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  1. Yes, I feel sad for Frodo. It's not like going to the Undying Lands was a particular life goal for him. He set out to save the Shire, which meant being the ringbearer, a task that psychologically and physically broke him. Going with the elves isn't bad, but it is tragic that Frodo couldn't find peace in the Shire.
  2. Absolutely. Sam, Pippin, and Merry were all sorry to see their friend leave forever. Though Sam technically was a ringbearer for a brief period, and got to travel into the West in his old age. Point is that the Scouring of the Shire and Frodo's departure is a bittersweet ending, one that George R. R. Martin has specifically stated he hopes to pattern his ending after.
  3. Now that's a good guestion. Catelyn played to Walder's vanity and wounded pride to get him on Robb's side. But it still seems like a pretty big risk for a coward like Walder to take. Though I don't imagine Tywin could take the Twins any more than Robb could.
  4. Nope. No one is dodging crossbow bolts. The Starks were unarmed and unarmored so Robb couldn't have used swordsmanship to beat anybody. The element of suprise is a huge factor in situations like this. And the Red Wedding is based on real historical events, so it is not unrealistic.
  5. I can definately see Rheagar leaving an egg at the Tower of Joy. He probably wouldn't have burned it, though. The Targaryens used to leave eggs with their infants in hopes that they would hatch and they'd have a new rider, so Rheagar may have hoped to do the same for baby Jon when he was borne. Then Ned finds the egg, and takes it North with him and buries it with Lyanna.
  6. Bran also says the dead direwolf was "even bigger than his pony." And you probably can't sew a pony's head onto a man's corpse. Since we don't know how big the largest hound in the kennel actually is, its far too vague and unreliable to be used as proof. Even accounting for age, Grey Wind was still big enough to tear limbs from people and fight in battle against armed men, so he certainly wasn't small. Grey Wind is probably dead, but there is ambiguity on the matter, so we should consider the possibility that he is not.
  7. The essay posted by @Jay21 has convinced me of one thing. The Freys did not sew Grey Wind's head onto Robb's body. That would be quite impossible for the same reason you can't sew a horse's head onto a human body. The Freys would have used a common wolfs head, if indeed this tale is true, and the Freys lie and exxagerate enough that even this claim may be a lie. There is no doubt that Robb is dead, but Grey Wind's fate has enough ambiguity that I would not be surprised to learn that he survived the Red Wedding.
  8. I once saw a "Sansa; Portrait of a Psychopath" post on here in the long ago times. It was before I was a more regular commenter, but I remember it.
  9. Ned would be tempting fate if he backed something like what you're suggesting. Yes, he has good relations with most of his bannermen, and is well liked and all around respected. But even Ned would have a hard sell telling the Umbers and Mountain Clans that he's letting the King beyond the Wall come south. Doing this might very well make some of his bannermen rethink their loyalty to House Stark. Not only that, but Ned strikes me as being a lot like Jeor Mormont. He is conservative by nature, wedded to the status quo. He would maybe be willing to make peace with the wildlings to fight the Others and the like, but he would see letting them south as an absolute last resort.
  10. Not to mention, Euron is already presented as a full out and out psychotic monter. Bran is not. There is no buildup for Bran being the main villian of series. George is many things, but a bad fanfic writer he is not.
  11. Nope. The Starks story is about overcoming the temptation of vengeance. The Martells, being fairly minor characters, show the negative consequences of seeking vengeance. The Starks, the main protagonists, will ultimately resist the false promise of revenge that Doran and Oberyn and the Sand Snakes fall victim to.
  12. Again, Rodrick had limited men and resources to fight the Iron Born, whom he knows generally fight near the sea and rarely go inland. You are flat out wrong to call him stupid for not predicting the extremely remote possibility of losing Winterfell.
  13. Heh. Doesn't every man like to play with his sword and polish his helmet? I do think the show largely got the ending of the books right, even if their version was an incompetent mess. Jon and Dany will probably hook up, and Arya and Gendry will ring each others bells, so to speak. The biggest surprises will be how George gets to that ending, including whether Winds will ever be published.
  14. It's pretty clear that that the Stark siblings all love each other (not in that way, but in normal, healthy sibling ways) and want to be reunited with each other. Even Sansa thinks about how wonderful it would be to see Jon again, and they aren't especially close. The Starks are a rare example of a close knit family who love and support each other the way families should do. In a series with frought and dysfuntional familes like the Greyjoys, Lannisters, Baratheons and Martells, the Starks really do stand out as a true pack. Sansa and Arya, who have a sibling rivalry going, still love each other and share fond memories. Jon has warm feelings for all his little brothers and sisters. Bran is so desperate to see them all again he even wishes they could all become ravens and fly away together. It's really sweet and sad and tragic, but above all, it's hopeful. It is why House Stark, after all is said and done, will be reunited, despite the best efforts of nihalists, cynics and sociopaths like Littlefinger and the Lannisters and the Boltons. Are the Starks perfect? No, because no family is perfect. They squabble. They have petty rivalries. They get mad at each other. Sansa took most of her family for granted. Families do that sometimes. It doesn't mean they don't love each other, or that they will never learn to value each other. The Starks are physically seperate, but emotionally, spiritually, each finds some way to reaffirm their Stark identity at some point throughout the books. They each have little moments of reflection in a godswood, for example. That's why people recoil at proposals like yours. It's not wierd at all. If anything, seeing Littlefinger manipulate Sansa into a war with Jon where people die is painfully tragic, and the Starks don't need any more tragedy. Seeing Arya turn on her beloved big brother for contrived reasons is even more needlessly sad. It's why, for all of the shows many faults, seeing Sansa and Arya take down Littlefinger together was damn cathartic. I know things will get worse before they get better. So yeah, there probably will be conflict between the Starks before there is genuine reunion. It doesn't mean we all have to enjoy reading about it.
  15. I'm not a fan of the icky incest ships like this. I can see where there may be a narrative purpose for Jon and Dany getting together, but Jon and Arya? I so hope George does not go there. No Jonarya, no Jonsa, no incest in general please, thank you. Beyond the gross aspect of the thing, Arya is pretty clearly going be with Gendry. There's setup for that, so there's got to be payoff. And it's ironic that a daughter of Eddard Stark and a son of Robert Baratheon did end up together, just not the ones betrothed at the start.
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