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  1. Because creativity doesn't always obey our desired timescales, and putting additional pressure on often harms the process or causes someone to seek diversion elsewhere?
  2. The problem with that is the darkling stream from the "bride of fire" set nearly perfectly matches her wedding to Drogo; and the blue flower in the wall of ice indicates at least some significance Jon will have to her / she to him, otherwise why the imagery?
  3. Bran & Jon.
  4. I've always felt the answer to this question is the answer to what Varys really wants. With respect to the many good commenters who've analyzed Varys and Illyrio, I don't think we know enough about the former's true motivations and identity to really uncover the secret, or if Varys was involved in any other events that set off the Rebellion, either. I do accept that he believes what he's doing is for the best - but I don't accept that we have proof of why he thinks it's for the best, or even what the best is to him. Maybe Varys really is tied to the Blackfyre cause. Maybe he's tied to Illyrio and made a deal to put his son on the throne if he could be made the perfect prince. Maybe he's some other Targaryen descendant, as has been speculated. Maybe he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing, helping Aerys - or maybe he knew that he could feed his paranoia to bring his downfall.
  5. The Hightower, as you get a truly impregnable fortress inside a sophisticated, wealthy city. Casterly Rock is tough, has mines, and a secret port. The Wolf's Den gives you the richest city in the North and the benevolent protection of House Stark to boot. Also: I always thought the Eyrie seemed massively overrated. It's a logistical nightmare to give supplies, which is why it's closed for the Winter, and your enemies can just keep you bottled up inside, arguably more easily than in other castles due to the single access point and small size of the castle. If making your castle unconquerable also makes it strategically isolated, what purpose does it serve?
  6. I have to say, I disagree on the "legitimization as a Stark kill Jon's claim to the IT". In any circumstance where he'd make such a claim, he'd presumably declare to the public that he is in fact Rhaegar's son, and that he only recently discovered this evidence. There will be those - likely many - who view this as self-serving and dishonest / illegitimate, but would any of those people really have felt any different if he hadn't ever been legitimized as a Stark of Winterfell? I doubt it. The best answer is, "legitimization as Eddard Stark's son suppresses Jon's claim and creates a legal and public relations knot to untangle to lay a claim to the Iron Throne, possibly making it unlikely to succeed". That's very different from "obliteration" of a claim in my mind.
  7. I'd also like to make an observation: "all the way behind all other claimants" is virtually synonymous with "no claim at all". Whether it's women or legitimized bastards, "back of the line" makes no sense. If a title-holder dies and has only living daughters / female descendants, then their claims can still be disregarded for the title-holder's brothers, nephews, etc., - and if they are all dead, his male-line cousins (male heirs of father's brothers, etc.,). There are always people with a hypothetical claim. That's what makes Targaryen succession so problematic. Daenerys is only able to have a stronger Targaryen claim than Robert because all direct male connections are dead and Robert is a female-line Targaryen descendant. With legitimized bastards it's even more unclear, since you can keep finding legitimate cousins of various degrees.
  8. Well, generally agnatic-cognatic primogeniture applies, and the rules are theoretically very clear. GRRM has made it clear in statements that the rules matter, but so does power and ability - meaning that very young lordlings and women may find it more difficult to successfully ascend to their 'rightful' seats if a strong male figure with a competing claim is around (but again, not preventing it). Bastardy is tricky, because you have to deal with: Legal status coming from kings, and whether their kingships are recognized Whether in fact Jon is legitimate Whether he can prove or be seen to be legitimate. Where exactly bastards fall: in the same place a trueborns, at the back of their "tier" (so male bastards behind male trueborns, but before female trueborns, regardless of age), or at the very back of the succession. Cat and her kids have claims to Riverrun after Edmure and his child, in the following order: Cat, Robb, Bran, Rickon, Sansa, Arya. The reason Sansa and Arya are ahead of Lysa and Sweetrobin is that male-preference primogeniture is generally held to extend within a household, but not past it: ie, sons before daughters, but still daughters before uncles (or male cousins). Again, this is tricky in practice, but that's the technical order. Sweetrobin has no claim to Winterfell, nor the Starklings to the Eyrie, nor Edmure's brood to either. For the Targs: it depends on whether you accept Aerys decree of Viserys as his heir. In that case, the Targaryen Succession is Aerys - Viserys - Daenerys - Rhaella - Robert Baratheon - Stannis - Renly - Selwyn? - Brienne?. If you don't accept the decree, or you believe it was only a stopgap meant to give the realm a slightly less boy-king should he die, then Jon's status is based on whether A.) he is a bastard at all (assume for the moment that to be legitimate he also must prove legitimacy), B.) where a legitimized bastard comes in the Targaryen succession, which is much more male-preference than traditional agnatic-cognatic systems. If Jon's truly legitimate from a polygamous marriage, can prove it, and make people accept it, then he's the rightful Targaryen monarch - if not, Dany is. Supposing Dany or some other claimant took the throne, they might decide to include Jon a specific place in the succession based on their assessment of his various claims, but I don't see him on the Iron Throne without a lot of help. The Vale and Riverrun: presumably if Harry the Heir exists, other people with a formerly distant but now credible claim to each seat also exist. The Starklings do have quite a strong claim to Riverrun, and Robb's generally respected leadership in the Riverlands likely means any of the Stark-Tullys with an ounce of military credibility would be widely accepted there.
  9. I'm not sure either is superior, as they're both very different. Grand Maester is a very publicly prestigious title, and the Grand Maester has both enormous influence over the royal family as the primary Maester who attends to their needs; but also as a formal Small Councilor, in a position to work with and form power blocks with some of the most powerful and important figures in the realm. At the same time, the Grand Maester is far from the Citadel and probably has limited powers to influence Citadel policy. Given that it seems as though the Citadel has an agenda of it's own - and that the most recent Grand Maester seems to have had little part in that agenda - we can surmise that the Citadel does not consider the ability to influence the Crown their only, or even their primary policy tool. It seems more likely that Citadel agendas are effected through general influence on the education and counsel given to lords and heirs. It seems likely to me that Archmaesters set and enact Citadel policy, while Grand Maesters may or may not be a component of their plans.
  10. See, I also think that, but I pray I'm wrong, because I would hate that so much. As if the Dead Ladies Club needed more members.
  11. AFAIK malnutrition can cause a number of health issues including irregular menstruation, so I if that's actually true, frequently irregular periods might be more of a case for lower classes during hard times. While Dany has certainly had hard times, she's a Queen Regnant who lately has probably had a very healthy diet, so I doubt that would cause her being so late.
  12. I can't accept that Jon's POV dies out, but I do wonder if GRRM won't play with us by cycling through other characters first, including maybe a "Jon" chapter that's actually Jon Connington.
  13. That's precisely my point: "Your Prince Viserys" is never responded with, "Our King Viserys". They just say that they're the Kingsguard; acknowledging that Ser Willem Darry is not - and that if Viserys was the King, he lacks KG protection - and instead of asking Ned to let them pass (as he seems to be offering) they prepare to fight. The RLJ threads have produced a lot of good analysis of what this scene means - but I agree with the argument that Martin goes to great lengths to avoid telling us outright who the Kingsguard are fighting for. The only obvious reason to do that would be if the Kingsguard are fighting for the King who is actually present - Jon Snow - and planned to somehow "restore" him to his "rightful throne".
  14. I don't watch the show. I heard someone complain that the ToJ dream scene wasn't even in the show, so I don't know what you're talking about.
  15. Jon Snow.