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The Winds of Winter- Latest Updates #2

George R.R. Martin is soon becoming the most wanted man in the literary world. His book ‘The Winds of Winter’, the second last installment of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ has been delayed far too many times for the liking of readers all over the world. After writing this book for almost a decade, George R. R. Martin recently announced that The Winds of Winter is set to come out sometime next year.

In the past, the author has used his personal blog to inform his readers where The Winds of Winter stands. Off late, Martin is spending a lot of time writing chapters on the Lannisters, Dorne, Samwell Tarly, and Oldtown. This morsel of information has made his fans go gaga, and pieces after pieces have been published with countless speculations and ideas as to where the story will go in this much awaited book.

Particular emphasis on Lannisters has created heat amongst fans regarding the doused storyline of Cersei Lannister. In the last published installment of ASOIAF, the story of Cersei is left off where she has done her walk of atonement, after being held captive at the High Sept.

Maggy the Frog and the prophecy

Although the story of Maggy and the Frog was introduced in Season 5, only two questions out of the 3 Cersei asked were answered, leaving the most important part of the Valonqar prophecy. out.

Maggy the Frog made three predictions; Cersei would become the queen, only until someone more beautiful and younger would come and usurp her title. She would have three children and all three would die. And lastly, a ‘valonqar‘ would kill her eventually. In High Valyria, ‘valonqar‘ means little brother.

Quick to assume that it would be no one other than her little brother Tyrion, the relationship between the siblings is doomed from the beginning. When this prediction was made, Tyrion was 3 years old, and the wound of losing her mother while giving birth to Tyrion was still too young.

The Valonqar prophecy, for the most part, has been left out of the plot of the TV series. When the last season ends, Cersei dies when Daenerys burns down the city to the ground, killing Cersei. As Cersei dies, Jamie, her younger twin brother/lover has his hands around his neck, forcing the prophecy into the storyline. Now whether this was intended by the directors of the show or not, we can’t really say, but the ending in every way was too shoddy to pass.

The book, The Winds of Winter, is, in no way, bound to the story picked up by the show, and the fans are nothing but hope that the story of Cersei would change for the better. (They did her so badly, the only way is up now)

An interesting line of action here would be keeping up with the transformed nature of Tyrion, who resembles more and more like his father, Tywin, after killing him. The ruthless and hard-hearted Tyrion born after his escape is something readers have been looking forward to. This leads us to speculate that maybe the prophecy Cersei received was true altogether. He killed his father, the second in line can be none other than Cersei, who never had a bit of love for him all through their lives.

But we can’t forget that Jaime too, is her younger brother, Tommen too, is the younger brother, both having different but reasons altogether to kill Cersei.

This is one of the most awaited changes readers have been looking forward to, another being the story of Lady Stoneheart

The Lady Stoneheart and her lost plot

Along with many other disappointments that Martin faced when the show ended, the missing story of Lady Stoneheart was one of the greatest ones. For those of you who may not know who Lady Stoneheart is, she is Catelyn Stark, the wife of late Ned Stark, and mother of the King in the North, Robb Stark.

No one has forgotten the Red Wedding. Not just the North, the entire world will remember the assumed end of the Starks. in the show the story of the King in the North, his mother and wife may have ended, but Martin may be too fond of Lady Catelyn to let her go. Robb was killed and the head of his direwolf Grey Wind was sown to his neck. Catelyn Stark was thrown into the lake, head intact, but dead.

She was eventually found by the Brotherhood and brought back to life by the Lord of Light. This entire plot was skipped by the creators of the show, and in simple words, Martin was not happy.

Along with many other questions, readers are hoping to read a lot more about Lady Stoneheart and where her story goes from there.

Azor Ahai or the Prince that was promised

“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him. Azor Ahai, beloved of R’hllor! The Warrior of Light, the Son of Fire! Come forth, your sword awaits you! Come forth and take it into your hand!”

-Melisandre to Stannis Baratheon

In August, Martin shared with his readers that he was spending time with ‘Vic’. Vic here is Victarion Greyjoy who is presumed by many as the Azor Ahai. The Azor Ahai is prophecy that was made, according to which a warrior would be reborn from smoke and salt. His sword would be named Lightbringer, and he was the beloved of R’hllor, born to end the darkest of times known.

The character of Victarion fits perfectly with the role that must be played by Azor Ahai. A religious man, he is the follower of both, the drowned gods and R’hllor.

In the books, he is in pursuit of Daenerys intending to marry her and trade her dragons for his Iron fleet, which would help her claim the Iron Throne.

Victarion is not as dark as Euron Greyjoy, but he is ruthless nonetheless. A part of the prophecy includes that the Azor Ahai is a man who has killed someone he loved dearly. Victarion killed his third wife after knowing that she slept with his brother Euron. He has the Dragon Horn, with the help of which he can control Danerys’s dragons and claim them as his. If this line works out to be true, then there is almost no point doubting that he will Azor Ahai.

However, if killing a beloved was a factor that determined who would become Azor Ahai, then Stannis and Jamie too can be the ones in line to claim this role as their own.

Read more about Azor Ahai here.

In Conclusion- The Winds of Winter Latest Updates

Overall these are just predictions, we won’t really know what will happen until the book comes out.

Keep up with us to read regular updates on the release of ‘The Winds of Winter’ and tidbits Martin lets through!

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