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  1. Sure. (That is, I'll take your word for it.) Thing is, instead of learning from this mistake, he is repeating it and making it more obvious. He's done it for other things too (eg lemons in Braavos). Make of that what you will. ETA: To me, it's easiest to believe he's weaving this stuff into the story.
  2. Probably we'll see all the heroes back again - the critical thing might be who gets to play which role. The Night's King wasn't king of the Others, he was king of the Wall - so we've got just two candidates for that: Stannis with pale Melisandre at his side, and Jon with pale Val. One is fire, one is ice (or fire and ice) - it's very confusing. But Benjen won't be Night's King - I think his role will be as mentor to Jon entering the world of the ice wights. That's especially striking considering there is a 'known' Stark look in that generation - making Benjen a candidate for that select group of people whose eyes are blue, but should be another colour (Renly, Val, Qyburn - i.e. the resurrection men plus Val). Not a good omen for Benjen.
  3. Very interesting. The other main feature of the fairytale is that Snow White is believed dead (in a crystal coffin), and she comes back to life. This lines up with images we have for Jon (lying in a cell with his flesh going cold and hard), and Arya (frozen at the end of Winter). So it's possible. I'm not convinced every 'death' means death - but at the very least, there's going to be a lot of suspended animation and spirit-walking going on. Another quote: take this scene as foreshadowing of the Long Night - it suggests both sisters either die, or lose consciousness, before the Dawn. Possibly Ned's unburied/unquiet spirit protects them.
  4. I've come across a lovely quote that touches on point 2; it's from the Prologue - AGOT, just before the arrival of the Others: I'm still looking for a way to explain Sansa's weird nightmare: The knife plunged into her belly and tore and tore and tore, until there was nothing left of her down there but shiny wet ribbons. Ribbons in the books are used to describe: Long, thin things (duh) - roads, rivers, the Wall, the blades of the Iron Throne etc. Things/people being 'cut to ribbons'. Actual ribbons, including the ribbon on an official seal. And this, which is genuinely interesting: The first quote above reminds me of a lady's armour of courtesy - which is no defense at all unless there is a code of honour preventing physical attack. (Sandor is wrong here - honour is the difference between a good man like Beric (he has the ribbons!), and a bad one like Gregor.) Still doesn't explain Sansa's dream, though.
  5. This all sounds good. I had a little look for myself, and Sansa's eyes are mentioned so often, and so often they are averted, or lowered, or full of tears. Perhaps she does have her eyes opened though: when Arya throws that famous blood orange, the juice stings Sansa's eyes. Or perhaps not, if this quote also applies to her:
  6. Excellent thread, thanks for linking. The Targaryen Kings, TWOIAF Missed the context for this, but I'll chance a blind bet that each of these princes was also young, but strong.
  7. Oh yes, and I'm not going to reject the 'obvious' interpretation on a technicality. But I always want more.
  8. Most of the slaves would be very inadequate fighters, even in a revolt situation - much worse than the levies that are so despised in Westeros. Ten thousand with blood-stained hands? seems wrong. But yeah, the stains should be hers.
  9. In the Pit? Seemed to me she was rescuing him. Otherwise, very neat. Almost too neat? It looks like a few visions can have a double meaning, and if a few can, why not all? For example, the ten thousand slaves. Why do they have blood-stained hands? the vast majority are purely victims. I suspect this casts forward to the Others and the wights they hold in thrall.
  10. I think this is most likely. She's going to have to change her attitude 180 degrees before she's pleased to see another dragon rider. There are a few more quotes along the same lines: My eggs ... but they're mine. | The fire is mine. | The dragons are mine.
  11. I bet Lady Barbrey has been trying to win over the Walders. I don't know why she's interested in two small boys, but she gave each of them a very fine horse - that's a big gift, and I think she'd want a bit of influence in exchange. Maybe a bit of spying as well. We're shown that BW cares for his horse personally, and LW does not - which might indicate how well the gift was received. LW chose to follow Ramsay, and became his 'best boy'. Lady B must absolutely loathe and despise Ramsay because of what he did to Lady Hornwood, the other widow in power. I guess then she'd be helpful and sympathetic if BW wanted to murder LW.
  12. OK, the sigil - the trout - might not be so bad. GRRM likes to confound our expectations a bit, e.g. the powerful roses, the Boltons choosing pink, the real deer that killed a real direwolf. We've seen lots of animal symbolism already, but we're seeing more and more fish imagery - led by Patchface - so my guess is that the Tullys and the Greyjoys will grow in significance. A trout is a carnivore, maybe the underwater equivalent of a falcon. It has scales like a dragon, so there's room for a link there. It can live under the sea with Patchface, or out of the sea in a river which sounds good for the future. There's never been a clear code for colours, but these don't look good. Silver mainly appears as swords, chains, spurs - all the painful stuff. Moons (Dany? Others?) and stags are pretty dangerous things in this world too. Even mud and water are surprisingly hazardous substances - Mud prince Quentyn died, mud poultices kill people, mud around the Quiet Isle kills people. Stuff like that. The Tullys are going to be dead or deadly, one or the other.
  13. The Tully's have their part to play. Their chosen element is water, and water married to ice equals the spring thaw. Water is also the realm of the Patchface prophecies, and I think most of those are yet to come to pass - so the Tully's might have interesting things to do also.
  14. I thought it was Harrenhall!
  15. The wights that attacked Bran were 'buried' under snow, but they broke out (attracted to human warmth, according to Coldhands). Maybe burying doesn't stop the transformation into wights, it just traps them, until eventually the whole body disintegrates. Buried alive (sort of). Fear of the unburied/unburnt dead seems pretty universal, this is Irri: ACOK - DAENERYS I