Ser Ronan Storm

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  1. Which country are you from (I'm genuinely curious; I have never heard of cousins being referred to as direct siblings before)? The only other thing Quaithe could mean is the literal House of the Undying, in which Dany heard all the magical prophecies/saw visions of what she will do or what will happen in the future. The Undying being capitalized kinda cements that she's referring to the adventures in Qarth, because nothing else in the series so far is referred to as undying. Can't be talking about the Others, because they can be killed (poor Puddles). And she couldn't remember certain undying characters like Beric, Stoneheart or Jon because she hasn't met any of them in the first place. In my opinion, pretty much everything Quaithe has said so far has been pretty straightforward. The identity of the perfumed seneschal is up for debate because at least 2 relatively major characters fit that description. Even her "directional prophecy" is straightforward.
  2. The problem with power and influence is that individuals often always want more of it. Since the Seven Kingdoms were made into one and have existed as one for 300 years, other individuals would try to repeat that forced unification again. Also, as one realm, the people both highborn and small have seen more peace during those 300 years than if Westeros had just remained 7 individual kingdoms, 2 or 3 of which being constantly at war with one another. I don't think anyone wants to go back to those days. The North and Dorne are the only regions best-suited to become their own kingdoms, because their ways of life are so different and because they've existed independently from the rest of Westeros for so long before that they could probably succeed at doing so again. Iron Islands could never be their own kingdom, because they are constantly having to invade/raid the mainland for resources. The rest of the realm wouldn't tolerate it.
  3. You hit the post on the head here, good ser. A lot of fans tend to forget that the Old Gods, like the Seven don't exist. Everything we know about the Old Gods comes from the power of the weirwood trees, and we know that the Children of the Forest/greenseers can tap into the weirwood network, so technically those people are misidentified as being "Old Gods". I agree that, as long as weirwoods and greenseers exist, the religion of the First Men will continue.
  4. To answer the OP: I'm sure Dany is Aegon's first choice, but he will not wait on her to arrive in Westeros. Currently Dany's ETA seems an incredulous amount of time, while we know from readings that I think Aegon will marry Arianne and bring Dorne into the war, because he will reason that Aegon the Conqueror had two wives. Dany will simply become his second, once she finally comes home. The marriage to Arianne would reconcile the Dornish with their former status, as they were originally part of the royal family when Rhaegar married Elia Martell.
  5. Arianne is not Aegon's sister, and the "Remember the Undying" line is referencing the Warlocks of Qarth, some of which are currently aboard Euron's ship.
  6. Haha, if GRRM truly intends to keep this all contained to Winds and have A Dream Of Spring be all about the Others invasion, then perhaps the Dany vs. Aegon vs. Some Third Faction (Jon?) can become known as the 200-Page War. And that's just me being generous, considering the page count it will take just to get these factions assembled on the same continent.
  7. ^This. While I enjoyed the bump in screen time the North has gotten since the Red Wedding, it's all been wasted on Emo Snow, Midget Mutineers, Sam the Charisma Black Hole and Ramsay's Super Sexy Sadism Show. I would much rather have gotten the political intrigue of the Northern nobility struggling to come to terms with the power vacuum left by the Starks, and the alliances and betrayals and conspiracies that then ensued. Even though the Smalljon's handing over of Rickon and the murder of Shaggydog earns him a spot of the cruelest of the seven hells, I was still hoping that in the battle, he would turn against Ramsay. The whole point of the North is that they're mostly honorable people and the Boltons took their power through treachery (and the surviving Northmen know what treacherous shits they are)...but apparently a mutiny was too much for the writers and the budget. We had a straight good guys vs. bad guys fight, and while it was some of the best film making I've ever seen, story-wise it was quite dull, especially Littlefinger's predictable last-minute save.
  8. Try to get some perspective here. I was assuming the viewpoint of the Northmen, who, due to not being very fleshed out in the TV show, seem to be acting out of character in leaps and bounds this season. Please stop assuming that I'm debating whether or not Jon Snow is a deserter. I know he is not; he died and thus technically fulfilled his oath. The point of my discussion is that the rest of the North doesn't seem aware of just what this technicality is, or if they do, its a conversation that happened off-screen. As another poster mentioned above, Jon still hasn't taken his shirt off to show Sansa* or anyone outside of Davos, Mel, Night's Watch and Wildlings his multiple stab wounds. *Though it kinda seems like he and Sansa told each other everything off-screen. Who knows? Maybe she's just chill with it. My point is that it's odd for the show runners/writers to avoid this inevitable reveal, because the alternative is letting the Northmen assume that Jon is a deserter, and deserters are supposed to be punished by death. Also, we do not yet know what the "old gods" religion teaches regarding people who die and come back to life. Some of the Wildings are starting to view Jon as a messiah figure now, but I am willing to bet if the Northmen learn of this tale, at least some of them have to be creeped out by it. Returning from death isn't all that natural, you know. You don't seem like you'd be a very good military tactician lol. Throwing away his home-ground advantage because his brother died was a stupid move. He still could have galloped back to his men, but he charged forward, alone. It was a decision purely governed by emotion. The Mad King liked to govern emotionally too. Sansa had warned him that if Ramsay truly had Rickon, then Rickon was as good as dead. At every turn, she proved that she would've made a better military commander. She would've waited until they had more men/until Littlefinger arrived, she would've avoided Ramsay's trap. Jon still knows very, very little. And regarding his time as Lord Commander, he made the humanitarian decision to save as many Wildlings as he could, even though it alienated him from his men, from many Northmen as well, and directly contributed to his own assassination. He refused to distance himself from the men who killed him, trusting blindly as opposed to sending Ser Alliser and Lil' Brutus to another fort (or better yet, South to round up new recruits). Ned trusted blindly too, as did Robb. Time and again, the Stark family has put their faith in the honor of other men and it's come back to murder them. To wrap this up, from a Northman's perspective, Jon Snow is a bastard (if there is no law preventing bastards from ruling as kings, then how come we've never heard of them? Even Roose had to get the Crown to legitimize Ramsay in order to have him marry Sansa Stark; the North would not accept Ned's heir marrying a bastard). It's uncharacteristic of the North to suddenly shrug off their adherence to tradition, especially when a trueborn child of Stark blood is sitting right beside Jon at the high table. Many in the North still view Jon as a deserter of the Night's Watch because he hasn't been open about how he is now released from that oath (or, if this conversation has happened off-screen, then being undead ain't no thing). Many Northern and Southern lords are still opposed to Jon's decision to let Wildings come through the Wall. Lord Royce begins the coronation scene by denouncing the Wildings, yet almost magically, he is among those shouting "King in the North" at the end of the scene. I don't have a problem with honor, except for the when the people behind the show create so many inconsistencies for the sake of having "honorable" characters.
  9. Good on Biden for appearing to be "in" on things. Random thought: I've always thought the sigil for modern America should be a sleeping cow. Lots of potent symbolism in that.
  10. The poor Northern Lords are just the silliest chaps on this show. Conveniently ignoring Night's Watch desertions and Jon's bastardy, and also rushing to king a man who displays poor judgement at every turn. His suicide charge at Ramsay that his own men had to bail him out of likely cost more of their lives than if he'd held back and stuck to their original plan. He pissed so many people off as Lord Commander that he got himself killed. Those are definitely leadership qualities I want my king to have.
  11. Robert was chosen because: He had the most Targaryen blood. He won the most battles in the Rebellion, and also killed the crown prince. He was a handsome, youthful bachelor (though had been betrothed to Lyanna, so I wonder if the new king wasn't chosen until after Ned returned from the Tower of Joy?). He had a gift for making friends out of enemies/inspired loyalty from his subjects. He was fertile (he had already cranked out Mya Stone, while Jon was childless and Ned probably didn't know about Robb until the fighting was over). There really weren't that many viable candidates for the Iron Throne after the rebellion was won. Ned would never want to rule, Jon's reign would have likely been short with confusion afterwards if he didn't manage to have children. Hoster Tully might have been considered, but he is the only other notable name we have that supported Jon, Ned and Robert. These men wouldn't have allowed the Throne to pass on to a Targ loyalist or the Lannisters. Haha, I suppose Balon Greyjoy could have always put forth a claim...
  12. To answer the OP, if Lyanna had miscarried or whatever, then I'd expect Arthur Dayne, Gerold Hightower, and Whent to continue acting irrationally. Rather than fleeing to Dragonstone, they would probably try to execute Robert Baratheon to avenge Rhaegar or something stupid like that. These 3 men were already willfully ignoring their vows during a rebellion against the very man they are sworn to protect. They also ignored protecting every member of that man's family except for Lyanna's baby, who may not even be legal, depending on whether or not Rhaegar married her lawfully. Really, the whole Tower of Joy scenario lessens my loathing of Young Jaime, because while Jaime murdered his king, 3 of his sworn brothers effectively abandoned him, allowing for it to happen.
  13. Since it's mentioned that those 3 Kingsguard members were absent during the Battle of the Trident (presumably guarding Lyanna at the Tower of Joy the entire time), technically the future king, Aegon, was at King's Landing. As the firstborn son of the Mad King's firstborn son, Aegon would have been 1st in line for the throne. I know he was snuggle buddies with Arthur Dayne, but how Rhaegar convinced 2 more Kingsguard knights to ignore their mandate and sit out a freaking war is beyond me.
  14. Planetos seems to yield up a higher rate of bald/balding men than we do in the real world.
  15. Read the Aeron I Balticon Reading thread in the Winds of Winter forum on this site. Notes compiled from GRRM's reading of the chapter reveal I don't have the book handy to give a page number, but in A Feast For Crows, during the Kingsmoot, Euron mentions that he knows more about the gods than anyone else assembled there, because he claims to have raided temples from all over the world. Euron seems deeply interested in the power of gods, but to what end?