Frey family reunion Posted September 3, 2020 Share Posted September 3, 2020 (edited) 7 hours ago, SFDanny said: Where now does this reference Lyanna, or the promises Ned made to her? I'm fairly certain Ned has made promises to more people than Lyanna, and I'm fairly certain more people than Ned have broken promises. Some likely they made to him. Although this particular reference doesn't say who made the promise and who broke it, anymore does it explain if the "disturbing dreams of blood" are actually about a broken promise. Now, if I were a betting man, which I seldom do beside an occasional lottery ticket, I'd bet this has something to do with the context we find Ned in when he has these dreams. We can't be certain, but I would guess the broken promise of Littlefinger and his betrayal that led to the bloody deaths of most of Lord's Starks men right before his eyes, and then puts Ned in the Black Cells making him unable to protect his children all weighs heavily on his thoughts. But that just is my guess. An educated and in context guess, but a guess nonetheless. What isn't a guess is that we don't have any evidence that point to this as showing any doubt that Ned kept his promises he made to Lyanna as she lay dying. You can certainly argue that Ned's disturbing dreams of blood and broken promises don't deal with Lyanna. I don't think it's a good argument, but it's certainly a defensible one. The reason I think it does have to do with Lyanna, is we are given a descrption of a disturbing dream shortly thereafter highlighting Ned cutting himself on the hidden thornes in Lyanna's wintery crown drawing blood. Eddard then awakes and immediately thinks of the promise that Lyanna exorted from Ned. However, I don't think you can legitimately seperate Ned's dream of blood from his dreams of broken promises. I dont' think that's a legitimate reading of that passage. Something about the promise he made to Lyanna is haunting Ned, and it's haunting him when other matters of greater significance should be taking precedence. Ned himself doesn't seem to understand why he's having these dreams and fears he is going mad. Edited September 3, 2020 by Frey family reunion Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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