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  1. Thanks for the posts keeping us up-to-date! I found this piece published today with photos as well. 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 2 Photos Tease Big Returns Posted April 28, 2016 by Gina Carbone Bran Stark, Meera Reed, and the Greyjoys are coming "Home" in "Game of Thrones" Season 6, Episode 2. HBO released six photos for the second episode of the 2016 season, including the one above, and you can check the rest out below. We'll be following a few storylines from the premiere -- in Meereen, King's Landing, Winterfell, Braavos, and at the Wall -- while adding storylines North of the Wall and at the Iron Islands. Those are stories we haven't checked in on since Season 4, so it'll be interesting to see everyone again. Here's the official synopsis for "Home," which airs Sunday, May 1 at 9 p.m.: "Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King's Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night's Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals." Here are the "Home" photos of Bran Stark, Yara and Balon Greyjoy, Varys and Missandei, Alliser Thorne, and Dolorous Edd. (That's Meera Reed at top) And here's another look at the promo for "Home": Sansa knows that Arya is alive! Now she knows Arya, Bran, and Rickon are all alive out there, or were alive relatively recently. In case you want to look ahead, here's HBO's synopsis for May 8's Episode 3, "Oathbreaker": "Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift." Spoiler/speculation fans, are you thinking what we're thinking on Bran meeting the past? Is Episode 3 when we head to the Tower of Joy for R+L = J? And what about the "M" part of that theory? The dragon has three heads, so are they D + J + M? Or T, instead of M? Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. http://www.moviefone.com/2016/04/28/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-2-photos-meera-bran-greyjoy/ v I wonder if Bran will return to WF via the heart tree and the living magic in the Wall to assess that the Boltons have taken over Bran’s domain – Bran is the Stark in WF, figuratively and literally. v It sounds like Bran visits present action and episode 3 is when Bran visits the past. v I speculate that Jon Snow’s warg and Ghost will join Bran for these dreamscape flashbacks. It is important for Jon to learn the truth of his birth.
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    Definitely! Did you read Issaac's interview where he says he will play the role of kingmaker and cause an earthquake? "And it looks like we are going to see a lot of Bran in Season 6: the young Isaac Hempstead Wright offers these tantalizing glimpses during his PR rounds: “I can’t say a lot, but I am back this season and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.” In another interview Hempstead hints at Bran taking on the role of “kingmaker,” to “expect lots of magic,” and “extraordinary enabling abilities” that could cause an “earthquake” in Westeros. What kind of earthquake? Hempstead doesn’t say" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/game-of-thrones-season-6-bran-stark-confirms-return-and-weighs-in-on-the-jon-snow-debate-10386913.html Winterfell godswood is a good location as well. I think Bloodraven will be the blood sacrifice, but I also believe that he has planned to use Ghost for his final life - only BR will be cognizant of the events around him and he will not forget himself to the beast he wargs. [My wildest theory is that BR warged the male direwolf that impregnated the female, giving her Ghost especially for JS and for himself after Jon's warg leaves Ghost to return to its host.] I really love the water baptism - nice touch! The water imagery is big in the novels, and Martin baptizes many characters in water, blood, sewer waste, tears, etc. I do think the earthquake may be Bran awakening the stone Starks, turning stone to flesh, powerful, stern, merciless Stark men to march with Jon to turn back the Long Night. I hope Ghost transforms into the Ice Dragon, only he will look like Falcor the Luck Dragon from the Neverending Story. Shaggy Dog looks like the Gmork. Or, the earthquake may be the Wall weakening, although I believe that Bloodraven has the vested interest at this location, and Bran not as much, especially if Jon heads for WF - or his corpse is secreted there by Davos.
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    What is confusing? In the books it may be clearer. The glamor is a major theme developed with Arya in Braavos as well as at the Wall with Melisandre, who has expounded ad nauseum on illusion, glamor, artifice, and other such theatrics - smoke and mirrors. The producers cut the Mance/Rattleshirt glamor - now they will make it happen with another glamored as Jon Snow until the time is right for his dramatic rebirth. The major thing with Jon is that he needs to learn of his parentage, and this will happen via Bran in a dream type sequence. Bran has not yet appeared, but Issaac has said that he will play the role of "kingmaker" and cause an earthquake. I am betting on Bran resurrecting his bastard brother in the WF crypts. Sure, the NW may light a fire and burn a wax figure - as did the Romans after Caesar's death. But it will be anticlimactic because too many people are expecting it. Bran is the power to revive Jon - Mel's fire has gone out - her eyes are no longer red - they are blue! Mel will assist in the preservation of Jon's corpse - but he will not rise as a wight because of the ward - and more importantly, because of Bran! But that is my opinion as confusing as it is!
  4. Why are Davos etc protecting Jons body?

    Plot contrivance to satisfy fans who wanted the Jon question somehow addressed in Episode 1; moreover, poor planning resulted in a need to set up transitions and continuity that will involve Davos and Edd playing larger roles in the scheme of Season 6. Viewers needed to see Mel’s glamor exposed because she will use her glamor to disguise Edd as Jon so that Davos can escort Jon’s corpse to Winterfell to honor Stark tradition of burial. Thorne and company want to burn his corpse; instead, Jon Snow will confront them himself. Ghost, of course, will not be keen on the glamored Edd as his master. Corpse Jon and living Ghost will be involved in a dreamscape via Bran and BR, and viewers will see Jon’s reaction to the truth of his parentage. After Ramsay kills “glamored” Jon Snow again at WF, Bran will reanimate his bastard brother as King of the North – Jon Stark Targaryen, who will then slay Ramsay. Moreover, Bran will turn stone to flesh and raise a Stark army from the crypts to battle beside his brother. See below: In another interview Hempstead hints at Bran taking on the role of “kingmaker,” to “expect lots of magic,” and “extraordinary enabling abilities” that could cause an “earthquake” in Westeros. What kind of earthquake? Hempstead doesn’t say" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/game-of-thrones-season-6-bran-stark-confirms-return-and-weighs-in-on-the-jon-snow-debate-10386913.html BR will die so that Jon will rise, but BR will warg Ghost as his final life, making the direwolf an Ice Dragon who will sprout wings, have a wolf face, and red eyes. Ghost may breathe fire too. Just my fanciful speculations, of course!
  5. "And it looks like we are going to see a lot of Bran in Season 6: the young Isaac Hempstead Wright offers these tantalizing glimpses during his PR rounds: “I can’t say a lot, but I am back this season and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions.” In another interview Hempstead hints at Bran taking on the role of “kingmaker,” to “expect lots of magic,” and “extraordinary enabling abilities” that could cause an “earthquake” in Westeros. What kind of earthquake? Hempstead doesn’t say" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/game-of-thrones-season-6-bran-stark-confirms-return-and-weighs-in-on-the-jon-snow-debate-10386913.html
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    Yes - glamored JS will unite the wildlings and remaining brothers giving Davos time to escort Jon's corpse to WF for burial in the crypts, as tradition dictates. Bran/BR will guide Davos to a secret entrance outside WF proper, and the purpose of this journey will be Jon learning who he is - his parentage - through Bran's visions via his wolf Ghost, a conduit Bran uses to communicate with Jon telepathically, The viewers may not grasp that the Jon Snow is a glamored brother - but Ghost will know! It would be an avenue that would allow Ramsay to kill glamored Jon Snow - viewers will think Jon is killed yet again - but that is when Bran will enlist his powers to raise his sibling from the crypts with an army of stone Starks at his command - stone turned flesh.
  7. BEWARE OF BOOK SPOILERS! Who will speak at Jon Snow’s funeral? Tormund Thunderfist, of course! In 2012, I composed a parody of Marc Antony’s famous funeral oration delivered after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Since Martin has developed themes from Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Caesar throughout his novels, it seemed fitting that the author might borrow elements from the bard and repurpose the words of Antony ala Tormund Thunderfist. Now, I am sure the full version of Antony’s oration will not make the show, and maybe another will speak on behalf of the dead Lord Commander Snow [sniff]. Regardless, I anticipate that whoever does speak, he will rouse the wildlings and some crows to mutiny and rage, like Antony, and “Cry Havoc – and let slip the dogs [direwolves] of War!” Tormund Thunderfist’s Funeral Oration for Jon Snow http://www.schooltube.com/video/53efe6c2cf1bb89f9e82/ A/N: What follows is a parody of Marc Antony’s funeral oration from Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, probably the most famous speech in all of Western literature. In this rewrite with a wildling perspective, Tormund Thunderfist speaks at Jon Snow’s funeral, in the fashion of Marc Antony, emulating the tactics of crowd control and manipulation for which Shakespeare’s Antony is known. Through verbal irony, saying one thing and meaning another, Tormund refers to the ‘Honorable Men/Honorable Crows’ [respectively] who killed Jon Snow. Carefully and with finesse, Tormund’s tone grows more sarcastic as he gauges the crowd’s reaction. After delivering an Oscar-worthy performance, dramatically pausing, noisily sobbing, raggedly breathing, and loudly and painfully choking back womanish screams, Tormund turns away to conceal his veiled tears [NOT!] Like Antony, who was detained by Cicero outside the Senate so as not to interfere, Tormund was in the Shieldhall, yet Tormund seemingly knows where each conspirator stabs Jon Snow. He exaggerates – and lies. Like Antony, Tormund attempts to rouse the emotions of his audience with the following strategies designed to evocate desired effects: 1) Tormund makes the crowd feel guilty for believing Jon Snow is an oathbreaker and a turncloak, offering evidences to the contrary; 2) Tormund makes the crowd feel sad/sympathetic by displaying Snow’s cloak rent with jagged tears from the daggers; 3) Tormund makes the crowd ANGRY by showing them Snow’s body and reading Snow’s will. [Keep in mind that Tormund cannot read – he, like Antony, is performing; he exaggerates and makes up stories that paint him in the best possible light.) Read on – I hope this makes you smile – or laugh! Scene 2. (In front of Castle Black is an enormous funeral pyre prepared for the Lord Commander’s body. A distressed crowd of NW men, Freefolk, King and Queensmen, and others have gathered to hear Tormund speak. Bowen Marsh’s [Alliser Thorne in the show] oration asserts reasons that demand the actions of the NW SBs. After Jon Snow publicly reveals his intentions to turn his cloak, to play the traitor, and to betray his NW brothers, Bowen and his supporters murder JS: “For the Watch.”) ( Tormund enters, carrying the shrouded corpse of Jon Snow. The crowd gasps as Tormund places the body on the funeral pyre; then the “wasps” buzz audibly as Tormund prepares to speak.) Tormund: Freefolk, Crows, Bearded Queen, and the Rest o’ you, (Tormund pauses to blow his horn loudly to quiet the unruly group) Hush up and listen so your ears may hear! I am here to speak o’ Lord Commander Crow, not to sing his praises, Har! The treasons that the bastard planned live after him; Any good he did will burn with his bones; So be it with Jon Snow. Steward Bowen Marsh says Jon Snow was a turncloak. If this lie is true, the Lord Crow gravely has paid for it. Here, with permission of Marsh and the rest o’ his Crows, Am I allowed to speak at Jon Snow’s funeral. He hero-worshiped me and envied my manliness – a magnet for spearwives and queens. But Bowen Marsh and his Crows call Jon Snow a traitor and a turncloak, a warg and a skinchanger, an upstart and a base-born Bastard, And Marsh and his Crows are, as we know, all honorable men. Commander Snow spoke in the Shieldhall, with me at his side. Do you remember? He asked for volunteers To join him against the Flaying Bastard of Bolton? (Wildlings and brothers shake their heads, cross arms, mutter to one another in angry tones) Was this treason? He gave no orders to the Night’s Watch to march with him! If you all remember, none o’ the Crows even volunteered! Not one offered to protect the bearded queen, her gray faced daughter, the red bitch [cough] witch, the Wildling Princess Val, and Mance Rayder’s babe. Yet the Lord o’ Crow did not force his men to join – Did he? Har! Did this in Jon Snow mark him as a turncloak? When the Freefolk crossed the Wall, some sick, injured, and crippled, Lord Snow wept for them. Treason needs be made o’ sterner stuff. Yet Steward Marsh names Lord Crow a turncloak, And this black brother calls himself honorable.. Har! The red sorceress told me in secret that thrice (holds up three fingers and waves them about dramatically) I repeat three times Commander Crow refused the Kingly King who offered to forgive Snow’s Crow words, and give him Winterfell! The Kingly King tempted Lord Crow, and he offered to name him Lord Jon Stark, and erase the bastard name SNOW forever! Hence forth Lord Crow-Snow will be the trueborn son and heir of Lord Eddard Stark, Warden of the North. Har! And yet Jon Crow refused. Aye, so the Kingly King sweetened the pot, offering to Snow The Wilding Princess Val to wife! And Thrice did Jon Snow refuse. Was he a turncloak? Yet Ides of Marsh says Snow was doing treason; And, sure, you bet, he is an honorable man o’ the Watch. I am speaking not to turn you against the steward and his Crows – I am but a man of few words who speaks no falsehoods, just salts the truth with a stretcher now and then. Har, ‘twas you Crows who voted Jon Snow your Lord Commander – So once upon a time you had faith in him, and not without good reasons. I ask you why now, that he is dead and gone, No one weeps for him? Arg! I hope the Others and their soldier corpses take you dry-eyed, black hearted folk with your empty heads. Hold up! (Tormund retrieves a handkerchief from his sleeve. He is overcome with emotion, and he roars through his nose into the cloth. He then dabs the corners of his eyes). Forgive me - My heart is broken and bleeding beside Jon Snow’s, There on the funeral pyre. I t’was a second father to the boy, and many a time he called me “father” on accident, mistaking me for his own dear sire the honorable Lord Ned Stark, just as once he mistook me for the-king-beyond-the wall Mance Rayder. Har! Tormund is always getting mistaken for Lords and Kings. Arg. Give me have a moment to dry me eyes before my tears soak the wood on the pyre. (Tormund turns, his back to the crowd; beneath the shadow across his face a smile of satisfaction, maybe even pride, tugs at the corners of his lips. The crowd at his back whisper loudly in defense of Snow, and Tormund’s smugness shows he is pleased by the results of his funeral oration). Dolorous Edd Tollet: Methinks he has a strong argument with much and more truth. But most people lie about the truth, especially the people who are my friends; but if they lie about the truth, they are liars, deceivers, betrayers, certainly not friends. Maybe I should jump on that pyre when it is lit because with my luck that dream I had about becoming Lord Commander will come to pass, and I will be surrounded with non-friends. But if I dive into the flames, the red witch might glamor me into a worm; or I might not fully cook and die a long, painful death. Alas, Alack! Jon Snow has been wronged! Leathers: He’s been wronged. Queen: Has he, savage? If I were you, I would pray that a worse Lord Commander may NOT replace him? Mormont’s Raven: Corn, Corn, Corn. Val: Heed Thunderfist’s words. Jon Snow refused ME, the Stark name and Winterfell to stay true to the Watch and his Crow vows. Therefore, ‘tis false that he is a turncloak. Toregg: Aye! Any man to refuse Val must be a loyal brother – or blind. Borroq: If this is true, then some will pay a blood price. Vengeance for the boy! (Borroq returns to sharpening the tusks of his boar.) Melisandre: (A mist rises from the pores of her skin not concealed beneath yards and yards of the mysteriously swirling red fabric of her garments, even though no wind blows.) Only life can pay for death. (Her ruby glows at her throat. Tormund turns back to the audience, and Melisandre gasps). Gasp! Look! (Mel points at Tormund) Poor soul. His eyes are red as R’hollor’s fires with his weeping. Toregg: There’s not a nobler Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch than Jon Snow! Mormont’s Raven: Snow. Snow. Jon Snow. Leathers: Shut your hole. Thunderfist speaks. Tormund: Only yesterday Jon Snow’s wisdom might Have held the Wall against the foes beyond. Look at him now! There he lies with no one to pray for him. Oh! If I had the powers of the red witch, or Bowen Marsh, I would stir up your emotions, calling you to mutiny and rage. But if I incite a riot at the Wall, I should wrong Steward Marsh and Wick Littledick, who, you all know, are honorable men: I vow I will not do them wrong; I’d rather wrong the Dead, to wrong you, and maybe me – But I will not wrong such honorable men. (Mormont’s Raven quorks, as if on cue, strutting out from Jon Snow’s funeral shroud. In his beak he carries a sealed scroll, which he drops to speak). Mormont’s Raven: Snow. Jon Snow. Snow. (The bird steadies beady black eyes on Tormund. Tormand slams his palm onto his forehead so hard his neck jerks back, his bottom lip drops open, and his eyes widen). ‘Tis Lord Crow’s tricksy bird! And look what he has! (Tormund emotes recognition as false as a Kingslayer who is sworn to protect the King). It is Jon Snow’s will! I near forgot! Mormont’s Raven: King. Jon Snow. King. Jon Snow. Tormund: No – I am not a King, although I am oft mistaken for such. Now, bring me the parchment with the seal o’ Jon Snow, and I will give you corn. (Mormont’s Raven eagerly snatches up the scroll, flies to Tormund’s shoulder, and Tormund reverently takes the will from the bird’s beak.) Mormont’s Raven: Corn! Corn! Corn! (Tormund finds a handful of corn). Tormund: Looky here! (Tormund displays the seal and cracks it to unroll the scroll, his eyes devouring the grammatically correct, comprehensive last wishes of Lord Commander Snow . . . even though we all know Tormund never learned to read. Tormund moans as if in pain, rolling up the parchment, hanging his head low and shaking it back and forth.) This tricksy bird, you all know, once sat on Mormont’s shoulder, Then Jon Snow’s. And now to me he flies with what he found in the Lord Crow’s pocket; ‘Tis his will! Allow me to share this testament - - Which, pardon me, I do not intend to read – for if you knew the contents herein written, you would kneel before Jon Snow, you would kiss dead Jon Snow’s wounds, aye. Take a drop o’ his blood, and unroot a hank o’ his hair – get a piece o’ Snow as a token to help you remember the greatest Crow that ever walked the Wall. And when, and even if you pre-plan your own funeral and think up words to speak your legacy, and even if you have a horse, or piece o’ armor, or golden dragons, and even if you get it writ before you pass on – which could be any day, for even those who pretend to be a friend might stab you in the back. Or, someone nearby may secretly envy you; jealous of your fine Valyrian steel, o’ your woman, o’ your name. As for me, I suffered jealousies o’ men who coveted my big . . .er . . . weapon. (The tricksy, bossy bird cuts off Tormund’s all-too-familiar boast, screeching in his ear from his death grip on Tormund’s shoulder.) Mormont’s Raven: Will! Read will! Will. Read Tor Mund. Val: We’ll hear Snow’s will! Read it, Tormund Giantsbane! All: The will, the will! We will hear Jon Snow’s will! (In the distance, a direwolf howls, his ear-splitting cry echoes the keening of the Old Gods who watch carefully the affairs of men through the weirnet that prides itself on a thousand and one eyes.) Tormund: Patience, all of you. (Tormund speaks a bit softer, sighing strategically, giving the impression that the will has sucked out his spirit and left him riddled with guilt and pain) I strongly advise you, I must not read the will. Trust me, please. If you could see inside my mind, you might learn the painful truth – ‘Tis a good thing you have no clue that the Bastard Jon Snow has made US – you and me - his heirs. O, if you ever found out what’s safely guarded in my brain, I will tremble like a bride on her first wedding night – so afeared of what may come of it. O! You will be enraged! It will make you go mad! All: Read the will; read the will; read the will. You shall read it to us, Jon Snow’s will. Tormund: Enough! You force me to read the will? But, oh dear, I have talked too much. May the Old Gods forgive me. And the Others take me. I fear I wrong those honorable men, the Crows and queen’s men, whose daggers stabbed Lord Snow. O – I do fear it. Melisandre: They were the traitors: honorable men! All: The will! The Will! What’d he leave us! Borroq: They are villains, murderers! Read the will! We’ll burn the traitors later. First, the will! Tormund: You really want me to read the will? Then come closer – make a ring around the corpse of Snow, and let me show him that writ the will. Move! Out of my way, Bearded Queen. (Tormund lifts Queen in air and moves her aside. He winks at her slyly and whispers so softly she cannot tell if Tormund Thunderfist speaks or the raven bobbing drunkenly on his thick, bulging shoulder). Tormund: I never had me a woman with a mustache. And you have never had a man like me with a weapon unlike any other in size and width. Queen: O dear. [Blushes coyly] My husband’s weapon is Lightbringer. Tormund: I never thought of lighten the way. Never got lost, myself. But if you be liking things on fire . . . er . . . Leathers: Get back! Toregg: Make room for Tormund Thunderfist, most valiant! Tormund: Watch it! Nay – do not press upon me – stand far off! A few voices: Get Over. Back. Don’t touch me! He said to make a ring. Get out of the pyre, Stupid. Tormund: If any of you have held back your tears, prepare to let them fall. (Tormund gently removes Jon Snow’s funeral shroud, once his cloak, which Tormund shakes out dramatically; this garment is peppered with gaping holes, stained with dry, and wet blood still dripping from fabric) You all recognize the Lord Crow’s cloak: I recall the first time I saw Snow in these black wings when he did fly down from the Wall to live with the Freefolk. Looky here – note this blood splatter, a crusty ring around the collar: In this place Wick Whittlestick ran his dagger through. See this big hole? Devious Alf of Runnymudd made this tear. Through this [Tormund looks through a large jagged opening, impressed with the reaction of horror his words has had on his attentive audience]. Bowen Marsh, who Jon Snow loved as if he were his own beloved father, stabb’d. Har! And as Jon Snow plucked Marsh’s cursed steel from his stomach, Mark you how Jon Snow’s blood did follow it. For Bowen Marsh, as you know, was Jon Snow’s idol –[ aside - in my absence] – Judge all o’ you and the gods how dearly Jon Snow loved him. Bowen Marsh’s cut was the most deepest and most hurtful o’ them all. For when the Lord Crow did see this traitor, whom Jon Snow loved as if he were his own long lost-beyond-the wall Uncle Benjen, or as his now dead true-born brothers the Young Wolf, Bran, and Rickon o’ House Stark. Upon the vision o’ his own dear brother of the Night’s Watch who stuck him in the gut –well- Jon Snow dropped to his knees, his wounds smoking, and then he toppled over, burying his face in the snow. O, what a racket assaulted our ears as Jon Snow fell, Him masked by snow, his cuts running boiling blood. With him we too fell, whilst bloody traitors flourish like weeds to strangle us. Har! Now you weep! Do you feel pity? O. Now I hear you sniffle and cry – Feel o’bit of pity, you do? These are precious drops. Prepare, tender o’ heart, sob when you behold Our Lord Commander Snow maimed by traitors’ daggers. Look – Now! Here is himself, marr’d, as you all do witness, By traitors. (Tormund reveals Jon’s corpse to expose a bloody spectacle. At the same time, Jon Snow’s wounds bleed anew, a thin curtain of mist rises slowly from his body.) Random Spearwife: O! Hideous sight! Mully: O honorable Lord Snow! Iron Emmett: Butcher’s work! Queen: O most bloody sight! (Queen faints) Shireen: Is he dead? What happened to his face? Leathers: Traitors! Villains. PatchFace: Oh, oh, oh, no! Poor Jon Snow. Toregg: We will be avenged! All: Revenge! Burn! Kill! Slay! Castrate! Blind! Let not a traitor live. Tormund: Wait a minute! (Blows horn to call to order angry mob bent on destruction and vengeance) Doloros Edd: Hear the Thunderfist. Flea: We’ll hear him; we’ll follow him. We’ll die with him! Tormund: Good friends – loyal friends – I did not speak to get you all fired up so that you mutiny. Them Crows who done this deed are honorable. I am near convinced none o’ them had personal griefs with Jon Snow (eye roll): they are too wise and loyal, And will no doubt answer you with this reason: “For the Watch! For the Watch!” I am here not to win your hearts – For I am no mummer, no twister o’ words and lies – like Bowen Marsh. But, as most o’ you know me, a simple, blunt man Who loved my friend; and the Ides o’ Marsh knew this well, and they still gave me permission to speak o’ Snow. For I lack the wit, the talent, the tricksy moves, The speaking power to stir men’s blood. I call it as I see it. I will tell you a secret wish of mine own: Take a hard look at Jon Snow’s wounds. They look like poor, dumb mouths, But if I could conjure a spell, I would give tongues to Jon Snow’s wounds – And I would ask these bloody mouths to speak on my behalf – There would be a Voice that would anger your spirits. With mine own words and Jon Snow’s wounds talking with me – All together we will move the stones and ice and snow to rise and mutiny! All: We’ll mutiny? Shireen: What’s a mutiny? Satin: Come away, then. Come, tie up the conspirators. Tormund: Hear me, good folk. Hear me till I finish. (Blows horn to recall angry mob ready to rape and pillage and kill.) Tormund: Why, friends, you are running about like chickens with your heads cut off. You know not what you do. You forgot the will I mentioned. All: Most true. The will. Let’s stay to hear the will. Tormund: Here is Jon Snow’s will, under his personal seal – It says here - To Tormund Thunderfist, that’s me, Jon Snow does leave me his tricksy bird so long as I don’t eat him; his Ghost; and his Longclaw. To every Freefolk , and to some Crows not traitors, he gives a golden dragon. Shireen: A golden dragon? With wings? Mormont’s Raven: Dragon Jon Snow. Dragon! Dragon! Mully: Most noble Commander Crow! Iron Emmett: We’ll revenge his death! Wun Wun: O woe is me. No more handsome Jon Snow! Disraught speasrwife: Oh No, no more handsome Jon Snow Tormund: Patience. I’m not done! Moreover, he has left the Freefolk The land he calls the Gift, on this side o’ the Wall. He has left this boon to you, And to your heirs forever. Land for all. You can walk about and recreate yourselves. Here lies Lord Commander Jon Snow! When comes such another? Dolorus Edd: Never, Never. He is the only Jon Snow I know. Leathers: Burn his body in holy fires – Iron Emmett: Tie the Conspirators to stakes – and with brands of fire lit from Jon Snow’s funeral pyre, cook them! We’ll burn their bodies justly. Random Wildling: Fetch the fire! Mully: Pull the bindings tighter. Mormont’s Raven: Burn! Burn! Burn! Melisandre: If you wish, but at great risk, If I feed these honorable men to my flames, The Lord of Light may cast them from the warmth of his fire. I cannot disguise hearts made of black ice from Rh’ller (Melisandre lights Jon Snow’s funeral pyre, and once the flames taste the King’s blood from the dagger rents, the flames shoot into the sky like rockets, then explode. Sparks of blazing color burst, sending bands of light that magically formed a bouquet of roses, turning red, then yellow, and blue. The billowing petals flashed and winked and then fell away, spent ash darkening the layer of powdery snow.) Tormund: (an aside) Aye! I planted trouble – which will like as not cause great damage to these traitorous crows flapping about their Wall! Payback! Take whatever form you will! Be off! Har! I need a drink. All this tall talking has left me parched. Please speculate on whom you think will speak for Snow – and perhaps offer a few words he/she is like to say.

    I have been developing an essay exploring possible origins of the Others and how the greenseers may figure in the return of these creatures of ice. Here is a small part of my work in progress, and I appreciate any feedback or guidance on the ideas I present: Anticipating the extinction of their race, the singers take action to protect the thousand thousand years of accumulated knowledge that has become part of their sacred trees, their godhood. To the singers, knowledge and its pursuit is the supreme power for their race and other races as well. WISDOM is the metaphoric nameless, faceless old gods the singers worship. However, since misinformed men who have no appreciation for knowledge or the pursuit of such cut down, destroy and/or discard the houses of knowledge sacred to the children, the singers look to the magic of ice as a means of safely preserving their centuries of arduous, tedious, and combined efforts. As part of the Pact, the singers endow select representatives with magic powers that allow them to access the knowledge in order to share it with wider audiences to better humanity. In turn, those appointed with responsibility promise to safeguard the singers and their lands from further encroachment by their enemies. The exact terms of the Pact between the singers and the First Men 10,000 years past are not entirely known, other than the distribution of lands between the two warring parties endeavoring to make peace. It is likely that the singers bargained with gifts of powerful magic which they bestowed conditionally upon those First Men most deserving of executing these blessings responsibly without abusing them. The mastery and effective use of warging, skinchanging, and greendreams qualified members of families the eventual attainment of greensight and the role of becoming custodians of the vast enriching knowledge stored in the trees and earth. Those men who commanded magic irresponsibly subsequently lost favor with those overseeing the maintenance of the powers; hence, the singers rightfully and understandably revoked the gifts under the preset terms of the Pact. Houses Stark, Reed, and Mormont proved themselves worthy in managing the gifts, so in return, these special Houses became allies of the singers serving as their protectors and discouraged encroachment upon those lands designated for the singers and the singers alone. In spite of the Pact, the singers wanted to guarantee the preservation of their vast stores of wisdom, and they may have found a way to secure a portion of their learning in caves of ice far from the grasp of men who could not be trusted with these potentially dangerous spells. Among these enchantments are animating the dead of any species, controlling the nature and aggression of the cold, and deploying other assorted charms of transformation, glamors, and bewitchments. Safeguarding these bountiful treasures held in ice are appointed singers and their greenseers. However, the singers did not account for another humanoid race equally tempted by the possibilities of extending their line to avoid sure extinction. The possibilities of raising the dead and advancing a dangerous cold would allow these Others to expand, grow, and prosper. The White Walkers acquire the magic by nefarious means, and their hearts of ice forbid them from feeling emotions innate to men and singers. Consequently, with the intelligence of spells and histories, the WW became experts on the shortcomings of the races, and the realms of men proved the weakest and the easiest to target. Assessing the juvenility of men, yet observing how men covet power, land, wealth., violence, sex, and more, the White Walkers articulated a plan to overtake these realms of men, collectively an undeserving lot who permitted their selfish desires to dictate their thoughts and actions. Men’s innate compunction for evil, their inhumanity to one another, and their contentment to manipulate or to be manipulated, make them ideal puppets to serve under the White Walkers who will take men’s wits and their voices and pull their strings to make cold corpses perform the dance of dead men.
  9. Maisie Williams hint about Jon Snow

    When Sansa is at WF, she visits the crypts - Jon's journey will take him to the place where his mother is buried, and I imagine this is part of the reason Ned wanted Lyanna home - so that Jon would know his mother and what she looked like, especially after the years of Jon's worry over his bastardy and his wondering who is his mother - she will no longer be just some woman. However, I am only speculating. The crypts and WF are where Bran's magic is the strongest - that is why methinks Jon's rebirth will happen in this location.
  10. Maisie Williams hint about Jon Snow

    Bran [Issaac] said in an interview that he will be a kingmaker, among other powers - including an earthquake - some environmental disruption. I see Jon's resurrection occurring in the WF crypts through the magic of the greenseer and his teacher who will die to reanimate Snow. However, a glamored Edd or random wildling will be in the guise of JS - and Ramsay will kill Jon - Jon will die again, but his face will dissolve to reveal Edd or whomever. The earthquake will align with Jon's rising as a Stark and King of Winter, and Bran will turn stone to flesh, and the Stark statues will rise as King Jon Stark Targaryen's army. BR will warg Ghost as his final life, and Ghost will be transformed into the Ice Dragon: red eyes, wolf face, and dragon wings. Ghost will breathe fire too.
  11. [Spoilers] Criticize Without Repercussion

    Well, good then. If indeed Mel casts a glamor on Edd - who has suddenly risen to a character of merit and therefore must be in line to receive a meatier role with action and a few lines - then glamored Edd will be part of the army heading to WF. Now, I suspect that before this magical event occurs, Tormund will give a rousing speech a la Marc Antony - calling the wildlings, and random brothers to mutiny and rage. Meanwhile, the corpse of Jon Snow will be put on ice and transported to Winterfell by Davos who is not a great warrior. Jon's reanimation will occur in the WF crypts supervised by Bran and BR. But before that, Ramsay will kill Jon Snow - er glamored Jon Snow. I am not sure how much the viewers will know in advance of the glamor?
  12. "I saw him fighting at WF"

    I have long been a fan of yours as well! I seldom post in this forum, and I am trying to behave myself. I could do a lot of damage bashing the show - but it is not a good thing for my mental health to dwell on negativity!
  13. "I saw him fighting at WF"

    I agree! Hey, do you want to read the speech I wrote for Tormund based on Antony's rousing oration? I predict he will give a much shorter version of my tedious oration that follows Shakespeare's line for line.
  14. "I saw him fighting at WF"

    Hey, good buddy! You are the one who resurrected my 2012 essay predicting such an event! I will be tickled if it comes to pass!
  15. "I saw him fighting at WF"

    Oh, I know! I am pulling your leg. You are being serious about the plot points, and I am being silly. I could bash so much about how the show was handled, but I am trying to keep the books from influencing me. Of course, those wildlings should have been nearby and not already settled on the Gift.