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Subj: Re: If you can read books, you can read lengthy replies too!
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 10:07:07 am EDT (Viewed 198 times)
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Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 03:49:14 pm EDT (Viewed 211 times)

    As for it being the end, we can't know that. There's no way you can rule out that Martin's ending would not be setting up future storylines, because a lot of writers begin their stories knowing full well how they wanna end them. Back when he first conceived it, it's quite possible Martin thought he could wrap it up in a reasonable span of time and then move on to a sequel. So yes, he could have envisioned GC prevailing in the end or surviving and retreating to fight another day.

Nevermind the books. If Warner Bros. is smart, they will make a Game of Thrones movie (or a few movies) a few years from now that's a sequel to the series featuring the surviving characters. That's why they shouldn't kill off Jon, Arya, Sansa, and some supporting characters like Sam, Gilly, Davos, Missandei, etc. They should even keep Varys around. He could make a heel turn.

    Finally, an overlooked aspect, IMO, is that Martin likes to present his sides more gray than black and white. I believe I've read somewhere that he was fascinated by how Hector and Achilles were both the villain and the hero in the Iliad, depending on which side's perspective you took. That is not something that can currently be said about the prevalent factions of his story, as pretty much everyone decent and moral is on one side, while everyone vile and psychotic on the other (and no one has the charisma of a Tywin, to somewhat gain our favor). But if you present an honorable leader, one who's been wronged by pretty much every major House, it mixes things up and makes them more interesting, especially in the event of a quick NK defeat.

This is a good point. Cersei needs another notable strong ally besides the one-note sneering Euron. Strickland with a complicated Targaryen-affiliated past and the potential to turn on Cersei fits the bill.

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