Lady bonehead

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  1. The Others: Why now?

    You could take a step back from that and blame Torrhen. The North with its unique culture provides a buffer zone of a sort against the forces of winter. Even though the Targaryens didn't invade the North or suppress their religion, the Southernization of the North proceeded apace during their reign, culminating in the Stark involvement in Southern politics during the last three generations. Ned may worship the old gods but he's a southerner in many ways and that's the fault of Rickard and Jon Arryn, not Catelyn. So what if Torrhen had fought? Do we have any evidence of how dragons fare in the teeth of a harsh winter? I guess that's something we'll find out soon....
  2. Why women don't take black

    Historically when women have been conscripted into armies it has generally been as prostitutes. Something similar happened to female convicts who were transported to Australia, which is a situation somewhat analogous to the NW.
  3. Bran vs. Jaime

    Don't forget that Bran's story arc contains a guilt component too. It can be argued that warging a human being is a worse crime than attempted murder
  4. Remark by Jaime's aunt Genna about Tyrion

    What's interesting about this scene is that it ends there: we don't get Jaime's immediate reaction to the suggestion that he isn't Tywin's true son, in whatever sense. However, if Genna was trying to goad him into acting like Tywin she was successful! Jaime and Cersei may be Aerys's, but there is no reason why Genna would know that, and if she knew or suspected she would never have spoken as she did.
  5. There are no religions in the story?

    A related question is whether people in ASoIaF have souls. We know dead people can be re-animated with some memory of their former life, but this could just be physical brain memory rather than the soul returning to the body. We also know that greenseers and wargs can have genuine "out of body" experiences, projecting their minds across time and space and into the bodies of animals, but IIRC in the case of wargs the consciousness fades after the original body dies. So maybe there is something like a soul, but it isn't necessarily immortal.
  6. How did Cersei get Jamie in the KG

    To summarize, we really don't know whose idea it was originally, but we have two villains (Aerys and Cersei) and a suspect (Varys), or two suspects if you count Pycelle, with conflicting motivations. CERSEI: Stated motivation--Love: she wants to keep Jayme close and unmarried so he can sleep with her and protect her. Alternative motivation--she resents Jaime's male privilege and wants him out of the way so she can inherit Casterly Rock AERYS: Obvious motivation--humiliate Tywin and stop the marriage to interfere with the STAB alliance. Alternative crackpot motivation--Aerys had sex with Joanna around the time of the twins' conception and believes (rightly or wrongly) that Jaime is his son, that's why he wants to take him away from Tywin. (Note: in this case Aerys would not have slept with Cersei anyway since even crazy Targaryens think father-daughter incest is creepy) VARYS: Obvious motivation--helping his boss to achieve his goals. Alternative: Always hard to tell with Varys--if this was his idea originally, did he honestly think it was for the good of the realm, or was he actually trying to destabilize things?
  7. Unknown / Double Identities

    Since absolute loyalty is a necessity, all the crew members must have backstories even if they're not famous. Dark hair is common as dirt, violet eyes aren't that rare in Essos, but Westerosi are so the likelihood of being recognized is slim especially as the years go by
  8. Unknown / Double Identities

    I have no strong opinion about Lemore but let me put in a word in favor of the Ashara Dayne theory. Lemore is clearly not a nobody, because nobodies don't get hired to help hidden princes. That is, she must have an interesting backstory linking her to Aegon, and the Ashara story makes as much sense as any.
  9. What is Ghost?

    Isn't there a line from a song: "Jenny would dance with her ghosts"? Interestingly, some people in Westeros believe in ghosts (as they do in the real world) but we don't know if they actually exist in the story (unlike zombies).
  10. Hooded Man of WF is 10000% Theon

    Breakfast doesn't wear heavy winter clothes, and doesn't fight back or scream for help if you fail to kill it on the first try
  11. Asking Robb to justify war.

    No, I think Joff executed Ned in retaliation for Ned calling him a bastard. Them's fightin' words where I come from.
  12. Asking Robb to justify war.

    Also don't forget he was doing the same thing Ned did. History repeats itself.
  13. Jaime's secret

    Love Dof's analysis but will not quote it at length. I think Jaime hates to show weakness because that's the way he was raised. I picture Jaime as a child as being brave and strong but also affectionate, kind, trusting and empathic (even the Jaime we meet years later is amazingly empathic). Basically Tywin was afraid that he was too much like Tytos. Cersei remembers Tywin lecturing Jaime about the uselessness of love, and Jaime himself at Tywin's bier remembers being told that "a man doesn't cry". He had other male role models (his uncles, Lord Crakehall, Arthur Dayne) but Tywin's influence was overwhelming. This also motivated him to be the best fighter he could be from an early age.
  14. Most Courageous Act in ASOIAF

    Physical courage is a virtue that his highly valued in Westeros, but it is only meaningful when combined with moral virtue and true chivalrie as in many of the examples given above. There are also examples (too many to mention) of men fighting bravely for unjust lords and lost causes. in that spirit, I would like to nominate Sandor Clegane (for saying "hell no, I'm not doing this anymore"), Hizdahr za Loraq (for playing the long game), and all the Riverlands lords who capitulated after the Red Wedding.
  15. WoW chapter titles

    You're taking this too seriously folks. This is supposed to be a fun thread.