Ser Leftwich

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  1. How/why is this nonsense still going on?
  2. Has there been a new, decent theory/idea on here since "Lem Lemoncloak = Richard Lonmouth"?
  3. Always bee partial to these two: Ser Barristan chuckled. "By his extreme youth, he can only be a prancing jackanapes, and so I name him." "So young," said Wyman Manderly, "Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived, he would have grown up to be a Frey."
  4. There are no genes. There is whatever the author wants.
  5. Seems like a very Martin-esque plot element for it to be finished on the day something momentous occurs somewhere in Westeros. Like Mace dying or Dany landing or something like that.
  6. No appreciable number of people either by prominence or shear volume would support him as king. He will never be the king. Also, we have no reason to believe he wants to be king. (Also, it would hurt to be inside the Iron Throne.)
  7. "Of course there was Old Nan and her daughter Young Nan. Oddly enough, Young Nan's daughter was older than Old Nan. Nobody could figure out how that happened. And every time I asked they'd slap me." (Old Nan is just an old person to dole out novel wisdom/legends. Not everyone needs to be someone out of legend or the extended past.)
  8. Also, if it had any wooden support structure elements, those could be burned, which would compromise the integrity. Therefore, easier to pull down.
  9. Ned thinks desperately about wanting to see Jon and tell him something when he is in the Black Cells. Why then, if Ned has nothing to tell Jon? 'The thought of Jon filled Ned with a sense of shame, and a sorrow too deep for words. If only he could see the boy again, sit and talk with him … pain shot through his broken leg, beneath the filthy grey plaster of his cast. He winced, his fingers opening and closing helplessly.'
  10. Jon's talk with Maester Aemon towards the end of AGoT sums is it up nicely, really most of that Jon chapter. Jon VIII "Oh, yes. Choosing … it has always hurt. And always will. I know." Choices are tough and have consequences.
  11. Ugh, missed that. Sorry. Either unreliable narrator by the Frey kids, them just taking the daughter out of the succession (a la FVR's answer above), or a mistake by the author? Either way it is not likely to be of any consequence.
  12. Kingship and a lordship may also be treated differently. So, you wouldn't go back to one of Tytos's other sons (Kevan), you stick with Tywin's children. If one of Alys's brother's had had a son, that son would have inherited. I am no expert, but I think this is a partial explanation: Male-preference primogeniture Male-preference primogeniture accords succession to the throne to a female member of a dynasty if she has no living brothers and no deceased brothers who left surviving legitimate descendants. A dynast's sons and their lines of descent all come before that dynast's daughters and their lines. Older sons and their lines come before younger sons and their lines. Older daughters and their lines come before younger daughters and their lines.
  13. As for Ned and Robert getting along, it might be that Robert was nicer to him than Brandon was. Robert was the good (slightly) older brother to Ned that Brandon wasn't. Even Ned was probably more fun for Robert to hang out with than young Stannis. We don't know how much Robert won over Ned's banner-men, only that they were, mostly, fiercely loyal to The Ned. Even Stannis debated following Robert. Can't hold it against Jon Con to have doubts... also, there may be past strife between the Connington and Baratheon families.
  14. Other topics have brought up the question of where people were during the Robellion. Reading over the entry for Howland Reed it states that he " Howland fought alongside Eddard during Robert's Rebellion," but that is based only on the recurring dream of the ToJ fight. Do we know that Howland was with The Ned during the war? The whole war? Different assumptions can say that Howland joined Ned either when Ned marched south through the Neck or possibly when he called his banners. Though the former seems the more likely of the two, since Greywater Watch doesn't do ravens. But, we don't know that Howland was with him at all, until he was with Ned at the ToJ. What about before the fighting? Did Howland help Lyanna during any shenanigans around her disappearance "not ten miles from Harrenhal?" " Lyanna had a touch of it (the wolf blood - wildness)," that does not sound like someone who is 'kidnapped.' That sounds like someone with agency. Was she out taking action of her own? Did she enlist the aid of someone indebted to her? Perhaps a little crannogman? This goes back to a very old idea that was floated by a few people years ago: while dear friends, Ned and Howland had a falling out at some point. We never hear of Ned visiting Howland or vice versa. We never hear tell of the Reed children being brought up to spend time at Winterfell. Why? If Ned and Howland were so close, why not more contact between the families? Because they had a falling out. Howland is clearly free with telling his children all manner of stories about the past and the events surrounding the Tourney at Harrenhal and the Robellion. Ned is absolutely not forthcoming at all, other than "My father knew the worth of Howland Reed," we get from Robb. Why? That being said, Meera and Jojen are cautious with what they tell Bran. Why? One thought is that Bran is young, 9-10 in the time he spends with the Reeds. They are wiser and older, Bran may not be able to understand the romantic and adult aspects of the story, so they keep it as metaphors and more of a fable for a child. But is it more? Are they telling the story vaguely in order to honor some promise that their father made to Ned and Howland is making them keep? We all know that Howland knows most, if not all. He was there at Harrenhal. He was there with Lyanna. He heard what she asked and said. He knows what Ned promised and what promises he didn't keep. Did Howland want to keep those promises to? Did Howland and Ned have a falling out over promises not kept.