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  1. His very first battle was outsmarting Tywin at the Green Fork. He then kept Tywin pinned down in Harrenhal while raiding the Westerlands with impunity. If you're talking about facing him directly on the field of battle with both of them on the same field, no, but as the opposing "generals" he consistently beat Tywin on an operational level.
  2. GRRM doesn't go into details of how exactly this 4-way (Tywin/Freys/Roose/Sybelle) conspiracy exactly went down, but I believe the text implies that we're to understand that Tywin was the initiator of the plan, between his comments about "wars being fought with a pen", and the Blackfish saying the event "stinks of Tywin Lannister". So, to me it's like offering someone obscene amounts of cash to murder their own child and then saying "Well, they were the ones that committed the horrible crime. I only paid them money, so I'm not really a bad person". There's also the fact that Rob had soundly beat Tywin in every battle in the field and embarrassed him, and so Tywin had to stoop to assassination to have a chance to defeat him.
  3. Rodrik Harlaw Alys Karstark Barbrey Dustin Widow of the Waterfront Haldon Halfmaester
  4. fAegon is his son. It's that simple. It's unlikely that Illyrio himself has Targaryen blood, but his wife Serra did, hence his comment about the "Blackfyres being extinguished in the male line. Varys may or may not be a Blackfyre, but Illyrio's major motivation is to see his son become king.
  5. Yeah, but when you read comments like "The university allows students to design their own term paper questions; only one student out of a class of 42 opted to write about Martin. She submitted a 2,000 word discussion of how attractive she thought Natalie Dormer was. " It does make you wonder if the OP is for real or doing some kind of trolling.
  6. One important thing to note is that unlike the show, the slaves and masters in Essos are not color-coded by race, hence no "White Savior" crap. George Martin himself has addressed this concern as saying that it was an unfortunate consequence that the Essos scenes were shot in Morocco, and therefore almost all of the people that signed on to become Extras were typically people of color. He has explicitly said that the slavery in his books is based off of Roman/Greek slavery of conquered/captured peoples, and you can see in the text itself this with how Tyrion, Penny, and Jorah all become slaves.
  7. I lean towards #1 for a few reasons. 1. It makes sense for Ygritte to be speaking figuratively. If she was speaking literally, it's unlikely that such an important detail would just be a casual off-hand mention, either from Ygritte's perspective or GRRM's. 2. The Others aren't spirits or even undead. They're essentially Unseelie Fey. They simply use the undead as their minions. 3. I think Mance's group being responsible for the Others tends to make the Free Folk much less sympathetic in retrospect (and I find them somewhat unsympathetic already) if their own destructive actions are the reasons for why they are refugees being hunted by the Others. I personally lean towards Craster's sacrifices over the past 20 years or so being the contributing factor for why the Others are becoming a problem now. There may be literal ghosts that were released from the crypts, but I don't think they're significant to the story.
  8. Martin is saying that the purpose of a good King/Queen is to protect and serve their people. Anything else, and there is no easy answer or guarantee of success, no way for a potential ruler to point to the example of a previously successful monarch, emulate them, and still expect to get the same results. There are too many different dynamics each time, and understanding and making the right decisions will always be hard.
  9. It's looking like virtually ALL of the main characters will be reasonably dark by the end of TWOW. Arya is obvious, Sansa will have negligently contributed to the death of a small child, Bran is mind-raping a loyal servant (possibly to the point of his death), Jon will probably come back from the dead with a lot less sympathy for many people's issues, Daenerys is embracing "Fire and Blood", Tyrion is on a streak of vengeance, etc. It remains to be seen how many will turn back towards the light in ADOS. I think Catelyn does get some hate (beyond the Jon issue) because she seems to be set up to be the go-to character for GRRM to kick-start the plot in certain points. She's one of the smartest Starks who always seems to have faulty information and trusts the wrong people, to her misfortune. And her misfortune seems to drive her plotline, because if you view LSH as a destination point for her character arc, then a requirement is for her to feel helpless rage and anguish due to failure after failure and loss after loss due to writer fiat.
  10. Yep. We have seen the feudal nature of Westeros leads to inevitable conflict, and it's stated multiple times that lords have to constantly reinforce their positions of strength to keep unruly bannermen in line. The Targaryens tended to fall into hubris assuming they were in charge because manifest destiny or something, not remembering that they were in power to begin with only because they had dragons. Add in the fact that the Targaryens were known for a lot of internal family civil wars (Maegor, Dance of the Dragons, Blackfyres), and it's no surprise that inevitably vassals are going to ask "Why are these guys in charge again?".
  11. This might be getting into Death of the Author a little bit, but I definitely think that it was GRRM's intention that Sansa was complicit in Ned's death, which is why he wrote that she went to Cersei in the first place, and why Cersei flat-out tells Tyrion "Yep, couldn't have stopped Ned Stark without his daughter's bungling". So, perhaps the details about whether it logistically made a difference might matter, or it might not. Wouldn't be the first time that GRRM's intention in a story event didn't match the reader's understanding of the matter from what was on the page.
  12. Pate, Chett, and Varamyr are all POVs that seem to be pretty selfish, petty, bratty, and entitled.
  13. I believe Sweetsunray was specifically discussing Sansa's lack of empathy in AGOT, and says she gets better after she has her moment of truth realization.
  14. Something I noticed on a thematic level, is why Martin chose to have Brienne disfigured by Biter (part of her cheek eaten off, to evoke visceral horror). It's fairly well-known that Brienne defending the orphans at the inn is her response to the moral dilemma posed earlier about the knight at Saltpans who stays holed up in his keep instead of defending his smallfolk (similar to the dilemma that Will faces in the AGOT Prologue). Should someone sworn to service carry out that service if it's only likely to result in their death? What could he have done, one man against so many?" He could have tried, Brienne thought. He could have died. Old or young, a true knight is sworn to protect those who are weaker than himself, or die in the attempt. She then later elects to defend the orphans at the Inn against the remnants of the Bloody Mummers, knowing that she most likely can't defeat seven of them and could just slip away. So, if the story is saying that she is doing the right thing regardless of the consequences, there has to be a consequence. Otherwise, it cheapens her effort to have the story save her from this moral dilemma.
  15. The obvious one you're probably thinking of is the Unkiss. I would argue that the she's somewhat suppressing Petyr's nature and the meaning of Lysa's confession, because fully acknowledging it means that she acknowledges what kind of monster she's reliant upon for her own survival. Presumably, she will eventually address this issue and manage to turn the tables on Littlefinger.
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