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  1. Once Edmure and his son die, Bran is heir to Riverrun. And if he is a tree, then Rickon becomes heir.
  2. Actually, the Lannisters we get to know are nothing like most of the other ruling families. Lets compare Tywin to the rulers of the Great Houses at the start of the series. Eddard - Honorable, to the point of being the moral compass of the story. Jon Arryn - Honorable and just, having likely influenced a large part of Ned's world view during his wardship in the Vale. Robert Baratheon- A likeable drunkard, somewhat bufoonish, who suffers from inadequacy as a King, rather than any real malicious intent. Basically just wants to rowdily enjoy life. Mace Tyrell - Lord Puff Fish. Incompetent, somewhat of a fool, but clearly loves his kids and even more so than Robert, is incompetent rather than evil or malicious. Doran Martell - A contemplative, peaceful man, who has harboured a legitimate grievance for 15 years, but has largely avoided conflict as much as possible until now. Hoster Tully - A stubborn patriarch who isn't very likeable, but who nevertheless seems a run of the mill medieval Lord without major psychopathic or narcissistic tendencies. Regarded fondly by Cat and Edmure, although Lysa rightly has her issues with him. In short, Tywin is clearly a monster compared to all of the above. Balon Greyjoy is perhaps the only Great Lord in his league of evilness, and he is a friggin Ironborn Reaver. Is it any wonder the Lannisters are the villains of the series? And that's before Cersei, Jaime of the window throwing fame, and Joffrey the Just even enter the picture.
  3. Ok. Sounds vaguely familiar but I seem to have forgotten that SSM entry. Fair enough.
  4. Just spitballing here, but how about Rhaegar realized Elia's children were not fathered by him. Since he knew the Dragon needs 3 heads, he could still have believed himself to be the first head. The vision Dany sees is then of Rhaegar at Jon's birth, naming Jon Aegon and stating that his is the Song of Ice and Fire. But that only gives the Dragon two heads - Rhaegar and Jon. Rhaegar then rightly states that there must be one more. The third head being Dany, who is not yet born at that point.
  5. Maybe the shield just blocks out the sun in Winter. Doesnt mean the sun sets below the horizon. Or maybe it slows or even stops the orbit of the planet for all we know. Lengthening the seasons.
  6. Imagine a magical energy field that surrounds Planetos. The planet continues to orbit the sun normally. But the magical field captures the sun's energy, blocks it from the hemisphere that is experiencing Winter and redirects it to the hemisphere that is experiencing Summer. The magical field waxes and wanes in strength over time. And at times, the natural season (lower case) breaks through the magical Season (upper case). This causes a spirit summer or false spring in the middle of a long Winter, and causes summer snows in the North during a magical Summer. So it may be magical Summer in the North, but the planet is currently in its orbital position around the Sun where the northern hemisphere would naturally be experiencing winter. And occasionally, this natural season breaks through the magical field, allowing the natural snows to fall in the North, even though it is magical Summer. And the other way around too. There, that's a magical explanation that fits all the evidence.
  7. Even more unrealistic was the barbarian Drogo's sudden tenderness in this situation. This is the guy that happily kills men, rapes their wives and enslaves their children by the thousands. In whose culture a wife is worth less than a horse. His sudden empathy with his frightened child bride is totally unrealistic, in my view.
  8. Not to pick sides in this particular debate, but I just want to comment on the whole Craster plot in general. I have always been tremendously underwhelmed by it. Because it comes across as pretty weak from a plot perspective. There are a hundred thousand or so people living beyond the Wall at the start of the series, and yet for some reason the Others skip the tens of thousands that live up to 600 miles or more North of the Wall, and come and collect sons from Craster of all people, just a few days ride from the Wall? Why? What makes him so special? That part I have always found weak. I don't dispute that it is the case, and it might just be that Martin decided to forego logic in order to get Jon and Sam direct access to the person having dealings with the Others, fairly early in the series. But to me it would have had more impact if Jon, hundreds of miles up the Milkwater, on his scouting expedition, came across isolated villages on the fringes of human society, where some old hag recounts to him how they had been making sacrifies to the Others in order to survive that far North. But Craster, almost in the shadow of the Wall itself? It feels pretty weak to me. But that's the route George chose to take. I just think it makes the story less effective than it could have been. Oh well.
  9. Sure. It's possible. My problem is the context of the statements that were made by George, and again in the World Book. George wasn't answering a question on the population of the Stormlands when he said they have a lot of "rocks and trees and rain". He gave that answer in response to a question on where the Stormlands rank in terms of military strength. The implication seems pretty clear that in his mind he would not give them a particularly high number of troops, because of the relatively low population density. In the same breath he answered the Riverlands question, again, specifically in response to the military strength issue. And his answer was that they are rich and fertile, but divided and lack natural boundaries. So it seems they struggle to raise their full strength due to a lack of all the lords coming to the party with their full strength - or at all, in the case of the Freys. And again, in the Worldbook, the issue of the Stormlands' low population density is directly linked to the limited "might" of the Storm Kings, even when they ruled up to the Neck. So again, its impact on military "might" is directly raised.
  10. Spacex has delivered a quarter of global launches so far this year. Once LC40 is back in operation, they could take a third of the global market next year.
  11. She was told that her beloved brother was dead, but that his son by Elia Martel, Aegon, had been smuggled out of the Red Keep. She then left to join him in Essos, and is with him still. One possible theory, anyway, and one I happen to like.
  12. I repeat that Rhaegar's actions are instantly explained, and justified, if it is revealed that Elia's children were not fathered by him. The basis has been laid. Arriane gives us the blueprint for Dornish promiscuity, Arriane shows her attraction to Gerold Dayne, the Dayne's have Targaryen features which would give the children Targaryen looks, and George has said that there is more to reveal about Arthur Dayne's backstory. If Elia's children are Arthur Dayne's, and Rhaegar realized that he needed trueborn children to fulfill the prophecy, everything falls into place, and Rhaegar is no longer even a douche for doing it. EDIT Interesting is Aerys's reaction to the birth of Elia's first child. He refused to touch the babe, saying she smelt "Dornish". Could that be a hint that both the child's parents were Dornish (Elia and Arthur Dayne, in other words?)
  13. You mentioned earlier that George wont let the boy live, become king and get the girl. I agree. It wil be bittersweet. He lives, but haunted and emotionally scarred by his experiences. He becomes king, but because he must, not because he wants it. And the girl dies.
  14. Bollocks. Jon dies to get free of his vows. Thats its purpose. Till the day I die and all that. And Quorin's speech about the fate of humanity over honor is what makes him take that opening even if it looks like a less than honorable loophole, because the boy is dead and the man has been born. As for his parentage not being important, well, George only calls it the central mystery of the entire series. You are fooling yourself, because you don't like this course of events. But the signs are clear. It is happening. Jon will be King.
  15. So I get that you don't like this development. It makes Jon legitimate, something you have railed against for a long time. But other than not liking it, is there more to your point? For example, are you saying that the basic principle of Jon being legitimate, however Martin does it, will not occur in the books?