We found an interesting analysis on the web this morning.
After the Starks are gone, in exile or in the grave, George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire brings us back to Winterfell for a story of tension and confinement. Only four chapters starting with a wedding and ending with an escape.
The drama involves what are, after all, secondary characters, largely untouched by our emotional attachment. We hardly recognize the family home where the story started. Nevertheless, we watch events unfold with the vague hope that some justice will be restored.
Our witness, our mediator, is a broken man, deeply tormented by guilt, deranged by psychological and physical torture, and little invested in the events around him. All this makes for a queer reading, uncharacteristic of what we see in the other parts of the story.
And little seems to happen. As our eyes expect a resolution, our minds are only left with an enigmatic letter received at the Wall.
This poor reader fell into the psychological trap of feeling challenged by the letter. One observation led to another, and I found myself having written fifteen thousand words, and still feeling superficial. So I embarked in a study of the whole Winterfell huis clos in the hope I wouldn’t feel compelled to enlarge the scope of investigation to the whole series of books.
The investigation can not be summarized shortly. I have included here all my thinking, and discoveries, great and small, and many detours.
We highly suggest that you read the entire analysis. It covers a lot of things that have happened in all of the books that may have been forgotten.
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.