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Nightmare Fuel / Robb Returns

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  • In-Universe, Viserys grows into this in Daenerys' eyes as he becomes more unhinged and obsessed after being given a dragon egg. Legitimately becomes this for the readers in Chapter 70.
  • Robb's original timeline is this for everyone who's in the secret, because the realm ends up embroiled in a bloody Civil War and the Zombie Apocalypse was proceeding unimpeded.
    • And Westeros still is not out of the woods, since Brynden Tully and Brienne of Tarth manage to see a possible future in which the Others are winning.
  • Theon dreaming about his dead brothers taking him to an island made of bones while insisting Theon cannot escape this fate because he's Ironborn and as such fated to belong to the Drowned God... who's on the island. And Theon just knows he will lose any smidge of sanity if he looks upon the god.
    • When he wakes up, his face bears a bloody injury right where his brother Rodrick struck him. And no, he didn't scratch himself while sleeping, because his fingernails are clean and cut too short to leave something in the wound. Who else freaked out with Theon, here?
    • The second time this happens, Rodrik is there again, but Maron isn't - because giving Theon these dreams comes at a cost...
    • In Chapter 80, Rodrik Harlaw learns the Drowned God was actually an Old God driven to madness by the War for the Dawn, developing a fixation on death as a consequence. The other Old Gods tried to destroy him by casting him into the sea, but he didn't because his followers helped him to subsist by practicing the Old Way.
  • In Chapter 97, Lord Leyton Hightower brings Archmaester Perestan to a great chamber deep beneath the Hightower, at the opposite end of which stands an enormous gate, glowing sickly green and causing such uneasiness that the guards are limited to two-hour shifts. From behind the gate, something is trying to break it open.
    • To add to the horror, Septon Alyston of the Starry Sept, in a ploy to gain power, is making noise that the Hightowers have a blasphemous artefact in their tower and is demanding that the Tyrells give him permission to deal with it. He also sent a letter to Mace, not just Willas. Mace, who was essentially banished from the rule and desperately wants to regain his power. The moment Willas hears of it he mounts his horse and starts galloping toward Oldtown, praying that he gets there in time before greedy, short sighted fools unleash yet another horror upon Westeros.
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    • In Chapter 123, the Septon attempts to "cleanse" the Gate. He ends up dying of pure fright... and then his corpse rises again, and the Eldritch Abomination behind starts to push through before Willas destroys the corpse, cutting off the connection and forcing the entity back to the other side of the Gate.
      • The description of Septon Alyston's corpse as it rises from the dead:
        The bloody man was starting to stand jerkily. He was alive? And then the world seemed to pause and stand still for a long moment as the Septon of the Starry Sept turned his head in a way that no living man should have, as if his backbone was made of jelly. His eyes were gone, bloodied holes in his face above a smashed nose and shattered teeth. And yet, something seemed to glitter, like wet and malformed eyes, deep in those bloodied sockets just for an instant.
      • Willas gets a brief glimpse of the entity's face as he destroyed the undead Septon Alyston, describing it as cadaverous and writhing.
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  • Chapter 102 has Gerion relating his travel to Valyria: he and his crew were captured by a "madder, more ancient version of Aerys" who called himself the last Dragonlord and commanded menbeasts. While the crew was imprisoned, the madman would pick some of them to forcefully mutate and enslave them. Then he decides to sacrifice Gerion to bind a living dragon named the Greater Doomwing, implied to be even bigger than Balerion, but since Gerion fled right before (with the aid of a servant implied to be Tommen II, the pre-Conquest Lannister king who disappeared in Valyria centuries ago), the spell turns against him, awakening a volcano. Gerion managed to escape but was thoroughly cured of any desires to travel afterwards.
  • Chapter 104 has the original Throne of Winter, etched with runes that says that any one not a Stark that sits on it will "fade" - or as Tyrion realizes, go mad. And from the tales of the Rat King, Mad Axe, and the visible evidence of cannibalism around the damn thing, it has claimed a lot of victims.
  • The walk to escort Coldhands through the Wall would definitely count. As Coldhands is slowly blocked off from the magic the Children of the Forest used to keep him alive, he visibly weakens, spasms and is all but screaming in agony with every step. By the time they reach the other side, he practically has to be carried along.
  • Euron Greyjoy makes his comeback in Chapter 108. That alone would be enough to qualify but he had to suggest that Balon arrange a Red Wedding-style parley, with the Reader and his allies as the victims. Even Aeron plainly tells Balon he can't accept.
  • When Jaime finally admits why he killed the Mad King, Tyrion informs him that no, properly made wildfire doesn't degrade with time, it becomes unstable. Everyone in the conversation leaves with the knowledge that a city with half a million people in it is sitting on a firebomb with a fuse that could go off at any moment.
    • And the reality just gets worse when the news reaches King's Landing and a search is carried out. Between just the Red Keep, the Dragonpit, the Great Sept and all the gates, over a thousand barrels of wildfire are found, more than enough to blow all of King's Landing to Kingdom Come.
    • Oberyn actually does calculations to figure out that had the wildfire gone off, the explosion would have been seen all the way to Storm's End and heard for leagues further.
  • In-Universe, everyone (even Tywin) acknowledges that the idea of Joffrey as king is a horrible future they're glad to now avoid.
  • It's been strongly implied that the Drowned God and the Others have allied with each other.
  • Even the Mountain is scared of the wights and what they represent.
  • A blight, possibly caused by the Drowned God's presence at the gateway, is spreading through the areas around Oldtown.
  • The strange mist gathering on the Barrows is formed by and contains the ghosts of all the First Men who fell in battle against the Others during the Long Night and swore to return to fight them again when the time came. Unfortunately, them gathering in such numbers also draws up the spirits of several Others the monstrosities they created in addition to wights. We only see a few of these, but they're downright terrifying:
    • The first is described as looking like the skeletons of three people fused together.
    • The second is "made from tendon and bone, with many arms and legs".
    • The last one is only said to be huge and "with far too many teeth". The following chapter reveals that it was big enough to be partially seen by the onlookers back at Barrow Hall.
  • The Mountain is possessed by something, and goes on a rampage, killing the Lannister soldiers guarding him and assaulting Val. When Robb intervenes, Gregor (now sporting Black Eyes of Evil) attacks him, not slowing down even when Robb stabs him in the eye. If not for Sandor's intervention, Robb would have been killed.
    • A search of the Starks' hidden archives reveals a book written by Torrhen Stark which explains the above — the Valyrians had a ritual to warg into people, which is explicitly referred to as Mind Rape, and which horrifies everyone who learns about it. And what's worse, is that Luwin deduces that someone must have recovered the knowledge of how to enact this ritual from the ruins of Valyria, and is now out there using it.

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