RainGhost Posted February 24, 2015 Share Posted February 24, 2015 Could Tyrion still have been sentenced to death without Oberyn dying? Could Dorne still want war against the Lannisters without Oberyn dying? Quentyn's death is, whether you like it or not, part of the story. You may think it was a waste of time when looking at the bigger picture, but many of us would disagree with you. Personally I found his death poignant and hugely relevant to the themes of ADwD, as well as the themes of the overall series: themes of adventure (and its failure), family, heroism, violence, war, and the cost of vengeance (which appears to be the main theme of the Martell family). It also has the benefit of adding even more tragedy to the Martell family - tragedy that is only just beginning. Doran Martell waited for his vengeance, but that hasn't stopped his family dying. You could take Quentyn out of the story, but I doubt TWoW would be much closer to completion. And, in my opinion at least, the story would lose some of its depth. I agree with this. Quentyn's one of my favourite characters, I don't know why so many people have such a problem with him. In terms of storyline, the Martells may very well be forced to support Aegon but that wouldn't mean they would have to be enemies of Dany, they could have tried to forge a peace between them. But Quentyn's death is going to make it very difficult for Dorne to support Dany. Besides, we have many travelogues that aren't relevant to the plot - I know they're unpopular too but it all adds to the story and its wider themes. Brienne's travelogue through the riverlands shows the after-effects of the war. Quentyn's story shows the effects of war on a sweet young man who was only a baby when his auntie and cousins were murdered. It's a pointless end to a young life and further grief for the Martells. Plus, it shows that even Doran Martell's plans turn to ashes (all too literally in this case), despite the fact that he's been plotting for 16 years. It's all a pointless, viscious circle of destruction and no one wins. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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