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  1. Brad Stark

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    I don't think the Others have blue eyes. I think they ARE blue eyes. We've heard them referred to as mist, and seem to be able to materialize from thin air. They either follow extreme cold or vice versa. We know they can do extraordinary things with ice. I don't think they are beings with slender beautiful bodies, but rather are without bodies and make human like physical forms from ice. They have the ability to warg into dead bodies, many at once, and those bodies have the same blue glow as the ice bodies they create. I do think the Children created them, probably from sacrificed humans, but not with a dagger in the heart animating a transformed human. Do you think Crasters sons are dead newborn babies crawling around with daggers in their hearts? This is a silly idea either made up for the show, or borrowed from a completely different GRRM story we will learn about later.
  2. Brad Stark

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    None of them are Targs, but they aren't Starks either. We can assume that someone with neither Stark nor Targ blood can be reanimated by fire, and likely by ice as well. But if Stark blood is ice, can a Stark be reanimated by Fire? Can a Targ be reanimated by Ice? Maybe there are no special rules and it doesn't matter. But ice and fire are central to the series, so I speculate it does.
  3. Brad Stark

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    If J=R+L, then Jon is equally of both ice and fire. Would it make sense for him to come back animated like Beric by fire or like Coldhands by ice? Will he need both? Will using 1 and not the other somehow leave him off balance? Same question applies if you believe Jon has different parents but still Stark and Targaryen blood.
  4. Brad Stark

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    Beric, Catelyn, Coldhands, and maybe Patchface - do we know anyone else resurrected? Beric came back relatively normal, but not the same person. He seems drier, a little more mission oriented, maybe a little more robotic and less human, and certainly a little scrambled, but if we didn't know who he was before, he'd seem like a normal character. Catelyn is completely different. Instead of a warm loving wife and mother, she is solely focused on revenge and would not seem like a normal person, even without her wounds. We probably haven't seen Coldhands before he died, and if we did, we don't know who he is so we can't make comparisons. But Stonesnake, Halfhand and Gared all remind me of the strong silent type and Coldhand's personality seems to fit right in. We don't get a lot of description, but he seems to be a competent fighter who can still move quickly and skillfully. Patchface is a mystery, and what we know of what he was like before is very different. Nimble and clever seem to be the best descriptions and since we've seen him, he is the opposite. Unlike the others, Patchface doesn't seem to be goal oriented or driven towards any specific purpose. So it seems everyone brought back is somewhat less warm, human and nuanced - and the degree of change varies quiet a bit. From GRRM's comments and the example of Cat, we'd assume the more horrific death and the longer ago they died, the greater degree of change, but I suspect that isn't true. Coldhands probably died horribly (and almost certainly violently) and was probably dead far longer than any of the others, but comes back in shape to fit right in with the rangers. I think we also need to ask how any of them were brought back. We have Beric and Cat,we know were brought back by Fire (GRRM told us) but Thoros was hardly the powerful sorcerer or priest we'd expect to resurrect people, and he did it in a cave of Children of the Forest surrounded by wierwood roots. We don't know who or what brought Coldhands back. I suspect Bran (probably future Bran) did it, but it could be Bloodraven, and if not, likely was someone working either on the same side or with the same powers. Patchface again is a mystery, with no clue as to whether fire, ice or water brought him back, who did it, or why.
  5. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    We've discussed this before and it fits. The lower level of the crypts have the secret, Gared was released by the Others on a mission to the Starks, Benjen wasn't killed and is being treated well, possibly even leading the Others. And it is the perfect set up for one of our beloved Starks to become the next Night King.
  6. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    I'd love to see the book split. I don't care what it costs or how long it is, I just care when it comes out. So he could split it 4 ways, make 4 times the money, and have less pressure. I think most of his readers feel the same way. He should publish the material he intended for Dance with the sample chapters he's read and throw a few chapters in to make it more of a complete story on its own. Then Winds covers the material it was supposed to and isn't too long to physically print.
  7. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    We'll find something really interesting in the lower level of the crypts that has nothing to do with Jon's parents. As I said, I think Mance is looking for something there. The Others aren't killing indescrimately or just marching south. They appear in different places all around the north. They may have let Gared go and dueled Royce instead of killing him as quickly as they could. The Others have to have a human master, or will in the future. No other way to have them as the end conflict with as POV on both sides of the war. I bet we find the Starks were either their masters or their enemies in the past. Someone is controlling Craster, it could be the Others themselves, or a human in charge. Given GRRMs style, I am betting on a human, such as Littlefinger, blowing the horn to bring down the Wall in a short sighted plot for personal gain. Then the Others will be a threat South of the Wall.
  8. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    "splintered and twisted like a tree struck by lightning" is not something that happens to a sword in a normal battle. This is evidence something supernatural happened. Good catch that this may be the same sword, however that isn't proven and isn't evidence of much. The Others likely weren't interested in a broken sword and left it on the ground where someone interested picked it up.
  9. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    We have more hinting that something is off with our understanding of the history of the Watch. The infamous list of 674 comes to mind.
  10. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    We have various accounts, including the Last Hero, AA with a flashy sword, a woman with a monkey's tale, Jornaman and Stark working together. GRRM confirming the Watch was around and fought the Others would be huge.
  11. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    Do we have anything from GRRM saying the Watch would fight their ancient foes? I don't think the synopsis was worded that way, and it tells us a lot about the history of the Watch if he did.
  12. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    But what is in the real North we haven't seen yet? A landscape like Antarctica wouldn't be much to see. And with the Others only questionably having a culture. I don't expect cities or civilizations.
  13. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    Have you heard of cosmic inflation? Did you know it is impossible to travel across the Universe? Even at the speed of light, space itself is getting larger faster than you can progress. The rest of the series will go this way. Right now, GRRM has 3 books worth of material unfinished, and is set to release a book next year. But after it comes out, he won't have 2 more books worth of material, but rather 4 or 5 due to new plots, characters and events. I am not complaining. Hearing GRRM died without finishing will be sad, but learning he finished and will never write another asoiaf book is almost as sad.
  14. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    Still not convinced the speed of Others and Wights matters, but they likely don't need to stop to rest, sleep or eat. Even moving 2 mph, they cover 48 miles a day, or over 17000 per year, and can likely get where they need to be.
  15. Brad Stark

    Heresy 208 Winter is Coming

    What point were the landsknechts making? I am inclined to believe the story isn't totally made, simply because the reference to Asshai is too tempting. Repairing an old dirty cloak with precious silk is not out of character if the woman was strongly attracted to Mance, which also explains his objection to burning it.
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