all “Beautiful Death” of season 4 o Game of Thrones
You were a terrible baby, do you know that? Bawling all the time, never sleeping. And one night you just wouldn’t shut up, screaming like a dying pig. I walked over to your crib, I looked down at you. I wanted to strangle you. And you looked up at me and you stopped screaming. You smiled at me. Don’t die so far from the sea.
Westeros is Gettin’ in Touch with its Wild Side.
"Out with the new(?), in with the old(?)."
It’s at the end of A Storm of Swords that the reader thinks to themselves, more than any other book, “EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKED.” Cersei’s nosedive into crazy-town in AFFC, The Crow’s Eye being voted king, and the Meereen fiasco in ADWD; those are just icing on the shit-cake.
The sacred laws around kinslaying, kingslaying and guest right have all been broken, and scarcely anyone uses the Wall anymore as a way to safely get rid of enemies. These sacred laws were essential to keeping of the peace and making alliances.
What GRRM is writing is not just personal narratives, but also a massive historical one that frames them. It’s one where civilizations rise and fall and where the old, primal nature and memory of humanity continually resurfaces again and again.
What I’m saying is: Westeros is in the phase of de-evolution. You might have noticed how the most powerful Andal Houses are dying, while several First Men Houses are getting stronger.
- The Lannisters, Arryns, and Baratheons, all mostly Andal, are nearly dead, left with few trueborn, trueblooded or capable heirs.
- The Freys are being hunted down and are cursed.
- The Faith of the Seven is in turmoil.
- The Horn of Winter is out there, somewhere, meaning that the Wall is doomed and the Others will swarm over the 7K. (The ice zombies aren’t a big deal if it doesn’t).
- A greyscale epidemic seems likely, food stories are low, armies have been decimated.
- The Reach, has the last and largest food stores, and those are under attack now by the Ironborn.
Human civilization is being wiped away, but especially the things that are “new” arrivals to the continent.
Meanwhile, everything ancient and native is getting stronger.
- A snow-bound North is inhospitable to humans, but seems habitable for Giants.
- Direwolves are south of the Wall again, and one of them is the leading a massive pack in the Riverlands.
- The magic of the weirwoods is getting stronger. New ones are growing in the South, and Brienne saw a younger one in an abandoned Crackclaw castle.
- There’s a new Bran the Builder, whose powers are godlike and unmatched, apparently in all history.
- The crannogmen, the most primitive and traditional of the North’s people, are untouched by the war and likely know about Bran and Rickon.
- The Royces are the strongest house in the Vale now, and they’re First Men: their banner is FM runes and their motto is “We Remember.” They and several other Vale families wanted to join Robb Stark.
- A Kingsmoot has been held on the Iron Islands for the first time in thousands of years.
“The trees have eyes again.”-Qorin Halfhand, ASOS
“History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.”-Rodrik Harlaw, AFFC
“I am wolf. I will not go.”-Bran, ACOK.
“Old powers waken, shadows stir. An age of wonder and terror will be soon be upon us, an age for gods and heroes.”-AFFC
"Slayeth these hoes," demanded the knight. "They have dragged one enemy too many. Now, their tea shall be spilled in turn."
"Have mercy, my lord," tried one of the hoes, a desperate plea resounding in her frail voice. "It was not our meaning to read ha fa filfth."
"Too late," the knight said firmly. "The library is open, and read you shall be."