Curled Finger Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 Reading through all the current Tower of Joy topics it is apparent that Ned Stark gives up very little of his experiences involving Howland Reed. That is to say the Tower of Joy and Harrenhal. We do have a few fleeting thoughts in front of Lyanna’s tomb in the crypts with Robert and waking from a fever dream. All we have on Harrenhal is Bran telling Meera his father looked sad recounting the tale. We get a second hand account of Howland Reed’s take on Harrenhal. Ned seems to simply shut his memories down. We are allowed glimpses of incomplete pieces without real context he allows himself to recall. Ned Stark is so invested in the lies he’s built to protect Jon Snow, perhaps Lyanna’s memory, perhaps others, that he will not even permit himself complete memories of these times which are no doubt inextricably entwined. Sansa has certainly been through the wringer since leaving Winterfell for the bright lights of Kings Landing then The Vale. Her lessons have been of cruelty and loss and endless fright. She survives this to end up in the saving grace of frickin Little Finger, which can only lead to worse cruelty and loss and endless fright of different colors. The twist here is that Sansa has donned a new identity which has seemingly led to a shedding of Sansa Stark, at least in her thoughts in the Alayne gift chapter. Alyane even thinks of frickin Little Finger as “father” in this chapter. Ugh! While Robb and Jon may have picked up Ned’s innate sense of honor, Arya has become a great mummer and Bran is a good little liar, it is Sansa who embodies her father’s ability to subvert himself, his truth and his honor for the love of family. Corvo the Crow, Many-Faced Votary, Raven Princling and 4 others 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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