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  1. Brad Stark

    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    The Andals had writing, so I don't think we can question their arrival is off significantly without a conspiracy theory. Anything before them could be off by a factor of 10 or more. But I think this is just GRRM trying to lengthen the history of his world. How many people in our world have even the slightest clue where their ancestors lived 1000 years ago or what their family was?
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    I discussed the timelines when we had that hearesy, and suspected less time passed than we think. But even the most compressed timelines puts the Long Night more than three times as far back as the Doom. Valyria didn't necessarily expand and conqueror as fast as possible. They probably lived in peace with their neighbors until they encroached on each other's territory. Aegon didn't conqueror Dorne right away and kingdoms like The North didn't resist. The Rhoynor were a much better opponent than Harren the Black.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    The most recent record of a Long Night is from before Valaryia rose. The Doom is less than a 1000 years ago. So while these events could be related or happened multiple times, we need to rule anything out where they happen at regular intervals. GRRM has explicitly ruled out an astronomical reason for the seasons, so I doubt we get a geological one. This is a case where magic overrides science.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    We know the Stark look is theirs from the crypts, long dead Kings with long faces.
  5. Brad Stark

    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    Not sure how Jamie's court documents leak much. 1) There is some conflict about whether the actor is in 6 or 4 episodes. 2) He isn't in every episode of every season. A character not in an episode does not mean he died, more likely he just isn't important to the plot of that episode. 3). Several leaks have Araya wearing his face after he died, in which case the actor still gets paid 4) Similarly, he could be around in a flash back and still get paid. From this, we don't know much of anything, except he probably doesn't die in the first half of the season.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    Wyman is not so much worried about what the old gods may do as his own sense of right and wrong. The Freys broke the guest right, which was wrong. Wyman clearly avoided breaking the rules doing what he felt was right. If he feared the old gods would take revenge themselves (either on him or the Freys) he never would have made the pies, instead waiting for the old gods to take their own revenge.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    We are inclined to trust Wyman´╗┐ as we hate the Freys. But he has done cruel things to people who don't necessarily deserve it and I don't doubt he'd do anything to get ahead. I don't trust him.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    It is possible that the Children were allies of the First Men and called down the Hammer against the Andals from Moat Caitlin. But that isn't the history we are given, that the Hammer was used to stop the First Men before the pact.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    We don't know how the Hammer works, my theory is it controls small movements of wierwood roots causing earthquakes. Even if that's wrong, it shows other possibilities. We are told the Children didn't build buildings, which is in conflict with the idea they built Moat Caitlin. We don't have any other examples like Moat Catlin and the Children we've seen live in caves. I don't think they built Moat Caitlin and it is a good candidate for being built by men before the First Men.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    That gatehouse is a good example, but illustrates my point. It is less than the 2000 years of the first keep, in worse shape and probably seen less use.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    GRRM wanted to stretch the time line of his world, so we have lots of thousand year old buildings, and this cost realism. Of course, we have lots of cities that have been around for thousands of years, but new buildings replace old buildings, and buildings that stay around are renovated. Is there even 1 heavily used building in our world that is a thousand years in the same form? Things like the pyramids don't count, they are only used for tourism.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    Suppose the original King of Winter was a dragonlord, similar to the Valyrians but ice instead of fire. A Stark, who was a First Man, killed him and married his daughters. Now you have a first man culture and blood in with a bloodline like the Targaryens. Winterfell is similar architecture to Dragonstone but different architecture, material and technology. Suppose someone from Valyria left and built their own fortress in the style of their home as well as they could using local resources. Or suppose Winterfell is what Valyria looked like in the beginning before they learned to fuse stone.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    The gargoyles and architecture are clues that Winterfell wasn't built by the First Men, and by association, the Starks weren't First Men. It would be very much like GRRM to call them First Men knowing very well that there were men here before them. We see similar architecture between Winterfell and Dragonstone, similar features between the Dayne's and Targaryens, similar technogy between Dawn and Valyrian steel. GRRM is also very focused on the Targaryen family, even though the story starts with the Starks, who remain central protagonists, he is publishing 2 books about the Targaryen family. Either these 2 families are going to end up being related, or they are somehow opposites.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    Hellhounds are interesting as they link the idea of the Starks association with direwolves and the Starks association with death.
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    Heresy 213 Death aint what it used to be

    Hammerhorn fits my theory the Hammer of Waters was caused by the Horn of Winter.
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