Welcome to Heresy 230, the latest episode of the long-running thread taking a slantwise look at the Song of Ice and Fire.
The thread began just a few months after the publication of A Dance with Dragons, under the title The Wall the Watch and a Heresy.
It questioned the true nature and function of the Wall and the Nights Watch and the Heresy lay in questioning the true role of the Starks and above all questioned the popular assumption that Jon Snow is really the lost heir to the Targar
Anyone familiar with Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero With A Thousand Faces? It’s a book about the common themes in mythological stories. The hero always goes through 17 stages. Reading through this list brings to mind Jon’s, Bran’s, and Arya’s journeys - maybe even Sansa’s and Daenerys’.
In the beginning there is the status quo. Then:
1) a call to adventure - bargain w/o knowing
2) refusal of the call
3) supernatural aid - meet the mentor
4) crossing the first threshold