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  1. To be fair, there's a bit of slack between "I hate my father" and "I'm glad my father is dead".
  2. The obvious parallel that we hear about in the novels is Harren Hoare's brother who took the black for unknown reasons and rose to become the Lord Commander. Though there's really too much we don't know about Lord Commander Hoare to draw any conclusions about what it might mean for Euron at the wall. We don't even know his name. As others have said, for Euron to go to the wall, or to stay there, he would have to want to be at the wall. It may be that the position of Lord Commander of the Night's Watch carries with it some mythic power that a well-learned person like Euron could make use of: such a power would go a long way to explain why someone as invested in the Mythic game as Bloodraven or Harren Hoare (via proxy) would seek to control the title. Or maybe the position at the wall is useful simply because of the wall's magical properties, and becoming LC was just a means to control their environment. Or for those who know what the Others are and what's coming, perhaps they seek out the position to plan for their coming, either to fight them off or to make a deal with them. All of these reasons could potentially apply to Euron.
  3. I don't recall Stannis forseeing any further children, and after 11 years with no further children after Shireen, it would be silly to expect things to change. The "why" of that is up for debate. Renly implied that Stannis and Selyse simply didn't have sex anymore, but who knows how factual that might be. And the Tyrells are cunning operators, especially Olenna, who is the decider. With Renly as Hand and heir they would have their finger on almost as much power as they would with Renly as monarch, but with much better odds of actually getting the throne in the first place. What would you rather have, a 40% chance at $1000 or an 80% chance at $800? Olenna isn't dumb, she'd take the better bet.
  4. Both Stannis and Renly share a booby prize here simply because they could have easily taken everything just by playing nicely together. Renly bends to Stannis and is unambiguously named Stannis's heir and Hand. A pleasant if unambitious marriage for Shireen becomes a part of the deal, tucking her away happily in some pleasant little castle someplace in the Reach. Stannis handles the military decisions while Renly handles the politics. Renly's political marriage to the Tyrells is likely intact, Melisandre's insistence that Stannis must be King and the mythic implications thereof is obeyed. This solves every single problem either of them has and their victory would have been easy. To add to the blunder, the Stark's cause for rebellion was entirely personal, and a Stannis/Renly administration could have very likely brought them back in line just by handing over Joffrey, Cercei, Jaime and anyone else Rob demanded face Northern justice for Ned's execution (it helps that they would likely have Sansa in their care as well). Tyrion would likely be tried again by the Starks for Bran's attempted assassination and executed for it: trial by combat isn't an option in the North, and Rob wouldn't likely care about the legitimacy of the Southron trial that already exonerated him. The Greyjoys joined the war late in our timeline anyway, so if the Baratheon Boys can wrap the war up as quickly as it seems like they could, Balon probably wouldn't even declare in the first place. The Martel apparent primary motive, justice for Elia, is easily accomplished once the Lannisters fall from power. It would cost the Baratheons nothing to hand over the Mountain to the Martels for trial. Tywin likely keeps his life and his title even if the Mountain claims Tywin gave the order while being tortured. But of course with all his heirs dead and nobody on the throne with any loyalty to him, his power would be greatly diminished and his later years would be filled with loneliness and hatred. Maybe Oberyn manages to poison him at some point, or maybe he dies of natural causes, but either way Kevan and/or Lancel eventually inherits the Rock. The war behind them and reasonably short, the Seven Kingdoms could prepare for winter properly. Melisandre at the King's ear would recognize the threat beyond the Wall and the crown would support the Watch with coin, supplies, and men enough to occupy every castle. Stannis could leave the Iron Throne to Renly's capable hands as he rides North to lead the Watch himself as Melisandre would doubtless encourage him to do. In all, a much better end for Westeros. But we don't get that end because neither Renly nor Stannis could be bothered to compromise with the other. Sad, really.
  5. Unpopular opinion: Quaithe cannot see the future. She has some form of farsight, ie she can see what's happening in far away places right now and can make predictions accordingly. She can also make people dream things. Both of these are probably accomplished via glass candle. She has an agenda involving Daenerys, and anything she says to her or causes her to see in dreams is done to drive her towards these goals. Quaithe clearly wants Daenerys to go Asshai, and she's not alone in that: several other characters are also pushing her in that direction, chiefly those who have some connection to the Hightower/Citadel faction. So while looking critically at Quaithe is important, as she's obviously a player in the mythic game (ie, the game that actually matters) it's a mistake to treat what she says as prophecy when we have no reason to believe she has that ability. I think we can take her words at face value in terms of what she is urging Daenerys to do.
  6. I've proposed this origin before. If GRRM had the Greek pronunciation for Aegon (Think "aegis") in mind when he first started the books then it would have been pronounced "Ee-jon" not "Ay-gon" and thus the name could be explained. Of course we know that GRRM currently pronounces it "Ay-gon" and that pronunciation is evidenced in the texts by one Aegon being nicknamed "Egg" which only makes sense assuming that pronunciation. That's pretty meta though.
  7. Part of the problem here is that we have no idea how much of the magic we've "seen" in ASoIaF is actually real. So it's difficult to judge what's even possible. Their roads were built by magic, we hear... but do we know that? Valyrian Steel is in a similar grey area. I'm not saying that there is no magic, because there pretty clearly is. I'm just saying the line between magic and charlatanism is really unclear, and I think that's a deliberate choice made by the author.
  8. Name one story he has ever written with a happy ending. Especially where someone is happy and in love. I'll save you the trouble, no such story exists. Hell, 80% of his stories don't even END in any recognizable way, they just STOP, often in the most jarring, emotionally gutting way he can imagine and you go "what the fuck did I just read?"
  9. I don't disagree with this, but I think there's another level which should take the number one spot: Bran took his loyal friend's body for a joyride, knowingly and willfully inflicting terror upon him, because he was bored. Not a Stark hater. Ned was the bomb, Jon and Robb were great, I even like Sansa well enough. But Bran is becoming the big bad, and anyone who can't see that has something wrong with them.
  10. IMO, Lord Frey dies peacfully in his sleep surrounded by loved ones, content in the belief that his life was good. Because that's how GRRM rolls; there's not always justice
  11. Ned and Cat and Drogo and Danny were both relationships that were formed for practical purposes with love growing later, which appears to be the author's idea of the proper way of things. Jon and Ygritte could be viewed in the same way, at least from Jon's perspective. Ygritte, who entered the ralationship based on attraction, absolutely came to regret it. Tyrion and Tysha was ABSOLUTELY a destructive relationship which brought ruin to them both.
  12. The better question is, why does anyone bother with "shipping" at all in a series written by a guy who exclusively portrays romantic love as a character flaw?
  13. I agree, Bran has crossed the line, and I also consider warging Hodor to be the moment he became irredemable. Not when he warged him the first time, as it was in a panic and he didn't really know what it would be like, but when he decided to take Hodor's body out for a joyride spelunking in the caves. The author notes the terror Hodor is in during this process, terror Bran is aware of, but doesn't care. This is SO cut and dry: Hodor is the absolute picture of innocence and loyalty, who carried Bran across countless miles, and he is repaid by utter betrayal. And Bran does it because he's bored. Arya has not gone quite so far, and is not beyond redemption. I don't take issue with the warg dreams: even if she enjoys it, she's a passive observer up until now. She doesn't (IIRC) goad her wolf on and make her kill people, so those people would be dead either way. It's gross, and perhaps a bad sign of her mental fitness, but not itself immoral. What's more concerning is her willingness to act as an assassin for hire. In particular her assassination of the Insurance Salesman is troubling. Apart from the man being rude and poorly liked, Arya can find no evidence of illegal or immoral acts by the man. All she has to go in the word of her handler, who is himself a murderer, a cult leader, and a liar. And even what the Kindly Man tells her is not a crime worth death by vigilante justice. Again, this is nowhere near as depraved as Bran's callous mistreatment of Hodor, and it doesn't put her beyond saving, but it's certainly a very dark stain on her soul. The good news is, I don't see any ending for these characters doesn't see them in direct conflict with each other. Indeed, I suspect the entire reason the Faceless Men sought to recruit Arya was to allow them to kill the creature that used to be Bran.
  14. The castle isn't a castle, it's an anti-magic field generator. If you break the castle, you damage the field. The damage Balereon did to it is likely the reason magic is still possible if you go far enough East: if it were 100% intact it would cover the planet. The Maesters are entirely aware of this function of the castle and approve of its goals, so they would use their considerable influence to scuttle any renovation plans should they be proposed.
  15. There's a theory that Jon Arryn didn't know about the twincest at all. His research into "strong seed" as relates to hair color is a indeed study of dominant genes. Strong Seed=Dominant Gene. But of course we in the modern world know that he was wrong, don't we? Were his understanding of the genetics of hair color correct, he would have discovered that it is entirely possible that Robert Baratheon carries a recessive blonde gene: his recessive blond gene plus his wife's two blonde genes, yields a blonde child 50% of the time. That he had three blond children is a 1/8 chance, nothing mysterious about that at all. So why was he researching the genetics of hair color at all then? Well, again, if he did correctly assess the relationship between genes and hair color, he may have come to the conclusion that his blonde hair and his wife's red hair could not possibly have resulted in his son's dark hair. Do you see? Who killed Jon Arryn? His wife. Whose plot was it? Her lover's. And it was Littlefinger who steered Eddard toward the Twincest. Why? Just because Chaos is a Ladder? Or because the alternative was that Eddard would learn that it was Littlefinger and Lyssa killed Jon Arryn to hide their affair? It explains Jon's odd behavior with Sweetrobin as well: he knows he's a bastard.
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