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  1. The Snowfyre Chorus

    Heresy 219 and a whisper of Winter

    Do we think it’s true that “the bones remember?” And would young Ned have believed it? If so, then maybe this is correct...
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    Heresy 219 and a whisper of Winter

    The only concrete thing I’ve ever thought was interesting about the possibility of Jeyne appearing in a prologue was the idea that we’d finally get a peek into Casterly Rock.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Maybe we saw the original Ice in the very first chapter - AGOT prologue.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    ^^ A good question. Has long interested me. IIRC, the waking of stone dragons receives no emphasis at all from Melisandre until ASOS, which is after Stannis’ defeat on the Blackwater. And clearly, it is associated more closely with the PtwP figure/prophecy than with Azor Ahai. That, in part, is why Stannis is so hesitant about it... as he points out, the Targs were all obsessed with waking dragons, and they all went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, for generations. So, was Mel just avoiding that part of the prophecy to begin with - because she needed to win Stannis over? Or is she now conflating different texts, to keep his interest and convince him she knows what he was missing?
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Lol. This is true! Fair. Though I think GRRM has owned his mistake on Tyrion... and we're not likely to see ninja dwarf gymnastics again in ASOIAF. Not sure what his options were, though. He may have been able to ride a horse... but the likely outcome of entering the lists was complete embarrassment and exposure once he'd been thrown on his ass in the dirt. So the way I see it is that Ned did Howland a solid. And that's what kicked off the remarkable friendship between the two.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Well, here's what I had in mind: That's the ghost of High Heart, speaking to Thoros.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Yes. - the KofLT was Ned Stark, IMO. Just seems logical. No need to unnecessarily involve magic, or romance, or Targs. Just a friendly, young, sympathetic Stark with a sense of honor, and enough training in the joust to defeat a few household knights. Lyanna would fit, except for that last part.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    How about this - though perhaps it's just another way of coming at the question from another angle... Does Melisandre's oft-repeated prophecy concern House Targaryen, or the old gods? Both? Neither? How is it that her prophecy comes from Asshai... yet she's fundamentally convinced it'll be fulfilled in Westeros? Why does Maester Aemon seem to think he knows more about the prophecy's meaning than Mel does, and what's his personal investment in it? (How are Azor Ahai and the Prince that was Promised connected?) Also, what's with the deep-seated antagonism between the old gods and the red priests? Where's that come from, and how long has it been around?
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    No, no, no. RLJ is most certainly false cheese. I'd go so far as to call it "cheese like product." Trust your instincts, @alienarea
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    Heresy 217 Dreams and Dust

    I'd say it suggests that the pyromancers consider dragons the root. But I find it unsurprising that dragons impress them. Still, correlations can be interesting.
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    Heresy 217 Dreams and Dust

    From the chapter immediately following Dany's trip through the HotU: -- ACOK Chapter 49, TYRION
  12. Depends on which context you find it in, I suppose. It drew my attention when I read the chapter it appears in - and that chapter is rather pointedly specific about which “aspect of knighthood” Selmy uses to define the role. In the context of this fan forum however, I am not surprised by the argument you make.
  13. Well, it may or may not prove correct, in the end. But in point of fact, the theory did originate from an attempt to explain the text. Specifically: the theory hinges on this curious reflection by Selmy in the chapter “The Kingbreaker,” from ADWD: And of course, that reflection follows closely on Selmy’s observation of plots, ploys, lies, and “secrets within secrets” ... which remind him specifically of that Harrenhal tourney: Clearly, Selmy remembers the Harrenhal tourney as an event colored by deceptions, secrets, hidden plans and agendas. (Which is remarkable, given that one expects his attention would have been rather focused on certain events and tasks.) Regardless... ultimately, the question that led to the theory — the theory being that Selmy (at a minimum) threw the final tilt at Harrenhal - boiled down to this: What does Selmy mean when he reflects that he could have been a “better knight” on that day? The answer to that question has little to do with Rhaegar... and everything to do with the character of Barristan Selmy. It can be deduced by rereading Selmy’s POV chapters in Dance, along with dialogue in various Danaerys POV chapters since Storm.
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    Heresy 217 Dreams and Dust

    I theorize that "Bran the Builder" is a misnomer. The great revelation at the end of this series is that Bran was a Plumber.
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    Heresy 217 Dreams and Dust

    I'd think so, yes. Here's Jojen's dream: I'd say the "grey stone chains" represent Winterfell... or, more specifically, Bran's relationship of duty/responsibility to Winterfell: the duty to remain as "the Stark" in situ. Actually, one could trace a chain of custody for that role through AGOT and ACOK. Ned to Catelyn, Catelyn to Robb, Robb to Bran, etc.... they all offer some version of the statement: "Your place is here, because there must always be a Stark in Winterfell." But when Bran finally leaves, the world believes him dead, and Winterfell itself is broken. Here's Bran's parting thought, as he begins his trek away from the castle: Apparently, that frees him up. No duty to remain in broken castles. So Bran gets the hell outta there. He takes flight, if you will.
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