BlackLightning Posted February 25 Share Posted February 25 Disclaimer: The premise of this thread is an offshoot of a couple of threads (how big will The Winds of Winter be, 500 pages to go, the Battle of Meereen, etc.) that had got me thinking after I had just finished re-reading A Dance with Dragons (again) A Dance with Dragons is great and all, but the ending of that book feels off...unlike the previous four books. Please correct me if I am wrong but I think that everyone at this point basically understands that the editors compelled GRRM to release A Dance with Dragons as is because the book was way too long, and he still had more to add/write. He wanted to put two big battles (almost certainly the Battles of Meereen and Winterfell) at the book but those chapters ended up getting pushed out into the next book. That's fine and all...but even if you add those two battles (hypothetically, let's say that the story of those two battles equate to 10 chapters), every other POV (except for Jon and Dany) have this awkward cliffhanger ending that feels less like an ending and more like a hard break. So now, with the leftovers from Dance and the actual plotline of Winds, Winds is probably going to end up becoming largest book of the series as it is already outpacing both Dance and A Storm of Swords (which is the largest book in the series). That's probably what has been taking GRRM so long: being able to put the ending of book #5 and the entirety of book #6 all in the same book and make it tonally and thematically consistent is tough. So basically, what POV chapters and/or storylines do you think were supposed to be put in A Dance with Dragons and what do you think the original ending of the story supposed to feel like? Do you anticipate any unique revelations about the writing process for both Dance and Winds? Mods, please feel free to move this. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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