George R.R. Martin has put Game of Thrones in a position for success no matter how the show ends.
By now you’ve likely seen the teaser videos for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. And if you’re one of those sheeple that clamor to click on those annoying articles entitled “New Game of Thrones Photos Released!” (whoop-de-do), then no doubt you’re pumped for the upcoming season. George R.R. Martin took one look at the Westeros Chess Board and decided to nuke it (as he so often does). By now you know that no character is off limits, everyone is fair game and anyone can die (except Jon Snow apparently).
Because anyone can die at any moment, Martin has propped himself up for success. Ned Stark dies and the world loses their minds. The Red Wedding occurs, people are devastated. Ten more people die, and death loses its sting a little. Finally at the end of last season, people were both shocked at the outcome but ultimately were not surprised. “Classic Martin, killing tons of key characters.”
After a long hiatus from the blogging world I was sucked back into the mix thanks to a Twitter DM and an intriguing cover photo. A single iridescent rose reminiscent of that of a Sandman Cover had peaked my interest. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is my favorite comic book series so I was suckered into it. One click lead to another and I learned about Chris Callahan and his book The Misplaced.
The Misplaced explores the story of a young man, James, who is discontent in the afterlife paradise that is Heaven. James feels incomplete in Heaven, for his wife’s spirit is not there. When confronted, an Angel of Heaven tells him they don’t know where she is, although James suspects she is lying. James seeks to leave Heaven so that he may find his lost wife. This story takes place in a Victorian-era time period on Earth.