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Food for thought: a left leg "coincidence"


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One would think, a leg is a leg is a leg is a leg. Most people have two of them, one right, one left, nothing special 'bout that. Or is there?

Actually, there is. Quite a lot, actually. See, in the first three tomes: "A Game of Thrones", "A Clash of Kings", "A Storm of Swords", the three constituting the first part of the story, the left leg is a well concealed connection between two specific characters. Jon Snow and Arya Stark. If the left leg is mentioned, you betcha one of those two is closely involved.

A left leg is mentioned but twice in the entire first book. First, Jon's sparring with Halder:

The counterstroke caught Jon on the shoulder. Chainmail crunched, and pain flared up his neck, but for an instant Halder was unbalanced. Jon cut his left leg from under him, and he fell with a curse and a crash.

Completely innocent, isn't it? Left, right, Jon could've picked either one, nothing to it, right? Wrong! To learn, how wrong, one just needs to read Arya's last chapter in the book.

She gave the pushcart man a look, remembering what Syrio had told her about seeing. He was short, with a little round belly, and when he moved he seemed to favor his left leg a little.

Peculiar, how Jon's "little sister" would be the only other person in the entire book to pay the slightest attention to someone else's left leg, isn't it?

In "Clash", the author is, if it's even possible, even more blatant. One left leg mentioned in the entire book, care to guess, whose? Spoiler alert: you won't be surprised.

The stroke made her jump and howl. I wont cry, she thought, I wont do that. Im a Stark of Winterfell, our sigil is the direwolf, direwolves dont cry. She could feel a thin trickle of blood running down her left leg.

Yep, it's Arya. Told you! For the obtuse readers, who somehow managed to miss it in the first book, the mysterious Arya-Jon connection is all but spelled out here.

Now that you're with me, I think you already know where it's going. "There must be symmetry", you say? "In the first book we got Jon and Arya, in the second only Arya, so in the third one it'll be only Jon, right?". Bingo! Flawless reasoning rewarded with correct answer. Just like in "Clash", in "Storm", too, the left leg makes its appearance exactly once in the entire book. Granted, by then the author got more subtle... but not very much. It's not Jon personally. It's Sam. If by now you can't see past this half-assed masquerade, "A Song of Ice and Fire" might not be a story for you.

Pyp always teased Grenn about being thick as a castle wall, so Sam explained patiently. Its just a different way of calling me a coward, he said, standing on his left leg and wriggling back into his muddy boot.

Samwell Tarly, Jon's good friend and protege of sorts. If not for Jon, Sam's life on the Wall would've taken a quite different path (maybe even a shorter path). If not for Jon, I don't believe Sam the craven would've became Sam the Slayer, shrugging off the praise while, for some interesting reason, standing on his left leg.

In the two following books, the leg code, no longer needed, disappears from the pages.

What does it all mean, though? Well, for one, I don't believe how could you still doubt that Howland Reed is the High Septon. But also, doesn't it bury forever the infamous "R+L=J" hypothesis? Jon and Arya can't be half-siblings, and most certainly not cousins. They must be full siblings. They share a fucking leg, like Siamese twins! Which, call me crazy, I don't think happens that often between cousins.

Or do you think this left leg connection can be just a coincidence?

Of course it is a coincidence. I'm not insane! For the record.

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I'd guess Ser Rufus must be in there as well



'It was to Leek that they escorted her. Ser Rufus was a short, stout greybeard whose left leg ended in a stump."



And Tyrion



"Tyrion stripped off the wet clothes and donned dry ones. [...]His breeches were similarly split; the right leg was solid green, the left leg striped in red and white."



And a random, middle-aged man at arms



with his neck broken and only his left leg showing above the snow that had buried him during the night.



Or Barsena



"This time her leap came an instant too late, and a tusk ripped her left leg open from knee to crotch."


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