Absolutely. Everybody doesn't buy the Dance 2.0 thing.
Another way to look at it is that in ADwD, a lot of "dragons" are going around doing their thing (dancing, sorta), and the whole book's storyline is driven by their actions: Jon at the Wall, Dany in Slaver's Bay, fAegon (and Tyrion if you're into that) in near-Essos, Bloodraven Beyond-the-Wall, and Mel if you believe yolkboy's theory on her true identity.
Which especially makes sense imo when you think of the title as opposed to that of Feast, where no character with a Targ heritage played a leading role.
I've met people irl who find refuge in reading when they freak out. And not just books either, this one girl I'm thinking of would literally shut herself from the outside world and read whatever she had at hand, the randomest shit sometimes, as a way to take her mind off things. She's smart as hell but she'd read the worst tabloid type of thing you can possibly imagine cover to cover if she ran out of books. No kidding.
So I find Sam's little time out in CB entirely believable. he's not just a huge bookworm, it's his way of coping imo.
(Myself, I'm more of a Bobby B kind of guy, drowning myself in beer when I don't wanna face the outside world and honestly, reading random junk would probably be a better way, but ah well. At least we're good party pals, the Good King and I...)
I hate him with a passion too. But I think I know why.
First, I know this shouldn't count since medieval times blah blah, but I can't help thinking of him as a pedo. Dany's fourteen when he meets her FFS! (But, okay, that doesn't count) (but then people hold it against LF and, gross as he is, he's not as bad as Jorah)
Then there's the fact he's an honorless loser that will turn his cloak for a couple candies or a random hot enough Valyrian-looking chick.
Then there's the fact he had no right to kiss Dany, pedo or not. She's your queen, moron. Show some respect.
He also gives her horrible counsel. He's also a slaver, and in this case, being westerosi and hanging with Dany should be enough to realize that's fucked up even in the world he lives in, if only he was just sliiightly forward thinking.
He seriously has no reason to treat Tyrion the way he does at first. There are so many gruesome things going on we don't realize it, but seriously, the guy is an unarmed dwarf, do you have to chain him up in a way that doesn't allow him to lie down, you sadistic asshole? What's he ever done to you? Oh, nothing, he's just your hope to get back in Dany's good graces after you fucked up, and when there's a hot woman involved, it's okay, Jorah, other human beings are just objects.
Nah, fuck this guy, we got plenty reasons to hate him.
Doubt it. Considering how Doran talks about Sarella, I doubt she's there on a mission of any kind, she's just doing her own thing.
Not that she could not start to give information to Doran now, I just doubt she'd been sent to the Citadel specifically to intercept messages. Besides, if that was her true purpose, she'd be hanging with the wrong Archmaester.
From the World of Ice and Fire, Maegor's chapter, the box about his wives.
Granted, we don't know when Aerea died, but somehow I doubt Maegor ever cancelled that decree.
Good point about Maegor's rule actually lasting... But then, Robert's reign lasted. Do you think if Dany ever got the Iron Throne, she'd count Robert as Robert the First, and if her heir happened to be called Viserys, he would be Viserys III again?
Okay, that makes a lot of sense.
But then, accepting Maegor as the former King writes that sucky period right into your kingly line's CV. Publicly denouncing him as a false king and an usurper, and claiming the throne as Jaeharys I, heir to Viserys I, heir to Aegon II, both of whom were the true kings, but never ruled because of that nasty usurper sob... That sounds a lot better, doesn't it?
They were both killed by (well, because of) Maegor, too, so I think it'd be pretty easy to show the world how Jaehaerys had nothing to do with what went down. Hell, he was raising an army to march on his nuncle before he went all emo.
Speaking about the big Targaryen picture (and we're talking about the guy who would call a Great Council just to be on the safe side when he died), he picked "okay, we fucked up, but hey I can do better, look I've only got the one wife" instead of "whew, that sucked, eh? Well, we suffered a bunch too, but we're back now, it's gonna be alright."
Okay, but why not? How was it not the first thing Jaeherys did upon ascending to the throne?
Even with regards to the smallfolk and the Faith, such a decree would help position him as a different kind of king, which makes perfect political sense, doesn't it?
Also, why does it seem neither him nor his elder brother were crowned when they took arms against Maegor?
ETA: Hell, when you think of it, leaving things as they were and still are - that is, accepting Maegor as the third Targaryen King and giving him full legitimacy - sets a very dangerous precedent. Jaeherys is basically telling any descendant of his "hey, never mind the order of succession, if you got the biggest dragon, grab the throne before the real heir, it's cool, you'll keep your number and all".
For some reason, in my mind the Velaryons and Celtigars only came to the Narrow Sea with Aenar and the Targs; but it does make perfect sense that they were already there and that the Velaryons already possessed their fleet when the Targs showed up.