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  1. Martin carefully laid out the rules of skin changing in order to prepare the readers for what will happen. Varamyr's purpose was that preparation. Jon will die from his wounds but his mind will continue to live in his direwolf. A Time for Wolves is too obvious a title and it needed to change. But the story doesn't have to. Jojen tells Bran "the wolves will come again" and it can easily mean the Starks have turned to direwolves when the pack gets together again.
  2. Aerys could. Rhaegar could not.
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    Yi Ti empire potential

    Is it Lo Bu who divided his army and thus became vulnerable to the Jhogo Nai? An intact army would have survived. I don't think they could eradicate the JN but they had enough soldiers to protect their borders. Essos as they say is a different dog. The Yi Ti would have to deal with other powerful people like Ghis and its famed legions.
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    Is death good? Why fight the Others?

    Ice and Fire take turns calibrating the world. Fire destroyed Valyria. Ice will destroy Westeros. These disasters keep humans from becoming too powerful and further upsetting the planet's resources. It culls the weak and the unlucky to force evolution. The female part of this equation during the time of the story is Life. We only need to go to the first book to see the examples. What did the white walkers do in the prologue? They killed Will and Waymar. Ned killed the wandering crow in the following chapter. Ice is the bringer of death. Robb rebelled. Ned killed Lady. Arya has become mentally bent on killing. Jon was set to lead his small army into a very avoidable war before Bowen Marsh killed him. They recycle bodies and put them to good use from the way they see it.
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    Prediction: Jon will become a direwolf

    Only if Aerys was his father. Which I don't think is true.
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    Is death good? Why fight the Others?

    yes they are
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    Is death good? Why fight the Others?

    I wish I can convince all of you to play Nier Automata. The game was created for people who think such as you. It's deeper than ice and fire and you get more involvement because it's a game.
  8. The Lannisters will kill Nymeria. She won't get to Tommen because she has her father's temperament. Cersei won't trust her to go near her son.
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    Bran, time travelling body snatcher?

    Bran can see the past but he can't go there physically. He does this maybe through the weirwood trees. The trees have long lives and the faces carved on the trunks can see. What they saw stays in their memory. Bran is one with the trees and can decipher the memory. Reincarnation can make it possible for Bran to be the Brandon the Builder. His soul gets reincarnated again and again. Jon was the Nightsking and Arya was his corpse bride.
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    Poll: Has Brienne Become a Wight?

    She's a wight on a mission to track Sansa. Beric and Cat are slowly losing themselves until only their obsession remain. They're ghost like. Brienne has become a wight from fire magic.
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    My Cold Hands Theory: Jon Snow

    The Night's King was a Stark.
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    Citadel's Role

    George Martin flipped the idea of the relationship between magic and science. The maesters in our magicless world will be considered the intellectual elite and the magicians will get no more credibility than quack alchemists. Martin's world has magic and it trumps science. Therefore, it is the Citadel and it's maesters who play the part of quack alchemists in his world. It's the scientists who are ignorant there. The open minded practitioners of magic are the intellectuals. Practical knowledge has its uses though and the maesters are the librarians of Earthos. But their catalog is woefully incomplete. Martin is not about to make one side completely right and the opposite completely wrong. Magic and science have value and it is the person who accepts both who is the truly educated. What should be coming obvious is that the classical, maester driven education of the Westeros nobles is woefully inadequate. It's the people like Jorah, Tyrion, Daenerys, Arya, Bran, and Marwyn who are getting the best education because of their abilities to read, acquire new languages, exposure to diverse cultures, and travel widely.
  13. Honestly, I don't find those two alike. Take a closer look at two random characters in this ginormous tale and you can find parallels. Just look at the examples. Daenerys and Bran. Visions, prophecies, and dreams. One can't walk and the other can't have a baby. Jorah and Jaime. Both got the same punishment they gave. Jorah got sold to slavers. Jaime got crippled. Brienne and Arya. Out of touch women who doesn't fit in socially. Awkward. So on and so on. I fail to see any significance between Stannis and Rhaegar besides their fathering something strange. Stannis fathered a shadowspawn. Maybe Rhaegar fathered an ice spawn if he got Lyanna preggers. Both children of the dark who brought disaster.
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    Pole did Ramsay remove theon's junk?

    Did Ramsay castrate Theon. He did.
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    Cersei and the Mad King

    This
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    Best/Worst POV Storylines in Each Book

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    Question about Viserys

    I didn't catch that discrepancy. It's not unexpected given the number of pages written. There are bound to be many inconsistencies in all of the books. World is not written from an all-knowing third party narrator. The author-historian can easily make mistakes.
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    Is death good? Why fight the Others?

    Some of you should play Nier Automata. The story telling is better than Martin's tbh and the philosophical questions are deeper.
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    The Others "inside" man

    Varys tried to save King Aerys from his enemies. He supports the Targaryen restoration which is for the best of humanity. If the Others have an inside man then it's more like an inside family. The Starks have significant connections to the White Walkers and may share the same bloodline. A Stark must always be in Winterfell to await the coming of their gods. The frozen corpses of the kings of winter lie in state while they wait for the White Walkers to return and give them life again. Although they forgot to read the fine print about coming back as ice zombies.
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    Doctrine of Exceptionalism

    I doubt the author favors Jon as a ruler. Jon is an idiot who thoroughly fucked up at the wall. He can't manage a few thousand underlings. He sure as hell won't be able to manage a kingdom.
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    Doctrine of Exceptionalism

    Correct. He needed to highlight the difference between them and the common man. And he had a lot of good points. After all, they came from a culture that practiced sibling marriages. That culture pre-date the seven. They ride dragons. Something the common man can't do. They look different.
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    Daenerys is Azor Ahai.

    Nice. The dragons will change the game this time around. They won't be able to force the weather to change back to summer but they can burn away the wights and their masters. Most of the people in westeros will still die because winter kills. Martin already warned us about that. But having the dragons will save enough people to repopulate after the winter passes.
  23. I don't know about villains but they made the kingdom worse. The kingdom would have been better off if Aerys had won the war and beheaded all of the Baratheons, Starks, and Arryns. Or burn them. Whichever he preferred. Jon Arryn's math is messed up. He started a rebellion that killed many to protect two men. That should have been a clue as to what kind of leader he would be. He allowed Robert to bankrupt the country. Lf was screwing his wife underneath his nose. Cersei was cuckolding the king under his watch. That's not an improvement over Aerys. Aerys burned people. Duh, so does Stannis. The Targaryens fought among themselves for power. Duh, so do the Baratheons. Look to Renly and Stannis. Aerys punished some innocents along with the guilty at Duskendale. Well, Robert sent an assassin after an innocent, young girl. Whose throne he stole. Ned protested but in the end was going to let it happen. They were worse than Aerys.
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    Poll: The Southron Ambitions

    Rickard was plotting to remove the Targaryens from the throne. So yes.
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