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  1. Shara

    Rickon's Role

    Narratively, I think Rickon was a necessity. We know that Catelyn is still of child-bearing age at the start of our story and indeed, she even contemplates the possibility of another pregnancy, so it would have made no sense whatsoever for Bran to have been her last child. Sure, GRRM could have filled the gap between Bran's birth and the start of GoT with a miscarriage or stillbirth (they're common enough in Westeros) but Catelyn's fertility and brood of healthy children are key factors in the relationship dynamic between her and Lysa. On that basis, it's not implausible that Rickon's tale is simply a shaggy-dog story and a loose end that GRRM needs to tidy away early in the next book. It does beg the question "if Rickon was just there to fill a gap in the Stark line of succession, why not kill him off sooner?" Well, he needed to live long enough to play his role in Theon's character development and to be fair, there hasn't been much opportunity to drop back into his story since then. On the other hand, perhaps GRRM has been holding back his death (on or off page) to use as a catalyst to push another character arc forward or he may indeed have a bigger role planned out for Rickon - I'm just struggling to see what it may be at the moment.
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    If we're limiting this to events in the current books, I'd also like to make mention of : Renly continuing his relationship with Loras while married to Margaery and Tyrion contunuing to see Shae whilst married to Sansa (admittedly it was all business on her part, but clearly not for him)
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    Why do people think that Cersei is one-dimensional?

    I don't think Cersei's relationship with her children can be condensed down to a simple she 'loves them' / 'doesn't love them'. As in the real world, familial relationships are more complex than that and it's possible for her children to mean more than one thing to her. Cersei is almost certainly a victim of Tywin's particular brand of parenting. However, as a narcissist she likes the person that it has made her and holds herself up as a role model for both Sansa and her own children. She seems doomed to follow the same parenting template and teach her children the same harsh life lessons she underwent herself in order to become the perfect creature that she is today. For her male children, this means moulding them to reach their full potential as mini-Tywins (or at least Cersei's own skewed perception of Tywin) - the role that she would have fulfilled had she not been born the wrong gender. We don't see much direct interaction between her and Myrcella (nor indeed with Tommen until after Joffrey's death) and we can perhaps infer from this that she only has the capacity to focus on one child at a time and assigns value to her children based on their position in succession. Judging from her conversations with Sansa though, the greatest heights that a female child could reach would be to follow in Cersei's own footsteps. Rather than enabling them to overcome the blockers that she herself faced as a female in a male oriented world, she wants them to suffer the same hardships and obstacles thus perpetuating a mini version of herself and simutaneously preventing them from surpassing her. I don't think any of this necessarily means that she doesn't love them (in the only way she knows how). For Cersei, the greatest gift that she could bestow upon her children is to mould them in this way. And although her expression of maternal love is warped by most conventional standards, it doesn't preclude there being genuine emotion driving these behaviours. Of course, Cersei has a self-serving side too and this is what I suspect prompts most readers to question how much genuine love she has for her children. Without a doubt, she uses her children as tools through which she can herself derive power as regent - although using children in this way is hardly unique to Cersei in Westeros. See how Margaery is wielded to give the Tyrell's a step up in power. And of course, once we learn about the prophecy, we also realise that her children form a buffer between her and the valonqar. As long as all 3 children are alive, Cersei is still 3 deaths away from her own fate. All of this certainly makes for a multi-faceted character with complex motivations, so no argument there. For me though, where some complaints of one-dimensionality come in are within her own POVs. They're undoubtedly entertaining and enjoyable to read, however after building up this complex picture of Cersei through other people's eyes and forming an idea of the person we think she is, once we see into Cersei's own mind it all seems a bit . . . flat . . . somehow. I don't doubt the difficulty of writing from the perspective of a character with Cersei's personality traits, but in this case I just don't think GRRM has pulled it off as well as he has for others. Her thought processes all seem a little predictable and almost comedic at times - lacking some of the realism and relatability that other (even unpleasant) POVs have.
  4. OK, since confession is good for the soul . . . I really, REALLY dislike reading Davos' chapters. I completely understand why people like Davos as a character and it's not that I'm disinterested in the events surrounding him. In fact, I WANT to be able to enjoy his part of the story. However, for some reason his POVs just really grate on me. Every time I encounter a Davos chapter in one of the books it seems to jolt me right out of the story. He's the only character I feel this way about, but for me the best outcome would be for him to die off page early in Winds so that I never have to be subjected to one of his POVs again. Sorry Davos and Davos fans
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    Your biggest what if?

    It's such a complex plot and there are so many pivotal moments that could have completely changed the story that we have. Starting right at the beginning at the point where we pick the story up, I often wonder "what if" Ned had taken Gared's rantings more seriously or had taken the time to question what had traumatised the man so badly. Would Ned's words have enough sway to prompt the NW to discover the threat of The Others earlier? And if this preceded Robert's visit to Winterfell, could this have meant more support for The Wall from the throne? How would this shift in focus impact the politics and subsequent events in KL? A relatively small change in the very early pages and I think the effects would ripple all the way through changing almost every aspect of the story.
  6. I'll tentatively dip a toe into "Team Mel". It hadn't occurred to me that anyone other than Ramsay wrote the Pink Letter until I found the theories here. I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's take on it and the reasoning behind the different stances - but I'm not quite ready to jump ship yet. For now, I'll stick with my initial reading of the text with Ramsay as the author, but the strong possibility that Mel interfered with the letter to make it more inflammatory and provoke the reaction she wanted from Jon. I'm open to changing my mind as I read more on the various threads, but if anyone other than Ramsay had a hand in this, Mel is still at the top of my list of potentials.
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    Strangest Possible Ending

    Some of the most unlikeable personalities make the best characters IMO - in fact, it would be a pretty dull story without them!
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    Opinion: Coolest Sounding Name

    I like a lot of the ones already mentioned, but the name Lady Cassana Estermont has always stood out for me. I've always thought it a pity that GRRM didn't reserve it for a more prominent character, because I think it has a real regal ring to it.
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    Strangest Possible Ending

    The strangest for me (and most horrifying as a reader) would be something utterly anticlimactic, where none of the separate plotlines actually converge and all the main characters either die in mundane circumstances or go on to live out their lives without any further impact on the main story . . . leaving us all wondering "what was the point of all that?". Dany returns to Meereen but trips over the fringe of her tokar, tumbling down the steps of the great pyramid and breaking her neck. The dragons, no longer held in place by the bond with their mother are last seen flying East towards the rising sun never to be heard of again. Arya completes her FM training and finally relinquishes the last hold on her old identity. She advances through the ranks becoming a top assassin. but never returns to Westeros or gives any further thought to home. Jon is dead and will remain dead. It turns out that the Others have never had any interest in invading or moving past The Wall. Their only intent was to drive the Wildlings South out of their territory and with that mission accomplished, they fade back into peaceful obscurity and the realm of fairytales. Bran is given safe passage from the cave. After stopping at the Wall to inform them that the threat of the Others has passed, he retires to a convenient Weirwood to live out the rest of his existence. Winter is still coming, regardless of the Others, and conflicts in the North cease as the focus shifts to simple survival. Following on from another blizzard, Stannis's troops are found frozen and starved early in Winds - a fate that awaits everyone else in the North over the course of the book (except for Bran in his Weirwood) Aegon contracts Greyscale from Jon Con, and both succomb before his invasion can progress any further. Cersei becomes more reclusive as her paranoia increases and eventually dies alone - choking on her own vomit after a late night drinking binge. (Sorry, I'm bored this afternoon I could go on, but I'm sure that's probably more than enough!)
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    Conjectures on Robert Arryn’s Paternity

    Thank You The nickname is a bit of a family joke. My name is Sarah, but the traditional Welsh spelling is Sara without the 'h'. The older generation of my family (native Welsh speakers) are confused as heck about that additional 'h'. Over the years I've consistently had birthday / Christmas cards addressed to either Shara or Sarha. They know there's an 'h' but have absolutely no idea where to put it, so they just seem to randomly guess
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    Conjectures on Robert Arryn’s Paternity

    We know that Lysa had a traumatic abortion in the past and it's quite feasible that complications from that coupled with either LF's small stature or Jon's reproductive history could have resulted in the small, sickly Robert Arryn. I get the feeling that GRRM has left this deliberately ambiguous and vague to keep readers guessing. Personally, I lean more towards Jon Arryn being the father - mainly based on Lysa's moon door speech as already mentioned but also the fact that LF had absolutely no desire to sleep with Lysa, and if he could have kept her on the hook whilst refraining from intimacy I'm sure he would have (and I don't doubt that he had the ability to sweet talk her around!) Having said that, I very much like what Petyr being the father would do for the story and character development and I'd like for it to be true. I'm very much aligned with this : And also the idea that while Jon was uncovering the truth about Robert's supposed offspring, he had no idea about his own 'son'.
  12. 1. Yes. Personally I'd prefer it to be a 'no', but I think there's enough in Bran's dream of the 3 shadows and some other bits and pieces to make me put both feet (just) over the line into the 'yes' camp. 2. No. Never heard this theory and there's nothing I've seen in the text to really point in this direction.
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    ASoIaF character poll

    1. 45 2. female 3. Theon 4. Davos Favourite / least favourite are tough choices for me because there are loads of characters (some likeable and some downright awful) that I love/hate for very different reasons. I've decided to go with the one I think is the best written and the one that I least enjoy reading.
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    Poll: Has Brienne Become a Wight?

    I can understand why people support the theory. After my first read of the series, I also came away convinced that she was dead and had been resurrected. On subsequent re-reads I was pleasantly surprised that I'd misremembered the text explicitly describing her death and I don't why the hell I ever thought that in the first place. So it's a no from me and I really hope I'm right on this one because it's an aspect of the story that I really disliked. (As an aside, I also thought that Daario had been killed and returned by trebuchet after my first read and again had a surprise on re-reading that the text doesn't actually say that)
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    Events you are most looking forward to see in TWOW

    - Sam in Oldtown and the events that are converging there - Bran - love how dark his story is getting and can't wait to see more - Jon - aftermath of the attemped(?) assassination and hoping that debate about his parentage will be put to bed once and for all - Sand Snakes - Probably an unpopular choice, but I'm really interested to see where their storylines are going