Maintaining a successful book and television franchise simultaneously requires a bit of magic but somehow George R. R. Martin, the author of the “The Song of Fire and Ice” series has done just that. Unlike Charlaine Harris’ experience, (the creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series), fans aren’t demanding a rewrite. Nope. Martin’s fans are begging for more, hoping the next installment in the series, “The Winds of Winter” will answer some burning questions, not just create new ones. Still, with the official release of the book still unknown, book and show fans may have to wait for a while for closure on some plot lines.
To quote Martin in a recent Salon article, “I’ll be done when it’s done.” All fans can do is pray (to the old and the new gods) for a bit more information.
Some of the most titillating questions are listed here. Do these sound familiar?
Will one of the dragons die? Hmm…that’s a question dragon lovers have been asking since they first appeared. It’s possible that one could die off before the army marches on Westeros, they are pretty young and still fairly vulnerable. For the character of Dany, the dragons intricate players in her fate.
Will Arya Stark succeed in assassinating one of her many enemies? She’s obviously not a fan of Cersei Lannister but lucky for her, the Queen Mother’s debts may leave her vulnerable for assassination by her financers. What a sweet moment of revenge for Arya if this does happen! (You never know when George R. R. Martin is in control!)
Will Dany ever march on Westeros? Honestly, more than a few fans are frustrated that Dany hasn’t marched on Westeros to take back the Iron Throne. Admirably, she’s been learning the skills of leadership in Essos but that’s not going as planned. We’re ready to see some action on the Dany story line.
Who were Jon Snow’s real parents? In the first book, fans were led to believe that Jon was the son of Ned Stark and some mystery woman, perhaps a prostitute but that horse has definitely left the barn. Could he have been the child of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark? We’d like to know but now that our hero may be gone, it’s a bittersweet thought.
Is Jon Snow truly dead? We saw the Night’s Watch rebel and murder one of our favorite characters but can he really be dead? It seems particularly brutal that the entire Stark line with the exception of the younger ones be wiped out before making any claims on the throne. Is it possible that Jon escapes the knives of the Watch to fight another day? It may be ridiculous to hope but many fans are doing just that.
With a book release date somewhere in the future, these questions will continue to plague fans of the series. Let’s hope that Martin shows a little mercy, at least to his followers and gives us some answers.