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 on it later in the book, or perhaps in a later book in the series (though I could be misremembering) – either way, the legend of the Long Night is my favourite thing, because it is a very real warning to the characters in the book, which all of them – for various reasons, many of them very good – ignore.

    And yes, Hodor’s real name is Walder! It’s a pretty common name in the Seven Kingdoms – and nowhere more common than in the House of Frey, where, like, half of them are named Walder, and most of the girls are named Walda. XD

    Robb’s attitude towards Tyrion can stem from two things. One – Tyrion has a pretty bad reputation all on his own, being the Imp of House Lannister (and the Starks aren’t traditionally fond of the Lannisters; see Ned’s treatment of Jaime Lannister, an attitude he might have passed on to his children). Two – it is entirely possible that Robb, either consciously or unconsciously, blames the Lannisters for Bran’s fall. It happened while they were there, and Robb is not stupid – there are enough vague and unexplained things about Bran’s fall (he might have noticed Cersei and Jaime’s absence when it happened) to get him to suspect things. And even if Tyrion wasn’t personally to blame, guilt seems to be put on the whole House in the Westerosian world.

    As for why the direwolves would attack him – well. Notice how he asks very pointedly whether Bran remembers how he fell? Clearly, Tyrion has some suspicions of his own going on, and the direwolves might be assuming he shares some of the guilt as well. And yes, I am aware I’m ascribing human qualities of reasoning to wolves here, but it’s also clear direwolves aren’t just wolves.

    This chapter’s end is a bit of a heartbreaker, honestly – because while there’s now hope of Bran just not spending the rest of his life indoors, confined to beds and chairs, and he paints that as some sort of wonderworld in his own head, Robb is old enough, and clear-sighted enough, to realise what being permanently crippled means. It’s a bit of a downer, to be sure.

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