival) to develop in area, there needs to be uninterrupted periods of development so that trade can grow, and skills can be maintained. Perhaps the long hard winters in the north would prevent mining from developing in the north, whereas the winters are not as hard further south like in the westerlands.
  4. The Iron Islands seem overpopulated in my opinion. According to the wiki: "The islands are sparse and rocky with a thin, stony soil that makes it hard for the smallfolk to farm, often having to do without the animals that might make their job easier, such as oxen or horses. While their mines do not produce the precious metals of the westerlands, iron is abundant on the isles. Lead and tin can also be obtained." They don't even have enough trees to make the boats they travel on, let alone to build fire. I suppose if they are the major source of iron, then they have would have a trading advantage. But iron would have to be pretty scarce on the mainland to make it more cost effective to trade with the ironborn, since the cost of living is probably much higher on the islands, due to the lack of food and wood, and the distance to the iron islands. It does make sense that once a larger population got there, that they felt the need to turn to reaving. But why did such a large population come about there. There would be many more smallfolk trying to leave the iron islands for the mainland, due to the awful conditions there, since food would be so expensive, and would cheaper elsewhere. Also they're much, much smaller in terms of landmass than all the other kingdoms, they don't have any cities, and again their land doesn't produce much food. But based on the amount of military strength each kingdom has, their population should be about half the population of the vale, and a fifth of the population of the reach. They're based off the vikings, but Scandinavia was not this desolate a place. I guess the one solution is that the drowned god religion inspires very devout followers (from what we've seen this is true). Maybe there is actually something to that religion.
  5. I might press against that point. I would guess that the northern and river lords drummed up support from the smallfolk and their soldiers by talking about northern and riverlands culture, and made the war as a sort of patriotic thing (I don't have much evidence for this, but it would make sense). But the northern and river lords who declared Robb king were probably mainly worried about how the new lannister regime would affect themselves, as opposed to the fact that Ned was executed. They had every reason to suspect that the lannisters would begin raising their taxes and imposing more hardships on them. So in both wars, the wealthy elite of the north/riverlands (for WOTFK) and the confedracy (for civil war) were primarily motivated by their own economic interests (relative independence and self-determination for the north/riverlands, slavery and states rights for the confederacy), but declared the war to be about national/cultural reasons so that they could convince all the poor people they ruled to go along with the war.
  6. Certain names sound Valyrian ("ae" somewhere in the first syllable, "ys" somewhere in the name, etc) Ghiscari names tend to have a lot of zs and qs. Dothraki names tend to be short, and end in a vowel Westerosi names seems to be closer to european names than Essosi names. Other than that, I can't think of any differences. I do think there are naming patterns in certain families: Greyjoys like "-on" as a last syllable for men. Martells seem to like the "n" sound for the end of their men, and a vowel sound for the end of their women.
  7. For all we know, Jon is already dead, and is in his second life in Ghost right now. It's not crazy to think that Arya will meet her end sometime soon.
  8. I don't really buy the whole Jon and Arya end up together thing. I don't think there will be any romance between them... at least not in their first lives. However, I could see Ghost and Nymeria becoming mates. Nymeria is the last female direwolf, and Ghost might become the last male direwolf, if Shaggydog and Summer die. We are also told that Nymeria is some sort of Queen of the wolves, and we have that quote from Varamyr about how a second life in a direwolf would be one worthy of a king or something. Seems like a match.
  9. I thought that this would be an interesting take for the tv show to go, but could also work extremely well for the book series itself: Melisandre brings Jon back to life (but we don't get any POVs from him). Jon seems more distant than his usual self, but he still seems like Jon. He rallies a bunch of northern lords to declare him a king, and then they ride off to fight the Boltons/rid the north of Stannis. After a brutal battle where a bunch of soldiers die, it is finally revealed that that was Jon's plan entirely: to get a large enough amount of dead people so that the white walkers could raise a huge army of wights. Melisandre didn't actually raise Jon from the dead, the white walkers just used her as a way to sneakily raise the night's King without anybody realizing, in the body of someone who others will call a king. Then we get a POV from Jon explaining that he warged into Ghost, and so his mind and spirit is still alive, just in Ghost, where it will remain for the rest of the series.
  10. Lysa Threatening to throw Sansa out the moon door, only to get pushed herself Cersei and Ned's talk in the garden Tyrion having Pycelle arrested
  11. That's a pretty good Crackpot Theory! Some more Evidence for it: If you cut all the hair off of Regina George, she'd look like a british man (0:19)
  12. If I could change which POVs were in which book, without changing any of the actions that happen in the series, here's what I would do: AGOT: Cersei would get POV chapters in AGOT, so that the first book isn't too Stark-heavy, and so that we can see what she is like before her descent into madness. Plus plenty of scenes could be great from her perspective, (Ned confronting her in the garden, Ned getting arrested, Robert's death, Sansa coming to her, etc). Sansa wouldn't get any chapters, since her arc in that book is just to establish the fact that she starts out the series as naive and believing in fairytales, which can be done through other POVs. All of the action that does happen in Sansa's chapters could get told through the POV chapters of Arya, Ned, and Cersei. Finally, Daenerys would lose her last chapter, and it would be replaced by a Mirri Maaz Dur epilogue, where the last sentence is "and as Mirri Maaz Durr screamed from the fire engulfing her, her voice was joined by the sounds of dragons" or something like that. ACOK: Bran wouldn't get any chapters since what he does in this book is pretty much just waiting around in a castle. Most of his storyline in ACOK could either get moved back to AGOT (his first couple of visions) or to ASOS (meeting the Reeds, like in the tv series). The rest of his story could be told from Theon's chapters, and a Maester Luwin epilogue. Also, Robb gets a couple of chapters about his time in the Westerlands which would help us get to know his fellow northern lords more (making the red wedding even more devastating) and also to give us more insight on the Westerlings. ASOS: Jaime Loses his POVs and his story is told from Brienne and Cersei Povs. Personally, I think it was too easy for me to start sympathizing with Jaime once I started reading his POVs. I think he should have remained more mysterious and aloof. Part of his characterization is that everyone judges him for his looks, family, and his past actions, without ever getting to know the real him, so the reader should be put in the same situation (and as Brienne would grow to realize that he's not a one dimensional monster, so would the reader). AFFC/ADWD: Arys and Areo's chapters go to Arianne, to condense the Dornish chapters into one person, so that we can get to know Arianne better. Arya's chapters from AFFC move to ADWD, and Cersei/Jaime/Areo's chapters from ADWD go to AFFC, so that story lines are kept complete.
  13. Tyrion is, in my opinion, way to politically poisonous to ever gain much control again. The common people despise him thanks to Tywin and Cersei, and the commoners are just mistrustful of dwarfs in general. Even the people who know Tyrion well and trust him will want to keep it secret that they're getting his help. He'll never be hand again, just a secret background adviser if that.
  14. In the case of house Estermont, Arianne's friend Sylva Santagar was just recently married to the elderly Eldon Estermont. I could see Sylva making a play to take control of Estermont (by finding a way to dispose of all the remaining estermonts at Greenstone) and declare for Aegon.
  15. Pretty much the title. We are told in ACOK by Tyrion, (who I think we can say has a decent grasp of history) that: " Once theirs had been a powerful guild, but in recent centuries the maesters of the Citadel had supplanted the alchemists almost everywhere." ACOK Tyrion V. Which would imply that the alchemists' guild is very very old and used to be the main source of "wise" counsel that Kings and lords throughout Westeros received, but the newer order of the maesters who relied more on rational thought and not magic began to become more popular as magic started to disappear. However, we are told that the maesters are also a very old order, dating back to the first Hightower King, way before the Andals (and thus even written language) arrived. So the alchemists are either even older than that, or the maesters were for the vast majority of their history not widespread or powerful at all. It also seems weird that the alchemists who were very interested in Dragons and Fire suddenly grew less powerful once the Targaryens arrived in Westeros.