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  1. To me (and others can disagree as it has been a while since I re-read ADWD) but I don't think they are Pro-Stark, but see Jon and Stark loyalists as the best hope of combating the White Walkers. Plus if the contents of the Pink Letter are true, then the Wildlings see the Boltons as the enemy as they've imprisoned Mance (their King) and spilled Wildling blood. But of course there's a lot more context behind this, as nothing in the books is simply black and white.
  2. Roose Bolton... far too enthusiastic for weddings and special occassions. Stannis Baratheon... crack a smile once in a while, please!
  3. I'm currently reading Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich, which is a collection of oral testimonies from those who were affected by the disaster. I remember reading the first chapter and it was utterly heartbreaking to read how a young couple alone were drastically affected (and I can only imagine the scale of fear and anguish on a grander scale). I've been highly into reading further into the disaster (back in school I wrote a paper on the disaster for my science class and I have a collection of photo essays from Igor Kostin). For anyone interested in reading from the perspective of those affected by the disaster in the Ukraine and Belarus, then I'd pick up a copy of CP (and its not a long read at all).
  4. Stannis saw Renly as a 'pretender', and of course kinslaying does go a step to far. But, from his perspective, he saw his cause as just - and as Batbob said earlier I doubt Stannis had no idea about shadow binding until after Renly was killed. Although I do believe Stannis deserved more than Dragonstone. Not only did he serve his brother faithfully in the Rebellion, but his deeds in the Greyjoy Rebellion turned the tide for the Crown Forces. But I think the Baratheon brothers were a family trapped in tragedy, and were left a broken family after the deaths of their parents.
  5. True. Thought I do believe that despite the sickly nature of Elia there would still be an element of time to pass before she passed. But yes the end result would see Cersei comforting and marrying Rhaegar, and if Tywin served as Hand then House Lannister would only be rivaled by the Targaryen's in terms of power. Plus Tywin would get his wish at establishing a long lasting dynasty for the family name... And that's what I love about his character; he is not one-minded. If something goes eerie then more contingencies are put in place. We have seen this time and time again in the books, and I agree that he likely had such plans in motion prior to Robert's Rebellion. (Likely it started during the Defiance of Duskendale or, perhaps, before).
  6. Agreed. At the very least the pressence of her dragons and army could sway, at the very least, a few houses to her cause upon landing. Like Ronin said, bannermen and houses flocked between kings during the war, so why can't that happen in Dany's case? If a new claimant to the throne comes about, there will still be houses that will aim to use the moment for their own ends. But Dany still finds herself between a rock and a hard place in any case...
  7. Agreed. In some way or another Tywin needed the outcome to ensure that House Lannister reaped a majority (or close to) of the benefits to come. If Rhaegar had been triumphant then Tywin would have gotten his wish of a more favorable king that would heed his council (something Aerys stopped doing a long, long time ago). Even though Rhaegar couldn't marry Cersei, being Hand to one of the realm's most loved figures would have been victory enough for Tywin - Aerys would be out of the picture and, come the end of the rebellion, the strong and noble houses that supported Robert would have been depleted. But of course the events supported Robert, and Tywin used the Baratheon king's hatred of the Targaryens' to sack KL and murder the royal family (an act that was clearly in bad taste from the perspectives of most who witnessed the outcome). Tywin was then able to marry his daughter to Robert (and must have seen this as a stronger position than holding a position as the King's Hand) and, with a permanent Lannister presence besides Robert, Tywin could tend to his own matters at Casterly Rock and broaden the influence and power of his house. Either way, it cannot be coincidence that events played in his favor - there had to be a degree of involvement from his end to ensure that everything played out to the letter.
  8. Indeed. Hence why I'm leaning more in favor of believing that Tywin was a principle architect on both sides of the effort to depose of Aerys, by either having Rhaegar ascend to the throne or with Robert taking the crown and marrying his daughter to the Baratheon king. The fact that Robert's Rebellion ended so well for Lannisters cannot be down to coincidence, and had Rhaegar won the Battle of the Trident then no doubt Tywin would have reaped similar rewards. Basically, it just doesn't add up to think that Tywin suddenly grew a spine and entered the war towards its conclusion. He''s not that kind of man...
  9. Indeed. Most lords and noble houses never got away with slighting Tywin or the Lannister name without some form of repercussion, and as Aerys grew madder by the day and continued to insult Tywin's honor, there had to be something in the works from Tywin's perspective (aside from sitting on the side lines up until the Sack of KL at the end of Robert's Rebellion).
  10. Superbly put together Sly Wren. As Lady Dyanna said before, it seems that your posts are onto something (as were the others who posted of this before). Tywin wasn't a man to sit by and have his name slighted by others (at least, not with an 'end-game' in the works and his 'actions' against lords who slighted the Lannister name). There is certainly a lot to take into consideration, and is certainly plausible.
  11. The similarities are there, albeit that both Davos and Ned come from different backgrounds (one being of lowborn birth and vice-versa). Both are good friends with Baratheon kings but, for me anyhow, the stand out quality that Davos and Ned both share is that they're not afraid to speak hard truths to both Baratheon kings. Whilst the other lords simply nod their heads and hop on the wagon. Ned and Davos will act as the moral compass for both Robert and Stannis respectively. Or so, that's how I see it.
  12. Roose Bolton always knew how to see wedding through to the end...
  13. One of the biggest highlights for me was that the show brought the Umbers back into the fold. Dean S. Jagger gave a top performance as Smalljon Umber (given that it was the character's debut) and his whole 'no-shit' attitude to Ramsay serves as a fantastic foil to that of Harald Karstark - who is now just a Bolton lacky! But the whole scene demonstrated that Ramsay's position is still contested (Smalljon's refusal to bend the knee, etc). Plus, the slight possibility of the Great Northern Conspiracy due to Rickon's resurgence and the 'fishiness' behind Smalljon's actions gives me some hope yet...