You know the drill by now…
Spoiler Alert: The below post contains many spoilers about the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons) Do not read this if you haven’t read the books. You have been warned!
Arya vs. Cersei
“Weese,” she would whisper, first of all. “Dunsen, Chiswyck, Polliver, Raff the Sweetling. The Tickler and the Hound. Ser Gregor, Ser Armory, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, King Joffrey, Queen Cersei.” - Arya Stark, A Clash of Kings
It’s been building up for a long time. Cersei is the last name in Arya’s prayer. But in her time as one of the Faceless, I think she’s learning that vengeance is not hers to have. I was mad that, by the end of ADwD, Cersei doesn’t get the crap beaten out of her. And with Varys’s influence in the last chapter, she’s suddenly back in a position of power, even from Casterly Rock. I think in the very end of the series, Arya will come to Cersei to kill her – and then decide not to. After all, the old witch prophecised that Cersei’s “valonqar” (younger brother) would kill her, and she hasn’t been wrong yet.
The old woman was not done with her, however. “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds,” she said. “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” - Westeros Prophecies
Cersei’s killer will be Jamie, I think. He has undergone significant character development since the beginning of the series and I believe he will be the one to kill his sister – not her other younger brother, Tyrion. He’s the red herring. The only question remaining is – will he be the Jamie we know and love? Or will he be some zombie Jamie, corrupted by zombie Brienne, who was corrupted by zombie Catelyn?
Jon Snow’s not (really) dead.
“Show me Stannis, Lord… show me your king, your instrument.” [...] I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow. - ADwD
Melisandre: “Show me Azor Ahai.”
Fire: “Here, look at Jon Snow.”
Melisandre: “Why won’t it show me Stannis?! Also, have I mentioned in the last three seconds that, even though I’m sometimes wrong, the fire never is?” - Ryan B August 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm
“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” - The Oath of the Night’s Watch
This one’s pretty obvious, but I think I need to include it also.
- Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, as Melisandre glimpses in her fires -
although she doesn’t recognize what she’s seeing at the time.
- The only way for him to fulfill that role is to be free of the Night’s Watch.
- The only way to be free of the Night’s Watch is with your death.
- Lord Beric has been brought back from the death many times by his red priest, Thoros of Myr.
- Thoros of Myr cheats with Lord Beric’s fiery sword (the Westeros equivalent of gasoline and a zippo) and seemingly knows little actual magic.
- Melisandre is the strongest red priest/priestess of Ashai, or so she says.
- If Thoros of Myr can resurrect Lord Beric, Melisandre can certainly resurrect Jon Snow.
- Once Jon Snow is resurrected, he is then free of his Night’s Watch oaths and can do whatever it is Azor Ahai is supposed to do. (Dragon riding, anyone?)
Reznak mo Reznak = Varys
Varys is very skilled with his illusions, so much so that Tyrion and and Ned both don’t recognize him until he lets them. In his usual form, Varys often smells strongly of lavender. Varys has always been working for “the crown” – which is assumed to be the Targaryans – since the beginning. Fast-forward a few books.
Throughout all of A Dance with Dragons, Varys is MIA. It’s only at the very end of the book (coincidentally after the siege has been lifted from Mereen) that we see him again. Meanwhile, Danaerys has a strongly-perfumed man hanging out with her in Mereen, trying to give her advice. The description of his perfume is given so often that there’s likely a reason for it. Is he the perfumed senechal that Danaerys was warned about? Is he Varys? Is he both?
I understand that he’s trying to get rid of the Lannisters to pave the way for the Targaryans, but by killing Kevan, he just effectively made Cersei wicked powerful Queen Regeant again. No, this one isn’t a theory. I’m just ranting.
I really hope that Bran will skin-change into a bird and not get turned into tree food. I’m running out of steam to look up quotes, but it seems likely from what I remember of the series that this will be the case.
So… where’s Rickon?
The last time we saw Rickon, he was headed for the hills with Osha about two or three books back. If Bran does end up getting buried in the cave, Rickon is the only “king” aside from Stannis who’s left. Rickon to come out of the blue to lead the wildlings against the Others, plzkthx.