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  1. Bugger. We can only hope this is traced as quickly as possible and is not too widespread, and then look at closing whatever holes we can to prevent this from happening again. I think making sure every passenger that comes in passes a test before they board the plane (does happen in some countries), air crews being forced to use full ppe, no duty free shopping, no horse groomer exemptions, all workers with any exposure on the front lines having at least a weekly test would be a good start.
  2. 1 - Yes, there is a distance but keep in mind that the last we saw from Jaime and Brienne (and Stoneheart), was several months before the last we saw of Jon. Whatever Stoneheart is up to, it is quiet enough not to bring up an alert or intersect any of the other storylines. Travelling to the wall would be one possibility. She could actually be there by the time Jon is stabbed. 2 - This is actually why I thought it likely. To quote GRRM quoting William Faulkner - "The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself". He throws characters into situations where they have to make decisions they don't like. In this case it is to fulfill the last command and dying wish of the son and king she loves, against supporting the son-in-law she hates and mistrusts. Furthermore she knows Arya was still alive which makes it even harder. 3 - This is not relevant. She makes her decision well before Jon is dead. She captures Jaime Lanister to replace Jon as commander of the Nights watch and free him from his vows. Then she travels to the wall and finds him dead. Luckily for the story she can bring him back to life.
  3. I believe that is what Catelyns/Stonehearts singular purpose now is. And coincidentally she has the power to resurrect someone and Jon happens to be dead.
  4. According to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZsY3lcDDtTdBWp1Gx6mfkdtZT6-Gk0kdTGeSC_Dj7WM/edit#gid=8 ...Riverrun falls at almost the same time as Dragonstone, allegedly, does. I don't think it is impossible that word of Riverrun reaches the Vale first. Or that even though great effort has been put into this timeline, it is not 100% perfect. However the fall of Dragonstone is an area of the story which GRRM has left us pretty much blind to, this could be deliberate indicating there may be more to it rather than simply being deemed unimportant.
  5. We saw by season 5 how dramatically different the show became. It was a different story with a few of the same events happening. There were plenty of book events and characters that never occurred or existed and plenty of fabricated show events that never occur in the books. Even before season 5 there were significant differences, for example I hated how Jaime arrived back at kings landing before Sansa disappeared. He had made up his mind to make sure Sansa (and Arya) were set free but in the books we will never know just how much he was prepared to fight his father for that. In the show he doesn't care at all. It's annoying because I think the actor nailed the parts where show Jaime was the same as book Jaime and then served up a bs story line where his character was continuously acting in a contrary manner. In the later seasons it was just a complete mess. I highly doubt he will change anything at all because of the show. Even if the same event happens it will likely happen in a completely different way.
  6. I don't believe he was making a distinction between Westeros and Essos when he said "In between tapings, I return to Westeros." He just means he is back writing in his asoiaf world. It's entirely possible they have left Essos, but I wouldn't make that leap from what he said there.
  7. It's tricky to read too much into what he is saying because he doesn't write the entire book chronologically. He has said that he writes multiple chapters for the same character in a row so he is "in character" while he is writing. It is possible that Arya was left until later and the events happen earlier in the book than we believe. I recall the original Mercy chapter was written a long time ago, pushed back into Winds, and then updated after Dance was published. It doesn't sound like we will get a release date in the next couple of months, which is what I was hoping for, but at least it sounds like it is currently going well. I'm happy to hear about any updates no matter how vague.
  8. Has Melisandre ever resurrected anyone? I'm not convinced she is even able to or will be the one to bring Jon back, I think just claiming she had other powers while Thoros did not is not evidence to support this assertion. It is possible she could burn Shireen to do it and that would be quite a different ritual so who knows. Also note that Beric's and Catelyns resurrections were a bit different as Beric actually passed on to bring Catelyn back. I personally think it will be Catelyn who brings Jon back but very few people think that is likely.
  9. The hoarding item in New Zealand was flour. I can remember the first time going to the supermarket once the lockdown had started and the shelves were completely bare in two supermarkets. We apparently had plenty of flour but ran out of bags that are used for non-industrial retail and it took about a month before we could reliably get it again.
  10. The other thing Sweden has going for it is it is coming into summer as the pandemic will be peaking which is very important for peoples immunities to help minimise the effect. I'm in NZ as well and I think we had to do something before winter or it would have been crippling. I suspect there are thousands of other undiagnosed cases out there, which isn't actually a bad thing because it would mean the fatality rate is not as bad as statistically reported. I think Sweden will be OK. The economic hit for NZ is going to be nasty though and the taxpayer is going to be paying this off for a long time. At least the starting point was relatively healthy. I'm mainly concerned about what we do after the lock down. Are we going to close off the borders until a vaccine is developed? The self isolating methods we have imposed on overseas travelers have proven to be utterly inadequate and I'm mainly concerned we will be repeating this lock down in another few months.
  11. A) Who is the "Hodded Man" in Winterfell? 3 Someone else - Theon is seeing himself as he used to be. B ) Who wrote the Pink Letter 1 Ramsay Bolton C) Rickon Stark, Shaggydog and Davos return alive from Skagos and Rickon is presented to Stannis and/or House Manderly 1 Yes - I think Davos will bring him back, not sure who he will be presented to though, I suspect not Stannis. D) Jon Snow after the mutiny at the Night Watch 3 He is dead but he will be resurrected by Catelyn Stark. E) Arya's killing of Raff the Sweetling (or someone from the entourage of Harys Swyft) was done on the orders of the Faceless Men 1 Yes. F) Arya hears of or meets fArya (Jeyne Poole) 2 Yes - But I don't think it's important. I think she will hear of Jon Snows death and that will bring her back to Westeros. G) Jamie/Brienne Lady Stoneheart 1 Brienne and Jamie meet Lady Stoneheart and Jamie survives the meeting - LSH will look to force Jaime to take the black as an exchange to release Jon Snow from his vows. H) The boy with Jon Connington landing in Westeros in ADWD is Aegon Targaryen, the second child and only son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Elia Martell 2 False (thus he is a fake = fAegon) - I'm uncertain about most of these but utterly convinced by this. I) Jon Snow’s true parentage 1 Rhaegar+Lyanna = Jon Snow - As above, convinced about this. J) Grey Scale will be transmitted by Jon Connington and/or Shireen Baratheon to other people 2 No K) The outcome of the Battle of Ice (at the Crofters Village), the capture of Winterfell is not included 1 Stannis wins and survives L) Who is the Harpy in Mereen? 2 Galazza Galare - She is part of the Harpy, but the Harpy is not one person. It is a collection of the Merenese nobles. M) Robb’s will disinherits Sansa 1 Yes N) If Victarion orders the dragon horn (“dragonbinder”) to be blown, Victarion himself gains control over at least one dragon 2 False
  12. This is true. From memory the chapter this occurs in is A ghost in Winterfell, and the next chapter he is finally back to Theon again. If you believe in the player vs pieces chapter naming theory, there was something in this chapter which led to him regaining agency of his own actions.
  13. They get up close, face to face, and their eyes briefly meet. I believe Theon would have recognised Harwin, but this doesn't necessarily rule him out because I am not convinced Theon doesn't recognise the man. In fact I think it is the opposite. The eyes only meet briefly, which I speculate is because Theon averts his gaze due to shame and that would imply he does recognise the person. His action later, revealing his mutilated hand, is bizarre, who would he be prepared to show this to?
  14. It will be interesting to see if he has significantly changed any of the preview chapters once winds is released.
  15. I really liked the Theon Durden theory, but unfortunately I don't believe the full version of it. I liked the idea of split personalities where Reek would walk around at day and Theon would stalk at night. But, as has been pointed out, we can be almost certain that the ones killing Ramsay's men and sewing distrust in Winterfell were the Spearwives. It is still very possible, and I think likely, that this is all in Theon's mind and he is seeing a vision of what he used to be while he is contemplating killing himself...hence the hand on the dagger. All aspects of the meeting can be explained through the fact he is not real and much of it symbolic. His old self would be and was disgusted with his own actions even while he internally tried to justify them to himself. I still find it interesting, just not full on fight club. I don't believe there is any surprise in "meeting" Theon, I think that was jumping to a conclusion which then spawned a bunch misleading theories. It's possible it is someone else, but if we are actually meant to have a chance of guessing who and what they are up to, it would be an incredibly subtle clue. The Boltons holding Winterfell plot is already pretty full imo and about to move forward without Theon and Jeyne even there. If it was, I can't really see the point of it.
  16. When he is threatening Edmure he is not saying what is in his head, he is desperately trying to get Edmure to surrender the castle so he doesn't have to break a vow. To keep one vow he has to break the other. He didn't want to lead the army at all, he was forced to. And when he did, he did everything possible to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible. When he challenged the Blackfish he was hoping the Blackfish would kill him. We've gone over his decision to storm the castle above, and also his threats to Edmure. I'm not sure why you would expect him to simply let the Blackfish escape and not go after him. He is a dangerous rebel and that was against the terms of the surrender. I'm not sure what you mean in regards to killing himself. In no way am I arguing killing himself atones for anything he has done, it's an escape and a surrender and an easy way out. The point is he genuinely feels guilty and he is trying to do better.
  17. I don't think he will release the book just because it reaches 1500 pages similar to what we got with books 4 and 5. If it has some sort of physical publishing limitation they will just split copies of winds of winter into 2 books like they did with some versions of A storm of swords.
  18. We are in his head but character thoughts are not black and white, we know how much internal conflict is going on inside Jaime's head at that point. He has made a vow to serve his king and he has been charged with taking the castle. He also made a vow never to take up arms against Stark or Tulley. At this point he is resolved to go through with the assault but kill himself in the process and let someone else take over. It is an entirely reasonable position to take that when he actually had to make the decision he decides to keep his vow to Catelyn. Characters can change their mind, especially when it is something they are so clearly conflicted about.
  19. Arthur Peres was arguing that Lancel is on a redemption arc, and merely being a changed person does not make that true. The only evidence to suggest that he is, is that he has a guilty conscious. Merely joining the faith doesn't atone for anything imo, spiritual redemption is meaningless. We don't know what he is really thinking but lets see how he affects the lives of other people, so far he has not helped anyone and still seems to care more about himself (his soul) than anyone else.
  20. It was probably a copy and paste, hence the capitalisation.
  21. I suspect he was just a rich, cunning man, with with a master manipulator in his pocket. He possibly blackmailed the Prince's cousin or had some other form of leverage. He could be lying, not only by omission, and secretly be a noble, but in that case you can't really rely on anything he says to form an argument.
  22. I think there was plenty of foreshadowing but the final descent still felt out of place. I think they should have written the show so that she should have just ignored the fleet, burned the scorpions around the city, then burned the troops, then burned the red keep causing masses of civilian deaths who Cersei was using as a shield, but still actually still going after a military target. I could believe her becoming a butcher, but not a mindless butcher the way she just destroyed random parts of the city.
  23. I don't think he cares about his men, fleets, or conquest at all. I think the entire invasion was a distraction so he could slip around the back and sack old town. He wants something magical from the citadel and he will sacrifice all his men to get it. His fleet will lose the battle but they will have achieved their purpose.
  24. 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.
  25. The reveal isn't actually that important for Jon's character, as you say it doesn't really matter where you come from. But this is vitally important for Ned's character. It says a huge amount about him and his actions.
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