From Westeros.org, via Locus, we have news about the release date for the next Dunk & Egg’ novella from George R.R. Martin. The Dunk & Egg’ novellas, which currently consist of The Hedge Knight,’ The Sworn Sword,’ and The Mystery Knight,’ are a series of stories following the titular characters, Duncan the Tall and Egg, on their various adventures and mis-adventures through the land of Westeros. The stories are set about 90 years before the events in Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and often feature cameos by characters and events hinted at in the mainline novels.
Of the novella, Westeros says:
[The] fourth Dunk and Egg novella, which will follow Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg to Winterfell where the she-wolves are said to rule as Lord Stark lays dying.
As Westeros mentions, it will be interesting to see if, indeed, this short story/novella does intersect with one of my favourite scenes from A Dance with Dragons. It won’t be the first time that the path of Duncan the Tall has intersected with everybody’s favourite little greenseer.
It’s ain’t The Winds of Winter, but you’ll never catch this guy complaining about new George R.R. Martin short fiction coming available, especially when it’s tied to A Song of Ice and Fire. via Westeros.org
In preparation for Season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, I have begun doing two things:
- Reading A Clash of Kings again
- Watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones again
Both of which are more exciting than I would have expected them to be. As I watched episode 1 last night, the scene which closely ties to the prologue of A Game Of Thrones, I was struck by fear. I was legitimately scared for those brothers in the Night’s Watch. I knew their fate, as I know all of the fates that have been decided in the books published up until now. That didn’t make the experience any less intense. I know the obvious statement is to say that it increased my anticipation for season 2 to begin on April 1. But what was unexpected was that it has increased my anticipation to watch the remainder of season 1 again!
The scenes in Winterfell should have been pedestrian, but seeing the actors faces again, it was like a family reunion. Sean Bean swinging ice, explaining things to Bran. The tension between Theon and Jon Snow. And of course Tyrion having his way with some ladies.
As for reading A Clash of Kings again, there is so much detail in the stories that George has written, that you can always pull more out of it that you did the first time, or even the second time. I am only a few chapters in, but already enjoying my place in Westeros again.