Targaryen Restoration Posted August 15, 2015 Share Posted August 15, 2015 It's not clear that the purpose of the letter was to lure Jon out of Castle Black. Everyone knows the sensible thing to do is to comply with the letter and avoid further conflict between the NW and the Warden of the North. The author used "bride" because he knew that Jon would know immediately that the girl is not Arya. So there is no need to B/S and play the name game. Theon and Jeyne got away, but we know the washer women got caught. Mance most likely got caught. Mance or the washer women can easily reveal, under torture, what they know. They knew rattleshirt was burned, instead of Mance. They know of Val, the baby, and the presence of Stannis' family. They would know of the magic sword and the red woman. Why would the author believe Reek and Jeyne are on their way to the wall? Because they defeated Stannis and put his men to the question. They would discover that the two sneaked away from Stannis, perhaps to save Theon from execution. The letter reads like it was written in haste and by someone angry. That points to Ramsay. Ramsay has all of the information needed to author that letter, as well as the motive. Ramsay expected Jon to comply with the letter's demands. Why? Because he expected Jon to learn the truth, that the girl is not his sister. He fully expected compliance. Events worked against Jon, however. The letter reached Jon before Reek and Jeyne. Jon was still thinking it was Arya out there in the snows. He throws all cautions to the wind, reveals his treason to his brothers, and puts his squad of wildlings together. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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