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  1. Brad Stark

    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    3 different possibilities : 1). They died near the cave and were buried in the snow for many years. 2). They were hidden in the snow by BR to be animated when Bran arrived. 3). They were walking around as wights, went to the cave anticipating Bran, and got covered in snow while waiting. 2) is most interesting and least likely. 3) is least interesting and most likely.
  2. Brad Stark

    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Interesting idea about the wights, but I've assumed that they are mobile, and may only have shown up the same time as Bran, and they weren't much of a threat.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    I have to bring up Revelations. We all know there are 4 horsemen, and 3 are White, Red and Black. But the 4th horse, who's rider is named Death, doesn't get a color, at least in modern times. He is simply a pale horse, which to me seems a lot like another white horse. The original color of the 4th horse is khlōros - as in chlorophyll and chlorine. I've always believe this was meant to be a Green horse.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    I am fine defending myself if I feel it is necessary
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Planetos is bigger than Earth. If the North is cold due to sunlight like Earth and not just magic, it is likely no one has been near enough to either pole to see an aurora. Planetos might also have a much larger portion that is too cold to live, and a treeline farther South for those who read the links. Whatever happened to Hardhome, as well as the other continents not extending North of the Wall, keeps people much farther from the pole than on Earth.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    I always interpreted the curtain of light as an aurora borealis because Bran was looking at a physical place much farther North than seen by anyone else in the book.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Another retread, but I posted my theory that Ned seems to have lost a big chunk of time doing something we don't know about in the first part of Robert's Rebellion. Taking a boat around the three sisters is hardly the fastest most direct route from the Vale to Winterfell, and Ned calls his banners after Robert and Jon have been fighting a while. All of war is breaking out, the King wants his head, and Ned took the scenic route.
  8. Brad Stark

    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    I am not resisting the idea of j=r+l, but it seems for almost a whole decade, whenever it comes up, it dominates the hersey thread with everyone posting old arguments and theories without anything new being posted.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Of all the topics to retread - I really hate J=R+L. Everyone has a passionate argument. Nobody has a new argument. Even though we've walked and talked the TOJ almost as much, I still feel there is some room to connect what we haven't yet. 1) Why did Aerys order his Kingsguard to Dorne? I know BC likes to think of the TOJ as the OK corral - "lets fight at yonder abandoned tower at high noon", This doesn't fully answer the question. We did not have Ned and Arthur and everyone just sitting around Kings Landing and agree to a duel and just happen to pick somewhere half a continent away. They plausibly could if they were in Dorne to begin with, but they needed another reason to be in Dorne. 2) The most common answer is the KG was there to guard the royal heir. This has two huge holes: A) Aerys favored Viserys and would not have wasted disproportionate resources guarding Rheagar's son instead of himself, Rhaella , Rheagar, Viserys and Daenerys. B If the KG were only there to guard Jon, why would there be a fight? Even if Ned felt a right to take Lyanna and/or Jon away from his bodyguards, he wouldn't fight life-or-death against them. 3) Why did Ned go to Dorne? Presumably to get Lyanna (dead or alive) back. But when and how did he learn Lyanna was in Dorne? Why would go on a secret mission with a small group of trusted fighters? At that point, it was clear Robert won or was winning - there should be no need for either secrecy or military. I know BC prefers to believe Jon's 'Starkness' is more important for future events, even if he actually is a hidden Targ. Jon being hidden Targ relating to the events of Robert's Rebellion does not contradict this. Efforts to kill, save or keep Jon's Targness shaping past events is completely different from Jon's future - and this whole line of theories is still relevant even if Jon's only future is cremation. Of course, back to where we started, I believe this is what Howland knows and why he is off camera.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    There could be a link between the TOJ and green men. We aren't given a reason why Howland went to either. We haven't seen anything to indicate Howland is keeping secrets about the Green Men and his kids talk freely about the Greensight and Greenseers. We have evidence John is a hidden Targ and this related to the TOJ. Ned seems haunted and was keeping secrets before he died. If John is a hidden Targ, there is much reason to keep this secret, both with the reader and with the other characters. Even if you don't buy R+L, something happened there. There was a reason the Kingsguard were there, even if the TOJ was an arbitrary location, there was a reason they were in Dorne.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Howland is the last living character from the TOJ. I've assumed he was kept alive to reveal all, or act on knowledge only he has.
  12. Brad Stark

    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    Not at all. Howland exists because he played a role in Robert's Rebellion. He is off camera because he knows things the reader will eventually discover, and his part going forward may be small. I don't think Rickon was intentionally off camera as much as he was. GRRM is struggling with too many characters and deadlines and Rickon has been neglected since he isn't important. GRRM has told us Howland is intentionally off camera.
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    Heresy 229 and hitting the refresh button

    If Rickon were destined for anything else, we'd have a POV character near him, or he'd be a POV himself. Rickon only exists to affect the other Starks, either by them trying to save him, trying to avoid dying the same way, or being sacrificed for something else.
  14. Brad Stark

    Heresy 228 and one over the eight

    The dream is interesting, and again, gives us 'pale fire'. I interpret it as just Jamie's guilt, but could it be more? Is this truly a Lannister place with dead Lannisters? I interpret Jamie as more Targaryen than Lannister. What is the monster?
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    Heresy 228 and one over the eight

    My point is Jojen may not be special, or at least not for the reason he thinks. Everything he dreamt was just Bloodraven manipulating him.
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