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  1. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 225 and the Snowflakes of Doom

    Rickon seems a very likely candidate for the next Stark. Easy for GRRM to end the story with a young Rickon back in Winterfell rebuilding with some Manderly or Royce as his regent. Strikes me as an easy out, story-wise. and it has that vague hopeful tone about it. We don't know what kind of leader Rickon will be, he's only a child, etc. Jojen told us the wolves would return, remember. Edited to add: @JNR, I join you in the anti-Quentyn chrous. Quentyn delenda est. Hundreds of pages to kill a not-even-the-heir and let some dragons loose. I'm no author, but there's gotta be a more economical way to reach that end state. Re: Immortal popsicles: I think the text strongly suggests that they are immortal, just not always corporeal. Tormund tells Jon that they never see them in the daytime, but they're never far. How does he know? Why does the think that? That they can only take physical shape in the cold and dark seems the most likely answer. After all, they only invaded Westeros during the Long Night.
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    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    Not only is that phrased hypothetically -- "if" -- but he only says "a mystery," not "the central myster´╗┐y." This is undeniably R+L=J, a mystery George's faithful readers have carefully and thoroughly decoded. And about which much sober and judicious analysis has been written. The frozen hell reserved for Starks: Trying to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies. I wonder if what's hiding here is another baby swap. If Jon and Dany, one or both, had a Dayne parent, or were at least both present at Starfall. Did Ned arrange to send Dany into exile, to save her life? We know Ned is uncomfortable with killing children, etc. And it would make the Jon Snow baby swap at the Wall more interesting. Could even make Dany the illegitimate child of Ned and Ashara, but IMO that's a bridge too far.
  3. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    Does the cold bring the Others, or do the Others bring the cold? What if they are the cold? Tormund tells us they are never far, even by day. Yet we never see them when it's light. Why? Where are there? Hibernating? Seems more likely to me that they are spirits, riding the wind, and only in certain circumstances (Winter) can they materialize bodies for themselves, bodies of snow and ice and cold.
  4. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    Do we know the Starks were "powerful skinchangers," or are we just filling in the blanks based on the current generation and the wolf statues? I don't think the "escape hatch" lacks textual foreshadowing, either. No less a figure than Aemon Targaryen (the older one) attributes his death, at least in part, to leaving the Wall. "Cold preserves." I like Black Crow's theory because I am also partial to Jon having some sort of magical Stark family destiny, as befits a high fantasy novel. Certainly his death and resultant contact with the "spirit world" (generally represented by the WeirNet) gives him an opportunity to learn things he might not otherwise. A visit to the crypts, seeing through the eyes of the Winterfell heart tree, that sort of thing. Where do you think he'll go, once alive again? Winterfell, to continue his pursuit of Starkness? Further North, to join Bran? Or will he remain at the Wall, status quo ante?
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    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    "What's that, Lord Commander? Selyse went to the Nightfort and now Patchface is stuck in the well!?"
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    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    Snow's death is an interesting wrench. Per my reading of the Meereeneese Blot essays, Dance was about our characters' struggle with their identities. Dany tries and tries to rule, but keeps coming back to "dragons plant no trees," "remember who you are," etc. Arya keeps trying to be no one, and keeps failing. Per the sample chapter, she's going to go off the books yet again and commit another unauthorized freelance murder. Try as she might, she can't stop being Arya Stark. And Jon, after resisting multiple temptations, finally decides that he can no longer abandon his home to usurpers and must be, if not a Stark, at least a son of Winterfell. But why kill the poor guy? Is it just a fun narrative trope? Does GRRM need a way to release him from his vows? Will it matter? It seems reasonable to expect Jon will spend some time as a wolf. Will Ghost get full honors as Lord Commander? Will Dolorous Edd feed him kibble and walk him regularly? More seriously, where will he go? Straight to Ghost? Will his spirit will go a-wandering to the crypts, Eddard style? I think it almost a guarantee that Jon will find himself answering a phone call from a one Bran Stark. Surely death will jar that third eye wide open. What will happen on the wall? Immediate bloodshed between Watch and Wildling? An uneasy peace with Bowen Marsh? Will Roose, Ramsay, or Stannis even be alive when Jon is Jon again? Will Jon ever even go to Winterfell? If nothing else, it's an interesting (STARK?) contrast with our other protagonists. Arya and Dany seem like they are aimed at home; Jon is very possibly homeless and unemployed.
  7. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 224 Whitey Snow and the Winter Hill Gang

    I wonder if they are? A time for wolves?
  8. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    Whoa. You know who came from Winter Hill? Irish-American mobster Whitey [White Walker?] Bulger. If the Others start running drugs into South Boston, we'll know what's up.
  9. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    I figure 98% chance the explanation is the obvious one, 2% chance the Reeds are referencing the "real" Kings of Winter. As in, House Reed is sworn to the mythical, magical king, not any mere political entity. They remember things in the Neck, etc. I think the only thing we know about them is they keep the old gods, and Bloodraven is Blackwood on his mother's side.
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    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    All this talk of direwolves and swords reminded me a passage in Dance. (Bran III) Forgetting is a big theme in the series. The Reeds serve to remind Bran as the wildlings serve to remind Jon as Quaithe serves to remind Dany. The Targaryens forgot how to hatch dragons; the Starks forgot their direwolves. Perhaps this information was intentionally suppressed by the maesters as well.
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    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    Not only that, but if the Bael stories is true the Starks were extinguished in the male line long ago. I guess magic isn't carried on the Y chromosome! (Which would explain Brynden Rivers) Possibly, but remember the dragons themselves were only 3 centuries from extinction when they landed in Westeros. And it is the return of direwolves which we see matched with the return of dragons. Maybe it's all tied to the comet. Incidentally, did you know the name "Lucifer" means "lightbringer?" Here's a fun tinfoil: What king? I don't recall any reeds declaring for Robb Stark, the King in the North.
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    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    Wild dragons in this instance could simply be analogous to birds who have "never been ridden." Moqorro tells Victarion he must claim the dragons with blood; maybe that horn was how it was done the first time, and the descendants of the original victim simply inherited the dragon bond. This could also explain why the first men have magic that seems to have come from the CotF, and the Andals don't. Only the first men gave people to the trees.
  13. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    I like this idea. In the Dance prologue we see Varamyr's spirit sort of soaring through the world until at last it settles in his wolf. What if other spirits can resist being drawn into familiars, etc.? There is plenty of possible foreshadowing, too. The swords in the crypt, Jon's dreams of fighting Robb at the Wall, etc. Another thought: What is the significance of sacrifice in Westeros? Bran sees a sacrifice at the heart tree. MMD tells us death pays for life. Davos hears a story about slaves sacrificing their captors in the Wolf's Den. There are plenty of examples in the text. We're told many trees were given faces to seal the Pact; was a man or a CotF killed for each tree? Is it possible that sacrifice is always how dragons were hatched, and the reason dragons died off is because the Targaryens either forgot or became unwilling to do it? Is Winter tied to a Stark sacrifice? Is Bran, ensconced in the tree, his own kind of sacrifice? We're told the maesters hate magic. Could they be responsible for dissuading people from sacrificing, and could this be a problem? On the other hand, Craster, the godly man, sacrifices regularly...
  14. Direwolf Blitzer

    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    No, of course not, he's Aemon. (Jon IX, aGoT)
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    Heresy 223 and where we go from here

    http://thelasthearth.com/thread/572/dany
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