So E.D. has a new column out talking about the whole Game of Thrones thing… specifically how the next book ain’t coming out this year, how the television show will soon catch up with (and pass) where we are in the books, and how it seems increasingly likely that GRRM will die before he finishes the series.
The title of his column? “HBO Needs To Finish ‘Game Of Thrones’ With Or Without George R.R. Martin”.
While I can totally appreciate where he’s coming from (I still play the Captain Ahab game with my white whale Mass Effect 3, after all), I can’t help but wonder about how that is likely to turn out.
When I was reading Song of Ice and Fire, I was doing so wondering “when is he going to get back into the whole Good starts beating the crap out of Evil thing?”
As if his storytelling was a prolonged foreshadowing to him finally saying “we’ll get back to the tropes you’re familiar with” and then we can finally have heroes take on enormous odds, overcome them, and then kill Geoffrey in an actually *SATISFYING* way.
I mean, let’s say that you were in charge of writing the end of Season 1. How would you have ended it? Sansa killing Geoffrey, right? Not killing Khal Drogo? Certainly not killing the baby? So let’s assume that we’ve got Season 1 the way it happened. How would you have ended Season 2? Sansa killing Geoffrey, right? Okay, let’s get to Season 3. How would you have ended it? Would you have at least avoided the Red Wedding? And you’d have had Sansa kill Geoffrey, right? How would you have ended Season 4?
So now we’re edging up to Seasons 5 and 6 and right about then we’re going to be getting to about where we are now, right? Maybe we can get the next book out and have another season…
But, at that point, we *WILL* have to deal with the question of “well, how would *YOU* have ended the story?”
Because it’s not going to be GRRM writing it at that point.
And, my suspicion is that the writers will finally ease a sigh of relief and be glad that the prologue to the *REAL* story is finally over and *NOW* we can get back to writing Star Wars in Westeros.
Which will, for some reason, remind people a lot more of Phantom Menace than Empire Strikes Back.
And then we’ll get to blame George RR Martin for that, too.
So… what have you been reading and/or watching?