I’ve read about a dozen reviews of the Game of Thrones finale…

June 5, 2012 In The News, Pop Culture Comments (0) 601

…and not a single reviewer seems to notice the potential relevance of Dany’s visions in the House of the Undying. Lots of people are unhappy with what was removed from the House of the Undying sequence. Few seem to notice what may have been added.

Sure, you could argue that her walk through the Red Keep’s Great Hall, with its broken roof and the gently falling [ahem] snow is symbolic only of Winter’s descent and the fall of Westeros. You could even argue there’s no special significance to the [ahem] snow on the Iron Throne.

But then she passes through a door and emerges at the Wall – and finds her lover and her baby in a tent covered in [ahem] snow.

So I see three options: (a) I’m just reading too much into this, which I doubt; (b) GRRM has divulged secrets to Benioff and Weiss that he hasn’t divulged to fans; or (c) Benioff and Weiss are subscribers to popular fan theories, and maybe readers of the The Citadel. I’m favoring option b, and thinking the show just lent a whole lot of weight to some theories about the books.

By the way, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and read all the books before you go Googling it. Trust me.

Other thoughts:

  • The Others (sorry, “White Walkers“) were f-ing awesome. The way those ice-blue eyes rolled over to fall on Sam… chilling [see what I did there?]. I wasn’t enthralled with the Battle of the Fist of the First Men in the novel. Now I can’t wait.
  • As much as I understand the need to eliminate them from a narrative perspective, the total deletion of Vargo Hoat and the Bloody Mummers hurts me a little bit.
  • It’s becoming bloody difficult to restrain myself explaining things to family and friends who have only watched the show and not read any of the books.

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