Fire Eater

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  1. Crackpot: Did Tywin have Tytos whacked?

    Except Tywin had already staged a coup d'etat when he came back from the Stepstones. He was dictating policy, having a force clear the Westerlands of outlaws, demanding repayment of loans and seizing hostages from those that couldn't an even imprisoning bannermen, Tytos likely wouldn't have made much of a protest if at all. There would be questions regarding Tyrion's disappearance. Also, the FM are known for making deaths look like natural causes. Everyone just assumed Tytos had a heart attack given he was obese. Tywin was already Lord of CR in all but name. Genna didn't put the blame for Tywin's failed relationships entirely on his brothers, you didn't provide any text to support that. As for Kevan, it isn't telling that he is practically the only person in the family who hasn't been some kind of spat with him?
  2. Crackpot: Did Tywin have Tytos whacked?

    Tyrion was also Joanna's son, and he didn't almost bring down the house like Tytos did. In Tytos's case, Tywin just likely saw an opportunity. If he tried going to Braavos otherwise, there would be questions as to why. If Tyrion disappeared there would be too many questions as to his disappearance, and Tywin would easily be fingered as having offed him. What made you guess it was all his brothers' fault? Because Tywin has such a stellar record with family relationships?
  3. How Daenerys will die

    Except "to bear children" clearly means to give birth. It's in the dictionary. That requirement hasn't been met.
  4. Crackpot: Did Tywin have Tytos whacked?

    It wasn't family but the brand that meant everything to him. He had terrible relationships with his two youngest brothers, and he neglected his children. He was concerned with the glory and reputation of his house. Like I said, Tyrion didn't almost bring down House Lannister like Tytos did. What Tyrion did was nominal compared to Tytos before the PW.
  5. How Daenerys will die

    When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east - Quentyn Martell, whose sigil is a sun, was born in Westeros and died in Essos When the seas go dry - Dothraki Sea is shown to be going dry mountains blow into the wind like leaves- pyramids burn by Rhaegal and Viserion? The conditions seem to be getting met. What says becoming a "mother" doesn't matter if she dies? I disagree, it can still be part of the story. Those monarchs aren't story protagonists? Last I checked, isn't Queen Cersei a POV character? Also, even if you overlook that, you are forgetting that GRRM isn't above killing his POV characters. They seldom have good deaths either with Ned beheaded with his own sword, Catelyn getting her throat slit after going mad watching her son die, Quentyn having been roasted by Rhaegal only to die slowly in agony over a few days, and Connington will likely die from greyscale. Those deaths aren't the glorious ones of story usually reserved for kings. Who is to say Dany's death wouldn't contribute to the story? Every POV character's death does contribute to the story from Ned to Pate. It wouldn't be an arbitrary end to the story given the story isn't solely about Dany. I thought about who Dany's third husband would be, and I couldn't think of anyone else. I doubt she'll marry Victarion or end up with Jon. Brienne and Jaime spent time together, and they managed to fall for one another during their time together. So it has to be a personal wish and not a result of deduction and thinking? One couldd just as easily say you dismiss it, because you don't wish it to happen. Renly was murdered by a sorceress for standing in the way of who she believes is AAR. Robb was killed not solely because of the broken marriage contract as even GRRM states Walder Frey would have looked for a way out of the alliance once he heard of the BoBW and the Tyrell-Lannister alliance. You mentioned nothing about Balon or Robert. What was Balon's wrong option that got him killed? Euron having him killed had nothing to do with his decisions as king. Was Robert's going to hunt that boar? I doubt that was a political decision. Getting pregnant would have nothing to do with her decisions? There is decision in doing the act that results in one getting pregnant in the first place. It wouldn't be random, and there's nothing that says it would ruin a story.
  6. Crackpot: Did Tywin have Tytos whacked?

    Tyrion didn't almost bring about the destruction of his house (before Tywin's death). As to the year, Tywin would have needed to settle the matter before Aerys started commissioning the building of a fleet, and you also have to take into account the Iron Bank's reputation when collecting debts. They would want to settle the matter soon, so I doubt they would have let it drag on for years. CR's mines were still operating as well as the economic activity of the region with their smallfolk bringing in taxes, and I doubt that what he paid the FM would leave him poor for decades.
  7. How Daenerys will die

    Not all pregnancies are planned, especially in this medieval setting with hardly any birth control. I think the series hints at Dany dying from the complications of childbirth with one of MMD's conditions of Dany seeing Drogo again being "until you bear a living child." There is no way Drogo is going to be resurrected, and I think it implies that Dany will be with him again in the afterlife, especially given the high mortality rate among monarchs in this series. The last line I think could hint her cause of death as being childbirth; she manages to become "Mother" literally. If that doesn't sound like a death fitting for her, I would remind you that in this series there are no glorious deaths for monarchs with deaths being such as: poisoned at one's own wedding, whacked by a Faceless Man hired by a brother, murdered at an uncle's wedding, gored by a boar while intoxicated, killed by a shadowbaby while getting dressed for battle or in the first case, being dragged from behind your throne and having your throat slit by your own KG. Cersei herself is likely to be strangled by her brother-lover. That just leaves the question of who the father would be. I don't think it would be Jon given they are foils to another, and opposites don't attract in relationships. Jon also likely wouldn't be down with marrying his aunt given the taboo against incest. I also think they won't meet until the very end of ADoS. My guess in this case is Tyrion as the father as they are likely to spend a lot of time together. It isn't in the vein of "Tyrion deserves a smoking hot wife," but that maybe they could find comfort in one another having come from abusive family backgrounds and trying to find themselves and make their ways into the world. Dany could be for what Tyrion what Sansa was for Sandor and Brienne for Jaime, she could manage to bring out the best in him and help him become a better human being without sacrificing her own character or importance in the story. Tyrion could do likewise for her, and for once she has a husband who genuinely does care for her (as opposed to Drogo and Hizdahr). Of course, I think he would predecease her.
  8. We all know of Tywin's relationship with his father, Tytos. Tywin despised his father to the point that he made a point of being a foil to him. My inquiry is, was Tytos's death of natural causes? First a little quote from ADwD: "And with that coin and the others in his purse, he paid a certain man. Soon after that man's heart gave out. Is that the way of it? Very sad." In 267 AC, Lord Tytos Lannister's heart burst as he was climbing a steep flight of steps to the bedchamber of his mistress (his lordship had finally put aside his wet nurse, only to become besotted with the charms of a candlemaker's daughter). So at the age of five-and-twenty, Tywin Lannister became the Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, and Warden of the West The descriptions regarding the deaths do sound similar. From WOIAF, we know Tytos's death was in the year 267 AC. We know something else also happened that year. In 267 AC, after a dispute with the Iron Bank of Braavos regarding certain monies borrowed by his father, he announced that he would build the largest war fleet in the history of the world "to bring the Titan to his knees" . . . It was Tywin Lannister who settled the crown's dispute with the Braavosi (though without "making the Titan kneel," to the king's displeasure), by repaying the monies lent to Jaehaerys II with gold from Casterly Rock, thereby taking the debts upon himself. Tywin as Hand settled the dispute over the Iron Throne's debts with the Iron Bank by repaying them with his own gold, and this is from a guy who wouldn't forgive the debt to his house owed by his own grandson and wouldn't contribute a penny towards the extravagant royal wedding despite the knowledge of the crown's debts. Tywin likely could have gone to Braavos to negotiate with the Iron Bank himself. While in Braavos, he also could have made a stop at the House of Black and White, and contracted the FM to kill his father. I know some might ask: "Wouldn't anyone have noticed Lannister gold going to the House of Black and White?" Tywin was publicly known to be repaying the Iron Throne's debts himself at the time, and it largely would have gone unnoticed if large sums of gold from Casterly Rock were being transferred to Braavos. It also goes with Tywin's method of murder, he always keeps his hands clean and has someone else do his dirty work as was the case with Elia and her children. Tyrion was described as an image of his father, and he would end up resembling in way Tywin would never have wanted: patricide.
  9. Dany's Worst Move Yet

    What would you have done in that situation? Jon didn't appoint another First Ranger simply because all the rangers are beyond the Wall outside his reach. I agree that he should have kept his allies close, built a coalition and kept more an eye about Marsh. You can't pin an assassination attempt on Jon as a sign of a bad leader compared to Daenerys if she also suffered one. The assassination attempt was likely Meereenese, and I think evidence points to the Shavepate. He was losing the power he had acquired under Dany with Hizdahr as king. Dany has people who weren't anti-slavery to begin with in her camp, but since the choice was between slavery and anti-slavery, she did't need to convince anyone? In Jon's case, the choice is between life or annihilation of not just the people at the Wall but the entire realm, yet he has to convince people? How is Jon's argument any less compelling than Dany's since a lot more is at stake in his case? The last lines I agree with.
  10. Dany's Worst Move Yet

    Jon was originally proposing to lead the ranging to Hardhome himself. The ranging would have consisted mostly of wildlings, and how is that failing his job? By that same token, refusing to pick a wildling to lead means no wildling is fit to lead a ranging. I doubt we would have gotten protests from rangers given they know the stakes better than the stewards and builders. His decision in the last chapter to try and calm the situation involving Wun Wun wasn't a bad one. That doesn't make sense given Jon doesn't need to negotiate with his brothers given they are sworn to obey him while the Yunkai'i and their party aren't sworn to obey Dany. Also, what about the assassination attempt on Dany involving the locusts? Apparently she couldn't convince some of her followers either.
  11. Dany's Worst Move Yet

    I think the chances are while there would be casualties, fewer people would be added to the wight army in the end if he sends people to bring them to the Wall. The only conflicted NW men are Marsh and Co which seems to consist entirely of stewards and builders, not the rangers who actually are the ones who go beyond the Wall. The rangers seem loyal to Jon, and are sworn to obey. I don't think we can accurately say how it would go. Actually, the men of the NW come from a feudal society while the wildlings can be more democratic. The Meereenese and the freed slaves would both suffer in an assault on Meereen. Even Hizdahr says Meereen couldn't afford another war. Sellswords wouldn't exactly care if they plunder Great Masters given that is where the most loot is likely to be. How is Marsh's conflict with Jon not a conflict of ideologies? Marsh is a traditionalist with an antagonistic view of the wildlings and a conservative view shown disapproving of Satin as the LC's steward and squire. Jon is a reformer trying to integrate wildlings and institute needed changes that include decisions that break down the class barrier. Dany has to make more self-sacrificing deals, because she is a bad negotiator and inexperienced.
  12. Dany's Worst Move Yet

    1. I think Trystane will survive, given he isn't involved in any of the family's machinations. I think Sarella (admittedly my favorite Sand Snake) and Ellaria's three youngest daughters make it out alive for similar reasons. The ones without the drive for vengeance will make it out alive. Of course, this is all just speculation on my part. Doran is shown to be getting weaker with his gout getting worse, and the news of Quentyn's fate may likely kill him. If Arianne marries Aegon, then she isn't long for this world. 2. I don't think the Yrnwoods will take over Dorne. However if Tyrion tries to win them over, he could offer a match between Prince Trystane and Lord Yronwood's daughter, Gwyneth (who wanted to marry his brother Quentyn). 3. I think it was likely Andrey Dalt. Myrcella regarding him with suspicion when they first meet can be taken as a hint. Also, he looks like he got off the least. He was simply sent to serve Doran's estranged wife in Norvos. She is a noblewoman, and he likely wouldn't want for anything serving her with his accommodations likely being comfortable. 4. I don't think he is. I think that is reserved for members of the main branch, House Dayne of Starfall. However, he does have a chip in his shoulder regarding it with the way he speaks of Arthur. I wouldn't put it past him to visit Starfall claiming to get some tapestry and then wrap Dawn up with it to smuggle it out. 5. I think if Darkstar is smart he will take a ship out of Dorne. As to where to go, Cersei did issue a request for a Dornish master-at-arms. He could just get a haircut or dye it to hide his identity, or maybe even grow a beard. He could think killing Aegon's rival, Tommen, would get him back into good graces with as well as rewarded by House Martell given Arianne would be Aegon's queen. I don't know if Tyene or Nymeria will kill anyone without Doran or Arianne's orders, but they are wild cards. Well, he needs to rescue them somehow, and he is short on options. If they die, they will also be added to the Others' army. Well, Melisandre was the one who spared Mance behind Stannis's back. Although, I think, yes, it could be argued that he committed a crime in letting Mance go. Yes, I admitted he should have created a coalition in the NW to back his decisions, a political following. He does try to convince the head of the opposition by pointing out they would become wights otherwise and the wildlings are people too given the vows include the line: "I am the shield that guards the realms of men." No, not anyone would have thought of what Jon did were they in his position. By that same logic, Dany's decision to make ships into siege engines to take Meereen is expected from any leader. That just downplays her resourcefulness in coming up with siege engines when there is no wood to be had, noticing the ships are made of wood. The difference regarding Lhazareen and Tormund is Jon negotiated the deal himself while Daario did the negotiating for Dany. Dany wasn't weak, she had an army with Unsullied and dragons, albeit untrained (which the Ghiscari feared). She still had leverage, and she could have bargained more effectively. Dany did lose something, the Yunkai'i can be allowed to bring their slaves into Meereen. In other words, slavery is allowed into Meereen. She let Hizdahr do the negotiating. Both Dany and Jon had to deal with assassination attempts and political factions opposed to their interests. I wouldn't call Jon's job easy with Marsh and Co,, a looming food shortage, and an impending apocalypse. Jon's decisions do affect each other, as negotiating with the envoy from the Iron Bank provided food for the increased population at the Wall. He allowed wildlings in the fight against the Long Night. Much of his decisions are related to the War for Dawn. Dany is the only one who has to make two sets of people coexist? Wasn't Jon trying to do the same thing with the wildlings and the NW the major reason for the Ides of Marsh? He was integrating two groups that had been enemies for centuries. Jon is doing much of the work for integration. I don't deny Jon had the benefits of recieving a lord's education, and have many good teachers from Tyrion and Mormont to Aemon and the wildings he meets.
  13. Dany's Worst Move Yet

    He sent ships, and the seas weren't described as dangerous. It was also led by an experienced seaman, Cotter Pyke. Actually, there is reason to believe the Mance was sent to pick up an escaped Arya along the kingsroad. What he did wasn't an act of war, that is an exaggeration. Jon didn't commit treason given the Boltons aren't kings, and the LC of the NW owes no allegiance to any lord, including the Boltons. Rhaegar taking Lyanna wasn't an act of war, and it wasn't that act but Aersy murdering Lord Rickard and Brandon Stark that started it. One of the worst is an exaggeration, he does show good leadership and judgment letting the wildings in to join for common cause, instituting archery drills and securing a loan for food. His mistake was not building coalition within the NW for reform, and not associating more with his men. He should have also consulted with his men about the Pink Letter. Compared to Dany, Jon showed to be better at hammering out treaties and deals. If you're going to pin Hardhome on Jon, that's nothing compared to Astapor. Dany didn't leave a force of Unsullied behind to give the council she set up the monopoly on violence they needed. I think one of her bad moves was telling the GG the hostages were a bluff. As Doran said: "I know. If I kept you ignorant too long, it was only to protect you. Arianne, your nature . . . to you, a secret was only a choice tale to whisper to Garin and Tyene in your bed of a night. Garin gossips as only the orphans can, and Tyene keeps nothing from Obara and the Lady Nym. And if they knew . . . Obara is too fond of wine, and Nym is too close to the Fowler twins. And who might the Fowler twins confide in? I could not take the risk." Even if the GG wasn't the Harpy, there was the question of who she would confide in regarding that info, like her relatives whose children are hostages, and who would her relatives confide in.
  14. A King in Hiding: Adding It All Up Part 2

    I'd like to bring up Ser Benedict Rivers (later Justman) who ruled as King of the Rivers and Hills. He grew up a bastard born of star-crossed lovers whose families fought on opposite sides. His house ruled for 300 years like House Targaryen. He was also the first of his name. I think Benedict Justman is a hint for Jon's future. Jon would gain the support of his mother's house, the Starks and the North, and his father's house, Targaryen and all their supporters in the South. Jon would also be the first of his name, and be well-remembered. The Romanov connection has been pointed to, and I do see Daenerys as a kind of Anastasia, the last surviving member of royal dynasty of a massive empire that was violently overthrown after ruling for 300 years. There is even the dragon eggs being connected to the jeweled Faberge eggs of the Romanovs.
  15. GRRM's Subverted Fairy Tales

    I have considered Tyrion given he is an actual dwarf who helps Sansa out in one incident. I saw their analyses regarding Sandor and Sansa. I was going for the subverting of the trope. I think Sandor and Sansa's story will end similar to Disney's Beauty and the Beast only if the Beast didn't have a magical healing transformation scene. Update: Princess in the Tower v.3: Val Val is called the "wildling princess," and is kept in a tower as a prisoner being guarded by a giant. However, the knight who wishes for her hand, Ser Patrek of King's Mountain, comes to her in her tower to steal her away is killed by the creature guarding it rather than him slaying the guardian, and Wun Wun was acting in self-defense to Ser Patrek's unprovoked assault. A Knight's Quest: Quentyn Quentyn goes on a quest to win the hand of a beautiful princess and bring her back to his kingdom. The tale usually has the knight going on several adventures while in Quentyn's case, the whole thing is a disaster from start to finish. He loses several friends to a pirate attack when sailing to Essos. He joins a sellsword company to get to her, and witnesses horrors at Astapor. When the knight reaches the maiden, she is usually taken by him. When Quentyn finally reaches Dany, not only does she not find him attractive, but she refuses his offer and marries someone else. Some versions have a knight performing a task to win the hand of his lady. Quentyn'ss story ends with him dying horribly after a foolhardy attempt to mount a dragon to win Dany. Geek Turned Superhero/Underdog: Varamyr This is a tale that stretches from Theseus all the way to Spider-man and Captain America. It follows a small, weak boy who acquires a superpower that gives him strength. The underdog uses his powers to fight monsters and in the case of Spider-man and Captain America, uses them to protect people and fight evil. Varamyr was a small, weak man who when he first realized his powers used them to kill his brother, later his mentor Haggon, who practically raised him, and abduct women to rape. Varamyr didn't use his abilities for the greater good, but used them to terrorize others and satisfy his own selfish desires.