The Wolf and the Wall Posted January 23, 2016 Share Posted January 23, 2016 Spoilers ahead! Hello all! I’ve been following the forums for a while and I’ve finally built up the courage to post an amazing theory that will blow everyone’s minds and change the way we look at the books as we know it... ….or not, actually I was just wanted to analyze and then speculate rampantly on the few things known about the prologue for WINDS. At Comic Conn in 2014 GRRM said that Jeyne Westerling would make an appearance in the prologue of TWOW. This begs the questions, “When will the prologue take place?” or better yet, “Where will the prologue take place?” When we last saw Jeyne she was being taken to Casterly Rock along with the Frey captives from the Red Wedding, her relatives, 400 Lannister guardsmen led by Ser Forley Prester, and whoever else I’m forgetting. Now some believe that the prologue will take place in Casterly Rock because GRRM said we may see many new locations in WINDS or ADOS such as the Rock and Highgarden. However, I am skeptical that the Rock will be the location of the prologue as Martin said that if we didn’t see The Rock or Highgarden in TWOW then we would for sure in ADOS. This leads me to believe that these locations are part of a characters arc and whether or not they are included depends on which book the POV chapters are included in. I believe that the prologue will instead be an ambush on the convoy to free the prisoners whilst it is en route to The Rock. I believe some of the events which unfold in Winterfell support this speculation. In AFFC the brotherhood has established an ‘inn’ for orphans. Many believe this was Lady Stoneheart’s plan to find her daughter Arya, who was in the Riverlands when last the BWB had seen her. With this in mind, it only makes sense that LSH would send an agent to Winterfell when word reached that Ramsay Bolton (Snow) was to marry Arya. I believe this agent is Harwin, the hooded man in Winterfell. I’ve also heard theories that put Hallis Mollen as the hooded man. Though this is also plausible I believe Hal Mollen is still with LSH in the Riverlands. I digress. According The Grand Northern Conspiracy, Some of the Northern lords allied with the Boltons in Winterfell are hesitant to join the conspiracy out of fear for their relatives, who are Frey prisoners. However, the author of TGNC believes these fears are alleviated by Wyman Manderly who has received information from the hooded man in Winterfell, Harwin, about the impending rescue attempt. An example of this is Whoresbane Umber. Lady Dustin at one point says to a Frey “Lord Wyman is not the only man who lost kin at your Red Wedding, Frey. Do you imagine Whoresbane loves you any better? If you did not hold the Greatjon, he would pull out your entrails and make you eat them." Furthermore, we later see Whoresbane is portrayed as one of the snowmen seen on top of the walls of Winterfell. According to TGNC the snowmen represent those conspiring against the Boltons/Freys and include Whoresbane, Lady Dustin, Lord Manderly, Harwod Stout, as well as others who are not mentioned in the text. The theory goes that Harwin informed Manderly of the planned attack, who then shared the information with those hesitant to jump aboard the conspiracy train. It seems that Whoresbane has either decided to act without fear of repercussions against the Greatjon or else has received information about a plan to get the Greatjon released. In AFFC Lady Stoneheart retreated into The Neck after killing Ryman Frey. Whilst there, I believe she was contacted by the Crannogmen and eventually 'Howlin Howland' Reed. Now Lady Stoneheart is no stranger to ambush’s as seen at the end of ASOS where she hangs Merret Frey or the middle of AFFC when she hangs Ryman Frey. She is blessed with extremely good intelligence in all of these cases thanks to Tom of Sevenstreams, a spy in the Frey ranks. At the end of AFFC, Tom stations himself at Riverrun, where the prisoners are leaving from. The Crannogmen are known as being exceptionally good at guerrilla tactics, as witnessed by Victorian at Moat Cailin, and could make up the bulk of the attacking force in addition to The Brotherhood without Banners and any Red Wedding Survivors who sought refuge in The Neck. The known captives are: Marq Piper, Greatjon Umber, Jeyne Westerling, Edumure Tully, and many others I’m sure but this was all I could find. What do you guys think? Will this be the prologue and if it is will the attack be successful? Or do you have an alternative theory for the prologue? TLDR LSH attempts to rescue the Red Wedding prisoners to alleviate fears of reprisal against Northern houses conspiring against boltons/freys Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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