For the night is dark, and full of terrors

I believe George RR Martin is a troll. A scheming manipulative troll with a bad case of mental block. And everyday I pray to the Seven to keep him alive until books six and seven are released.

I'm thankful I only discovered The Song of Ice and Fire when the TV series came out. Had I discovered it back in 1997, when Game of Thrones was first published, I would probably have gone mad by now. Patience is not the strongest of my virtues.

After watching the first season five times over, I decided to give the books a whirl, and I have not opened any other book since (I obviously do not get a lot of reading done). The first three are a wonderful read, although there have been more than one instance when I had the urge to hurl the book across the room in frustration. Thankfully I am reminded that what I have on my hands is not a paperback but a Kindle before I smashed it to pieces. It's as if the author is toying with me- he knows I will get attached and fall in love with the characters and three chapters later they're all dead! All the while I thought Ned Stark was the hero, and he dies halfway through the first book. Gah. Poor Sean Bean. First Boromir, now Ned Stark. Always dead in the first installation.

And it doesn't end there. When I finished the chapter about the Red Wedding, I turned my Kindle off, and watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns to ward off the impending depression. I have a mental image of George RR Martin sneering in front of the typewriter as it churned out this particular chapter - he knows we love our northmen and he can smell our devastation. Hay. The Others take him.

And then came book four. Snoozefest. Like a twenty-minute joke with a punchline that is not even remotely funny. A billion chapters on Brienne, Maid of Tarth, and then she dies. Gaaaah. I really hope things start to pick up on book five.

So anyway, winter is once again upon us with Season 2 of the TV series.

Question 1: Why is Jon Snow sitting on the iron throne in this promo poster?(I initially assumed it's Robb Stark, but then I realized that his direwolf, Grey Wind, should be, well, grey, so this must be Ghost)

Maybe the entire cast just had to have a photo-op with the iron throne?

Question 2: How come the Imp still has his nose? And why are the dragons so small?Oh wait. This is book two. Teehee. It's been such a long time since the previous season I forgot where they left off and assumed it'd be a continuation of the last book I read.

Question 3: Will this TV series serve to pressure George RR Martin to finally finish the saga ala JK Rowling? I truly hope not; book seven of Harry Potter is an abomination. As curious as I am to find out what has become of Rickon and Shaggydog (seriously, where the hell arethey!?!), I would much rather wait it out another ten or so years (pero 'wag naman sana please) than get served with a half-baked (read:pinilit) ending.

 Ah well. Valar Morghulis.

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