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  1. Lady Rhodes

    What's going to fill the largest part in TWOW?

    Interesting. I know I heard that they will be apart most of the book (I think Tyrion is going to help rule Meereen while Dany is off with the Dothraki) and when she returns they will meet. I think Dany and Dorne are going to be the largest parts. Dany, Tyrion, Barristan, Arianne, Jon Con...that whole gang.
  2. Lady Rhodes

    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    I have always taken "the children" to mean the overall whole of Westeros - the people - common and high born, who are hurt when people play their game of thrones. I am intrigued with your thoughts about Aerys and Rhaella's children being sacrifices. I believe we discussed the ToJ sacrificial pyre in a previous heresy together. There are only a couple of things that I have trouble reconciling. 1) We have the PoV of two Kingsguard - Jaime and Barristan. Jaime went all out telling Brienne about the atrocity that Aerys was going to commit in Kings Landing. I feel that he would have told her if he had witnessed anything else. To be fair, though, he was not on the Kingsguard very long, so he may not have witnessed much of this. But Barristan we have a very defined PoV of. We have a sense of his values, his sense of right and wrong. He was very vocal against the killing of the cupbearers in Meereen, and he also mentions that if he had seen Robert smile when looking at the bodies of Rhaenys and Aegon that he doesn't think he could have been restrained from killing him. This makes me skeptical that he would stand by while children were sacrificed. 2)The thoughts on Rhaegar are conflicting - only Robert really hates him (though I must say, your point about Tywin working silently to undermine the Targaryens is thought provoking) Barristan seems to regard him as someone who is caring and melancholy, intelligent, noble, a skilled fighter but preferring music. Jorah describes him as valiant and honorable. Ned reflects that he did not think Rhaegar would be the type to frequent brothels. In addition, Ned holds Arthur Dayne in high regard, as well as the other Kingsguard knights that were at the ToJ. It doesn't appear to me that Rhaegar was complicit, or at least, intentionally complicit in something heinous as child sacrifice. Furthermore, I can't see Ned holding them in high esteem if they were all involved in something so dark and twisted. To be sure, I do think something was going on there. But I don't think Rhaegar is a monster either.
  3. I've never heard this. Was this in an interview? On the topic of the texts as a whole, by and large, the best, most longstanding, frequently revered literary works are works that can be read with multiple lenses. There is the view of the narrative story - the plot, counterplot, climax, and resolution. But then there are the symbolic, thematic plots. So, what may seem unnecessary to the narrative story - not bad necessarily, but like "I would much rather you cut this out and I would have got the story two years sooner!" unnecessary - are vital to the overall thematic or symbolic plot that the author has in mind. GRRM's views are war are not secret and I think that is what he is showing in some of the "slow" or "unnecessary" arcs in the story. Slaver's Bay seems to be a tale in conquering people of whose traditions and customs you know nothing of (years ago, I heard it mentioned that the first Gulf War and then the Iraq war influenced the arc of Slaver's Bay, and I can see how that would apply) The overall theme in the Bay seems to be that there were grave humanitarian injustices that were occurring but was it Dany's place to fix it? I think the same arc is happening in Dorne with Arianne and Aegon and the set up for Dance of Dragons Part II, Areo and Doran and the overripe blood oranges. Doran has been so fixated on carefully planned justice and revenge but also saving innocent lives of children. I, sadly, think that the theme for the Dorne plot is that innocent people suffer and die in war. And the Others? They are the mindless warriors that fight without any idea what they are fighting for. This whole series is sad and somber. The worst part is I have a theory that by the end, the whole series will end with the note of pointlessness - this was all for nothing. I think it will be revealed that in someway, the Others will eventually return, and I think it is possible for Dany to have a child with another Targaryen (maybe Jon?) and for it to end with the child having the madness. All of the fighting, all of the deaths, everything everyone fought and gave up and died for...was for nothing. That is the pointlessness of war in GRRM's view, I think. I'm sorry, I kinda went out a rant here. But I think everyone gets where I was going. Two plots - narrative and thematic and what seems cool but unnecessary to one is vital to the other.
  4. Lady Rhodes

    The hound saved Jeyne Poole

    Interesting perspective. I admit the chase aspect has merit but I think you are greatly underestimating his obsession with Catelyn. He fought a duel for her hand in which he almost died. I don’t think that is the action of someone only interested in the chase.
  5. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I thought GRRM stated years ago that he foresaw these last two being huge texts larger than the others
  6. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I think cockiness is going to cause Aegon to confront her. Maybe he think he won’t burn or the dragons won’t attack him? And yep, you are right. If she calls him false that would do it
  7. Lady Rhodes

    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    I believe it was in Heresy 210 A babe in the woods or 211 eight cairns.
  8. Lady Rhodes

    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    I didn’t think he came early to fight Littlefinger. Branson is lord heir to Winterfell and Baelish was some boy from the fingers. I am pretty sure that Littlefinger challenged Brandon when he already arrived. I think Littlefinger May have sent the tip though re Lyanna when he was going back the Fingers. Maybe hoping to delay the marriage?
  9. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I’m so glad you brought up Storms End because I think that is pivotal to understanding what will happen in dorne. Jon Con’s last chapter in Dance ends with Aegon saying he is leading the taking of Storms End. I think this shows that Aegon is brash and wants to be seen as a conqueror and fierce fighter. Like you and I both agree, Arianne also shows qualities of brashness over rationality. So, while you are 100% right about previous attacks on Dorne, I don’t think Arianne and Aegon will commit guerilla warfare. They are going to want to be seen as the people who fought the dragons. the wildcard is how Aegon will reconcile his original intention of Dany with Arianne. I think Quentyn’s death is the pretext.
  10. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    Depends on chapter lengths
  11. Lady Rhodes

    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    Something I always wondered about this was whether Renky was in on Jon Arryn and Stannis’ suspicisons. He was clearly in communication with the Tyrells (presumably through Loras) and I wonder how deep that conspiracy went
  12. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I think Dorne because there was heavy foreshadowing in Arianne’s Winds chapter (a girl with the gift of sight and she dreamed of dragons dancing and wherever they flew people screamed. That is a brief paraphrase) we have Arianne with a known proclivity for rashness and lack of thinking things through and I doubt she really has learned from the Myrcella debacle. We have the symbolism of the overripe blood oranges and falling and splattering when they hit. I think Arianne is going to declare Dorne for Aegon and, fake or real, they will fight in Dorne and Dorne will pay a heavy price. Regarding dragonstone, I think it will be largely symbolic. As of this point, it is a sparsely garrisoned castle that is being taken (or was it taken?) by Loras and co. And he sustained injuries. Seems ripe for the picking
  13. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    Didn’t I read two? Dear goodness, it really has been too long
  14. Lady Rhodes

    Heresy 215 - Hammering Out the Timeline

    I got caught up in other threads, and now I am trying to catch up with this one!! Two points from my previous thread: 1.If Lord Rickard was riding south to the wedding in Riverrun with 200 men, it would seem that this wedding would be of enough importance for Ned to attend, who was already out of the treacherous Mountains of the Moon and in the Riverlands. But we know that Ned was in the Vale when Aerys demanded his head. I point this out to say that I don't think the wedding was to occur soon after the tournament of Harrenhal. I think there was a gap in time, which is why I think Brandon was riding south, not west. 2.Previously noted, the rebellion is marked at starting when Jon Arryn raised his banners and it is also noted as having ended at the Sack of King’s Landing, with the whole thing lasting a year. I think there is a deliberate attempt to make certain events seem closer together and further apart than they actually were. I agree with some posters that commented on the theory - a lot of the time discrepancy can be attributed to the war being during winter and it would have affected travel times, but also, there is too much time between Harrenhal and children's births. I still believe a baby was conceived at Harrenhal, but I don't know who. OR, someone is older than they think.
  15. Lady Rhodes

    Chapters' predicitions for TWOW

    I think this thread has been made before but nevertheless, it is thoroughly buried, so I will partake and add some predictions as well. Dany - 11 Tyrion- 9 Barristan- 4 Victarion- 4 Jon- 10 - one in Ghost Arya- 5 Sansa- 5 Arianne- 5 Asha- 3 Theon- 4 Cersei- 5 Jaime- 5 Areo- 4 Jon Con- 4 Melisandre- 3 Davos- 5 Aeron- 2 Bran- 6 Brienne- 4 Total: 98 and then an additional prologue and epilogue I am wishy washy with a lot of things. I can't figure out exactly how it is going to go! But given the imagery in Arianne's Winds samples regarding dragons dancing, I think that the Dance part 2 is going to happen, so I feel somewhat comfortable about my content predictions for Dany and Tyrion. Everything else - blah!
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