The Winds of Winter Sample Chapter
As you might expect given the title, this post is going to contain some spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, right up through the end of the last book (A Dance With Dragons).
Time to take a deep breath and post about something even more frivolous than Ron Paul’s campaign.
George R. R. Martin has posted a sample chapter from The Winds of Winter. You can read it here if you’re so inclined. A couple initial thoughts:
1) This doesn’t really answer very many of our outstanding questions. Since it clearly takes place before the end of Dance (and Martin says as much on his Not a Blog), it doesn’t really provide much help on the matter of what happens in the Stannis/Bolton showdown.
2) Looks like Bran is about to jump into matters in a big way. I’m not totally sure why Asha wants Theon out on the island with the weirwood, but it’s pretty clear Bran has the birds whipped into a frenzy. That could be fun.
3) The Theon chapters of Dance were, in my opinion, among the very strongest elements. It’s good to see more of him here, and it’s really good to see more Stannis (who, as many/most of you should know by now, is one of my two favorite characters [the other is Davos] in the whole series).
My favorite lines from the new chapter:
“Never call him that!” Spittle sprayed from Theon’s lips. “Ramsay Bolton, not Ramsay Snow, never Snow, never, you have to remember his name, or he will hurt you.”
[Stannis:] “He is welcome to try. Whatever name he goes by.”
[Theon:] “The north remembers. The Red Wedding, Lady Hornwood’s fingers, the sack of Winterfell, Deepwood Motte and Torrhen’s Square, they remember all of it.”
I didn’t really like Dance, and I’m still worried about where Martin is taking us here, but it’s safe to say my excitement is fully rekindled.
UPDATE: Oh jeez, I missed the obvious rejoinder to point #1. Stannis’ prediction that Massey might hear about his death, combined with a description of the inner workings of the United Raven Postal Service, makes it pretty clear that the letter at the end of Dance is a fake.