Well. That’s that then…

And just like that, Game of Thrones is finished.

It’s fair to say the end wasn’t warmly received by fans and critics alike. I won’t link to the many, many think pieces out there about the problems with the final season, but just wanted to jot down some thoughts (and reboot my blog… ahem. Sorry. Been busy with work and real life!)

The unifying theme of the criticisms has been that it was just so rushed.

Does GRRM intend to seat King Bran on the Iron Throne (or what remains of it) at the end of ASOIAF? I don’t know. Maybe? But the way it was presented in the show makes no sense at all.

I have a similar reaction to Arya killing the Night King (a storyline I’m quite confident won’t occur in the books, if only because there is no Night King…) and Jon going off as King Beyond the Wall with the wildings. Everything just felt… meh. No pay off whatsoever to the many threads of plot across 7 preceding seasons or the books.

I did like Sansa being crowned Queen in the North though. I’m OK with that ending. 🙂

The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives

If that’s the ultimate message of the books, I can deal with that. Pretty sure it isn’t though…

Too many unfinished threads in FeastDance for Winds to progress?

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What’s the hold up with The Winds of Winter?

This is a question on, more or less, every ASOIAF fan’s lips at some stage in the past seven years (yes. SEVEN.) Is GRRM past it, too old, no longer interested in Westeros, over it, put off by the show getting ahead of him, procrastinating, or any of the other millions of pejorative ideas thrown at him by ‘fans’?

Maybe.

Or …. maybe it’s just REALLY HARD for him to get every character and every various plot that has been set up over the first five books into the right locations for the final war for humanity?

Because there are a lot of unfinished plot threads. Some are pretty minor, like whether or not Edric Storm will be pulled out like a bunny in a hat by someone claiming the Iron Throne to be legitimised and be the father of the next generation of Baratheons. Some are pretty major, like how the hell is Sansa going to get out from under Littlefinger’s increasingly Weinstein-esque manipulation?

Not going to lie: I just spent far too long responding to a post on /r/asoiaf, and I feel like I should justify it by copying/pasting it into a blog post…. not that any of this is going to help me in Wednesday’s exam…

This line of thought was partly prompted by BryndenBFish’s post on /r/asoiaf earlier today about the extremely likely possibility that ASOIAF is going to be eight books all up, not seven as GRRM keeps insisting (and that, in all likelihood, GRRM’s reluctance to accept this is part of the editing/writing stumbling block!)

That post then prompted another post, where a user put forward their idea about what might happen in TWOW. It was… interesting. Started well, veered into fanfic about halfway through. To be fair, mine probably does as well. Everyone’s does – except for GRRM, and he’s the only one who really knows what’s going on, isn’t it?!

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Fan entitlement and writer’s block

Many, many fans are fed up with GRRM’s glacial writing pace. As someone who waited patiently from primary school to university, to working, to returning to uni for postgraduate studies, to getting a masters before Isobelle Carmody finally finished the damn Obernewtyn Chronicles, I get it. It’s frustrating.

But as Neil Gaiman said, GRRM doesn’t owe us anything. He is not our bitch.

Creative writing is just that: creative. Sometimes creativity doesn’t flow smoothly. Sometimes you get stuck. And if GRRM did give us an update, would that satisfy us?

Probably not. This is what he said to a fan recently on NotABlog:

If you think a “tell all” or update on WINDS OF WINTER would stop fans from asking about it… well, I love your optimism, but my own decades of experience suggest otherwise.

There are only two things that will stop people asking me about WOW:
(1) my finishing and delivering the book, or (2) a giant asteroid hitting the Earth and destroying human civilization.

As I have no control over (2), I am working on (1).

However, I know perfectly well that the moment I announce the completion and delivery of THE WINDS OF WINTER, I will start to get emails demanding to know how A DREAM OF SPRING is coming.

So it goes…

He’s quite right. GRRM could tell us “I have worked out Theon’s, Arya’s, Tyrion’s, Arianne’s, JonCon’s, and Jon’s arcs, but am struggling with Sansa, Brienne, Jaime, Cersei, Dany, Barristan, Asha, and how to get everything ready for the Others to invade” and it wouldn’t tell us any more or any less than we already know, would it?

He’s working on TWOW and will be working on it until it’s done.

So suck it up princesses. Be patient. Wait until he’s done. Keep coming up with tinfoil. Chill out. Re-read. Watch Game of Thrones. Enjoy it.

It’ll be done when it’s done.

ASOIAF is not CSI:Westeros. Chillax peeps…

ASOIAF fans are a dedicated bunch. There’s so many theories out there attempting to explain what is going on behind the scenes of some of our favourite character’s actions.

/u/guildensterncrantz recently did a FANTASTIC meta post on /r/asoiaf, which I strongly recommend reading.

One of the things that is both engaging and frustrating in the ASOIAF fandom is that a lot of reasonably intelligent people get so into it all that they come up with totally ludicrous theories…. and instead of just going “hey, how about this faint possibility?” their personal tinfoil becomes their Holy Grail, and huge resistance is offered up to any constructive criticism of the theory.

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