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  1. Curled Finger

    Should GRRM have cut the Qaarth story in ACOK?

    It took a very long time for me to appreciate Dany's adventures and I understand disinterest in Qaarth, Astapor--all of it. Dany's Qaarth chapters have since become something of a harbinger of all the trials and triumphs facing our dragon queen. The warlocks and shade of the evening continue to appear even in TWOW, so there is something you need to pay attention to in Qaarth. In retrospect Qaarth sets the table for Dany's entire conquest of the world. I admit I'm not a prophecy lover, but nearly every one else in the fandom places a great deal of importance on the visions at the House of the Undying. I wonder if Dany would have had the foresight to deal with the slavers in Astapor had she not encountered the decisive betrayals she overcame in Qaarth. So no, OP, the Qaarth chapters should not have been cut.
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    Opinion: Coolest Sounding Name

    Whoresbane Umber hands down.
  3. I don't think the term fire wight or fire walker is used in the books. I thought that was a statement made about Jon in the show? At any rate, the dead revived by fire seem to die pretty much like everyone else. We can expect LSH to be shot between the eyes, or hanged (owwww), or run through with a lance and drop dead forthwith. Kinda like those dead who never die Iron Born who drop dead all the time, baptized or not.
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    Who will know about Jon Snow at the end?

    As I read the OP, the question is who would know about Jon's parentage before Jon makes this known. Heck yah, Howland Reed certainly knows, but I doubt he's told a soul. So that leaves the unknown number of unmentioned people at the TOJ when Lyanna gave birth. A midwife, a wetnurse, a maester perhaps? I imagine Bloodraven might have a clue. Maybe not, but he could know if he wanted to know. If Lyanna & Rhaegar's relationship was documented in the White Book (there were 3 Kingsguard at the TOJ, for crying out loud) or Citadel, a number of people have access to the knowledge. This is a secret not many have access to. But more than just Howland Reed.
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    Is Benjen south of The Wall?

    Actually, Ser, it sounds like you have thought it out. Sure, why not? No one has the 1st clue where Benjen is nor his fate. Your guess is as good as any. The God's Eye is sure to be important as the story finishes if for no other reason than it seems to be the central bank of weirwoods. That's got to be something. In another topic I was musing about the similarity between Bloodraven and Benjen strictly as great rangers who disappeared. Benjen being a Stark is something as is his disappearance. He may have left the package for Ghost to find which indicates a relationship with the COTF. Whomever left it knew dragonglass would be needed right there right then. We know the COTF are tied to BR and the tree dude himself tells Bran he watched the Starks back to Rickard. Surely he saw and watched Benjen as closely. I'll go with you on this trip. So instead of returning north maybe Benjen is on the Quiet Isle? It's close enough, certainly closer than the Neck is. That's just another alternative, the fun with Benjen is we know nothing so speculation is all we've got. Just because Benjen is a Stark doesn't mean he's got to be in the North. Good on you for offering up a new idea, Man.
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    Favorite new character introduced in Fire and Blood?

    I really really dug little Viserys Targaryen. What a badass standing up to everyone and holding the fort against them all in Maegor's holdfast? Shadoq the Shadow! Calling everyone out on the carpet effectively cleaning house on the small council in charge. He was a really cool little guy. Honestly I was getting tired of going over the same old tired material. I'm with you, @Sir Jackson--F&B really gave me some great new things to consider. I think we needed it just for clarity if nothing else. Martin is a brilliant writer and this is his element. Viserys was probably my favorite character, but there were many excellent new characters all named previously. It was great to see the rulers and people. Alysanne and Jaehaerys spring to mind, particularly Jaehaerys with his children. I've always really enjoyed TPATQ and the extra material was just wonderful. Dragons! Queens who probably should have been! Velaryons! It was just a great read for a hungry reader.
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    Known Westerosi in Essos?

    Most of the members of the Golden Company?
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    Chance for Benjen to return alive to the wall

    To the OP, i think the odds are 50/50 Benjen is alive and 50/50 he goes anywhere at all. Benjen is likely, I believe at least, to be one of those characters who may have a piece of the R+L=J story...and the mysterious disappearance of Lord Commander Bloodraven, maybe Craster's deal with the Others or even why those pesky Others are roaming about now. He's a Stark. He's gonna know things or at least be able to figure things out. I sorta thought he disappeared on a ranging just like...you guessed it, Bloodraven. We don't know if the Others were out and about or even if the Wildlings were as menacing, but disappearing on a ranging is a damned weird thing for a guy as skilled as Bloodraven and Benjen is a respected 1st Ranger. Maybe Benjen fell into or became captive or mesmerized or what ever really happened to Bloodraven. Mormont was serious about the Others' threat and he was serious about the Wildling threat as he perceived it. There is no reason at all to believe that Jeor would not have shared the same thoughts with Benjen that he shared with Jon and/or Tyrion. They knew things were happening north of the Wall well before Jon showed up. Because Benjen has such strong similarities to Bloodraven (in my mind) I tend to think he is alive. Because Benjen likely has key information on a couple of huge subjects he's almost got to return to offer up his pieces. As our friend @Clegane'sPup described quite well, there are many places a Ranger could turn up and that timely gift at the Fist of the 1st Men was awfully well placed.
  9. Curled Finger

    Eye color from birth?

    Ah yes, great reminders about the colors. Good luck with your study.
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    Eye color from birth?

    Study of the family trees with descriptions of the Targaryens is fascinating. I'm not convinced GRRM's genetics are real world genetics. That said I do think there is something to the eye color of the Targaryens if not all the people of the world. That the eye color is established at birth may not be as big a deal as the eye color itself. Or the description of the eyes! No clue what you are studying, but if it is Targ descriptions have you happened upon the spectrum of color and more curious use of milky or clear in conjunction?
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    Who or what attacked Essos during The Long Night?

    Bah, the fort was likely built to hold off something. You idea is as good as any other. That oily stone is unsettling to the humanoid creatures on Planetos---nothing says it's repugnant to other creatures who are not humanoid. We don't have enough information to pin point why any ancient structure was built. It could be a memory stone or a power conductor or a safe room for all we know. TBH I'm not sure I understand your question as stated. I'm sorry, I hope this is an acceptable reply.
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    Dany and jaime

    Dany is trying to establish her rule in the North--why else hold a trial in the midst of all the chaos? She's seen the threat but I'm not sure she believes what Jon knows. Dany sure has got an unexpected arc this season.
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    Skinchanging a dead body

    I'm not so sure it would be easy to skinchange a dead person. That bit about the lack or resistance is a good point, but what about zero resistance or anything to "hold" a warg? There is no consciousness. Maybe that's exactly what the lumbering wights are--just skinchanged dead? My thoughts jumped to Coldhands when I read the OP. He's a mess, poor guy, but he is sentient. I don't think that's skinchanged--it's something else. Magic different than what animates the wights of the Others. Coldhands is dead though, we know "they killed him long ago". Summer's thoughts are not given human words--thinking that snake in the sky moment Bran experiences. Bran sort of hangs out in Summer, experiencing vicariously through Summer, where his experiences in Hodor seem to be much more Bran or at least human. Bran even thinks he could go into Hodor in order to comfort Meera, so yah, I think Bran has a lot more control over Hodor than Summer. Hodor has a consciousness that is obviously malleable. Does that consciousness or ability to accept another consciousness into your own make a difference in skinchanging?
  14. There are a ton of characters we are supposed to doubt--they are written specifically for that purpose. We are also dealing with a gardener type of author who changes his mind all the time about his characters. Maester Monthly put out a video detailing what they believe may have happened during that 5 year gap GRRM struggled with. They made some really nice connections between Pretty Maris and Brienne as well as Corpsekiller and Sandor Clegane. I'm not buying into the idea completely but it did open my eyes to the great burden of consistency Martin has to be under with a massive cast of characters. However, I don't believe Martin is hapless and may have allowed himself a loophole or 2 in the Riverlands for any characters MIA he may deem handy to hide in plain sight. The most obvious of these characters is pretty much any member of the Brotherhood Without Banners or on the Quiet Isle. Look how Elder Brother is written. We've got everything but his name. The Wall and sell sword companies are great places to spring missing characters from like a Targaryen who would have been king or maybe a few Blackfyres or exiled lords. I don't know that we will get ID reveals for Jyanna Reed or that Hooded Man, but Sarella Sand and Young Griff are looking pretty good for strong reveals. When you see what's happened with Lancel Lannister or Septon Meribald it's easy to see where some of Rhaegar's missing rubies may be...or not.
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    Who or what attacked Essos during The Long Night?

    Given the landscape of Essos and descriptions of The Shadow it was probably some massive event like Pompeii--just this natural side of a nuclear holocaust. There are many things that could cause global darkness, a celestial event or megatons of ash. The Others seem to be peculiar to the North of Westeros, though there are many mentions of pale or bloodless people throughout Essos (thanks @Crowfood's Daughter--great video!). They just aren't described as cold. I often wonder if the cold Others aren't some response to some earlier hot creatures who ruled the world?