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* PrayerOfMalice: Before the Battle of Blackwater, Sansa prays in the sept for every soldier on both sides and their families. But when the High Septon starts calling on the gods to protect King Joffrey, she leaves and thinks "Let his sword break and his shield shatter, let his courage fail him and every man desert him."


* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Theon betrays Robb's cause, side with his long-lost father and storms Winterfell.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Theon [[spoiler:Theon betrays Robb's cause, side sides with his long-lost father and storms Winterfell.]]



* NearRapeExperience: During the Battle of the Blackwater, after running away from the flames, Sandor Clegane slipped into Sansa's room and waited for her. He did indeed intend to rape her, but stopped himself and ended up taking nothing more than a song. [[spoiler: Sansa misremembers sharing a kiss with him in the [[Literature/AStormOfSwords next book]].]]

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* NearRapeExperience: During the Battle of the Blackwater, after running away from the flames, Sandor Clegane slipped into Sansa's room and waited for her. He did indeed intend to rape her, but stopped himself and ended up taking nothing more than a song. [[spoiler: Sansa [[spoiler:Sansa misremembers sharing a kiss with him in the [[Literature/AStormOfSwords next book]].]]



* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted with Sansa. She starts menstruating in this book and briefly tries to cover it up, since it means she could now be married and deflowered by Joffrey.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted with Sansa. She starts menstruating in this book and briefly tries to cover it up, since it means she could now be [[MaritalRapeLicense married and deflowered by Joffrey.]]




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* YouExclamation: Joffrey when Tyrion arrives at King’s Landing.


* WhatTheHellHero: Arya is called on helping the Bloody Mummers take over Harrenhall, because they're even worse than Lord Tywin's thugs.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Arya is called on out for helping the Bloody Mummers take over Harrenhall, because Harrenhal since they're even worse than Lord Tywin's thugs.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tyrion is shocked to learn that even though none of the smallfolk of King's Landing like the Lannisters, they hate ''him'' most of all. All the problems with the city are mostly due to Cersei and Joffrey, but Tyrion is the face of the new status quo due to the timing of his arrival (which makes him appear to be more of an EvilChancellor than Cersei, who was present during better times under Robert), his poor treatment of Janos Slynt and Pycelle (who appear to be good and earnest men to anyone outside the Red Keep), and his entourage of violent mountain clansmen.



* NotSoDifferent: During Renly & Stannis' parley, Catelyn points out that they are both usurpers who are trying to take the thrones from their nephew.

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* NotSoDifferent: During Renly & Stannis' Stannis and Renly's parley, Catelyn points out that they are both usurpers who are trying to take the thrones from their nephew.



* WarIsHell: Daenerys has a vision in the House of the Undying of a woman being gang raped by 4 midgets. It's a metaphor for what the war over the throne is doing to Westeros.

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* WarIsHell: Daenerys has a vision in the House of the Undying of a woman being gang raped by 4 midgets.four dwarfs. It's a metaphor for what the war over the throne is doing to Westeros.



* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tyrion is shocked to learn that even though none of the smallfolk of King's Landing like the Lannisters, they hate ''him'' most of all. All the problems with the city are mostly due to Cersei and Joffrey, but Tyrion is the face of the new status quo due to the timing of his arrival (which makes him appear to be more of an EvilChancellor than Cersei, who was present during better times under Robert), his poor treatment of Janos Slynt and Pycelle (who appear to be good and earnest men to anyone outside the Red Keep), and his entourage of violent mountain clansmen.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tyrion is shocked to learn that even though none of the smallfolk of King's Landing like the Lannisters, they hate ''him'' most of all. All the problems with the city are mostly due to Cersei and Joffrey, but Tyrion is the face of the new status quo due to the timing of his arrival (which makes him appear to be more of an EvilChancellor than Cersei, who was present during better times under Robert), his poor treatment of Janos Slynt and Pycelle (who appear to be good and earnest men to anyone outside the Red Keep), and his entourage of violent mountain clansmen.


** Wildfire jares are founded near the Red Keep. [[spoiler: Tyrion takes the idea of burning down Stannis' fleet from it.]]

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** Wildfire jares jars are founded near the Red Keep. [[spoiler: Tyrion takes the idea of burning down Stannis' fleet from it.]]



* FlowerMotif: Even after blue winter roses appear:

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* FlowerMotif: Even after blue Blue winter roses appear:appear several times



* IconicSequelCharacter: This is the novel that introduced Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Asha Greyjoy, Jaqen H'ghar, Brienne of Tarth, Ygritte, Margaery Tyrell, Qyburn and Ramsay Snow. It also has the first appearance of Wyman Manderly who would become a major fan favorite in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', as well as Aeron and Victarion Greyjoy who become POV characters in ''Literature/AFeastForCrows''.

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* IconicSequelCharacter: This is the novel that introduced book introduces Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Asha Greyjoy, Jaqen H'ghar, Brienne of Tarth, Ygritte, Margaery Tyrell, Qyburn and Ramsay Snow. It also has the first appearance of Wyman Manderly who would become a major fan favorite in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', as well as Aeron and Victarion Greyjoy who become POV characters in ''Literature/AFeastForCrows''.



* NotSoDifferent: During Renly & Stannis' parley, Catelyn points out that they are both usurpers who are trying to take the thrones from their nephew. Stannis counters by telling her that Joffrey is not the rightful heir to the throne. Renly, however, doesn't believe him.

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* NotSoDifferent: During Renly & Stannis' parley, Catelyn points out that they are both usurpers who are trying to take the thrones from their nephew. Stannis counters by telling her that Joffrey is not the rightful heir to the throne. Renly, however, doesn't believe him.


** Old nan is unlikely to be believed even this time that she correctly guesses the red comet means the return of dragons.

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** No one believes Old nan is unlikely to be believed even this time that Nan's stories, but she correctly guesses the red comet means the return of dragons.

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* SelfPoisoningGambit: Cressen attempts this in the prologue in order to get rid of Melisandre, who he believes is an EvilSorceress leading Stannis astray. Melisandre is protected thanks to her magic.


* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted with Sansa. She starts menstruating in this book and briefly try to cover it up, since it means she could now be married and deflowered by Joffrey.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted with Sansa. She starts menstruating in this book and briefly try tries to cover it up, since it means she could now be married and deflowered by Joffrey.

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* BigBadassBattleSequence: The Battle of the Blackwater, one of the most famous examples in the series.

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* SexMagic: It's implied that Melisandre creates a shadow assassin by sleeping with Stannis to absorb his LifeEnergy.

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** Old nan is unlikely to be believed even this time that she correctly guesses the red comet means the return of dragons.

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* FlowerMotif: Even after blue winter roses appear:
** They are stated to be a symbol of forbidden love and the central theme of Bael the Bard's legend of [[AbductionIsLove his affair with Lord Stark's daughter]].
** Blue roses appear again with Lyanna in Theon's nightmare of the Winterfell crypts.
** [[spoiler: In the house of the Undying Daenerys sees the blue winter rose growing from a wall of ice - obviously the Wall. Now read the other two entries and make of this what you want.]]


* {{Irony}}: Jon is surprised to note that while the experienced members of the Great Ranging are slowly getting more and more unnerved on the trek, self-professed coward Samwell is actually getting braver.

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Jon is surprised to note that while the experienced members of the Great Ranging are slowly getting more and more unnerved on the trek, self-professed coward Samwell is actually getting braver.braver.
** In her first chapter Sansa thinks of Bran and that she'd give everything to be with him in Winterfell. [[spoiler: In this case she's actually ''lucky'', since Theon betrays Robb, Winterfell ends up in the firing line of the Ironborn invasion and Theon states he could have forced Sansa to marry him to strengthen his claim of Winterfell, and regrets not having her around.]]
** While prisoner in the Riverlands, Arya hears an old man lamenting that none of this mess would have happened during the old king's reign. Arya thinks he was referring to King Robert, but the old man meant [[TheCaligula King Aerys]].
*** What is even more ironic is that the earlier stages of Aerys' reign were relatively peaceful due to Tywin Lannister's administration, and Tywin Lannister is now the one who is making the Riverlands bleed.

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* LaxativePrank: When Tyrion is too busy trying to save the city to struggle with Cersei's schemes he uses a mild poison with this effect to get her out of his hair for one day.

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** Also Theon dreams the feast in Winterfell for King Robert turning into a gruesome butchery, with the hosts being dead people. [[spoiler: Theon wakes up panicking as he sees Robb joining them.]]


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* NightmareSequence: Theon has a huge one where he dreams of a feast in Winterfell where the hosts are all dead people who use to be in the household (Jory Cassel, Fat Tom), or he himself killed (Farlen, Osha's companion), or long-dead Starks (Lyanna, Brandon, their father and even previous generations). [[spoiler: [[{{Foreshadowing}} When Robb and Greywind join them]], he wakes up screaming.]]

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