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James Steller

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  1. But he must have figured out what had happened at some point. And yet he seems to have stayed with House Reyne for several years, and Roger personally knighted him in the Stepstones. Not to mention he went on to ride alongside Tywin to destroy House Reyne once and for all, massacring everyone he must have grown up with. Did he feel conflicted? Did he feel nothing but satisfied vengeance? Either one would explain his devotion to Tywin, either to overcome his inner conflict and guilt, or out of devotion for restoring House Lannister's rep. Maybe a bit of both? It's a shame we didn't learn more about it from Kevan's POV.
  2. They wouldn't have needed the Tyrells if Robb had declared the North and Riverlands for Stannis. Then with Renly on hand, that means the Stormlands join in too. Plus Loras would never abandon Renly, and I doubt Mace would ever risk getting his son killed, so he'd likely sit it out and wait to see who became king. The Vale just does what it does before, and Tywin's stuck dealing with three and a half regions of Westeros without any allies.
  3. Cersei and Jaime are half-Targaryens; Jaime slew his own father without knowing it.
  4. That describes Jaime and Cersei as well. They all take after Tywin in that regard.
  5. Unless Kevan was deceived as well? And only found out afterwards?
  6. If you read the uncut passage on the Westerlands ( https://georgerrmartin.com/world-of-ice-and-fire-sample/ ), you'll see that Tytos Lannister once sent his father-in-law, Denys Marbrand, to bring the Tarbecks to heel after they forced several landholders out of their territory. Marbrand set off, but the Tarbecks were tipped off, so Lady Ellen's brother Roger Reyne ambushed and massacred Marbrand and his soldiers. Tytos ended up absolving Roger of guilt, because of course he did, but one reason that's speculated is the fact that Roger had Kevan Lannister as his squire, so Tytos might not have wished to risk his son's safety. But that does make me wonder about Kevan's involvement with the men who murdered his grandfather. Was he there? Did Roger have to hide the truth from Kevan? He clearly served Roger for years, and Roger knighted him at the Stepstones. None of that seemed to matter when Kevan joined Tywin, of course, but it's the unspoken parts which puzzle and intrigue me.
  7. This is why I disagree with the theory that Gregor's the result of 'breeding.' Surely you need a few more generations than that before you start producing 8-foot tall giants. Gregor's clearly got some kind of genetic issue, much like how Dunk grew to be seven feet tall. It must be a form of gigantism which is unique to GRRM's universe, though, since Dunk doesn't have the kind of headaches which Gregor has.
  8. I'll be generous and let you pick one house from each of the nine regions. Here are my choices: North: Manderly (specifically their journey to the North) I have always loved the story of House Manderly, how they went from being one of the most powerful houses in the Reach, only to be driven out by the Peakes, lose everything which they can't put on their ships, and flee into exile. How many other places did they try to land at before going all the way to the North? Imagine these Seven-worshipping Andals' desperation to sail so far, and try to beg mercy from House Stark. What a story it could be, showing prejudice on both sides even as cooler heads make a deal. What persuaded the Starks to welcome them? How did that go? And then we'd see House Manderly rebuild in a new land, integrate into the North despite all the odds, become one of the most loyal of House Stark's supporters. Stormlands: Baratheon I know we got the abridged version in "Fire and Blood", but there is so much potential for details. I would love to see the war begin from the perspectives of Argilac, Argella, Orys, who who knows how many other Stormland characters. We'd get the Last Storm, stretched out across pages for us to read. We'd have the fall of Argilac Durrandon, even as Orys besieges Storm's End when Argella refuses to yield. Then the warrior queen is betrayed and taken through the Baratheon camp in disgrace and humiliation, only for Orys to intervene. Maybe we'd see if Argella ever actually learned to love him, or if she resented him all those years. Who knows how it played out. Westerlands: Banefort I'm curious about the Hooded Man, and what role he played in the Age of Heroes. He must have been malevolent given what members of House Banefort turned out to be like. It could be a really good bit of horror fantasy, and give us a great look at how savage the First Men must have been. Iron Islands: Greyiron (specifically their ascent to becoming Kings of the Iron Islands) Again, this is another story which we already know in a general sense, but it could easily fill out a novel-length story. It would be like if "Vikings" was set in Westeros, with Urron Greyiron at the metaphorical helm. I could easily see him as a mix of Euron, Victarion, and Rollo. The fans would be divided as to whether they like him or despise him. Reach: Fossoway of Green Barrel Ever since I read the first "Dunk & Egg" story, I wanted to see more of Raymun Fossoway. He burned all bridges to fight against his own cousin, so even if he was on the winning side of the trial by seven, we can assume his family would have turned their backs on him, since he stuck to his green apple sigil. He'd basically be a glorified hedge knight, unless he got some sort of reward for his service in the trial. It would be really cool to see him establish his house in the Reach, maybe feuding with the red apples, building relationships with other houses. When we get to the present day of ASOIAF, the green apples seem to be just as powerful as their red apple cousins, which means Raymun must have done well for himself. It'd be cool to see that journey play out. Riverlands: Piper This might be weird, but I'm really curious as to why the Pipers put a dancing naked woman on their sigil. Was that their founder? Who was she? Who were the Pipers for that matter? How old are they? We know they were around when Aegon brought down House Hoare, but were they around when the Hoares first invaded? When the Durrandons first invaded? When the Andals destroyed the Mudd dynasty? Any of those events would be intriguing to read about. Vale: Royce This one is obvious to me; I think House Royce is by far the most interesting house in the Vale. I'd love to see the Bronze Kings fighting against the Others. I have no doubt that they've got an important role to play in the next Long Night, just as they presumably did during the first one. Crownlands: Blackfyre Forget Dunk & Egg. I want to read a book about the First Blackfyre Rebellion. Daemon I Blackfyre, Bittersteel, Bloodraven, Daeron II, Baelor Breakspear, Maekar, Fireball, so many amazing characters to follow and get to know. If I had to pick an endpoint, it would be Bittersteel's initial establishment of the Golden Company as the strongest sellswords in Essos, ready to endure through rebellion after rebellion, war after war, resolved to put a Blackfyre on the Iron Throne. Dorne: Manwoody I'm picking this one for the same reason I picked House Piper. The sigil is so weird and random that there must be an incredible story behind it. Plus the name too, for that matter.
  9. Exactly. Bloodraven himself says that he looks into the past to see the woman he desired. And yes, I know greenseeing allows you to see the living too, but he's referencing her while talking to Bran about seeing dead relatives. It makes sense that Shiera is dead, just like Daeron, the brother that Bloodraven loved and Bittersteel, the brother that he hated.
  10. There's a fan theory that she's Melisandre, but I really hope it's not true.
  11. All the more reason why I think he's partly responsible for the victories at Whispering Wood and the Camps, and he probably played a crucial role in the Westerlands. Robb, talented as he was, was just 15. It makes far more sense that Brynden was giving him advice and carrying out a bunch of roles which helped Robb score his victories. Not that I'm arguing for Roose to stay in command, he definitely couldn't be trusted. I'd have gone with Wyman Manderly, personally. He's the heir to the most powerful house in the North (after House Stark, anyway), and he's utterly loyal to Robb. He also would presumably play things cautious if that was Robb's orders to him.
  12. Do you mean after he lost the trial by combat? Or when Tyrion had his father at crossbow-point in the privy? I guess it doesn't matter, though, my answer's the same either way. Absolutely not. As you say, Tywin loathes Tyrion and this is his chance to kill his son guiltfree. His talk about offering Tyrion the black was just his usual attempts to manipulate any situation.
  13. He needed the Blackfish by his side. I'd wager that Brynden was at least partially responsible for most of Robb's victories.
  14. Much as I like Stannis, I think that there are a couple of 'dumb' decisions that he made during the series: Keeping Ned out of the loop when he should have known that after Jon Arryn died, Ned was the best person to tell Robert the hard truth about his kids Wasting a whole shadowbaby (and who knows what else) on killing Courtnay Penrose. There were a bunch of other ways to deal with him without draining more of Stannis' life force. I honestly think that only happened so Davos could see the shadowbaby be born Giving command of the fleet to Imry Florent. Not necessarily something he could have foreseen, but it's not like Imry was qualified. Why not give the task to Monford Velaryon? He was loyal from the start, and Velaryons know their way around the water.
  15. Fully agreed. He would never have let Jaime get away with that, be damned the consequences.
  16. At least with House Frey, there are some good apples that didn't take part in the Red Wedding. Roslin was sobbing at her own wedding because she knew what was going to happen. Olyvar tried to stay with Robb even after he broke the marriage vow. Euron goes way too far for me to like him. He's a monstrous person who raped his brother's wife, molested his younger brother, and killed all three of his other brothers. And that's just scratching the surface of all that h's done. He strays very close to being a cartoon, if I'm honest, but GRRM did a very eerily accurate job portraying Aeron's PTSD, that he still manages to be a terrifying figure. At least Tyrion, while being another rapist, did have a tragic backstory and truly awful relatives who pushed him into becoming the villain they always saw him as. His villainy is tragic and understandable, to the point that even GRRM doesn't seem to want to make him a complete bad guy. And maybe he won't be, we'll see.
  17. Also, I forgot to pick a moment. For me, it's the scene where Tyrion kills Tywin.
  18. You know you've picked a controversial stance when Euron Greyjoy disagrees with you...
  19. Yeah, I tried to take back the 'deserved each other' comment.
  20. Maybe, but I don't think Androw comes out looking great either.
  21. What he did was far crueler than poisoning her. He poisoned her friends one by one to watch her grieve them. And he left her alive to live alone and miserable. That speak of a very sadistic nature which I find hard to sympathize with. It's basically like a bullying/abuse victim lashing out by shooting up his tormenters at school. It gives me a very mixed reaction to say the least. What it also reminds me of is a film called "Reds". There's a great line where Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) is very upset at the way her former lover Eugene O'Neal (Jack Nicholson) treats her. And as she's storming out of his apartment, she declares "You're a wounding son of a bitch, and whatever I've done to you, you've made me pay for it." That's how I feel about Rhaena and Androw, but a much more extreme example. Two very damaged people who hurt each other very badly.
  22. Jaime compares House Florent to the Boltons, Freys, Reynes and Castameres. It's in the chapter when he returns to King's Landing. That's speculation on my part. I apologise if I didn't make that clear in my earlier post. But it makes sense to me, because Hoster Tully proves that the heads of houses can pick marriages for their younger brothers, and refusing them is a controversial action, given how the Blackfish's decision is regarded. And I can't see why Stannis would choose Selyse on his own. It makes no sense to me whatsoever; her family could very well have been outside Storm's End during that siege, and Stannis still hasn't forgotten that. Not to mention he genuinely isn't attracted to Selyse. It reeks of either Jon Arryn advising Robert, or Robert picking Selyse as a joke. And as has been discussed already, the strategic reasoning behind elevating House Florent has holes in it. But you could say that about any house. Any house which the Crown supports will obviously have the favour. What advantage would House Florent have without that? At least the Hightowers are genuinely powerful and could plausibly challenge House Tyrell. Heh, touché. All the more reason why I think it's likelier that Robert chose Selyse as a joke.
  23. To be clear, I am picking these based on the ones I like most AND/OR find the most interesting. North House Stark House Manderly House Glover Stormlands House Baratheon House Caron House Dondarrion Vale House Royce House Arryn House Redfort Crownlands House Blackfyre House Velaryon House Targaryen Dorne House Martell House Dayne House Manwoody Riverlands House Blackwood House Mallister House Piper Westerlands House Lannister House Crakehall House Marbrand Iron Islands House Greyjoy House Harlaw House Hoare Reach House Hightower House Tyrell House Peake
  24. Riskier than House Lannister? Riskier than House Tyrell? The Dance of the Dragons is one thing, but it's clear that the Hightowers aren't unique when it comes to ambition. No, she wasn't. Delena Florent was right there, unmarried and sleeping with Robert. Not to mention the fact that Lynesse Hightower was still unmarried at the time. She could have married Stannis instead of Jorah Mormont. That just proves my point that Brightwater Keep is no Storm's End.
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