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  1. Aline de Gavrillac

    They should have taken Rhaegar captive

    Rhaegar would never reign, whether the rebels won or lost. King Aerys chose his second son, Prince Viserys to inherit the throne.
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    Meereen and the Great Skahazadhan

    Meereen has a fairly dry and arid climate. Similar to ancient Egypt. Casual examination of the map shows the importance of the Skahazadhan River to the city. Much the same way the Nile was important to Egypt. Egypt is what I picture in my mind when I read those awesome chapters in Meereen. But the textual description of the Great Pyramid is closer to the Mesoamerican pyramids of Teotihuacan. The Egyptian pyramids do not have extensive living spaces inside, but the Mesoamerican structures could theoretically provide enough space to garrison soldiers and royal quarters at the top. I am a fan of the Eastern arc of the story and I hope you share my interests in these seemingly small details. How do you picture in your mind the Great Pyramid of Meereen? Your favorite river in the story? Mine being the Skahazadhan.
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    Why did Hoster Tully throw his lot with the Rebels?

    Availability of partners. If the prince Viserys had been old enough and Aerys was willing to match him with Lysa . . . . . Hoster could have chosen a different side.
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    Northmen their Cutting Losses

    Don't forget the spoils. Not a few of these lords and soldiers await their booty.
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    Northmen their Cutting Losses

    Do you see any more of their bannermen defecting to Joffrey to cut their losses? Absolutely. We know Lady Dustin only sent enough men to appease the Starks. Many of the bannermen did not want to go. Which is true for most war campaigns. They only went because they had to. Scared of the consequences they were. The Starks dragged them into war for the second time in less than twenty years. That had to get old.
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    Is unbroken Male descent important in Westeros?

    The current symmetry to Bael the Bard is Mance Rayder. Both wildlings. Both men of influence among the wildlings. Both can get in and out of Winterfell. Mance Rayder slept with Lyanna under Rickard's nose and got her with child. That child is Jon Snow. Bael was the blue rose. Mance is the blue rose.
  7. Aline de Gavrillac

    Azor Ahai is a hero, not a villain

    Well, Dany is very different. The first female Azor Ahai. She sacrificed her husband, took his life. It was an act of kindness but whose to say the other Azor Ahai of thousands of years ago didn't do the same to spare his wife from something worse. An act of madness on his part or an act of kindness. Difficult to say. There will be many heroes and many villains in the story. I think Azor Ahai is a hero too. She will have a leadership role. But there will be other heroes, like The Last Hero(Bran) who will play an equally large role, at least in the north. Most heroes will be unsung and just die, like Jon, Jorah, Bloodraven, and Samwell. That's just my own opinion on what may happen though.
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    Quick survey (testing a theory): audiobooks vs. printed

    1: I read the books first. Watched the show and gave up on the show. Lastly, I bought and listened to the audio books starring Roy Dotrice. I love the way he says Petire Baelish! Then I read the extra materials like D&E, World, and the novellas. 2: Tyrion is an asshole but he has a lot of good qualities. Just read his chapters in Game and he was a total ass to the guys at the wall. He is much better than Jaime and Cersei though.
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    Azor Ahai is a hero, not a villain

    So the kings mentioned by James Cooper's theory farther down (or farther up) the message boards each played Azor Ahai. Like actors playing a part except they are destined for the role and had no need to audition. James Cooper could be right: the guys went mad with grief, and killed their wives in desperation. I mean, food had to be scarce during the long darkness and many starved to death. Things must have been bad indeed if kings had to wear broken down and moldy clothing. Maybe they were heroes but even the strongest person can break down from too much hardship. Take Theon for example.
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    Meanwhile back at the Wall

    I can understand a few of those soldiers may decide to fight for and protect what remains of Stannis' household from the Boltons. But more of them will take a more practical approach, like Herschel in the following clip below from Wholly Moses:
  11. The feudal system of Westeros is very stratified. People are almost predestined. So how a boy from a relatively poor and insignificant house rise to the top of the system? Destabilize it and tear it down. The system was working against Baelish. He was only going as far as Jon Arryn would allow. He had to take down the great houses in order to get rid of the Glass Ceiling that keeps him from reaching the top.
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Unclear! He rescued Arya! He was sent to bring Arya to the wall so Jon can hide her from her husband. Mance did his part. He rescued Arya. He is there to get Arya for Jon. Mance doesn't know. That is the leverage Jon has on him. We have seen the results. Jon caused trouble at the wall. His decision to put together an army of wildlings to attack the Boltons is a violation of the NW's purpose and his oaths. Bowen Marsh had to kill him to stop his crazy plan. It is not a matter of perspective. Jon is guilty of treason against the NW. He did something he was not supposed to do: take his sister away from Ramsay. He was getting ready to do something he was not supposed to do: lead a wildling raiding party to attack the Boltons. All that trouble and the fall out when he could have just left Arya to take care of herself. Someone already commented on how idiotic it was to try to get Arya. The secret will come out sooner or later and it will cause problems between the watch and the Boltons. It will severely diminish the NW's ability to defend the north against the WW. The best thing Jon could do to keep peopel safe, which can include Arya, is to focus on his job.
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    war of the five kings weak north

    The Ironborn are a warrior culture. Remember, they don't sow. Most of what's left in the north were farmers and crafts people. The IB took them by surprise. Robb was not such a good commander after all. He left his backside exposed and allowed the IB to penetrate into his vulnerable areas.
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    The Ghiscari Names

    Cersei is a lovely name. One of the best girl names in all the novels. It's not just Cersei Lannister. There is Cersei Frey who share the name.
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    Mance Rayder violated guest rights!

    Agree with the underlined. Mellisandre had this idea to use the wildling boy for their leverage on Mance. Jon chose to go along with it because telling them they have Craster's son would defeat the purpose of the baby switch. The whole mission to rescue Arya was a mess from the beginning. It should not have happened. Mance Rayder risked his life and those of the spearwives on a lie. Squirrel the wildling is the one most likely to have gotten herself caught and tortured for information. It was disaster from the beginning. Mel's vision bit Jon's cock off. Jon betrayed the watch and started a fight with the Boltons and it wasn't even Arya. Mance got himself captured and his women tortured to help Arya, and it wasn't even the real Arya. The author set up Jon for failure. I was not surprised after Jon's desertion early on in the story. Jon is not responsible for Mance deserting the Night's Watch over a piece of cloth. Mance Rayder is the only one responsible for that crime because he was insubordinate to his commander and chose to break his vows rather than wear his uniform properly. Jon is partially responsible for Mance Rayder's breaking of guest rights because he sent the man on that mission. You can't argue that Mance Rayder chose to go through the danger of rescuing Arya out of the goodness of his heart. He did it because Jon told him to. Is it fair to Jon to hold him accountable? Yes. You can't deny that he sent Mance Rayder out on that mission.