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  1. shadows are fairly consistently used, in a mythic context, to mean the psychic projection of an individual or of a gestalt. Melisandre has, by her own admission, used up Stannis' psychic reserves. He has no shadow remaining in the mythic sense of the word.
  2. That's true, and valid for this particular prophecy, but for prophecies introduced earlier it's more difficult to say with certainty that he still intends to bring them to completion in the same way he intended.
  3. The Iron Bank plays a direct overt role in the election of the Sealord, since the Keyholders of the bank have some role in his election along with the city's Magisters. We don't know enough about the process to really say what that means, but since they have some say, it stands to reason they elect a Sealord that reflects their interests. As for the faceless men, well, the only way to get a Sealord out of office is to kill them, and the Sealords appear to go out of their way to appoint themselves a First Sword who can see through illusions.
  4. I think we need to be a bit cautious here. Prophecy is hard to write perfectly, and especially because GRRM has an oft-expressed dislike for planning his stories too far ahead ("once I know how they end I lose all interest in writing them" -paraphrased) I feel like we need to be able to accept some wiggle room. His plans are going to change, so if he wrote a prophecy in 1992 intending for it to be about X doing Y at location Z but now it's twenty-five years later, his outlook on life has changed, his experiences in the world have changed, and we know for a fact his story has changed since he started writing it. For example, I'm 95% certain he wrote A Game of Thrones intending that Rhaego was alive, and Mirri Maz Duur's prophecy (GRRM has referred to it as such directly) about "When the sun rises in the West and sets in the East" is about Rhaego being returned to her. However, we know he was planning a time-jump between novels which he later scrapped. How much did that scrapped time-jump really change? It's a very different thing introducing an 8-10-year-old to a story (a child old enough to be a character in his own right, as Bran and Arya were in AGoT) than introducing a 3-5 year-old (never more than a Rickon-like plot device). So while I'm quite sure I'm right about his intent when he wrote the first novel, I am not nearly as certain he'll actually go through with it how he originally intended. The prophecy may never be resolved at all because of this, and if it is, it may be drastically different.
  5. The appropriate analogy isn't kryptonite to Superman, no. More like a citronella torch to mosquitoes.
  6. Cat was a Whent. The connections to Harrenhal alone should be a giant red flag for mythic bloodlines.
  7. Huh, interesting.
  8. Part of the problem here is that R'hllor is also a part of the amalgamated death-god worshipped at the House of Black and White. It's an appealing idea at first glance, but it falls apart very quickly when you actually examine it. "What do we say to the God of Death? Not today." Not a very Faceless-Man sort of philosophy. He talks about his appointment to be the First Sword and the test had nothing to do with fighting, the First Sword's primary function is to see through illusions. In other words, Syrio is an anti-Faceless Man. While I assume it isn't impossible or even unlikely that a Faceless Man would spout contrary dogma when a particular job called for him to do so, one has to wonder why the author would have made that choice given the context.
  9. Part of the problem of that outline is that it was written to sell publishers on his new project so he could get an advance. Sure today GRRM could just wander into any publisher and say "Pay me three million dollars and you can publish a book of mine in five years, I won't tell you what it's about" and they'd do it. But before AGoT he had to sell himself, and the outline reads very safe. Maybe I'm just cynical, but I think he was telling the publishers what he thought they wanted to hear. I don't think he was lying to them exactly, but the idea that this is all coming together for a big battle between good and evil, a messiah versus an ancient satan... the more you read of GRRM the more absurd that ending has to seem. I don't think there's a massive shapeshifter conspiracy (I'm sure there's a moderate one) but I wouldn't discount it, or anything else, based on the outline. It's as reliable a predictor of the novels' direction as HBO.
  10. Agreed that JH wanted to be in the cells. Varys having an alignment with the Faceless Men makes some sense, though I'm not entirely sold on the idea. I'm not sure why the FM would want to destabilize the Night's Watch. Were they hired by Mance Rayder? What would he have traded them? Are they in league with the Others? How does that square with their stated philosophy? Generally I prefer the idea that "Jaqen" (and possibly Rorge and Biter too, but I can go either way on that) were in the cells to infiltrate the Night's Watch, not to harm the watch in anyway, but to hunt for Bloodraven.
  11. The toddler probably wasn't a Faceless Man. Maybe it's only saving the life of a Faceless Man that earns you the debt? Where Rorge and Biter also Faceless Men? I think so. Muscle "Jaqen" brought along for whatever big-game he was in Westeros hunting.
  12. An annulment isn't a divorce: an annulment says "this marriage was never valid in the first place". It makes it so they were never married.
  13. I hate how much they seem to be letting that drive them, but I agree.
  14. That's where he'd be most useful, what are you talking about?
  15. Astapor and Yunkai might take issue with that premise.