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  1. Next you're going to tell me that Arry is Arya in disguise or that Jaime is the father of Cercei's kids. Sick of these off the wall fanfics.
  2. It's worth noting that Preston doesn't say he believes Craster is Bloodraven's son, and provides evidence that he ISN'T in that video. He simply note that based on the apparent age of Craster, Craster would likely have been born while Bloodraven was in command of the Night's Watch. He beings up the possibility that Craster is Bloodraven's son then largely dismisses it. Which is exactly why Preston dismisses it.
  3. The Bank may view it as an investment on their loan to Stannis. If the Banks believes an assault by the Others in immanent, they may be concerned that Stannis wouldn't be able to hold the North from both the Walkers and the Lannisters. So they're doing what they can do to bolster the Watch to keep Stannis's Northern flank protected. That would explain It's why the terms of the loan are so reasonable; they don't expect to profit from the loan directly.
  4. Bran takes over Hodor because he's bored, he wants to, and he can. He doesn't even try to justify it to himself. It's not "life or death shit".
  5. Yes. Explicitly. I suppose one could argue that the torture and spirit-breaking is a side effect of the bending him to his will and not the method by which his will is imposed, but I hardly see how that makes a difference from a moral perspective. Bonus points: Bran doesn't even have a good reason for it, not after the first time anyway. He does it because he's bored. Very.
  6. Hard to weigh the ethics, honestly. Is killing someone worse than torturing them? Thought experiment: When Ramsay Bolton took Winterfell from Theon, I strongly suspect we would feel very differently about how evil he is if, instead of torturing Theon to the point where his sense of self is shattered, he had simply given him a quick death. What Bran is doing to Hodor is no different from what Ramsay did to Theon.
  7. Well I think it will redeem her some if it turns out she's being trained by the FM because they know they'll need to kill Bran. Whatever it is Arya is becoming, Bran is becoming something far, far worse.
  8. Right, because the Walkers aren't the WMD, the Winter is.
  9. My favorite hypothesis: the White Walkers aren't the cause of the Long Night, but rather that they're the humans who used magic to transform themselves into something that could survive and thrive in the new conditions. Let's say the Long Night was caused by the Children of the Forest to try to force the First Men to submit to their domination. The Others were the ones who refused, instead saying "bring it on" and turning themselves into ice-people because that was a preferable alternative to becoming subservient to their enemy. But when the rest of the human race relented and agreed to the pact, the Others turned off their Winter of Mass Destruction and the few humans who had refused to submit were forced into the far North. In the years since, the Children of the Forest were beaten by two things: the Faith of the Seven as a bulwark against the Children's indoctrination (it was designed expressly for this purpose, I suspect, conditioning men against the influence of their manipulation) and finally by the construction of Harrenhal, which (when ruled by someone of the correct bloodline) cancels out magical activity in a specific radius. The main "brain" of the Children's hivemind is on the Isle of Faces, so while Harrenhal was ruled by Hoare descendants (houses Lothston and Whent) the "weirnet" was crippled. Only the Weirwoods north of the Wall were still functional, the anti-magic properties of the Wall ironically shielding them the the anti-magic effects of Harrenhal. The WMD was deactivated, but not destroyed. It was put on a "dead man's switch" activated when the Children lose their seat at the table of human politics: house Stark. The Starks are bred to be particularly easy for the Children to manipulate, and so as long as there's a Stark in Winterfell, the conditions of the CotF remain intact and the WMD is held back. This became a problem because of that Hoare bloodline, Catlyn's Whent mother. The same quality of the Hoare line that allows Harrenhal to nullify magic also cancels out the property that qualifies them as Starks to the Children, their suseptability to their manipulation. When Ned (and Jon) left Winterfel, there was nobody left who registered as a Stark to the dead man's switch, and the WMD was reactivated. By the time the Children were able to act south of the Wall again (when the last Whent was driven from Harrenhal during the War of the Five Kings) it was too late to stop it. That's the nature of a dead man's switch. And so with the Long Night returning, the Others return with it. Not because they're the cause of it, but simply because surviving the long winter and supplanting mankind on a frozen world is the reason they exist.
  10. I like it. Maybe "Azor Ahai" is really just the Valyrian word for "bacon". The smell of cooking bacon is well known to be a very pleasant way to wake up, so why couldn't it wake dragons from stone? I think we've solved it, boys!
  11. I think the problem there is that the blue flowers aren't just associated with Lyana and Rhaegar, but specifically with her bed of blood, ie, to whichever child killed her. Since a variety of signs point to Jon being older that Ned says he is, and with Dany being younger than him even in the given narrative, it would be difficult to make Jon the second child and have it make sense. Maybe they're twins and the age difference between them (stated to be 8 or 9 months via Word of God) is a deliberate deception? There's some poetry there, but I don't enjoy the idea that GRRM directly lies to us. And it feels a bit too derivative of Star Wars to me. That's a good catch, but it seems unlikely. Each line of The Bride of Fire stanza referring to one of Daenery's husbands (or more likely in my view, the fathers of her children) makes sense on a number of levels: one would then have to come up with an alternate interpretation of that line, and the stanza as a whole, as well. Of one hypothesis explains 75% of the known data then a competing hypothesis that only explains 25% of the known data can't really compete until that gap is closed. However, going against my above paragraph, it occurs to me that both Drogo and Shireen could both occupy a list of "people burned to fuel magic" which could well make them "brides of fire". It goes no further to explain line #2 of the stanza, but that's a bit of a question mark for the "husbands/fathers" hypothesis as well. Of course the implication of the prophecy is that Daenerys is herself the Bride of Fire. Maybe this means that "These three people burned, and so will you" or something to that effect. Worth some thought anyway.
  12. For me the clincher for R+L=J is the line from the House of the Undying prophecy: "A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness." We associate blue flowers most strongly with Lyanna, specifically with relationship to Rhaegar and then her "bed of blood". So for a blue flower to be growing from a wall of ice pretty strongly implies that their progeny is at The Wall, and the only reasonable candidate is Jon. Anyone with an alternate hypothesis will have to have an alternate explanation for this line, and that's a pretty tall order.
  13. This would only bother me if it was the twist of the series, and I don't think it is. I generally do think that R+L=J, but I have no reason to believe that GRRM had any intention of obscuring that: he wants us to figure this out. It won't be a disappointing reveal because it's not meant to be a reveal at all. It's not "the twist". But then there are plenty of people who make a very strong case for Ashara + Ned = Jon, generally combined with R+L=D, and it makes perfect sense, so to some degree I'm agnostic on the matter.
  14. It's interesting to me that in GRRM's original outline for the three books he had planned, Daenerys was pretty unambiguously a villain. There's a ton there he's obviously changed his mind about, but it's interesting to me that at her conception she was an antagonist.
  15. Its very important, I think, that Qyburn sought out female puppeteers for his reanimation of Gregor. Female because you use sex to establish a psychic link and puppeteers because that's exactly what they would be doing.