Awake iron! Posted May 17, 2012 Share Posted May 17, 2012 We all now GRRM intends to reunite all the plotlines in the 6th book, after the split he did in books 4 and 5. The problem is Martin has started so many new arcs (in new locations) in those two books, that now we have a ridiculous number of PoV characters to follow up in tWoW, if he wants to keep on narrating all that plots “from the inside”.I made a recount of the PoVs that are still running to the beginning of the 6th book, and the result was the amazing number of 17:BranThe Wall (Jon Snow/Melisandre)DavosAsha/TheonThe Iron Islands (Aeron)Brienne/JaimeSansaKing's Landing (Cersei)SamwellSunspear (Areo Hotah)ArianneThe Golden Company (Griff)AryaVictarionTyrionMeereen (Barristan)DaenerysThis is a growing number if we pay attention to the progression:(leaving out prologue and epiloge PoVs)Book 1: 8 PoVs.Book 2: 9 PoVs.Book 3: 10 PoVs.Split: Book 4: 12 PoVs. Book 5:16 PoVs. (Aeron, Cersei, Arya, Jaime, Asha & Victarion have chapters in both books).It's curious to notice that IMO the most interesting PoVs are the ones we've been invested into since the first 3 books:We have 6 left from aGoT: Bran, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Tyrion & Dany. Theses are the classics.Two more added in aCoK: Theon & Davos.Another two in aSoS: Jaime & Samwell.The PoVs added in books 4 and 5 are pretty much expendable to me:I don't give a sh*t about Meereen.I don't give a sh*t about Dorne.I don't give a sh*t about the Ironborn.And honestly at this stage of the Game, I don't give a sh*t about Cersei either. I just want to read how she dies. I'm actually outraged that she' been able to make it to the 6th book.Surprisingly, the only arc that I'm interested in among the new ones is the Golden Company's. Maybe because AT LEAST they've managed to get to Westeros and DO SOMETHING, unlike Dany. I want to know if they can conquer Storm's End and all that stuff. The only think lacked is the development of Aegon as a character. We haven't known him in depth yet.The problem I see here is that Martin has split the action in too many groups of people being and going to different places. I know eventually the will be joining each other, but for the beginning of this book 6, i think the plot is still too atomized, and can be confusing. But, in the other hand, I wouldn't be that surprised if Martin's narrative skills save the day for him.So my doubt is, will GRRM continue all that plotlines with PoVs, or will he just stick to the original PoVs, and let us know what happens in other places of Westeros/Essos in second hand? Will there be 17 PoVs in tWoW, or would it be too onerous for the book's narrative pace? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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