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  1. It's difficult to imagine that GRRM doesn't have a solid idea of what's really happening when "magic" occurs. This is a guy who objected to six-limbed dragons on an evolutionary argument. He's not the kind of guy to underthink a magic system. But that's all a matter of opinion, my interpretation. Hence, "I disagree strongly".
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    R+L=J vs N+A=J (GRRM looses either way)

    I think the biggest problem here is the idea that r+l=j is "the twist". I think we were always supposed to figure it out. I have faith that there's enough that's genuinely unexpected coming to mitigate any anticlimax which might be felt from any revelation regarding Jon's parentage.
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    Danys the good guy?

    Which fits perfectly with the idea that the dragons are nukes. Even if they're in the "right hands" right now, they wont stay that way. The world ending in fire is no better than the world ending in ice.
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    Danys the good guy?

    It's both. The Starks would be wrong to wage war for Winterfell and Daenerys is wrong to wage war for the Iron Throne. Revenge is an even worse reason for war, even if you dress it up as "justice". War is never the answer. And with the theme of the entire series revolving around the pointless cyclical brutality of war, its baffling to me that people seem convinced the story is going to end with a war saving the world, that the Others will be defeated by lighting them on fire and hitting them with magic swords. It's absurd, and requires a complete misunderstanding of Martin's philosophy.
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    Danys the good guy?

    The largest point against Daenerys is that dragons can't be good or useful. GRRM confirmed that dragons are a WMD metaphor, which means we know because of his ideology that they have to make the world a worse place, a net loss. So, for that matter, is war itself. War is never the answer, but Daenerys brings war. So, yes, she's an antagonist, a "bad guy". She's sympathetic, because GRRM is really good at creating compelling characters, but her direct impact on the world will be nothing but hardship and misery. "But she's a strong woman, and GRRM is also a feminist" you might argue. But Martin's feelings about women and their role in the world is extremely complex. We've read Meathouse Man. Martin has had a lifetime of heartache and rejection, and his anger towards women finds its way into his writing constantly. Intellectually he may believe he's a feminist, but the reality isn't that simple.
  6. No. So far we haven't seen magic animate inorganic matter, and we have no reason to believe it can do so.
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    The Fate and Purpose of the Greyjoy Kids

    Oh goodness, no. Dragons are a terrible idea. GRRM wouldn't write a story where nukes or their metaphorical counterparts were any kind of hope. For the same reason, we can rule out any information gained via torture; GRRM has certain ideological "tells". A functional Harrenhal would protect the continent from any kind of magic, yes, including the Winter, or the death-animating powers of the Others. The idea that the dragons cause the winter is entirely in keeping with the theme: a metaphorical nuclear winter.
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    The Fate and Purpose of the Greyjoy Kids

    Sansa ruling from Harenhal would protect the whole continent. An option Daenerys is likely going to eliminate when she kills her and/or destroys Harenhal. Slayer of lies line 3. Remember that dragons are a wmd metaphor, and remember GRRMs philosophy: Nothing good will come from them, and its them that bring the winter.
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    The Fate and Purpose of the Greyjoy Kids

    I believe the Grey King's bloodline carries a "nullification" ability, which protects them against magical influence. This is why the religion of the Iron Islands (where this blood is strongest) includes a ritualized near-death experience: the drowning disables this protection, allowing them to commune with the gestalt. It's why Bran (the Stark kids have Grey King blood from their maternal grandmother, a Whent) can be contacted by Bloodraven while he's in his coma. But it's interesting to note that this ability doesn't just protect the individual: during the early part of Bran's coma, Catlyn never left his side, and so Bloodraven was unable to make contact with him until after she left. Harrenhal and the Seastone Chair amplify this ability, assuming someone of the appropriate bloodline is lording over it. We have a pretty good idea of the radius of the Seastone Chair's null field because magic survived on the Lonely Light, but Harrenhal was built on an epic scale, and its effect would likely have covered the world. It's not a coincidence Aegon invaded the day it was completed: dragons require magic to breed, and eventually the null effect would have killed them. When the Lothstons (Hoare descendants) took possession of Harrenhal the last dragon died just two years after, and they didn't hatch again until the last Whent (Lothston successor house) was ousted during the War of the Five Kings.
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    The Fate and Purpose of the Greyjoy Kids

    There are a few functions of the Greyjoys, and of the Iron Islands/Ironborn in general. 1. The Grey King's bloodline is extremely important to the mythic scheming because... 2. The Seastone chair is a proto-Harrenhal, which will help us understand Harrenhal itself once we're mean to understand it which is important because... 3. Victarion will father Daenery's second child. The second line of the "bride of fire" quatrain is the hardest to make sense of, but Victarion fits it better than anybody else at this point. Theon introduces the reader to these characters and these concepts. I don't think Asha was intended to be important when she was introduced, but GRRM liked the character well enough and she provided a useful POV. That's all. IMO, both are simply witnesses, neither are important.
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    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Reread

    A note, this topic is more thoroughly discussed in the thread I posted about it earlier.
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    Petyr Baelish, Blackfyre heir?

    It's a question of who has the talent, or the training, to use sex to bind shadows. In most cases, the woman seems the one with the ability, whether she knows it or not. Littlefinger would be an unusual example of a man who can also do this, probably due to the NDE sex with Lysa. This carries notes of Dune: a typically female talent is exponentially stronger when wielded by a man. As much as George likes to think of himself as a feminist, we've all read Meathouse Man. We can tie that back to all the women in the story being labeled as or treated like whores; GRRM has some complicated issues with how he thinks about women.
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    Units of time

    It's odd that a year is even a thing, with the way the seasons work. You can still have months, based on the phases of the moon, but why do they even care about "years"? Sure, the Maesters at least could use the stars to keep track of how many revolutions around the sun are happening, but there's no reason for anyone else to care about it, and instead they'd just use months for ages, maybe counting them by the score for brevity, so instead of a man being "six and twenty" he'd be "fifteen score and twelve".
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    Petyr Baelish, Blackfyre heir?

    Basically Littlefinger is simply using the whores as intermediaries. The nature of sex magic means a man will need a female intermediary to control a male subject. Case in point, Qyburn specifically needed females for his experiments to control unGregor. Many speculate Euron uses the Dusky Woman in the same way.