It’s just so interesting looking back on what Arya told her Father about her future.

“Can I be a King’s Councillor and build castles and become the High Septon?”

Ned tells her she will marry a King and rule his Castle, and will possibly have a child that may become the High Septon.

The similarities to Good Queen Alysanne is almost freakish.

- Alysanne wasn’t raised with the expectation that she would be Queen.

- Alysanne was the youngest daughter of King Aenys I Targaryen. Same with Arya.

- Alysanne was 12 years old when her brother became king. Arya will turn 12 in Winds of Winter, when Jon becomes KiTN

- Alysanne was a dragonrider who loved to flyArya also has a bond with a mythical beast in her Direwolf, one that she can warg. Arya also expresses a desire to fly several times. She says she wants to turn into a wolf with wings

- Alysanne is a keen archer and hunter. Very “tomboy” and unlady-like activities. Arya has demonstrated all these traits.

- Queen Alysanne enjoyed physical activity (a quality that would have appealed to her brother Jaehaerys, who was reputed to be a fine rider as well as a skilled archer and horseman). They spent many years growing up together before Jaehaerys became King. Alysanne’s older sister already married off several times in violent and political marriages.

- Alysanne married her brother Jaehaerys and became Queen. She was also the  King’s most trusted Counsellor.

It is commonly believed the name Lyanna gives Jon at his birth is Jaehaerys.

- Alysanne was loved by the smallfolk. She lived amongst them even after becoming Queen. Sounds familiar?

“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.”


“Arya had loved nothing better than to sit at her farthers table and listen to them talk. She had loved listening to the men on the benches too; to freeriders tough as leather, courtly knights and bold young squires, and gizzeld old men at arms.”

Arya, even while being brainwashed by the FM, she is still a social butterfly. Still making friends where ever she went. It’s interesting she preferred Cat of the Canals of all of her other disguises. Sidenote: In her backstory for Cat, Arya actually says that Cat arrived to Braavos on ship named Nymeria.

“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.”

- Queen Alysanne planned and funded the building of a Castle called Deep Lake. She had Queensgate named in her honor. Arya wants to build Castles

Alysanne was a fierce believer in woman’s rights and actively changed societies standards. “Alysanne saw no reason why a man should be favored over a woman”. Which is something Arya strongly believes in and has even told Jon directly.

anonymous asked:

As far as Visenya poisoning Aenys goes, I don't think she actually did it. She's shrewd enough to know that the rumors would happen regardless by taking him into her care, so it seems like she wouldn't have done it just so rumors weren't true.

Well, I guess we’ll call it agree to disagree, Anon.

While I agree that Visenya was certainly shrewd and aware of her own public image, I think she was also deeply ambitious for her son. Visenya was always Maegor’s most stalwart champion, some who was not afraid to do something bold or impolitic if it would help his cause (like secretly, and bigamously, wedding him to Alys Harroway so that he could have a better chance for an heir and the support of Harrenhal). Just as well, even her best supporters acknowledged that Visenya was serious and unforgiving - the sort of woman who would, say, never forget or forgive her continued rejection by Aegon in favor of Rhaenys - and from her younger days, Visenya was connected to poisons and sorceries.

All the pieces were there for Visenya to secure Maegor’s takeover. The Faith and its followers were up in arms over Aenys, giving Maegor - who had once famously restored order to the Vale by ruthlessly crushing Jonos the Kinslayer - the perfect opportunity to swoop in and impose his rule. The king himself was terribly weak, ill, and stressed, and had ever been a sickly one: few might look askance that, in his time of greatest a trial, Aenys finally succumbed to illness. Indeed, that illness gave Visenya a good out should she have chosen to poison him, not hurt by her very publicly choosing to nurse the king through his final illness; if he, say, suddenly took a turn for the worse, Visenya could as easily blame it on Aenys’ weak constitution as anything else, and herself potentially gain some sympathy for having tended to him.

So while I wouldn’t say it’s bright-line clear that Visenya did it, I personally subscribe to the belief that Visenya did poison her stepson. Again, just an opinion, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer here, because even Yandel leaves it ambiguous.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

anonymous asked:

When Aegon died why did Visenya not immediately try to put Maegor on the throne?

Visenya isn’t Renly. If Visenya just looks to usurp Aenys for Maegor for no other reason than she wants to, then she risks promoting the idea that anyone can usurp a seat simply by desiring it more; that mere force is legitimate authority.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

anonymous asked:

When Visenya aided in installing Maegor on the throne; she kept the remaining members of Aenys's family alive and captive on Dragonstone. My question is, why? Wouldn't it have been wiser to have killed them and remove the threat they might have posed to her son's rule? Or did she want to keep them alive in case Maegor failed to produce an heir?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

Simply put, no. Visenya was no fool, and while her son was a sadistic tyrant, Visenya was shrewd enough to understand how it would look to have Alyssa and her remaining children killed. She herself had possibly poisoned Aenys, and while the rumors of her doing so wouldn’t arise until after her death, I wouldn’t be surprised if she feared in her lifetime people whispering that she was a kingslayer and kinslayer. Maegor had killed his nephew Aegon, but at least that could be written off as death in battle: Aegon had raised arms against his half-uncle, and in Maegor’s view this made Aegon a traitor whose life was forfeit. But to kill an anointed dowager queen and her younger children, for no greater crime than being related to Aenys? The cursed stigma of kinslaying stretches across every culture and religion of Westeros, and killing innocents to do so just underlines the crime. Even those who supported Maegor against the Faith would hardly be able to condone that sort of behavior. Kept under house arrest on Dragonstone (or, for Viserys, by the king’s side at all times), Visenya made Aenys’ widow and children politically impotent while committing no moral crime.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

anonymous asked:

Could the Blackfyres have been involved in the Peake Rebellion that killed Maekar?

I think it’s possible, but I think it’s more probably that to have been Peake exiles in the Golden Company for a sort of loose connection. Given that Maekar’s death meant Aenys coming over to push his claim, but Daemon III preceded him in succession. We’ll find out in a new Dunk and Egg, I’ll warrant.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

fringearama  asked:

Hey there, quick question. Would it strike any of the Westerosi leaders as unusual that the Golden Company is invading Westeros in support of a Red Dragon instead of a Black? The GC's history is intimately tied to the Blackfyre Rebellions after all, or has Westeros collectively written them off as 'just' another sellsword company since the Stepstones?

Closer to the time of the Golden Company’s exile, and especially after the deaths of Haegon and/or Aenys, there could be some suspicion. The Golden Company and the Blackfyre cause would be hard-pressed to forgive the Reds for that. But now, all of the Blackfyres are allegedly dead, so the Blackfyres won’t get them home, but this lost exile will. No one in the company is alive who might be aggrieved by the actions of the past personally. They’re not just a sellsword company, but a secret Blackfyre conspiracy is less plausible when there’s already a Targaryen restoration going on. Even a white-haired guy saying he’s something he’s not is a more reasonable conclusion to jump to from the average noble in Westeros learning of the GC’s invasion.

Thanks for the question, Fringe.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King