A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-Four: Bran

Reminders:

  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.

I feel so bad for Bran. What hard luck for the little guy. Still, maybe we’ll get some answers or direction.

…then again, we could get a chapter full of self-pity. I’m of two minds about this. On one hand, as a reader, I like that we could get a chapter full of self-pity. People will do stuff like that; they will waste their time away on ‘useless’ emotions instead of being productive. And yeah, it doesn’t make for the most riveting chapter, but it’d be a nice look at Bran’s character.

On the other hand, also as a reader… goddamnit, Bran. You’re a Stark; act like it.

…whether myth or fact, this tale of the Others’ origins is creepy. And of COURSE it ends right as it was getting good, and why, Bran, I thought you didn’t want any more stories? *smirks*

HODOR!

Yeah, Hodor’s growing on me.

…WALDER? HODOR’S REAL NAME IS WALDER? *stares in disbelief*

I think I missed something, because I do not see why Robb should have a problem with Tyrion, nor do I see why the direwolves would attack Tyrion so. Still, I am unsurprised that Tyrion would refuse Robb’s offer to have a bed made up for him in light of the service he has done Bran.

I get the feeling no one lives long in Westeros.

…I do not like the way this chapter ended, and I cannot put a reason to why.

Comments

2 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-Four: Bran”

  1. Siri Paulson says:

    Ooh, the children of the forest. We learn more about them, but not for a looong time…GRRM is good at sitting on info/twists for ages and ages rather than succumbing to the temptation to use them. I like Old Nan’s stories, too. It’s cute that Bran tries to pretend he’s too cool for them, but can’t in the end.

    I like Bran as a disabled character, and I LOVE that Tyrion is nice to him, even though Robb doesn’t trust a Lannister as far as he can throw him. GRRM does a good job of balancing the idea that “being disabled or in this world sucks” with giving those characters a certain level of agency regardless. (Kind of like the way he does with women, actually.) Between Bran, Hodor, Tyrion, et al., this series has a lot of disabled characters, which is pretty cool. And it doesn’t just stop at “look, disabled person!” but goes on to explore “so what?” and “this is a person who happens to be disabled, and yes it affects who they are and what they can do, but so does being born a woman or a Lannister”.

    (Contrast that with, say, James Cameron’s AVATAR, which had a hero in a wheelchair and couldn’t pass up any opportunity to go “HEY LOOK! HE’S DISABLED! AND IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM!” And I just hit a point in BTVS where Spike is in a wheelchair, and same thing: “HEY LOOK, WHEELCHAIR!”)

    Um. I might have to write a blog post. >_>

    In other news, I have no strong feelings about the chapter ending. *shrugs*

  2. Anna says:

    … How did I miss this entry? Huh. Weird. Maybe you posted it on one of my self-imposed internetless days. ANYWAY.

    I actually like how childish Bran is about things after waking back up – because it emphasises the fact that he is, like *nine*. He is literally a child. Even if he’s a Stark, even a Stark is not expected to be grown up and mature at *nine* – so he gets to indulge in being childish and lashing out at people without coming across as particularly immature. He just is.

    I love, love, LOVE Old Nan’s stories, and this one is a particular favourite. I think she expands