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Saturday, January 18, 2014

On Throne Theorizing

"Game of Thrones"

It’s only been with the coming of the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” that I’ve run across a speculative article on how the epic “A Song of Ice and Fire” will end.  I agree with meme showing skeletons waiting for the fourth season of the HBO hit series, while poor book fans like me wait for the next book as a T-Rex skeleton in this overstretched, highly sophisticated epic story, “The Winds of Winter.” 

I’ll share this blog article with the warning that the blogger also gives that this article is better read by readers.  So if you’re super-spoiler sensitive, you may not want to read it, because it gets into details of “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons.”  To me, I don’t think it’s a big spoiler, because the last two books didn’t advance the plot very much and the single BIG game changer isn’t mentioned.

For the article: 


Readers, please be polite to this blogger who dared to think “outside the norm” in the way most of us think of this story.  When I check, my comment still says “Awaiting moderation” so if you can’t see it, I suppose he decided not to post it.  Overall, I disagreed because of the core belief that Martin’s characters drive the plot more than the sideline stories.  I believe Jon and Daenerys are Ice and Fire protagonists.  Whether they fall in love and marry, knowing GRRM, he’ll find a way to spoil our happy fantasy.

But who’s to say?  This blogger may be right. Will Jon Snow and Daenerys end up on opposing sides?  Are the Others misunderstood? Because Targaryens are conquerors does that mean they are all evil?  Better question:  Which is life, Ice or Fire?  To maintain balance in the fictional world must Ice win over Fire?

To me, in fiction, undead are not death; they are the absence of life.  There is nothing natural about an undead, so undead, night, and darkness are usually associated with an antagonist.  Also, I disagree with this blogger, to steal newborn male babies is not a misunderstood noble act.  To remove innocent of a single gender, in fiction often the reason is the need of innocent blood for an evil purpose.

As for Fire, regardless of one’s belief in ancient history, the discovery and maintenance of fire is of utmost importance for survival, and is the method used for war.  Modern war of today uses some variance of fire for weaponry.  But to use ice as a weapon by humans for a good purpose, certainly can be used in fiction, and this blogger brings about some interesting points. 

As the series ramps up for the fourth season, I’m looking forward to see the characters come to life with a great production and talented cast.  Though I disagree with this theory, I applaud this blogger for putting this idea out there, outrageous to some, brilliant to others, and all of we “Martians” know we’re probably all wrong in one way or another.

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