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  1. The amount of strict rules-followers that populate a royal court would have flipped shit over a move like this. As a Prince, the future Aegon IV was well-like and already had an heir of his own in place. There’s little precedent at that point in athe Iron Throne’s history for such a swap, and not knowing what Aegon would become very few people would have accepted that. Plus there’s the inconvenient fact that being a great knight does not neccersaily make one a great king. The Dragonknight May have been a poor administrator who would have them been dealing with a potential insurrection. This seems like a far more reasonable approach. Daeron was already married by this point, so stability and succession would not have been affected like appointing the Dragonknight would have done.
  2. Lightbringer is meant to be a metaphor, not a literal sword. Top contenders for the actual version of it are the Night’s Watch (“I am the sword in the darkness” or whatever the quote is) and Dany’s dragons (which are literally called “fire made flesh”). Both involved the personal sacrifice of a romantic partner by their respective Azor Ahai candidates, as well as a trial-and-error process of refinement. Their value in effectively countering the Others is obvious, and given the author’s propensity for messing around with myths, seem far more likely than an actual flaming sword.
  3. He would have died. As it really happened his wrist wound became infected and he very nearly lost the whole arm. Genital mutilation (or wholesale removal) would have been messier, to say nothing of the effect riding on horseback to Harrenhall would have had.
  4. This is a remarkably good plan with limited risks. Also I love dark beer. I’d like to buy some shares, please.
  5. The North is the easiest to contain should they prove hostile as a separate kingdom. I don’t know that the precise economic contributions of each kingdom have been firmly cemented enough to fully judge that, but aside from the possibility of timber I don’t see the rest of Westeros losing much with the North gone.
  6. Have to disagree. A larger dragon, with a larger mouth/head, should be able to produce a larger stream of fire. Besides the obvious value there, there’s also the psychological push a larger dragon would yield.
  7. I see where you’re coming from with that, but I don’t think this issue would have been as pronounced as it was for Cersei and Robert. A Cersei/Oberyn lineage wouldn’t have been in line to inherit anything, so the threat bastards theoretically pose is significantly smaller. While there’s still a social shame element, if the family lived in Dorne there would have been no group of their peers pushing that, if anything there would have been people openly explaining to Cersei how it was ok. Also Oberyn would have been encouraging of her having multiple side partners just like he had, which would have blunted the rage she may have instinctively felt on this issue.
  8. Rhaegar’s melocholy would have eventually bored/annoyed Cersei, though at a much slower and less violent pace than Robert’s unique negativity affected her. I doubt her relationship with Jamie would have been the same, but they probably would still fooled around a bit. In truth, the only potential partner for Cersei that would have truly satisfied her was Oberyn.
  9. 1. The Greyjoys don’t know how to rule, so Boltons by default. 2. The Ironborn would have done literally the exact same thing if given the opportunity. And no, there is no situation on Planetos where Ramsay can be defined as “the better man”. 3. The Boltons, simply by virtue of the fact they destroyed more Ironborn garrisons. 4. The Greyjoys, simple because we’ve been introduced to two complex memebers of that family (Theon and Asha), whereas literally every Bolton we’ve met has been a monster (Domeric doesn’t count because we only hear about him from a biased perspective). 5. The Greyjoys, just based on statistical probability. The only two Bolton’s are not only in a direct line of fire but are just as liable to kill each other. While three of the four living Grejoys would like to kill each other and are also in direct danger, there’s less overlap than here is for the Bolton boys. 6. They’re both awful people, but Roose at least has a sense of humor and knows how to plan ahead. 7. Theon. Honestly the fact this would even be a debate is kind of silly, his chapters are some of the best in the series and Ramsay is as absurdly written as the Masters of Slaver’s Bay. 8. Robb losing the North improved Roose’s opportunity to betray him, but the mindset was there from the start due to Robb starting his rebellion in a weaker position than where Ned started his from. If Roose honestly felt he was better suited to the job, he could have taken his men and left when the Karstarks did and gotten right back to booting out the Ironborn. And if hurting the North was something Roose was opposed to, he wouldn’t have strategically weakened every house but his own through his battlefield choices.
  10. Randyl Tarly for overall command and Mance Rayder as the technical expert. There are literally a thousand reasons that wouldn’t work in practice, but purely as a theoretical those two together are the best bet.
  11. 1. Lannister fleet never gets burned, so they would have had a navy in the WOT5K. 2. Even though Balon did rebuild the Iron Fleet, it’s numbers would surely have been stronger if it had never been destroyed in the first place. So the Ironborn also have more punching power, and their infrastructure to build more is also stronger for never having been destroyed. 3. While Balon would not have had a burning desire for specific revenge on the Starks, he was first and foremost an opportunist and probably would have still overall attacked the way he did in the WOT5K, but with Theon never being a ward of the Starks Winterfell would not have fallen. Obviously a lot changes from there, but those are the broad initial strokes I see.
  12. It would make for a nice ending for the character, but this story doesn’t give out very many of those. I’m going to say no, largely because I don’t think Tyrion is going to survive the series.
  13. Sure, if new informational was actually being discovered every year. But as the thesis of this thread goes, there doesn’t seem to be that much in terms of progress. The entirety of Weaterosi history is just a catalouging of small and big wars. I’d argue that since this is all that actually seems to happen of note, it becomes easy to lose a sense of historical perspective and overstate the length of time that has actually eclipsed.
  14. Agreed, that claim has seemed suspect from the start for me given how poor record keeping appears to be. The various interregnum theories (that Planetos as a whole is an old society that suffered a cataclysm setting its technology/mentality back) are fairly consistent with Martin’s other works.
  15. Lame as it is to say, I don’t think Stannis has at any point thought that far ahead. His comments to Davos about making new lords, admirable though it was, indicates that he doesn’t give much consideration to the reactions major decisions would generate. He seems pretty focused on whatever is right in front of him, though he does show growth by taking Jon’s advice about how to campaign against the Bolton.