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  1. zandru

    Poll: Did Jojen Die Off-Page in DANCE?

    Hmph. I'm skeptical of the whole "magical blood" schtick. Also, human sacrifice - by humans - is abominable. Now, a non-human species sacrificing a human like we would a dove or suckling pig might be no big deal to them; after all, we humans are the ones who tried to exterminate all of them, and are inferior creatures, mere animals, to boot. But other humans should rightly be appalled by this. Note that this is just my opinion and has limited, if any, backing in the text. I think Davos Seaworth would agree with me, though.
  2. zandru

    Poll: Did Jojen Die Off-Page in DANCE?

    Kudos for the reference to Howl's Moving Castle! And all good reasons that it's unlikely Jojen - and Meera - died offscene. I suspect that we won't be seeing Bran point-of-views in the subsequent book(s); just his effects, like that Theon chapter where the weirwood took on Bran's face and said his name. We will eventually see Meera and hopefully Jojen (remember, his health wasn't good) when they leave the cave, without Bran. Hodor would be where Bran asked him to be.
  3. zandru

    Poll: Did Jojen Die Off-Page in DANCE?

    No. But I'm sure you'll have some selective misreading which "proves" you are right. The assumption that the Children of the Forest and/or Bryndan Rivers ordered Jojen to be killed and fed to Bran would dramatically change the reader's assumption that they're good people. Also, it would presuppose that Meera is fine with watching her beloved brother slaughtered like a hog. That, and the weird assumption that Bran somehow needs to eat human flesh in order to develop his powers ... they've apparently been doing that for the last stages of their journey anyway. The story notes that Jojen is bored and growing irritable with their long stay in the dark caves. This is more likely to become a plot point than Jojen becoming a dinner.
  4. zandru

    King Tommen

    Wow! That's an interesting possibility. Were he/she pushed, or did they jump? Cersei, of course, would be certain that it was Tyrion's doing, and might not order an investigation for the actual guilty party. So, as with Winterfell, the mysterious deaths could continue...
  5. zandru

    Can Cat be happy?

    Split "cliffhanger" hairs any way you like, Mr P Rex. I'm unconvinced by your logic, or your interpretations.
  6. zandru

    Can Cat be happy?

    I agree totally with your analysis, yet I can still see poor Ned Stark as the blade descends...
  7. zandru

    Can Cat be happy?

    Come on. If you had been reading Game of Thrones back in the day and read that chapter, what would you have thought ... RIGHT THEN? The fact that we have four more books which continue the story NOW is irrelevant. Really? Do you have statistics on this? That an 8 year old child, in the grip of a grown man with a knife, is safer that, what? So now Ser Brienne, the Maid of Tarth, is suddenly "an assassin"? The rest of your posting is meaningless semantics, in my opinion.
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    Can Cat be happy?

    I agree with you, Clegane's Pup. I have seen no evidence that Brienne is now a zombie wight, nor that Lady Stoneheart has returned to being a corpse after reviving her, and no indication in the text that Thoros had to bring Brienne back to life, either. The Jaime chapter where Brienne rides into camp is another of George RR's cliffhanger endings, like Arya being dragged into an alley by Yoren, who then pulls out a knife. To be continued, in the next installment! Although, I confess that it filled me with gladness that Jaime chose to follow Brienne, in spite of her looking even worse than her usual "ugliness", rather than rush off to rescue his beautiful sister Cersei's sorry arse. This went beyond mere altruism (something Jaime disavowed, after the hate he got for killing Mad Arys) and his possible affection for Brienne; Jaime knows exactly how dangerous Sandor Clegane is, and how much less dangerous Jaime himself has become with the loss of his hand. It's kind of amazing that Brienne will flat-out lie like this, also. (No, that doesn't mean she's dead, P Rex). Brienne believes Sandor is dead. She also knows by now that he never had Sansa. I strongly suspect that she told Jaime all of this, once they had gotten out of range of the Lannister camp. But again ... to be continued, in the next installment!
  9. zandru

    Frozen Hell

    Like I said earlier, your Christian interpretation of the "one and only" hell is irrelevant to Westerosi beliefs, where they have seven and all are different. Overthinking.
  10. zandru

    Frozen Hell

    Perhaps I'm just "underthinking" this, but Ned's thought about a "frozen hell reserved for Starks" wasn't meant to be anything literal. Remember, southron Westerosi who worship the Seven believe there are seven hells (Thanks, Ser Leftwich!). The quote from Barristan's point of view (thanks, Springwatch!) indicates the hells are not all the same: some are fiery, others cold, and there's probably even more variety that is really of no great significance. Christianity has no place here, folks. When Ned thought his "frozen hell reserved for Starks", he was doing no more than using the Westerosi equivalent of our "special hell reserved for" [insert people who you want to target.] It's clearly a commonly-used phrase or thought. Period. Well, that, and Ned, being from the north, would think that "frozen" was probably worse than "warm." I can sympathize.
  11. zandru

    King Tommen

    Yes, she's trying to mold poor Tommen into the sociopath that Joffrey was. Try to force Tommen not to care about the other boy suffering in his place. Maybe even get Tommen to enjoy doing the whipping. If Cersei succeeds, then she will need to fear Tommen; bet she's never thought of that one. Cersei isn't a deep thinker. At this point, were she a Targaryen, people would be saying she's "mad."
  12. zandru

    King Tommen

    I'm with you on Cersei becoming more clingy and overprotective of Tommen. And I suspect that this will be the cause of Tommen's death. Will Cersei wreak vengeance on Margery, losing Tommen's love and possibly causing him to do something stupid which kills him? Will Cersei go all-out on Tommen, as the only male heir, neglecting and even rejecting Myrcella, as she rejected Jaime after he was maimed? Myrcella is wanted and valued by Dorne, which may align itself with Young Griff, who is currently conquering down around Storm's End. Lots of bad things can happen to people, especially children, in war. Myrcella's crown will likely come via Dorne. I do believe that Cersei will bury all three of her children, and "gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds." And Cersei will be replaced by a younger, more beautiful queen - I'm hoping it Daenerys, but who knows?
  13. zandru

    King Tommen

    Strangled by Queen Cersei's apron strings.
  14. I think it was more Sandor's assessment that he never would have a wife or lands or title, not that he would need to go to any great trouble to foreswear them. Him saying "and who'd care if I did?" was one of the saddest statements I'd read; although Sansa dutifully noted it, she didn't seem to, you know, actually hear it. Sansa seems to be a pretty good observer (not to change the subject); if she could but learn to "see with her eyes, hear with her ears" etc, as Sylvio Forell taught Arya, instead of pre-filtering and spinning her observations to herself, she could do much better than she has thus far. (What will Winds of Winter bring??) But, back on topic - are there any vows that women swear? Outside of maybe marriage and vows to the Church of the 7?
  15. I think the Hound has skated by for decades on the fact that he's huge, strong, skillful, fast and dangerous. Which not only makes him difficult to force against his will, but also very desireable - when he's on your side. Also, Joffrey was neither meticulous about process nor smart. As to which oaths are the most important, that is, what's the hierarchy, much of that would lie with the oath-taker. But we can guess that the entity to whom the oath is sworn makes a big difference. If you swear to the King, that trumps (sorry) your oath to your liege lord. Does it overwhelm your oath to your family? Maybe, maybe not. How about oaths to the Seven? Probably depends on how religious you are. Let's lremember Varys's parable of the sellsword, the wealthy man, the septon, and that other guy. I think oaths have greater power in the North. "Words are wind" seems to be a southron saying. Cersei particularly loves it. She doesn't even respect written testaments, witnessed and signed.
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