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  1. Ser Leftwich

    Seeing the bigger bigger picture.

    I'll tell you when I have finished reading it.
  2. Ser Leftwich

    Is GRRM As Complex As You Believe He Is?

    I would venture that is he just better at writing First-Person Limited POV across many characters than most readers are used to. Also, he refuses to do simple. Most readers want to be spoon-fed simple mysteries or have simple dilemmas (will our hero choose the princess or the adventuress?). He does not do those. ETA: 'Not simple' does not necessarily mean 'complex.'
  3. Ser Leftwich

    Is Syrio confirmed dead?

    Counterpoint: Of course he hit at unarmored parts, otherwise he would have done nothing to phase them. Broken noses and bruised necks was probably the worst of it. Would he be any good at all with a Westerosi longsword? No he would not. Counterpoint: Why would they put Syrio's head on a spike? He is nobody. Syrio is dead. Not everything is a magical conspiracy, sometimes it is just a noble death.
  4. Ser Leftwich

    Varys and Illyrio under the Red Keep

    "Perhaps so," the forked beard replied, pausing to catch his breath after the long climb. "Nonetheless, we must have time. The princess is with child. The khal will not bestir himself until his son is born. You know how they are, these savages." Illyrio says this. They clearly currently only want to delay until Drogo is ready to go for THIS version of the plan. We know roughly how long Varys and Illyrio have been nursing the plan for fAegon, but they can't just send him over by himself and tell Robert to piss off, they can at best, nudge the situation a little here and there to get a good opportunity for fAegon to arrive. Varys is not a wizard. Why did they not add Viserys and Dany until later? We can only speculate. A distraction to set the stage for fAegon? Perhaps it was only convenient story timing? They have to keep changing the plan because circumstances keep changing. As all powerful some like to suggest Varys and/or Littlefinger are, they most decidedly are not. They have to work with what they have.
  5. Ser Leftwich

    Jon Connington

    It will be very interesting to learn more about how the Connington's historically sided between the Targs and the Blackfyres.
  6. Ser Leftwich

    Varys and Illyrio under the Red Keep

    @Clegane'sPup What I meant was two very different times in terms of Ned's knowledge and condition. The first is before Ned has really even learned of the twincest and Robert lives. The second time is weeks or months later when Ned is wounded in the Black Cells and the Lannisters reign supreme. What Varys/Illyrio could reasonably get out of Ned is completely different at those two times.
  7. Ser Leftwich

    Varys and Illyrio under the Red Keep

    Silly me. What a naive thing to suggest.
  8. Ser Leftwich

    Varys and Illyrio under the Red Keep

    This does mean the children that acts as little birds have their tongues cut out. See all the retired 'little birds' acting as servants not talking in Illyrio's manse and the two that usher Kevan into see Pycelle. They have no tongues.
  9. Ser Leftwich

    Varys and Illyrio under the Red Keep

    These are at two very different times. Also, even in the Black Cells Varys vaguely refers to the possibility of taking the Black.
  10. ""What would you have me do?" asked the torchbearer, a stout man in a leather half cape. Even in heavy boots, his feet seemed to glide soundlessly over the ground. A round scarred face and a stubble of dark beard showed under his steel cap, and he wore mail over boiled leather, and a dirk and shortsword at his belt. It seemed to Arya there was something oddly familiar about him. "If one Hand can die, why not a second?" replied the man with the accent and the forked yellow beard. "You have danced the dance before, my friend." He was no one Arya had ever seen before, she was certain of it. Grossly fat, yet he seemed to walk lightly, carrying his weight on the balls of his feet as a water dancer might. His rings glimmered in the torchlight, red-gold and pale silver, crusted with rubies, sapphires, slitted yellow tiger eyes. Every finger wore a ring; some had two. "Before is not now, and this Hand is not the other," the scarred man said as they stepped out into the hall. Still as stone, Arya told herself, quiet as a shadow. Blinded by the blaze of their own torch, they did not see her pressed flat against the stone, only a few feet away." Has consensus built that Illyrio and Varys here are talking about Jon Connington and faking his death? And is at least Illyrio proposing they do the same with Ned? If so, what did Illyrio want to do with Ned?
  11. Ser Leftwich

    Small Questions v. 10106

    Worked fine for me just now.
  12. Ser Leftwich

    Let's speculate about Illyrio's chests

  13. Ser Leftwich

    Let's speculate about Illyrio's chests

    Ghoyan Drohe is a as far up the river as is navigable or deep enough draft at that time of year for the Shy Maid. It does not have to be a mystical anagram, it is likely just practical. Are we allowed to mention the old version of this chapter? There was a very particular item mentioned in this chapter in the early released version of this chapter, either on Not a Blog or from a reading.
  14. Ser Leftwich

    Small Questions v. 10106

    There doesn't need to be a point, story-wise. Not everything is Chekhov's Broken Chair Leg. Sometimes it just happens.
  15. Ser Leftwich

    Is Syrio confirmed dead?

    "Then people asked questions. Someone asked if Syrio was dead. And he said to "draw your own conclusions" based on the fact that his sword was broken, etc, which I took to mean yes." https://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1372
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