Way back in the dark ages, otherwise known as the late nineties, early oughts, I bought a paperback novel called A Game of Thrones. I read the book, and it made me very angry, so I put it on a shelf and determined to think about it no more.
After Larry and I started dating, however, he found the book. He got angry at the same part that I did, but unlike me, he decided to read the next book in the series. Then I had to read the next book, because I couldn't argue with him about stuff I didn't know, unlike some people out there. Larry and I found ourselves hooked on the fantasy world of Westeros, jonesing for the next book. Then the television series came out, and we were both giddy with anticipation, but cautious. HBO did a fine job of recreating scenes from the books, and the actors became the characters to us.
"What about Lady Stoneheart?"
Except that now the show has passed up the books. George R.R.Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, has been taking his darn sweet time about finishing his next book, The Winds of Winter. That's his prerogative as an author, blah, blah, blah. The television show has moved beyond the books, because the fact that the author can't finish his novel is no reason to cease production on a show that has millions of viewers. The show must go on.
"Hey, what if this whole series has been about the feud between Bloodraven and Bittersteel?"
This has left my husband in a quandry. Larry is very fastidious about his reading material. He has read all the books, graphic novels, and short stories about Westeros. He enjoyed discussing the comparisons of the literature to what he saw on the television series. Now that there is no book to compare with the show, he's a bit lost. Oh, he listens to every single podcast he can find, and reads every single article about the show. It's not the same, however, because everything right now is just theory. Anyone can have a theory, and those who do have a theory are not shy about posting those theories online.
"What if Melisandre is the granddaughter of Bloodraven?"
Even Larry has his theories, which he talks about at length with anyone else he finds who watches the show. Anyone. Some of his theories are very obscure and way more intricate than any normal human being can process, but it's obvious that he's spent a bit of time thinking about the story. Occasionally he gets on my nerves with the constant focus on GoT. Information overload. But I'll also admit that most of the time he brings up some good points, things that Martin himself has probably thought of. I guess we will find out whenever the next book arrives, which may be sometime in the next decade.
"Are they going to ever talk about Coldhands??"
In the meantime, Sunday at 8pm finds us right in front of the television, waiting impatiently for the music to start up, so we can find out if Jon Snow lives, or if Sansa gets away from Ramsey, or if Bran will ever fly. Well, all that, and dragons.