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  1. Also, the Horn of Winter fits perfectly into this theory. I think the Horn was crafted during the same magical ritual, which created the wall. Then the Horn was given to the Others as an assurance measure: if humans did not abide by the treaty, they would blow the Horn, and the Wall would come down. According to the popular legend, Joramun, King-beyond-the-Wall aligned himself with Brandon the Breaker when they rised against the Night's King's rule. Even the Horn got its nickname form Joramun, as it is now called Joramun's Horn. I think Joramun stole the Horn from the Others and hid it well, thereby preventing the Others from using it against humanity and avenging the fall of their ally, the Night's King.
  2. My favourite theory about the creation of the Wall is that the Long Night ended with a peace treaty between mankind and the Others (and/or possibly the Children). This was something like Craster's pact. The Others (and/or the Children) helped building the Wall which is obviously magical in nature, and pulled back behind it. Meanwhile humans agreed to leave them be, AND provide them regular supplies and offerings through the many secret tunnels of the Wall, like the Black Gate. So while one of the original tasks of the Night's Watch was indeed to keep watch and defend humanity from another possible invasion from the north, they also kept close ties and traded with the Others. The first few Lord Commanders adhered to this pact, then the rulers of the North, the Starks rebelled against it, deposed the 13th Lord Commander, reorganised the Watch, and severed any tie with the Others. In this version, the so called Night's King, i.e. the 13th Lord Commander, is not a sinister person, but someone true to the pact and his original vows. Of course, the Starks later erased any non-convenient part of this story, and painted a much more gruesome picture of the Night's King, who according to them sacrificed his own kin to the Others for purely selfish reasons. I never really considered the Night's King to be the man executed in Bran's last vision, or that he could be Coldhands, but one or two of these might actually fit into the theory above. For example, while he tried maintaining good relations with the Others in his life, it is natural that now he helps Bran and humanity at the dawn of another invasion.
  3. A dinner with Wyman Manderly would be awesome. Well, at least if we're on the same side, cause I don't want another one of my homies to be served as dessert.
  4. What, I never even considered him as a potential candidate for the throne until this topic.
  5. Come on, even D&D wouldn't come up with such nonsense. Oh, wait...
  6. King: Jon Snow Hand: Kevan Lannister Master of Coin: TBD Master of Law: Ned Stark Master of Ships: Quentyn Martell Master of Whispers: TBD Grand Maester: Cressen Commander of the Kingsguard: Arys Oakheart Commander of the City Watch: Merrett Frey
  7. King: me (obviously, I'd like to have some fun) Queen: Margaery Tyrell (a bad omen for anyone to have her as a wife so far, but she's young, fair, intelligent, caring, and still a virgin) Hand: Wyman Manderly (one of my favourite characters, not taken seriously by many, but wise, shrewd, has a good sense of humour, and loyal to the core) Master of Coin: Tyrion Lannister (not because of his popularity as a character, but because he already proved that he can help running a kingdom) Master of Laws: Samwell Tarly (pretty obvious choice, I think) Master of Ships: Asha Greyjoy (a proven and talented sailor, always well respected by her crew) Master of Whispers: Tyene Sand (OK, that's a risky one, but I'm curious if this could work out) Grand Maester: Marwyn (the most interesting and useful of all the archmaesters) Commander of the Kingsguard: Brienne of Tarth (as a one-time exception to remind knights of the kingdom of true chivalric qualities) Commander of the City Watch: Brynden Tully (a seasoned warrior, a loyal and honest man, has good leadership abilities)
  8. Actually, it's quite interesting how the mad king managed to build such a professional and all-star Kingsguard, while we can see that he appointed young Jaime Lannister because of personal reasons only, that is to piss off his father.
  9. That sounds very plausible, but then again, what is the purpose of Rhaego here? He was a newborn (or unborn) baby without true will or consciousness. How does his soul affect the behaviour of the dragon it was transferred to? How will this dragon differ from any ordinary dragon, e. g. from a wild one born in nature? And even if this soul transfer is some kind of second lifing ritual, we are told by Varamyr that during a second life the human consciusness always fades away slowly.
  10. Now, that's an interesting addition...
  11. Although your observations are interesting, and I really like your theory about House Hightower being connected to these dark arts, I felt you were carrying things too far at certain points. Not all mysterious deaths are necessarily shadow assassinations. A regular assassin can also do the work in most of the cases, and, if skilled enough, he can even make it look like a suicide, or that other people are blamed for the murder. And we have quite a few skilled assassins in the world, starting with the Faceless Men...
  12. In short: the show. I heard the hype about it, started watching it, and fell almost immediately in love with it. It was somewhere around the third season, that I started reading the books also, and somewhere around the fourth season did I realise, that the books are even better than the show. At that point, I put the show aside, read all the books first, and returned to watch the remaining seasons only after finishing every written material available. I must also mention the worldbook, which was a lot of help to me. both in putting together the pieces and giving me many additional info helping to understand the historical, geographical, political situation even better; and it also made me fall even deeper in love with the world with its beautifully drawn maps and illustrations and with all the seemingly never-ending number of legends and intriguing backstories. Content-wise the things that got me first were 1. the medieval setting, the complicated political situation with many houses, kingdoms, noble families; 2. the complex characters who are not innately good or bad, but do good and bad things, tend to have both good and bad choices; 3. the highly unpredictable story, where anything can and will happen, even major characters are not invincible; 4. and the naturalistic and realistic portrayal of events, e. g. lots of violence, injustice, just like in real (medieval) life, and that even sex life of characters are not omitted. Although I must say, Martin tricked me a bit, because I originally expected a low fantasy setting with minimal amount of magic. This remains true for the first book/season, but as the story unfolds, it becomes more and more of a high fantasy with zombies and shapeshifting and shadow assassins etc. However, the way Martin introduces these supernatural elements is quite good in a literary sense, because they are just as shocking for most of the characters, as for us, since for generations they lived and believed in a world without magic, before the (re)appearance of dragons and the comet. Finally, in later parts, what truly amazed me, was the ever-increasing level of details and the endless number of references and cross-references throughout the story. You can dig in, and find motives for virtually every action performed by the characters, everything can be explained, there is logical reason behind every twist. It gives you the ability to create countless theories, which are almost as fun to read, watch and share than reading the books themselves. This is what keeps the story and my interest in it alive, many years after the last book was published.
  13. I vote for Ashara. She really did jump from a tower, or that's the official version so far, which everybody believes. Dareon coming from the Reach, which is not far from Starfall, might explain why he's familiar with the story, while we had not heard this song before, as it's probably not very popular north of King's Landing. However, back to the so called official version, no one really knows, why Ashara committed suicide, throughout the books different characters give us different explanation. Dareon possibly filled this gap himself, and went with the most cliché version: she was in love with Rhaegar secretly.
  14. That's true. Yet, they may discover that the wounds inflicted on Kevan come from different weapons and different people. So it's possible that they will jump to the wrong conclusion that the deaths of Pycelle and Kevan was part of a broad conspiracy, not the doing of one man. Which could instigate even more fear in Cersei and chaos in the royal court, making fAegon's conquest of Westeros easier.
  15. Don't know whether this was intentional, but I literally cried out laughing.
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