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    What do we really know about Ashara Dayne?

    The problem there is, I don't think GRRM intended to obfuscate R+L=J at all. I don't think he meant it as a "twist" at all. It's one of the reasons I don't buy the "R+L=J is too obvious and thus not true" argument: it being obvious would only be a negative if GRRM had intended to surprise us with it. I don't think he did.
  2. The whole reason Robert had a claim to the throne to begin with is because his grandmother was a Targaryen. Even if he has no other grandparent with a blonde gene, he still has a 1/4 chance of carrying the recessive gene. Varys isn't reliable. He's been plotting a coup. He's broken innumerable laws in order to create chaos, including murder. We have zero reason to trust him. What we're left with is three or four confirmed bastards by him, yes, each with dark hair. But then 3 or 4 children with dark hair and 3 children with blonde hair are exactly what you'd expect from someone with a recessive blonde gene. For the record, I do believe Cercei's children are Jaime's, but to presume that Ned or Stannis had irrefutable proof of it is simply incorrect.
  3. The same way a magician turns a bouquet of flowers into a dove. Magic.
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    The Catspaw - means, motive, and opportunity

    Why would anyone?
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    The Catspaw - means, motive, and opportunity

    What convinced the assassin to go through with it?
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    Do you think Cersi can stop the propecy?

    It it can be averted, it was never a prophecy. From a literary perspective, it's basically impossible to introduce a prophecy and not follow through with it, but of course there has to be some subversion of the expectation. Interested to know which prophecies you feel have been thwarted. Most will say Rhaego, but then I'd just respond by asking them why they're so certain Rhaego is dead, and we all know how that conversation ends. Or rather, how it doesn't.
  7. MMD's dancing shadows? The same shadows Bran saw. Dany's wolf is Bran's hound. Dany's man on fire is Bran's armored like the sun. The shadow missing from MMD's tent is "armored in stone". It's absence in the later vision is relevant.
  8. There's actually fairly little evidence he's even dead.
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    Sansa and Cognitive Dissonance

    ... yes? I mean, not to the point where he makes bad choices because of it, but yeah, he's obviously jealous of them. Don't his chapters outright say that he he is? Who wouldn't be jealous? It would be weird if he wasn't.
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    The battle of blood

    I assume this is bait to get us talking about Preston without actually saying anything about Preston? That said, go watch Preston's videos on the Battle of Blood. He pulls a ton of crap out of his ass, but I think he's right on the money for this one.
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    Future of Harrenhal curse

    The interesting thing about Bonifer is his youthful romance with a Targaryen girl. As has been noted in another thread, there's a connection between banging dragons and getting yourself destroyed by Harrenhal. It seems to me he knows what he's doing. If holding Harrenhal is about bloodlines then maybe there's a good reason he's into Whent girls with red hair. All that weird imagery about her as a wolf-bat hybrid makes a bit more sense once you understand we're supposed to be paying attention to maternal genetics as well.
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    Speculation on Targaryen dragon family tree

    Do we have any reason to believe that dragons even mate? As in, do they reproduce sexually? It's entirely possible they produce young entirely via parthenogenesis. I'm not saying that's likely, I'm just saying it's pointless to speculate about something we have so little information about.
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    Secret Targ - possibly crackpot

    Next you're going to tell me that Arry is Arya in disguise or that Jaime is the father of Cercei's kids. Sick of these off the wall fanfics.
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    Is Craster Bloodraven's son?

    It's worth noting that Preston doesn't say he believes Craster is Bloodraven's son, and provides evidence that he ISN'T in that video. He simply note that based on the apparent age of Craster, Craster would likely have been born while Bloodraven was in command of the Night's Watch. He beings up the possibility that Craster is Bloodraven's son then largely dismisses it. Which is exactly why Preston dismisses it.
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    What will Iron Bank do if NW doesn't pay debts?

    The Bank may view it as an investment on their loan to Stannis. If the Banks believes an assault by the Others in immanent, they may be concerned that Stannis wouldn't be able to hold the North from both the Walkers and the Lannisters. So they're doing what they can do to bolster the Watch to keep Stannis's Northern flank protected. That would explain It's why the terms of the loan are so reasonable; they don't expect to profit from the loan directly.