The Grand /r/asoiaf Analysis Companion

Have you ever wondered what the hell was going on while reading ASOIAF? I did. I could connect the basic plot while reading it, but even re-reading the books, I was unable to really grasp many of the characters, storylines, prophecies, locations, etc. Fortunately, my brother told me about /r/asoiaf – which quickly became one of my favorite places on the internet. I think the best thing about this subreddit is its analysis. While I love the theories that are bounced around the sub, I have to say my favorite part of this subreddit is the analysis. After yesterday’s very positive response (thank you all!) to the theories compilation, I started working on an analysis compilation. It’s intended to serve for those looking for greater depth in their re-reads. I’ve divided the sections up a little better this time around, so I hope it’s easier and more fun to read. Anyways, enough of an intro. Click on “More” for the best analyses all written of /r/asoiaf all written by its users!

Character Analysis

Submitter Spoiler Scope Character Analysis Summary
/u/FaceofMoe All Tyrion Lannister A Dwarf’s Perspective on Tyrion Lannister
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Eddard Stark Who is Ned Stark?
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Euron Greyjoy Euron’s Gifts are poisoned
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Benjen Stark The Mysterious Benjen Stark
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Melisandre of Asshai The Fascinating Melisandre of Asshai
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Victarion Greyjoy Victarion Greyjoy’s Destiny
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Asha Greyjoy The Ironborn Woman
/u/CranberryBogMonster All Brynden Tully The Blackfish
/u/shopeIV All Bloodraven Examining Bloodraven Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
/u/LadyVagrant All Brienne of Tarth Analysis of Brienne Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
/u/HasuGuru All Daenerys Targaryen Dragons Plant No Trees
/u/soigneusement All Catelyn Stark In Defense of Catelyn Stark
/u/SerSamwell All Rickon Stark Re-interpreting Rickon
/u/kneehall All Tywin Lannister Tywin isn’t all that bad…
/u/WenchSlayer All Tywin Lannister No, Tywin is an asshole
/u/auralgasm All Sansa Stark Re-thinking Sansa Stark
/u/Jen_Snow All Petyr Baelish Petyr Baelish is a hero in is own mind
/u/Lord_Varys All Jaime Lannister Jaime Lannister and the Philosophy of Ethics
/u/pintsofguinness ADWD/The Hobbit Varamyr Sixskins Varamyr Sixskins and Tolkien

Story Analysis

Submitter Spoiler Scope Topic Analysis Summary
/u/feldman10 All Re-examining Dany in Meereen Untangling the Meereenese Knot Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
/u/feldman10 All Jon Snow’s actions as Lord Commander Other Wars Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
/u/feldman10 All LF and Varys Littlefinger has badly outplayed Varys so far, but what’s next?
/u/glass_table_girl All Greek Mythology in ASOIAF The Gorgons of Winterfell
/u/jdylopa All The Maesters Marwyn, Maesters, Faceless Men and more
/u/unhappystarfish All Identity Identity in ASOIAF
/u/gogobevo All The Knight of the Laughing Tree Lyanna Stark is the Knight of the Laughing Tree
/u/historyofwesteros All History of the Starks The Last ~130 years of Stark Lords Explained
/u/galanix All Aegon VI’s True Identity Complete Analysis of the Blackfyre Theory
/u/galanix All Westerosi Succession Complete Guide to Westerosi Succession
/u/galanix All Sansa’s Compromised Identity Myranda Royce & Alayne Stone
/u/galanix All Euron’s Short-Term Plans in the Reach Euron and the Reach: Analysis and Speculation
/u/galanix All Aurane Waters Full Analysis of Aurane Waters’ Plans
/u/Yeade All The North Remembers Three Northern Essays For ADWD
/u/BryndenBFish All Smallfolk A People’s History of Westeros
/u/Jen_Snow All Old Nan’s Stories Determining the Truth of Old Nan’s Stories
/u/BastardOfNightsong All Snow Winterfell Analysis of Sansa, LF at the Eyrie

Location Analysis

Submitter Spoiler Scope Location Examined Analysis Summary
/u/cedargrove All Planetos Examining the nature of mapmaking and climate in ‘Planetos’
/u/jdylopa All Essos The Free Cities and Essosi Civilizations
/u/berthok All Pennytree A Little Town Called Pennytree
/u/saskatch All Dragonstone Exiles and Invasions: A Haphazard Analysis of Dragonstone

Commander Analysis

Submitter Spoiler Scope Commander Analysis Summary
/u/BryndenBFish All Robb Stark A Complete Analysis of Robb Stark as a Military Commander Part 1, Part 2, Part 2
/u/BryndenBFish All Stannis Baratheon A Complete Analysis of Stannis Baratheon as a Military Commander Part 1, Part 2, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5
/u/BryndenBFish All Jaime Lannister The Evolution of Jaime Lannister as a Military Commander Part 1, Part 2
/u/BryndenBFish All Daenerys Targaryen A Complete Analysis of the Slaver’s Bay Campaign Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Personal Note: I hesitate to link to my own series in this compilation but was encouraged by some of you all to do so. If I get a lot of other suggestions for essays and I run out of space, this will probably hit the cutting floor. That said, if you don’t want to read part after part for these essays, feel free to visit my blog to read each series (minus the Daenerys one as it’s still ongoing) in full.

Dreams and Prophecy

Submitter Spoiler Scope Analysis Summary
/u/udontneedaweatherman All Dream Compilation
/u/PrivateMajor All House of the Undying
/u/galanix All Complete Analysis of Quaithe’s First Prophecy (To go north, you must journey south…)
/u/mateogg ADWD Mirri Maz Duurs prophecy: it’s already happened)
/u/SerEaglee All The Fires Did Not Lie

Speculation Analysis for the Winds of Winter and Beyond

Submitter Spoiler Scope Topic Analysis Summary
/u/indianthane95 All Unresolved Plotlines from ADWD Can GRRM resolve all this in 2 books?
/u/BryndenBFish All Location/Actions of Characters at End of ADWD Character Predictions for TWOW
/u/jdylopa All What’s next for the War of the Five Kings? The War of Five Kings, Part 2: Predictions (long)
/u/historyofwesteros All What happens next in Meereen? The Winds of Winter: The Battle of Fire
/u/InflatableNipples All Where is Jon Connington’s Story Heading? The Once and Future Hand

What did I miss? If I missed one that you’d love to see on here, could you submit a link with the analysis that you’d like linked here? I’ll be happy to edit for more. Thanks again!


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2 responses to “The Grand /r/asoiaf Analysis Companion

  1. Dave Barnowski

    You have many wonderful suppositions about TWOW, but I think one important factor you’re overlooking is the new environment the characters will be in. I live in the northern climes and believe me it is much different than the summer. Furthermore a lot of the younger characters haven’t even seen a winter or remember only mild one.
    It is only early winter and there’s a blizzard in the north accompanied with bitterly cold temperature that caused frostbite on at least two named characters. There’s ankle deep snow already at King’s Landing. Since the seasons are controlled by magic on the world of “Planetos; it stands to reason because of the next book’ title that there will be snow even in Dorne; winter is no longer coming –it’s here.
    The level of technology of the world of Planetos will make war impossible among the various factions. Historically wars were on recess as the armies made winter camp until the 20th century. That’s going to give the Others a huge advantage as they attacked humanity’s fractured civilization.

  2. Dave Barnowski

    The Other Two Dragon Riders
    Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons are eventually going save the humanity; but she is only one and there are three dragons. Whoever the other two riders are will have to have her immunity to flames. So the question is who? I think it comes to four known candidates. Three of whom have Targaryen blood: Aegon VI, Arianne Martell and or her brother, whose name I forget And Stannis. Quinten Martell and Daenerys’s brother both show that the immunity to fire is not automatic. This is also shown to be true if Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar as well since he burned his hand when he first fought a wight.
    The forth candidate is Victarion Greyjoy. While he does not have any Targaryen blood he does have the horn which reputably allows someone to control a dragon the his poisoned hand is now black and smoking since the red priest cure it. The red priest uses fire in his magic and perhaps Victarion in now immune to fire as well

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