p-aperwings said:

hi! just wondering, what do you think is going to happen with Arianne Martell in asoiaf?

Well, due to the TWOW chapter previews, we know some things are going to happen: Arianne will go to the Stormlands to meet “Aegon” and the Golden Company, to assess them and see if Dorne should give its support to them. I think she will follow through on that — her TWOW chapters describe her as being skeptical, but once she meets him I think she will fall for his charisma and decisiveness.

After that, I’m not sure what will happen. Arianne’s conflicted feelings about Quentyn and Dany may make her consider uniting with Aegon on a more… personal level. (She certainly has a better chance with him than with JonCon.) However, the stuff in Arianne II about Elia Sand has me more than a little worried, especially the possible ominous foreshadowing. It could be that Arianne may attempt to get close to Aegon, but Elia will mess up those plans somehow. But either way I see her playing a role in the new conquest, and she may even become a queen, standing beside the mummer’s dragon as he is feted by the cheering crowd.

However, because I am certain Aegon is incredibly doomed, I am terribly worried he will take Arianne (and/or Elia) down with him. Possibly it’s JonCon’s greyscale that will get her, possibly it will be dragonfire. Though maybe she might survive — she’s not on my “definitely going to die” list, but I don’t have a lot of hope right now. Let’s see if she makes it through TWOW, and then I can reassess Arianne’s chances for endgame.

The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.
Arya and Loneliness

There’s something incredibly depressing about how much Arya longs for company and companionship. She loves being around people, makes friends wherever she goes-

Sansa knew all about the sorts of people Arya liked to talk to: squires and grooms and serving girls, old men and naked children, rough-spoken freeriders of uncertain birth. Arya would make friends with anybody.   Sansa, AGoT

Cat had made friends along the wharves; porters and mummers, ropemakers and sailmenders, taverners, brewers and bakers and beggars and whores. They bought clams and cockles from her, told her true tales of Braavos and lies about their lives, and laughed at the way she talked when she tried to speak Braavosi. She never let that trouble her. Instead, she showed them all the fig, and told them they were camel cunts, which made them roar with laughter. Gyloro Dothare taught her filthy songs, and his brother Gyleno told her the best places to catch eels. The mummers off the Ship showed her how a hero stands, and taught her speeches from The Song of the Rhoyne, The Conqueror’s Two Wives, and The Merchant’s Lusty Lady. Quill, the sad-eyed little man who made up all the bawdy farces for the Ship, offered to teach her how a woman kisses, but Tagganaro smacked him with a codfish and put an end to that. Cossomo the Conjurer instructed her in sleight of hand. He could swallow mice and pull them from her ears. “It’s magic,” he’d say. “It’s not,” Cat said. “The mouse was up your sleeve the whole time. I could see it moving.” Arya, AFFC

And yet she often feels alone.

The wolf pup loved her, even if no one else did.  Arya, AGoT

 If only she could climb like Bran, she thought; she would go out the window and down the tower, run away from this horrible place, away from Sansa and Septa Mordane and Prince Joffrey, from all of them. Steal some food from the kitchens, take Needle and her good boots and a warm cloak. She could find Nymeria in the wild woods below the Trident, and together they’d return to Winterfell, or run to Jon on the Wall. She found herself wishing that Jon was here with her now. Then maybe she wouldn’t feel so alone. Arya, AGoT

The rest of the time, they ate in his solar, just him and her and Sansa. That was when Arya missed her brothers most. She wanted to tease Bran and play with baby Rickon and have Robb smile at her. She wanted Jon to muss up her hair and call her “little sister” and finish her sentences with her. But all of them were gone. She had no one left but Sansa, and Sansa wouldn’t even talk to her unless Father made her. Arya, AGoT

Jaqen was gone, though. He’d left her. Hot Pie left me too, and now Gendry is leaving. Lommy had died, Yoren had died, Syrio Forel had died, even her father had died, and Jaqen had given her a stupid iron penny and vanished.

Where would she go? Winterfell was gone. Her grandfather’s brother was at Riverrun, but he didn’t know her, no more than she knew him. Maybe Lady Smallwood would take her in at Acorn Hall, but maybe she wouldn’t. Besides, Arya wasn’t even sure she could find Acorn Hall again. Sometimes she thought she might go back to Shama’s inn, if the floods hadn’t washed it away. She could stay with Hot Pie, or maybe Lord Beric would find her there. Anguy would teach her to use a bow, and she could ride with Gendry and be an outlaw, like Wenda the White Fawn in the songs.

But that was just stupid, like something Sansa might dream. Hot Pie and Gendry had left her just as soon as they could, and Lord Beric and the outlaws only wanted to ransom her, just like the Hound. None of them wanted her around. They were never my pack, not even Hot Pie and Gendry. I was stupid to think so, just a stupid little girl, and no wolf at all.

So she stayed with the Hound.  Arya, ASoS

There is no place here for Arya of House Stark, she was thinking. Arya’s place was Winterfell, only Winterfell was gone. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. She had no pack, though. They had killed her pack, Ser Ilyn and Ser Meryn and the queen, and when she tried to make a new one all of them ran off, Hot Pie and Gendry and Yoren and Lommy Greenhands, even Harwin, who had been her father’s man. She shoved through the doors, out into the night. Arya, AFFC

Most days, she spent more time with the dead than with the living. She missed the friends she’d had when she was Cat of the Canals; Old Brusco with his bad back, his daughters Talea and Brea, the mummers from the Ship, Merry and her whores at the Happy Port, all the other rogues and wharfside scum. She missed Cat herself the most of all, even more than she missed her eyes. She had liked being Cat, more than she had ever liked being Salty or Squab or Weasel or Arry.  Arya, ADWD

That’s why the “lone wolf dies but the pack survives” is an Arya quote, I think. I mean it is no question an Arya quote in that it appears only in her narrative and is repeated in her thoughts (though it is also a Ned quote because he says it.)

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cronusamporaa said:

What is your predicted ending for Asoiaf if you dont mind explaining in brief?

I have difficulty with “brief” but basically 

The Wall will fall at the end of TWOW, while the Red Keep will accidentally go up in a giant ball of wildfire as the various sides (Dany, (f)Aegon, Cersei, etc) try to control King’s Landing. (Nice ice/fire parallels, nice juxtaposition between the zombie war and the political war.) Humanity will be pushed back, all the way to the Trident. There’s probably very little food because the Greyjoys will have burned the Reach and the Westerlands, along with Oldtown and a lot of important documents on dragons and dragonglass and stuff that they keep there (Samwell Tarly’s mind is going to be very important). 

I think ASOIAF has four messiahs: Bran (acting as the Battle Commander) and Dany, Jon & Tyrion as the Three Heads of the Dragon, with Stannis acting as a commander of the majority of the forces on the ground.

Because Bran has the ability to transcend time and space (and he’s had that ability since book 1), he will occupy the metaphorical “high ground” of the battle against the ice zombies and he will be able to direct the battle from his command center in the cave. The cave will be under siege, and that unguarded back door to the cave is a thing everyone should be very worried about right now. 

The Three Heads will have to fly to the Curtain of Light in the Land of Always Winter, basically leaving Stannis alone, without backup, letting him feel abandoned like he did during the Siege of Storm’s End. (Paging somedeadman.) Stannis will fight “to the bitter end”, dying in the process.

All the three heads of the dragon are going to die. Dany, before she flies out, is going to swear to someone — Missandei, Jorah, the refugees from King’s Landing, idk — Dany is going to promise someone that she’s going to come back and take care of them all/make this right (basically a parallel to Rhaegar saying goodbye to Jaime at the end of the Rebellion), and once she gets up there, it’s going to be a Bruce-Willis-in-Armageddon situation, where she will be required to sacrifice herself for her people, out of her love for humanity — a betrayal for love. 

The Iron Throne is destroyed, underscoring GRRM’s point that war for a stupid metal chair is pointless. There is no more central government, the Seven Kingdoms break up into seven different kingdoms again, humanity has to rebuild civilization from the ruins. The epilogue is a Bran POV, with Bran guarding humanity against the newly imprisoned Great Other and looking into the future and seeing Winterfell rebuilt and stuff.

The more detailed version is here: /tagged/endgame/chrono

PS - Bloodraven is not evil

PPS - I think Tyrion is one of the three heads of the dragon, but Tyrion is not a Secret Targaryen. GRRM himself has said it is possible to be one of the three heads without being a Targ.

dimmadayum said:

Are you on board with the whole "Mirri Maz Duur's prophecy of Dany's womb has actually been fulfilled and she doesn't know it, but Daenerys can have kids" thing? I guess her not getting preggers from Daario may be evidence against it, or circumstantial, but who would she have kids with? (assuming her, and the other characters don't die off first, and assuming she comes to power in Westeros, Iron Throne or not)

I don’t know if I can precisely say I’m “on board” with the idea. For one, I don’t think Mirri Maz Duur was deliberately making a prophecy.

“When will he be as he was?” Dany demanded.
“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” said Mirri Maz Duur. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.”

I think she was just poetically stating “this will never happen, it’s impossible like these other impossible things, Drogo will never ever be the same”. That Mirri included Dany’s ability to bear children on this list of impossible things was simply a twist of the knife, telling her that the magical price she paid for Drogo’s life was not just Rhaego’s death, but an eternal loss.

However, when you consider that in ADWD Dany encountered the Dothraki Sea going dry with the onset of winter, that the pyramids of Meereen blew in the wind when set afire by Dany’s dragons, that Quentyn Martell (whose house sigil is the sun) came from the west and died in the east… well, those are significant events, and uncannily match Mirri’s words, deliberate prophecy or not. And the fact that Dany almost certainly had a miscarriage in her last chapter (the father was either Daario or Hizdahr, btw) is a sign that her womb can quicken. However, since that was a miscarriage, it may be that Dany can conceive, but also can never bear a living child. And it’s yet unknown if that part will ever be fulfilled, we’ll just have to see.

Still, if what Mirri Maz Duur said was an unintentional prophecy, then she was not actually foretelling that Dany would have children — but rather that Drogo would return to her. And since he is dead, that is almost certainly impossible. But some think that like the other parts of the possible prophecy, Drogo’s return is a metaphor — and that perhaps it means Dany will find someone who she will love like she did Drogo, or that she will have a child she will name Drogo, or that it refers to something about Drogon, or who knows what. Again, that’s another wait-and-see.

If Dany does have a child before the series is over (and that’s a big if, as she may die in the last battle against the Others, and unless GRRM makes time pass much faster in TWOW and ADOS than in the last few books, there simply may not be enough time for her to have a kid), there are multiple potential fathers. For me, I’d primarily list those who might be her prophesied husbands — the “corpse” is as yet unknown but may be Euron Greyjoy (but considering the imagery involved I would doubt any possibility of love or children), and the “blue flower in the wall of ice” is almost certainly Jon Snow. Yes, I know, Dany hasn’t met either one of them yet. That’s the trouble with endgame speculation, I’m afraid.


whatever you want: arianne & daemon sand

At fourteen she had given him her maidenhead. Daemon had not been much older, so their couplings had been as clumsy as they were ardent. Still, it had been sweet.

notyourintern said:

This is kind of a stretch, but do you think there's a chance of Sansa and Jeyne Poole meeting up again? I'm sure LF would do all he can do prevent it, but with Jeyne acting as Arya and Sansa coming back north it doesn't seem impossible...?

There’s a chance of anything and everything. Note however I don’t think Sansa will be going back north any time soon. I’m sure she will eventually, before the series is up, but not right away.

Actually, I think there’s a greater chance of Arya and Jeyne Poole meeting up first. Per TWOW Theon I, Stannis is sending “Lady Arya” to her brother on the Wall, escorted by Alysane Mormont and Justin Massey and Tycho Nestoris. Of course when that group arrives, they will certainly find the chaos of Jon’s assassination. Exactly what the status of everything (Jon, Jon’s life/death status, the Night’s Watch, etc) will be when they get there, we have no idea… But if it’s especially chaotic and if Jon is still dead at the time, and also if they hear any word of the Pink Letter, they may decide to not leave “Arya” there. Justin may think she’s better off still under his guard, and take her with him when he accompanies Nestoris back to the Iron Bank of Braavos.

So if Jeyne and Arya are in Braavos at the same time… if “no-one” hears that “Arya Stark” is in the city, recently come from the Wall… well… things could get interesting. How interesting, we’ll have to see. I don’t think Arya would actually harm her unwilling impersonator, but… it could be not all that pleasant.

But anyway, if Jeyne survives whatever the future might continue to throw at her, I do think she and Sansa could meet up eventually. (I definitely hope that either way Sansa finds out what Littlefinger did to Jeyne.) We’ll just have to wait and see.

anonymous said:

What do you think sansa's fate will be at the end of the books?

Hi! Oh, very good question :)

It’s really hard to say at this point, since two books have to published, and so many things can change. Moreover, Sansa’s plotline it’s of the most open right now, it could go a thousand ways, so I even have a hard time trying to guess what would happen to her in TWoW (I have high hopes, since apparently a new arc is beginning, and that’s pretty promising.)

I have some headcanons (am I using this word correctly? I’m never sure.) I’m a big fan of the theory that suggests that the "giant" she’s going to "slay" is Littlefinger. I’m not saying she’s going to literaly kill him, only that she, somehow, more or less actively (I’m betting on the latter, tho), will be LF’s downfall, that she’ll surpass the master. I don’t know how or when, though, because at the end of AFfC she’s definitely not there: she has learnt so much, and Sansa is there, I have no doubt, but she has sheltered so much in her Alayne persona that she’s starting to believe this second identity to some extent, and some of the lies that come with it. And that scares me so much. However, there’re too many clues in the narrative about her strong link to the North, so I’m confidant that something will make her snap.

More on the North: another headcanon of mine regarding Sansa is that she will be key to the rebuilding of Winterfell/the North. Not necessarily as Queen in the North, I don’t think the title is that important, tbh. But I think she’ll put to good use all the things she has learnt and all the traits that made her a potential good leader to begin with into the restoration of her house.

Those are my main endgame headcanons for Sansa! Nothing too concrete, I’m afraid, but I think her first chapters of TWoW and this opening arc will be fundamental, and, without them, we don’t have a lot :)

anonymous said:

Do you think Stannis will survive past the end of TWOW? Because, to me, he is giving off those "won't live much longer"-vibes :(((

Maaaybe? I don’t think he’ll survive the series though. My prevailing theory is that he and Melisandre will use his kingsblood to launch a suicide attack against the Others.