I just watched the first two seasons again, and a few questions and thoughts popped into my head:
1) Tyrion's dagger: I noticed the nasty look Tyrion gave Littlefinger at the council meeting. It's obvious that Tyrion knows that Littlefinger told Catelyn Stark that the dagger was his. But then, nothing. I hope Tyrion sticks it to that pimp, who is #1 on my list of characters I most want to see die horribly.
On the subject of the dagger, I'm pretty sure Joffrey and/or Cersei had the weapon planted on the assassin who tried to kill Bran, but failed thanks to dire wolf puppy-fu. Tyrion bitch-slapped Joffrey repeatedly over the little sadist's refusal to offer condolences to Bran's parents, and Cersei is scared shitless that Bran might recover, tell what he saw and her head would be on a stick next to Dubya's. Speaking of Bran's wolf, I love how he growled at Theon -who is #4 on my list.
2) Cersei is great at swinging between ice queen and sobbing, emotional parent, and this kinda gives me a hint about Jon Snow's real backstory. Right before Blackwater, she's sobbing to Tyrion about what a monster she pushed out of her womb (Malissandre's evil kid only killed one person -and that fucking twat Renly deserved it!), but later she's abducting and beating up on poor Ros and threatening to kill her before she has a chance to show her fabulous tits again. On top of that, her guard tries to kill Tyrion in the middle of the battle. So her M.O. is to try to be all sympathetic before she strikes.
Now, after Bran is pushed out the window, but before Creepy Fucker tries to stab him, Cersei has a talk with Catelyn about the death of her first son, who died as an infant. She describes the baby as having Robert's black hair. Given that Cersei and Jaime have this weird fixation on wanting their incest babies on the throne, and Cersei (like Hera) wants to kill off her horndog husband's other offspring, is it a stretch to think that Cersei might have killed her own kid conceived with Robert?
So my theory is that black-haired Jon Snow is Robert's bastard with Ned's sister (the one Robert goes on and on about), and that somehow Robert got her goodies (sorry, I just watched Your Highness
again) before he had a chance to marry her. Ned can't let Robert know because the Lannisters (serial child-killers) would kill the offspring of Robert and Ned's sister if they ever found out. The Lannisters might have been the ones who killed Lyanna when they were killing every Targaryan they could find. Indiscriminate murder is their calling card, after all.
In this case, Ned isn't quite as much of a putz as I thought, since he's willing to risk his own rank, honor and even his life to avoid the murder of a child. He's still a fucking dumbass, though.
3) Why doesn't Stannis crank out more demon babies? One for Loras, one for each of the main Lannisters. Not only is this tactic more effective than nighttime amphibious assaults, but it means he gets to boink Carice Van Houten on a regular basis:
It's not just that he didn't choose to kill Halfhand at the urging of the wildlings. It's that it shouldn't have worked. Ygritte is right there, she was with him the whole time, he was no traitor and she knew it.
It's obvious from the moment Jon shows misgiving about killing Ygritte that he's smitten by her, and her constant teasing and flirting with him wasn't just a ruse to get him to let his guard down. Clearly she likes him -so much so that my girlfriend was nonplussed that he didn't try to kiss her, and wondered if Jon was supposed to be gay. The consensus among female viewers is that maybe Ygritte could fuck some of the boring out of Jon Snow. They might be on to something, since he showed a glimmer of a sense of humor when Ygritte was jokingly offering him some pussy and he asked if she wanted to do it in the mud right there.
5) Catelyn's scheme looks dumber and dumber. What does she think is going to happen if Brienne should make it to King's Landing and drop off Jaime? The Lannisters will just let Brienne go and take Sansa back with her? Sansa still has value even though Joffrey isn't going to marry her. If the Lannisters and Tyrells should somehow get their act together and kill Robb and Catelyn, that makes Sansa the next in line to inherit Winterfell (or what's left after Theon's men looted and burned the place). She's been rather compliant for the Lannisters and using her as a puppet in the North would make things easier.
6) Why doesn't Danerys just take over Qarth? All the leaders are dead and empty vault or no empty vault, she and her followers can sack Doxos' belongings, as well as those of the rest of the Qarth Chamber of Commerce. Besides, Qarth seems like a much better place to live than Westeros, with its long winters. When her dragons grow big enough, then she can administer an ass-kicking to her enemies in Westeros.