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  1. Absolutely. Here are some more quotes from when he is considering whether to accept Stannis's offer that I believe back that up. The main reasons he didn't take up Stannis' offer, although he was sorely tempted, was that he doubted he had Robb's approval along with the fear that Melisandre would corrupt or destroy the Stark history. With, not only Robb's approval, but his decree to do so, I don't see Jon will have any choice but to follow his wish.
  2. It depends at which point you meant. Originally he had no idea. Then when he received Stanis' letter he assumed it was propaganda. After speaking to Stannis, I believe he realised that Stannis actually believed what he was saying, but he was still unsure himself. He is a guy who makes jokes to conceal his feelings. It gave him pause and I believe it troubles him somewhat. We see him making an argument to excuse his actions, although we can't see his thoughts to be sure. At this stage he is already committed and can't realistically back down. Highgarden is the real power and they want Margaery as queen, they will not follow Stannis even if Renly declared for them. His meeting with Stannis came too late.
  3. I don't think the number is a coincidence, but I don't know what it will mean either. I'm not even sure if it is 999 or 1000 (or both) that will be special as both numbers could be considered portentous. I think Jorah Mormont is an interesting choice from a symbolic perspective given the history with his father, but it is hard to see how he would end up there. I don't believe there is any chance of him becoming the 999th commander, but after that I guess it is possible, although still find it unlikely. I also like the symbolism of Jaime Lannister joining the nightswatch, exchanging a white cloak for a black. My pet theory involves him currently being en-route to the wall as Catelyn's bargaining chip to release Jon Snow from his vows to become King in the North. And of course it is handy that she has the power to resurrect him.
  4. I'm wondering if there are a few other surprises, apart from the already mentioned Dornish plot, that will get ruined by this order. Without giving too much away, reading chronologically in time means that you will be aware of how a particular event around Jon/Sam and another one involving Davos without the writers intended suspense. It might not be a big deal but my recommendation would actually be to stick with how it is published.
  5. I don't really think Jon made that many mistakes, generally his leadership was inspired given an almost impossible set of conditions. He is forward thinking planning for the future, has significantly strengthened the nightswatch and removed a threat (wildlings), gained allies in the Karstaks, and given Stannis the tools to defeat the Boltons (mountain clans, knowledge of Karstark treachery). I do believe he was hypocritical (though that is a character flaw, not a tactical mistake) in telling his men they needed to make peace with all wildlings while not trying to pursue peace with the Boltons. He clearly made a mistake in trusting his men and allowing himself to be killed, though the way and time they did that was truly bizarre. While reading the books I thought his biggest mistake was the wasteful use of ships and men to try and retrieve the wildlings at Hardhome. It took me quite a long time to realise that we don't actually know that has been a failure, we are trusting Melisandres visions and they are notoriously wrong. I didn't really like Jon in the first three books, I thought he was a bit bland. But really loved his character in Dance, can't wait to see what happens next.
  6. Why are you so sure it is predictable? Tell us then what is going to happen. Who is she going to align with (both in Essos and Westeros), what is going to happen to her dragons, will she return as a conqueror or a saviour or perhaps a bit of both? For all you know it is an inopportune time to return her to Westeros in terms of what he has planned for other characters. If it is important to have fAegon time to do his thing, for Euron to work his magic, for whatever is going to happen in the north to happen, and having 3 dragons flying around would get in the road of that, it is entirely appropriate that she has something else to do. You seem to think the "real story" is about her return to Westeros, but I feel that may well not go down the way you seem to think.
  7. Because they swore a vow. The Kingsguard were there not only to guard the king but guard his right. They fully intended to crown Jon. Ned would never physically hurt Jon, but they were pretty sure that he wouldn't go along with their plan either.
  8. To me Jon is what her arc is most likely about. The conflict within her between following Robb's last wish and her hatred of Jon Snow. GRRM is all about conflict of the human heart It also comes in handy that she can resurrect the dead and Jon happens to dead. Knowing Arya is still possibly alive just makes it harder and more interesting for her. She will pass her test give up her own "life" to bring Jon back leaving him Robb's crown.
  9. Cersei inherited madness from her father And Tywin was an arsehole but perfectly sane.
  10. I think that they have been implied to be an extremely dangerous threat. But wanting to kill every human or their motivation for wanting to do so is an assumption. The point I was making, this is not a mindless zombie apocalypse. There is almost certainly an intelligence behind it, and that means there is a motivation which hasn't been revealed yet.
  11. Cersei if she counts. I hope she regains power for a while at least, and takes down those righteous sparrows. And Littlefinger as well, I hope he rises higher before he falls. But I don't want to see either on top at the end so my support is only fleeting.
  12. Also need to point out that the Others didn't even really kill that many wildlings. Just enough to convince them to try to pass the wall. This means that the Others are either not (currently?) that much of a threat or they didn't want to kill them all. If they didn't want to, that raises the question of whether they just weren't interested or perhaps manipulated the wildlings to try to pass the wall by attacking the Nightswatch (and maybe even blow that horn). It's largely speculation if you try guessing their motivation. We have been given clues, but not enough imo to make any real solid theories.
  13. Is a depraved act more evil when it is does for gain (Tywin) or when it is simply done for the hell of it (Ramsay)? Not sure myself. Anyway, Euron, who seems somewhere between gain and mindless, probably deserves a mention as well for his treatment of Falia and the rest of those he has mutilated and kept aboard his ship. And Craster for his treatment of his daughters and sons.
  14. I think I understand where the OP is coming from (although I personally have the same issue with dragons as I do with the Others). I like a good fantasy story so long as it is grounded in reality, which so far GRRM has done very well. But he has written an amazing story, and it would still be every bit as good if you removed all the magic, others and dragons. I just don't want all the different story threads to become basically irrelevant and completely overshadowed by the mystical presence currently lurking in the background. I don't think it will be though. I can't see a guy who has so perfectly woven all these complex threads and relationships to just let them play out with no importance.
  15. He isn't a point of view because GRRM decided Jon Connington's thoughts would be more interesting and he was the overall best choice out of all relevant characters in his location. I highly doubt it is because young Griff knows too much. Rather Connington is guy the making the decisions and he is the guy with the haunted past that will have a bearing on what happens. He wanted Connington to contract Greyscale to test him and lend an urgency to what he decides. I doubt it is coincidence that he was in love with Rhaegar and thinks he is helping Rhaegars hidden son, when he could eventually be forced to choose between Rhaegar's real son or the boy he has falsely raised. It's full with the potential for emotional torture, which is what GRRM loves doing to his characters. Young Griff just doesn't have that depth so I personally wouldn't have even considered this a controversial choice. Edit : Oh, and of course Rhaegar's real surviving son is a POV as well.