Re: A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One: Ch. 24 through 31
Yes, I deleted a post I had made. I was commenting on your theory that Jon is actually the son of Richard and Lyanna. I think this is interesting, but I deleted the post because I wanted to mention Gendry and thought I was in the wrong section to do it. Gendry is also the bastard son of Richard, and there seems to be a lot of interest in him. I am wondering if Gendry is the son of Richard and Lyanna? Gendry would certainly be of great importance if this were true. He would tie the House of Baratheon and the House of Stark together. I would think this would be upsetting for Cersei. Jon Arryn was asking many questions about Gendry before he was killed. This may have been the motive for the Lannisters to kill Jon Arryn because it would compromise Joffrey's position. Bastard sons, as far as English history is concerned, can become legal heirs to the throne. Henry VIII had an acknowledged bastard son who was in line for the throne, but the boy died.
As I read GoT I am amazed at the detail and imagination that has gone into it. I think Martin is a wonderful storyteller and I can see him going on and on. I don't think it's an ego thing, I think he loves to write. He has created fascinating characters and I feel he wants them to have the fullest life possible.
Taylor, you made another remark that made me stop and think. You asked why Martin kept Bran alive as a cripple instead of just killing him. Could he be used for something. I think absolutely! Bran learned information that would be very dangerous for Cersei if it were to come out and I believe it will come out. The crows are helping him remember. While on the topic of fatherhood, is it possible that Joffrey is not the son of Richard, but the son of Jaime? Is this the secret/reason that Cersei and Jaime want Bran dead? (did everyone know this and I am just late to figure this out?) This would make Gendry even more important. Gendry is actually Richards son. Then there is Jon. It makes sense that Jon is the son of Richard and Lyanna. Ned could be raising this child as his own to keep him away from Cersei thinking he may be killed if Cersei found out. Ned loved Lyanna and would want her child protected. But both Jon and Gendry cannot be sons of Lyanna, she was only 16. It may be only a matter of time before the Lannisters start to suspect Jon. You gotta love to hate those Lannisters!
Taylor, you have been a wonderful discussion participant! We talked about different points of view in another thread, and the great thing out different points of view is you get to see things from another's perspective and things that you may miss altogether. Discussing a novel as a group with differing opinions gives the reader a better appreciation for the book. You mentioned that Martin may be keeping Bran alive, as a cripple to use him later. That is a great theory. And because of this I began to think about Tyrion. Why is he alive? He would be seen as deformed and defective. His eyes are two different colors. I would think a child like that would have been destroyed by an important family. He shows weakness in the blood line. I love Tyrion so I am very happy he was allowed to live, but if this story was true, I think he would have been doomed.