Federico

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  1. Mellisandre is the Mummer

    I'd always considered Varys the obvious Mummer, but that's why your notion of Melisandre instead interests me. I'm a bit paranoid about GRRM sleight of hand.    If I had to wager, I'd still bet on Varys. But I'll keep an eye out for this possibility. 
  2. There must be a Stark in Winterfell

    I've had an idea regarding this that has never seen much if any warm reception in the boards, but I'll say it again. It's pure tin foil as there's no hard evidence. The idea asserts that the motto that "a Stark must always be in Winterfell" pertains to the Wall, specifically the magic that wards and sustains it. Btw, without magic, the Wall would no longer stand but 'flow' like a glacier at the very least. It might be more unstable than that. Even people of this state of science can know this by building a narrow stack of blocks in the winter, shaded from sunlight, with a wood inner frame to allow a very narrow, tall stack to remain aloft. They would observe a slow compression in height and growth in width at the base. Also, folk may have already observed glacial movement wrt to trees or other fixed points. Back to point...But surely there have been periods over 1000's of years where there have NOT been Starks in WF. So, there's a second part to the idea. I don't recall the exact quote...'so long as the NW remains true'. We know of multiple occasions where this was NOT so. So, if the magic relies on both requirements failing, then we know of no time where this has happened. Yes, this proves nothing! WoW will certainly kill or validate this idea with no Stark and Winterfell and the assassination/aftermath of Jon Snow. If affirmed, I'd expect to see the Wall slowly destabilize and collapse in places but not immediately collapse in whole. As weeks and months pass, its height would decrease, big chunks would fall off, even sections of wall might fail catastrophically. If the Others can move through ice or something else that gives them a sustainable, tactical advantage, it might become to dangerous for men to be upon, regardless of stability. It would become a fortress for the Others. Well, fun stuff, we'll see in WoW. Fed
  3. On the way home from the office tonight, I listed to a Bran POV from aDWD where he first wore the skin of the WeirNet as well as a Raven. Brynden Rivers told Bram that it might be a year or longer until Bran could see beyond the sight of weirwood trees. I suspect it will be sooner because Bran is a Stark Greenseer, and because of the era the story explores. Now to my point... How many POV's and/or plot threads could be covered in WoW by Bran POV's? Some ideas: - Davos's adventure seeking and retrieving Rickon and Shaggy with Bran wearing Shaggy's skin - Kingslanding threads from Arya's tomcat and/or other animals - the fate of Brienne, Pod, and Jamie via Bran wearing Lady Stoneheart's skin (Bran frees them), or just whatever animals are nearby - Jon's fate via Ghost and/or Wan Wu Wan - the intrigue at the Citadel via ravens Well, you get the idea! Fed
  4. Rickon's Role

    It was bound to happen, I disagree with The Sun of Dorne on something, love her posts. Rickon's death does not have to make the series wrap up as bitter. It may or may not! There's very little narrative flesh on this character's bones. So, the more GRRM adds flesh to Rickon in TWOW and ADOS, the more likely his death would make the series ending bitter. GRRM seems to like to break conventions. If Rickon is to die, must it be some epic situation. Maybe it might be deafeningly silent in drama. Imagine Shaggy Dog being unruly after, and imagine Sansa having to order Shaggy Dog's death to save an innocent. Shocking! All that said, I don't see any of this dead Rickon stuff happening. Yet, it is plausible: GRRM could do so.
  5. The Hooded Man new (?) theory...(possible spoilers)

    I do not recall what makes HM a "pivotal" character, and I'm not trying to be a smart ass about this. Can someone make a top-of-mind summary of what makes or foreshadows that the HM will turn out to be a "pivotal" character? Btw, I don't know that any of us are asserting that it can't turn out to be a major character. Thanks, Fed
  6. The Hooded Man new (?) theory...(possible spoilers)

    Hallis had been my leading candidate. But, if he were in WF, Lady Dunstin would be on him like the Tickler on HH prisoners because he was responsible for getting Ned's bones to WF. It seems very unlikely that Hallis would be authorized by the WF occupants to be present, though possible if GRRM wanted it to be. Hallis's presence as HM would thus be covert. Theon would certainly recognize Hallis because he served as Robb's Captain of the Guard and his WF service. Many others would recognize him too, btw. Hallis would risk much by not killing Theon after the encounter. Yet, the HM did not try to kill Theon. So, I no longer believe HM = Hallis. Now, if it turns out that Lady Dunstin is faking her animosity for Ned, then Hallis is not only one of my candidates again but I'd also believe he might be part of a secret Manderly army east of WF. Howland Reed is my leading candidate for HM = a non-trivial character. Otherwise, I'm leaning towards HM = insignificant northerner. Sometimes a hooded man is nothing much more than a hooded man. Fed
  7. I love how this forum increases and sustains my understanding and excitement for this world of ASOFAI!

  8. [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    I ought to take notes when reading through threads like this. Now, that I've read 322 posts, I'm struggling to recall the various points I thought I'd make along the way. Well, here I go: - JC/YG taking SE... JC said they'd do so with guile, which is quite different from treachery (i.e., betrayal by one or more characters. Their attacking the Tyrell siege on SE and then posing as Stannis relief to get in is very plausible. Kudos to those that ... - Weirwoods south of the neck. This alone would seem no big deal. If they had the faces on them, that would be more interesting to me. Recall, the weirwoods south of the neck were cut down thousands of years ago. With so much time passed, nature can make a comeback. For all we know, weirwood seeds, like other trees, can survive the digestion system of birds and other animals, which is how some trees spread in our world. But if the Singers played an active role by physically or warging, still cool. - Cersei's impact on Dorne and Tyrell interests following Kevan and Pycells' deaths, requires additional obstacle removal. She was under house arrest with limited access to Tommen, regulated by Kevan. The surviving members of the small council would be wise if not expected to keep her away from the King, else she get him to sign/decree something. They could get the boy to sign anything they place in front of him, which could go badly for Cersei. Renly was not unique in realizing whoever possesses a boy-king possesses the power of the Kingdom. So, given that Varys wishes to further use Cersei as an unwitting agent of chaos, he'll probably help Cersei possess her son. - Predicted massacre of Tyrell forces by a lake. Irrefutably plausible, and kudos to the poster that posited this. I love it man! It flows with an overarching theme of the high borne driven conflicts decimating the people and leaving the Seven Kingdoms weak and desperate when the Others swarm south. And that man vs man destruction comes from highbornes seeking things for themselves out of avarice through ruthless treachery and no regard for the small people. YG's role in the Winds of Winter, whether he's real or fake, is to serve as a catalyst for more destruction of the great houses, leaving Westeros's only hope of survival/spring to ice and fire. And with GRRM, TarStark can fail and the Others can win.
  9. The Starks will Rise

    Roose Bolton is very clever but I don't recall reading anything showing the Wildings inclined to embrace the Boltons.
  10. No WoW until 2014. I feel bad for those that fall to illness or an accident before WoW and DoS are published.