Game of Thrones TV Fan Theory Spoilers for GOT 6:5

Suppose that ‘time travel’ in Game of Thrones/ASOIAF is the kind where you can’t actually change anything (no free will) but merely fulfill what has already and always happened, but it seems as though our actions are willful rather than pre-destined?

My latest thing: Ned’s son Brandon Stark is Bran the Builder. He did these things in the past in response to events we see currently unfolding. From the GOT wiki Bran the Builder character entry (emphasis added):

“Bran the Builder was a legendary member of the First Men from the Age of Heroes, the founder of House Stark, and the first King in the North. Many famous structures are attributed to have been built under his direction, hence his nickname of “the Builder”, including Winterfell and most famously the Wall, which according to legend, he raised with the aid of giants. <...> According to legend, he advised Durran during the building of Storm’s End *when he was just a boy*. He’s also traditionally attributed to having granted the Gift to the Night’s Watch, though Maesters argue that it must have been a different King in the North also named Brandon.”

It’s has already happened, we have the incorrect perception that actions can affect them. “Are we are playing parts set in motion generations ago…?” (Tyrion paraphrase) In this scenario, yes…

Whadda ya think?

“The other, of course, involves orcs.”

Every time I see this I laugh. Perhaps most because I was, after all, 14 once.

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Seen most recently at Kevin’s and originally (AFAIK) here.

10 years later, the real story behind Columbine

Everyone remembers Columbine. One of the reporters of the original event, Dave Cullen, wrote a book about Columbine. It sounds like much of what was told to us is incorrect. [link via Doug]

10 years later, the real story behind Columbine [USA Today]
Their rampage put schools on alert for “enemies lists” made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication and didn’t target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers’ journals and witness accounts. That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.

I have the book on reserve from the library. I’m curious about reading it.

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