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  1. Dunk and Egg is one of the easiest ASOIAF properties to invent new material for. It can easily be the GOT equivalent of The Mandalorian, they are in no sense bound only to things implicit in the published material.
  2. The show operates on a rough "one season = one year" timeline, by all accounts, as the writers wanted to account for the visible aging of the young castmembers. Don't try to reconcile this with individual events in each character's story, because it's impossible. Not even GRRM could make time pass in the way that he originally wanted to. It's just something you have to accept as part of them having actual children in the story.
  3. Sansa doesn't like Margaery because she likes to ride horses. She likes her because she's the ideal of a courtly lady, which Arya definitely is not, and they engage in various traditional ladylike activities (things Sansa specifically states she always dreamed of doing with a sister but which Arya wasn't any good at or had no interest in). And, of course, she comes along at a point where Sansa desperately needs a friend. While Sansa is certainly influenced (as everybody is) by what other people say to her, I don't think any of those instances is her just accepting other people's judgements without question. Sansa's belief that she is stupid is directly linked to that she once trusted Cersei and Joffrey and they both completely betrayed all the faith she put in them, shattering her whole worldview. That they're calling her stupid on top of that certainly doesn't help, but I wouldn't say it's the source of her lack of self-esteem. Likewise, through AFFC we see her given various tasks to perform and largely succeeding at them. Sansa specifically states in ACOK Sansa II that she tries not to think about her friends and family because it's too painful to do so.
  4. I'm not sure what you mean here. Obviously Lysa will publicly claim that Robert is Jon Arryn's child, just as she lies that the Lannisters were responsible for Jon Arryn's death. But in the climax of ASOS she is not trying to hide any secrets, she is desperately begging Littlefinger to love her and making highly incriminating references without regard for anyone else overhearing; there is no reason, in this context, why she would pretend that Robert is not Littlefinger's son.
  5. Lysa wants Littlefinger's child. If she was sleeping with Littlefinger at the time Robert was conceived, she would know that it was a possibility he was the father. And if Robert's appearance is such a dead giveaway that his father is Littlefinger, Lysa, of all people, would recognize that. If anything, Lysa would be absolutely certain that Robert was Littlefinger's, not deluding herself that he wasn't.
  6. We know so little about her that it feels weird to say hate. However, she appears (by implication) to be yet another of GRRM’s overly-sexualized preteens, given that she can’t have been more than 12-13 years old by the time the Blackfyre Rebellion started.
  7. Same situation, though, if the North was populated at even the average density of the rest of Westeros it would have an army larger than the Reach.
  8. I would say the books absolutely support the contention that the North is poor compared to many of the other kingdoms (hard not to be when cartoonishly hellish winters routinely disrupt all economic activity for years), but that the North is thinly populated is undeniable -- if it was densely populated it would dwarf the other kingdoms in strength.
  9. The Lannisters need the Tyrells' support, as Tywin himself says. They'd have to put up with it, the alternative is worse. And the North is definitely not "one of the most valuable realms in the kingdom". It is large, but poor, thinly populated, and distant, and to all appearances most southerners don't think much of or about it. It's a nice bonus (and, in Tywin's case, a nice way to get rid of Tyrion) for whoever wins it. Yes, she could, because it serves no other purpose from the POV of the schemers. Littlefinger was the one who suggested Tyrion for the role of Master of Coin, he can't be that worried about what he'd do in the role.
  10. Removing a stone from a setting on a net attached to a person's head is not something you can do casually without the person noticing. Moreover, it would be extremely improper for a servant to touch a noble like that in the middle of a feast, which is why Olenna makes such a production out of doing so.
  11. There's no indication that this was the case. And it's not like there wouldn't be plenty of witnesses. If Aegon had made the whole thing up, that would have been the subject of a propaganda war.
  12. Why would they think that, precisely? The underlying rationale for the Lannister/Tyrell alliance remains the exact same, and the Tyrells are numerically the stronger partner in the alliance, so there is no incentive whatsoever for the Lannisters to dissolve it; that would end badly for them, in all likelihood, at a minimum to no advantage. That's why only a moron like Cersei subsequently goes about trying this. But we know it wasn't a servant, it was Olenna, the only one who touched the hairnet. The hairnet does not make any sense purely as a logistical/smuggling matter. Nobody is searching the servants (or the nobles) as they enter. The only reason for Sansa to wear the hairnet is that somebody wants at least the option of framing her for the attack.
  13. A lot depends on when the Vale had marched, of course, but if we're talking about the Vale entering the war immediately as had been widely expected (or even after Robb's victories at Whispering Wood and the Camps), then Robb almost certainly never gets to a point where he's facing "an alliance of the Westerlands, the Crownlands, and the Reach". An Arryn expeditionary force of 20,000 men (conservatively, assuming this is rapid mobilization) marching down the High Road is equal in number to the army that Tywin has the Crossroads. Honestly, in this scenario Robb probably doesn't even bother with his surprise splitting of his forces at the Twins and takes his whole army down the Kingsroad to link up with the Arryns to try to crush Tywin. Tywin in turn probably withdraws westward to meet up with Jaime, leading to a grand battle of the combined Lannister vs. Stark/Arryn/Tully forces where the latter have the numerical advantage. If it's after the Camps, Robb has the men to both pursue his Westerlands campaign and to aggressively hem Tywin in in the Riverlands in a way that would have made the rescue of King's Landing at the Blackwater impossible.
  14. I don't think that follows at all. The hairnet has a role in what the Tyrells understand the plot to be -- it doesn't need to serve any purpose beyond that, since Littlefinger's plan is to dupe the Tyrells as well. I don't agree there, either, and based on the amount of advance work involved in things like locating the Essosi jousting dwarves and cajoling Joffrey into what to do with them, Littlefinger has to have had that in the pipeline for quite a while. Per GRRM, she would have, had it come to it. Note that the Tyrells avoid just asking the Lannisters for Sansa or taking any overt actions to marry her to Willas until after the wedding, which is the point where they'd know whether she was actually needed to take the fall or not.
  15. From GRRM's interviews, the Tyrells weren't in on Tyrion being the fall-guy. Their plan was (a) that Joffrey's death be passed off as choking (this is the strongest evidence that Lady Alerie was involved, since she immediately and loudly declares that Joffrey choked as soon as it happens) and, failing that (b) that Sansa be blamed for it as the murdered, since she's wearing the poisoned hairnet. This also explains what the purpose of the hairnet was, since if they knew Sansa was fleeing it would be pointless, as she'd be incriminated regardless by that action. Framing Tyrion and extracting Sansa were Littlefinger's own additions to the plan (though I suppose, from the Tyrells' perspective, if Sansa ended up needing to be incriminated, after the marriage there was a good chance that Tyrion would be accused of being involved as well).
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