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  1. Preston Jacobs, in his "Alliances of Iron" video series on Youtube, has an elaborate explanation. I'm not completely sold, but he does raise some good points: e.g. Euron at one point says to Victarion: "to make an heir that's worthy of him, I need a different woman. When the kraken weds the dragon, brother, let all the world beware." And it isn't clear who the "him" of that sentence is. Also, the spawn of a kraken and dragon might produce a sort of anti-Azor Ahai
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    When was Raventree Hall Built?

    Raventree Hall is the keep of the Blackwoods. We know that the Blackwoods were driven out of the north by the Starks, and that the Starks had Winterfell since basically the beginning, so we can assume that the Blackwoods left the north after Winterfell was built. However, we are told that "Drum towers and half-moons held up better against catapults, since thrown stones were more apt to deflect off a curved wall, but Raventree predated that particular bit of builder's wisdom", so Raventree has square towers, not round ones. But from all the descriptions of winterfell (and for that matter Storm's end which is also supposed to be as old as Winterfell) have round towers. So Raventree Hall must have been built before Winterfell and Storm's End, which would mean that the Blackwoods didn't build Raventree Hall, someone else did. We are also told that the weirwood in Raventree Hall is enormous (like freakishly big), but that also it hasn't shown a leaf in a thousand years because it was allegedly poisoned by the Brackens. However, the weirwood in Winterfell is nowhere near that size. Which means the weirwood in raventree hall must be thousands of years older than the tree at Winterfell. (This is assuming that Weirwoods grow like other trees, in that the longer they are alive, the larger they grow). So I can think of two explanations: 1. After the Blackwoods were expelled from the north, they built their castle tree around the greatest weirwood they could find (that for some reason wasn't already claimed). Then at a later date the Starks decided to update all of their towers in Winterfell (they were kings, so they might have had the money to do so, and we are told that Winterfell had changed since Brandon the Builder), but the Blackwoods didn't have the ability to do so. 2. Raventree Hall was a castle long before Winterfell existed, and the Blackwoods took it from someone. Which of course begs the question, who built it, who lived in it, and why did the Blackwoods take it?
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    Elmar Frey

    1. If Arya refused to marry him initially, Catelyn and Robb would have asked to postpone the marriage until they were older, by which time Arya probably would have run away, found a way to get out of the marriage, or reached an understanding with Elmar on how much freedom she would have. 2. The freys are actively sending there family members (at least the ones far down in the line of succession) away from the twins, to extend their influence. Elmar's about as far away as one can be (currently he's the youngest son, so he's only ahead of his sister). Elmar as a child would be similar to the walders in winterfell. As an adult, depending on how much of his childhood is spent with the starks, he'd either still be a frey loyalist or aspire to become a stark like theon 3. Not enough information about elmar 4. Big Walder's pretty mean, he's just better at hiding it than Little Walder
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    Were the Greystarks half ironborn?

    The ironborn are usually enemies of the north, since they raid the north. I don't think the Kings in the north would want a potentially ironborn friendly lord close enough to the iron islands who might potentially help the reavers. But he would still want them by the sea so that he could take advantage of their naval capabilities.
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    Were the Greystarks half ironborn?

    The Greystarks were a cadet branch of House Stark. All we know about them is that they were established at the Wolf's Den, land which would eventually become White Harbor, the Greystarks lasted for five centuries until they presumed to join House Bolton in rebellion against the Starks of Winterfell. I was wondering if they could perhaps be half Ironborn. The other cadet branch of house Stark, the Karstarks, formed their name from their founder, Karlon Stark, whose descendant's became known as Karlon's Starks to differentiate themselves from the main starks, until it got shortened to Karstark. Could the Greystarks be a shortened name for the Greyjoy Starks or the Greyiron Starks, which was formed when a Stark married an ironborn? It would also then make sense why they were established at the wolf's den. That way, they are close to the water, so the starks could take advantage of any naval capability they have from their ironborn side, but they are on the opposite side of the north from the Iron Islands, so they wouldn't be as likely to maintain strong connections to the ironborn.
  6. She was a good leader in ADWD, because she was accepting that in order to maintain peace, which is "the pearl beyond price", she had to make a bunch of sacrifices that she didn't want to make (opening the fighting pits, allowing slavery to go on outside of Meereen, marrying Hizdahr, etc.), and was at least set on a path of incremental, but sustainable change that would have brought more freedom. However, I believe that during her last chapter of ADWD, she grew so frustrated with what had happened that she will throw the peace away, and opt for a more Targaryen, conquering ruling method, which will undo everything and spark war.
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    Best/Favorite Chapter That Doesn't Contain a Huge/Iconic Event

    The chapter where Tyrion and fAegon play cyvasse, and Tyrion perfectly explains the situation in Westeros, what Daenerys is like, and what fAegon's next steps should be. Tyrion delivers it with such wit and humor, and with such skill in terms of persuasion. It also is the most descriptive passage we have of fAegon. Also the chapter where Tyrion sets up Pycelle, Varys and Littlefinger for his honeytrap, to see who is leaking information to Cersei. The Alayne chapter in AFFC where Littlefinger verbally spars with the lords declarant. I just like seeing Littlefinger in action. Ned confronting Cersei was also great (though it would've been greater from Cersei's pov, IMO). Does that count as a noteworthy chapter though? It was a big event even if it is mostly dialogue. Catelyn witnessing and assessing Renly as a king. "They are the knights of summer, and winter is coming". Catelyn speaking with Jaime in the dungeon of riverrun at the end of ACOK. Quentyn's descriptions of the armies of Yunkai were also a hoot to read, but it was more funny than noteworthy.
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    Geopolitical discussion about Westeros

    According to the wiki, most of the coast relies on fishing (like the stony shore), especially during the winter. But it is weird that fishing isn't more of a major part of the economy. As for not being a naval power, supposedly King Brandon the Burner burnt the entire northern fleet because his father died at sea, but that does seem like a weird reason that the north hasn't built up their navy again to this day. I think there must be some mining and minerals in the north, considering that the Thenns (who don't have access to trade) have bronze weapons. But in order for a major industry like mining (at least one that isn't directly related to survival) to develop in area, there needs to be uninterrupted periods of development so that trade can grow, and skills can be maintained. Perhaps the long hard winters in the north would prevent mining from developing in the north, whereas the winters are not as hard further south like in the westerlands.
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    Geopolitical discussion about Westeros

    The Iron Islands seem overpopulated in my opinion. According to the wiki: "The islands are sparse and rocky with a thin, stony soil that makes it hard for the smallfolk to farm, often having to do without the animals that might make their job easier, such as oxen or horses. While their mines do not produce the precious metals of the westerlands, iron is abundant on the isles. Lead and tin can also be obtained." They don't even have enough trees to make the boats they travel on, let alone to build fire. I suppose if they are the major source of iron, then they have would have a trading advantage. But iron would have to be pretty scarce on the mainland to make it more cost effective to trade with the ironborn, since the cost of living is probably much higher on the islands, due to the lack of food and wood, and the distance to the iron islands. It does make sense that once a larger population got there, that they felt the need to turn to reaving. But why did such a large population come about there. There would be many more smallfolk trying to leave the iron islands for the mainland, due to the awful conditions there, since food would be so expensive, and would cheaper elsewhere. Also they're much, much smaller in terms of landmass than all the other kingdoms, they don't have any cities, and again their land doesn't produce much food. But based on the amount of military strength each kingdom has, their population should be about half the population of the vale, and a fifth of the population of the reach. They're based off the vikings, but Scandinavia was not this desolate a place. I guess the one solution is that the drowned god religion inspires very devout followers (from what we've seen this is true). Maybe there is actually something to that religion.
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    Is the Northern Rebellion based off of the US Civil War?

    I might press against that point. I would guess that the northern and river lords drummed up support from the smallfolk and their soldiers by talking about northern and riverlands culture, and made the war as a sort of patriotic thing (I don't have much evidence for this, but it would make sense). But the northern and river lords who declared Robb king were probably mainly worried about how the new lannister regime would affect themselves, as opposed to the fact that Ned was executed. They had every reason to suspect that the lannisters would begin raising their taxes and imposing more hardships on them. So in both wars, the wealthy elite of the north/riverlands (for WOTFK) and the confedracy (for civil war) were primarily motivated by their own economic interests (relative independence and self-determination for the north/riverlands, slavery and states rights for the confederacy), but declared the war to be about national/cultural reasons so that they could convince all the poor people they ruled to go along with the war.
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    What was the best scene from the books in your opinion?

    Lysa Threatening to throw Sansa out the moon door, only to get pushed herself Cersei and Ned's talk in the garden Tyrion having Pycelle arrested
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    Bolton's Burnt Book: Mysterious Reading

    That's a pretty good Crackpot Theory! Some more Evidence for it: If you cut all the hair off of Regina George, she'd look like a british man (0:19)
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    Big Walder Analysis

    Another thing worth mentioning is that Big Walder's father, Jammos Frey, is the brother of Lothar Frey, who is commonly known as the smartest Frey. I wouldn't be surprised if the Freys descended from Alyssa Blackwood (including Lothar and Big Walder) were all slightly smarter and more cunning then the rest.
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    How Daenerys will die

    Daenerys is clearly going war crazy by the end of ADWD and will end up being the main antagonist of the series. She'll probably be killed either by Jorah who has seen what a monster she has become, or by herself when she realizes what a monster she has become.
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    Any gay female characters?

    Also, westeros is a very patriarchal society, so the westeros version of the sex talk that parents give their children would predominantly be about the pleasure of the man