This morning we’ve come across a leaked prologue from The Winds of Winter. We don’t have any way to verify if it is legitimate, but the POV character does align with what was previously expected. Since it isn’t verified, and it also isn’t coming from GRRM or the publisher, we are not going to link to it. But based on our post from yesterday, maybe it is actually time to check Amazon regularly.
UPDATE: Ok, so we no longer think this is legit. When the Blackfish speaks, we listen.
Well this is interesting. According to a user on Reddit, GRRM may have completed and submitted his first draft of The Winds of Winter.
I have a couple of friends in publishing…
They claim that as of late the little birds have been whispering that GRRM has turned in the first draft of TWOW.
Further in the comments it’s noted that George’s editor Anne Groell has been quiet on twitter lately. Are these two events just a coincidence, or is this the smoke that proves there is a fire.
In terms of a timeline, there is still a need for revisions and editing to take place, so even if the rumor is true, the book will not be out this year or in time for the holiday season. But you never, know maybe it will show up on Amazon any day now.
Here’s a thought that we’ve had for a while, but hadn’t articulated it well into a post. Now we don’t have to as the the great Brynden Blackfish has done so here.
Be sure to read the entire thing, but the gist of it is that Brienne and Pod will be outside of Winterfell when Sansa and Theon jump over the wall. I expect Sansa will light her candle in the window as the old woman suggested.
As to be expected, last night’s episode of Game of Thrones has caused quite a stir. The episode ending scene made the unfortunate choice of using rape as a plot device. According to the episodes writer Bryan Cogman, Sansa made “a choice” to put herself into that situation. Rather than write up a long piece on the use of rape in the show, I’ll link to this one by @angryGOTfan (At least I believe he is the author, please correct me if I am wrong.)
But I will make this brief point. You can’t make the point that the show has made so many changes to the story and created it’s own version of the universe and simultaneously use the defense that the rape happens in the books. Because it doesn’t. Ramsay rapes his wife on his wedding night, that much is true. But if you change the situation and place a different character there, then you can change the course of events. Did we need more reasons to dislike Ramsay? What is the point other than to show yet another rape in the show.
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