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  1. The question of the Wildings is interesting. My thinking on the issue is that Bowen Marsh and his conspirators are a relatively small faction within the Night's Watch so I am not sure what long term effects the assassination will have on relations with the Wildings. It is interesting that you think Val will head to the Nightfort with Selyse's retinue. How do you figure? I have a hard time seeing how she could be forced into it, there are still plenty of Wildings at the Wall (or maybe I have this wrong). From what I remember, Selyse has less than 50 men. I also have in mind that Selyse and Melisandre will want to depart to the Nightfort immediately. I think it might be as simple as them burning the fake Jon body the next day then departing.
  2. Difficult to say. I have several theories on how the initial stages of events will play out in the North but nothing comprehensive. The way Martin has sequenced events, it looks like Justin Massey will arrive at Castle Black only to be told that Stannis has been killed and his army defeated, Jon has been assassinated, and Selyse, Shireen, Melisandre and the Queen's Men have fled to the Nightfort. Massey will then proceed to Braavos to hire the sellsword army on behalf of Shireen, with 'Arya Stark' in tow (which is how the real Arya Stark will filter back into the main storyline). Melisandre, knowing something is up with Jon and Ghost, because of her visions and her connection with Ghost, will prevent Jon's body from being burned and will abscond with the body and Ghost to the Nightfort. How? Glamoring someone else's body in much the same fashion as she pulled off the Mance Rayder switcheroo. My conjecture on the Pink Letter is a little complicated. I think Stannis is in the middle of playing a ruse on the Boltons. The forces of Stannis and Manderly combined to slaughter the Freys. However, Manderly's men report back to Ramsay, who is bringing up the rear of the forces sent from Winterfell, that Stannis is dead and provide his sword as proof. The men returning to Winterfell in Frey armor are really Stannis men playing Freys. Tensions are high in the castle and, at the time the letter is written, Ramsay has already killed Roose and Fat Walda. At some point, Shireen will be burned alive, which will resurrect Jon Snow. The timing, however, remains a mystery to me. I still think it makes more sense that Melisandre does it after convincing Selyse that it will resurrect Stannis, even if Melisandre herself knows differently, then Stannis ordering it.
  3. We actually have some textual support for such an eventuality (i.e., the House of Undying). Child of three and all that. If anyone was going to have triplets, she would be the likely suspect.
  4. In all seriousness, I do wonder how many people will find out. Right now we are at Sam, Gilly and Bran. Jon, obviously, will be informed and from what we have been told by the people involved in the production, it looks like Daenerys will know as well. Does it go any farther than that? If I had to take a guess, I would say no. Everything we know about Jon's character is an argument against the news spreading, much as how he wants as few people as possible to know about the resurrection.
  5. The Red Wedding, although I personally love Melisandre's introduction as well.
  6. I think the underlying assumption that forms the basis of this question is wrong; namely, that there will be large scale warfare between Daenerys and Aegon. I have a difficult time envisioning such a scenario, especially since Aegon is only one of three enemies Daenerys has to face in Westeros and the series is supposed to end in two more books, not a half dozen more. The way I see it, the confrontation with Aegon, when it happens, will be short, to the point and fiery. Arimies will not even factor into the equation.
  7. That we know of, Edric and Serena Stark, as well as Jonnel and Sansa Stark. However, the Stark family is thousands and thousands of years old and we only know their very recent family tree.
  8. I guess I should be thankful I thought the show was mediocre from the beginning and never had any great expectations whatsoever.
  9. I guess that's one of Martin's better points. His procrastination doubles as long term safe harbor from undesirable truths.
  10. Interviews with director Alan Taylor.
  11. I disagree with this view if only because he has been forthcoming with the fact that he has always known the endings to the major characters (i.e., Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, Bran and Sansa) and, as evidenced by the last two seasons of the show, it looks like he did not give the Benioff and Weiss much besides those endings, excepting major plot beats. It would be like Martin telling Benioff and Weiss that the Patriots beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl after staging a huge comeback, then describing the five biggest plays, but nothing more. Benioff and Weiss would then have to invent the rest of the second half from their own imagination. I think the outline was very basic for the most part, excepting the end points and, perhaps, the story of Jon and Daenerys, since they are so central to the whole narrative.
  12. Good point, although they probably ended up overcompensating on the inbred front by marrying into the Targaryen family, thereby bringing their genetics into the fold.
  13. That's true actually, now that you mention it. The Tyrells have many more houses to appease than the other great houses. They might actually be the least inbred of the lot.
  14. I actually think some of the other great houses might practice an even more extreme form of consanguinity, specifically the Lannisters and, to a lesser extent, the Starks and Tullys. The fact that those three houses have a particular look associated with their members is evidence enough that there is not much diversity in their lines. I think the practice applies to the entire aristocracy of Westeros though. As an example, I would be shocked if the Greyjoy family tree is not filled with a series of Harlaws, Sunderlys and Stonetrees.
  15. That's the one I am not sure Benioff and Weiss will have the courage to carry out. In Martin's story, however, there are always consequences. One cannot simply leave the Faceless Men.