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  1. Belgarad

    Poll. Is Bran ever leaving the cave?

    The reason I thought it would be Hodor is because, for the characters who knew him at Winterfell, they would know he cant say anything more than Hodor on his own. So if he is suddenly capable of speech it would immediately get their attention. People may just think Theon is lying, but they would have to beleive Hodor.
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    Poll. Is Bran ever leaving the cave?

    I used to have a crazy theory that Bran would use Hodor as an avatar to communicate with the outside world while staying in the cave. Unfortunately the show's depiction of Hodor's fate has caused me to rethink that idea. Now I would guess that he does make it back down south in the next book.
  3. Who doesn't want to learn more about the man with the best name in the series, Dickon Manwoody?!?
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    For the record... and posterity!

    1. Agreed, it seems absurd to believe otherwise at this point. 2. The clues are there that Tyrion could be a Targ, and I think it would be more fun if he was so I'm going to say he is the son of the Mad King. 3. Bran's paste does include Jojen's blood. Jojen may still be alive and he is willingly sacrificing himself for the cause. 4. Ramsay is the one character I am certain did not write that letter. It did not remotely resemble the writing style and appearance of a known example of Ramsay's writing. If I'm picking between Stannis and Mance I'm choosing Mance. A move like that doesn't feel like one Stannis would make. 5. Agreed, I don't think it matters that much though. 6. I'd want to refresh my memory on the timelines and Lanna's age. I can't remember the specifics of the various arguments. 7. Theon will survive the upcoming battle.
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    Willis Wode & Blackfish - A Future Appearance

    The Blackfish never left home. He's hiding out in a secret bolthole known only to a few people in the castle.
  6. My personal theory on this subject is that Egg did not allow BR to take the sword with him but when he went to confiscate the sword it was no where to be found and BR claimed no knowledge of its whereabouts. I think BR glamoured the sword to look like a regular one and was able to smuggle it out with him under Egg's nose.
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    Biggest Mistake Made by Robb

    Robb's betrothal is easily the biggest diplomatic move at his disposal. Using it at the first obstacle is very short sighted. What is the downside of spending just one more day to come to an agreement that does not involve Robb's betrothal? Riverrun was under seige and in no imminent danger. That seige was definitely going to last another day and the attackers would likely have been caught unaware one day later. I feel like Robb could have asked for one of his bannermen or two to step up and offer themselves or their children in place of Robb. I think Walder would have gone along with this idea because marrying off his progeny seemed to take up a lot of his time and this offer would get rid of more of his offspring. As far as asking Walder to betray his king, I disagree with your assessment. This is a feudal society and that structure matters a lot. Walder Frey owed his direct allegiance to the Tully's of Riverrun not the Iron Throne. Hoster Tully did not rebel against the crown and was under seige by a Lannister army that began terrorizing his domain before King Robert was dead. Walder Frey was honourbound to help his leige lord. Robb was riding to the aid of his grandfather and Walder is that man's direct vassal.
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    Biggest Mistake Made by Robb

    For me his biggest mistake was listening to his mother after her negotiations with Walder Frey. He gave up way too much to cross the Twins. He was leading an army to releive the seige at Riverun, to save Walder's leige lord from a Lannister army. I think Robb could have spent at least one more day in negotiations to come to an agreement that did not include his own betrothal.
  9. I really don't think third cousins are close enough relations for anyone to really consider that kin slaying.
  10. You are right, those additional soldiers certainly helped bolster Robb's army. However, a betrothal is the biggest arrow in his quiver when it comes to diplomacy in a feudal society. Bard didn't reach for his black arrow as soon as he saw Smaug coming, he knew when it was the right time to shoot that arrow. Considering they were riding to the aid of Walder's liege lord, Robb should have been able to negotiate a fair deal without having to resort to a betrothal for himself. They were not really under as big of a time crunch as they thought. Sieges tend to be protracted affairs and they would have likely been able to achieve the same level of surprise one or two days later.
  11. I have always thought the deal made was Catelyn's biggest mistake. I know they were in a rush but maybe they could have taken another day or two to hammer out a better deal. Maybe have one of his bannermen or two step up to the plate and agree to marry their heir to a Frey. Robb should have been able to bring much more to his cause than crossing a bridge with his betrothal.
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    Bran's next chapter

    This has to be the chapter I'm looking forward to the most. I expect it to be a deep dive into the actual ancient history of Westeros which will properly set up the main conflict is the series. I hope Bloodraven takes Bran through a tour of all the major events in history allowing us to learn the truth of the white walkers, the long night and so much more. Whose first chapter is everyone else looking forward to the most? We've already seen a good chunk of the next book but there are still quite a few characters we know nothing about yet.
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    Did Rhaegar have dragon dreams?

    Since Maester Aemon had a correspondence with Rhaegar, there could be a whole trove of his letters at the wall detailing his beliefs on prophecy. Although, at this point, with Sam gone, it seems unlikely that anyone would find those letters now.
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    Dark Sister

    I have always believed that Aegon did not let Bloodraven take the sword with him to the wall, but Bloodraven used a glamour on the sword, similar to the glamour Mel uses on "Lightbringer", to disguise it as an ordinary sword. I just can't see Aegon letting the last Targaryen heirloom out of his possession so easily.
  15. While there is not much textual evidence to back up this idea I think it is an interesting idea to consider and it seems to make sense of Rhaegar's actions if you view them with that lens. Rhaegar was always described as a sad, melancholy child which makes you wonder why someone born into the height of privilege would feel that way. One of the few, if not only other, Targaryens who show similar emotions is Daeron the Drunk, oldest brother of Egg. It was Daeron's dragon dreams that caused his depression and alcoholism, maybe those prophetic dreams caused Rhaegar's perpetual sadness. We always assume that it was something he read that caused Rhaegar to take a sudden, unexplained interest in martial combat. What if, instead of reading a prophecy, he had a prophetic dream of himself fighting a great battle and losing. This could have spurred an interest in warfare in an effort to change the future.