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  1. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    At this point I don't really have a dog in this race, but historically older bastards have always been seen as a threat to younger but legitimate siblings, so I think its not only possible but likely that GRRM is setting this up for Jon being older than Robb. Of course even if he was the same age or even slightly younger than Robb, now that Robb has dropped off his perch Jon is unquestionably older than Bran and Rickon. So why would the fact that Jon might be older than Robb matter when they were both above ground? If Jon is older then GRRM has set this up for a reason that may have nothing to do with the Winterfell Succession
  2. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Thanks, that's pretty much how I remembered it and a very broad hint that something was going on
  3. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Per Tuccu I'm sure the story related to a dead lover, not Ser Arthur and long before Septa Lemore tooled up the absence of a body was widely considered suspicious.
  4. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    There is and while I can't reference it I have a distinct recollection that it was a positive statement clearly implying that she was moving about for a reason
  5. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    We've discussed this one before. It probably doesn't make and difference so far as the Walkers are concerned and Gared remember wanted to light a fire for protection, but on the other hand the wights seem to home in on heat signatures
  6. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Not crazy. I feel your theory is a touch too complicated even for this everyday tale of ordinary countryfolk, but I do very much agree we'll find there was no child in that tower
  7. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Very much in line with what we've discussed in the past about the present Nights Watch with their castles not being the original lot, but I'd still emphasise that the Walkers are created, they are not a race and I still have the feeling that like the Nazgul they want what was once theirs, but lost in the transformation.
  8. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    I think that's a fair comment and its worth turning to the original synopsis: Roughly speaking, there are three major conflicts set in motion in the chapters enclosed. These will form the major plot threads of the trilogy, intertwining with each other in what should be a complex but exciting (I hope) narrative tapestry. Each of the conflicts presents a major threat to the peace of my imaginary realm, the Seven Kingdoms, and to the lives of the principal characters. The first threat grows from the enmity between the great houses of Lannister and Stark as it plays out in a cycle of plot, counterplot, ambition, murder, and revenge, with the iron throne of the Seven Kingdoms as the ultimate prize. This will form the backbone of the first volume of the trilogy, A Game of Thrones. While the lion of Lannister and the direwolf of Stark snarl and scrap, however, a second and greater threat takes shape across the narrow sea, where the Dothraki horselords mass their barbarians hordes for a great invasion of the Seven Kingdoms, led by the fierce and beautiful Daenerys Stormborn, the last of the Targaryen dragonlords. The Dothraki invasion will be the central story of my second volume, A Dance with Dragons. The greatest danger of all, however, comes from the north, from the icy wastes beyond the Wall, where half-forgotten demons out of legend, the inhuman others, raise cold legions of the undead and the neverborn and prepare to ride down on the winds of winter to extinguish everything that we would call "life." The only thing that stands between the Seven Kingdoms and and endless night is the Wall, and a handful of men in black called the Night's Watch. Their story will be the heart of my third volume, The Winds of Winter. The final battle will also draw together characters and plot threads left from the first two books and resolve all in one huge climax. Essentially what's outlined is what you describe as a "traditional" fantasy series, but having got it off the ground GRRM being GRRM is trying to write something different
  9. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    I think that's the point. We're initially led to believe that the threat comes from the big bad up north and that Azor Ahai will save us all. Instead, as the story goes on its turning out that it aint so simple as that.
  10. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    While I can certainly see Jon becoming aligned with Winter, and the R+L=J theory promotes the idea of a combined blood-line, none of the prophesies require such a combination, indeed Mel's take on Azor Ahai is a hero who will destroy the other lot and bring in that endless fiery summer
  11. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Ah the old heresy; that this isn't about Danaerys and her dragons saving Westeros from the Others, but the Others saving Westeros from the dragons
  12. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    ... and I really wouldn't be surprised if the ending [assuming its to be a clear one] requires the slaying of both Jon the King of Winter and Danaerys the Dragonlord
  13. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    That and perhaps warning that these things are not significant
  14. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    Jon as Lord Eddard's son by Ashara Dayne makes a lot of sense, but is, I suspect too straightforward. If Jon sprang from a relationship severed by Lord Eddard in the name of duty and ended decisively by Ashara Dayne's suicide, then there is no mystery and no need for a mystery. And nor does such an "innocent" explanation fit with the other Dornish mysteries, not least what was really going on at that tower.
  15. Black Crow

    Heresy 210 and the Babes in the Wood

    The only reference I can recall was a sarcastic remark, possibly by one of the Lannister brothers that the great Ser Arthur was so good that he could fight off [insert number of your choice] foes with one hand while taking a piss with the other
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