Bastard of the White Knife

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  1. Patchface Prophesies

    I agree it would be rather pointless as a literary device if the Others could simply go around the Wall. However, the Others have not attacked since the Wall was built thousands of years ago so who knows? We know that Cold Hands couldn't go passed the wall and we know that Cotter Pyke referred to "dead things in the water."
  2. What Varys Doesn't Say in the Epilogue...

    I'm not sure Tyrion's actual plan is 100% known, even to Tyrion. At the start of ADWD he was despondent and lost, a kinslayer and falsely accused kingslayer. He was foresaken, hunted and had zero chance of getting credit for his deeds or claiming Castlery Rock as his own. After he sobers up he is ostensbily placed in league with Jon Connington and "Aegon Targaryn" who may or may not be a fake, because "Aegon" was seeking Dany and Tryion could be an advisor as to the inner dealings of Westeros, in addition to having read quite a bit about dragons (to the point of obsession). From his own motiviations, Tyrion sees a chance to return to Westeros and seek vengance against his sister, his brother and anyone else he percieves to have wronged him and take what is his by rights. In this regard, he convinces Aegon to conquer Westeros and then seek Dany's approval. This is, simply stated, the "Tyrion plot" of ADWD. What is Tyrion's actual plan? We don't know. He never shares is specifically with the reader. He clearly intended to hook on with Aegon and return to Westeros until he has the misfortune of running into Jorah Mormont. Then, he hatches a plan to enlist the aid of sellswords to help Dany and eventually, in some way, get back to Westeros. How? We don't know except that when Tyrion signs up with the Second Sons he agrees to pay them upon him coming into his rightful inheritence at Castlery Rock - which he plans to either take or die in the attempt.
  3. What Varys Doesn't Say in the Epilogue...

    I agree with this. Varys and Illyio and crafty to the extreme. They had a plan to put Viserys on the throne because of his claim and viewed Dany as a pawn. "Aegon" was a back-up plan that they had to put into place because Viserys is dead due to his own hubris and Dany is off trying to save Slavers Bay with her Dragons. Viserys is a chess master playing the game of thrones. I would speculate that Dany's eventual arrival in Westeros after Aegon makes a move on the Iron Throne will wind up spoiling Dany's plan. However, Dany does have a soft spot in her heart for the two schemers for the kindness they showed her and Viserys. He's got the angles covered.
  4. Patchface Prophesies

    In Patchface speak sea = death. We know that the Others can ride undead horses so seahorse = undead horse.
  5. Patchface Prophesies

    Just a thought but we know that the Night's Watch blows the horn three times when the Others attack. Of course, they are not "mermaids" as they are men. Except that one of the castles is occupied entirely by wildling women/spear wives, right? So this could be focus of the attack.