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    "Life is not a song, sweetling. You may learn that one day to your sorrow."

    "We shall serve him lies and Arbor gold, and he'll drink them down and ask for more, I promise you."

    "Winterfell," she might have said. "I smell snow and smoke and pine needles. I smell the stables. I smell Hodor laughing, and Jon and Robb battling in the yard, and Sansa singing about some stupid lady fair. I smell the crypts where the stone kings sit, I smell hot bread baking, I smell the godswood. I smell my wolf, I smell her fur, almost as if she were still beside me."

    Well, what's one more broken vow to the Kingslayer? Just more shit in the bucket.

    His Grace should have sent another man, a lord or knight or maester, someone who could speak for him without tripping on his own tongue. "Death," he heard himself say, "there will be death, aye. Your lordship lost a son at the Red Wedding. I lost four upon the Blackwater. And why? Because the Lannisters stole the throne. Go to King's Landing and look on Tommen with your own eyes, if you doubt me. A blind man could see it. What does Stannis offer you? Vengance. Vengance for my sons and yours, for your husbands and your fathers and your brothers. Vengance for your murdered lord, your murdered king, your butchered princes. Vengance!"

    "I trust my muse, I suppose, but sometimes my muse leads me down dead alleys and mugs me."

    "Westeros is a violent and cruel world, but no more so than the real Middle Ages. In some ways, Westeros is Disneyland compared to some of the things that really went on during the Crusades or the Hundred Years War. We shouldn't delude ourselves in that. History is written in blood."

    "Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities."

    "Every flight begins with a fall," the crow said.

    "Lady," she whimpered softly, wondering if she would meet her wolf again when she was dead.

    One day there would be Starks in Winterfell again, he told himself, and then he'd send for the Liddles and pay them back a hundredfold for every nut and berry.

    Arya looked at him in astonishment. He's crying like a little baby, she thought.

    "Oh, good," Jaime said. "I only rescue maidens."

    Gods give me courage, Sam prayed. For once, give me a little courage. Just long enough for her to get away.

    Sam's last thoughts were for the mother who had loved him and the father he had failed.

    "I know his name. Was there ever a name so apt? It proclaims his bastardy, his high birth, and the turmoil he brings with him. Edric Storm. There, I have said it. Are you satisfied, my lord Hand?"

    Ygritte, stay away, Go south and raid, go hide in one of those roundtowers you liked so well. You'll find nothing here but death.

    Please, you old gods, he prayed, you took Winterfell, and my father, and my legs, please don't take Summer too. And watch over Jon Snow too, and make the wildlings go away.

    Winter is coming, warned the Stark words, and truly it had come for them with a vengeance.

    A bag of dragons buys a man's silence for a while, but a well-placed quarrel buys it forever.

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  1. mushroomshirt

    Smudge: Martin's latest POV

    IMO the Theon chapters of Dance are the best chapters in the entire series. If we don't get any more books I will be happy that we got this far just for those chapters. Show watchers simply can't understand it when I tell them that Theon is my favorite character. I think both Dance and especially Feast improve upon re-reads.
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    The Ultimate Winds of Winter Resource

    This post should have been the mic drop on this thread. I'm still incredibly excited for Winds. I don't care when it comes out.
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    NCAA Basketball 2017: In the March of Madness

    My bracket may be a raging dumpster fire, but somehow I'm in first place for now on the Westeros Yahoo group! That's not much consolation for UVA losing though.
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    NCAA Basketball 2017: In the March of Madness

    Oh no!
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    Appreciation for the Shavepate

    Have you ever checked out this article? It is quite compelling: https://meereeneseblot.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/untangling-the-meereenese-knot-part-i-who-poisoned-the-locusts/ I liked Skahaz even more as a character after I read it.
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    Randyl Tarley never planned on killing Sam

    Yes, like sending him to the wall
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    Most Badass nickname

    Dagmer Cleftjaw has always been a favorite of mine. ETA: Longspear Rik is pretty good too
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    Orphan Black 3: So, sometimes stuff just works out[SPOILERS]

    Wow that was a good episode. I like that they've played up Sarah's abrasiveness. She's been kind of too perfect for being supposedly so f-ed up prior to season 1.
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    GRRM blog post: Theon spoilers for WoW?

    You're right! I've been saying that he could just be revising the sample Theon chapter but then he would have said "the" Theon chapter. That means there is at least one more. I'm really looking forward to that. The Theon chapters from Dance have been my favorite parts of ASOIAF.
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    Board Issues 4

    No popups just the usual side ads. They were broken for a while for me but seemed to be fixed now. I had adblock on when the side ads were broken and screwed up the forum interface, but I turned it off now that everything is fine. I suppose that Westeros.org is getting ad money from these things & I don't mind supporting that now that the ads are fixed.
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    Board Issues 4

    I had the same problem for at least a week. Just this morning upgraded Chrome to "Version 40.0.2214.115 m" and now all problems seem to be gone (fingers crossed). Edit: maybe I spoke too soon, but something improved this morning (maybe it was the Chrome update, maybe not). I still get blank pages sometimes but they are appearing less frequently and can be solved by reloading westeros.org main page (which didn't fix anything before).
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    The Last Hero tale by Old Nan foreshadows the deaths of ...

    It's tough for me to pick a "bottom" POV. They're all good and we haven't seen how many of them pay off yet so it's hard to judge. Sam was #8 on my list on this thread. I'm curious to see your ranking. Care to post there? {I will admit that Sam's POV is the worst POV for a male character that starts with "S".)
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    The Last Hero tale by Old Nan foreshadows the deaths of ...

    I can't speak for others but I love Sam because he almost feels like a modern person thrown into this medieval world. He's a self professed coward who actually shows lots of courage in his own way. Whenever it counts Sam actually does the courageous thing. GRRM has even said (IIRC) that while he would prefer to think that Tyrion is the closest character to himself that actually Sam is. Now I don't know about the bow shots to Euron's eye (that seems a little ridiculous to me) but killing the other, saving Gilly from wight Small Paul, punching out Daeron, scheming to make Jon lord commander seems like enough to make me love Sam. You're entitled to your opinion, but really, "the worst"? I'll give you "not the best" (that's Theon!) but "the worst" - No way!
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    The Last Hero tale by Old Nan foreshadows the deaths of ...

    The sphinx is the riddle not the riddler. This has to be important. The more I think about it the more I think Aemon must have been talking about Sarella. Who else?
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    Want to have an avatar/user pic? Read this thread.

    hmmm... That's funny since I have always used this option and it has seemed to work for me. It usually takes a day or two (I was wrongly assuming some mod needed to approve the avatar) and sometimes I need to sign out and sign in again.