Early Winter in the Riverlands, Part 4: the Warrior Maid

Continuing the theme of obsessing over the Riverlands in S6, I had to get to Brienne eventually. We don’t really know what she’s doing next year, but she’s as good a candidate as any for the Riverlands, so why not?

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Game of Speculation: If that, then something else.

At the rate we’re going, there’ll be hardly anything left of Game of Thrones S6 that I don’t know before the season airs. I guess the dialogue may still be a surprise. So far, I still haven’t embarrassed myself, but that’s partly because I’ve kept the results of my rabbit-holing a secret.

We’ve been getting some signs (if still not exactly confirmed) of what Jaime’s getting up to next year, and really, it sounds awesome. The latest development is this thing that’s happening right now, which I will put under a SPOILER WARNING because this is actually kind of spoilerish, even by my standards:

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In which I speculate over whether a thing is speculation fodder.

No, no, seriously, my post is not so meta. I just see a little shiny thing that I must bat. And I’m not batting it entirely in a consistent direction.

Joanna Robinson has written an article at Vanity Fair—which got a Retweet from Gwendoline Christie—showing us the evidence of Brienne having an exciting storyline in S6. Robinson doesn’t actually know anything that I didn’t know already, and the title of her article is a bit premature. A more accurate headline would be: “A theory of how Game of Thrones COULD Be Getting Brienne Back to Awesomeness in Season 6.” Robinson makes a lot of predictions, some of which I agree with, but she hasn’t seen the scripts and she expresses some rather bold ideas for S6 based on tenuous connections with squishy evidence.

But at the same time, I don’t know any more than she does. I agree, and have shared my feels on the subject, that Brienne’s strongest season was 3, and she doesn’t have much to show for her efforts in S4 and S5. So I’m certainly rooting for our big swordswench to get out of her rut in S6. Robinson is making the case for a Lady Stoneheart appearance similar to Brienne and Podrick’s misadventures in A Feast for Crows. I’ve also shared my observations on the Stoneheart storyline, and how it pertains to Brienne and Jaime. Short version: I don’t argue that Lady Stoneheart showing up is impossible, but I do think the circumstances around her presence have been altered on the show in such a way that she’s not necessary. I see no reason why she can’t show up, but the conditions surrounding her appearance (particularly Brienne’s role in her appearance) have been changed so that there are no elements on the show that depend on her. Everything works just as well without her, is all I mean to say.

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So Many Unanswered Questions: They Make Me Ask and Ask

It’s that time of year when the good people at HBO are getting ready to start filming a new season of Game of Thrones, and those of us who are weirdly obsessed with the noble families of Westeros get plenty of speculation fodder. I’m sure it’ll only get worse as the pre-production stage gives way to production, but for now, I’m hearing just enough to get me all excited. It doesn’t take much.

I still don’t have anything concrete here, but I’ve seen one interesting piece of news that reminds me of something else I was thinking about within the last few weeks, even though I had completely forgotten about the relevant events from S3. It’ll all become clear by the end of this post.

The topic of this post is—this will surprise no one—Brienne’s quest to find and protect Sansa. That’s what I want to talk about today.

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ASoIaF vs. GoT, Thirteenth: Lady Stoneheart and the Kingslayer Parallel

Let’s just assume this one will be my last book/show comparison post at least until Season 6. I’m also hoping for this one to be my last substantial Game of Thrones-related post until either Season 6 or The Winds of Winter, whichever arrives first.* This won’t really be a compare & contrast so much as a big contrast. If you’re a TV-only fan and you want to know who exactly this Lady Stoneheart character is and what she does, you may appreciate this. If you’re a Jaime/Brienne enthusiast who hasn’t read the books, there’s something in here I think you will enjoy.

(And if you’re currently at work, you might want to bookmark this for later reading. This post is long, even for me.)

I made a little sheet of citations!

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Return of I Enjoy This Too Much: “Is that Estermont?”

Okay, you guys, I lied. Seems I haven’t quite gotten the bug out of my system. I recently started following a certain Facebook page which will remain nameless, and they said something about Cersei’s reference (S4:E4) to “that great cow” and now I just have to do something with that dialogue. And while I’m at it, I’ll do a little something with that, and a couple other moments in which Jaime or Brienne appears to be thinking about the other.

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Season 5 Finale: How Many People Died?

No, seriously: how many people died in the finale? How many people are staying dead?

I made a list of possible deaths before the season began, when I heard GRRMartin talking about how Benioff and Weiss are even bloodier than he is. The list included some deaths that I’ve already seen in the books, but of those characters who are still alive in the text, I correctly predicted the on-screen deaths of…

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ASoIaF & GoT, Sixth: “Do you think she’s safe with Littlefinger?”

As much as I’ve been writing about the GoT crew like the Lannisters are my own family, I must now confess to you all that my true favorite is Brienne. When I watched the first season, I was most enamored of Jon Snow and Daenerys, but ever since I saw seasons 2 and 3, it’s been all about the Big Swordswench of the Sapphire Isle. So for this entry, I’m going to show my big stubborn Sapphire Islander some love, and focus on the encounter between her and Sansa in Season 5, Episode 2. This essay will focus on the similarities between books and show, rather than the differences. In this case, I think the common elements are more illuminating than the contrasts.

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