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  1. Mat92

    Ben(jen) Kenobi

    Benjen's role in the books is very similar to Ben/Obi-Wan Kenobi's. I don't think there is a one-to-one comparison, but I think there's a parallel between the Jon/Benjen and Luke/Obi-Wan relationships: Both Jon and Luke grew up as outsiders who wanted more from life Benjen and Obi-Wan are mentors to them and introduce them into a life where they have bigger roles to play Both Benjen and Obi-Wan disappear/die early on in Jon/Luke's journeys, causing them to always think about what their mentors would do Luke's father was not who he expected, and based on the R+L=J theory, this matches too (both revelations would be equally confusing/troubling) I think this is interesting because as we know, Obi-Wan returns to Luke in some form to offer some guidance by the end, as well as to be important in confirming his heritage. Likewise, I think that the strong parallels here are proof that Benjen will return at some point (which is commonly believed) to Jon and be integral to confirming his heritage. I'm interested to see if there are any other parallels that occur between these characters, or their stories.
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    Ben(jen) Kenobi

    I'm not necessarily interested in discussing how specific the parallels between the characters are, but more so what it could potentially tell us about the story going far. I think it's a pretty strong indication in support of Benjen reappearing at some point. But any other parallels that I haven't thought of might be cool if someone sees any.
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    Ben(jen) Kenobi

    All good!
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    Ben(jen) Kenobi

    This is a forum for the books not the show. Your opinion is certainly valid, but not relevant here - no offence.
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    Ben(jen) Kenobi

    I agree, I meant mentor in the sense that he looks up to him - technically Benjen/Obi-Wan both did not have much time each to do any mentoring. However it’s interesting you think that Benjen “tricked” Jon into joining the nights watch. Obi-Wan was shown to be... not altogether truthful to Luke about his father in A New Hope (“from a certain point of view”). Another parallel maybe?
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    Why did Benjen take the black?

    Benjen joined the Nights Watch after Robb was born, (and even Jon) so technically he was back to being third in line for Lord of Winterfell. The Nights Watch is still respected by the Northern houses (compared to everywhere else) and we know that other people joined the Nights Watch voluntarily as they were further down the line of succession, as opposed to being sent there as punishment. So I don't think it's overly suss that Benjen would join. However I think it's curious that we are not (yet) given an explicit reason for why he joined, but I think we might still.
  7. I just look this up on the wiki - I totally don't remember reading that Jaime specifically hunted down another 2 pyromancers after he killed Aerys. Aerys was very clearly going mad and while I don't know too much about the pyromancers guild, I assume that most of them are level headed enough to realise that assisting a mad man with a plot to completely obliterate Kings Landing and essentially mass murder everyone there is a bad thing. I wouldn't be surprised if those that assisted Aerys were either threatened or promised a very nice reward. Taking out Jaime - the brother of the Queen and son of the most powerful man in Westeros (not to mention one of the greatest fighters of his time) - would have been very foolish. Going forward, I can see Cersei becoming the Mad King 2.0 (Mad Queen): Jaime won't be able to kill her like he did with Aerys so she'll end up blowing up KL like Aerys never got the chance to. This would close out the siblings story quite nicely and being ironic that after all the wars and fighting, nobody gets the throne in the end.
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    Is Benjen south of The Wall?

    Agreed. I think he's currently very much like Coldhands and working for the 3ER, not that he is Coldhands. Introducing Coldhands is just foreshadowing/setup for what Benjen is. GRRM has said that we'll learn more about the Lands of Always Winter/very very far north of the wall in the upcoming books, so I would think it's very likely that we'll get a POV chapter between the two of them discussing some 3ER stuff while giving the reader an insight into what's happening up there. You could be right, but I think it's not like GRRM to kill him off page considering the importance of the Stark family, what he means to Jon, and the potential storytelling options he is positioned to provide in the North (if he's still there).
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    Do the people of Westeros understand money

    Well most people only have resources or their services/time to offer as a trade in return for more resources like food, as opposed to money. Wealth is something that people are aware of, but this is a society where it almost 100% depends on the family you were born into. If you’re a lower house or regular common folk, money is something you’re going to get used to not having a lot of pretty quickly, without much aspiration on getting a tonne more. So I think the “value” of money is a lot lower than how we see it, as opposed to food and resources in Westeros. When a war comes or a harsh winter, they’d rather have food than money. And don’t forget certain resources vary from region to region. Therefore bartering is probably a lot more beneficial to them than items with a set economic price.
  10. Let's look at a timeline here. Aegon landed in Westeros for the first time 2 years before his conquering started (2 BC). The last dragon - which was stunted and misshapen - was born died in 153 AC. The last full grown dragons died/went missing between then and the end of the Dance of Dragons twenty years earlier (131 AC) So as far as Westeros is concerned, they've only known/had to deal with dragons for about 133 years. Here are the reasons why nobody has built a castle to withstand a dragon: Building castles with the available resources is very time consuming and expensive It would take Westeros YEARS to not only learn enough about dragon's weaknesses, but also to design and plan the castle in a way that takes these weaknesses into account, much less build it Given these conditions, this would limit the option of the above happening to rich/important lords Stretching this process out longer is the fact that the realm periodically had to deal with wars of various sizes between Aegon's Conquering and up to and including Dance of Dragons, which drains resources Because all of this takes so much time to plan, word will have definitely gotten out about a house building an anti-dragon castle, which the Crown would find out about and act on swiftly. Depending on the reigning monarch, this could be very bad. I admit that making modifications to a castle would take less time and be less costly, but the rest of the castle (being made of stone) would still not be able to withstand the dragon. Also, outside of Targaryens I don't think anyone would be able to get close enough to study them anyway, which means that the likelihood of anyone figuring out some of your suggestions (what smells they don't like) is very small. And after the last dragon died, it hasn't mattered for people to try for the last 150 or so years.
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    My Cold Hands Theory: Jon Snow

    I don't think there will be a surprise reveal that Coldhands is *insert character here* all along. However, I think his character will be used to give us a POV into what's happening in the far North - similar to Varamyr in DwD. I think it's likely that he has knowledge of where Benjen is/what he's up to and this will be revealed via a Coldhands POV chapter at some point. Or perhaps even using him as a POV to see more of what the White Walkers are up to. That being said, I like the theories that I'm reading here that Coldhands was the man who had his throat slit in Bran's vision. That would match up nicely.
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    The Stone Dragon of Skagos

    I'm always so hesitant to speculate on magic in the series, especially fire magic. We know that "magic" exists because there have been countless examples, but when it comes to magic/sorcery on a BIG scale (fire magic awakening volcanoes, horn of winter, etc) I don't want to believe it in the story. I'm worried something like that will be used as a dues ex machina near the end of the story, and honestly dragons alone run that risk. But I would be interested in it being revealed in the past, as opposed to something that affects the plot.
  13. When I read the title of this post, I interpreted it as: "Will Sandor Slay Robert Strong? Or Will A Dragon Slay Robert Strong" I think this would be a fitting end to The Mountain he burned his brother and in turn he gets burnt. I ultimately think it would be much more satisfying to see Sandor kill him, however it should be noted that in a literary sense, both The Hound and the Mountain are "dead." So it will be interesting to see if this happens. I agree that Sandor will not slay a dragon. A part of his arc has been about overcoming his fear of fire (eg: fighting Beric with a flaming sword). So I think it's thematically more relevant for him to side with Dany at some point (or at least whoever she has also sided with/not against her).
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    The Stone Dragon of Skagos

    Woah I never thought of "stone dragons" referring to dormant volcanos before! Every time Mel or someone talks about stone dragons awakening, what if it refers to volcanoes erupting? It's widely assumed that Valyria was just a chain of volcanos going off, plus there's theories that this may have also happened at Hardhome IIRC? So the whole "stone dragons awakening" takes on a much more believable meaning now.
  15. @Opadelirium This post is supported by material from the show, and should not be in this forum. I agree that some sort of pact was made. The wall allegedly took a couple hundred years to initially build IIRC (and longer still to get to the height it is currently). What stopped the builders from being attacked by White Walkers that whole time? However I don't put much stock in the Prince that Was Promised theories. I doubt we'll get some big reveal from GRRM that it is a single person. The story will presumably end with numerous characters having contributed to ending the War of the Dawn 2.0, which will show that any of them could fit the bill. The ASOIAF books are very much concerned with the idea of "perspective" - the same event can be seen very differently by different POV characters for example. But they also show that events throughout history can be coloured by perspective and the amount of information available/omitted (Roberts Rebellion and Lyanna's kidnapping are a huge example). Therefore it stands to reason that over time (once the series has ended) many people throughout Westeros will differ on who they think the Price that was Promised/Last Hero/Stallion Who Mounts the World are.
  16. I don't see how his love of cats foreshadows Nym? If anything, a cat would be closer to symbolising a LION - aka a Lannister. However if we are following your logic, it would be more likely that it is foreshadowing ARYA. She takes on the nickname of "Cat" of the Canals (after Catelyn), and even rides on a ship to Braavos called "Nymeria." I don't think that she would kill Tommen as he is a young child though.
  17. I think there's a strong likelihood that Cersei levels Kings Landing with wildfire before the end. Based on this assumption, Westeros will lose its current (individual) seat of power. I don't think that this system will continue and it will be replaced but I do not think an electoral system would work. Westeros is too large, and with it's limited/slow communications systems it would take far too long, and as you mentioned above, the populations don't balance out per region. However I think some things WON'T change. Individual lords will not get more of an overall say: only the major Lords/houses will as usual. So in this way, perhaps the population size won't be too much of an issue. I think it's likely that each of the "seven kingdoms" will have a single representative that has their say on each matter just to simplify things. Or the 4 Wardens (of the N, S, E & W) instead. This might either replace a reigning monarch OR replace the small council - each of the kingdoms/regions gets equal say in influencing the king/queen.
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    Robert Screwed Up After The Greyjoy Rebellion

    This was my understanding as well. IIRC this is the first time that Ned travels South - or at least far from Winterfell and his banner lords - since the Greyjoy Rebellion. It's likely that Balon started thinking about rising up again as soon as Ned left to go North. Maybe even as far back as hearing that Jon Arryn had died, although I don't credit Balon with being smart enough to really guess Ned would replace him and go South. It sounds like the news of Ned being imprisoned/Robb calling his banners was really the catalyst for his plans.
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    Information & degrees of separation between characters

    @Alexis-something-Rose Cool breakdown! I never picked up on the names of the same ships popping up multiple times across books in different areas on my first read (unsurprisingly). I think we are at a point where we are about to see characters start to cross over and meet each other for the first time quite frequently starting with Winds, and I think the story will be slightly less dependent on these passages of information going forward based on that. It also seems like the majority of these examples are Dany related, or about/from characters that are poised to interact with Dany quite soon. So it seems as if George is using the method to really lay the seeds for preparing his characters for Dany.
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    Robert and Maester Aemon

    Dany and Viserys are threats to his reign, especially so close to the Rebellion. Aemon poses no political threat as a sworn member of the nights watch and very very old. I also don't think it's very well known that he was there. Considering how old he was, most people probably considered him to be dead already. Most of the South pay no mind to the NW, even most of the small council.
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    Victarion GreyJoy is a Jerk

    I find Victarion interesting in the context of his family, not as an individual character. The dynamic between him and his brothers is interesting and I'm sure we'll learn more about their past in Winds. But honestly, I feel like he's mostly a plot device - it's likely he'll be responsible for giving his fleet to Dany (willingly or unwillingly) to use and get her to Westeros. Plus he's pretty much rejected his own Gods IIRC?
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    Predict her future: Penny

    I agree with all of this. Even if I wouldn't label it as "sister" per se, I definitely don't see Penny as Tyrion's love interest or daughter just because she's a female and she's a dwarf. I definitely see her as a Brienne parallel, in the sense that for better or worse she ends up accepting who Jaime is and what he's done, and encourages him to be better. Tyrion needs someone right now to lead him out of the darkness - the fact that she's a dwarf and a woman serves two purposes: It shows that Tyrion's relationship with women has changed/is changing, especially after the woman at Illyrio's palace - that seemed like rock bottom for that kind of behaviour for him Her being a dwarf makes her instantly relatable to Tyrion and makes her a genuine character to him. I think he's too bitter to admit it, but I think in some ways he even envies her life in that she is a dwarf that grew up with a family that liked her.
  23. I wouldn't say he's the smartest lord but I would say he's definitely competent and capable. I think more than anything he's gotten a little bit pompous with age based on them arguably being the most comfortable region in Westeros. They don't have to deal with harsh conditions like the North, or the same level of heat as Dorne, and they aren't overpopulated like Kings Landing (not a region I know). Their climate makes it ideal for growing crops and resources which is its own currency during war time. He's essentially grown into a bit of a pompous, proud man based on these conditions and having a bunch of pretty capable kids. Even the one that's crippled is still pretty smart and level headed. I would say if anything, he's probably just being undermined slightly by Olenne at times, which doesn't help his reputation/image either.
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    Crasters White Walker arrangement

    I don't know if there's any mentions in the book about this, but I wouldn't be surprised if Wildlings throughout the years have offered their children as sacrifices in return for temporary safety. This would make sense if Craster is so easily able to make this deal - there must be a precedent already set, and likely would have found out about this from his Wildling wives. In terms of timing, it must be fairly recent right? It seems like during GoT the characters are only just starting to react to odd news from beyond the wall regarding Wildling activity. I wouldn't be surprised if Craster was able to keep it going for a few years, but surely if The Others were active for more than 5-10 years (prior to GoT), the NW rangers would have heard SOMETHING about it. I know it would have taken quite a bit of time for Mance Rayder to organise that many wildling tribes together in order to escape the threat of the White Walkers, but again, anything more than 10 years seems unlikely IMO. In the end, I don't think it really matters story-wise (and I doubt we'll find out).
  25. I would think that Tommen would actually be a good candidate to take over at Casterly Rock/as Warden of the West one day. If this is before the purple wedding, then Tywin would have been planning long term, at least long enough for Joff and Marg to have a kid, which takes Tommen out of the running as current heir to the throne. Tyrion being accused post wedding gave Tywin the perfect excuse to try and get Jamie out of the Kingsguard, I don't think he thought it was probable before. Jamie - ASOS: It seems very much on Tywin's mind to get Tommen away from Cersei at any rate. I think his original plan was always to send him to Casterly Rock, possibly to be a ward for Kevan. Tywin is aware that Tommen is much easier to handle than Joff, raising him as a Lannister at Casterly Rock - he'd eventually grow up to be a great Warden of the West candidate. I'm not sure what he'd do with Cersei though - he definitely wants to marry her off, perhaps to put her in place in the Stormlands?