In my recap this week, I focused on why the Children of the Forest were never on Dragonstone (truth hurts, Benioff and Weiss), why Jaime is probably still alive and kicking, why Arya vs. Brien…
I just heard this tidbit from episode 34 of a podcast called Game of Microphones, which discusses the books and how they relate to the show.
The narrator was making a point that perhaps Bran is everywhere at all times, including the building of the great castles: “Bran would know every stone in Winterfell if he had placed every stone in Winterfell as Bran the Builder… We are also told that a child instructed this guy Duran in the building of Storm’s End, which is the Baratheon house seat.”
Then he quoted a Clash of Crows, Chapter 31, Catelyn 3, and one line made me think of you:
“Five more castles he built, each larger and stronger than the last, only to see them smashed asunder when the gale winds came howling up Shipbreaker bay, driving great walls of water before them. His lords pleaded with him to build inland. His priests told him he must placate the gods by giving Ellenai back to the sea. Even his small folk begged him to relent. Duran would have none of it. A seventh castle he raised, most massive of all. Some said the Children of the Forest helped him build it, shaping the stones with magic. Others claimed that a small boy had told him what he must do, a boy who would grow to be Bran the builder… No matter how the tale was told, the end was the same. Though the angry gods threw storm after storm against it, the seventh castle stood defiant…”
It’s not a definite statement, but I have to wonder why GRRM would mention this rumor about a location far to the south of Dragonstone for no reason.