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  1. Tyrion was set to marry Sansa, as per Tywin's order, so I guess he'd leave KL in due time anyway. Cersei only had to wait a year or so and he'd be gone for sure, to claim the North. He wasn't even Hand anymore. It seems odd to me that she'd now all of a sudden be so set on killing Tyrion.
  2. I don't, she interests me more than Arya right now, mostly because she is a more interesting character in an interesting setting. However, I think that might change next book.
  3. I would've been too young back then (I was born in the early 90s). I started reading (very slowly) in 2012, but I didn't catch up to ADWD until last year or so. In a sense it's been nice to not have to wait so much for the next books, but I guess, as you're mentioning, I've missed some of the speculation and theorizing that would've been going on. It was the show that got me into reading the books, and it was a nice gateway into other works of fantasy. Though I'm finding myself in a difficult position to find any other work to match this one. I find myself reading pre-ADWD and pre-AFFC theories just to witness how many theories actually tend to end up true. Some people have been amazingly spot-on.
  4. I'm happy I never got into the Star Wars sagas, otherwise I'm sure to be disappointed by this series. I'm assuming the ones that presumed D&D to be talented looked at the viewership ratings of GoT and not the content. Honestly, perhaps they thought D&D wrote the whole story altogether, do they not understand that they essentially rode a huge wave that GRRM had already set into motion? Well, I don't know them, nor do I know anyone in their presence to tell me how they are like, but from what I've read about them - and just watching the deterioration of the latest season of GoT - I'm not impressed.
  5. That's what I'd like to know. Still, it worries me that he still does not seem to have a clear idea if he will require additional books. I would expect that at this point (as I'm sure he has finished at least the largest part of TWOW) he would at least be able to estimate roughly how many more books are required. Perhaps he will release an intermediate book A Time for Wolves before A Dream of Spring.
  6. Sorry for interrupting your analysis Werthead, but I just read GRRM's latest blog post (Feb. 7th, 2018) on his Not a blog-blog. He writes that he doesn't "consider A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE a series either; it's one single story, being published in (we hope) seven volumes." Is he seriously worried that he may require an additional book, or is he painting a grimmer picture here? It may just be like some people are discussing, that he has a very hard time turning a very cone-shaped expansion of material (and side stories) in his series into a converging form - i.e. tying loose threads together. Especially considering the above post which suggests that he has may have hard time writing the end of TWOW in a satisfactory manner which does this presumably. Source: https://grrm.livejournal.com/
  7. Well, I certainly picture Stannis more like this than Stephen Dillane (I have nothing against the actor though). http://awoiaf.westeros.org/images/7/71/Joshua_Cairosstannisbaratheon.jpg
  8. I tried reading it some days ago. I find that the pacing is quite strange, i.e. the scenes do not portray what is happening in a satisfactory manner. I don't know how a person who has had no exposure to the books or show would fare following the plot. Also, I feel that the art is a bit off, the faces and expressions seem strange. What do you think?
  9. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a namesake is also defined as "a person or thing having the same name as another". That was the definition I was going by, but you're absolutely right - I agree. Though it wouldn't stop Jon Connington from perhaps drawing the wrong conclusion. Certainly, despite Jon Snow not being specifically named after him, it would have some effect on him.
  10. Oh man, just thinking about there only being like 200 pages makes me feel so depressed. I can just imagine him passing by his dust-collecting computer, and looking at it in with an anxious face. Quickly leaving of course, because he has a new calendar to help design.
  11. Some are arguing that he's simply deluding himself into believing Aegon is real, because he couldn't cope with truth. If it's ever revealed that he is fake, it would be interesting to hear him learn of Jon, his own namesake and the actual son of Rhaegar (if you believe he is). He seems to be a very tense person, driven by hatred, who knows what he'd do.
  12. I don't think he's necessarily loyal to House Targaryen, otherwise I suspect he'd go to Daenerys and Viserys. It wasn't until he was introduced to "Aegon" that he seems to have found his calling, the perfect opportunity to redeem himself for failing Rhaegar, which seems like a personal triumph more than anything. He does not seem particularly interested in marrying or getting an heir of some sort to his newly reclaimed lands. In theory he could have gotten Griffin's Roost back via an invasion led by Viserys as well, but he didn't join them.
  13. In an all-out war like this, wouldn't there lots of rape going on - i.e. questionable paternities? Seriously though, I agree, it's getting out of hand. However, I thought that Aegon being a fake (at least not Rhaegar and Elia's son) was pretty much agreed upon? I'm no theorist myself, but that's the impression that I got from this forum.
  14. If they arrive in Braavos, that would make Arya easier to tie back into Jon's story as well. I had always considered the option of an Essos Exodus, but never thought it through like you have here. Very interesting. I have a feeling that either way, fAegon will fail miserably at the end. Arianne will probably end up marrying him and alas die alongside him at the end. It seems that all of Doran's children are destined to die. Quentyn (with Daenerys), Trystane (with Myrcella) and Arianne with fAegon, all Iron Throne contestants, just like Elia had died some time after marrying Rhaegar. Doran will try to keep all doors open by marrying his children to every contestant there is in his mind, but they will all end up being false hopes. Possibly, if GRRM has actually gotten this far with TWOW and informed D&D of his plans. Wouldn't the loan be too small though? It was meant to feed the Wildlings and Night's Watchmen through winter, not the whole North.
  15. How about the theory that Snows used to be sacrificed at Snowsgate to the Others, perhaps to be turned? Snow being a tag put on bastard to signal they were to be sacrificed in due time. Sounds cruel, but it's possible. In a similar fashion to how Craster now shoulders that role, and perhaps individuals before him. Just like how the Others are sometimes called "Craster's sons", the Others of old may have been called "Snows". Maybe Ygritte knows of this old connection, while the north men have forgotten that they used to do this.