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  1. Alexis-something-Rose

    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    I initially disliked Feast. I started reading it all excited, then I went into WTF mode as new POVs kept being introduced and none of the original ones made it into (Tyrion, Dany, Jon). I felt like I was left twisting in the wind. Years later, though, and several re-reads later, I've come to really appreciate the book. The political landscape in both books is really complicated and it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out moving forward. If nothing else, I think they are two pretty good set up books.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    I just realized that there are two characters named Dorea(h). There was Doreah, Dany's handmaid who was a wedding gift (and also slept with Viserys) and then there's Dorea Sand, the young daughter of Oberyn Martell. It had me wondering if it's a coincidence that someone who is in Targaryen entourage and the daughter of a family that supports a Targaryen restoration share the same name or if there was more going on at the time that we're not aware of yet.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Sure, the default setting is that men have long hair and I never questioned the length of Jon's hair. The remark was about me reading the book many many times and never noticing the thrown in line about the length of his hair until now. That's really it.
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    TWOW Meetup: Littlefinger and Lady Stoneheart

    I think there's a chance for a meeting. I don't think Littlefinger will remain in the Vale forever and IIRC, Catelyn was starting to question some things re: Littlefinger. She has the resources to have him captured while he's traveling. Sansa is in possession of important information that can bring about Littlefinger's downfall because he is freely admitting to the things he participated in, like Joffrey's murder and she was there when the whole plot to kill Jon Arryn and bring the Staks into the mess he created was revealed. LF was behind Jon Arryn's murder, Ned ending up in King's Landing, he scapegoated Tyrion for the attempt on Bran's life and then for Joffrey's murder. Catelyn trusted him, and he turned around and lied through his teeth about pretty much everything, then got her husband killed. Littlefinger has got to be confronted by those he wronged.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    In the "this line must have been added in my copy after I read it so much the pages are barely holding together," A gust of wind sent icy tendrils wending through his long brown hair. (Jon IX, ASoS 69) What! I never even realized there was a mention of the length of his hair.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    Whoever Quaithe is, I'm not sure that she's Dany's friend. Maybe it's all the rereads and so much time to think about this, you sort of start to wonder. Quaithe comes to Dany in ADwD after 9 people have been murdered by the sons of the Harpy. We are talking freedmen and Unsullied. But instead of trying to help her with that situation, she is warning her about people who are thousands of leagues away from her. And IIRC (because I don't have my book handy), this is the same chapter when Dany locks up her dragons. If Quaithe had given Dany the smallest of hints about who the Harpy was (if there's such a thing as that) who the people conducting this guerrilla warfare against her were, then she may never have had to marry Hizdhar in the first place. She might have traveled to Westeros with Quentyn instead and maybe ended up linking up with Jon Connington & Co in Volantis. Quaithe seems to have her own agenda where Dany is concerned and she seems adamant that Dany has to follow the path she laid before her with the whole "To go north you must go south . . ." business. And if Quaithe has magical abilities that go beyond her being a shadowbinder, then she might be trying to manipulate an outcome/prophecy she might have foreseen. And these things never end well and this imo makes her no better than Melisandre and what she has been up to with Stannis.
  7. I think the timing of the marriage is suspicious. Sure, Leyton had a lot of children and he has to marry them off. He could have married her off to the sons of one of his bannermen. One of his daughters is married into House Cupps, which we know absolutely nothing about. Tywin tells Tyrion that he offered him to several lords, including Leyton Hightower, so it's not like there were zero offers for her or interest. And I'm going by assumption that it was Lynesse Tywin sought to marry Tyrion off to based on their ages. I think there's something to her marriage to Jorah. I think Lynesse was meant to be her father's eyes and ears in the north. Lynesse's father-in-law is the LC of the NW, House Mormont are bannermen to the Starks, she got to go to Winterfell several times for feasts and stayed there for a fortnight and so on. When I look at things chronologically, there are some Hightower ties to House Stark. Maester Walys was Lord Rickard's maester and the alleged architect of "southron ambitions" (which I don't personally buy into) and Gerold Hightower was there when Brandon and Rickard were executed and later he was at the ToJ where he died. A member of House Hightower popping up in the north isn't really all that surprising to me. And I'd give money to know if the Lord Whent who is mentioned in the same breath as Leyton Hightower at the tourney at Lannisport is Walter Whent or a son of his. Because that sure makes things more interesting.
  8. Here's the situation. The north essentially seceded from the rest of the realm. When Pycelle tells the people on the small council about the letter he received from Bowen Marsh, Tywin gets pissy because it was address to the 5 kings. When Varys suggests that the gold cloaks who deserted their post should be sent to the NW instead of getting their legs broken, Tywin refuses. When Jon sends his letter to King's Landing, the response is to have him assassinated because of the perception that he is helping Stannis and Qyburn who dabbles in necromancy says the NW defends the realm against grumkins and snarks. The bottom line is that no one cares what happens in the north. The north broke apart from the rest of the realm, so this is their problem. The north is back in the realm, so this is Bolton's problem, but Bolton has much bigger problems, like his bannermen who wants to see him dead. The truth is, it was always up to the Starks and the NW to stop the wildlings. The Others have not been seen in 8,000 years, so that's not a problem at all. When Ned tells Catelyn in the opening chapters that he might need to call the banners and go deal with Mance Rayder himself, he is talking about the north dealing with the problem as they've always done, with no expectation of assistance from the king who doesn't even feel like going to the Wall or doesn't sound all that interested in what Benjen may have had to say. I think the expectations is that the northmen will deal with the issue as they always have or be trampled by their enemies and no one cares because there's the Neck between the north and the rest.
  9. Alexis-something-Rose

    What made Ser Gerold Stay?

    I think Rhaegar just commanded him to stay and he decided to follow that command. Hightower was present when Brandon and Rickard were so gruesomely executed, and maybe he was as conflicted about his vows as Jaime and Barristan are. Maybe he saw protecting Lyanna as an opportunity to somewhat redeem himself. What he told Jaime about not judging the king, it sounds like he was speaking from his own experience where he judged Aerys then tried to convince himself that his job was to protect the king, not judge his actions. Plus Gerold Hightower would have been in Aegon's V Kingsguard seeing as he was named Lord Commander, so on top of him possibly being at Summerhall the day it went up in flames, he must have witnessed and heard all sorts of shit (including in the small council) where he might have told himself that he was there to protect the king, counsel him as best as he could, and not judge him. I wouldn't be surprised if his story doesn't mirror Jaime's in some ways and if he didn't see staying behind with Lyanna as a chance to return to the basics and try to redeem some of his honor in the process.
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    Moments of Foreshadowing v.12

    I don't think know if this was brought up before. This had me wondering if this is foreshadowing for the destruction or partial destruction of the Twins and Casterly Rock. She threw back the shutters and shivered as gooseprickles rose along her arms. There were clouds massing in the eastern sky, pierced by shafts of sunlight. They look like two huge castles, afloat in the morning sky. Sansa could see their walls of tumbled stone, their mighty keeps and barbicans. Wispy banners swirled from atop their towers and reached for the fast-fading stars. The sun was coming up behind them, and she watched them go from black to grey to a thousand shades or rose and gold and crimson. Soon the wind mushed them together, and there was only one castle where there had been two. [snip] "Come, see," she told them. "There's a castle in the sky." They came to have a look. "It's made of gold." Shae had short dark hair and bold eyes. [snip] "A castle all of gold, there's a sight I'd like to see." "A castle, is it?" Brella had to squint. "That tower's tumbling over, looks. It's all ruins, that is." (Sansa IV, ASoS 59) It seems like there's a reference here to the the Twins, two huge castles. The clouds change colors because of the rising sun and we end with Lannister colors, gold and crimson. Then Sansa's mentions that the wind mushes the two castles together and there's only one left. Shae mentions the castle being made of gold which could be a Lannister reference. Casterly Rock itself isn't made of gold, but there is gold in its depths. Then Brella tells them that the tower is tumbling over and that the castle is a ruin. Sansa, Brella and Shae express what they see and I think there could be something here as to the future of the Twins and the Rock. It could also be used symbolically for the Freys and Lannisters themselves, in the same way Cleos Frey's quartered sigil (with Lannister and Frey sigils) was punched by arrows when he was killed.
  11. The wights' attack happens in Jon VII, AGoT 52, Robb marches south the following chapter. If a message was sent to Winterfell, then Maester Luwin never shared it with Bran. And Jon in his following chapter thinks that no one even bothered telling him that Robb had marched south to war and he found out through Sam because Maester Aemon received a letter about it. We saw a sample of the letter that Maester Aemon sent in ASoS because Davos reads it. There was a ranging, ravens have been coming back without messages, the ranging party must have been attacked by the wildlings at the Fist. And he even goes as far as recalling the vision that Stannis had about the men dressed in black and the torches and what have you. And he remembers what Melisandre said about the fight that's coming and Azor Ahai and Nissa Nissa, but he doesn't even go to Stannis with it right away because he is scared. Instead, he asks for another letter to read. A similar letter must have been received at Riverrun, for Robb. And Robb is making all these plans to name Jon his heir, so he probably had no idea about anything happening at the Wall. The raven could have been received while he was at Riverrun and the information was withheld from him because it wasn't deemed all that important or the reaction was that he had no men to spare, or it arrived after Robb left Riverrun. But even if Robb wanted to go home and help, he would still run into the same problem. The ironborn are at Moat Cailin. Jeor Mormont sent the wrong man to King's Landing. And the other one he planned on sending to Renly Baratheon, Ser Arnell (I think that was his name) whose mother was a Fossoway, dropped off the face of the earth. We don't know if he went, we don't know if he was laughed out of the room, we don't know anything at all. And he didn't send anyone to catch up with Robb. It's all about plot convenience. I mean the Wall is under attack in ASoS and ravens were sent all over the north. Why didn't the Umbers show up at the Wall to answer the NW's plea and help defend it? And the mountain clans? There's something like 3,000 of them marching in Stannis's army to take Winterfell back, but they can't be bothered to come down from their mountains and help out? Never mind that it's those lands that are in immediate danger once the Wall is breached.
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    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    I think I may have already posted about this, but what the Haigh! From Meera's story about the KotLT. "Amidst all this merriment, the little crannogman spied the three squires who'd attacked him. One served a pitchfork knight, one a porcupine, while the last attended a knight with two towers on his surcoat, a sigil all crannogmen know well." (Bran II, ASoS 24) "As my prince commands. The daughter of the castle was the queen of love and beauty, with four brothers and an uncle to defend her, but all four sons of Harrenhal were defeated on the first day. Their conquerors reigned briefly as champions until they were vanquished in turn. As it happened, the end of the first day saw the porcupine knight win a place among the champions, and on the morning of the second day the pitchfork knight and the knight of the two towers were victorious as well. But late on the afternoon of that second day, as the shadows grew long, a mystery knight appeared in the lists." (Bran II, ASoS 24) "The porcupine knight, the pitchfork knight, and the knight of the twin towers." Bran had heard enough stories to know that. "He was the little crannogman, I told you." "Whoever he was, the old gods gave strength to his arm. The porcupine knight fell first, then the pitchfork knight, and lastly the knight of the two towers. None were well loved, so the common folk cheered lustily for the Knight of the Laughing Tree, as the new champion soon was called. [snip]" (Bran II, ASoS 24) Arya arriving at the Twins; [snip] The knight bore spear and sword while his squires carried longbows. The badges on their jerkins were smaller versions of the sigil sewn on their master's surcoat, a black pitchfork on a golden bar sinister, upon a russet field [snip] She might have risked it even if they'd worn the Umber giant or the Glover fist, but she did not know this pitchfork knight. (Arya X, ASoS 50) "Salt pork never pleases me." The pitchfork knight gave Clegane only the most cursory glance, and paid no attention at all to Arya, but he looked long and hard at Stranger. [snip] "How did you come by this beast?" the pitchfork knight demanded. (Arya X, ASoS 50) The Hound providing the pitchfork knight's identity; "Ser Donnel Haigh," he said. "I've taken more horses off him than I can count. Armor as well. Once I near killed him in a mêlée." (Arya X, ASoS 50) Possible identity of one of the knights defeated in joust by the Knight of the Laughing Tree (I think it's spelled out, if anything).
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    Why Does Darkstar Matter?

    It's an assumption on my part. It would definitely add an extra layer to the whole thing.
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    Tyrek Lannister theories?

    There was a really good speculation here sometime ago that Varys removed Tyrek to remove Lannister influence from Hayford because the House is traditionally a Targ supporter. Tyrek isn't that far down the line of succession for House Lannister either right now. A couple more dead people and he should be able to inherit it.
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    Moments of Foreshadowing v.12

    So I was rereading Jaime's weirwood fever dream and I came out with some observations. The dream takes place below Casterly Rock, but it sounds like the setting is maybe used as a stand-in for hollow hill. I think there is some foreshadowing going on here of future events. First thing is this; "Us? This is your place, Brother. This is your darkness." Her torch was the only light in the cavern. Her torch was the only light in the world. She turned to go. "Stay with me," Jaime pleaded. "Don't leave me here alone." But they were leaving. "Don't leave me in the dark!" Something terrible lived down here. "Give me a sword, at least." "I gave you a sword," Lord Tywin said. (Jaime VI, ASoS 44) This is interesting because earlier in the story we see the gift that Tywin plans on giving Jaime, a Valyrian steel sword. And later, Jaime receives the sword and turns around and gives it to Brienne. From behind came a great splash. Jaime whirled toward the sound . . . but the faint light revealed only Brienne of Tarth, her hands bound in heavy chains. "I swore to keep you safe," the wench said stubbornly. "I swore an oath." Naked, she raised her hands to Jaime. "Ser. Please. If you would be so good." The steel links parted like silk. "A sword," Brienne begged, and there it was, scabbard, belt, and all. She buckled it around her thick waist. "The light was so dim that Jaime could scarcely see her, though they stood a scant few feet apart. In this light she could almost be a beauty, he thought. In this light she could almost be a knight. Brienne's sword took flame as well, burning silvery blue. The darkness retreated a little more. (Jaime VI, ASoS 44) Brienne swore an oath to Catelyn to keep Jaime safe and deliver him to King's Landing. We don't know if she was made to swear another to Lady Stoneheart before she rode out to find Jaime (I think there's a good chance she did). Brienne felt the hemp constricting, digging into her skin, jerking her chin upward. Ser Hyle was cursing them eloquently, but not the boy. Podrick never lifted his eyes, not even when his feet were jerked up off the ground. If this is another dream, it is time for me to awaken. If this is real, it is time for me to die. All she could see was Podrick, the noose around his thin neck, his legs twitching. Her mouth open. Pod was kicking, choking, dying. Brienne sucked the air in desperately, even as the rope was strangling her. Nothing had ever hurt so much. She screamed a word. (Brienne VIII, AFFC 42) GRRM told us that the word Brienne screamed was "sword," which is what she is asking of Jaime. Then she goes to find find Jaime and Pennytree. "Do they keep a bear down here?" Brienne was moving, slow and wary, sword in hand; step, turn, and listen. Each step made a little splash. "A cave lion? Direwolves? Some bear? Tell me, Jaime. What lives here? What lives in the darkness?" "Doom." No bear, he knew. No lion. "Only doom." (Jaime VI, ASoS 44, p. 610-1) Brienne asks Jaime if they keep a bear down where they are. When Jaime rides back to Harrenhal, he finds Brienne fighting a bear. And his answer about only doom waiting for them is rather accurate if he is headed to hollow hill. Jaime, we assume, is being taken to hollow hill by Brienne to be confronted by Lady Stoneheart and the BwB. So his answer about only doom waiting for them is And there is a confrontation of sorts in Jaime's fever dream, between him and Rhaegar and the deceased Kingsguard. "I swore an oath to keep him safe," she said to Rhaegar's shade. "I swore a holy oath." "We all swear oaths," said Ser Arthur Dayne, so sadly. The shades dismounted from their ghostly horses. When they drew their longswords, it made not a sound. "He was going to burn the city," Jaime said. "To leave Robert only ashes." "He was your king," said Darry. "You swore to keep him safe," said Whent. "And the children, them as well," said Prince Lewyn. Prince Rhaegar burned with a cold light, now white, now red, now dark. "I left my wife and children in your hands." "I never thought he'd hurt them." Jaime's sword was burning less brightly now. "I was with the king . . ." "Killing the king," said Ser Arthur. "Cutting his throat," said Prince Lewyn. "The king you had sworn to die for," said the White Bull. (Jaime VI, ASoS 44) This sort of confrontation is kind of interesting. Rhaegar talks about leaving his wife and children under Jaime's protection. He doesn't even seem to be concerned with the fact that Jaime killed Aerys. But he reproaches him the deaths of wife and children. The Kingsguard, though, because of their oath reproach Jaime the murder of Aerys, all five of them do, and Lewyn Martell brings up the children as well because he was their uncle. Bran was pushed out the window by Jaime, something he acknowledged to Catelyn. And then we have the whole business of "Jaime Lannister sends his regards" at the Red Wedding. That's two of her children's faiths she can lay at Jaime's feet, plus the BwB is not exactly fair when it comes to delivering justice as we saw with all those accusations leveled at Sandor Clegane. But I think there are elements in the fever dream that foreshadow and might parallel the confrontation between Jaime and LS.
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