Snoke popped up on movie screens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the questions fans had was who was the new guy?
On the one hand, we have this massive drama about noble Houses, grievous betrayals, and a bloody game of thrones that you either win or die.
On the other hand, we had a plot about mystery and Apocalypse, an evil Dark Lord and his White Walkers and army of the dead, a mysterious Lord of Light and Azor Ahai, the prince that was promised.
Writer George R.R. Martin always battered me as the kind of writer who preferred the former to the latter. Further, over time I started thinking that maybe he had written himself into a corner with all this destiny things..
In several ways, the opinion of an expected danger beyond the Wall only works if it stays beyond the Wall. This unstoppable force of evil seemed a poor fit for this much grittier, less mysterious story. As a distant threat, one that required a magical Wall to keep out, one that drove men to brave deeds and sent our heroes into peril beyond the Wall, it was fantastic fiction. As a character, however, the Night King (who isn’t really in the books) is pretty peripheral and boring.
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