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  1. Syrio called Arya "boy" because it was part of an elaborate ruse to prevent others from knowing what Arya was actually doing. Sansa didn't know that Arya was learning to fight with a sword. Sansa believed Arya was learning to dance. Ned gave her sword fighting lessons because he cared for Arya and wanted her to be happy. He also knew that she was very willful. It was just easier to give her sword fighting lessons and then worry about making her more ladylike as she got older. Ned really had no idea that she would actually need to know how to fight later on. They had to keep this a secret because it just wasn't proper to teach girls how to fight with swords. Also Joffrey was most likely still angry. What's surprising is that Varys didn't seem to know what Arya was actually doing. How could his "little birds" not have known what she was doing or where she was. How could they have lost track of her even with all the chaos? We don't have any definite information about Syrio's fate so it leads to the possibility that he is still alive and kicking somewhere. I don't think Syrio and Jacquen are the same. Have any characters made a come back after a long absence? Benjen ist still missing and we was the first to go missing without any information about his fate. The could be a reflection or real life where a person could be a part of someone's life for a little while and then leave for whatever reason and are simply never heard from again.
  2. I forgot to list the other story in my original post.
  3. I've noticed that numbers have been mentioned many times throughout the story. Some of these are pretty obvious. 7: The new gods: the seven. There are 7 kingsguard. Renly also had 7 kingsguard who wore armor based on the seven colors of the rainbow. There are 7 main kingdoms in Westeros. There were 7 kids in the Stark household: Bran, Rickon, Jon, Arya, Sansa, Robb, and Theon. 3. There is a 3 headed dragon representing the original 3 dragons and the first king Aegon the Conqueror. Dany has 3 dragons. There were 3 children in Tywin's family: Cercei, Jamie, and Tyrion. Cercei's 3 children are Joffrey, Tommen, and Mycella. 3 Tully children: Edmure, Katelyn, and Lyssa. I wonder if there are other deeper meanings to those numbers. Some other numbers that are mentioned more than once. The Wall is 700 feet tall and 300 miles long. There are 77 guests at Joffrey's wedding. There are 79 sentinels in the wall near Nightfort. There is one fire god: R'ehlor. there are 20: castles along the wall. 9 was mentioned during a battle when wildlings attacked Castle Black. The first 3 landings of the wooden staircase were mentioned as well as the nineth. There are 9 free cities. The Mountain is 8 feet tall. Were there 9 spikes on the crown that Robb wore? There might be more numbers that I'm not remembering at the moment. 7 and 3 seem to be pretty significant so far.
  4. In the third book - Storm of Swords one of Bran's chapters shows Bran remembering the stories that Old Nan told him about the Nightfort. Where the stories about the Rat Cook and Mad Axe real or just tales? Do they have any bearing on the present? Is there any symbolism in the old stories that Bran remembers?
  5. Here is a mystery. Maybe I missed it on the list, but... What happened to Craster's sons? Did Craster really sacrifice his sons to the Others? Why did Craster marry all his daughters?
  6. Hello. I'm about half way through the third book now. I don't know if this has been suggested before. Maybe Ned Stark is still alive. Maybe he was not actually beheaded at Joffrey's order In the first book. In the second book Arya is introduced to Jaqen who later reveals the ability to take another's appearance and possibly the sound of their voice. Could it be that Ned Stark was actually replaced with an impostor who "confessed"? When Ned Stark was beheaded Varys was described as being very surprised. Why would he be surprised? No one expected Joffrey to order the beheading, but Varys should still be able to maintain his composure in such an event. Perhaps Ned Stark was going to refuse to confess and Varys replaced him so that "Ned" would "confess" in front of everyone so that the peace could be maintained. Or, Ned was replaced by someone else without Varys knowing about it. In that case, perhaps Varys was surprised like everyone else and displayed his surprise because he didn't think Joffrey could act contrary to his predictions. Varys could have been very surprised and unhappy about the beheading because a "talented" individual had just been lost. What do you think?