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  1. The tenderness he exhibits when Khal Drogo approaches Dany on their first coupling after their marriage ceremony. At the wedding with his bloodriders present he's at his masculine hardest with the scene built around sex lust, blood lust, sexual-violent imagery. Away from his khalasar he comes to Dany at his softest. She's Goddess and he in his wonder, is in awe of her. It's incredibly powerful because this is what men are like, at their deepest level. There's a neediness in men that's very complex. For a writer to create that psychological intensity and depth in a male character, viewed from a female character pov is genius. Arya waking up blind - I felt like I had a shot of adrenaline go through me when I first read that final sentence.
  2. The trees could be green-seers. Men with the ability to tap in are "green-seers"...something to consider sure. Crows are messengers. As per TWoIaF they were purported to have have once spoken messages orally to men...think Mormont's crow. But this virtue for communication between men was lost over time, and the crows became mere messengers between Men, via scrolls attached to the crows legs. Metaphorically the crows are see'ers and messengers. Think of all the times crows circling are mentioned in the text. Wherever there is a crow, whether feasting on corpse eyes or flying ahead, they are assimilating what is happening. Every time I read of a crow feasting on eyes, I consider this as a way of the crows to absorb memories, knowledge. If flying overhead it's observation. There are so many references obvious and subtle to crows being present in the scenes of the text. Don't go running off to Feast for Crows, they are present in abundance in every book.
  3. Syrio Forel was the former First Sword of Braavos with previous(?) allegiance to the Sealord of Braavos. Braavos being founded by former slavers, being the home of the many-faced-god sect, and the home of the Ironbank. Because Braavos was founded by former slavers, does not mean that it uses no slaves (official or no) for their own ends (Tyrion mentions we are all slaves to something). I'm less inclined to think of lemon tree in Braavos when Dany refers to her memories of "Braavos". It's her reference to the building with the red door that I'm interested in. Red. Fire, blood. Metaphorically the red door is the opening to the soul, the heart, the womb, raw - throbbing with life. It's Ghost's eyes, Drogon's eyes, weirwood eyes and leaves. It's the bleeding comet, Ygritte's hair kissed by fire. In contrast yellow in the text is referred to as something pus-like, plague-ridden or something dying seen to be leaching out colour. It's the colour of mortifying, decaying teeth or bone. It's a sour colour and represents death.
  4. I've thought this as well...that the culmination of all the years, all the moons cracking, rebellions, relationships, births, deaths, magic aligning so that he can fulfill his purpose. Which has something to do with joining with his Queen. She took within his seed and therefore his soul. Queen is represented by the moon, King is the sun and stars, light - dark, life - death, yin - yang, the marriage of opposites within the psyche and without.
  5. Positive: That with all the extra reads I've done of each book the complexity has made more sense. His Jaime, Brienne, Dany meanderings aren't for no good reason. Symbolism is rich and carries each chapter...lends to sleuthing the clues to the story as a whole. Jaime - the most entertaining character. Entertaining always wins. The consumption of alcohol has always been and will continue to be inspiring. Negative: When I first read the books, the Battle on the Blackwater was h-aaaaaa-r-d going, I felt like I was lifting heavy dumbbells all day - exhausting The characters with frozen snot below their nose. Didn't enjoy the Aerys Oakheart chapter. I didn't feel I learned anything new.
  6. The sea in mythology represents the underworld or the unconcious, the place where the hero/heroine goes to process, navigate and have part of one's self die in order to return to the outer world. What manifests in this process is a person coming up to the surface, back to conciousness after a trial or transformation: from naivete to wisdom (or saying killing the boy to become the man). If Ygg is Yggdrisil the tree of life of Nordic mythology which lies between the gaps of Fire (thunder) and ice (sea), then perhaps the old Gods (Ygg) are the conduit between the Red God (Fire above - outer world) and The Great Other (Ice below - inner world). Going below the sea is also a metaphor in mythology of cycling through the life-death-life cycle of what it means to exist. Relationships going through this process - for example where couples face an aspect of ugliness in the other and want to run away; but in order for there to be life there needs to be a small death within the psyche of the couple, say the death of a judgement, a viewpoint or an internal naive assumption, in order for the couple to come back together to the life part of the cycle better knowing one another. The weirwoods have their roots in the underworld where transformation takes place. Their trunks and branches of the outer world, and products of their trunk and branches are used to carry the winds, the bows, the housing of animals and cotf. The weirwoods, the oaken trees, the blackwoods, all exist as a means of balance, which when you think about it, is what the life force of nature is about.
  7. This could be a possibility for Brienne: Brienne is described mockingly as "Brienne the Beauty" by Red Ronnet and others. Jaime and Catalyn make note of her exceptionally beautiful eyes. She has Targaryen blood through her forebear Ser Duncan the Tall. There is a bond between Jaime and Brienne but it will not come to fruition via coupling. The story between them needs to hold sexual suspense to keep us gratefully ungratified. I envisage Jaime dying and Brienne surviving.
  8. Ghost is down in the kennels training Ramsey's horde of hungry hounds. It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for
  9. Common sense prevails here: when the Night King and his dead army are defeated the winter will cease being a generation long (because of the premise that the WW's bring the cold, the cold brings the WW's). With 6 episodes left, that seems to equate to a short winter season.
  10. I agree. The mythology surrounding Jon's journey could be compared to other saviours deaths and resurrections (Jesus/Skeleton Woman/ life-death-life stories). He will die but his legacy will endure. Perhaps he does warg into Ghost (literally and metaphorically), who goes on to protect Daenerys or his child.
  11. If Jon finds out his heritage bomb, he's not going to be the PtWP, he's going to be Azor Ahai King Jon who abdicates to Dany swearing allegiance to her as ruler. He'll go fight the good fight against the WW's, die, and Daenerys finds out she's with child...with the prince that was promised.
  12. What about Brandon the wheel breaker?
  13. Everyone got down on the actress who played Lyanna when she appeared in the last episode of season 6, but I was thinking, how is she meant to look regal when she's just had a baby and dying??? Women look like shit after having a baby. I thought she looked the part. I'm divided about the actor chosen for Rhaegar, Wilf Scolding. For better or for worse he has Visery's look which is good for continuity of appearances but it was confusing because we are led to believe Rhaegar was a maiden's wet fancy in the books. I had in mind someone that looks like the elf lord Thranduil.
  14. You don't need to know the truth to make something a lie. The maesters can be known to lie/conceal/cover up - including the maester that annulled a marriage then married Lyanna and Rhaegar. Based on Marwyn the Archmaester's comments they grey maesters don't want magic in the world, conspiring to defeat all dragons - whether real or Targaryen. To perpetuate a lie about a crown prince observe how well politicians and propaganda go about it. Who benefits from it? The Iron Bank, there's money to be made in warfare. The Cheesemonger Magister Illyrio grows fat on the coffers given to him to provide produce/services to Westeros. Varys is in league with him.
  15. How this episode and this season has completely: Underutilized Bran's abilities. Deleted Ghost. Overdone Sansa/Arya drama. Only reason for above would be so there's no major reveal of what's to come in the books. Stay patient book readers =)