Post by danl on Feb 21, 2020 17:14:38 GMT
Maybe she didn't really leave the religion. Maybe she is on a mission for them. But I think about any assumption we want to make about the red priesthood is as valid as any other. We have two red priests that we really get a look at and the contrasts between them are dramatic. One or the other (or both) is not representative of the norm. The natural assumption is that Mel is the norm, partly because we knew her well before we really got to know Thoros, and partly because Thoros describes himself in fairly negative terms. But maybe it is typical for a red priest to admit to being flawed and imperfect, while a fanatic like Mel is unusual.
I think our first good look at Illyrio was through Dany's eyes and she was suspicious of his motives. Dany's assessments are often wrong, but I think she was right in that one. Illyrio may be serving the right cause now (to the extent that one cause can be more good and right and pure), but his motives and his loyalties remain suspect. If he serves the red temple, I suspect that he expects to benefit by his service. But the red priests may value good service over devotional loyalty. Illyrio's gestures toward devotion to the Red God may be just that, and the priests may know that and be satisfied
It is also possible that the red priesthood is divided. Maybe something like Shia and Sunni Islam, or maybe like Catholic and Protestant Christianity, or like Baptist and Presbyterian, or maybe Mel is part of some fanatic order that is useful but a bit suspect.
OK. Somehow I missed all of that but it is what I was questioning. So yes, the red light signals a brothel. I still want a door that is actually red, but I'm much more open to the red lamp shining on the door theory with these data points in front of me.
I think it's hard to imagine that Dany's pregnancy was not somehow related. There is a significant history of putting dragon eggs in cribs and the like. There is Summerhall, where (I think the dominant) theory says a hatching attempt involved the birth of a child. And Dany's pregnancy and her attraction to the eggs seem to be linked. If we believe MMD, Dany's child had dragon-like features. And MMD says the child was a sacrifice, seemingly to heal Drogo, but maybe not just that
He had burned a family, I think before Rickard, but we don't know much about that
It's not original with me, but I kinda liked it. The general idea is that bastard names reflect a major characteristic of the area. So in marsh country, "Reed" would be appropriate. Bastard names, I think, are based more on custom and tradition, so "Snow" might not make sense in the marshes.
"Of the crannogmen" is odd for a couple reasons. One is that it does not give the usual information about parentage. But it is also strange because that description (I would think) would apply to most of people on the Reed family tree.
There is obviously a reason he is not giving us that information. It is also odd that he doesn't even give us her name, then he does. Maybe that tells us that whoever is responsible for those family trees didn't have that information for some reason.