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  1. I'm not sure about Lemore being Sera. I do believe that Sera is dead, Tyrion read Illyrio correctly about that and I don't think Illyrio would let her go running off alone. I don't think there really needs to be any stipulation that they are all alive or that Tyrion would meet them all. All your choices sound pretty plausible to me, I just don't think Lemore is Sera.
  2. Of course Ghost doesn't make any noise, so he will have to convey things another way
  3. The conversation between Jaime and Catelyn seems to at least imply he did go in. Jaime poured the last half cup of wine. "He rode into the Red Keep with a few companions, shouting for Prince Rhaegar to come out and die. But Rhaegar wasn't there. Aerys sent his guards to arrest them all for plotting his son's murder. The others were lords' sons too, it seems to me." "Ethan Glover was Brandon's squire," Catelyn said. "He was the only one to survive. The others were Jeffory Mallister, Kyle Royce, and Elbert Arryn, Jon Arryn's nephew and heir." It was queer how she still remembered the names, after so many years. "Aerys accused them of treason and summoned their fathers to court to answer the charge, with the sons as hostages. When they came, he had them murdered without trial. Fathers and sons both." It's entirely possible Aerys didn't consider a squire important, maybe Ethan didn't tell him he was from a noble house. There could be something important to this but I doubt we would ever find out.
  4. I care what Catelyn aka Lady Stoneheart is thinking!!!! I think she is much more than she appears. She will likely soon hold the fate of Jaime, who has somehow become one of my favourite characters, in her hands (claws). And I think she will also have an additional vital role in the plot. But I don't mind the fact we don't have a point of view from her since her transformation. I think George has set it up that way so that we don't know what motivates her and when we find out some people are going to be very surprised. George likes to test his characters and have them make tough decisions. Although this is easier to convey from a point of view character, he can still test his characters if they are not. I think Catelyn will be torn between honoring Robb's will and last edict over Jon Snow, the boy she hated, or trying to find Arya and crowning her. And of course Jon is dead (yes it's possible he may just be hurt) but isn't it awfully convenient that Cat can sacrifice herself to bring him back to life? I think we will get more Jon point of view chapters. It's interesting to speculate what factors into whether a character is POV or not a ) Someone is needed in each different location to observe events George wants us to see b ) Is the character and their perspective interesting, especially with how they think. c ) Do we need to learn more about the character d ) Does the character know too much or have hidden motivations that will give away the plot e ) Does George like to write the character There is probably more to it as well I think, assuming Jon doesn't go on some weird out of body experience and learn too much, he will still tick most of these boxes. I want to know how the betrayal will change him and I want to know how discovering the circumstances of his birth change him. I think that would be more difficult and less fulfilling without a POV.
  5. I think it is quite possible he is some kind of servant to the Others, or possibly thinks he can control them. His strategy just seems so careless to me and hence is more likely a diversion. This quote from the forsaken chapter... ...makes me think he was simply pillaging the country trying to provoke a reaction and now that the Hightowers have moved out from defending Oldtown it is time for him to make his move. It's entirely possible I am wrong but if he means to engage in a large set piece naval battle, the only way I can him winning is some magical silver bullet.
  6. I would say we don't really know what Euron wants yet. His actions show he doesn't care about wealth or the lives of his men, even from a strategical point of view. I'm not convinced he really cares about the Iron throne either. My guess is he is after something in Oldtown although I have no idea what that might be.
  7. The light from a fire atop the wall would reach 200 meters to some extent, at least enough to see movements of a large number of creatures. They could quite easily hang lanterns over the wall as well. If Wights start bashing at a gate it would help if someone was close enough to hear, and if they are climbing the wall it would help if someone was there to knock them off. At any rate, eventually they have to get closer and the sooner you know about it the better. It would also help to have enough people at the wall so the trees can actually be cut back further. Your insistence on arguing that having numbers along the wall is pointless is baffling. We don't know much about the Others, but the people who first built the wall did and they almost certainly built it for this specific purpose. If it is manned it will be of value against them.
  8. I never said they could, that is why you need the support of the North and probably the entire continent, which is why the Boltons need to be removed. But the Wildlings are extremely important. The first thing you need to hold any sort of fortification is enough men to man it. Any man, woman, or child no matter how little previous training they have had can watch from the wall and raise the alarm if needed. The Nightwatch previously didn't have that and had closed all but three of the castles. Bit by bit Jon was taking steps to rectify centuries of neglect.
  9. Before the Wildlings joined them the nightswatch was finished. They may (or not) have been able to stop the wildlings if Mormont didn't lose his troops north of the wall, but there was no way they would have even discovered, let alone be able to stop, the true threat. Through Jon accepting the Wildlings, he now actually has a somewhat sizeable and sustainable force. Even if Stannis did take the Black, it wouldn't really help. His men follow the King, not many of them would hang around if he wasn't. He does believe and if he can become king he could actually make a difference. The Boltons will never hold the north and they will not assist the wall. Ramsay sat home at the Dreadfort when the wall was under attack despite receiving summons. The North hates them as well. They have been written to be extreme villains, trying to put your faith in them is bizarre.
  10. I don't have a strong opinion over what his role will be. Although far from certain I tend to think he will take Winterfell but won't go much further. I've considered all sorts of things. The Northerners could betray him afterwards or he could take a fatal wound. He could return to the wall after Mel burns Shireen and either join the nightswatch, join the others, or simply become broken. The point about him in the slayer of lies vision is a good point but what makes it even harder for me to put too much stock in it, is I still think Daenerys has a fair bit to do in Essos before she makes the trip to Westeros. So in that case he would still have to be around for some time and still be influential for the vision to hold.
  11. Robert would have been happy to make a lot of shadow babies. But I think that would be as far as it went.
  12. I have to disagree with this strongly. Before Jon became commander, the Nightswatch were basically finished. They certainly were not capable of protecting the realm against any credible threat. And one must presume the Others are more than credible. They will only be able to continue to function with support from the South, which is what they got from Stanis (mainly because it was politically conveniant). The Nightswatch needs the Starks or Stanis to gain control of the North again if they have any hope in actually holding the wall.
  13. Hmmm, there doesn't seem to have been as much as I believed. "Invent" was too strong a word, but she does misrepresent the power of her visions and what she knows. "We've had a raven from Ser Denys Mallister at the Shadow Tower," Jon Snow told her. "His men have seen fires in the mountains on the far side of the Gorge. Wildlings massing, Ser Denys believes. He thinks they are going to try to force the Bridge of Skulls again." “Some may.” Could the skulls in her vision have signified this bridge? Somehow Melisandre did not think so. “If it comes, that attack will be no more than a diversion. I saw towers by the sea, submerged beneath a black and bloody tide. That is where the heaviest blow will fall.” “Eastwatch?” Was it? Melisandre had seen Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with King Stannis. That was where His Grace left Queen Selyse and their daughter Shireen when he assembled his knights for the march to Castle Black. The towers in her fire had been different, but that was oft the way with visions. “Yes. Eastwatch, my lord.” She doesn't really know but she pretends she does about quite an important matter. I also feel she is also lying about her bond with Ghost, but that hasn't been revealed so I can't really use that.
  14. If he wants her support he would ask her, and possibly need to convince (or trap) her with the threat of Jon, but ultimately get her to agree and promise to fulfill it. Or if she doesn't promise, as you say, she could abdicate after with no threat of Jon being named. He wouldn't simply produce a paper in public telling her or she would be much more likely to protest. Also consider the regard that those in the room currently hold her in since she freed the kingslayer and whether their reaction suits your theory. There are no other clues at all that point to this, your entire theory rests on how this is a trap. An example to what I was talking about is when GRRM conceals something from the reader that happens to a POV character, and what they are thinking. This is what you require him to be doing here in the middle of a chapter. I guess an unproven example of this would be when Tyrion is playing Cyvasse with Aegon. I believe at this point Tyrion has already figured out that Aegon is a fake, but his thoughts never tell the reader directly. But there are lots of clues, like the ironic line "He may well be a Targaryen after all." It also isn't as blatant as an actual event that happens, he is simply not telling the reader every thought.
  15. I'm not assuming Cat assumed anything. I am assuming that if something important happens to a POV character in their POV chapter that completely alters their POV of something, and there is still something to conceal from the reader, it is done in a more clever fashion than simply omitting it. I'm trying to think of another situation where that has happened but off the top of my head I can't think of any. I think it probably has before, possibly with Tyrion, but the place eludes me. Catelyn doesn't think about once in her remaining chapters. At least now you have revealed when you think Catelyn became aware of it. But at that point of time I don't actually think the word "trap" is appropriate. You are using it in a manner where you are implying Robb tricks her into becoming his heir so he doesn't name Jon. But even if he did name her, there was simply no need for trickery, he just made an order. To have the appropriate meaning it would have to be something she agreed to.