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  1. Sansas ending

    Hmmmmm, not necessarily. Somebody "musing on a different method of government for Westeros" is not the sole way that government systems change. It's been 300 years since the last shift in the ruling structure in Westeros, to be sure, but it was definitely a major shift. It's likely that nobody in Westeros, with the exception of Aegon The Conquerer himself, had spent any time musing on a different method of government up until that moment. Yet a very different method is exactly what they got. It's certainly possible that a changed form of government in Westeros could emerge by necessity out of the ashes of the war for the dawn*. In that case, it wouldn't really require somebody to dream up a whole new system, figure out its rules, etc. and attempt to apply it; people would have to just get on with doing what needs to be done, which very plausibly could be doing things very differently than they did before. It happened before. It could happen again. *That is what I really wish will happen. I just don't see the point of ending a long saga with the government/ruling system almost exactly as it was at the beginning of the saga. Otherwise, what was the point of it all?
  2. Sansas ending

    Not so. GRRM has said that all the Stark kids are wargs. Sansa's power is latent, due to the loss of her direwolf. But it exists.
  3. Harry & Sansa (Littlefinger is delusional)

    Well, time and more books will tell. But I think it's not an accident that the Vale lords were champing at the bit to get involved in the War of 5 Kings, on the side of Robb Stark against the Lannisters. There's definite set-up for the lords to care nothing about Cersei and her "justice" and might prefer to protect Sansa against her as the nearest relative left to the Young Wolf. I disagree that Sansa can be considered a kinslayer in her aunt's death, technically or otherwise. She didn't cause it in any way; "kinslaying" =/= "being in the vicinity of the murder of kin". Especially since Sansa was only acting in self-defense all along anyway. She's complicit in lying about Baelish's role and blaming it on Marillion. Easiest thing in the world to blame Baelish for that lie: "He forced me! I had no choice or he would turn me over to Cersei!", something the Vale lords might have little-to-no difficulty accepting.
  4. Harry & Sansa (Littlefinger is delusional)

    There are two reasons that make sense to me for LF's scheming to marry Sansa to Harry. The first is that winter is coming. Sansa was pretty isolated up at the Eyrie, with no way to escape (because it's so difficult to get down from there) and nobody to cultivate who has any kind of power who help her. She was so isolated, in fact, that Littlefinger felt confident enough to leave her alone there for periods of time. But with winter arriving, everyone needs to be brought down into the valley and there Sansa will have lots of contact with other people: the nobility and lords of the Vale, who congregate in the castles lower down. This leads to the second reason why LF is dangling Harry in front of Sansa. Due to Sansa having a lot more people around her, LF strongly needs her to remain loyal to and dependent upon him. He can't have her cultivate relationships with other lords who might figure out (or be told by her) who she really is, who she could then turn to for help in any way. So he's trying to bind her more closely to him, by promising her what he thinks she wants: a handsome lord and her birthright, provided she sticks with him and his plans, that is. It's only so she might be less tempted to extricate herself from him, not because he is sincere in wanting her and Harry to marry.
  5. Sansas ending

    Actually, not just Sansa and not just "people like that" we know - that's basically all of us. We all want to be attracted to the person we are going to intimate with.
  6. Sansa and the Tyrells

    Not necessarily. I highly doubt that Littlefinger and the Tyrells were completely honest with each other about all of their plans. It's entirely believable that the Tyrells schemed among themselves to get their paws on Sansa and kept that little tidbit to themselves (why would they confide such a thing in LF of all people?). Likewise, Littlefinger had every reason of his own to get Sansa entangled in the murder plot - to have leverage over her once he had stolen her away - but he had absolutely nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by allowing the Tyrells to know this. Littlefinger always planned for Sansa to be made an (unwitting) accomplice in the murder. However, it makes sense to me that the possibility to have Sansa blamed for murder was dreamed up by the Tyrells later, after she had been snatched away from them by her marriage to Tyrion; a bit of payback from the Tyrells to the Lannisters if it had worked out that way.
  7. Sansas ending

    She's already left the Eyrie - and with her life to boot. The Eyrie has been closed up for the winter.
  8. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    Disagreeing with an argument =/= "refusing to hear any argument". People can "hear" and understand these alternative explanations and still disagree with them.
  9. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    Both Hightower and Ser Arthur Dayne asserted that they wouldn't have done that. When Ned said Darry and the royals had "fled to Dragonstone", Hightower pointed out in response to that statement, "The Kingsguard does not flee". If they rushed off to Dragonstone - even if they leisurely ambled - it would be fleeing; they don't do that. Then Arthur Dayne added, "Then or now". They didn't flee then (when Rhaella did) and they aren't going to now. Yes, "The Kingsguard don't have to flee" is a different statement, but how is that relevant, since Hightower didn't actually say that? The "we swore a vow" statement is something in the text that allows me to say that the 3 KG did not intend to join Viserys on Dragonstone "eventually". KG vows don't allow for their fulfillment to happen "eventually". They said, "We swore a vow"; they didn't say, "We swore a vow and I'm sure we'll get around to abiding by it at some point". If Viserys was the king and had no KG beside him, they (or at least one of them) should have been enroute to him immediately, if not sooner.
  10. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    I was quoting the most-commonly used SSM, where Martin said, "Our dreams are not always literal". Are you perhaps referring to another SSM? My point is that the words I did quote don't necessarily "cast doubt" on the dream so much as invite the reader to consider the deeper truth of it, as well as a caution not to get lost in it's literal accuracy or lack thereof. Such is the way of dreams, at least those which are important and most meaningful; the dreaming mind rarely concerns itself with reportorial accuracy; it's the symbolic meanings which are generally the truest. Time will tell, of course. (Also, there is a reason why I wrote "It's my belief" at the beginning of the sentence.) But once the complete story has been told, I think there is a very good chance that my belief will be borne out. Especially if Jon Snow turns out to personify The Song of Ice and Fire, to which plenty of hints attest.
  11. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    I think that saying that George has "cast doubts" on the dream is going a bit too far. George's words about this dream ("our dreams are not always literal" [emphasis mine]) say to me that we needn't worry about the dream's accuracy and focus instead on the dream's truth. My assumption, of course, is that "accuracy" and "truth" can be different; that something can be truthful while not being strictly accurate. (Additionally, frequently the interpretation of this quote is "our dreams are always not literal", which is quite a different thing than what George said. He's a cagey one .) It's my belief that the fever dream sequence will turn out to be the most important passage in all of the books, probably even surpassing the final resolution to the story. It contains the seed from which the entire saga germinated. As such, it seems to me to be a bit dismissive of it to say that the author has "cast doubts" upon it (because I don't think he did, really - judging by his words) or that readers should take it with a grain of salt because it may not be accurate at face value.
  12. Is it confirmed Brandon never had sons

    "Easier" is relative, though. Easier than what? I would argue that Ned claiming Jon as his bastard did in fact make life easier than it would have been if Jon is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna and if Ned had confirmed that. But just because Ned's chosen course wasn't very easy doesn't mean that it actually wasn't the easier course. Part of the reason (I believe) that Ned is so tortured by it is because he is aware that he is lying about Jon being his bastard son. That living a lie, as well as the fear that his lie could be found out, bothers him just as much as the pain he caused his wife.
  13. Is it confirmed Brandon never had sons

    This is complicated by the fact that Catelyn plainly thinks about how she gave her virginity to Ned. Besides, if this were to be true, how would we find out? Both Brandon and Cat are dead and only those two would know for sure. In reality, what JQC "believes to be the truth" is what the author actually said. The author's words can safely be regarded as THE LAW and the ONLY TRUTH, even by you.
  14. Preston Jacobs and the Purple Wedding

    Are you saying that Sansa was wearing the hairnet the whole time before the wedding? Because she most certainly did not. Sansa would hardly wear something she'd had on for weeks to the royal wedding feast. This hairnet is an accessory for dressing-up, it needs to be compatible with her "Sunday-best" clothing that would be worn for the most formal event there is in a royal court. It would look expensive and glamorous, covered with what resembles many precious stones - very formal - and being a net, it would be a bit fragile. Shae had arranged her hair artfully in a delicate silver net winking with dark purple gemstones. So she kept it with her clothing until it was time to dress for the feast. Looking back over the chapters, she didn't wear the hairnet to the Sept for the wedding ceremony, but put it on later with a different dress before going from her chamber to the throne room (and therefore she was inside the castle during that time, nowhere near any rain).
  15. Things you want to see in the next books (NO SPOILERS)

    Things I want to see in the next books? The next books.