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  1. Hey @Werthead, this is really nice! I had a small quibble though: I think there are two types of black stone - one, the oily black stone of mysterious origin, and another, fused black stone (which was possibly made using dragonfire). If I am not wrong, the oily black stone is only in four places: Yeen, Asshai, Toad Island, Seastone Chair. It is not clear if the stone used in the Five Forts, Lorath and Hightower is the same as the oily black stone.
  2. Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) was once Fred Flintstone http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2272958720/nm0004692#
  3. 1) The Eyrie, as @chrisdaw pointed out above, is the castle made of snow where she will kill LF, fulfilling the GOHH prophecy. Most probably, she will control the Vale after this event. 2) The possibility of the Vale army going up North in Winter is very unlikely due to travel distances, the terrain, and the weather. 3) The North, after the defeat of Boltons, is now going to focus on the threat of the Others, Old Gods' magic, wildlings, question of Azor Ahai and so on. Jon, Bran, Stannis, Melisandre, etc will be the protagonists in the North. Sansa's story does not relate to any of this - she is going to be a player in the Game, and for that, the South is the place where she can actually display her skills. 4) Bran has a vision of her and Arya in AGOT being overshadowed by the Hound, Jaime and UnGregor. Since every other vision of his has been accurate, we can assume this will play out as well. I find it quite unlikely this will happen in the North - it looks more like KL or the Riverlands itself.
  4. He hears Bran sobbing when he is front of the heart tree: A thin film of ice covered the surface of the pool beneath the weirwood. Theon sank to his knees beside it. "Please," he murmured through his broken teeth, "I never meant …" The words caught in his throat. "Save me," he finally managed. "Give me …" What? Strength? Courage? Mercy? Snow fell around him, pale and silent, keeping its own counsel. The only sound was a faint soft sobbing. Jeyne, he thought. It is her, sobbing in her bridal bed. Who else could it be? Gods do not weep. Or do they? The sound was too painful to endure. Theon grabbed hold of a branch and pulled himself back to his feet, knocked the snow off his legs, and limped back toward the lights. There are ghosts in Winterfell, he thought, and I am one of them. And then: The old gods, he thought. They know me. They know my name. I was Theon of House Greyjoy. I was a ward of Eddard Stark, a friend and brother to his children. "Please." He fell to his knees. "A sword, that's all I ask. Let me die as Theon, not as Reek." Tears trickled down his cheeks, impossibly warm. "I was ironborn. A son … a son of Pyke, of the islands." A leaf drifted down from above, brushed his brow, and landed in the pool. It floated on the water, red, five-fingered, like a bloody hand. "… Bran," the tree murmured. They know. The gods know. They saw what I did. And for one strange moment it seemed as if it were Bran's face carved into the pale trunk of the weirwood, staring down at him with eyes red and wise and sad. Bran's ghost, he thought, but that was madness. Why should Bran want to haunt him? He had been fond of the boy, had never done him any harm. It was not Bran we killed. It was not Rickon. They were only miller's sons, from the mill by the Acorn Water. "I had to have two heads, else they would have mocked me … laughed at me … they …" Bran is unconsciously, the catalyst for Theon's redemption in ADWD. It's no mistake that right after this scene, the next chapter is titled "Theon 1".
  5. Yes, Euron is clearly evil Bran, I agree. Wouldn't it make a better parallel then, that Bran succeeded, and is now learning the greenseer magic (and has inadvertently become some kind of Old God) while Euron failed, and to make up for his childhood dream of becoming a God and flying, set off East to learn their famous dark sorcery? That's just my conjecture, though. I hope this is not true, but it probably might be . I still find it unlikely though. Euron was hanging around in the East for quite a while, and might have definitely heard of Dany and her dragons. He could have Skinchanged them and brought them to Westeros at that time if he wished. But I think we'll just agree to disagree, I believe if Euron had been skinchanging, GRRM would have dropped a couple of hints by now.
  6. See, I agree that it is possible that BR contacted Euron because he recognised his immense magical potential. But it does not look like that their association went any further, because BR now has recruited and is training Bran. From Bran's arc and ADWD Prologue, we know that just having the potential is not sufficient to become a proficient skinchanger - the person needs to hone their skills, just like any other talent. We also know that the act of skinchanging a human is a very tough task. If Euron is a skinchanger who is prolific enough to enter a person's mind hundreds of leagues away, then he can surely skinchange a dragon. This is also, of course, ignoring the logistics of skinchanging. Bran's body is effectively a shell when he is in another skin. Euron however, seems to have been quite active all this while, which is impossible if he was skinchanging the dusky woman the whole time. More likely, Euron has used some kind of magic to bind the dusky woman to himself and compel her to do his bidding, sort of similar to the Imperius Curse in Harry Potter.
  7. It is quite likely that Sansa and the Vale get involved with the upcoming Dance of Dragons in some way. We know that Aegon is going to become a major force to reckon with in Westeros and may eventually sit the iron throne for a while. Somehow I can't see LF not trying to get a piece of the action (especially when he holds the command of one of the only large, rested and trained armies in Westeros currently.) It would also give Sansa a chance to actually really get into the "Game" and begin showing her skills as a player. There isn't much scope for that up North. The Vale played a crucial role in the previous Dance of Dragons. There was a lady Jeyne Arryn (called the 'Maiden of the Vale') who was the sole ruler at the time. Not to mention, during Aegon's Landing, there was, again, a lady ruling the Vale as the regent of a young boy. We know that GRRM loves his parallels. Most probably Sansa will stay south. She has a lot of story left with all the characters there like LF, Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, Sandor and Arya (who will probably return to the Riverlands) to name a few.
  8. Quaithe is bad news for sure, IMO. Nothing like a few cryptic warnings to fan the paranoia of a lonely Targ queen disillusioned by life . Poor Dany.
  9. I posted the same quote a few pages back with almost exactly the same conclusion - probably Euron + red priests might wreak havoc on Westeros. . I don't think Melisandre, misguided as she is, would help Euron destroy the world. There was discussion that the "tall woman with hands of pale fire" could most likely be Cersei. Even though I agree with the idea that Euron + Cersei might team up, I think the woman in the vision is definitely a "magic" wielder or has supernatural connections of some kind. Quaithe is not really a bad candidate, if you think about it. She warns Dany about everyone coming her way except Euron - in fact she actually tells her not to trust the 'kraken and dark flame' - the people who would be able to tell her how dangerous he is.
  10. That's basically what I was saying in my post - that Euron knows magic, but not the skinchanging/Old Gods type of magic, because we have first-hand seen through Varamyr and Bran's POVs how difficult it is to skinchange a human. I mean, if Euron could do that seamlessly, then he could just warg the dragons. As to Balon's death, we know that an FM killed Balon for sure because of the Ghost of High Heart's prophecy in ASOS - "I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings." But the rest I don't think anyone would disagree with - the man surely has learnt very dark, arcane magic from wherever he supposedly travelled to. Considering that even the Faceless Men don't seem to have asked much of him for the killing of Balon, it is quite possible that he has struck some kind of deal with them.
  11. Guys, another thought I had about this chapter.... I think this chapter pretty much confirms that Euron paid the FM with a dragon egg to kill Balon. But from whatever I understood of the FM philosophy in AFFC, it seems to me they ask for a pretty massive sacrifice from the customer for carrying out a killing - proportional to whatever the person "holds dear". It's actually the only plausible way that the author keeps their price high enough so that every second character doesn't start hiring them to kill, after all. But Euron seems pretty loaded with wealth, riches and loot from wherever he went (VS armor and so on). It seems pretty weird that all the FM would ask from him to carry out a killing would be a dragon egg. Especially when we know Euron has no qualms about kinslaying and could have probably worked out another way to kill Balon if he did not really want to give up the egg. Thoughts?
  12. Really, if GRRM wanted to hint he was a skinchanger, he could have had a couple of ravens/crows reporting to him or seeming to be under his command, he calls himself Crows' Eye after all . Or have a dog/cat or some other animal be a constant companion. Hell if Euron had gifted some animal to Victarion on his journey, we could have speculated that he's skinchanging it. But yeah, somehow people think he can effortlessly skinchange the Dusky Woman without her showing any resistance??? Then why not just skinchange the dragons?? Euron may have magical potential, but he's more of an eastern magic guy than a Old-Gods magic type.
  13. You can bet that if Euron had any kind of skinchanging power, we would have seen it by now. A guy like this isn't going to refrain from mind-controlling people/animals to achieve his ends. We must also remember that skinchanging/greenseeing, as a type of magic, is one that seems to be enhanced with a personal (bodily) sacrifice. Bran loses his legs, Bloodraven has practically gone into the tree, Arya skinchanges the cat in Braavos when she's blind. Euron hasn't sacrificed any part of himself yet - he seems to sacrifice others to harness magic (which seems to be the MO of eastern magic practitioners: see R'hllor priests, birth of Dany's dragons, so on.). It seems to me that Euron is like an antithesis of Bran - someone who desperately wants to perform magic, become a God and rule the world rather than being born with an innate ability to do so. He appears to have learnt methods to perform magic through either study or observation during his travels,IMO.
  14. All the KL scenes were really well done in this episode, and she looked absolutely scary and crazy on that throne. The Arya scene was totally chilling as well.
  15. Everyone else is so bland and predictable at this point that I totally want Cersei to last till the end
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