damnit grandpa it’s 2021, they’re not spiders anymore, they’re arachnid americans and more importantly my friends
I’ve got a notion about ASOIAF that hasn’t really come across any other commentary that I have seen. I think all these people who are obsessed with prophesy and who will be “the heads of the dragon” or Azor Ahai are very much missing one of the underlying themes of the novels: that there is no ultimate good and evil, only human agency and our moral judgments thereof as observers. Magic is just another natural force in this world that people bend to their own purposes. Divine inspiration is really just people thinking stuff based on what other people said, or insanity, or drug influence, or interference in the magical force field, or some other human manipulating them by magical means, not a real message from some real god. So those people who believe that Daenerys and Jon and Tyrion will climb on the dragons’ backs and burn away the Others, perhaps valiantly sacrificing themselves in the process, are probably mistaken. It’s too typical, too good vs. evil. I would view it as a narrative failure. It would make more sense to me if Jon dies and stays dead, Daenerys becomes a tyrant in her war against Aegon and the “usurpers,” and maybe by accident the Others get destroyed in the ensuing massacre, while the rest have their ideals shattered and then try to pick up the pieces out of the smoke and debris. And Tyrion’s dragon dreams, and the mystery of Jon’s parentage, and all the prophesies, will prove to be red herrings, or foreshadowing, but never actual clues as to the end of the story. There won’t be an easy summary of who did what and who was good and who saved everyone, otherwise it would not take two more books to write.