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I've heard Dance with Dragons was rewritten entirely once because the first draft, one of his buddies said "but if X is with Y then this whole thing with Z is wrong" so he had to start over. It's also the book where the story goes from "expanding outward" to "wrapping up loose ends" which means he had to be a lot more precise with it. I kinda feel a lot of the important stuff got buried in chaff so it wouldn't be so obviously important.