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  1. GoT cast Ian McShane for season 6! Who you got?

    Gerold Hightower in the Tower of Joy flashback.   Neither Euron nor Tarly are small roles (the casting call listings emphasized that both were really good, meaty parts). Those roles also wouldn't justify the secrecy. It looks like a small role but that still has an impact; that makes it seem like almost a cameo sort of thing. It being a ToJ Kingsguard would explain why they're tight-lipped around the role's identity. He's the right age and look for Hightower, too.
  2. I guess I'm in the camp that thinks (wants?) the letter really was either the offer to put Rhaenys out of her misery or the threat to kill Aenys. Or at least, something along those lines. Even if it didn't provoke a Harrenhal-esque retaliation from Aegon, something in it freaked him. It seems like the support against this stems from the logic that "if that had been in the letter, Aegon would have destroyed them. Aegon didn't destroy them, ergo it wasn't in the letter." And I'm not sure that's the best logic to use. Isn't the whole point of Dorne's successful resistance that the dragons and army weren't sufficient to overcome them? If Aegon was so fully capable of taking out the Dornish if he wanted to ... well why the hell didn't he when he was trying to conquer it? And before the letter came, if Aegon would have instantly gone to rescue Rhaenys, why didn't he, if he thought she was alive? And if Aegon would have avenged her if she was dead, why didn't he, if he thought she was dead? He didn't have to wait for the letter to rescue her or avenge her, if that's what he was always going to do. I think the Dornish had him by the inbred nuts and maybe some people don't like to admit that.
  3. Harrold Hardyng or Harrold Arryn?

    As I understand it, the family name goes with the inheritance. So if a daughter is the sole heir and becomes the lady of whatever castle, then her children would take her name and that's how the family line continues. We know that during Rhaenyra Targaryen's time, Jeyne Arryn was the Lady of the Eyrie in her own right. She obviously didn't have any brothers, or else they would have been the lord and not her. I suppose it's possible that she had no children and the line passed to a male cousin. But in all likelihood the Eyrie passed down to one of Jeyne's children, and she passed down the name to them. Many of these houses are hundreds, even thousands of years old. Unless every single one of them has remained completely unbroken in the male line for that entire period, the names were at some point (and probably multiple points) passed on through the female line. As for Harry not having to change his name to Arryn, I suppose it's true that he doesn't have to. But why wouldn't he, when that is the name associated with the castle, its titles, taxes, property, etc.?
  4. Could Bloodraven have killed Robert Baratheon?

    I think Bloodraven is warging the raven and the cat, but I draw the line at the boar. Namely because the "accident" is already adequately explained as is, and also because not everything can be solved or waved off as "Bloodraven did it."
  5. The Back of a Westeros Milk Carton

    Good updated list! ETA: As for Wenda the White Fawn, I've seen a few compelling arguments that she is, in fact, Septa Lemore.
  6. The Back of a Westeros Milk Carton

    He's not one of the ones listed as missing. I'll throw in Kyle Condon and Ronnel Stout. Richard Lonmouth. Maege Mormont and Galbart Glover.
  7. Stop looking at my profile.

    1. Risto


      But it is so precious...

    2. Ser Cold Fingers

      Ser Cold Fingers

      Stop lookin' at me, swan!

  8. Waymar Royce v. The Others

    We don't know for sure that dragonsteel is Valyrian steel. That's just Jon and Sam's guess and it hasn't been confirmed (bear in mind that the original Long Night would have occurred thousands of years before Valyrian steel was first developed). I think the Other was actually checking to see if it was obsidian, something that we have actually seen a NW brother use to actually kill an Other.
  9. Characters of ASOIAF and their historical counterparts

    Henry VII was king of England because he defeated Richard III at Bosworth and claimed the throne by conquest. That is all there is to it. He married Elizabeth to bring peace and to help validate his claim, but very much ruled in his own right and even received the church's validation saying as such (i.e. if Elizabeth died before he did, he would remain the monarch and any children he had with another wife would be claimants through him). See above.
  10. Characters of ASOIAF and their historical counterparts

    I don't actually and that fascinates me. Ned is sort of like a better-behaved William Hastings (the real Hastings whored around with Edward IV). Hastings got involved in the succession dispute and ended up being summarily beheaded at the Tower of London. Jon's birth is also quite similar to Henry VII's. Henry's mother was a young teenager when she gave birth, just like Lyanna. She gave birth in an isolated part of Wales, just like how Lyanna gave birth in Dorne. Henry's father died before he was born, just like Rhaegar died before Jon's birth. And like Henry, Jon grew up without his mother (Margaret lived but rarely saw her son when he was growing up) and under the protection of his uncle. Aegon's adventures with JonCon mirror Henry's later life better, but it's the combination of Henry and Perkin Warbeck that makes Aegon's case so cool: There are elements of both the victor and the fraud, so it blurs the lines and makes it harder to tell which is which. And if Aegon is actually a Blackfyre, that would make them analogous to the Beauforts: a line of legitimized bastards led now by a female-line scion.
  11. Characters of ASOIAF and their historical counterparts

    Edward IV was pretty much the exact same way, just less famous. There's also some of Henry VIII in Maegor, namely the multiple wives and executed wives and the brutal religious conflicts.
  12. The Tattered Prince is a Targaryen

    Don't give them any ideas.
  13. The Tattered Prince is a Targaryen

    It really is not. Maegor Targaryen was born in 232 and was still a baby when Aegon V came to the throne in 233. We know from the World book that the Tattered Prince was named the prince of Pentos in 262 and from ADWD that this was when he was 23 years old, putting his birth in 239 or 238, still making him "past 60" in 300 the way he's described in ADWD. So Maegor is too old to be the Tattered Prince and the Tattered Prince is too old to be a direct descendant of Maegor. ... Sorry.
  14. The Tattered Prince is a Targaryen

    I don't think it's out of the ordinary for a highborn person to know "proper" Valyrian. Just like there's a "queen's English" upper-class variation of the English language along with numerous other dialects and accents. Sorry but a guy who's probably of general Valyrian descent looking and talking like someone of general Valyrian descent does not make him a Targaryen.