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  1. My response to the OP was not a serious one. The Night's King is a character out of legends eight thousand years old. He exists as part of GRRM's world building and depth of story telling. He and the other legendary figures from the Age of Heroes won't be back.
  2. Benjen is not Cold Hands. Agreed. As for the rest of your opening post it feels like you are posting out of boredom. I mean it has been years that we've been waiting for Winds. I get it. In fact, it is the same boredom that has led to me replying. In the books, the Night's King is a character from the Age of Heroes. He is as much myth as he is fact and if he lived at all it was thousands of years ago. If he is still alive and turns out to be Benjen that would definitely be a really big WTF. But, as you say, he might not intend for us to find out about it.
  3. Drogo wasn't a fire wight because he wasn't dead yet. He had a festering wound that was killing him when Danny asked Mirri Maz Duur to use her blood magic to take the life of the stallion to save Drogo's life. When the ritual was over the wound was no longer festering but Drogo was now just a mindless shell. A vegetable. Dany smothered the life out of him and burned his corpse on the funeral pyre so, again, not a wight.
  4. Okay. Nice sarcasm. I guess I simply disagree with you. I don't agree that a drop of salty water dripping from the mouth of the Black Gate equates to the Wall itself being salty.
  5. Why does the Black Gate dripping a drop of water that is salty like a human tear suggest that the whole Wall should be similarly salty? The Black Gate is described as a huge face that had been carved or shaped from Weirwood that somehow stretches and distorts it's mouth wide enough to allow Bran and Co. to pass through it. It is a sentient-seeming product of magic placed exactly where it is as a sort of airport security portal but it still feels like it is a living and breathing creature and dripping saline fluids doesn't feel out of place to me. I entered this discussion because I didn't think that the one drop of salty fluid encountered by Bran at the Black Gate equals the whole Wall being made from frozen sea water. But now that I'm here I will also disagree with the notion that the sheer size of the Wall demands that they must have used frozen sea ice to build it. Lakes are created by a combination of water run-off from precipitation and existing local water tables. When ice is harvested the water table replaces it. Here is a link to a page from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) stating that ice formed from sea water doesn't include the salt. They even state that sea ice can be melted and used as drinking water. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceanfreeze.html
  6. I think it is a bit of a stretch to state that the Wall "weeps" salt tears. There are several references to the wall weeping but never with any references to the water being salty. The Wall weeps when the weather is warm and the sun shines on it. This is the only salty reference to the Wall that I know of and it isn't a reference to the whole wall being salty. Rather, it is a reference to the Black Gate being warm and salty.
  7. Um, Lady Stoneheart can talk. She had her throat opened by a dagger and she was dead for a few days after that but she does talk. She needs to cover the gash in her throat to talk and she is hard to understand but she does in fact have the ability to communicate and is therefore not an unintelligent fire wight.
  8. Hot springs are most often in regions with volcanic activity but they also occur in regions without any. If water can percolate down far enough below the surface it encounters heat from the earth's crust and then rises to surface. I grew up in a small town north of Toronto far from any volcanic activity and there were a few hot springs in our region. They weren't super hot but they steamed in the winter and didn't freeze over and they smelled like sulphur.
  9. I'm Canadian so I'd want to settle somewhere hot or warm. The Arbor appeals to me quite a bit. I love good food paired with good wine so it the Arbor is a perfect setting for enjoying those guilty pleasures. I have real-life experience in the old-world trade of traditional glassblowing with specific specialized experience making wine goblets so I would seek out work where I could use those skills. Good work, good food, good wine and the Summer Sea right there for swimming and pleasure boating. It's even close to Oldtown for good markets and cultural activities.
  10. The tiger-woman is a figure from ancient legends that may or may not have existed 10,000 years prior to the events we read in the books. She is mentioned in passing as having been married to the Bloodstone Emperor who may or may or not have existed ever.
  11. I also agree that Dragonstone is close enough that the dragons could easily fly there for rest and sleep. Also, large balconies and flat roofs could have easily been incorporated into the design of some of the taller and more important structures within the Red Keep including Maegor's Holdfast and the Great Hall to allow take-offs and landings as conveniently as possible for members of the royal family.
  12. We don't really know enough about Targaryen culture to know which is more prestigious; newly hatched dragons to bond with or "legacy" dragons as you put it. Dragons live much longer than humans so they would logically bond with more than one human in their lifetime. And the history of the legacy dragons probably influences their prestige points as well. Balerion and Quicksilver would hardly be considered runner-up material I would think.
  13. If they wanted to write Nymeria out of the show she would now be dead. She is still out there with a massive of pack of wolves and she will probably make a surprise rescue or attack later on.
  14. But it is unreasonable for you or any other poster to speak with authority about what GRRM's motivations and priorities are or what the outcome of this series will be.
  15. Because of examples like Theon's we tend to think of sons being fostered to other powerful houses as if they are hostages held by their enemies as punishment to ensure good behavior by their offending parents. But fosterage is more typically arranged between allies as a form of education and was common during the middle ages in our own medieval times as well. A son would travel to an influential house and serve as a page or squire as they learned about combat and warfare but also the practicalities of running a large household and the lands it controls. Why was he fostered to House Redfort? Probably because the Redforts and the Boltons have similar standings in their regions. Ned and Robert both have a Lord Paramount for a father so it makes sense for them to foster with Jon Arryn who is also a Lord Paramount.