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  1. Lumosaca

    Why weren’t Robert’s brothers princes

    Maybe. Selyse Florent seems to have become Selyse Baratheon after marrying Stannis, while Cersei Lannister and Elia Martell were never mentioned as Cersei Baratheon or Elia Targaryen. This may indicate that House Baratheon of Dragonstone was never part the royal family before Robert's death.
  2. Lumosaca

    Why weren’t Robert’s brothers princes

    Because House Baratheon was divided into three branches. House Baratheon of Dragonstone becomes the royal branch if every member of House Baratheon of King's Landing dies. House Baratheon of Storm's End becomes the royal branch if every member of the other two branches dies. If this is really the case, Princess Myrcella was always above Stannis and Renly in the line of succession to the Iron Throne.
  3. Lumosaca

    Political Map at the end of TWoW

    Meereen is simply going to colapse with so many problems happening at the same time. It's destiny is fire and blood. Roose Bolton will not be controlling Winterfell for more than a year. His vassals despise him and someone needs to get him out of that castle before the Others start their invasion. Stannis and Manderly should take care of this problem, but Jon and Sansa are also possible options. The South will be slowly consumed by Aegon's campaign. He will defeat Mace, conquer the Stormlands, forge an alliance with House Martell, receive support from Targaryen loyalists across the continent and maybe even save Oldtown from the Ironborn. There, he could be proclaimed Lord of the Seven Kingdoms with the same crown Aegon the Conqueror used three hundred years ago, since history tends to repeat itself. The next and easier step would be take the capital and finally sit on the Iron Throne. Cersei will probably sail to Casterly Rock after taking revenge on Margaery and the High Sparrow. After that, War of the Dawn and Dance of the Dragons.
  4. Contemplating the possibility of a certain character becoming King is really sad. I'd rather read a fairy tale with Jon and Dany getting married.
  5. Lumosaca

    Who is the great other?

    The Great Other has many names. Iblis. Satan. Morgoth. Encanis. The Dark One. The Crippled God. The list is huge. Almost every famous religion or high fantasy series has its own evil entity who is trying to conquer the world and defeat its benevolent counterparts. There is nothing special about it and Martin has no interest in revealing the truth behind the religious aspects of his universe. Do the Great Other and the Lord of Light really exist? Maybe. Most of us believe that The Prince That Was Promised is real, and (s)he probably has many cultural representations across the narrative (such as Azor Ahai, The Last Hero or The Stallion That Mounts the World). Maybe they are just personifications of magical forces that are somehow fighting against one another. We will never truly know since all this mystery is a intentional part of the plot. What is known, however, is that all these elements orbit the Song of Ice and Fire and its owner.
  6. Lumosaca

    Best/Worst POV Storylines in Each Book

    A Game of Thrones Best: Eddard. A Game of Thrones is Eddard's book. Worst: Sansa. All her chapters should belong to someone else. A Clash of Kings Best: Tyrion. A Clash of Kings is Tyrion's book. Worst: Daenerys. I could not care less about Qarth. A Storm of Swords Best: Jaime. Awesome character. Worst: All of them are really great. A Feast for Crows Best: Jaime again. Awesome character! Worst: Brienne. What the hell was going on? A Dance with Dragons Best: Theon. Best storyline in the series. Worst: Tyrion. Too much chapters about his travel. Honorable mentions: Daenerys in AGOT. Theon in ACOK. Catelyn in ASOS. Cersei in AFFC. Jon in ADWD.
  7. Lumosaca

    Opinion: Coolest Sounding Name

    Edric Storm. Waymar Royce. Cotter Pyke. Galazza Gallare. Victarion. Melisandre. Stannis Baratheon. Kraznys mo Nakloz. Daenerys Targaryen.
  8. Lumosaca

    Predict her future: Penny

    Penny is a small light in the Imp's dark path. She has the potential of becoming one of the two people Tyrion will ever truly love in this world (alongside Jaime) and I could see this love turning Tyrion into a better man in the future. Tyrion let his loneliness and all the hate from his family making him a selfish person, but deep down there is goodness inside his heart, and caring about Penny instead of dreaming about a whore in the other side of the world will making him realize that. Or Martin could kill them both because "Ha, ha! I love how he kills everyone! Revolutionary!"
  9. Lumosaca

    Jon Snow and Jesus Christ - Biblical allegory?

    There is nothing to worry about. Martin has a great interest in subverting fantasy paradigms. The Prince That Was Promised will not be a superior entity with an invincible sense of morality. Jon will be a more obscure and traumatized person after he comes back from the dead (unlike Jesus and Gandalf). And Martin likes prophecies as well, so there will exist some kind of savior for sure. Pinned down may not be the right term. Jon's story is much more deep and complex than these nine parallels. He is not limited to being a Westerosi version of Jesus in any way. This is just one of many fuctions his chapters can have throught the plot. I say Jesus specifically because he is the most famous character in human literature and has more influence than ancient religions. Martin himself was created in a catholic context after all. The "part the sheep from the goats" quote, for example, is a clear reference of the main pronouncement of Jesus about the End of Days. And it is used only one time in all the five books, by the boy who should become the Messiah during the End of Days. Was it just a coincidence? Maybe, but I doubt it. If you also found similarities between Jon, Mithras and Sol Invictus, just share. I'm far from being a mythologist, so I would love to know about them.
  10. Both characters are supposed to... 1. Be a messianic incarnation of a legendary figure (Elohim and Azor Ahai). 2. "Walk on water" (Matthew 14:22-33 and A Storm of Swords - Chapter 41). 3. "Part the sheep from the goats" (Matthew 25:31-32 A Dance with Dragons - Chapter 21). 4. Be ressurected (Let's see what Melisandre has to say about this one). 5. Be the true heir of the royal family (Jesus is the heir of David and Jon is the heir of Rhaegar). 6. Be killed because of a betrayal (Jesus is betrayed by his disciple and Jon is betrayed by his steward). 7. Be hidden from the King while they were babies (Jesus is hidden from Herod and Jon is hidden from Robert). 8. Be associated with hated groups of society (Criminals. Prostitutes. Bastards. Wildlings. Tax collectors). 9. Be persecuted by the government (Pilate orders the execution of Jesus and Cersei orders the assassination of Jon). Some of these assumptions came from theories, but I believe everyone here agrees that they stand a considerable chance of being true. And if they are true, Jon should become the most Jesus Christ character in fantasy. Even more than two characters that I'm not sure if I can mention here.
  11. Lumosaca

    King Tommen

    He will not. Surprising story, uh?
  12. Beyond the Wall is just the name of a region. Replacing names is not the point of the thread. A bastard kid being enough to unify one of the most divided parts of Westeros seems too implausible. They have no army beyond their backs. Edric is hiding himself in another continent and Gendry is the smith of an inn. On the other hand, House Baratheon was created by a bastard warrior. And with all this "history repeats itself" tendency I don't know what to believe anymore.
  13. Will the Seven Kingdoms still be united after the war against the Others? Who will be in power by the end of A Dream of Spring? My bets: Iron Throne: No one. King's Landing is going to burn and the Iron Throne will burn with it. The Reach: Willas. Euron, however, can change this prediction soon. The Vale: Yohn Royce. Robert is dead and Harrold will make him company. The North: Sansa. The girl was born to become a queen and I don't think she'll end anywhere but Winterfell. The Stormlands: Hard to tell. This region is a complete mess since Renly's murder. The Iron Islands: Problably Asha, but I would love to see Theon or the Reader in the Seastone Chair. Dorne: Ser Gregor Clegane and the ghost of Daeron Targaryen. The Riverlands: Anyone who inherits Harrenhal from Littlefinger. Not Edmure and certainly not Walder. The Westerlands: Goldenhand the Just. I can also imagine Tyrion being Lord of Casterly Rock by a bunch of days. Beyond the Wall: Val or Tormund. Maybe the two of them. Maybe Jon Snow. Maybe Mance again. Maybe the Others.
  14. I have to go with A Clash of Kings. The other endings always try to look amazing with their many plot twists involving dragons, zombies and assassin groups. The ending of A Clash of Kings, by the other hand, is just a wonderful mix of sadness and hope. It remains one of the most beautiful scenes in the series. At the edge of the wolfswood, Bran turned in his basket for one last glimpse of the castle that had been his life. Wisps of smoke still rose into the grey sky, but no more than might have risen from Winterfell’s chimneys on a cold autumn afternoon. Soot stains marked some of the arrow loops, and here and there a crack or a missing merlon could be seen in the curtain wall, but it seemed little enough from this distance. Beyond, the tops of the keeps and towers still stood as they had for hundreds of years, and it was hard to tell that the castle had been sacked and burned at all. The stone is strong, Bran told himself, the roots of the trees go deep, and under the ground the Kings of Winter sit their thrones. So long as those remained, Winterfell remained. It was not dead, just broken. Like me, he thought. I’m not dead either.
  15. Viserys. He is part of my favorite kind of villain - weak, selfish, jealous and fanciful. If he was less hysterical and more intelligent he would be as effective as Tyrion or Littlefinger. And Nimble Dick, of course. Great guy.