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  1. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Why did Aerys send Bittersteel to the wall?

    If I had to take a guess I would say that Aerys was an amiable man who disliked the idea of having a kinsman executed, despite his crimes. Maybe from his point of view the Blackfyres were 'done' and spilling more blood would simply make old wounds fester? Of course we won't know for sure until more Dunk & Egg or the second volume of Fire & Blood are released, so not for some time
  2. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Why is Jon's name Aegon?

    In the books I mean. I'm not surprised that the show would shy away from bigamous marriage.
  3. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Why is Jon's name Aegon?

    Can we even be sure their marriage was annulled? Rhaegar wouldn't be the first Targaryen to have two wives, and annulling a marriage to a powerful house at a time of open rebellion would not be good politics.
  4. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Why is Jon's name Aegon?

    I can't believe Jon will be Aegon in the books. Lyanna would have known Rhaegar already had a son named Aegon, and in the unlikely event that news of the sack of King's Landing had reached her, naming her own son after a dead elder sibling is plain morbid. As for Rhaegar somehow wanting to give two of his sons the same name, I'm sorry but that's just ridiculous. Nobody, not even a Targaryen does that. Personally my money is still on Jaehaerys. The name's been pretty much written out of the show (Jaehaerys II for example, who Rhaegar obviously took after) and I can see why it would be a target for simplification.
  5. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Those Chains

    I didn't see that, otherwise I would have commented there lol. I'm guessing the Watch stopped adding to the wall sometime around the reign of Jaehaerys I or at least up until a point when most of the Castles were still manned? If the Watch was having trouble keeping up the Nightfort then I'm sure the much more arduous task of adding to the wall would have stopped even before then.
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    Those Chains

    The only other possible explanation is that the chains were taken from ships at Hardhome, which seems unlikely, owing to the fact that Hardhome had been abandoned for centuries. Any chains from wrecked ships there would have rusted away.
  7. Valyrian Fyrewyrm

    Those Chains

    At first I thought that those chains that the wights used were ridiculous-why would there be mile long chains just lying around north of the wall? Then I remembered the line from the books about the ice for the wall being quarried from lakes and suddenly things didn't seem so outlandish. Let's take a look at where Jon and his companions were; a frozen lake not that far from the wall, perfect in short for ice quarrying. This is purely speculative of course, but using ropes in such a cold environment for dragging massive lumps of ice on sledges would have caused them to quickly become brittle and break, so perhaps at some point the Night's Watch switched over to using chains? Then, when ice-mining came to an end for lack of manpower, the chains could have been left in situ, perhaps in the hope that construction work would resume, which of course it never did. The Wildlings even if they found them would almost certainly lack the organisation to move them and probably the metalworking skills and tools to break down such massive links. So there they lay, forgotten in an abandoned quarry, until the terrible day they became useful again. It's really the only explanation I can think of that makes any sense for there being massive chains north of the wall.