Doran the Dreamer

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  1. I hadn't thought of the boat being the Perfumed Seneschal! Great catch! I already had the feeling it couldn't be Reznak (who Dany thinks) or Varys (who the reader is bound to think), so this third option makes sense. I think it's warning her for all the people on that boat, Tyrion, Jorah ánd Moqorro. (Penny is also on the boat, but I don't see how she could be dangerous.) @SaltThroneHeir You said ' IMO, it seems pretty obvious that Tyrion wants the good for Dany.' Why is that? In my opinion Tyrion doesn't have Dany's best interest in mind (at least in the books), and is motivated by his own desire for vengeance and power.
  2. @False Aegon I don't have a list but here are a few that came to mind. Only one of them is in ACoK, the other two are from ASoS. First, when Stannis and Renly parley, Renly brings up Margaery: Renly - You'll be pleased to know she came to me a maid Stannis - In your bed she'll die like one
  3. In my opinion, Olly is the best show-only character. I think he had a good storyline. I liked the scene where the wildlings were raiding their village. It's much easier to sympathize with the wildlings than with the likes of ser Alliser, but we need to remember they are not perfectly good guys. I don't care about the Thenns being cannabilistic. They changed a thing from the books, but so what? It didn't do damage to the story. I think Olly's personality and motivation are realistically portrayed. If everybody you ever knew was killed by a group of people, you won't be able to forgive them for anything in the world, I imagine. Of course, it would have been admirable if he set his grudge aside and see the strategic value in peace with the wildlings, but I guess most people wouldn't be able to do that. The people who had killed everyone he once loved, would go and live in Olly's own land, if Jon's plan was pulled through. It's logical that if he was offered a chance to prevent that from happening, he would take it. Like Catelyn's hatred for Jon, it's something appalling, but a very realistic reaction. It wasn't off character for Jon to execute him, I think. Jon has a strict moral code, and if you break a vow, you must bear the consequences. This doesn't mean that Jon doesn't regret executing him. If we would follow the laws, his sentence was justly. Though personally, I'm against capital punishment for minors, and capital punishment in general. The fact that his motivations are understandable, doesn't acquit from a punishment though, but it does cause that I don't hate him, but feel sorry for him. From a narratological point of view, I also liked the hanging scene, because it tests our response to violence, in a similar way as the scene with Meryn Trant. In Trant's scene, we are first made to thoroughly hate the character, and then they have him killed in the most brutal way imaginable. While most of us are averse to violence, this made us test our ethical boundaries. The same goes for this scene. We see a boy, of about fourteen years old, stand at the gallows with a noose tied around his neck, we see him dangle and writhe in agony in front of a crowd of people he knew well, we see his lifeless face with empty staring eyes when the noose has fully choked him, the same character who we once sympathized with when wildlings killed his entire world. We hate the character, he killed one of our favorite people, yet what happened to us if we approve of a young boy being publically executed? Again, it makes us test our ethical boundaries. Of the divergences from the books D&D made, some were bad, some were good. Olly's storyline was in my eyes one of the best.
  4. This essay makes a very good point about the chapter. He points about that the main theme (or at least one of the main themes) throughout's Davos' entire story arc is his inner conflict between his identity as a smuggler and as a lord. And at Sisterton, Davos is thrown back into his old life as a smuggler. It's interesting for his character development, not so much for the story moving along Of course, it also has other uses, as suggested by other posters: - the idea of the false beacon - a red harring about Jon's mother - possibly an introduction to the Sistermen if they will be important in some storyline (maybe Sansa's)
  5. I don't really think Galbart and Robett will fight each other. I think it will be an issue of communication. Both brothers are likely unaware of where the other is, and if the other is even alive. So they might be unbeknownst working towards different ends. How much is left of the Glover forces? The Glover army in the South has surely disbanded. How many Glover men are still in the North? There seat has been held by Ironborn, so I'm expecting not that many. Unless if the Clans of the Wolfswood follow the Glovers? Robett Glover might be the only Northern leader who I can think of. Although I believe Galbart and Maege will come into play real soon. Alysanne told us Maege has two of her daughters with her, so she must have been home at some point. But anyway, men like Wyman Manderly, can leave a second-in-command to lead the armies. Oh, and the Magnar of Thenn. He's on his way to conquer Karhold. He can still lead an army. Also, I don't know if it's going to be a real battle between the two parties. I'm thinking more of a dispute.
  6. @estermonty python Very nice synthesis! I think we can discount Arya and Bran immediately. Too many northsmen know fake-arya to be a fake, and the odds of real Arya or Bran showing up are slim. Rickon and Jon have the best claims. Sansa can only win with southern support (the Vale, possibly the Tullys or even Aegon). I've thought about which house might side with who. Rickon's side: -the Manderlys. He would probably be regent under Rickon's rule -the Umbers. I believe they have been allied with the Manderlys for a long time. -Robett Glover. Also an ally of the Manderlys Jon's side: -the Karstarks, under leadership of Alys Karstark. (All men of Arnolf's line are imprisoned) -the Reeds. Howland knows about Jon's parentage and possibly about Robb's will (if Maege and Galbart reached him) -the Mormonts. Maege knows about Robb's will. Since it's said she has two daughters with her, it's likely all her daughters know it. -Galbart Glover. Knows about Robb's will. I believe there are two Northern conspiracies who don't communicate with each other: those who will eventually side with Rickon and those who will side with Jon (minus the Karstarks). I don't think there are any other houses that can play a big role. The other Northern houses are either anti-Stark altogether and will likely be defeated (Bolton, Dustin, Ryswell), have lost too many men (Cerwyn, Tallhart, Hornwood) or are too small to make a difference (Flint, Slate, Locke ...). By the way, what makes you say Robett Glover is the only martial northsman?
  7. Who will kill Cersei/Tommen/Ramsay/Victarion/Euron/Aegon/Stannis/Roose ...? Or will they not die at all? Whose will be the first POV of the TWOW (prologue not included)? Who will be the first important character to die? Who will hold the iron throne/Winterfell/Riverrun/Highgarden ... by the end of TWOW?
  8. Some mystery characters I know little about: - Melisandre - maester Marwyn - Euron Greyjoy Some character we already know, but I'd love to see their potential - Arianne Martell - Sansa Stark - Stannis Baratheon - Jon Connington Some random minor character - the Glover brothers - Myranda Royce
  9. Nice analysis. I like your idea on the Inn of the crossroads, and your little observation on the hood. I don't really see a way how the identity could be revealed, so my bet is it never will (driving fans forever crazy)
  10. I seem to disagree with most people here. In GoT, my favorite was Catelyn. She is the most developped and most multi-faceted of the eight. My least favorite was Arya. I actually like the character, but she is the least developed in my opinion, making it less interesting for me.
  11. Very nice essay! Thanks! Especially your analysis of Leo Tyrell's behavior was spot-on. I liked the idea that the FM works for Marwyn. One item which I think you glossed over too soon, is which book he stole. Just because the book Blood and Fire is mentioned in a different chapter, doesn't mean that that is the book they were looking for. I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series. I wonder where you will take us next.
  12. I see three possibilities: 1. It's a red herring. There are plenty of little unresolved mysteries, and I don't see how this one could be revealed. 2. It's Theon talking to himself, to his conscience. 3. If the identity will indeed be revealed, I think it's Robett Glover, bringing some important news to Wyman Manderly, for example that Rickon has been found, or alternatively, the news of Robb's will. If it's Harwin or Hallis Mollen, I don't need how it helps the plot. Actually it doesn't matter which of the two it is, since both have similar roles. Hallis is still more likely than Harwin, for the sake of not overcomplicating things.