UnmaskedLurker Posted July 16, 2014 Share Posted July 16, 2014 She already had the fever when Ned entered her room and Lyanna gave up her life. Based on my online research, if Lyanna died of puerperal fever (and we cannot be 100% certain of this, but the evidence is strong), the fever starts "within 3 days" of giving birth. It is caused an infection from the birthing process itself, so no fever would be found at the time of birth, as the infection only sets in as a result of the birth (exposure of the birth canal during the birthing process). So if Ned found Lyanna with a fever in a "bed of blood" the bed of blood CANNOT be her actually birthing bed because she would not have a fever at the time of birth. It would be a metaphor for the fact that she is still bedridden as a result of the birth and lying a blood because the puerperal fever causes her to keep bleeding. Of course, we cannot know any of this unless and until GRRM reveals it. Maybe she caught a different fever/infection prior to giving birth which weakened her enough so that the birthing process killed her. But the best evidence we have is that when Ned found Lyanna in her "bed of blood" and she died, she had given birth 3-10 days prior. We know that at the time that she died she had a fever and that there is a smell of blood--which likely is the same blood being referred to when Ned later refers to the "bed of blood" when recalling the showdown. The most natural interpretation of the evidence, thus suggests that Lyanna gave birth 3-10 days prior to the showdown. Might GRRM write the events differently--of course--but the best evidence it that it happened this way. I am not sure that it really makes a difference in the ultimate plot, however, whether Lyanna died the day of the showdown or 3-10 days later--why would this difference even matter? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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