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  1. Welp, I’d be sceptical of any theory IHW is willing to just hand over on a plate, seems more like him saying, “Theory A is far-fetched, would this Theory B be a simpler idea.” The “Bran-Bodysnatcher” theory is originally a book theory so it’s probable he has heard of it. Revealing that since leaving the cave it was 3ER/“Bloodraven(?) in Bran’s body would be a bit of a character twist. It also still wouldn’t explain the plot-hole of why Bran was perfectly fine in S6 finale being all “I’m 3ER now, Meera! I totally got this!” and went full robot from S7 onwards, freaking people out wherever he goes. But to respond to your point, surely 3ER is second life-ing Bran. In which case, if it is like the books, then their consciousness blends over time. So, there really is no reverting back for Bran because 3ER “became Bran”. The only way Bran is coming back in any real sense is if his personality wins the fight for dominance or he is able to pick himself apart from the 3ER. As for Sansa, there are plenty of people who wanted to see her become Queen of T7K, so remaining in Winterfell might be disappointing for some people. That said, it would be interesting for Bran to reassert himself to become the dominant personality between him and 3ER, allowing him to become Lord of Winterfell. He’s said he’s not LoW or Lord Stark enough times that it’s enough to make you think, “He’s gonna be Lord Stark of Winterfell, isn’t he?” Personally, I always thought Bran’s life would parallel Bloodraven’s in the books — but in reverse. Crackpot, I know, but it’d be fun. So, he gets his tree knowledge and then re-enters society to become spy master of someone’s Small Council...
  2. I wouldn't be surprised if they are circulating genuine fake script pages and leaks in order to confuse us.
  3. I have no idea what anyone is talking about...
  4. I pretty much agree with all of this.
  5. Yep. Nevermind that Howland is a good thirty years younger than the High Sparrow, doesn't follow the Faith of the Seven and has no good reason to do any of what is going on in KL anyway. Do we even know what Howland looks like apart from him being vertically challenged? Or do we just assume he has brown hair because both his kids have brown hair! What if they got it from Jyana? (who's not Ashara Dayne or Lyanna Stark, alive and well). He could be ginger for all we know...
  6. It could be ironic. I don't have any knowledge of Portuguese at all though I wonder... would the root of the "manso" be related in any way to "manus" (i.e. hand?) In which case, could it be a nod to his skills with his hands (as a swordfighter and musician) or perhaps his skill at giving advice, as it the in-world term "Hand" referring to the highest counsellor in Westeros. Stark is an interesting word, let alone name. More aptly, the name Stark comes from an inherited Germanic word and has a fairly consistent meaning. The word "sterk " (also spelt as "stark") meaningly simply 'strong'. It made its way into the English language in Middle English (various spellings, including "starrc"), though it might also have been influenced by the Old English word "stearc " (stiff, rigid, harsh). So, while one could make the argument that "strong" could be associated with bravery, I think it is much more valid to say it refers simply to "strong, as in unyielding, unbreakable, rigid) and resolute. Sticking with surnames, Lannister is supposed to be a nod to the Lancasters (The Red Rose) in the War of the Roses, just as the Starks are a nod to the Yorks (The York "White" Rose), which means "Roman fort on the River Lune" -- as it is named after a place itself, Lancaster. My best guess with "Lannister" is, first of all, the suffix agent '-ster' is relatively common in English, coming originally from the female agent in jobs (e.g. Webster (female weaver) or Baxter (female baker). Meanwhile, 'lann' is most likely related to the word 'land' -- so, it could be "user of land", perhaps relating to the Westerland's richness in minerals? However, though in my research, I found out that 'lann' is also an Irish word that can mean "scale", "lamina" or "blade". The first thing that springs to my mind is "Illyria", which was a region in the Balkans conquered by the Romans. I did a quick look to see what the region name "Illyria" might mean in Greek, which is where the word came from. So, far only Wikitionary threw up an idea to me but feel free to take it with a pinch of salt. It makes two suggestions: possibly from the Illyrian language itself, meaning "living" or it could be related to the Albanian word, 'yll' meaning "star", with the Greek rendering being "the one that sparks". Interestingly enough, there is a word in Old English that might be related to this, 'yse ', which means 'spark' -- as in "ashes, embers". To put some tin-foil on... if you think about it that way, maybe he is like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Or just rubbing it in that he's nothing more than ashes...
  7. I know Jorah isn't particularly tall but maybe the Mormont men have some of the giants' hairiness?
  8. Sure, but she really should get in a little self-defence practice.
  9. I was thinking the same thing. The idea of a large, hairy bear-like creature not feeling like he can go to the fair because "he's a bear... covered in hair". A hybrid probably would have a better chance of wandering into town than a real male giant. If the bear in The Bear and the Maiden Fair was a hybrid he must have been a male-human/female-giant hybrid, since Osha explained why that was, ahem, the only way to really do it: Before the Wall went up, there probably were more opportunities for the female giants to kidnap male humans (maybe a few go willingly) and make babies, since their relations were fraught. However, given that Osha describes clearly how the giants' blood got into the human population, it might suggest that it still goes on. Might even be her brother had to kill the giantess to avoid being forced into copulation with her.
  10. It's not so much wanting to see her fight, it's the principle.
  11. Aww, nice to be back. It can be hard jumping back into a topic once it really explodes and you have to try and catch up with everyone. To answer your question, I don't think it is necessarily about that. Depending on which way you look at it, the possibility that these naturally "giant" humans - still far smaller than any real giants who are at least 10ft - who are way over 6ft (Brienne) over 7ft (The Umbers, Hodor, possibly the Hound) and bordering on 8ft (or over, in the case of the Mountain) have the blood of giants shows that co-operation and co-habitation between the races occurred in the far distant past. Thus, it could happen again. I don't see "tall humans" as taking the place of the real giants though because giants are more than just their DNA that they could pass into the human gene pool -- they are a culture. It is why The Last of the Giants (Link to my favourite cover BTW) is so heartbreaking. You get the feeling it isn't just the humans who have taken land from the giants but very possibly the CotF as well. As both the humans and CotF are more "advanced" in their societies (humans are more inventive while CotF use magic), the Giants probably have been easy targets for both of them. The fact that the song 'Last of the Giants' is a freefolk song, though, gives hope that the words of the song will carry forward with the humans as they are - as I said - co-existing and co-operating. I would be curious to know whether there are any taller than average (or even supremely hairy!) freefolk that indicate that co-operation between giants and humans is still going on. It is very different to the Children of the Forest because their culture has been carried on and survived in many respects. The Old Gods of the Forest is a religion that humans adopted as part of the Pact and weirwood trees are still a coveted must-have in any godswood, even in households that follow the new religion. Then you have the Crannogmen who seem more aware of the actual culture of both the First Men and the Children of the Forest. We don't really have that with the giants. It's what makes it so sad. (Admittedly, a part of me wonders if the surviving CotF are really as benevolent as they appear...)
  12. I was re-reading ADwD recently and it brought it back to me how much Jon’s attack (possible murder, though we don’t know if he actually died at this point) was for me. By which, I mean, I had to put the book aside for a few days to keep going, it was that upsetting. More so than any death up until that point, even Eddard's. I know some people find Jon easy to hate (almost fashionably so) but he has always been a favourite of mine. His chapters in ADwD fascinated me and I loved how naturally leadership came to him and how well he was trying to effect change for the better. Even when I thought, “Jon, you can’t save Hardhome!” I still understood why he wanted to take risks and try to save as many people beyond the Wall as possible. His ability to handle people, his plot, his negotiations— I loved reading them. They are hands down some of my favourite ADwD scenes aside from Barristan's plot and Theon's. Seeing him ultimately get killed because, essentially, his weak spot - his family - was exposed was so hard. Not least because there was a logic to his plan, just as much as there was a risk. That moment when he doesn’t let Ghost come with him... gah! Re-reading it, I remembered all over again why I couldn’t carry on reading the last push of the book. It genuinely upset. It hurt because I loved Jon — but I could tell Bowen Marsh and the other conspirators took no pleasure in it because they were crying and, heck, we all know they will immediately be killed for what they've done. If the rest of the Night's Watch don't immediately imprison and hang them, Wun Wun will just break their necks. It just became one of those chapters that broke my heart and one I always have to skip on the audiobook, even though I still enjoy it and how well done it is. As for deaths I anticipate and think will be hard to handle — Barristan Selmy is one. I imagine him going out in a similar way to Ned, or being murdered in an act of treachery like Jon. Yet, while I think Jon will likely survive, he will die as another martyr for those who choose to “do the right thing” rather than what is smart. I also foresee the deaths of ANY of Bran’s companions to be potentially heartbreaking. The only one I could see being a little easier to take is Jojen because knowing when he will die is a part of his arc so his death will be more of a symbol of... inevitability. I get the feeling half the reason he convinced his sister to go on this crazy trip to find the 3EC is because it would take them as far away as possible from Greywater Watch, the place where his death will supposedly happen (Go away, Jojen Paste!) for a long time. Still, it’ll feel like the end of an era in Bran’s story when it happens. Then with Meera, losing her would just break Bran's little heart since she's sort of his first love. As for Hodor... that would hit Bran hard, especially if he is some way responsible for it because of his skin changing him.
  13. I agree in principle. I think what I’ trying to get at that as a sci-if writer the ability of species to breed with each other might have crossed GRRM’s mind more than it would other fantasy writers when he introduced the idea of humans, giants, others and singers breeding and creating hybrids. I don’t know for certain but it crossed my mind because it felt inkeeping with the notion of kinslaying being the worst crime one can commit that all the sentient species are literally “kin”. I love the giants! I wonder about the giants and the CotF too because we KNOW giants have currently made a common cause with Man. They are the ones working together to escape the Others and we know of at least one already at the Wall colluding with Jon Snow’s new Night’s Watch policy. Jon even made sure there was a vegetarian option on the menu for Wun Wun. Either way, it is clear that all three races have come together when needed. What I really wonder is why aren’t the CotF actively working with the humans and giants to, at the very least, secure the Wall. I mean, they haven’t even really confirmed to Bran-Meera-Jojen that this is even a goal of theirs, yet.
  14. I wonder if they’ll make the whole thing weirdly emotional and sappy, where NK actually looks relieved to finally die... Also wonder if magic will die out and/or all the dragons will die, too, for some reason.
  15. Maybe he’ll be like a vampire— a firm stab to the heart with Longclaw to dislodge the dragonglass. I wonder if he turns back into a human before he dies. Also, totally calling “keystone army” plot — take out NK will cause all the others to disappear and the AOtD to drop. I’ll hate it but it’s what I see coming.
  16. Admittedly, I did not start watching the show or reading the books until around the time S4 was going out live. So, I staggered catching up on the show by reading the books. I purposely refused to watch the 1st season before I had re-read A Game of Thrones. (I had read it a few years before and never got around to reading the rest as I started uni.) Then, I read the other books before continuing with each respective season based on it. So, A Clash of Kings before S2, A Storm of Swords before S3 and 4. By that point I was caught up with the series, so I read Feast & Dance during the S4-5 off-season. (lol) Then I audiobooked them, and then did the ‘A Feast for Dragons’ order later. Frankly, do what you would prefer. The books are very long, dense and if you aren’t a big reader then you might want to watch the show at least until S4 to really see how much they changed between the two mediums. I wasn’t desperate to watch episode after episode of the show so I didn’t mind reading the books in order to bridge between seasons before I caught up. If you are comfortable with big reads, then I would start with the books or, at the very least, read each corresponding book to each series like I did.
  17. I can't believe I forgot about bloody Jojen Paste. Staying on the topic of Reedlings in BR's cave, one of the absolute worst theories I have ever read that I must have repressed before now, I hated it so much -- That Bran will sexually assault or rape Meera using Hodor's body. ... Now, where is my mind bleach?!
  18. Mannis means = "Great", so it's similar to Manus, in that regard. It is also a well-known meme about a very well-known character in that-which-shall-not-be-named. Not really, it is probably just stylistic. In Middle English, "y" is frequently used in place of what would be an "i" in modern English. I'm fairly certain I have seen "rayd" offered as a pre-standardised spelling of "raid" in the Oxford English Dictionary. The only other thing I can offer is that "raid" is also the Scotts word for "road" -- but the book makes it clear he was named for the synonym of "incursion". At a stretch, maybe it is supposed to invoke the Old English word, 'raeden', which is where the word 'read' derives from. I don't really think it has anything to do with Rayder at all. "Raeden" had a lot of uses, meaning, "to advise, to discuss, to deliberate, to rule etc." as well as "to help, to solve (of riddles or problems), to interpret etc." Needless to say, I think this links much better to the characters with the House name "Reed" as a neat double meaning -- the plant and the OE word 'raeden'.
  19. Exactly!
  20. Aha, I'm not an expert - just know bits a pieces base don a casual interest in the subject! In a nutshell, different variations of the same species branch off from a single ancestor and adapt to suit the conditions of where they live. So, think of the many known archaic human species in our world that are not modern humans' direct ancestor but, instead, a "cousin" species, part of the name genus (Homo). The most widely-known example in our world are the Neanderthal humans who co-existed for a time in Europe with our direct human ancestors and there is evidence hybridisation occurred. I'm unsure whether GRRM has ever touched on the issue of interbreeding between different species in his sci-fi novels (as I have not read any so far) but he might possibly be aware on how humans wouldn't be able to breed with another intelligent species just because they are intelligent. They need to be members of the same species in order to produce living, fertile young. So, assuming the Crannogmen originated from hybridisation between the CotF and Men co-existing and intermarrying they must be close enough in taxonomy to breed in the first place. I'm sorry if I'm not making sense! Either way, enough time has passed that the people who around today are probably majority the result of generations of interbreeding between all the sentient species of Westeros but some display the traits more prominently than others. Again, I wouldn't know too much about this but the hairiness of the giants seems linked to the climate they live in (Cold) and the fact they don't really wear clothes. So, the excess hair probably wouldn't have survived with subsequent generations of the hybrid-child intermarrying with other humans. Natural selection might have made height a trait that got carried over but the hairiness was a big no-no. Just speculating, though. Something like webbed feet probably works on the same principle -- if syndactyly was beneficial to those who lived at the Three Sisters, it would have. Maybe they were Water Dwellers because this was a fantasy world; it might be how the webbed-feet made it into the gene pool to begin with. Well, it is made clear that the Crannogmen are humans. They aren't a hybrid species and even the speculation that their smallness comes from the CotF is myth and speculation. What we can say is that they do seem culturally similar to them in many respects and might well have lived side-by-side with them, allowing for inter-marriage. Of course, I don't necessarily think the Squishers are Crannogmen; it just might be that the Squisher legend was born out of misinformation about, IDK, the Crackclaw clans or a group of people similar to Crannogmen in culture. It might be interesting if Crannogmen culture existed before, y'know, there was the need crannogs in the Neck. It does make one wonder, doesn't it? I had to dig around and I found the place where I originally thought of the idea of Human-Other hybrids. Turns out I didn't even have to look very far because it was in the very first chapter! Old Nan might be overembellishing it because she knows Bran likes scary stories but there is often a hint of truth to even her craziest stories. There is also Bran's vision all the way later in ADwD where he sees, "A white-haired woman... [with] a bronze sickle in her hand." This was something that made me think of the Others or possibly a woman with "Other" blood. The fact that Bran implies he has been flying back through time, seeing various faces of his ancestors before the Heart Tree, indicates this is far back in the past along with the use of a bronze weapon - something you would associate mostly with First Men, or indeed people like the Crannogmen who "live closer to the green in our bogs and crannogs, and... remember [the secrets of the gods]." Together with the teaser Old Nan gave that the Night's King was a Stark and "mayhaps his name was Brandon" might imply the possibility that Starks carry a drop of Other blood in them somewhere down the line. Imagine that. Of course, of course, it is all crazy speculation but that's all you can do with a lot of this. We don't know for certain in the books whether the Others need to transform humans or whether they take the humans (like Craster's sons) to breed with female Others to produce similar half-human children. The Others themselves are apparently very, very beautiful so maybe the idea of a human being attracted to an Other who wasn't trying to kill them isn't too far-fetched. The only real problem is the coldness -- but if Night's King could stand the cold of his "corpse bride" and Old Nan isn't pulling our chain about women sleeping with male Others to give them children, there must be a way around it! The real question is whether the Others can reproduce sexually or if they are utterly reliant on humans alone for reproduction (in a transformative manner). GRRM stated that they aren't dead -- they are alive, with blood and bones -- so, there's no reason to presume they can't have their own little Others. It's just we never get to see them because they typically live so far North.
  21. Absolutely she would: No telling whether Stannis has changed the sigil enough to throw her off but she would likely know the stag = Baratheon. There is enough emphasis in AGoT and ACoK that Viserys has told her enough about "The Usurper and His Dogs" that she would probably also know the wolf sigil of the Starks on sight, too.
  22. What, to each other or to himself?
  23. Bran has always been my favourite POV character throughout the series due to the magical elements being so strong in his story. Plus, I love how heavy with imagery it is. I also really started to enjoy Davos and Theon's chapters in ADwD. I like Cersei for how crazy she is. Sansa now she is in the Vale is very intriguing, and Asha because she makes an interesting POV for Stannis. Finally, Jon. He's closest to the "what really matters" storyline. I would add Samwell and Daenerys but I have always had a love-hate relationship with their chapters. Either I love them or I just want it to be over.
  24. Let's do Mance. His surname is self-explanatory and is done so in the books, given to him because he was born in the midst of a raid on a wildling camp. The name 'Mance' could be from the Latin "manus" meaning 'good' and deriving from the name Manius or it could be related to the Latin word, "mancus", meaning 'defective' or 'maimed'. Another fun possibility is that it was inspired by the word "mansed" (from the Middle English word "a'manse" ) = To absol, curse, damn or excommunicate.