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  1. Faera

    Can anyone PROVE that Varys is a eunuch?

    Aha, I see no reason to believe that Varys is a woman. Perhaps but that simply plays into the idea that Varys and Illyrio have both come up with cover stories. I really cannot think of a single moment where I thought for a brief moment where the idea occurred to me that Varys might either still be in tact or a woman.
  2. Faera

    Can anyone PROVE that Varys is a eunuch?

    I suppose there isn't any physical proof because we've never had any passage where another male character, say, caught a glimpse of him in a public bath and can confirm that he is in fact a eunuch. The reason I don't think he's lying about that is because the matter with which his parts were burned is clearly a horrific and painful memory of his backstory, how he was forced to sell what parts of him remained before he realised he could sell secrets and the mystery of the ritual the sorcerer performed using his manhood... Plus, I really don't see any narrative merit for it being revealed later down the line that Varys does, in fact, still have his penis.
  3. Hidden or secret identities are a big thing in this series and as much as I personally hate it, I think the following could be possible, from most to least likely. Jon Snow = Lyanna and Rhaegar's son, not Ned and Wylla's. Alleras "The Sphinx" = Sarella Sand The Gravedigger = Sandor Clegane Robert Strong = The Mountain, or at least the body of the Mountain and the head of someone else. Pate = Jaqen Richard Lonmouth = "Lem" Lemoncloak Young Griff = A Blackfyre pretender, Sera and Illyrio's son. The Hooded Man = Harwin Quaithe = Probably Sheira Seastar Ser Shadwich "The Mad Mouse" = Nobody in particular but the idea of him being a secret crannogman spy is cool. Septa Lemore = I actually like the idea of her being Tyene's mother or Malora Hightower "The Mad Maid". (I guess Ashara is possible too though I *hate* the Ashara theory because the lack of mention of her eyes would be horribly cheap to me.) Ser Bronn of the Blackwater = The last living son of House Reyne would be fun. Dario Naharis = At a massive stretch he could be Euron Greyjoy eventhoughIpersonallyreallyreallydontthinkheis. Some of these I'll concede are almost certainly true, others I think are just cute little theories that we fans came up with because we were bored and looking for the next WTF moment.
  4. Faera

    Why No Lord of the Causeway?

    Several reasons, I imagine. It is such a great strategic point for the North that it makes better sense to be kept a neutral fort rather than gifting it to one family. It is in the middle of marshy terrain that most people cannot navigate. It also cannot yield any produce or graze any animals. No income for any lord, no tax revenue for the Starks. No House could hope to repair it because they won't have any money! A toll would be a bad idea too because it runs the risk of annoying the other families both North and South if one family is pocketing any travellers coming by land, like House Frey do, not least because... Moat Cailin is in the Neck, the territory of the crannogmen. To put a non-crannogman as lord there, no matter who they are, runs the risk of upsetting the balance of power. It would be seen as an affront to House Reed, a principle house, de facto "gatekeepers" of the North and rulers of the Neck. Even if House Stark asked Howland Reed to give Moat Cailin to one of his own vassals, they are more likely to use it as it is now rather than set-up shop there full-time. Culturally, even in the days of the Marsh King, it seems Moat Cailin was used as a frontier for wars with the kingdoms in the south and not a permanent base of operations. Ultimately, Moat Cailin simply isn't a viable permanent residence for any lordship. It's not habitable for any long period of time and without income there is no means of any family fixing it up. There's no land to reap profit from, so, no means for a traditional lord to support themselves and a crannogman is unlikely to ever want to live there permanently.
  5. Faera

    Who was Tywin's heir?

    One of of the reasons Tywin was so keen to get Jaime released from the Kingsguard was because he never truly stopped thinking of him as his one, true heir. In reality, it is Tyrion as the eldest male non-affiliated with any order that prevents him from inheriting land but he made it clear that he didn't want him to be Lord of the Rock. Cersei is technically third in line because she is his daughter but he clearly doesn't have all that strong an opinion of her - and rightly so, seeing as she is a mitigating disaster. Ultimately the literal Lady of Casterly Rock as it stands now is Cersei because Jaime is still in the Kingsguard and Tyrion is on the run from the King's Justice. After her, it's Myrcella because Tommen, as King, can't inherit. Not without upset, anyway.
  6. Of all the families Ned could send Arya to, the Mormonts would be low on the list precisely because of their culture and non-traditional female roles, never mind Jorah's disgrace. It sends the wrong message to his other vassals. This is not a behaviour Ned would have wanted to encourage once Arya grew up. Teaching her to defend herself is a far-cry from condoning her as some sort of warrior. If Ned were to foster either Arya or Sansa with anyone, it would likely have been as part of a marriage deal. To send a son to be fostered elsewhere is to leave them in the care of is to hand them over pretty much until they reach the age of majority. With a girl, you are pretty much handing her over for an arranged marriage. Even if Ned were to arrange for them to simply gave a position under the wing of a Great House, likely under the wing of a Lady in her own right, without the notion of marriage on the mind Ned simply doesn't seem to have had much interest in fostering his children elsewhere. The fact that he did not foster Robb or even Jon (who Cat wanted him to send away) suggests that Ned didn't want to do it or had no clear intentions of doing it.
  7. Faera

    Did Renly plan to make Stannis his heir?

    No, I doubt it. The bottom line is that making Stannis is heir is a slap to the face that Stannis would not accept. He sees himself as the rightful heir (which he is technically) and probably thinks Renly should be grateful to be considered his heir. Moreover, Renly's own biggest supporters, the Tyrells, would likely insist he father children on Margaery. After all, there's no reason why Renly wouldn't have tried to have a child with Margaery in order to secure his own blood line - and I think there is an indication is that he was trying - there's nothing to suggest that he was infertile or Margaery is either.
  8. Faera

    Minor Characters And Their Endings

    Her best bet is if Tyrion's paternal instinct gets the better of him and he convinced Daenerys to prove Penny with a safe place to retire, or a brand new pig and doggie to continue her show with. Killing her would just be yet another thing for Tyrion to get guilty and depressed about. While I don't think Val herself will kill her, since she seems more concerned with keeping herself and Monster away from Shireen, she reflects the Free Folk's attitude to children with grey scale. If there is a fresh case of greyscale or an out break Grey Death at Wall, and if Jon is injured or "Ghosting" and this unable to keep them in line, the wildlings might panic and (wrongfully) blame Shireen even though it's more likely one of them brought it in themselves. No idea but I get the feeling she'll be fine. The most exciting thing that will happen to her and baby Aemon is if they end up in the boat to Meereen with Marwyn. Still, I think they'll have probably kicked her off the boat before leaving and it'll just be Maester Aemon's body that goes. Given that I'm pretty certain he is being wrongly set up by Skahaz for trying to poison Dany (and I'm not even sure the target was Dany), he is probably going to be killed by the Shavepates/Brazen Beasts, causing the pitfighters and moderates who actually prefer Hizdahr to turn on Barristan. Basically, his death will signal the complete balls up that Barristan has made of Dany's rule. Dead. Dead. Dead... That one will be lucky to outlive the first Melisandre chapter of TWoW. I foresee the rest of the NW, Queen's Guard and wildlings not hanging around with this one. At best, he'll be locked in the ice cells before Jon inevitably chops his head off himself. Otherwise that is a very dead little Pomegranate.
  9. Faera

    Dark Sister

    Probably. I was tired and on my phone at the time. Agreed. I really just don't see him leaving without it either. Weird...
  10. Faera

    Dark Sister

    Aha! I do indeed. No worries, I added the missing "most likely" bit of that sentence - that's what I get from trying to make posts on my phone.
  11. Faera

    Dark Sister

    Yes, yes, I know that. It was just a slip on my part.
  12. Faera

    Dark Sister

    Well, we don’t know how tall Bran really is. If he’s about the same size as other 9 year olds he could be anywhere from 4’3 to as tall as 4’8, based on my experience. Kids tend to grow like weeds around that age. If Jojen is about two or three inches taller than, say, a 4’5 foot Bran (if he could stand) and Meera is the same height- if not taller - then together with the fact Meera is very athletic I see no reason to believe she couldn’t use Dark Sister were the occasion to arise. She was able to drag off Rickard Stark’s burial sword and complain it’s “too heavy” - a slender, lighter Valyrian steel sword that was designed for a woman’s build seems like a more pleasant weapon for her, especially in a dire situation where her spear and dagger won’t cut it. In terms of who first gets hold of and uses Dark Sister, it’s either her or “Brandor” (& you know my thoughts on that *cough* Brandor Conundrum*cough*). Now we know it’s most likely in BR’s cave it seems inevitable they’ll randomly trip over it at some point.
  13. There are always going to be characters that make you groan when you read their name in the chapter title... but one man's reasons another man's treasure. I personally do not find Arya remotely interesting or entertaining and feel her chapters are a complete slog to get through... but there are so many people who love her and she's supposed to be GRRM's favourite character. I also dislike Catelyn, a fair portion of the Jaime/Brienne chapters (though I am anticipating TWoW for them), and I'm not crazy about Tyrion either. I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who truly likes Aeron, Victarion or Cersei as characters than for entertainment value of how stupid, ignorant, crazy or unpleasant they are. I enjoy their characters but I don't like them. The opposite is true for me with Sansa, Dany and Jon -- I've actually grown to really like them and their plots as the series has gone on yet it seems every thread that involves them these days turns into another attempt to slag them off. Half the community seems to forget that Davos IS a main character but I really liked some of his POVs and I find him an admirable character in his own way. Bottom line is... I'm still here, a fan of this series.
  14. Faera

    Bowen Snowslayer redemption arc

    Yep, while I'm not against the resurrection thing... I think too many fans take it for granted that TWoW will open with Jon dead, rather than still dying or possibly fatally injured. It can take a long time to die from stab wounds, even multiple ones, unless someone gets the heart. Jon losing sensation doesn't necessarily mean "dead" to me, more that he was going into shock.
  15. ...Because Stannis was the only one to answer the call for aid by the Night's Watch and is taking the threat of the Others seriously. He conquers the North, more help for the Watch. Tit for tat.
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