You may want to take this matter up with GRRM: So why shouldn’t we take Ned’s fever dream account literally? After all the bit about fighting the three kingsguards is confirmed by Ned’s memory. And Lyanna extracting a promise from Ned on her death bed is confirmed in Ned’s memory. So why does GRRM bother to remind the fan that dreams are not always literal?   The one thing that Ned’s memory does not corroborate with the dream is chronology and geography linking the two part