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surfingjojo  asked:

You're the best person I can think of to ask this question of. Does Euron want to become or has he already become a God? The Greek god of the unlucky East and Southeast wind is Eurus. Does Euron want to become the Wind God of ASOIAF, we already have Fire, water & earth gods. How about him completing the set as the God of Wind? I don't know if you watch BBC's Sherlock but his totally mad & brilliantly evil sister is called Euros. Am I thinking too much into this?

“The first storm will scatter us across half the earth.”

A smile played across Euron’s blue lips. “I am the storm, my lord. The first storm, and the last.”

Euron can indeed control the weather–hence the storm the night Balon died, covering up the Faceless Man killing him on Euron’s behalf, as well as this: 

The wind was at their backs, as it had been all the way down from Old Wyk. It was whispered about the fleet that Euron’s wizards had much and more to do with that, that the Crow’s Eye appeased the Storm God with blood sacrifice. How else would he have dared sail so far to the west, instead of following the shoreline as was the custom?

But that makes him an extremely powerful mage, not quite a god, and anyway I don’t think he’d be content as a purely elemental deity. Euron won’t stay in such a well-defined box, which is part of what makes him so dangerous. He wants everything, Fire and Ice, dragons and warlocks and pirates: “I say we take it all!” Moreover, he’s not planning to share:

Impaled upon the longer spikes were the bodies of the gods. The Maiden was there and the Father and the Mother, the Warrior and Crone and Smith…even the Stranger. They hung side by side with all manner of queer foreign gods: the Great Shepherd and the Black Goat, three-headed Trios and the Pale Child Bakkalon, the Lord of Light and the butterfly god of Naath.

And there, swollen and green, half­-devoured by crabs, the Drowned God festered with the rest, seawater still dripping from his hair.

charizardaznable  asked:

A reddit post sparked a thought just now: we know Euron claims to have thrown his dragon egg overboard, but what if he actually did? What if, in fact, he threw it into the sea just off the Whispering Sound? Could the egg's awakening be the aim of the massive blood sacrifice set to occur in TWOW? And could the egg hatch into the "stone beast" Dany sees taking flight from a ruined tower?

I doubt it. That plan doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Stuff moves in the ocean, even heavy stuff. Sediments shift, animals get involved, the tides go in and out, etc. There’s no rhyme or reason in Euron tossing the egg into the ocean and coming back weeks or months later assuming it’s in the same place, when he could just hold onto it and conduct the ritual when he’s ready. He’s not that kind of crazy. Moreover, there’s the question of how the Crow’s Eye paid for Balon’s death; the Faceless Men would need one hell of an offering to rub out a king, and I’m on board with the theory that Euron gave them the dragon egg. Indeed, I think he was hinting at this poetically by saying he threw it into the sea–what really happened was the egg ensured Balon would be thrown into the sea. 

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Arianne missed Ser Arys too, more than she ever would have thought. He loved me madly, she told herself, yet I was never more than fond of him. I made use of him in my bed and in my plot, took his love and took his honor, gave him nothing but my body. In the end he could not live with what we’d done. Why else would her white knight have charged right into Areo Hotah’s longaxe, to die the way he did? I was a foolish willful girl, playing at the game of thrones like a drunkard rolling dice. ― Arianne I, The Winds of Winter.

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The northern girl. Winterfell’s daughter.

sansa stark + motifs and themes | the north / home / house stark

bael-bard  asked:

You are one of the few people who believes that Arya will survive and reunite with her family. Can you explain why? To me it always seemed like Arya is too damaged to live a normal life after the series ends. And there is FM problem. I doubt, that they approve of deserting, so even if Arya survives, one day they'll come for her. I always assumed that her story will be the bitter part of the ending. Dying in the North and leading the wolf pack. Long wolf dies but the pack lives. What's your take?

Damn! Am I really “one of the few people” who thinks that Arya makes it through? I am so bad at determining what the fandom thinks! Ludicrously, entertainingly bad!! Everyone watch me be bad at this!!!

Anywho. I’m sorry to be a pedantic dick about this, but: “normal life” means precisely squat. I guarantee that if I asked you to straight-up define what “normal life” means, and why those outside of it should be considered more likely to die, you wouldn’t have a coherent answer. Moreover, Arya’s a Lord Paramount’s daughter, so she was never going to live a “normal life.” This is what was going to happen to her if her father’s downfall had never happened…

“You,” Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, “will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon.”

…and that sure as shit ain’t the average experience of her time and place! (This, btw, is part of why I’m leery of interpretations of ASOIAF as a radical revolutionary text: almost all of the POVs are elites. Even Davos has been knighted by the time we meet him. Deconstructing the elite perspective is not the same as presenting the working-class perspective, and genuinely revolutionary texts tend not to grant POV status to inconveniently monstrous peasants like Chett and Varamyr. ASOIAF is a reconstructive text, not a revolutionary one.)(Hey I’m an anti-Marx leftist, can you tell??)

Anywho. If Arya was really going to succumb to the Faceless Men and/or die in their service, I don’t think GRRM would have bothered with this:

“It’s just a sword,” she said, aloud this time…

…but it wasn’t.

Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess my hair and call me “little sister,” she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.

Polliver had stolen the sword from her when the Mountain’s men took her captive, but when she and the Hound walked into the inn at the crossroads, there it was. The gods wanted me to have it. Not the Seven, nor Him of Many Faces, but her father’s gods, the old gods of the north. The Many-Faced God can have the rest, she thought, but he can’t have this.

This is the ultimate thesis of Arya’s time among the Faceless Men: she is terrible at being a Faceless Man. She’s good at the mechanics of assassination, don’t get me wrong, but she’s failing utterly at the crucial ego-death part of it, because she has a pre-existing identity in which she’s still super-invested. She cannot be No One, because she is Arya Stark, and will always be Arya Stark. Her whole story hinges on that central tension: will the hell she goes through be enough to destroy her sense of self? I adamantly come down on the side of “no.” She will reclaim her identity, and like Theon, her true name will return to her chapter headings. 

Why? Because Arya Stark is the goddamn Batman (from the traumatic parent-death to the ninja training to the stubborn desire to fight for the powerless even as your world tells you to be a nihilist), and GRRM knows that Batman means nothing without Bruce Wayne. Everything about Arya’s relationship to home and her Stark identity suggests to me that this is a “pull yourself back just before you’re lost forever” story. The Faceless Men bring that struggle to the brink, because their whole thing is destroying identity in the name of a perfect death. But between Needle and Raff, Arya is clearly not passing that test. She’s still “the Ned’s girl.” Which IMO will be her triumph in the books to come–reclaiming the Stark identity that has been put in such danger. 

Now, if you were GRRM, and you wanted to spark that reclamation of self, how would you do it? Would you maybe take a girl Arya knows, and have her passed off as “Arya Stark,” and send her to Braavos to spark the true Arya’s homecoming, bringing Arya’s identity arc to a head by having her actively retake her Stark self from the young woman burdened with it? Because…I think that’s exactly what GRRM is doing! I firmly believe this is why he had Stannis send Jeyne Poole (feigned as Arya) off with Justin Massey in Theon I TWOW–to provide Arya with precisely the challenge she needs to abandon the FM and all they represent, as well as a way back home. The spectacle of someone else claiming her name will IMO be the perfect thing to bring Cat/Mercy/whatever else back to Arya Stark.

A speculative hill that I am willing to die on: that Sansa will interact with certain Freys during her time in the Vale. Likely at the Tourney for the Brotherhood of the Winged Knights, but also afterwards. Namely:

  • Maester Willamen, especially since the plot point of old Lord Hunter’s murder and House Hunter’s succession was something mentioned by Littlefinger.
  • Cynthea Frey, nine years old, a ward of Lady Anya Waynwood (just like Harry is, hmm). As her mother’s a Waynwood, she might be Anya’s granddaughter or niece.
  • Sandor Frey, Cynthea’s brother, twelve years old, squire of Lady Anya’s son Ser Donnel – and note Alayne has already met Anya’s son Wallace and grandson Roland.

I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen… but look, GRRM wouldn’t put a boy of Sansa’s age named Sandor, of House Frey, of Crakehall blood (and therefore probably huge like his first cousin Little Walder) in a situation like this if he weren’t planning something. Seriously.