History TearJerker / ASongOfIceAndFire

22nd Sep '17 9:52:51 PM cherrychels
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** When Lady's bones are brought back to Winterfell, her brothers began to howl before the carrier had even entered the castle and for days afterwards, they roamed around her grave "like restless shadows". Also in a gesture both tearjerking and heartwarming, Lady was buried not in some dingy corner of the great castle but in the graveyard where the Kings of Winter laid their most faithful servants to rest.

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** When Lady's bones are brought back to Winterfell, her brothers began to howl before the carrier had even entered the castle and for days afterwards, afterward, they roamed around her grave "like restless shadows". Also in a gesture both tearjerking and heartwarming, Lady was buried not in some dingy corner of the great castle but in the graveyard where the Kings of Winter laid their most faithful servants to rest.



** Not only that, but the very description of what he used to be before he became king show how his power was slowly swept away by the weasels that picked up on his slack; effectively a mighty wall-of-a-man reduced to an amorphous blob of fat.

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** Not only that, but the very description of what he used to be before he became king show how his power was slowly swept away by the weasels that who picked up on his slack; slack. He is effectively a mighty wall-of-a-man reduced to an amorphous blob of fat.



** Even George RR Martin apparently hated writing that scene, calling it the hardest thing he ever wrote.

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** Even George RR R. R. Martin apparently hated writing that scene, calling it the hardest thing he ever wrote.



* When StarCrossedLovers Jon and his {{First Love}} Ygritte go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading this passage, and know what's in store for them.

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* When StarCrossedLovers Jon and his {{First Love}} Ygritte go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading this passage, passage and you know what's in store for them.



* When Sansa learns from her aunt Lysa that she is planning to marry her off to her sickly son, Sansa has lost every hope of finding someone good for her. It's rather sad since, like every girl of her age, she used to dream for a PrincelyYoungMan to fall in love with and marry, and she has being cruelly denied -- once and for all this time -- by people who want to exploit her highborn heritage.

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* When Sansa learns from her aunt Lysa that she is planning to marry her off to her sickly son, Sansa has lost every hope of finding someone good for her. It's rather sad since, like every girl of her age, she used to dream for a PrincelyYoungMan to fall in love with and marry, and she has being been cruelly denied -- once and for all this time -- by people who want to exploit her highborn heritage.



* Pretty much everything Jaime goes through after [[spoiler: losing his hand]] is pretty gutting, but something that really stands out are all of those moments when he's tied to a saddle with Brienne afterwards, feverish, in pain and half-conscious, and finds himself just leaning on her shoulder and taking a little bit of comfort in the fact that she's so warm.

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* Pretty much everything Jaime goes through after [[spoiler: losing his hand]] is pretty gutting, but something that really stands out are is all of those moments when he's tied to a saddle with Brienne afterwards, afterward, feverish, in pain and half-conscious, and finds finding himself just leaning on her Brienne's shoulder and taking a little bit of comfort in the fact that she's so warm.



* Despite being respectively a little shit and a very unlikable woman, [[spoiler: Joffrey dies in the arms of his helpless, grief-stricken mother Cersei, every mother's [[AdultFear worst nightmare]]. Even Tyrion, who Joffrey was making fun of shortly before, pities him]].

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* Despite Joffrey being respectively such a little sadistic shit and his mother Cersei a very unlikable woman, [[spoiler: Joffrey dies in the arms of his helpless, grief-stricken mother Cersei, -- every mother's parent's [[AdultFear worst nightmare]]. Even Tyrion, who Joffrey was making fun of shortly before, pities him]].



* Stannis reveals that, deep down, he really wanted for him and Renly to be BashBrothers, to crush Lord Tywin and avenge all the people that he and King Joffrey had wronged.

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* Stannis reveals that, deep down, he really wanted for him and Renly to be BashBrothers, to crush Lord Tywin and avenge all the people that he Tywin and King Joffrey had wronged.



* Jon finding the bodies of Donal Noye and Mag the Mighty in the tunnel beneath The Wall.

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* Jon finding the bodies of Donal Noye and Mag the Mighty in the tunnel beneath The the Wall.



--> Sansa, Shae, all my women … '''Tysha was the only one who ever loved me'''. [[ArcWords Where do whores go?]]

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--> Sansa, Shae, all my women … women... '''Tysha was the only one who ever loved me'''. [[ArcWords Where do whores go?]]



* The North remembers. Thousands of Northmen heading for war change direction and march through blizzards worse than most people could conceive of not for glory, not to destroy an enemy, but to save the daughter of a friend who died several years ago. Why? Because said friend was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter Ned freaking Stark]], that's why, and they loved him as much as we, the readers, did.

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* The "The North remembers. remembers." Thousands of Northmen heading for war change direction and march through blizzards worse than most people could conceive of not for glory, not to destroy an enemy, but to save the daughter of a friend who died several years ago. Why? Because said friend was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter Ned freaking Stark]], that's why, and they loved him as much as we, the readers, did.



* Tyrion's final chapter in ''A Storm of Swords'', when the two brothers, who had been among the closest of characters in the books, have their falling out when [[spoiler: Jaime tells him the truth about Tysha.]] It's hard to know who to feel more sorry for, but the line "Jaime turned without a word, and walked away," is heart-wrenching. For that matter, so is the entire story about Tysha.

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* Tyrion's final chapter in ''A Storm of Swords'', when the two brothers, who had been among the closest of characters in the books, have their falling out when [[spoiler: Jaime tells him the truth about Tysha.]] It's hard to know who to feel more sorry sorrier for, but the line "Jaime turned without a word, and walked away," is heart-wrenching. For that matter, so is the entire story about Tysha.



* Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey's relationship... even after [[spoiler: House Frey basically slaughters the Northmen's hosts and kills everyone save a handful of survivors, and even when they basically become glorified hostages]], the right thing should be for Edmure to hate her; still, they love each other after all that.
** Poor Roslin really has a rough time. It's implied that she would have been perfectly happy to be married off to Edmure, yet she still sobbed throughout the wedding feast. [[spoiler: She knew what was about to happen to her new husband's family and was forced to go along with it. Then the poor girl had to go have her wedding night while knowing about the massacre that was taking place downstairs.]] Ouch.

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* Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey's relationship... even after [[spoiler: House Frey basically slaughters the Northmen's hosts and kills everyone they kill everyone, save for a handful of survivors, and even when they who basically become glorified hostages]], the right thing should be for hostages]]. Despite all this, Edmure and Roslin to hate her; still, they love each other after all that.
one another still.
** Poor Roslin really has a rough time. It's implied that she would have been perfectly happy to be with being married off to Edmure, yet she still sobbed throughout the wedding feast. [[spoiler: She knew what was about to happen to her new husband's family and was forced to go along with it. Then the poor girl had to must go have through with her wedding night while knowing about the massacre that was taking place downstairs.]] Ouch.



** He held out against the... uh... family quirks he inherited under some truly stupendous stresses starting from that age of eight: yes, he turned into a SmugSnake of epic proportions. But, he wasn't in his father's [[AxCrazy league]] by a long chalk, with arguably far more stress than The Mad King ever got in his whole life (including Duskendale). And Viserys didn't even hit 30. He must have had ''something'' worthwhile to him, before it got horribly twisted with bitterness. Of course, had he ever managed to get any power, he might well have managed to beat his dad, but, well... Heck, Joffrey turned into a far worse version of RoyalBrat with a lot fewer in the way of excuses.

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** He held out against the... uh... family quirks he inherited under some truly stupendous stresses starting from that the age of eight: yes, eight. Yes, he turned into a SmugSnake of epic proportions. But, proportions, but he wasn't in his father's [[AxCrazy league]] by a long chalk, with arguably shot, and had perhaps far more stress than The Mad King ever got experienced in his whole life (including Duskendale). And Viserys didn't even hit 30. never managed to live until thirty. He must have had ''something'' worthwhile to him, before it got he was horribly twisted with bitterness. bitterness and resentment. Of course, had he ever managed to get any power, he might well have managed to beat his dad, dad but, well... Heck, Joffrey turned into a far worse version of RoyalBrat with a lot far fewer in the way of excuses.



* Sansa's disillusionment over the course of the books. She comes to honestly believe that everyone is untrustworthy, that nobody cares about her as a person, that they only want to use her as a pawn, and that she has to give up her morals just to survive -- a far cry from the cheerful, innocent WideEyedIdealist that she used to be.

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* [[BrokenBird Sansa's disillusionment disillusionment]] over the course of the books. She comes to honestly believe that everyone is untrustworthy, that nobody cares about her as a person, that they only want to use her as a pawn, and that she has to give up her morals just to survive -- a far cry from the cheerful, innocent WideEyedIdealist that she used to be.



* Jon Snow's situation in general. First, though he is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his actual mother was. Then, when he joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, the girl he loves [[spoiler: (who dies in his arms)]], and some of his Night's Watch brothers, doubt his loyalty because he dared to show compassion to the Wildlings. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his beloved father isn't able to witness how badly things were going for him.
--> Tyrion Lannister had claimed that most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it, but Jon was done with denials. He was who he was; Jon Snow, bastard and oathbreaker, motherless, friendless, and damned. For the rest of his life –- however long that might be -– he would be condemned to be an outsider, the silent man standing in the shadows who dares not speak his true name.
* Tyrion's witty comebacks, whoring and love of wine are hilarious on the first read -- until you learn that they're all coping methods for a lifetime of abuse, being shunned, called a monster, getting [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blamed for his mother's death]], never feeling loved or accepted, and erroneously thinking [[spoiler: the only girl to show him love was faking it for money]]. Over time the mask starts to fall off and his score of emotional issues take the stage. By the fifth book, he hits rock bottom -- ''hard'' -- in a very harsh, unglamorous depiction of depression, misanthropy, and self-hatred.

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* [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow's Snow]]'s situation in general. Nearly always the outsider in just about every situation and he must deal with ConflictingLoyalty between his loved ones and duty. First, though he Jon is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father beloved [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter father]] alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his [[MissingMom actual mother mother]] was. Then, when he joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, He is ordered to become a FakeDefector among the girl wildlings, making him an outsider again, where he loves [[spoiler: (who dies ends up falling in love with his arms)]], and some of {{First Love}} who [[StarCrossedLovers he can't be with]] because he must leave to fulfill his duty to the Night's Watch. However, when Jon returns to the Night's Watch, his time with the wildlings results in some of his Watch brothers, doubt brothers doubting his loyalty to the Watch because he dared Jon dares to show compassion to the Wildlings.wildlings -- and the girl he loves [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in his arms]]. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his beloved father isn't able to witness how badly things were going for him.
--> Tyrion Lannister had claimed that most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it, but Jon was done with denials. He was who he was; Jon Snow, bastard and oathbreaker, motherless, friendless, and damned. For the rest of his life –- -- however long that might be -– -- he would be condemned to be an outsider, the silent man standing in the shadows who dares not speak his true name.
* Tyrion's witty comebacks, whoring and love of wine are hilarious on the first read -- until you learn that they're all coping methods for a lifetime of abuse, being shunned, called a monster, getting [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blamed for his mother's death]], never feeling loved or accepted, and erroneously thinking [[spoiler: the only girl to show him love was faking it for money]]. Over time the time, his mask starts begins to fall off and his score of emotional issues take the stage. By the fifth book, he hits rock bottom -- ''hard'' -- in a very harsh, unglamorous depiction of depression, misanthropy, and self-hatred.



* Dorne's unification with the Seven Kingdoms. King Daeron II and Prince Maron Martell went to the Great Sept of Baelor and placed a golden wreath before the statue of King Baelor the Blessed stating... "Baelor, your work is done".

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* Dorne's unification with the Seven Kingdoms. King Daeron II and Prince Maron Martell went to the Great Sept of Baelor and placed a golden wreath before the statue of King Baelor the Blessed stating... Blessed, stating, "Baelor, your work is done".
22nd Sep '17 7:10:53 PM cherrychels
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* Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Queen Naerys are particularly tragic figures. The second and third children of Viserys II, respectively, they lived for many years under the shadow of their abusive, self-centered, and hedonistic older brother Aegon the Unworthy. Aegon raped Naerys constantly after they were married, despite not being in love with her and knowing that childbirth would be dangerous for her, and flaunted his ''numerous'' affairs in her face. Aemon did what he could to protect his sister, but it simply wasn't enough to counter the toll of Aegon's mistreatment. It's believed that Naerys and Aemon were in deeply in love but couldn't be together because they were trapped by their vows. They might have even had an affair resulting in Daeron II. Even if theirs was a platonic sibling relationship, it's clear they both meant a lot to each other. Aemon would eventually give his life-saving Aegon from traitors (who, honestly, had good reason to hate the king) and Naerys would die trying to give Aegon another child. Aegon repaid them by slandering them at every chance he got. Two kindhearted, innocent people led miserable lives because they had the misfortune of having such a malicious older brother.

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* Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Queen Naerys are particularly tragic figures. The second and third children of Viserys II, respectively, they lived for many years under the shadow of their abusive, self-centered, and hedonistic older brother Aegon the Unworthy. Aegon raped Naerys constantly after they were married, despite not being in love with her and knowing that childbirth would be dangerous for her, and flaunted his ''numerous'' affairs in her face. Aemon did what he could to protect his sister, but it simply wasn't enough to counter the toll of Aegon's mistreatment. It's believed that Naerys and Aemon were in deeply in love but couldn't be together because they were trapped by their vows. They might have even had an affair resulting in Daeron II. Even if theirs was a platonic sibling relationship, it's clear they both meant a lot to each other. Aemon would eventually give his life-saving life, saving Aegon from traitors (who, honestly, had good reason to hate the king) and Naerys would die trying to give Aegon another child. Aegon repaid them by slandering them at every chance he got. Two kindhearted, innocent people led miserable lives because they had the misfortune of having such a malicious older brother.
22nd Sep '17 7:06:55 PM cherrychels
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--> "This is craven," [[spoiler: Ser Rodrick said.]] "To use a child so... this is despicable."
--> "Oh, I know," said Theon. "It's a dish I tasted myself, or have you forgotten? I was ten when I was taken from my father's house, to make certain he would raise no more rebellions."
--> "It is not the same!"
--> Theon’s face was impassive. "The noose I wore was not made of hempen rope, that's true enough, but I felt it all the same. And it chafed, [[spoiler: Ser Rodrick.]] It chafed me raw." He had never quite realized that until now, but as the words came spilling out he saw the truth of them.

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--> "This is craven," [[spoiler: Ser Rodrick said.]] "To use a child so... this is despicable."
-->
"\\
"Oh, I know," said Theon. "It's a dish I tasted myself, or have you forgotten? I was ten when I was taken from my father's house, to make certain he would raise no more rebellions."
-->
"\\
"It is not the same!"
-->
same!"\\
Theon’s face was impassive. "The noose I wore was not made of hempen rope, that's true enough, but I felt it all the same. And it chafed, [[spoiler: Ser Rodrick.]] It chafed me raw." He had never quite realized that until now, but as the words came spilling out he saw the truth of them.



** The [[spoiler:death]] of Aegon "Jinglebell" Frey is also pretty sad. He's a grandson of Walder Frey who seems to be disabled and is made the Fool of the Crossing and mocked by his relatives. [[spoiler:When the Red Wedding happens, Aegon doesn't even seem to know what's going on and is held hostage by Catelyn in an attempt to bargain for her son's life. Walder Frey's reaction is basically that Aegon Frey isn't useful and thus expendable, meaning when Robb is murdered, Aegon is likewise murdered, even though he is not at all responsibile for the Red Wedding. It shows that despite Walder Frey's talk of caring for his family, he doesn't really care for them as people and just sees them as pawns to further the power of House Frey.]]
* When StarCrossedLovers Jon and his [[{{FirstLove}} Ygritte]] go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading this passage, and know what's in store for them.

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** The [[spoiler:death]] of Aegon "Jinglebell" Frey is also pretty sad. He's a grandson of Walder Frey who seems to be disabled and is made the Fool of the Crossing and mocked by his relatives. [[spoiler:When the Red Wedding happens, Aegon doesn't even seem to know what's going on and is held hostage by Catelyn in an attempt to bargain for her son's life. Walder Frey's reaction is basically that Aegon Frey isn't useful and thus expendable, meaning when Robb is murdered, Aegon is likewise murdered, even though he is not at all responsibile responsible for the Red Wedding. It shows that despite Walder Frey's talk of caring for his family, he doesn't really care for them as people and just sees them as pawns to further the power of House Frey.]]
* When StarCrossedLovers Jon and his [[{{FirstLove}} Ygritte]] {{First Love}} Ygritte go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading this passage, and know what's in store for them.



--> "You know nothing, Jon Snow," [[spoiler:she said, dying.]]

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--> ---> "You know nothing, Jon Snow," [[spoiler:she said, dying.]]



*** What makes this better? [[spoiler: Tyrion still thinks of her from the other side of the world, as she is arguably one of the few people in the whole planet that he still cares about]]. To him, [[spoiler: she is still his wife, for better or for worse]]. What makes this worse? [[spoiler: As they are married and '''he is still royalty''', he can spoil Littlefinger's plans to arrange a marriage between Sansa and Harrold Hardyng (the heir to the Eyre)]].

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*** What makes this better? [[spoiler: Tyrion still thinks of her from the other side of the world, as she is arguably one of the few people in on the whole planet that he still cares about]]. To him, [[spoiler: she is still his wife, for better or for worse]]. What makes this worse? [[spoiler: As they are married and '''he is still royalty''', he can spoil Littlefinger's plans to arrange a marriage between Sansa and Harrold Hardyng (the heir to the Eyre)]].



--->'''Sansa''': It is not me she wants her son to marry, it is my claim. No one will ever marry me for love.

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--->'''Sansa''': -->'''Sansa''': It is not me she wants her son to marry, it is my claim. No one will ever marry me for love.



--->'''Rhaegar''': I left my wife and children in your hands.
--->'''Jaime''': [[MyGreatestFailure I never thought he'd [Tywin] hurt them]].

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--->'''Rhaegar''': I left my wife and children in your hands.
--->'''Jaime''':
hands.\\
'''Jaime''':
[[MyGreatestFailure I never thought he'd [Tywin] hurt them]].



--->''That boy had wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but someplace along the way he had become the Smiling Knight instead.''
--->''Aerys, it always comes down to Aerys.''

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--->''That boy had wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but someplace along the way he had become the Smiling Knight instead.''
--->''Aerys,
''\\
''Aerys,
it always comes down to Aerys.''



--->'''Jaime''': [[OnlySaneMan We are sworn to protect her as well.]]
--->'''Jonothor''': We are, [[MyMasterRightOrWrong but not from him.]]

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--->'''Jaime''': [[OnlySaneMan We are sworn to protect her as well.]]
--->'''Jonothor''':
]]\\
'''Jonothor''':
We are, [[MyMasterRightOrWrong but not from him.]]



--> "Until [[spoiler: the Mountain crushed my brother's skull,]] no Dornishmen had died in this War of the Five Kings," the prince murmured softly, as Hotah pulled a blanket over him. "Tell me, Captain, is that my shame or my glory?"
-->"That is not for me to say, my prince." Serve. Protect. Obey. Simple vows for simple men. That was all he knew.

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--> "Until [[spoiler: the Mountain crushed my brother's skull,]] no Dornishmen had died in this War of the Five Kings," the prince murmured softly, as Hotah pulled a blanket over him. "Tell me, Captain, is that my shame or my glory?"
-->"That
glory?"\\
"That
is not for me to say, my prince." Serve. Protect. Obey. Simple vows for simple men. That was all he knew.



--> There are ghosts in Winterfell, he thought, and I am one of them.
--> And Robb. Robb who had been more a brother to Theon than any son born of Balon Greyjoy’s loins. Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him.

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--> There are ghosts in Winterfell, he thought, and I am one of them.
-->
them.\\
And Robb. Robb who had been more a brother to Theon than any son born of Balon Greyjoy’s loins. Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him.



-->'''Lord Peasebury''': More dying everyday, and for what? Some girl?
-->'''Morgan Liddle''': ''Ned's'' girl.

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-->'''Lord --->'''Lord Peasebury''': More dying everyday, and for what? Some girl?
-->'''Morgan
girl?\\
'''Morgan
Liddle''': ''Ned's'' girl.



-->''I am beautiful, the most beautiful woman in all Westeros, Jaime says so, Jaime would never lie to me...''

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-->''I --->''I am beautiful, the most beautiful woman in all Westeros, Jaime says so, Jaime would never lie to me...''



-->'''Viserys' ghost''': You never mourned me, sister. It is hard to die unmourned.
-->'''Daenerys''': I loved you once.
-->'''Viserys' ghost''': Once. You were supposed to be my wife, to bear me children with silver hair and purple eyes, to keep the blood of the dragon pure. I took care of you. I taught you who you were. I fed you. I sold our mother's crown to keep you fed.
-->'''Daenerys''': You hurt me. You frightened me.
-->'''Viserys' ghost''': Only when you woke the dragon. I loved you.

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-->'''Viserys' ghost''': You never mourned me, sister. It is hard to die unmourned.
-->'''Daenerys''':
unmourned.\\
'''Daenerys''':
I loved you once.
-->'''Viserys'
once.\\
'''Viserys'
ghost''': Once. You were supposed to be my wife, to bear me children with silver hair and purple eyes, to keep the blood of the dragon pure. I took care of you. I taught you who you were. I fed you. I sold our mother's crown to keep you fed.
-->'''Daenerys''':
fed.\\
'''Daenerys''':
You hurt me. You frightened me.
-->'''Viserys'
me.\\
'''Viserys'
ghost''': Only when you woke the dragon. I loved you.



-->Jon flexed the fingers of his sword hand. The Night’s Watch takes no part. He closed his fist and opened it again. What you propose is nothing less than treason. He thought of Robb, with snowflakes melting in his hair. ''[[SurvivalMantra Kill the boy and let the man be born]]''. He thought of Bran, clambering up a tower wall, agile as a monkey. Of Rickon’s breathless laughter. Of Sansa, brushing out Lady’s coat and singing to herself. ''You know nothing, Jon Snow''. He thought of Arya, her hair as tangled as a bird’s nest. I made him a warm cloak from the skins of the six whores who came with him to Winterfell…I want my bride back…I want my bride back…I want my bride back…
-->“''I think we had best change the plan''”, [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon Snow]] said.

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-->Jon flexed the fingers of his sword hand. The Night’s Watch takes no part. He closed his fist and opened it again. What you propose is nothing less than treason. He thought of Robb, with snowflakes melting in his hair. ''[[SurvivalMantra Kill the boy and let the man be born]]''. He thought of Bran, clambering up a tower wall, agile as a monkey. Of Rickon’s breathless laughter. Of Sansa, brushing out Lady’s coat and singing to herself. ''You know nothing, Jon Snow''. He thought of Arya, her hair as tangled as a bird’s nest. I made him a warm cloak from the skins of the six whores who came with him to Winterfell…I Winterfell...I want my bride back…I back...I want my bride back…I back...I want my bride back…
-->“''I
back...\\
"''I
think we had best change the plan''”, plan''", [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon Snow]] said.



* The death of [[spoiler: Renly Baratheon]] made an impact. Not at first-- it is handled very quickly and matter of factly-- but then you realize that his knights and other followers loved him so very much.

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* The death of [[spoiler: Renly Baratheon]] made an impact. Not at first-- first -- it is handled very quickly and matter of factly-- but then you realize that his knights and other followers loved him so very much.



-->Sansa: That was when [[spoiler: Lord Renly]] died, wasn't it? How terrible for your poor sister.
-->[[spoiler: Loras: For Margaery?]] [''His voice was tight''] To be sure.

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-->Sansa: That was when [[spoiler: Lord Renly]] died, wasn't it? How terrible for your poor sister.
-->[[spoiler:
sister.\\
[[spoiler:
Loras: For Margaery?]] [''His voice was tight''] To be sure.
22nd Sep '17 6:56:54 PM cherrychels
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* At the start of the book, after Bran has "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident fallen]]" from the tower and is left crippled, Catelyn treats Jon exceedingly poorly even as he tries to say goodbye to his brother for what may well be the last time in his life. Just as he turns to leave, she calls him back, (for the first time calling him by name) and...

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* At the start of the book, after Bran has "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident fallen]]" from the tower and is left crippled, crippled. An anguished Catelyn treats her husband's 14-year old [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] Jon exceedingly poorly poorly, even as though he tries is grieving and is trying to say goodbye to his brother Bran for what may well be the last time in his life. Just as he turns to leave, she calls him back, (for addressing him by his name for the first time calling him by name) and...



** The King's pain is very much clear, to Ned and to the readers, and the reason for this becomes clearer when we see Joffrey's glorious reign.

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** The King's pain is very much clear, clear -- to Ned and to the readers, readers -- and the reason for this becomes clearer when we see Joffrey's glorious reign.



** Sadder still, since she's the only character to mourn for him. While everyone else focuses on how Ned had to [[spoiler: kill his daughter's pet wolf]], no one, except Ned (and even then, it's very brief), pays a thought to an innocent boy who was killed, showing how low common people rank in Westerosi society.

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** Sadder still, since she's Arya is the only character who seems to mourn for him. While everyone else focuses on how Ned had to [[spoiler: kill his daughter's pet wolf]], no one, except Ned (and even then, it's very brief), pays a thought to an innocent boy who was killed, showing how low common people rank in Westerosi society.



* The death of King Robert is no less a tearjerker. Thought to be the harbinger of a new age after the Targaryen kings were vanquished, Robert was indeed a very charismatic figure, but a terrible king nonetheless. An example of CripplingOverspecialization, Robert was a good friend and a remarkable leader during the revolutionary war; the matters of the crown however, went well above his head and he left them aside, unwittingly setting up his own downfall and the eventual set up of the War of the Five Kings in his absence. A very good man and friend for the entirely wrong task.
** Not only that, but the very descriptions of what he used to be before he became king show how his power was slowly swept away by the weasels that picked up on his slack; effectively a mighty wall-of-a-man reduced to an amorphous blob of fat.

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* The death of King Robert is no less a tearjerker. Thought to be the harbinger of a new age after the Targaryen kings were vanquished, Robert was indeed a very charismatic figure, but a terrible king nonetheless. An example of CripplingOverspecialization, Robert was a good friend and a remarkable leader during the revolutionary war; the matters of the crown crown, however, went well above his head and he left them aside, unwittingly setting up his own downfall and the eventual set up setup of the War of the Five Kings in his absence. A very good man and friend for the entirely wrong task.
** Not only that, but the very descriptions description of what he used to be before he became king show how his power was slowly swept away by the weasels that picked up on his slack; effectively a mighty wall-of-a-man reduced to an amorphous blob of fat.



-->"My lords," he said to the sons, in a voice gone hoarse and shrunken, "we ... we shall need to find a stonecarver who knew his likeness well ..."

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-->"My lords," he said to the sons, in a voice gone hoarse and shrunken, "we ... we "we ... we shall need to find a stonecarver stone carver who knew his likeness well ...well ..."



* Jon's reaction to learning about his [[spoiler:father's execution]]. Distraught over [[spoiler:his father's death,]] Jon desperately attempts to get to the battlefield where he [[spoiler: can do something, anything, to avenge his father]]. He knows it's dangerous, knows that desertion from the Watch means death, is not even sure that his brother Robb -- though they are deeply close as brothers -- will be able to let him join the war since Jon, having joined the Watch, is bound to its laws, but...

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* Jon's reaction to learning about his [[spoiler:father's execution]]. Distraught over [[spoiler:his father's death,]] Jon desperately attempts to get to the battlefield where he [[spoiler: can do something, anything, to avenge his father]]. He knows it's dangerous, knows that desertion from the Watch means death, is not even sure that his brother Robb -- though they are deeply very close as brothers -- will be able to let him join the war since Jon, having joined the Watch, is bound to its laws, but...



* When Daenerys smothers [[spoiler: Khal Drogo]].

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* When Daenerys smothers must smother [[spoiler: Khal Drogo]].Drogo]] because his mind and consciousness are dead.



* The prologue with Maester Cressen. As a long-time maester of House Baratheon, Cressen helped to raise Robert, Stannis, and Renly after their parents died. When [[spoiler: he sees that Melisandre is giving Stannis the notion of murdering Renly, he tries to kill her to stop her from pursuing that goal. He dies trying to stop Melisandre, and Stannis later goes through with assassinating Renly. Cressen tried to stop the assassination because he loved all three of the Baratheons like sons, and was heartbroken at the prospect of them killing each other. The fact that he ultimately fails makes this prologue even more tragic in hindsight.]]

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* The prologue with Maester Cressen. As a long-time maester of House Baratheon, Cressen helped to raise Robert, Stannis, and Renly after their parents died. When [[spoiler: he sees that Melisandre is giving Stannis the notion of murdering Renly, he tries to kill her to stop her from pursuing that goal. He dies trying to stop Melisandre, and Stannis later goes through with assassinating Renly. Cressen tried tries to stop the assassination because he loved all three of the Baratheons like sons, and was heartbroken at the prospect of them killing each other. The fact that he ultimately fails makes this prologue even more tragic in hindsight.]]



* Tyrion doing an excellent job of Hand of the King: making allies out of two powerful enemy Houses, saving the capital from Stannis and showing uncommon valor in combat, dreaming that his family will finally recognise his talents -- only to find that his father has always viewed Tyrion as a deformed, lecherous, ungrateful, scheming monster responsible for the death of his own mother in childbirth, and Tyrion's recent accomplishments have [[DudeWheresMyRespect done precisely nothing to change Tywin's mind.]]

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* Tyrion doing an excellent job of as Hand of the King: making King. He makes allies out of two powerful enemy Houses, saving saves the capital from Stannis Stannis, and showing shows uncommon valor in combat, dreaming that his family will finally recognise his talents -- only to find that his father has always viewed Tyrion as a deformed, lecherous, ungrateful, scheming monster [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild responsible for the death of his own mother in childbirth, childbirth]], and Tyrion's recent accomplishments have [[DudeWheresMyRespect done precisely nothing to change Tywin's mind.]]



* [[spoiler:The Red Wedding. Outside the castle, Robb Stark's loyal men, victors & survivors of so many battles die horrific deaths, gutted by their erstwhile drinking mates, burned alive, or hunted down like mad dogs by Frey heavy cavalry. Inside the castle, their lords & commanders desperately try to put up a resistance against almost inevitable death with cutlery, crockery or (in the case of the Greatjon) their own teeth. George RR Martin just ''loves'' to kill off the nice characters, doesn't he?]]

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* [[spoiler:The Red Wedding. Outside the castle, Robb Stark's loyal men, victors & survivors of so many battles die horrific deaths, gutted by their erstwhile former drinking mates, burned alive, or hunted down like mad dogs by Frey heavy cavalry. Inside the castle, their lords & commanders desperately try to put up a resistance against almost inevitable death with cutlery, crockery or (in the case of the Greatjon) their own teeth. George RR Martin just ''loves'' to kill off the nice characters, doesn't he?]]



** The [[spoiler:death]] of Aegon "Jinglebell" Frey is also pretty sad. He's a grandson of Walder Frey who seems to be disabled and is thus made the Fool of the Crossing and mocked by his relatives. [[spoiler:When the Red Wedding happens Aegon doesn't even seem to know what's going on and is held hostage by Catelyn in an attempt to bargain for her son's life, Walder Frey's reaction is basically that Aegon Frey isn't useful and thus expendable, meaning when Robb is murdered Aegon follows even though he didn't hold any responsibility for the Red Wedding. It shows that despite Walder Frey's talk of caring for his family he doesn't really care for them as people and just sees them as ways to further the power of House Frey.]]
* When Jon and Ygritte go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading, and know what's in store for them.
** Speaking of which, [[spoiler:Ygritte's death in Jon's arms. His only consolation was that he wasn't the one who shot the arrow that killed her.]]

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** The [[spoiler:death]] of Aegon "Jinglebell" Frey is also pretty sad. He's a grandson of Walder Frey who seems to be disabled and is thus made the Fool of the Crossing and mocked by his relatives. [[spoiler:When the Red Wedding happens happens, Aegon doesn't even seem to know what's going on and is held hostage by Catelyn in an attempt to bargain for her son's life, life. Walder Frey's reaction is basically that Aegon Frey isn't useful and thus expendable, meaning when Robb is murdered murdered, Aegon follows is likewise murdered, even though he didn't hold any responsibility is not at all responsibile for the Red Wedding. It shows that despite Walder Frey's talk of caring for his family family, he doesn't really care for them as people and just sees them as ways pawns to further the power of House Frey.]]
* When StarCrossedLovers Jon and Ygritte his [[{{FirstLove}} Ygritte]] go down into the cave to make love. ''"Let's never go back up."'' Especially when you're rereading, rereading this passage, and know what's in store for them.
** Speaking of which, [[spoiler:Ygritte's [[DiedInYourArmsTonight death in Jon's arms. arms]]. His only consolation was is that he wasn't the one who shot the arrow that killed her.her and even knowing this, it's not much comfort.]]



** The groom is someone whose biggest fear -- the fear that's driven him his whole life -- is that nobody will ever love him for anything but his money and family power (which, among other things, is the only reason his first wife agreed to marry him [[spoiler: or so he thinks]]). Now, he's marrying this beautiful, brave girl that he thinks the world of, and despite having done everything he can to help her in the past, she is clearly repulsed by him and will never, ever love him -- but who is being forced by his money and family power to pretend that she does. It would be impossible to tailor a marriage better designed to be his worst nightmare.
*** What makes this better? [[spoiler: Tyrion still thinks of her from the other side of the world, as she is arguably one of the few people in the whole planet that he still cares about]]. To him [[spoiler: she is still his wife, for better or for worse]]. What makes this worse? [[spoiler: As they are married and '''he is still royalty''', he can spoil Littlefinger's plans to arrange a marriage between Sansa and Harrold Hardyng (the heir to the Eyre)]].

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** The groom is someone whose biggest fear -- the fear that's driven him his whole life -- is that nobody will ever love him for anything but his family's money and family power (which, among other things, is the only reason his first wife agreed to marry him [[spoiler: or so he thinks]]). Now, he's marrying this beautiful, brave girl that who he thinks the world of, and despite having done everything he can to help her in the past, she is clearly repulsed by him and will never, ever love him -- but who she is being forced by his family's money and family power to pretend that she does. It would be impossible to tailor a marriage better designed to be his worst nightmare.
*** What makes this better? [[spoiler: Tyrion still thinks of her from the other side of the world, as she is arguably one of the few people in the whole planet that he still cares about]]. To him him, [[spoiler: she is still his wife, for better or for worse]]. What makes this worse? [[spoiler: As they are married and '''he is still royalty''', he can spoil Littlefinger's plans to arrange a marriage between Sansa and Harrold Hardyng (the heir to the Eyre)]].



* When Sansa learns from her aunt Lysa that she is planning to marry her off to her sickly son, she has lost every hope of finding someone good for her. It's rather sad since, like every girl of her age, she used to dream for a PrincelyYoungMan to fall in love with and marry, and she has being cruelly denied -- once and for all this time -- by people who want to exploit her highborn heritage.

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* When Sansa learns from her aunt Lysa that she is planning to marry her off to her sickly son, she Sansa has lost every hope of finding someone good for her. It's rather sad since, like every girl of her age, she used to dream for a PrincelyYoungMan to fall in love with and marry, and she has being cruelly denied -- once and for all this time -- by people who want to exploit her highborn heritage.



* Sansa and her snow castle in the last chapter. It really drives home that Sansa is just a thirteen year old girl, who has only ever tried to be what is expected of her and been all but tortured for it. [[spoiler: Add to that the fact that she thinks that everyone from her fond childhood memories is dead (and is right in most cases) and you have an extremely touching scene.]]
** Directly after this scene, although possibly funny in a dark way (Littlefinger thought so, anyways), it's also a bit sad to see Sansa stick the head of Sweetrobin's doll on a stick (like a head on a pike) down in front of her snow castle. Considering she undoubtedly had her father and brother Robb's endings in mind. A pretty dark action to do, considering she's only thirteen years old, and it goes to show that she's seen some pretty messed up crap in her life.

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* Sansa and her snow castle in the last chapter. It really drives home that Sansa is just a thirteen year old girl, thirteen-year-old girl who has only ever tried to be what is expected of her and has been all but tortured for it. [[spoiler: Add to that the fact that she thinks that nearly everyone from her fond childhood memories is dead (and dead, missing, or is right in most cases) someplace she can't access, and you have an extremely touching scene.]]
** Directly after this scene, although possibly funny in a dark way (Littlefinger thought so, anyways), anyway), it's also a bit sad to see Sansa stick the head of Sweetrobin's doll on a stick (like a head on a pike) down in front of her snow castle. Considering she undoubtedly had her father and brother Robb's endings in mind. A pretty dark action to do, considering she's only thirteen years old, and it goes to show that she's seen some pretty messed up crap in her life.



-->"Lord Lothar Mallery and Ser Gladden Wylde," said Harwin.
-->"My brothers Lister and Lennocks," declared Jack-Be-Lucky.
-->"Goodman Beck and Mudge the miller’s son, from Donnelwood," an old woman called from the shadows.
-->"Merriman’s widow, who loved so sweet," added Greenbeard.
-->"Them septons at Sludgy Pond."
-->"Ser Andrey Charlton. His squire Lucas Roote. Every man, woman, and child in Fieldstone and Mousedown Mill."
-->"Lord and Lady Deddings, that was so rich."
-->Tom Sevenstrings took up the count. "Alyn of Winterfell, Joth Quickbow, Little Matt and his sister Randa, Anvil Ryn. Ser Ormond. Ser Dudley. Pate of Mory, Pate of Lancewood, Old Pate, and Pate of Shermer’s Grove. Blind Wyl the Whittler. Goodwife Maerie. Maerie the Whore. Becca the Baker. Ser Raymun Darry, Lord Darry, young Lord Darry. The Bastard of Bracken. Fletcher Will. Harsley. Goodwife Nolla-"
-->"Enough." The Hound’s face was tight with anger. "You’re making noise. These names mean nothing. Who were they?"
-->"People," said Lord Beric. "People great and small, young and old. Good people and bad people, who died on the points of Lannister spears or saw their bellies opened by Lannister swords."

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-->"Lord Lothar Mallery and Ser Gladden Wylde," said Harwin.
-->"My
Harwin.\\
"My
brothers Lister and Lennocks," declared Jack-Be-Lucky.
-->"Goodman
Jack-Be-Lucky. \\
"Goodman
Beck and Mudge the miller’s son, from Donnelwood," an old woman called from the shadows.
-->"Merriman’s
shadows.\\
"Merriman’s
widow, who loved so sweet," added Greenbeard.
-->"Them
Greenbeard.\\
"Them
septons at Sludgy Pond."
-->"Ser
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"Ser
Andrey Charlton. His squire Lucas Roote. Every man, woman, and child in Fieldstone and Mousedown Mill."
-->"Lord
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"Lord
and Lady Deddings, that was so rich."
-->Tom
"\\
Tom
Sevenstrings took up the count. "Alyn of Winterfell, Joth Quickbow, Little Matt and his sister Randa, Anvil Ryn. Ser Ormond. Ser Dudley. Pate of Mory, Pate of Lancewood, Old Pate, and Pate of Shermer’s Grove. Blind Wyl the Whittler. Goodwife Maerie. Maerie the Whore. Becca the Baker. Ser Raymun Darry, Lord Darry, young Lord Darry. The Bastard of Bracken. Fletcher Will. Harsley. Goodwife Nolla-"
-->"Enough.
Nolla-"\\
"Enough.
" The Hound’s face was tight with anger. "You’re making noise. These names mean nothing. Who were they?"
-->"People,"
they?"\\
"People,"
said Lord Beric. "People great and small, young and old. Good people and bad people, who died on the points of Lannister spears or saw their bellies opened by Lannister swords."



* Amidst all the tragedy & heartbreak of a world gone mad, in a quietly sad moment Jon has a vision of Catelyn,

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* Amidst all the tragedy & and heartbreak of a world gone mad, in a quietly sad moment moment, Jon has a vision of Catelyn,Catelyn:



* Jaime's (implied true) dream of his [[spoiler: mother]], where she asks him if he will forget his father like he has forgotten her. Then she tells him that Tywin ''[[FreudianExcuse hated]]'' [[FreudianExcuse to be laughed at]], wished for his son to be "a great knight", his daughter to be a queen, and for them to be "so strong and brave and beautiful that no one would ever laugh at them." Jaime responds:
-->''"I am a knight," he told her, "and Cersei is a queen."
-->A tear rolled down her cheek. The woman raised her hood again and turned her back on him. Jaime called after her, but already she was moving away, her skirt whispering lullabies as it brushed across the floor. Don't leave me, he wanted to call, but of course she'd left them long ago.

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* Jaime's (implied true) dream of his [[spoiler: mother]], where she asks him if he will forget his father like as he has forgotten her. Then she tells him that Tywin ''[[FreudianExcuse hated]]'' [[FreudianExcuse to be laughed at]], wished for his son to be "a great knight", his daughter to be a queen, and for them to be "so strong and brave and beautiful that no one would ever laugh at them." Jaime responds:
-->''"I am a knight," he told her, "and Cersei is a queen."
-->A
"\\
A
tear rolled down her cheek. The woman raised her hood again and turned her back on him. Jaime called after her, but already she was moving away, her skirt whispering lullabies as it brushed across the floor. Don't leave me, he wanted to call, but of course she'd left them long ago.



* Cersei's POV chapters don't do much to show her in a sympathetic light, with one exception: during [[spoiler: Tommen's wedding to Margaery, when he drinks his wine too quickly and starts choking on it. Cersei, who's already had one son choke to death on his wedding day right in front of her, becomes so overwhelmed with terror and panic that she ends up knocking a server down in her haste to reach him. Of course, it's a false alarm, but even so, she can't keep herself from bursting into tears, and has to rush out of the room to prevent people from seeing her like this. It really hammers home the fact that, bitch though she may be, she's still a mother who's already lost one child, and now lives in constant fear (not entirely without reason) that the other two may be next.]] In that one moment, it's pretty hard not to feel sorry for her.

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* Cersei's POV chapters don't do much to show her in a sympathetic light, with one exception: during [[spoiler: Tommen's wedding to Margaery, when he drinks his wine too quickly and starts choking on it. Cersei, who's already had one son choke to death on his wedding day right in front of her, becomes so overwhelmed with terror and panic that she ends up knocking a server down in her haste to reach him. Of course, it's a false alarm, but even so, she can't keep herself from bursting into tears, tears and has to rush out of the room to prevent people from seeing her like this. It really hammers home the fact that, bitch though she may be, she's still a mother who's already lost one child, and now lives in constant fear (not entirely without reason) that the other two may be next.]] In that one moment, it's pretty hard not to feel sorry for her.



** Arianne's horrible guilt about her role in it. Despite being a scheming seductress, she's also a decent person who didn't want any innocent people get hurt. Now because her recklessness, [[spoiler: Arys, a man so in love that he broke his vows for her, lost his head and Myrcella, a child under her protection, got slashed in the face and disfigured]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And she's gonna have to live with that for the rest of her life]].

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** Arianne's horrible guilt about her role in it. Despite being a scheming seductress, she's also a decent person who didn't want any innocent people get hurt. Now Now, because of her recklessness, [[spoiler: Arys, a man so in love that he broke his vows for her, lost his head and Myrcella, a child under her protection, got slashed in the face and disfigured]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And she's gonna have to live with that for the rest of her life]].



** [[spoiler: The reveal that Gilly was depressed because Jon [[AdultFear forced her to leave her baby behind]] and take Mance's son with her instead as part of Jon's plan to protect both babies (revealed in ADWD). In ADWD, before she left, Jon promised Gilly that her son will be provided for, educated, and raised under his protection and, though Gilly loves Mance's son as her own, she can't help being absolutely miserable over the separation from her own son.]]

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** [[spoiler: The reveal that Gilly was depressed because Jon [[AdultFear [[SwitchedAtBirth forced her to leave her baby behind]] and take Mance's son with her instead as part of Jon's plan to protect both babies (revealed in ADWD). In ADWD, before she left, leaves, Jon promised promises Gilly that her son will be safe, provided for, educated, and raised under his protection and, though (Jon's) protection. Though Gilly loves Mance's son as her own, she can't help being absolutely miserable over the separation from her own son.]]



** Making it worse is the fact that Jaime did try to speak up in her defense, only to basically be shushed by Jonothor Darry. Yet '' he's'' probably still remembered in Westeros as a heroic knight of the Kingsguard while Jaime is scorned as The Kingslayer:

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** Making it worse is the fact that Jaime did try to speak up in her defense, only to basically be shushed by Jonothor Darry. Yet Darry -- yet '' he's'' probably still remembered in Westeros as a heroic knight of the Kingsguard while Jaime is scorned as The Kingslayer:



* When Jon Snow learns that [[spoiler: [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister]] has seemingly been [[AFateWorseThanDeath forcibly married]] to Ramsay Bolton, the most sadistic and despicable monster in the setting]] it's impossible not to feel for the guy.
* Doran Martell grieving and misgiving, seeking comfort in gruff Aero Hotah, at loss for words.

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* When Jon Snow learns that [[spoiler: [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister]] has seemingly been [[AFateWorseThanDeath forcibly married]] to Ramsay Bolton, the most sadistic and despicable monster in the setting]] setting]], it's impossible not to feel for the guy.
* Doran Martell grieving and misgiving, seeking comfort in gruff Aero Hotah, at a loss for words.



* Young Griff is treated as none other than [[spoiler: Aegon VI Targaryen, the last son of Prince Rhaegar and Elia Martell]]; all is going according to plan until Jon Connington and Tyrion Lannister notice [[spoiler: streaks of the Targaryen madness]] in him. This coupled by the fact that he is referred to by Quaithe as [[spoiler: "The Mummer's Dragon"]] implies that he might be, at the worst possible result, [[spoiler: a Blackfyre pretender]], which does not bode well for ''anyone''.
** Although he could be exactly as promised,[[spoiler: a proper prince with the finest claim and nothing but pure blood and the finest teaching a prince could have. "The Mummer's Dragon" may simply refer to Varys' past as a mummer... And yet, for all the effort that was put in to raising him, there is still the old saying about the Targaryens: Every time one is born, the gods flip a coin to decide if he will be great or mad.]] Even more heartbreaking if it's all absolutely true, and yet could be ruined by the same thing that destroyed [[spoiler:Aerys II]].

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* Young Griff is treated as none other than [[spoiler: Aegon VI Targaryen, the last son of Prince Rhaegar and Elia Martell]]; all is going according to plan until Jon Connington and Tyrion Lannister notice [[spoiler: streaks of the Targaryen madness]] in him. This coupled by with the fact that he is referred to by Quaithe as [[spoiler: "The Mummer's Dragon"]] implies that he might be, at the worst possible result, [[spoiler: a Blackfyre pretender]], which does not bode well for ''anyone''.
** Although he could be exactly as promised,[[spoiler: a promised: [[spoiler:a proper prince with the finest claim and claim, nothing but pure blood blood, and the finest teaching a prince could have. "The Mummer's Dragon" may simply refer to Varys' past as a mummer... And yet, for all the effort that was put in to into raising him, there is still the old saying about the Targaryens: Every every time one is born, the gods flip a coin to decide if he will be great or mad.]] mad]]. Even more heartbreaking if it's all absolutely true, and yet could be ruined by the same thing that destroyed [[spoiler:Aerys II]].



* The North remembers. Thousands of northmen heading for war change direction and march through blizzards worse than most people could conceive of not for glory, not to destroy an enemy, but to save the daughter of a friend who died several years ago. Why? Because said friend was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter Ned freaking Stark]], that's why, and they loved him as much as we, the readers, did.

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* The North remembers. Thousands of northmen Northmen heading for war change direction and march through blizzards worse than most people could conceive of not for glory, not to destroy an enemy, but to save the daughter of a friend who died several years ago. Why? Because said friend was [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter Ned freaking Stark]], that's why, and they loved him as much as we, the readers, did.



* Davos [[spoiler: right before he thinks he's about to be executed. One of the most honorable yet humble characters in the book this side of Ned Stark, he has striven to do right for the good of Stannis and the realm, something which has earned him nothing but the death of four of his sons and the continued scorn of other nobles who disparage his humble origins. In his final moments he uses his new literacy skills to write letters to his two youngest sons and wife, telling them to go across the Narrow Sea, while writing Devan (who is back at the Wall with Stannis as his squire) to tell him how proud he is of him. This last thought pretty much sums him up]]

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* Davos [[spoiler: right before he thinks he's about to be executed. One of the most honorable yet humble characters in the book this side of Ned Stark, he has striven to do right for the good of Stannis and the realm, something which has earned him nothing but the death of four of his sons and the continued scorn of other nobles who disparage his humble origins. In his final moments moments, he uses his new literacy skills to write letters to his two youngest sons and wife, telling them to go across the Narrow Sea, while writing Devan (who is back at the Wall with Stannis as his squire) to tell him how proud he is of him. This last thought pretty much sums him up]]



* The Damphair preview chapter read out at Balticon is a nightmarish blend of twisted drug-induced prophetic dreams and even more twisted reality. But among all the moments of horror & despair, the interactions of Aeron & Falia Flowers (last seen as Euron's concubine) are real tearjerkers. Aeron, whom we have always seen as yet another religious fanatic, obsessed with spreading the Drowned God's dominion over the mainlands. But in this chapter he reveals another side of his character, when he desperately tries to convince Falia to flee before Euron hurts her. But Falia refuses, believing Euron's promises of making her his salt wife. She even appears positively thrilled about Dany becoming his rock wife -- believing the two of them would be like sisters. Of course, Euron being Euron, he has Falia's tongue removed and has her tied to the prow of his flagship along with Aeron on the eve of his battle against the Redwynes. Even then, Aeron (even though he's in no great shape himself) comforts Falia and tells her to be brave, promising her of a place of honor in the Drowned God's Halls. Basically for the first time in his life, Aeron is not using religion to harangue or to incite violence, but to comfort a fellow human being in pain.

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* The Damphair preview chapter read out at Balticon is a nightmarish blend of twisted drug-induced prophetic dreams and even more twisted reality. But among all the moments of horror & despair, the interactions of Aeron & Falia Flowers (last seen as Euron's concubine) are real tearjerkers. Aeron, whom we have always seen as yet another religious fanatic, obsessed with spreading the Drowned God's dominion over the mainlands. mainland. But in this chapter chapter, he reveals another side of his character, when he desperately tries to convince Falia to flee before Euron hurts her. But Falia refuses, believing Euron's promises of making her his salt wife. She even appears positively thrilled about Dany becoming his rock wife -- believing the two of them would be like sisters. Of course, Euron being Euron, he has Falia's tongue removed and has her tied to the prow of his flagship along with Aeron on the eve of his battle against the Redwynes. Even then, Aeron (even though he's in no great shape himself) comforts Falia and tells her to be brave, promising her of a place of honor in the Drowned God's Halls. Basically Basically, for the first time in his life, Aeron is not using religion to harangue or to incite violence, but to comfort a fellow human being in pain.



** [[spoiler: Even worse, Arya lures Raff back to her room with the promise of sex. She is eleven or twelve years old at and is already resorting to this measure, lying to him that she's gotten her period. Even worse? He agrees, and is excited by the prospect. He's a pedophile.]]

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** [[spoiler: Even worse, Arya lures Raff back to her room with the promise of sex. She is eleven or twelve years old at and is already resorting to this measure, lying to him that she's gotten her period. Even worse? He agrees, agrees and is excited by the prospect. He's a pedophile.]]



** In ''A Game Of Thrones'', when we learn of the old Maester's Targaryen lineage as he counsels Jon Snow about going through the '''exact same situation''' he did himself when Jon is devastated to learn of his [[spoiler:father's arrest, worries about his father and sisters in King's Landing, and wants to help his brother Robb]]. Eventually, [[spoiler: most -- if not all -- of Jon's family is dead or thought to be dead, just as Aemon's was, and Jon can do exactly zilch about it all, just like Aemon, and they're both devastated by this]] -- "''Seven Hells.''"

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** In ''A Game Of Thrones'', when we learn of the old Maester's Targaryen lineage and family tragedy as he counsels Jon Snow about going through the '''exact same situation''' he did himself when himself. Jon is devastated to learn of his [[spoiler:father's arrest, worries about his father and sisters in King's Landing, and wants to help his brother Robb]]. Eventually, [[spoiler: We learn most -- if not all -- of Jon's Aemon's family is dead or believed dead, which eventually becomes [[spoiler:Jon's own tragic family situation as his family is likewise thought to be dead, just as Aemon's was, and dead or mostly dead. Like Aemon, Jon can do exactly zilch about it all, just like Aemon, all -- and they're both devastated by this]] -- "''Seven Hells.''"



** And then, later on, we learn why she refused to visit and comfort her father on his death bed; [[spoiler: when they were teenagers, she slept with/raped Littlefinger and conceived his child. Lord Tully, outraged, sent Petyr away and tricked (or possibly forced) Lysa into drinking a concoction to abort the baby, then arranged for her to marry Jon Arryn since she was proved to be fertile but is also considered "soiled goods". Not only was the marriage loveless, but the abortion perhaps damaged Lysa's reproductive organs -- or maybe Jon Arryn's seed was weak (oh the irony) -- meaning she constantly miscarried and has only had ''one'' sickly son. Hardly the 'sweet babes' Lord Tully swore she'd have.]] No wonder Lysa despised him, and no wonder he pleaded for the forgiveness she denied him in his final days.

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** And then, later on, we learn why she refused to visit and comfort her father on his death bed; deathbed; [[spoiler: when they were teenagers, she slept with/raped Littlefinger and conceived his child. Lord Tully, outraged, sent Petyr away and tricked (or possibly forced) Lysa into drinking a concoction to abort the baby, then arranged for her to marry Jon Arryn since she was proved to be fertile but is also considered "soiled goods". Not only was the marriage loveless, but the abortion perhaps damaged Lysa's reproductive organs -- or maybe Jon Arryn's seed was weak (oh the irony) -- meaning she constantly miscarried and has only had ''one'' sickly son. Hardly the 'sweet babes' Lord Tully swore she'd have.]] No wonder Lysa despised him, and no wonder he pleaded for the forgiveness she denied him in his final days.



* Jon Snow's situation in general. First, though he is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his actual mother was. Then, when he joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, the girl he loves [[spoiler: (who dies in his arms)]], and some of his Night's Watch brothers, doubt his loyalty because he dared to show compassion to the Wildlings. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his father didn't live to see how badly things were going for him.

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* Jon Snow's situation in general. First, though he is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his actual mother was. Then, when he joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, the girl he loves [[spoiler: (who dies in his arms)]], and some of his Night's Watch brothers, doubt his loyalty because he dared to show compassion to the Wildlings. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his beloved father didn't live isn't able to see witness how badly things were going for him.



* Tyrion's witty comebacks, whoring and love of wine are hilarious on the first read -- until you learn that they're all coping methods for a lifetime of abuse, being shunned, called a monster, getting blamed for his mother's death, never feeling loved or accepted, and erroneously thinking [[spoiler: the only girl to show him love was faking it for money]]. Over time the mask starts to fall off and his score of emotional issues take the stage. By the fifth book, he hits rock bottom -- ''hard'' -- in a very harsh, unglamorous depiction of depression, misanthropy, and self-hatred.

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* Tyrion's witty comebacks, whoring and love of wine are hilarious on the first read -- until you learn that they're all coping methods for a lifetime of abuse, being shunned, called a monster, getting [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blamed for his mother's death, death]], never feeling loved or accepted, and erroneously thinking [[spoiler: the only girl to show him love was faking it for money]]. Over time the mask starts to fall off and his score of emotional issues take the stage. By the fifth book, he hits rock bottom -- ''hard'' -- in a very harsh, unglamorous depiction of depression, misanthropy, and self-hatred.



* It's hard not to feel sorry for Princess Rhaenyra. Her stepmother, stepmother's father and half-brothers conspire and steal the crown that should have been hers. Her daughter is stillborn. Her 3 eldest sons die tragic deaths in the span of a few months. Two of the men she had raised from the dirt to the level of knights and dragon riders betray her cause. Her growing fear and paranoia from all these tragedies cause her to turn against those who do stay loyal to her. Her dragon is killed. And finally she is eaten alive by her half-brother's dragon.

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* It's hard not to feel sorry for Princess Rhaenyra. Her stepmother, stepmother's father and half-brothers conspire and to steal the crown that should have been hers. Her daughter is stillborn. Her 3 three eldest sons die tragic deaths in the span of a few months. Two of the men she had raised from the dirt to the level of knights and dragon riders betray her cause. Her growing fear and paranoia from all these tragedies cause her to turn against those who do stay loyal to her. Her dragon is killed. And finally Finally, she is eaten alive by her half-brother's dragon.



*** The death of Jacaerys Velaryon, her oldest, happened during the Battle in the Gullet. Riding a relatively young dragon, Vermax, Jace flew too close to the sea and crashed. Jace managed to leap from the dragon and cling to a piece of shipwreck but was spotted by a Triarchy Myrish ship in the service of Aegon The Elder and riddled with arrows until he sank dead.
*** The death of Joffrey Velaryon happened during the Riot of King's Landing and the Storming of the Dragonpit. Trying to finally prove himself a warrior after the deaths of his brothers, Joff tried to take flight with Syrax, his mother's dragon, in order to save the dragons (including his own, Tyraxes) trapped in the pit. However, Syrax rejected him as a rider and Joff lost his grip on the dragon and plunged to his death, crashing on the stairs of the Sept of Baelor. Joff is said to have been consoled in his final moments by a young baseborn girl who placed his head on her bosom, though according to Maester Gyldayn, this is most likely a romantic exaggeration.
** The deaths of Helaena and her children are gut wrenching as well. Jaehaerys was assassinated in front of his mother and siblings, after Helaena had been forced to mark Maelor for death. She became so deeply depressed that she threw herself from a window in Maegor's Holdfast and was impaled on the spikes, dying instantly as a spike pierced her throat (though there are rumors that she was actually murdered). Then Maelor, having been smuggled to Bitterbridge, was found and torn limb from limb by a mob of overzealous Black supporters. And finally, Jaehaera also threw herself from a window in Maegor's Holdfast but didn't get a quick death like her mother; she lingered in agony for half an hour before expiring (again, there are rumors that she too had actually been murdered).
* The death of Daemon Blackfyre and his twin sons. After a glorious one-on-one battle with Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard during the Battle of Redgrass Field, he is caught in the open by his half brother Brynden Rivers "Bloodraven", who rains a volley of arrows on him and his sons. It was widely seen as an undeserving death devoid of glory and a rather dishonorable move from Bloodraven, who would carry infamy throughout his life for this act.

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*** The death of Jacaerys Velaryon, her oldest, happened during the Battle in the Gullet. Riding a relatively young dragon, Vermax, Jace flew too close to the sea and crashed. Jace managed to leap from the dragon and cling to a piece of the shipwreck but was spotted by a Triarchy Myrish ship in the service of Aegon The Elder and riddled with arrows until he sank dead.
*** The death of Joffrey Velaryon happened during the Riot of King's Landing and the Storming of the Dragonpit. Trying to finally prove himself a warrior after the deaths of his brothers, Joff tried to take flight with Syrax, his mother's dragon, in order to save the dragons (including his own, Tyraxes) trapped in the pit. However, Syrax rejected him as a rider and Joff lost his grip on the dragon and plunged to his death, crashing on the stairs of the Sept of Baelor. Joff is said to have been consoled in his final moments by a young baseborn girl who placed his head on her bosom, though according to Maester Gyldayn, this is most likely a romantic exaggeration.
** The deaths of Helaena and her children are gut wrenching gut-wrenching as well. Jaehaerys was assassinated in front of his mother and siblings, siblings after Helaena had been forced to mark Maelor for death. She became so deeply depressed that she threw herself from a window in Maegor's Holdfast and was impaled on the spikes, dying instantly as a spike pierced her throat (though there are rumors that she was actually murdered). Then Maelor, having been smuggled to Bitterbridge, was found and torn limb from limb by a mob of overzealous Black supporters. And finally, Jaehaera also threw herself from a window in Maegor's Holdfast but didn't get a quick death like her mother; she lingered in agony for half an hour before expiring (again, there are rumors that she too had actually been murdered).
* The death of Daemon Blackfyre and his twin sons. After a glorious one-on-one battle with Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard during the Battle of Redgrass Field, he is caught in the open by his half brother half-brother Brynden Rivers "Bloodraven", who rains a volley of arrows on him and his sons. It was widely seen as an undeserving death devoid of glory and a rather dishonorable move from Bloodraven, who would carry infamy throughout his life for this act.



* Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Queen Naerys are particularly tragic figures. The second and third children of Viserys II, respectively, they lived for many years under the shadow of their abusive, self-centered, and hedonistic older brother Aegon the Unworthy. Aegon raped Naerys constantly after they were married, despite not being in love with her and knowing that childbirth would be dangerous for her, and flaunted his ''numerous'' affairs in her face. Aemon did what he could to protect his sister, but it simply wasn't enough to counter the toll of Aegon's mistreatment. It's believed that Naerys and Aemon were in deeply in love but couldn't be together because they were trapped by their vows. They might have even had an affair resulting in Daeron II. Even if theirs was a platonic sibling relationship, it's clear they both meant a lot to each other. Aemon would eventually give his life saving Aegon from traitors (who, honestly, had good reason to hate the king) and Naerys would die trying to give Aegon another child. Aegon repaid them by slandering them at every chance he got. Two kindhearted, innocent people led miserable lives because they had the misfortune of having such a malicious older brother.

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* Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Queen Naerys are particularly tragic figures. The second and third children of Viserys II, respectively, they lived for many years under the shadow of their abusive, self-centered, and hedonistic older brother Aegon the Unworthy. Aegon raped Naerys constantly after they were married, despite not being in love with her and knowing that childbirth would be dangerous for her, and flaunted his ''numerous'' affairs in her face. Aemon did what he could to protect his sister, but it simply wasn't enough to counter the toll of Aegon's mistreatment. It's believed that Naerys and Aemon were in deeply in love but couldn't be together because they were trapped by their vows. They might have even had an affair resulting in Daeron II. Even if theirs was a platonic sibling relationship, it's clear they both meant a lot to each other. Aemon would eventually give his life saving life-saving Aegon from traitors (who, honestly, had good reason to hate the king) and Naerys would die trying to give Aegon another child. Aegon repaid them by slandering them at every chance he got. Two kindhearted, innocent people led miserable lives because they had the misfortune of having such a malicious older brother.
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* [[spoiler: Ellaria Sand]] hears that her relatives are plotting vengeance and demands they don't because she's been through enough heartache already.
--> Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, '''where does it end?''' I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?[

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* [[spoiler: Ellaria Sand]] Sand hears that her relatives are plotting vengeance and demands they don't because she's been through enough heartache already.
--> Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, '''where does it end?''' I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?[ sick?
5th Sep '17 5:52:35 AM allfictions
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--> Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end? I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?

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--> Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where '''where does it end? end?''' I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?sick?[



-->Sansa, Shae, all my women … '''Tysha was the only one who ever loved me'''. [[ArcWords Where do whores go?]]

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-->Sansa, --> Sansa, Shae, all my women … '''Tysha was the only one who ever loved me'''. [[ArcWords Where do whores go?]]
19th Aug '17 4:34:59 PM Patcher
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** It's even worse if you keep faith to the possibility [[spoiler: that Jon, the boy who he's been telling this story, is actually his great-grand nephew and neither of them knows it. Aemon is denied the consolation of having a member of his family safe and sound (Jon) when he believes them to be all slaughtered. He only learns his grand-neice Daenerys is alive shortly before his death.]]

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** It's even worse if you keep faith to the possibility [[spoiler: that Jon, the boy who he's been telling this story, is actually his great-grand nephew and neither of them knows it. Aemon is denied the consolation of having a member of his family safe and sound (Jon) when he believes them to be all slaughtered. He only learns his grand-neice grand-niece Daenerys is alive shortly before his death.]]
19th Aug '17 4:19:45 PM Patcher
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* The tale of Bael the Bard, which Ygritte tells Jon is quite sad. For a feud with Lord Brandon Stark, the Wildling hero Bael the Bard sneaks in Winterfell and decides to [[AbductionIsLove steal Lord Stark's daughter]], leaving a [[FlowerMotif blue winter rose]] in her place. Lord Brandon spent an years searching for her and almost died of despair nearly ending House Stark. Turns out Bael and Lady Stark were hiding in Winterfell all this time and the girl had bore Bael [[HeirClubForMen a son, who becomes the next Lord of Winterfell]]. However when they meet on the battlefield Bael refuses to kill his son and is [[{{Patricide}} slain by him]]. When Lord Stark's mother finds out he unknowingly killed his father, [[DrivenToSuicide she throws herself to her death]]. It takes a whole new level of sadness with the personal meaning it could have to [[spoiler: an clueless Jon Snow]].

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* The tale of Bael the Bard, which Ygritte tells Jon is quite sad. For a feud with Lord Brandon Stark, the Wildling hero Bael the Bard sneaks in Winterfell and decides to [[AbductionIsLove steal Lord Stark's daughter]], leaving a [[FlowerMotif blue winter rose]] in her place. Lord Brandon spent an years searching for her and almost died of despair nearly ending House Stark. Turns out Bael and Lady Stark were hiding in Winterfell all this time and the girl had bore Bael [[HeirClubForMen a son, who becomes the next Lord of Winterfell]]. However when they meet on the battlefield Bael refuses to kill his son and is [[{{Patricide}} slain by him]]. When Lord Stark's mother finds out he unknowingly killed his father, [[DrivenToSuicide she throws herself to her death]]. It takes a whole new level of sadness with the personal meaning it could have to [[spoiler: an a clueless Jon Snow]].
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** It is implied Stannis doesn't actually know how [[spoiler:Renly died. However due to the shadow assassin being created from his lifeforce he dreams of Renly's death as it occurs and feels responsible, even though he knows he was asleep when it happened.]] Yet even though he would be quite justified in hating Renly, who was always better-liked then Stannis and given Storm's End for doing basically nothing while Stannis for doing more receives almost no appreciation, plotted to steal Stannis' throne out of greed and vanity, sneeringly mocks Stannis for not being as charismatic, and made it clear he intended to kill his brother despite Stannis' very generous offer, [[spoiler:Stannis still felt love for Renly and was upset at their death.]]

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** It is implied Stannis doesn't actually know how [[spoiler:Renly died. However due to the shadow assassin being created from his lifeforce he dreams of Renly's death as it occurs and feels responsible, even though he knows he was asleep when it happened.]] Yet even though he would be quite justified in hating Renly, who was always better-liked then Stannis and given Storm's End for doing basically nothing while Stannis for doing more receives almost no appreciation, plotted to steal Stannis' throne out of greed and vanity, sneeringly mocks Stannis for not being as charismatic, and made it clear he intended to kill his brother despite Stannis' very generous offer, [[spoiler:Stannis still felt love for Renly and was upset at their his death.]]
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** Robert might have been a drunkard, a lech, and a glutton, but he had good traits Joffrey never had: generous (a bit too much probably), merciful, brave, always ready to laugh and make friends. So it's understandable how uncomfortable a cat-disemboweling little psychopath like Joffrey would make him feel.

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** Robert might have been a drunkard, a lech, and a glutton, but he had good traits Joffrey never had: possesses: generous (a bit too much probably), merciful, brave, always ready to laugh and make friends. So it's understandable how uncomfortable a cat-disemboweling little psychopath like Joffrey would make him feel.



** When Lady's bones are brought back to Winterfell, her brothers began to howl before the carrier had even entered the castle, and for days afterwards they roamed around her grave "like restless shadows". Also in a gesture both tearjerking and heartwarming, Lady was buried not in some dingy corner of the great castle but in the graveyard where the Kings of Winter laid their most faithful servants to rest.

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** When Lady's bones are brought back to Winterfell, her brothers began to howl before the carrier had even entered the castle, castle and for days afterwards afterwards, they roamed around her grave "like restless shadows". Also in a gesture both tearjerking and heartwarming, Lady was buried not in some dingy corner of the great castle but in the graveyard where the Kings of Winter laid their most faithful servants to rest.



* Young Griff is treated as none other than [[spoiler: Aegon VI Targaryen, the last son of Prince Rhaegar and Elia Martell]]; all is going according to plan until Jon Connington and Tyrion Lannister notice [[spoiler: streaks of the Targaryen madness]] in him. This coupled by the fact that he is referred to by Quaithe as [[spoiler: "The Mummer's Dragon"]] implies that he might be, at the worst possible result, [[spoiler: a Blackfyre pretender]], which does not bode well for ''ANYONE''.

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* Young Griff is treated as none other than [[spoiler: Aegon VI Targaryen, the last son of Prince Rhaegar and Elia Martell]]; all is going according to plan until Jon Connington and Tyrion Lannister notice [[spoiler: streaks of the Targaryen madness]] in him. This coupled by the fact that he is referred to by Quaithe as [[spoiler: "The Mummer's Dragon"]] implies that he might be, at the worst possible result, [[spoiler: a Blackfyre pretender]], which does not bode well for ''ANYONE''.''anyone''.



* [[spoiler: Wyman Manderly]]'s "The North Remembers" speech is both a tearjerker and a CMOA

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* [[spoiler: Wyman Manderly]]'s "The North Remembers" speech is both a tearjerker and a CMOACMOA.



* Roose Bolton's proud and almost sad recollection of his trueborn son Domeric is one of VERY few times in the series Roose has shown any semblance of affection, and his bitterness that he cannot kill Domeric's killer because Ramsay is both his son and heir is made evident.

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* Roose Bolton's proud and almost sad recollection of his trueborn son Domeric is one of VERY ''very'' few times in the series Roose has shown any semblance of affection, and his bitterness that he cannot kill Domeric's killer because Ramsay is both his son and heir is made evident.



* In the Arianne preview chapter. Arianne wishes for her brother to come home and [[DramaticIrony make peace with him. Not very likely now, considering he's been dragon-burned to crisp]].

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* In the Arianne preview chapter. chapter, Arianne wishes for her brother to come home and [[DramaticIrony make peace with him. Not very likely now, considering he's been dragon-burned to crisp]].



** [[spoiler: "Theon. Yes. I'm Theon. You have to know your *name*!"]]

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** [[spoiler: "Theon. Yes. I'm Theon. You have to know your *name*!"]]name!"]]



** And then, later on, we learn why she refused to visit and comfort her father on his death bed; [[spoiler: when they were teenagers, she slept with/raped Littlefinger and conceived his child. Lord Tully, outraged, sent Petyr away and tricked (or possibly forced) Lysa into drinking a concoction to abort the baby, then arranged for her to marry Jon Arryn since she was proved to be fertile but is also considered "soiled goods". Not only was the marriage loveless, but the abortion perhaps damaged Lysa's reproductive organs - or maybe Jon Arryn's seed was weak (oh the irony) - meaning she constantly miscarried and has only had ''one'' sickly son. Hardly the 'sweet babes and trueborn' Lord Tully swore she'd have.]] No wonder Lysa despised him, and no wonder he pleaded for the forgiveness she denied him in his final days.

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** And then, later on, we learn why she refused to visit and comfort her father on his death bed; [[spoiler: when they were teenagers, she slept with/raped Littlefinger and conceived his child. Lord Tully, outraged, sent Petyr away and tricked (or possibly forced) Lysa into drinking a concoction to abort the baby, then arranged for her to marry Jon Arryn since she was proved to be fertile but is also considered "soiled goods". Not only was the marriage loveless, but the abortion perhaps damaged Lysa's reproductive organs - -- or maybe Jon Arryn's seed was weak (oh the irony) - -- meaning she constantly miscarried and has only had ''one'' sickly son. Hardly the 'sweet babes and trueborn' babes' Lord Tully swore she'd have.]] No wonder Lysa despised him, and no wonder he pleaded for the forgiveness she denied him in his final days.



* Jon Snow's situation in general. First, though he is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his actual mother was. Then, when he [joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, the girl he loves [[spoiler: (who dies in his arms)]], and some of his Night's Watch brothers, doubt his loyalty because he dared to show compassion to the Wildlings. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his father didn't live to see how badly things were going for him.

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* Jon Snow's situation in general. First, though he is loved by his family, whom Jon loves dearly, and was raised by his father alongside his trueborn siblings in Winterfell, he's lived with the societal stigma of illegitimacy his whole life, never had a mother to love him, and never knew who his actual mother was. Then, when he [joins joins the Night's Watch to earn his own honour, he's an outsider there too due to him being a highborn bastard son of a lord with a noble upbringing. Ygritte, the girl he loves [[spoiler: (who dies in his arms)]], and some of his Night's Watch brothers, doubt his loyalty because he dared to show compassion to the Wildlings. All the while, Jon is devastated by news that his family members have perished, which he is told at various points in the series, pummeling him even further. Later, Jon is forced to take command [[AChildShallLeadThem at a very young age]] during an unprecedented time of war, facing down the [[GreaterScopeVillain greatest threat]] [[ZombieApocalypse encroaching on Westeros]] with limited resources, and is trying to save everyone. Even when Jon does his very best, things still turn out horribly for him. At one point, he's actually ''relieved'' his father didn't live to see how badly things were going for him.
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