Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A dark and disturbing chapter

(Very vague (I hope) spoilers for a chapter in The Winds of Winter)

Of course our good friend George R.R. is well known by now for not being shy to display the darker side of humanity (in many ways, A Song of Ice and Fire shows us that of all the enemies, it is mankind that is the most dangerous).

It was this willingness to take fantasy to a darker place that helped elevate A Game of Thrones from other contemporary fantasy books, in addition to many other factors. In the following books, I've argued before, Martin dared to go even darker, even as the series' success became brighter. His realistic characters, sense of humor, great prose and all that made it a success too, of course (most of all, A Song of Ice and Fire became a success due to word of mouth, but I'm not really posting this to study the increasing popularity of one of the world's slowest-moving fantasy stories).

Anyway, George was at some convention the other day (Balticon or something, probably across the not-so Narrow Sea), and he read a "new" chapter from the viewpoint of Aeron Damphair, and as it turns out, Martin manages - sixteen years after the first novel was published - to go even deeper into disturbing territory in terms of ... well, looks like Ramsay has a competitor.

Still, it's a great chapter. Someone at the con recorded Martin's reading, and someone else (I presume) has turned it into words, and someone else else has collected it with all the other released Winds chapters for our enjoyment.

Take a look here if you're eager for some The Winds of Winter, but beware - if you read it all, you'll be re-reading at least 100 pages once the actual book maybe arrives possibly.

Anyway, just a heads-up. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the chapter, some theories are confirmed, and some juicy speculation is bound to follow regarding.... well, you'll see for yourself.

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