A Game of Thrones – Chapter Seventeen: Bran


  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

…this is a strange, weird dream Bran is having. I kind of like it.

I’m wondering if the fact that he has a crow talking to him, and not another type of bird, is significant. Could be, could not be. I’ll find out. And this crow is kind of freaking awesome. I like the way it’s talking to Bran, refusing to put up with his crap.

So he sees everything, but what has he seen that means he should live?

Also, Asshai? *stares with some disbelief at the name*

…I feel like I should have realised that the reason he needs to live is that ‘winter is coming’. What else reason would a Stark have to live?

Also, does winter ever come?

So… the crow has pecked him between the eyes. And he has woken up, the exact same place burning. What does that mean?

It is my perception of names, but ‘Summer’ seems more a female name than male.


5 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Seventeen: Bran”

  1. Anna says:

    Ah, the Bran chapter, aka Foreshadowing With A Capital F! XD

    This chapter introduces something that GRRM uses a lot, and to great effect – the prophetic vision. Bran sees not only things that are happening right now, but also potential threats. Like the vision where he sees his father, Sansa and Arya; the tall, ash-coloured shadow with the face of a hound is clearly the Hound, and the golden figure is Jaime – but the tall, stone-clad figure with a helmet full of darkness and blood, he’s also significant. As for WHY his helmet is full of blood, well – that won’t start to make sense until the end of book five.

    See, GRRM likes doing this; giving us a prophetic vision or dream to mull over, where not only are the details not clear and spelled out, they also tend to happen in a different way than we expect them to. I think it’s awesome, and it makes re-reading a lot more fun – the second time around, you *know* what those visions are for, and you sit there and marvel at his planting and foreshadowing.

    Re: Asshai – I have always pronounced it Ah-shai, rather than, erm, Ass-hai. Because. >.>

    And yes, winter will definitely come. It’s just that seasons last for years, and summer is only just coming to an end – we’ve got a while to go yet.

    The crow-pecking his forehead – well. He spends most of the chapter having visions, and then the crow pecks him on the forehead, where traditionally, the third eye is located. I’d say Bran is up for some prophecy shenanigans.

    • Dianna says:

      I already wish I could do foreshadowing half as well as GRRM.

      Why do seasons last for years?

      I like Bran. He is awesome. *cuddles him*

      • Anna says:

        Don’t we all? XD

        And there is no real in-story explanation for why seasons last for years – they just do. I’m not sure if you’ve taken note of it yet, but they have spoken a couple of times about the length of the seasons; Tyrion says something about being born during the last winter, and he’s about 23 at this point – and I think they mention that most of the Stark children are summer-children. That is, they might have seen snows – summer-snows – but they have not seen a real winter in their entire lives.

        I can’t remember if it’s been mentioned yet, but the maesters at Oldtown do meteorological observations to measure the length of the seasons, and when winter is deemed to have arrived, they send out white ravens to the lords of the land, as a sort of warning. And as the cast repeatedly mentions throughout the story, this particular summer has been an unusually long and rich one. The older generations – and the people of the North in general – are dreading a particularly nasty winter as a consequence.

  2. Siri Paulson says:

    Hooray, Bran is awake!

    Seasons last for years because…um, worldbuilding? XD Must be one heck of a long orbit, or something.

    …I feel like I should have realised that the reason he needs to live is that ‘winter is coming’. What else reason would a Stark have to live?

    Bahahaha. Too true.

    Hmm. I don’t have too much to say about this one, apparently. Oh well, still here and still reading!

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