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  1. Very much. I find it to be very subtle and well written with a completely different view of war and the resulting problems compared to what is commonly written about. I didn't really like Dany's chapters that much in books 1-3, but I loved them in Dance.
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    A dark horse for the perfumed seneschal

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Jon's actions in terms of his intention to lead the wildlings down upon the Bolton's had nothing to do with prophecy or visions. It was because he received a letter from a sadistic psychopath that led him to believe Arya was somewhere out in the wilderness. Unless you mean he ignored the visions when he should have done something else?
  3. Yes, it was the "Knowing all we do now" part of the thread title I was responding to. I don't think his choice of bride was essential or even particularly important, to peace in the realm. The realm was destabilised by the deliberate meddling of those two.
  4. First thing he should have done was to execute Varys and Littlefinger. Without them I think things would have been relatively peaceful.
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    Elia Martell: Yes, another Septa Lemore speculation

    I'm convinced Aegon is Illyrio's son and a Blackfyre descendant from his mothers side. So I obviously don't agree with this thread. The only Septa Lemore theory I have heard that hasn't made my eyes roll is that she could be Wenda the White Fawn. Granted, there is very little evidence for it other than the joint Toyne association and some patchy symbolism around Arya. But if she is somebody famous that has been mentioned in the books, at least nothing contradicts it.
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    A dark horse for the perfumed seneschal

    I don't think Jon is the perfumed seneschal (although I do think it quite likely Jon and Daenerys eventually come into conflict) mentioned in that passage. Prophetic riddles are written into this story as a clue to what is likely to happen. They can be tricky to figure out, but once you see the result it is meant to be a good fit. I don't feel the description of perfumed seneschal is a good fit as a description for Jon, rather it is a stretch and fits significantly worse than every other instance in that passage. If it was Jon it could be so much better, alluding to wolf or dragon or king hiding etc. Further I don't think Varys is named by "the mummer's dragon". That is one person, young Griff. And I would say he is more Illyrio's than Varys's.
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    Joffrey Was Justified in Beheading Ned Stark.

    The most unjustified part was threatening Ned with Sansa and Arya's lives. This wasn't Joffery himself, but it was people acting on his behalf. I can see it from Joffery's point of view but in doing so also ushered in a war, it was a decision based on petulance rather than justice.
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    Viserys’ plan makes no sense.

    1 sure but Viserys thinks he is. Having Daenerys killed would mean that Khal Drogo would be leading the invasion. 2 This is a fair point that Viserys has probably overlooked, but it isn't actually insurmountable. If he had enough ships and enough charisma to convince them to follow him, it would be a very dangerous invasion. 3 Again, Viserys believes that many would rise for him. It would more likely be a few, the dothraki would be a great rallying point for the seven kingdoms to join together to fight against. Bare in mind, it was likely Illyrio's original plan to use them as a foreign invasion and have fake Aegon swoop in as a saviour.
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    Is Mace Really an Oaf?

    Is he a lucky oaf or a clever plotter acting an oaf? It can be very hard to tell without a pov (or even a lot of first hand events) since the latter who is very good will appear to be the former. However I suspect he is an oaf. Cersei appeared to be able to outmaneuver him (following Jaime's advice) endangering Margaery by appealing to his ego, I don't see an upside for him in that move. And I suspect Connington is about to crush him but we will have to wait for Winds for any sort of confirmation about that.
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    ASOIAF Book Awards

    Overall Best POV Character: Jon Snow (followed by Jaime, Tyrion, and Daenerys) Most Annoying POV Character: No one really but if I had to pick one Bran (Don't like young kid point of view) Most Nauseating POV Character: Theon, but I'm not really nauseated by POV character. Most Important POV Character: Daenerys or Jon Snow Most Oblivious to Their Own Stupidity POV Character: Early Sansa although she clearly improves Easiest to Read POV Character: Tyrion Most Engaging POV Character: Ned or Arya (she becomes less engaging in Bravos) Funniest POV Character: Jaime (closely followed by his brother) Most Boring POV Character: Brienne (Bran is up there)
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    Does GRRM hate heroism or avoid it? (Jon and Quentyn comparison)

    It's debatable. You could argue he was taking a great personal risk to safeguard Dorne, all of which was depending on him. Or you could argue he was a petty boy who not only risked himself but also his friends lives doing something stupid to make up for his own insecurities. I thought he was an interesting character, I wouldn't call him a hero though.
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    Does GRRM hate heroism or avoid it? (Jon and Quentyn comparison)

    The Jon and Dany love interest aspect is only obvious in the clichéd fairy tale way. Although I admit that the story could go that way I don't think that it will.
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    Appreciation for the Shavepate

    This is my favorite set of theories I have read on asoiaf.
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    Appreciation for the Shavepate

    Why does everyone believe that the Harpy is one person who has absolute control over everyone who follows? In my opinion the Harpy leadership is a collection of Merenese nobles. Yes the Green Grace is one of them. No, killing her will not kill the Harpy or make the attacks stop, it will only make them more resolute.
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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    I was wondering whether this is another play on the "pact of ice and fire". Although that was referring to marriage arrangements between Stark and Targaryens, these things can have multiple meanings. Was there some kind of contract where fire and ice would be divided by the wall? Has it been broken somehow?
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