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  1. I dunno, not defending Randyll's treatment, but Sam is exceptionally cowardly. I'm not blessed with great athletic ability, but I was always very enthusiastic at sports, so I guess I would have been the same if trained in fighting and hunting. I think he would have been hard on me, but at least had some appreciation for me efforts. Whereas being cuckholded by someone with their twin? I feel like any marriage with Cersei is likely to go shit eventually. She was so angry with Robert's love of Lyanna, but didn't she have the same attitude to Rhaegar (let alone Jaime)? And she is so murderous, just think of Melara Hetherspoon. I guess Theon is considered redeemed enough not to count? Because he's my favourite character overall. Probably Roose. I'm not the biggest Stark lover, so I can forgive them more than most, and you've got to respect a magnificant bastard. With equal resources, I'd back him against Tywin every time.
  2. I'm talking about neither, I'm talking about Westeros. Most men do not wear perfumes, I'm sure someone, maybe Barristan, said how men should smell of sweat, not perfume. Or think of Satin in the Watch, he was definitely seen as unusual for having perfume in his beard, it seemed linked to him being a whore. I think the idea masculinity in Westeros reflects modern Western ideas, as well as real medieval times.
  3. It's an interesting thought, I guess BO was just a normal smell that people were used to, especially considering how even the rich didn't wash regularly. Seeing as most men don't seem to wear perfume, it doesn't help him fit in, it makes him stand out. I think part of it may be to make him seem more effeminate, and thus more powerless, in a patriachial world. As for him really not being a eunuch, I'd say it's more likely "he" is really a woman, and Aegon's mother, but either revalation I think would just come across as cheap, soap opera type sensationalism. Varys is a fascinating character without that kind of twist.
  4. Yeah, I don't really think it's factual, I just thought it was an interesting theory, and it's almost impossible to come up with an original one, so I shared it. I agree, really I think we should see his "effeminate spymaster" act as a character he plays, as much as his jailor or soldier part. Although Seams makes a good point- his disguises always seem to include a smell, which would make sense if there was a different smell he needed to hide...
  5. It is often noted that Varys wears perfume. It's never really explained why. But we know he is the a master of disguise. Perfume is used to disguise smell. Is he disguising something? I read Jung Chang's interesting book about Empress Dowager Cixi, who effectively ruled China in the late 19th century. My attention was pricked by a passage about court eunuchs, who of course were dispised and looked down upon, despite their high position. One reason they were hated, or at least why they were mocked, was because the castration process usually left them incontinent, and they often had to wear nappies. So there you go, a central mystery solved. Varys wears perfume to cover up the smell when he wets himself. Really makes me see the character in a new light.
  6. I'd prefer the idea that the Children are allying or manipulating the Others than that they just created them, it's just a lot more interesting to me. I think Bloodraven is sympathetic to the Children, whether that's more persuation or manipulation would be a guess. I suppose you could say that, as dragons are a confirmed analogy for nuclear weapons, maybe the Others are the Children's nuke equivalent.
  7. It seems to me a lot of people's theories operate under the assumption that the Others will be the simply evil and destructive force they appear to be. I think this is not going to be the case, and it's quite clear when you look at the narrative themes. Maybe the character who talks the most about the Others is Melisandre, and she has a very clear, very simple world view- "The way the world is made. The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good." She took a step toward him. "Death and life. Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war." I think it's really clear that the author does not support this worldview. The text generally has a famously morally complex nature, and forces can never really be seen as "good" or "evil". The most obvious single example is where Mel tells Davos he can't be a "grey" onion, parts good and bad, and later Samwell simply cuts the rotten part out an onion and eats the rest. A final stand off between good and evil is just too standard and boring. We've also been given extremely little information about The Others, considering they have been active in some way for the entire story. It seems like there's probably a reason for that, some greater complexity that needs to be revealed later on. If they aren't just a force that wants to mindlessly kill all humans, what are they? Some kind of pawns or allies of the Children of the Forest, who quite reasonably want retaliation for mankind taking over their land, seems the most likely to me. Thoughts?
  8. I love Arya as a character, but if the books are going to maintain realism, she's going to be incredibly fucked up. Child soldiers are no joke. So I think she'll probably have to go at some point.
  9. The only one I'd really consider a supervillian is Euron
  10. The Dragonknight seems to be up there as the greatest in the last few centuries (although he's also clearly being mythologised to an extent). I would think if he was on that level, people would always be saying "Aegon the conqueror, the greatest swordsman ever to live" or something like that. I imagine he was strong and a good swordsman, but there's nothing to suggest he was exceptional. Endlessly practising with a sword when you have a dragon would be like soldiers today mastering martial arts when they have automatic rifles... I'd put him more at Robb's level. Does he have any noted victories with a sword?
  11. I think he's such a brutish looking guy that half an ear sort of fits his look.
  12. I certainly don't think there is anything in the text to suggest she loved him. I would say she had some respect for him, which added to her guilt for using him. Also, I think he's described as fairly attractive, so she probably enjoyed shagging him, but definitely nothing like love.
  13. I have to go for the Red Wedding, because it was definitely the most shocking and powerful. But to be a bit more original, Theon is my favourite character and he has some amazing scenes. The Reek reveal chapter was another exceptional "oh shit" moment, and his Winds chapter is superb, I'm another Stannis fan. Got to mention the wedding night scene, it seems bizarre to call it the "best" of anything, but it's one of the most upsetting things I've ever read. That's all very grim, so I'll mention a favourite little happy moment- Stannis crediting Davos for getting him to save the Watch- " Lord Seaworth is a man of humble birth, but he reminded me of my duty, when all I could think of was my rights. I had the cart before the horse, Davos said. I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne". Maybe my favourite relationship/friendship in the whole series.
  14. I don't think it's that unlikely a group would support Stannis, I mean Robert was economically incompetent, and Joffrey showed no signs of being anything competent. As in the real world, people will just hope for some change in that situation. If it was a lie by Varys, it was a clever, plausable one. But that's a good point about Salloreon, he's not exactly a Stannis kinda person. Overall, it seems likely they weren't really Stannis guys. From a narrative perspective, their inclusion (and repeated references) seems fairly pointless if they were. It's also notable, if I remember correctly, that they all plead their innocence until the end, none of them cursed Joffrey and proclaimed for Stannis, even as they were being brutally murdered. Littlefinger was generally fucking up Varys' plans by causing so much trouble. With Petyr out the city, it seems like a good opportunity to wipe out a few of his creatures, if nothing else.
  15. That wasn't the case in feudal England. Edward the Fourth had a secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, which had huge historical consequences (this was probably an influence on Robb's marriage and downfall, seeing as it was in the Wars of the Roses. Also, if you've read the Princess and the Queen, he pissed off the real life "Kingmaker"). Obviously someone knows they're married- the septon, who recorded it with the Citadel (I guess a Westerosi marriage doesn't require witnesses? I can't recall any being mentioned in book or show). In any case, you could say Robert's rebellion was caused by a lie- as in Brandon demanded combat because he thought Lyanna was abducted, which caused his and Rickard's deaths, which caused the demand for Ned and Robert's head, which caused Jon Arryn's rebellion (as I've always thought it should be called). But it wasn't really based on a lie.