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    Do You Think Sam Will Forge His Chain?

    I see no reason to believe any of this. That they are working together is quite obvious. They all seem to have an interest in magical mysteries and the like, and Marwyn's interest in the subject is hardly a secret. Pate is known to Alleras, at least, and given his takeover by Jaqen, his abilities and study habits have probably improved substantially. No real reason not to include him. They knew Sam was coming (Marwyn said as much), and likely regard him as a potential ally, given his membership in the NW and his experiences there. Marwyn wants Sam to keep his mouth shut, because he worries that if Sam says too much, the other maesters at the Citadel will silence him. He has no worries that anything Sam says will be considered valuable to the Citadel maesters. They do't really need Sam's death for any of that. Much simpler tojust ignore him and let him blunder about the Citadel cluelessly. Babies die all the time, so arranging for Mance's baby to die (even assuming they know it is his) shouldn't be difficult, and Sam isn't going to be keeping close track of Aemon's corpse or the books he brought with him once he gets there. Not that I think any of what you suggest is true. I think Marwyn is doing exactly what he said: making speed for Slaver's Bay to join Daenerys. So? Sansa doesn't appear at all in Dance either. And both Bran and Davos are absent from the second half of Dance as well (all their chapters are in the first half). Neither has been confirmed for Winds, but I fully expect both of them to appear. It is likely that the opening chapters off Bran, Davos, and Samwell are all spoilery, for some reason or another. Sam's could include a major discovery, or Euron's attack on Oldtown, for example.
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    Best/Worst POV Storylines in Each Book

    I don't like the Dothraki, and I found the story unpleasant to read. It's also disconnected from the rest of the story. I liked the end with the Dragons, though.
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    Do You Think Sam Will Forge His Chain?

    Well, as I pointed out, GRRM does like to make his major characters' lives as complicated and miserable as possible, and this could do the trick. And I just can't see any real payoff for her going to Meereen. And the sack of Oldtown could easily bring her or both of them into peril and liven the story up that way.
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    Poll: Is Sweetrobin the Son of Littlefinger?

    I think the slowness of the vote has more to do with the fact that the evidence on this one is more ambiguous than some of the others, for which there is little to no evidence. I tend to think Jon Arryn is Robert's father but the idea of Petyr Baelish being his dad is far from ridiculous. I think my biggest problem with it is that we have no clear way of finding out. Lysa is dead, and Baelish is hardly a reliable source of information on much of anything. So, count me as a NO.
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    Do You Think Sam Will Forge His Chain?

    I don't think there is enough time for him to complete his chain, although I think 2 or 3 links is possible. His story is likely to involve finding something important in the fight vs. the Others, and having some role in the Battle of Oldtown (vs. Euron). I don't see Gilly going to Slavers Bay with Marwyn. She seems to be in love with Sam, and her remaining in Oldtown is another complication for Sam to have to deal with. Which GRRM loves to do. Storywise, there seems to be little point in her going. I doubt she would be taken seriously as a reliable witness; if anything Marwyn can tell Daenerys of Sam's story. She seems more useful for story advancement in Oldtown.
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    Best/Worst POV Storylines in Each Book

    A Game of Thrones Best: Eddard Worst: Daenerys A Clash of Kings Best: Arya Worst: Theon A Storm of Swords Best: Sansa Worst: Davos (weakest of a strong lot) A Feast for Crows Best: Jaime or Brienne Worst: Cersei (major); Victarion (minor) A Dance of Dragons Best: Jon Worst: Tyrion (major); Quentyn (minor)
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    Poll: Will Brienne Be A New Hound?

    NO I can see no advantage to doing so and plenty of disadvantages - such as the fact that the Hound himself is being actively hunted, especially for Saltpans. Brienne is not one to seek attention, especially the sort of unwanted attention that pretending to be the Hound would bring, nor is the sort who would try to instill fear in her opponents. She is what she is.
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    Poll. Is Bran ever leaving the cave?

    Westeros is in OK shape. It is politically divided and polarized. It is going to need all hands on deck, and that may be difficult. Sam is at Oldtown, and can't order anyone to do anything. And even if they realize dragonglass is useful, it still has to be turned into weapons. Dany has only three dragons, and they aren't very big. The Fields of Fire may no be all that large. And eventually is the operative word here. She is still a long ways away. I expect Westeros will win anyway, but it won't be easy. Agree with you about Bran. It is going to be difficult to affect events stuck in a tree. I expect he will get useful information, and then leave so as to be able to disseminate it effectively. I expect the underground river empties into the Milkwater or the sea.
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    Minor/offscreen characters you want to see more of

    Meera Reed Alysane and Lyanna Mormont Jeyne Poole Wylla Mormont Podrick Payne Edric Dayne Myranda Royce
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    Poll. Is Bran ever leaving the cave?

    Yes, I think he leaves. The underground river is there for a reason. I also have this uneasy feeling that the Children of the Forest and Bloodraven do not have the Seven Kingdoms' interests at heart, and that Bran will decide to leave when he discovers this. (Somewhat similar to the relationships between Sansa and Littlefinger and between Arya and the FM. Once they figure out their mentors' true motives, they will likely bail.)
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    Would Littlefinger have still “rescued” Sansa

    I seriously doubt that Tywin is going to go to the trouble of mustering a 100,000 strong army to deal with a piddling little border dispute, especially one not prominently mentioned. and unless and until Tyrion is able to consolidate power in the North, which could take awhile, I doubt he will get anything from there. The Northerners are likely to tell Tyrion to take a long walk off a short parapet if he suggests they muster to help Tywin, who they despise. And who, as Roose Bolton pointed out to Jaime, is a long ways away, across inhospitable terrain. You are suggesting that Tywin is going to be upset about a murder he doesn't even know they committed, but will be OK with them getting rid of Joffrey in the future - openly? That doesn't really compute. Tywin is not a mad warlord. He is actually quite sensible, if quite ruthless. His actions have clear reasons behind them. And at this point, with Joffrey out of the picture, there is no reason for Tywin to have any beef with the Tyrells. As for the Lannisters having a problem because they murdered the king - nobody suspects them. And I mean nobody. Their name doesn't come up - not even jokingly.
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    Would Littlefinger have still “rescued” Sansa

    Tywin a ruthless warlord who is a threat to the Tyrells? I don't think so. Tywin attacked the Riverlands as retaliation for the kidnapping of Tyrion. He continued the war because he perceived that Cersei and her children were under threat, and with it his own position. He may have overreacted (I think he did), but his actions do have clear reasons. If he or his family's position are threatened,, he will respond with overwhelming force. There is no reason to believe that the Tryells are going to do anything to threaten him. They are allies, and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The Tyrells are going to be married to the King (whichever one that is), which should help their defenses considerably. And Tywin has no reason to come after them in any event. Tywin may be ruthless, but if you don't bother him, he is unlikely to bother you. And I'm guessing that Olenna and Margaery have a very different idea about receiving black eyes, bruises, etc. than you do. Plus they have Loras's reaction to think about. He won't like it either, and is a bit of a hot-head.
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    Would Littlefinger have still “rescued” Sansa

    The empty half, maybe. It may have half the land mass, but certainly not half the population or half the GDP. Thinly populated, then. Most of it is empty, with no people or productive use of the land. As to wealth, Asha had a point when she dumped turnips and pinecones at the Kingsmoot, declaring it the wealth of the North. And there is a reason that the NW gets most of its taxes in produce, not cash. Deepwood Motte a great fortress? How about, "a pisspot on a hill", as Theon describes it. Stannis was practically able to walk into the place. And White Harbour is probably the least important of the decent ports in the country. Don't worry, I won't sleep on the North. It is going to be important to the story. But I very much doubt its importance to the Tyrells.
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    House Dondarrion?

    Other than the fact that he was a rebel and an outlaw whom the Lannisters and the Crown were actively looking for? Given his current status, he probably has no authority to order his men to do anything. We have no idea what his family situation is. GRRM tends to ignore that sort of thing unless and until it becomes important for the story.
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    Would Littlefinger have still “rescued” Sansa

    I think the Tyrells pretty much gave up on Sansa after her marriage to Tyrion. She's not worth the effort. In any event, any effort to spirit her out of the Red Keep is going to have to require her cooperation, and they didn't approach her at all during that time. The quote with Olenna was with Tyrion at Sansa's side, so it hardly counts. As for Littlefinger's plans, I think he exposed the marriage plot with Willas because if she went off to Highgarden, it would ruin his plans. He needed her to be dependent on him for hope of rescue, and in the Red Keep. With the Tyrells promising to take her to Highgarden, getting her cooperation at the PW is going to be well nigh impossible. I expect he has multiple plans as to what to do with Sansa, depending on what happens. Whether or not he expected Tyrion to marry her, I think he planned for the possibility. But, considering that he is probably already planning to get rid of Tyrion somehow (if framing him for the murder doesn't work, he'll figure something else out), that isn't an insurmountable obstacle. I see no reason for the Tyrells to be concerned with Tyrion's marriage to Sansa. The North is underpopulated, comparatively impoverished, and as far from the Reach as you can get and still be in the Seven Kingdoms. Plus, they don't care much for Lannisters. Even if somehow gains power, he is going to have his hands full. In response to the OP, he will take Sansa in whatever shape he gets her. He is obsessed with her, in love with her, considers her his protégé, and obviously has plans for her (probably several, depending on circumstances).
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    The past life of Bronn

    The reference to being beyond the Wall is from the first season of the show. In the books, his past is essentially a blank slate; to be written on as GRRM pleases, or not.
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    The past life of Bronn

    Not to put too much of a damper on things, but Bronn's backstory is whatever GRRM decides best moves someone's story forward. At this point, I don't think he actually has a backstory. Up till now, he has mostly been a plot device for Tyrion and, later, Cersei. I expect he is an ordinary sellsword of no great loyalty who will go where he thinks he can get the best deal.
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    Poll: Is Jon Snow the son of a Dayne?

    I think it is pretty clear that somebody in the Dayne household thinks that Ned and Ashara were in love. Someone had to tell Allyria the story, and I doubt that it was made up from whole cloth. Also, from what I recall, Harwin's response is, shall we say, somewhat ambiguous (certainly not a denial). Whether it is actually true is another matter, though I wouldn't be surprised if there was actually something between them. In any event, even if a child did result, it is not Jon.
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    The Hooded Man is Torren Liddle.

    An awful lot to get through. A few passing thoughts. Val: I'm not aware of any theories that Val is Crowfood's daughter. I think she is probably too young for that. I would expect any girl taken to be at least an adolescent, if not actually in her teens. Younger would be too much trouble, with a high child mortality rate. I think that if any character is Crowfood's daughter, it is Rowan, one of the spearwives. It is possible that Mance brought her along as a potential go-between with the Umbers, although I am doubtful as to how well that would work. Mance and the spearwives: I think the ones who left with Mance are the same ones who arrived with him at Winterfell. There is really no point in going to the trouble of getting spearwives from Moles Town if you're simply going to switch them out later. Simply go alone. I doubt Jon would have objected, and if so, one of two would be sufficient. Mance's ploy: I will confess I have no idea what he has in mind. I think it is obvious that it has nothing to do with Winterfell. Given what he knows, he has no reason to think he will be going there. Given Rowan's presence (if she's an Umber), it may have something to do with the Umbers. Liddell's meeting with Bran: I wouldn't be surprised if the meeting was deliberate on Liddell's part. If so, it would have been to determine if they needed assistance, and find out where they were headed, or, indeed, if they had any plans at all. I expect that the Liddell satisfied himself that they were OK, and had an objective in mind, and an idea of the dnagers ahead. He could also probably tell that they would reject any offers of shelter or the like. Identity of Hooded Man: I think it is someone who Theon recognizes, and who he knew from before, and is surprised to see there. Hal Mollen or one of the men with him would certainly fit the bill. There may be others. I also suspect that it is someone that readers will be able to identify. I doubt that it is Liddell for those reasons. I don't think Theon would know him, or readers would know who it was either. That's all I can think of for now.
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    Predict her future: Penny

    I expect that she will give Tyrion someone to care about and care for, and thus help drag him out of the dark place he has found himself in. The fact that she seems to be in love with him will also probably have its effect as well. I have no idea what her ultimate fate will be. Probably whatever GRRM decides best moves Tyrion's story forward.
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    MIA - but not Killed on Page

    The "Who Cares?" category is mostly people who are simply doing something else and aren't important enough to keep track of. He could be keeping some of them in reserve in case he needs to use them again, but, to be honest, if we never heard from them again, it would be no great loss. Thanks for the endorsement!
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    Would Littlefinger have still “rescued” Sansa

    Considering his obsession with her mother and Sansa herself, I doubt he would mind if she weren't a virgin. I think he is intending to keep her for himself as his protege and lover in that event. A child might mess things up, but I think he may have considered that a minor risk, considering her age. It's doubtful even Tyrion would do much more than a wedding night consummation. I expect that he may have been thinking of marrying her himself after Tyrion's expected execution. He is obviously anticipating that Cersei will misrule herself out of power and thus remove the danger to Sansa revealing herself.
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    Last One Standing

    Bran. His POV started the main story, and his POV will end it.
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    MIA - but not Killed on Page

    After some time of inactivity, I have decided to take the initiative and re-order the list by likelihood of reappearance. Hope I'm not stepping on your toes too much! Genuine mysteries: These are characters whose whereabouts are unknown, and are regarded as a mystery, either by other characters or readers. Benjen Stark; Tyrek Lannister; Ashara Dayne; Richard Lonmouth; Tysha; Weasel. I expect to see the first three again. Essential characters; While their whereabouts are presently unknown, these are too important to disappear. Count on seeing them again. Jaime; Brienne; Varys; Blackfish; Sandor Clegane; Rickon and Osha; Loras; Gerold Dayne; Edric Storm. Important: These are off doing something outside POV view. They have some importance and will reappear when it is useful for the story to do so. Alliser Thorne; Pyp; Grenn; Galbart Glover and Maege Mormont; Edric Dayne. Semi-important: These may or may not reappear. If not, we will probably find out their fate. Dywen; Kedge Whiteye ;Weeper; Old Nan; Beth Casell; Salladhor Saan; Olyvar Frey; Elmar Frey; Shagga and the other clansmen; Blue Bard and other victims of Cersei; Bloody Mummers; Aurane Waters. Who cares?: I don't even remember most of these, and I doubt anyone else does either. If they do reappear, it will be because they are somehow useful. Arnell; Desmond Grell; Robin Ryger; Mad Huntsman; Anguy; Greenbeard; Willis Wode; Harwyn Plumm; Parmen Crane. Dead: While we have no body, I seriously doubt we will see any of these again. Stonesnake; Marillion; Mandon Moore; Syrio Forel; Raynald Westerling; Gerrion Lannister. Feel free to offer revisions, complaints, compliments, etc. as you see fit!
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    A new look at the puple wedding

    Shae had been working as Lollys Stokeworth's maid for several months by then. I expect she had some idea what she was doing by then.