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  1. So sad. I've actually listened only to the audiobooks without ever physically reading the written books, and I still do regularly. When I looked up Roy Dotrice's age a while ago I already thought he might not be alive for the end of the series, and how weird it would be to have someone else read the next books. Also crushed that I didn't read about it anywhere but here...
  2. One that springs to mind for me is when the wildling women sneak Jeyne Poole out of Winterfell … (I had watched the show first and then got the books, but I knew the fArya plotline was going to happen so I was super excited about finally getting to it and it did not disappoint) Edit: haha, literally did not see the previous post was also about this scene!
  3. True, fArya is the rightful Lady of WF to the knowledge of most characters; however we the readers know Bran is alive and he is the rightful Lord of Winterfell. So there are basically two answers: who is really the rightful Lord of WF, and who do people believe it is. As to what happens after winter, that totally depends on who survives.
  4. Also, if Jeyne suddenly emerges with a baby claiming it to be Robb's heir, there will be reason to doubt the baby's identity, which is exactly what we have with Aegon too, so it would be a boring repetition of a storyline that's already there.
  5. I can't really see what Jeyne being pregnant would add to the story – not only would it not be very interesting for there to suddenly be a baby that is Robb's legitimate heir, it would also seem far-fetched after Sybel has explicitly told us she slipped Jeyne the moon tea. That's not GRRM's writing style in my opinion to do a 180° like that and be like "Haha! She was pregnant after all!" If he'd wanted to go with that, he would have slipped in more hints in my opinion (and definitely not said "The hips were a mistake")
  6. It has always bugged me how unrealistic it is that Tywin wouldn't remarry and attempt to make more heirs. And if his intention was to get Jaime out of the kingsguard why wait until now and not do it earlier? Jaime became kingsguard as a teenager, Tywin had more than enough time to produce another heir, at least for the case that something happened to Jaime (as he didn't want Tyrion to inherit the Rock).
  7. I completely agree with OP and I think now, 20 years later GRRM would not have gotten away with a scene like that so easily. Which you can tell by the show changing this scene to a way more realistic rape scene (as mentioned above) even though the actress they used was a grown woman and her having consensual sex with Drogo on screen would have been far less terrifying to watch. Actually the only rape scene in GoT that was a good decision in my opinion (sorry I know this is the book forum but I still feel like it's a valid point to OP's argument that the book scene was so wildly unrealistic and creepy even the show runners couldn't bring themselves to put that on our screens).
  8. Dany was no longer pregnant when she walked into the pyre. I agree about people trying to force prophecy to happen / not happen (Rhaegar, Cersei...). In the end, it's not interesting to tell a story where prophecy will inevitably be fulfilled because fate can't be altered; then human action would not matter. So, the only thing that's interesting to read is how people react to prophecy. Personally I don't believe there will be a prince that was promised, stallion that mounts the world, azor ahai etc. All that matters is what these prophecies do to people, how they influence human action.
  9. I find it hard to believe that the dosh khaleen would be bribed... it seems like a cheap explanation to me if GRRM doesn't go into more detail about it. Like if you need a character to do something that has no real use for them you go with "oh they were bribed" and then not even explain with what? Seems too lazy to me...
  10. Jaime and Lysa were initially supposed to marry though...
  11. I don't think Roose conspired with the Lannisters because he wanted to seize power in the north, but because he believed that Robb didn't stand a chance and wanted to save his own ass. Could be that the wardenship was just a nice extra that came with it. Roose doesn't strike me as someone very ambitious. If he really wanted to secure the future of his house he could have offed Ramsay years ago and fathered more legitimate heirs instead.
  12. Hey, please put Winds of Winter spoilers under a cut as some of us haven't read the sample chapters yet and don't want to until the book comes out. I think it's the forum rules even. Thanks! As for the actual topic, while nothing is impossible I also don't see Arya's arc as one that's steering towards a 'happy home', and Gendry is also too low-born for her, unless she decides to live under a false name, hiding her identity as a Stark (which she has been doing before so why not).
  13. Sorry but Arya sacrificing herself is so out of character … Personally I find the 'woman sacrifices herself, man becomes hero' stuff super misogynistic and I hope the prophecy doesn't occur like this again. I mean it's just a prophecy, it doesn't have to happen, especially not in exactly this way. If it does happen like this I will be very mad at GRRM because his writing seemed to me to be more progressive than that.
  14. Thanks for the highlighted quote, it's brilliant how GRRM hints that the official rape story is not true – we know that Rickard wasn't beheaded, but burned alive, so we know that Bran is not always told the truth. Overall, I agree that it's a bit of a plot hole that no one would suspect a baby (Jon) to have come out of this. But it's kind of necessary for GRRM to have no one suspect anything so he can hide Jon in plain sight. As this has been discussed loads elsewhere, I agree with the often stated opinion that people in Westeros just wanted to believe Jon was Ned's, because it seemingly proved that the oh-so-honourable Ned Stark was flawed just like any man.
  15. I don't think it's likely a king would not give a damn about the fact he doesn't have any legitimate heirs. Even if he hated the throne so much that he didn't care who inherited it, if it became public knowledge that his wife cheated on him it would be a huge embarrassment.