kairos89 asked: Do you think part of the reason people still think Bran/Meera is cute is because in the TV show he looks a lot older (i.e., closer to her age and more within the realm of possibility as something not horrible and twisted)?
When I wrote my post several years ago that included the feeling that I could no longer see Bran/Meera as cute, Meera had not yet been introduced on the show, so that inference wasn’t in my mind at all, no. And actually, if anything the show has made Bran/Jojen shipping far more popular, I rarely see GoT-only Bran/Meera shippers at all. (Also I don’t think the age difference is much better there, tbh — Bran may not look 9 on the show, but Meera looks quite a bit older than 16, too.)
Though for that matter the age difference (show or book) has absolutely nothing to do with my worries about Bran’s crush on Meera. The “horrible and twisted” part is only that I worry that Bran may try to express his crush using Hodor’s body, which besides being a violation of Hodor, could end really badly. Like, if Hodor hugs her out of nowhere when she’s in mourning for her brother — I think Meera (a woman grown, a trained fighter) might freak out and hurt him in some way, and how that might make Hodor react (if it snapped him back to control of his body) I don’t know; and I think if she realized it was Bran who did it, she’d be horrified, not remotely happy. And that’s like the least awful way I think things could work out.
But if Bran could express his feelings for Meera while leaving Hodor out of it entirely, it wouldn’t be “horrible and twisted” in the slightest. I just don’t think GRRM will be so kind to them, or us. :/
winecupwars asked: hello! i just want to say that i love reading through your blog and to ask if you've read the north remembers by silverblood on ao3? it has almost every theory you've made + is written so brilliantly that i sometimes forget it isn't canon haha. i thought of your blog while i was reading it and thought you'd like it, maybe. :) anyway, i hope you have a nice day today!
I’ve read some of it but I stopped reading for several reasons, notably because it has several theories I absolutely and totally disagree with on a level of uttermost hatred, total anathema. :D It’s a well-written fic, though, even if I feel it’s completely wrong on many of its speculative plot points, and I’m sure the author is a lovely and intelligent person. You can see more of my opinion here from the last time someone asked me about it. Thanks for thinking of me, though!
belgianwafflesandchocolate asked: Hi! So I had a question concerning the relationship between the Martells and the Starks. Do the Martells hate the Starks because of the fact that Rhaegar "left" Elia to be with Lyanna? I read the books a long time ago and Ii couldn't really recall anyone saying something about that, maybe I just forgot.
I don’t think the Martells have ever said anything negative about the Starks? Oberyn and Doran blamed Tywin Lannister for Elia’s death first and foremost (and Gregor Clegane as his tool), and plotted vengeance against him; and they were reluctant to accept Robert as king until Jon Arryn made a peace. But Ned Stark never seems to have been part of their anger, and as for Lyanna, I’d bet Doran probably considered her a victim of Rhaegar as well.
As for the current generation of Starks, Oberyn was perfectly friendly with Sansa… and furthermore, after Joffrey’s death, suggested Sansa, as Lady of Winterfell, would be a very helpful ally for the Martells’ promotion of Queen Myrcella.
I’m not sure what Arianne or the older Sand Snakes would feel about the Starks, though. They’d probably go with whatever Doran’s strategy decided, but emotionally… I couldn’t say. Probably a wait-and-see if that ever becomes a relevant question…
sissies asked: What are your thoughts on Alister Thorne's future role, if any? Keep on sharing all that great fan art!
hmm. Well, in ADWD Jon sent Alliser Thorne off on a ranging, and he swore to return:
“So the bastard boy sends me out to die. […] You would like me to refuse. Then you could hack off my head, same as you did for Slynt. I’ll not give you that pleasure, bastard. You’d best pray that it’s a wildling blade that kills me, though. The ones the Others kill don’t stay dead… and they remember. I’m coming back, Lord Snow.”
If he does return (alive, not a wight), I imagine he’ll probably be part of the interregnum post-Ides of Marsh, maybe even a candidate for LC? It really depends on Jon’s status if/when he’s resurrected and what he does after… stay at Castle Black? Head north? Head south or to a different Night’s Watch castle? We have no idea yet.
Either way my long-term expectation is that Alliser Thorne will die (tbf I expect many characters will die), probably horribly; I’m just not yet sure when he will. Though if he does live for a while, I think it’s possible he may encounter Tyrion again — remember he’s got a grudge against him too — and perhaps Dany as well? (Since Thorne went to the Wall in the first place because he was a Targ loyalist during Robert’s Rebellion.)
But for short-term expectations… if revived-Jon does head north, I would not be at all surprised if he encounters Thorne somehow. And in that case, my odds are definitely on Thorne having already died horribly, and remembering.
hoardingwithcuratorialintent asked: Yesterday after rereading the released WoW chapters and talking about the book schedule with a friend, we came to the conclusion that Georgie is probably done with Winds and is a. waiting for this season to be over and b. giving himself a bit of a head start on the next book. From a marketing standpoint it makes sense, what do you think?
From a marketing standpoint and a logical standpoint it makes no sense whatsoever, sorry. What, exactly, would be the point of hiding the fact of TWOW’s completion from both the audience and publishers that want it so badly?
If GRRM were done with the book, his publisher wouldn’t have said she doesn’t expect it for “years”. He also wouldn’t have recently talked about his Dunk & Egg plans with the note that he can’t even touch those stories until he’s done with TWOW. Also, if he were done, it takes several months for a manuscript to be published, so announcing TWOW’s completion now and publishing it in June when this GoT season is over would be the best marketing strategy. And also, if the book were done, he’d want to have it out right away so that it could start being adapted for seasons 5 and 6. (Though IIRC he’s already shown D&D many of the chapters he’s finished.)
And I have no idea what you mean by “head start on the next book”, because GRRM’s only deadline is self-enforced… and of course the looming end of Game of Thrones, which will happen whether the books are done or not.
davossseaworth asked: Hey so i was thinking and you know Dany's mounts from the house of the undying? "One to bed and one to dread and one to love"? So "one to bed" is probably Drogo or Daario, and we have no clue who/what "one to love" is, but could "one to dread" be Drogon? Barristan or Jorah (I forget) said "Your grace, that one there is Balerion come again" (referring to Drogon) and Balerion was called "the black DREAD" so maybe? She does ride him away from Meereen at the end of ADWD...
Most people think the “mount to dread” is Drogon, yes. Re the “mount to bed” and so on, I have a post on the subject here.