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  1. I was looking for something else and came across this little unexpected parallel to Arya, in A Storm Of Swords, when Roose sends Jaime away from Harrenhall and he finds an old shield in the armory belonging to the Lothstons to wear, since he knows not to wear his Lannister or Kingsguard insignia: "The Lothstons held Harrenhall before the Whents and had been a powerful family in their day, but they had died out ages ago, so no one was likely to object to him bearing their arms. He would be no one's cousin, no one's enemy, no one's sworn sword... in sum, no one." Gave me a little chill!
  2. I've always thought an interesting way to resolve the Jaime/Brienne/Lady Stoneheart stand-off would be for Thoros to see that Bran was alive/stuck past the Wall and for them to be agree to rescue him to escape being executed, with some of the BWB members going with to make sure they stay on task and probably yell at them a lot and so forth. We see that Jaime, having resolved the Riverlands situation, is eager to get back to KL and Tommen (and still a bit torn about Cersei - he's rejected her but still longs for her), so having that delayed would be a good source of tension for his character, and of course he owes Bran, so it is an interesting task to give him plot-wise. And I like the idea that having sent him away against his wishes - both to be there to protect Tommen and to keep his promise to Catelyn not to take up arms against the Tullys - Cercei will have sealed her own fate and die without ever seeing him again (I think she has pretty much out-lived her usefulness as a character at this point and should die midway through Book Six). It's pretty unlikely (by which I mean extremely extremely extremely unlikely) this is what George intends b/c if it was I think we would have seen it in the show since they had nothing else to do with Jaime anyway, but I like it! I think it has a very pleasant closing the circle quality for some of these characters. Brienne fails to save Sansa but saves Bran instead, Lady Stoneheart finds out that one of her biggest reasons for her fairly disastrous decision to free Jaime (that Bran/Rickon were dead and Arya/Sansa were her only living children other than Robb at the time) was false, and Jaime has to face up to the reality of what he has done to Bran in a much more tangible and physical way. In general I think if he could get TO the cave he can get back FROM the cave. We may just not have seen how yet. What is really improbable to me is him ending up as King of Westeros.
  3. If Lyanna is the mother, that basically makes it impossible for anyone but Rhaegar to be the father, given the length of Robert's Rebellion and the length of her stay at the Tower of Joy, unless you think she was getting it on with a member of the Kingsguard who was at the TOJ while Rhaegar ran out for groceries or something, which seems seriously unlikely. I know it's more fun to speculate otherwise, but it's a little goofy imo.
  4. I registered just because I have such a strong theory about this. I think the problems with the battle scenes in the third episode are a huge factor in this phenomenon, not just that they were (to some) so poorly lit and unwatchable - especially disappointing I would imagine given the strong hype about the 55 days of filming - but that the response was basically to blame the people watching for not having fancy enough tvs or tuning their tvs right. I feel like this was an "the emperor has no clothes" moment that really changed the fan/critic dynamic toward the show. There was a huge exponential increase in complaining with ep. 4, even before Dany's 'turn', and then ep. 5 finished things off. I'm sure there would always have been people who were upset and disappointed about Dany and then with the wrap-up to ep. 6, but I really wonder if with battle scenes in ep. 3 that lived up to the promotion, if it would have been the same volume or intensity.
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