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What will happen to Jon Snow, some personal theories (Game of Thrones spoilers as always)

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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Before I start this, let me answer the question that’s often asked: I’ve read ASOIAF up until A Dance with Dragons, so I will work from a book/show perspective. In that particular book is the scene where Jon gets betrayed by the men of the Night’s Watch (minus Olly who doesn’t exist). In the book, as Jon lays dying, he says the word “Ghost” and then it’s all fade to black. There is no conclusion that he truly died, or what happened. I’m guessing George R.R. Martin is going to address it in The Winds of Winter, but there’s no guarantee even that the book will be out before the next season.

However, remember this little factoid: The showrunners have confirmed time and time again that Martin has told them how it all plays out, and they also most likely know what all is happening in The Winds of Winter. Viewers were up in arms about Shireen and what happens to her because she was still alive in A Dance with Dragons. But, Martin had told D&D that it was eventually going to happen in the books, so they took it in the direction they did to give Stannis some sort of conclusion that he is most definitely not Azor Ahai reborn. Melisandre also realizes this in the season finale (although she was the one to tell him to burn his daughter) and decides to jump ship back to the Wall.

So, you have Melisandre and Davos at the Wall when Jon is stabbed. Remember, Melisandre has the same power that Thoros of Myr has in that they have the power to re-animate. Thoros used it on Catelynn and she became Lady Stoneheart (how I wish she would have appeared in the series, but oh well). So, that can be one conclusion for Jon next season, she re-animates him. This is entirely possible because she has stated before that her power is greatest when she is at the Wall, she showed an obvious interest in Jon and knows he’s got a destiny far greater than almost any other character in ASOIAF. I could see her doing that.

Another theory: remember what I said about Jon saying “Ghost” in ADWD. His direwolf Ghost is still alive, and Jon has the ability to warg, just like the rest of the Stark children (I have my doubts about Sansa, but that’s another story). So, as he lay dying it’s very possible that his soul wargs into Ghost for the time being. Not permanently, mind you, but just until his anima is out of harm’s way.

And yet another theory that’s gaining traction on the interwebs: Remember when the Nights’ King looked at Jon with much interest after he cut down the White Walker? Perhaps Jon is also destined to be a White Walker, and eventual Nights’ King who can create a treaty of peace between the Cold ones beyond the Wall and the southerners, thereby ending Winter. I’m not a fan of that theory myself, but it’s out there.

At any rate, Jon is who he is, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (if R + L = J holds). As such, he can make a claim to the Iron Throne. Kit Harrington and D&D have said in multiple interviews that Jon Snow is dead dead dead. Sure, that can be true. The Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch can be truly dead. But if he is resurrected, he will be Jon Targaryen, no longer Jon Snow, a man once sworn to the Night’s Watch but is no longer because technically he “died”. The oath dies with Snow, so to speak. He can leave and get on with his real career path, a trueborn Targaryen/Stark who can be both Azor Ahai reborn/ The Prince that was Promised and the rightful King of Westeros.

This is a pretty interesting spot to be in, where the show has caught up to the published books and no one (aside from insiders with Nondisclosure Agreements I’m sure) knows what will happen next. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I for one am looking forward to next season and the release of The Winds of Winter. It’s time for some new reading material 🙂

Dunk and Egg, plus a Game of Thrones recap (And Now His Watch has Ended)

April 22, 2013 2 comments
Love these books :)

Love these books 🙂

Over the weekend I finished the Dunk & Egg novellas… well, the ones written so far. In order, the publication list is as follows:

  1. The Hedge Knight (Legends)
  2. The Sworn Sword (Legends II)
  3. The Mystery Knight (Warriors I)

George R. R. Martin has said that he plans to write many more novellas to flesh out this particular story. It’s set in Westeros about 100 years before Game of Thrones, and tells the story of Dunk (or Ser Duncan the Tall), a hedge knight getting into misadventures with his special squire, Egg. Why he’s special is something you have to read for yourself. I highly recommend these books also because there’s some great stories by other fantasy writers like Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, and my girl for all time, Anne McCaffrey. Any book that includes something from the Pern series is entirely read-worthy in my humble opinion.

So, onto Game of Thrones. Here are my thoughts:

  • Theon has the worst luck around. He met one of the most sinister characters in the series, who looks as innocent as can be. I almost feel sorry for Theon.
  • I don’t remember Varys keeping his tormentor in a box from the books. Did I miss something?
  • Commander Mormont is no more. That is still such a bummer to me. Craster I won’t miss, obviously.
  • Ha ha, Dany fooled the slaver (surprise to no one). She, like, can totally understand and speak Valyrian, man. Freak out. Plus, she does what she set out to do, acquire an army of free men who would die for her, not because she owns them, but through their own free will. And, her dragon got a nice kebab out of the situation.
  • So the Hound will match up with Beric Dondarrion (in the next episode). This should prove interesting.

My feelings for Jaime Lannister are very different I think than a lot of people. Normally people love to hate him. I actually don’t. I find him one of the more interesting, and ultimately well meaning characters in the series, even though he can still be a doody-head. He killed the Mad King (Aerys) to prevent Kings Landing from being destroyed by pyromancers, but this isn’t something that’s widely known in Westeros. And so, he continues as the Kingslayer without the truth coming forth.

True, he’s in an incestuous relationship with Cersei, but he has always loved and protected his younger brother Tyrion from the blame and hatred their father Tywin harbors for his role in their mother’s death (she died while giving birth to Tyrion). And true, he fathered another crazy loon who sits on the Iron Throne (I’m looking at YOU, Joffrey), but he tries to protect Brienne when the men try to rape her. See how it’s a back and forth kind situation with Jaime? I want to hate him, but he does too many good things to do so.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens next week.

ASOIAF (A Song of Ice And Fire Series) – Dark humor abounds courtesy of Dolorous Edd

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the reasons I’ve grown to love this series of books (aside from the fact that it is the basis for the Game of Thrones television series) is the really nutty humor that abounds. If you don’t believe me, check these gems out from Dolorous Edd, a man of the Night’s Watch. These quotes are scattered throughout the books.

In praise of Dolorous Edd:

  • Tollett poked his head through the door. “Beg pardon,” he said, ignoring the flurry of feathers, “shall I fetch m’lord some breakfast?” “Corn,” cried the raven. “Corn, corn.” “Roast raven”, Jon suggested, “and half a pint of ale.” Having a steward fetch and serve for him still felt strange; not long ago, it would have been him fetching breakfast for Lord Commander Mormont. “Three corns and one roast raven,” said Dolorous Edd. “Very good, m’lord, only Hobb’s made boiled eggs, black sausage, and apples stewed with prunes. The apples stewed with prunes are excellent, except for the prunes. I won’t eat prunes myself. Well, there was one time when Hobb chopped them up with chestnuts and carrots and hid them in a hen. Never trust a cook, my lord. They’ll prune you when you least expect it.”
  • “I never win anything,” Dolorous Edd complained. “The gods always smiled on Watt, though. When the wildlings knocked him off the Bridge of Skulls, somehow he landed in a nice deep pool of water. How lucky was that, missing all those rocks?”
    • “Was it a long fall?” Grenn wanted to know. “Did landing in the pool of water save his life?”
      • “No,” said Dolorous Edd. “He was dead already, from that axe in his head. Still, it was pretty lucky, missing the rocks.”
  • “I just want to say to whoever is voting for me that I would certainly make an awful Lord Commander. But so would all these others.”
  • The dead are likely dull fellows, full of tedious complaints – ‘the ground’s too cold, my gravestone should be larger, why does HE get more worms than I do…'”
  • “Once they figure a way to work a dead horse, we’ll be next. Likely I’ll be the first too. ‘Edd,’ they’ll say, ‘dying’s no excuse for laying down no more, so get on up and take this spear, you’ve got first watch tonight.’ Well, I shouldn’t be so gloomy. Might be I’ll die before they work it out.”
  • “We’ll never find that one, and I’ll be blamed. Nothing ever goes missing that they don’t look at me, ever since that time I lost my horse. As if that could be helped. He was white and it was snowing, what did they expect?”
  • “Your boat’s not like to sink, I don’t think. Boats only sink when I’m aboard.”

Book review: A Dance with Dragons (possible spoilers)

May 29, 2012 4 comments

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent book. I need to know what happens to certain folks though, and that won’t be answered until the next one is finished. Argh!

A few questions:

  • Who did Brienne have with her?
  • What happened to Jon?
  • Do Rhaegal and Viserion rejoin Dany or is Drogon her last dragon baby to survive?

Some of the chapters are harder to get through. In usual Martin fashion, there are very vivid descriptions of murders of all types, bowel movements, crazy food (would you eat eel pie?), and of course, forced sex. That’s not to say that those subjects make up the entire series, but it does get old after a while.

This particular title clocks in at almost 900 pages. Well worth it, though.

Book review: A Clash of Kings

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent book. The action keeps moving along, though it’s quite long.

It’s hard with these books to say anything without giving away spoilers, but I will say it’s worth a read. Favorite character in this particular book: Arya Stark. She knows how to survive. Least favorite: Theon Greyjoy. You’ll know why when you read it (methinks I’ve said too much).

My hatred for Joffrey has shifted slightly to the Greyjoys. I find nothing redeeming about that clan so far.

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