Post by joliefaire on May 14, 2015 1:20:40 GMT
There probably isn't a great deal to discuss about this topic, yet, but there will be in episodes and seasons to come. We're only going to see our first real signs of Winter in the coming episode(s), and then presumably all of Season 6 and well into Season 7. (I capitalized Winter because this is not our Earthly winter, but GRRM's Winter, Old Nan's Winter, a whole different proposition.) But, unquestionably, the arrival of Westeros Winter is a factor the showrunners have been contemplating all these years, the dread of Winter has hung over the characters in the books and the show since the very beginning. The onset of Winter has peppered their speeches and their legends and their tales of times gone by. Their ages can be measured by 'how many Winters have you seen?' "Sweet Summer Child' and the 'Knights of Summer' are common phrases used to describe those who haven't experienced what true, bitter hardship really means.
Since I first started reading the books, lo, those many years ago, I have half been mesmerized and half dreaded the time that Winter would finally descend. (I hate winter, hate being cold, hate it). And now, its about to happen. To the people of Westeros, to the showrunners, to us. Winter Has Come. Brand new GoT territory for all of us. We, the book readers, experienced the bitter taste of the beginning of Winter with Stannis' march to Winterfell. The show-only viewers are all the Knights of Summer and have been for all these years. This will be our first experience of a real view of GRRM's Winter in the future episodes and season(s) to come.
It will be intriguing, I think, to see what the show has in mind to make it clear that a Westeros Winter is not simply an Earthly winter. Will we see snowfalls in fifty-foot drifts, peasant mothers, their tears frozen on their dead faces as they cradle their frozen children? Will the Ghost Grass (snow) finally envelop the Dothraki sea and kill all their horses? Will Nymeria and her pack of wolves terrorize the countryside in their desperate search for food? Will Littlefinger's teleporting device freeze and burst asunder?
Winter, GRRM's Winter, will be with us now all the way through til the near the very end of the series (and the books). Winter Has Come, at last.