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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ghost is down in the kennels training Ramsey's horde of hungry hounds. It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. What about Brandon the wheel breaker?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 =)
  12. To my mind she needs allies that can kick ass. The Ironborn are in the ilk of Vikings, ship faring, blood thirsty, savagely fierce berserkers in their conquests against foes. I can't imagine she wants a pithy group of peasants helping to fight against the foreign whore that on all accounts is more formidable than that of the Lannister army. She'll only use Euron for her own means, I don't see her getting fresh with him before killing him.
  13. Put the prophecy aside for a bit. What bothers me is no one seem to shine a light on Lyanna's part of this equation. To blame Rhaegar for any part of what happened and exclude Lyanna's part offers nothing of the full story (not that we know what that is yet!). In what manner did she play a part in their affair, married or not? A "wild", talented noble lady still has emotions and desires. Of all the many real life ladies at court I've read about, they all have a major part to play in the dynamics of laws, politics, emotions, desires. My answer: Love and lust. Young and full to brim of hormones and ideals.
  14. Even Jon's breath is taken away at seeing as many as 9 weirwoods in the grove in the haunted forest when he say his words of the Night's Watch, telling us that it was even rare to see as many as 3 in the Wolf Woods near Winterfell. I support your idea in this regard.
  15. I agree with the presented idea. On my most recent re-read when Jon and Sam say the words of the NIght's watch to the 9 weirwood grove trees of the old gods, I thought of this thing, that the words of the Night's Watch can be seen to be in alliance with the Others: "Night gathers and now my watch begins, It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.I shall wear no crown and win no glory, I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the night's watch for this night and all nights to come." The night referred to I wondered it meaning Night's king gathers and his watch, the Night's watch begins. Sword in the darkness makes no sense. A sword in the darkness means nothing without light. If it's in relation to the Others, then the Night's watch are the sword in the darkness for the Others, they don't appear during the light. Watcher on the walls, not the wall. The walls pural meaning, other types of walls: Craster was a type of wall, appeasing the Others. The horn that wakes the sleepers, the horn that wakes the Others.