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  1. Did it? He sees Dragons, but they're in Asshai by the Shadow, further east than where Dany's dragons were born. Perhaps he's just seeing dragons out that way. And as for Jon, this is the passage we get... This doesn't have to be Jon dying after being stabbed, it can also be Jon being changed by his revelation that the Watch is not the great, noble institution he believed it to be, his development into someone who has to make hard, calculated choices, from the bastard boy Jon Snow to a Man of the Watch... someone who'll use icy logic, rather than his fiery passion. To me, though there are some prophetic elements to the vision (the shadows of the Hound and Jaime are "around" Ned, Sansa and Arya, implying that, though they threaten them now, in future they could also defend them from that position, whereas the Mountain "looms" above them all as a threat, and his empty helmet = Gregor's lack of a head, maybe), most everything else seems be happening at the time Bran is having the vision... like he's getting a real-time view of the world... Catelyn on the boat, Ned pleading for Lady's life, Sansa crying herself to sleep over Lady, Arya holding her guilt over Mycah's death to herself, and Jon being hardened up.
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    If Rhaegar had become King, what crown would he have worn?

    Viserys was only chosen heir after Rhaegar's death at the Trident, putting him before Rhaegar's son Aegon. Aside from that, all we have are rumours that Aerys meant to disinherit Rhaegar, or that people around Aerys were pushing him to name Viserys his heir. But it never happened while Rhaegar was alive.
  3. I don't find it difficult to imagine that he just didn't find a suitable bride, of suitable age, who was free to marry, and whose family were willing to send her off to a foreign court. Women don't grow on trees, Steffon wasn't walking down a supermarket aisle with 100's of prospective brides on either side. There just wasn't a woman of the right age and breeding, who was free to marry at that time. Lets look at something similar... A foreign prince wants a bride from Westeros, around the start of AGoT. She has to be sufficiently noble, so we're talking about only those from the Great Houses, daughters of the Great Lords of the 7 Kingdoms (Stark, Tully, Lannister, etc.). At the start of AGoT you have, by my reckoning, 4 possibilities... Arianne Martell, Magaery Tyrell, Myrcella Baratheon, and Sansa Stark. Of those 4, maybe 1 is available... Arianne's father hopes to marry her to Viserys and bring back the Targs, so he isn't entertaining any offers of marriage for her, or taking them seriously; Margaery's family hope to get her into King Robert's bed and for her to replace Cersei, or otherwise have plans for her that involve solidifying their power IN Westeros itself; Sansa Stark is betrothed to Joffrey, the future King of the 7 Kingdoms. The only one who might be considered available is Myrcella, and that's not even definite... her parents may not wish for her to marry a foreign prince, and might instead have plans or hopes for her to marry within the 7 Kingdoms to cement alliances or whatever. Or, I imagine Cersei being completely against sending Myrcella to live on another continent, in a foreign court. Also, she's too young for marriage, though not betrothal I imagine. So, in the WHOLE of Westeros (a continent, not just a city), you have, maybe, 1 possible bride, who needs a few years before she's come of age. I can easily believe it was something similar in Volantis at the time... a limited pool of families who were deemed sufficiently "noble" or "well bred" or whatever, a limited pool of their children, who were women, of the right age, who were unattached, and whose families were willing for them to marry a foreign prince. And there were none who met those criteria.
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    Why was Harrenhal built?

    Also, which map? The map in my copy of AGoT has Harrenhal directly on the banks of the Gods Eye... Hell, the dot for Harrenhal is 90% in the lake. Also, it's called the "God's Eye" on the map... it's only ever called that once, in an Arya chapter, and called "Gods Eye" (no apostrophe) every other time. https://atlasoficeandfireblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/agot-original-north-map.png Later maps show a small distance between the Harrenhal dot and the Gods Eye, but for me that's just a stylistic choice to keep the dots for locations away from the lines for roads and rivers etc.. My AFfC map shows the same distance, if not more, between the two dots used to represent the two castles of the Twins... but, the Twins aren't 25 miles apart from each other. It's done so we can see the two castles, one on either side of the river. You can see it in the map above... there's a small distance between the two dots for the Twins. Similarly, in later maps, Harrenhal's dot isn't overlapping the Gods Eye, but that doesn't mean that it's not directly on the banks of the lake... it's just given a little space to make it clearly separated from the lake.
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    Why was Harrenhal built?

    I'll take the text over the map.
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    Why was Harrenhal built?

    Is there a source for that? I don't think there's anything absolute to point to Harrenhal, or Harrentown, being on the banks of the Gods Eye themselves, but they're repeatedly described as being very, very near to them... certainly not 25 miles away, I don't think. Harrenhal is described as having been "raised beside the waters of Gods Eye", or "Harrenhal beside the Gods Eye". Yoren's plan is to ditch the carts his group are using, find boats and, "Gods be good, we'll find a wind and sail across the Gods Eye to Harrentown", implying to me that Harrentown, at least, is on the banks of the Gods Eye. Also, perhaps not the most accurate of sources, we have this from Meera and the Tale of the Knight of the Laughing Tree... And then we have this... So, the tourney is happening under the walls of Harrenhal. Combine that with this from TWoIaF... So, the tourney is described as taking place "on the shore of the Gods Eye" and "beneath the walls of Harrenhal". To me, that implies that they're the same thing. As for why Harrenhal was built, and why it was so big... ACoK Catelyn I says... Harren wanted a large, imposing castle (the largest in Westeros) to cement his authority on the Riverlands. As for its location... Proximity to the Gods Eye, and what that affords the Ironmen is one thing. It's a reasonably central location in the Riverlands, perhaps closer to the Stormlands than being right in the middle of the Riverlands, but that makes sense because the Storm Kings contested those lands. The lands surrounding it are also of high value... Also, it allows GRRM to tell a story of Harren's hubris and folly, and how the arrival of the Targaryens and their dragons upended the order of things in Westeros... Harrenhal, a castle that would otherwise be impregnable, unconquerable and all that, is completed the day Aegon lands on the mainland, and is destroyed in a night by dragonfire.
  7. Given the OP's previous "theories", I think that's the wrong Arnie movie/franchise to be looking at. It's either 1988's Twins, and the theory is that the Mountain and Tyrion are actually twin brothers, separated at birth. Or it's 1994's Junior, and the Mountain is actually Jon Snow's mother.
  8. Boojum is also a term from superfluidity, involving the patterns formed on Helium-3 at temperatures approaching absolute zero... i.e. really cold. So clearly Boojums in ASoIaF refer to the Others. Interestingly, the Boojum tree is also known as the Cirio tree... so GRRM is telling us that Syrio Forel was an Other.
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    Poll: Did Summer See a Dragon?

    No. Summer didn't see a Dragon. If he had, Bran would also have seen the Dragon (Bran was warging Summer at the time, it's Bran's POV chapter), and Bran would have rather excitedly told the others (Meera, Jojen etc.) about the Dragon he had just seen. We've seen previously with the Bran-in-Summer POV passages the personification of inanimate objects (the chains being seen as a snake for example). This is just a further example of that... the burning of Winterfell produces something Summer/Bran sees as a winged snake. Also, we have no mention of anyone else in the North seeing this mystery Dragon, at any time. And, I find it quite difficult to believe that this Dragon was living under Winterfell for how ever many years, but wasn't known about... what was it eating? Where was it sleeping? Why wasn't it trying to escape and making a noise?
  10. Cersei would never have agreed to give up raising her sweet Joffrey, so she'd have to live at the Rock as well, which isn't what GRRM wanted.
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    Will Jon be Dany's heir

    Jon didn't execute Slynt for what he had done to Jon's family... he specifically thinks about punishing Slynt for those things, but then ignores those thoughts and gives Slynt several chances to serve the Watch. It's Slynt's refusal to obey orders, thus jeopardising the Watch, that leads Jon to execute him. Similarly, Jon doesn't punish Thorne when he becomes LC, he instead offers him a chance to work under him, which he accepts, albeit grudgingly. Jon is concerned with the safety of the North and the 7 Kingdoms in general, and not with revenge for past deeds, when all is told. Also, Jon doesn't want to go after Roose Bolton for betraying Robb, but he does want to save Arya from Ramsey. If his resurrection changes him, then maybe he'll be focused on vengeance in the future books. But he hasn't acted on those desires, yet, aside from giving Stannis advice. Though I can see him making a claim, not to punish those who wronged his family, but to take charge of the 7 Kingdoms to direct their attention North.
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    Question: Do we know Val and Dalla's family tree?

    Or, Sam is saying that the boy is the actual son of Mance Rayder and, because he is being raised by Gilly who is Craster's daughter, the boy will be something of a Grandson to Craster... But ultimately, he won't be a craven like Sam. Sam is trying to distance himself from the boy as much as he can, trying to see the boy as the sort of son his own father would have wanted, with a warrior's heritage, and not Sam's craven attitude. The boy isn't literally Craster's grandson, but spiritually, through being raised by Craster's daughter.
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    Rhaella+Rhaegar=Daenerys

    No, it was after. This is the first time, chronologically, that we're told Viserys was Aerys' heir. Before that, it was only rumours that Aerys meant to disinherit Rhaegar, or that people around Aerys were pushing him to name Viserys his heir. As to the theory... there is none. There's no evidence to support it, nothing from the text to suggest it happened, nothing to make us think that Dany is not the product of Aerys raping Rhaella the night he had Chelsted burned. This is just a random idea that someone had, because R+L=J is a thing and some readers think that nothing is as it appears and everything GRRM has written is a lie in some way, and they thought they'd throw it out there so they can make claim to "the next big theory".
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    Jon Arryn and The Truth About Cersei and her Bastards

    Yes. It's why she fled to Casterly Rock just before Jon's death... she feared that Jon was about to reveal what he knew to Robert.
  15. That doesn't make it true. A Targ restoration is not guaranteed, thus the title of the final book doesn't have to reflect a Targ restoration.
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