”A Song of Ice and Fire” Speculation
All the smug bastards (our last name would be ‘Readers’) that have finished all five of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels don’t want simple recaps of the Game of Thrones’ Season 4 episodes, they want to talk about how Benioff and Weiss have adapted the source material for the small-screen as well as the future of the HBO fantasy. On that note, I should also say that I’ve only read the series once (okay, some extended sections twice) so go easy on me if I screw up and/or if there’s something I fail to mention. Now. Winter is coming. And, if it wasn’t clear by now, so are SPOILERS. Final warning…

So the reader's spoiler section shouldn't always just be about the differences between Game of Thrones and "A Song of Ice and Fire" but this week it's kind of hard to want to talk about anything else except the stuff that's not in the books. I mean, it was pretty amazing to see Ser Pounce and discuss how awesome the adventures of Brienne and Pod could be, however, all I can think about is that White Walker Wall-Castle and the ritual with the Night's King. I also thought it was nice to get to feel the same surprise of surprise as the other show watchers even though I might prefer to stumble across new information in George R.R. Martin's novels.

At least D&D treated the sequence like a mystery so that when we eventually do read about the place they visited, it will still contain new information. Like what their Wall-Castle is called (if anything) and how the hierarchy of the White Walker culture works. And, you know, if this is all evil or just misunderstood. Overall though, it was a really well done sequence and gave me the similar 'oh my God' feeling that I get when reading something huge in "A Song of Ice and Fire." What do you think about the sequence? And about having the series reveal information instead of the books?

I guess we should also talk about the other events going on north of the Wall with Bran and Jon seemingly on course for a reunion that never occurs. I would bet that D&D are teasing that to drive us all nuts but that Bran will escape with his companions by warging into Hodor either before or during the battle. Summer might also make it out of the trap or break away during transfer to the pen and come to the rescue. Even better, the two direwolves plot a prison escape together and then save the day. Of course, maybe Jon will see his younger brother and I'm just trying to keep the two separate because it's more tragic if the Starks remain apart.

This seems like the change that will rile up purists the most, I'm not necessarily against any of the new developments in the north at this point because I can't say I'm not dying to find out what happens. If it works dramatically, then it works. And I like giving Bran some more hero stuff to do before he becomes a tree forever. I also think it's safe to say we're not seeing Coldhands this season. Or ever. That makes me sad. But I guess they don't need him to ease us into the possibility of sentient wights/walkers after the final sequence of "Oathkeeper." There's probably plenty more to pick apart, so feel free to remind me about everything that I forgot in the comments...

Like I said, The fourth season of Game of Thrones continues with “First of His Name” next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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