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  1. Book!Joffrey demonstrates more of the earlier signs of sociopathy (i.e. the story of the dead kittens, his lack of friends, etc.) though I'd say the show!Joffrey being older allowed him to actively do more horrible things.
  2. Well, think about how you would feel if the human race was reduced to only a tiny number hiding out in the middle of a frozen wasteland surrounded by significantly more powerful ice beings and the walking dead. I agree there is a tinge of bitterness in Leaf's words but it's understandable. The Children of the Forest were "out-Darwined" by the humans and she is living at the twilight of her species that was once dominant. Given their culture surrounds the worship of trees that act as magical memory sticks where history is easily acceptable, they must be very aware of how far they have fallen. Whether the Others are defeated or not, she knows her species is dying out. Species dying out and being replaced by others is the way of life (and something we in the real world might need to face one day). Of course, Bran as good as points out that if humans were in the same position they wouldn't take it lying down -- whether that is a observation that the humans won't go down without a fight or a hint that Leaf and her people are more "wroth" than she's letting on... we'll have to wait and see.
  3. It never really crossed my mind that Lyanna had Stockholm Syndrome though I suppose it is possible. There's nothing to say she didn't and it's hard for any of us to make a judgement call on how she felt about Rhaegar at the end of her life after all that transpired. I have always been fairly sure she went willingly with Rhaegar though whether she lived to regret her choice in the end is another matter. Even as someone who fully believes R+L=J based on my own deductions I'll say there are plenty of questions about her death and state of mind yet to be answered. They might never be answered. We only have Ned's point of view of the situation and he wasn't clear about what Lyanna told him in the end. Even Howland Reed may not have been present for her actual death; Ned never clarifies fully whether he and his sister were completely alone nor can he clearly remember how much time past between Lyanna's death and when Howland took his hand from hers. Whether he literally only walked in after she died or had been standing in the shadows and witnessed the whole thing, we won't know until he turns up. He really is the only named independent source who could clarify what in Ned's memories are factual yet even he won't be able to say for certain what he state of mind was. If she was taken by fever, as Ned states, she might not have had the presence of mind to say anything other than what she wanted Ned to promise her. As for the presence of roses - that could be several things. My more "out there" guess is that (at the very least) the smell of roses was from some tincture or oils for medicinal purpose, perhaps as treatment for her fever or to reduce her bleeding; we cannot rule out the possibility that the smell of roses was coming from something other than the ones she was holding. Heck, maybe she had a maid who brought her fresh roses to cheer her up! Even if they were indeed the dried remains of the rose crown Rhaegar gave her then she could have been holding them out of sorrow over his death, crushing them in her fists in anger or wistfully longing to return to that moment and do things a little differently.
  4. I'm not saying the love beats it, I'm saying I find it more interesting with Brienne because I "get" her character a little more at present. Maybe once I spend a bit more time in JonCon's head I'll change my mind.
  5. Got to be Brienne and Renly for me. Mainly because she loves him because of his kindness; he probably felt a bit sorry and found use for her usual skills, and the love was impossible because even if Brienne was "the Beauty" he would never have returned her feelings. Not only was he married to Margaery but it is heavily implied that he had a hidden romance with Loras. I suppose I like it because it is so naive. JonCon and Rhaegar are a similar case, but we know more about Brienne at this point so she wins for now.
  6. Well, depending on how far south and harsh it gets. Presumably all the regions make provisions for winter. Since this will probably be the winter to end all winters, though, all the regions will see their own set of problems. I would say the Reach would suffer worse. They are the bread basket of Westeros and so much of their industry relies on the fields and vineyards. A long and harsh winter would kill that and lead to famine across Westeros. What little food the Reach will have, they might not be able to sell due to inflation, and eventually they simply may not be able to bring in a harvest at all. Their livelihoods rely on their climate, so they seem like a region whose people wouldn’t know how to deal a long, long winter that turns their fields into barren wasteland. I would say they’d even take it harder than Dorne for that reason alone. Dorne might not see snow but they know how to make much of little. Plus, they’ll be the last and hardest region for the Others to get to should the Wall be breached. I mean, obviously the North will have the harshest climate and weather to contend with in Winter because geography. The point is that they are better equipped to deal with what winter brings. Same with places like the Vale. The further south you get, the less likely you’ll find a people able to deal with it.
  7. I love scolding hot baths, too! Guess I'm a secret Targ. Either way, liking very hot baths or even having a high tolerance for heat is not equitable to being non-flammable. As pretty much everyone else on this thread has pointed out several times, (and LynnS cited the quote directly from the Word of God), Targaryans are not immune to fire. Plenty have been burned by fire in history and Viserys in particular died from having molten gold poured over him. Even Dany isn't since GRRM specifically mentions her "pink and tender" flesh; That's from her last chapter in ADwD. I'm guessing she got the burns from riding Drogon without wearing gloves or perhaps being too close to the fire in the pit, since she jumped on him almost spur of the moment and probably wasn't think much. Either way, high tolerance is not the same as being completely resistant or immune. This is not the show after all - without the ritual bloodmagic, I imagine Daenerys would burn like anyone else. So, Jon's burn does not preclude him from having Targaryen blood since at best Targs just have a high tolerance for heat due to them having come from Valyria where such a thing might develop naturally. Heck, I'd say Jon grabbing a burning lamp and hurling a burning curtain over a wight seems pretty hard-core for anyone. However, I think the question of how Jon's "nervous twitch" with his sword hand seems fun to think about. I'm going to go back and look into it. I never really saw it as anything necessarily to do with the burn but rather why he got it (fighting a wight - this constant fear and concern he has).
  8. Aha, when I saw this title I double took for a moment and thought, "Which Brandon was this?!" To answer the question at hand, no I don't think Brandon was infertile. GRRM suggested that there could well be some little Snows out there, since Brandon got around, only clarifying that he had no legitimate children. There's no point to him bein revealed to be infertile. It's not like it would make a difference now he's been dead since before Robert's Rebellion kicked off eighteen years ago. As for who might be Brandon's kid, at most, maybe he fathered Ashara's supposed daughter if she even existed to begin with. If that girl lived, maybe Ned Dayne will see her at some point (or she might turn out to be Beric's betrothed Allyria or something), but that's just my own crackpottery talking. As for the more fringe, "heretic" ideas like Brandon was Jon or Robb's real father... yeah, no. Unless their mothers had abnormally long pregnancies both boys are too young. Regardless of whether Brandon has any living bastards running around it probably doesn't really matter. I don't see a bastard of the Wild Wolf playing any significant role so its inclusion would only be an easter egg.
  9. Freefolk women seem to genuinely see it as an aspect of their culture to the point where they see marrying within your own tribe as incest. Getting nabbed by a big, strong man who can hold his own and presumably father big, strong children is what many freefolk want. t's why Ygritte was all over Jon like a rash, wanting him to sleep with her despite him not wanting to - from her POV, he had "stolen" her, making him her husband. He didn't see it that way but culturally the act of taking her hostage when the others just wanted to kill her, she saw it as him taking her for himself. Together with his killing the other wildlings she was with and then Qhorin, demonstrated his prowess as a strong husband. Jon did it all by accident, too. That is probably why there is some chat here and there about whether he might have accidentally done it again with Val who he "captured" during the battle and then protected by placing her in a Tower with a giant stopping anyone who might take her instead. It is a debatable but that is the priority of women of the freefolk -- "if a man is good enough to take me without me killing him, he's going to give me strong kids." Looking at the harsh realities the freefolk live in, what is to us a barbaric act of hapis corpus. Plus, in Val's case, it does seem to happen that unmarried women who have yet to be stolen do sometimes have "pets" (I guess paramours) that they "steal" themselves. Point is, Jon acknowledges that bride-stealing is something important to freefolk and to the women themselves. I seem to recall him thinking when Stannis has offered him Winterfell and Val, Jon even thinks that he will have to "steal" her in order for her to respect him as a husband. Of course, we don't know whether Val already thinks she's been stolen or not. Obviously, that is freefolk-freefolk marriages. Things are inevitably different for women taken during raids south of the Wall, such as the Umber girl who was kidnapped. In the society of the Seven Kingdoms, women generally marry who their family wants them to. To a "Southern" woman even in the North, her expectations of a husband is that he will be allied with her family and be in a position to keep her financially. Strength, while important, doesn't factor into the match. Being carried off by wildling men with the intention to take them as wives, again probably because they want ladies they aren't related to as part of their culture, is going to be nothing more than an abduction and rape in the "bride's" mind. Thus if she kills him, she still has no where to go but the other wildlings would probably not hold it against her... and sadly she'd probably just get nabbed by someone else. I can't imagine a stolen woman from the South will have many people willing to help her fight off anyone else who tries to take her or even kills her in revenge for killing her "husband". Her best option would be to make for the Wall and turn herself over to the Lord Commander at Castle Black. Even then, they'd be sceptical of her claim, presuming she even makes it to the Wall and doesn't die on the way there.
  10. Well, I didn't start at that point. I couldn't start with that line because I didn't know what was going to be relevant or not the first time I read. I am one of the people, as @Ygrain put it, "who arrived at the conclusion [of R+L=J] on their own." Without any preconceptions or much knowledge outside of a friend telling me the series was "interesting", is based on War of the Roses and Tudors "so I was bound to love it" and they were going to be doing a show for it soon as a motivator to read so we could watch the first season together. I definitely remember a sort of "wow!" feeling during my first read when I surmised that Jon was Lyanna's. From there, I made an educated guess that Rhaegar probably fathered Jon though I can't remember whether it was in AGoT or ACoK I decided that, since it didn't "hit me" the same way the Lyanna aspect did. I don't even think I remembered that line from Dany's chapter until a re-read through of the books; the only time I would have had RLJ in the back of my mind to pick up such a line. My point is that I didn't go into this series looking for clues of R+L=J because I didn't know what I'd be getting. I didn't even begin reading online theories of the books or TV series until only a few years ago when I completed the series and wanted to know what other people though. Until then I thought I was quite clever to have worked out Jon being Lyanna's son, most likely with Rhaegar, only to find it was a decade old theory with a catchy little title to-boot. Needless to say, I showed up late to the party. I presume you mean Benjen. Either way, I think that line says more about Benjen's personal regret that joining the Watch meant he never had any children. He joined very young from the sounds of it, probably about Jon's age even. If Brandon (as in Wild Big Bro) had a kid or kids I doubt we'll ever get clear confirmation either way. Aha, I vaguely remember us talking about a podcast they did with some other dude. Sometimes the ideas they put out there make me go, "oooo", such as the Doran series they're doing now. My issue is that in the past when I have looked into the theories myself, books in hand, they don't really hold up to close scurinity. Perhaps, if I look into the Doran series I'd find it's no different. Plus, the ideas they are putting out there about Doran aren't terribly original, since 'The Dornish Masterplan' etc. They are very good at drawing out an idea, sound interesting when you listen to them, and present their videos in a "pretty" way but I admit they rely little too much of theory stacking (i.e. harking back to other things they purport to be true) and really stretch out their ideas, sometimes even leaving ideas just hanging there without proper follow up. (Also, they're so mean about the Andals! Yes, history is written by the winners. Big wow. Whenever I hear someone say they are "lying pieces of...", yeah, I know it's the mark of the Green Hand. It really takes me out of the theory when they throw in language like that, if that makes sense?) I don't get this one either or where it is coming from. When it comes to Howland Reed, I'm pretty sure his wife is just as she is presented in the appendix. She is 'Jyana, of the crannogmen,' and mother to Meera and Jojen. When I saw that she lacked a family name, especially given ADwD was the first time I think GRRM did a "roll call" of the noble houses of the Neck and that when a wife is mentioned GRRM will typically tell us which house they are from, my first and only presumption was that Jyana might have been a commoner, not someone else in disguise. I have heavy doubts of this myself though I'm not against the idea necessarily. Basically, I'm not buying it 'til I know her eye colour or some concrete proof she's wearing a glamour. Otherwise, Tyene's mother is just as plausible to me as her being Ashara.
  11. Weirdly enough, I vaguely recall wondering if Lyanna had given birth quite early on because in the first chapter Ned says something like, "she was weakened with fever". I didn't necessarily think at that point her son was Jon but I agree that even on the first read there was something... odd. Miggling at me though it took me a while to get what it was. Then, when I read Ned's fever dream with the added detail that Lyanna was in a bed of blood. I vaguely remember flipping back to Ned's first chapter again and, again, my mind went back to several English queens like Elizabeth of York and again Jane Seymour who died from postpartum infections, so, I felt affirmed she died as a result of giving birth. As for Jon being her son, it's funny because I definitely remember my spidey senses tingling when Ned told Arya that she is a lot like Lyanna was. It struck me mostly because of the time spend establishing how Jon and Arya look so alike, Cat's resentment about how Jon looked the most Stark-like of all the children, and Tyrion thinking of how Jon looks like his father. Then, when Ned thought about how Jon looked so much like himself at that age... and shortly after that fever dream... yeah, I think that was my inner "Miss Marple". The Rhaegar thing didn't fully occur to me at the same time either. I think, I was too wrapped up in the Lyanna aspect to care. I can't even remember at what point while reading I started to think of Rhaegar as Jon's father because it didn't "hit" me like the Lyanna thing did. So, the Rhaegar thing took a while to sink in. Even when it did, I didn't really think about it like, "OMG! Jon is a Targaryen!" as much as I thought, "Wow, Ned really loved Jon and Lyanna to hide Rhaegar's son in plain sight like that." But yes, the Bael story really did make me sit up, rub my hands together and think "oi oi!" Actually never thought about the stealing thing until you just said it, though. I like it! Especially since, if the story has any thread of truth, it means the Starks have wildling blood mixed in with the wolf's blood.
  12. So, I’m on my phone so I’m sorry if this is a bit of an unformated mess, aha! Anyway, R+L=J was the conclusion I ultimately came to after reading AGoT the first time and I discounted N+A=J due to a variety of reasons, more so on re-reads than first read but still so. At first, when I was reading AGoT I took it at face value and thought, “OK, so this is who Cat thought it was...” and I expected some thoughts about Ashara would come up in Ned’s chapters as we went along. He might not have spoken of Ashara but based on Cat’s assumption that he “must have loved her fiercely”, his killing her brother and her apparent suicide, I imagined he would have thought about her - about that day he took Jon from her or the day she died... but he never did. I’m pretty sure the only women who ever really cross his mind much at all are Cat and his sister Lyanna, whose death truly haunts him. That was the first reason why I discounted Ashara. His thinking of Lyanna didn’t even really make me think necessarily that Lyanna might have been Jon’s mother, that came ar a different point, but it just made me wholeheartedly doubt that Ashara was anything more than a red herring GRRM threw in. She gets name dropped but never from a credible source and never with any real significance outside of her beauty and death. I know some people in the fan base like the idea of her survival, like she’s Lemore or Quaithe theories, but... I’ve come to see her as a damp squib. On reflection, once I completed the series and started a re-read, when I saw that passage again with the benefit of hindsight, knowing that there have been at least two other suggestions for the mother, I realised that Ashara was the first mother suggested to the reader, which also made me question why there would be this big taboo around Jon’s mother if she was named so early on. Plus, the fact he says “Never ask about Jon” not “Never ask about Ashara” on reflection made me realise Ned’s only concern was someone probing into Jon’s origins, full stop. If his mother had been Ashara or Wylla, there’s no real reason for him to get so defensive or to keep the secret. So, yeah... I guess it’s all up to interpretation but I wanted out outline how I came to dismiss it as a false lead. Since I started this series knowing nothing (like Jon Snow, aha) and came to the RLJ thing organically, it made sense to explain why my attitude to this passage changed with subsequent revisits even before I set eyes on the online fan base and theories.
  13. Given he had trouble with Dorne, a kingdom with strong ties to Essos, I wouldn't have fancied his chances against the vastness of Essos itself.
  14. As for what he means, IDK. I'd like to think he's made the final touches on TWoW and his Targ book but it's probably the other zillion things he's doing. Still, I'll miss the blog but I'd rather he be less stressed by having one less thing to do. If only...
  15. Neither am I, to be honest. It is simply the classification and class I felt suited her best at the time though I would agree it is very subjective. I also struggle a little with categorising pre-existing characters into classes and alignments. Same case with Jon, really. Which class would you go for with Brienne, do you think? You seem to have a lot more experience of it than me!