(Written by Harlaw’s Book the Sequel)
The last raven from Hardhome described a bleak situation. However, the reason the wildings were at Hardhome in the first place was because Mother Mole “had a vision of a fleet of ships arriving to carry the free folk to safety across the narrow sea.” Since Mother Mole is a woods witch, the same status as the Ghost of High Heart and Maggy the Frog, and ASOIAF prophecies come true in unconventional ways, I’m inclined to give Mother Mole the benefit of the doubt that her prediction was correct.
I think the free folk will find salvation across the narrow sea –in the form of Arya Stark. From “The Blind Girl” we know Arya overhears talk of Hardhome.
“…this woods witch said that if they [the wildings] went to Hardhome, ships would come and carry them away to someplace warm. But no ships came except these two Lyseni pirates, Goodheart and Elephant… They dropped anchor at Hardhome…saw the wildings… The wildings had nothing to eat, so the men sent out their wives and daughters, but as soon as the ships were out to sea, the Lyseni drove them below and roped them up. They meant to sell them all in Lys. Only then they ran into another storm and the ships were parted. The Goodheart was so damaged he captain had no choice but to put in here, but the Elephant may have made it back to Lys. The Lyseni at Pynto’s think that she’ll return with more ships.”
That there are Hardhome Wildings in Braavos and potentially another ship full in Lys (and more Wildings might be coming) corresponds to locations where Arya might be after her last ADWD chapter.
After entering the House of Black and White, the FM tell Arya to learn the Braavosi tongue while at the temple. It is only after the KOM decides “…you [Arya] have enough words to make your wants understood after a fashion,” that Arya is allowed to go out and about in Braavos as Cat of the Canals.
Spoilers for the entire series, A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons in particular.
The North Remembers
The Riverlands: Wolfish Hearts
Lady Stoneheart’s Revenge
There is a spy in Riverrun who reports to the Brotherhood Without Banners. His name is Tom o’ Sevens (or Tom Sevenstrings of Sevenstreams) and, since Jaime took a shine to him, he’s been hearing news of enemy movements straight from the lion’s mouth as well as skulking about camp and keep.
PS. (Like the Grand Northern Conspiracy Theory, I don’t necessarily think every single detail is true, or even possible. But they’re still worth watching because even though some parts may seem far-fetched, it’s still a very well researched and put-together theory.)
Whether the Prince that was Promised and Azor Ahai are the same person or two different people have been a topic of discussion for so long in the fandom. In this video, GRRM talks about how Melisandre sees Stannis as the Prince that Was Promised, whereas Melisandre uses the phrase “Azor Ahai” most of the time.
What do you think? Is it a mere slip of the tongue or a spoiler that indicates Azor Ahai and the PtwP are destined to be the same people? Or is it neither, but a mere reflection of the inconsistency of the prophecy within the series as well?
(I wrote down the script of the video under the Read More, for those who are not able to watch the video at the moment and/or those who need help with the script due to language difficulties.)
Before I begin, I must confess the Meereenese plot was one of the stories that held the least amount of interest for me. I think one of the reasons is due of the multitude of new characters with foreign names. I also found it hard to understand the motives of some characters or where the plots were headed. And I think if we had answers to some questions like - (Who poisoned the locusts? Why? Who is the Harpy? Who must Dany fear in Meereen?) we would get a better understanding of Meereen. I plan to focus on one of these questions here.
Disclaimer: This is a viewpoint of mine. It could be partially right, or fully wrong for all I know.
No, it’s Dany.
“As swift as the wind he rides, and behind him his khalasar covers the earth, men without number, with arakhs shining in their hands like blades of razor grass. Fierce as a storm this prince will be. His enemies will tremble before him, and their wives will weep tears of blood and rend their flesh in grief. The bells in his hair will sing his coming, and the milk men in the stone tents will fear his name.” The old woman trembled and looked at Dany almost as if she were afraid. “The prince is riding, and he shall be the stallion who mounts the world.”
Change the gender in the prophecy to female, realize that the dosh khaleen sensed her but assumed it was the male baby inside her because of their patriarchal misogynist culture, and it’s totally Dany. (While riding on Drogon, if you wish.) “The khal of khals promised in ancient prophecy”, after all.
(For more, see here.)
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Written by Stefan Sasse, a contributing writer to Tower of the Hand. You can follow along with Stefan’s reread of A Dance with Dragons, or read more of his work at Geschichtsblog and Oeffinger Freidenker.
In A Dance with Dragons, we learned that Lady Barbrey Dustin hates the Stark family and especially Eddard Stark for first not letting her marry Brandon Stark and then dragging her forced husband into the rebellious war of Robert Baratheon. While it may seem possible that the anger about her dead husband is only a surrogate for something she doesn’t wish to reveal, she tells Theon some conspiracy theories that make more sense than they should, and which fill the reader with a sense of unease. In short: there seems to be more about the outbreak of the rebellion than we originally knew. It seems like Aerys’ summoning of people to the court was not just the product of an insane mind, but also the very real backlash against something that was going on before. In fact, what Lady Dustin calls “southron ambitions” of Lord Rickard Stark seems to be not so much a conspiracy theory of hers than reality. And it’s rewarding to go into it.
(In case anyone hasn’t heard about or read about R+L=J, they should browse this tag for this topic to make sense.)
While GRRM may surprise us with a plot twist revelation, it seems to me that the likeliest candidates to tell us (and other characters) about the truth of Jon’s birth are Howland Reed or Bran Stark.
Howland Reed is the only remaining survivor of the Tower of Joy, and therefore the only one alive who would know for a fact that Lyanna gave birth there. It’s even hinted in one of Ned’s vague-flashback moments in AGoT.
Promise me, she had cried, in a room that smelled of blood and roses. Promise me, Ned. The fever had taken her strength and her voice had been faint as a whisper, but when he gave her his word, the fear had gone out of his sister’s eyes. Ned remembered the way she had smiled then, how tightly her fingers had clutched his as she gave up her hold on life, the rose petals spilling from her palm, dead and black. After that he remembered nothing. They had found him still holding her body, silent with grief. The little crannogman, Howland Reed, had taken her hand from his. Ned could recall none of it.
This passage makes it clear that Howland saw Lyanna’s bloody body, and probably baby Jon as well.