emeraldillusions asked: Hello. I'm curious about how the warg gene appears in the Stark family. Would all of Rickard Stark's grandchildren be wargs or did it specify towards Ned Stark's descendants? Thank you.
The important thing to remember is that skinchanging isn’t science, it’s magic. In fact pretty much everything in the world of ASOIAF is irrelevant to science (the seasons, for example), and attempting scientific explanations will just frustrate you and be pointless anyway. (Even though I do try sometimes.)
So really, genes have nothing to do with it. Sorry.
That said, Jon is a warg, so obviously it’s not just Ned Stark’s children who can skinchange. :)
edit: Almost forgot, this quote is relevant to your question:
[GRRM] was asked if the trait of being a warg ran in the Stark family.
"I don’t know if I want to get into genetics - this is fantasy, not scifi," he replied. "I don’t think this is necessarily a ‘Stark’ ability, though all the children have it to one extent or another. They also realize it to one extent or another. Arya doesn’t realize she has it, she keeps thinking she has these weird dreams, and of course Bran is much further along."
savingprimrose asked: Hi! :) What do you think of the Purple Wedding happening so early in the season? I'm excited and scared at the same time. I'm worried because PW is such a huge turning point in Sansa's arc and Dontos plays a role in helping her out of Kingslanding. And if PW happens in episode 2, their relationship would be rushed and a bit confusing to the non-readers.
I don’t know really know how I feel yet. I can’t see them pushing it much further back in the season, unless they made up a bunch of filler, because tbh there’s just not that much in ASOS between the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding. So having it ep2 makes sense in general.
But re Dontos… well, GoT shorting Sansa’s storyline and characterization and interactions is something we should be used to by now. :P (Agh, forever angry.) Though sometimes they are fairly good at establishing things in just an episode or two — like re Sansa, her feelings about Loras and the hoped-for marriage and all were done relatively quickly.
We’ll just have to see, but y’know, “rushed and confusing” is not unusual for this show, so don’t hold your hopes too high. Keep them low, expect as little as possible, and then whatever we get will probably be a pleasant surprise. :/
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Well Cersei’s whole thing about her getting old in ADWD makes little sense for a woman in her early 30s, but a lot more for a woman more close to 40. The rest of the adults it’s a negligible change…
As someone who freaked out tremendously when I hit 30 and 35, believe me I know where Cersei was coming from. And she’s had 3 kids, and I haven’t. And the life expectancy and length of apparent youth in Westeros is rather different from today’s America. And of course she had people pointing and mocking at her naked body, you know, which would make anyone insecure. It makes plenty of sense even without the GoT age adjustment.
(Man, I’ve got another milestone coming up this year. Gah. Maybe I’ll just asymptote it…)
Couldn’t they just finesse this by simply not saying how long has passed between seasons and just assuming normal aging?
Oh, sure. It’s just that every so often they do say someone’s age for plot purposes, and you get the stark reminder that time just isn’t passing that fast. Like, Sansa said she was 14 on her wedding night, but she could have said 15 or maybe even 16 and probably nobody would have blinked. But she did say 14 — which makes some sense, 2 plus years from the age she gave in the book — but that means only a year or so has passed in GoT since S1E1. And maybe you can’t tell with the adult actors, but with the kids… um.
But I’m sure Brienne’s famous speech will be adjusted to “a highborn maid of five-and-ten” (if she says it at all). And after that they probably won’t bring up anyone’s ages or refer to time passing, and will finesse. We’ll see if something breaks up the suspension of disbelief, though.
(Like Tommen. I hope they don’t change his age onscreen with his new actor, because that’s really confusing what with Myrcella and all. I still do not understand how Joffrey could possibly be 17 if it’s been 18 years since Robert’s Rebellion and Cersei had Robert’s child before Joff was born. *grump grump grump nobody cares about this but me*)