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  1. John Suburbs

    Tyrion Trickery

    Right, that makes sense. How could I have missed that? Varys even says as much. That's why Tyrion never tells Pycelle directly what was in the letter, so Varys can only guess. Thanks, and this is probably why Varys seems to gain more respect for Tyrion after Pycelle is taken into custody, since he realizes how effectively he was played.
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    Tyrion Trickery

    Agreed. But after he sets up Pycelle, Tyrion thinks to himself "One." Then after Littlefinger, he thinks "Two." And then after his convo with Varys, he thinks "Three", as if Varys is caught in some trap as well. But it seems like Varys' trap is pretty obvious, especially considering Tyrion has just admitted to setting up Pycelle and Petyr. So, in what way is Varys trapped, according to Tyrion's thinking?
  3. If we were talking about anyone but Tyrion I would agree with you. But he knows his history and he is smart enough to put 2&2 together and also not to blurt it out to anyone who might not know. Remember, it was Bloodraven who accompanied Aemon to the Wall, not the other way around. When Aemon passed on the crown and decided to join the Night's Watch, Aegon emptied the dungeons, including BR, as Aemon's "honor guard" and sent Ser Duncan the Tall, not yet in the KG but still a renowned knight at this point, to accompany them. So Aemon's departure to the Wall was not done in secret and was not simply buried away in some scroll at CB. It was a well-documented event -- certainly something that a well-read noble would be aware of.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    I would buy that if we had ever seen lizard-lion-skin clothing or armor, which ought to be pretty common if there was massive LL hunting going on. And I think it would be rather difficult for this society to eliminate gators from all the rivers and lakes across the realm. Besides, rather than hunt them, it would make much more sense to just pen them up and farm them like hogs. It's not like they require a whole lot of room to roam.
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    Tyrion Trickery

    I've always been bothered by Tyrion's plan to find Cersei's informant on the small council using Myrcella's betrothal as bait. Pycelle and Littlefinger are pretty straightforward, since whichever story gets back to Cersei will reveal the culprit. But with Varys, I'm assuming that Tyrion would think that Varys has already heard what he told P&L, so he lays out the whole plan to him and then says to himself "Three", as in Varys is the third one to be ensnared. But is he really? I'm assuming that Tyrion is thinking that if neither the Dorne nor the Vale story gets back to Cersei, or if Cersei ends up gloating that Tyrion's pathetic little plan failed, then he would know that Varys spilled the beans. But how could he (Tyrion) know that both Pycelle and Petyr didn't bring their respective stories to Cersei independently and she figured out what was going on herself? And does he honestly think that Varys does not realize what Tyrion is up to? Or do I have it wrong and Varys was ensnared in some other way?
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    Well, there are poisonous snakes in northern climates. There are copperheads and moccasins (cottonmouths) in New England, and even a few Timber Rattlers as well. Gators are only recently being spotted in North Carolina, and everyone once in a while they get one as far north as Delaware or New Jersey, but this is all tied to a warming client. (I think they found one in Boston not long ago, but it had a collar around it's neck). In Westeros, however, the question remains: If lizard lions have migrated to the Neck, why are they not prowling up and down the Trident or the forks? Why are they reported virtually nowhere else? How did they manage to get to the Neck and survive there, only to go virtually extinct in all of the other wetlands to the south that should provide habitats that are far more amenable?
  7. I can't imagine that he did not know. Tyrion knows his history better than almost everyone. He would most certainly know who had rejected the crown in favor of his younger brother.
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    "Jaime Lannister sends his regards"

    I think you hit it on the head: He knows that Roose is going to betray Robb because otherwise he (Roose) would not be committing the treasonous act of returning Jaime to Tywin rather than bringing him back to Robb as ordered. So Jaime knows that the only way Roose can get out of this predicament alive is that he has to kill Robb, and since he knows Roose is about to leave for the Twins to attend Edmure's wedding, and Robb will be there as well, Jaime is sharp enough to know that it will probably go down at the Twins and that Tywin is most likely pulling the strings here. But no, Jaime was not informed of any of these plans ahead of time. How could he be? He was a prisoner at Riverrun, then on the run with Brienne, then Hoat's captive and then Roose's.
  9. True, it might have been Rams, but it was Theon who gave the order. Still, does this make Ramsay "pure evil" while Theon is only "partly evil." Is Tywin any less evil for ordering the murder of children while Clegane and Lorch are more evil for actually doing it? It's not a question of justifying anything. It's a question of discerning a given character's motivations, and Martin has been perfectly clear that he does not create implicitly evil characters who just run around all day doing evil things because they are so thoroughly evil. Clegane is a monster, no doubt, but the guy obviously has all sorts of demons running lose in his head, and he was most certainly not born with them but they were imprinted there through years of physical and emotional abuse. So, hate the bad guys all you want, but recognize that each one of them thinks that what they are doing is right, even as Ned thinks it is right to kill a man who is simply in fear for his life.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    Yes, I'm not saying there should be lemons growing in the Neck, just that if LLs being in the Neck is perfectly natural, then there should be plenty of lemons growing throughout the southern half of Westeros, wherever there is nice sandy loam. And by extension, it would be perfectly reasonable to assume lemons can grow in Braavos. But apparently the only lemons in Westeros are in Dorne, so the only rationales I can come up with for LLs in the Neck are that it is either just a goof and we should overlook it, or there is some magical explanation that we are not aware of and may never be. Just one of the many random thoughts that pop into one's head as one is driving 15 hours up I-95.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    And it's not like the riverlands just to the south are entirely devoid of magic. Weird little ghosts on high hills, entire communities living in trees, magical lake men... All sorts of strange things happening there.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    Eh, I dunno about that. That would be a rather weak rationale on Martin's part, considering that's not what happens in the real world. My best guesses are that it's just a goof and we should all just ignore it, or that since the Neck was supposedly created magically by the CotF in order to stop human encroachment, then it can also magically support LLs even during the long winters, which are also likely due to CotF magic.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    I'd be interested to see if there are still lizard lions and poisonous snakes/insects when everything else is covered in snow.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    But the air would still be too cold. There are salt marshes all up the east coast of the U.S., and even the ones that don't freeze don't have gators.
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    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    Well, Dany is, what, all of five when Darry died and they had to leave the house, so it's not inconceivable that her memory is faulty. Yes, there are many swamps and bogs and colder climates that do not have crocs and gators, but there are no lemons growing in these areas either. And as I said above, it seems that many of these elements that make the Neck difficult to invade would dissipate in winter: reptiles, insects, thick vegetation -- even the bogs and quicksands will be frozen over. I'll be interested to see what conditions are like there if the story takes us to Greywater Watch.
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