Holiday greetings to you and yours and welcome to another edition of Looking Forward where Unsullied, village-idiot, show-watchers only woefully attempt to make sense of Game of Thrones news and views and clues that have been left under the tree during seasons past.
This installment is brought to you by Watchers on the Wall in a partnership with the Uneducated Unsullied Academy of Astapor (UUAA) where a man has been busy training other Unsullied warriors the ins-and-outs of the art of knowing absolutely nothing (Jon Snow campus opening soon).
In keeping with the theme of knowing nothing, our lesson today will focus on the story that apparently won’t be told in season 5. Please show up to class on time and be prepared to learn very little.
Sullied are encouraged to attend, but are discouraged (heavily) on adding spoiler discussion. Besides, what else do you have to do? You are either waiting on the jolly fat man to slide down your chimney with a new book, or you are waiting on Santa Claus.
Regardless, class starts now…
So, let me get this straight.
We go on a journey. And it is a major storyline with plot points as big as a billboard with a man as big as a house who can only speak one word. This particular storyline is obviously quite important due to the amount of screen time allotment in a series where screen time is a valuable commodity.
You leave us with one of the few remaining Starks (that has not been dismembered or beheaded or stabbed or butchered) under a tree, after being attacked by naked wights who are in turn blown up by mythical fireballs thrown by an odd looking child who could have been an extra in The Goonies.
Meanwhile, you kill off the lead guitarist and arguably the most compelling character in the band while leaving us with the grand cliffhanger of “But you will fly.”
And none of the remaining members of Bran and the Traveling Hodors are expected to be included in the entire next season? Um…
Oh but wait, Johnny, we’re not done yet! As a parting gift and just to confuse you a little more and throw the masses into frenzy, you start an advertising campaign based on the same storyline, where you flash up visions similar to those of the character who will not be appearing in season 5 and still expect everyone to say “thank you.”
And to further invoke rioting among the masses, you will implore people to sign up but will then show your harsh nature by making it available for viewing only once and only on mobile devices and only to a select few that signed up. Great.
You will call it threeeyedraven.com where the show will undoubtedly pick back up (because you know, that would make sense), except Bran who has been seeking the three-eyed raven for the better part of two years won’t be making an appearance in season 5, thus leaving fans with nothing but visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. Cool, huh? Huh? Order Now!!!
W. T. F.?
You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble and just sent me a glittery seasonal greeting card that said, ”Merry Christmas, fantasy assholes.”
End rant here.
And now, a message from disclaimer:
Disclaimer: I am sure that somewhere in the far reaches of the internetisverse or Twittersphere or the Book of Faces that there lies the real reason that Bran and company will not be appearing in season 5. However, my job here is to NOT venture in to such territory that could be spoilery or glutted with clues from the written verse.
My oath is my vow to remain Unsullied, from this day until my last day (or until the show reaches conclusion, whichever may occur first). For how else would a man come up with such an embarrassingly stupid Unsullied theory such as the one you are about to digest?
So before you state the obvious with something along the lines of, “Oz, you are an idiot,” understand that I am well aware and that this statement is indeed true and has long been an established norm.
One of my contributing responsibilities is to give Sullied readers a vision as to the sight of an Unsullied, show-viewer only (pun intended, and don’t worry… this vision will still be here should you decide to refresh later).
Theory #1: Bran’s story arc has simply caught up with the aforementioned written verse. This seems unlikely since there are two more books before the clock strikes midnight. However, I guess it would be plausible that the best course of action for D&D would be just to hold it up for a season in hopes that Saint Nicholas will shove the next book down the chimney before filming season 6.
But given the fact that the slow-cooking George R.R. Martin has supposedly already shared future secrets of his creation with the show-runners, I find this one highly unreasonable, especially since it has to be a forgone conclusion the show will indeed beat the books to denouement (unless the show goes for 8 seasons, and even then… ). Besides that, this theory is just too damn simplistic.
Theory #2: Bran and Dany’s story arcs are directly linked and one must catch up with the other.
Yes, I think Bran and Dany’s respective stories will intertwine at some point in the future.
This theory is admittedly based on a couple of important assumptions: 1. That Bran’s journey and subsequent actions are as important to the future of the series as the show-runners have led us to believe, and 2. Dragons can be warged.
I would think it is fairly logical to believe through the eyes of a viewer that Dany, accompanied by her army of Unsullied, the Second Sons, and a trio of dragons, remains the early favorite to end up on the throne when all is filmed and written.
But this piece is based on the importance of the story of that whose characters are NOT expected to make an appearance this coming season (Dany will get her own post later).
Part of what I try to accomplish with these Looking Forward posts is to decipher instances in the show alone that might lead to an idea of where we are headed. But unlike seasons past, season 4 left a lot more questions than answers due to the heavy amount of deaths that transpired, as well as the plentiful number of remaining characters who are making major location changes.
One of the more information-filled episodes of the season, in my opinion, came from “First of His Name.” Near it’s conclusion, the intriguing Jojen (damn you people for killing this great character) sees a vision of the weirwood while telling Bran that the rest of them are essentially just in attendance to help him get to the raven and that luckily, Craster’s was indeed not the last stop for him.
Meera inquires as to how they will know the end is near to which Jojen responds, “You’ll know,” while holding up a vision of his hand on fire.
But if you combine this with the earlier vision Bran has of a dragon flying over King’s Landing, and the fact that the dragon in the vision is actually a shadow like a dragon might see if it was looking down, you start getting the idea. Couple this with the tree-rooted man stating “But you will fly,” and just maybe one or two weird-ass show viewers get the same inclination as this village idiot. Then again, maybe not.
If by chance this is somewhat correct, it would make sense that Bran’s traveling side show would need a season on the sideline while Dany cleans up the dumpster fire that is Slaver’s Bay. Of course, this doesn’t mean that other Unsullied will necessarily comprehend why a cliffhanger will have to be shelved for a year.
But hey, at least we have a new website with disappearing visions that contain one second clips of the new season for the holidays. Merry Christmas!
On a serious note, I sincerely want to thank all of you for helping us build the Wall here at WotW. We are nothing without you, and I think I can speak for all of the staff when I say that we are happy to have this establishment as our new home. Please spread the good cheer and share our site with other GoT lovers.
Until next time, Happy Holidays to you and your House and may there always be peace in your realm. –Oz
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