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  1. I don't think they ever got on that well. Tyrion can't resist making Joffrey and Cersei very angry, and that makes life hard for the family dog. And then Sandor tries to make Joffrey laugh with his Tyrion's-too-small-too-see act - and that's a joke that gets old very quickly, particularly with someone who hates insults as much as Tyrion.
  2. I forgot something for the foreshadowing list - the statue of the weeping woman in the Eyrie, assumed to be of Alyssa Arryn - the link is that both Cat and Alyssa felt unable to weep for their loved ones. Another link is a statue in the House of Black and White, which combines the eyes of poison (see quote above) with the subject of a weeping woman. Three odd things about the Eyrie statue: It was light enough to move, but was left in the middle of the site of Tyrion's trial by combat. (The opening ceremony has the fighters and Tyrion kneeling under the statue.) It influenced that combat no less than 5 times - each time to the benefit of Tyrion's champion, Bronn (and the side of justice, as it happens). The debris of the statue is abandoned, even though the site is visible from the private balcony of the Lady of the Eyrie. (Sansa notices it in the snow castle scene.) Odd things are designed to attract the reader's attention, mostly. No doubt this will form part of a three-fold revelation by the end, but at a guess, Lady Stoneheart will demand another trial by combat - this time, probably, for Jaime.
  3. Tyrion's messed-up head is not canon, and thank the gods for that. Cat is a wolf by affiliation, not by birth, and I totally agree that's significant - particularly with warging and 'wolf blood' taken into account. I do think that if you live with wolves, and people say you're a wolf, and you think you're a wolf - then you will end up a bit wolfy (btw Cat and Summer did for that assassin using a very similar biting and tearing technique - ok, the real wolf did it better).
  4. Most likely Roose is flat out lying when he says Walda's children don't matter. Roose doesn't show his emotions - he could be incandescent with rage at Ramsay, but we wouldn't see it much. He's got to be angry. He has to tell Ramsay, "A peaceful land, a quiet people, that has always been my rule." Ramsay breaks the rules - he's been warned like this twice, but can't change. How many people get to defy Roose continually and get away with it? Sounds good.
  5. I've been trawling AGOT in search of foreshadowing that might uncover Lady Stoneheart's state of mind. There is definitely foreshadowing! but as ever, not a clear picture. The words of foreshadowing - the cold, the grave, the shocking appearance, the red marks - are very clear. Cat is completely bare skinned - she has lost her fur, suggesting she is less of a wolf than before. She walks like a wolf though - so perhaps she is still a wolf, but has forgotten it. Trying to light a fire seems to be part of it too - after all, there's no point in burning a message in a secret language. (Strange, lighting fires should be Dany's job - what does this mean?) ======= Sounds like Lady Stoneheart all right, but no additional information. ====== Bingo. This is Lady Stoneheart endlessly reliving the Red Wedding. She doesn't sound very sane at all. This is also foreshadowing - it's impossible to take this incident literally because licking a deep knife wound won't stop it bleeding. So... Catelyn/LS finishes up with 'clean hands'. The wolves absolve her. Somehow. ====== There might be more, but I only really noticed the night ascent to the Eyrie (from Stone to Snow to Sky), which could possibly represent Cat's passage through the Long Night. She thinks "I am going to die here" when she reaches the high saddle between Snow and Sky. She does not die - a bastard girl (Mya) gets her safely across the darkest place. Extra: Cat's spirit fails her, and it is Mya's strength and spirit that gets Cat up the mountain. This is illustrated by Cat riding not her own horse but the bastard girl's mule. I'm really pleased with this, because it lines up with a theory I made around Lord Dustin here (Barbrey's Busted Barrow etc).
  6. I feel the same way - it's just there's no energy in the forum for hating Tywin; it almost goes without saying. And I and most others can't help liking Jaime, whose record with children is about as bad as it's possible to be.
  7. I agree that Osha will be better at setting boundaries for Rickon - I remember the mess the Starks made of stopping Bran climbing the towers of Winterfell: And Cat's best effort was to get Old Nan and Luwin to tell Bran scary stories about falling. (I know Bran was the perfect climber, but things can go wrong.) I don't think Rickon would be much bothered by a smack - the Frey boy seemed to hit him really hard, and he just laughed. Rickon is super tough (supernaturally tough?). But Shaggydog attacked the Frey almost instantly - so I think Osha's going to have to work out another way of getting herself listened to. I expect the journey will be a bonding experience. I still don't see Osha's motivation in this. The Starks inspire love, it's true, but it's also true that the Starks have been 'oppressing' the wildlings for thousands of years. Osha herself was treated with mercy, but that amounted to being put to work in the kitchens in chains. She says she gave sexual favours to the cook so her would give her time off to worship at the heart tree. It doesn't sound too great.
  8. No-one ever says, "I hate Tywin! He's so judgemental and unsympathetic, and he cares more about pride than honour. And he neglects his children!"
  9. Why do mothers get such a hard time? Nowadays, we have a pretty fixed idea of what makes a good mother, a couple of generations ago it was something different and so on and so on. And it's so easy to fail to meet other people's expectations. Cat was raising her children to survive and thrive in the Game of Thrones. That's what the period demanded, but there was time for love as well - they all loved her and she loved them. Osha can't replace that. When we met Osha first, she was joining in a wildling attack on a crippled child, Bran. That attack nearly ended up with him dead. Osha changed her coat when serving the Starks looked better than being a wildling on the run. She strikes me as a pragmatist above all. I expect she thinks Rickon would make a great wildling, and therefore is willing to help him, but as a pragmatist, she might also sell him for advantage if she wants to change her coat again. Also, I seem to remember that she smacks him with the butt of her spear to make him obey - which is not only bad parenting style, but also extremely stupid with Shaggydog in the vicinity.
  10. Could be - at the most conservative we know that Ryswell family members have different characters, which is probably why they quarrel so much. Nice that red is left free for Barbrey. Seems like we have every possible solid colour except snow white, and even that might be covered by gray. ETA Wasn't Oberyn's horse black with a red mane, like the Ryswell sigil? Does he have something in common with House Ryswell? I think so too! I was too easily misled by her saying to Theon something like: I am an old and dried up woman. The lady doth protest too much - isn't she the same age as Cat? In her thirties? Why is she misleading Theon? What did she want from him?
  11. As well as youth and age, we can say Renly and Barristan represent Summer and Winter. This makes for a beautiful allegorical picture with Cersei as Sun Queen, I'm certain. There are many, many quotes linking Cersei to the sun - I'll pick out her chosen title: 'Light of the West', which neatly suggests the reign of the sun queen is nearly over. Ser Illyn must fit in somewhere! The only thing that stands out is that he has no horse and the others do, which to my theories suggests his nature is an enigma. Well, we knew that! I get a death-like vibe from all of them (in hindsight): - Barriston's whites are the colour of icy death, Renly feels like a fertility god awaiting sacrifice, and Ilyn has that terrible effect on Sansa (he acts very unnaturally there, or maybe, he acts more like a force of nature and less like a human being). More and more, I'm getting the feeling that the supernatural does leak through into the characters, letting them do impossible things. Not so much ghosts, but gods and goddesses, heroes of song and legend, that kind of thing. So a character marked as the Stranger might indeed have extra death-dealing powers. Or from another angle, maybe the Long Night will begin at the death of Cersei, and the death of Barristan may be necessary to end winter. This is a very faint and fuzzy theory, but I'm not marking it as tinfoil yet! ETA another quote:
  12. There's this from AFFC (The Queenmaker) And this from Dance: So purple to black eyes are a thing.
  13. Tyrion rides a pig, and it's easy to believe his spirit is consumed by the idea of rebellion. Penny rides a dog, therefore might qualify for the Hound's assessment: 1) a dog will die for you but never lie to you, and 2) a dog can smell out a lie. We'll see. Dany has three mounts to ride. ?? Doran and Cersei choose to ride on wheels, at times (the chair, the wheelhouse). Lord Manderley is widely believed to be 'too-fat-to-sit-a-horse'. I guess their spirit cannot be seen as an external manifestation. A whole heap of threads, I should think!
  14. I've no objection to the rusty dragon head being Dany - it could easily be the black Targ dragon covered in metaphorical blood. Dany seems close to embracing her fire and blood nature - so if she lets rip and a lot of people end up dead, then a period of calm and reflection at the Quiet Isle seems to be a very good idea. Brienne's party imagined more names for the Crossroads Inn - the 'Gallows Inn', the 'Orphans' Inn' and the 'Crossbow Inn'. I don't know about 'gallows', but I'm reminded that our three dragon-heads are probably all orphans (I'm thinking of Dany, Tyrion and Jon). So it would be a nice touch if they met up at the Crossroads Inn, which is also a crossroads in their lives.