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  1. Very interesting theory, but I think it may be slightly off target. Once the galley arrives in Braavos, the slaves are safe, so they have no more need to conceal their identity. In fact, you'd expect them to declare their identity at once; if they keep it secret and someone discovers it, people will wonder what they're trying to hide. As an alternative explanation, maybe this galley is part of the fleet that is bringing the Golden Company to Westeros, and it detoured to Braavos on some mission. It might be bearing a message to some co-conspirator there. It might be there to make a deal with the Iron Bank. It might be there to retrieve a long-lost Valyrian steel sword that's been left with some Targ supporter for safekeeping, or to hire a Faceless Man, or ... OK, I'll stop now. P.S. Google's text-to-speech converter knows how to spell "Braavos" and "Valyria." I guess they know their users. :^)
  2. This could be a matter of optics (pardon the pop-culture clichě). If the Volantenes percieve Aegon as an ally of Daenerys, instead of a rival, they'd support him. Maybe Haldon could get a message to the leadership of the Red Temple, and they could work together without revealing Aegon's identity to the whole city ... Of couse, it's all moot now that the Griffs have moved on to Westeros.
  3. Not to be the Forum Police, but this thread is about the Little Birds. Lately it seems like a lot of its bandwidth is being taken up by the Lysa/Peter/etc. debate. Maybe start a separate thread for that? Thanks --
  4. George has done a great job of portraying her slow descent into madness. She's losing respect for her friends and supporters, thinking them to be false or stupid, even as she appoints false or stupid ones to the Small Council. She's drinking more (as Jaime notices; sorry, I don't recall the specific book and chapter), and gaining weight (blaming it on serving girls who she thinks washed her clothes wrong and made them shrink). And all the while she thinks she's being a great ruler. I hate her, but I love reading about her. (I feel the same way about the Iron Islanders -- most of them, anyway.)
  5. Sorry, I must disagree with this one. It seems obvuous to me that Valyria is fantasy Rome: a great empire, based on a peninsula, that expanded to control most of the continent. But then it collapsed, leaving behind some great roads, buildings, and other artifacts of superior knowledge and technology that was lost to later civilizations.
  6. Thank you, Zandru and Kissdbyfire, I was just getting ready to chime in about this. If I may put a finer point on it: In the "abomination*", Night's King is an important character. But in the books, he's just an old folktale. There's no indication that he is still alive, or that he (or a successor) will have any effect on where the story goes from here. The OP has pointed out some interesting similarities between Stannis's arc and the NK story. But the NK married an Other, whereas Stannis's partner is a sworn enemy of the Others. So I can't see Stannis changing sides like that. But the NK story might be a foreshadowing of where Stannis is headed, getting so involved with magic that it eventually leads to his destruction. Come to think of it, why would Stannis choose the Nightfort for his seat? It's the oldest castle on the Wall, and the most decrepit. My hunch is that it was Mel's idea. There must be some extra magical energy there, which she can sense, and she hopes to use it. (* Sorry, I just can't hate the TV show as much as some people here. It's what led me to discover the books -- and probably a few million other people too. It deserves a little credit for that, if nothing else. And the first two seasons were actually quite faithful to the books.)
  7. We know Jaime to be the impulsive type who acts first and thinks later. There's a line somewhere in the story to the effect that he would rather cut through a rope then untie a knot (sorry, I know it was worded much more elegantly in the book). At that age, he was probably even more so. What puzzles me is why Jaime never told anyone about the wildfire. Although two of the top alchemists were dead, there must have been others who could have shown everyone where the Wildfire was cached, to back up his story.
  8. True, but in that case, she wouldn't need to have red hair; and we certainly wouldn't need to have the hair color pointed out several times. Out of curiosity, I just did a search for the word "tansy" across all 5 e-books. It doesn't occur at all in AGOT, ACOK, or ADWD. In AFFC, it's the name of one of the orphans at the inn, who seems to have no significance to the plot. In ASOS, "tansy" occurs 25 times. One is in the Prologue, where it's mentioned in passing as a type of flower. One is in the last chapter, where Lysa mentions its use to end her attempt to bear a son for LF. The other 23 are all either Hoster Tully's deathbed mumblings, or the red-haired innkeep. Seems like a pattern to me. .... Although actually, this is a bit off-topic. The Tansy mystery is not really relevant to the question of little Robert's parentage. Maybe we should start a separare thread?
  9. The story's not over yet. From what we've seen in the TWOW preview chapters, it seems like some important things are about to happen -- or have already happened -- at Storm's End. (That doesn't count as a spoiler, does it?) Aside from that, Storm's End is one of the oldest, largest, and strongest castles in Westeros, and has been the seat of House Baratheon since the Conquest. So it's valuable in terms of prestige and morale, as well as strategically.
  10. Well, I wouldn't say that I've reached a conclusion, but there does seem to be some evidence for it. And it's an interesting puzzle to work on. Especially the Tansy part. In ASOS 29 (Arya V), the BWB stays at an inn/brothel called The Peach, run by a woman named Tansy. She has red hair. It's mentioned three times in a span of two pages. In two places, she's actually referred to as "red-haired Tansy," in case anyone needs to see both words in one sentence to make the connection. Seems like GRRM really wants us to associate the name with the hair.
  11. Sorry, I don't think these conclusions are correct. All Lysa's failed pregnancies occurred when she was married to Jon. The "Tansy" mystery suggests that she did bear a healthy child her first time, which was before she wed Jon. And there have been plenty of sexual shenangans at court. Tyrion and Shae did get together many times, despite Tywin's demand. Jon and Lysa were apparently not close; and Littlefinger wpuld have been skillful at arranging secret rendezvous.
  12. You were joking, right? Sorry, I find it hard to see anything admirable about Ser Jared. In this moment, he had drawn his sword to defend the absurd claim that Robb and his men changed into wolves at the Red Wedding and murdered Lord Manderly's son. At best he is a simpleton who believed that story, or a phony who speaks boldly when he knows others will stop him from having to act on his words. At worst, is baring steel during a parley, in defense of something he knows to be a lie. Or am I missing something? (My usual disclaimer.)
  13. Archmaester Marwyn is my favorite character. He only appears in one chapter of one book; but he's mentioned three times before that, by Mirri Maz Duur, Qyburn, and Rodrik ("the Reader") Harlaw. Talk about foreshadowing! I expect him to do some important stuff in the next book. I just hope he doesn't get killed in the process, playing with fire... And here's another vote for Rodrik too.
  14. Another possible factor: in battle, most enemy soldiers might not think Tyrion was worth attacking. Being small, he wouldn't look like much of a threat. While you're fighting him, some stronger opponent might sneak up on you from behind. And as Ser Vardis pointed out at The Eyrie, there's not much honor or glory in killing a dwarf.
  15. OK, here's my attempt at an in-story explanation. Much as Lord Tywin hated his dwarf son, he would have wanted him to have some minimal skill at arms. Otherwise he'd have been an easy target for any outlaw or enemy soldier. If he went down without a fight, he might have brought disgrace to the Lannister name. We know that Tyrion had custom-made saddles and armor. We know that as a child, he became a skilled tumbler, which requires some strength and agility: enough to jump off a door sill and land on his hands. Perhaps he also had a master-at-arms, as Arya and Brienne did, who understood that size and strength don't always win the fight, and taught him ways to use his apparent weaknesses to his advantage.
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