housestyrell  asked:

Do you think we will be seeing someone replacing Pycelle in the Winds of Winter? If yes, any guesses on who? I really enjoy your meta!

Well, since Pycelle’s dead, I would think the court will want a replacement Grand Maester, yes. :)  I think the subplot around Pycelle’s funeral and the election of a new Grand Maester will be part of what ties together the King’s Landing storyline and Sam’s storyline at the Citadel. (Because with Targaryen invasions, ironborn attacks, and the apocalypse coming, there’s nothing better than the distraction of academic politics, which are “the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.”)

As to who the next Grand Maester will be, I think the most likely candidate is the one the Conclave almost sent to King’s Landing before, when Pycelle was dismissed by Tyrion:

“After giving due consideration to Maester Turquin the cordwainer’s son and Maester Erreck the hedge knight’s bastard, and thereby demonstrating to their own satisfaction that ability counts for more than birth in their order, the Conclave was on the verge of sending us Maester Gormon, a Tyrell of Highgarden.”

—Varys, ASOS, Tyrion II

Maester Gormon is Mace Tyrell’s uncle, and it was this near-appointment that had Tywin reinstate Pycelle, for less Tyrell influence at court. But that’s obviously not possible now, and also Mace is the King’s Hand. And he may manage to seize the Regency as well, after Kevan Lannister’s death. (Or he may not, as TWOW’s Mercy shows that Cersei has power in King’s Landing again… but we’ll see.) So Gormon seems like a lock-cinch, right?

Well, maybe not. Since that almost-election, Gormon has become the acting black-iron archmaester – not the actual one, as Archmaester Walgrave is still alive, but since his senility is advanced, Gormon sits in his place in the Conclave with the black iron ring and rod and mask, and judges those novices and acolytes seeking a maester’s link in ravencraft. Gormon may not want to go to King’s Landing and its madness (especially since the last Grand Maester was assassinated), when he has the sure thing of becoming an archmaester as soon as Walgrave dies. A raven in the Citadel is worth two in King’s Landing, y’know.

Furthermore, in the AFFC prologue, Maester Gormon was set up as an antagonist to the novice Pate – who even though he served as Walgrave’s assistant with the ravens (and body servant), couldn’t get a link in ravencraft because Gormon mistrusted him and once accused him of theft. (Gormon was right, eventually.) Now, Pate has been replaced by the Faceless Man formerly known as the Alchemist (formerly known as Jaqen H’ghar), and seems to have some personality changes because of that, so it might be that antagonism doesn’t exist anymore. However, Sam has been assigned to help “Pate” with his duties, and it’s probable that Gormon’s mistrust will be transferred to him. Or at the very least I can see Sam having trouble dealing with him (his major antagonist at the Citadel will be his fellow novice Lazy Leo Tyrell), for some chapters. Maybe this trouble will be relieved when Maester Gormon is made Grand Maester and sent to King’s Landing… but maybe that will be a hope that will be dashed. Citadel politics, after all. Or Gormon might be the maester the Citadel sends to Dany (though Marwyn should get to her first), since we already know he’s a dick, but we’ll see. (I mean, Archmaester Vaellyn is also a dick, so he’s an option for her too.)

Though if the new Grand Maester isn’t Gormon, I’m not sure who else it would be… we really haven’t had that much of a look into the higher echelons of the Citadel yet, to see who the options are. (Note, Maester Yandel might be hanging around the Red Keep, desperately trying to present his book to the King, but he’s probably not an option. ;)) Mostly we know archmaesters (Ebrose, Marwyn, etc), and while I don’t think there’s anything preventing an archmaester from being elected Grand Maester, the Conclave might try to keep those positions separate. They also might prefer a younger man, as Pycelle was only middle-aged when he was appointed to Aegon V, over forty years ago.

As for names, the AFFC appendix (under House Hightower) lists a whole bunch of them. (Which is pretty much their only mention in the book.) Gormon is the only named maester, which is a further point on his side, but those are some options at least. There’s also Turquin and Erreck, who were considered by the Conclave before (ostensibly), so maybe they have a chance again, but we don’t know anything about them otherwise. Could be Sam will encounter some of them in his early TWOW chapters, and we’ll get their personalities, and then we’ll see the Citadel getting the news of Pycelle’s death, and he’ll probably witness the Conclave election somehow. I’m actually very interested in Sam witnessing Citadel politics – I mean, there’s going to be a lot of other stuff going on in Oldtown too, but he’s got to fill time before that big climax, and this should be viciously fascinating, I think. Very appealing for ASOIAF nerds (like me!), rather.

Anyway, basically I think the next Grand Maester will be Gormon (formerly) Tyrell… but there might be a dark horse, someone we’ve never really heard of. Hope that satisfies!

Game of Questions


Catelyn Stark: who are you in your friend group, stereotype yourself : the mom, the instigator, the hot girl with connections, the one who is up for anything, the quiet smart one… 

Ned Stark: What is your D & D alignment? 

Arya Stark: Have you ever wanted to fight someone/ how many fights have you been in? 

Rickon Stark: Are you athletic or particularly good at any sport? 

Jon Snow: Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? 

Robb Stark: Is your parents opinion important to you?

Sansa Stark: What are you on Myers-Briggs? 

Bran Stark: What is your favorite non-athletic activity?

Lysa Arryn:  Are you the jealous type?

Sweetrobin Arryn: How old are you?

Petyr Baelish: Which Game of Thrones house do you pull for?

Lyanna Stark: What is your favorite Disney movie?

Benjen Stark: Harry Potter, Twilight, or Lord of The Rings?

Edmure Tully: What is your relationship status?

Jeoffery Baratheon: What is your favorite crime show? 

Cersei Lannister: What are your top 5 movies? 

Jamie Lannister: What is your high school stereotype? 

Tyrion Lannister: What is your favorite book(s)? 

Myrcella Baratheon: Who was your first crush (real or fictional) ?

Tywin Lannister: In your opinion, can money buy happiness? 

Tommen Baratheon: How old were you when you had your first kiss? 

Bronn of the Blackwater:  What is/are your ship(s) of choice in GoT?

Podrick Payne:  How old were you when you lost your virginity?

Hot Pie: What is your favorite food?


Tormund: What is your flirting style?

Gendry: Have you ever been on a cruise?

Ygritte: Who is your favorite fictional redhead?

Oberyn Martell: What is your sexual orientation?

Shae: What are your top 5 songs of the moment?

Davos Seaworth: Do you like/want kids?

Qyburn: What is your Hogwarts house?

The Mountain: How many siblings do you have?

The Hound: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Daenerys Targaryen: Do you have any pets?

Viserys Targaryen: Do you prefer gold or silver jewelry?

Varys; What is your favorite quote?

Khal Drogo: Have you ever been in love?

Jorah Mormont: What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

Lyanna Mormont Are you a leader or a follower?:

Yara Greyjoy: Fuck, Marry, Kill - pick three for me to choose from

Theon Greyjoy: How has your year gone so far?

Grey Worm: Do you know any jokes? Tell me he first joke that pops in your head.

Missandei: How many languages do you speak/which ones are they?

Olenna Tyrell: What is your favorite flower?

High Sparrow: What is your political party of choice?

Lancel Lannister: Are you religious? If so what is your religion of choice?

Loras Tyrell: What celebs are in your “five”?

Margery Tyrell: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Ellaria Sand: Do you hold a grudge or are you the forgive and forget type?

Robert Baratheon: Do you drink? What is your drink of choice alcoholic/non?

Stannis Baratheon: Coffee or Tea?

Shireen Baratheon: What was your favorite childhood toy?

Ramsay Bolton: Do you prefer the city, suburbs or the country?

Myranda: Who is your Game of Thrones NOTP?

Roose Bolton: How many states / countries have you visited?  

Walder Frey: What is your favorite and least favorite death from the show?

The Waif: If you were an X-man what power would you want?

Jaqen H'ghar: Who is your favorite superhero?

Ros: What is your favorite animal?

Renly Baratheon: Do you watch reality television?

Septa Unella: What is your sin of choice?

Gilly: What is your favorite color?

Samwell Tarly: What is your favorite game?

Brienne of Tarth: How tall are you?

Melisandre: Favorite song lyric?

Euron Greyjoy: Do you know how to swim?

Night King: What would you rather be- Zombie,Vampire,Werewolf, Ghost, Witch.or Fairy?


Few of the birds that Aemon had sent off had returned as yet. One reached Stannis, though. One found Dragonstone, and a king who still cared. A thousand leagues south, Sam knew, his father had joined House Tarly to the cause of the boy on the Iron Throne, but neither King Joffrey nor little King Tommen had bestirred himself when the Watch cried out for help. What good is a king who will not defend his realm?  (A Storm of Swords)


We’re west of Castle Black, but the Nightfort’s closest to us. It was the first castle on the Wall. The Watch abandoned it during the reign of King Jaehaerys I. Too big. Impossible to maintain. Other than Castle Black itself, the Nightfort’s the perfect castle for us. It’s got a secret sally port, the Black Gate, as old as the Wall itself. No one’s used it in centuries most likely. It leads through the Wall right down into the Nightfort, if one knows how to find it, which, it just so happens, I do.


I never met my mother. My father wouldn’t even tell me her name. I don’t know if she’s living or dead. I don’t know if she’s a noblewoman or a fisherman’s wife…or a whore. So I sat there in the brothel as Ros took off her clothes. But I couldn’t do it. Because all I could think was what if I got her pregnant and she had a child, another bastard named Snow? It’s not a good life for a child.