The show has now caught up with Jon Snow's story line in the books which means that he's been stabbed and is sprawled out on some snow up at the wall. I won't go into them all here but there are a lot of theories floating around out there which suggest he might not be gone for good. Those theories can lead you down a dark, dark internet path of fights, squabbles, and quotes from the book. Today it led me into the newly spiraling out of control Game of Thrones television fandom obsession with Kit Harrington, the actor who plays Snow, and his hair. He has also arrived in Belfast where GOT films (quemore crazy theories and a lot of denial from the network).
Welcome to the book readers four-year cliffhanger TV watchers! Let me show you how time has past since we learned of Jon Snow's attack.
Flashback to July 12 2011.
Adele had just taken over the world when the final touches were put on the book and the hardcover took over bookstores.
How long does it feel since this came out? That's how long I've been waiting to hear poor Snow's fate.
What about a world where the Avengers hadn't even come out yet. It was being teased seriously with the release of the first Captain America movie. THE FIRST CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE
Cap introduced the world to Hydra and Tommy Lee Jones finally got a paycheque. But us in the world of Ice and Fire we learned that the theories we'd spent years creating around Snow might never pay off (because George can be a cruel, cruel man like that).
Outside of pop culture the world was watching as the Arab Spring saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets in a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, riots, and civil wars in the Arab world. That led to rulers forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Four years later the hope and optimism for change in the Arab Spring has left and in some cases people speculate the situation is even more restrictive than before.
In basketball, owners in the North American National Basketball Association commenced a lockout after failing to reach a collective bargaining agreement with players.
And here in Canada we celebrated the 144th anniversary of the enactment of its Constitution Act.
That all seems so far in the past and is already making its way into history textbooks, seriously.
So here I sit holding this book that's knocked me over the head as a strange reminder of all I've done since I shed those initial tears for Jon Snow. I had optimism then because George said he would NOT take as long to write this book as the previous six years it had taken for a Dance, that optimism is gone now, oh how cynical I have become. So, almost four years to the date since I flipped open those first pages I've decided, hell I'll read it again... that was your plan all along George, wasn't it?
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada