Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire Podcast, Episode 09: Fan-Submitted Questions and Answers

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A Song of Ice and Fire is a gripping work of fantasy, but it’s also full of mysteries. Moreover, it’s a series that generates a lot of deep thought and questions. In today’s podcast, we try our best Melisandre impression and look into our fires to give you all the answers to questions you’ve been asking for months now. Thank you so much for all of your questions.  Some of the questions we answer are on the topics of:

  • Aegon and whether his true identity actually matters.
  • Whether Tyrek Lannister is alive
  • A potential live-video youtube Q/A
  • The Others and whether the War for the Dawn was resolved peacefully
  • Many more!
As a bonus, we are taking question full time now. We didn’t totally get through all of your questions this time, but we’re taking your questions from here on out, and we’ll incorporate them into our episodes going forward! So, submit your questions to us below, and we’ll be happy to answer any and all questions (eventually!).
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12 responses to “Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire Podcast, Episode 09: Fan-Submitted Questions and Answers

  1. Tony Moore

    Great point that we’ve never directly seen Dany through anyone else’s eyes. Barristan doesn’t get PoVs until after her exit from the fighting pits. We see Jon in Cat’s, Arya’s, Sam’s and even Mel’s PoVs.

  2. Tony Moore

    Technical Request: When you comment or close the page or your PC crashes, the podcast loses its place. I wish you would make it downloadable so I can listen in an mp3 player.

      • Tony Moore

        Awesome! Thanks! Meanwhile, back at the podcast (@28:00) – the only fly in the ointment of Bloodraven being Mel’s father is that scene in her PoV where she sees him and Bran and doesn’t recognize them:

        “A face took shape within the hearth. Stannis? she thought, for just a moment … but no, these were not his features. A wooden face, corpse white. Was this the enemy? A thousand red eyes floated in the rising flames. **He sees me**. Beside him, a boy with a wolf’s face threw back his head and howled.
        The red priestess shuddered. Blood trickled down her thigh, black and smoking. The fire was inside her, an agony, an ecstasy, filling her, searing her, transforming her. Shimmers of heat traced patterns on her skin, insistent as a lover’s hand. Strange voices called to her from days long past. “Melony,” she heard a woman cry. A man’s voice called, “Lot Seven.” She was weeping, and her tears were flame. And still she drank it in.”

  3. Tony Moore

    @57:00 – Someone on reddit said there was a later printing of AFFC in which Jaime’s internal observation of Jeyne’s narrow hips is removed. asearchoficeandfire.org still has the narrow line though.

  4. Question: What are some really good questions to put to GRRM in interviews/panels/etc that haven’t been addressed before?

    For me, I have tons of questions about his writing style and approaches and how he makes this beast work, and how he thinks it’s turning out.

  5. Ser Biffy Clegane

    Great job everyone!

    Speaking of Arya dieing, I guess it would meet GRRM’s “bittersweet” description to pair Sansa with Arya in Nymeria at the end. Sansa gets a wolf and becomes symbolically a Stark again, the sisters are reconciled, and Arya can protect the next generation of Starks, but also, she’s dead.

  6. SGF

    “Swear your life to the Catfish!” lol . That sigil could be on Monty Python.

  7. The only magic we have experience with or first hand specific accounts of is blood magic and then some references to fire related magic. We don’t have any information about the magic of the Children of the Forest except that it is effective against the Others, and that it may have blood related components. We don’t have any idea how fire related magic works.

    So we have a very small sampling of data to try to understand the components or basis of the Others’ powers.

    You are all speculating out of your asses when it comes to how the Others’ will bring down the wall…more than usual; we know NOTHING at all about this.

    All of these other magics are used by human beings. The Others are another species, even they are even biological creatures at all and there very existence seems to be rooted in magic. If Barth is correct, and the seasons are being controlled by unnatural means, it may very well be the magic of the Others’ or their deity, and we have no comparison or precedent for that sort of power outside of what might have caused the Doom of Valyria.

    The magic of the Others’ may very well have a basis in nothing that has yet been written about. Their magic may be based on Midichlorians (lol) for all we know. They may bring down the wall by interdimensionally traveling to Earth and acquiring plastic explosives….such a theory has just as much basis in Martin’s writing as anything you guys/gal have said on this topic.

    I would guide my speculations with humility and consistently state “we have no fucking idea” if I were clever.

    Thanks for the podcasts though. I’m listening to them while playing the Clash of Kings mod for Warband.

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