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  1. I've just started reading Fire and Blood and was wondering if anyone else had thought of Visenya having a hand in Rhaenys' death so I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I have no idea how Visenya could have pulled it off practically but it really is the only explanation I can think of for Aegon completely abandoning his war with the Dornish. He had almost won and the Dornish clearly don't have enough money to hire a Faceless man to do anything. I also doubt that the Dornish held Rhaenys or her child as hostages. If so, everything we know about Aegon suggests that he would spend the next several decades of his reign trying to get them back, whether through war, Faceless men, rescue missions, negotiations, trading land/other hostages, downright pleading...And there is no evidence of this, he does nothing. It also completely explains the subsequent estrangement that appears to happen between Aegon and Visenya. Visenya's reported negative reaction to Rhaenys' death could explained as acting/covering her tracks or a manifestation of guilt/horror/regret that her actions have actually resulted in the death of her little sister.
  2. I'd love a happy ending too but I don't want it to be predictable or fall into tropes. There are plenty of fantasy series where the Jon Snow type hero saves the day and ends up King/top dog, of course there's nothing wrong with that and I like reading these tropes when well written. But ASOIAF is a series about subverting tropes and for me it would feel like a betrayal of the series style and ethos to have such a predictable ending as good king Jon Snow. As such I'd prefer to see those expectations subverted with evil King Jon than good King Jon. (Of course my ideal ending is Queen Arianne, assisted by Sansa, Hand of the Queen but that is never, ever going to happen)
  3. I've no idea who will get the throne in the end, personally I'd like it to be Arianne but I really doubt that will come to pass. I really don't want Jon to become King though, I've nothing against him as a character but it just feels a bit too predicatable/tropey for the Jon character to end up as King in a fantasy series....unless of course he comes back as dark Jon, I'd be happy to read about Evil Jon Snow ruling over Westeros as a cruel tyrant.
  4. Its certainly nice when a character looks like how you pictured, but I wouldn't want that 'yes that's what they should look like' thought to come at the expense of: 1. The right actor playing them - Peter Dinklage, Charles Dance and Diana Rigg look significantly different than how their characters are described on the page but I wouldn't sacrifice their portrayals for anything. 2. Giving black GoT fans the joy of seeing a major player in their favourite fandom who looks like them (yes, GoT had Grey Worm and Missandei but neither of those characters were exactly given any great GoT moments).
  5. Yep, they're like every other house and feature those who are good, bad and all shades inbetween
  6. Huh, so do you think something else is going on or is it just misjudged writing?
  7. I'd love to read about the wall from the perspective of an adorable little Shireen. She could fill the same function as Sansa, Arya and Bran in providing a POV that only half really understands what is going on and from which we can pick out important plot points from background descriptions and reading between the lines.
  8. There's a difference though between changing what a character does and what their colouring is. The fact that show Daenerys didn't have purple eyes and show Bran didn't have red hair made absolutely no difference to their characters or the story as whole. There's absolutely no reason why changing a fantasy character's skin colour should change their personality, what they do in the story or the story itself.
  9. I want to see this in the books along with all the ice magical stuff that is probably north of the wall. Basically I just want to see Others riding giant ice spiders and find out what other weird, spectacular stuff they have in the Lands of Always Winter.
  10. I'll second this. Unless you are a qualified psychiatrist and have had Arya in for assessment sessions its very difficult to tell if she is mentally ill or just a child whose has been surrounded by adults (Sandor, Jaquen, Roose Bolton, the Kindly Man) who have all shown a contempt/disregard for human life. Children absorb and reflect their environment and Arya's environment has been extremely violent. Don't forget that her beloved father, the honourable Ned Stark committed the same violence at the start of the book that she is being judged here for - the killing of a Nights Watch deserter. Unlike Arya, Ned was an adult when he carried out his execution and his deserter is scared out of his wits and warning about the Others. Yet no-one calls Ned Stark an insane pyschopath for this crime (yes I know it was a legal execution but I think we can agree that it was still morally wrong).
  11. Don't forget that she has also been raised in a medieval society and on romantic stories that likely both praise women and children for being polite, quiet, agreeable and obedient. Add that upbringing to the fact that Sansa is a natural people pleaser and all of the men around her carry swords (one of which was used to kill her father). So you've got fear, societal conditioning and natural disposition all pressing down on her to behave her in a certain way, its almost surprising that she managed to even defy Tyrion in that brief moment.
  12. It would be interesting to know. I'd like to know why they didn't go pack to Essos and make a play for power in the power vacuum that is the Century of Blood. After all they are suddenly in the newly rare and powerful position of having dragons. Why not try and found a new Valyrian freehold? Maybe the reveal of what the Targaryens were up to on Dragonstone will be an important plot point later on...although I can't think how.
  13. A few possible scenarios come to mind: 1. Fantasy scenario - the mountain clansmen share the wealth, invest in schools, art, poetry, public health and create a Northern utopia. Meanwhile Ned Stark uses the extra tax revenue to resettle the Gift, invest in roads, improved agriculture, a navy, a Northern Citadel and strengthen the Northern army defences. End result: Robb Stark easily wins the War of the Five Kings and rules over a new Golden age in the north. 2. Gold is easy to mine scenario - word spreads that there's gold going in the Northern Mountains. Thousands of peasants flock there to get rich. Ned allows this, not realising until its too late that the Mountains will be overwhelmed by lawlessness, cultural tensions, claim conflict, religious differences that result in a violent conflicts popping up all over the place. Any benefit Ned and the mountain clans get from the gold is negated by the trouble it causes 3. Gold is hard to mine scenario - I don't think there are any mines or expert miners in the North? As such Ned sends to the Westerlands for some professionals to help them mine the gold. They come either with strings attached to Tywin Lannister or secretly working for Tywin Lannister. Either way Tywin probably ends up benefiting at the expense of the North because he's Tywin Lannister. 4. Worst case scenario - The North gets invaded and colonized by a richer, more technologically advanced society e.g. Braavos with the help of sell sword companies and sell ships. After all, historically, resources have led to poor countries being invaded by rich countries.
  14. In terms of fuel, I would guess there is quite a lot of undiscovered coal in the North along with quite a lot of peat that in both the Neck (there's a House Peat) and in the moors. I doubt that this is something that will be explored much in the books though, GRRM doesn't seem that interested in economy and trade which is probably just as well because then they would take even longer to write.
  15. It's difficult to say as a lot of european castles were built with a fairly basic structure at first and then added to and improved over the centuries. Something like Winterfell would never be built in its current form all at once. For instance, Malbork Castle in Poland is one of the biggest castle complexes in Europe and it probably took around two decades to build but was also expanded several times over the years.
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