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I wonder if Val, our blonde hottie from the lands of ice and snow ... is a homage to Val Kilmer, another blonde hottie who plays "Iceman" in Top Gun?

Could George really do this gender swap?? This may break a few hearts with this gender confusion.

"The good woman at the brazier," Mance Rayder went on, "is Dalla." The pregnant woman smiled shyly. "Treat her like you would any queen, she is carrying my child." He turned to the last two. "This beauty is her sister Val. Young Jarl beside her is her latest pet."
"I am no man's pet," said Jarl, dark and fierce.
"And Val's no man," white-bearded Tormund snorted. "You ought to have noticed that by now, lad."

{Jon I ASOS}

Ahhhh thanks George for specifically clearing that up. Val is no man. No gender confusion here!
 

And seriously, what is up with these cocky Navy pilots talking about the sizes of their members?

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94 pages in, I'm not going to trawl it for prior art, but was Arya's arc at all inspired by Mathilda in the film "Leon"?

Edited by Rufus Snow

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On 4/5/2020 at 6:29 PM, Rufus Snow said:

94 pages in, I'm not going to trawl it for prior art, but was Arya's arc at all inspired by Mathilda in the film "Leon"?

Awesome catch! I totally forgot about this 1994 film, I guess I gotta re-watch it some time. I do remember a few things.
 

This is the scene where Mathilda casually walks by her apartment door after her family was just murdered inside. She didn't want to alert the guard of who she was by running away. Tense scene.

Reminds me of Arya's escape:
Arya looked. She knew all of her father's men. The three in the grey cloaks were strangers. "You," the one walking rounds called out. "What do you want here, boy?" The other two looked up from their dice.
It was all Arya could do not to bolt and run, but she knew that if she did, they would be after her at once. She made herself walk closer. They were looking for a girl, but he thought she was a boy. She'd be a boy, then. "Want to buy a pigeon?" She showed him the dead bird.
"Get out of here," the guardsman said.
Arya did as he told her. She did not have to pretend to be frightened. Behind her, the men went back to their dice.

{Arya V AGOT 1996}

Mathilda's grocery bags = Arya's pigeon! lol

 

Also Arya has been trained by many men in the art of killing ... like Jon "stick them with the pointy end!" Snow, Syrio Forel ... etc.

Leon trains Mathilda to kill as well.

Leon is an Italian hitman.
Syrio Forel is from Braavos, which is based on Venice, Italy!


Off Topic:

Spoiler

I remember the acting of the younger Natalie Portman was great in this movie. It was really impressive for her first role.
Over her career she has been in Oscar-worthy movies like Black Swan 2010, and terrible movies like Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 2005 as Padme.

Anyways, it is nice that Arya Stark has a little Natalie Portman in her arc ... along with the same wild she/wolf blood that Lyanna Stark had.

Hmmmmm there is a cruel and Dark joke somewhere here that GRRM might be kicking himself for in 2005.

Oh right ... "Promise me Obi-Wan. Promise me." lol

 

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The buxom red-haired innkeep howled with pleasure at the sight of them, then promptly set to tweaking them. [...]
[...]
"Oh." Bella tugged her gown back over her shoulder and went to talk with Jack-Be-Lucky. Before long she was sitting in his lap, giggling and drinking wine from his cup. Greenbeard had two girls, one on each knee. Anguy had vanished with his freckle-faced wench, and Lem was gone as well. Tom Sevenstrings sat by the fire, singing. "The Maids that Bloom in Spring." Arya sipped at the cup of watered wine the red-haired woman had allowed her, listening. Across the square the dead men were rotting in their crow cages, but inside the Peach everyone was jolly. Except it seemed to her that some of them were laughing too hard, somehow.
[...]
"Beds we got," said red-haired Tansy. "There's never been no lack o' beds at the Peach. But you'll all climb in a tub first. Last time you lot stayed under my roof you left your fleas behind." She poked Greenbeard in the chest. "And yours was green, too. You want food?"
"If you can spare it, we won't say no," Tom conceded.
"Now when did you ever say no to anything, Tom?" the woman HOOTED. "I'll roast some mutton for your friends, and an old dry rat for you. It's more than you deserve, but if you gargle me a song or three, might be I'll weaken. I always pity the afflicted. Come on, come on. Cass, Lanna, put some kettles on. Jyzene, help me get the clothes off them, we'll need to boil those too."

{Arya V ASOS}

I know the Peach is a brothel, but the moment George made them serve food ... is George thinking about Hooters? [...] the woman HOOTED
Buxom women, alcohol, food, music ... seems like a Hooters in Westeros ... silly George :D

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This one is for all my New Yorkers. Stay safe out there!

Master Tobho Mott and the Street of Steel is about the 3 adjacent neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan.
TriBeca - sOHO - and Mott Street of Chinatown.

At Mott Street, there are plenty of Chinese gift shops where they occasionally sell Chinese artifacts and steel swords.
Master Mott would be giggling now lol

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