Seams Posted August 22, 2022 Share Posted August 22, 2022 (edited) Criston Cole is the Kingmaker. I believe there are other kingmakers (and wannabee kingmakers) in the history of Westeros and that anagrams of Ser Criston's name can help us to spot them. I took another look at Ser Criston Cole to see if the "secret in colors" anagram could help to sort out the symbolism behind the Greens and the Blacks. But I decided to look at the other possible anagrams as well, and came to a new insight about "coin crest roles" that could be very helpful in the larger symbolism scheme. If "coin crest roles" is a deliberate hint for us, I was thinking this might explain why there are coins on the sigil of House Payne. Quote "Are purple, gold, and white the colors of House Payne, Podrick?" she asked him politely. "No. I mean, yes." He blushed. "The colors. Our arms are purple and white chequy, my lady. With gold coins. In the checks. Purple and white. Both." He studied her feet. "There's a tale behind those coins," said Tyrion. "No doubt Pod will confide it to your toes one day. Just now we are expected at the Queen's Ballroom, however. Shall we?" ASoS, Sansa IV Is House Payne the only house with coins in its sigil? Here's what I'm thinking. Half-baked, but helping to sort out some symbols that had been puzzling me. We know that GRRM has used a lot of game metaphors in the books, and this is a reason that the first book is called The Game of Thrones. One game that I haven't seen clearly played is checkers. But I suspected there was a wordplay connection between checkers, the "chequy" lion sigil (House Osgrey) and the Chequy Water as well as cheeks. Contemplating the "coin crest" anagram led me to realize that House Payne has something of a checkerboard sigil, with gold coins instead of checkers. This makes perfect sense to me as a metaphor for a game played by a kingmaker: coins usually feature pictures of monarchs and sigils. In checkers, if you survive a trip across the board, you can say, "King me" and acquire greater power in the game. So look to Ser Ilyn and Podrick to function as kingmakers. I have strongly suspected that Littlefinger is also a kingmaker. If the "coin crest" is a hint for us, then his longtime service as the Master of Coin probably confirms that he is a checker-playing kingmaker. By this logic, Tyrion would also be a kingmaker because he also served as Master of Coin. (I suspect that Tyrion is a master of all games, and this may be his destiny in the series.) Perhaps Penny, whose name is a coin name, is also a kingmaker. (There could be Payne / a penny wordplay.) This is part of the theory that needs more work, probably. Because of the wordplay on checkers, chequy and cheek, I think characters with distinctive cheeks may also be in this exclusive group of kingmakers. I'm thinking Brienne and The Hound, although we also see Ser Duncan the Tall cut his own cheek in The Sworn Sword. As I've stated elsewhere in the forum, I also believe that GRRM has a system of linked body parts and fruits: eyes / grapes, lemons / teeth, melons / heads, oranges / feet, etc. Cheeks are linked to peaches. So Renly offering Stannis a peach is a kingmaker gesture. Renly also tried to get Robert to marry Margaery but then Renly married her. Margaery is from the Reach and peaches come from the Reach. This doesn't quite work with Robert bringing peaches from the Reach for Ned (unless this is major foreshadowing involving something that hasn't yet happened in the books). Spoiler (Hmm. GRRM has said that peaches represent summer, and Bran's wolf is named ...) Ser Jorah gives Dany a small peach and she finds it to be delicious. But wait, there's more. In The Sworn Sword, we know that Osgrey's forager (poacher), Lem / Dake, tried to take sheep from Lady Rohanne. Ser Bennis also wounds one of Lady Rohanne's ditch diggers on his cheek. We know that Lady Rohanne will eventually marry into House Lannister. In the story told by Ser Eustace, one of the Lannister's tried to "take a bit out of the Reach," but the Little Lion stopped him. (There are also "lion" anagram possibilities in Ser Criston Cole's name.) Dunk cuts his own cheek with his own sword and that seems to be a necessary step before his one-on-one duel (trial by combat) with Ser Lucas Longinch. What I'm getting at is that the poaching and peach / sheep wordplay and conflict is all about who will be the kingmaker. Osgrey needs sheep in order to become that kind of player. Lady Rohanne needs peaches ("chequy") in order to become a kingmaker. On a symbolic level, I suspect the resolution of The Sworn Sword gives Lady Rohanne the win she needs to become a kingmaker and she takes all of her mojo with her into the marriage with House Lannister, allowing them to become great kingmakers in ensuing generations. The chain of wordplay and fruit symbolism links "King me" to checkers to "chequy" to cheeks to peaches to sheep. GRRM has given us Ser Criston Cole as a hint about how to sort out the symbols and as the answer the the symbols: the kingmaker. I've been trying to work out peach / sheep wordplay and symbolism for quite awhile. So glad this finally came together in my tiny brain. Edited August 22, 2022 by Seams asongofheresy 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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