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  1. Actually Catelyn overheard the killer of her son Robb at the Red Wedding say one very cutting line which we must assume the ever-verngeful Lady Stoneheart took very seriously and very literally. Dear Roose Bolton (or so I presume), has false incriminated our dear Jamie before Catelyn. Actually I think it is merely an ironic reference of Roose's part to Jaime's parting words to Roose Bolton before leaving Harrenhal for King's Landing. Jaime of course knows nothing of the Red Wedding to come or his Father's hand and means his words in an entirely different context. And so a terrible and ill-fitting fate laid down for Jaime, ever the one of misattributed deeds, by a misunderstanding and perhaps the one and only moment we see humour from Roose Bolton.
  2. Ah yes, thanks for sharing indeed. That is a pivotal little plot mystery morsel. I am a little disappointed that it is not a different word with some clever twist. However, with all the outlandish options proffered before this GRRM confirmation it is worth remembering that Brienne's "trial" before Lady Stoneheart took place underground. Brienne is lead by a handful (two I think) of BwB men above ground to be hung. So Lady Stoneheart is not present when she is being hung. Whatever word she says had to appeal to those men, not Lady Stoneheart. "Sword" works because all her heard Lady Stoneheart's deal. Brienne needed to get Jaime out of the Castle. She could have simply said "I need your help". Mentioning Sansa has more dramatic tension but its not necessarily a lie. Brienne realizes that she is the only one (& Pod) out abroad seeking Sansa who wishes to protect her. She does not wish to fail Sansa (or Jaime's honour) in that. So by Jaime helping her escape the BwB he is helping her rescue Sansa. (Against this is that Brienne doubts she can find Sansa, but Brienne is nothing if not resolved in her quest). I agree though... the key to this situation is not Brienne, who is caught between conflicts of honour (though she has simple, clear-cutting cleverness of a sort). It is not Jaime who is not sword-capable and beyond all appeal to Stoneheart&BwB as a lion and a kingslayer. The key is GENDRY! Gendry will accept a lot of abuse (he takes his father's abandonment and Tobo Mott's rejection to the Watch in his stride). But he has some fierce principles. He needs momentum to rile him to action. The last thing Brienne was trying to do with some urgency before Biter & Rorge was tell Gendry of his father. Lady Stoneheart and Jaime and Brienne all KNOW with some certainty (from the Jaime dungeon interview) that Tommen is not a Baratheon. Many might see that as granting Gendry a real and legitimate claim to the Throne. The new king to lead the King's men (He is older than Edric Storm). We also see in the inn that Gendry is also decidedly serious about his new faith in the lord of Light. Lady Stoneheart is not. With the lightest of pushes from Thoros this may spur Gendry to action as well. We see he is still making his sword (which he plans to use) so maybe he is in brooding preparation (Him and Stannis would get along). We also know he joined the BwB because he was truly inspired by how Beric was different. He also took an oath. And he's not afraid to die or face danger or hardship. This is the scene where Gendry joins the Brotherhood without Banners:
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    There is a reason it is so surprising that Aegon & the Golden Company were apparently able to take Storm's End so quickly (or at all). It has never in its thousands of years of history been taken. It's a formidable Stronghold. Do we have any textual hints as to why the Golden Company and Aegon were able to? ...But perhaps I have an undue impression of Storm's End and its history. I thought it surprising how confident Jon Connington was that they could take Storm's End, though more realistically he expected opposition to his obviously ambitious/daring plan. I cannot help but think of how Loras said he buried his King (& Love) in a secret place the two of them knew at Storm's End. Also if part of the historical impregnability of Storm's End was due some form of subtle magick like the Wall... then perhaps now that the God's Wood has been burned down, something important has changed... I agree with a prior poster. I'm sure they had some kind of ploy in mind. Jon Connington knows the Stormlands well. Can any one remember any reference to Storm's End that may help?
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