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  1. Penny at the Wedding

    Tyrion is used to women being overtly feminine: highborn ladies of the court and his father's household, and whores, as is almost everyone else raised in Westeros - Arya and Brienne are also mistakenly identified as male. Jorah does not correct Tyrion after he mistakenly identifies Penny as a "he" either, so it is not just Tyrion.
  2. My kingdom for a convincing explanation for this

    When Dany received the eggs, they were petrified. Illyrio gave her some fancy rocks, along with some silks and things. Pretty, shiny things for a young girl. It's been years since a Targaryen hatched a dragon, and they had been trying with fresher eggs than Dany's. No one could have predicted the chain events which lead to Dany hatching her eggs. Illyrio's gift was intended to be one of style over substance. If the eggs were intended to be an essentially useless gift, it would make sense for Illyrio to give them to Dany rather than Aegon, The Last Great Hope. Giving Dany the eggs ensured her loyalty, in case she survived the Dothraki Sea, but Aegon already owes his entire cause to Illyrio, and is Argon is ultimately the one getting his true support. Still a little plot holey, but no more than many other unexplained things.
  3. "That I have not glimpsed" - Bloodraven.

    So would Arya's and Jon's wolf dreams be green/earth or blue/ice? Or are they something different since they aren't really prophetic? (Sorry I know this is more off topic than it really should be but I'm curious)
  4. Characters apparently killed off-screen

    If you include Old Nan, you have to include everyone else who was at Winterfell when Ramsay arrived and has yet to reappear, such as Beth Cassel. Oh, and for that matter, we did not actually see Maester Luwin die. Yoren died off-stage, although Arya did later find his body, or at least a body dressed in black with an ax in its back - it has been a woefully long time since I did a reread, and I cannot remember if she made an actual identification or just saw a body dressed in black... Crackpot submission: Rhaegar
  5. Only a handful of people know Arya survived, and of those people, none have spread word of her survival. At the time of the first quote, Cersei was acting as though she held both Sansa and Arya. By the time of Ramsay's letter, she has been missing for so long with no hint of her survival, it would be seemingly foolish to the point of being delusional to think she was still alive. Also, Jon needed to accept all his siblings were beyond his help in order to prevent him from breaking his vows to go assist them.
  6. Oathkeeper or False Friend?

    I vote 3. Brienne has so gar been shown to be one of the only truly good people in the series, if she thinks there is a way she can uphold her vows/oaths/missions/ whatever from both Lady Catelyn and Jaime she will act accordingly. This may be hopeless optimism on my part, but someone needs to do the right thing...
  7. Tyrion's Condition

    Doesn't Jon tell Val greyscale isn't mortal in kids? Like, specifically mentions kids? Not sure from where Jon gets his medical knowledge, of course, but Jon's (and Val's) knowledge of greyscale makes me think it may be slightly more ubiquitous than the books make it out to be (limited to Shireen and the river). Or, there are two separate diseases that present as greyscale - per the quotes about the disease's progression, face should be affected at the end, resulting in blindness, but Shireen only appears to have been affected on her face. Kinda like the difference between chicken pox and shingles vs. chicken pox and smallpox.
  8. Possible Discrepancy in Aerys II's Kingsguard

    There is a sort of reverse precedent for Lewyn Martell being named to the Kingsguard at or around the same time as Elia's engagement to Rhaegar: Loras being named to fill then next available Kingsguard position was part of the negotiations for Margaery's betrothal to Joffrey. By the time of Elia's betrothal, Arianne had already been born, resulting in Lewyn being one more place removed from inheriting, and with the Martell succession reasonably secure, it would make sense for Princess Martell to try to secure a prominent position for her brother. As to Aerys's paranoia, I think it is worth noting that Mama Martell decided to try for the Targaryen engagement after being snubbed by Tywin. With both parties eager to upstage Tywin, placing a Martell in the vacant Kingsguard position could gave been another way to say "fuck you" to Tywin - especially if Tywin had been campaigning in favor of someone else, such as one of his brothers or some other loyal (to Tywin) Westerman.
  9. I would think if Tywin was still alive and if Tyrion and Sansa had a son, Roose would be invited to step down, or he would be sat down. The example above of Emmon Frey and Riverrun is a good one, but who is Emmon Frey to Tywin? He is no one, the younger son of a lower-tier lord whose engagement to his sister was vociferously protested by Tywin. But Emmon's children are also Genna's children, and if Tywin survived, Tywin could easily make Emmon's heir Lord Paramont of the Riverlands, and perhaps even Warden of the East depending on the situation the Vale plays out. I can't imagine Tywin relished the idea of Petyr Baelish being his of equal status, and the same goes for Roose. Roose, the Freys, and even Littlefinger are the WO5K edition of Gregor Clegane and Amory Lorch, doing Tywin's dirty work and then swept under the rug as much d's possible. Tywin's legacy seems to be not so much in his children as his grandchildren: Joffrey and then The ommen became King; Myrcella and Trystane could take Storm's End and possibly displace the Tyrells as Warden of the South; Jaime's expected children after he leaves the Kingsguard would inherit the Rock; and Tyrion's children with Sansa inherit the North. Add in Kevan and Genna's kids and you have Lannisters all over the Seven Kingdoms.
  10. Fate of House Baratheon

    House Baratheon was founded by a bastard friend/relative (? on my phone, can't remember exact relationship between Aegon and Orys) of the conqueror marrying the daughter and heir of the last Storm King. The Durrandon name died out, but the Baratheons adopted most if not all of the family's characteristics (sigil, words, etc.). Perhaps it will continue under similar circumstances? The only caveat of course is the greyscale...
  11. Cliffhangers: What happened to...?

    Varamyr was attacked by wights, and as his body was dying he left it and entered his lead wolf. Later Bran-as-Summer encounters Varamyr's pack and both Bran and Varamyr recognize each other as wargs. Summer eventually defeats Varamyr's wolves, and they're now Summer's pack.
  12. Why was Jaime kept on as a kingsguard?

    Serving in the Kingsguard is a lifetime commitment, it wasn't until Cersei needed an excuse to get rid of a potential threat to her son's reign that anyone was dismissed from the Kingsguard without also being sent to the Wall. Tywin's justification for the murder of Rhaegar's children was the Lannisters came late to the Rebellion and needed to prove their loyalty to Robert; the same may hold true for why he did not immediately demand Jaime's release from the Kingsguard - he may have thought he did not have enough capital to make such a request. But then, as time goes on and Robert drains Aerys's treasury, Tywin begins lending money to the Crown hand over fist - perhaps he would have been willing to forgive said debt in exchange for his son's release from his vows? Decisions concerning actual governance were not really Robert's forte, and Jon Arryn seems to have been focused on ensuring an end to all hostilities. Releasing Jaime from his Kingsguard vows without punishment could have reignited pro-Targaryen sentiment, which the Martels could have capitalized on as well - pardoning and releasing Jaime could have been interpreted as a reward for Tywin. Leaving Jaime where he was may seem like a terrible plan, but when you consider the alternatives in light of what what Jon Arryn was trying to accomplish, it was really the only decision he could make. (I don't actually agree with the decision, as I think pre-maiming Jaime is the antithesis of a "good" Kingsguard, but I can see why Jon Arryn let it be.)
  13. Little Walder and His Bag of Silver

    As others have pointed out, while Little Walder was modeling himself after Ramsay, Big Walder seems to be taking a more Roose-like approach to life. Big Walder's casual mention of White Harbor men teaching dice combined with Little Walder's now-terminated engagement to Wylla Manderly certainly cast suspicion on Wyman Manderly as the impetus of Little Walder's death, but as far as I can recall we only have Big Walder's word Little Walder was owed money for dice, no outside corroboration. We have seen deaths planned by Wyman Manderly, and we have seen deaths planned by Roose Bolton; Little Walder's death seems much more along the lines of a Roose death than a Wyman. Little Walder's supposed bag of silver coins will never be found, if it even existed to begin with.
  14. Brandon's Squire

    I know it isn't the main focus of your post, but I think the middle bit is an interesting question as well. I imangine it was a more subdued version of Tywin being informed of Catelyn's abduction of Tyrion. Someone would have seen Rhaegar and Lyanna go off together, or on the road, and perhaps Rhaegar, like Catelyn, laid a false trail, letting it be known they were headed to King's Landing rather than their true destination, and that information made its way to Brandon one way or another. I suppose it's possible someone in Brandon's party was the witness in question, since we do not know where Lyanna was when everything happened, and Brandon's companions are a somewhat motley crew. Whether Ethan was with Brandon when he first found out is (in my opinion) immaterial, because either he was, or he was not but was quickly informed (Rhaegar has my sister, fetch my things and saddle the horses, we're headed to King's Landing), but either way Ethan was definitely near at hand, since they were on the road at the time. The Glovers are not nearly as high a house as those of Brandon's other companions, Ethan's and his father's deaths would not have had the same lesson-teaching qualities as the Stark, Arryn, Royce, and Mallister deaths. As a squire, Ethan was simply doing his duty by following Brandon to King's Landing, and while Aerys is not someone who generally lets silly things like logic dictate his actions, perhaps he could have been persuaded to see that suggesting it is acceptable for a squire to disobey could "trickle up" to suggesting it is acceptable for a lord to disobey a King? A scenario such as this does have Varys written all over it.
  15. Nope, nothing that cryptic from this corner, just some wishful thinking. I do agree Ned Dayne could play an important role in getting the word out about Jon, if/when he becomes fully apprised of the situation. He has shown himself to be mobile, which is more than we can say for certain regarding either Howland or Wylla. Plus as the Lord of a major house, Ned will automatically have more credibility in the minds of the Westerosi nobility than either Howland or Wylla - which is not to say everyone will flock to his side and take up the Jon is the rightful king of Westeros banner, but he may be able to sway more minds than a frog-eating, mud-breathing bog-devil and/or low-born wet nurse. Of course, Young Griff is about to fully enter the story, and his claim supersedes Jon's...