Phylum of Alexandria Posted February 5 Share Posted February 5 Five books in, and the Others mostly remain a mystery. We see dragons quite a bit, but the origin of dragons, not to mention all of Asshai, remains a mystery. So far the most in-story magical reveals have come from the greenseers in their weirwoods, and yet the green men on the Isle of Faces--first mentioned in Cat 1 of AGOT--remain a mystery. Obviously part of the reason why GRRM doesn't reveal everything at once is because the sense of the unknown is good for the story. Jaws being an enormous shark wasn't all that complicated, but the film's sense of suspense was created via the extended tease of its central threat eventually leading to a full on-screen reveal later in the film. But suspense aside, what do you think the purpose of hiding this information in ASOIAF is? GRRM keeping his icy "Jaws" a tantalizing unknown is one thing...but why make dragons and Asshai a secret, and the green men? What do you think those magical reveals will be, and what will they bring to the story and its themes? 1. What will we find in The Heart of Winter? 2. How did Asshai get like it did? What does it mean for the origin of dragons? And what does that mean for the main story? 3. What about those green men keeping their silent watch on the Isle of Faces? (I have my own theories, but am wondering what others think) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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